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Experience Portugal at a relaxed pace while taking in the important cities of Lisbon and Oporto—typical towns and villages and the stunning north-west coastline. Throughout this tour, you’ll visit the must-see attractions, including the 16th century Jeronimos Monastery. Often regarded as Lisbon’s most important landmark, it was traditional for Portuguese seafarers to pray in the chapel before their departure to the unknown. You’ll visit the Sanctuary of our Lady of the Rosary in Fátima, a pilgrimage site where apparitions of the Virgin Mary were reported by three local children in 1917; the 700-year-old university in Coimbra; the Arabian Hall in the Stock Exchange in Oporto, and the Ossuary Chapel in Evora, with its bone- and skull-covered walls. For this exceptional escorted tour of Portugal, Globus has arranged some special treats so that you can savor Portuguese cuisine and wine. Enjoy a port wine tasting at one of the local wine cellars in Oporto, an olive oil tasting in Belmonte (birthplace of Pedro Alvares Cabral, discoverer of Brazil), and tapas with wine at the Quinta da Aveleda winery. All of this and much more await you on this wonderful Portuguese Escape!
Destinations & Sightseeing
Welcome dinner; guided sightseeing, visit the Alfama quarter and Jeronimos Monastery; farewell dinner
Walk around the medieval town
Stop in the fishing harbor town
Visit the Church of Santa Maria Monastery
Visit the Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Rosary
Visit the Convent of Christ
Visit the University
Guided sightseeing, visit Arabian Hall in the Stock Exchange; port wine tasting
Walk through the medieval center
QUINTA DA AVELEDA
Portuguese tapas with wine and explore its splendid gardens
Dinner at a local restaurant
Visit the Jewish Museum; olive oil tasting
CASTELO DE VIDE
Walk through the Jewish quarter
Visit a cork factory, guided walking tour, visit the gothic cathedral, the Sao Francisco Church, and the Ossuary Chapel
Headsets throughout the tour.Notes:
- Hotels listed may occasionally be substituted with alternate hotels of equivalent standard.
The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:
- Convent of Christ in Tomar
- Historic centre of Evora
- Historic Centre of Guimaraes
- Historic Centre of Oporto
- Monastery of Acobaça
- Monastery of the Hieronymites in Lisbon
- University of Coimbra
Motorcoach. Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.
Meals & Itinerary
Full buffet breakfast daily; 5 three-course dinners with wine, including welcome and farewell dinners in Lisbon and a dinner in Viseu at a local restaurant
Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.
Day 1 ARRIVE IN LISBON, PORTUGAL
Welcome to Lisbon! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel.
Day 2 LISBON
Lisbon was the center 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 Fado singers. Drive along the grand Avenida da Liberdade up to Pombal Square, and stop for pictures of Belem Tower and the Monument of the Discoverers. Also 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.
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 perimeter wall and walk along the narrow streets. Then on to the fishing harbor 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.
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?
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.
Day 6 OPORTO–GUIMARAES–VISEU
Enjoy a walk through the medieval center 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 TAPAS at 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!
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 center of southern Portugal and a former royal residence, visit a CORK FACTORY and learn about the many ways this material can be used.
Day 8 EVORA–LISBON
A massive wall surrounds Evora’s medieval center, 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, with walls covered with thousands of human bones and skulls. Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner with your traveling companions.
Day 9 LISBON
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased). Optional excursions are available for purchase on our MyGlobus site 90 days prior to the tour start date.
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Fado Music and Dinner
Treat yourself to an unforgettable evening of classic Fado music and a delectable 3-course dinner at a local Casa de Fado (Fado restaurant).
Price Range: $$
Excursion to Cascais, Cabo da Roca and the Magnificent Palace of Queluz
Experience the natural and historical beauty of Portugal on this excursion from Lisbon.
Price Range: $$
Cruise on the River Douro and Riverside Dinner
Enjoy a scenic cruise along the Douro on your river boat. Later, enjoy a delicious Portuguese dinner.
Price Range: $$
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