Holiday Itinerary - Portugal in Depth

Day 1: Arrive in Lisbon, Portugal.

Welcome to Lisbon! At 6pm, meet your Tour Director and travelling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel. (D)

Day 2: Lisbon.

Lisbon was the centre of Europe’s longest-lived overseas empire. Portugal’s imperial ambitions date back to Prince Henry the Navigator’s 15th-century discoveries in West Africa. Morning sightseeing with a Local Guide features a drive through the Baixa quarter’s main squares and a walk along the cobblestone alleys of quaint ALFAMA, the popular quarter of the seamen and Fado singers. Drive along the grand Avenida da Liberdade up to Pombal Square, and stop for pictures of Belem Tower and the Monument to the Discoveries. Also visit JERONIMOS MONASTERY with the tomb of Vasco da Gama. An exciting optiona excursion is available to the royal palace of Queluz, as well as dinner at a typical taverna with Fado-style entertainment. (B)

Day 3: Lisbon - Obidos - Nazaré - Alcobaça - Fátima - Tomar.

Stop in medieval Obidos and go back in time as you pass the main gate in the impressive perimeter wall and walk along the narrow streets. Then onto the fishing harbour of Nazaré, the perfect place for a leisurely break. Continue to Alcobaça to visit the CHURCH OF SANTA MARIA MONASTERY, built in the 12th century for 999 Cistercian monks. See the elaborate tombs of King Pedro I and his Castilian lover, Inês de Castro. In the afternoon, mix with the pilgrims at the country’s hallowed national shrine, Fátima’s SANCTUARY OF OUR LADY OF THE ROSARY. Overnight in Tomar, the former seat of the mighty Order of the Knights Templar. (B,D)

Day 4: Tomar - Coimbra - Porto.

Visit the hilltop CONVENT OF CHRIST, which was constructed in the late 12th-century and became the headquarters of the Order in Portugal. Hear about the fascinating history and admire its famous Manueline Window. Continue to Coimbra, strategically situated on a hill overlooking the Mondego River. After a visit to the 700-year-old UNIVERSITY, drive by ancient Buçaco Forest on your way to Porto, Portugal’s second-largest city. Tonight, why not join an optional cruise on the Douro River, followed by dinner at one of Porto’s fine restaurants? (B)

Day 5: Porto.

Sightseeing with a Local Guide includes a panoramic drive to the mouth of the Douro River, the soaring cathedral, the richly decorated CHURCH OF SÃO FRANCISCO, the most important gothic monument in Porto and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Also visit the STOCK EXCHANGE with its contemporary ARABIAN HALL, inspired by Granada’s Alhambra. Of course, a PORT WINE TASTING has been included at the famous Sandeman and Co. Port Wine Cellar to sample the delicious wine produced from grapes of the Douro Valley. (B)

Day 6: Porto - Guimaraes - Viseu.

In Guimaraes, often referred to as the “Cradle of Portugal” because of its association with the country’s first king, Alfonso Henriques, follow your Tour Director for a pleasant walk through the medieval centre. Next, taste Portuguese tapas at the Quinta da Aveleda WINERY and visit its splendid GARDENS. From here, a scenic road through the port wine vineyards leads to Viseu, where dinner with local specialties and wine awaits at Forno da Mimi restaurant. (B,D)

Day 7: Viseu - Belmonte - Castelo de Vide - Evora.

This morning, stop in Belmonte, today a symbol of Jewish awakening, for a visit of the JEWISH MUSEUM. Also enjoy an OLIVE OIL TASTING, for which the area is famous. Take an afternoon break in lovely Castelo de Vide, one of the best-preserved medieval fortified towns in Portugal. Especially the Jewish quarter with its white-washed houses and its medieval synagogue are worth seeing. Before arriving in Evora, the cultural centre of southern Portugal and a former royal residence, visit a CORK FACTORY and learn about the many ways this material can be used. (B,D)

Day 8: Evora - Algarve.

A massive wall surrounds Evora’s medieval centre, classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Follow your Local Guide on a walking tour through its narrow alleys to the Roman Temple, the early gothic CATHEDRAL, Portas de Moura fountain, and SAO FRANCISCO CHURCH. Visit the OSSUARY CHAPEL, whose walls are covered with thousands of human bones and skulls. Next, proceed across the arid Alentejo plain to the Algarve, Portugal’s most popular seaside area. Tonight, why not try one of the seafood restaurants for which the Algarve is famous? (B)

Day 9: Algarve. Coastal Excursion.

