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Portugal officially the Portuguese Republic (Portuguese: República Portuguesa [ʁɛ'puβlikɐ puɾtu'ɣezɐ]), is a sovereign state located on the Iberian Peninsula in southwestern Europe. It is the westernmost country of mainland Europe, being bordered to the west and south by the Atlantic Ocean and to the north and east by Spain. The Portugal–Spain border is 1,214 kilometres (754 miles) long, making it the longest uninterrupted border within the European Union. The republic also includes the Atlantic archipelagos of the Azores and Madeira, both autonomous regions with their own regional governments. Being the oldest state in the Iberian Peninsula and one of the oldest European nation-states, the territory of modern Portugal has been continuously settled, invaded and fought over since prehistoric times. The Pre-Celts, Celts, Carthaginians and Romans were followed by the invasions of the Visigoths and Suebi Germanic peoples. Portugal as a country was established in the aftermath of the Christian Reconquista against the Muslim Moors who had invaded the Iberian Peninsula in 711 AD and occupied most of it. After the Battle of São Mamede, where Portuguese forces led by Afonso Henriques defeated forces led by his mother, Theresa of Portugal, the County of Portugal affirmed its sovereignty and Afonso Henriques styled himself Prince of Portugal. He would later be proclaimed King of Portugal at the Battle of Ourique in 1139 and was recognised as such by neighbouring kingdoms in 1143. In the 15th and 16th centuries, Portugal established the first global empire, becoming one of the world's major economic, political and military powers. During this period, today referred to as the Age of Discovery, Portuguese explorers pioneered maritime exploration, notably under royal patronage of Prince Henry the Navigator and King João II, with such notable voyages as Bartolomeu Dias' sailing beyond the Cape of Good Hope (1488), Vasco da Gama's discovery of the sea route to India (1497–98) and the European discovery of Brazil (1500). Portugal monopolized the spice trade during this time, and the empire expanded with military campaigns in Asia. However, events such as the destruction of Lisbon in a 1755 earthquake, the country's occupation during the Napoleonic Wars, the independence of Brazil (1822), and the Liberal Wars (1828–34), left Portugal crippled from war and diminished in its world power. After the 1910 revolution deposed the monarchy, the democratic but unstable Portuguese First Republic was established, later being superseded by the Estado Novo right-wing authoritarian regime. Democracy was restored after the Carnation Revolution in 1974, ending the Portuguese Colonial War. Shortly after, independence was granted to almost all its overseas territories. The handover of Macau to China in 1999 marked the end of the longest-lived colonial empire. Portugal has left a profound cultural and architectural influence across the globe and a legacy of over 250 million Portuguese speakers today. Portugal is a developed country with a high-income advanced economy and high living standards, being the 20th country best placed in terms of social progress and the 25th more prosperous one.[19] It also is the 3rd most peaceful country in the world[20] and has one of the fifteen sustainable states, maintained under a unitary semi-presidential republican form of government. A founding member of NATO and the Community of Portuguese Language Countries, Portugal is also a member of numerous other international organizations, including the United Nations, the European Union, the eurozone and the OECD.

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Itinerary

  • Duration: 7 days & 6 nights
  • Countries: Porugal
  • Experiences: 9
  • Ages: 0 - 55+
  • Starting Point: Lisbon
  • Ending Point: Lisbon
Introduction

Being the oldest state in the Iberian Peninsula and one of the oldest European nation-states, the territory of modern Portugal has been continuously settled, invaded and fought over since prehistoric times. The Pre-Celts, Celts, Carthaginians and Romans were followed by the invasions of the Visigoths and Suebi Germanic peoples. Portugal as a country was established in the aftermath of the Christian Reconquista against the Muslim Moors who had invaded the Iberian Peninsula in 711 AD and occupied most of it. After the Battle of São Mamede, where Portuguese forces led by Afonso Henriques defeated forces led by his mother, Theresa of Portugal, the County of Portugal affirmed its sovereignty and Afonso Henriques styled himself Prince of Portugal. He would later be proclaimed King of Portugal at the Battle of Ourique in 1139 and was recognised as such by neighbouring kingdoms in 1143.

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The Douro River, the Port wine and Fado are the protagonists of this journey that will allow you to feel closer to Porto's identity. Come enjoy this tour with an outstanding cruise, followed by a Calem's lodge visit with Port wine tasting. At the end of the day immerse into the Portuguese soul, with a Fado show where the voices are delightfully guided by Portuguese guitars. (This is an optional 3 hour activity and the tour would begin by 1700 hrs, departure point Cais da Ribeira at the Douro Acima Embankment // Supplement cost: EUR 50 Per adult & EUR 25 Per child)

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Breakfast at the hotel and later you can opt for any of the below tours Experience the magic of two of Portugal's most important cities on this full-day tour of Fatima and Coimbra, departing from Porto. Cross paths with busy students in the university town of Coimbra and visit the sacred religious sites of Fatima. (Duration of the tour is 9 hours) Religious belief encourages and nourishes thousands of pilgrims coming from different places on the long walk to Fatima, which makes it one of the biggest pilgrimage destinations in the world. The parish of "Cova de Iria", that in 1917 witnessed three shepherds being blessed by the apparition of the Virgin, is nowadays transformed in a beautiful square with an impressive church, commonly known as "Basilica", the apparitions' chapel and the Holy Trinity church. You will also have the chance to wonder around the many shops, where you will find all kinds of souvenirs connected to the cult of Our Lady. After that, among the sound of the guitars and the traditional capes of the students we arrive to Coimbra, where one of the most ancient Universities in the world overlooks the Mondego River that on its riverbanks saw the development of this town; a town that was once capital of the country. The narrow streets hide the love stories of the thousands of students that passed by that town. Among aqueducts and gardens, convents and monasteries, Coimbra has more charm when we say goodbye. (The optional cost is EUR 112 per adult & per Child 56).

