- 3-day tour of central Portugal's most famous villages and monuments
- Enjoy both free time and guided walking tours of Sintra, Cascais, Évora and Óbidos
- Visit Our Lady of Fátima Sanctuary, with its Chapel of Apparitions, and enjoy free time to attend a mass if you wish
- Admire views of the Atlantic Ocean from Cabo da Roca, Cascais Bay and the Estoril Coast
- Visit the UNESCO World Heritage-listed town of Évora, and the sites of Batalha Monastery and the Alcobaça Monastery
- Transportation in a comfortable, air-conditioned motor-coach
- Two nights of accommodation in a superior-class hotel are included
Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour
This tour makes it simple to cover many of Portugal's highlights. Hotels in Lisbon are included, so you can enjoy the nightlife while spending your days seeing nearby historical and religious sites. You get free time to attend a mass at Fátima and shop for traditional crafts in Évora, if you wish.
What You Can Expect
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.
There were some pitfalls of information organization to clients and among staff that make mistakes about picking up and getting wrong bus. It made delaying the journey. Otherwise was excellent.
I suggest that the individual days are selected, rather than this 3 day tour. We had different guides and companions each day, rather than the whole group experience.
Also, it got rather tiring having so many languages. The guides did well to cater to everyone, but it dragged things out a bit.
The company seemed disorganised as far as the accommodation and pickup were concerned. Maybe they had only just started offering this deal, but no-one seemed to know much about us.
I had the impression that this was a 3 day tour- but it was 3 one day tours...each day we had to go to a central location and join day trippers- there was 1-1/2 hours each morning to assemble and organize each new group...the day in Evora was led by an unorganized, but pleasant woman-but unfortunately we didn't get as much out of the trip as we could have, and hoped for...the day trip to Fatima had a great tour leader, but a very busy schedule...and Sintra day trip was pleasant....all 3 days we had a very nice lunch
I would go to all the same places again but would not go on the three-day, large group tour. We were picked up each day at 8:10 AM but were taken to a transfer center where we had to get on a different bus which was apparently determined by how many people spoke what languages. By the time we left for the tour, it was 9:30-9:45. It just made the day too long. The guides for this tour were knowledgeable and friendly for the most part. However, one of them was rude to me when I suggested she group people by language for the tour of the palace. We speak English and were at the back of the group so did not hear any of her explanations. She told me I should push through the group to get at the front and then discussed me with one of the workers at the palace. The guide to Evora was pleasant but took part of the group into a cathedral and went to look for another part of the group. We were 2 minutes late to the meeting place and could not find anyone. We thought we had been left which sort of panicked us. You are with a different group each day. The Portugal countryside is very pretty and we enjoyed it very much but would take a small group or private tour next time. We were so tired from the long day when we returned to our hotel that we were not able to get out and really see Lisbon.