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From Lisbon: 8-Day Tour of Portugal

1. From Lisbon: 8-Day Tour of Portugal

· Day 1 (Wednesday): Arrival in Lisbon Transfer from the airport to the hotel. You can spend the rest of the day as you wish. For example, enjoy a stroll through the Portuguese capital. Overnight in Lisbon. · Day 2 (Thursday): Lisbon The day begins with a scenic drive through the historical district of Lisbon and takes you to Alfama, the oldest part of the city. Visit the Jerónimos Monastery, the site of one of the most valuable cloisters in the world. You will then head to Belém Tower and the Monument to the Discoveries. Overnight in Lisbon. · Day 3 (Friday): Lisbon – Fatima: Admire the beautiful Portuguese countryside as you drive to the quaint village of Óbidos. Stroll through Óbidos and be captivated by the magical place. You will then visit the traditional fishing town of Nazaré and the famous Monastery of Batalha. At the end of the day you will head to Fátima, the largest place of pilgrimage in Portugal which attracts 4 to 6 million pilgrims every year. Overnight in Fatima. · Day 4 (Saturday): Coimbra – Porto Explore the Baroque library and St Michael's Chapel at the oldest university in Portugal, which was founded in 1291. You will then drive to Porto, the second largest city in Portugal. Enjoy a panoramic tour through the city to the cathedral. Admire the magnificent Palácio da Bolsa (Stock Exchange Palace) and sample port wine during a visit to a port wine cellar. Overnight in Porto. · Day 5 (Sunday): Porto – Guarda Say goodbye to Porto and continue north to the green province of Minho. Discover the picturesque old town in the city of Guimarães, the birthplace of Portugal. You will then head to the Douro Valley, to the heart of the Port wine region of Régua where you can admire the breathtaking scenery. A short stop in historical Lamego gives you the opportunity to admire the pilgrimage church Senhora dos Remédios with its monumental staircase. You will then head through the beautiful mountainous landscapes of inland Portugal to reach Guarda, at approximately 1,000 meters above sea level. Overnight in Guarda. · Day 6 (Monday): Guarda – Évora After breakfast you will travel south, where you can admire the unspoiled landscapes in the province of Alentejo. Stroll through the beautiful town of Castelo de Vide and visit the medieval synagogue. Afterwards you will drive to the town of Estremoz, the marble capital of Portugal, where you can see many marble quarries. The day ends in Évora, the museum city of Portugal. Overnight in Évora. · Day 7 (Tuesday): Évora – Lisbon Explore the city of Évora by foot and see the Roman Temple of Diana, the cathedral, the Church of St. Francis with the famous Chapel of Bones, and Praça do Giraldo, the central square of the city. After lunch you will drive through the plains of Alentejo, past cork and holm oak forests to Lisbon. Overnight in Lisbon.

