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Tour – Porto – Lisbon - Morocco – Lisbon

10 Nights

Day 1 – Arrival in Porto (Schedule to be informed according to flight details)

Porto is a romantic city, but also the most difficult one in the north. This cobblestone city is characterized by a mix of architectural styles and has attracted the attention of thousands and thousands of curious tourists. In Porto, each sidewalk is a guardian of history, where each page is a mystery.

In the historic district of Porto, we will visit attractions such as the Sé Cathedral (12th century), with its huge silver-clad altar, and the Bishop's Palace (Palácio do Bispo) with its 60-foot façade - a masterpiece from Portuguese baroque 18th century architecture. Old and charming streets will take us to the popular Ribeiro promenade. It was here in the past where the first caravels left these shores to discover the new world.

Cross the D. Luís I bridge, designed inspired by the famous Eiffel Tower, to the other side of the Douro River (Douro River), where the famous stored and aged port cellars are located. We will visit one of these wineries and, of course, taste a port - the masterpiece of Portuguese winemaking.

After the wine tasting, we head onto the Praça do Infante D. Henrique. Here you will find the lavishly laid-back Pompous Stock Exchange Palace (Palacio da Bolsa), a monument named after Prince Henry the Navigator, and the St. Francis Church (Igreja de São Francisco) - the only religious building in the city, built in Gothic style. One of the most beautiful styles of the Iberian Peninsula.

The next stop is São Bento Train Station, famous for its magnificent tile panels showing scenes from the history of Portugal. Walk towards Liberdade Square. In the middle of the square is a monument dedicated to King Pedro IV (a monarch closely linked to the port). Stop at the magnificent Clérigos Church, with its famous 76-meter bell tower, the Clérigos Tower - a symbol of the city of Porto.

Nearby is one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world - “Lello and brother.” A visit worth the while.

Facing the University building, take a minute and admire the enchanting Fountain of the Four Lions and the charming surrounding churches, such as the Carmo Church and its spectacular façade covered with an impressive tiled panel.

After the Porto tour, transfer to the hotel and check in.

Dinner at the hotel

Day 2 - Douro tour

During this tour, you will be granted a great opportunity to visit one of the most beautiful estates in northern Portugal, see the two wine capitals of Amarante and Régua and pass though one of the most beautiful roads in Europe.

 In the town of Amarante you will find a historic centre with the famous Church of São Gonçalo, known all over the country as the patron saint of the brides and grooms.

The trip continues along the Douro River, with a cruise through the Douro to the area where the Marquês Pombal, in the mid-18th century, was destined for the production of the port. The cultural landscape of the Upper Douro, with terraces, villages and chapels, is an excellent example of a traditional European wine region - due to its integrity and preservation, it is considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site. And it is no coincidence that the Portuguese themselves say that the history of the Alto Douro is a history of port. Between the terraces here and there, the red-tiled roofs are dotted with wineries, where wine is prepared in the fall, which is then sent to the Vila Nova de Gaia wineries in the spring. On the slopes you can see huge letters with the names of the wine companies and their brands.

Day 3 - Braga / Guimarães Tour

The north of Portugal is rightly considered the cradle of the country. Guimarães is the cradle of the independent kingdom of Portugal, which separated from Castile in the 12th century. The 11th century fortress - Guimarães Castle - is one of the most significant and beautiful monuments in the country. From the castle's observation towers it offers a beautiful view of the city and Braga's Dukes Palace.

Braga, a city with over 2500 years of history, is in the distant past of the capital of the Roman province of

Gallize. The city is an outpost of the Christian faith throughout its history, and has retained its religious significance to this day. Braga is proud of its architectural monuments. The cathedral, the famous Pelican fountain in the center of Arcade Municipal Square, and the many old churches that attract the attention of visitors and cause their continued admiration.

A walk through the Bom Jesus compound, which until 1917 was the centre of the Catholic pilgrimage, gives you the opportunity to have a wonderful rest and have fun. A magnificent 254-step staircase leads to the mountain-top church. It has its own special atmosphere. You can climb the mountain on foot and also with the help of an exclusive hydraulic lift.

Dinner at the hotel

Day 4 – Departure from Porto in direction to Lisbon + Visiting Fátima + HD Lisbon tour

Departure from Porto to Lisbon. During the way, you will have the chance to visit Fatima, a place where, until 1917 was an unknown place. That year, a religious event changed its history and importance forever, when three shepherd children witnessed successive apparitions of Our Lady of the Rosary.

