Set off for the awesome nine days tour from Madrid to the north of Portugal. The main places will comprise of Lisbon, Fátima and Oporto. You will visit the major tourist attractions along with enriched history of the popular monuments. Get a golden opportunity to know the glory of World Heritage Sites.
What you can expect
Leave Madrid for Trujillo, which is recognized as the native place of many explorers of the new world and after this, we will visit Plaza Mayor for the sight of Noble Houses of 16th century. Next place will take you to Alentejo Plains for admiring the magnificent sight of 25th of April Bridge. Later, enjoy the night tour of the typical portuguese show, Fado.
Go ahead for the sightseeing of Olissippo by passing through some important avenues like, Belem Tower, Coach Museum, Monument to Discoveries, Jeronimos Monastery, Marquis of Pombal Square, Liberty Avenue and Alfama Quarter. Next, move towards Obidos, which has been declared as a World Heritage Monument. This small place is also known for Pousada do Castelo. Afterwards, move towards Alcobaca for the church of 12th century, titled as the World Heritage Site.
Set off for the beautifully colored fishing village of Nazare for some time. We will also try to visit (if time permits) Sitio for having the fascination of the stunning beach and village. Pay a visit to the Batalha Monastery, the Heritage of Humanity. Explore Fátima for the Apparition of our Lady of the Rosary, who appeared before the three shepherd children Lucia, Jacinta and Francisco for letting them know the importance of praying the Rosary. Move ahead to Coimbra for the popular and the oldest University of Europe. After this, we will move towards Saint Clara Church.
Explore Aveiro, which is famous for housing many canals and boats. Then, move to Oporto, which is located on the gorgeous Duero river and titled as the World Heritage Site. Move ahead to Minho region, this gorgeous Province, which is full of natural landscapes, Baroque Churches and Green Wine. Spend some time in the historic Center for getting the feel of the great Medieval times. Then, visit the Sacred Hill, crowned by the Castle and the Palace of the Duke of Braganza also enrich you with a delightful medieval era of 15th century. Move ahead towards Braga, which is recognized as Portuguese Rome because of its history being closely tied to the Christianity. After this, we will make our visit to Barcelos, the capital of handicrafts and next place will be Amarante, a beautiful town, which is loved for the Romanesque style of architecture. We will also go to Vila Real, a fascinating city and later, visit the gardens of the manor of Mateus.
Move ahead to enjoy the port Wine Region by passing through the marvellous landscapes and tempting Vineyards of Douro Valley. As we reach Lamego, we will get a chance to see the remarkable shrines of N.S Remedios. Spend good time by visiting the ancient Gothic Cathedral. After this, go forward for Viseu, the best city of Portugal to live in. This beautiful city is believed to be known by the oldest hero of Portuguese, named as Viriato, the Lusitanian Chief. You will find Viseu 12th century Cathedral, which presents a beautiful blend of Gothic, Manueline and Renaissance architecture. We will keep moving ahead in our journey towards Urgeirica / Caldas da Felgueira. Then, we will visit Bussaco for its magnificent forest and move ahead towards Tomar for the stunning Castle and Convent of Christ inside, the World Heritage Site. After this, we will move ahead in our journey to Lisbon.
Day 1: 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, 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 2: Lisbon
After breakfast, begin a morning sightseeing tour of the ancient Olissipo and drive through its main squares and avenues, Belem Tower, Jeronimos Monastery, Coach Museum, 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 3: 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: First class - Santa Maria (4-star)
Day 4: Fátima
Have breakfast and set off for Fatima city tour on your own. Enjoy the mesmerizing beauty of this city with no time boundation. It’s an important pilgrimage for the catholic christians, where Virgin Mary is believed to appear to the three shepherd children, named as Lucia, Jacinta and Francisco. So, here you can pay the 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, here you will be able to see the two sites where the children were in total four apparitions.
