DAY 1. PORTO
Arrival at Porto airport and transfer to the hotel. Welcome drink at the hotel. And free time. Dinner in local restaurant/local house wine. Over-night in Porto.
DAY 2. PORTO
Breakfast at the hotel. With a magnificent location near the mouth of the Douro and an architectonic ensemble of exceptional value, the historic centre of Porto is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We will visit the 12th century Cathedral (visit to the cloisters is not included), the Church of São Francisco (whose interior is covered with gold) is one of the most remarkable examples of Portuguese Baroque. Also discover other important places, such as the Lello Bookstore, the Majestic Café and the magnificent São Bento Station. Free time for lunch. We then continue heading for the Serralves Park which extends from the House of Serralves on 18 hectares including gardens, forests, a rose garden and a romantic lake which are a reak refuge for those who want to a short escape from the city. The day ends with a 50 minutes boat trip on the Douro river and a visit to a Port Wine Cellar to taste 5 superior wines along with cheese & cured dried sausage. Return to the hotel. Overnight in Porto.
DAY 3. PORTO | COIMBRA | TOMAR | ÉVORA
Breakfast at the hotel and check-out. We descend to Coimbra, the city of students, so called to host one the first universities in Europe and the largest in the country. Stroll in the oldest part of Coimbra, made of narrow and steep streets that lead to the top of the hill. Continue to Tomar, a templar town with Convento de Cristo (exterior). Spend some free time before departing to Évora. Overnight in Évora
DAY 4. ÉVORA
Breakfast at the hotel. Visit of Évora, a World Heritage Site: bright surrounded by ramparts, it houses a superb monumental complex including the Roman Temple of Diana, the imposing Cathedral, the Church of São Francisco and its mysterious Chapel of Bones (entrance). We will also visit a cork house, to find out a bit more of this beautiful art, how it’s made and what are the products. Then, it’s time to have a wonderful picnic lunch in a local winery. Rest of day free. Overnight.
DAY 5. ÉVORA | BEJA | ALBUFEIRA | PORTIMÃO
Continuation to Beja, capital of the region of Lower Alentejo known by its former convent of Our Lady of Conception where lived Mariana Al-coforado, nun who wrote the “Lettres Portugaises” to Noel Chamilly, Count of Saint-Light when he returned to France, after his campaign as a soldier in Alentejo. Arrive in Algarve. First stop will be in Albufeira for some free time to shopping. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Porti-mão.
DAY 6. PORTIMÃO | LAGOS | SAGRES | PORTIMÃO
Breakfast at the hotel. Full day discovery of the western Algarve region: Portimão located on the bank of the Arade with its narrow streets where you can enjoy typical houses facades and friezes of azulejos, iron balconies and faience balustrades. Next is Lagos, the city where the caravels loaded with gold, ivory and slaves arrived. In 1578, starting point of the Portuguese fleet, commanded by Dom Sebastião, for the con-quest of Alcazarquibir, it became a famous seaside resort. Sagres promontory known for its fortress (overview). Return to Portimão. Dinner and accommodation in the hotel.
DAY 7. PORTIMÃO | AZEITÃO | LISBON
Breakfast at the hotel and. We continue north to Lisbon with a stop in Azeitão, a charming agricultural village known for red wine, olive trees and beautiful country estates. Spend time at the centuries-old Jose Maria da Fonseca Winery. Embark on a tour followed by a tasting of local wines, including muscatel. Arrival in Lisbon and overnight.
DAY 8. LISBON | SINTRA | CASCAIS | ESTORIL | LISBON
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure towards Sintra, a magnificent UNESCO World Heritage site. Discover the charms and history of the town that enchanted kings and poets. Visit to Sintra’s Royal Palace. If the weather allows, we will stop at the western point of mainland Europe, Cabo da Roca. On the way to Cascais along the coast, be dazzled by the seascape. In Estoril, place where Ian Fleming got the idea for the James Bond movies, we highlight the gardens of the Casino. Return to the hotel. Overnight in Lisbon
DAY 9. LISBON
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure do the district of Castelo on a convenient TukTuk ride towards the Castle of São Jorge, located on the highest hill of Lisbon, one of the most emblematic monuments of the capital. Then we will descend the old district of Alfama, known by its white houses, labyrinthine streets, inner courtyards and dead ends. Free time for lunch. We leave for Belém, where monuments referring to the Maritime Discovery era in the 15th and 16th centuries were built, such as the Belém tower, the Monument to the Discoveries and the Jerónimos Monas-tery. Rest of day free. This night you’ll enjoy a farewell dinner. Overnight in Lisbon
DAY 10. LISBON
Breakfast at the hotel and free time until transfer to Lisbon airport. End of our services.
