South of Portugal 4-Day Premium Tour

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Visit some of South Portugal's beautiful towns and see its scenic landscapes.

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Day 1: Lisboa - Évora (+/- 140 km)

We will spend the day discovering the town of Évora and its mosaic of culture, history and traditions. As we leave Lisboa, we will cross the bridge over the river Tejo. By a beautiful and bucolic landscape of olive trees, cork oak trees and vineyards we will arrive at Évora, a World Heritage of UNESCO. In the narrow streets of the whitewashed town of Évora we will spend some time at some of its most important monuments: the Roman Temple, the Romanesque-Gothic Cathedral, Saint Francis Church and the "Bones Chapel", and the University of Évora. At the market we will find some of the fresh produce and rich flavors used to prepare some of the most famous delicacies of Portugal. During the visit we will also admire the diversity and authenticity of local handicraft with cork, ceramic and copper objects. After lunch, we will have the rest of the afternoon free to better discover the city. Why not try some of the region's delicious wines and cheeses?

Hotel: Hotel Muralhas Mar d'Ar (****) in Évora

Day 2: Évora - Beja - Silves - Lagos (+/-250Km/155.3 miles)

After breakfast at the hotel we will have part of the morning at leisure in Évora, before driving southward passing Beja. Here, the highest towers of Portuguese Medieval castles dominate the town and the region. We will cross the small mountains as we will enter in the Algarve. By fields of orange trees we arrive will arrive at Silves, the renowned town dominated by its red sandstone castle dating back mainly to Moorish times. We will continue to the golden sands of the Algarve as we pass by Praia da Rocha to Lagos.

Hotel: Hotel Vila Galé Lagos (****) in Lagos

Day 3: Lagos - Ponta da Piedade - Sagres - Cabo de S. Vicente - Lagos (+/-140 km/87 miles)

We will have breakfast at the hotel before travelling to the southern region of Algarve. We will stop in Ponta da Piedade and admire the magnificent view over the Atlantic Ocean, of cliffs sculpted by the erosive action of both the sea and time. We will continue to Sagres, a fishing port, for a visit to the fortress that 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. We will proceed along the cliffs to Cabo São Vincente, the southwestern point in Europe, and into the city of Lagos. This cosmopolitan town is known for its delicious Algarve dishes, such as the fish and shellfish cooked in a copper pan (cataplana), and fine sweets such as the famous marzipans, almond and fig cakes. With the free afternoon, perhaps you can enjoy a dip in the warm sea.

Hotel: Hotel Vila Galé Lagos (****) in Lagos

Day 4: Lagos - Setúbal - Serra da Arrábida - Lisbon (+/-330km/205 miles)

We will take a last look at the water while traveling along the coast, to say farewell to the Algarve. The return trip to Lisbon will take you to the city of Setubal, a major port and industrial center on the north bank of the Sado estuary. Then, we will take the scenic route over the Arrábida Mountain Range, an area preserved as a Natural Park at the gates of Lisbon, and savour the sweeping views of the Tróia Peninsula. We will cross the bridge over the Tejo River to arrive at Lisbon.

Includes

  • Entrance fees into the following monuments: Batalha Monastery, Coimbra University, Palacio da Bolsa (Porto), St. Francisco Church (Porto), Mateus Palace Gardens, Convent of Christ (Tomar)

  • Breakfast buffet

  • Charter fee

  • Accommodation fee

  • English-speaking guide
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South of Portugal 4-Day Premium Tour
Monastery of Alcobaca, Portugal

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Inclusions: Entrance fees into the following monuments: Batalha Monastery, Coimbra University, Palacio da Bolsa (Porto), St. Francisco Church (Porto), Mateus Palace Gardens, Convent of Christ (Tomar) / Breakfast buffet / Charter fee / Accommodation fee / English-speaking guide
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Schedule

  • Day 1
  • 08:45-08:00

    Pickup from Lisbon Hotels or Check in at Marquês de Pombal

  • Óbidos

    Start the tour at Óbidos where you will find yourself surrounded by medieval walls. Marvel at the architecture of the buildings and sample the famous drink, ginginha.

  • Alcobaça

    Travel to Alcobaça where the first and largest Gothic-style church in Portugal is located. Also, visit the tombs of Pedro and Inês de Castro who were famous for their remarkable love story.

  • Nazaré and Batalha

    Continue the tour with a visit to Nazaré, a local fishing village and seaside resort. Then enter the Monastery of Santa Maria de Victoria in Batalha where you will find the tomb of Henry The Navigator, known be the promoter of maritime discoveries.

