From Madrid, spend eight days on a tour of Portugal´s beautiful locations! See remarkable religious sites like the Fátima, discover the beauty of UNESCO World Heritage sites like Batalha Monastery, admire wondrous Lisbon and visit the charming villages of Obidos, Alcobaza and Nazare with your guide.
What you can expect
This 8-day tour takes you on a full loop of central and southern Portugal, starting and ending in Madrid. You'll travel by luxury air-conditioned coach to all of your destinations. Stay overnight stays in 4-star hotels, with breakfasts each morning and one lunch is included, too. Your expert guide will teach you about the history, culture, architecture and gastronomy of the destinations you visit with all entrance fees taken care of. Break up your guided tours with plenty of free time to explore the highlights of Portugal independently.
Day 1: Madrid
Get the convenience of the assistance at the airport of Madrid, your driver will help you to take you to the hotel. Here enjoy the bliss of comfort and soothing ambiance.
Overnight: Tourist class - Mayorazgo (4-star). First class - Courtyard by Marriott Madrid Princesa/Catalonia Gran Via
Day 2: Madrid
Have a nice breakfast at your hotel and leave for the enchanting sightseeing of Madrid city, which is the capital and the largest metropolitan city of Spain. This place has many spectacular spots to visit, such as sprawling museums, ancient bars and great restaurants. Madrid’s Royal Palace is the largest and most captivating Palace of the Western Europe. This palace possesses beautifully designed furniture, mesmerizing paintings, ceramics and lovely tapestries.
Must visit Puerta del Sol, as it is the most important square of the city, earlier, it was the site of one of the gates of city and was adorned with the image of sun, as the name also suggests the same meaning “Gate of the Sun”. The Puerta de Alcalá is in the Eastern part of the city, the gate is known to have large semicircular arches along with six ornamental statues that beautifully adorn the top of the marvellous gate.
Prado Museum is also also an important place to visit, as it is the largest national art museum of Spain, which is the treasure of the world’s finest European art, from 12th century to an early 19th century art work. It also holds the Spanish Royal Collection of art. Apart from it, you must not miss the liveliness of certain places like, different districts Castellana, Barrio de la Morería, etc.
After that, explore this adventurously exciting city, especially Santa Ana and Huertas for it’s amazing theatres, fashionable pubs, bar and classic restaurants. Be the part of the hustle and bustle of wonderfully noisy and dazzling markets. Be at your leisure to enjoy the charm of this modern city. Head back to the hotel for a soothing and a perfect stay.
Day 3: Madrid – Trujillo – Lisbon
Leave Plaza de España, 7, travel agency office at 8.30 am to drive towards Extremadura region. It will be very soothing and relaxing drive to Trujillo. Although it was an important place in Roman Times, but it was the discovery of the new world that brought wealth and immense pride to this excitingly small town. Apart from it, Plaza Mayor is also a ravishing place to visit. We will continue our journey to portuguese soil and Alentejo plains, which has got the fame for it’s traditional polyphonic singing groups.
After that, we will move towards the iconic 25 de Abril Bridge of Lisbon, which connects city of Lisbon to the municipality of Almada. Here a pleasant stay will be provided with an optional show of Fado, It’s a live show to know about the typical culture of Portuguese. Enjoy your lovely stay at your hotel.
Overnight: First class - Lutecia (4-star)
Day 4: Lisbon
After breakfast, begin a morning sightseeing tour of the ancient Olissipo and drive through its main squares and avenues, Belem Tower, Jeronimos Monastery, Monument to the Discoveries, Marquis of Pombal Square, Liberty Avenue and the Alfama quarter. Enjoy a full afternoon and evening of free time. Perhaps visit one of the atmospheric Lisbon cafes for lunch or sightsee independently on foot. Head back to hotel to enjoy dinner and good sleep.
Day 5: Lisbon – Obidos – Alcobaza – Nazare – Batalha – Fátima
Have sumptuous breakfast at Lisbon and move towards northland and reach to Óbidos, which has got the popularity for its picturesque narrow streets, walled fortress, breathtaking castles, charming medieval architecture and the “Pousada do Castelo”, which is known to have a beautiful fusion of 14th century medieval accommodation with ultra modern facilities. It has amazing stone walls, four poster beds with air conditioners, chandeliers and well equipped rooms with internet access.
After that, the journey will take you to Alcobaça, which became notable when the king of portugal made up his mind to build a beautiful church in 12th century, which possesses the Tombs of Dom Pedro and Inés de Castro. This church was later evolved into Alcobaca Monastery, which is known to have wonderful Gothic Monuments.
Grab a chance to enjoy your lunch at Nazaré, this picturesque village has driven its name from the statue of Virgin Mary, brought by Nazare monk in 4th century. It is the most popular fishing village of Portugal with gorgeous beach and amazingly colorful life. You can also stroll through the streets of this beautiful village to visit the holy church, lighthouse and lovely ocean.
If time permits, then you will be taken towards Sitio, which is also a small fishing village with a popular stretch of lovely sandy beach, here we can enjoy the panoramic view of this splendid beach.
After this,we will head towards Batalha Monastery, which was made to commemorate the victory of Portuguese over the Castilians in 1385. It was constructed in wonderfully Gothic and Manueline style. It was also added in World Heritage list by Unesco for having it’s historic significance and National Gothic style, which is dominated by Manueline art.
We will take the travel forward to Fátima, where you will enjoy tasty meal and amazing stay.
Overnight: Tourist class - Sao José (4-star). First class - Santa María (4-star)
Day 6: Fátima – Lisbon
Have sumptuous breakfast at the hotel and get set ready to explore Fatima city on your own. Fátima has got a fame for having the most sought after Catholic Pilgrimage of Virgin Mary. It is believed that Virgin Mary appeared before the three shepherd children, named as Lucia, Jacinta and Francisco. So here, the catholic christians pay a tribute to these holy figures. You will also get a chance to attend mass and journey in the chapel of Apparitions, which is the heart of sacred shrine. You may also be fortunate to visit the birthplaces of these three children. This place is a world wide famous religious spot for the people of all the religions.
End of the day will bring you to Lisbon. Here, must pay a visit to the magnificent Jeronimos Monastery, which is considered as one of the most alluring places of the world. Belem Tower is also an iconic tourist spot, it is proudly declared as a World Heritage Monument by Unesco. To have the bird eye view of the city, don’t forget to visit Saint George's Castle. So, explore this wonderful city at your leisure, as this place has many such spectacular spots to visit. Head back to the hotel for relaxing and enjoying a lovely stay.
Day 7: Lisbon – Cáceres – Madrid
Have breakfast at Lisbon and be ready to leave for Caceres at 7.30 am. It is known to have more than ten towers that influence the historic quarter of Caceres. The ravishing beauty of the city, marked by medieval cobbled streets, mesmerizing Renaissance Palaces and fortified homes are absolute pleasure to visit.
It was declared The World Heritage City in 1986 for presenting a great blend of Islamic, Roman, Northern Gothic and Italian Renaissance styles. This pleasurable city tour takes you further to old town, whose architecture is known to reflect the battle between the Moors and Christians.
You will also enjoy the visit to Plaza Mayor, which is one of the largest squares of Spain. It is surrounded by arcades and semicircular arches and it is also supported by amazingly creative stone pillars. Continue your trip to Madrid and get back to the hotel for a lovely stay.
Day 8: Madrid
After breakfast at your hotel, you’ll be transferred to the airport for the conclusion of your eight-day excursion through Portugal.
Hotels detailed above are subject to change