Carris Porto Ribeira 4* Hotel
Situated in Porto’s historic Ribeira district, the hotel is on a pretty cobblestone street and is just up the street from Ribeira Plaza. There are plenty of things to see and do in the local area, from boat tours on the river, a traditional fruit market, and many different bars and restaurants. The property is ideally situated for tourists wanting to see the main sights of Porto on foot. Just a five-minute walk away are many historic sights. The Carris Porto Ribeira hotel is partially set in a medieval fourteenth century building which has been carefully refurbished. The property is appealing to those who have an interest in history and architecture, as many original features still remain. It is said that parts of the building’s basement were used as prison cells in medieval times, and that the area now used as a tapas bar was once a chapel. The lobby and public areas of the hotel are now a stunning blend of history and modern design.
M’AR de Ar Muralhas 4* Hotel In Evora
Hotel MAR De AR Muralhas is located in the historic center of Evora, right in the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, within a 5-minute walk of the well-known Giraldo Square, the nerve center of this magnificent city and capital of the kingdom during the early years of the 16th century. With perfect accessibility and a privileged location, MAR De AR Muralhas benefits from a large gardened area framed by the historic wall that provides an environment of incomparable beauty, particularly when it lights up at nightfall. Benefiting from this unique setting is the pool area, the BAR Muralhas esplanade, with a highly comfortable seating area, takes full advantage of the famous Alentejo nights and the planetarium that forms above our heads.
Tivoli Marina Portimao
Tivoli Marina Portimao is a 4 star resort with a privileged location next to the Portimao Marina and Praia da Rocha in Algarve, Portugal. This hotel is perfect for spending a holiday with friends or family and is right next to shops, restaurants and entertainment including water sports and golf.
The spacious studios and holiday apartments in Algarve are divided across three buildings: the Marina Sun, Marina Deck and Marina Beach, all within walking distance from all the hotel’s services including 3 pools (one for children) and restaurants and bars inside the resort.
My Story 4* Hotel in Lisbon
This comfortable hotel is located in the city of Lisbon. My Story Hotel Charming Augusta has 46 rooms and was built in 2018 in the most iconic street of Lisbon: the Rua Augusta. Sleep in the heart of the Portuguese capital, in waling distance to every main attraction and activity in the city center.
- April 1 – 11, 2022
- Starting from $2,475.00
- Single supplement $785.00
- 1st deposit at registration
- Second deposit November 1, 2021
- Final 60 days prior or February 1, 2022
- 10-nights accommodation in 4* hotel with breakfast
- 2 dinners with ½ bottle wine per person in local restaurants/wine houses (welcome and farewell dinner)
- 1 picnic lunch in a local winery in Alentejo
- Pullman Coach GT
- Tuk Tuk 2-hour tour in Lisbon
- English speaking guide service, during all program
- Entrance fees at the following monuments: Serralves Park (Porto), Bones Chapel (Évora), Cork House (Évora), Royal Palace (Sintra)
- Visit and 5 wine tasting in a wine cellar in Porto with cheese and sausages
- 50 minutes boat trip on the Douro river
- Visit and wine tasting in Azeitão
- Audio guide during the visits mentioned at the program
- Taxes, Vat
- Porterage at the hotel (1 bag per person)
- 1 water per person/day
- Lisbon and Porto city tax: € 2,00 per person/night
- Personal expenses
- Meals and drinks not mentioned in the program
- Other services not mentioned in the program
Please note, one insurance policy per person is required.
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