Portugal North To South 11 Days / 10 Nights
Day 1 - Lisboa - Óbidos - Alcobaça - Nazaré - Batalha - Fátima
We leave Lisbon towards ÓBIDOS, a city beautifully surrounded by medieval walls. There we’ll have the opportunity to admire their diverse handicrafts and taste their famous liquor called “Ginginha”. We’ll continue to ALCOBAÇA. The city is dominated by the Alcobaca Monestary, a previous Church Listed as one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites, for introducing the Gothic style in Portugal. The Church is the resting place of Pedro I and Inês de Castro and is renowned for their love story. Afterwards, we’ll depart to NAZARÉ, a typical fishing village, famous for maintaining their traditions and legends. Next we’ll get the opportunity to admire the BATALHA Monastery, considered World Heritage Site by UNESCO, it is a Gothic masterpiece in Portugal. We then proceed to FÁTIMA, which houses the world famous Marian Shrine. Overnight in Fátima.
Day 2 - Fátima - Coimbra - Aveiro - Oporto
Breakfast at the hotel, after which we depart towards COIMBRA, to visit one of the most ancient University sites in the world, with its Baroque library. In the afternoon we continue to AVEIRO, city of the canals, known as the “Portuguese Venice”, where you shall have time to taste the local sweets “Ovos Moles”. We later drive to Oporto. Overnight in Oporto.
Day 3 – Oporto - Guimarães - Braga - Porto
Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning we’ll visit the city of PORTO, the 2nd biggest city in Portugal. We’ll discover its avenues, monuments and iconic places including the Romantic Exchange Palace, Saint Francis Church and the traditional and popular Ribeira neighborhood. We’ll visit one of the most known and traditional Port Wine Cellars where we’ll have a wine tasting of Port Wine. We will continue to the Minho region, where history, religion and legends blend with magnificent monuments, stunning views, delicious cuisine and unique wines. After, we will visit GUIMARÃES, the cradle of nationality. Then, we visit BRAGA known as the "Rome of Portugal" where we explore the oldest Cathedral in the country and the Sanctuary of Bom Jesus. We later return to Porto. Overnight in Porto.
Day 4 - Porto - Santiago de Compostela - Porto
Breakfast at the hotel. We leave Porto towards SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA, the capital of Galicia and the destination of the pilgrims of the Camino de Santiago. In 1985, UNESCO declared Santiago de Compostela a Cultural Heritage Site. During the day, you have complete freedom to discover this fascinating city. You can stroll through the historic streets, get to know the extraordinary monuments, taste the traditional dishes and visit the imposing Santiago Cathedral, the most important work of the Romanesque period in Spain. Return to Porto. Overnight in Porto.
Day 5 - Porto - Amarante - Vila Real - Vale do Douro - Lamego - Urgeiriça
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to AMARANTE, a small town located at the banks of the Tâmega river, with its houses of colorful porches and its candy shops with delicious monastic sweets. After, we’ll drive to VILA REAL where we will visit the gardens of the Manor of Mateus. Then we’ll enter in the PORT WINE REGION, where one of the most known nectar of the Gods is made - the Port Wine. Stop in LAMEGO, overlooked by one of Portugal's most important shrines, Our Lady of Remedies. You may try some of the local delicacies such as the famous “Bola de Lamego” (a loaf baked in the oven with smoked ham). Overnight in Urgeiriça.
Day 6 - Urgeiriça - Bussaco - Tomar – Lisbon
Breakfast at the hotel. We’ll drive through the heart of Portugal till BUSSACO, where the romantic Palace Hotel and its luxuriant forest stands out. We continue to TOMAR, whose development is closely linked to the Order of the Templars. We’ll visit the Christ Convent, declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1983. Then, we continue the journey to Lisbon. Overnight in Lisbon.
Day 7 - Lisbon - Sintra - Cabo da Roca - Cascais - Estoril
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure towards SINTRA, where you will get lost in the Pena Palace, a palace that marked the romantic period in Portugal, and walk around this enchanting village. You’ll get free time for lunch. Afterwards, we enjoy the amazing view from the westernmost point of Continental Europe - CABO DA ROCA. Along the cost we’ll pass by the incredible Boca do Inferno, the cosmopolitan CASCAIS and the gardens of the Casino of ESTORIL. Return to Lisbon. Overnight in Lisbon.
Day 8 - Lisbon - Évora
Leaving Lisbon, we cross the bridge over the Tagus river, where we can enjoy a beautiful and bucolic landscape of olive trees, cork oak trees and vineyards, until we arrive at ÉVORA – World Heritage Site of UNESCO, mosaic of culture, history and traditions where we visit some of its main monuments: the Roman Temple, the Romanesque-Gothic Cathedral, Saint Francis Church with the “Bones Chapel“, and the University. This visit will allow us to enjoy all the range of crafts that Alentejo region has to offer and the diversity of the produce used in one of the tastiest Portuguese cuisines. Time to lunch. In the afternoon, free time for further discovery of the city. Overnight in Évora.
Day 9 - Évora - Beja - Silves - Lagos
Breakfast at the hotel. Free morning in Évora, and then we drive southward passing through a relaxing landscape towards BEJA where the tower of the Portuguese Medieval castles dominates the town and the region. Crossing small mountains, we enter in the Algarve. Afterwards, through fields of orange trees, we arrive to SILVES, known for its Moorish Castle and the memory of is former cork industry. Afterwards, we pass by Praia da Rocha and get to LAGOS to meet the sea. Overnight in Lagos.
Day 10 - Lagos - Ponta da Piedade - Sagres - Cabo de S. Vicente - Lagos
Breakfast at the hotel. Stop in PONTA DA PIEDADE to admire the cliffs whose shapes have been sculpted by the erosive action of both the sea and time. We later continue to SAGRES, site of the mythical “Navigation School” of Prince Henry the Navigator that gave new worlds to the World. At CABO SÃO VINCENTE, the most south-western point in Europe, we are greeted by stunning cliffs. We arrive to LAGOS, a cosmopolitan Algarve town with its marina and fishing port, where you can taste the delicious Algarve gastronomy rich in fish, shellfish and almond sweets. Free time in the afternoon. Overnight in Lagos.
Day 11 - Lagos - Setúbal - Serra da Arrábida - Lisboa
Breakfast at the hotel. We leave for the city of SETÚBAL, a major port and industrial centre on the north bank of the Sado estuary, looking to the gorgeous Tróia Peninsula. Then we take the scenic route over the ARRÁBIDA Mountain, an area preserved as a Natural Park, with an amazing scenery and unique vegetation. Crossing the bridge over the Tagus River we arrive at Lisbon.