PORTUGUESE ESCAPE (9 days from LISBON to LISBON)


PORTUGUESE ESCAPE (9 days from LISBON to LISBON)

Tour/Holiday Package Information

TOUR CODE: KPA - November 2019 - March 2020 Departures

PACKAGE INCLUDES SIGHTSEEING AND MORE:
◆ LISBON Welcome dinner; guided sightseeing, visit the Alfama quarter and Jeronimos Monastery; farewell dinner
◆ OBIDOS Walk around the medieval town
◆ NAZARÉ Stop in the fishing harbour town
◆ ALCOBAÇA Visit the Church of Santa Maria Monastery
◆ FÁTIMA Visit the Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Rosary
◆ TOMAR Visit the Convent of Christ
◆ COIMBRA Visit the University
◆ OPORTO Guided sightseeing, visit the Arabian Hall in the Stock Exchange; port wine tasting
◆ GUIMARAES Walk through the medieval centre
◆ QUINTA DA AVELEDA Enjoy Portuguese tapas with wine and explore its splendid gardens
◆ VISEU Dinner at a local restaurant
◆ BELMONTE Visit the Jewish Museum; olive oil tasting
◆ CASTELO DE VIDE Walk through the Jewish quarter
◆ EVORA Visit a cork factory, guided walking tour, visit the gothic cathedral, the Sao Francisco Church, and the Ossuary Chapel
◆ HOTELS LISBON Novotel Lisboa Mercure (F) or Mercure Lisboa (F), TOMAR Dos Templarios (SF), OPORTO NH Collection Porto Batalha (SF) or Holiday Inn Porto Gaia (F), VISEU Grao Vasco (F), EVORA M’ar De Ar Muralhas (F)
◆ MEALS Full buffet breakfast (B) daily; 5 three-course dinners (D), including welcome and farewell dinners in Lisbon and a dinner in Viseu at a local restaurant
◆ TRANSPORTATION Motorcoach
◆ HEADSETS Throughout the tour
◆ FREE WI-FI available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies

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2019 DEPARTURE DATES TWIN SHARE PRICING from per pax
NOV
02, 03, 07, 09, 10, 12 ,16, 19, 23, 30 $ 1539
DEC 03, 07, 10, / 17 $ 1399 / TBA
2020
JAN 18 , 25 $ 1399
FEB 01, 08, /  15, 22, 29 $1399 / $ 1539
MAR 07, 14, 21  $ 1539
What you get?

Itinerary

About this Package

NOTE:
Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

OTHERS:
> Hotels listed may occasionally be substituted with alternative hotels of equivalent standard.

DAY 1. ARRIVE IN LISBON, PORTUGAL

Welcome to Lisbon! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and travelling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel. (D)

DAY 2. LISBON

Lisbon was the centre of Europe’s longest-lived overseas empire. Portugal’s imperial ambitions date back to Prince Henry the Navigator’s 15th-century discoveries in West Africa. Morning sightseeing with a Local Guide features a drive through the Baixa quarter’s main squares. Then, enjoy a walk through the cobblestone alleys of quaint ALFAMA, the popular quarter of the seamen and Fadosingers. Drive along the grand Avenida da Liberdade up to Pombal Square, and stop for pictures of Belem Tower and the Monument of the Discoverers. Visit JERONIMOS MONASTERY with the tomb of Vasco da Gama. An interesting optional excursion to the royal palace of Queluz is available, as well as dinner at a typical taverna with Fado-style entertainment. (B)

DAY 3. LISBON–OBIDOS–NAZARÉ-ALCOBAÇA–FÁTIMA–TOMAR

Stop in medieval Obidos and go back in time as you pass the main gate in the impressive peri wall and walk along the narrow streets. Then onto the fishing harbour of Nazaré, the perfect place for a leisurely break. Continue to Alcobaça to visit the CHURCH OF SANTA MARIA MONASTERY, built in the 12th century for 999 Cistercian monks. See the elaborate tombs of King Pedro I and his Castilian lover Inês de Castro. In the afternoon, mix with the pilgrims at the country’s hallowed national shrine, Fátima’s SANCTUARY OF OUR LADY OF THE ROSARY. Overnight in Tomar. (B,D)

DAY 4. TOMAR–COIMBRA–OPORTO

In Tomar, the historic seat of the mighty Order of the Knights of Christ, visit the hilltop CONVENT OF CHRIST with its famous Manueline Window. Continue to Coimbra, strategically situated on a hill overlooking the Mondego River. After a visit to the 700-year-old UNIVERSITY, drive by ancient Buçaco Forest on your way to Oporto, Portugal’s second-largest city. Tonight, why not relax during an optional cruise on the Douro River, followed by dinner at one of Oporto’s fine restaurants? (B)

DAY 5. OPORTO

Sightseeing with a Local Guide includes a panoramic drive to the mouth of the Douro River, the soaring cathedral, and the STOCK EXCHANGE with its contemporary ARABIAN HALL, inspired by Granada’s Alhambra. Of course, a PORT WINE TASTING has been included at one of the local cellars to sample the delicious wine produced from grapes of the Douro Valley. (B)

DAY 6. OPORTO–GUIMARAES–VISEU

Enjoy a walk through the medieval centre of Guimaraes, often referred to as the “Cradle of Portugal” because of its association with the country’s first king, Alfonso Henriques. Next, taste Portuguese tapasat the Quinta da Aveleda WINERY and visit its splendid GARDENS. From here, a scenic road through the port wine vineyards leads to Viseu, where dinner at a local restaurant awaits! (B,D)

DAY 7. VISEU–BELMONTE–CASTELO DE VIDE–EVORA

This morning, stop in Belmonte, today a symbol of Jewish awakening, for a visit to the JEWISH MUSEUM. Also enjoy an OLIVE OIL TASTING, for which the area is famous. Enjoy an afternoon break in Castelo de Vide, with time to walk through the Jewish quarter with its white-washed houses and its medieval synagogue. Before arriving in Evora, the cultural centre of southern Portugal and a former royal residence, visit a CORK FACTORY and learn about the many ways this material can be used. (B,D)

DAY 8. EVORA–LISBON

A massive wall surrounds Evora’s medieval centre, classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Follow your Local Guide on a walking tour through its narrow alleys to the Roman Temple, the early Gothic CATHEDRAL, Portas de Moura fountain, and SAO FRANCISCO CHURCH. Visit the OSSUARY CHAPEL, whose walls are covered with thousands of human bones and skulls. Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner with your travelling companions. (B,D)

DAY 9. LISBON

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)


Remarks

IMPORTANT:
~ Rates above is for Land package  
~ Prices are subject to confirmation at the time of booking
~ Prices and Itinerary are subject to change
~ Any un-utilized services, unused tours or hotel rooms are NON-REFUNDABLE
~ Terms and conditions apply

NOT INCLUDED IN THIS PACKAGE:
~  Transfer from Airport - Hotel - Airport
Air ticket and taxes
~ Travel Insurance
~ Tipping for guide and driver


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