The Splendors of Portugal
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7
Days
6
Nights

DAY 1 I LISBON
Arrive in Lisbon Airport and be greeted by your Central Holidays tour director for transfer to your hotel. Spread across picturesque hillsides that overlook the River Tejo, Lisbon offers a myriad of delights as Portugal's star attraction, yet with a fraction of the fuss of other European capitals. Cathedrals, regal monasteries, and charming museums are all part of the colorful cityscape, but the real delights of discovery lie in its people, touring its sites, and Lisbon's lovely and oldworld backstreets. Your welcome dinner is at a local restaurant tonight, offering you the opportunity to embrace the gastronomy of Portugal. (D)

DAY 2 I LISBON
After breakfast at your hotel, enjoy a guided tour of Lisbon, including the opportunity to explore the city center, the old quarter of Alfama, as well as the Belem quarter and its monuments including Jeronimos Monastery, the Belem Tower, and the Monument to the Discoveries. This city, the capital of Portugal, is a legendary city with more than 20 centuries of history. Voyages of discovery turned Lisbon into one of the world's greatest ports and the base of an empire that stretched from Brazil in the West to India in the East. This monumental city features typical tile covered building facades and narrow winding streets. Tonight enjoy an optional unforgettable Fado show, as part of our Cultural Discovery Series. Meaning "destiny or "fate," fado is the urban folk music of Portugal. It thrives today in the country's bars, taverns, and fado houses for everyone to relish as a global melodic symbol of Portuguese culture and tradition. (B)

DAY 3 I LISBON
Today is yours to explore at leisure or join a captivating optional tour of Sintra, Cabo da Roca, Cascais, and Estoril. Your first stop on this fascinating day's adventures is the historic town of Sintra, where a walking tour takes you to delve into the village's treasures and includes a tour of the Palacio Nacional de Sintra. Next it's on to Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point of Continental Europe where you can sample a Portuguese liquor called Ginjinha. Your day's activities take you along to the famous resort of Cascais and the cosmopolitan coastal village of Estoril. Late afternoon return to Lisbon. (B)

DAY 4 I LISBON I FATIMA I COIMBRA I PORTO
Morning departure for Porto. Today our first stop will be Fatima, the religious center of Portugal. Time to visit the Shrine of our Lady and Chapel of the Shepards. In the afternoon continue to the university town of Coimbra and its outstanding library. The city is a colorful mix of medieval architecture, bell towers, extravagant baroque churches, and stately buildings. In the late afternoon arrive in Porto, the world's port wine capital beckons with her winding streets, old town, and is the country's second- largest city. Porto's old town is the Ribeira district, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where locals mingle on the River Douro village-style plazas and in the old houses of commerce where Roman ruins lurk beneath the foundations. Tonight, dinner will be served at a local restaurant. (B,D)

DAY 5 I PORTO I MIHNO I PORTO
This morning start your day with breakfast at your hotel. Next, your day's activities include a full day tour of Porto and the Minho Province. In Porto, visit of the Stock Exchange, St. Francis Church, and Port Wine Cellars with the delicious opportunity to sample port during a wine tasting experience - Cultural Discovery Series. This afternoon enjoy some free time in Porto or you may be interested in an optional tour to Guimaraes, the first capital of Portugal. Return to Porto where you will have an evening on your own to delve into the magic of Portugal's Porto. Consider a night out in the medieval quarter facing the river that boasts the city's liveliest restaurants and bars. (B)

DAY 6 I PORTO I DOURO VALLEY I PORTO
After breakfast in your hotel, depart for the Douro Valley, home to the vineyards where Port Wine and Portugal's most outstanding red table wines are produced. Enjoy a local wine tasting session while taking in the spectacular scenery where verdant terraced hills and colorful fields dotted by almond trees meet the vast Douro River. Tonight you will savor a farewell dinner at a local restaurant. (B,D)

DAY 7 I PORTO TO USA
Depart your hotel and transfer to Porto Airport for your return flight home. (B)
  • Hotel accommodations for 6 nights
  • 9 included meals consisting of 6 buffet breakfasts and 3 dinners. Wine and water included with dinners
  • Sightseeing, including local guide and all entrance fees as follows: Full day tour of Lisbon, a tour of Fatima & Coimbra, tour of Porto with wine tasting, and Douro Valley experience. Optional tours available
  • Our program encompasses cultural connections, in-depth learning on the local economy and social systems, and interaction with locals
  • Assistance of a professional Tour Director for the entire length of the tour
  • Touring by private deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach
  • Baggage handling for one piece of checked luggage outside of the airport

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