Portugal

Adventure

October 8th to 16th, 2020

Join Elite Travel & Events Inc and up to 20 others on a Portugal adventure!  Enjoy all the sights, sounds and tastes of this beautiful country on this guided tour!  This tour departs October 8th and returns the 16th, 2020.

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Full Itinerary and Inclusions

Wednesday, October 7th, 2020

Depart your home city to Lisbon, Portugal!

Thursday, October 8th, 2020

Welcome to the capital of Portugal, Lisbon!

Duration: 4 hours


The largest city of the country offers a lot to see and to do! We will start with a panoramic visit of the downtown areas: Marquês de Pombal and the main avenue Avenida da Liberdade. From the Restauradores Square we will see Gloria funicular and walk to Rossio Train Station, Figueira Square and the famous Santa Justa Lift.
 

Then we proceed to Rua Augusta, one of the main streets in the Baixa district, a bustling area with inviting cafes and restaurants, interesting shops and beautiful government buildings, to Augusta Arch - the entrance to one of the biggest squares in Europe - Commerce Square. It was built on the site where the old Royal Palace used to exist before it was destroyed by the earthquake of 1755.
 

From Commerce Square we will depart by a Private Old Tram to Belem district – in Lisbon you can rent a tram for a private tour! The speed of the tram is comfortable for enjoying the views of the city.

Belem is the area strongly linked to Portugal’s Golden Age of Discoveries as the site where the famous navigators set sail to discover the World. Today it is a spacious green area with many gardens, parks and monuments that are well worth a visit. Amongst Belém’s attractions are Jerónimos Monastery, the Monument to the Discoveries and Belém Tower.
 

During this tour we will make few stops for local food and drinks tastings such as Ginjinha (cherry liquor), Pastel de Nata (Custard cake), Pastel de bacalhau (Codfish cake).

Included:

 

• Airport transfer (coach & guide)

• Half Day Lisbon tour (coach & guide)

• Entry to Jerónimos Monastery
• 1 custard cake per person

• 1 cup of ginjinha per person
• 1 codfish cake per person
• Private tram rental up to 1 hour
• Dinner: 3-course meal incl. 2 glasses of wine
and soft drinks
• Transfer services: hotel – restaurant – hotel
• Accommodation BB in double / twin room in
4* hotel in Lisbon

Friday, October 9th, 2020

Included:

• Half Day Lisbon tour (coach & guide)
• Entry to St. George Castle
• Entry to National Museum of Azulejo
• Tiles painting workshop (45 min)
• 1 tile per person
• Dinner: 3-course meal incl. 2 glasses of wine 
and soft drinks
• Transfer services: hotel – restaurant – hotel
• Accommodation BB in double / twin room in 
4* hotel in Lisbon

Duration: 4 hours


Today we will discover the most authentic quarter of Lisbon – Alfama and the castle on top of the hill - St. George Castle.
Alfama, to appreciate the small, curvy streets and its popular life and atmosphere and the historic center, spreading on the slope between the S. Jorge Castle and the Tejo River. Because its foundation is dense bedrock, Alfama survived the 1755 earthquake, and a walk through this old-fashioned residential neighborhood is now a step back in time. It's a village within a city still made up of narrow streets, tiny squares, churches, and whitewashed houses with tile panels and wrought-iron balconies adorned with pots of flowers, drying laundry, and caged birds.

 

Visit to St. George Castle – which can be seen from almost anywhere in the city. Its oldest parts date from the 6th century, when it was fortified by the Romans, Visigoths, and eventually the Moors. It served as a royal Moorish residence, until Portugal's first king, Afonso Henriques, captured it in 1147 with the help of northern European crusaders on their way to the Holy Land.
 

Later on we will stop at National Museum of Azulejo (tiles) for a visit and a Tiles Painting workshop! This museum is one of the most important of the national museums by the singularity of its collection, Azulejo, an artistic expression that differentiates Portuguese culture, and by the uniqueness of the building in which the Museum is set, former Madre de Deus Convent, founded in 1509 by Queen D. Leonor.
 

After visit to the museum we suggest tiles workshop at National Azulejo Museum. The workshop has a duration of 45 minutes and the glazed tile which will be painted by each guests, will be ready after 24 hours. It might be a very nice gift from Portugal.

Saturday, October 10th, 2020

Duration: 8 hours

This morning will be dedicated to a beautiful royal village Sintra and its palaces. Due to its immense historical background and buildings UNESCO declared Sintra as World Heritage.
 

