Monday, August 21, 2017

Lisbon Tours

ROSSIO SQUARE1 – Full Day Tour of Lisbon
The tour starts off towards our first stop, one of Lisbon´s main landmarks, the Castelo de São Jorge, an old castle and the city´s first fortress, with a history dating back to the II century. This fortress owns fantastic views over Lisbon´s seven hills, the city and the Tagus River. Following the Castelo de São Jorge,get acquainted with the city´s central avenue - the Avenida da Liberdade, which is truly the heart of the Lisbon, as well as a reflection of fashion, elegance and business life. Next stop is in the town of Belém, located on the Tejo River bank, a bank from where the famous Portuguese ships once set sail during the era of conquests and discoveries. Here we will learn about the age of discoveries through monuments such as: The Belem Tower (light and delicate in design looking more like a fairytale castle than a fortress) and the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos monastery), where the remains of Vasco de Gama and King Manuel I (the king who named a unique decorative style after himself "Manueline") lay. Also in Belem, stands a modern statue, a monument to pioneers, which features Portuguese navigators, artists, poets and royalty. The Rossio is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful squares in the city, a living storybook reminiscing the time when the royal family often frequented the area to enjoy a play at the city theater (The Teatro Nacional D. Maria II). Following Rossio is the Praça do Comércio(Commerce Square), a majestic and mysterious arch that was once the main sea gate into Lisbon. Relax and take a seat while enjoying a coffee at the first café ever in the city. This well preserved café still functions to this day serving its visitors by candlelight. Traveling along the longest river in the Iberian Peninsula, the Tagus, we reach the famous 25 de Abril suspension bridge. Linking the north of Lisbon, with its suburban areas, it is one of the twenty longest suspension bridges in the world. From here the Cristo Rei (Christ the King) monument is clearly visible. Free time for lunch at a fish restaurant located on the Tejo River bank under the 25 de Abril suspension bridge, in an area known as “Docas”. Following lunch you may visit the Oceanarium at the Parque das Nações or if that is not of your preference, visit the Palácio da Ajuda, a royal palace located in the city centre that was once the permanent residence of the royal family. This palace was rebuilt in a Baroque style soon after the 1755 earthquake.
 
 Лиссабон flag2 – Half Day Tour of Lisbon
The tour commences at the city´s most elegant avenue, considered as the heart of Lisbon, the Avenida da Liberdade, famous for its history, fashion and business life. Rossio is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful squares in the city, a living storybook reminiscing the time when the royal family often frequented the area to enjoy a play at the city theater (The Teatro Nacional D. Maria II). Following Rossio is the Praça do Comércio(Commerce Square), a majestic and mysterious arch that was once the main sea gate into Lisbon. Relax and take a seat while enjoying a coffee at the first café ever in the city. This well preserved café still functions to this day serving its visitors by candlelight. Traveling along the longest river in the Iberian Peninsula, the Tagus, we reach the famous 25 de Abril suspension bridge. Linking the north of Lisbon, with its suburban areas, it is one of the twenty longest suspension bridges in the world. From here the Cristo Rei (Christ the King) monument is clearly visible and seems to greet us with open arms. Next destination is the town of Belém, located on the Tagus River bank, a bank from where the famous Portuguese ships once set sail during the era of conquests and discoveries. Here we will learn about the age of discoveries through monuments such as: The Belem Tower (light and delicate in design looking more like a fairytale castle than a fortress) and the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos (monastery), where the remains of Vasco de Gama and King Manuel I (the king who named a unique decorative style after himself "Manueline") lay. Also in Belem, stands a modern statue, a monument to pioneers, which features Portuguese navigators, artists, poets and royalty.

3 – Half Day Tour of Estoril-Cascais-Sintra-Cabo da Roca
Depart along the Lisbon Riviera along the romantic and picturesque road through Estoril and Cascais (one of the top resorts of Portugal) to the westernmost point of Europe, the Cabo da Roca ! Then visit one of the most beautiful cities in Portugal - Sintra, protected by UNESCO . Sintra is the home to the Palacio da Pena , the summer residence of the royal family, which was reconstructed from a small abandoned 16th century monastery. The interiors and furnishings remain in the same form in which the last representatives of the royal family left them. Here, in Sintra, visit the old homestead, Quinta da Regaleira , which owns a mysterious story and an unusual design with a misty garden that gives it an almost mystical aura. Entrance fees are not included in the price 

