11 Days Premium Tour of Portugal from Lisboasightseeing €1465/- (Posted on Jun 16 2011)

11 Days Premium Tour of Portugal from Lisboasightseeing €1465/-

PORTUGAL IN 11 DAYS PREMIUM TOUR

ITINERARY

Day 1: Lisboa/Óbidos/Alcobaça/Nazaré/Batalha/Fátima (+/- 217Km /134.8 miles)
By a landscape rich in windmills and fruit trees we arrive to Óbidos(stop), surrounded by medieval walls where we can admire the
harmony of the architecture, the diversity of the handicrafts and taste the famous ginginha (bitter cherry liqueur).Visit Alcobaça(stop)
with the first and largest gothic church in Portugal with the tombs of D.Pedro and Inês de Castro, known by it’s love story. Stopping
in Nazaré(stop), a typical fishing village and seaside resort, with its traditions and legends. We continue to Batalha(stop) – visit the
Monastery of Santa Maria de Victoria, a masterpiece of the gothic in Portugal where we can find the tomb of Henry the Navigator,
the promoter of the maritime discoveries. After we arrive to Fátima(stop), the famous Marian Shrine. Posibility to assist the Candle
procession. Fátima- overnight.

batalha portugal

batalha portugal

Day 2: Fátima/Coimbra/Aveiro/Oporto (+/-270Km/152.9 miles)
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure towards Coimbra(stop) – visit of the University, one of the oldest in the world, with its magnificent
baroque library and its unique atmosphere characterised by ancient traditions and customs such as the black cape of the students and
the melancholic fado music. Stop at St Clara Church, where lies the tomb of Queen St. Isabel, the protagonist of the “miracle of the
roses”. In the center you can admire the exclusive ceramic of Coimbra. In the afternoon we continue to Aveiro(stop), 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 vila Nova de Gaia, near by Oporto. Vila Nova de Gaia– overnight.

Day 3: Oporto (+/- 25km/15.5 miles)
Porto the 2nd city of Portugal and world heritage by UNESCO – a living amphitheatre 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. Vila
Nova De Gaia-overnight

Day 4: Oporto/ Guimarães/ Braga/ Barcelos/Oporto (+/-178Km/110.6 miles)
Breakfast at the hotel. Full day tour to the Minho, the northwest region of Portugal that offers natural green sceneries and the
sparkling “green wine”. Starting by Guimarães(stop) – 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. Vila nova de Gaia-overnight.

Day 5: Oporto/Amarante/Vila Real/Douro Valley/Lamego/Viseu/Urgeiriça (+/-254Km/157.8 miles)
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to Amarante(stop), a pretty town proud of São Gonçalo known to encourage love and marriage. In
front of the river we have the monastery where his tomb lies and the lively bustling market where you can find fruit, vegetables,
chickens, cloths, and an immense variety of other popular items. After, drive to Vila Real (stop) – visiting 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(stop), overlooked by one of
Portugal’s most important shrines N.S. 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(stop), 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. Arrival to Urgeiriça. Urgeiriça/Caldas da Felgueira –overnight.

Day 6: Urgeiriça/Bussaco/Tomar/Lisboa (+/- 365 km)
Breakfast at the hotel. Drive through the heart of Portugal till 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: Lisboa/Sintra/Cabo da Roca/Cascais/Estoril (+/- 90 km)
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: Lisboa/Evora (+/- 140 km)
One day discovering 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.

evora portugal

evora portugal

Day 9: Evora /Beja/Silves/Alvor (+/-250Km/155.3 miles)
Breakfast in hotel. Part of the 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 Alvor.
Alvor-overnight.

Day 10: Alvor/Ponta da Piedade/ Sagres/Cabo de S. Vicente/ Lagos/ Alvor (+/-140 km/87 miles)
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(stop)
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(stop), a 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(stop), 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 (cataplana), – 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. Alvor-overnight.

Day 11: Alvor/Setúbal/Serra da Arrábida/Lisbon (+/-330km/205 miles)
A last look at the water while traveling along the coast, to say farewell to the Algarve. The return trip to Lisbon will take you by the
city of Setubal (stop), a major port and industrial centre 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 savour the sweeping views of the Tróia Peninsula. Crossing the bridge over the Tejo River, arrival to Lisboa.

DATES & PRICES
Price in euros, per person

Name of Tour
Departures
2011Apr1 to 2011May31
2011Oct1 to 2011Oct31
2011June1 to
2011Sep30
2011Nov1 to
2012March31
Double
Single
Double
Single
Double
Single
Portugal in 11 days premium tour
Saturday
1512.00
1838.00
1622.00
1981.00
1465.00
1763.00

Free pick-ups at your Hotels in Lisbon. For the Hotels in the surroundings there is an extra charge, depending on the Hotel. All tours start at 9 a.m. in Lisbon. The tour entitles
you to transportation, accommodation in 3 and 4 star Hotels with breakfast, entrance fees and the services of a tour guide.

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