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Trips available to Egypt, Greece, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Malta, Morocco, Portugal, Sicily, Spain,  Tunisia, Turkey, and UAE

 PORTUGAL IN DEPTH - LAND ONLY
2017
14 Days
 

THURSDAY departures
2017
 September 14, October 5, October 19

You will be traveling with regular passengers, but paying travel agent rates.

LISBON / OBIDOS / FATIMA / COIMBRA / AVEIRO / OPORTO / BRAGA / AMARANTE / LAMEGO / URGEIRICA / TOMAR / LISBON / EVORA / LARGO / SAGRES / LISBON

Day 1 Thursday - Lisbon    WELCOME to PORTUGAL !!!
Arrive Lisbon. You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel.
     Overnight  LUTETIA HOTEL, Lisbon

Day 2 Friday    Lisbon
At 9.00 am begin your motor coach tour of Lisbon.  See the magnificent city and the monuments of the Portuguese Discoveries. You will visit the Coach Museum, and have a porto wine tasting.

Afternoon at leisure.  Free time to take a walk in the streets of the village to appreciate the several antiques and handicraft shops, restaurants and tea-rooms and to taste the so well delicious tarts known as "queijadas". (b)
      Overnight LUTETIA HOTEL, Lisbon

Day 3 Saturday - Lisbon/Fatima
By a landscape rich in windmills and fruit trees we arrive to Óbidos(stop), surrounded by medieval walls where we can admire the harmony of the architecture, the diversity of the handicrafts and taste the famous ginginha (bitter cherry liqueur).

Visit Alcobaça 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. Stopping in Nazaré, a typical fishing village and seaside resort, with its traditions and legends.  Continue to Batalha - visit the Monastery of Santa Maria de Victoria, a masterpiece of the gothic in Portugal where you will see the tomb of Henry the Navigator, the promoter of the maritime discoveries. Proceed to Fátima and see the famous Marian Shrine. Possibility to assist the candle procession.
     Overnight SANTA MARIA HOTEL, Fatima

Day 4 Sunday - Fatima/Oporto
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure towards Coimbra to visit 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, 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 Oporto.  
      Overnight IPANEMA HOTEL, Oporto

Day 5 Monday - Oporto
Porto the 2nd city of Portugal and world heritage by UNESCO - a living amphitheatre 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.

Afternoon free. 
     Overnight IPANEMA HOTEL, Oporto

Day 6 Tuesday - Oporto
Breakfast at the hotel. Full day tour to the Minho, the northwest region of Portugal that offers natural green sceneries and the sparkling “green wine”. Starting by Guimarães - 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 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. After continue to Barcelos, an historical city rich in popular handicraft where the Galo de Barcelos (the rooster of Barcelos) legend was born becoming, the rooster, a Portuguese icon. Return to Oporto.
     Overnight IPANEMA HOTEL, Oporto

Day 7 Wednesday - Oporto/Urgeirica
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to Amarante 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 visite 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, traveling through the vineyards and the breathtaking landscapes of the Douro Valley.  Stop in Lamego, overlooked by one of Portugal's most important shrines N.S. Remédios with its magnificent baroque style staircase.  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 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 find a busy commercial area. Arrival to Urgeiriça.
     Overnight HOTEL DA URGEIRICA, Urgeirica

Day 8 Thursday - Urgeirica/Lisbon
Breakfast at the hotel. Drive through theheart 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 to Lisbon.
       Overnight LUTETIA HOTEL, Lisbon

Day 9 Friday -  Lisbon/Estoril/Lisbon
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure towards to Sintra for a luxury day. Visitthe palace of Sintra and walk through this charming village. Enjoy a the amazing view from the western most poaint of Europe (Cabo da Roca). Along the coast 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.
      Overnight LUTETIA HOTEL, Lisbon

Day 10 Saturday - Lisbon/Evora
One day discovering the town of Évora, mosaic of culture, history and traditions. Leaving Lisboa, cross the bridge over the river Tejo where by a beautiful and bucolic landscape of olive trees, cork oak trees and vineyards arrive at Évora – World Heritage of UNESCO.

In the narrow streets of the whitewashed town of Évora 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 see and feel the richness of product used to prepare one of the most elaborated and appreciated gastronomies of Portugal. Along the visit 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.   
      Overnight MURALHAS MAR D’AR HOTEL, Evora

Day 11 Sunday - Evora/Lagos
Breakfast at hotel. Drive southward passing Beja. were the highest tower of Portuguese Medieval castles dominates the town and the region. Crossing small mountains enter in the Algarve.

Passing fields of orange trees arrive Silves, 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 VILA GALE HOTEL, Lagos 

Day 12 Monday - Lagos
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 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, 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 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.  Afternoon at leisure invites you to take a dip in the warm sea.   
     Overnight VILA GALE HOTEL, Lagos

Day 13 Tuesday -  Lagos/Lisbon
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 a major port and industrial centre on the north bank of the Sado estuary.

Proceed on the scenic route over the Arrábida Mountain Range.  This area is preserved as a NaturalPark, with an amazing scenery, unique vegetation at the gates of Lisbon, and savour the sweeping views of the Tróia Peninsula. Crossing the bridge over the Tejo River, arrival to Lisboa.   
      Overnight LUTETIA HOTEL, Lisbon

Day 14 Wednesday  - Lisbon
Transfer to Lisbon airport

INCLUSIVE FEATURES
- All transfers, and multilingual sightseeing by motor coach
- All 4 star hotels (or similar) as per itinerary
- Breakfast daily
- All taxes and service charges

COSTS PER PERSON - LAND ONLY
Based on double occupancy
Travel agents from $2170.00 (US)
Companions from   $2270.00 (US)

EXTENSIONS and UPGRADES AVAILABLE

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