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Grand Tour of Portugal - Tour PT114

11 days/10 nights

Visit this charming country at the southernmost corner of the continent, one of the oldest kingdoms in Europe. European discovery of the world began with King Henry the Navigator. This once powerful country offers you medieval palaces, towns of old world charm, dramatic  landscapes and steep vineyards. Portugal has some of the most beautiful churches. They look like lace carved in stone. Visit quaint sleepy villages, dramatic cliffs and miles of sunny seashores.

Guaranteed Saturday Departures:

2020: Jan 11, Feb 15, Mar 14, Apr 4, 18, May 2, 16, Jun 6, 20, Jul 4, 18, Aug 1, 15, Sept 5, 19, Oct 3, 17, Nov 14, Dec 12.

2021: Jan 16, Feb 13, Mar 13.

Day 1: Lisbon - Obidos - Alcobaça - Nazaré - Batalha - Fátima
Depart Lisbon and drive to Óbidos, the city surrounded by medieval walls. Admire the the architecture, the diversity of the handicrafts and taste the famous Ginginha (bitter cherry liqueur).

Visit Alcobaça, the first and largest gothic church in Portugal. See the tombs of D. Pedro and Inês de Castro, and learn of their undying love.

Stop in Nazaré. A typical fishing village and seaside resort. Afterwards we continue to Batalha and visit the Monastery of Santa Maria de Victoria, a gothic masterpiece. Here you will see the tomb of Henry the Navigator.

Lastly, we arrive in Fátima and see the famous Marian Shrine. There is an option to assist in the Candle procession. Overnight in Fátima.

Day 2: Fátima - Coimbra - Aveiro - Oporto
After breakfast we leave for Coimbra and visit one of the oldest Universities in the world. The magnificent baroque library and its unique atmosphere are characterised by ancient traditions and customs.

Make a stop at St. Clara Church to view the tomb of Queen St. Isabel. The protagonist of the “miracle of the roses”.

In the afternoon we continue to Aveiro, known as the “Portuguese Venice”, where you shall have time to see the graceful boats known as “Moliceiros” and taste the local sweets “Ovos Moles”. Drive to Oporto and overnight.

Day 3: Oporto - Guimarães - Braga - Barcelos - Oporto
Porto is a living amphitheatre and is UNESCO world heritage listed. We make a morning visit to the riverside area. Replete with old houses, palaces, churches and Port wine.

We continue to the Minho, the northwest region of Portugal that offers natural green scenery and sparkling “green wine”.

Starting at Guimarães, birthplace of the first king of Portugal, we walk along the historic centre through medieval history. Visit the Sacred Hill, crowned by a Castle. The Palace of the Dukes of Bragança, dates back to the 15th century.

Next we drive to Braga known as the "Portuguese Rome" for its concentration of religious architecture. See the oldest Cathedral in the country, and the “Bom Jesus do Monte” sanctuary. Famous for its baroque stairway and gardens. Return to Oporto for overnight.

Day 4: Oporto -  Santiago de Compostela - Oporto
Santiago de Compostela, the capital of Galicia, World Heritage Listed and the centre of Camino de Santiago pilgrimage. Enjoy the entire day free to discover this fascinating city. Overnight at the Sheraton Hotel in Oporto.

Day 5: Oporto - Amarante - Vila Real - Douro Valley - Lamego - Viseu - Urgeiriça
We start in Amarante, a pretty town known for São Gonçalo, the patron saint of love and marriage. The monastery houses his tomb and a lively bustling market.

After, we drive to Vila Real and visit the gardens of the manor of Mateus, still depicted on 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. The Santuário de Nossa Senhora dos Remédio has a magnificent baroque style staircase.

Try some of 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. The center of the Dão Vineyards and home of Portugal´s oldest hero, Viriato, the Lusitanian chief. Later on arrive to Urgeiriça and overnight.

Day 6: Urgeiriça - Bussaco - Tomar - Lisbon
In the morning we drive to Bussaco, with a luxuriant forest, filled with rare trees and plants of exotic beauty. We continue to Tomar, given to the Order of the Templars in 1159 as a reward.

