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Experience the best of Portugal and take in the important cities of Lisbon and Porto, 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 Porto, 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 Porto, 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 awaits you on this wonderful Portuguese Escape!
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LISBONWelcome dinner; guided sightseeing, visit the Alfama quarter and Jeronimos Monastery; farewell dinner OBIDOSWalk around the medieval townNAZARÉStop in the fishing harbor townALCOBAÇAVisit the Church of Santa Maria MonasteryFATIMAVisit the Sanctuary of Our Lady of the RosaryTOMARVisit the Convent of ChristCOIMBRAVisit the University PORTOGuided sightseeing, visit the Arabian Hall in the Stock Exchange; port wine tastingGUIMARAESWalk through the medieval centerQUINTA DA AVELEDAEnjoy Portuguese tapas with wine and explore its splendid gardensVISEUDinner at a local restaurantBELMONTEVisit the Jewish Museum; olive oil tastingCASTELO DE VIDEWalk through the Jewish quarterEVORAVisit a cork factory, guided walking tour, visit the gothic cathedral, the Sao Francisco Church, and the Ossuary Chapel
Full buffet breakfast daily; 5 three-course dinners
ARRIVE IN LISBON, PORTUGAL Welcome to Lisbon! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel.
LISBON Lovely Lisbon LISBON Guided sightseeing includes Jeronimo’s Monastery and its Cloister and a photo stop at Belem Tower and the Monument to the Discoveries.
BreakfastTOUR HIGHLIGHT HISTORIC SPOT The stunning capital city of Portugal is a treasure trove of historic and architectural masterpieces. Lisbon is home to the 16th-century Monastery of Jerónimos, with its 100-foot façade featuring images of St. Michael the Archangel and Our Lady of Belém. See the 16th-century Belém Tower, which served as a fortress but also as an embarkation point for sailors and was their last sight of land before the start of their journey. Lisbon’s Monument to the Discoveries pays homage to great Portuguese explorers with a spectacular carved prow of an ancient ship.
LISBON–OBIDOS–NAZARÉ–ALCOBAÇA–FÁTIMA–TOMAR Sea, Surf & Sanctuaries OBIDOS Walking orientation of the medieval town.NAZARÉ Free time to browse.ALCOBAÇA Visit the Church of Santa Maria Monastery.FÁTIMA Visit the Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary en route to Tomar.
Breakfast Dinner 137mi/220 kmTOUR HIGHLIGHT LEGENDARY LIVES The monastery of Alcobaça is a unique masterpiece of Gothic Cistercian art. See the tombs of King Pedro I and his Castillan lover, Ines de Castro, and hear about the heartbreaking tale of these ill- fated lovers. The king never stopped loving Ines even after she was murdered, and during his life he commissioned matching tombs that sit together so that they can look at each other as they rise from their graves.
TOMAR–COIMBRA–PORTO Academic Honors TOMAR Visit the Convent of Christ.COIMBRA Visit the University.Scenic drive en route to Porto.
Breakfast 124 mi/ 200 kmTOUR HIGHLIGHTCULTURE & TRADITION The University of Coimbra is distinguished as the oldest university in Portugal and one of the oldest in the world, it is also one of the best known and internationally celebrated. With a history of more than seven centuries, the students at Coimbra University dress in the traditional black capes with ribbons in varying hues as was the tradition when the school was founded in 1290.
PORTO Panoramas & Port Wine PORTO Sightseeing with a Local Guide includes a panoramic drive to the mouth of the Douro River and the cathedral. Visit the Arabian Hall in the Stock Exchange. Port wine tasting at a local cellar. Free time this afternoon.
BreakfastLOCAL FAVORITE LOCAL TASTES The grapes from the vineyards in the Douro Valley surrounding Porto provide the main ingredient for one of the world’s most recognized fortified wines. Visit a local wine cellar and taste centuries of tradition in a glass of Port wine in the city that bears its name. Saúde!
PORTO–GUIMARAES–PENAFIEL–VISEU Tapas & Tastings GUIMARAES Orientation walk through the medieval center PENAFIEL Visit the gardens of the Quinta da Aveleda winery and Portuguese tapas tasting. Scenic drive through the port wine vineyards en route to Viseu.VISEU Dinner with regional specialties and wine at a local restaurant.
Breakfast Dinner 149 mi/ 240 kmLOCAL FAVORITE HISTORY & HERITAGE The history of the Quinta da Aveleda estate spans the centuries and generations who have preserved the Portuguese traditions of wine making and proud legacy of the Guedes family. The architectural heritage of this cherished estate is only matched by its wines, produced, and nurtured as the largest Vinho Verde exporter and family-owned winery.
VISEU–BELMONTE–CASTELO DE VIDE–EVORA Bottles & Corks BELMONTE Visit the Jewish Museum and enjoy an Olive-oil tasting. CASTELO DE VIDE Walk through the Jewish Quarter with free time to browse. EVORA Visit a traditional cork factory.
Breakfast Dinner 236mi/380 kmTOUR HIGHLIGHT LOCAL TASTES Discover the tradition and taste of authentic Portuguese olive oil in a 20th-century olive-oil-factory-turned-museum in Belmonte. See the machinery which farmers used to transform olives into oil and taste the delicious fruits of their labors. Perhaps take home a gift of wine, olive oil, or jam to commemorate your visit. Later, visit a Cork Factory in Evora to learn about this traditional artisanship of Portugal.
EVORA–LISBON Gothic Grandeur EVORA Guided walking tour includes the Gothic cathedral, the Sao Francisco Church, and the Ossuary Chapel. Free time for lunch.LISBON Farewell dinner at the hotel.
Breakfast Dinner 93 mi / 150 kmTOUR HIGHLIGHT CULTURE & TRADITION Walk back in time to the Roman era of Evora – a city with roots firmly planted in the 16th century in the home of Portuguese kings. See the white houses, architectural tiles, and embellished balconies with a stroll through the Gothic sites of the cathedral, church, and chapel.
LISBON Safe travels until we meet again! Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
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