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Portugal is a Country were the traditions and handicraft show us the History and Knowledge of the people and his Universalistic character, that is reflected even on the richness and variety of his gastronomy and Excellency of his wines.
All this completed with the unforgettable art of welcoming from the Portuguese people.
Length: 10 days
Time: Departs 9:00 am; Saturdays
Summary: Hotel pick up is included. Rates are in US Dollars and are per person. Minimum age is 11 years. Please reserve online, or call us toll-free at 800-719-8194.
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Breakfast at the hotel. Departure towards Conimbriga visiting the ruins of the ancient roman town, famous by its wonderful mosaics. Drive to Coimbra - visit of the University, one of the oldest in the world, with its magnificent baroque library and its unique atmosphere characterised by ancient traditions and customs such as the black cape of the students and the melancholic fado music. Stop at St Clara Church, where lies the tomb of Queen St. Isabel, the protagonist of the 'miracle of the roses'. In the center you can admire the exclusive ceramic of Coimbra. In the afternoon we shall drive through the luxuriant forest of Buçaco, area made up of a selection of rare trees and plants of exotic beauty, where was built a charming and romantic hotel, before a royal hunting lodge. Continue to Aveiro, city of the canals, known as the 'Portuguese Venice', where you shall have time to see the graceful boats 'moliceiros' and taste the local sweets 'ovos moles'. Drive to Oporto - Dinner and overnight.
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning city tour of Oporto(stop), the second largest city in Portugal located near the mouth of Douro River. Our visit includes the Palacio da Bolsa (the Chamber of Commerce) with its splendorous Arabian Hall; the S.Francisco Church with its overwhelmed gilded carved wood decoration ; a walk along the Ribeira, one of the most picturesque quarters of Oporto, where is possible to see the local crafts as the filigree work; visit a Port Wine Cellar and wine tasting. The afternoon is free so that you may enjoy some more time in Oporto. Dinner and overnight.
Breakfast at the hotel. Full day tour to the Minho, the northwest region of Portugal that offers natural green sceneries and the sparkling 'green wine'. Starting by Guimarães - the cradle of the nation, birthplace of the first king of Portugal, where, walking along the historic center, for moments one is plunged back into medieval times. Visit the Sacred Hill, crowned by the Castle, as well the Palace of the Dukes of Bragança, which original building dates back to the 15th centuries. Drive to Braga known as the "Portuguese Rome" for its concentration of religious architecture, as the oldest Cathedral of the country, and the Bom Jesus do Monte Sanctuary with famous baroque stairway and gardens. After we shall continue to Barcelos, an historical city rich in popular handicraft where the Galo de Barcelos (the rooster of Barcelos) legend was born becoming, the rooster, a Portuguese icon. Return to Porto - Dinner and overnight.
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to Amarante, a pretty town proud of São Gonçalo known for the promotion of love and marriage were the monastery facing the river houses his tomb and his lively bustling market where you can find fruit, vegetables, chickens, cloths, and an immense variety of other popular items. After, drive to Vila Real - visiting the gardens of the manor of Mateus, which façade is still depicted on the well-known Portuguese Rose wine bottles. Then we enter in the Port wine region, travelling through the vineyards and the breathtaking landscapes of the Douro Valley. Lamego, overlooked by one of Portugal's most important shrines N.S. Remédios with its magnificent baroque style staircase. Maybe you will try some of the local delicacies such as the local ham or the famous 'Bola de Lamego' (a loaf baked in the oven with smoked ham). Continue to the mountainous hinterland to Viseu, center of the Dão Vineyards and a city connected with Portugal´s oldest hero, Viriato, the Lusitanian chief. In the shadow of the Cathedral, narrow streets and doorways with coats of arms carved in granite make up the ancient town of Viseu. Along the center we find a busy commercial area. Arrival to Urgeiriça. Dinner and overnight.
Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to the heart of Portugal, through the beauty of the Estrela Mountain Range(stop), the highest point of continental Portugal, a world of shepherds and their flocks, famous for its cheese, snows and harsh, irregular landscape, where you shall have the opportunity to admire the local handicraft (leather and woollen articles). Continue to Castelo Branco, with its baroque garden and staircases of the Kings, and embroidered quilts. In the afternoon break in the beautiful Castelo de Vide(stop), an enchanting small town with the ancient Jewish Quarter with its white-washed houses. Continue to Estremoz. Dinner and overnight
Breakfast at the hotel. Estremoz - well known for its remarkable marble quarries and 'bonecos'(figurines) of ceramic, is a beautiful town surrounded by walls with a medieval castle. Continue to Évora, a living museum of tradition and history, handicrafts and gastronomy - on the walking tour we not only visit the Roman Temple, the Cathedral, Giraldo square and St Francis Church with its unique Bones Chapel, but also we can see handicraft streets, where you can find a great variety of items, such as the hand painted pottery, cork work, copper items and the colourful furniture. Évora is perfect place to taste the delicious alentejo cuisine that puts a touch of creativity and imagination into every dish, where the odours are wisely transformed into tastes completed with fruity whites and the mouth filling red wines. Dinner and overnight
Breakfast in hotel. Part of the morning at leisure in Évora, and then driving southward passing Beja were the highest tower of Portuguese Medieval castles dominates the town and the region. Crossing small mountains we enter in the Algarve. By fields of orange trees we arrive to Silves, the renowned town dominated by its red sandstone castle dating back mainly to Moorish times and by the memory of is former cork industry. Continue to the golden sands of the Algarve passing by Praia da Rocha to Alvor. Dinner and Overnight
Breakfast at the hotel. The Algarve has the call of the sea that led to the discovery of the New World. Stop in Ponta da Piedade and admire the magnificent view over the Atlantic Ocean, and cliffs whose shapes have been sculpted by the erosive action of both the sea and time. Continue to Sagres, a fishing port, for a visit to the fortress 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. Proceeding along the cliffs to Cabo São Vincente(stop), the most southwestern point in Europe. The city of Lagos(stop), a cosmopolitan town with marina and fishing port where you can taste the delicious Algarve dishes, such as the fish and shellfish cooked in a copper pan (cataplana), - never forgetting the fine sweets such as the famous marzipans, almond and fig cakes. Return to the hotel, where, the afternoon at leisure invites you to take a dip in the warm sea Alvor . Dinner and overnight
A last look at the water while traveling along the coast, to say farewell to the Algarve. The return trip to Lisboa will take you by the city of Setubal, a major port and industrial centre on the north bank of the Sado estuary. Then the scenic route over the Arrábida Mountain Range, an area preserved as a NaturalPark, with an amazing scenery and unique vegetation at the gates of Lisbon, and savour the sweeping views of the Tróia Peninsula. Crossing the bridge over the Tejo River, arrival to Lisboa.
Hotel pick up is included. Rates are in US Dollars and are per person. Minimum age is 11 years. Please reserve online, or call us toll-free at 800-719-8194.