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11 Day Tour from Lisbon to Lisbon

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Lisbon, Portugal

Welcome to Lisbon! At 6:00 p.m, 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. 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. An exciting optional excursion to the royal palace of Queluz is available, as well as 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 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 its medieval synagogue. Before arriving in Evora, the cultural center of southern Portugal and a former royal residence, 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 Catherdral, 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 your hotel with rooms overlooking the ocean. Tonight, try a 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 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;
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

Meals

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

Hotels

Lisbon:  Mundial Hotel (First-Class)

Tomar: Hotel Dos Templarios (First-Class)

Oporto:  Crowne Plaza Porto (Moderate Deluxe)

Viseu: Hotel Pousada de Viseu (Superior First-Class) 

Algarve: Hotel Tivoli Carvoeiro (First-Class)

Dates and Prices

The price listed does not include your airfare

Departure
Details
Tour
Start Date
Return
Date
Land/Cruise
Price Only
  04/06/2017 04/16/2017 $2,030
Popular Departure 04/13/2017 04/23/2017 $2,030
Popular Departure 04/20/2017 04/30/2017 $2,030
Popular Departure 04/27/2017 05/07/2017 $2,030
  05/04/2017 05/14/2017 $2,030
  05/11/2017 05/21/2017 $2,030
  05/18/2017 05/28/2017 $2,030
Popular Departure 05/25/2017 06/04/2017 $2,030
Popular Departure 06/01/2017 06/11/2017 $2,030
Popular Departure 06/08/2017 06/18/2017 $2,030
  06/15/2017 06/25/2017 $2,030
  06/22/2017 07/02/2017 $2,030
Popular Departure 06/29/2017 07/09/2017 $2,030
  07/06/2017 07/16/2017 $2,030
Popular Departure 07/13/2017 07/23/2017 $2,030
  07/20/2017 07/30/2017 $2,030
Popular Departure 07/27/2017 08/06/2017 $2,030
  08/03/2017 08/13/2017 $2,030
  08/10/2017 08/20/2017 $2,030
  08/17/2017 08/27/2017 $2,030
  08/24/2017 09/03/2017 $2,030
Popular Departure 08/31/2017 09/10/2017 $2,030
  09/07/2017 09/17/2017 $2,030
Popular Departure 09/14/2017 09/24/2017 $2,030
Popular Departure 09/21/2017 10/01/2017 $2,030
Popular Departure 09/28/2017 10/08/2017 $2,030

Prices in USD based on double room occupancy.

Single room supplement: $500

Triple room reduction per person: $51

Extra nights per person in Lisbon: 

In single room: $103-$118

In twin: $58-$71

In triple: $51-$63

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