Discover one of the oldest and most stable Nations of Europe by joining a tour ran by a local reliable operator. Portugal is a country were the land touches the sea; the green of the high mountains stretches over the vast golden grain fields; where the white of limestone contrasts against the rough beautiful granite; where the busy towns contrast with the quietness of small villages. Portugal offers a sophisticated and contemporary architecture mixed with the culture of the glorious past in the form of castles, palaces and churches. All this can only be completed with the wonderful welcoming art of the Portuguese people.
Day 1: Lisboa/ Obidos/ Alcobaça/ Nazare/ Batalha/ Fatima (+/- 195 Km | 122 miles)
Depart Lisbon. Through a landscape rich in windmills and fruit trees we arrive to Obidos where we stop to take in this quaint and historic medieval town, surrounded by walls where we can admire the narrow streets lined by white painted houses. Enjoy the architecture, the diversity of the handicrafts and taste the famous ginginha ( cherry liqueur shots served in chocolate). 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. Stop in one of the many pottery stores for a souvenir. Tour proceeds to Nazare for a stop in this typical fishing village and seaside resort, with its traditions and legends. Continue to Batalha where you stop to visit the Monastery of Santa Maria de Victoria, a masterpiece of the Gothic in Portugal where the tomb of Henry the Navigator, the promoter of the maritime discoveries, is located. After Batalha arrive Fatima for your last day stop, where you can walk to the famous Marian Shrine for a visit. Possibility to assist the Candle procession. Fatima - overnight.
Day 2: Fatima/ Coimbra/ Aveiro/ Porto (+/- 223Km | 140 miles)
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 characterised 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 Porto. Porto – overnight.
Day 3: Porto/ Guimaraes/ Braga/ Porto (+/- 138Km | 88 miles)
Breakfast at the hotel. Porto the 2nd city of Portugal and world heritage by UNESCO - a living amphitheater inviting us to make a morning visit to discover the riverside area, old houses, palaces, churches that history has made eternal and Port wine, known worldwide. Full day tour to the Minho, the northwest region of Portugal that offers natural green outdoors and the sparkling “green wine”. Starting by Guimaraes (stop) - the cradle of the nation, birthplace of the first king of Portugal, where, walking along the historic center, for moments one is plunged back into medieval times. Visit the Sacred Hill, crowned by the Castle, as well the Palace of the Dukes of Bragança, which original building dates back to the 15th centuries. Drive to Braga (stop) known as the "Portuguese Rome" 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. Braga – overnight.
Day 4: Porto/ Santiago de Compostela/ Porto (+/- 464 km |290 miles)
Breakfast at the hotel before setting off for Santiago de Compostela, the capital of Galicia, Spain, and the center of pilgrimage a the end of the Santiago Way. In 1985, UNESCO declared Santiago de Compostela a Wordl Cutlural Heritage center and you 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. Return to Porto to overnight.
Day 5: Porto/ Amarante/ Vila Real/ Douro Valley/ Lamego/ Viseu/ Urgeiriça (+/- 232 Km | 145 miles)
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to Amarante (stop), a pretty town proud of São Gonçalo known for the promotion of love and marriage 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 other 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 .Stop in Lamego (stop), overlooked by one of Portugal's most important shrines N.S. Remédios with its magnificent baroque style staircase. Maybe you will try some of the local delicacies such as the local ham or the famous “Bola de Lamego” (a loaf baked 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 chief. 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. Urgeiriça/Caldas da Felgueira – overnight.
Day 6: Urgeiriça/ Bussaco/ Tomar/ Lisboa (+/- 312 km | 195 miles)
Breakfast at the hotel. Drive through the heart of Portugal till Bussaco well know 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 Dom Afonso Henriques (the First King of Portugal) in the Christian reconquest of the territory. It was Dom Gualdim Pais, the first Grand Master of the Order in Portugal, who founded the castle and the remarkable Convent of Christ inside. Enlarged and altered over the centuries, this retains the influences of various architectural styles; it is the centrepiece of the city and classified as a World Heritage site by UNESCO. We follow the journey till Lisbon. Lisbon – overnight.
Day 7: Lisboa/ Sintra/ Cabo da Roca/ Cascais/ Estoril (+/- 90 km | 57 miles)
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure towards to Sintra for a luxury day. Visit the palace of Sintra and walk through this charming village. Enjoy a the amazing view from the westernmost point of Europe (Cabo da Roca). Along the cost 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. Lisbon – overnight.
Day 8: Lisboa/ Evora (+/- 135 km | 85 miles)
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 Evora 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 gastronomies 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 olive oil gourmet proof. Evora – overnight.
Day 9 : Evora / Beja/ Silves/ Lagos (+/- 250Km | 155 miles)
Breakfast in hotel. Part of the morning at leisure in Evora, 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. Lagos – overnight.
Day 10: Lagos/ Ponta da Piedade/ Sagres/ Cabo de S. Vicente/ Lagos (+/- 82 km | 52 miles)
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 São Vincente (stop), the most southwestern point in Europe. The city of Lagos, 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 copper pan (cataplana), - never forgetting the fine sweets such as the famous marzipans, 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 da Arrabida/ Lisbon (+/- 320km | 200 miles)
A last look at the water while traveling along the coast, to say farewell to the Algarve. The return trip to Lisbon will take you by the city of Setubal (stop), a major port and industrial centre on the north bank of the Sado estuary. Then the scenic route over the Arrabida Mountain Range, an area preserved as a NaturalPark, with an amazing scenery and unique vegetation at the gates of Lisbon, and savor the sweeping views of the Troia Peninsula. Crossing the bridge over the Tejo River, arrival to Lisboa. Transfer to hotel or airport. End of the services.