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NORTHERN PORTUGAL


PROGRAM
Obidos

Day 1 - Lisboa / Óbidos / Alcobaça / Nazaré / Batalha / Fátima / Leiria (+/- 217Km /134.8 miles)
By a landscape rich in windmills and fruit trees we arrive to Óbidos (stop), surrounded by medieval walls where we can admire the harmony of the architecture, the diversity of the handicrafts and taste the famous ginginha (bitter cherry liqueur). Visit Alcobaça (stop) with the first and largest gothic church in Portugal with the tombs of D.Pedro and Inês de Castro, known by it’s love story. Stopping in Nazaré (stop), a typical fishing village and seaside resort. We continue to Batalha (stop) - visit the Monastery of Santa Maria de Victoria, a masterpiece of the gothic in Portugal where we can find the tomb of Henry the Navigator, the promoter of the maritime discoveries. After we arrive in Fátima (stop), the famous Shrine. Today’s journey ends in Leiria - Dinner and overnight.

BatalhaDay 2 - Leiria / Fátima / Coimbra / Aveiro / Oporto (+/-270Km/167 miles)
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure towards Coimbra (stop) – visit of the University, with its magnificent baroque library. Stop at St Clara Church, where lies the tomb of Queen St. Isabel, the protagonist of the “miracle of the roses”. In the afternoon we continue to Aveiro (stop), city of the canals, known as the “Portuguese Venice”, where you have time to see the graceful boats “moliceiros” and taste the local sweets “ovos moles”. Drive to Oporto - Dinner and overnight.in Vila Nova de Gaia.

PortoDay 3 - Oporto (+/- 25km/15.5 miles)
Porto the 2nd main city of Portugal and world heritage by UNESCO - a living amphitheatre inviting us to visit the riverside area, old houses, palaces, churches that history has made eternal and Port wine, known worldwide. Afternoon free.

Day 4 - Oporto / Guimarães / Braga / Barcelos / Oporto (+/-178Km/110.6 miles)
Breakfast at the hotel. Full day tour to Minho, the northwest region of Portugal that offers natural green sceneries and the sparkling “green wine”. Starting in Guimarães (stop) - the birthplace of the first king of Portugal. Visit the Sacred Hill, crowned by the Castle, as well the Palace of the Dukes of Bragança, which dates back to the 15th century. Drive to Braga (stop) known as the "Portuguese Rome" for its concentration of religious architecture, as the oldest Cathedral in the country, and the Bom Jesus do Monte Sanctuary with famous baroque stairway and gardens. Continue to Barcelos (stop), a 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 - Dinner and overnight.

MinhoDay 5 - Oporto / Amarante / Vila Real / Douro Valley / Lamego / Viseu / Urgeiriça (+/-254Km/157.8 miles)
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to Amarante(stop), a pretty town proud of São Gonçalo known for the promotion of love and marriage were the monastery facing the river houses his tomb and his lively bustling market where you can find fruit, vegetables, chickens, cloths, and an immense variety of other popular items. After, drive to Vila Real (stop) - visiting the gardens of the manor of Mateus. Then we enter in the Port wine region, travelling through the vineyards and the breathtaking landscapes of the Douro Valley. Stop in 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), center of the Dão Vineyards. In the shadow of the Cathedral, narrow streets and doorways with coats of arms carved in granite make up the ancient town of Viseu. Arrival to Urgeiriça. Dinner and overnight.

Day 6 - Urgueiriça / Bussaco / Tomar / Lisboa (+/-365/223 miles)
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 centerpiece of the city and classified as a World Heritage site by UNESCO. We follow the journey till Lisbon.

 

All year round
(except the 25th of Dec)

Every Saturday

Fixed date booking mandatory

6 Days

Departure at 09:00 from the Terminal Praça Marquês de Pombal

PREMIUM TOUR

2011 RATES

per person in Double
room

per person in Single
room

Euros

Euros

April to October 2011

781.00

920.00

Nov 2010 to March 2011

767.00

899.00

-accommodation on buffet breakfast bases,on the following hotels, or similar:
Hotel Santa Maria,4* in Fátima, Hotel Melia Gaia,4* in Vila Nova de Gaia, Hotel da Urgeiriça,4* in Canas do Senhorim.
-guide during alltour
-entrancees into following monuments:Batalha Monastery, Coimbra University, "Palacio da Bolsa"(Porto), St. Francisco Church
(Porto), “Gardens of Palacio Mateus", Convento do Cristo (Tomar)
Not including:
-other expenses than above mentioned, porterage fees at the hotels, lunches, or dinners, personal expenses, entrancees other than mentioned

 

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