Excursions in Estoril Coast
Spend a full day exploring the city of Évora, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, a mosaic of culture, history and traditions. Several kilometres after leaving Lisbon and crossing the Tagus River on the Vasco de Gama suspension bridge, you will be entranced by a bucolic landscape dotted with cork trees, olive groves and vineyards. You will know you have arrived at the city of Évora when you see its old city walls and dazzling whitewashed houses. Get ready to be entranced as you wander around the narrow streets of this jewel dating back over 2000 years and travel back in time as you visit the main sights: the Roman Temple of Diana, the Gothic Cathedral, Saint Francis Church with its Chapel of Bones, and the sixteenth century University. The visit will also allow you to enjoy the full range of handicrafts the Alentejo region has to offer; you will admire the famous wares made of cork, pottery and copper. At the same time you will have the chance to sample the wide variety of products used in the preparation of the dishes of one of Portugals most renowned and richest cuisines. Well take a break where you can recharge your batteries over a lunch in a traditional Portuguese restaurant. In the afternoon, will depart towards Azeitão, where you will visit one of the oldest and most important wineries in Portugal. At the end of the visit, you will get to taste the traditional Moscatel de Setúbal. Then its time drive back to Lisbon after a memorable day.
In the morning, discover the magnificent city of Lisbon, beginning with a visit to the historic district of Belem, where the stunning Jeronimos Monastery is located. Then head to the Baixa, the citys downtown, with its principal thoroughfares such as Avenida da Liberdade and Marques de Pombal Square and, finally, to Alfama, the citys oldest quarter. brbr In the afternoon, drive north to discover Fatima, one of the most famous pilgrimage centres of the Catholic faith. Visit the Basilica and the Apparitions Chapel and enjoy some free time for personal activities before returning to Lisbon. brbr
In the morning discover the magnificent city of Lisbon, beginning with a visit to the historic district of Belem, where the stunning Jeronimos Monastery is located. Then head to the Baixa, the citys downtown, with its principal thoroughfares such as Avenida da Liberdade and Marques de Pombal Square and, finally, to Alfama, the citys oldest quarter. brbr In the afternoon, head to Sintra, a Unesco World Heritage Site, and visit the National Palace, with the admission included in the tour. Then continue along the coast and drive by Cabo da Roca, the most westerly point of continental Europe, and on to Guincho, Cascais, a beautiful seaside resort, and Estoril before returning to Lisbon.
Take this full day tour and discover the north of Lisbon. We will leave the city through a landscape dotted with windmills and orchards, driving towards Óbidos, where we make our first stop. Youll be charmed by the harmonious architecture of this medieval walled town, make sure you dont leave without trying the delicious local cherry liqueur. After leaving Óbidos, our next stop will be Alcobaça. The main attraction here is the imposing church that marks the introduction of the Gothic style in Portugal where you can admire the elegant tombs of the Portuguese Romeo and Juliet, Dom Pedro and Inês de Castro. We will make a break so that you can enjoy lunch in a typical Portuguese restaurant. After that, our next stop will be Nazaré, a traditional fishing village where you will have plenty of time to discover the fascinating legends and traditions of this jewel of Portugals Atlantic coast. Our fourth and final stop will be Batalha, where you will be dazzled by the grandeur and delicacy of this Dominican Monastery, a late Gothic architectural masterpiece declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Here lie the remains of Prince Henry the Navigator, responsible for the early development of European exploration and maritime trade with other continents and mentor of the Portuguese maritime adventure. We will drive on to Fatima where you can visit the world-famous Catholic Shrine and even attend a mass. The tour ends with the drive back to Lisbon.
Enjoy the highlights of the sophisticated resort-town of Sintra on this luxury tour. We will leave Lisbon heading for the Quinta de Penha, a majestic and romantic palace located at one of the highest peaks of the Natural Park of the Serra de Sintra. The palace is characterized by its eclectic mixture of styles, which gives it a distinctive look. Towards the end of the morning, you will plenty of free time to stroll through the streets of the town of Sintra, delight of kings and inspiration to poets. Youll enjoy the many craft shops, tea rooms, and you shouldnt leave without trying the famous local pastries: queijadas and travesseiros. There will be plenty of time to recharge your batteries over a leisurely lunch in a unique setting with a breathtaking mountain views. After lunch we will set off for Colares, a distinguished region renowned for its table wine. Then its onwards to the Cabo da Rocha, Portugals Lands End and the westernmost point of continental Europe. Later on, we will pass by Guincho beach, popular among windsurfers, and the Boca do Inferno, enjoying the rugged coastal scenery. Our next stop will be the cosmopolitan town of Cascais, where you will enjoy magnificent views over its renowned bay. We will return to Lisbon along the Estorils coastline with its world-famous Casino and its gardens. This is definitely a day you wont forget.
