7 Day Portugal - North of Portugal - CL 05

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7 Days Portugal - From Lisbon to Tomar


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.
Balance of the day at leisure. Ovenight Lisbon.


Day 2 - Saturday

Day 2 - Saturday

Lisbon | Óbidos | Alcobaça | Nazaré | Batalha | Fátima

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).
of the doomed lovers Pedro and Inês de Castro. Stopping in Nazaré, a typical
to Batalha - visit the Monastery of Santa Maria de Victoria, a masterpiece of the 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.
Overnight - Fátima - Hotel accommodation.


Day 3 - Sunday

Day 3 - Sunday

Fátima | Coimbra | Aveiro | Porto

Breakfast at the hotel. Departure for Coimbra - visit to the University, one of the 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.
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 a 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. We continue to Minho, 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 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. Overnight Porto — Hotel accommodation.


Day 5 - Tuesday

Day 5 - Tuesday

Porto

Day free for leisure.
Optional tours in Porto:
Hop On Hop Off (24H) - €18
Fado Night - €75
Santiago de Compostela - €110
Porto — Hotel accommodation.

Customers may opt to have a day to themselves in Porto.
 


Day 6 - Wednesday

Day 6 - Wednesday

Porto/Amarante | Vila Real | Douro Valley | Lamego | Urgeirica

Departure for Amarante, a pretty town proud of its Saint Goncalo, 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.
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.
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Dates & Rates


Departure dateStart DateEnd DateStarting AtDouble PriceSingle PriceChild PriceBook
09 Jan 2020 10 Jan 2020 15 Jan 2020 $1162 $1294 $1162 BOOKBOOK THIS TOUR
13 Feb 2020 14 Feb 2020 19 Feb 2020 $1162 $1294 $1162 BOOKBOOK THIS TOUR
12 Mar 2020 13 Mar 2020 18 Mar 2020 $1162 $1294 $1162 BOOKBOOK THIS TOUR

* All prices in USD

Inclusions


Included services:

  • Meeting and assistance on arrival and departure
  • Accommodation on a buffet breakfast basis at 4* hotels or similar.
  • Guide present throughout the tour.
  • Entry into the following monuments:
    - Batalha Monastery
    - Coimbra University
    - Palácio da Bolsa (Porto)
    - St. Francisco Church (Porto)
    - Mateus Palace Gardens
    - Convent of Christ (Tomar)

Not included services:

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

Hotels:

LISBON: OLISSIPO MARQUES DE SÁ HOTEL OR SANA MALHOA HOTEL- Or similar.
FATIMA: HOTEL AUREA OR LUX FATIMA - Or similar.
PORTO: VILA GALE PORTO OR HF IPANEMA PARK - Or similar.
URGEIRIÇA: URGEIRIÇA HOTEL - Or similar.

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