We suggest to visit Quinta da Regaleira. Quinta da Regaleira is a decorative 20th century residence. The grand house is split over five floors and has an ornate gothic façade, but the real attraction is to the rear with the enchanting gardens. The gardens of the Quinta da Regaleira were styled to represent ancient secret orders, with hidden tunnels and concealed symbolism.
 

Free time for shopping and lunch in Sintra.
 

We proceed to Colares where we will visit a winery Viuva Gomes and taste local wines.
 

Being in Portugal you can’t skip Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point of continental Europe. About this special place, the great Portuguese epic poet, Luis de Camões wrote this is where the land finishes and the sea begins.
 

A short walk in Cascais, that used to be a fisherman village and now is the popular summer destination, will finish our day.
Transfer back to Lisbon.

Included:

  • Full Day Sintra & Cascais tour (coach & guide)

  • Entry to Quinta da Regaleira

  • Visit to a winery and wine tasting of 2 wines

  • Dinner: 3-course meal incl. 2 glasses of wine and soft drinks

  • Transfer services: hotel – restaurant – hotel

  • Accommodation BB in double / twin room in 4* hotel in Lisbon

Sunday, October 11th, 2020

Included:

  • Full Day Evora tour (coach & guide)

  • Entry to Capela dos Ossos

  • Visit to a cork production factory

  • Dinner: 3-course meal incl. 2 glasses of wine and soft drinks

  • Transfer services: hotel – restaurant – hotel

  • Accommodation BB in double / twin room in 4* hotel in Lisbon

Duration: 7 hours

 

Today we will depart to Alentejo and get to know Evora - one of Portugal’s most beautifully preserved medieval towns located in central Portugal. Évora is an enchanting place to delve into the past. Inside the 14th-century walls, Évora’s narrow, winding lanes lead to striking architectural works: an elaborate medieval cathedral and cloisters; the cinematic columns of the Templo Romano (near the intriguing Roman baths); and a picturesque town square, once the site of some rather gruesome episodes courtesy of the Inquisition.

 

In Alentejo we will also visit Cork production factory founded in 2000. We will visit the factory’s facilities and learn all about cork. Portugal is a major cork-grower; in fact, nearly one-third of the total cork oak area, estimated at 2,150,000 hectares (5.3 million acres) is in Portugal, which produces approximately half the cork harvested annually in the world (about 310,000 tons).

Monday, October 12th, 2020

Included:
 

  • Full Day Obidos-Nazare-Fatima tour (coach & guide)

  • 1 cup of Ginjinha de Obidos per person

  • Entry to Nazaré Lighthouse

  • Dinner: 3-course meal incl. 2 glasses of wine and soft drinks

  • Walking assistance: hotel – restaurant – hotel

  • Accommodation BB in double / twin room in 4* hotel in Coimbra

Duration: 8 hours

From Lisbon we will depart to Obidos - the finest example of a Portuguese walled town, that was presented to the Queen of Portugal on her wedding day, a tradition that began with Queen Urraca in 1214 and continued until the 19th century. This royal patronage has left an enduring legacy of pride within the town, and today it is one of the most characterful towns of central Portugal. Obidos is a charming town to explore; there are narrow-cobbled streets, traditional painted houses, and an imposing medieval castle. Here we will taste the famous cherry liquor - Ginjinha de Obidos.

 

Our trip will continue to Nazaré – the town situated on a wide bay of golden sands and stands in the shadow of the towering Sítio headland. Historically, this headland provided shelter for the fishing fleet and the boats were moored high up on the sands, safe from the ferocity of the ocean. Today Nazaré is famous between surfers.
 

Today we will also visit the town of Fatima that now attracts thousands of pilgrims from all over the world, particularly on the pilgrimage days in May and October. Fatima is one of the most important catholic shrines in the world dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Fatima’s fame is due to the Apparitions of Our Lady of the Rosary that appeared to three shepherd children; Lucia dos Santos and her two younger cousins, Francisco and Jacinta. Between May and October of 1917, the three children witnessed several apparitions. The last one, on October 13th, was confirmed by a miracle witnessed by 60,000 people known in the catholic world as “the day the sun danced”.

 

We will proceed to Coimbra – the city in central Portugal that used to be a medieval capital for more than a century and it's home to the country’s oldest and most prestigious university.