Day 5: Fátima – Coimbra – Aveiro – Oporto
Have breakfast at Fátima and start your journey towards Coimbra. This place has got immense popularity for its university, which is the oldest and one of the largest universities in Portugal. It boast of having students of 70 different nationalities. It is also recognized for the most stunning Baroque styled library in the world. It also has grand architecture and with endless bookcases.
After this, the visit will be paid to a beautiful Saint Clara Catholic Church, which is quite a respectful place for having the Tomb of Queen, Saint Isabel, called as the protagonist of the “miracle of the roses”. You can’t resist yourself without admiring the beauty of exclusive ceramic of Coimbra.
By the afternoon time, you will head towards Aveiro, which is a capital of Ria. This place is a vast lagoon basin, where fresh water of Vouga river mingles with the water of the sea. It is one of the most fascinating places of Portugal. It is known for its colorful boats, called as Moliceiros, these are similar to Venice gondola shaped boats. This place is also named as Portuguese Venice due to this similarity. You can also see fantastic 19th century architecture with ancient cobblestone passageways. It holds the great significance for the fusion of old with a new culture. You can spend your great time here by exploring awesome gardens, parks, sandy coasts, iconic, multi colored striped houses and breathtaking beaches with all the fun and adventure.
After that, you will head towards Oport, the second largest, metropolitan city of Portugal. It is one of the most popular places for the production and export of wine. It is known to have both medieval and modern architecture. So, enjoy the stunning beaches, bustling markets, amazing cathedrals and many more such delightful places. Head back to hotel for the lovely stay.
Overnight: First class - Ipanema Oporto (4-star)
Day 6: Oporto
Have your breakfast at the hotel and be ready to enjoy the second largest city of Portugal, Oporto. It is one of the oldest centres of the Europe, so it has also been given the title of World Heritage City by Unesco in 1996. This amazingly fascinating city is known to offer a picturesque setting by the side of Douro river. Take a stroll along this historic river and relish some mouth watering sea food. Porto is truly a magical city, which has a great blend of modern and ancient architecture. You will find from the ancient Romanesque Cathedral to the modern social housing projects that are developed in the late 20th century. You will be delighted to see the ancient churches, houses and palaces here.
Apart from it, it is known to have classic amphitheatre. You will also love visiting Bolhao Market and magnificent Town Hall Square, which is beautifully lined with trees and gives a stunning view of majestic buildings. Your trip can never be completed without tasting the divine wine of this beautiful place, as Oporto is internationally known for the production of wine, so, it boasts of having world’s most famous wines. In the afternoon, enjoy rest of the city tour on your own and head back to the comfort of your hotel.
Day 7: Oporto – Guimaraes – Braga – Barcelos – Oporto
Have breakfast at the Oporto hotel and head towards a full day tour of Minho, the northwest region of Portugal. It has got the significance for marking the border between Portugal and Spain. It is a dream like place, having lush green landscapes and bunch of pine trees on the stunning slopes of the Granitic Mountains. It is also popularly and lovingly known for it’s Sparkling Green Wine.
We will also make a remarkable visit to Guimarães, which has got the immense fame for knowing as “The Cradle Of Nation” for the fact that it was the first capital of Portugal and for being the birthplace of it’s first King, Afonso Henriques. At first, you will love to visit the Sacred Hill for marking the spiritual journey.
After that, historic centre of Guimarães is also considered as a major tourist attraction, that’s why it has also been registered as the World Heritage Sight. You are really going to admire the beauty of 10th century medieval castle, which has eight crenellated towers.
There is a charming 15th century Palace of Dukes of Braganza, which shows a strong european influence for having the thirty nine unique northern european brick chimneys. Interiors of the palace shows spralling hall with stunning wood ceiling and extensive collection of marvellous art.
We will continue our journey by driving towards the old world town of Braga. This amazing place has got the recognition as “Portuguese Rome” for it’s being the important religious centre and home of many churches. It is also known for being the oldest archdiocese of the country, as The Baroque staircase of Bob Jesus is the most popular monument to visit. It is included in the country’s most sought after locations for having lush green gardens and stunning white walls, base coated with lime. So, you are going to miss this lovely place for it’s beauty, endless churches, old houses and notable mansions.
