Motorcoach Half and Full Day Tours
Enhance your Lisbon or Porto stay with a half or full day of sightseeing by motorcoach with experienced and licensed guides. Prices are per person. Subject to currency rate changes. Motorcoach tours are available for booking with a minimum purchase of 3 nights accommodation with the USA Portugal.com Travel Office.
Day Tours Departing From Lisbon. Tours booked with a minimum purchase of 3 nights accommodation.
Lisbon By NightSo many of Lisbon's sights are floodlit that this tour of the city by night is a favorite. Dinner is included in a typical Portuguese restaurant featuring "Fado"-Portugal's own folk songs-and folk dances.
Half Day Lisbon TourDescription: Discover Lisbon in half day. Drive down Liberty Avenue (Avenida da Liberdade) to the heart of the city the Rossio plaza. Then up the hill to Sao Jorge Castle enjoying the magnificent view which overlooks the old city quarters. Stop in the picturesque Alfama district for wine tasting in a handicraft store. Then drive along the riverside to Black Horse Square, cross the Bridge over the Tagus (Tejo) with stops at Belem Tower and the Monument to the Discoveries. Next visit Jeronimos Monastery (a fine expample of Portuguese Manueline architecture)and then to the unique Coach Museum (both closed on Mondays, replaced by the Ajuda Palace)
Half Day Estoril Coast/SintraDiscover the "Sunny Coast" and its beaches. Cosmopolitan Estoril is home to Europe's largest Casino. Estoril and its neighbor town of Cascais boast beautiful villas built by Lisbon's wealthy. Some are now charming hotels. Visit Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point of Europe and then drive across the wooded and garden-filled Sintra Mountains to visit the Vila Palace (closed on Wednesdays-substituted with Queluz Place).
Half Day Fatima TourVisit the Basilica and the chapel of the Apparitions in Fatima with time to attend mass. Stop in Aljustre to see the houses where the shepherd children, Jacinta, Francisco and Lucia were born. Before returning to Lisbon, visit the places where the Lady appeared to the children in Valinhos and Loca do Anjo
Full Day Lisbon And FatimaVisit the Basilica and the chapel of the Apparitions in Fatima with time to attend mass. Stop in Aljustre to see the houses where the shepherd children, Jacinta, Francisco and Lucia were born. Before returning to Lisbon, visit the places where the Lady appeared to the children in Valinhos and Loca do Anjo
Full Day Lisbon, Estoril Coast/SintraDiscover the "Sunny Coast" and its beaches. Cosmopolitan Estoril is home to Europe's largest Casino. Estoril and its neighbor town of Cascais boast beautiful villas built by Lisbon's wealthy. Some are now charming hotels. Visit Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point of Europe and then drive across the wooded and garden-filled Sintra Mountains to visit the Vila Palace (closed on Wednesdays-substituted with Queluz Place).
Full Day Sintra, Coast, Estoril & CascaisDescription: Upon arrival in Sintra, visit the unusual and romantic Pena Palace situated high on a mountain top with panoramic views to the sea (closed on Mondays, visit to Queluz Palace instead). Lunch in Sintra with time to explore the handicraft and antique shops or sample the local and delicious tarts "queijadas".
Depart for Colares, a demarcated wine district, and then to Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point of continental Europe (Portugal's Azores Islands are the westernmost outpost of Europe). Pass by Guincho beach and Boca do Inferno enjoying the coastal scenery. Continue through Cascais and Estoril before returning to Lisbon.
Full Day Tour Of Lisbon, Arrabida And SesimbraVisit the old Castle of Sesimbra to admire the beautiful scenery of this fishing village. Then on to Azeitao to sample local wines at a famous wine cellar. Visit a handicraft center that features "Azulejos" the hand-made glazed tile found all over Portugal. On to Arrabida mountain, a nature preserve with breathtaking panoramas over the towns of Setubal and Troia. Coffee break is included at the Pousada do Castelo in Palmela.
