12 Day Portugal - The best of Portugal - CL 11

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12 Days Portugal - From Lisbon to Setubal

Day 1 - Friday

Day 1 - Friday

Arrival day - Lisbon

Upon arrival you will be met with IBMT Tours Europe representative and will be transferred to the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Ovenight Lisbon.

Day 2 - Saturday

Day 2 - Saturday

Lisbon | Obidos | Alcobaca | Nazare | Batalha | Fatima

Through a landscape rich in windmills and fruit trees, we arrive in Óbidos, surrounded by medieval walls where we can admire the harmony of the architecture, the diversity of the handicrafts and taste the famous ginginha (bitter cherry liqueur). Visit Alcobac;a with the first and largest gothic church in Portugal with the tombs of the doomed lovers Pedro and Ines de Castro. Stopping in Nazare, a typical fishing village and seaside resort immersed in tradition and legend. We continue to Batalha - visit the Monastery of Santa Maria de Victoria, a masterpiece of gothic architecture in Portugal where we also encounter the tomb of Henry the Navigator, the mastermind behind Portugal’s era of maritime discoveries. After we arrive in Fátima, the famous Marian Shrine, there is the opportunity to attend the candle-lit procession.(Breakfast).
Overnight Fátima - Hotel accommodation.

Day 3 - Sunday

Day 3 - Sunday

Fatima | Coimbra | Aveiro | Porto

Breakfast at the hotel. Departure for Coimbra - visit to the University, one of the oldest in the world, with its magnificent baroque library and its unique atmosphere characterised by ancient traditions and customs such as the black student capes and the melancholic fado music. Stop at St Clara Church, where lies the tomb of Queen St. Isabel, the protagonist of the "miracle of the roses". In the city centre, there is a chance to admire Coimbra’s exclusive ceramics. In the afternoon, we continue to Aveiro, a city of canals and known as the “Venice of Portugal”, where you shall have time to see the graceful “moliceiro” vessels and taste the local sweet delicacy “ovos moles”. Drive to Porto.(Breakfast).
Overnight Porto - Hotel accommodation.

Day 4 - Monday

Day 4 - Monday

Porto | Guimaraes | Braga | Porto

Breakfast at the hotel. Porto, the 2nd city of Portugal and UNESCO classified world heritage site - a living amphitheatre inviting us to make a morning visit to discover the riverside area, old houses, palaces and churches that history has made eternal and served up with a glass of the world famous port wine. We continue to Minho, the northwest region of Portugal that offers natural green sceneries and sparkling “green wine”. Starting in Guimarães - the cradle of the nation and birthplace of the first king of Portugal where, walking through the historic centre, one is plunged for moments back into medieval times. Visit the Sacred Hill, crowned by the Castle, as well as the Palace of the Dukes of Bragança with its original buildings dating back to the 15th century. Drive to Braga known as the “Portuguese Rome” for its concentration of religious architecture, including the oldest cathedral in the country and the Bom Jesus do Monte Sanctuary, with its famous baroque stairway and gardens. Return to Porto.(Breakfast).
Overnight Porto — Hotel accommodation.

Day 5 - Tuesday

Day 5 - Tuesday


Day free for leisure.(Breakfast).
Optional tours in Porto:

Optional Tour "Hop on Hop off" -
We are excited to share the secrets of Lisbon with you in a very special way: on a boat trip along the Tagus. Come and discover Lisbon’s docks and charms on this unique trip that you can enjoy at your own pace. As well as a hop on hop off bus trip we now have a hop on hop off boat circuit. That’s right, a hop on hop off boat! The concept is exactly the same: we provide you with the experience of becoming acquainted with Lisbon at your own pace, this time by boat. The Hop On Hop Off boat leaves the Cais da Princesa dock in Belém and stops at Estação Fluvial of Belem (near Museu dos Coches) and Ribeira das Naus (Cais do Sodré). You may get on or off at any of them, at any time, during the validity of the ticket. We are waiting for you.

