PORTUGUESE WONDERS 29JAN a 29JAN.25





29 JAN a 29 JAN 25 | 13 dias
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Lisbon

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DAY 1 – LISBON | ÓBIDOS | FOZ DO ARELHO

Meet and greet at Lisbon airport. Transfer to visit Óbidos, a picturesque, medieval walled village. Here one can find incredible religious and civil architectural heritage. Free leisure time (try the local cherry liqueur “ginginha”). Dinner and accommodation in INATEL in Foz do Arelho Hotel ***.

 

DAY 2 – FOZ DO ARELHO | ALCOBAÇA | NAZARÉ | BATALHA | FÁTIMA | FOZ DO ARELHO

Morning visit to Alcobaça Monastery, UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most notable examples of Cistercian architecture in Europe. Here one can find the stunning tombs of King Pedro and Lady Inês de Castro, the protagonists of a tragic love story. We move on to Nazaré, a typical fishing village, surrounded by cliffs and hills with strong handicraft traditions. Lunch. Afternoon visit to the Batalha Monastery a gothic masterpiece and classified UNESCO World Heritage Site. Our tour proceeds to Fátima, one of the world’s most important sanctuaries for Marian devotion. The sanctuary was built to commemorate the apparitions of Our Lady in 1917. Free leisure time. Return to Foz do Arelho. Dinner and accommodation.

 

DAY 3 – FOZ DO ARELHO|COIMBRA| AVEIRO|OPORTO

Morning trip to Coimbra, the students’ city. We will walk through the streets of the old town before we visit the University, one of the oldest in the world with its extremely valuable library, the Biblioteca Joanina, Saint Michael’s Chapel, and the Sala dos Capelos (Graduate’s Hall). After lunch we proceed to Aveiro, known as “the Portuguese Venice”. We suggest a walk nearby the canals. Here one can find brightly colored boats, Moliceiros, and don’t forget to try the Ovos Moles (an egg-based dessert wrapped in wafer and shaped into marine forms). Dinner and accommodation in Oporto.

 

DAY 4 – OPORTO

Full day in Oporto, the second largest city in the country. The historic centre of Oporto was declared UNESCO World Heritage in 1996 and keeps an architectural heritage of exceptional quality. Lunch, followed by a Douro river cruise. This is a unique opportunity to see the city and its picturesque neighborhoods from a different perspective. We will finish the day with a visit to the famous Port wine cellars. Wine tasting. Dinner and accommodation.

 

DAY 5 – OPORTO | BRAGA | GUIMARÃES | AMARANTE | VILA REAL

Morning visit to Braga. Enjoy the historical centre where the oldest Cathedral in the country can be found and stroll through the beautiful Saint Barbara Gardens. Perched on a hilltop on the outskirts of Braga, Bom Jesus do Monte Sanctuary awaits a visit. The monumental Baroque stairway features 17 landings dedicated to the stations of the cross. After lunch the tour continues to Guimarães, declared UNESCO World Heritage Site, it’s the cradle of Portuguese nationality and birthplace of the first King of Portugal. We continue to Amarante, a charming medieval town, where we visit the beautiful S. Gonçalo’s Convent, the city´s patron saint and holy matchmaker. Here, we suggest that you taste one of the Amarante’s sweets in a local pastrie. Dinner and accommodation in a hotel in Vila Real.

 

DAY 6 – VILA REAL | PESO DA RÉGUA | LAMEGO | S. PEDRO DO SUL

Morning tour to the impressive Mateus Palace. Wander the gardens of this romantic palace built in the 18th century and considered one of the finest examples of baroque architecture in Portugal. We proceed to the sun-bleached town of Peso da Régua in the Douro River bank. This city played a fundamental role in the production and sale of Port wine, for it was the departure place for the barrels transported in the traditional boats (Barcos Rabelos) to Vila Nova de Gaia. In this region, the vines are grown on terraced slopes along the river.  We continue to Lamego. After lunch we will walk through the steep and picturesque streets of the city, walk up the 686 steps of the baroque style stairway to Nossa Senhora dos Remédios Sanctuary boasting fantastic views of the city. Opportunity to taste the local specialty: the famous smoked Lamego ham. Dinner and accommodation in INATEL Palace S. Pedro do Sul Hotel ****.

