LISBON YOUR WAY

  • Duration:7 nights / 8 days
  • Countries Visited: Portugal

DAY 1: Depart U.S.A

Depart on a scheduled overnight flight to Portugal.

DAY 2: LISBON

Welcome to Portugal! You are greeted at the airport by our English speaking tour escort where we will board our own private bus and transfer into Lisbon, the capital of Portugal. Upon our arrival, we will explore the Belem district, where we will view the Monument to the Discoveries, built to commemorate the 500th anniversary of Henry the Navigator’s death, and visit the Torre de Belem, the closest Portugal has to a national monument. Overnight Lisbon. (B.D.)

DAY 3:  LISBON

Our day in Lisbon will begin in the riverfront Praco do Comercio, Lisbon’s most famous and popular square. We will view the Equestrian Statue of Dom Jose, before beginning our walking exploration  through the area of the city known as the Alfama. Our walk will conclude at the Se, Lisbon’s beautiful Cathedral, which was begun in 1150 and underwent design changes throughout the following centuries. We will continue with a visit to the Castle of Sao Jorge, the nucleus of the original city, inhabited by the Phoenicians and subsequently by every other conquering culture. This afternoon we visit the Monastery of St. Jeronimo,  one of Portugal’s finest examples of Manueline, the style of architecture that combines flamboyant Gothic and Moorish influences with elements of the nascent Renaissance. The church features the tombs of many of the greatest figures in Portuguese history, including Vasco da Gama.  We then visit the coach museum with the most complete collection of royal coaches in the world. Overnight Lisbon. (B.D.)

DAY 4: LISBON – SINTRA

Today we travel  to Sintra, in the north slopes of the granite Serra. We will begin with a visit to the spectacular Palace of Pena, a palace built in the 19th century, as King Ferdinand’s summer home. We  continue with a visit to Palacio Nacional de Sintra, the city’s royal palace featuring unique architectural styles, including a heavy Moorish influence . On the way back to Lisbon we visit the resort area of Cas Cais. Overnight Lisbon. (B.D.)

DAY 5: EVORA

We depart for Evora,  a Roman city under Julius Caesar (Liberalitas Julia), and a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. Considering its size and location, Evora is something of an architectural phenomenon, as its builders freely adapted whatever styles they desired, from Mudejar to Manueline to Roman to Rococo, and is considered to be a living museum. We will commence with a walking tour through historic Evora, where we will view 16th and 17th century houses, cobble stoned streets, arcades, squares with bubbling fountains, whitewashed houses, and a profuse display of Moorish-inspired arches. Highlights of our walk will be the craft shops along Rua 5 de Outubro, the Praca do Giraldo, the old university, the remains of the Roman Walls, and the Roman Temple, ruins thought to be dedicated to the Goddess Diana. We will also visit the Se (Cathedral), which took over 50 years to complete, and has the look of a fortress, with a portal flanked by two unmatched towers. This afternoon we return to Lisbon. (B.D.)

DAY 6: FATIMA- OBIDOS-ALCOBACA-NAZARE-BATALHA

Our full day tour of Fatima, Obidos, Alcobaca, Nazare and Batalha, with lunch. Begin in Obidos, a medieval village surrounded by old stone walls. Continue to Alcobaca, where you will visit the Church of the 12th century Monastery, housing the tombs of Pedro and Ines. Next, stop in Nazare for lunch, a typical fishing village that offers splendid views of the area from its highest point, Sitio. After lunch, visit the Gothic Monastery in Batalha, built in the 14th century. Conclude the tour in Fatima, one of the world’s most frequented pilgrim shrines. Here you will visit the Sanctuary and return to Lisbon. Overnight Lisbon (B.D.)

DAY 7: LISBON- Optional excursion to  COIMBRA

Today you can choose to stay in Lisbon and have a thematic program or travel to Coimbra, charming university town, where we breathe in the atmosphere a mixture of students and the University itself. We visit the main building of Portugal’s oldest University, the library, the chapel and senate room. In the afternoon visit Church of Santa Clara followed by a walk along the old streets to visit the cathedral. On the way  we visit Tomar, the historic. Return to Lisbon for overnight. (B.D.)

Day 8: RETURN TO USA

This morning your are transfered to the airport for your flight home.(B)

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