Note: This tour is available as a full day tour with Lisbon City tour. Price: $96
Departs Nov-Mar: Tue & Thu, Apr-Oct: Mon-Fri
Full Day Tour To Obidos, Alcobaca, Nazare, Batalha, FatimaDrive northwards to the medieval walled city of Obidos. Stroll through the picturesque streets of this whitewashed, redtile-roofed city. On to Alcobaca Monastery (largest in Portugal) to visit the 12th century Abbey with the tombs of Pedro and Ines de Castro. Lunch stop at a typical restaurant in Nazare, the most colorful Portuguese fishing village. Visit the Batalha Monastery, the most outstanding example of Portuguese Manueline architecture in the country. Your last stop is Fatima, site of the shrine and world pilgrimages. Drive back to Lisbon through a colorful farming region.
Full Day Tour To EvoraA journey back in time as you drive east from Lisbon to the Alentejo capital of Evora, a World Heritage Site. Rising from the Alentjo plain, this enchanting walled city boasts such sights as a Roman Temple, Romanesque Gothic Cathedral, the Bones Chapel and a University dating back to 1559. A walking tour of the city center and lunch are included in your tour. Its encircling walls began with the first century A.D. when Romans brought the town to prominence by turning the surrounding countryside into vast wheatfields. The Alentejo region of Portugal is the world's largest producer of cork from oak trees.
Tours Departing From Porto. Tours booked with a minimum purchase of 3 nights accommodations.
City Tour Of PortoDeparts daily except some holidays Half day tour of Portugal's second largest city. Built on the right bank of the Douro River, Porto is a colorful city featuring the old and the new. Its winding, hilly and narrow streets are a complement to its wide modern Avenues which spread out to the suburbs. Many bridges of differing architectural designs span the Douro into Porto. Dona Maria Bridge was built by Gustave Eiffel. Enjoy a pleasant drive along the river to Foz. Visit the Stock Exchange Palace, a pleasing blend of Arabian and European styles, the 12th century cathedral and a port wine cellar.
The Charm Of MinhoDeparts daily except some holidays
Minho is considered the most beautiful province in Portugal. It occupies the land between the Douro River in the south and the Minho river in the north. Scenic views and stops to find local handicraft items are part of this tour. You will see the city of Guimaraes, birthplace of the Portuguese nation,and explore the medieval section and the Palace. Next to Braga, Portugal's main religious center. Then a visit to Portugal's most spectacular religious sanctuary, Bom Jesus do Monte. The baroque style shrine of Bom Jesus is accessible by its famous staircases or by funicular. Barcelos is next and is known as the country's leading ceramics and crafts market. Time for lunch (not included). Don't forget to try Vinho Verde, the lightly effervescent wine for which Minho is well known.
The Douro River ValleyA full day tour to the famous Douro River Valley. Travel along the river with its steeply terraced hillsides covered in vineyards. Port wine grapes are the most famous but the Douro River Valley also produces many fine table wines. Visit Casa de Mateus and Gardens, a magnificent 18th C Manor House of flamboyant Baroque architecture and a testament to the wealth generated by the wines produced in the area. You will immediately recognize it from the label of Mateus rose produced nearby. Then to Lamego and Nossa Senhora dos Remedios, a sanctuary with a magnificent double stairway leading to the church. Finally to the picture postcard pretty town of Amarante on the banks of the River Tamega before returning to Porto.
Santiago De Compostela, SpainTravel north from Porto into Spain and Santiago de Compostela. During the middle ages, it was the third most important place of pilgrimage after Jerusalem and Rome. The Way of St James (St James is Santiago in Spanish) pilgrimage route is still traveled by pilgrims today. Visit the magnificent cathedral and the historical center. Free time in the city center shopping and lunch (not included). Crossing back into Portugal, visit the charming resort city of Viana do Castelo before arriving in Porto in the evening.
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