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Portugal Tour

10 Nights / 11 Days tour package for USD 1899 per person
Destinations Covered: Lisbon - Tomar - Oporto - Viseu - Evora - Algarve (ZP) / 2013
 

This vacation shows you all of Portugal without any rush, thanks to the well-planned 2-night stopovers in Lisbon, Oporto, and the Algarve. Start and end in Lisbon, and see the interior and almost the entire coastline of Portugal. Guided sightseeing tours in Lisbon, Oporto, 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 Oporto.

 

Rates and Dates (Rates per person on US Dollars):

USDTour Start Date Return Date Price Per Person
28-Mar-2013 07-Apr-2013 USD 1899
04-Apr-2013 14-Apr-2013 USD 1929
11-Apr-2013 21-Apr-2013 USD 1929
18-Apr-2013 28-Apr-2013 USD 1929
25-Apr-2013 05-May-2013 USD 1929
02-May-2013 12-May-2013 USD 1949
09-May-2013 19-May-2013 USD 1949
16-May-2013 26-May-2013 USD 1949
23-May-2013 02-Jun-2013 USD 1949
30-May-2013 09-Jun-2013 USD 1949
06-Jun-2013 16-Jun-2013 USD 1929
13-Jun-2013 23-Jun-2013 USD 1929
20-Jun-2013 30-Jun-2013 USD 1929
27-Jun-2013 07-Jul-2013 USD 1929
04-Jul-2013 14-Jul-2013 USD 1929
11-Jul-2013 21-Jul-2013 USD 1929
18-Jul-2013 28-Jul-2013 USD 1929
25-Jul-2013 04-Aug-2013 USD 1929
01-Aug-2013 11-Aug-2013 USD 1929
08-Aug-2013 18-Aug-2013 USD 1929
15-Aug-2013 25-Aug-2013 USD 1929
22-Aug-2013 01-Sep-2013 USD 1929
29-Aug-2013 08-Sep-2013 USD 1929
05-Sep-2013 15-Sep-2013 USD 1949
12-Sep-2013 22-Sep-2013 USD 1949
19-Sep-2013 29-Sep-2013 USD 1949
26-Sep-2013 06-Oct-2013 USD 1949
03-Oct-2013 13-Oct-2013 USD 1929
10-Oct-2013 20-Oct-2013 USD 1929
17-Oct-2013 27-Oct-2013 USD 1899
   
Hotels:

Lisbon: Mundial (F)

Tomar: Dos Templarios (F)

Oporto: Tiara Park Atlantic (SF)

Viseu: Grao Vasco (F)

Evora: M’AR De AR Muralhas (F)

Algarve: Tivoli Carvoeiro (F) at Carvoeiro

 
Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Lisbon, Portugal
Free time to rest or start exploring the Portuguese capital. At 6 pm, meet the Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at the hotel. (D)

Day 2: 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 Tagus, 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. (B)

Day 3: 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. (B,D)

Day 4: Tomar – Conimbriga – Coimbra – Oporto
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 Oporto, Portugal’s second-largest city. Tonight, why not join an optional dinner at one of Oporto’s fine restaurants? (B)

Day 5: Oporto
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 FRANCISCOand 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. (B,D)

Day 6: Oporto – Guimaraes – 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. (B,D)

Day 7: Viseu – Belmonte – Castelo de Vide – 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. (B,D)

Day 8: 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? (B)

Day 9: Algarve, Coastal 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. (B,D)

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. (B)

Day 11: Lisbon
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.(B)

 
Package Includes:
Accommodation for 3 nights in Lisbon
Accommodation for 2 nights in Algarve
Accommodation for 1 night in Tomar
Meals as per the itinerary
Accommodation for 2 nights in Oporto
Welcome dinner in Lisbon and a special dinner with wine in Evora
Accommodation for 1 night in Viseu
Sightseeing and activities as per the itinerary
Accommodation for 1 night in Evora    
 
Package Excludes:
Return Airfare and taxes
Cost of meals other than not mentioned in the inclusions
Visa charges
Cost of any other services not specifically mentioned in inclusions
Expenses of personal nature, laundry, telephone bills, tips, gratuities etc    
 
Notes:
The package Prices based on double room occupancy
The package  itineraries and prices are subject to change without prior notice
Please note that mandatory prepaid gratuities for Tour Director and Driver are applicable    

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