Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Lisbon
Welcome to Lisbon, the proud capital city of Portugal. A driver will be waiting at Portela Airport for a transfer to the hotel.

Day 2: Lisbon
Embark on a morning private sightseeing tour of Lisbon visiting Jeronimos Monastery and the Coach Museum. Spend the rest of the day exploring Lisbon. Lisbon is a lively place, remaining in some ways curiously provincial, rooted as much in the 1920s as the 2000s. Wooden trams clank up outrageous gradients, past mosaic pavements, Art Nouveau cafés and the medieval quarter of Alfama.

Day 3: Cascais & Sintra
Enjoy a private tour from Lisbon to Sintra and the coastal city of Cascais. Sintra is one of Portugal’s most spectacular sights. The cool, deciduous woodland that once attracted Moorish lords and the kings of Portugal from Lisbon during the hot summer months will delight.

Day 4: Obidos
Pick up a rental car and drive north to the National Palace of Mafra and overnight in the medieval walled city of Obidos.

Day 5: Porto
Continue north to Porto, Portugal’s second city and home of its famous ‘Port’ wine. Capital of the north, Porto is very different from Lisbon—unpretentious, inward-looking and commercial. A local saying goes: “Coimbra sings; Braga prays; Lisbon shows off; and Porto works.”

Day 6: Porto
Spend the day exploring this vibrant city with its contrasting ‘Barredo’ shanty town and modern business center. In the afternoon, enjoy a river cruise on the spectacular Douro River.

Day 7: Coimbra
Drive south following the Douro River valley to the University city of Coimbra. This was Portugal’s capital from 1143 to 1255 and it ranks behind only the cities of Lisbon and Porto in historic importance. Its university was founded in 1290.

Day 8: Coimbra
Enjoy a day exploring this third largest city in Portugal, visiting the magnificent Cathedral and the extraordinary Santa Clara-a-Velha Church, partly submerged in the river.

Day 9: Coimbra to Fatima & Setubal
Continue south via the holy Catholic shrine in the town of Fatima, where the Virgin Mary appeared to children in 1917, and to which Catholics from all over the world flock every year.

Day 10: Departure
It is a short drive from Setubal to Lisbon. Return the car and board the return flight to the United States.

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