Best of Portugal 11-Day Package Tour

2. Best of Portugal 11-Day Package Tour

Day 1: Lisbon - Óbidos - Alcobaça - Nazaré - Batalha - Fátima Discover a landscape rich with windmills and fruit trees in Óbidos, a scenic village surrounded by medieval walls. Admire the harmony of the architecture, and the diversity of the handicrafts, and taste the famous ginginha (bitter cherry liqueur). Continue to Alcobaça to see the largest Gothic church in Portugal. Next, stop in the typical fishing village of Nazaré and learn about its legends. Continue to the Monastery of Santa Maria de Victoria in Batalha, where you can find the tomb of Henry the Navigator, promoter of Portugal’s maritime discoveries. Follow in the footsteps of Catholic pilgrims as you make your way to the Fátima Marian Shrine. There may be the chance to see the candlelit procession at Fátima, before you check into your hotel accommodation for the night. Day 2: Fátima - Coimbra - Aveiro - Porto Following breakfast at your hotel, continue your journey towards Coimbra. Discover the world’s oldest university with its magnificent Baroque library and unique atmosphere characterized by ancient traditions, such as the students’ black capes and the melancholic fado music. Stop at St. Clara Church to see the tomb of Queen St. Isabel, protagonist of the “Miracle of the Roses.” Marvel at the famous ceramics of Coimbra, before going to the canal city of Aveiro, known as the “Portuguese Venice.” Watch the graceful boats known as “moliceiros”, and taste the sweet, local ovos moles. Continue to Porto to check into your hotel for the night. Day 3: Porto – Guimarães - Braga - Porto Today you will explore Portugal’s 2nd largest city, and discover a living amphitheater of riverside houses, palaces, churches, and Port wine bars. Next, head into the sparkling “green wine” region of Minho. Discover the cradle of the nation (and the birthplace of the 1st king of Portugal) at Guimarães. Stroll through the historic center, and travel back to medieval times. Go to Sacred Hill, crowned by the castle, and Palace of the Dukes of Bragança. Then, drive to Braga to discover the "Portuguese Rome." See the oldest cathedral in Portugal, and the Bom Jesus do Monte Sanctuary with its famous Baroque stairway and gardens. Return to Porto - hotel accommodation. Day 4: Braga - Santiago de Compostela - Porto Enjoy breakfast at your hotel, before heading to Santiago de Compostela, capital of Galicia and the center of pilgrimage at the end of the Santiago Way. Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1985, Santiago de Compostela is a fascinating city, and you will have the entire day free to explore. Wander its historic streets, and learn about its most extraordinary monuments before sampling some of the traditional local dishes. Return to Porto to check into your hotel for the night. Day 5: Porto - Amarante - Vila Real - Vale do Douro - Lamego - Urgeiriça Depart Porto after breakfast, and head towards the Douro Valley, stopping en route at the pretty town of Amarante. See the monastery of São Gonçalo, and marvel at the houses facing the river, along with the bustling market where you can find fruit, vegetables, chickens, clothes, and much more. Next, go to Vila Real to see the gardens of Mateus, well-known for its depiction on bottles of Portuguese rosé wine. Enter the Port wine region of Portugal, travelling through vineyards and the breathtaking landscapes of the Douro Valley. Stop in Lamego, overlooked by one of Portugal's most important shrines, the N. S. Remédios, with its magnificent Baroque style staircase. Try some of the local delicacies, such as the typical ham or famous Bola de Lamego (a loaf baked in the oven with smoked ham). Continue to the mountainous hinterland of Viseu, center of the Dão Vineyards, and connected with Portugal´s oldest hero, the Lusitanian chief, Viriato. Stroll the narrow streets to see doorways with coats of arms carved in granite. Continue to Urgeiriça to check into your hotel for the night. Day 6: Urgeiriça - Bussaco - Tomar - Lisbon Drive through the heart of Portugal to the luxuriant forests of Bussaco. Continue to Tomar to explore the city of the “Order of the Templars.” Hear how they received the lands in 1159 as a reward for the assistance they gave Dom Afonso Henriques (the 1st King of Portugal) in the Christian re-conquest. See the stunning castle and Convent of Christ built by Dom Gualdim Pais, the first Grand Master of the Order in Portugal. Continue to Lisbon to check into your hotel for the night. Day 7: Lisbon - Sintra - Cabo Da Roca - Cascais - Estoril - Lisbon Spend the day exploring the beautiful towns and resorts of the Estoril Coast, starting with the whimsical castles and palaces of Sintra. Admire the extraordinary mix of architectural styles of the buildings and gardens of Sintra Natural Park. Then, go to Cabo da Roca to stand at continental Europe’s westernmost point. Pass one of Portugal’s most famous surfing beaches, and see the Boca do Inferno before going to cosmopolitan Cascais and the gardens of Estoril Casino. Return to Lisbon for the night. Day 8: Lisbon - Évora Today you will spend the entire day exploring the university town of Évora, known for its rich tapestry of culture, history, and traditions. Depart Lisbon and cross the Tagus River, passing through a bucolic landscape of olive trees, cork oak trees, and vineyards. Upon arrival at Évora, wander the narrow streets of the whitewashed town, and see some of its most famous monuments, such as the Roman Temple, Romanesque-Gothic Cathedral, and ossuary (“Bones Chapel”) at St. Francis Church. Go to the market to see, smell, and taste some of the local produce. Admire local handicrafts of cork, ceramics, and copper ware. The afternoon will be free for you to explore at leisure, and taste more of the local wines, cheeses, and gourmet olive oils. Check into your Évora hotel for your overnight accommodation. Day 9: Évora - Beja - Silves - Lagos Depart Évora after breakfast, and drive south past Beja, site of the highest tower from the Portuguese Middle Ages. Cross small mountains to enter the famous Algarve. Drive past orchards of orange trees en route to Silves, known for its red sandstone castle dating back to Moorish times. Continue to the golden sands of the Algarve, passing Praia da Rocha to check into your hotel in Lagos. Day 10: Lagos - Ponta da Piedade - Sagres - Cabo de São Vicente Discover the scenic beauty of the Algarve, and learn about the part it played in the discovery of the New World. Go to Ponta da Piedade for a magnificent view of the Atlantic Ocean, and see cliffs that have been sculpted into curious shapes by the erosion of the sea. Next, go to the small fishing port of Sagres, and visit the fortress to learn about the mythical “Navigation School” of Prince Henry the Navigator. Continue along the cliffs to Cabo São Vincente to reach the southwestern most point in Europe. Return to Lagos to experience the cosmopolitan vibe of the town and marina. Taste delicious Algarve dishes, such as fish and shellfish cooked in a copper pan (cataplana). Indulge your sweet tooth with some of the local marzipans, almond, and fig cakes. Return to your hotel and enjoy an afternoon at leisure. Take a dip in the warm sea. Day 11: Lagos - Setúbal - Serra da Arrábida - Lisbon Say farewell to the Algarve with one last look at the sea. The return trip to Lisbon will take you via the city of Setubal, a major port and industrial center on the north bank of the Sado Estuary. Continue over the Arrábida Mountain Range, preserved as a Natural Park with an amazing scenery and unique vegetation. Savor the sweeping views of the Tróia Peninsula, before you cross the bridge over the Tagus River to arrive back in Lisbon.