Highlight today is a visit to the wind-swept PROMONTORY OF SAGRES, where Henry the Navigator lived and planned his overseas expansion. Only a few miles away is Cape St. Vincent, the southwestern corner of continental Europe, a dramatic cliff defying the powerful waves of the Atlantic Ocean. Time to wander around Lagos before returning to your hotel. (B) 

Day 10: Algarve - Azeitao - Lisbon.

Take the scenic route over the Serra da Arrábida and savour sweeping views of the Tróia Peninsula. Catch glimpses of the castle at Sesimbra, which recall fierce medieval battles between Christians and Moors. Stop in Azeitao to visit a traditional TILE WORKSHOP. After crossing the Bridge of April 25th, you’re back in Lisbon. Tonight, enjoy a spectacular panoramic view at Varanda restaurant while having a cocktail and a farewell dinner with your travelling companions. (B,D)

Day 11: Lisbon.

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

You’ll always visit the key sites and enjoy more inclusions; inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Departure dates 2021 Portugal in Depth : 7% discount on all dates

Prices shown exclude flights and transfers, call Cosmos to add flights

Cosmos brochure price in black from £1512

Travel 55 discount price in red from £1407

Telephone Cosmos on 0330 0588 237 and quote the code TRAVEL55

Starts from Lisbon ends Lisbon - tour ZP

Dates Prices from Dates Prices from
April 1 £1512
£1407
June £1829
£1701

April 8, 15, 22, 29

£1557
£1449
July 1, 15

£1656
£1541

May 6, 13, 20

£1557
£1449

August 12

£1656
£1541

May 27

£1611
£1499
August 26 £1611
£1499

June 3, 10

£1611
£1499
September 2, 9, 16 £1611
£1499

June 24

£1674
£1557
September 23, 30 £1557
£1449

Dates and prices above do not include international air travel. Add flights to your holiday - airport transfers included! To add flights and overseas transfers to your holiday, please call Cosmos. Transfers available for purchase if you book extra nights. Prices are per person, based on double room occupancy. Single room supplement is available from £303. Please call for Triple Room Reduction details and prices. Extra nights before and after your tour may be available, please call Cosmos. Please see Cosmos Terms & Conditions  for further details. Please check tour details with the operator at time of booking as Cennet Ltd cannot be held responsible for any errors showing on it’s website

Lisbon

Cosmos Tours
Portugal in Depth

7% discount - 11 Days fully escorted touring holiday

2021 discount prices from only £1407

This vacation shows you all of Portugal at a relaxed pace, thanks to the well-planned two-night stopovers in Lisbon, Porto, and the Algarve, and overnights in Tomar, Viseu, and Evora. Start and end in Lisbon, and see both the internal and coastline of Portugal. Throughout this Portugal tour, visit the must-see attractions, including the Ossuary Chapel in Evora, its walls covered with thousands of human bones and skulls; the Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary in Fátima, a pilgrimage site where apparitions of the Virgin Mary were reported by three local shepherd children in 1917; the Church of São Francisco in Porto, the city's most important gothic monument originating from the 14th century; and Jeronimos Monastery in Lisbon. Built in the 16th century and now regarded as Lisbon’s most important landmark, it was traditional for Portuguese seafarers to pray in the chapel before their departure to the unknown.

Visit the 700-year-old University of Coimbra, and a cork factory in Evora; spend time in the Algarve, Portugal’s most popular vacation area, and enjoy an excursion to the Promontory of Sagres, where Henry the Navigator lived and planned his overseas expansion. For those interested in food and wine, Globus has arranged some special treats for you. Enjoy an olive oil tasting in Belmonte (birthplace of Pedro Alvares Cabral, discoverer of Brazil), a wine tasting at a Port wine cellar in Porto, Portuguese tapas specialties at a winery, and a cocktail and farewell dinner in Lisbon.

All of this and much more await you on this wonderful, in-depth Portugal tour—a vacation of a lifetime!

