|Purpose:||History, Culture, Relaxation, Fun|
|No. of days:||9 days - 8 nights|
|First & Last Cities:||Lisbon|
|Other cities:||Belem, Santarem, Tomar, Almurol ,Fátima, Batalha, Nazaré, Alcobaça, Óbidos, Setubal, Azeitão, Palmela, Queluz, Sintra, Cascais, Estoril|
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Hotels in your Tour:
|Tourist Superior||Turim Restauradores||4|
|First Class||Turim Av Liberdade||4|
Hotels will be confirmed at time of booking and may substituted by similar ones
Day 1: Lisbon
After you clear customs at Lisbon Airport, you’ll be met and transferred to the Hotel of preference in Lisbon. We have no planned activities, today, so you can rest and relax and adapt to the time difference.
Day 2: Lisbon
After you enjoy breakfast at your hotel take a short walk to Praça Marques de Pombal to start this morning’s sightseeing. Lisbon is, without a doubt, a charming capital city and this tour will allow you to discover the different facets that make up the uniqueness of one of Europe’s most beautiful capitals.
Lisbon is a city with an Atlantic soul and a Mediterranean vibe, special for its varied heritage and styles. You will marvel at the very special urban landscape blessed by an extraordinary light! Enjoy a glimpse of the city from the old neighborhoods of the center to the new buildings at the renewed East side, always driving along the Tagus River.
From Marques de Pombal drive to Principe Real a very lively and fashionable area, and then to Bairro Alto, one of the oldest neighborhoods, and Chiado, an elegant, sophisticated district of theaters, bookshops, and old-style cafes, the beloved hearth of the city from the 18th century. Driving down to the river, you will explore Cais de Sodré bustling area and Praça do Comércio, one of the most beautiful and elegant squares facing the Tagus River. Continue on along the city’s harbor and pass by the famous Tile Museum set in a monastery from the 16th century. Then you will reach Parque das Nações a totally renewed area where you will find the most impressive contemporary buildings such as the Portuguese Pavilion, Vasco da Gama Tower, Oceanarium and Oriente Station, all of them designed by world-class contemporary architects.
Finally you will reach again Parque Eduardio VII and the starting point driving through Lisbon modernist avenues from the 60’. [B]
Day 3: Santarem, Tomar, Almourol
After breakfast you’ll be picked up at your hotel for a journey on the trail of the Knights Templar, later renamed Knights of Christ by the Portuguese king, who played a decisive role in the conquest of Portugal from the Moors. The tour stars in Santarém, with an important geographical location to the Christian reconquest. Here we visit the castle and the Graça Church. Then, we continue to Almourol Castle, one of the finest examples of medieval military architecture dating back from the 12th century. This is a magical castle, surrounded by the river and valleys, which reminds the aura of mystery of the Knights Templar. Explore Tomar, Templar town with its Castle and Convent of Christ, from the 12th century, the headquarters of the order. Today the monument is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Finally, visit the historic center of Tomar with the two Templar Churches and the Synagogue, as the Jews were great allies of the Templars. Finally visit one of the most wonderful aqueducts Portugal, the Aqueduct Pegões, almost 4 miles long and a magnificent work from the 17th century. Return to Lisbon for overnight at your hotel. [B]
Day 4: Lisbon
Breakfast at the hotel and free day to discover hidden treasures, relax at one of the esplanades near Rossio, visit the Gulbenkian Foundation and Museum, Saint George Castle and Alfama, the old Moorish Quarter or take Santa Justa elevator to Bairro Alto another historic quarter whose cathedral was destroyed by the earth quake of 1775. Lisbon is so rich in history and testimonies from its brilliant past that you’ll have no trouble getting busy for one or more days. Overnight at the hotel.[B]
 Option: Lisbon by Night with Fado Show and dinner
After been picked up from your hotel, you will discover the amazing monuments of the Portuguese capital with the superb atmosphere of the evening: the roundabout of Pombal Square, Avenida da Liberdade, Rossio and Terreiro do Paço, known as Commerce Square or Black Horse Square. Continue your ride and discover the most important sites of Lisbon: Belem's tower, a stunning fortification of the 16th century as impressive as beautiful, not far from the Monument to the Discoveries and, just across, the Jeronimos Monastery a masterpiece of the Manueline style unique to Portugal and a uncluttered view of the Lisbon bridge and the Cristo Rei. To finish this memorable evening, have a delicious Portuguese dinner and discover the local folklore with a show of the typical Fado, the traditional Portuguese music at restaurant the old Lisbon. [D]
Day 5: Lisbon, Belem & Castle
Discover Belém monumental district facing the Tagus river. This area was a long beach and one of the spots from where the Portuguese navigators set out for their discovery voyages all over the world during the 15th and 16th centuries: Bartolomeu Dias to round the Cape of Good Hope, the first voyages of Ferdinand Magellan, Vasco da Gama to discover the sea route to India and Christopher Columbus stopped here on his way back to Europe after discovering the New World…. During this time Lisbon flourished with riches pouring into Portugal and saw the construction of great monuments like the Belem Tower and Jeronimos Monastery.– both jewels of Manueline art in Portugal and listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites. Stop also at the Discoveries Memorial and the pavement mosaic representing a compass with the map of the world charting the routes taken by the Portuguese explorers. The tour includes a visit to the Royal Coaches Museum which has the largest and most valuable collection of its type in the world. Each carriage is more magnificent than the other, showing how artisans went to extraordinary lengths to make their vehicles stand out.
