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Flexibility to customize your itinerary to your own preferences
Hotel pickup included
Private tour is operated with just your party and a guide/driver
Choose between 3- and 4-star hotel accommodation in Lisbon. On one of the nights of your private tour, a fado performance and dinner at a traditional local restaurant is included. The mournful, heady music is synonymous with Portuguese culture, and a night listening to its soulful strains is a must-do experience while in Lisbon. Let your guide select the best night to do this, and enjoy a performance that lasts between 2 and 4 hours while dining on traditional Portuguese dishes. Entrance fees and all other meals (aside from lunch on Day 2) are at your own expense, and your guide will ensure you have ample free time during each day for breakfasts, lunches and other dinners.
Day 1: LisbonWhen you arrive in Lisbon, meet your driver at the airport or your hotel and start your experience with a transfer to your accommodation for the next three nights. Get settled, unpack and spend the rest of your day exploring the city with your guide. Stand in awe of Lisbon Cathedral, built in 1150 on the site of an old mosque by Portugal's first king. Nearby, see the exterior of the Fado Museum whose exhibits trace the evolution and passion behind Portugal’s famous fado style of music. In the Alfama area, visit St George's Castle (Castelo de Sao Jorge) atop the highest hill in the city. Learn about how the castle changed hands from the ancient Visigoths to the Moors to Portugal's royalty in medieval times. Admire Alfama’s maze of red rooftops and pastel-colored houses from above at Largo das Portas do Sol, the original Moorish gateway. Stop for lunch (own expense), and then soak up the bohemian atmosphere of the Bairro Alto neighborhood and the newly improved Cais do Sodré district. Wander Lisbon's many plazas, including Restauradores Square, Rossio Square and Comércio Square. Visit the remarkable Tower of Belém and Jerónimos Monastery, designated together as a UNESCO World Heritage site. You’ll also learn about the significance of the Discoveries Monument, honoring Henry the Navigator, who led Portugal’s discovery expeditions into the New World in the 15th century. Finish your day with a hotel drop-off and spend your night at leisure. Overnight: 3- or 4-start hotel in Lisbon Day 2: Lisbon – Sintra – Cascais – Estoril – Lisbon (L)Start with a morning pickup for a day trip to Sintra. Leave the urban capital behind and venture just over 30 minutes northwest to Sintra, which brushes up against the Sintra Mountains and beautiful Sintra-Cascais Nature Park. A breakfast stop along the way can be organized at your own expense. This UNESCO World Heritage-listed town became the first center of European Romantic architecture in the 19th century, and its cultural landscape is dotted with royal retreats, estates, castles and buildings from the 8th century and beyond. With your guide, visit some of Sintra’s most renowned attractions such as Pena National Palace, Castle of the Moors, Sintra National Palace, Queluz National Palace and Quinta da Regaleira. Enjoy a fresh fish lunch at a restaurant on the beach, and spend the rest of your afternoon discovering the other side of the Sintra mountains. Visit the cosmopolitan coastal town of Cascais, a former fishing village that transformed into a cosmopolitan resort town after gaining fame from Portugal's royal family in the 19th century. In the village of Estoril, see the impressive Casino Estoril, the largest casino in Europe that was reputed to be a secret gathering spot during World War II. Just west of Cascais, enjoy views over the cliffs of Cabo da Roca and spot the dramatic Boca do Inferno cliff formation (Hell’s Mouth). Return to Lisbon in the evening. Overnight: 3- or 4-start hotel in Lisbon Day 3: Lisbon – Óbidos – Nazaré – Fátima – LisbonHave breakfast at your own expense, and then enjoy a morning pickup from your hotel to venture south for a full day of exploring the must-see areas near Lisbon. Your first stop is Óbidos, a fortified village of whitewashed houses and narrow streets with a distinctly medieval atmosphere. With your guide, wander around the cobblestone streets lined with colorful houses and Gothic doorways, and visit Óbidos Castle. See sights such as the town gate and Santa Maria Church, and learn interesting facts about the village from your guide. You might also stop at one of the local wine shops to sample the traditional Ginja (own expense). Hop back in your vehicle for the drive through the beautiful Portuguese agricultural countryside, and stop at Sítio for wonderful views of the Atlantic Ocean and the pretty beaches. Then, arrive in Nazaré, a colorful and traditional fishing village. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant (own expense), and then soak up the sun and coastal sights with a walk along the beach. With your appetite sated, continue to Fátima, once a sleepy rural village that became an important pilgrimage site in 1917 when three shepherd children reported apparitions of the Virgin Mary, also known as Our Lady of Fátima (Nossa Senhora de Fátima). With your guide, visit the Chapel of the Apparitions and the Sanctuary of Fátima. In the evening, arrive back at your hotel and enjoy one more night in Lisbon at your leisure. Overnight: 3- or 4-start hotel in Lisbon Day 4: LisbonCheck out of your accommodation in the morning to finish your 3-night experience in Lisbon.
Professional, private guide
Hotel/airport pickup and drop-off
3 nights of accommodation
Transport by private vehicle
Meals as per itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
Fado performance with dinner
Food and drinks, unless specified
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Not wheelchair accessible
Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
Maximum of 3 travelers per hotel room
Lisbon Airport or your centrally located Lisbon hotel
Flexible; the Day 1 tour start time can be adjusted to your preference. Contact the local service provider as soon as possible to verify your exact pickup time; contact details are listed on your booking voucher
Concludes at your Lisbon accommodation or Lisbon Airport