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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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
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.
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.
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
Oporto - Guimaraes - Braga - Barcelos - Oporto (142 km)
After breakfast at our hotel, we will spend the day touring the northwestern region of Portugal, starting with Guimaraes, where we will feel as though we traveled back in time to the Middle Ages. Here, we will visit the Sacred Hill, the Castle, and the Palace of the Dukes of Braganca. After this, we'll drive to Braga, where we will see the Cathedral and the Bom Jesus do Monte Sanctuary. Then we will continue to Barcelos, a historical city rich with handmade crafts. Afterwards, we will return to Porto for another evening.
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.
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.
This medieval castle in northern Portugal was built in the 10th century to defend the local monastery from Moorish attacks. Though it is Romanesque in style, it underwent some Gothic renovations in the 13th century.
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.
A city and a municipality in the northwestern Portuguese district of Braga, in the historical and cultural Minho Province.
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
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.
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
Urgueirica - Bussaco - Tomar - Lisboa (212 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 the tour will come to an end. Please see "Departure and Return" for more detailed information regarding pickup and drop-off times and locations.