Sunny Portugal: Estoril Coast, Alentejo and Algarve

TUESDAY, MAY 10, 5 PM - THURSDAY, MAY 19, 2022, 6 PM

Sunny Portugal: Estoril Coast, Alentejo and Algarve
May 10-19, 2022

Ancient castles and Roman ruins, groves of lemon and almond trees, quiet whitewashed villages, and welcoming locals – Portugal is waiting for you.

Highlights: Portuguese Riviera, Lisbon, Belem, Obidos, Sintra, Choice on Tour, Arraiolos, Cork Factory, Evora, Winery Visit, Alentejo, Monsaraz, Lagos, Algarve, Faro, Tavira, 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Azeitao

Essential Experiences:

  • Spend the night in Evora, known as the "Museum City of Portugal."
  • Enjoy a leisurely 3-night stay on the sunny coast of the Algarve.
  • Take advantage of a free day in the Algarve.

Day 1: Travel – Get ready for an amazing journey!

Day 2: After an overnight flight, say hello to the Portuguese Riviera, your home for the next three nights. With mansions scattered about Cascais and Monte Estoril – all hinting at its history as a haven for exiled European royals and nobility. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner.

Day 3: Embark on a panoramic Lisbon city tour and uncover the city’s most famous sights. Travel to Belem where you’ll see the Belem Tower (UNESCO World Heritage site), and the Monument to the Discoveries. Step into the past at the 16th-century Jerónimos Monastery (UNESCO) and Lisbon’s Maritime Museum, which offers a glimpse into the country’s naval achievements.

Enjoy some time to discover the narrow cobblestone streets, meandering past seaside cafés or pausing to shop for ceramics, lace, and hand-woven works. You’re on your own for the remainder of the day. You may choose to join an optional experience to savor Portuguese cuisine and wine while local artists perform traditional Fado.

Day 4: Explore the picture-perfect city of Obidos, where white-washed houses sit snug within medieval city walls. Continue on to Sintra (UNESCO), a breathtaking hub that served as the summer residence of Portuguese kings for six centuries. Then, explore this quaint hilltop village independently and wander through the winding streets lined with cork products and pastries or venture into the National Palace of Sintra. On your return to Lisbon stop to admire the stunning Cabo da Roca, the western most point of continental Europe.

Day 5: Make your way through Portugal’s charming countryside. Visit Arraiolos, known as the “village of rugs,” and delve into the history and art of Portuguese tapestries. Visit a local cork factory, where you’ll learn about the product’s importance to the local economy and why Portugal is the world’s top cork producer.

Your journey then takes you to Evora (UNESCO) – the “Museum City of Portugal.” In addition to Evora’s 2nd-century Roman temple to Diana, this medieval walled city is also the home to the mysterious 16th-century Chapel of Bones. Indulge in full-bodied wines from the Alentejo region during a winery tour and tasting.

Day 6: Journey to the stunning coasts of the Algarve - the southernmost region of Portugal. On the way, pause to take in the dramatic vistas from the village of Monsaraz. Then, explore the historic resort town of Lagos, where Moorish and Renaissance influences meet towering seaside cliffs. From this bustling port city, many celebrated voyagers began their explorations. Stroll by the fortress and historic buildings as you take in the surrounding views of the Atlantic.

Day 7: The entire day is yours to experience the incomparable Algarve on your own. Geraniums, camellias, and oleanders grow alongside fig, orange, and almond trees, while brightly colored fishing boats bob on the seas. Protected by hills to the north and warmed by the sea, the Algarve’s mild climate and beautiful beaches attract visitors from all over the world.

Day 8: Journey to Faro, the capital of the Algarve. Explore the city’s historic center and see the 9th-century city walls. During lunch, discover the flavors of the region as a local chef highlights Algarve gastronomy during a cooking demonstration. Enjoy a tasting menu featuring iconic dishes of the region complete with local liquors and pastries. Continue to Tavira, an ancient Moorish city that blends traditional architecture with sandy beaches and a modern atmosphere. Return to Lagos for an evening at leisure.

Day 9: En route to Lisbon, make a stop in Azeitao, a charming agricultural village known for red wine, olive trees and beautiful country estates. Meet local artisans at a family-run shop and learn how the famous hand-painted Portuguese tiles, azulejos, are made. Bid Portugal goodbye during a dinner in Lisbon and celebrate the end of your unforgettable journey.

Day 10: Your tour ends today. Safe travels home - Até breve!

Optional Extensions:

  • Pre-Tour: 3 Nights in Porto - $749 per person/double occ.
  • Post-Tour: 4 Nights on Madeira Island - $1,299 per person/double occ.

Brochure and Registration Form

Only $3,499 per person/double occupancy ($4,099 single) if booked by November 11, 2021. $600 deposit per person due upon reservation. Hurry, space is limited!

For bookings made after November 11, please call for rates. Included in price: Round trip air from Minneapolis/St Paul Intl (MSP), air taxes and fees/surcharges, hotel transfers, tour manager and guides, 12 meals.

Not included in price: Cancellation waiver and insurance of $399 per person, some meals, most gratuity. All rates are per person and are subject to change based on air inclusive package from MSP. Air travel may be arranged from other airports as well.

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