Day 1 - Lisboa / Óbidos / Alcobaça / Nazaré / Batalha / Fátima/ Leiria (+/- 217Km /134.8 miles)
Northward to Óbidos (stop),
a medieval symbol of narrow streets surrounded by walls. In Alcobaça (stop) visit to the Church of the 12 th c. Monastery, with the tombs of Pedro
and Inês. Further on, the fishing port of Nazaré (stop). Then
Batalha (stop)- visit to the Monastery - and Fátima (stop), renowned as the
worlds pilgrimage centre reflecting the faith of thousands of
pilgrims, and overnight stay.
Day 2 -Fátima / Coimbra / Aveiro / Oporto (+/-270Km/152.9 miles)
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure towards Coimbra(stop) – visit of the University, one of the oldest in the world, with its magnificent baroque
library and its unique atmosphere characterised by ancient traditions and customs such as the black cape of the students and the melancholic fado music. Stop at St Clara Church, where lies the tomb of Queen St. Isabel, the protagonist of the "miracle of the roses". In the center you can admire the exclusive ceramic of Coimbra. In the afternoon we continue to Aveiro(stop), city of the canals, known as the"Portuguese Venice", where you shall have time to see the graceful boats "moliceiros" and taste the local sweets "ovos moles". Drive to vila Nova de Gaia, near by. Porto -
Vila Nova de Gaia– overnight.
Day 3 -Oporto (+/- 25km/15.5 miles)
Porto the 2nd city of Portugal and world heritage by UNESCO - a living
amphitheatre inviting us to make a morning visit to discover the riverside
area, old houses, palaces, churches that history has made eternal and
Port wine, known worldwide. Afternoon free. Dinner and overnight stay - Vila Nova de Gaia– overnight.
Day 4 -Oporto / Guimarães / Braga / Barcelos / Oporto (+/-178Km/110.6 miles)
Breakfast at the hotel. Full day tour to the Minho, the northwest region of Portugal that offers natural green sceneries and the sparkling"green wine". Starting by Guimarães(stop) - the cradle of the nation, birthplace of the first king of Portugal, where, walking along the historic
center, for moments one is plunged back into medieval times. Visit the Sacred Hill, crowned by the Castle, as well the Palace of the Dukes of Bragança, which original building dates back to the 15th centuries. Drive to Braga(stop) known as the "Portuguese Rome" for its concentration of religious architecture, as the oldest Cathedral of the country, and the Bom Jesus do Monte Sanctuary with famous baroque stairway and gardens. After we shall continue to Barcelos(stop), an historical city rich in popular handicraft where the Galo de Barcelos (the rooster of Barcelos) legend was born becoming, the rooster, a Portuguese icon. Return to Porto. Vila Nova de Gaia– overnight.
Day 5 -Oporto / Amarante / Vila Real / Douro Valley / Lamego / Viseu / Urgeiriça (+/-254Km/157.8 miles)
Breakfast at the hotel. Through a landscape speckled with granite houses with wooden or wrought-iron balconies, we enter the Port Wine region - the Douro Valley
- by way of Amarante (stop) and Vila Real (stop) visiting the gardens of the manor of Mateus. Next Lamego(stop), overlooked by one of Portugal's most important shrines N.S. Remédios with its magnificent baroque style staircase. Continue to the mountainous hinterland to Viseu (stop) - a city of warriors and painters. Urgeiriça (Mountains)
- dinner and overnight stay.
Day 6 -Urgueiriça / Bussaco / Tomar / Lisboa (+/-365Km)
Breakfast at the hotel. Drive through the heart of Portugal till Bussaco well know for the luxuriant forest, made up of a selection of rare trees and plants of exotic beauty, where was built a charming and romantic hotel, before a royal hunting lodge. We continue to Tomar.