 

DAY 7 – S. PEDRO DO SUL | SERRA DA ESTRELA | CASTELO DE VIDE

Trip to Serra da Estrela, the highest point in Portuguese mainland, passing through Penhas Douradas, a place of shepherds and transhumance, with a short stopover in Mondeguinho, source of the river Mondego (longest river in Portugal). Lunch in INATEL in Manteigas Hotel ***. Afternoon visit to Torre and Penhas da Saúde, a beautiful village high up in the heart of the mountain. Free leisure time to try the traditional and renowned Serra da Estrela soft cheese. Dinner and accommodation in INATEL in Castelo de Vide (Alentejo region).

 

DAY 8 – CASTELO DE VIDE | MARVÃO | ESTREMOZ| ÉVORA

Morning walking tour to Castelo de Vide medieval town. Inside the walls pay particular attention to the Fortress, the Castle, the Jewish quarter with its ancient Synagogue and the village fountain which is believed to have healing properties. We continue to the peaceful town of Marvão, where you can admire the popular architecture on the traditional Alentejo houses and the amazing views over the surrounding region. Lunch. We continue to Estremoz, the white city, for its usage of marble. Estremoz has a rich cultural heritage, in which the major attraction is the castle with its medieval walls and the 13th century citadel. Accommodation and dinner in a hotel in Évora.

 

DAY 9 – ÉVORA | MONSARAZ | BEJA | ALBUFEIRA

Morning visit to Évora, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Évora guards its historic centre with a vast outer wall and represents a valuable cultural legacy. Special focus is given to the Roman temple, the Cathedral, the University, Giraldo Square and St. Francis Church, where you can visit the singular Bones Chapel. Lunch. We continue to Monsaraz, a beautiful medieval town that has kept its distinctive characteristics over the centuries. As far as the town's architectural heritage is concerned, the highlights are the medieval castle and keep, the former court building and the parish church of Nossa Senhora da Lagoa. Our tour continues to Beja. The most significant aspect of the castle is the imposing Keep, from where one can enjoy the best views across the surrounding region (Alentejo). Accommodation and dinner in INATEL in Albufeira Hotel ***.

 

DAY 10 – ALBUFEIRA | SAGRES | LAGOS | SILVES | COSTA DE CAPARICA

Morning visit to Sagres and Lagos, two important cities to Henry the Navigator, the man behind the Portuguese Discoveries. Visit to Sagres’ fortress, once a meeting place for astronomers, cartographers and seafarers. A few kilometers further lies Cape St. Vincent, Europe’s most south-westerly point, where the ancients thought the world ended. We continue to Lagos, one of the most important trading centers for ivory, gold and silver brought from Africa during the Discoveries’ period. Return to Albufeira for lunch.

Afternoon tour in Silves, visiting the Castle, the cathedral and the vast Arab legacy. Departure from the Algarve to the Lisbon area. Accommodation and dinner at INATEL Costa de Caparica.

 

DAY 11 – COSTA DA CAPARICA | SINTRA | CABO DA ROCA | CASCAIS | ESTORIL | COSTA DA CAPARICA

Morning visit to Sintra, UNESCO World Heritage Site, it has always been considered an idyllic place by kings and nobles, and praised by writers and poets: the “Glorious Eden” as Lord Byron called it. Visit of the National Palace, whose origins date back to the 16th century and has served as a summer residence for several Portuguese Monarchs. Free time in this charming town. Here, one can find several other palaces, like the Pena Palace, high up on the hilltops of the mountain; Seteais Palace, nowadays a luxury hotel and Monserrate, famous for its magnificent gardens with exotic and unique species in Portugal. Lunch. Short stopover in Cabo da Roca (Roca Cape), the westernmost point of mainland Europe, with a panoramic view of Cascais and Estoril. Return to Costa de Caparica. Dinner and accommodation.

