Palace Tours takes you on an unforgettable 12-day journey through enchanting Portugal. Your tour begins in Porto, town built along the side of the river Douro. Explore majestic towns like Guimaraes, Coimbra, Tomar, Batalha, Nazare and the lively capitol Lisbon. Enjoy the breathtaking scenery, visit the Unesco classified World Heritage sights and relax on one of the beautiful beaches in the Algarve region.
Our representative welcomes you at the airport and takes you to the hotel.
This day begins with an amazing tour of Porto, discovering the sinuous streets of the old town, the Cathedral and the Stock Exchange Palace. Enjoy tasting the famous Port wine in one of the many wine cellars. (B)
The whole day is dedicated to discovery of the green wine region of Minho. Travel to Guimarães, the birthplace of Portugal where you visit the Palace of the Dukes of Bragança and the old Castle. Spend afternoon in Braga, the town of the Archbishops. (B)
After breakfast depart towards Amarante, quaint village famous for its traditional pastries. Later explore the breathtaking scenery of the Douro Valley, classified by UNESCO as World Heritage. Enjoy visit to one of the famous Port producing vineyards. Travel to Coimbra passing through the town of Viseu (panoramic tour). (B)
This morning visit the town of Coimbra, one of the oldest university towns in Europe. Continue to beautiful Tomar where you visit the Convent of Christ, basis of the Templar Order in Portugal. Later travel to Fatima for an overnight stay at the hotel. (B)
Today depart for enchanting city of Batalha where you visit its Monastery (masterpiece of Portuguese gothic). Continue your journey to Nazaré, typical fishing village where you explore the Alcobaça Monastery. Later visit Óbidos, the picturesque Middle Age village. The capitol city of Lisbon is the last stop of the day where you spend the night at the hotel. (B)
Embark on an exciting tour of Lisbon, one of the most ancient capitals of Europe. Visit the Baixa quarter, the picturesque Alfama and the Belém quarter with its monuments related to the Sea Discoveries. You may also see the Belém Tower (exterior), the Monument to the Maritime Discoveries (exterior), the church of Jerónimos Monastery and the Coaches Museum. (B)
Explore Sintra, summer residence of kings and nobles where you visit the Royal Palace. Later travel to Évora, passing through Cascais and Estoril. (B)
What type of clothing is recommended?
Comfortable clothes and shoes are recommended. Propriety dictates that you do not wear shorts or skimpy clothing throughout the Pilgrimage.
How do you recommend I safely keep my money and passport?
While no one expects any trouble, we absolutely recommend that you wear a money belt. In it you can keep your passport, money, plane ticket, credit card and any other very important papers. You can get these at any luggage store or online. Never, ever, ever use a purse or wallet. Fanny packs are another favorite of petty criminals.
Are there currency exchange facilities readily available?
We recommend to change some money into Euros before you depart your country. Your local bank should offer this service (for a fee). The rates you will receive will not be the best, but it's worth a fee to have some local currency when you arrive. The best rates in Madrid will likely be found in the banks.
Are credit or debit cards accepted?
You can buy almost anything in Europe with Visa or Mastercard. You will get the banks exchange rate minus their commission (usually 3-5%). This is a good safety net for emergencies. Be sure to call your credit card company or bank before you travel and let them know your plans so they do not put a hold on your card. Debit cards are very handy to withdraw money anywhere in Europe. Be aware that some ATMs only allow 4-digit pins. Your bank will charge you a withdrawal fee, but you should get a good exchange rate.
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