Jamieson Travel & Tours
Day 1 - Friday, March 17, 2017
Overnight Flight. Today is a travel day. After our pickups along Hwy 17 (Pembroke to Ottawa Airport), we take our overnight flight to Portugal.
Cascais Portugal. Your tour opens in Cascais, a scenic coastal resort on the "Portuguese Riviera" and your home for three nights. The mansions scattered about Cascais and nearby Monte Estoril hint at its history as a haven for exiled European royals and nobility. Tonight, join your fellow travellers for a welcome dinner. (D)
Choice of Lisbon Panoramic City Tour or Alfama District Walking Tour. You may choose to join a panoramic Lisbon city tour by coach featuring Jeronimo's Monastery (a UNESCO World Heritage site), Belem Tower (UNESCO), the Monument to the Discoveries, and capped off wit a visit to the National Museum of Coaches. Or, perhaps you will choose to take a walking tour of the historic Alfama District, Lisbon's oldest and most symbolic quarter: step back in time as you explore this residential neighbourhood which is considered a village within a city; stroll through its medieval alleys, narrow streets and small squares; pass by beautiful churches and whitewashed houses with tile panels and wrought-iron balconies adorned with pots and flowers; then, climb the hill to explore the castle that has the most breathtaking panorama of the city of seven hills. Later, enjoy leisure time in Cascais. Stroll the narrow cobblestone streets, walk the wide oceanside promenade or shop for ceramics, lace, filigree, hand woken works and tapestries. This evening, savour excellent Portuguese cuisine and wine while local artists perform traditional Fado (UNESCO). (B, D).
Cascais - Sintra- Obidos - Fatima - Cascais. Begin your day exploring the picturesque town of Sintra (UNESCO), the favourite summer residence of Portuguese kings of six centuries. Travel to Portugal's beautiful "Silver Coast", a spectacular region filled with sleepy villages, rich vineyards and age-old castles. Proceed to picture-perfect Obidos where white-washed houses are held snug by medieval city walls. Later, visit Fatima, the world-famous Marian pilgrimage site. (B)
Cascais - Evora - Monsaraz - Alentejo. Travel through beautiful Portuguese countryside and stop in historic Evora (UNESCO), known as the "museum City of Portugal." Inside this medieval walled city lies a 2nd-century Roman temple to Diana. Next, journey to the hilltop, walled village of Monsaraz, a "jewel in the crown" of the Alentejo's countryside during an overnight at a country resort set among 3,000 aces of farm land, vineyards and cork trees. (B, D)
Alentejo - Sagres - Lagos - Algarve. Travel to the famous Algarve and discover the secrets of the 16th-century fortress at Sagres, home of Prince Henry's School of Navigation and the "compass rose." You will also garner magnificent views of beautiful Cape of St. Vincente where 200-foot cliffs plunge into the Atlantic at the most southwesterly point of Europe. Next, explore the historic resort town of Lagos, where Moorish and Renaissance influences abound. Here, the famous voyager, Prince Henry the Navigator, began his explorations and from the harbour, Vasco da Gama sailed in 1499 on his epic voyage of discover. Stroll through the fortress and historic buildings while taking in the surrounding ocean views during some leisure time. (B, D)
Algarve. The entire day is yours to independently experience the beautiful Algarve. Geraniums, camellias and oleanders grow alongside fig, organe and almond trees while brightly coloured fishing boats bob on the seas. Protected by hills to the north and warmed by the sea, te Algarve's mild climage and beautiful beaches attract vacationers from all over the wordld. (B)
Algarve - Faro - Sao Bras de Alportel - Algarve. Journey to Faro, getaway to the Rita Formosa protected lagoon landscape. Explore the city's historic center with 9th-century Roman walls, dramatic golden coastline, and its archaelogical and architectural gems. In historic Sao Bras de Alportel, a presentation by a local liquer maker is followed by a tasting of some of the many varieties produced in the region. Portugal is the world's number one producer of cork. Visit a local cork factory to learn about its importance to the local economy and its many uses. Your day comes to an end with dinner featuring local delicacies and wine. (B, D)
Algarve - Azeitao - Lisbon. En route to Lisbon, make a stop in Azeitao, a charming agricultlral village known for red wine, olive trees and beautiful country estates. Spend time at the centuries-old Jose Maria da Fonseca Winery. Embark on a tour followed by a tasting of local wines, including moscatel. Next, meet local artisans at a family-run shop that demonstrates how azulejos, the famous hand-painted Portuguese tiles, are made. Later, bid "adieus" to Portugal during a dinner celebrating the end of a wonderful tour. (B, D)
Lisbon - Tour Ends. Your tour comes to a close today. (B)
To book this tour, please call our office at 1-888-582-7011 (local 613-582-7011).
Names as they appear on passports along with date of birth, passport number and expiry date are required.
Balances are due December 17, 2016.
Itinerary at a Glance:
Day 1 Overnight Flight
Day 2 Cascais
Day 3 Cascais
Day 4 Cascais - Sintra - Obidos - Fatima
Day 5 Cascais - Evora - Monsaraz - Alentejo
Day 6 Alentejo - Sagres - Lagos - Algarve
Day 7 Algarve
Day 8 Algarve - Faro - Sao Bras de Alportel - Algarve
Day 9 Algarve - Azeitao - Lisbon
Day 10 Lisbon - Tour Ends
Cancellation Waiver and Medical Insurance flat rate of $400 per person (regardless of age). Cancellation Waiver only of $330 per person (regardless of age). Insurance must be purchased at the time of booking.
Explore sunny Portugal, with its miles of dramatic shoreline and legacy of global discovery. Savour time to meander Cascais' narrow cobblestone streets, oceanfront promenade and quaint bay area. Step inside a medieval walled city with Roman ruins, travel to “Silver Coast,” dotted with charming villages and castles and enjoy a sense of country life with an overnight stay in the heart of Alentejo’s farms and vineyards. Indulge in Portugal’s regional wines during two winery tours.
Highlights Include: Lagos, Lisbon, Winery Tours, Country Resort Stay, Fishing Village Tour, Medieval Town Visit
Double Occupancy - $2,989 per person
Single Occupancy - $3,389 per person
Triple Occupancy - $2,959 per person
*All prices are in Canadian $ and based on Double Occupancy