From Lisbon: 3-Day Private Tour to the Algarve

3. From Lisbon: 3-Day Private Tour to the Algarve

Day 1 Depart from Lisbon, heading to Evora in the Alentejo region by crossing the beautiful suspension bridge. Admire the city and the monument to Christ-King. Evora is a place where different civilizations have thrived and the evidence still remains. See the ancient "Temple of Diana" built in the Roman period, along with the magnificent aqueduct of "Agua da Prata."  Built further in the 11th and 12th centuries by the Arabs, Evora was the residence of Portuguese kings and a point of convergence for renowned artists that were supported by the patronage and dynasty reigning in Portugal. This period of discovery created a wealth in Evora that saw the construction of numerous aristocratic mansions of the city, such as the Jesuit university. The highlight, however, is the Church of San Francisco and the Bones Chapel, clothed with skulls and bones of 500 monks. See next the medieval village of Monsaraz, its narrow stone streets and houses painted white adding special charm to this place and its inhabitants. Later, arrive in Albufeira where you will spend the night. This historic center has a traditional atmosphere, whitewashed houses and narrow cobbled streets filled with cafes, shops, bars, restaurants and nightclubs. Day 2 Depart to Lagos. In the middle of the 16th century, Lagos was the great base of support for the Discoveries, and the evidence of this is highly visible. See the Sagres Fortress where cannons, a 16th century tower and the Church of Our Lady of Grace and a beautiful sundial await your discovery. After, visit the nearby Fortress of “Cabo de Sao Vicente” which was built in the 16th century to protect the coast from the Moorish attacks. Return to Albufeira to spend the night. Day 3 On the return trip to Lisbon you will stop of a the town of Sesimbra to visit its Moorish Castle on the hillside north of the village. Classified as a national monument in 1910, it is now one of the most visited sites in the county. Down in the bay, you will visit the Maritime Museum of Sesimbra where you will learn the connection of this village to the sea and the history of its local fishermen. Enjoy here a 3D movie that will transport you back in time to medieval times and beyond. Continue on to Setubal downtown where you can find stores for all tastes, whether global department stores or niche local antiquities. Most of the streets here converge to “Praça do Bocage,” Setubal´s local meeting point. Lined with esplanades and dedicated to one of the greatest figures of Portuguese poetry, this statue with its eyes fixed on the sea is the landmark of this busy square. Return to Lisbon.

