with optional 4-Night Madeira Island Post Tour Extension
Portuguese Riviera ● Choice on Tour ● Lisbon ● Fado Dinner Show ● Sintra ● Obidos ● Fatima ● Evora ● Alentejo Countryside Stay ● Sagres ● Lagos ● Algarve ● Faro ● Cork Factory ● Azeitao ● 2 Winery Tours ● 5 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
From $1799 per person
10 Days ● 14 Meals: 8 Breakfasts ● 6 Dinners
★Explore Lake Orta, one of Italy’s hidden treasures.
★Stop in historic Evora, known as the "Museum City of Portugal."
★Venture to Lagos, where Prince Henry the Navigator began his explorations.
★Spend three nights on the sunny coast of the Algarve.
★Stay three nights at a coastal resort on the Portuguese Riviera.
★Tour Lisbon, Portugal's capital that overlooks the Tagus River.
★Experience local cuisine and wine and immerse yourself in the moving sounds of Fado.
★Indulge in a tasting of the Alentejo region's wines during a winery tour.
Day 1: Overnight Flight
Ancient castles and Roman ruins. Groves of lemon and almond trees. Quiet, whitewashed villages, and kind gentle people. Portugal is waiting for you.
Day 2: Cascais, Portugal - Tour Begins
Your tour opens in a scenic coastal resort on the “Portuguese Riviera,” your home for three nights. The mansions scattered about Cascais and Monte Estoril hint at its history as a haven for exiled European royals and nobility. Tonight, join your fellow travellers for a welcome dinner. Today dinner will be included.
Day 3: Choice of Lisbon Panoramic City Tour or Alfama District Walking Tour
This morning it’s your choice! Join a panoramic Lisbon city tour by coach and uncover sights that include Jeronimo’s Monastery (a UNESCO World Heritage site), Belem Tower (UNESCO), and the Monument to the Discoveries, with the tour capping off with a visit to the National Museum of Coaches -OR- embark on a walking tour* of the historic Alfama District, Lisbon's most symbolic quarter. Step back in time on an exploration of this residential neighbourhood, which is considered a village within a city. Stroll the neighbourhood’s medieval alleys, narrow streets and small squares, and pass by beautiful churches, whitewashed houses decorated with tile panels and wrought-iron balconies adorned with pots of flowers. Next, climb the hill to explore the castle, which boasts the most breathtaking panorama of the city. Later, enjoy leisure time in the Portuguese Riviera. Stroll the narrow cobblestone streets, sit in a seaside café, walk wide oceanside promenades, or shop for ceramics, lace, filigree, hand-woven works and tapestries. This evening, savour excellent Portuguese cuisine and wine while local artists perform the traditional Fado (UNESCO). Today breakfast and dinner will be included.
Day 4: Cascais - Sintra - Obidos - Fatima - Cascais
Begin your day exploring the picturesque town of Sintra (UNESCO), the favourite summer residence of Portuguese kings for six centuries. Journey to Portugal’s beautiful “Silver Coast,” a spectacular region filled with sleepy villages, rich vineyards and age-old castles. Travel on to picture-perfect Obidos, where whitewashed houses are held snug by medieval city walls. Later, visit Fatima, the world-famous Marian pilgrimage site. Today breakfast will be included.
Day 5: Cascais - Evora - Alentejo
Travel the beautiful Portuguese countryside and stop in historic Evora (UNESCO), known as the “Museum City of Portugal.” Inside this medieval-walled city stands a 2nd-century Roman temple to Diana and the 16th century Chapel of Bones. Indulge in the full-bodied character of the region’s wines during a winery tour and tasting. Tonight, enjoy your stay in the heart of Alentejo’s countryside at a country resort set among 3,000 acres of farmland, vineyards, and cork trees. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.
Day 6: Alentejo - Sagres - Lagos - Algarve
Journey to the famous Algarve and discover the secrets of the 16th-century fortress at Sagres, home of Prince Henry’s School of Navigation and the “compass rose.” Garner magnificent views of beautiful Cape of St. Vincente, where 200-foot cliffs plunge into the Atlantic at the most southwesterly point of Europe. Next, explore the historic resort town of Lagos, where Moorish and Renaissance influences abound. Here, the famous voyager, Prince Henry the Navigator, began his explorations and from the harbour where Vasco da Gama sailed in 1499 on his epic voyage of discovery. Stroll through the fortress and historic buildings while taking in the surrounding ocean views during some leisure time. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.
Day 7: Algarve
The entire day is yours to experience the beautiful Algarve on your own. Geraniums, camellias and oleanders grow alongside fig, orange and almond trees, while brightly coloured 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 vacationers from all over the world. Today breakfast will be included.
Day 8: Algarve - Faro - São Brás de Alportel - Algarve
Journey to Faro, gateway to the Ria Formosa protected lagoon landscape. Explore the city’s historic centre with 9th-century Roman walls, dramatic golden coastline, and its archaeological and architectural gems. In historic São Brás de Alportel, a presentation by a local liqueur maker is followed by a tasting of some of the many varieties produced in the region. Portugal is the world’s number one producer of cork. Visit a local cork factory to learn about its importance to the local economy and its many uses. Complete your day with dinner featuring local delicacies and wine. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.
