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Grand Tour of Portugal  2017 -  2018 and 2019

11days/10nights
Visit this charming country at the southernmost corner of the continent, one of the oldest kingdoms in Europe. It is the land where World discoveries started, encouraged by the great king, Henry the Navigator. This once powerful country that became rich from gold and silver arriving from the New World, offers you medieval palaces and towns of old world charm, dramatic northern landscapes dotted with  almond trees and steep vineyards. Portugal is famed for some of the most beautiful churches that look like lace carved in stone, and sleepy quaint villages where time stands still. Dramatic cliffs of oceanic landscape as well as miles and miles of sunny seashores will enhance your travel experience on this popular guided tour of Portugal

Tour of Portugal escorted from Lisbon

Book by 30 Dec 2017 and receive 5% early bird discount on 2018 and 2019 departures
 Guaranteed Departures with minimum 4 passengers on the following Saturdays:

Nov 11, Dec 9, 2017 plus 13 Jan, 10 Feb, 10 Mar, Apr 7, 21, May 5, 19, June 2, 16, July 7, 21,
Aug 4, 18, Sep 1, 15, Oct 6, 20, Nov 10, Dec 8, 2018, Jan 12, Feb 9,  Mar 19, 2019

ITINERARY :

Day 1: Lisbon - Obidos - Alcobaça - Nazaré - Batalha - Fátima
Departure Lisbon and drive to Óbidos, the city surrounded by medieval walls. Admire the harmony of the architecture, the diversity of the handicrafts and taste the famous ginginha (bitter cherry liqueur).Visit Alcobaça and the first and largest gothic church in Portugal with the tombs of D.Pedro and Inês de Castro, known by it’s love story. Stop in Nazaré a typical fishing village and seaside resort, with its traditions and legends. After continue to Batalha and visit the Monastery of Santa Maria de Victoria, a masterpiece of the gothic in Portugal. Here you can find the tomb of Henry the Navigator, the promoter of the maritime discoveries. After arrive in Fátima and see the famous Marian Shrine. Posibility to assist the Candle procession. Fátima- overnight.

Day 2: Fátima - Coimbra - Aveiro - Oporto
After breakfast departure towards Coimbra and visit one of the oldest University in the world, with its magnificent baroque library and its unique atmosphere characterised by ancient traditions and customs. Stop at St Clara Church, where lies the tomb of Queen St. Isabel, the protagonist of the “miracle of the roses”. See the exclusive ceramic of Coimbra. In the afternoon we continue to Aveiro, the city of the canals, known as the “Portuguese Venice”, where you shall have time to see the graceful boats “moliceiros” and taste the local sweets “ovos moles”. Drive to Oporto and Overnight.

Day 3:Oporto
Spend time in Porto,  the 2nd largest city of Portugal and world heritage by UNESCO - a living amphitheater inviting us to make a morning visit to discover the riverside area, old houses, palaces, churches that history has made eternal and Port wine, known worldwide. Afternoon free. overnight.  After Apr 2018 excursion to Santiago de Compostella.

Day 4:Oporto - Guimarães - Braga - Barcelos - Oporto
After breakfast full day tour to the Minho, the northwest region of Portugal that offers natural green sceneries and the sparkling “green wine”. Stop in Guimarães, the cradle of the nation, birthplace of the first king of Portugal, where, walking along the historic center, for moments one is plunged back into medieval times. Visit the Sacred Hill, crowned by the Castle, as well the Palace of the Dukes of Bragança, which original building dates back to the 15th centuries. Drive to Braga(stop) known as the "Portuguese Rome" for its concentration of religious architecture, as the oldest Cathedral of the country, and the Bom Jesus do Monte Sanctuary with famous baroque stairway and gardens. After we shall continue to Barcelos(stop), an historical city rich in popular handicraft where the Galo de Barcelos (the rooster of Barcelos) legend was born becoming, the rooster, a Portuguese icon. Return to Porto. Overnight.

Day 5: Oporto - Amarante - Vila Real - Douro Valley - Lamego - Viseu - Urgeiriça
Morning departure to Amarante, a pretty town proud of São Gonçalo known for the promotion of love and marriage. The monastery houses his tomb and his lively bustling market where you can find fruit, vegetables, chickens, cloths, and an immense variety of other popular items. After, drive to Vila Real and visit the gardens of the manor of Mateus, which façade is still depicted on the well-known Portuguese Rose wine bottles. Then we enter in the Port wine region, travelling through the vineyards and the breathtaking landscapes of the Douro Valley .Stop in Lamego, and see one of Portugal's most important shrines . Remédios with its magnificent baroque style staircase.Maybe you will try some of the local delicacies such as the local ham or the famous “Bola de Lamego” (a loaf baked in the oven with smoked ham). Continue to the mountainous hinterland to Viseu, center of the Dão Vineyards and a city connected with Portugal´s oldest hero, Viriato, the Lusitanian chief. In the shadow of the Cathedral, narrow streets and doorways with coats of arms carved in granite make up the ancient town of Viseu. Along the center we find a busy commercial area. Later on arrive to Urgeiriça and overnight.

