During this 9 day tour through Portugal we will show you the best of this great country.We will take you to the most beautiful places and give you an authentic experience of our culture, history, gastronomy and the beauty of our natural parks. The tour will take you through mysterious Sintra and historical Lisbon. From here we travel north along Portugal´s west coast, passing Óbidos, Fátima, and Aveiro, until finally reaching Porto. Having explored Porto we continue east, to discover the famous Port Wine region, the Douro Valley. Next we head south, crossing the Serra da Estrela Mountain range to Piódão. Taking the Alentejo Wine Route, finally we arrive to Évora. Before returning to Lisbon we will still visit the Arrábida Natural Park and Setúbal wine region.
Throughout the tour you will be accompanied by a tour leader who will share with you all that he knows of this country and gastronomy.
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Day 1 Arrival in Lisbon
Day 2 Lisbon Region (Sintra and others)
Day 3 Lisbon – Porto
Day 4 Porto – Douro Valley
Day 5 Douro Valley – Piódão
Day 6 Piódão – Évora
Day 7 Alentejo Wine Route
Day 8 Évora – Lisbon
Day 9 Lisbon (departure and return flight)
DAY BY DAY
Day 1: Arrival in Lisbon
This day is dedicated to your arrival at the Portuguese capital, Lisboa. After picking you up at the airport, you will get to know your tour leader and receive the trip briefing. Depending on the time of arrival we may still take a small tour of Lisbon.
Day 2: Lisbon – Sintra (100 Km)
The day will start by visiting Sintra. Arriving in Sintra through São Pedro de Sintra we will head to the Palácio da Pena (Pena Palace) and its park. Afterwards, prepare yourself to visit other monuments, palaces and gardens rich in amazing history. Later we will take a relaxing stroll in the old city center, contemplate the beautiful scenery that embraces us, sink in its history, and have a taste of the local pastries. A small break for lunch is previewed.
Next we take the beautiful scenic route passing the Quinta da Regaleira, Seteais (built in the XVIIIth century) and Monserrate (1858) palaces down to “…where the land ends and the sea begins…”, Europe’s westernmost point – Cabo da Roca. Leaving this astonishing landmark we make our way to Praia do Guincho (Guincho beach) for a quick break and visit the old fishermen’s village of Cascais.
From here we return to Lisbon via the Marginal, the coast line road that will take us pass Estoril, a stretch of beaches and other locations always with the Tejo river on our right side, until we arrive in Belém, after first tasting a few more typical pastries.
Day 3: Lisbon – Óbidos – Fátima – Aveiro – Porto (390 Km)
On this day we will first head up to Óbidos. In this museum village you can travel back in time and visit a fortified village, just as it was centuries ago (in 308 B.C.), full with history and beauty. It was conquered by the first Portuguese king, D. Afonso Henriques, on January 11th, 1148. Here you can see several churches including the churches of São João Baptista, São Pedro, Misericórdia, and Santa Maria amongst others. A walk inside the village allows us to taste the typical licquer – Ginjinha – as well as other local goods and crafts.Afterwards we head to Aveiro, known as the “The Portuguese Venice” due to its canal system and boats. Impossible to miss is the local delicacy, Ovos Moles, made with a special recipe using egg yolks and sugar.
Before that, and depending on your interest, we can also visit Fátima (religious interest) or Batalha with it´s amazing Monastery (historical interest). The tour continues towards Porto.
Day 4: Porto – Entre-os-Rios – Santa Cruz do Douro (90 Km)
Starting this day you will have an overview of the city, visiting some of its most important highlights such as the Sé Catedral, Torre dos Clérigos, Lello Bookshop, Palácio da Bolsa and the Porto riverfront.
After that we will head east for a quick and easy trip to the Douro Valley, famous for its wines and especially its Port Wines.
Day 5: Santa Cruz do Douro – Lamego – Mangualde – Serra da Estrela (Torre) – Piódão (235 Km)
After breakfast and before visiting Portugal´s highest mountain – Serra da Estrela, we will cross Pinhão and Lamego, where you can visit its Gothic cathedrals (dated from 1139).
Going south we reach Serra da Estrela with its highest point at 1999m/6539 ft above sea level (called “Torre”). Serra da Estrela is all about history, natural beauty, culture, tradition and gastronomic delights. This is a unique area ranked among Portugal’s most outstanding scenic attractions. This is mostly due to bizarrely shaped rock formations, gorges, streams, lakes and magnificent views. This day ends in the incomparable village of Piódão known for its typical schist houses with blue wooden doors.
Day 6: Piódão – Castelo Branco – Nisa – Alter do Chão – Estremoz – Évora (300 Km)
This day we head to the Alentejo region, towards Évora, a city with a history dating back for more than two millennia. Its name comes from the Celtic tribe, Ebura. It’s classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage site since 1986. The beauty of this region comes from many ancient cultures that passed through here, but it was the Romans who transformed Évora into an imperial town during the 2nd century, leaving one of the most important signs of their stay, temple of Diana.
Day 7: Alentejo Wine Route (Évora – Estremoz – Borba – Reguengos de Monsaraz – Évora) (155 Km)
This day we will explore the Alentejo Wine Route, starting with Estremoz, internationally known for its marble, occurring in several colours but especially in pink and that was firstly exported by the Romans.
Next we head to Borba, known for its wine, meat sausages and bread. We will then visit one of the most beautiful castles of the region, Monsaraz with its amazing views. To end the day we head back to Évora where you can visit its cathedral as well as the Roman Temple of Diana. So family and frinds know where you are
Day 8: Évora – Montemor-o-Novo – Setúbal – Azeitão (225 Km)
The trip will start going west to the Setúbal wine region. You will have the opportunity to visit the mountain range and the Arrábida natural reserve, where you can experience all the beautiful natural views, its history, gastronomy and beaches (during summer). We will see the Arrábida Convent, Lapa de Santa Margarida, and Forte de São Filipe, among others, before reaching the historical centre of Setúbal.
Before leaving we will invite you to sample what is locally produced, from wines to cheeses without forgetting the traditional sweets.
After this unforgettable day we will return to Lisbon, crossing the Old Tagus River bridge, our “Golden Gate” that offers us an interesting and beautiful view of the city of Lisbon.
Day 9: Your departure from Lisbon
This day is dedicated to your departure from the Portuguese capital, Lisboa.
To end this journey you will be taken to the airport.
Price per Person excluding accommodations:
2 travellers 1310 euro
3 travellers 990 euro
4 travellers 820 euro
5 travellers 750 euro
6 travellers 610 euro
7 and more travellers, please contact us…
Price per Person including accommodations**:
2 travellers 1980 euro (starting from)
3 travellers 1650 euro (starting from)
4 travellers 1350 euro (starting from)
5 travellers 1300 euro (starting from)
6 travellers 1100 euro (starting from)
7 and more travellers, please contact us…
**Accommodation in 5 or 4 Star hotels, or similar charming units with breakfast included;
8 nights, in a shared twin room. Single Room available upon request with the payment of a supplement;
The tour will only take place with a minimum of 2 travellers;
The sequence of the mentioned places can be modified as per the clients wish and may differ depending upon the weather conditions
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