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Portugal in Depth

Places Covered: Lisbon, Portugal, Obidos, Nazaré, Tomar, Conimbriga, Coimbra, Porto,Vila Real, Viseu, Belmonte, Evora, Algarve
Duration: 11 Days/ 10 Nights
Tour Cost: $499.00

This Highlights of Portugal tour begins in Lisbon and heads north first before heading south. This vacation shows you all of Portugal without rushing thanks to the well-planned 2-night stopovers in Lisbon, Porto, and the Algarve. Start and end in Lisbon, and see the interior and almost the entire coastline of Portugal. Guided sightseeing tours in Lisbon, Porto, and Evora allow you to see many of the must-see sights, including Jeronimos Monastery in Lisbon. Built in 1502 and now regarded as Lisbon’s most important landmark, it was traditional for Portuguese seafarers to pray in the chapel before their departure to the unknown. In Evora, visit the Ossuary Chapel, with its walls covered with thousands of human bones and skulls.

Enjoy the Roman ruins of Conimbriga, tour the excavations, view the well-preserved mosaics, and visit the excellent museum. Spend time in the Algarve, Portugal’s most popular vacation area, where you can relax and explore this beautiful resort at your own pace. From here, take an excursion to the Promontory of Sagres, where Henry the Navigator lived and planned his overseas expansion. For those interested in food and wine, you’ll have an opportunity to enjoy an olive oil tasting in Belmonte (birthplace of Pedro Alvares Cabral, discoverer of Brazil) and a wine tasting at a port wine cellar in Porto.

DAY 01

Arrival in Lisbon, Portugal

Free time to rest or start exploring the Portuguese capital. At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel.

(Dinner)

DAY 02

Lisbon

Lisbon was the center of Europe's longest-lived overseas empire. Portugal's imperial ambitions date back to Prince Henry the Navigator's 15th-century discoveries in West Africa. 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. Stop for pictures of Belem Tower, guarding the mouth of the Tejo River, and visit JERONIMOS MONASTERY with the tomb of Vasco da Gama. Afternoon and evening at leisure. Exciting optional excursions to Sintra and the royal palace of Queluz, and dinner at a typical taverna with Fado-style entertainment are available.

Breakfast

DAY 03

Lisbon - Obidos - Alcobaça - Nazaré - Fatima - Tomar

First stop on your northbound journey is medieval Obidos. 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, and hear how she was murdered at the order of Pedro's father. 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.

Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 04

Tomar - Conimbriga - Coimbra - Porto

Visit the hilltop CONVENT OF CHRIST with its famous Manueline Window. Further 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 Porto, Portugal's second-largest city. Tonight, why not join an optional dinner at one of Oporto's fine restaurants?

Breakfast

DAY 05

Porto

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 a PORT WINE CELLAR where the famous wine produced from grapes of the Douro Valley is aged in huge vats. Afternoon at leisure. An optional boat ride combined with a visit to the House of Music is available.

Breakfast

DAY 06

Porto - Vila Real - Viseu

Head inland to 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, before continuing to Vila Real, former capital of Portugal's northeastern region of Trás-os-Montes. Just outside the town, visit the splendid park and manor of PALACIO DE MATEUS, whose picture graces the label of the excellent Mateus rosé wine. From here, a scenic road through the Port wine vineyards leads to Viseu, believed to have been the home of Lusitanian leader Viriate, who resisted the Roman conquest.

Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 07

Viseu - Belmonte - Evora

This morning, your first stop is in Belmonte, today a symbol of Jewish awakening, for a visit the JEWISH MUSEUM. Also enjoy an OLIVE OIL TASTING. Afternoon break in Castelo de Vide, an enchanting small town. Time to walk through the Jewish quarter with its white-washed houses and to take pictures of the 14th-century castle. Continue to Evora, the cultural center of southern Portugal and a former royal residence. This evening, dinner at a local restaurant is included.

Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 08

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 CATHEDRAL, 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. Tonight, why not try one of the seafood restaurants for which the Algarve is famous?

Breakfast

DAY 09

Algarve Costal Excursion

Today you may prefer to relax, explore this beautiful resort at your own pace, or join the included excursion along the enchanting southern coastline. History comes alive as you reach 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.

Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10

Algarve - 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. After crossing the Bridge of April 25th, you're back in Lisbon. Why not join an optional dinner to celebrate the success of an exciting touring adventure?

Breakfast

DAY 11

Lisbon

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Breakfast

Hotels (or similar)

  • LISBON Mundial (F)
  • TOMAR Dos Templarios (F)
  • PORTO Tiara Park Atlantic (SF)
  • VISEU Grao Vasco (F)
  • ALGARVE Tivoli Carvoeiro (F) at Carvoeiro

(SF) = Superior First Class; (F) = First Class

2015 Prices

  • Dates shown are for land tour beginning and ending
  • Airfare not included.
  • Prices are PER PERSON in US dollars, based on double occupancy rooms/twin share.

Tour Start Date

Return Date

Land Price Only

6/4/2015

6/14/2015

$2,069.00

6/11/2015

6/21/2015

Sold out

6/18/2015

6/28/2015

$2,069.00

6/25/2015

7/5/2015

$2,069.00

7/2/2015

7/12/2015

$2,069.00

7/9/2015

7/19/2015

Sold out

7/16/2015

7/26/2015

Sold out

7/23/2015

8/2/2015

$2,069.00

7/30/2015

8/9/2015

Sold out

8/6/2015

8/16/2015

Sold out

8/13/2015

8/23/2015

$2,069.00

8/20/2015

8/30/2015

Sold out

8/27/2015

9/6/2015

$2,119.00

9/3/2015

9/13/2015

$2,119.00

9/10/2015

9/20/2015

$2,119.00

9/17/2015

9/27/2015

$2,119.00

9/24/2015

10/4/2015

$2,069.00

10/1/2015

10/11/2015

$2,069.00

10/8/2015

10/18/2015

$2,069.00

10/15/2015

10/25/2015

$1,999.00

Pricing details

  • Airfare from your home city available with this tour. Please inquire about fares
  • Single Supplement: $499.00
  • Triple room deduction: $51.00 per person
  • Extra nights in Lisbon: $90.00 per person if sharing a twin room, $79.00 per person if sharing a triple room, $155.00 for single.

Meals Included

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

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