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reakfast at the hotel and Visit the home of Port wine and marvel at the beautiful landscape and scenery that the Douro region has to offer. When the coastal area ends, Amarante appears divided by the Tamega River, but connected by the bridge, which bears the same name as the temple located next to it, on one of the riverbanks, St. Goncalo. Protected from the humid winds of the Atlantic by the Marao and Montemuro Mountains we arrive to the Douro Valley and tribute is paid to the combined work of men and nature, depicting the universal value of the active role of a landscape of excellence. The Alto Douro Vinhateiro (Douro Wine Region) is classified as World Heritage by UNESCO since 2001. It is a place where the magic of the landscape highlights the terraces that grow the famous and cherished Port Wine, in the most ancient and beautiful demarcated wine region of the world. A place waiting for you visit.

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Breakfast at the hotel. Later you will check out and make your way to Porto Train Station. Welcome to Lisbon! You can choose a topic or a theme to explore it. The range is wide: Roman Lisbon, Manueline, Baroque or Romantic Lisbon, literary Lisbon, the Lisbon of Bohemian nightlife, the city of Fado. And there are also very different ways of exploring: by foot, by tram, by segway, by hop-on-hop-off bus, in a tuk tuk, seen from the river on a boat trip or from the other side, after crossing the Tagus on a cacilheiro ferry... the suggestions are endless Check in at the hotel and rest of the day for optional & leisure activities Optional sightseeing: Lisbon Food and Wine Walk @ EUR 39 Per Person Enjoy the flavors of the Portuguese Cuisine in Lisbon traditional places. The guide will give you lots of insider tips for wine, Petiscos, Food, Fado and good company. Just bring your appetite This tour will introduce you to the Portuguese cuisine and its incredible mix of Mediterranean traditions and exotic influences from all corners of the World. Try the famous Portuguese Codfish Cake with a glass of refreshing Green Wine. Get to know the Bairro Alto, home to some of Lisbon's most famous restaurants, Fadohouses, bars and nightclubs. Go down the steps of Calcada do Duque, and admire the breathtaking views while you will pass some great hidden restaurants. Learn about Lisbon's great Cafes and Portugal's strong cafeculture and have the chance to take a look at delicious and exotic products, from dried, salted Bacalhau to sausages, hams and cheeses. Learn the history of Portugal's famous fortified wine, Port, and then try some with delicious cheese. Hear about the only tea production in Europe, grown in the Atlantic Island of Sao Miguel, in the Azores. And finish your tour in style, in a palace that hides one of the most intriguing interiors in the city. Here you will sit down for a taste of Portuguese Bread and Chourico, accompanied by a delicious Alentejo red wine.

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Breakfast at the hotel and then proceed for a full Day Lisbon and Sintra, Cascais, Estoril First of all we will visit the Belem quarter where you will find the most beautiful and historical monuments from the 15th and 16th centuries. A brief stop at the Belem Tower (Torre de Belem) - World Heritage by UNESCO, point of departure of some of the Portuguese maritime explorations; and on the Monument to the Discoveries (Padrao dos Descobrimentos) , built to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the "death " of Prince Henry the Navigator. Then we visit the Church of S. Jerome Monastery (Mosteiro dos Jeronimos) - World Heritage by UNESCO - a masterpiece of the "Manueline" style. Along the river we arrive at Alfama, an old and traditional district, where we will have the opportunity to walk in its narrow streets. Then you will pass by the downtown (Baixa) to admire the most important squares of Lisbon such as the monumental Trade Square (Praca do Comercio); Rossio Square, the heart of Lisbon and the symbolic Restauradores Square. Then we drive along the Liberdade Avenue, the "boulevard" of Lisbon, to finish at Marques de Pombal Square, admiring the statue of the 18th-century portuguese statesman responsible for Lisbon reconstruction after one of the most deadliest earthquakes in History, the 1755 Lisbon Earthquake. Free time for lunch. We invite you to discover this charming region and site of the royal family summer residence. We will spend some free time whether discovering the handicraft stores or the famous sweets of Sintra. We then head onto Cabo da Roca (the most westerly point of Europe) before continuing along the coast, passing by the famous Guincho beach until arriving at Cascais. Highlights of the town include the Boca do Inferno wave feature and the magnificent panorama over Cascais Bay and the adjoining coastline. On the way back to Lisbon, we pass by Estoril, home to the famous Casino and its lovely gardens In the evening, you might want to check the Christmas concerts taking place in churches around the whole city. One of the churches to visit is São Roque. Located in the city center, it is close to some of the most traditional coffee shops such as Brasileira, the first coffee shop to sell Brazilian coffee in Portugal and halfway to the São Pedro de Alcântara belvedere.

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Tour Accommodation

What's included

  • Accommodation
    *Porto

    Tryp Porto Centro

    *Lisbon

    Alif Campo Pequeno.

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  • Meals

    6 Breakfasts

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  • Transport

    Lisbon Airport to Porto Accommodation on private basis (Day 1).

    Lisbon Hotel to Lisbon airport on private basis (Day 6).

    2nd Class Train Porto to Lisbon.

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  • Sightseeings

    *Full Day Lisbon and Sintra, Cascais, Estoril on seat in coach basis.

    *Full Day Douro Valley with Lunch and Wine Tasting.

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  • Flights

    Can be added as per avilable fare on the date of booking .

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  • Insurance

    Can be added as per requirment.

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