Day 1: Lisbon/Óbidos/Alcobaça/Nazaré/Batalha/Fátima
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 marine discoveries. Afther we arrive to Fátima (stop), the famous Marian Shrine. Possibility to assist the Candle procession. Fátima (Overnight).
Day 2: Fátima/Coimbra/Aveiro/Oporto
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 characterized 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 Porto (Overnight).
Day 3: Porto/Guimarães/Braga
Breakfast at the hotel . Oporto the second largest city in Portugal and world heritage by Unesco – a living amphitheatre inviting us to make a morning visit to dicover the riverside area, old houses, palaces, churches that history has made eternal and Port wine, known worldwine. We leave to Minho, the northwest region of of Portugal that offers natural green sceneries and the sparkling “green wine”. Starting by Guimarães (stop) the cradle of thebirthplace of the first king of where, walking along the historic center, for moments one is plunged back into mediaval times. Visit the Sacred Hill, crowned by the Castle, as well the Palace of the Dukes of Bragança, which original building dates to the 15th centuries. Drive to Braga (stop) known as the “Portuguese Rome” for its concetration of religious architecture, as the oldest Cathedral of the country, and the Bom Jesus do Monte Sanctuary with famous baroque stairway and gardens.Accommodation
Day 4: Braga/Santiago de Compostela/Porto
Breakfast at the hotel. We leave to Santiago de Compostela, the capital of Galiza (Spain) and destination of
the pelgrins from the “Caminhos de Santiago”. Santiago was declared World Heritage by Unesco in 1985.
Free time to discover this amazing place.Walk trought its streets and visit the extraordinary monuments.
Departure to Porto (accommodation).
Day 5: Oporto/Amarante/Vila Real/Douro valley/Lamego/Viseu/Urgeiriça
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to Amarante (stop) , a pretty town proud of São Gonçalo known for the promotion of love and mariage were the monastery facing the river houses his tomb and his lively bustling market where you can find fruit, vegetables, chickens, cloths, and an immense variety of 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. Lamego( stop),overlooked by one of Portugal’s most important shrines N.S.Remédios with its magnificent baroque style staircase. Maybe you will try soma of the local delicacies such as the local ham or the famous “Bola de Lamego” (a loaf backed 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 chif. 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 / Caldas da Felgueira (overnight).
Day 6: Urgeiriça/Bussaco/Tomar/Lisboa
Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to the heart of Portugal till Bussaco well known 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 to D.Afonso Henriques (the First King of Portugal) in the Christian reconquest of the territory. It was D.Gualdim Pais, the first Grand Master on the Order in Portugal, who founded the castle and the remarkable Convent of Christ inside. Enlarged altered over the centuries, it retains the influences of various architectural styles; it is the centerpiece of the city and classified as a World heritage by UNESCO. We follow the journey till Lisbon. Overnight.
Day 7: Lisboa/Sintra/Cabo da Roca/Cascais/Estoril
Breakfast at the Hotel. Departure towards Sintra for a luxury day. Visit the Palace of Sintra and walk through this charming village. Enjoy the amazing view from the westernmost point of Europe (Cabo da Roca). Along the coast 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 (overnight).
Day 8: Lisbon/Évora
One day discovering the town of Évora , mosaic of culture,history and traditions. Leaving Lisbon, we cross the bridge over the river Tejo 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 with the ” Bones Chapel” , and the University . At the market we see and feel the richness of product used to prepare one of the most elaborate and appreciated gastronomy 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 gourmet olive oil. Évora (Overnight).
Day 9: Évora/Beja/Silves/Lagos
Breakfast at the hotel. Part of the morning at leisure in Évora, 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 (overnight).
Day 10: Lagos/Ponta da Piedade/Sagres/Cabo S.Vicente/Lagos/Alvor
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 S.Vicente(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 cooper pan (cataplana),-never forgetting the fine sweets such as the famous marzipan, 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/Setubal/Serra Arrabida/Lisboa
A last look at the water while traveling along the coast, to say farewell to the Algarve. The return trip to Lisboa will take you by the city of Setúbal (stop), a major port and industrial centre on the north bank of the Sado estuary. Then the scenic route over Arrábida Mountain range , an area preserved as a Natural park, 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. End of the services.
SCHEDULE: Saturdays (on guaranteed dates – please ask) / Minimum 4 pax | Time: 9:00am
PRICE: Jan 01 – Mar 31, 2018: IN DBL $3,019| IN SGL $3,619
Apr 01 – Oct 31, 2018: IN DBL $3,529 | IN SGL $4,269
- Accommodation on buffet breakfast basis at Hotel santa Maria,4* in Fátima , Hotel Ipanema Porto 4* in Porto, Hotel da Urgeiriça,4* in Canas do senhorim , Hotel Lutecia, 4* in lisbon , Hotel Mar d’Ar, 4* in Évora , Hotel Vila Galé Lagos,4* in Lagos. or similar
- Transport by air conditioned bus or minivan as per itinerary and guide during entire tour
- Entrance fees into following monuments: Batalha Monastery , Coimbra University , Palacio Bolsa 8Porto), St.Francisco church
(Porto), Gardens of Palacio Mateus, Convento de Cristo 8 Tomar), Palacio da pena (Sintra) Bounes chapel (Ëvora), S. Francisco Church (Évora), Évora’s cathedral, Sao Vicente Fortress (sagres)
- tax on per person rate
NOT INCLUDED: Other expenses or personal ones, dinners, entrance fees other than mentioned.
*Prices are in Canadian Dollars, per person, subject to availability and change without prior notice.