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11 days from Lisbon to Lisbon - WPORA15

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Overview

Wander through medieval cities and visit the religious landmarks of Fátima, Batalha and the dramatic Hieronymite Monastery, enjoying a delicious Pastel de Belém or two along the way.

Highlights

Sightseeing Highlights
  • SIGHTSEEING TOUR with a Local Specialist in Lisbon, Évora and Porto
  • ORIENTATION of the Algarve, Lagos, Castelo de Vide, Viseu, Coimbra, Tomar, Nazaré and Óbidos
  • VISIT the Hieronymite Monastery in Lisbon, the cathedral in Évora, the Palace Gardens at Palacio de Mateus, the Stock Exchange Palace and Arabian Hall in Porto, the University Library of Coimbra, the Convent of Christ in Tomar, the Shrine at Fátima, the Gothic Monastery at Batalha and the medieval village of Óbidos
  • VIEW the Castle of Guimarães

Itinerary

  • Day 1 Arrive Lisbon (2 Nights)

    Bem-vindo a Lisboa. A sea of pastel pinks, yellows and blues dot the seven hills of the romantic Portuguese capital, which you will have an opportunity to explore today before meeting your fellow travellers and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception and orientation drive past the city's most iconic sights.

    Locations Visited
    • Lisbon

    Meals: Welcome Reception

    Accommodation: Olissippo Marquês de Sá

  • Day 2 Lisbon Sightseeing and Free Time

    Delve into Lisbon's centuries-old seafaring heritage today, paying tribute to the brave men who set off from these shores to discover the 'New World'. We'll see the shimmering white Monument to the Discoveries, the iconic suspension bridge spanning the Tagus and Belém Tower, built to commemorate Vasco da Gama's expedition. We join a 'Local Specialist' for a sightseeing tour of the UNESCO-listed Hieronymite Monastery, an exquisite testament to 16th-century Manueline architecture and art. There's time today to join an Optional Experience to the historic towns of Cascais and Sintra. In the evening, perhaps enjoy a traditional Portuguese dinner amidst the heart-wrenching, haunting sounds of the fado.

    Locations Visited
    • Lisbon

    Meals: Breakfast

  • Day 3 Lisbon – Algarve Region (2 Nights)

    We journey across the Tagus this morning and drive south towards the Serra da Arrábida Mountains and to the green pastures of the Alentejo. The hearty aroma of Portuguese chicken fills the air as we 'Connect With Locals' over a 'Be My Guest' lunch at a stud ranch, where Lusitano horses were once reared at the pleasure of King João VI in the 18th century. Our journey continues further south, bound for the holiday paradise that is the Algarve - our home for the next two nights.

    Locations Visited
    • Portimao
    • Panoias-Ourique

    Meals: Breakfast, Be My Guest

    Accommodation: Aqua Riverside

  • Day 4 Algarve Excursion

    The dramatic landscapes of the Sagres Peninsula provide a stunning backdrop for our morning drive. Admire spectacular views before continuing to Cape St. Vincent, the site of many sea battles centuries ago. We end our excursion with a visit to the resort town of Lagos - once the home of Henry the Navigator.

    Locations Visited
    • Lagos

    Meals: Breakfast

  • Day 5 Algarve Region – Évora

    Journeying north, we travel across the Serra do Caldeirão to the ancient Alentejo city of Évora. Join your 'Local Specialist' for a visit to the elaborate cathedral, Roman temple and the Chapel of Bones. Then, spend the rest of your day delving into the medieval history of this enchanting city. Trace centuries of history along its city walls, kick back with a bica and bolo in Praça do Giraldo or perhaps join an Optional Experience to the village of Monsaraz. This evening we dine at our hotel in Évora.

    Locations Visited
    • Evora

    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Accommodation: M’ar de Ar Muralhas

  • Day 6 Évora – Castelo de Vide – Viseu

    Our first stop today is in the hilltop town of Castelo de Vide with its white façades, narrow alleys and Jewish Quarter. Travel round the northern tip of the Serra de Estrela mountains en route to Viseu, set on a plateau near the famous Dão vineyards. Explore the city's rich art and architectural history, and see the 12th-century Sé, standing imposingly on a hill overlooking the city.

    Locations Visited
    • Viseu
    • Castelo de Vide

    Meals: Breakfast

    Accommodation: Grão Vasco

  • Day 7 Viseu – Mateus – Guimarães – Porto (2 Nights)

    Vineyard-clad hills provide an enchanting backdrop for our journey today through the Douro Valley, where Port wine is produced. We explore the magnificent gardens at the Baroque-style Palácio de Mateus, depicted on the label of the distinctive Mateus wine bottles. We continue via Guimarães for views of its impressive 10th-century castle, before arriving in the coastal town of Porto, where we will spend the next two nights.

    Locations Visited
    • Porto
    • Mateus

    Meals: Breakfast

    Accommodation: Carrís Ribeira

  • Day 8 Porto Sightseeing and Free Time

    Join a 'Local Specialist' today for a sightseeing tour in Porto, which takes you past Baroque churches and along the winding cobblestone lanes that tumble down towards the Douro River. See the remarkable bridges that span the river and the Gothic Church of St. Francis. Visit the Stock Exchange Palace with its splendid Arabian Hall inspired by Granada's Alhambra, then 'Dive Into Culture' and into the centuries-old tradition of local port production at a tasting in a port cellar. Spend the rest of the afternoon strolling through the historic centre of Porto and admiring the azulejo-clad façades, or visit Livraria Lello, the city's oldest bookstore with its iconic red staircase of Harry Potter fame.

    Locations Visited
    • Vila Nova de Gaia
    • Porto

    Meals: Breakfast

  • Day 9 Porto – Coimbra – Tomar – Fátima

    Soak up the grand atmosphere of one of Europe's greatest and oldest universities and stroll through the ancient streets and squares of Coimbra, before journeying to town of Tomar to visit the Convent of Christ, originally built as a Templar stronghold in the 12th century. Later, we arrive in the pilgrimage centre of Fátima, where we rub shoulders with millions of Catholic pilgrims who have journeyed to this pilgrimage site, where three young shepherds famously saw the apparition of the Virgin Mary.

    Locations Visited
    • Tomar
    • Coimbra
    • Fatima

    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Accommodation: Fátima

  • Day 10 Fátima – Batalha – Nazaré – Óbidos – Lisbon

    En route to Lisbon, we stop at the imposing monastery of Batalha - a UNESCO World Heritage site and the best example of late falmboyant Gothic architecture in Portugal. Our next stop is the fishing village of Nazaré, before we visit the medieval walled city of Óbidos with its whitewashed houses and cobblestone roads. Our last night in Portugal together sees us toast to an incredible journey at a Farewell Dinner.

    Locations Visited
    • Batalha
    • Lisbon
    • Obidos
    • Nazare

    Meals: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

    Accommodation: Olissippo Marquês de Sá

  • Day 11 Depart Lisbon

    Say a fond adeus to your fellow travellers at the end of an unforgettable Portuguese holiday. Airport transfers are available.

    Locations Visited
    • Lisbon

    Meals: Breakfast

Inclusions

Dining Highlights
  • 10 breakfasts
  • 1 lunch (Be My Guest)
  • 4 dinners
First class travel Highlights
  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and up to half your evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Handcrafted Highlights
  • VIP entry to many sights
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