Experience Portugal at a relaxed pace while taking in the important cities of Lisbon and Oporto—typical towns and villages and the stunning north-west coastline. Throughout this tour, you’ll visit the must-see attractions, including the 16th century Jeronimos Monastery. Often regarded as Lisbon’s most important landmark, it was traditional for Portuguese seafarers to pray in the chapel before their departure to the unknown. You’ll visit the Sanctuary of our Lady of the Rosary in Fatima, a pilgrimage site where apparitions of the Virgin Mary were reported by three local children in 1917; the 700-year-old university in Coimbra; the Arabian Hall and the Church of Sao Francisco in Oporto, and the Ossuary Chapel in Evora, with its bone- and skull-covered walls. For this exceptional escorted tour of Portugal, Globus has arranged some special treats so that you can savor Portuguese cuisine and wine. Enjoy an olive oil tasting in Belmonte (birthplace of Pedro Alvares Cabral, discoverer of Brazil), and tapas with wine at the Quinta de Aveleda winery. All of this and much more await you on this wonderful Portuguese Escape!

Travel Best Bets Package Includes

  • Round trip airfare from Vancouver to Lisbon
  • 8 night guided vacation First Class coach tour with individual headsets throughout the tour
  • 8 nights in First Class or Moderate First-Class accommodation below or similar
  • 13 Meals: 8 breakfast daily; 5 three-course dinners with wine, including a welcome dinner in Lisbon
  • Round trip transfers from airport to hotel and hotel to airport

Vacation Highlights

LISBON – Welcome dinner; guided sightseeing, visit the Alfama quarter and Jeronimos Monastery; farewell dinner
OBIDOS – Walking tour of the medieval town
ALCOBAÇA – Visit the Church of Santa Maria Monastery
NAZARÉ – Lunch break
FATIMA – Visit the Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Rosary
TOMAR – Visit the Convent of Christ
COIMBRA – Visit the University Library
OPORTO – Guided sightseeing, visit the Church of Sao Francisco and the Arabian Hall in the Stock Exchange
GUIMARAES – Walk through the medieval center
QUINTA DA AVELEDA – Enjoy Portuguese tapas with wine and explore its splendid gardens
VISEU – Dinner at a local restaurant
BELMONTE – Visit the Jewish Museum; olive oil tasting
CASTELO DE VIDE – Walk through the Jewish quarter
EVORA – Visit a cork factory, guided walking tour, visit the gothic cathedral, the Sao Francisco Church, and the Ossuary Chapel

Travel Best Bets Exclusive!  

 March 27, 2019 Double Occupancy
Vancouver $1849 + $688 tax
Kelowna, Victoria add from $400 more per person
Pre-Pay Gratuities
(Tour Director & Driver)
add $109 per person
 Single Travellers add $350

Note: Globus requires passport and emergency contact information with final payment.

Four Ways Globus Eliminates the Hassles
VIP Access:
Skip the lines and get special treatment at the must-see attractions.
Perfect Hotels: We’ve done the work to find just the right hotels in just the right locations.
Tour Directors: Take your heads out of the guidebook and let expert guides make every destination fascinating.
Transportation: Leave the navigating to us – and just sit back and enjoy the ride.

 

Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Day 1 ARRIVE IN LISBON, PORTUGAL
Welcome to Lisbon! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel.
Meals: Dinner
Accommodation: Mercure Lisboa or Hotel Novotel Lisboa or similar

Day 2 LISBON
Lisbon was the center of Europe’s longest-lived overseas empire. Portugal’s imperial ambitions date back to Prince Henry the Navigator’s 15th-century discoveries in West Africa. Morning sightseeing with a Local Guide features a drive through the Baixa quarter’s main squares. Then, enjoy a walk through the cobblestone alleys of quaint ALFAMA, the popular quarter of the seamen and Fado singers. Drive along the grand Avenida da Liberdade up to Pombal Square, and stop for pictures of Belem Tower and the Monument of the Discoverers. Also visit JERONIMOS MONASTERY with the tomb of Vasco da Gama. An interesting optional excursion to the royal palace of Queluz is available, as well as dinner at a typical taverna with Fado-style entertainment.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 LISBON–OBIDOS–ALCOBAÇA–NAZARÉ–FATIMA–TOMAR
Stop in medieval Obidos and go back in time as you pass the main gate in the impressive perimeter wall and walk along the narrow streets. Continue to Alcobaça to visit the CHURCH OF SANTA MARIA MONASTERY, built in the 12th century for 999 Cistercian monks. See the elaborate tombs of King Pedro I and his Castilian lover, Inês de Castro. The fishing harbor of Nazaré is the perfect place for a leisurely lunch break. In the afternoon, mix with the pilgrims at the country’s hallowed national shrine, Fatima’s SANCTUARY OF OUR LADY OF THE ROSARY. Overnight in Tomar.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Dos Templarios or similar

Day 4 TOMAR–COIMBRA–OPORTO
In Tomar, the historic seat of the mighty Order of the Knights of Christ, visit the hilltop CONVENT OF CHRIST with its famous Manueline Window. Continue to Coimbra, strategically situated on a hill overlooking the Mondego River. After a visit to the 700-year-old UNIVERSITY, drive by ancient Buçaco Forest on your way to Oporto, Portugal’s second-largest city. Tonight, why not relax during an optional cruise on the Douro River, followed by dinner at one of Oporto’s fine restaurants?
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: NH Collection Porto Batalha or similar

Day 5 OPORTO
Sightseeing with a Local Guide includes a panoramic drive to the mouth of the Douro River, the soaring cathedral, the richly decorated CHURCH OF SAO FRANCISCO, and the STOCK EXCHANGE with its contemporary ARABIAN HALL, inspired by Granada’s Alhambra.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 6 OPORTO–GUIMARAES–VISEU
Enjoy a walk through the medieval center of Guimaraes, often referred to as the “Cradle of Portugal” because of its association with the country’s first king, Alfonso Henriques. Next, taste Portuguese tapas at the Quinta da Aveleda WINERY and visit its splendid GARDENS. From here, a scenic road through the port wine vineyards leads to Viseu, where dinner at a local restaurant awaits!
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Grao Vasco or similar

Day 7 VISEU–BELMONTE–CASTELO DE VIDE–EVORA
This morning, stop in Belmonte, today a symbol of Jewish awakening, for a visit to the JEWISH MUSEUM. Also enjoy an OLIVE OIL TASTING, for which the area is famous. Enjoy an afternoon break in Castelo de Vide, with time to walk through the Jewish quarter with its white-washed houses and its medieval synagogue. Before arriving in Evora, the cultural center of southern Portugal and a former royal residence, visit a CORK FACTORY and learn about the many ways this material can be used.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: M’ar De Ar Muralhas or similar

Day 8 EVORA–LISBON
A massive wall surrounds Evora’s medieval center, classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Follow your Local Guide on a walking tour through its narrow alleys to the Roman Temple, the early gothic CATHEDRAL, Portas de Moura fountain, and SAO FRANCISCO CHURCH. Visit the OSSUARY CHAPEL, with walls covered with thousands of human bones and skulls. Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner with your traveling companions.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation:  Mercure Lisboa or Hotel Novotel Lisboa or similar

Day 9 LISBON
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
Breakfast Breakfast

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