Optional Tour Santiago De Compostela -
Santiago de Compostela, with its impressive Cathedral, is one of the most important pilgrimage sites in the world, famous for its “Caminhos de Santiago”. On this tour you will not only visit this beautiful city, but also Valença do Minho, dominated by its fortress with two towers and a double wall projected in Vouban Style.

Overnight Porto — Hotel accommodation.

Day 6 - Wednesday

Day 6 - Wednesday

Porto | Amarante | Vila Real | Vale do Douro | Lamego | Urgeirica

Departure for Amarante, a pretty town proud of its Saint Gonçalo, renowned for promoting love and marriage and where the river facing monastery houses his tomb and with a lively, bustling market where you can find fruit, vegetables, chickens, fabrics and an immense variety of other popular items. Afterwards, we drive onto Vila Real - visiting the gardens of the Mateus estate, whose façade is still depicted on the well- known Portuguese rosé wine bottles. Then, we enter the demarcated port region, travelling through the vineyards and the breathtaking landscapes of the Douro Valley. Stop in Lamego, overlooked by one of Portugal’s most important shrines N. S. Remedios with its magnificent baroque style staircase. Here, you can sample some of the local delicacies, including the local ham and the famous “Bola de Lamego” (a loaf baked in the oven with smoked ham). Continue on through the mountainous hinterland to Viseu, centre of the Dão Vineyards and a city connected to Portugal’s oldest hero, Viriato, a Lusitanian warrior. In the shadow of the cathedral, narrow streets and doorways with coats of arms carved in granite make up the ancient town of Viseu. We tour the centre and its busy commercial zone. Arrival in Urgeiriça.(Breakfast).
Overnight Urgeiriça — Hotel accommodation.

Day 7 - Thursday

Day 7 - Thursday

Urgeirica | Bussaco | Tomar | Lisbon

Breakfast at the hotel. Drive through the heart of Portugal to Bussaco well known for its luxuriant forest, made up of a selection of rare trees and plants of exotic beauty, and hosting a charming and romantic hotel, formerly a royal hunting lodge. We continue to Tomar, a city whose development is closely interlinked with the Order of the Templars, which received these lands in 1159 as a reward for the assistance given to Dom Afonso Henriques (the first King of Portugal) in the Christian reconquest of the country. It was Dom Gualdim Pais, the first Grand Master of the Order in Portugal who founded the castle and the remarkable Convent of Christ within. Enlarged and altered over the centuries, the complex displays the influences of various architectural styles; it is the centrepiece of the city and classified as a World Heritage site by UNESCO. We continue our journey until Lisbon.(Breakfast).
Overnight Lisbon — Hotel accommodation.

Day 8 - Friday

Day 8 - Friday

Lisbon | Sintra | Cabo da Roca | Cascais | Estoril | Lisbon

Departure to Sintra for a day of luxury. Visiting the Palace of Sintra, we walk through this charming town before enjoying the amazing views from the westernmost point of mainland Europe (Cabo da Roca). Along the coast, we pass one of the most famous surfing beaches, the incredible Hell's Mouth, cosmopolitan Cascais and the gardens of Estoril Casino. Return to Lisbon.(Breakfast).
Overnight Lisbon — Hotel accommodation.

Day 9 - Saturday

Day 9 - Saturday

Lisbon | Evora

One day spent discovering the town of Évora, a mosaic of culture, history and traditions. Leaving Lisbon, we cross the bridge over the river Tagus and head through a beautiful and bucolic landscape of olive trees, cork oak trees and vineyards before arriving at Évora – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the narrow streets of this whitewashed town we walk back through time visiting some of Évora’s most important monuments: the Roman Temple, the Romanesque- Gothic Cathedral, Saint Francis Church with its “Chapel of Bones” and the University. At the market, we see and feel the richness of the products applied in preparing one of the most elaborate and best appreciated gastronomies of Portugal. Throughout the visit, we also get to admire the diversity and authenticity of local handicrafts with cork, ceramic and copper objects. Time for lunch. In the afternoon, there is free time to better discover this city. Our suggestion: gourmet standard wine, cheese and olive oil.(Breakfast).
Overnight Évora — Hotel accommodation.