Tuesday, October 13th, 2020

Duration: 6 hours

From Coimbra we will depart to visit the museum Vista Alegre, located in the former factory buildings and has just been given a makeover. You’ll be given an overview of the Vista Alegre company, as well as the history of porcelain and the role it has played in portuguese society.

 

Then we will discover the city that everybody calls the “Portuguese Venice” – Aveiro! This experience invites you to discover the beautiful Aveiro, a city crossed by water channels, from where brave fishermen’s sail to the remote sea of Norway to catch the tasty cod fish used in more than one hundred typical dishes.

 

During this experience you can do a boat trip trough the water channels using a “moliceiro” boats that resemble “gondolas”.
The beauty of the house façades covered by tiles and the display windows of coffee-shops decorated with the tasty and famous “ovos-moles” (a sweet made of egg yolks and sugar) invite you to enter and taste it.

Transfer to Porto.

Included:
 

  • Full Day Vista Alegre & Aveiro tour (coach & guide)

  • Visit to Vista Alegre company

  • Moliceiro-boat cruise up to 45 min

  • “Ovos moles” tasting

  • Dinner: 3-course meal incl. 2 glasses of wine and soft drinks

  • Walking assistance: hotel – restaurant – hotel

  • Accommodation BB in double / twin room in 4* hotel in Porto

Wednesday, October 14th, 2020

Included:

  • Half Day Porto walking tour (guide)

  • Entry to Lello Bookstore

  • Visit to Calem Port wine cellars & tasting of 2 Port wines

  • Dinner: 3-course meal incl. 2 glasses of wine and soft drink

  • Walking assistance: hotel – restaurant – hotel

  • Accommodation BB in double / twin room in 4* hotel in Porto

Duration: 4 hours


Welcome to the 2nd biggest city in Portugal – beautiful Porto!

 

Porto is best known for:

  • Its river, the Douro, an evermore popular choice for river cruises.

  • Its Portwine.

  • World-class contemporary architecture and cuisine.

 

We invite you to get to know the narrow streets, the magnificent architecture, the traditions and culture of the city, and of course its people!

 

Today we will discover Porto city center passing by Clerigos Tower, Lello Bookstore, Aliados Avenue, Casa da Musica, Liberty Square, Sao Bento Train station, Cathedral of Porto, Stock Exchange Palace, Majestic Café and Ribeira by Douro river.

Thursday, October 15th, 2020

Included:

  • Full Day Douro Valley & Lamego tour (coach & guide)

  • Visit to Quinta da Pacheca winery & tasting of 2 wines

  • Rabelo boat cruise up to 1 hour
    Dinner: 3-course meal incl. 2 glasses of wine 
    and soft drinks

  • 4* hotel in Porto 

  • Walking assistance: hotel – restaurant – hotel

  • Accommodation BB in double / twin room in

Duration: 8 hours

Today we will discover wine regions of Portugal. Our first stop will be Douro Valley region - stunning landscapes of green and golden slopes covered with vineyards, wine estates spreading along the riverbanks and the birthplace of the well-known Port wine.

 

Douro’s viticulture and wine exports owe its growth mainly to the Port wine brand, which appeared only during the second half of the seventeenth century. However, remains of ancient stone tanks and casks have been found, possibly tracing wine production in the region back to the third or fourth century.

 

We will visit one of the wineries, taste diferente wines and have a Douro river cruise by traditional boat - Rabelo from a colorful small town Pinhão!

 

Free time for lunch in Pinhao.

 

In the afternoon we proceed to Santuário de Nossa Senhora dos Remédios in Lamego. Built on top of Mount St. Stephen (Monte de Santo Estêvão), between the 18th and 20th centuries, this Marian shrine is visited by pilgrims from all over the country - especially on September 8, the day of the Nativity of the Virgin and the high point of the feasts in honour of Our Lady of Remedies, which usually include fireworks, musical shows and various sports and recreational activities amidst the dense grove of the pleasant Santo Estêvão Park. The Procession of the Triumph, with its richly adorned paraders, is a highpoint.

Friday, October 16th, 2020

After an amazing time in Portugal, it is time to head home or extend your tour to the Azores Islands!  The choice is up to you but either way your transfer to the airport is included.  We know you had an amazing time and we're so happy you were able to join Elite Travel & Events on our 2020 small group tour to Portugal!

Travel with our group to Portugal October 8th to 16th, 2020!

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