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11-Day The Best of Portugal Tour

Tour Code: 245-884
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Lisbon, Portugal
English; Spanish; Portuguese; French
11 Days 10 Nights

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Highlights: Lisboa, Obidos, Alcobaca, Nazare, Batalha, Fatima, Leiria, Conimbriga, Coimbra, Bucaco, Aveiro, Oporto, Guimaraes, Braga, Barcelos, Amarante, Vila Real, Douro Valley, Lamego, Viseu, Urgeirica, Serra da Estrela, Castelo Branco, Castelo de Vide, Estremoz ......

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Hotel Area Date / Date Range Adult
Estoril, Sintra and Cascais Year round $8.90
Costa Caparica min. 4 pax Year round $8.90
Sesimbra min. 4 pax Year round $17.80
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    Hotel Area Date / Date Range Adult
    Estoril, Sintra and Cascais Year round $8.90
    Costa Caparica min. 4 pax Year round $8.90
    Sesimbra min. 4 pax Year round $17.80
    • Tickets for children up to the age of four are free but only includes transportation (with any other costs incurred by the accompanying adult). Children with more than five years old pay the adult fee.
    Day 1

    Lisboa - Obidos - Alcobaca - Nazare - Batalha - Fatima (156 km)

    In the morning, guests will be picked up from their Lisbon hotels. We will begin this tour by driving to Obidos through a landscape dotted with windmills and fruit trees. Here, we will admire the well-preserved medieval walls and architecture before we move on to Alcobaca to visit the Gothic Monastery. Then, we will stop in Nazare, a nearby fishing village and seaside resort, before continuing to Batalha, where we will visit the Monastery of Santa Maria de Victoria. Afterwards, we will arrive in Fatima to visit the Marian Sanctuary. This is where we will spend the night.
    • Alcobaca, PORTUGAL

      A city and a municipality in Oeste Subregion, region Centro in Portugal. The city became notable after the first king decided to build a church to commemorate the Conquest of Santarem from the Moors in 1147. The church later evolved into the Monastery of Alcobaca.

      Alcobaca Monastery

      This church and monastery were the first Gothic buildings in Portugal, founded in 1153. The main components of the complex are the royal tombs, the Chapel of St. Bernard, the royal Pantheon, the sacristy, and more.
    • Batalha, PORTUGAL

      A town and a municipality in Portugal. The municipality population in 2011 was 15,805, in an area of 103.42 square kilometres. Here you can find the Batalha Monastery.

      Batalha Monastery

      Construction on this monastery began in 1386 and eventually wrapped up in 1517, spanning the reign of seven kings. It is a Dominican convent built in a Gothic style.
    • Fatima, PORTUGAL

      Fatima is a civil parish in the municipality of Ourem, in the Portuguese Santarem District.

      Sanctuary of Fatima

      The Sanctuary of Fatima is a large, open public facility dedicated to the Virgin Mary. The site features many buildings, including a minor basilica and two small chapels.
    Deluxe Hotel: Hotel Santa Maria or similar
    Day 2

    Fatima - Coimbra - Aveiro - Porto (262 km)

    In the morning, we will enjoy breakfast at the hotel before departing towards Coimbra, where we will visit the local University and the Monastery of Santa Clara. In the city center, we can admire the local ceramics and crafts. In the afternoon, we will continue to Aveiro, nicknamed the "Portuguese Venice" for all its canals. Afterwards, we will drive to Porto, where we will spend the night.
    • Coimbra, PORTUGAL

      The third-largest city in Portugal, Coimbra was once the country's capital until roughly the end of the Middle Ages, and is filled with historical buildings and beautiful architecture.

      Coimbra University

      This university was established in 1290, making it one of the oldest continuously operated centers for higher education in the entire world. The beautiful campus is dotted with old, classical buildings.

      Monastery of Santa Clara-a-Velha

      The ruins of this medieval monastery in Coimbra sit on the banks of the Mondego River. After 12 years of restoration, the site reopened to the public.
    Deluxe Hotel: Ipanema Porto or similar
    Day 3

    Porto - Guimaraes - Braga - Porto (554 km)

    After breakfast at the hotel, we will head to Porto to make a morning visit to discover the riverside area, old houses, palaces, churches. We will then continue to the Minho. Starting by Guimaraes - the cradle of the nation, we will walk along the historic centre. We will visit the Sacred Hill, crowned by the Castle, as well the Palace of the Dukes of Braganca. Then we will drive to Braga known 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. Return to Porto in the evening.
    • Guimaraes, PORTUGAL

      A city and municipality located in northern Portugal. Its historic town centre is listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2001, in recognition for being an "exceptionally well-preserved and authentic example of the evolution of a medieval settlement into a modern town" in Europe.

