PORTUGAL…SCENIC BEAUTY, CULTURE, CUISINE, COLOR, MUSIC, ART, HISTORY and SACRED SITES…Join us on September 27, 2020 for 10 glorious days in PORTUGAL! All are invited!
There is something SO SPECIAL about visiting a new and interesting place with a group of like-minded travelers….It’s something I absolutely LOVE!
You may not know this about me, but I’m a travel agent, too… I’ve been thinking about organizing a trip to Portugal and decided it would be an awesome thing to do with a group of my friends. Voila!
I’ve been intriqued with Portugal for years and there are many reasons it beckoned me. History, culture, cuisine, UNESCO World Heritage sites such as Fatima (yes, we’ll visit it!), music, art, and much more…
It’s important to me to have an opportunity to see as much of a new country as possible when I travel and I’m also really budget-conscious. Nonetheless, I like to really experience the place because I love music, food, art, historic sites, cultural areas, heritage sites…all of it!
After researching the options for months I’ve decided on a 10-Day Classic Portugal group tour. We’ll depart from New York City on September 27, 2020 and have 10 glorious days to visit some of the most fantastic places in Portugal.
Here is the itinerary:
10 Day Classic Portugal – departing Sept. 27, 2020 from New York City
DAY 1, Sunday – Depart for Portugal
Depart for Portugal
DAY 2, Monday – Arrive in Porto
Arrive in Porto and transfer to your hotel. Balance of the day is at leisure to explore Portugal’s second largest city. In the evening, meet your Tour Manager and fellow travelers and enjoy a Welcome Dinner and orientation meeting at approximately 7 pm on the sensational journey that lies ahead
DAY 3, Tuesday – Porto City Tour
Today, embark on a sightseeing tour of Porto with a local guide. Take a panoramic drive to the mouth of the Douro River, and visit the Church of Sao Francisco and the Stock Exchange, renowned for its exquisite neoclassical façade and ornate gilded Arabian Hall. Finish the tour with a visit to a Port Wine Cellar for a tasting. Spend the balance of the day at leisure or choose to participate in the optional Douro River Cruise with dinner. Cruise along the colorful river valley, viewing the city from a new perspective. Pass by the numerous port wine cellars and under the magnificent bridges crossing the valley. Afterwards, a meal of local specialties in a typical restaurant with drinks is included
Optional: Douro River Cruise with Dinner (PM)
DAY 4, Wednesday – Full Day in Porto
Spend a full day at leisure to explore this UNESCO World Heritage city, or choose to join the optional Medieval Portugal tour. Start with the town of Guimaraes for a walk through the medieval alleys. Then, head inland to the heart of Minho province to the former Roman ‘Bracara Augusta’. Here, drive to the top of the 1,300 foot high hill of Bom Jesus, from where you can overlook the city of Braga and admire the famous Holy Way staircase, the most popular place of pilgrimage in the north of Portugal. Savor a delicious lunch before returning to the hotel
Optional: Medieval Portugal (AM)
DAY 5, Thursday – Coimbra, Fatima, Drive to Tomar
This morning, drive south through the Buçaco National Park to Coimbra, the third-largest city in Portugal, to visit the University of Coimbra, among the oldest universities in Europe with more than 700 years of history. In the afternoon, drive to Fatima, one of the most important Catholic shrines in the world dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Its Sanctuary welcomes millions of pilgrims from all over the world. Fatima’s fame is due to the Apparitions of Our Lady of the Rosary that appeared to three shepherd children in 1917. Here, visit the great Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary built in neoclassical style, flanked by colonnades linking it with the extensive convent. Continue your journey to Tomar, one of Portugal’s historical jewels for dinner and overnight
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 6, Friday – Convent of Christ, Castelo de Vide, Drive to Evora
Start the day with a visit to the hilltop Convent of Christ with its famous Manueline window. Later, drive south and cross the Tagus river. Stop in Castelo de Vide and take a stroll through the old Jewish Quarter. Here, you can find one of the oldest synagogues in the country, although all that remains is one modest little room. Stop at a cork factory to learn about how cork is harvested from the bark of a tree and processed into one of Portugal’s major exports. Continue to Evora for dinner and overnight
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 7, Saturday – Evora City Tour
This morning, take a guided tour of Evora. Discover the town’s massive walls and Roman Temple, early Gothic Cathedral, and Sao Francisco Church that is famous for its Ossuary chapel, whose walls are decorated with thousands of human bones and skulls. Head on to see Evora’s main square, the Praça do Giraldo and the cobbled streets of this former Royal town. Later, continue to Lisbon, one of the oldest cities in Europe, over 2,000 years old, and the capital of Portugal since 1147. Tonight, attend the optional Fado Dinner. Travel to one of Lisbon’s oldest districts and join one of the popular performances of local songs accompanied by a gentle guitar playing Portuguese melodies. Enjoy dinner with wine before a brief drive through the illuminated city
Optional: Fado Dinner (PM)
DAY 8, Sunday – Lisbon City Tour
In Lisbon, the tour begins with a stop at the top of Edward VII’s Park to enjoy a magnificent view over the hills of Lisbon and the River Tagus. Next, view the treasured 16th century Belem Tower, a monument to Portugal’s Age of Discovery and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue to visit the Jeronimos Monastery, an impressive symbol of the country’s power and wealth and resting place of explorer Vasco da Gama. Time for lunch on your own in this delightful setting before an afternoon at leisure. Perhaps join the optional tour to quaint Sintra, the “Glorious Eden” of Lord Byron, and summer retreat of the royal court, highlighted by lavish romantic castles and stunning monuments. Visit the Sintra Royal Palace, a 15th-century royal residence, containing one of the largest tile collections in Portugal. Then enjoy some free time in the Village Historical Center before returning to Lisbon
Optional: Half Day Sintra Tour (PM)
DAY 9, Monday – Full Day in Lisbon’s Countryside
Spend a full day excursion to explore the countryside around Lisbon. The first stop on the northbound journey is medieval Obidos, with its historic center, and a labyrinth of cobblestone streets, whitewashed houses, and beautiful vistas. Continue to Alcobaça to visit the Church of Santa Maria. It was the first building in Portugal to adopt the Gothic style and is the largest church in the country. See the decorated tombs of King Pedro I and his lover Inês de Castro. Lastly, stop at the charming fishing harbor of Nazaré before heading back to Lisbon. Tonight, a delectable dinner of Portuguese specialties awaits you at a local restaurant
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 10, Tuesday – Depart Portugal
Transfer to the airport for your flight home.
Here is a link with all the particulars, with land only or including air. The departure date is SEPTEMBER 27, 2020 and the price is fixed for you with a $200 non-refundable deposit.
Base price (land only – no airfare) is $1,599 right now. With air from New York City, travel insurance and all optional excursions the price is $2,655 for all 10 days.
The remaining balance is due 60 days prior to departure. Travel insurance is available, if you wish. You can book your own air, or we can include it for you.
I have all the details and am happy answer any additional questions you might have. Just message me here or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I’d love to have you be a part of this special trip… It’s going to be amazing!