Optional Tours

 Sintra / Cape Roca / Cascais

National PalaceQueluz Royal PalaceDeparture to Sintra, a small delightful town in the forest covered Mountain of Sintra, immortalized as "Glorious Eden" by the World famous poet Lord Byron. Located about 30 kilometers northwest of Lisbon, there will be a visit to the Royal Palace of Sintra, a fabulous royal residence of many Portuguese Kings, with wings and halls dating from the 13/14th Centuries. Sintra is excellent for shopping souvenirs and handicraft, and there will be time at leisure. Descending the mountain on to Cape Roca, the Western-most point of continental Europe, a stop will be made by the cliffs over the Atlantic Ocean. Then following the coastline the tour will pass by Guincho Beach, Boca do Inferno (Hell's Mouth) an ocean carved spectacle in rock. Arriving at the old fishermen village of Cascais that in the 1940's was chosen as residence by exiled European Royalty, a stop will be made by the lovely bay filled with fishing boats.

Return to Hotel passing by Estoril.

 Óbidos / Nazaré / Batalha / Fátima

ObidosDepart to the Northern auto-route to Óbidos one of the most charming Portuguese villages, completely enclosed within the ramparts of the Medieval Castle. Walking visit with entrance by the 18th Century arch covered in glazed tiles (azulejos), bright white small houses along cobblestone narrow streets, flower pots on window-sills, Gothic and Renaissance churches specially the beautiful Church of Santa Maria reminds the importance of Óbidos past.

Local artisans and craftsmen still using the old techniques show their wares in the small shops along the streets. Continuation of the tour to Nazaré, the most famous fishing town in Portugal. Among the bright colored rowing-boats moored on the beach bathed by the Atlantic Ocean, one may watch the fisherfolk bring in the nets. A superb view is enjoyed from the "Sítio", a belvedere on top of the hill while in the streets you may observe women still wearing the traditional 7 skirted costumes. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant.

Batalha MonasteryThe tour will proceed to Batalha for a visit to the superb Monastery of Santa Maria da Victória celebrating the victory against the Castillians in 1386 in the Battle of Aljubarrota. This monument built in 1388 is the most beautiful example of the Portuguese Gothic architecture, later in 1509 were added the Unfinished Chapels and Cloisters in "Manueline" and in 1563 the Renaissance Chapels and Cloisters.

Departure to Fátima, the well known Roman Catholic Marian Shrine. Visit the Basilica and the Chapel of Apparitions that marks the spot where the 3 shepherd children had the visions in 1917. Time at leisure for individual activities.

Return to Lisbon by the new auto-route that crosses the provinces of Ribatejo and Estremadura.

 Old Lisbon

St. George´s CastleDeparture driving through this remarkable city built nearly 2.500 years ago passing buildings dating from the 18th Century and along mosaic paved streets.

The first stop will be high above the city at the Castle of Saint George, an 8th Century fortress from whose ramparts can be enjoyed a superb view of the old boroughs and the River Tagus. Next a small walking promenade through the winding streets of the Medieval borough of Alfama, who offers the picturesque flavor of an old popular residential area. An unique sight of narrow streets, friendly residents and 16th Century buildings.

Jerónimos MonasteryBelém TowerThen the tour will proceed to the historic Lisbon's borough of Belém. Visit the Royal Coaches Museum with the largest and most important collection of carriages in the World from the 17th to the 19th Centuries. Next follows the visit to the Monastery of the Jerónimos (Hieronymite Monks) built in 1502 and the finest example of the Gothic-Naturalist (the ambient decoration named "Manueline"). The splendid church with chapels and the main-altar in Gothic-Renaissance style will be visited. Then drive along the River Tagus left bank stopping by the Tower of Belém, an 16th Century fortress and by the Monument to the Sea Discoveries.

Return to Hotel.


evora.gif (22958 bytes)Departure by the Bridge 25th April over the River Tagus passing by Montemor on to Évora. Classified as "Museum Town and World Heritage" by the Unesco in 1986, Évora was first known by the Celts as Ebora, by the first Roman settlers as Ebora Cerealis and in 27 BC as Liberitas Julia.  In the suburbs of Évora there are cromlechs, menirs and dolmens as well as remains from the Neolithic 3.500 BC. In Medieval times the town held the courts of the Portuguese Kings of the 1st dynasty (Afonsina) since 1165 and of the 2nd dynasty (Avis) up to 1559.  The Roman-Gothic Cathedral dating from 1186,  the Church of St. Francis built in 1480 with the macabre Chapel of Bones,  the ruins of the Roman Temple of Diana are some of the places of great interest that may be visited. Small streets with Manueline (Gothic-Naturalist) geminated-windows and porticos as well as the "Moucharabieh" verandahs of Mudejar influence, lead to the Praça do Giraldo, the meeting point of Évora's inhabitants. Lunch  will be at a regional restaurant. After lunch some time at leisure ……..

Return to Lisbon driving by olive-tree groves and cork-oak woods.

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