The development of the city is closely linked to the Order of the Templars, which received these lands in 1159 as a reward for the assistance they gave Dom Afonso Henriques (the First King of Portugal) in the Christian reconquest of the territory. It was Dom Gualdim Pais, the first Grand Master of the Order in Portugal, who founded the castle and the remarkable Convent of Christ inside. Enlarged and altered over the centuries, this retains the influences of various architectural styles; it is the centrepiece of the city and classified as a World Heritage site by UNESCO. We follow the journey till Lisbon.
-Lisboa/Sintra/Cabo da Roca/Cascais/Estoril (+/- 90 km)
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure towards to Sintra for a luxury day. Visit the palace of Sintra and walk through this charming village. Enjoy a the amazing view from the westernmost porint of Europe (Cabo da Roca). Along the cost we pass by one of the most famous surfing beaches, the incredible Boca do Inferno, the cosmopolitan Cascais and the gardens of Estoril Casino. Return to Lisbon.
Day 8 -Lisboa/Evora (+/- 140 km)
One day discovering the town of Évora, mosaic of culture, history and traditions. Leaving Lisboa, we cross the bridge over the river Tejo where by a beautiful and bucolic landscape of olive trees, cork oak trees and vineyards we arrive at Évora – World Heritage of UNESCO. In the narrow streets of the whitewashed town of Évora we walk along the time visiting some of the most important monuments: the Roman Temple, the Romanesque-gothic Cathedral, Saint Francis Church whit the "Bones Chapel", and the University. At the market we see and feel the richness of product used to prepare one of the most elaborated and appreciated gastronomies of Portugal. Along the visit we also admire the diversity and authenticity of local handicraft with cork, ceramic and copper objects. Time to lunch. In the afternoon, free time for a better discover of the city. Our suggestion: wine, cheese and olive oil gourmet proof.
Day 9- Evora /Beja/Silves/Alvor (+/-250Km/155.3 miles)
Breakfast in hotel. Part of the morning at leisure in Evora, and then driving southward passing Beja(stop) were the highest tower of Portuguese Medieval castles dominates the town and the region. Crossing small mountains we enter in the Algarve. By fields of orange trees we arrive to Silves(stop), the renowned town dominated by its red sandstone castle dating back mainly to Moorish times and by the memory of is former cork industry. Continue to the golden sands of the Algarve passing by Praia da Rocha to Alvor.
Day 10: Alvor/Ponta da Piedade/ Sagres/Cabo de S. Vicente/ Lagos/ Alvor (+/-140 km/87 miles)
Breakfast at the hotel. The Algarve has the call of the sea that led to the discovery of the New World. Stop in Ponta da Piedade(stop) and admire the magnificent view over the Atlantic Ocean, and cliffs whose shapes have been sculpted by the erosive action of both the
sea and time. Continue to Sagres(stop), a fishing port, for a visit to the fortress was the mythical "navigation school" forever linked with the presence of Prince Henry the Navigator during the first days of Atlantic navigation and the discovery of the African coast.
Proceeding along the cliffs to Cabo São Vincente(stop), the most southwestern point in Europe. The city of Lagos(stop), a cosmopolitan town with marina and fishing port where you can taste the delicious Algarve dishes, such as the fish and shellfish cooked in a copper pan (cataplana), - never forgetting the fine sweets such as the famous marzipans, almond and fig cakes. Return to the hotel, where, the afternoon at leisure invites you to take a dip in the warm sea.
Day 11: Alvor/Setúbal/Serra da Arrábida/Lisbon (+/-330km/205 miles)
A last look at the water while traveling along the coast, to say farewell to the Algarve. The return trip to Lisbon will take you by the city of Setubal(stop), a major port and industrial centre on the north bank of the Sado estuary. Then the scenic route over the Arrábida Mountain Range, an area preserved as a NaturalPark, with an amazing scenery and unique vegetation at the gates of Lisbon, and savour the sweeping views of the Tróia Peninsula. Crossing the bridge over the Tejo River, arrival to Lisboa.