On this first day of our five-day tour in Portugal, we begin by visiting Lisbon’s historic districts such as; Alfama, Bairro Alto, Chiado, Baixa de Lisboa, always with a historical accompaniment of each place. Reviving Medieval Lisbon with its different civilizations from the Moors to the present day. Lunch will be your choice but our guides / drivers can advise a restaurant. Visit to Belém with its important monuments of the century XVI and of course the visit and tasting to the factory of the Pasteis de Belém …Visit also the “new” Lisbon, where in 1998, Lisbon received the Expo 98, possible visit to the Oceanarium.
On the second day of our itinerary, the day will be spent in Sintra, in what is the Paradise of the aristocracy in Portugal. Upon arriving in Sintra, we will decide together which is the best palace to visit from among them; National Palace of Sintra, Pena Palace, Quinta da Regaleira, Palace of Monserrate, Castle of the Moors. We must stop in the historical center for tasting the Queijadas de Sintra and the Pillow of Sintra. Visit to Cape Roca already on the way to Cascais where we will make a short stop to Boca do Inferno, stop in the center of Cascais. Next to Cascais we have Estoril, known by his Casino, but also because it was the favorite place of espionage in Portugal during World War II. Arrival to Lisbon along the Marginal road always flanking the sea until arriving.
We will start our day with a visit to a cork factory next to Evora, which is undoubtedly a product of choice in Portugal, where we have more than 50% of the world’s cork production. After seeing and learning everything about this unique product we continue towards the Medieval village of Évora, with innumerous traces of different civilizations time to visit the curious Chapel of Bones as well as the rest of the city. Being the Alentejo one of the most recognized places nationally and internationally for its wines we will still have time to know this wonderful “nectar” at the Eugénio de Almeida (Cartuxa, Pêra-Manca) winery.
On the fourth day of our itinerary, we leave Lisbon to Fatima where we will pay tribute to our lady, time to attend a mass and visit the houses where the children were born impeccably preserved. Leaving Fatima, the next stop of our itinerary will be in Coimbra in time to visit one of the most beautiful libraries in the world, the Joanina Library, inside the palace of the oldest university in Europe. Visit the downtown Coimbra with the arch of Almedina and the Church of Santa Cruz where the first King of Portugal, Dom Afonso Henriques, is buried. Our arrival in Porto will be at the end of the day.
Our fifth day of our itinerary with the visit to the second most important city of Portugal, the city of Porto. We will start our day by visiting the Lello bookstore, the Porto Cathedral, the Stock Exchange Palace, the São Francisco Church, among others. At lunch we can try one of Porto’s typical dishes such as “Francesinha” a super-hot sandwich with a lightly spicy sauce or the famous casings of Porto. Time for visit and tasting of a port wine cellar in Gaia, optional a boat trip on the river with an approximate duration of 50 minutes, passing under the 6 bridges that cross the Douro river in Porto.
Leaving our hotel in Porto, having the first stop in Amarante, to visit the Church of São Gonçalo, in this quiet village that once showed its “race” against the French during Napoleon’s invasion of Portugal. Then we continue our day to the Alto Douro vineyard where we will visit at least one Quinta producing this nectar of the Gods wine, in this place considered by many of the most beautiful in the World. Time to learn a little more about this culture that is wine as well as taste it, of course.
We start our day with a visit to Braga the city of archbishops, where we will visit its cathedral as well as the historical center. Then we will go to the sanctuary of Bom Jesus do Monte, where we will go on a little trip in a water powered elevator … yes water, without ever having an accident. After the visit we will go to Guimarães which is known as the Cradle of Portugal with its castle and its historical center. Return to Lisbon
This will be the day of returning to Lisbon, but on the way we will visit Aveiro, known as the Portuguese Venice, where in addition to the visit we will try your sweets, “ovos-moles”. Then on to Nazaré, this fishing village, known for its giant waves where proudly the ladies wear seven skirts. Then arriving at Óbidos, a medieval UNESCO world heritage town, with its impeccably preserved whitewashed streets. Time to taste the famous ginja of Óbidos.
Please bring your passport or ID card. Participants aged 65 and over receive discount on entrance fees to museums and monuments.
8-seater Peugeot traveller:
• Air conditioning and heating
• Tinted windows with sun blinds
Please wear comfortable shoes.
Lisbon and Surroundings