Discovering the 7 Wonders of Portugal
- Belém Tower (Lisbon)
- Jerónimos Monastery (Lisbon)
- Pena National Palace (Sintra)
- Óbidos Castle (Óbidos)
- onastery of Alcobaça (Alcobaça)
- Monastery of Batalha (Batalha)
- Guimarães Castle (Guimarães)
Arrival at Lisbon International Airport. And transfer to the Hotel in Lisbon.
Briefing with the guide to introduce the entire itinerary.
Day 2Lisboa, Sintra, Cascais and Estoril
8H15: We will start our tour of Parque Eduardo VII (King of England) so that we can make an introduction to the city of Lisbon, taking advantage of the fabulous view, geography and some of the most famous hills in Lisbon. We will follow the emblematic Avenida de Liberdade, Praça do Rossio, Praça do Comércio or Terreiro do Paço, Bairro Alto.
With the Tajo River and the Atlantic Ocean as a travel scenario, we will pass through Estoril, admiring the beautiful gardens of the most famous Casino in Portugal. The stop for lunch is planned in the beautiful and old fishing village: Cascais.
After lunch, departure to the sumptuous and humid Sintra (Cultural Landscape of Europe by UNESCO in 1995). Start a day with a visit to the incredible Pena Palace (Guided tour). The palace's history began in the Middle Ages when a chapel dedicated to Nossa Senhora de Pena was built on top of the hill above Sintra. The current palace dates from 1838, when the proclaimed king consort Fernando II bought the property, where ruins of an old monastery of the Jerónimos religious order and began to adapt it for use, as a summer residence according to his romantic taste. Today, the palace is one of the greatest manifestations of 19th century romanticism in the world.
Before returning to Lisbon, we will contemplate the most Western Point of the European Continent: Cabo da Roca
Return to the Hotel scheduled for 5:30 pm.
Day 3Óbidos, Alcobaça, Nazaré, Batalha and Coimbra
Wonders: Óbidos Castle, Alcobaça Monastery, Batalha Monastery
We will start our tour on a trip of approximately 1h10 to Óbidos, a medieval village, famous for its castle and for the traditional ginjinha, a famous cherry liqueur, served in a glass of chocolate
We continue from Óbidos for a 30-minute trip to the next Wonder of Portugal, the largest Monastery in the Country, once occupied by one of the oldest Religious Orders in the World: the Monastery of Alcobaça. Visit to the Church to contemplate the true Portuguese version of Romeo and Juliet, the story of a forbidden love starring D. Pedro I and D. Inês de Castro.
We continue our tour and arrive at the fishing village of Nazaré (the most charismatic fishing village in Portugal), where we can see the lives of the ladies of the “seven skirts” proudly shown by themselves. After viewing the beautiful viewpoint and listening to our guide to the beautiful story of Nossa Senhora de Nazaré and its well-known legend of Dom Fuas Roupinho, we will appreciate the world-famous beach and where the biggest wave was recorded (approximately 33 meters)
After lunch, our next stop will be in Batalha - Batalha Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which illustrates the rich artistic heritage of the late 14th century. Discover the impressive Founder's Chapel, where King João I, Queen Filipa de Lencastre and their son, Infante D. Henrique, the Navigator, were buried.
Our trip will continue to Coimbra, the 2nd Capital of the Country
Arrival and accommodation.
Day 4Coimbra, Aveiro and Porto
Breakfast at the hotel.
The city of Coimbra and its historic University were classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Therefore, the panoramic visit to Coimbra, as well as the guided visit to the University, which was once the official residence of the Portuguese Royals, who came to establish the capital of the Kingdom.
After lunch, we continue towards the North where we will make a short stop at the popular “Veneza Portuguesa”: Aveiro. In a short time Aveiro is already one of the most interesting places in Portugal and as such, we could not fail to visit.
As a final destination, we suggest for this itinerary the second largest city in the country, the charm of the unbeaten city, Porto.
Arrival, accommodation and free time
Breakfast at the Hotel. Departure scheduled by 09h00.
Panoramic and guided tour of the Invicta City, which originated the name of Portugal when it was called Portus Cale city. The city of Porto is considered a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
We will start the discovery of the city with the famous cruise of the 6 Bridges *, where you can enjoy the fabulous views of the Douro River from the Douro River and also from Vila Nova de Gaia, the latter will be the place where after lunch, one of the most famous Port Wine Cellars.
