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Best of Portugal Escorted: Lisbon to Lisbon

Duration
11 Days
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US$ 2,437

This Portugal tour takes you to most of the country’s key heritage sights, lingering in highlights such the Algarve, and giving you time to enjoy the country’s beautiful beaches.


This 11-day escorted round-trip from Lisbon, staying in 4 star accomodations, is the ideal all-round introduction to Portugal.

Set out from Lisbon bound for the medieval city of Obidos, where you can sample the famous cherry liquor, and Alcobaca, home to the largest gothic church in Portugal. Stop at Batalha to visit the tomb and monastery of Henry the Navigator before staying overnight in Fatima. Your next stop is Coimbra, famed for having one of the world’s oldest universities, with a magnificent baroque library and a great reverence for its traditions and culture. Go on to visit Aveiro, a city of channels known as ‘Portugal’s Venice’, before overnighting in Oporto.

Featured on UNESCO’s World Heritage list, Oporto boasts a rich heritage of wine, religion and discovery, all yours to explore over a full day’s sightseeing that includes its most picturesque churches and monuments. Spend another night here before setting out for the Minho region. Visit the birthplace of Portugal’s first king, try some of the region’s famous ‘green wine,’ and be awed by the diverse religious architecture of Braga, home to the oldest cathedral in Portugal. And if you have ever wondered why the rooster or Galo is such a famous Portuguese symbol, the charming town of Barcelos has your answer.

Your next day is devoted to the romance of everyday life, starting with the home town of Sao Doncalo, famed promoter of love and marriage. The local monastery houses his tomb, and his local market is still a popular place to find fresh produce, poultry and clothing. Afterwards, you’ll wander the gardens of Mateus, before going in search of samples in the Port wine regions of the Douro Valley. Your final day takes you back to Lisbon, passing through the exotic trees and plants of Bussaco. Discover the hidden Templar history of Tomar, not that you’ll have to look too hard. Much of the original 12th century architecture remains, and is another UNESCO World Heritage site.

With two nights back in Lisbon, you’ll take a day trip to explore the palaces and gardens of Sintra and Estoril. This is also a day for exploring Portugals’ sparkling coastline, where it’s easy to contemplate the vast influence this country once had on world exploration and trade. Set out from Lisbon and discover the charms of Evora, the UNESCO World Heritage listed city notable for unique structures including Saint Francis Church and the eerie Chapel of Bones. Sampling the local wine and cheese is highly recommended before staying overnight and having the next morning free to explore. Head south to Beja, where medieval castles tower over the historic streets. Then cross the mountains to Algarve, a region of orange groves with castles of its own dating back to Moorish times. Enjoy the sands of Praia da Rocha before overnighting in Lagos.

Located on Portugal’s southern tip, Ponta de Piedad offers dramatic views over the Atlantic. Follow the cliffs to the fishing port of Sagres and Cabo Sao Vincente, the most south-westerly point of Europe. Take some time to explore Lagos on your own, perhaps taking a swim before returning inland. The trip back to Lisbon takes you via Setubal and the Arrabida mountain range, one of Portugal’s most impressive natural parks known for its limestone formations and a wide variety of animal and plant life.


 

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Duration
11 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,437

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Day 1

Lisbon to Fatima

This morning you will be picked up at the hotel of your choosing in Lisbon. The departure time is 9:00am, so please ensure you are ready in your hotel lobby at least 15 minutes before the pickup time. From Lisbon the tour will head to Obidos surrounded by medieval walls to see the unique architecture and crafts, and taste the famous bitter cherry liquor. The next stop is Alcobaca with the first and largest gothic church in Portugal and burial site of Ines de Castro. To see a traditional fishing village and seaside resort, a stop is made in Nazare. Heading to Fatima for the night a stop is made in Batalha at the famous monastery and tomb of Henry the Navigator. Overnight in Fatima.

Duration1 Night
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Santa Maria

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    Santa Maria



    The Hotel Santa Maria is located in the heart of Fatima, close to the Sanctuary. The hotel has been recently renovated according to the most modern concepts of Architecture and Design, achieving a decoration that is an invitation to peace and tranquility. The light that ...

    The Hotel Santa Maria is located in the heart of Fatima, close to the Sanctuary. The hotel has been recently renovated according to the most modern concepts of Architecture and Design, achieving a decoration that is an invitation to peace and tranquility. The light that flows in every corner of the hotel creates a warm atmosphere. Coming into the lobby, two works by Pedro Calapez, expressly painted for the Santa Maria Hotel - "Journey" and "Garden of Heaven" - will take you on a spiritual journey.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Newspapers
    • Parking
    • Restaurant
    • Room Service
    • Terrace
    • Wakeup Calls Available

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Day 2

Fatima to Oporto

After breakfast at the hotel the bus departs for Coimbra to see one of the oldest universities in the world with its magnificent baroque library. You will see St. Clara Church where lies Queen St. Isabel. In the afternoon you will enjoy Aveiro, known as Portugal's Venice because of its many canals and graceful boats. The tour continues to Oporto. Overnight in Oporto.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration3 Nights
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Ipanema Porto

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    Ipanema Porto



    Visit Oporto and stay in one of the most characteristic hotels of this city, full of charm and natural beauty. The hotel is located in the centre of Oporto, near Avenida da Boavista, within a business centre and a renowned shopping area. Benefit from our ...

