4 days and 3 nights escorted tour of the sunny regions of Portugal, the Alentejo and the famous Algarve. Depart from Lisbon and travel east through wheat fields, cork oaks, vineyards, orange groves and olive and almond orchards. Pass by whitewashed villages on your way to Evora, UNESCO World Heritage, for your first night. Continue the tour with 2 nights at a coastal resort in the Algarve, Portugal's most popular resort area. Comprehensive sightseeing with a professional guide is included. Daily breakfast is included.
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Major Sights: Evora, Beja, Silves, Alvor, Sagres, Lagos, Setubal, Arrabida
Duration: 4 Days/3 nights
Departure: 9.00 a.m.
Languages: Portuguese, English, Spanish & French
Frequency: Saturdays (on guaranteed dates - minimum of 4 persons to operate)
Day 1 - Lisbon/ Evora
Depart Lisbon in the morning and travel through the agricultural region of the Alentejo before arriving in Evora, an enchanting walled city rising from the plain. Your walking tour of this UNESCO World Heritage City will take you back time past monuments that are testaments to the long time habitation of the city: The Roman temple, the Romanesque-gothic church with its macabre Bones Chapel and the University founded in 1559. In the market place see the richness and variety of ingredients used in the local cuisine. Evora is also known for its handicraft items of cork, ceramics and copper. Free time to enjoy lunch and an afternoon to explore on your own. Evora - overnight
Day 2: Evora/ Beja/ Silves/ Lagos
Breakfast at your hotel. Depart Evora in the late morning for Beja (stop), a regional capital under Julius Caesar who called it Pax Julia after the peace made here with the Lusitani, the native tribe of fierce warriors. The historic town's 13th century castle keep is unusually tall. Climb the 183 steps to the top for a panoramic view of the countryside. Continue across the rolling hills of the Alentejo to the Algarve, the southernmost region of Portugal. Among the orange groves is the town of Silves (stop), the historic center of Moorish culture in the Al-Gharb (Algarve). The city is dominated by the red stone castle of Moorish origins. Continue to Lagos passing by the popular resort of Praia da Rocha. Lagos – overnight
Day 3 - Lagos/ Ponta da Piedade/ Sagres/ Cabo de S. Vicente/ Lagos
Breakfast at your hotel before departing for a tour of the Algarve. Stop at Ponta da Piedade for a magnificent view of the Atlantic Ocean and the cliffs eroded by wind and sea. Continue westward to Sagres and the Sao Vincent Fortress said to be the location of Prince Henry the Navigator's famed School of Navigation. From here, Portuguese caravels in the 15th century sailed south to explore the African coast which ultimately led to the Portuguese rounding the Cape of Good Hope and reaching India. Drive along the seaside cliffs to Cabo Sao Vincent (Cape St Vincent), the southwestern point of Europe. Return to Lagos for a lunch stop (not included). Lagos is a cosmopolitan town with a marina and fishing port where you can sample Algarve dishes such as "cataplana", a seafood stew cooked in a copper pot of the same name. Local sweets include almond and fig cakes. Free afternoon in Lagos. Overnight in Lagos
Day 4 - Lagos/ Setubal/ Serra da Arrabida/ Lisbon
Breakfast at your hotel. Say farewell to the Algarve this morning for your return to Lisbon. The journey will take you by the port city of Setubal and along the Arrabida Natural Park whose wooded hillsides are thickly covered with aromatic shrubs, forests and vineyards. Savor the sweeping sea views of the Troia Penisula before arriving Lisbon in the late afternoon. End of the tour.