Tuesday, May 2, 2023
16 days / 14 nights
Please note that this tour will be escorted by a French-speaking guide.
To the haunting sound of fado, walk the streets of Lisbon to admire its 18th century palaces, medieval castles and Moorish-inspired monuments. Meet in the oldest brewery in the country located in a former monastery. We will not resist a tasting stop in the port wine cellars of the Douro. The spectacle of its terraced vineyards is unforgettable. This is the ideal tour to learn all about the astonishing cultural mix that makes up the beauty of this unique destination.
What are the strengths of our circuit?
Legend: B: Breakfast / L: Lunch / D: Dinner
Flight to Lisbon from Montréal airport (YUL)
Reception at the airport and transfer to your hotel in Lisbon. Installation and free time to rest or a first personal discovery of the city. Night at the hotel.
Breakfast. Day dedicated to discovering the splendours of Lisbon, starting with the superb panorama from the Eduardo VII Park, then the Marquis de Pombal Square, the Avenue de la Liberté, the Plaza dos Restauradores and Rossio, the shopping district of Baixa, the famous Place du Commerce, widely open to the Tagus river. Passing in front of the 12th century Cathedral, you will certainly have the chance to spot one of the famous yellow trams that run through the city. Finally, stroll through the charming alleys of the popular Alfama district, dominated by the imposing silhouette of Saint George's Castle. Continuation to the west of the city and the Belém district for a dive into the period of the Great Discoveries: the monument of the Maritime Discoveries, the tower of Belém, and visit of the Church of the Hieronymites (interior). Return to the hotel and night.
Breakfast. Departure to Sintra, a site classified on the UNESCO World Heritage List. This charming little town was for several centuries the official holiday resort of royal families and nobility. Portugese. Visit of the Sintra National Palace, then short free time to explore the craft shops or taste the local pastries. Continuation to Cascais, a former fishing port that has become one of the most popular and pleasant summer resorts in Portugal, then Estoril, famous in particular for its Casino. Return to Lisbon along the coast. Free afternoon at leisure. Traditional dinner in a restaurant with a Fado show. Night at the hotel.
Petit-déjeuner, journée libre à LIsbonne. Nuit à l'hôtel.
Breakfast. Drive to the small town of Obidos, surrounded by its walls. Orientation tour then free time to enjoy its narrow streets lined with churches and small shops. Tasting of ginginha, a cherry liqueur typical of Obidos. Continue to Nazaré, a colorful and picturesque fishing town, where some women still wear traditional clothing, and known for its waves that can reach record heights. Free time. In the early afternoon, continue to the Cistercian monastery of Alcobaça, inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, and visit its church. Finally, you will arrive at Fatima, a high place of Catholic worship dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Free time. Installation at the hotel and dinner. In the evening, those who wish can participate in the torchlight procession. Return and overnight at the hotel.
Breakfast. Visit of the Convent of Christ in Tomar, another site listed by UNESCO, built between the 12th and 18th centuries, and linked to the great Portuguese maritime expeditions initiated by Henry the Navigator. Then drive to Coimbra. Coimbra was the first capital of the kingdom and is home to one of the oldest universities in Europe. Free time and walk in the city to admire the ornate facades of the University, the new and the old Cathedral, its churches and its remarkable streets. Installation, dinner and overnight at the hotel in Nelas.
Breakfast. This morning you will leave for Aveiro, a lakeside town built on several canals and known as the “Portuguese Venice”. Continuation to Braga passing through the fishing village of Costa Nova. Walk in the historic and baroque center of Braga, the “City of the Archbishops”, a stopover for pilgrims on the way to Saint Jacques de Compostela and overlooked by the Sanctuary of Bom Jesus. You will then reach Guimaraes, the "cradle of the nation", inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Visit this very well-preserved medieval town: you will pass its medieval castle, the Palace of the Dukes of Bragança, then along Santa Maria Street, to Senhora da Oliveira Square. Installation, dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Breakfast. This day will be devoted to the discovery of the city of Porto, starting with a panoramic tour of the city, to discover its mixture of architectures and its emblematic facades: the financial district and the “Casa Da Musica”, the tower of the Clerics , the town hall, the Sao Bento station, the 12th century cathedral overlooking the Douro. Visit of the Palais de la Bourse, built in the 19th century in a neoclassical style. Port tasting. Free time on Santa Catarina Street. Return to the hotel, dinner and overnight.
Breakfast. In Amarante, called “Princess of Tamega”, visit to the monastery of Saint Gonçal, who lived and died here. Continuation to the region of the Douro Valley, and its sublime terraced vineyards. Free time in Vila Real, then in the afternoon visit of the Mateus Palace, dating from the 18th century, and its gardens, followed by a tasting of its famous wine. Installation at your hotel in Vila Real, dinner and overnight.
Breakfast. Route through the unique landscapes of the Douro Valley, to Lamego and the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies, with its famous Baroque staircase. Continue to Viseu, walk through its historic streets and visit its cathedral. In the afternoon, explore the village of Trancoso on foot: its narrow streets and stone houses immerse you in a medieval atmosphere. Then discover Guarda, the highest town in Portugal, located at an altitude of 1056m, with its historic center dominated by the facade of its imposing Gothic Cathedral. Installation at the hotel. At dinner, you will have the opportunity to taste some regional specialties. Night at the hotel.
Breakfast. Continue your journey south through the mountains of the center and their picturesque villages: Castelo Novo and granite houses, the hilltop village of Marvao on the border with Spain with its castle from where the view is breathtaking, then Castelo de Vide, a charming village with white houses and its old Jewish quarter. Continuation on the roads of the Alentejo to Evora, the white city inscribed on the world heritage list by UNESCO. Guided tour of its historic center during which you can admire the facades of the Cathedral, the Sao Fracisco Church, Giraldo Square and Santo Antao Church, and the Roman temple. Overnight at the hotel.
Breakfast. This morning, discover the work of cork at a local producer who will show you the techniques of transforming this particular wood into a wide variety of objects. Drive to the Algarve, the southernmost region of Portugal, known for its sandy beaches, its warm colored cliffs and the mild climate. Installation in your hotel in Albufeira. Free time and overnight at the hotel.
Breakfast. Free day at leisure to enjoy the mild climate. Night at the hotel.
Breakfast. Free time, then departure at the beginning of the afternoon for Lisbon. Installation at your hotel in Lisbon and free time. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Breakfast. Transfer to Lisbon airport and return flight to Montreal.
Please note that the flight schedule is subject to change without notice.
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|Regular accommodation simple||$4,209.00||$690.00||$4,899.00|
|Regular accommodation double||$3,309.00||$690.00||$3,999.00|