The visit will continue passing by the most emblematic places of the city such as Torre dos Clérigos, Livraria Lello, Igreja das Carmelitas (XVII) and Igreja do Carmo (XVIII), University of Porto, continuing on one of the main and famous avenues, Avenida dos Aliados , São Bento Station, Sé Catedral, Palácio da Bolsa, and finally time to enjoy the wonderful view from the upper deck of the D. LuisI Bridge, one of the last Kings of Portugal.
Return to the Hotel estimated at 17h00.
Day 6Braga, Guimarães and Régua
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure from Porto at 8:30 am to Braga. Bracará Augusta was founded precisely, more than 2000 years ago by Augusto, and became one of the main Roman roads in the Iberian Peninsula, as it was the administrative headquarters of the Empire.
After lunch, we will continue to the top of the city where we will find the Bom Jesus do Monte Sanctuary (18th century) which presents us with one of the most beautiful views over the city and finally the Nossa Senhora do Sameiro Sanctuary (19th century).
Our next stop will be Guimarâes, considered the birthplace of Portugal. We will visit the Castle of Guimarâes, visualize the place where the 1st King of Portugal (D. Afonso Henriques) was baptized and visit the charming historic center with its Gothic buildings. Guimarâes is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Return to Porto, accommodation and free time.
Our final destination will be the wonderful region of the Douro Valley. Arrival and Accommodation in Régua
Day 7Douro Valley and Viseu
Breakfast at the hotel. Our tour continues in one of the most famous regions in the world and of course one of the most emblematic in Portugal, the Douro Valley region. Douro is a Portuguese Controlled Denomination of Origin (DOC) for wines produced in the demarcated Douro region, but it could also be called an enchanted valley given the beauty and enchantment that the region offers. Opportunity to enjoy wonderful views over the Douro River. We will have the possibility to visit 1 wine estate, where there will be a wine tasting, to know the history of the famous wine of the region as well as the entire production process. The Douro region is classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. According to favorable weather conditions, we offer on this day the inclusion of a panoramic cruise on the Douro River.
Last and not least is one of the cities with more roots in Portugal, Viseu. Accommodation and free time
Day 8Viseu, Tomar and Fátima
After breakfast, time to stroll through the historic center of the historic city of Viseu. There are those who say that D. Afonso Henriques (first King of Portugal) was born here, others defend Guimarães as his land. It is certain that Viseu takes us to distant periods, exactly to the Roman period and the city will always be associated with the figure of Viriato, the Lusitano Hero (leader of the Lusitanian Tribe). Viseu was occupied by Romans, Visigoths and in the 8th century, by Muslims. We will visit emblematic places such as the famous Rossio, the city's central point, the Cathedral.
After free time for lunch, we will continue our trip to Tomar, which will be a temporary return until the 12th Century. For those who appreciate all the experience and speculation one feels when talking about the Templars, Tomar is the ideal place to relive this period. We will visit the Templar Castle and the famous Convent of the Order of Christ. The headquarters was in Tomar and the Order of Christ was actually the former headquarters of the Order of the Templars.
Arrival in Fátima, final destination estimated at 18h30.
Accommodation and free time.
Day 9Fátima and Lisboa
After breakfast at the Hotel, we started our day in one of the most important places for Christianity in the world, the city of Fátima, which houses the Shrine of the same name in honor of the apparition of Our Lady of Fatima (the Virgin Mary) in 1917. Our guide will explain in detail the history of the apparitions in Fátima and will have free time to attend Mass if you wish.
Then, according to the time available at the Sanctuary, we will pass by Valinhos, the place where the Little Shepherds lived. Suggested lunch in Fátima.
After lunch, departure towards the Capital, Lisbon, where of course we will have the opportunity to view the last 2 Wonders of Portugal: the Belém Tower and the Jerónimos Monastery. without, of course, failing to taste the most famous sweet in Portugal: Pastel de Belém, delicious Pastel de Nata and egg from the secret recipe of the monks who inhabited the Jerónimos Monastery. The Portuguese discoveries paved the way for shaping maps and expanding our vision to the current world.
Arrival at the hotel scheduled at 6:30 pm. Accommodation and free time
Breakfast at the Hotel. Check out and transfer to Lisbon Airport.