Day 1: Lisbon and Évora One-day discovery of Évora, listed as World Heritage by UNESCO. The town is a mosaic of culture, history and traditions. Leaving Lisboa, we cross the bridge over the river Tejo where you will cross a beautiful and bucolic landscape of olive trees, cork oak trees and vineyards. In the narrow streets of the whitewashed town of Évora we walk along the most important monuments: The Roman Temple, The Romanesque-gothic Cathedral, Saint Francis Church with the"Bones chapel", and the University, it's all included in this Tour Package. At the market we sense and feel the richness of products which are used to prepare the most elaborated and appreciated food of Portugal. Along the visit we also admire the diversity and authenticity of local handicraft with cork, ceramic and cooper objects. Lunch (optional). In the afternoon, you will have some free time to have your own impression of the city. Our suggestion: wine, cheese and olive oil!
Day 2: Évora, Beja, Silves & Alvor Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning you will have some leisure time in Évora. Following we will drive southward, passing Beja where the highest tower of Portuguese Medieval castles dominates the town and the region. On this Tour Package you will cross the small mountains of the Algarve. By fields of orange trees we arrive to Silves, a town dominated by its red sandstone castle dating back to the Moorish times and known for its cork. We will continue our tour to the golden beaches of the Algarve passing by Praia da Rocha to Alvor.
Day 3: Alvor, Ponta da Piedade, Sagres, Cabo de S. Vicente & Lagos Breakfast at the hotel. The Algarve's position close to the sea led to the discovery of the New World. We have a stop in Ponta da Piedade and admire the magnificent view over the atlantic Ocean with cliffs sculpted by the erosive action of both the sea and time. We continue to Sagres, a fishing port, where we pay a visit to the fortress formerly known as the mythical "navigation school". This school is forever linked with 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 Vicente, the most southwestern point of europe. Onwards we visit the city of Lagos, a cosmopolitan town with a marina and fishing port where you can taste delicious Algarve dishes, such as fish and shellfish cooked in a cooper pan (cataplana) and the fine sweets such as the famous marzipans. Return to the hotel, where, the afternoon leisure time will invite you to take a swim in the warm sea.
Day 4: Setúbal, Serra da Arrábida & Lisbon After breakfast we take a look at the coast to say goodbye to the Algarve. The return trip to Lisbon brings you to Sétubal, an important harbour & centre of industry. After that the tour takes you over the beautiful Arrábida mountains, an area preserved as national park. Enjoy the stunning view of the Troja Peninsula. To end the tour you will cross the April 25th Bridge with an amazing view over Lisbon.
Price per Person
· Supplement High Season (June to Septembre): 128€
· Accommodation in a Double Room: 616€
Departure Dates 2012: 21 April, 12 May, 02 June, 23 June, 21 July, 25 August, 08 September, 29 September and 27 October
The Price includes:
· Accommodation in hotels with breakfast buffet in the following hotels or similar: Hotel Mar d'Ar (4*, Évora) and Hotel Alvor Village (4*, Alvor)
· Modern and comfortable car, mini-bus or coach
· Guide during the entire tour
· Entrances in the following monuments: 'Bones Chapel', Évora cathedral, San Francisco church, San Vincente fort
· Single Supplement: 100€
The Price does not include:
· Flights to and from Portugal
· Personal expenses
· Other expenses not mentioned
· Bagage service in the hotels
Meals (Lunches and Dinners)