Кашкайш,Лиссабон4 – Full Day Tour of Estoril – Cascais – Sintra – Cabo da Roca
On this tour you will get acquainted with the Palácio Nacional da Pena (National Palace of Pena). Built in the XIX century, by order of King Fernando II of Portugal, this eclectic structure is a true fairytale castle rising from a mountain top surrounded by lush green vegetation. Next stop is the old town of Sintra, described as a “Glorious Eden” by Lord Byron. This town still maintains its old traditional appearance which is a constant reminder of Sintra´s history. Sintra is also known for its palace and park. Familiarize yourself with the beautiful Quinta da Regaleira, a stunning manor surrounded by luxurious gardens, lakes and enigmatic Кинта да Ригалейраstructures designed by Italian architect Luigi Manini. The next stop is scheduled at the Cabo da Roca , the westernmost point of Europe. You will feel like you are standing on the edge of the world! Get acquainted with the Guincho , a surfers paradise and where you will find some of the best seafood restaurants in the country. In Cascais, the perferred vacation spot of the Portuguese elite, you will visit “Hell´s Mouth” (An ocean side cave carved by waves), a fortress, the bay and marina. Following Cascais is a visit to Estoril, popular among the Portuguese elite of the 1920´s, this town is not only famous for its natural thermal spa, but is also famous for being a refuge / temporary residence for kings, royals and noble families that were being pursued by the nazis during the second world war. The Hotel Palácio and Casino Estoril attract all sorts of visitors to this enchanting coastal town. Lunch will be either at the beach or in Sintra.

5 – Full Day Tour of Lisbon - Estoril – Cascais – Sintra – Cabo da Roca 

vign obidos_wall_hole_windmill_16 – Full Day Tour in Óbidos - Alcobaça - Nazaré - Batalha  The Mosteiro de Alcobaça Alcobaça Monastery) – a Cistercian Abbey, the oldest in the area,where the tombs of the most famous lovers of Portugal are located – Dom Pedro I and Inês de Castro, a masterpiece of gravestone monuments. Batalha - Monastery, built in honor of the victory in the war against Castela, in the XIV century, struck by its grandeur from the outside and ease of stone lace from the inside. Next stop is Nazaré - once a small fishing village and now - a city famous for not only fishing, but also for the wonderful beaches, wonderful food and unique local folk costumes. Lunch is to be served at a typical fish restaurant on the Nazaré beach. Next stop; visit the medieval town of Óbidos. Óbidos is one of the "fabulous" cities of Portugal. Inside the city wall from the main gate to the castle, are a few shopping streets with traditional low-rise houses, twined with roses and wisteria. Outside the gates of the castle the towns’ people organize jousting tournaments, a chocolate festival, and before Christmas a real Santa Claus town is built.

Vign Castelo_Templrio_and_Convento_da_ordem_de_Cristo_de_Tomar7 – Full Day Tour in Tomar and Fatima (the center of an international pilgrimage of Catholics). 
As you visit the castle of the Knights Templar of Tomar monastery of the Order of Christ , built and rebuilt over the centuries. You will appreciate the elegance of the "Manueline“ style, as here you will find the town´s ex-libris, an amazingly beautiful window on the hall of the Chapter of the Monastery. The next stop is in Fatima - the city became a place of worship of all believers since 1917, Mary, Mother of God appeared to the three shepherds. Now Fatima is called "the Altar of Peace", and annually is visited by hundreds of thousands of pilgrims from different countries. Not far from Fatima, do not miss the opportunity to visit the beautiful caves formed by underground water. The Gallery, at a length of 350 meters, takes us to a whimsical tale of the cave.

8 – Full Day in Évora and Estremoz
Full day excursion to the Alentejo province (Évora and Estremoz). Departing from Lisbon and heading south, crossing the Tagus River over the 25 de Abril suspension bridge, one of the many symbols of Lisbon. Évora is a city-museum and has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. In a unique and surprisingly harmonious urban ensemble the old city is located inside a medieval city wall. A maze of twisted, "Arab" style streets, and the power and majesty of the Romanesque cathedral, the Igreja de São Francisco, which dominates the city mass, with the gloomy atmosphere of the chapel, lined with human bones and skulls is one of the main attractions of this city. Estremoz - this fortress city acquired its significance in the XII century during the war for the restoration of independence, with an amazingly beautiful building located on a hill among olive groves. All palaces are adorned with the Portuguese "azulejo" telling us about the life of the royals. Estremoz anciently famous for its marble, as evidenced by the Tower of the Three Crowns - a huge marble building in honor of local rulers.

Vign portobroch9 – Oporto – Full Day Tour Departure to Oporto – approx. 2.5hrs
 Walking tour around central Oporto, “the Northern Capital” of the country. The following stop on our walking tour is the São Bento Train Station (estação ferroviária de São Bento), famous for its magnificent tile (azulejo) panels depicting scenes of the history of Portugal. Walk towards the Liberty Square (Praça da Liberdade). In the middle of the square is a monument dedicated to King Peter IV (a monarch closely linked to Oporto). Stop at the magnificent Church of the Clerics (Igreja dos Clérigos) with its famous 76-meter bell tower, the Clerics Tower (Torre dos Clérigos) - a symbol of the city of Oporto. Take a boat ride along the Douro River, visit the São Francisco church – a unique religious building built in a gothic style and is one of the most beautiful in the Iberian Peninsula. Cross the D.Luis I bridge, designed by the famous Eiffel and visit the cellars of the Douro River, where aged Port wine is stored.

 

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