PORTUGUESE ESCAPE

PORTUGUESE ESCAPE

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 skullcovered 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!

 

Day 1 : ARRIVE IN LISBON, PORTUGAL

Welcome to Lisbon! At 6 pm, meet your Tou r Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel.


Day 2 : LISBON

Lisbon was the c enter of Europe’s longest-lived overseas empire. Portugal’s imperial ambitions date back to Four Ways Globus  Eliminates the Hassles VIP Access Skip the line s 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 head s out of the guidebook and let expert guides make every destination fascinating.
Transportation Leave the navig ating to us – and just sit back and enjoy the ride. 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.


Day 3 : LISBON–OBIDOS–ALCOBAÇA–NAZARÉ–FATIMA–TOMAR

Stop in medieval Obidos and go back in time as you pass the main gat e 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.


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?


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.


Day 6 : OPORTO–GUIMARAES–VISEU

This morning, stop in Belmonte, today a symbol of Jewish a wakening, 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.


Day 7 : 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.


Day 8 : LISBON

Your vacation end s with breakfast this morning.


Prices are for all land arrangements as per Itinerary.

  • LISBON : Welcome dinner; guided sightseeing, visit the Alfama quarter and Jeronimos Monastery; farewell dinner
  • OBIDOS : Walking to ur of the medieval town
  • ALCOBAÇA : Visit the Church of Santa Maria Monastery
  • NAZARÉ : Lunch brea k FATIMA Visit the S anctuary of Our Lady of the Rosary
  • TOMAR : Visit the C onvent of Christ
  • COIMBRA : Visit the Univ ersity Library
  • OPORTO : Guided sigh tseeing, visit the Church of Sao Francisco and the Arabian Hall in the Stock Exchange
  • GUIMARAES : Walk through the medieval center
  • QUINTA DA AVELEDA : Enjoy [LF] Portuguese tapas with wine and explore its splendid gardens
  • VISEU : Dinner a t a local restaurant
  • BELMONTE : Visit the Jewish Museum; olive oil tasting
  • CASTELO DE VIDE : Walk through the Jewish quarter
  • EVORA : Visit a cor k factory, guided walking tour, visit the gothic cathedral, the Sao Francisco Church, and the Ossuary Chapel
Exclusions:

Applicable Taxes and Fees (Airfare & Charges Not Included in the Price)

Federal inspection fees for the Federal U.S. Customs and Immigrations; International Air Transportation tax; agricultural tax; other per person taxes imposed by government entities; port taxes; passports; visas and vaccinations; tips to your Tour or Cruise Director, Local Host, driver, Local Guides, and/or ship’s crew; gratuities on ferries, trains, and cruise ships; laundry; telephone; minibar; alcohol, beverages, and food outside of the contracted menu as presented at a hotel or restaurant or onboard your vessel (these extra items will be billed to you before leaving the hotel, ship, or restaurant); optional excursions; airport transfers on non-qualifying flights; airport transfers with cruise only, porterage at airports and train stations; Travel Protection; baggage fees; and all other items of a personal nature.