Portugal in Depth (ZP) - 2014 / 2015

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11 Day Tour from Lisbon to Lisbon


Portugal in Depth
Jeronimos Monastery
Jeronimos Monastery
The beautiful oceanside city of Oporto is considered Europes Capital of Culture
Fatima, Portugal, is famous for the religious visions that took place there in 1917.
Lisbon, Portugal is situated at the mouth of the Tagus River and is the westernmost capital of a mainland European country
Fatima
Lisbon, Portugal lies in the western Iberian Peninsula on the Atlantic Ocean and the Tagus River
Lisbon, Portugal is the capital and largest city of Portugal
Lisbon is one of the oldest cities in the world, predating other modern European capitals

Vacation Overview

This vacation shows you all of Portugal at a relaxed pace, thanks to the well-planned two-night stopovers in Lisbon, Oporto, and the Algarve. Start and end in Lisbon and see the interior and almost the entire coastline of Portugal. Guided sightseeing in Lisbon, Oporto, and Evora includes Jeronimos Monastery, the Stock Exchange with its Arabian Hall, the Ossuary Chapel, and many other must-see sights. Also included are visits to Obidos, Fatima, and to the famous Sandeman & Co Port wine cellar to taste the Port wine; the Roman ruins of Conimbriga with its excellent museum, Vila Real, and Belmonte, birthplace of Pedro Alvares Cabral, the discoverer of Brazil, where you’ll enjoy a visit to the Jewish Museum and a traditional olive oil tasting. On the Algarve an excursion to the Promontory of Sagres near Cape St. Vincent is included, and back in Lisbon, a cocktail and a special farewell dinner with a spectacular panoramic view awaits you at the Varanda restaurant.

     
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LISBON
Welcome dinner; guided sightseeing, visit the Alfama quarter and Jeronimos Monastery; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite enjoy a cocktail and a special farewell dinner with wine

OBIDOS
Walking tour of the medieval town

ALCOBAÇA
Visit the Church of Santa Maria Monastery

NAZARÉ
Lunch break

FATIMA
Visit the Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Rosary

TOMAR
Visit the Convent of Christ

CONIMBRIGA
Visit the Roman ruins and the museum

COIMBRA
Visit the University Library

OPORTO
Guided sightseeing, visit the Church of Sao Francisco and the Arabian Hall in the Stock Exchange; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite wine tasting at Sandeman & Co.

GUIMARAES
Walk through the medieval center

VILA REAL
Visit the Palacio de Mateus

VISEU
Dinner with wine at a local restaurant

BELMONTE
Visit the Jewish Museum; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite olive oil tasting

CASTELO DE VIDE
Walk through the Jewish quarter

EVORA
Guided walking tour, visit the gothic cathedral, the Sao Francisco Church, and the Ossuary Chapel

ALGARVE
Excursion to the Promontory of Sagres, Cape St. Vincent, and Lagos

Headsets throughout the tour


DAY 1Arrive in Lisbon, Portugal

Welcome to Lisbon! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel. (Dinner)

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DAY 2Lisbon

Lisbon was the center of Europe’s longest-lived overseas empire. Portugal’s imperial ambitions date back to Prince Henry the Navigator’s 15th-century discoveries in West Africa. Morning sightseeing with a Local Guide features a drive through the Baixa quarter’s main squares. Then, enjoy a walk through the cobblestone alleys of quaint ALFAMA, the popular quarter of the seamen and Fado singers. Drive along the grand Avenida da Liberdade up to Pombal Square, and stop for pictures of Belem Tower and the Monument of the Discoverers. Also visit JERONIMOS MONASTERY with the tomb of Vasco da Gama. Exciting optional excursions are available to Sintra and the royal palace of Queluz, and dinner at a typical taverna with Fado-style entertainment. (Breakfast)

Jeronimos Monastery 
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DAY 3Lisbon–Obidos–Alcobaça–Nazaré–Fatima–Tomar

Stop in medieval Obidos and go back in time as you pass the main gate in the impressive perimeter wall and walk along the narrow streets. Continue to Alcobaça to visit the CHURCH OF SANTA MARIA MONASTERY, built in the 12th century for 999 Cistercian monks. See the elaborate tombs of King Pedro I and his Castilian lover, Inês de Castro. The fishing harbor of Nazaré is the perfect place for a leisurely lunch break. In the afternoon, mix with the pilgrims at the country’s hallowed national shrine, Fatima’s SANCTUARY OF OUR LADY OF THE ROSARY. Overnight in Tomar, the historic seat of the mighty Order of the Knights of Christ. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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Fatima

Fatima


"Twice a year this small Portuguese town is overrun by pilgrims to celebrate reported sightings of the Virgin Mary in the early 20th century. They crowd a tiny shed like structure known as the Chapel of the Apparitions, where it is said Mary appeared to three devout children above a diminutive holm oak. Today, a small white column marks the spot where the tree once grew, but the passion exhibited by the pilgrims who approach the site walking on their knees in penance is quite remarkable. The apparitions were said to have predicted WWI and Russia’s separation from the church. To this day, Fatima is one of only a handful of Vatican-approved apparitions in the world."
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DAY 4Tomar–Conimbriga–Coimbra–Oporto

