We start our day with a fabulous tour of Lisbon which is an illuminated city. The Tagus and the sun almost always present, make the Portuguese capital a color mirror in which the beauty and the architectural contrasts do not go unnoticed in this city with blue sky all year and a mild winter no wonder that is fashionable and walks in world mouths. After lunch follows the picturesque town of Sintra once much appreciated by Portuguese and European bourgeoisie, it has a rich collection of palaces like the Pena considered one of the most beautiful palaces in the world, following the palace of Seteais famous for its beautiful unique gardens in Portugal. Time yet for a passage by cascais Cascais considered by many the Portuguese Riviera, Estoril and Cascais are full of glamor and charisma. With many attractions in a small space and exceptional framework in terms of nature, culture and heritage.
In the morning we leave Lisbon towards Évora located in the Alentejo region one of the main attractions of Évora is the Chapel of Bones, where hundreds of human bones on the walls and ceiling will certainly be recorded in your memory the abundance of city monuments led to his classification as a World Heritage by UNESCO, especially the famous Bones Chapel, Cathedral of Evora and Templo Romano. It follows a visit in Esporão where almost endless expanses of green fields that manage to withstand the scorching heat of Alentejo summer all thanks to modern irrigation system that will automatically debiting the drops needed in each foot was for production to be optimized, surrounded by several hectares of planted area this is the first impact you have as soon as you enter the Esporão.
Last but not least we visit Reguengos Monsaraz village is now the balcony of the Grand Lake Alqueva that lets you enjoy beautiful boat trips through hundreds of islands and hidden corners that knows very well captivate our gaze constituting one of the nice postcards tour of Portugal. Its surrounding leaves back our imagination for centuries and the presence of over 150 megalithic monuments gives us pleasure we travel stories with more than five thousand years. In addition to a historical heritage and rich and magnificent and unspoiled landscapes council holds a strong identity marked by traditional practices and customs in craftsmanship where it is required to make special reference to St. Peter’s Coval, the biggest pottery center in Portugal also in their cuisine and wines of the region, we follow towards south to lodging.
We start our day already in Algarvian Lands, south of Portugal the light, the warmth, the vibrant colors it is a source of energy for during the whole year, the beaches, nature reserves, typical villages, golf courses, the castles and fortresses present in all its splendor. Maybe that’s why, the Algarve, always leads us to good memories. Our day begins in Vilamoura Marina one of the main attraction centers in the Algarve with about 825 berths, this is the largest and most important marina in Portugal and occupies a place of reference in the panorama of national recreational boating and international there we can see luxurious boats worthy from one of the most luxurious marinas in the world.
We continue then to the city of Lagos known for its fantastic beaches with full color cliffs that look like straight out of a postcard where the warm waters invite you to a bath, especially Meia Praia holds several awards as one of the most beautiful beaches of the world.
Lunch is in charge of one of the many restaurants with freshest fish that we can eat in Portugal because some places this jump over to the grid still alive or scent of the salt air. The return to Lisbon is marked by several Kms full of crags and cliffs with magnificent views of breathtaking we had us dazzled by one end of the European continent, where only the long Atlantic Ocean prevents us from seeing “Terras de Vera Cruz. ”
In the morning we leave the sunny city of Lisbon to explore the charming medieval town of Obidos surrounded by the imposing walls of the century XIV that make up a well-preserved castle. We will go through its walls and landscapes of small alleys and churches, at the end of time to savor the Ginjinha of Obidos. We continue then to Nazareth to walk in the narrow streets, make conversation and photograph “woman of the seven skirts,” eat fresh fish and up to the sights of Pederneira and the Sítio and then down to the beach at centenary lift. Gone are the days when there was no beach because of the sea insistence on advancing land inside. So, until the sixteenth century, the Nazarenes lived in Pederneira and local Sítio that together with the beach are to Nazareth, then we follow to Batalha city that houses the Dominican Monastery of Santa Maria da Vitoria raw work of Gothic architecture, heritage UNESCO world.
