TOURS DEPARTING FROM LISBON
HALF DAY LISBON CITY TOUR
Description: A half day to discover Lisbon. Drive down Liberty Avenue to the heart of the city at Rossio. Then up the hill to the Castle of Sao Jorge that overlooks the old city quarters. Stop in the picturesque Alfama district for wine tasting in a handicraft store. Then drive along the riverside to Black Horse Square, cross the Bridge over the Tagus (Tejo) with stops at Belem Tower and the Monument to the Discoveries. Next visit Jeronimos Monastery (a fine expample of Portuguese Manueline architecture)and then to the unique Coach Museum (both closed on Mondays, replaced by the Ajuda Palace)
HALF DAY ESTORIL COAST/SINTRA
Discover the "Sunny Coast" and its beaches. Cosmopolitan Estoril is home to Europe's largest Casino. Estoril and its neighbor town of Cascais boast beautiful villas built by Lisbon's wealthy. Some are now charming hotels. Visit Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point of Europe and then drive across the wooded and garden-filled Sintra Mountains to visit the Vila Palace (closed on Wednesdays-substituted with Queluz Place).
HALF DAY TOUR OF ARRABIDA AND SESIMBRA
Visit the old Castle of Sesimbra to admire the beautiful scenery of this fishing village. Then on to Azeitao to sample local wines at a famous wine cellar. Visit a handicraft center that features "Azulejos" the hand-made glazed tile found all over Portugal. On to Arrabida mountain, a nature preserve with breathtaking panoramas over the towns of Setubal and Troia. Coffee breakj is included at the Pousada do Castelo in Palmela.
Note: This tour is available as a full day tour with Lisbon City tour.
LISBON BY NIGHT
So many of Lisbon's sights are floodlit that this tour of the city by night is a favorite. Dinner is included in a typical Portuguese restaurant featuring "Fado"-Portugal's own folk songs-and folk dances.
FULL DAY TOUR TO OBIDOS, ALCOBACA, NAZARE, BATALHA, FATIMA
Drive northwards to the medieval walled city of Obidos. Stroll through the picturesque streets of this whitewashed, redtile-roofed city. On to Alcobaca Monastery (largest in Portugal) to visit the 12th century Abbey with the tombs of Pedro and Ines de Castro. Lunch stop at a typical restaurant in Nazare, the most colorful Portuguese fishing village. Visit the Batalha Monastery, the most outstanding example of Portuguese Manueline architecture in the country. Your last stop is Fatima, site of the shrine and world pilgrimages. Drive back to Lisbon through a colorful farming region.
FULL DAY TOUR TO EVORA
A journey back in time as you drive east from Lisbon to the Alentejo capital of Evora, a World Heritage Site. Rising from the Alentjo plain, this enchanting walled city boasts such sights as a Roman Temple, Romanesque Gothic Cathedral, the Bones Chapel and a University dating back to 1559. A walking tour of the city center and lunch are included in your tour. Its encircling walls began with the first century A.D. when Romans brought the town to prominence by turning the surrounding countryside into vast wheatfields. The Alentejo region of Portugal is the world's largest producer of cork from oak trees.
HALF DAY FATIMA TOUR
Visit the Basilica and the chapel of the Apparitions in Fatima with time to attend mass. Stop in Aljustre to see the houses where the shepherd children, Jacinta, Francisco and Lucia were born. Before returning to Lisbon, visit the places where the Lady appeared to the children in Valinhos and Loca do Anjo
TOURS DEPARTING FROM PORTO
CITY TOUR OF PORTO
Half day tour of Portugal's second largest city. Built on the right bank of the Douro River, Porto is a colorful city featuring the old and the new. Its winding, hilly and narrow streets are a complement to its wide modern Avenues which spread out to the suburbs. Many bridges of differing architectural designs span the Douro into Porto. Dona Maria Bridge was built by Gustave Eiffel. Enjoy a pleasant drive along the river to Foz. Visit the Stock Exchange Palace, a pleasing blend of Arabian and European styles, the 12th century cathedral and a port wine cellar.
THE CHARM OF MINHO
Minho is considered the most beautiful province in Portugal. It occupies the land between the Douro River in the south and the Minho river in the north. Scenic views and stops to find local handicraft items are part of this tour. You will see the city of Guimaraes, birthplace of the Portuguese nation,and explore the medieval section and the Palace. Next to Braga, Portugal's main religious center. Then a visit to Portugal's most spectacular religious sanctuary, Bom Jesus do Monte. The baroque style shrine of Bom Jesus is accessible by its famous staircases or by funicular. Barcelos is next and is known as the country's leading ceramics and crafts market. Time for lunch (not included). Don't forget to try Vinho Verde, the lightly effervescent wine for which Minho is well known.
TOURS DEPARTING FROM ALGARVE
Visit the market and see craftsmen at work-coppersmiths, basket and harness makers. Also visit the fruit and vegetable market or the weekly Gypsy market.
Visit the ancient city of Silves with its Moorish castle and 12th century cathedral. Continue through the Monchique hills to enjoy the breathtaking views from Foia, the highest point in the Algarve. Drive to Lagos, visit the golden chapel of St Anthony, the slave market and the stature of Prince Henry the Navigator. Proceed to Cap St Vincent, the most southwesterly point in Europe. At Sagres, visit Prince Henry's Fortress. Lunch is not included.
Drive through the Alentejo province with its cork oak and olive trees to Portugal's capital city. Visit the old, moorish Alfama district. Visit the Jeronimos Monastery to admire its Manueline architecture. See the Monument to the Discoveries. Time for shopping before the drive back to Vilamoura.
Unlike many large cities, Lisbon's prices for handicrafts, porcelain, art and other articles tend to be less expensive then their provincial counterparts.
This historic Spanish city was founded by the Romans. You will tour the magnificent cathedral (entrance fee not included)dating from the 15th century, the tower of gold and Bairro Santa Cruz, the original Jewish quarter. Enjoy a ride on a horse drawn carriage in Maria Luisa Park. Time for shopping and lunch(not included).
A day in the Algarve countryside. Beautiful views, cross small rivers, stop in orange groves and enjoy an appetizing country meal.