Portuguese Escape


  • 9 days

  • Spain and Portugal

  • Steady pace

tour : KPA

From

£949pp

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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!

Highlights

LISBON
Welcome dinner; guided sightseeing, visit the Alfama quarter and Jeronimos Monastery; farewell dinner
OBIDOSWalk around the medieval town
NAZARÉStop in the fishing harbor town
ALCOBAÇAVisit the Church of Santa Maria Monastery
FATIMAVisit the Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Rosary
TOMARVisit the Convent of Christ
COIMBRAVisit the University
PORTO
Guided sightseeing, visit the Arabian Hall in the Stock Exchange; port wine tasting
GUIMARAESWalk through the medieval center
QUINTA DA AVELEDA
Enjoy LF Portuguese tapas with wine and explore its splendid gardens
VISEUDinner at a local restaurant
BELMONTEVisit the Jewish Museum; olive oil tasting
CASTELO DE VIDE
Walk through the Jewish quarter
EVORAVisit a cork factory, guided walking tour, visit the gothic cathedral, the Sao Francisco Church, and the Ossuary Chapel

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2021 Tour itinerary

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

Total meals included:

  • 8 breakfasts, 5 dinners

ARRIVE IN LISBON, PORTUGAL

Day
1

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

Meals included:

  • Dinner

LISBON

Day
2

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

LISBON–OBIDOS– NAZARÉ–ALCOBAÇA–FÁTIMA–TOMAR

Day
3

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.
Today’s Distance: 137 mi / 220 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

TOMAR–COIMBRA–PORTO

Day
4

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 Porto, Portugal’s second-largest city. Tonight, why not relax during an optional cruise on the Douro River, followed by dinner at one of Porto’s fine restaurants?
Today’s Distance: 155 mi / 250 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

PORTO

Day
5

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

PORTO–GUIMARAES–VISEU

Day
6

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, LF 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!
Today’s Distance: 193 mi / 310 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

VISEU–BELMONTE–CASTELO DE VIDE–EVORA

Day
7

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.
Today’s Distance: 236 mi / 380 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

EVORA–LISBON

Day
8

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 Fancisco Curch. Visit the Ossuary Chapel, with walls covered with thousands of human bones and skulls. Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner with your traveling companions.
Today’s Distance: 93 mi / 150 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

LISBON

Day
9

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

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