This vacation shows you all of Portugal at a relaxed pace, thanks to the well-planned, 2-night stopovers in Lisbon, Oporto, and the Algarve, and overnights also in Tomar, Viseu, and Evora. Start in Lisbon and see the interior and almost the entire coastline of Portugal. Throughout this Portugal tour, you’ll visit the must-see attractions, including the Ossuary Chapel in Evora, with its walls covered with thousands of human bones and skulls; the Sanctuary of our Lady of the Rosary in Fatima, a pilgrimage site where apparitions of the Virgin Mary were reported by three local children in 1917; the Church of Sao Francisco in Oporto, the city’s most important gothic temple with construction beginning in 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.Enjoy the Roman ruins of Conimbriga, tour the excavations, view the well-preserved mosaics, and visit the excellent museum. Spend time in the Algarve, Portugal’s most popular vacation area, and take 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 Oporto, and more.But that’s not all…you’ll enjoy a cruise aboard an elegant yacht to Málaga, Spain. Stops include Portimão, Cadiz, Gibraltar, Porto Banus, and Motril. And during your cruise optional excursions are available to Silves, Seville, Jerez de la Frontera, Ronda, and Granada.All of this and much more await you on this wonderful, in-depth Portugal tour!
LISBON Welcome dinner; guided sightseeing, visit the Alfama quarter and Jeronimos Monastery; [LF] enjoy a cocktail and farewell dinnerOBIDOS Walking tour of the medieval townALCOBAÇA Visit the Church of Santa Maria MonasteryNAZARÉ Lunch breakFATIMA Visit the Sanctuary of Our Lady of the RosaryTOMAR Visit the Convent of ChristCONIMBRIGA Visit the Roman ruins and the museumCOIMBRA Visit the University LibraryOPORTO Guided sightseeing, visit the Church of Sao Francisco and the Arabian Hall in the Stock Exchange; [LF] wine tasting at Sandeman & Co. GUIMARAES Walk through the medieval centerQUINTA DE AVELEDA [LF] enjoy Portuguese tapas with wine and explore its splendid gardensVISEU Dinner at a local restaurantBELMONTE Visit the Jewish Museum; [LF] olive oil tastingCASTELO DE VIDE Walk through the Jewish quarterEVORA [LF] visit Cork Factory, guided walking tour, visit the gothic cathedral, the Sao Francisco Church, and the Ossuary ChapelALGARVE Excursion to the Promontory of Sagres, Cape St. Vincent, and LagosAZEITAOVisit a tile workshopLISBONTransfer to Yacht for embarkationCruise Details:Your cruise yacht is the Panorama II.Length: 50 metersCrew: 16-18 personsCruising speed: 11 knotsCabins: 25. The Panorama II is a 2-masted-sail cruiser that can accommodate up to 49 passengers. All cabins are fitted with TV, telephone (for internal use), hairdryers, mini-fridge, central music, public-address system, and safe boxes. Cabin categories: Outside cabin (category B); Outside cabin (category A). All cabins feature two lower beds or one double bed and private shower and toilet.Headsets throughout the tour
Full buffet breakfast daily; 5 three-course dinners with wine, including a welcome dinner in Lisbon, and a special dinner in Viseu
NOTE:Itineraries can be changed at the discretion of Variety Cruises and of the vessel’s captain in case of adverse weather conditions—winds of 6/7 Beaufort or more, depending on the vessel—on port authorities not allowing a vessel to leave port, or in case of other extraordinary conditions. Such itinerary changes do not automatically entitle passengers to any refunds, but Variety Cruises guarantees that passengers are disembarked at the advertised port of disembarkation in time for their flights.
Motorcoach; yacht cruise. Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.