However much you have heard about Lisbon, you can only really experience the magic and charm of this fascinating city by visiting it personally and this half-day bus tour is a great way to do so. We will start by crossing the Vasco da Gama Bridge over the Tagus river (when possible) for some breathtaking views over Lisbon and its seven hills. Then well drive back into the city, where we will spend some time exploring the quarter of Belém where you will have the opportunity to admire a series of important monuments dating back to the period of discoveries of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. Well stop at the Torre de Belém (declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO), a sixteenth-century fortress and the point of departure for the caravels sailing out in search of new worlds. Nearby is the Monument to the Discoveries, commemorating the 500th anniversary of the death of Prince Henry the Navigator. Later, well visit the Jeronimos Monastery (another UNESCO World Heritage Site), a masterpiece in the Manueline style, and the Carriage Museum( both of these establishments are closed on Mondays, so well visit the Ajuda Palace or the Medeiros and Almeida Foundation instead). Then, following the river Tagus, we will visit the traditional quarter of Alfama, where you can sample a glass of port in a craft shop. We will return to our starting point through the heart of Lisbon, passing through the Praça do Comercio and the Praça do Rossio and then the Avenida da Liberdade, Lisbon s main boulevard. Lisbon has something to offer for everybody.
We invite you to take a tour of the Estoril coast and enjoy the magnificent views of the Atlantic Ocean. You can meet your guide in Lisbon city centre or we can pick you up directly from your hotel before heading for Sintra by bus. If you do not have much time or this is your first visit to Lisbon, this is the perfect tour to get an overview of Portugals Sunny Coast. Our first stop is the Sintra, a UNESCO designated World Heritage Site and resort town where you will have the opportunity to visit the National Palace of Sintra, also known as Palacio da Vila, one of the royal palaces used by the Portuguese royal family until its destitution in 1910. You will also have plenty of time to explore the numerous craft shops and to sample Sintras famous pastries; you shouldnt leave without tasting the delicate queijadas and travesseiros. We will then drive on to towards the Cabo da Rocha, Portugals own Lands End and the westernmost point of Europe. Travelling along this rugged coastline we will pass the spellbinding Praia do Guincho before arriving at the elegant resort town of Caiscais; its highlights are the breathtaking Boca do Inferno cliffs and the magnificent panorama of the bay of Cascais. During the return trip to Lisbon, we will pass through Estoril, with its world-famous gardens and Casino. So just sit back, relax and enjoy this unforgettable afternoon tour and discover the Sunny Coast and its beautiful beaches.
While youre in Lisbon you shouldnt miss the opportunity to visit Fatima, one of the most important pilgrimage sites in the world and discover the places where the Virgin supposedly appeared to three shepherd children in 1917. You can meet your guide in Lisbon city centre or we can pick you up directly your hotel before heading for Fatima by bus. Our first stop will take be at the sanctuary where you can visit the tombs of Lucia de Jesus, Francisco Marto and Jacinta Marto, (known as "the three children") who claimed to have witnessed several apparitions of the Virgin in 917 in a pasture known as Cova da Iria. It is told that in one of those apparitions she told the children to build a chapel in that very place, which is now at the centre of the shrine where an image of the Virgin can be seen. You will have plenty of time to explore the town and also get the chance to attend a Mass at the Shrine. During the visit, you should not miss the Chapel, the Monument to the Immaculate Heart of Jesus, the Lausperene Chapel, the Basilica and Monuments tothe Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Then we will have the opportunity to visit Aljustrel, the birthplace of Jacinta, Francisco and Lucia, making a stop at Valinhos, where Our Lady of Fatima appeared for the fourth time in the same year. We will return to Lisbon in the late afternoon.