SOUTH OF PORTUGAL
6 days / 5 nights
Day 1: Lisboa
Arrival at Lisbon airport with meet and greet by English speaking guide/driver.
Private transfer to the Hotel in Lisbon.
Overnight in Lisbon
Day 2: Lisboa | Évora
Breakfast at the hotel. One day discovering the town of Évora, a mosaic of culture, history, and traditions. Leaving Lisbon, we cross the bridge over the river Tagus and head through a beautiful and bucolic landscape of olive trees, cork oak trees and vineyards before arriving at Évora – World Heritage of UNESCO. In the narrow streets of this whitewashed town, we walk back through time visiting some of Évora’s most important monuments: the Roman Temple, the Romanesque- Gothic Cathedral, Saint Francis Church with its “Chapel of Bones” and the University. At the market, we see and feel the richness of the products used to prepare one of the most elaborated and appreciated gastronomies of Portugal. Throughout the visit, we also get to admire the diversity and authenticity of local handicrafts with cork, ceramic and copper objects. Time to lunch. In the afternoon, free time for a better discover of the city. Our suggestion: wine, cheese and olive oil gourmet proof.
Overnight in Évora
Day 3: Évora | Beja | Silves | Lagos
Breakfast at the hotel. Part of the morning at leisure in Évora and then driving southward passing Beja where the highest tower of Portuguese medieval castles dominates the town and the region. Crossing small mountains, we enter in the Algarve. By fields of orange trees, we arrive to Silves, the renowned town dominated by its red sandstone castle dating back mainly to Moorish times and by the memory of is former cork industry. Continue to the golden sands of the Algarve passing by Praia da Rocha to Lagos.
Overnight in Lagos
Day 4: Lagos | Ponta da Piedade | Sagres | Cabo de São Vicente
Breakfast at the hotel. The Algarve has the call of the sea that led to the discovery of the New World. Stop in Ponta da Piedade and admire the magnificent views over the Atlantic Ocean, and cliffs whose shapes have been sculpted by the erosive action of both the sea and time. Continue to Sagres, a fishing port, for a visit to the fortress that was the mythical “navigation school” forever linked with the presence of Prince Henry the Navigator during the first days of Atlantic navigation and the discovery of the African coast. Proceeding along the cliffs to Cabo São Vincente, the most southwestern point in mainland Europe. The city of Lagos, a cosmopolitan town with a marina and fishing port and home to some of the most delicious Algarve dishes, such as the fish and shellfish cooked in a copper pan (cataplana) and not forgetting the fine sweets such as the famous marzipan, almond and fig cakes. Return to the hotel, where the afternoon at leisure invites you to take a dip in the warm sea.
Overnight in Lagos
Day 5: Lagos | Setúbal | Serra da Arrábida | Lisboa
Breakfast at the hotel. A last look at the water while travelling along the coast to say farewell to the Algarve. The return trip to Lisbon will take you by the city of Setúbal, a major port and industrial centre on the north bank of the Sado estuary. Then comes a scenic route over the Arrábida mountain range, an area preserved as a Natural Park, with amazing scenery and unique vegetation at the gates of Lisbon and enjoy the views of the Troia Peninsula. Crossing the bridge over the Tagus River, we arrive in Lisbon.
Overnight in Lisbon
Day 6: Lisboa
Breakfast at the hotel and check out.
Private departure transfer from Hotel in Lisbon-to-Lisbon airport.
● Private transportation in a Mercedes vehicle, according itinerary
● Specialized English-speaking guide/driver, according itinerary
● 5 nights including daily buffet breakfast at 4*Hotels mentioned in the itinerary in standard room
● Entry into the following monuments: Chapel of Bones (Évora), São Francisco Church (Évora), Évora Cathedral, São Vicente Fortress (Sagres).
Does Not Include:
● Hotel Porterage
● Lisboa (2 Euro per person/night) and Porto (2 Euros per person/night) city taxes, paid locally by client (other cities might apply city tax without previous notice and the ones mentioned here can change without prior notice)
● All items not mentioned in “tour includes”.