They assited Dom Afonso Henriques, the First King of Portugal, in the Christian reconquest of the territory. Dom Gualdim Pais, the first Grand Master of the Order in Portugal, founded the castle and the remarkable Convent of Christ inside. Enlarged and altered over the centuries, this retains the influences of various architectural styles. We journey on towards Lisbon for an overnight stay.

Day 7: Lisbon  - Sintra - Cabo da Roca - Cascais - Estoril - Lisbon
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 for overnight.

Day 8: Lisbon - Évora
Today discover the town of Évora, mosaic of culture, history and traditions. Leaving Lisboa, we cross the bridge over the river Tejo. See the beautiful and bucolic landscape of olive trees, cork oak trees and vineyards. Next we arrive at World heritage Évora. We walk through the narrow streets of this whitewashed town. View the Roman Temple, the Romanesque-gothic Cathedral, Saint Francis Church with its “Bones Chapel“, and the University.

We stop at the food and craft markets. In the afternnon take free time to discover the city. Stay in Évora overnight.

Day 9: Evora - Beja - Silves - Lagos
This morning is at your leisure. In the afternoon we drive 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. Stop at Silves which is dominated by a red sandstone castle dating back to Moorish times. Continue to the golden sands of the Algarve passing by Praia da Rocha to Lagos for our overnight stay.

Day 10: Lagos - Ponta da Piedade -  Sagres/Cabo de S. Vicente - Lagos
Our first stop is in Ponta da Piedade for a magnificent view over the Atlantic Ocean. The cliffs have been sculpted by the erosive both the sea and time. Continue to Sagres at the fortress whoch was the navigation school of Prince Henry the Navigator.

Proceeding along the cliffs to Cabo São Vincente we stop at the most southwestern point in Europe. The city of Lagos, a cosmopolitan town with a marina and fishing port. Here you can taste delicious fish and shellfish cooked in a copper pan. Plus fine sweets such as marzipan, almond and fig cakes. Return to the hotel for an afternoon at your leisure.Lagos overnight.

Day 11: Lagos - Setúbal - Serra da Arrábida - Lisbon
Today we farewell the Algarve and return to Lisbon. On the way we visit Setubal. Then we take the scenic route over the Arrábida Mountain Range, with an amazing scenery and unique vegetation at the gates of Lisbon. Savor the sweeping views of the Tróia Peninsula. Finally, we cross the bridge over the Tejo River and arrive at the end of our tour in Lisbon.

2020 Price per person in Euro

Departure Dates

Per person in double or twin

Per person in single

Nov 1 - Mar 31

1,690

2,006

Apr 1 - Oct 31

1,856

2,252

  • The US$ price will vary depending the exchange rate.

Includes:

  • Accommodation with buffet breakfast

  • Transport by air conditioned bus or minivan, as per detailed itinerary

  • Portuguese, English, Spanish and French speaking guide during the tour

  • Entrance is included to the:

    • Batalha Monastery

    • Coimbra University

    • Palacio da Bolsa

    • St. Francisco Church

    • Gardens of Palacio Mateus and the  Convento do Cristo

    • Palacio da Pena

    • The Bones Chapel

    • São Francisco Church

    • Évora Cathedral

    •  São Vicente Fortress

Excludes:

  • Porterage fees at the hotels
  • Lunches and dinners

Four Star Hotels:

  • Hotel Lux Fatima - Fatima
  • Hotel Sheraton - Oporto (5 Star)
  • Hotel da Urgeiriça - Urgeiriça
  •  Hotel Lutecia - Lisbon
  • Hotel M'ar de Ar Muralas - Évora
  • Hotel Villa Gale Lagos - Lagos 

Notes:

  • Free pick up from Lisbon hotels or depart at 9 am from Marques de Pombal square in Lisbon
  • Children (sharing with 2 adults) 0-4 years : free
  • Children 5-10 years (sharing with 2adults): 25% off the regular price

Transfers:

  • Transfer from Lisbon Airport to Hotels  (or reverse) is Euro 45 per car for 1-3 people
  • Night supplement (8pm-8am) is Euro 18 per transfer

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