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.
Only a 40 min from Lisbon we will find the work of the greatest exponent of Baroque art in Portugal, built by King John V. whole monumental complex is the towering legacy that King left the arts and culture of the country and the world, a sign times of peace and prosperity experienced in 1700.
Amid the quiet town of Mafra stands the sumptuous complex part of the Royal Basilica, the Royal Palace, Convent and Royal Hunting Reserve, which have a particularly large collection with its library of "Lights," a nucleus with a convent hospital in time and two chimes and a single forest with a huge diversity of habitats that allow the existence of a large number of animals, a true living laboratory where all the animals are free.
In the afternoon, enjoy the rest of the day to enjoy the delights of the medieval village of Óbidos preserved over the centuries for its fantastic walls where you can enjoy the surroundings.
Will surely not forget these flowery lanes elected as a place of refuge for kings and queens.
This tour combines the best in Portugal. Prepare to see breathtaking scenery and feel intense flavors in a rural area today visited by her creamy cheeses and prestigious wines. After crossing the bridge April 25, arrived quickly to the small village of Azeitao , 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, producing Periquita wine , Moscatel wine and more than 40 brands. During the view get to know a little more of its 100 years old history and its secrets. This is a region known for its sweets, the famous pie “ torta de Azeitao “ Then why not try one? Acoordding your interest for the workshop visit St. Simão to understand the process of making handmade Portuguese tiles as well as ceramic and porcelain Vila Fresca.Driving to ovely and sunny Sesimbra, a small fishing village, from the reign of D. Dinis from the 13th century, visiting his castle with a unique view and scenic beauty. Following to the center of the village you can taste the famous cuisine of this fishing village, known for its grilled fish and enjoy your beach. After lunch, we drive Setubal Castle builted in XVII century, through Arrábida with spectacular views over the Atlantic and the Peninsula of Troia. On our return to Lisbon still time to visit the castle of Palmela. The views here are spectacular, where on a clear day, Lisbon is visible in the distance.
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: Breakfast in hotel. Fullday to Fátima and Coimbra Tour. Pick up from hotel by air-conditioned and luxury vehicle and our tour starts in the morning from Lisbon towards the Sanctuary of Fatima, where one can visit the Basilica and the tombs of the three seers, the Chapel of the Apparitions. Then we will go to Coimbra. This city known to have one of the oldest universities in the world. Here it is almost mandatory to visit the University, where we can see the Baroque Library, Chapel of St. Michael, Salon exams, Capelos room, the iron door with kings who introduced studies in Portugal. Coimbra was also the birthplace of birth of six kings of Portugal and the First Dynasty. This city of narrow streets, courtyards, stairs and medieval arches, washed by the river Mondego has a historical, architectural and cultural heritage now recognized by UNESCO. You can also visit the Old Cathedral, the Monastery of Santa Cruz and Santa Clara a Velha monastery, now fully recovered. Regarding our suggestion for dinner is delicious piglet of Aveiro.
Day 03: Breakfast in hotel. After breakfast we went to the fantastic city of Oporto where we will visit and get to know what this city has to offer. Monuments and museums such as the Stock Exchange Palace, built by merchants of the city, the Tower of the Clergy, the Church of San Francisco and its gilded carvings, the train station of Saint Benedict and Carmo Church, with its tiles and the Cathedral See. On a visit to the Oporto, it is mandatory to make a stop at one of the busiest and most congested of Commerce in lush Café Magestic streets. Time yet for a brief stop at one of the largest reference libraries worldwide, Lello. Being in the Douro river and a visit to the cellars and see the process of wine production, will be a fantastic experience and maybe even lunch in one of these wineries. After lunch nothing like walking through the backstreets of Ribeira, classified as world heritage by UNESCO.
Day 04: Our suggestion for this day will be leaving in the morning toward from Porto Vila Real and visit the fantastic Mateus Palace closely associated with Mateus Rosé wine. We proceeded to the Pinhão where you can enjoy a delicious lunch with the local cuisine and visit one of the farms which produces the best wines of Porto and the famous table wine. We continue our journey towards the Peso da Régua along the Douro River where we make several stops until reaching the Oporto. At night if it pleases you we may do an overview of the beautiful city of Oporto and Matosinhos Dinner, known for its meals of fish and seafood. We spent the night in the hotel in Oporto.
Optional - Our suggestion for this day would be to take a cruise on the Douro River to the Peso da Régua and enjoy the beautiful scenery along the river, with its vineyards. This small town time to indulge in the cuisine and wines of the region. The return to Oporto will be done by train. At night if it pleases you we may do an overview of the beautiful city of Oporto and Matosinhos Dinner, known for its meals of fish and seafood. We spent the night in the hotel in Oporto.
Day 05: On this day, we decided to head further north to leaving in the morning towards Guimarães, Braga and Ponte de Lima.
Braga, formerly the city of the Romans and later "town of the archbishops," is one of the main religious centers of Portugal, which strongly dominates the Baroque. Here we find monuments like the Sanctuary of Bom Jesus de Braga, the tiles Raio Palace, its imposing cathedral and via sacra and its historic center. After lunch we continue our trip to Guimarães, considered the cradle of Portugal. Here was born the first king of Portugal D. Afonso Henriques. This city offers its visitors a magnificent historic center classified World Heritage by UNESCO (2001). In fact we can actually see the font where he was baptized and King of the Castle of Guimarães. Well known over the city as European Capital of Culture in 2012, where one can appreciate the evolution of a city of medieval origin that retains its authenticity today. We follow Ponte de Lima, the oldest town in Portugal, where we can appreciate the bridge of Roman origin and the narrow alleyways.
Day 06: Departure in the morning towards the coastal area of Aveiro, considered by many to a lesser extent the Venice of Portugal for its canals and boats "Moliceiros". After a brief stop in this town, we went to Nazaré, a village today with strong fishing traditions, this activity is one of the main industries in the region. After lunch we went to Lisbon with a stop in one of the most beautiful villages of Portugal, Óbidos. This walled town of Moorish origin underwent profound transformations in the century. XIV when King D. Dinis gave to his wife, Queen Santa Isabel, as a wedding gift.
Day 07: 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 (Belém) and the chic Chiado and Liberty Avenue. Being a good dinner in Lisbon fado house is a must. So tonight we will take to enjoy the traditional Portuguese music, considered a world heritage site.
Day 08: This day, not to evade 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 westerly point of continental Europe, Cabo da Roca. We continue our tour in the direction 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 09: This being the last day in Portugal, we suggest taking this day to do some shopping and learn from Lisbon on foot, and even maybe catch the tram to go back in time.
Day 10: Transfer from your Hotel in Lisbon to the Lisbon International Airport.
You feel like stopping the clock? Head south and get to know the larger region of Portugal distinguished by the wide plains and go back to the past. On the way you will observe that the traditional old-farming is still present in the culture, and economy of the region.
The tour high points can be remains from the Palaeolithic period to traces left by Roman conquerors, to Storks nests squatting chimneys, or even the delightful gastronomy of the region based in Mediterranean principals combined with the best local products pork, game, bread cheeses and wines.
This historical city, classified as World Heritage by Unesco, offers you the unique experience to travel in time. Do not miss the master pieces of the carved details of the Cathedral with the Gothic ambience, the Roman Temple built at the highest point of the city (250mts), the lovely Loios Convent, which now works as a charming hotel and St. Francis Church along with the Bones Chapel.