 

DAY 12 – COSTA DA CAPARICA | LISBON | COSTA DA CAPARICA

We will end our tour in Lisbon, visit Belém, a district full of monuments which testify to the Portuguese overseas expansion. Special focus to Belém Tower and Jerónimos Monastery, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Lunch and visit to Alfama, the city’s oldest quarter and one of the most typical of Lisbon. Fado, the Portuguese traditional song, recently added to UNESCO’s list of World’s Intangible Cultural Heritage, echoing throughout the narrow alleys and typical Fado houses. We will walk through the colorful until we get to São Jorge Castle. The castle boasts amazing views of the city. Before we return to the hotel, enjoy some free leisure time in the Baixa district. Dinner with fado show in a typical fado house. Accommodation.

 

DAY 13 – COSTA DA CAPARICA | lisboN

Transfer to Lisbon Airport. Assistance with check-in procedures. End of tour.

Inclui


  • English speaking guide from arrival to departure airports;
  • Private bus according to the itinerary;
  • 12 nights’ accommodation, breakfast, based on double rooms;
  • 11 lunches;
  • 12 dinners (including 1 Fado dinner);
  • Visits and entrances in monuments according to itinerary;
  • Travel insurance;
  • VAT.

Não inclui


  • Beverages;

Locais partida


Lisbon

Condições Gerais


GENERAL CONDITIONS

These general conditions are indicative and may be complemented with the detailed travel program and its particular conditions.

ORGANIZATION

The tourism services are organized by INATEL Turismo (a registered trademark of INATEL Foundation), headquartered at Calçada de Sant’Ana 180, 1169-062 Lisbon, registered at Turismo de Portugal IP., under number 2954 (RNAVT).

RESPONSIBILITY

Fundação INATEL is responsible for the correct performance of all services included in the travel contract.

INATEL is not responsible for errors in the booking that are attributed to the participant or that are caused by unavoidable and exceptional circumstances.

RESERVATIONS

Reservations must be made in writing to tourism@inatel.pt, including all the necessary information for the tour program (dates, typology of hotel and rooms, etc.).

Reservations are only considered con­firmed after written acceptance and a deposit guarantee.

INSURANCE

INATEL's liability is guaranteed by civil insurance, according to the portuguese legislation.

We recommend that all participants have a personal accident insurance that can protect against any accidents. If necessary, INATEL can provide available insurance options.

PRICES

The prices informed with the proposal have a validity of acceptance. They may be changed until the ­final confi­rmation of the services and/or for reasons attributed to force majeure circumstances.

PAYMENTS

In general terms, the applicable payment policy is as follows:

• With service confi­rmation – 25% deposit

• Full payment – before participants arrival

• The payment policy can be changed depending on the conditions of the suppliers

Bank account information (Millenium BCP bank):

PT50 0033 0000 0018 0680 81077 (Fundação INATEL)

CANCELLATIONS AND REFUNDS

The cancellation policy is informed on the detailed proposal, but in general terms the following applies:

• Cancellations, total or partial, will only be accepted in writing;

• No cancellation charges apply for services cancelled 45 days prior to service, except non-refundable deposits;

• Cancellations with less than 45 days may incur in cancellation fees, to be determined on a case-by-case basis. INATEL will make every effort to minimize cancellation expenses.

HOTELS

The category of hotels complies with the Portuguese legislation. Some INATEL hotels are not classi­fied as hotels, being designated as “holiday centres”.

CLAIMS

Any non-compliance in the execution of a service included in the travel contract must be presented in writing to INATEL, as soon as such non-compliance occurs, and the participant must inform the suppliers of those services during the trip, demanding from them the respective documents proving the occurrence.

ASSISTANCE

INATEL has an assistance telephone to support group travel.

In case of difficulties for the participant, or when, for reasons that are not attributed to him, he cannot complete the tour, INATEL will provide the necessary assistance, under the terms of the law, and may charge, if justifi­ed, a fee to the participant in the amount of costs incurred.