Day 9: Algarve - Azeitao - Lisbon
En route to Lisbon, make a stop in Azeitao, a charming agricultural village known for red wine, olive trees and beautiful country estates. Spend time at the centuries-old Jose Maria da Fonseca Winery. Embark on a tour followed by a tasting of local wines, including Moscatel. Next, meet local artisans at a family-run shop that demonstrates how azulejos, the famous hand-painted Portuguese tiles, are made. Later, bid Portugal goodbye during a dinner to celebrate the end of a wonderful tour. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.
Day 10: Lisbon - Tour Ends
Your tour ends today. Today breakfast will be included.
Experience It! ___________________________________ The Sounds of Fado Music
A night spent inside a "casa de Fado," or Fado restaurant is an essential experience when visiting Lisbon. Traditional Portuguese cuisine, savoury local wines, and the magical sounds of Fado is a defining part of Portuguese culture. Songs of Fado are based on the feeling known simply as saudade – there is no precise translation, and instead is described as a combination of deep nostalgia, strong desire, and melancholy. Fado songs tell stories of happiness, sadness, love and jealousy. Music experts cannot agree on the true origin of Fado; it comes from the Latin fatum, meaning fate. Some believe its drawn-out laments are a legacy of the Moorish occupation, while others say it developed from an African dance in Brazil. According to yet another theory, the music’s melancholic character evolved from Portuguese seafarers who sang of home during their long absences at sea. Fado emerged as a Bohemian art form in Lisbon's working-class districts of Alfama and Mouraria in the late 18th century. But it was Amália Rodrigues who made Fado known beyond Portugal, performing all over the world during the 20th century. Credited with defining the style of the music, the government declared three days of national mourning and awarded her a province funeral when she died in 1999. A national icon, Rodriguez is buried in Lisbon's National Pantheon.
YOUR ITINERARY AT A GLANCE
Day 1 Overnight Flight
Days 2 – 4 Hotel Vila Gale or Hotel Vila Gale
Day 5 Vila Gale Clube de Campo
Days 6 – 8 Hotel Vila Gale Lagos
Day 9 Turim Marques Hotel or Turim Saldanha
On some dates, alternate hotels may be used.
Please contact us for other departure dates in 2019/2020
Extend Your Vacation With...
Optional 5 Days 4-Night Madeira Island Post Tour Extension
Rate: $1,665.00 CAD per person, double, land & air inclusive
5 Meals: 4 Breakfasts, 1 Dinner
Day 10: Lisbon - Funchal, Madeira
Fly to Madeira Island, the “pearl of the Atlantic.” Madeira boasts a subtropical climate, majestic mountain ranges and volcanic caves. Enjoy the afternoon and evening at leisure.
Day 11: Monte - Câmara de Lobos - Cabo Girão - São Vicente - Porto Moniz
Visit Monte, perched on the hills overlooking Funchal, and then travel to Câmara de Lobos, a traditional village with a wonderful bay. Continue along mountain roads, passing banana plantations and vineyards, en route to Cabo Girão, the world’s second highest cliff. São Vicente, a charming agricultural town, offers dramatic views. Explore the lively fishing village of Porto Moniz, renowned for its natural volcanic pools. Conclude the day with a visit to the Botanical Garden of Madeira with its vast collection of more than 2,500 plants from all continents. Discover Madeira’s history during a leisurely paced tour of Funchal’s charming plazas, colonial mansions, 15th-century cathedral and local market. Today breakfast will be included.
Day 12: Funchal - Ribeiro Frio - Santana
Wind through the mountains to Poiso to visit the island’s third highest point — Pico do Arieiro. Then, it’s your choice! At Ribeiro Frio (Cold River), you may choose to explore a fascinating trout farm and the surrounding natural beauty -OR- choose to join an exhilarating “levada walk”* and follow the paths that run along the water channels that flow through the mountains. Later, continue to Santana, a village characterized by small triangular homes thatched with straw. Visit a family-owned embroidery shop for a first-hand look at this delicate craft. Then, enjoy a tasting of world-famous Madeira wine. Celebrate your Madeira adventure with a traditional dinner known as espetada. Folk dancers and music entertain as you feast on a local dish of beef marinated in herbs and cooked over an open fire. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.
Day 13: Funchal - Lisbon
Return to Lisbon and spend the remainder of the day at leisure. Today breakfast will be included.
Day 14: Lisbon - Tour Ends
Today your journey comes to a close. Today breakfast will be included.
During your extension, your local guide will provide included sightseeing services and will be available via a local office at other times.
*The levada walk is approximately 45 minutes on a flat surface.
Extensions are subject to availability and applicable charges at the time of request.
A minimum of 4 passengers is required for this extension to operate.
This extension requires average physical activity. You should be in good health, able to climb stairs and walk reasonable distances, possibly over uneven grounds and cobblestone streets.