Grand Tour of Portugal
Days : 8 | Nights : 7Lisbon , Portugal
Portugal has become one of the major tourist destinations of Europe owing to its vivacity of landscapes and the congenial demeanour with the tourists. Lisbon tour packages will let you explore this beautiful coastal capital of Portugal which is plonked with vivid pastel-coloured edifices and houses. The city is famous for its National Azulejo Museum which is home to decorative ceramic tiles dating back to some 5 centuries old generations. The city is loved for its string of beaches, Tagus Estuary, Palace of Queluz, Ponte 25 de Abril suspension bridge, Lisbon Oceanarium, and Vasco da Gama Bridge among other attractions. The outskirts of Lisbon are hemmed by the districts of Sintra and Evora. While Sintra is famous for its Pena Palace, Castle of the Moors, and Quaint museum, Evora is more noted for its beautiful Roman temples and chapels. The Lisbon tours will also include a visit to Estoril, Lagos, ArmaçãodePêra, and Tavira.
On your Lisbon holidays, you will also be taken to Cascais which is a coastal resort town near Lisbon. The life of this town is characterised by the populace basking on the sandy beaches and the hustle-bustle of busy marina. The place houses Nossa Senhora da Luz, Citadel Palace, Nossa Senhora da Assunção church, and Paula Rego House.
Day 01: Arrival Lisbon
Arrival in Lisbon the capital of Portugal, pick-up your rent-a-car at the counter and drive towards the city. You'll be charmed with Chiado, Bairro Alto and Alfama as well as the Castle of Saint George with its gorgeous views from the top of the hill.
In Belem discover the Jeronimos Monastery as well as the Tower of Belem (both World Heritage Sites). At Antiga Confeitaria de Belém (simply known as "Pastéis de Belém" or "Belém pastries") you may devour one or several of Lisbon's famous custard tarts that originated on this site. Have dinner in the Restaurant ‘’Adega Machado’’ while listening to Fado, a typical form of Portuguese music characterized by mournful tunes and lyrics. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 02: Sintra, Cascais and Estoril
Breakfast at the hotel. Sintra was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO for its great beauty and natural setting, architecture, fairytale palaces and lush vegetation. Visit the Palácio de Sintra. Cascais and Estoril are places of charm and aristocratic traditions that you'll see along the Atlantic Ocean. The wild coastline includes white sandy beaches and magnificent fortresses from the 17th century. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 03: Évora
After breakfast drive towards Parque das Nações and visit Lisbon’s Oceanary. Proceed south taking the new Vasco da Gama Bridge. Arrive in Évora, the world heritage by UNESCO, just in time for lunch in ‘’Jardim do Paço’’. Visit St. Francis Church and the macabre Bones Chapel which creepiness is compounded by the wording above the entrance, which reads "We the bones that here stand for yours await", the Diana Roman Temple, the Cathedral and Old Town. You also have a wine tasting in Adega da Cartuxa booked. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 04: Costa Vicentina, Sagres
Breakfast at the hotel. The coastal strip between Odeceixe and Burgau is a different Algarve and constitutes the largest extension of Portuguese coast subject to protection, where the preserved nature has a strong and wild character, which translates into landscapes of a stunning grandeur. Continue to Cape St Vincent and the Sagres Promontory the extreme southwest of the European continent that seems to advance on the ocean and which in the Middle Ages was thought to be the "end of the world." Overnight at the hotel.
Day 05: Lagos
Breakfast at the hotel. The beaches around Lagos are some of the most beautiful of the Algarve, like Praia de Dona Ana, which can be reached after a 25 minutes walk from the center of the town, Praia do Camilo, a bit further on, and Meia Praia, whose sands stretch for 4 km (2.5 miles) east of Lagos. North of Lagos, Barragem de Bravura is a water reservoir offering fine views. However, it is the promontory named Ponta da Piedade and sheltering the bay of Lagos which is most admired by visitors, with its caves, rocks and wonderfully transparent waters. Get on board a boat from Marina de Lagos for a 2 hour Grotto tour. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 06: ArmaçãodePêra
Breakfast at the hotel. Armação de Pêra is located in the municipality of Silves, Portugal and is a traditional fishing village, the aspect which is reflected in local cuisine, rich in fresh fish and seafood - fish fresh its bay - and served them on the tables of the best Restaurants in Armacao de Pera. During the day you can enjoy sports there on the beach, given the existence of infrastructures for beach football and volleyball or visit the caves with some fishermen who specialize in this activity in the summer. One of the most known is ‘’Algar the Benagil’’, which we do recommend. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 07: Tavira
Breakfast at the hotel. Beautiful empty beaches with sands that seem to go on forever. Fields of orange trees, heavy with the scent of blossom. Then the hills of fig and almond trees and houses with dazzling whitewashed walls and distinctive chimneys decorated to resemble fine tracery of lace. And, last of all, the great open spaces. Tavira is one of the most architecturally attractive towns in the Algarve and its origin dates back to around 2.000 BC. During the occupation of the Algarve by the Moors, this town was considered of great importance due to its fishing industry. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 08: Departure Faro
Breakfast at the hotel. Today ends your Portugal trip and you drive back to Faro airport by car. After returning the rental car at the counter, check-in for your flight home. In the baggage, you will have countless new impressions and memories of an unforgettable rental car trip through this beautiful Country that is Portugal.
Days : 8 | Nights : 7