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  • Location: Madrid, Spain
  • Duration:  5 days (approx.)
Discover the delights of Lisbon and the surrounding area on a comprehensive 4-night Portugal tour from Madrid! The experience includes 4- or 4-star superior hotel accommodation in central Lisbon and Fátima as well as sightseeing tours, day trips and ample free time. Visit UNESCO-listed monuments including Monastery of St Jerome (Mosteiro dos Jeronimos), and explore the gorgeous villages of Estremadura such as Óbidos and Alcobaça. The tour also includes a full-day of free time in Fátima, an important Catholic pilgrimage town with impressive churches and religious sights.

Highlights

  • 4-night tour of Portugal from Madrid including hotel accommodation in Lisbon and Fátima
  • Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Lisbon and visit Monastery of St Jerome (Mosteiro dos Jeronimos), a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Visit the villages of Óbidos, Alcobaça, Nazaré and Batalha on a full-day tour of Estremadura
  • Make the most of a day of free time in Fátima, one of Portugal’s famous Catholic pilgrimage towns
  • Pay a visit to the Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Rosary of Fátima and attend mass, if you wish
  • Explore the Spanish cities of Trujillo and Cáceres while traveling between Madrid and Lisbon

What You Can Expect

4-Night Portugal Tour from Madrid Including Lisbon and Fátima

Discover the sights of Fatima on a 4-night tour of Portugal!

Your 4-night Portugal tour introduces you to Lisbon and the surrounding area, a region known for its coastal beauty, history and religious monuments. Stay in 4-star hotels in Lisbon and Fátima, or upgrade to enjoy a 4-star superior hotel in Fátima, and make the most of your free time by exploring independently in between excursions.

Breakfasts are included on each day, with the exception of Day 1, and you’ll have ample free time to visit local restaurants and cafes for all other meals (own expense).

Itinerary

Day 1: Madrid –Trujillo – Lisbon
In the early morning, leave central Madrid by air-conditioned coach to travel southwest to Portugal. Relax on board and, after roughly 3.5 hours, arrive in Trujillo, your first stop of the day.

Believed to be the birthplace of the founders of Peru, the city is awash with interesting history and cultural sights. Hear tips for places to visit during your hour of free time, and perhaps stretch your legs on a stroll. Landmarks to check out include Plaza Mayor, Trujillo’s handsome central square. Return to your coach at the prearranged time and resume your journey, traveling west to Lisbon. Cross the city’s famous 25th of April Bridge, and then check in to your Lisbon hotel.

In the evening, why not head out on a 1-hour evening coach tour followed by a 2-hour traditional fado show? The combined excursion is at your own expense, but offers a pleasant introduction to the city and its nighttime illuminations plus a dose of Portuguese culture! Dramatically performed songs — etched with emotion — are typical of the fado performances that take place throughout Portugal.

Overnight: 4-star Hotel Lutécia in central Lisbon

Day 2: Lisbon (B)
Enjoy breakfast in your hotel, and set off on a 3.5-hour sightseeing tour of the Portuguese capital. From the comfort of your air-conditioned coach, learn about Lisbon’s history as an ancient city, and see several of its top attractions and sights. Swing past Belém Tower and the Statue of Prince Henry the Navigator — an explorer who kick-started the Age of Discoveries —and enjoy visits to the UNESCO-listed Monastery of St Jerome (Mosteiro dos Jeronimos) and National Coach Museum. Learn about different Lisbon neighborhoods from your onboard guide, and travel through bustling districts such as the Alfama quarter. Other highlights include Liberty Avenue (Avenida da Liberdade) and the Marquis of Pombal Square, home to a statue dedicated to the Marquês de Pombal.

Finish your tour in the center of town, and then enjoy a full afternoon and evening of free time. Perhaps visit one of the atmospheric Lisbon cafes for lunch or sightsee independently on foot.

Overnight: 4-star Hotel Lutécia in central Lisbon

Day 3: Lisbon – Estremadura (Óbidos – Alcobaça – Nazaré – Batalha – Fátima) (B)
After breakfast, leave Lisbon for a full day of sightseeing around the coastal region of Estremadura. Your first stop is Óbidos, a beautiful walled town that’s known for its picturesque streets. Walk around the winding, narrow lanes with your guide and stop for photos outside the town’s pretty castle, Pousada do Castelo. Travel onward to Alcobaça, a tiny town home to Mosteiro de Santa Maria de Alcobaça. Awarded UNESCO World Heritage status, the imposing 12th-century monastery is home to the tombs of Don Pedro and Dona Inês — the so-called ‘Portuguese Romeo and Juliet.’ Hear of their tragic love story, and then continue to the colorful fishing village of Nazaré for lunch (own expense).


If time permits, continue with a trip to the nearby cliff-top village of Sítio and soak up the coastal views. Alternatively, travel straight to Batalha, another picturesque town in the north of the region. Like many Estremadura towns, Batalha’s main claim to fame is its impressive religious monuments. Visit the UNESCO-listed Batalha Monastery (Mosteiro de Santa Maria da Vitória) and learn about its eye-catching Gothic and Manueline architecture on a tour.

In the late afternoon, travel further inland to Fátima, one of Portugal’s top Catholic pilgrimage destinations.

Overnight: 4-star superior Hotel Sao Jose or 4-star Hotel Santa Maria in central Fátima

Day 4: Fátima – Lisbon (B)
Enjoy breakfast in your hotel, and then spend the rest of your day at leisure, doing whatever you wish. No matter what your religion or beliefs, Fátima is impressive with numerous religious monuments and places of worship to be seen. Perhaps pay a visit to the Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Rosary of Fátima to see the tombs of three famous Portuguese children: Lúcia, Francisco and Jacinta. The three shepherd children are said to have witnessed the first of six apparitions of the Virgin Mary in the town and are revered throughout the country for that very fact. Other highlights of the sanctuary include its chapel, where mass is regularly held. Head inside to attend a service, if you wish. Any entrance fees or activities on this day are at your own expense.

Meet your guide at the prearranged time in the late afternoon, and then travel back to Lisbon for your final overnight stay.

Overnight: 4-star Hotel Lutécia in central Lisbon

Day 5: Lisbon – Cáceres – Madrid (B)
Enjoy breakfast in your hotel, check out, and then wave goodbye to Lisbon as you travel east to Cáceres, an elegant Spanish city. Stop to stretch your legs and enjoy some free time, perhaps lunching in one of Cáceres’ many cafes or exploring the UNESCO-listed Old Town.

Travel onward to Madrid in the afternoon, and then finish your tour with a drop-off at the start point in the center of the city.
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