      Sacred Hill

      The Sacred Hill of Guimaraes, known as the Colina Sagrada in Portuguese, is the site of the city's castle, as well as s a prominent statue of King Dom Afonso Henriques.

      Palace of the Dukes of Braganca

      This medieval estate is the former residence of the first Dukes of Braganca. It fell into ruin and disrepair in the 16th century, but recent efforts have seen the complex restored to its original grandeur.
    • Braga, PORTUGAL

      A city and a municipality in the northwestern Portuguese district of Braga, in the historical and cultural Minho Province.

      Braga Cathedral

      The Diocese of Braga has history dating back to he 3rd century. This cathedral was complete in the mid-13th century. The organ inside the church is renowned for its exquisite, intricate beauty.

      Bom Jesus do Monte

      This sanctuary, located just outside the city of Braga, is a notable pilgrimage site. The stairs leading up to the sanctuary itself are Baroque in style and climb 116 meters to the top.
    Deluxe Hotel: Ipanema Porto or similar
    Day 4

    Porto - Santiago de Compostela - Porto

    After breakfast at the hotel, we will set off for Santiago de Compostela, the capital of Galicia and the centre of pilgrimage at the end of the Santiago Way. We will 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. Overnight in Porto.
    Deluxe Hotel: Ipanema Porto or similar
    Day 5

    Porto - Amarante - Vila Real - Douro Valley - Lamego - Viseu - Urgeirica (297 km)

    After breakfast at our hotel, we will depart for Amarante, where we will see the Sao Goncalo Monastery and the local market. Then, we will make our way to Vila Real to visit the gardens of the Casa de Mateus. Next, we will find ourselves in the region famous for Port wine, winding up in Lamego. Then, we will continue through a mountainous region to Viseu. Later on, we will arrive in Urgeirica, where we will spend the night.
    • Amarante, PORTUGAL

      A municipality and municipal seat in the northern Portuguese district of Porto, situated in the agricultural lands of the Minho region.

      Sao Goncalo Monastery

      Built in 1540, this baroque church and monastery in the beautiful Portuguese town of Amarante has some Italian Renaissance influenced features. On site are 4 statues of the kings who reigned during the church's construction.
    • Vila Real, PORTUGAL

      Casa de Mateus

      This magnificent Baroque manor in Vila Real was built in the first half of the 18th century to house the local nobility. As well as the grand interior, the gardens and grounds of the mansion are also impeccable.
    Deluxe Hotel: Hotel da Urgeirica or similar
    Day 6

    Urgueirica - Bussaco - Tomar - Lisbon (258 km)

    After breakfast at the hotel, we will drive through the heart of the country until we reach Bussaco, best known for its lush forest, before we continue to Tomar, a city closely associated with the Portuguese branch of the Knights Templar. Afterwards, we will make our way to Lisbon, where we will spend the night.
    • Bussaco, PORTUGAL

      This mountain range in Portugal is covered with beautiful forests and provides amazing views of the surrounding lands and Atlantic Ocean. The Palace Hotel of Bussaco is a popular tourist stop.
    • Tomar, PORTUGAL

      This small town in Portugal began within the walls of the Convento de Cristo, which was founded by the Knights Templar and remains one of the best places to visit in the entire country.
    Deluxe Hotel: Hotel Lutecia or similar
    Day 7

    Lisbon - Sintra - Cascais - Estoril - Lisbon (61 km)

    After breakfast, we will depart for Sintra, where we will visit the Palace and stroll through the charming village. Then, we will enjoy the view of the Atlantic at Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point in Europe. Alogn the coast, we will pass the incredible surfing beach of Boca do Inferno, the cosmopolitan Cascais, and the gardens of the Estoril Casino. We will return to Lisbon for the evening.
    • Sintra, PORTUGAL

      Sintra has the most historic buildings and equipped with the natural scenery that signifies the beauty of Portugal. It is approximately 18 miles from Lisbon to Sintra where is also known as the most enchanting city.

      Pena Palace

      Construction of this palace, which sits on a hill above Sintra, Portugal, began during the Middle Ages, and the resulting Romanesque Revival castle is today considered one of the Seven Wonders of Portugal.
    • Cascais, PORTUGAL

      Cascais is a wealthy, coastal suburb of the city of Lisbon. There are many activities to do in the area, from beach sports like surfing and sailing to gold and tennis.

      Boca do Inferno

      The name of this seaside chasm off the coast of Cascais in English means "Hell's Mouth." It became a popular tourist attraction because of the way seawater gets sucked into the chasm and splashed against the rock walls.
    • Costa de Estoril, PORTUGAL

      Estoril is a town in the Municipality of Cascais, Portugal, on the Portuguese Riviera.It is famed as a luxury entertainment destination on the Portuguese Riviera, as home of the Casino Estoril.