Day 6: Urgeiriça - Bussaco - Tomar - Lisbon
In the morning drive to Bussaco well know for the luxuriant forest, made up of a selection of rare trees and plants of exotic beauty, where was built a charming and romantic hotel, before a royal hunting lodge. We continue to Tomar. The development of the city is closely linked to the Order of the Templars, which received these lands in 1159 as a reward for the
assistance they gave Dom Afonso Henriques (the First King of Portugal) in the Christian reconquest of the territory. It was Dom Gualdim Pais, the first Grand Master of the Order in Portugal, who founded the castle and the remarkable Convent of Christ inside. Enlarged and altered over the centuries, this retains the influences of various architectural styles; it is the centrepiece of the city and classified as a World Heritage site by UNESCO. We follow the journey till Lisbon. Lisbon- overnight

Day 7: Lisbon  - Sintra - Cabo da Roca - Cascais - Estoril
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure towards to Sintra for a luxury day. Visit the palace of Sintra and walk through this charming village. Enjoy a the amazing view from the westernmost porint of Europe (Cabo da Roca). Along the cost we pass by one of the most famous surfing beaches, the incredible Boca do Inferno, the cosmopolitan Cascais and the gardens of Estoril Casino. Return to Lisbon. Lisbon- overnight.

Day 8: Lisbon - Evora
Today discover the town of Évora, mosaic of culture, history and traditions. Leaving Lisboa, we cross the bridge over the river Tejo where by a beautiful and bucolic landscape of olive trees, cork oak trees and vineyards we arrive at Évora – World Heritage of UNESCO. In the narrow streets of the whitewashed town of Évora we walk along the time visiting some of the most important monuments: the Roman Temple, the Romanesque-gothic Cathedral, Saint Francis Church whit the “Bones Chapel“, and the University. At the market we see and feel the richness of product used to prepare one of the most elaborated and appreciated gastronomies of Portugal. Along the visit we also admire the diversity and authenticity of local handicraft with cork, ceramic and copper objects. Time to lunch. In the afternoon, free time for a better discover of the city. Our suggestion: wine, cheese and olive oil gourmet proof. Évora-overnight

Day 9 :Evora  - Beja - Silves - Lagos
After breakfast morning at leisure in Evora, and then driving southward passing Beja(stop) were the highest tower of Portuguese Medieval castles dominates the town and the region. Crossing small mountains we enter in the Algarve. By fields of orange trees we arrive to Silves(stop), the renowned town dominated by its red sandstone castle dating back mainly to Moorish times and by the memory of is former cork industry. Continue to the golden sands of the Algarve passing by Praia da Rocha to Lagos. Lagos - overnight

Day 10: Lagos - Ponta da Piedade -  Sagres/Cabo de S. Vicente -  Lagos
Breakfast at the hotel. The Algarve has the call of the sea that led to the discovery of the New World. Stop in Ponta da Piedade and admire the magnificent view over the Atlantic Ocean, and cliffs whose shapes have been sculpted by the erosive action of both the sea and time. Continue to Sagres and stop at this fishing port, for a visit to the fortress was the mythical “navigation school” forever linked with the presence of Prince Henry the Navigator during the first days of Atlantic navigation and the discovery of the African coast. Proceeding along the cliffs to Cabo São Vincente(stop), the most southwestern point in Europe. The city of Lagos, a cosmopolitan town with marina and fishing port where you can taste the delicious Algarve dishes, such as the fish and shellfish cooked in a copper pan , - never forgetting the fine sweets such as the famous marzipans, almond and fig cakes. Return to the hotel, where, the afternoon at leisure invites you to take a dip in the warm sea. Lagos - overnight

Day 11: Lagos - Setúbal - Serra da Arrábida - Lisbon
Today say farewell to the Algarve and return to Lisbon. On the way visit the city of Setubal, a major port and industrial center on the north bank of the Sado estuary. Then the scenic route over the Arrábida Mountain Range, an area preserved as a NaturalPark, with an amazing scenery and unique vegetation at the gates of Lisbon, and savor the sweeping views of the Tróia Peninsula. Crossing the bridge over the Tejo River, arrival to Lisbon. Continue with one of our Douro river cruises.

Price per person for the First Class Tour in Euro ($ rate varies depending the exchange):

Dates Price per person based on double or triple Price per person based on single
1 Nov 2017 - 31 Mar 2018 1590 1906
Apr - Oct 2018 1856 2252
Nov 2018-- 31 Mar 2019 1690 2006


Premium (First Class) Tour Includes:

  • Accommodation on buffet breakfast bases, on the following hotels, or similar:
    Hotel Santa Maria,4* in Fátima, Ipanema Porto 4star in Oporto, Hotel da Urgeiriça,4* in Canas do Senhorim, Hotel Lutecia,4* in Lisbon, Hotel Muralas 4 star Mar d'Ar,4* in Évora, Hotel Villa Gale Lagos 4* in Lagos 
  • Transport by air conditioned bus or minivan, as per detailed itinerary
  • Portuguese, English, Spanish and French speaking guide during the tour
  • Entrancees into following monuments:Batalha Monastery,Coimbra University, "Palacio da Bolsa"(Porto), St. Francisco Church (Porto), “ Gardens of Palacio Mateus",Convento do Cristo (Tomar),Palacio da Pena (Sintra) Bons Chapel(Évora),São Francisco Church (Évora), Évora´s Cathedral, São Vicente Fortress(Sagres).

Not includes:
Expenses other than above mentioned, porterage fees at the hotels, lunches, or dinners, personal expenses, entrance fees to other places than mentioned above

Tour departs 9am from terminal Marques de Pombal in Lisbon  or free pick up from Lisbon hotels.
Children (sharing with 2 adults) 0-4 years : free
Children 5-10 years (sharing with 2adults): 50% off the regular price

Transfer price from Lisbon Airport to Hotels  (or train station to hotel) in Lisbon or v.v: 
Euro 45 per car each way (1-3 pax) - night supplement 8pm-8am : Euro 18 per transfer

Lisbon city package with city tour and excursions is also available! Please check our
City packages / Lisbon page!

 

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