  • Fátima

    Finally, arrive at Fátima, home to the Sanctuary of Fátima, a Catholic pilgrimage site.

  • Accommodation

    Hotel Santa Maria, 4-star in Fatima or similar
    Meal: Buffet Breakfast

  • Day 2
  • Coimbra

    After enjoying your breakfast at the hotel, depart for Coimbra where you will visit one of the oldest universities in the world. Admire the university's impressive Baroque-style library, and discover the unique traditions of the school.

  • Saint Clara Church

    Stop by the St. Clara Church to pay a visit to the tomb of Queen Saint Isabel, the protagonist of the miracle of roses.

  • Aveiro

    The afternoon tour continues to the city of canals, Aveiro. See the graceful boats called moliceiros going about the city, which has earned the name "Venice of Portugal". Also, sample a local delicacy called ovos moles.

  • Accommodation

    Hotel Ipanema Porto, 4-star in Oporto or similar
    Meal: Buffet Breakfast

  • Day 3
  • Porto

    Stay for another day at Porto to explore this magnificent UNESCO World Heritage Site. See spectacular sights including the serene riverside, traditional houses, majestic palaces, and historic churches.

  • Guimarães

    Explore Guimarães, the birthplace of the first King of Portugal and learn about the rich history and cultural heritage of the country. See the Sacred Hill and the Palace of the Dukes of Bragança.

  • Braga

    Often called the Portuguese Rome, Braga is where religious architecture in the country are located. Visit the oldest Cathedral in Portugal and the sanctuary called Bom Jesus do Monte with its popular Baroque-styled stairways and gardens.

  • Accommodation

    Hotel Ipanema Porto, 4-star in Oporto or similar
    Meal: Buffet Breakfast

  • Day 4
  • Santiago de Compostela

    Discover the UNESCO World Heritage site of Santiago de Compostela, an important area for Christian Pilgrimage. Enjoy your free time exploring this historic city and trying the traditional local cuisine.

  • Accommodation

    Hotel Ipanema Porto, 4-star in Oporto or similar
    Meal: Buffet Breakfast

  • Day 5
  • Amarante

    Travel to the beautiful town of Amarante. Upon arrival, discover the São Gonçalo, a monastery renowned for promoting love and marriage. Also, stop by the bustling market where you can buy fruits, vegetables, clothes, and many more.

  • Vila Real

    Afterwards, visit the Vila Real and see the picturesque facade of the the manor of Mateus still being printed on the Portuguese Rose wine bottles.

  • Douro Valley and Lamego

    Enjoy a scenic ride through the vineyards and landscapes of the Douro Valley en route to the port region. Then stop by Lamego where you can sample several local delicacies including their famous local ham, Bola de Lamego.

  • Viseu

    Finally, visit the ancient town of Viseu, the heart of the Dão Vineyards. You will tour around the city center and commercial zone.

  • Accommodation

    Hotel da Urgeiriça, 4-star in Canas do Senhorim or similar
    Meal: Buffet Breakfast

  • Day 6
  • Bussaco and Tomar

    After breakfast at the hotel, head to Bussaco, deemed to be the heart of Portugal. Admire the region's exotic natural beauty, and continue the adventure to Tomar where you will find grandeur architectural styles named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Then you will make your way back to Lisbon.

  • End

    Drop off at Lisbon Hotels or Check out at Marquês de Pombal

  • (For Check-In) Marquês de Pombal Square ( 2715-311 Lisbon, Portugal (Marquês Pombal)) Time: 08:45:00

  • (For Check-Out) Marquês de Pombal Square ( 2715-311 Lisbon, Portugal (Marquês Pombal))

Check-in Time & Location

  • (For Check-In) Marquês de Pombal Square ( 2715-311 Lisbon, Portugal (Marquês Pombal)) Time: 08:45:00

Check-out Time & Location

  • (For Check-Out) Marquês de Pombal Square ( 2715-311 Lisbon, Portugal (Marquês Pombal))

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Notes

Restriction(s)
  • If less than 4 participants are booked, the activity may not operate.

Requirement(s) - Others
  • If you request for hotel pick up, please call the activity provider 24 hours before your activity to reconfirm your pick-up. Your voucher has the necessary contact information listed.

Additional Note(s)
  • Please note that hotel pick up from other locations requires an additional fee: Estoril, Sintra and Cascais - 8 EU Costa Caparica - 8 EU (min. 4 persons) Sesimbra - 16 EU (min. 4 persons)

  • Tickets for children five (5) and below are free and only include transportation (all other expenses shall be paid by the adult responsible).

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