      Casino Estoril

      The casino in Estoril, a suburb of Lisbon, is the largest in Europe. In World War II, it was a rumored meeting spot of spies, adventurers, and dispossessed royals, making it the inspiration for Ian Fleming's Casino Royale.
    Deluxe Hotel: Hotel Lutecia or similar
    Day 8

    Lisbon - Evora - Lisbon (267 km)

    Today, we will explore the town of Evora, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Leaving Lisbon, we will cross the Tejo River and arrive at the town. We will wall the narrow streets of this whitewashed town and visit it's most important monuments, like the Roman Temple, the Cathedral, Saint Francis Church, and the University. In the local market, we will feel the richness of the fresh produce and handmade crafts. After lunch, we will have free time to explore the city at our own pace. We will return to Lisbon for the night.
    • Evora, PORTUGAL

      Evora is a city and a municipality in Portugal. Due to its well-preserved old town centre, still partially enclosed by medieval walls, and a large number of monuments dating from various historical periods, including a Roman Temple, Evora is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

      Cathedral of Evora

      One of the oldest monuments in the Portuguese city of Evora, the local cathedral was first built between 1184 and 1204, right after the city was recaptured from Arab rule. Over the years, many additions were made.

      Roman Temple

      This temple to the ancient Roman goddess Diana was built in the first century C.E. in homage to the emperor Augustus. It is located in the town's central square.

      Igreja de Sao Francisco

      This Gothic church was built in the early 16th century. It is most famous for its Chapel of Bones, which is filled with the bones of Franciscan monks, one of the city's most famous monuments.

      University of Evora

      The second oldest college in Portugal, Evora's university was established in 1559 and serves a student body of about 10,000. In 1973, it became a state-run public school, dropping its prior religious affiliation.
    Deluxe Hotel: Hotel Muralhas Mar d'Ar or similar
    Day 9

    Evora - Beja - Silves - Alvor - Lagos (247 km)

    After breakfast in the morning, we will spend a little bit of leisure time in Evora before driving south to Beja, where a medieval castle and tower dominate the region. Then we will cross the mountains into the Algarve region, eventually coming to Silves, after which we will head to Lagos for the evening.
    Deluxe Hotel: Hotel Vila Gale Lagos or similar
    Day 10

    Lagos - Ponta da Piedade - Sagres - Cabo de S. Vicente - Lagos (68 km)

    After breakfast, we will make our way to Ponta de Piedade to admire the magnificent view of the Atlantic Ocean. Then, we will continue to Sagres, a fishing port, where we will visit the Fortress on Sagres Point. As we continue along the coastline, we will reach Cabo Sao Vincente and the city of Lagos, where we will get to sample delicious seafood. Afterwards, we will return to the hotel in the afternoon before getting a chance to go swimming.
    • Sagres, PORTUGAL

      Sagres Point

      This promontory in southern Portugal is home to a fortress. The area was very important during the Portuguese Age of Discoveries. There was once a school of navigation located on the peninsula.
    Deluxe Hotel: Hotel Vila Gale Lagos or similar
    Day 11

    Lagos - Setubal - Serra da Arrabida - Lisbon (320 km)

    In the morning, we will take a last look at the water while we travel along the coast on our way back to Lisbon. During the journey, we will stop in Setubal, a major port and industrial center. Then we will take the scenic route over the Arrabida Mountain Range, which will provide us with amazing views of Lisbon as we approach the city from high above. When we eventually arrive, the tour will come to an end. Please see "Departure and Return" for more detailed information regarding pickup and drop-off times and locations.
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    Location Address Departure Return
    Lisbon, PORTUGAL map link Praca Marques de Pombal, Lisbon, 11 9:00am 7:30pm
    • Place of Departure: Marques de Pombal (Lisbon)
    • Departure Details: Complimentary hotel pick-up service is available from from most hotels in Lisbon.
      Pick-up in Estoril and Cascais will be charged extra 8 euro/person.
    • Price Includes

    • Entrance into the following monuments: Mosteiro da Batalha, Universidade Coimbra, Palacio da Bolsa (Porto), Igreja de Sao Francisco (Porto), jardins do Palacio de Mateus, Convento do Cristo (Tomar), Palacio da Pena, Capela dos Ossos, Igreja de Sao Francisco (Evora), Catedral de Evora, Forte de Sao Vicente (Sagres).
    • Hotel pick-up at central Lisbon Hotel
    • 10 nights Hotel accommodation
    • Transport by air conditioned bus or minivan
    • Guided tour
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    • Guided tour available in Portuguese, English, Spanish, and France.
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