Last visit of the day will be in Fatima and its Sanctuary which is one of the largest centers of pilgrimage to the Virgin Mary in the Catholic world, the famous shrine of Fatima attracts about 6 million pilgrims each year visit the Basilica of Our Lady, the chapel of the Apparitions and the home of the three little shepherds in the Cova da Iria, after day so rich then we follow to Porto for to lodge in the hotel.
The city of Porto is the 2nd largest Portuguese city considered European destination of 2014 Porto better known for Invicta city is full of life and activities.
Porto bathed by the banks of the Douro River the city is full of historical monuments worth a visit especially Clérigos Tower, Palácio da Bolsa, Porto Cathedral or the Library Lelo. The old downtown is fairly well preserved because in recent years has undergone several improvements that impress all those passing by, the narrow alleyways hide small taverns where stands the typical North gastronomy with clear emphasis on the Francesinha most famous dish in that region.
Those who visit Porto see the famous Porto Wine Cellars across the bank of the Douro where we found the best “balcony” for the entire downtown Porto and Ribeira neighborhood on our tour contemplating’s a visit to a basement and wine tasting Port and also the famous boat ride on the Douro river where you will tour the famous six bridges connecting port to the city of Gaia. The Dom Luis I Bridge jumps in sight for its unique architecture, completed its construction in 1888 with 2 trays where vehicles, people and train almost share the same track.
We leave the city of Porto towards the Douro Valley unique place, where the combination of climate, river, grapes and Stress Man led to the first region demarcated of the World wines, the production of Port wine. Location picturesque, verdant landscapes and lush nature, Douro invites all visitors to a temporary abstraction of reality, we began our tour of Amarante which is rich in historical and cultural heritage. Crossed by the river Tâmega and surrounded by mountains, this pretty town proudly displays its houses of the seventeenth century, whose balconies colored wood adorn the narrow streets. The town of Amarante is characterized by its relationship with the mountains and the river, this seduces us with its banks surrounded by trees, passing even by Calda Moledo before arrival in Peso da Regua Peso and its origins remain unknown, but the legend says that a rural Roman house called “Villa Reguela” existed here. However, it increased from 1756 due to the creation of the General Company of Alto Douro Vineyard Agriculture. Marquis of Pombal, who was the founder of the wine world’s first region, created this institution. the Company’s warehouses were thus built in Peso da Regua, and the first “wine fairs” In 1998, it was ranked as the International Vine and Wine City. Its natural landscapes are absolutely unique, since the wine region Alto Douro has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site, then we leave the pine cone which is another base in the Douro Valley, where Port wine dominates the culture, the city is at the base of hills covered with vineyards and spectacularly formed at the confluence of the rivers Duero, highlight even for the fabulous train station with its typical Portuguese tile panels painted with the Douro valley images.
We leave the city of Porto in the morning towards Braga former city of Romans and later “city of archbishops,” Braga is one of the main religious centers of Portugal, which strongly dominates the Baroque.
We will find out their main places of worship, its historic center, its green landscapes and delighted with the typical flavors of this famous region.
We continue then to the city of Guimarães considered the birthplace of Portugal, Guimarães offers us a magnificent historic center classified World Heritage by UNESCO (2001). We know the corners of the European Capital City of Culture in 2012, where you can appreciate the evolution of a city of medieval origin, which retains its authenticity today.
We leave the city of Porto in the morning towards Santiago, due to the beauty and value of its monuments the city of Compostela in addition to being a reference in the field of pilgrimage by the famous Camino de Santiago, well deserves the title of World Heritage Site. In 1993, eight years after the Camino de Santiago was also recognized as World Heritage by UNESCO. It is one of the most important pilgrimage centers in the Christian world, why and exactly related to this issue, one of the references of the Galician capital is its Cathedral built in honor of the Apostle Santiago El Mayor. Visit the Cathedral, strolling through the Plaza del Obradoiro is a mandatory task for every one that comes to Santiago de Compostela. Another of the monuments that make the city of Santiago an important city is its university with 500 years of history, which gives the city the university environment that is breathed in the streets, and in bars, for their traditions.
