Discover Portugal

 

 

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Discover Portugal

8 Days/ 7 nights

DAY 1
LISBON FREE DAY

TRANSFER AIRPORT – HOTEL
At the airport you will be met in the arrivals area by a tour guide with your name written on a board.
Suggested visits
On the right bank of the broad Tagus river estuary, the capital of Portugal graciously reclines over rolling hills. This is a spectacular geographical location and does much to explain the cosmopolitan history of the city. Its exceptional natural light, which has long inspired writers, photographs and filmmakers.
Discover Lisbon, a city full of authenticity where old customs and ancient history intermix with cultural entertainment and hi-tech innovation. Lisbon is ageless, but it loves company, as you’ll find out if you meet someone and ask them to explain, with lots of gestures and repetition, where the best place is to listen to Fado. After all, Lisbon is famous for its hospitality and the family-like way it welcomes visitors.
BAIXA (DOWNTOWN), Sites: Park Edward VII, Avenida da Liberdade, Squares of Rossio and Restauradores, St. Dominic’s Church (18th century), Baixa Pombalina (Pombaline Downtown), Comércio Square.
VISIT CASTELO DE SÃO JORGE
One of Lisbon’s most distinctive monuments, being situated on the city’s highest hill.
It is generally agreed to afford the best view over the city and the River Tagus.
WALKING TOUR ALFAMA | Alfama is one of Lisbon’s most genuine neighborhoods – its architecture presents the unique characteristics of old and colorful buildings that give it a joyful character and tranquility. While walking through the disordered and narrow streets of Alfama, you’ll feel like you’re in a small village, witnessing conversations between neighbors, listening to Fado echoing through the stairways and being able to see the Tejo River from another perspective.
Overnight in Lisbon.

DAY 2
LISBON FREE DAY

SUGGESTIONS
QUARTER BELEM: Monastery of Jeronimos (16th century), Traditional Milk Custard Tarts of Belém “Pastéis de Belém” (19th century).
MONASTERY OF JERÓNIMOS | Built in the 16th century, an impressive example of Manueline architecture. The sheer magnificence of the building reflects the universal vision of its founder and the scale of the wealth available to the Crown. This was the starting point of the Portuguese discoveries.
TRADITIONAL PASTRY TASTING Do not miss the Traditional Milk Custard Tarts of Belém “Pastéis de Belém” (19th century).
Other monuments to visit
Belem Tower (16th century)
Monument of Discoveries (20th century)
QUARTER BAIRRO ALTO (photo stop) Viewpoint São Pedro de Alcântara. Take a visit this amazing neighborhood.
Bairro Alto, a neighborhood laid out in 1513, is a place that truly changes from night to day. In daylight this bohemian district is a sleepy place, hungover from the previous night, with not much going on except for the shops down Rua do Norte. When the sun sets a new life begins, with restaurants opening their doors, and crowds showing up to spend their bar-hopping night. It’s a place inhabited by old ladies and young artsy hipsters, giving it a vibe that is simultaneously old-fashioned and avant-garde, a shabby-chic neighborhood that really needs no name. It’s simply the “bairro,” the neighborhood.
Bairro Alto
SUGGESTION | LISBON FADO SHOW (UNESCO) + FOLKLORE SHOW + DINNER WITH DRINKS**
By night, the traditional neighborhoods fall under the spell of Fado, the melancholic style of Portuguese folk music.
In 2011, UNESCO granted Fado World Heritage status, as an urban Lisbon song symbolic of the city and the country.
Overnight in Lisbon.

DAY 3
FULL DAY TOUR SINTRA: LEGENDARY CASTLES NATURE AND ARCHITETURE

SINTRA is a town of palaces, landscapes, culture, Art and also of great romantics who passed through here. Learn about the ancient myths of Celtic bards, the Moorish legends, the passions of the Christian Reconquest and a masonry that makes this site so unique in the world and yet so magical! There were several romantic figures that have passed in Sintra. From literature to music, the town of Sintra has inspired various figures and dazzled others with its mystical and charming environment.
In the morning, we visit the Historical Centre of Sintra, with visit to the traditional narrow streets full of flowers and local craft shops, viewpoints, with compulsory stop at the traditional sweets and Ginjinha (cherry liqueur).
Guided Tour the NATIONAL PALACE OF SINTRA and to the PENA ROYAL PALACE, in the top10 of the most beautiful palaces in the world! A real enchanted palace. One of the most beautiful examples of the romantic revival of the 19th century.
AFTER LUNCH – CABO DA ROCA CLIFF, CASCAIS AND ESTORIL
You cannot afford to miss paying a visit to the westernmost point on the European mainland, the headland of CABO DA ROCA. Situated at a latitude of 38º47’ North and a longitude of 9º30’ West, CABO DA ROCA is an important coordinate for anybody sailing along the coast, since it is the westernmost point on the European mainland.
Situated close to the sea and traditionally a fishing village, CASCAIS enjoyed an important period of development in the 14th century, when it was a major stopping off point for boats on their way to Lisbon, turning it into a very busy port at that time. It was, however, in the second half of the 19th century, when sea bathing became a popular activity, that Cascais was given the impetus that transformed it into a very fashionable summer resort.
Cabo da Roca
Cascais
17h30 Return to Lisbon
Overnight in Lisbon.