After this, we will head towards Barcelos, this picturesque city is recognized for it’s notable monuments, absolutely amazing handicrafts, pottery constables house and handmade ceramics. This place is popularly known for Galo de Barcelos, a colorful cockerel, which is acknowledged as unofficial icon and considered as the symbol of Portugal. There is an interesting legend attached to it.
We will get back to Porto after enjoying the above listed places and relax in the bliss of the peaceful environs of the hotel.
Day 8: Oporto – Amarante – Vila Real – Lamego – Viseu – Urgeiriça – Caldas de Felgueira
Have your breakfast at the Porto hotel and head towards Amarante. This amazing place, called as Amar, is the Portuguese verb to love, which is well fitted in serving the name of this small town. It is located in the rich agricultural lands of northern Minho region. The Tamega river flows through this town and crosses under an iconic Ponte Sao Goncalo bridge. It is also known for the classic Travanca monastery, which is facing the hustle and bustle of market where you can buy possibly all the popular items.
We will take forward our journey towards Vila Real, this interesting place is an ideal location for exploring Duoro River by following the popular port wine route. It is known for marvellous garders and flowered plants which are well taken care of.
Next important place to visit is Mateus Palace, this majestic Palacio de Mateus manor house is described on the labels of well known Mateus Rose Wine. This 18th century building is known for it’s elegant Baroque style. The charm of the beautiful gardens is enhanced by the stunning statutes and mesmerizing pond, just across the palace.
After enjoying this beautiful place, we reach at the port wine area of Lamego, this amazing place has got immense fame for having the most popular shrine of Portugal, which is known by the name of Nossa Senhora dos Remedios. This 12th century Gothic Cathedral poses a challenge to the pilgrims for covering up the distance of six hundred step staircase. This staircase is made in great baroque style.
You need to know that this small city is famous for sparkling wine and smoked ham or which is locally called as “Bola de Lamego” (a loaf baked in the oven with smoked ham). Your trip will be considered incomplete without tasting these local delicacies.
We will drive towards Viseu, which is considered and voted as the best city of Portugal to live in. This place is renowned for having very fine cheese and “Dao Wines”. Wine making is strongly rooted tradition here, which makes this lovely place full of vineyards, which are quite enough for supposedly half a century. Keep enjoying the beauty of the exciting ancient part of this place by strolling in its narrow streets and beautiful cathedrals. Otherwise, in winters, you can enjoy skiing in the peaks of the snow capped mountains and in summers, you can go for a picnic,fishing or strolling in the serene ambience of this place.
After spending the fabulous time in Viseu, head towards Urgeiriça / Caldas da Felgueira, where you will get a lovely stay.
Overnight: First class - Da Urgeiriça (4-star)
Day 9: Urgeiriça – Bussaco – Tomar – Lisbon
Have great breakfast at your hotel and set off for the journey to Bussaco via driving through the heart of Portugal. You will be delighted to see the exotic beauty of rarely found trees and plants here. You will forget all the tiredness of the journey by visiting to fabulously Romantic Hotel, which is situated before a Royal Hunting Lodge.
After this, we will make our way towards Tomar, the development of this city is said to be linked to the orders of the Templars, which is known to get these lands in 1159 as a reward for the assistance they had given to the first King of Portugal, Don Alfonso Henriques. Dom Gualdim Pais, found the castle and the awesome Convent of Christ inside. Castle and convent of the order of Christ shows a brilliant architecture of 12th to 16th century.
Tomar is considered as one of the most historic cities of Portugal. In the middle ages, its Templar Castle and Convento de cristo became the national headquarters of the Knights of the Templars. Templar Castle is also a shining example of remarkable Templar architecture, that’s why it is a designated as World Heritage Site by Unesco.
We will head towards our journey to Lisbon, where its arrival will mark the end of our truly exceptional services.
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