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Portuguese Extension
Commences Porto 01 October and ends Lisbon 08 October 2020

  • Lsibon
  • Monument to the Discoveries, Lisbon
    Monument to the Discoveries, Lisbon
  • Coimbra Mondego River and University
    Coimbra Mondego River and University
  • Rossio Square of Lisbon
    Rossio Square of Lisbon
  • Program Status Postponed until 2021
  • Program Code GCTPX20
  • Activity Rating Easy

Tour Itinerary

  • 7  Nights
    • 4 - Porto
    • 3 - Lisbon

Commences Porto 01 October and ends Lisbon 08 October 2020

Tour Highlights

  • Explore the charming wine-producing city of Porto and cruise along the River Douro
  • Discover the sanctuary of Braga and the historic city of Guimaraes
  • Visit the university city of Coimbra with its great Baroque library
  • The highlights and icons of the Portuguese capital, Lisbon
  • View the summer residences of the Portuguese kings and queens at Quelez and Sintra
  • Experience Cabo de Roca, the westernmost point of mainland Europe

Tour Overview

Our tour commences in UNESCO listed Porto to taste its fortified wines and take a short cruise along the slowly meandering but beautiful Douro River. We travel via Coimbra, with its incredible Baroque university library to the Portuguese capital on the banks of the River Tagus. Lisbon was rebuilt in the 18th century following a devastating earthquake. World traders of renown, the Portuguese sailed the seas in search of new territories and merchandise. Remnants of this Golden Age of Discovery still exist in and around the capital and remind us of Portugal’s maritime heritage. We experience the mediaeval Alfama district, the 18th-century Baixa, the reconstructed centre of the city, and Belem, where the wealth of the maritime Age of Discovery is evident. This great wealth is also reflected in the great summer palaces of Sintra and Queluz.

Tour Inclusions

  • 7 nights en-suite hotel accommodation 
  • Typical local breakfasts daily and 3 dinners
  • Touring by comfortable and modern coach
  • Lectures, field trips and excursions as indicated
  • All entry fees and services of local guides
  • Services of a Program Leader
  • Gratuities and necessary tips
  • Detailed preparatory information
Golden Compass Tour Leader Hugh Morgan
Hugh Morgan

Hugh Morgan holds a BA in European History, German, Italian and Spanish from the University of Sydney and has also studied German at the Goethe-Institut in Lueneburg and Berlin, Italian in Perugia, Spanish in Salamanca and Russian in St Petersburg.

Hugh joined Qantas in 1966 and his twenty-five year career with the airline was primarily spent in sales and marketing. He was posted overseas a number of times, escorted groups and travelled widely. As Product Manager for Qantas Connections for UK, Europe and Africa, Hugh scoured his area to compile directories featuring interesting hotels, tours and attractions. His skills were recognised formally with the presentation of a bronze medal by the British Tourist Authority for exceptional services in the promotion of Britain - the first time an Australian has received this coveted award.

After leaving Qantas Hugh completed his BA whilst running a travel consultancy and has led over fifty small groups to various parts of the world. Recent tours have included Mongolia, Siberia, Russia and the Baltic States; Iberia and Morocco; the islands of the Western Mediterranean; and various journeys through Italy, the Alps and the Adriatic.

A member of the Australian Decorative and Fine Arts Society, the Art Gallery of NSW and the National Trust, Hugh now has more time to pursue his interest in art, architecture, archaeology, genealogy ... and travel.


Most of the cities and towns visited on this program can be explored by coach, where walking tours are relatively short and generally on the flat and all hotels have lifts with easily accessible rooms.
All our programs naturally involve some walking in order to discover better the places visited and, although we arrange porterage where this is available, participants are expected to be able to handle their own bags. Our program leaders will always try to make as much of the program as possible available for those who find walking longer distances, uphill or down steps difficult but, in same places, this cannot always be avoided.

If you have any concerns at all about your level of fitness, please do not hesitate to talk to us and discuss further with the experts who know the particular demands of each program.

Register your interest early

Golden Compass’s Tours educational travel programs are only available by booking direct with Golden Compass Tours. This gives you a cost saving and dealing direct with the specialist who actually arranges your tour on the ground.

Follow these simple steps to secure your place on one of our unique tours:

  1. Select the program or programs you are interested in joining, make a note of the program code that appears next to the program price (eg: GCTAD17) and call us on 1800 132 385 to check availability and hold an option.
  2. Access the Golden Compass booking form here.
  3. Complete the details you have available (we understand your flights and travel insurance details may not be confirmed when you make your booking).
  4. Print and sign your form, then simply scan and email your form direct to info@goldencompasstours.com.au. If you prefer you can post it to our Australian postal address at:

  Golden Compass, PO Box 163, Keiraville, NSW 2500, Australia.

Please note we require a deposit of AUD500 per person per program with the full balance for each tour being due 80 days prior to the start of your program.

Once the deposit payment has been taken you will then be sent your confirmation letter either by email or post (as you prefer). An invoice for the balance will be issued to you 12 weeks prior to the departure of your first tour or tours. Full payment by MasterCard, Visa or electronic bank transfer is required 80 days prior to the start of your tour. Payment will be charged by Golden Compass Tours from you in Australian dollars.

If you need any assistance, please call our Freecall number on 1800 132 385.