What shoes should you pack for walking on sunshine? The pair best suited for 1,000 miles of shoreline and 300 days of sunlit skies per year. With its refreshing Atlantic breezes and live-life-to the-fullest Mediterranean ways, the sun-drenched country of Portugal invites you to dip your toe—and entire body—into a sea of relaxation. This rejuvenating tour of Portugal leads you past rolling olive farms, through scenic cork groves, and down winding Moorish alleyways to the country’s signature delights. In its coastal villages and medieval towns, grilled seafood fills the tables, sweet port fills the glasses, and the soulful sounds of fado music fill the air. From the granules of golden sand to the rich nuggets of history, this enlightening tour of Portugal introduces you to the brightest sights of the country as you make a loop from lively Lisbon and back.
|September 7, 2023||from $3,419 CAD||Per Person|
|1||Thu Sep 7||LISBON, PORTUGAL|
|2||Fri Sep 8||LISBON–OBIDOS–NAZARÉ–ALCOBAÇA–FÁTIMA–TOMAR|
|3||Sat Sep 9||TOMAR–COIMBRA–PORTO|
|4||Sun Sep 10||PORTO|
|5||Mon Sep 11||PORTO–GUIMARAES–PENAFIEL–VISEU|
|6||Tue Sep 12||VISEU–BELMONTE–CASTELO DE VIDE–EVORA|
|7||Wed Sep 13||EVORA–ALGARVE|
|8||Thu Sep 14||EVORA–ALGARVE|
|9||Fri Sep 15||ALGARVE. COASTAL EXCURSION|
|10||Sat Sep 16||ALGARVE–AZEITÃO–LISBON|
|11||Sun Sep 17||LISBON|
Day 1 – ARRIVE IN LISBON, PORTUGAL
WELCOME TO LISBON!
At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and travel companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel.
Day 2 – LISBON
LISBON Guided sightseeing includes Jeronimos Monastery and cloister and a photo stop at Belem Tower and the Monument to the Discoveries.
Day 3 – LISBON–OBIDOS–NAZARÉ–ALCOBAÇA–FÁTIMA–TOMAR
SEA, SURF & SANCTUARIES
OBIDOS Take an orientation walk of the medieval town.
NAZARÉ Free time to browse.
ALCOBAÇA Visit the Church of Santa Maria Monastery.
FÁTIMA Visit the Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary en route to Tomar.
Day 4 – TOMAR–COIMBRA–PORTO
TOMAR Visit the Convent of Christ.
COIMBRA Visit the University. Scenic drive en route to Porto.
Day 5 – PORTO
PANORAMAS & PORT WINE
PORTO Guided sightseeing includes a panoramic drive to the mouth of the Douro River and the cathedral. Visit the Church of São Francisco and the Arabian Hall in the Stock Exchange. Enjoy a Globus Local Favorite Port wine tasting at the famous Sandeman & Co Port Wine Cellar. Free time this afternoon.
Day 6 – PORTO–GUIMARAES–PENAFIEL–VISEU
TAPAS & TASTINGS
GUIMARAES Orientation walk through the medieval district.
PENAFIEL Local Favorite Visit the gardens of the Quinta da Aveleda winery and enjoy Portuguese tapas tasting. Take a scenic drive through the port wine vineyards en route to Viseu.
VISEU Dinner with local specialties and wine at Forno da Mimi restaurant.
Day 7 – VISEU–BELMONTE–CASTELO DE VIDE–EVORA
BOTTLES & CORKS
BELMONTE Visit the Jewish Museum. Enjoy an Globus Local Favorite olive oil tasting.
CASTELO DE VIDE Walk through the Jewish quarter with free time to browse.
EVORA Globus Local Favorite Visit a traditional cork factory.
Day 8 – EVORA–ALGARVE
EVORA Guided walking tour includes the Gothic cathedral, the Sao Francisco Church, and the Ossuary Chapel. Free time for lunch.
ALGARVE Free time late afternoon and evening
Day 9 – ALGARVE. COASTAL EXCURSION
CLIFFS & COASTLINES
ALGARVE Join an excursion to the Promontory of Sagres, Cape St. Vincent, and Lagos.
Day 10 – ALGARVE–AZEITÃO–LISBON
PENINSULA MILES & PAINTED TILES
Scenic drive along the Serra da Arrábida with views of the Tróia Peninsula.
AZEITÃO Visit a traditional tile workshop.
LISBON Enjoy a farewell dinner at your hotel.
Day 11 – LISBON
SAFE TRAVELS UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN!
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
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