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.
Sintra - Cascais Occidental Private TourFriday, 26 September 2014 00:00
Visit Sintra, known for its mysticism and Natural Heritage, as well as for its particular microclimate. The Sierra is heavily wooded, providing for a lush landscape where we can find stately homes and palaces. We propose visits to the following places of interest; the Moorish Castle, the Convent of Capuchos, Sintra National Palace, the Palace of Monserrate, and finally, the Palace of Pena, where one can walk many paths to take-in the breath-taking views. Lunch can be taken in the village where there is also numerous gift shops, allowing for the purchase of lasting memories
In contrast to the intimacy of Sintra, we then move onto Cabo da Roca, the most westerly point of Europe, characterised by it steep cliffs, battered by the Atlantic Ocean. Luís Vaz de Camões, the celebrated Portuguese poet described this place as being... “Where the land ends and the sea begins...”
The next stop on our tour is Cascais, a fishing village of outstanding beauty, with its rich architectural heritage, recognized by its proximity to the sea. There are numerous terraces and esplanades with Atlantic views, as well as streets selling gifts, handicrafts and souvenirs to take home. Following the coast road to Lisbon, we make a final stop in Estoril, to visit its fabulous gardens and Casino. Return to Lisbon.