Visit the hilltop CONVENT OF CHRIST with its famous Manueline Window. Further north, the ROMAN RUINS OF CONIMBRIGA are eloquent testimony to centuries of Roman influence. Tour the excavations, admire the well-preserved mosaics, and visit the excellent MUSEUM. Continue to Coimbra, strategically situated on a hill overlooking the Mondego River. After a visit to the gilded baroque LIBRARY of its 700-year-old university, drive by ancient Buçaco Forest on your way to Oporto, Portugal’s second-largest city. Tonight, why not join an optional cruise on the River Douro, followed by dinner at one of Oporto’s fine restaurants? (Breakfast)

The beautiful oceanside city of Oporto is considered Europes Capital of Culture Oporto 
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DAY 5Oporto

Sightseeing with a Local Guide includes a panoramic drive to the mouth of the Douro River, the soaring cathedral, the richly decorated CHURCH OF SAO FRANCISCO, and the STOCK EXCHANGE with its contemporary ARABIAN HALL inspired by Granada’s Alhambra. Next, Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite visit the famous Sandeman & Co. PORT WINE CELLAR to taste the Port wine produced from grapes of the Douro Valley. (Breakfast)

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DAY 6Oporto–Guimaraes–Vila Real–Viseu

In Guimaraes, often referred to as the “Cradle of Portugal” because of its association with the country’s first king, Alfonso Henriques, enjoy a walk through the medieval center. Next is Vila Real, former capital of Portugal’s northeastern region of Trás-os-Montes. Just outside the town, visit the splendid park and manor of PALACIO DE MATEUS, whose picture graces the label of the excellent Mateus rosé wine. From here, a scenic road through the Port wine vineyards leads to Viseu, where a special dinner with local specialties and wine at Forno da Mimi restaurant awaits you. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 7Viseu–Belmonte–Castelo De Vide–Evora

This morning, stop in Belmonte, today a symbol of Jewish awakening, for a visit of the JEWISH MUSEUM. Also Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite enjoy an OLIVE OIL TASTING, for which the area is famous. Afternoon break in Castelo de Vide, with time to walk through the Jewish quarter with its white-washed houses and to take pictures of the 14th-century castle. Continue to Evora, the cultural center of southern Portugal and a former royal residence, for your overnight stay. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 8Evora–Algarve

A massive wall surrounds Evora’s medieval center, classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Follow your Local Guide on a walking tour through its narrow alleys to the Roman Temple, the early gothic CATHEDRAL, Portas de Moura fountain, and SAO FRANCISCO CHURCH. Visit the OSSUARY CHAPEL, whose walls are covered with thousands of human bones and skulls. Next, proceed across the arid Alentejo plain to the Algarve, Portugal’s most popular vacation area and check in to your hotel with rooms overlooking the ocean. Tonight, why not try one of the seafood restaurants for which the Algarve is famous? (Breakfast)

Algarve, the southernmost region of mainland Portugal 
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The World Heritage List includes over 800 properties with cultural and/or natural heritage of global significance.

DAY 9Algarve. Coastal Excursion

Highlight today is a visit to the wind-swept PROMONTORY OF SAGRES, where Henry the Navigator lived and planned his overseas expansion. Only a few miles away is Cape St. Vincent, the southwestern corner of continental Europe, a dramatic cliff defying the waves of an ever-angry Atlantic Ocean. Time in pretty Lagos before returning to your hotel. (Breakfast)

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DAY 10Algarve–Lisbon

Take the scenic route over the Serra da Arrábida and savor sweeping views of the Tróia Peninsula. Catch glimpses of the castle at Sesimbra, which recall fierce medieval battles between Christians and Moors. After crossing the Vasco da Gama Bridge, the longest bridge in Europe, you’re back in Lisbon. Tonight, Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite enjoy a spectacular panoramic view at Varanda restaurant while having a cocktail and a special farewell dinner with your traveling companions. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 11Lisbon

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

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Transportation

Motorcoach with free Wi-Fi



Full buffet breakfast daily; 5 three-course dinners, including a welcome and farewell dinners in Lisbon, and a special dinner in Viseu


With Globus, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

RUI VEIGA

Years of Experience: 21 years

I am passionate about the Iberian Peninsula, and I am privileged to have a life where I get to escort people through this wonderful region. Come and let me share this passion with you!

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UNESCO World Heritage Sites


The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on the Portugal in Depth:

  • Convent of Christ in Tomar
  • Historic Centre of Évora
  • Historic Centre of Guimarães
  • Historic Centre of Oporto
  • Monastery of Alcobaca
  • Monastery of the Hieronymites in Lisbon
  • University of Coimbra