    Visit Oporto and stay in one of the most characteristic hotels of this city, full of charm and natural beauty. The hotel is located in the centre of Oporto, near Avenida da Boavista, within a business centre and a renowned shopping area. Benefit from our location and rent one of the bicycles we have available to go for a ride along the Douro River - it is just 5 minutes away. From this hotel, you have easy access to the public means of transport in Porto, such as the metro or the bus.

    Facilities

    • Bicycle hire
    • Business Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry Service
    • Luggage Service
    • Room Service
    • Safety Deposit Box

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Day 3

Guimaraes and Braga

After breakfast at the hotel you have a full day tour to the Minho, the northwest region of Portugal that offers natural green sceneries and sparkling "green wine". Stop at Guimaraes - 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, with original building dates back to the 15th century. Then drive to Braga 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 stairways and gardens. After continue to Barcelos, an historical city rich in popular handicraft where the Galo de Barcelos (the rooster of Barcelos) legend was born making the rooster a Portuguese icon. Return to Oporto for overnight.

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Day 4

Santiago de Compostela

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before setting off for Santiago de Compostela, the capital of Galicia and the centre of pilgrimage at the end of the Santiago Way. In 1985, UNESCO declared Santiago de Compostela World Cultural Heritage and you have the entire day to freely discover this fascinating city. Wander its historical streets and learn about its most extraordinary monuments before sampling some of the traditional local dishes.

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Day 5

Oporto to Viseu

The first stop today is in Amarante, a pretty town known for the promotion of love and marriage and its beautiful market. The drive continues to Vila Real to visit the gardens of the manor of Mateus. You enter the port wine region to travel through vineyards and breathtaking landscapes. A stop is made in Lamego, overlooked by N.S Remedios, and trying some of the local delicacies here is highly recommended. Continue to the mountainous land of Viseu, a beautiful city in the shadow of a cathedral.

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Duration1 Night
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Hotel Urgeirica

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    Hotel Urgeirica



    Hotel Urgeirica is situated in Canas de Senhorim about 25km from Viseu and Estrela mountains. For a long time it's been a privileged place for some Portuguese people. In the hear t of Beira Alta, in the region Dao Lafoes, offering you the quality of ...

    Hotel Urgeirica is situated in Canas de Senhorim about 25km from Viseu and Estrela mountains. For a long time it's been a privileged place for some Portuguese people. In the hear t of Beira Alta, in the region Dao Lafoes, offering you the quality of one of the best hotels in the country.

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    • Children's Facility
    • Games Room
    • Garden
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)

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Day 6

Viseu to Lisbon

After a hotel breakfast, the tour continues to Bussaco with its forest of exotic trees. Then on to Tomar, the jewel in the crown of Central Portugal. This land was given to the Order of the Templars and has a castle and convent now considered a UNESCO world heritage site. The Templar Castle in Tomar, was constructed by Gualdim Pais in the mid-12th Century on a strategic location high on a hill close to the River Nabao. The castle was part of the defense system created by the Templar Knights to secure the border of the Christian Kingdom against the Moors and remained a major stronghold for nearly two centuries during the Middle Ages. Later it played a significant part in the New World explorations of the 15th Century, led by one of the Order's most famous grand masters, Henry the Navigator. Return to Lisbon for overnight.

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Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Hotel Lutecia

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    Hotel Lutecia



    In the heart of Lisbon, walking distance to the metro and to Gulbenkian Museum, this is modern hotel with theme floors, 175 guest rooms and many amenities. Set in the residential Areeiro district, this hotel was recently renovated and features 9 themed floors, as well ...

    In the heart of Lisbon, walking distance to the metro and to Gulbenkian Museum, this is modern hotel with theme floors, 175 guest rooms and many amenities. Set in the residential Areeiro district, this hotel was recently renovated and features 9 themed floors, as well as a fusion restaurant serving Portuguese and Indian cuisine.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Gym
    • 24 Hour Reception
    • 24- Hour Business Centre
    • Air Conditioning
    • Babysitting Services
    • Bar
    • Housekeeping Service
    • Laundry Service
    • Restaurant
    • Safety Deposit Box

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Day 7

Sintra and Estoril

Make a day trip from Lisbon to Sintra and Estoril. In Sintra, you will tour the palace and the streets of the village, and in Estoril you will see the gardens of Estoril Casino. A coastline with amazing beaches for relaxing in the sun and forgetting about reality. Impressive cliffs that will take your imagination to the other side of the Atlantic. Gardens, villas and palaces that will enthrall you with their historic and glamorous past. The route today passes by Portugals most famous surfing beaches. Overnight in Lisbon.

