Day 1 LISBON
Arrival to Lisbon. From the airport depart to Expo area for visit. Proceed to hotel. Check in to hotel. Overnight.
Day 2 LISBON: EXCURSION TO SINTRA – CABO DA ROCA – CASCIAS – ESTORIL
Breakfast. Start a full day excursion to Sintra, Cabo da Roca, Cascais and Estoril with local guide and visit Sintra palace. Sintra with its richly hued palaces, mist-covered forests and the ruins of a craggy Moorish castle overlooking a sleepy village is like a page torn from a fairy tale. The Portuguese royals summered here, as did the Moors before them. This was also one of the few places in Portugal that Lord Byron liked and the city inspired his travel epic Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage. Sintra boasts a historic centre that’s listed as a Unesco World Heritage site. Continue to Cabo da Roca, the westernmost cape in Europe and then to Cascias with its attractive seaside, lovely beaches and youthful air. Apart from beaches, Cascais has a few quirky museums, some wild gardens and a lively fish market. And finally Estoril that used to be a significant fishing port and one can still see the remains of Romans mansions dating back around 2.000 years. It became an international tourist destination both during and after the Second World War. Return to Lisbon. Overnight.
Day 3 LISBON
Breakfast. Half Day S/S tour of Lisbon with local guide.Spread across steep hillsides that overlook the Rio Tejo, Lisbon offers all the delights you’d expect of Portugal’s star attraction, yet with half the fuss of other European capitals. Gothic cathedrals, majestic monasteries and quaint museums are all part of the colourful cityscape, but the real delights of discovery lie in wandering the narrow lanes of Lisbon’s lovely backstreets. As bright yellow trams wind their way through curvy tree-lined streets, the citizens stroll through the old quarters. Village-life gossip in old Alfama is exchanged at the public baths or over fresh bread and wine at tiny patio restaurants while fadistas (proponents of fado, Portugal’s traditional melancholic singing) perform in the background. Meanwhile, in the other parts of town, visitors and locals chase the ghosts of Pessoa in warmly lit 1930s-era cafes or walk along the seaside that once saw the celebrated return of Vasco da Gama. Yet, while history is very much alive in centuries-old Lisbon, its spirit is undeniable youthful. In the hilltop district of Bairro Alto the visitors will find many restaurant, bars and nightclubs. The Lisbon experience gathered together so many things from enjoying a fresh pastry and bica (espresso) to window-shopping in elegant Chiado or watching the sunset from the old Moorish castle. Overnight.
Day 4 LISBON – OBIDOS – NAZARE - BATALHA - FATIMA
Breakfast and departure towards group’s first destination. Obidos is a charming village of white houses on the hill is surrounded by fourteenth century’s walls. During these period was an important port, but in the sixteenth century lost its importance. Today it retains its picturesque charm and is a very popular tourist destination. We will proceed to Nazara, popular tourist attraction and picturesque village located in the Atlantic coast. Our next stop is in Batalha, where we will visit the famous Monastery and we will finish the day in Fatima, to discover this famous pilgrimage site. Overnight in Fatima.
Day 5 FATIMA – TOMAR – BUSCADO FOREST - COIMBRA
Breakfast and departure towards Tomar. Upon arrival HD sightseeing tour of the city and visit of Luso-Hebrew Museum. Then proceed towards Busaco to visit the famous Busaco Forest and outside view of Bucaco Palace. Finally continue to Coimbra and upon arrival half day sightseeing tour of Coimbra with local guide and visit of the University and Library. Overnight in Coimbra.
Day 6 COIMBRA – AVEIRO – DOURO VALLEY - PORTO
Breakfast and departure towards Aveiro and Costa Nova for an orientation tour without local guide. Proceed to Douro valley and visit with local guide. The Duero Valley has been classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Traditionally, the wine was taken down river in flat-bottom boats called rabelos to be stored in barrels in cellars in Vila Nova de Gaia, just across the river from Porto. Continue to Porto and overnight.
Day 7 PORTO
Breakfast and half day sightseeing tour of Porto with local guide. In the second largest portugiueses city we will visit thr Palacio de Bolsa (stock exchanges palace), the Saint Francisco Church and we will end in one of the famous wine cellar where we will have a tasting of local wine. Afternoon free, at leisure. Overnight in Porto.
Day 8 OUT
Breakfast and at determinate hour transfer to the airport.