Experience Portugal like never before with Wonders of Portugal – an In-depth Cultural tour package! This 3-day excursion starts and ends in Lisbon, and takes you to 11 fascinating stops throughout the country. All hotel accommodations, expert guiding services, meals, transport and more are included in your vacation package.
Exploring Portugal’s captivating culture and history is a cinch with this three-day itinerary. From Lisbon to stunning monuments, coastal towns, medieval villages, and UNESCO World Heritage Sites, you’ll get the most out of your visit in Portugal. As you drive through dreamy landscapes boasting windmills, fruit trees, vineyards, olive trees and vast plains relax under an open sky filled with reminders of the past – Roman landmarks dating back thousands of years along with ancient castles and beautiful churches.
Day 1 SINTRA > CABO DA ROCA > CASCAIS
This morning you will be picked up at a centrally located hotel in Lisbon. We set off for the majestic and romantic Palace of Pena, an astonishing fairy-tale castle located on one of the highest peaks of the Sintra hills. At the end of the morning, there is free time to wander the streets of Sintra (a UNESCO classified Cultural Landscape). We leave for Colares, a demarcated region recognized for its quality table wines, continuing onwards until Cabo da Roca, the most westerly point on continental Europe, passing the beach of Guincho until Hell’s Mouth and always enjoying the sea framed landscapes until Cascais and a brief visit to this coastal town. We return to Lisbon along the Estoril Coast with panoramic views of the Casino and its gardens. Meals: L. Accommodation at the Olissippo Marquês de Sá, Lisbon, or similar
Day 2 OBIDOS > ALCOBACA > NAZARE > BATALHA > FATIMA
In and around Batalha, Nazare, AlcobacaLeaving Lisbon, we first head north with our first stop in Óbidos, a small town surrounded by medieval walls, with its traditional whitewashed houses and wrought-iron balconies, its handicrafts and the famous Pousada do Castelo. Then we head on to Alcobaça to visit the Monastery Church (UNESCO World Heritage Site), both the longest and the first church built entirely in the gothic style in Portugal, Our lunch is served in Nazaré, the most typical and colorful Portuguese fishing villages. Whenever possible, we continue onto Sítio with its beautiful views over the beach and the ocean beyond. In the afternoon, we visit the wonderful Batalha Monastery Church (UNESCO World Heritage Site), a masterpiece in the gothic style, with particularly beautiful stained-glass windows. Then, we arrive at the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fátima, a center of the Christian faith and world pilgrimage site. To visit: the Basilica, housing the tombs of Lúcia, Francisco, and Jacinta, and the Chapel of Apparitions at the heart of the shrine. When possible, there is time to attend mass. We return to Lisbon through a rich agricultural region. Meals: B, L. Accommodation at the Olissippo Marquês de Sá, Lisbon, or similar
Day 3 EVORA > MONSARAZ
After breakfast, depart to 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 – UNESCO World Heritage Site. On 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, we depart for Azeitão where we visit one of the oldest and most important wine cellars in Portugal and end the visit with a tasting of the traditional Moscatel de Setúbal before arriving in Lisbon in the late afternoon. End of services. Meals: B, L
2 nights accommodation in 4-star hotel
Hotels in Lisbon: Hotel Sana Malhoa or Olissipo Marques de Sá or similar
Hotels listed will be used on almost all departures. If changes become necessary for any reason, substitute hotels will be similar to those listed.
This tour includes the professional services of experienced Multilingual Tour Guides, who will guide you around Portugal. Not only will the guide offer their local knowledge and share hidden gems and stories with you, but they will act as the logistical organizer, ensuring that everything is running smoothly and that you’re having a good time during your holiday. As an expert and a local, your guide will be a valuable resource for questions about local customs, language, food and other practical travel information. In a guided tour, you will get a personal experience for your adventure.
Meals as per itinerary (please inform us at the moment of the booking, in case of any food allergy or dietary restrictions)
Entry into following monuments: Palace of Pena (Sintra), Monastery of Batalha Cloisters (Batalha), Évora Cathedral, Church of S. Francisco and the Chapel of Bones (Évora)
Transportation by air-conditioned bus or minivan
What’s not included
International flights are not included
Insurance is not included
Pre and Post Accommodation
Entrance fees to monuments or museums when not mentioned
City tax for overnight stays (according to each city council rules)
Everything that is not mentioned in included