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.
Braga, Guimarães and Ponte de Lima Private TourSaturday, 15 November 2014 00:00
Our day will start in the morning to Braga formerly town of Romans and later "town of the archbishops," Braga is one of the main religious centers of Portugal, which strongly dominates the Baroque. Discover its main monuments such as the Sanctuary of Bom Jesus de Braga, the tiles of the Palacio do Raio, its imposing cathedral and via sacra and its historic center.
The north of the country and famous for its food so indulge yourself with the typical flavors of the region.
After lunch continue our trip to Guimarães considered the birthplace of Portugal. Here was born the first king of Portugal Afonso D. Henriques.
Guimarães offers its visitors a magnificent historic center classified World Heritage by UNESCO (2001). Meet the corners of the city as European Capital of Culture for 2012, where you can appreciate the evolution of a city of medieval origin, which retains its authenticity today.
On return to port, still visit the oldest town in Portugal.
Even before the foundation of Portugal, was Queen D. Teresa in 1125, recognized this village, referring to it as Town of the Bridge. Years later, in the fourteenth century, King Pedro I, due to the geo-strategic position of Ponte de Lima, sent her wall, so that the final result was a medieval town surrounded by walls-nine towers, of which remaining two.
Here we find a fine specimen of a Roman bridge still well preserved.
Coimbra and Fátima Private TourSaturday, 15 November 2014 00:00
Explore this city of narrow streets, courtyards, stairways and medieval arches, bathed by the river Mondego. Coimbra was the cradle of birth six kings of Portugal and the First Dynasty, as well as the first university in the country and one of the oldest in the world being first record as a university happens in 1290. the city has a rich historical, architectural and cultural heritage at its disposal, are a precious common heritage of humanity, now recognized by UNESCO, is the land of Coimbra student but more than that, is a land of traditions intersect where the past and the future that has more charm in his farewell. Here it is a must to visit the University, where you can see the Baroque Library, Chapel of Sao Miguel, Hall of Examinations, the Capelos room, the iron door with the kings who introduced studies in Portugal. You can also visit the Old Cathedral, the Monastery of Santa Cruz and Santa Clara a Velha monastery, now fully recovered.
On our return to Lisbon will also have time for a brief stop in Fatima and put a candle in one of the largest sanctuaries Catholics from around the world.
Jewish Culture Private TourFriday, 26 September 2014 00:00
Our tour starts in the morning towards Tomar, town well known for its strong connection to the Knights Templar since the beginning of XII century. As it must to build your castle and convent that grew into the headquarters of this religious order, later transformed into the Order of Christ that drove the Portuguese discoveries. With the expulsion of the Jews from Spain in 1492, the city had a good synagogue welcomed much of artisans, professionals and merchants refugees. The Jewish settlement gave new meaning to Tomar and was vital to the success of Discovery`s.Getting there we will visit the original synagogue, built by Prince Henry, and Convent of Christ.After our visit, we will continue our tour to Belmonte, earth deeply connected to the Jewish people and the Sephardic Jewish history, associated with the resistance of the Jews to religious intolerance in the Iberian Peninsula. In the sixteenth century, during the period of inquisition Jewish people were forced to convert or leave the country. Many abandoned, and others converted to Christianity in official terms, keeping their worship and cultural traditions within the family. But a third group of Jews, took a more extreme measure. Several decided to isolate themselves from the outside world, cutting off contact with the rest of the country and follow their traditions strictly. This group of Jews who took their religion until the end were called “Marranos“, alluding to ritual prohibition against eating pork. For centuries the Marranos of Belmonte maintained their Jewish traditions almost intact, making it an exceptional case criptojudaica community. Only in the 70s the community established contact with the Jews of Israel and officiated Judaism as their religion. In 2005 the city opened the Jewish Museum of Belmonte, the first of its kind in Portugal, showing the traditions and the day-to-day of this community, who gladly will visit to find out more about this community full of customs and Jewish traditions. But Belmonte has strong roots with an important character of discovery. We can still see the house where Pedro Alvares Cabral, the explorer who discovered Brazil was borned, the castle ruins and the olive oil museum.Leaving Belmonte we head to Castelo de Vide,a very important city during the period of the Inquisition in Spain. This city as Belmonte the grew with the coming of the Jewish people who were keeping their customs and traditions up to the present day. In Castelo de Vide we visit the synagogue, the jewish quarter and the Castle, which still has its Burgh well preserved . Then Return to Lisbon.
