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Luxury Small Group Departures IW-007

 

 

Departure Dates 2021:

Lisbon | Evora | Cabo de Roca | Sintra | Tomar | Fatima | Coimbra | San Pedro Do Sul | Regua | Duoro Valley | Porto | Aviero | Obidos

April 17 – 26
October 2 – 11
November 6 – 15

What’s included:

  • Individual arrival and departure airport transfers
  • Accommodation in boutique style upscale hotels as per itinerary
  • Service charges, tourist fees, and taxes
  • Breakfast daily
  • Meals as described in program
  • All transfers as per program with a modern 19 passenger Sprinter, or similar luxury vehicle
  • Professional tour manager throughout
  • Sightseeing tours as per itinerary with licensed local guides, entrance fees inlcuded
  • Luggage handling at hotels (one piece per person in/out)

 

 

 

 

2020-21

Expect more. Do more.

 

DAY 1
Saturday: Arrival in Lisbon

You will be welcomed at the airport by your English-speaking driver and transferred by car to your hotel. Enjoy leisure time to rest from the long trip, or to venture out on your own and start exploring. In the early evening, meet your tour manager and fellow travelers in the hotel lobby for a welcome event followed by dinner at a typical Portuguese restaurant while enjoying a Fado performance. (D

DAY 2
Sunday: Lisbon

We begin our day with a tour of Lisbon that uncovers the history and culture of this colorful city. Our first stop is in the historic quarter where you will see the Torre de Belém, symbol of the capital, dedicated to the rich age of the great maritime discoveries. Next we will visit the famous Jerónimos Monastery, a World Heritage site and the best example of Portuguese manueline style and Vasco da Gama’s resting place. We continue to the Avenue of Liberdade to see the city’s Eduardo XII central park, and reach the Baixa district with the Sé Cathedral and Rossio Square. We pass through the elegant Chiado and Estrela neighborhoods and reach the impressive Comercio Square. Later, we’ll explore the medieval Alfama quarter and visit the Castle of St. George to enjoy the most breathtaking views of the city. Your afternoon is free to explore on your own. Take the funicular to the hills overlooking Lisbon, or sit down in one of the cozy restaurants that offer the lovely Portuguese “petiscos.” (B)

 

DAY 3
Monday: Lisbon Countryside

Today we will visit a cork farm in the charming town of Evora. We will learn about the organic production of cork and take part in a workshop, followed by lunch in a traditional restaurant that serves fresh food from this farm. After lunch we’ll explore the picturesque Evora, a fascinating UNESCO World Heritage site, walking through the historic center and hearing the stories of daily life and culture during the Golden Age of Portugal. We will visit the Church of St. Francis and its famous Chapel of the Bones, then continue to Giraldo Square to learn about the Inquisition and the institution that was headquartered right here. We will also explore the ancient Roman temple built in the first century A.D. and get a glimpse of the 12th-century cathedral. We will return to Lisbon in late afternoon with time at leisure. (B, L)

DAY 4
Tuesday: Lisbon | Cabo da Roca | Sintra | Tomar

We bid farewell to Lisbon today and head to the place “where the land ends and the sea begins” as described by the famous poet Camões. This site is located near Sintra on the westernmost point of continental Europe. We will then continue to Sintra, another UNESCO World Heritage site and the first center of European Romantic architecture. We will visit the amazing Palacio Nacional da Pena, the Romanticist castle that was the dream home of Prince Ferdinand, and admire the medieval town palace with its 108-foot-high chimneys. There will be some free time to explore more or just relax, have lunch, and enjoy the atmosphere. Later on, we will continue to Tomar, the former seat of the Templar knights. Tomar is an exceptionally beautiful city of great charm with a delightful historic center, ancient churches and pretty cobbled streets. The rest of the day is at leisure for you to enjoy this historic town at your own pace. (B)

DAY 5
Wednesday: Tomar | Fatima | Coimbra | Tomar

We will start our day with a tour of Fatima beginning at the pristine Basilica to see the tombs of Jacinta and Francisco, and a visit to the Shrine Our Lady of Fatima.  Our next stop will be Coimbra, a riverfront city and former capital in the central part of the country. Here we will enjoy a walking tour and visit the University of Coimbra, dating from the 13th century and built on the ruins of a former palace. The most impressive site here is the beautiful Baroque Joanina Library. In town, you will have some time to spend on your own before we head back to Tomar. In Tomar we will see the monumental work of the Convent of Christ, the Templar chapel built in the 12th century and inspired by the fortifications of the Holy Land. The rest of the day is free. (B)

DAY 6
Thursday: Tomar | Sao Pedro Do Sul | Regua (Duoro Valley)

This morning we will turn inland and head to Sao Pedro Do Sul, a city famous for its thermal water springs. We will enjoy a short tour and some free time before continuing on our way into the Duoro Valley, also known as ‘the enchanted valley.’ We will arrive at the Quinta da Pacheca estate and after we get comfortable in our wine-barrel suites, we will gather for a guided tour of the estate followed by a wine tasting and a tasty home-cooked dinner. (B, D)

DAY 7
Friday: Duoro Valley | Porto

We will awaken in one of the most peaceful places—in the middle of a vineyard set in one of the most famous wine regions in the world! A truly unique experience. Later on, we will visit the small picturesque town of Pinhão in the heart of port wine county. Here we will board a boat and enjoy a cruise between Pinhão and Tua. The next stop will be Quinta do Tedo, a 250-year-old winery where we will have the most memorable lunch and wine tasting. In the afternoon we will find our way to Porto, the northwest city known for its many bridges and of course, for the world-renowned, sweet port wine that carries its name. Tonight is free to explore Porto’s cobbled streets, browse in the artisan shops, and enjoy the many cafes and bars in this lively city. (B, L)

DAY 8
Saturday: Discover Porto

Today is dedicated to discovering the secrets and tales of Porto. We will enjoy a walking tour of the historical city to see the São Bento Station decorated with Portuguese tiles called ‘azulejos,’ the Stock Exchange Palace, and the Church of St. Francis. The rest of the day is free for you to immerse yourself in the city and really enjoy it on your own. In the evening we will gather for an amazing dinner together. (B, D)

DAY 9
Sunday: Porto | Aviero | Obidos | Lisbon

Today, on our way back to Lisbon, our first stop is in Aviero, a city set along a lagoon called Ria de Aveiro. The landscape is carved with canals and you will delight at the sight of colorful boats called ‘barcos moliceiros.’ Afterward, we will board one of these gondola-like painted boats and cruise along the canals, enjoying the scenery while we sample a delicious local dessert called ‘ovos moles.’ Later on, we will visit the Aveiro salt pans, a unique place where we will meet a salt worker (“marnoto”) who will tell us the beautiful story about this incredibly special place. We will have some free time for a delicious lunch in the area, and then continue to Óbidos, one of the nicest and impeccably preserved towns in Portugal. We will navigate the maze of narrow streets and marvel at the beautiful white houses. We will arrive at our hotel in Lisbon in the evening. (B)

DAY 10
Monday: Depart Lisbon

Today you will be picked up at your hotel and transferred to Lisbon International Airport for your home bound flight. (B)

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