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Departing from Lisbon, travel south to discover the whitewashed town of Évora, medieval Beja & the fishing village of Sagres. Journey through orange groves and past the golden sands of the Algarve coast to Lagos, where you can sample typical seafood dishes and fine sweets. This 6-day escorted tour of Portugal's sunny south will leave you with memories for years to come!
Friday - Arriving at Lisbon Airport, a private car transfer will be waiting to take you to your centrally located hotel. Check into your hotel and enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.
Saturday - Departing from Lisbon we cross the bridge over the Tejo River and journey through a lovely rural landscape dotted with olive trees, cork oak trees & vineyards to arrive in Évora. Spend the day discovering the whitewashed town of Évora, a mosaic of culture, history & traditions and one of Portugal's UNESCO World heritage sites. Step back in time as we walk along the narrow streets, visiting some of the most important monuments: the Roman Temple, the Romanesque-Gothic Cathedral, Saint Francis Church whit the “Bones Chapel“ and the University. At the market, we see and feel the richness of products used to prepare one of the most elaborated and appreciated cuisines of Portugal. Throughout the visit, we also admire the diversity of authenticity of local handicrafts made with cork, ceramic & copper objects. The rest of the day is free to enjoy lunch and continue exploring the city on your own. We also suggest you do a wine, cheese & gourmet olive oil tasting. Tonight's hotel is in Évora. (B)
Sunday - Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and part of the morning at leisure. We then depart Évora and drive southward to Beja, where the highest tower of any Portuguese Medieval castle dominates the town and the region. There will be a short stop for visiting before continuing our journey. Crossing small mountains we enter the Algarve region and drive past fields of orange trees to arrive in Silves, renowned for its red sandstone castle dating back to Moorish times and the legacy of its former cork industry. We then continue to the golden sands of the Algarve, passing by Praia da Rocha to arrive in Lagos for overnight. (B)
Monday - Breakfast at hotel. The Algarve has the call of the sea that led to the discovery of the New World and today we spend the morning exploring this fascinating region. Our first stop is Ponta da Piedade to admire the magnificent view over the Atlantic Ocean and cliffs whose shapes have been sculpted by the erosive action of both the sea & time. Continue to the fishing village of Sagres for a visit to the fortress, the mythical “navigation school” forever linked to Prince Henry the Navigator from 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 Europe, we reach the city of Lagos. Lagos is a cosmopolitan town with a marina and a fishing port where you can taste delicious Algarvean cuisine, such as the typical fish & shellfish dish cooked in a copper pan called "cataplana". You should also not miss sampling the fine local sweets, including 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. Return to your hotel in Lagos. (B)
Tuesday - Breakfast at hotel and check out. Enjoy a last look at the blue sea while travelling along the coast, say farewell to the Algarve as we begin our journey back to Lisbon. The return trip will take you to the city of Setubal, a major port and industrial centre on the north bank of the Sado estuary. Stop and free time to visit Setubal. We then take the scenic route over the Arrábida Mountain Range, an area preserved as a Natural Park boasting amazing scenery and unique vegetation at the gates of Lisbon, and savour the sweeping views of the Tróia Peninsula. Finally, crossing the bridge over the Tejo River, we arrive back in Lisbon. (B)
Wednesday - This morning after breakfast, a private car will transfer you back to Lisbon airport where you'll board your return flight home. (B)
Friday departures - September 08 & 22, October 13 & 27, November 17, December 15, 2023 plus January 19, February 16, March 22, 2024
Departures are guaranteed with a minimum of 2 passengers.