To receive 7% discount on this Portugal in Depth tour call Cosmos direct on 0330 0588 237 and quote the code TRAVEL55

Travel 55 in association with Cosmos. To book call direct on 0330 0588 237 and quote the code TRAVEL55 you will then receive a 7% discount from the Cosmos price. 

All this included

Sightseeing and more -

  • Lisbon Welcome dinner; guided sightseeing, visit the Alfama quarter and Jeronimos Monastery; enjoy a cocktail and farewell dinner
  • Obidos Walking tour of the medieval town
  • Nazare Stop in the fishing harbour town
  • Alcobaca Visit the Church of Santa Maria Monastery
  • Fatima Visit the Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Rosary
  • Tomar Visit the Convent of Christ
  • Coimbra Visit the University
  • Porto Guided sightseeing, visit the Church of São Francisco and the Arabian Hall in the Stock Exchange; wine tasting at Sandeman and Co
  • Guimaraes Walk through the medieval centre
  • Quinta da Aveleda Enjoy Portuguese tapas with wine and explore its splendid gardens
  • Viseu Dinner at a local restaurant
  • Belmonte Visit the Jewish Museum; olive oil tasting
  • Castelo de Vide Walk through the Jewish quarter
  • Evora Visit a cork factory, guided walking tour, visit the gothic cathedral, the Sao Francisco Church, and the Ossuary Chapel
  • Algarve Excursion to the Promontory of Sagres, Cape St. Vincent, and Lagos
  • Azeito Visit a tile workshop

Hotels: Lisbon - Mundial or Double Tree by Hilton Lisbon Fontana Park: Tomar - Dos Templarios: Porto - NH Collection Porto Batalha or Vila Gale Porto: Viseu - Grao Vasco: Evora - M'Ar de Ar Aqueduto: Algarve - Tivoli Marina Portimao at Portimao

Meals: Full buffet breakfast (B) daily; 5 three-course dinners (D), including dinner at a local restaurant in Viseu

Transportation: Motorcoach

Headsets Throughout the tour

Free WI-FI available on your coach and in most hotel lobbies

Globus tours

Sightseeing and VIP access: A Globus tour always includes the major attractions. In fact, Globus offers more included features and behind-the-scenes local experiences than any other tour operator, plus you get special VIP access at the must-see sights. We actually take you inside Europe’s most awe-inspiring places—right to the head of the queue and through the front door. Our itineraries clearly indicate inside visits and special features in UPPERCASE.

Tour Directors and Local Guides: With Globus, you travel in the company of genuine local experts— Tour Directors and Local Guides who are actually from the region through which you’re travelling. All along the way, they share their vast knowledge of the areas and can point you in the right direction to help you get the most out of your free time.

Superior hotels: Selected for their comfort and beauty, these hotels feature twin-bedded rooms with private bath or shower. All hotel and city taxes, service charges, and tips for baggage handling are included. 

Meals: Food and wine tastings plus traditional meals at local restaurants help you experience your destination’s culture through its cuisine. Globus tours always include several meals, each featuring at least one complimentary glass of regional wine, beer, soft drinks, plus coffee, or tea for an additional taste of local flavour. 

Transportation: Enjoy private, deluxe touring motorcoaches with free Wi-Fi, air-conditioning, extra leg room, and emergency restroom (except Israel); and high-speed train rides. We can even coordinate your flights with your tour! 

Transfers: Airport transfers are included on brochure dates, when you book air-inclusive (or purchase transfers through us for land-only tours). A Host will greet and assist you with the transfer to your hotel.

New GlobusGo: Our free GlobusGO mobile app puts the world at your fingertips. While travelling, get entertainment, sightseeing, dining, and shopping suggestions for each destination. With built-in GPS navigation, you’ll have the direction you need. 

New GlobusGo Beyond: Globus’ exclusive technology transmits ultra-clear commentary from your expert Local Guide, so you never miss a fascinating fact on tour. Your GlobusGo Beyond device also creates a personal Wi-Fi hotspot to connect with your smartphone on the go!

Local Favourites: Globus takes you behind the scenes to spotlight what makes each destination unique, introducing you to the local haunts, traditions, and flavours

You even have the chance to personalise your trip with extra days and additional optional excursions. Cll Cosmos for details.


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