Southern of Portugal Private TourThursday, 20 November 2014 00:00
Day 01: Arrive in Lisbon International Airport. Meet by local guide/rep at after immigration and custom clearance. Transfer from Airport to your Hotel in Lisbon.
Day 02: Morning departure towards Sesimbra, old fishing village and brief visit to his castle with stunning views. Then pass AZEITÃO village, where a landscape of olive groves, vineyards and oak trees prevail. Indulge in a tasting of feta cheese accompanied by a drink in the historic cellars of José Maria da Fonseca, which produce Periquita, a Moscatel wine and more than 40 brands of wine. During the view get to know a little more of its 100 years old and its secrets. This is a region known for its sweets, the famous "Torta de Azeitão". Even if we may of interest to visit the workshop of St. Simon to understand the manufacturing process of handmade Portuguese tiles as well as ceramic and porcelain Vila Fresca. Through Arrábida with spectacular views over the Atlantic and the peninsula of Troia follow towards Évora where we end our tour.
Day 03: The tour starts in the morning with the beautiful medieval city of Évora, the historical center, in Alentejo, an area that was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1986, and where you can visit monuments like: the Cathedral, Roman Temple, the Church of St. Francis and its Chapel of Bones. After lunch we continue towards Reguengos de Monsaraz to visit one of the largest estates in the country in wine production. After lunch, we went towards the typical walled town of Monsaraz with a stunning view on the dam alqueva. Our journey continues to Vila Viçosa.
Day 04: Make a visit to this beautiful village and the Ducal Palace, once occupied by Romans and Muslims, this village has acquired a lot of importance to the early 4th Dynasty "Bragança" when the recent King D. João IV made the donation of his Crown of Our Lady da Conceição, which can still be seen today in the Church. Our route continues to the town of Marble, Estremoz. Here you will experience the local cuisine at the Pousada Rainha Santa Isabel or any other local restaurant. After lunch we went to Alter do Chão, land of strong equestrian traditions. Visit the stud farm (optional), and continued to Marvão.
Day 05: After breakfast, our day will be dedicated to places with strong connections to Judaism. We begin with a walking tour inside this village within the ancient walls of the Castle. Continue to Castelo de Vide village during the Inquisition in Spain, grew with the coming of the Jewish people who were keeping their customs and traditions to the present day. Here we visit the synagogue and the castle which still retains its well-preserved town. Then continue to take where we can visit the Templar Castle and the Convent of Christ, Sec. XII, as well as the oldest synagogue in Portugal, Sec. XV. Return to Lisbon.
Day 06: After breakfast, visit the most exciting city in the moment, Lisbon. Here we discover destroyed by the earthquake (Lower) of the older neighborhoods like Alfama, Castelo and Bairro Alto, a town linked to the Portuguese Discoveries (Bethlehem) and the chic Chiado and Liberty Avenue. While in Lisbon, dining in a good home Fado is a must. So tonight we will take to enjoy the traditional Portuguese music, considered a world heritage site.
Day 07: This day, not to escape the rule, will be full of culture and visit some of the most beautiful palaces in the country, in the famous village of Sintra considered by UNESCO as World Heritage. Here we will have time to visit landmarks such as the Palace of Queluz, built by D. Maria I, the Palace of Sintra, the Century. XIV century Pena Palace. XIX which looks like a fairytale palace and the lush Regaleira Estate with its lush gardens and tunnels. After the fantastic Sintra, we went to the most western point of continental Europe, Cabo da Roca. We continue our tour towards Cascais, Estoril and former fishing village, village well known for the largest casino in Europe, and during the 2nd World War as a place of spies, face neutral position it held during this period.
Day 08: Transfer from your Hotel to the Lisbon International Airport.