Portugal in depth
9 days / 8 nights
Arrival at Lisbon airport. Remainder of the day at leisure. Welcome dinner and overnight in Lisbon.
Our city tour of Lisbon will include the church of the Jerónimos monastery and a walking tour of historic Alfama, the oldest district of Lisbon, followed by a tasting of the famous custard tartlet of Belém. Remainder of the day is free. This evening enjoy a Fado performance, the mournful music of Portugal. Dinner and overnight in Lisbon.
Today we visit the majestic and romantic Pena Palace, an astonishing fairytale castle located in one of the highest peaks of the Sintra mountain range (declared a UNESCO Cultural Landscape). We continue our sightseeing with a scenic drive along Cabo da Roca, the most western point in continental Europe, passing the popular Atlanitic beach of Guincho and Boca do Inferno (“Hell’s Mouth”), a chasm situated in the seaside cliffs near the fishing port of Cascais. Dinner at the hotel. Overnight in Lisbon.
Departure to the medieval town of Óbidos. Quite close to the capital you will find the well preserved Obidos castle within the walls, and a maze of streets and white houses that are a delight to stroll amongst. During the visit we will taste the typical “ginginha” (cherry liquor) in a cup of chocolate. Continuation to Nazaré that has one of the most ancient traditions connected to fishing in Portugal. Facing the sea you will see an impressive headland called Sítio, which provides one of the most famous views of the Portuguese coast. It is a 318 meter rock face with a sheer drop to the sea and at the top sits the Ermida da Memória chapel, famous for the legend of the miracle that Our Lady made to prevent the horse of the nobleman, D. Fuas Roupinho, leaping over the precipice. We will delight ourselves with a fresh fish lunch in a local restaurant. In the afternoon, visit of the Monastery of Batalha. Dinner at local restaurant, overnight in Fatima.
The Bread Route re-discovering traditions in Casal de S. Simão, where we have created an opportunity for visitors, to participate in the art of traditional bread making, starting with milling the cereal to the baking of the bread in clay ovens. This would appeal to travellers that search for traditional and genuine cultural experiences and to visitors wanting new experiences. For many centuries the local people harnessed the natural energy from the river Alge to work the watermills which in turn ground the cereals to make flour. Our journey starts in Casal de S. Simão and as we meander along the scenic pathways that link the village with the mill, you can appreciate the beauty of the Alge River Valley. At the mill you can observe the traditional process of grinding the cereal on the millstone. In the afternoon it is your chance to imagine yourself back in time when you can prepare the bread dough, and bake it in a traditional wood oven. Then comes the fun of tasting your own bread with some local cheese, olive oil and wine. Diner at local restaurant, overnight in Porto.
Porto is the country’s second-largest city, dramatically situated at the mouth of the Rio Douro, rich in medieval relics, soaring bell towers, extravagant baroque churches and stately beaux-arts buildings piled on top of one another. Our morning city tour will include São Francisco church, the Stock Exchange Palace and a stroll through the historic Ribeira quarter, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Dinner and overnight in Porto.
We visit Braga to see the oldest cathedral in the country and Guimaraes to discover the old town and enjoy views of the impressive castle. We then visit the vineyards of Aveleda, famous for the “Vinho Verde” (green wine) of the region. We see the production and bottling process, followed by a wine tasting. Dinner and overnight in Porto.
This morning we depart for picturesque Aveiro, nicknamed the “Portuguese Venice”, with its colourful gondola-shaped boats, natural lagoons, elegant 19th century architecture and traditional cobblestone passageways. We will see the popular traditional fish market and have a chance to taste the heavenly “Ovos Moles”, the district’s sugary, egg-based delicacy. In the afternoon we are heading to Coimbra and enjoy a sightseeing tour of the medieval capital of Portugal for over a hundred years and site of the country’s greatest university for the past five centuries. We will have a walking tour of the old town to see the cathedral, the famous arch of Almedina, and Santa Clara-A-Nova monastery with its special view over the city. Dinner and overnight in Lisbon.
Transfer to Lisbon airport.
Our prices include:
- Deluxe motor coach throughout as per itinerary
- English speaking tour escort throughout
- Accommodation in 4★ hotels in double/twin room
- 4 nights with half board in Lisbon
- 1 night with bed & breakfast in Fatima
- 3 nights in Porto (1x BB, 2x HB)
- Fado performance
- Fresh fish lunch
- Tasting of custard tartlet, Bread Route, wine tasting in Aveleda, Tasting of “Ovos Moles”
- Guided visits: Lisbon, Porto, Coimbra
- Admission to the following sights:
- Pena Palaca
- Obidos Castle incl. “ginginha” tasting
- Monastery of Batalha
- Palacio de Mateus
- Porterage at hotels in / out
- All taxes and charges