Discover in three days the center south of Portugal, driving by a landscape with windmills, fruit trees, vineyards, cork and olive trees, and the relaxing vast plains. Experience the flavors and smells of the creative cuisine and the shapes and colors of its handicraft. Plunge into the past, visiting the roman heritage, medieval castles, and splendorous churches. Walk through the charming whitewashed villages and towns.
Day 1 - Lisbon/ Sintra/ Cabo da Roca/ Cascais/ Estoril/Lisbon
We leave in direction of the majestic and romantic Pena Palace, an astonishing fairy-tale castle,located in one of the highest peaks of Sintra mountain range. At the end of the morning free time to walk in the streets of the village of Sintra (Cultural Landscape by UNESCO) that enchanted Kings and inspired poets to appreciate the several handicraft shops and tea-rooms to taste the delicious local sweets like the "queijadas" or the “travesseiros”. We leave to Colares*, region demarcated and recognized for its table wines, following until Cabo da Roca, the most western point in continental Europe, passing for the beach of Guincho until Boca do Inferno always sea viewing enjoying the landscape until Cascais where we take a glimpse of the fishing port. We return to Lisbon by Estoril Coast where we can have a panoramic view of the Casino and its gardens. Lisbon – overnight.
Day 2 - Lisbon/ Obidos/ Alcobaca/ Nazare/ Batalha/ Fatima/ Lisbon
Leaving Lisbon, we head north. Our first stop will be at Obidos, a small village surrounded by medieval walls, with its typical whitewashed houses and wrought iron balconies, its handcraft and the famous Pousada do Castelo. Then we go on to Alcobaça to visit the church of the Monastery (World Heritage by UNESCO), the longest and first entire church in gothic style in Portugal, where e can admire the tombs of D. Pedro and of D. Inês de Castro. Our lunch will be at Nazare, the most typical and colorful Portuguese fishing village. If possible, we go to Sítio from where we enjoy a beautiful view over the beach and the Ocean. In the afternoon we visit the wonderful church of Batalha Monastery (World Heritage by UNESCO) a masterpiece in Gothic style, with his beautiful stained-glass windows. Then we arrive at the Sanctuary of our Lady of Fatima center of Christian faith and world pilgrimage. To visit; the Basilica with the tombs of: Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta; the Apparition Chapel, heart of the shrine. If possible, time to attend mass. We return to Lisbon by a rich agricultural region. Lisbon – overnight.
Day 3 - Lisboa/ Evora/ Monsaraz / Lisboa
One day discovering the town of Evora, mosaic of culture, history and traditions. Leaving Lisboa, we cross the bridge over the river Tejo where by a beautiful and bucolic landscape of olive trees, cork oak trees and vineyards we arrive at Evora – 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 whit the “Bones Chapel“, and the University. At the market we see and feel the richness of product used to prepare one of the most elaborated and appreciated the culinary 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 we depart to Azeitao where we visit one of the oldest and most important wine cellars in Portugal and, at the end of the visit we taste the traditional Moscatel de Setubal.
Major Sights: Lisbon,Sintra, Cabo da Roca, Cascais, Estoril, Obidos, Alcobaça, Nazare, Batalha, Fatima, Evora, Monsaraz, Azeitao.
Duration: 3 Days
Departures: 9.00 a.m.
Languages: Portuguese, English, Spanish & French
Frequency: Departs every day except for Wednesday