DAY 4
FREE DAY IN LISBON

SUGGESTION Parque das Nações District
Discover a more contemporary Lisbon in this area totally regenerated for the world exhibition of the oceans in 1998. Notable for its modern and luminous architecture, with countless parks connected with the river, and responsible for creating happiness and satisfaction in all those who visit it, the Parque das Nações district is the ideal place to spend a day with the family.
Pavilion of Knowledge
The Pavilion of Knowledge – Ciência Viva is an interactive science and technology museum, aims to stimulate scientific knowledge and promote scientific culture among all citizens.
The Pavilion of Knowledge – Ciência Viva is an interactive science and technology museum that has been open to the public since July 25th 1999. The main objective is to stimulate scientific knowledge and promote scientific and technological culture among all citizens. The exhibitions and activities proposed allow visitors to explore many wide-ranging themes with interactive Exhibits, relaxing and having fun at the same time.
Oceanário de Lisboa | Considered the best aquarium in the world by Tripadvisor, in 2015 and 2017, Oceanário de Lisboa creates emotions through the oceans and its 8,000 marine creatures. An experience that everyone wants to live.
Overnight in Lisbon.

DAY 5
FULL DAY TOUR ÉVORA, CAPITAL OF ALENTEJO UNESCO Site

Topped by an imposing cathedral, Évora is on sloping hill out of the huge Alentejo plains. A walled city classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city, with its narrow streets of Moorish origin contrasting with squares full of light. Évora was conquered by the Romans in 59 BC, named as “Liberalitas Julia”.
The city was very important for several Portuguese kings of the first and second dynasties. During this period, all of it was endowed with various palaces and monuments, particularly during the reigns of King John II and Manuel (15th and 16th centuries).
We start our walking tour of the city of EVORA (UNESCO).
We visit the following monuments:
Historic center with medieval white streets, Royal Palace (exterior only visit. The interior is used for temporary exhibitions), City Garden, St. Francis Church and Chapel of Bones, Geraldo Square, Gothic cathedral of the XIII century, Roman temple from the first century AD, Real Jesuit University.
TRADITIONAL WINERY = Wine tour and wine tasting.
RAVASQUEIRA WINERY: A winery with old traditions, but modern in its wine production. Walk in the vineyards, explore the wine cellar, a museum of carriages, gardens, and take a wine tasting.
Some wines won golden awards in WINE SPECTATOR.
Ravasqueira Traditional Winery
Overnight in Lisbon.

DAY 6
FULL DAY TOUR TO THE WEST COAST ÓBIDOS, NAZARÉ and ALCOBAÇA Unesco site

OBIDOS is a charming and picturesque medieval hilltop village, with white washed houses decorated with flowers. Captured from the Moors by the first king of Portugal, D. Afonso Henriques, in 1148, though already occupied before the Romans reached the Iberian Peninsula, the village became prosperous from the time it was chosen by the royal family, when the King Dinis offered it as wedding gift to his wife Isabel, in the 14th century.
Full of flowers, many medieval monuments and beautiful panoramic views are found here, relax yet in a medieval bar while enjoying the famous local liqueur “Ginjinha”.
NAZARÉ is blessed with magnificent light, pleasing sun, fine white sand and hospitable locals. The seven colorful skirts worn by Nazaré women have been worn since the days when they used to wait for their husbands to return from the day’s fishing trip. But today the town is defined more by the waves that attract surfers and body-boarders and the beautiful underwater landscapes that attract divers. The lovely cove is protected by high cliffs, atop which the Sítio da Nazaré offers a memorable view.
ALCOBAÇA Visit the Monastery or Royal Abbey of Santa Maria, founded by the Order of Cistercians in 1153. Building began in 1178 on land donated by Dom Afonso Henriques, the first King of Portugal to the Order of Cistercians, in fulfilment of a vow made after the Christian reconquest of Santarém. Testify the magnificent gothic tombs of the two lovers King Pedro and Ines de Castro.
Overnight in Lisbon.

DAY 7
FREE DAY IN LISBON

DAY 8
TRANSFER OUT HOTEL – AIRPORT
Hotel check-out. Transfer to airport with our help on boarding formalities. With the possibility to have an early breakfast.

Rate per 1 Person $1250

Included:
Accommodation DBL BB in Hotel 3* in Lisbon
3 Full day tours to Sintra, Évora in Alentejo and
The Portuguese West Coast (Óbidos, Nazaré and Alcobaça)
Airport Transfers
Taxes

Excluded:
Tickets entrance in all the monuments/sites/activities during the full day tours
Air tickets
Meals
Any other extra services not mentioned in the itinerary
City Tax: 1 EUR per night and per person.