Wonders of Portugal

Wonders of Portugal

Day 1 Lisboa - Sintra - Cabo de Roca - Cascais - Estoril - Lisboa

We depart Lisbon for the majestic and romantic Pena Palace, situated in one of the highest peaks of the Sintra mountain range. It possesses a mixture of styles that gives a incomparable aspect to it. Free time to take a walk in the streets of the village to appreciate the several antiques and handicraft shops, restaurants and tea-rooms and to taste the delicious tarts known as "queijadas". We depart for Colares, region demarcated and recognized for its table wines, continuing to Cabo da Roca, the most western point in continental Europe. We pass the beach of Guincho, and Boca do Inferno, while enjoying the landscape until we reach Cascais where we take a glimpse of the fishing port. We return to Lisbon by the Estoril Coast where we can have a panoramic view of the Casino and its gardens. Overnight.

Day 2 Lisboa - Obidos - Alcobaça - Nazaré - Batalha - Fátima - Lisboa

Breakfast at the hotel. Depart Lisbon and travel north to Obidos, that has changed little since the Middle Ages. Here we can admire the lovely handicrafts a tiny whitewashed streets. We continue our journey to Alcobaça, home to the first and largest Gothic church in Portugal which holds the tombs of Dom Pedro and his lover Inês de Castro. Continue to Nazaré, a typical fishing village and seaside resort where we stop for lunch and then on to Batalha where you will visit the Monastery of Santa Maria de Victoria, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture where we find the tomb of Henry the Navigator. Departure to the sanctuary at Fátima to visit the Basilica with the tombs of Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta, as well as the Apparition Chapel, the heart of the shrine. Time permitting, we may attend mass. Return to Lisbon. Overnight.

Day 3 Lisboa - Evora - Lisboa

Breakfast. Departing Lisbon, we cross the bridge over the river Tejo and travel through a landscape of olive, oak and cork trees to arrive in Evora. Through the narrow whitewashed streets of the town, we will visit some of the most important monuments - the Roman Temple, Romanesque-Gothic Cathedral, Saint Francis church and the eerie Chapel of Bones. At the market we can view the great variety of products used to prepare Alentejan cuisine and on the visit, we will also have the opportunity to see local handicraft, made from cork, ceramic and copper. Time for lunch. In the afternoon, we depart for Azeitao, where we visit one of the oldest and most important wine cellars in Portugal, to taste traditional Moscatel de Setubal. Return to Lisbon and end of services.