Western Iberian Peninsula: Portugal and Spain in 13 Days A Journey deep into the Western Iberian Peninsula
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Tour code: L13S
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Tour duration: 13 Days
Tour Date: 22 May 2021
Tour Type: Cultural
Destinations: Lisbon + Sintra + Cascais + Aveiro + Porto + Douro River + Evora + Portimao + Lagos + Silves + Monchique + Albufeira + Faro

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Lisbon + Sintra + Cascais + Aveiro + Porto + Douro River + Evora + Portimao + Lagos + Silves + Monchique + Albufeira + Faro A Journey deep into the Western Iberian Peninsula

Itinerary

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Day 1

 

Arrival at Lisbon. Private transfer to the Hotel & check in for a 03 nights stay. Lisbon is a fantastic city to visit. It is the capital and the largest city in Portugal. Known as the city of seven hills located on the Tagus River mouth on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean. Whenever you decide to visit Lisbon, you can be sure you will not be disappointed. This cosmopolitan city perfectly blends the history of various cultural influences with modern lifestyle. Let it surprise you with the magnificent landscapes that show the harmony between the nature and the architecture, from the 14th century castle to trendiest buildings and places in entire Lisbon, including unique Estoril and Sintra heritage. Feel the climate of traditional Lisbon listening to “Fado music” in one of Fado houses in Bairro Alto or Alfama neighborhoods. This specific kind of music, very characteristic for all the country, has its origins in Lisbon and is considered by UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage.

Today you can have a short rest after arriving at the hotel , then meet your local tour guide with whom you will have a short walking tour around the hotel getting familiar with the surroundings.

Day 2

Have a delightful breakfast at the hotel in Lisbon atmosphere and then get ready for an amazing half-a-day city tour of Lisbon.  We unveil the history and traditions of Lisbon on this visit to the monuments that pay tribute to the golden era of Portuguese Discoveries, the most traditional quarters and the city’s most emblematic museum.

Major Sights: Jerónimos’ Monastery*, Tower of Belem, Monument to the Discoveries, Coach Museum*, Alfama and Rossio. 

Later in the evening, get ready for one of the magnificant sunset in your life time on board a boat on Tagus River. 

Day 3

Bom Apetite Enjoy your breakfast at the hotel with Portuguese hospitality, then meet and greet your tour guide and discover the secrets of Sintra and Cascais on a full day tour. Sintra is a beautiful town at the foot of the mountain range of the same name. Explore Pena Palace and feel the Portuguese monarchy style of living and ruling. Lunch on your own.

Then head to the scenic and coastal village of Cascais with seducing beaches and experience the lovely weird and tranquil vibe of this memorable village.

Day 4

Check-out from your hotel. Meet your tour guide and get ready for a journey from Lisbon to Porto. On the way to Porto, you will also get a chance to see the Venice of Portugal, Aveiro, a beautiful charming small city near Porto. Check-in at the hotel and have your accommodation for 3 nights on bed and breakfast basis in Porto. Time to discover the 2nd largest city in Portugal located by the Douro River. It is known as “Cidade Invicta” - the city was never conquered. Its historical center, never touched by invaders, is registered as a World Heritage site by UNESCO. The historical value of the Old Cathedral, the Church of St. Francis and the Torre dos Clérigos combine with the contemporary buildings as the Serralves Museum and the House of Music (Casa da Música), revealing the unique climate of the city. The riverbanks – Ribeira and Gaia, connected by the Luis I bridge, present the most known picture of Porto. Those are the best places to taste the city. Visit famous wine cellars in Gaia and enjoy a glass of Port wine at the end of your wine tour. Or sit in one of restaurants in Ribeira and try one of Porto´s specials: the “tripas a moda do Porto” – connected with the history of the city, or “francesinha” hot sandwich with special sauce.

Today you can have a short rest after arriving at the hotel , then meet your local tour guide with whom you will have a short walking tour around the hotel getting familar with the surroundings.

Day 5

Have your hot breakfast in your charming hotel and then get ready to explore proto for half a day:

Porto City Tour – Half Day + Douro River Cruise

Highlights: Cathedral, São Bento Train Station (one of the most beautiful in the world), Historical City Centre – UNESCO World Heritage, Porto Wine Cellar.

 

Description: Guided tour through Porto, Capital of the North of Portugal and UNESCO World Heritage. Everything in this wonderful city makes this trip memorable, from the Cathedral to the Porto Wine Cellars. You’ll also have the opportunity to visit places filled with tradition and culture and you will be given important details about the streets and squares of its historical centre.

Day 6

Good morning Porto, how has it been so far? You must have been thrilled by the wonders of lisbon and partly Porto so far. Today you will be visiting the heart of Porto, the Douro River Vally. The highlights of the tour are : Douro Valley Landscapes – UNESCO World Heritage; “São Leonardo da Galafura” view point; Wine Estate – Visit and Wine Tasting; Panoramic Cruise in Pinhão.