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Day 8

Evora

Today the tour departs from Lisbon to spend the day exploring Evora, a UNESCO world heritage site. The most important monuments here are the Roman Temple, the Romanesque-gothic cathedral, Saint Francis Church with the 'Bones Chapel', and the University. The market is a great spot for lunch and to shop for crafts. Here you have free time in the afternoon to explore the city. Overnight in Evora.

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Duration1 Night
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Mar de Ar Muralhas

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    Mar de Ar Muralhas



    The Hotel M'Ar de Ar Muralhas is located right in the historic centre of Evora, a 5 minutes walk from the famous Giraldo Square. With this privileged location the hotel benefits from an ample garden framed by the historic city wall, which gives the area ...

    The Hotel M'Ar de Ar Muralhas is located right in the historic centre of Evora, a 5 minutes walk from the famous Giraldo Square. With this privileged location the hotel benefits from an ample garden framed by the historic city wall, which gives the area an atmosphere of remarkable beauty, in particular at sunset. The swimming pool also takes advantage of this unique scenario, as well as the bar esplanade where you can enjoy the peace of the Alentejo nights under the natural planetarium above your head.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Bar
    • Bicycles
    • Garage
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Meeting Rooms Available
    • Restaurant
    • Room Service
    • Safety Deposit Box

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Day 9

Evora to Lagos

Spend a morning of leisure in Evora before the tour departs for Beja where you will see Portugal's highest medieval tower. Beja is a pleasing town with whitewashed houses and a 13th-century castle. Next you will travel to Silves, dominated by its red sandstone castles. The last stop today will be in Lagos, situated on a stunning coastline of wide golden beaches, jagged cliffs and crystal clear waters. In the charming and historic city visitors will discover interesting historical monuments, fine cuisine and a lively nightlife. Overnight in Lagos.

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Duration2 Nights
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Hotel Vila Gale Lagos

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    Hotel Vila Gale Lagos



    The Hotel Vila Gale Lagos, opened in 2009, is located in Meia Praia, Lagos, right over the beach and with a sweeping view of the sea. The decor of this modern hotel in Lagos is dedicated to fashion and had the participation of renowned Portuguese ...

    The Hotel Vila Gale Lagos, opened in 2009, is located in Meia Praia, Lagos, right over the beach and with a sweeping view of the sea. The decor of this modern hotel in Lagos is dedicated to fashion and had the participation of renowned Portuguese designers such as Ana Salazar, Jose Antonio Tenente and Miguel Vieira, which makes it a hotel with a unique style. This design hotel offers various types of spacious and comfortable rooms, including most importantly the large family rooms, the sea view rooms and suites.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Free WiFi
    • Garage
    • Garden
    • Kids club
    • Laundry Service
    • Library
    • Meeting Rooms Available
    • Outdoor Pool
    • Parking
    • Playground
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Spa
    • Sport field
    • Sports center

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Day 10

Lagos to Cabo de Sao Vicente

Today you will travel to Ponta de Piedad for a magnificent view of the Atlantic. The tour continues to Sagres, a fishing port, for a visit to the fortress which was once the mythical navigation school. Upon your early return to the hotel you will have time to explore Lagos on your own or to relax with the beach and dip in the sea. Overnight in Lagos.

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Day 11

Lagos to Lisbon

As the bus travels back to Lisbon, get a last look at the sea. You will have a stop at Setubal, a major port and industrial centre, and then in the mountains of Arrabida, a Portuguese national park. Upon arrival in Lisbon, the tour is concluded.

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DEPARTURES:

2017:  Jan 14; Feb 18; Mar 11; Apr 8, 22; May 6, 20; Jun 3 ,17; July 1, 15; Aug 5, 19; Sep 2, 16 ;Oct 7, 21

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Accommodation with breakfast daily
  • Transport in air conditioned bus or minivan
  • Guide during all touring
  • Entrance fees for: Batalha Monastery, Coimbra University, 'Palacioda Bolsa' (Porto), St. Francisco Church (Porto), 'Gardens of Palacio Mateus', Convento do Cristo (Tomar), Palacioda Pena (Sintra), Bones Chapel (Evora), Sao Francisco Church (Evora), Evora's Cathedral, and Sao Vicente Fortress (Sagres)

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Entrance fees to monuments not mentioned
  • Travel insurance
  • Visas if required
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Meals not specifically noted in the itinerary
  • Beverages unless specified
  • All international and domestic airfares and airfare taxes unless specified

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please enquire.

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