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Comprehensive tour by bus/coach
Includes free admission to top local attractions
Informative, friendly and professional guide
Based in a centrally located Lisbon hotel, enjoy this 3-day tour of central Portugal's loveliest towns – including Sintra, Cascais, Estoril, Óbidos, Alcobaça, Nazaré, Évora, Azeitão – and its astonishing landmarks. On this comprehensive tour, you will explore historic and picturesque Portuguese locations during the day, and return to Lisbon at night to have dinner on your own and explore the city at your own pace.
Visit the fairytale-like Pena Palace in Sintra, see the Castle Pousada-Hotel in Óbidos and admire Our Lady of Fátima Sanctuary in Fátima. Discover the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Alcobaça Monastery, Batalha Monastery and town of Évora. Learn interesting facts from your tour guide during guided walking tours in Sintra, Cascais and Évora, and sample wine at an important winery in Azeitão.
Two nights of accommodation in a superior-class hotel are included. Two breakfasts and three lunches are also included.
Please see the Itinerary section below for details on each day of the tour.
Day 1: Lisbon – Sintra – Cabo da Roca – Cascais – Estoril – Lisbon (L) Check in to your centrally located Lisbon hotel in the morning. Then if you’re already out, meet your local guide in central Lisbon, or enjoy pickup from the hotel. Relax on your comfortable coach and leave Lisbon behind as you head to the romantic Pena Palace (Palácio da Pena) in Sintra. Enjoy a walking tour of the palace and its gardens before having free time in central Sintra to explore at your leisure.
Next, have a traditional Portuguese lunch (included) in Sintra, and then board a local tram for a scenic trip to Colares, a beautiful and renowned wine region, that you will visit briefly. Then continue your journey by coach to Cabo da Roca (the westernmost point of continental Europe), Guincho Beach and Hell's Mouth (Boca do Inferno). Take in views of the beautiful Atlantic on the drive along the Estoril Coast and in the cosmopolitan town of Cascais, where you will see Cascais Bay. Back in Lisbon, enjoy free time to have dinner at a local restaurant.
Accommodation: Lutecia Hotel or similar (superior class) in Lisbon
Day 2: Lisbon – Óbidos – Alcobaça – Nazaré – Batalha – Fátima – Lisbon (B, L) Have breakfast at your hotel, and then relax on the coach drive to Óbidos. Wander around the town's cobblestone streets, surrounded by medieval walls, and visit the Castle Pousada-Hotel, a former castle that has been converted into a hotel. Next, leave for Alcobaça to see its UNESCO World Heritage-listed Gothic monastery, and continue to the picturesque fishing town of Nazaré for lunch (included).
After lunch, make your way to Batalha, where you’ll enjoy a guided visit of its monastery. Your last stop is Fátima, home to Our Lady of Fátima Sanctuary, with its Chapel of Apparitions, and the Church of the Holy Trinity. Visit these sites, and enjoy free time to attend a mass, if you wish, before you return to Lisbon for the night.
Accommodation: the same hotel in Lisbon
Day 3: Lisbon – Évora – Azeitão – Lisbon (B, L) After breakfast and check out, head out of the city for a third time, enjoying views of Lisbon's 25th of April Bridge, one of the longest suspension bridges in Europe, on the way. Drive past cork oaks, olive groves and vineyards as you make your way to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed city of Évora. When you arrive, wander the narrow streets at your own pace and see masterpieces of past eras, like the Romanesque-Gothic cathedral, the Roman Temple of Diana, St Francis Church (Church of São Francisco) and its Chapel of Bones, and Évora's university. Visit local shops that sell traditional handcrafted cork, ceramics and copper products of the Alentejo region.
After a delicious Portuguese lunch (included), set off to Azeitão, where you will visit a historical wine cellar. Enjoy a guided tour of the winery, finishing with a tasting of the traditional Setúbal muscatel. Then relax on your coach and take in views of the lush Portuguese countryside on the drive back to Lisbon.
2 nights accommodation
2 continental or buffet breakfasts
3 lunches (3-course or buffet)
Meals as per itinerary (B=breakfast, L=Lunch, D=dinner)
Transport by air-conditioned coach
Setúbal muscatel wine tasting
Entrance fees to Pena Palace, Chapel of Bones, St Francis Church and the Cathedral of Évora
Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only)
Food and drinks, unless specified
Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 2 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements
There is no toilet on board the coach
A moderate amount of walking is involved
Not wheelchair accessible
The Sintra to Colares tram journey is only available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, from April to October. On the other days, you will enjoy a panoramic journey from Sintra to Colares by bus.
Minimum drinking age for wine tasting is 18
Central Lisbon and centrally located Lisbon hotels
9am. Hotel pickups commence approximately 30 - 60 minutes prior to this time; you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time (contact info will be printed on your confirmation voucher).
Returns to original departure point at approximately 6pm on Day 3