Even before the return to Porto time for a visit to Valença do Minho which has very ancient origins. Its occupation dates back to very indented times, the petroglyphs that can be observed in certain places certain parishes are irrefutable proof of a distant time occupation. The D. Afonso III Inquirições also allude to the dolménico type buildings in Valencia County. From the most varied origins – Indo-European, Mediterranean and African – have been resorting to this region many people attracted by the abundance of hunting and fishing, the soil fertility.
In the morning we leave the sunny city of Porto towards Viana do Castelo, Atlantic City, at the mouth of the river Lima, between the mountain and the sea, give the city landscaped skills of excellence that delight the senses and provide a climate of decompression. The originality and its craft functionality, with special emphasis on the dishes, embroidery and filigree are other attributes that make Viana do Castelo an extremely attractive city for all tourism aspects follows Ponte de Lima that it will not be chance that the oldest town of Portugal is recognized as a world heritage, a land without borders mediator of a movement that understands our planet as a sacred place.
Ponte de Lima is life because I wanted to be village and refused to be city, last but not least we went to Barcelos village known for its handcrafted ceramics, especially the Galo de Barcelos, were a colorful rooster as a national symbol it were which he was born a legend that today also enchants all who pass through. The fortified medieval town extends on a hill above the Cavado River and its charming streets are lined with baroque houses. The colorful rooster of ceramics have been sold throughout the country as a symbol of good luck, it follows Ponte de Lima will not be by chance that the oldest town of Portugal is recognized as a world heritage, a non-border territory mediator a movement that understands our planet as a sacred place.
We start our day with farewell in Porto towards Aveiro affectionately known as the Portuguese Venice is crisscrossed by streets where water slide colorful moliceiros boats, which gives it a particular character. Who hears in the city of Aveiro, associates it immediately to your ex-libris gastronomic – the eggs-Moles heritage Aveiro monastic tradition, it follows Coimbra narrow streets, patios, stairways and medieval arches, Coimbra bathed by the Mondego river it was the cradle of birth of six kings of Portugal and the First Dynasty, as well as the first University in the country and one of the oldest in the world and the first registration as a university occurs in 1290. Coimbra is a land of students but more than that, is a land of traditions where they intersect the past and the future.
Day 1 – Lisbon – Sintra – Cascais – Estoril – Lisbon
Day 2 – Evora – Herdade do Esporão – Reguengos de Monsaraz
Day 3 – Faro – Tavira – Vilamoura – Portimão – Lagos – C. Vicentina
Day 4 – Óbidos – Nazaré – Batalha – Fátima
Day 5 – Porto – Porto Wine Cellars
Day 6 – Douro – Amarante – Mesão Frio – Peso da Regua – Pinhão
Day 7 – Braga – Bom Jesus – Guimarães
Day 8 – Porto – Santiago Compostela – Valenca do Minho – Porto
Day 9 – Porto – Barcelos – Viana do Castelo – Ponte de Lima – Porto
Day 10 – Porto – Costa Nova – Aveiro – Mealhada – Coimbra – Lisbon
Day 1 – Hotel – Lisbon – Marques de Pombal Gardens – Baixa – Lisbon Cathedral – St. Anthony’s Church – Castle of Sao Jorge – Portas do Sol – Bairro da Graça – National Pantheon – Park of Nations – Terreiro do Paco – Chiado , Bairro Alto – São Bento – Estrela Basilica – Monument to the Discoveries – Belem Tower – Jeronimos Monastery – Pastéis de Belém – Sintra – tour in Sintra – regional candy factory of Sintra – Sintra Mountains – Pena Palace – Seteais – Cascais – Estoril – Hotel – Lisbon – Hotel.
Day 2 – Lisbon – Hotel – Lisbon – Vasco da Gama Bridge – Évora center – Praça do Giraldo – Évora Cathedral – Chapel of Bones – Temple of Diana – Herdade do Esporão – Wines and Olive Oils Herdade do Esporão – Reguengos de Monsaraz center – Reguengos de Monsaraz Castle – S. Pedro do Corval – potter Centre of S. Pedro do Corval – Algarve – Hotel – Algarve
Day 3 – Algarve – Hotel – Algarve – Tavira Historical Center – Marina Tavira – Vilamoura -Marina Vilamoura- historic center – Portimão center – Portimão Historical Center – Lagos – Historical Center – Meia Praia – Vicentina Coast – Alentejo plains – Vasco da Gama Bridge – Lisbon – Hotel – Lisbon.