Day 10 - Sunday

Day 10 - Sunday

Evora | Beja | Potimao | Silves | Lagos

Breakfast at the hotel. Part of the morning provides further leisure time in Évora before then driving southward passing Beja where the highest tower in any Portuguese medieval castle dominates the town and the region. Crossing the low mountain range, we enter the Algarve. Alongside fields of orange trees, we arrive in Silves, the renowned town dominated by its red sandstone castle dating back mainly to Moorish times and by the memories of its former cork industry. We continue onto the golden sands of the Algarve passing Praia da Rocha en route to Lagos.(Breakfast).
Overnight Lagos — Hotel accommodation.

Day 11 - Monday

Day 11 - Monday

Lagos | Ponta da Piedade | Sagres | Cabo de Sao Vicente

Breakfast at the hotel. The Algarve has the call of the sea that led to the discovery of the New World. We stop in Ponta da Piedade to admire the magnificent views over the Atlantic Ocean, and cliffs whose shapes have been sculpted by the erosive action of both the sea and time. Continuing onto Sagres, a fishing port, for a visit to the fortress that was the mythical “navigation school” forever linked to the presence of Prince Henry the Navigator during the first days of Atlantic navigation and the discovery of the African coast. Proceeding along the cliffs to Cabo São Vincente, the most southwestern point in mainland Europe. The city of Lagos, a cosmopolitan town with a marina and fishing port and home to some of the most delicious Algarve dishes, such as the fish and shellfish cooked in a cataplana copper pan, - and not forgetting the fine sweets such as the famous marzipan, almond and fig cakes. Return to the hotel, where an afternoon at leisure invites you to take a dip in the warm sea.(Breakfast).
Overnight Lagos — Hotel accommodation.

Day 12 - Tuesday

Day 12 - Tuesday

Lagos | Setubal | Serra da Arrabida | Lisbon

A last look at the water while travelling along the coast before bidding farewell to the Algarve. The return trip to Lisbon takes you through the city of Setúbal, a major port and industrial centre on the north bank of the Sado estuary. Then comes a scenic route over the Arrábida Mountain Range, an area preserved as a Natural Park, with amazing scenery and unique vegetation at the gates of Lisbon and incorporating sweeping views of the Troia Peninsula. Crossing the Tagus River bridge, we arrive in Lisbon.(Breakfast).
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Dates & Rates

Departure dateStart DateEnd DateStarting AtDouble PriceSingle PriceChild PriceBook
13 Feb 2020 14 Feb 2020 24 Feb 2020 $2036 $2399 $2036 BOOKBOOK THIS TOUR
12 Mar 2020 13 Mar 2020 23 Mar 2020 $2036 $2399 $2036 BOOKBOOK THIS TOUR

* All prices in USD


Included services:

  • Meeting and assistance on arrival and departure
  • Accommodation at 4* hotels or similar.
  • Breakfast Buffet
  • Transport by air conditioned bus or minivan, as per detailed itinerary.
  • Guide present throughout the tour.
  • Entry into the following monuments:
    - Batalha Monastery
    - Coimbra University
    - Palácio da Bolsa (Porto)
    - St. Francisco Church (Porto)
    - Gardens of Palácio Mateus
    - Convent of Christ (Tomar)
    - Palace of Pena (Sintra)
    - Chapel of Bones (Évora)
    - São Francisco Church (Évora)
    - Évora Cathedral
    - São Vicente Fortress (Sagres)

Not included services:

  • Airfare & Departure taxes
  • Tips to guide/drivers & hotel staff
  • Travel Insurance
  • Expenses other than detailed above, porter fees at hotels, lunches, or dinners, personal expenses, entrances other than those mentioned

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