- 4-day tour of southern Portugal's most famous villages and landmarks
- Explore the UNESCO World Heritage town of Évora, and visit Sé de Évora Cathedral and Saint Francis Church
- Visit the Sao Vicente Fortress in Sagres, Cabo São Vicente and the Praia da Rocha in Portimao
- Have free time in the beautiful villages of Lagos, Évora, Sagres, Alvor, Silves and Setúbal
- Take in views of the Atlantic Ocean, the Algarve coast and the Serra da Arrábida
- Transport by comfortable, air-conditioned coach
- Three nights of accommodation in a superior-class hotel and three breakfasts are included
Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour
You'll discover castles, cathedrals and the warmest beaches of Portugal on this journey to the southern part of the country. Breakfast buffets are included, while free time for other meals allows you to disover local specialties.
What You Can Expect
Day 1: Lisbon – Évora
From Lisbon, relax on a comfortable coach as you head 85 miles (140 km) south to Évora, a UNESCO World Heritage-listed city full of culture, history and traditions. When you arrive, stroll around Évora's narrow streets, filled with whitewashed buildings, and enjoy guided tours of landmarks like the Roman Temple, the Romanesque-Gothic cathedral, the University of Évora and St Francis Church, home to the Chapel of Bones. Next, enjoy free time to visit the town's market and see traditional Portuguese food products and local handcrafts made with cork, ceramics and copper.
Enjoy free time for lunch at the market or at a local restaurant (own expense) and have the afternoon to yourself to explore this beautiful location at your own pace. For dinner, head to a bar or restaurant and try tapas of local cheese and olive oil with bread, accompanied with wine (own expense), before heading back to your hotel.
Accommodation: Hotel M’ar De AR or similar in Évora
Day 2: Évora – Beja – Silves – Alvor (B)
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel and get ready for an exciting day, during which you will cover 155 miles (250 km) of beautiful Portugal! Explore Évora at your leisure in the morning, have lunch at a local restaurant (own expense), and relax on your comfortable coach as you head south, stopping by the village of Beja, where you will see one of the highest towers of any Portuguese medieval castle.
Hear entertaining anecdotes of the region from your guide as you’re driven through a small mountain range to the Algarve region. Admire the landscape filled with orange trees as you arrive in Silves, where you’ll enjoy a short break to see the town’s famous red sandstone castle with your guide. Hear interesting facts about the castle and learn how this village is heavily influenced by its cork industry past. Continue to the golden sands of the Algarve coast and take in views of Praia da Rocha beach in Portimao, before continuing to Alvor, where you will have dinner (own expense) and spend the night.
Accommodation: Hotel Alvor Village or similar in Alvor
Day 3: Alvor – Sagres – Lagos – Alvor (B)
Have breakfast at your hotel and prepare for a beautiful day covering 85 miles (140 km) of the Algarve region! Start with a stop in Ponta da Piedade and admire magnificent views over the Atlantic Ocean and cliffs sculpted by the sea. Continue to the fishing port of Sagres and enjoy a guided visit of the Sao Vicente Fortress, which once hosted the navigation school linked to Prince Henry the Navigator. Next, take in views of the dramatic red cliffs on the drive southwest to Cabo São Vicente, where you will stop briefly to see views of the Atlantic Ocean.
Visit Lagos, a cosmopolitan town with a lively marina and fishing port. Enjoy free time to explore this beautiful town at your own leisure and have lunch at one of the charming restaurants (own expense). Try cataplana (fish and shellfish cooked in a copper pan), and for dessert, marzipan, almond cakes or fig cakes. Next, relax on your coach on the way back to Alvor to enjoy the afternoon at your leisure. Relax by the beach, have dinner (own expense) and enjoy another night’s rest at your hotel.
Accommodation: same hotel in Alvor
Day 4: Alvor – Setúbal – Lisbon (B)
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before taking a last look of the Atlantic Ocean as you travel north along the Algarve coast back to Lisbon. Stop in Setúbal, a major port and industrial center on the north bank of the Sado estuary, and have lunch at a local restaurant (own expense). Relax on your comfortable coach and enjoy a scenic route over the Serra da Arrábida Natural Park and the Tróia Peninsula. Take in views of the Tagus River as you make your way to central Lisbon, where your tour will end.
This was a nice tour, though two nights were in Lagos (incorrect itinerary). Afternoons were on ones own so there was time to explore the area. All dinners and lunches were not included. I'm not clear why the boat tour of the Lagos sea caves was not included.
Arrangements need a lot of improvements to make this tour more interesting and memorable.
The tour was ok. We found, for purchasing an "English speaking tour", the tour guides were not very approachable or accommodating and tended to look after the other passengers who spoke the local language, rather than assisting the English speaking passengers.
The locations visited were good