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Upon arrival in Lisbon, you will be met and transferred to your downtown hotel. The rest of the day is free for first exploration of Lisbon’s vibrant capital city, built on seven hills and the birthplace of its saint St. Anthony.
The districts of Baixa and Chiado offer countless opportunities for shopping and between a shop window and the other you could sip a typical drink at the famous Cafè de la Brasileira or Cervejaria Trindade. Otherwise you could take the Santa Justa tower lift for a stunning panoramic view of the city.
Lisbon - 1° Overnight
Start the tour of Lisbon from the Cathedral and the picturesque oldest district of the capitol the Alfama, Praça Rossio and Praça Do Comércio, the bustling district of Belém with the monument Dos Descobrimentos, the Belém Tower and the Mosteiro Dos Jeronimos. (closed on Monday).
After lunch, you can take a optional half day small group tour (or guided private tour) of Sintra, the summer residence of the Portuguese monarchs, surrounded by rocks and beautiful gardens, of the famous seaside town of Cascais and Estoril and Cabo da Roca, the western most extreme point of Europe.
Upon your return to Lisbon, dinner or as an alternative a optional short scenic city tour by bus of Lisbon by night followed by dinner and a fado show.
Lisbon - 2° Overnight
After breakfast at your hotel in Lisbon, pick up your rental car and drive to Coimbra. En route you stop at the enchanting town of Obidos to admire its Castle and the characteristic white houses covered with bougainvillea and geraniums. Take some free time in this village where you can find typical object of local craft and breathe the atmosphere of Portugal.
Continue to Nazaré, a picturesque fishing village overlooking the Atlantic, famous for its traditional costumes worn by the inhabitants and for the boats painted in bright colors.
After lunch, go for a stroll along the beach that embraces a wide bay enclosed by green headlands. Arrive in the evening on the hills of Coimbra and have a dinner in this famous art city.
Coimbra - 3° Overnight
Spend the morning visiting Coimbra (also, with a optional guided city tour). Start from the Joanina Library which preserves centuries-old books and then walk through the narrow alleys of the old town admiring the monuments covered with painted tin-glazed ceramic tiles and conclude with the ancient Romanesque cathedral Sé Velha, religious services allowing.
After lunch, the drive will take you to Porto with a stop at Aveiro, a small town located on the shore of the Atlantic Ocean. Aveiro is known as “The Portuguese Venice”, due to its system of canals and boats similar to the Italian city of Venice and it has a picturesque old city center, including many of the Art Novo and Art Deco buildings.
You will reach the second largest city in Portugal in the late afternoon, here you will choose between a dinner in a typical portuguese restaurant or attend an alternative seafood dinner preceded by a mini-cruise on the Douro River (meteorological weather permitting)
Oporto - 4° Overnight
After breakfast, take a optional private guide who will take you on a walking tour of Porto that includes the typical houses covered with painted ceramic tiles, The Dom Luís I Bridge, the Cathedral, the lively old town, the exterior of the Torre dos Clerigos, Praça de Batalha, the Avenida dos Aliados and Palácio da Bolsa in Neoclassical style. The highlight of the Palace is, however, the Arab Room. The room is decorated in the exotic Moorish Revival style, fashionable in the 19th century.
After lunch we suggest to drive to Guimarães, small medieval village clustered around its Castle, the Paço dos Duques, the Palace of the Dukes of Bragança, and the Church of Nossa Senhora de Oliveira. Return to Porto for dinner.
Oporto - 5° Overnight
Following breakfast, you will drive back to Lisbon. En route stop at Batalha to visit the gothic monastery, closing days or events permitting. It was built to thank the Virgin Mary for the Portuguese victory over the Castilians. Incomparable are the Capelas Imperfeitas, the unfinished chapels, with an effect of unfinished that creates a suggestive “gateway” to the infinite. The Batalha convent was added in 1983 by UNESCO to its list of World Heritage sites.
Your evening’s route leads to the picturesque village of Fatima. It is one of the most important catholic shrines in the world dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Fatima’s Sanctuary welcomes millions of pilgrims and tourists from all over the world. After lunch leaving Fatima behind, you drive towards Lisbon. Dinner and overnight.
Lisbon- 6° Overnight
According to departure schedules of the flight, the day is at leisure before travelling to Lisbon’s International Airport for your check in.