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You will be met and transferred to your hotel. The day is at leisure to
begin exploring on your own. Later, gather with your tour director and
your fellow travelers for a welcome reception.
This morning we stroll through Baixa, Lisbon’s historic heart and
commercial center. We then drive to Belem to view Belem Tower and
the Discovery Monument. The Vasco de Gama tomb in the Jeronimos
Monastery is next on our journey. After our tour, enjoy beautiful streets
of Lisbon on own or join option tour Dinner with Fado show. The
evening is at leisure.
This morning we depart on a half-day private sightseeing tour to Sintra,
Cascais, Estoril, and Cabo da Roca. Sintra boasts a historic Centre that is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. After our visit to the Sintra
National Palace, we continue to Cabo da Roca, the westernmost cape
in Continental Europe. Thereafter, we travel to Cascais, a picturesque
fishing town with some quirky museums, beautiful gardens, and
a lively fish market. Then we’re off to Estoril, a former fishing town
turned cosmopolitan destination for well-heeled travelers. We return
to Lisbon early in the afternoon. Rest of the day at leisure.
After breakfast, we leave Lisbon and depart towards the north. Our
first destination is Obidos, a charming village of white houses on
a hill, surrounded by fourteenth century’s walls. Here we stop for a
tasting of cherry liquor. We proceed to Nazare after the tasting.
Nazare is a popular tourist attraction and picturesque village located
on the Atlantic coast. Our next stop is the Monastery of Batalha, a
Dominican Convent. We finish the day in Fatima, a Catholic pilgrimage
destination and home to sacred sites and religious artifacts.
In the morning, we travel to Tomar for a half-day sightseeing tour and
visit the Luso-Hebrew Museum. We then proceed towards Buçaco
to visit the famous Buçaco Forest and for an outside view of Buçaco
Palace. In Coimbra, our half-day sightseeing tour includes a visit to the
University and Library.
We continue to Aveiro and Costa Nova for an orientation tour and
then travel through the Douro Valley, classified by UNESCO as a
World Heritage Site. Traditionally, the wines from this region were
transported down-river in flat-bottomed boats called “rabelos”. The
wine was stored in barrels in cellars of the Vila Nova de Gaia, just across
the river from Porto. After our lunch with wine tasting in the Douro
Valley, we continue to Porto.
During our half-day sightseeing tour of Porto, we visit the Palacio
de Bolsa (the stock exchange palace) and end our tour in one of
the famous wine cellars where we have another tasting. After this,
we continue with a boat excursion, one of the most spectacular
experiences in the city. Our afternoon is free, at leisure. In the evening
gather with your fellow travelers and your tour director for our farewell
Breakfast followed by our transfer to the airport.
PACKAGE: PORTUGAL HIGHLIGHTS
Cities: Lisbon, Fatima, Coimbra, Porto
9 Days/ 8 Nights - Air & Land
8 Days/ 7 Nights - Land Only
Land Only: $1970
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