Description: This charming and unique region of the North of Portugal is defined by having been the first demarcated wine region in the world and having its landscapes classified as UNESCO World Heritage. Our Tour takes you to Galafura where we visit the “São Leonardo de Galafura” view point (lunch included) and Pinhão where we have a 1 hour cruise in the Douro River. We finish the day with a Port Wine tasting at a Wine Estate in the area.

Inclusions: Guided tour, lunch, wine tasting, transfers and panoramic cruise

Day 7

Check out the Hotel in Porto and along with your tour guide start your journey to Algarve, one of the most beautiful dazzling beach destination in the world . Enroute to Algarve, we will stop in Evora, the most splendid city in Alentejo to see the Romans Temple Ruins and The Neolithic monuments of standing stones. Then continue the journey towards Algarve. Check – in to your hotel in Algarve where you will be staying for 3 nights. Algarve is the most South region of Portugal. It is a region with a Mediterranean climate and known for the most beautiful beaches in Europe that has as background rocky cliffs. Get to know the aromas and flavors of traditional Algarve cuisine - from fish and shellfish, to the famous Cataplana or to the traditional mountain food, such as “cozido” of beans and cabbage. The range of offer reaches to known local delights, such as figs, almonds, carob and “medronho” – local brandy, distilled in the areas of the hillside in old copper stills. Traveling across the Algarve you will find places of high ecological interest, rich in biodiversity and ecosystems still intact today with centuries of tradition. A few steps away from the tranquility of the interior of the region, the lively Algarvian nights are in the coastal towns. Bars, nightclubs, marinas and casinos ensure the fun of the most revelers. It is a region where the practice of outdoor sports is recommended, whether in the green golf courses, in the infrastructures that the region offers for physical activity, on the coast or in the Algarve mountains. Today you can have a short rest after arriving at the hotel , then meet your local tour guide with whom you will have a short walking tour around the hotel getting familiar with the surroundings

Day 8

After a relaxing night in one of our beautiful hotels, today we're headed to Sagres to visit the Fortress and St. Vincent's cape and lighthouse, the most south western point of mainland Europe. Sagres Fortress was built by Prince Henry the Navigator in the 15th century as a nautical school to start the Portuguese Discoveries of Brazil, Africa and the nautical routes to India and Asia - it’s a place of great historical and symbolic value. we can head north for about 8 km to Silves, a charming old Moorish city surrounded by orange trees. Silves was the first capital of the Algarve in 1249 when it was conquered by the 3rd king of Portugal to the Moorish. Silves was well known already in the 8th century for its development and prosperity, it was a cultural center with the most brilliant Moorish poets, chroniclers and jurists. In the city you can visit the red sandstone Castle, the Cathedral, both national monuments and the archaeology museum.

Day 9

Have a full day at leisure and enjoy the sunny beaches of Algarve. Or if you would like to see more of this exotic destination, ask your tour guide to help you with a wide variety of activities in the region.

Day 10

Today is the Farewell day to Algarve and Portugal. For sure we are going to miss you and counting the days off to  see you again here at your home. Check out the HOTEL and your trasnfer is ready to get you to Seville where the words lack the power of description and even the pictures cannot fully render its beauties. Enroute to Seville, we will have a stop to Faro, the capital of Algarve, and visit the magical church and the heart of this peacefull city. 

Arrive at your hotel in Seville and get a short rest, then meet your tour guide to explore the surroundings of the hotel. 

Day 11

 Enjoy your breakfast in the tranquil atmosphere of Seville. Then get ready for an impeccable full-day tour of Seville along with your tour guide and hear about the city’s role in Roman times, its conquest by the Moors in 712 AD, and its contribution to the discovery of the New World. Admire Maria Luisa Park, the Golden Tower on the Guadalquivir River, and the university that was once the tobacco factory of Carmen fame. Also visit the magnificent CASA DE PILATOS, a mixture of Moorish and Roman architecture with a splendid collection of Roman sculptures. Then, stroll through the narrow lanes of the charming SANTA CRUZ QUARTER. 

Day 12

Today we have a full day excursion to Cordoba.Travel through the arid landscapes of Don Quixote’s La Mancha to Cordoba. Guided walking tour of Cordoba includes the medieval Jewish Quarter, the MOSQUE OF THE CALIPHS, famous for its 850 pillars of porphyry, marble, and jasper, the Roman Bridge, and the remains of the Alcazar

Day 13

Good morning Seville! its another day in the Western Iberian Peninsula and today is the day we drive you to the ROCK OF GIBRALTAR, in British hands since 1704. Hear about its turbulent history from your Local Guide, see the Moorish Castle, and visit ST. MICHAEL’S CAVES and the colony of Barbary apes. vibrant, festive Seville

Day 14

We hope you have enjoyed your journey to the western Iberian Peninsula. Check out the hotel and you will be transferred to the airport to fly back home with a lot of memories and stories to talk about.

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