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PORTUGAL IN DEPTH
11 DAYS FROM $1,927 US
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Portugal in DepthThis vacation shows you all of Portugal at a relaxed pace, thanks to the well-planned, 2-night stopovers in Lisbon, Oporto, and the Algarve, and overnights also in Tomar, Viseu, and Evora. Start in Lisbon and see the interior and almost the entire coastline of Portugal.

Throughout this Portugal tour, you’ll visit the must-see attractions, including the Ossuary Chapel in Evora, with its walls covered with thousands of human bones and skulls; the Sanctuary of our Lady of the Rosary in Fatima, a pilgrimage site where apparitions of the Virgin Mary were reported by three local children in 1917; the Church of Sao Francisco in Oporto, the city's most important gothic temple with construction beginning in the 14th century; and Jeronimos Monastery in Lisbon. Built in the 16th century and now regarded as Lisbon’s most important landmark, it was traditional for Portuguese seafarers to pray in the chapel before their departure to the unknown.

Enjoy the Roman ruins of Conimbriga, tour the excavations, view the well-preserved mosaics, and visit the excellent museum. Spend time in the Algarve, Portugal’s most popular vacation area, and take an excursion to the Promontory of Sagres, where Henry the Navigator lived and planned his overseas expansion. For those interested in food and wine, Some special treats for you. Enjoy an olive oil tasting in Belmonte (birthplace of Pedro Alvares Cabral, discoverer of Brazil), a wine tasting at a Port wine cellar in Oporto, and more.

All of this and much more await you on this wonderful, in-depth Portugal tour!

Map The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on the Portugal in Depth:


Convent of Christ in Tomar
Historic Centre of Évora
Historic Centre of Guimarães
Historic Centre of Oporto
Monastery of Acobaça
Monastery of the Hieronymites in Lisbon
Historic centre of Evora
University of Coimbra
Monastery of Alcobaca


Day 1 Arrive in Lisbon, Portugal
Welcome to Lisbon! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner with wine at your hotel. (D)

Day 2 Lisbon
Lisbon was the center of Europe’s longest-lived overseas empire. Portugal’s imperial ambitions date back to Prince Henry the Navigator’s 15th-century discoveries in West Africa. Morning sightseeing with a Local Guide features a drive through the Baixa quarter’s main squares. Then, enjoy a walk through the cobblestone alleys of quaint ALFAMA, the popular quarter of the seamen and Fado singers. Drive along the grand Avenida da Liberdade up to Pombal Square, and stop for pictures of Belem Tower and the Monument of the Discoverers. Also visit JERONIMOS MONASTERY with the tomb of Vasco da Gama. Exciting optional excursions are available to Sintra and the royal palace of Queluz, and dinner at a typical taverna with Fado-style entertainment. (B)

Day 3 Lisbon–Obidos–Alcobaça–Nazaré–Fatima–Tomar
Stop in medieval Obidos and go back in time as you pass the main gate in the impressive perimeter wall and walk along the narrow streets. Continue to Alcobaça to visit the CHURCH OF SANTA MARIA MONASTERY, built in the 12th century for 999 Cistercian monks. See the elaborate tombs of King Pedro I and his Castilian lover, Inês de Castro. The fishing harbor of Nazaré is the perfect place for a leisurely lunch break. In the afternoon, mix with the pilgrims at the country’s hallowed national shrine, Fatima’s SANCTUARY OF OUR LADY OF THE ROSARY. Overnight in Tomar, the historic seat of the mighty Order of the Knights of Christ. (B,D)

Day 4 Tomar–Conimbriga–Coimbra–Oporto
Visit the hilltop CONVENT OF CHRIST with its famous Manueline Window. Farther north, the ROMAN RUINS OF CONIMBRIGA are eloquent testimony to centuries of Roman influence. Tour the excavations, admire the well-preserved mosaics, and visit the excellent MUSEUM. Continue to Coimbra, strategically situated on a hill overlooking the Mondego River. After a visit to the gilded baroque LIBRARY of its 700-year-old university, drive by ancient Buçaco Forest on your way to Oporto, Portugal’s second-largest city. Tonight, why not join an optional cruise on the Douro River, followed by dinner at one of Oporto’s fine restaurants? (B)

Day 5 Oporto
Sightseeing with a Local Guide includes a panoramic drive to the mouth of the Douro River, the soaring cathedral, the richly decorated CHURCH OF SAO FRANCISCO, and the STOCK EXCHANGE with its contemporary ARABIAN HALL, inspired by Granada’s Alhambra. Next, visit the famous Sandeman & Co. PORT WINE CELLAR to taste the Port wine produced from grapes of the Douro Valley. (B)