Fátima, Batalha, Nazaré and Óbidos Private TourFriday, 26 September 2014 00:00
Visit the famous Fatima Shrine. Meet the Mosteiro da Batalha, a Gothic masterpiece and a world heritage of UNESCO. Discover Nazaré, the big waves Surf Mecca and explore the charming medieval town of Obidos.
Being Catholic or not this is a mandatory stop. One of the biggest centers of pilgrimage to the Virgin Mary of the Catholic world, the famous Fatima Shrine attracts more than 1 million pilgrims every year. Visit the Basilica of Our Lady and the Chapel of Apparitions. Then we will go to the small town called Batalha. Meet the Dominican Monastery of Santa Maria da Vitória masterpiece of Gothic architecture, world heritage of UNESCO. Then, indulge yourself with fresh fish from the fishing village and Suft Mecca of Nazaré framed by the Atlantic Ocean. After lunch explore the charming medieval town of Obidos surrounded by imposing walls of the fourteenth century that make up a castle well preserved. Scroll through your walls and landscapes of small alleys and churches, and taste Ginjinha de Obidos a licor that you will never forget.
Évora Wine Private TourFriday, 26 September 2014 00:00
This charming tour starts in Lisbon, where you begin traveling to the southern part of the country, Alentejo. The visit begins with the beautiful medieval city of Évora, the historical center in Alto Alentejo, an area which has been declared world cultural heritage by UNESCO in 1986, and where you can visit monuments like: The Catederal, Roman Temple, Church of St. Francisco and its bones chapel Then we drive to Herdade do Esporão at Reguengos de Monsaraz ... upon arrival you will have an amazing view of this large real estate of 600 hect of vineyards, with emphasis to the Tower of Esporão dating from the year 1267 and where we found a lovely Chapel of Our Lady of Remédios . You can enjoy your lunch here, since it has a friendly local atmosphere and is known for its excellent cuisine and for producing the world`s finest wines. Original products of the land of Esporão offer a perfect combination of modern and traditional cuisine of Alentejo. We continue our journey to Monsaraz, another walled town that not only kept the essence of times past where schist protects the white houses, but also has one of the most precious sights on the largest artificial lakes in Europe, the Alqueva.
Fatima Private TourFriday, 26 September 2014 00:00
A believer or not, this is one of the biggest Sanctuaries in the world devoted to the Virgin Mary.
The Sanctuary welcomes over 1 millions of Pilgrims per year that come here to show their faith to the Our Lady.
The events took place in 1917 a dark period in Europe’s history and from then onwards the Story of those 3 little children have such power that once you get there, you can’t help but be impressed by the strong faith that the Sanctuary emanates.
Lisbon Private TourFriday, 26 September 2014 00:00
Meet the famous Portuguese city and enjoy all of its beauty and glamour.
Your experience begins passing through the french inspired Liberty Avenue, passing by Restauradores Square & Rossio Square, the heart of the Portuguese Capital.
Sintra Private TourFriday, 26 September 2014 00:00
On the way to Sintra let’s start by visiting the 18th Century National Palace of Queluz with its beautiful gardens. Next stop Sintra… Here you may enjoy the magical atmosphere wondering around the historical centre and discover the Town Palace.
Going up among the mystical woods of Sintra, you’ll find on the hill top the Bavarian inspired 19th Century Pena Palace, Very well decorated with the finest pieces of decoration that the royal family left there.