From Faro: 8-Day Tour of Portugal

4. From Faro: 8-Day Tour of Portugal

Experience the diversity of Portugal on this 8-day roundtrip from Faro. Your program: Day 1 (Wednesday): Arrival in Faro You will be picked up at the airport and transferred to your hotel. You can spend the rest of the day as you wish. For example, you can enjoy a stroll through Faro and explore the city or try local cuisine at a restaurant. Day 2 (Thursday): Faro – Lisbon Your journey begins on Thursday as you head to your first destination: Lisbon. Drive through the mountain range in the Algarve and the plains of Alentejo to the bridge over the Tagus River. From there you can admire the magnificent view over Lisbon. Upon arrival in Lisbon you will enjoy a panoramic tour through the historic part of the city and Alfama, the oldest district in Lisbon. Here you will visit the Jerónimos Monastery, famous for one of the most valuable cloisters in the world and a monument to the heyday of Portuguese history. Afterwards you will drive to Belém Tower, the landmark of the city on the Tagus River, as well as the Monument to the Discoveries. This was built in 1960 in memory of the Age of Discovery. Here you can see more than 30 statues in honor of the Portuguese navigators as well as the world map and the marble Compass Rose, a gift from the Republic of South Africa. Day 3 (Friday): Lisbon – Coimbra You will leave the capital city and drive to the quaint town of Óbidos, also known as the “Town of Queens”. Here you can enjoy a leisurely stroll through the picturesque town. The journey then continues on to the traditional fishing town of Nazaré, where you will visit the famous Monastery of Batalha. Continue on to Fátima, the largest place of pilgrimage in Portugal, which attracts 4 to 6 million pilgrims every year. The final stop on this busy day is Coimbra. Day 4 (Saturday): Coimbra – Porto In the historical university city of Coimbra you will visit the Baroque library, the center of the traditional university, with approximately 300,000 books and prints. Another must is St Michael's Chapel at the oldest university in Portugal, which was founded in 1291. Porto, the second largest city in Portugal, is your next destination. After a scenic drive through the city to the cathedral you will see the magnificent Palácio da Bolsa (Stock Exchange Palace) and visit a port winery to sample port wine. Day 5 (Sunday): Porto – Guarda Say goodbye to Porto and continue north to the green province of Minho. You will first stop at the birthplace of Portugal, Guimarães, where you can explore the wonderful old town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue on through the breathtaking landscapes of the Douro Valley to the heart of the Port wine region of Régua. A short stop in the historical town of Lamego gives you the chance to admire the pilgrimage church Senhora dos Remédios with its monumental staircase. You will then head through the beautiful mountainous landscapes of inland Portugal to reach Guarda, at approximately 1,000 meters above sea level. Day 6 (Monday): Guarda – Évora Today’s destination is the unspoiled landscape of the province of Alentejo. Stroll through the beautiful town of Castelo de Vide and visit the medieval synagogue. Afterwards you will drive to the town of Estremoz, the marble capital of Portugal, where you can see many marble quarries. Day 7 (Tuesday): Évora – Faro Explore the city of Évora by foot and see the Roman Temple of Diana, the cathedral, Praça do Giraldo, and the Church of St. Francis with the famous Chapel of Bones. You will then have free time to explore the city as you wish. Afterwards you will journey back to Faro, with a stop along the way in Beja, where you can visit the castle. Day 8 (Wednesday): Departure from Faro Return to the airport in Faro.

Algarve: Private 2-Day Tour from Lisbon

5. Algarve: Private 2-Day Tour from Lisbon

Begin your tour with a drive to the Algarve through the plains of the Alentejo, through cork oak and holm oak forests. Alentejo is the granary of Portugal, the province of storks and grand estates, and a region where you can still enjoy the unspoiled nature. Afterwards you will reach the historical town of Lagos, where you can visit the Church of St. Anthony (Golden Chapel) and the infamous slave market. The town of Lagos is also strongly linked with the history of the Portuguese discoveries. Continue on to the beautiful rock formations of the Algarve at Ponta da Piedade as well as Sagres and Cape Saint Vincent, the westernmost point of mainland Europe. Sagres was the starting point of the discoveries of Portugal. Here you can enjoy the stunning scenery before continuing on to Faro or Albufeira, where you will check in to your hotel. The second day focuses on the east of the Algarve. After breakfast, you will drive to the market of Olhão, which is located near the lagoon of Faro. It is a nature reserve, a paradise for storks and other migratory birds, and is known for sea salt production and the shellfish industry. At the market in Olhão, you can get an overview of what the agriculture of this region has to offer and see the abundance of fish from the Algarvian sea. You will then head on to Santa Luzia, a picturesque fishing village on the lagoon which is famous for squid fishing. Afterwards you will cross the lagoon on a small train before reaching the secluded beach of Barril. This beach offers a unique experience. The drive continues on to the historical town of Tavira, where you will explore the old town by foot. Tavira is an old trading center and port situated on the Gilão River and the lagoon. Afterwards you will return to Lisbon.

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