Day 6 Oporto–Guimaraes–Vila Real–Viseu
In Guimaraes, often referred to as the “Cradle of Portugal” because of its association with the country’s first king, Alfonso Henriques, enjoy a walk through the medieval center. Next, taste Portuguese tapas with wine at the Quinta da Aveleda winery and visit its splendid gardens. From here, a scenic road through the port wine vineyards leads to Viseu, where a special dinner with local specialties and wine awaits you at Forno da Mimi restaurant.(B,D)

Day 7 Viseu–Belmonte–Castelo De Vide–Evora
This morning, stop in Belmonte, today a symbol of Jewish awakening, for a visit of the JEWISH MUSEUM. Also [LF] enjoy an OLIVE OIL TASTING, for which the area is famous. Afternoon break in Castelo de Vide, with time to walk through the Jewish quarter with its white-washed houses and to take pictures of the 14th-century castle. Before arriving in Evora, the cultural center of southern Portugal and a former royal residence, [LF] visit a CORK FACTORY and learn about the many ways this material can be used. (B,D)

Day 8 Evora–Algarve
A massive wall surrounds Evora’s medieval center, classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Follow your Local Guide on a walking tour through its narrow alleys to the Roman Temple, the early gothic CATHEDRAL, Portas de Moura fountain, and SAO FRANCISCO CHURCH. Visit the OSSUARY CHAPEL, whose walls are covered with thousands of human bones and skulls. Next, proceed across the arid Alentejo plain to the Algarve, Portugal’s most popular vacation area, and check in to your hotel with rooms overlooking the ocean. Tonight, why not try one of the seafood restaurants for which the Algarve is famous? (B)

Day 9 Algarve. Coastal Excursion
Highlight today is a visit to the wind-swept PROMONTORY OF SAGRES, where Henry the Navigator lived and planned his overseas expansion. Only a few miles away is Cape St. Vincent, the southwestern corner of continental Europe, a dramatic cliff defying the waves of an ever-angry Atlantic Ocean. Time in pretty Lagos before returning to your hotel. (B)

Day 10 Algarve–Azeitao–Lisbon
Take the scenic route over the Serra da Arrábida and savor sweeping views of the Tróia Peninsula. Catch glimpses of the castle at Sesimbra, which recall fierce medieval battles between Christians and Moors and stop in Azeitao to visit a traditional TILE WORKSHOP. After crossing the Bridge of April 25th, you’re back in Lisbon. Tonight, enjoy Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite a spectacular panoramic view at Varanda restaurant while having a cocktail and a special farewell dinner with wine with your traveling companions. (B,D)

Day 11 Lisbon
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

VACATION HIGHLIGHTS

LISBON
Welcome dinner; guided sightseeing, visit the Alfama quarter and Jeronimos Monastery; enjoy a cocktail and farewell dinner
OBIDOS
Walking tour of the medieval town
ALCOBAÇA
Visit the Church of Santa Maria Monastery
NAZARÉ
Lunch break FATIMA
Visit the Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Rosary
TOMAR
Visit the Convent of Christ
CONIMBRIGA
Visit the Roman ruins and the museum
COIMBRA
Visit the University Library
OPORTO
Guided sightseeing, visit the Church of Sao Francisco and the Arabian Hall in the Stock Exchange; wine tasting at Sandeman & Co.
GUIMARAES
Walk through the medieval center
QUINTA DE AVELEDA
Enjoy Portuguese tapas with wine and explore its splendid gardens
VISEU
Dinner at a local restaurant
BELMONTE
Visit the Jewish Museum; Olive oil tasting
CASTELO DE VIDE
Walk through the Jewish quarter
EVORA
visit Cork Factory, guided walking tour, visit the gothic cathedral, the Sao Francisco Church, and the Ossuary Chapel
ALGARVE
Excursion to the Promontory of Sagres, Cape St. Vincent, and Lagos
AZEITAO
Visit a tile workshop
Headsets throughout the tour


Transportation
Motorcoach. Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.

HOTELS:(F) First Class (MD) Moderate Deluxe (SF) Superior First Class
LISBON - Mundial
TOMAR - Dos Templarios (F)
OPORTO - Crowne Plaza Porto (MD)
VISEU - Pousada de Viseu (SF)
ALGARVE - Hotel Tivoli Carvoeiro (F)


Meals
Full buffet breakfast daily; 5 three-course dinners with wine, including welcome and farewell dinners in Lisbon, and a special dinner in Viseu



Departures:
March - October


Prices 

From $1,927 US approx per person double occupancy

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