Day 4 – Lisbon – Hotel – Lisbon – Óbidos – Obidos Castle – Sitio da Nazaré – Nazaré Beach – Lighthouse Nazareth – Battle Center – Monastery of Batalha – Fatima center – Church of Our Lady of Fatima – Apparitions Chapel – Holy Trinity Church – House of 3 Pastorinhos – Porto – Hotel.
Day 5 – Porto – Hotel – Porto – Crystal Palace – Avenida dos Aliados – Hall Council – Bolhão Market – Santa Catarina Street – Cafe Majestic – S. Bento station – Cathedral – Serra do Pilar – Batalha – Palácio da Bolsa – Clérigos Tower – Bookstore Lelo – Carmo Church – Church of the Carmelites – Crystal Palace – Avenida da Boavista – Foz do Douro River – Cheese Castle – House of Music – Caves Port Wine + Wine Tasting – Boat trip on the River Douro – Porto – Hotel.
Day 6 – -Hotel Porto – Porto – Crystal Palace – Avenida dos Aliados – Hall Council – Bolhão Market – Rua de Santa Catarina – Majestic Café – São Bento station – Cathedral – Serra do Pilar – Batalha – Palace Handbag – Clérigos Tower – Bookstore Lelo – Carmo Church – Church of the Carmelites – Crystal Palace – Avenida da Boavista – Foz do Douro River – Cheese Castle – House of Music – Port Wine Cellars + Wine Tasting – Tour boat on the Douro River -Porto – Hotel.
Day 7 – -Hotel Porto – Porto-Departure to Braga Sanctuary of Bom Jesus, Braga Cathedral, Arco da Porta New- Sanctuary Sameiro – Historic center of Braga – Guimarães Castle. Chapel of St. Michael – Palace of the Dukes – Historic center of Guimarães – Porto – Hotel – Port
Day 8 – Porto – Hotel – Porto – Departure Santiago de Compostela – Pilgrim’s Mass – Visit the Historical Center – Plaza Mayor – Visit to Valença do Minho – Visit to Viana do Castelo – Arrival at Porto – Porto – Hotel.
Day 9 – Porto – Hotel – Porto – Viana do Castelo – Alto do Monte de Santa Luzia – Santiago da Barra fortress – Republic Square – Walk of mordomas – Old Town Hall – House of Malheiras – Rua Gago Coutinho – See Viana – Arches House – Old Hospital – Lima Bridge – Old Bridge over the River Lima – Historical Center – Misericordia Church – Hall of Ponte de Lima Marquis – Barcelos – Municipal Library Barcelos – Palace of the Counts of Barcelos – Church – Street Antonio Barroso Church of Cruzes – Garden of Barrocas – Field of the Republic – Show olaria- Porto – Hotel.
Day 10 – Porto – Hotel- Porto – Ride on the Peninsula of Costa Nova – Aveiro – Visit to the city center – visit Nova – Walk in Traditional Moliceiro – Mealhada – Lunch will Leitão Bairrada Mealhada – Coimbra – Coimbra University – Palace of schools – hall of Capelos – -Living room of tests of weapons – Baroque Library – University Tower – Old Cathedral – New Cathedral – Riverside area – Lisbon – Hotel.
1st Night – Lisbon
2nd Night – Alentejo and Algarve
3rd Night – Lisbon
4th Night – Porto
5th Night – Porto
6th Night – Porto
7th Night – Porto
8th Night – Porto
9th Night – Porto
10th Night – Lisbon
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|Private Transfers Airport/Hotel/Airport|
|Costumized service from our driver/tour guide|
|Top-of-the-range Mercedes vehicle|
|24/7 customer service|
|Time and visit all the sites advertised on Itinerary|
|Excellent buying tips and the best traditional restaurants|
|Bottled water on board|
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|Paid entries on monuments|