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Christian Itinerary – 3 Days

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Day 1 – In the morning we leave the sunny city of Lisbon to explore the charming medieval town of Obidos surrounded by stately century XIV walls that make up a well-preserved castle, we will walk through its walls and landscapes of small streets and churches and in the end still we will have time to taste the Ginjinha of Óbidos.

We follow then to Fatima where we will visit your shrine that is one of the largest centers of pilgrimage to the Virgin Mary in the Catholic world, the famous sanctuary of Fátima attracting about 6 million pilgrims each year visit the Basilica of Our Lady, the Chapel of appearances and House of the Three Little Shepherds in the Cova da Iria, we proceeded to the city of Porto which is the 2nd largest Portuguese city.

Considered European destination year 2014 Porto is best known for “Invicta” and is full of life and activities. The city is bathed by the banks of the Douro river the city is full of historical monuments worth a visit especially Clérigos Tower, Porto Cathedral or the Library Lelo.

Those who visit Porto can see the Caves famous Port Wine across the bank of the Douro where we found the best “balcony” for the entire downtown Porto and Ribeira neighborhood on our tour is contemplated a visit to a Porto Wine cellar with winw tasting, 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. The old downtown is quite well preserved and impress all those passing by, the narrow alleyways hide small taverns where stands the typical North gastronomy with clear emphasis on the famous Francesinha most famous dish of the region.

 

Day 2 – 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 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, for that 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 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 that gives the city the university environment that is breathed in the streets, and in bars, by their traditions.

Returning again to Portugal for the city of Braga we will visit the Sanctuary of Bom Jesus, obligatory reference of the Portuguese Baroque which shows the evolution of the art Braga, the Bom Jesus do Monte whose origins date back to the beginning of the fourteenth century is considered the biggest touristand religious attraction of the city and Braga region because in this place the nature and the art of André Soares and coronel Vila-Lobos combine to make it a true landmark of the city of archbishops.

The stairs zigzag with a chapel on each side and the church on the top of the stairs are the major points of highlight and interest.

 

Day 3 – By morning and already in Braga former city of Romans and later the city of the Archbishop we shall discover its main places of worship, its historic center, its green landscapes will prove the wonderful typical flavors of this famous region.

We went then to the city of Guimarães considered the birthplace of Portugal, Guimarães offers us a magnificent historic center classified World Heritage by UNESCO (2001). Then we will know the corners of the European Capital of 2012 Culture where you can appreciate the evolution of a city of medieval origin that retains its authenticity today, last but not least it follows Coimbra of narrow streets, patios, stairways and medieval arches, Coimbra overlooking the river Mondego 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 place in 1290. Coimbra is student land but more than that, is a land of traditions where they intersect the past and the future that has more charm in the hour of leaving town.

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Cities that we visit

Day 1 – Lisbon – Óbidos – Fátima – Porto

Day 2 – Porto – Santiago – Braga

Day 3 – Braga – Guimarães – Coimbra – Lisbon

Places to visit each day

Day 1 – Lisbon – Hotel – Lisbon – Óbidos – Obidos Castle – Fatima center – Church of Our Lady of Fatima – Apparitions Chapel – Holy Trinity Church – House of 3 Pastorinhos – Porto – Avenida dos Aliados – Market Bolhao – Santa Catarina Street – Cafe Majestic – São Bento Station – Cathedral – Batalha – Clérigos Tower – Bookstore Lelo – Igreja do Carmo – Crystal Palace – Avenida da Boavista – Foz do Douro River – Caves Port Wine + Wine Tasting – Boat trip on the River Douro – Porto – Hotel – Port

Day 2 – Porto – Hotel – Porto – Departure to Santiago de Compostela – Pilgrim’s Mass – Visit the Historical Center – Plaza Mayor – Braga – Sanctuary of Bom Jesus – Historical Center – Braga – Hotel – Braga

Day 3 – Braga -Hotel – Braga – Braga Cathedral, Arco da Porta New- Sanctuary Sameiro – Historic center of Braga – Guimarães Castle. St. Michael Chapel – the Dukes Palace – Guimarães historic center – Coimbra – Coimbra University – Palace of schools – the Capelos room – of -Living Examinations Hall of Arms – Joanina Library – University Tower – Old Cathedral – New Cathedral – Zone Ribeirinha – Lisbon

Places to hosting

1st Night – Porto
2nd Night – Braga

3rd Night – Lisbon

Included in the Tour

icon_certoHotel Double Room of 3, 4 or 5 Stars with comfort, quality, Internet service, restaurant and traditional decoration, rural or modern, breakfast included
icon_certoItinerary adapted at your own rhythm
icon_certoPrivate Transfers Airport/Hotel/Airport
icon_certoCostumized service from our driver/tour guide
icon_certoTop-of-the-range Mercedes vehicle
icon_certo24/7 customer service
icon_certoTime and visit all the sites advertised on Itinerary
icon_certoExcellent buying tips and the best traditional restaurants
icon_certoTraditional sweets
icon_certoBottled water on board
icon_certoWi-Fi onboard
icon_certoMandatory Fees

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