Historical parks
1st Day

Meet with the guide at Lisbon airport, accommodation in private coach and transfer to the hotel. Check-in upon arrival, dinner and overnight.

2nd Day

Breakfast at the hotel.
Morning departure towards North to Peniche, a charming fishing village surrounded in part by its walls of the VI century. Free time at the centre and proceed 3 miles to Carvoeiro Cape. Then on to Óbidos, a charming picture-postcard village loved by tourists, surrounded by a massive wall (XII century). Walking tour of the medieval village and stop at a typical bar to taste a cherry liqueur named ginjinha (bag lunch). Continuation to Alcobaça, town known for the Cistercian monastery of Santa Maria, with the Gothic tombs of King Dom Pedro and Dona Inês, that was crowned queen after her death. Transfer to Coimbra and accommodation at the hotel. Dinner and overnight.

3rd Day

Breakfast at the hotel.
Morning dedicated to the visit (with local guide) of Coimbra, charming historic city of secular university studying tradition, known for its eight majors: Psichology, Law, Literature, Science and Technology, Medicine, Economy, Physical Education and Pharmacy. Start at the University, that houses the Joanina Library (amongst the most beautiful libraries in the world, in Baroque style with ceilings and walls with frescos and engraved furniture), the S. Michael Chapel, the Academic Dungeon and the Capelos Hall. From the university complex depart the alleyways that form the uptown and that lead to downtown, aside Santa Clara Bridge, where the city’s activity mainly lies. Stop at the Holy Cross Monastery, where the Augustinian canonical Fernando de Bulhões from Lisbon becomes Antonio, worshiped today as St. Anthony of Padua. Departure to Foz do Côa and stop at S. Gabriel’s viewpoint (bag lunch). At 02:00PM it will begin the visit of the Archaeological Park: departure in SUV (groups of 8 participants) from Castelo Melhor up to Penascosa, one of the main nucleus of the Stone Age carvings that date back 20.000 years ago, depicting bulls, horses, fish, and naked men (the Pisco Man). At the end of the sightseeing, proceed to Castelo de Vide. Late arrival and accommodation at the hotel. Dinner and overnight.

4th Day

Breakfast at the hotel.
Morning departure to Marvão that, with its castle located on a slope, leads us back to a medieval setting. Continue to Guadalupe to admire the Almendres Menhir, solitary stone 2,5m high located a short distance from the Almendres Cromlech, elliptical shape formed by 95 stones (probably a temple dedicated to the worship of the sun). Proceed to Valverde surroundings and stop at the Zambujeiro Dolmen, the largest in Portugal with its entrance of 14m length (the inside chamber is built with huge stones). Continuation through St. Brissos, place known for the Dolmen-Chapel. On to the Escoural Caves, discovered in 1963 at Santiago do Escoural, that houses drawings that date back from 15.000 to 20.000 years ago (bag lunch). Transfer to Évora and accommodation at the hotel. Dinner and overnight.

5th Day

Breakfast at the hotel.
Morning dedicated to the visit (with local guide) of Évora, city declared a World Heritage Site under the aegis of UNESCO. Among contless churches, convents and palaces, visit of the Roman Temple (II century), the Cathedral, the St. Francis Church and the grim Bones Chapel, all covered with bones and skulls of 5000 people. Departure to Mértola. Free time at the historic centre (bag lunch) and continue to cross the spanish border. Proceed to El Rocío (Huelva) and accommodation at the hotel. Dinner and overnight.

6th Day

Breakfast at the hotel.
At 08:00AM, departure on a 3,5 hour visit to admire the wild life of the Donaña Park (bag lunch). Afternoon continuation towards West to cross the Portuguese border. Proceed to Pechão, in the Algarve region. Time at disposal for individual activities and accommodation at the hotel. Dinner and overnight.

7th Day

Breakfast at the hotel.
Departure in the morning to Lagos, known for the old market where slaves were sold. Continuation to Sagres and stop at S. Vicente Cape, a promontory with magnificent view over the Atlantic Ocean (bag lunch). In the afternoon, proceed through the Vicentina Coast with its untouched beaches such as Bordeira near Aljezur. Late arrival in Lisbon and accommodation at the hotel. Dinner and overnight.

8th Day

Breakfast at the hotel.
Morning dedicated to the visit (with local guide) of Lisbon, the city of blue sky, mild weather and narrow medieval streets where, sometimes, happens to hear the melancholic notes of a guitar that waves a Fado. Beginning at Belém quarters to admire S. Vicente de Belém Tower (the city’s symbol), the Padrão (monument to the Discoveries) and the Jerónimos Monastery, prime example of the singular portuguese architectural Manueline style. Stop at the Antiga Fábrica de Pasteis de Belém to taste the most famous amongst local pastry and proceed to S. Pedro de Alcântara Garden (magnificent view over S. Jorge Castle). Promenade through the typical quarters Bairro Alto and Chiado: coffee stop at the A Brasileira, coffee shop once often visited by the renowned portuguese writer Fernando Pessoa, immortalized with a statue by its entrance. Arrival at Rossio Square to explore the hidden narrow streets around the elegant avenues of the Pombaline downtown. Continuation through the monumental Comércio Square (departing point of the typical ferryboats), to the Cathedral. Stop at Santo António Church (where the saint was born) and promenade down along the alleyways and small squares of the characteristic Alfama quarters (bag lunch). Departure in the afternoon to Sintra, the summer residence of portuguese kings and certainly among the richest and most beautiful villages of the country, inspiration for poets such as Lord Byron, who named it the Garden of Eden. Visit of the old town that houses the National Palace. Worthy of note other romantic monuments around the historic centre such as the Pena Palace, the Moorish Castle, the Monserrate Palace, etc.. Proceed to the Roca Cape, the roman Promontorium Magnum and the westernmost point in continental Europe. Return to Lisbon through Cascais (ancient fishing village, famous for being the exile of the last italian king of Italy Umberto II, deceased there in 1946) and the elegant cosmopolitan centre of Estoril. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

9th Day

Breakfast at the hotel.
In due time, transfer to Lisbon airport, assistance in the check-in procedures and departure.