SOUTHERN PORTUGAL - LAND ONLY
June 22, July 6, July 20,
August 10, August 24, September 7,
September 21, October 12, October 26
You will be traveling with regular passengers but paying travel agent rates.
LISBON / FATIMA / EVORA / ALVOR / ALGARVE
Day 1 Thursday - Lisbon WELCOME to PORTUGAL !!!
You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel.
Overnight LUTETIA HOTEL, Lisbon
Day 2 Friday - Lisbon
At 9.00 am depart Lisbon to discover 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 to taste the so well delicious tarts known as "queijadas". (b)
Overnight LUTETIAHOTEL, Lisbon
Day 3 Saturday - Lisbon/Evora
Today discover the town of Évora, mosaic of culture, history and traditions. Leaving Lisboa, cross the bridge over the river Tejo. Enroute enjoy a beautiful and bucolic landscape of olive trees, cork oak trees and vineyards.
Arrive 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 with 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 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 4 Sunday - Evora/Beja/Silves/Lagos
Morning at leisure.
Afternoon drive southward to Beja. Crossing small mountains to the Algarve. Proceeding past fields of orange trees, arrive in Silves, the renowned town dominated by its red sandstones castle dating back mainly to Moorish times.
Continue to the golden sands of the Algarve passing by Praia da Rocha to Lagos.
Overnight VILA GALE, Lagos
Day 5 Monday - Lagos
Breakfast at the hotel. 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 ports where you can taste the delicious Algarve dishes, such as the fish and shellfish cooked in a copper pan (cataplana). Don't forget 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.
Overnight VILA GALE HOTEL, Lagos
Day 6 Tuesday - Lagos/Lisbon
Take a last look at the water while traveling along the coast, 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.
Then the scenic route over the Arrábida Mountain Range, an area preserved as a Natural Park, with an amazing scenery and unique vegetation at the gates of Lisbon. Savour the sweeping views of the Tróia Peninsula. Cross the bridge over the Tejo River, arrive Lisbon.
Overnight LUTETIA HOTEL, Lisbon
Day 7 Wednesday - Lisbon
Transfer to Lisbon airport for return departure to USA
- All transfers, and multilingual sightseeing by motor coach
- All 4 star hotels (or similar)
- Breakfast daily
- All taxes and service charges
COSTS PER PERSON - LAND ONLY
Based on double occupancy - LOW SEASON
Travel agents from $1250.00
Companions from $1350.00
Single supplement from $300.00
EXTENSIONS and UPGRADES AVAILABLE