The tour ends with a walking tour of at Rossio and Alfama to explore these old neighborhoods of Lisbon. [B]
Day 6: Lisbon, Fátima, Batalha, Nazaré, Alcobaça, Óbidos, Lisbon
Be sure to be at Praça Marques de Pombal at 9:00 am to atart a full-day tour that will take you to the region north of Libon. Drive to Fátima, the heart of Catholic faith and world pilgrimage site. The Shrine of Fátima is a must see that has been blessed by Virgin Mary’s apparitions and the benedictions of many popes. Later you will visit the Monastery of the Dominicans of Batalha which was built in 1385 to commemorate the victory of the Portuguese over the Castilians at the battle of Aljubarrota. Its highly original building in the national Gothic style and influenced by Manueline art, as demonstrated by its masterpiece, the Royal Cloister. Then, enjoy the seaside at Nazaré, once a busy fishing village and now a surfers’ paradise because of its wonderful waves. Continue on to Alcobaça to visit another Unesco designated monument. The Monastery of Santa Maria de Alcobaça, was founded in the 12th century by King Alfonso I. Its size, the purity of its architectural style, the beauty of the materials and the care with which it was built make this a masterpiece of Cistercian Gothic art. The tour also includes a visit to the mediaeval town of Óbidos which is one of the most picturesque and well preserved in Portugal. You might explore its castle within the walls, its maze of streets and white houses that are a delight to stroll along. Return to Lisbon for overnight at your hotel. [B]
Day 7: Lisbon, Queluz, Sintra, Cascais, Estoril, Lisbon (Royal Palaces)
After breakfast take a short walk to Praça Marques de Pombar to start today’s tour that will include a visit to the Queluz Palace built in 1747 by order of Infante D. Pedro. The palace, known as the “Portuguese Versailles”, was the royal family’s favorite summer residence until 1794 . The French-inspired gardens are divided into two distinct spaces: the Grand Garden (or the Garden of Neptune) and the New Garden (or the Garden of Malta), both cut by geometric bushes and set with sculptures inspired by classical mythology, waterfalls and water pools alongside cages with exotic birds and beautiful tiles. This privileged environment, a place of leisure and innumerable royal parties, powerfully evokes the spirit and style of the former royal court. Afterwards the tour will continue to Sintra. Explore this hill overlooking the sea, covered in luxuriant vegetation, which has long seduced poets both from home and abroad. Sintra, the “Glorious Eden” of Lord Byron and ancient summer refuge of the royal court, is today the natural setting for stunning monuments, singular estates, houses and gardens rich with exotic plants. Sintra is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the most romantic town in Portugal. You will climb the winding route to Sintra’s rocky summit, where the most emblematical example of Portuguese Romantic architecture, the Pena Palace and Park was constructed. The palace itself is the crown jewel of the mountain, but the park, planned to imitate the perfection of nature, is even more surprising with its 2,000 different botanical species. Return to Lisbon for overnight at your hotel. [B]
Day 5: Lisbon, Palmela, Setubal, Azeitão, Lisbon
Today enjoy a full-day trip to Arrabida National Park and the city of Setubal, including visits to wine cellars and wine tasting. Leave Lisbon by Vasco da Gama Bridge (the longest in Europe) and stop at the Castle of Palmela – an amazing photo opportunity. We then visit a beautiful wine farm owned by a local family for a tasting of regional wines. After we will drive along the mountains of the Arrábida Natural Park (1,640 ft. peak) to admire the spectacular views over the Atlantic Ocean. We will then stop for lunch (on your own) at the fishing village of Sesimbra. After lunch it’s time for another wine tasting and a guided tour to the Casa Museu José Maria da Fonseca, one of the oldest wine producers of Portugal, still in the same family (includes 2 wine tastings). Our last stop will be at the Cristo-Rei (Christ’s statue) with a great view of Lisbon across the Tagus River estuary. Return to Lisbon by the 25th de April Bridge to enjoy the last sightseeing of the day. [B/T]
Day 8: Lisbon
Breakfast at the hotel and free day to wander the streets of Lisbon and, maybe, shop for the traditional “filigree” (ornamental work of gold or silver wire formed into delicate representations of caravels, typical heart designs or other Portuguese folkloric motives), hand painted ceramic or cork artifacts. [B]
Day 9: Lisbon, USA
After breakfast at your hotel you may have some time for shopping depending on the schedule of your returning or continuing flight. At the appointed time you’ll be met at your hotel and transferred to Lisbon’s Portela Airport for your flight back home. [B]
[B] = Breakfast | [B/T] = Breakfast and Wine Tasting
|1 February to 31 March||Tourist Superior||$1,469||$1,859||$1,379|
|April 1 to October 31||Tourist Superior||$1,505||$1,929||$1,399|
Prices are per person and may change without notice.
Single price is for 2 or more persons travelling together. Single price for one person traveling alone are available on request.
Tour Code: PT06LIS17ET