Every month, especially on Days 12 and 13, thousands of pilgrims flock to Fatima guided by their faith. From many parts of the country, many of them make this route on foot, following roads and rural paths. Even those who are not believers are not indifferent when they are in the Sanctuary for its grandeur, its spirituality and its symbolism.

After visiting Fatima we continue towards Lisbon. At the beginning of the tour, we become familiar with the city's central avenue - Avenida da Liberdade, which is really the heart of the capital, as well as a reflection of fashion, grace and the city´s business lifestyle. Rossio Square is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful squares in the city, a live book that remembers and tells us the story of royal families, often staying here to enjoy the performance in the city's theater. The majestic and mysterious Commerce Square was the main maritime gate of Lisbon. The first coffee shop in town, which served visitors by candlelight has been well preserved and still operates till this day is located here! Along the longest river in the Iberian Peninsula, the Tagus, we reach the famous 25 de Abril suspension bridge. Connecting northern Lisbon with its suburban areas, it is one of the twenty longest suspension bridges in the world. Only from here you can clearly see the monument of Christ the King, who opens his arms to us. Then, in the Belém district, located at the mouth of the Tagus, where the famous Portuguese caravels appeared, we will find the monuments of the Great Geographic Discoveries: the Belém Tower (whose light and open construction is more reminiscent of a fairytale castle than a defensive structure) and the Jeronimos Monastery (Mosteiro dos Jeronimos), where the remains of Vasco de Gama and King Manuel (who gave his name to the unique “Manueline” decorative style) are located. Here, in Belém, there is also a modern monument to the discoverers, glorifying the exploits of Portuguese sailors.

After the Lisbon tour, transfer to the hotel and check in.

Dinner at the hotel

Day 5 – Arrival to Mohamed V International airport. You will be greeted, assisted and accompanied by our local guide during your transfer to Rabat. Rabat is the capital and fifth largest city of Morocco with an urban population of approximately 620,000 (2004) and a metropolitan population of over 1.2 million. Rabat is one of the most important cities in the country.

Main sights include:

  • Mausoleum of Mohammed V
  • Hassan Tower
  • Kasbah of the Udayas

Overnight in Rabat.

Day 6 – Casablanca, Chefchaouen.

After breakfast, drive to Chefchaouen. Upon arrival at Chefchaouen, your city tour will begin. Bordered all the way around by an epic mountain scenery and with a 500-year-old fortress at its center, the city of Chefchaouen -- or Chaouen for short -- is becoming a new "it" place in Morocco's tourist trail. Yet it's not the mountains or the "Game of Thrones" like architecture that travelers come in their thousands to see. What attracts this city to people is it's color -- a gorgeous blue rinse that covers not only Chaouen's houses but its mosques, government buildings, public squares, lamp posts and even its trash cans. The custom dates back to the 15th century, when Jewish refugees fleeing the Spanish Inquisition settled in large numbers in Chaouen. They brought with them their tradition of painting things blue to mirror the sky and remind them of God.

Return to Casablanca in the afternoon.

Overnight in Casablanca.

Day 7 - Casablanca - Marrakech

After breakfast, the group will have a guided tour of Casablanca city including the big mosque of Hassan the second (outside). This mosque is the largest in North Africa, and the third largest in the world. Its minaret is the world's tallest at 210 metres. The visit includes also the United Nations Square, the Medina, the Mohamed V Square, the Central Market, the Royal Palace surroundings, the Habbous quarter, the Residential area of Anfa and the beautiful Ain Diab corniche lined with swimming-pools and gastronomic restaurants.

After the visit, we will drive to Marrakech.

Visit the souks and the square of Jemaa el-Fnaa which is one of the best-known squares in Africa and is the centre of city activity and trade. It has been described as a "world-famous square", "a metaphorical urban icon, a bridge between the past and the present, the place where Moroccan tradition encounters modernism. It has been part of the UNESCO World Heritage site since 1985. Overnight in Marrakech.

Day 8 - Marrakech

After breakfast, continue on with the tour to the Palace of the Bahia, to many other hidden treasures and will end it by visiting the Majorel garden, one of the most exciting monuments of Marrakech.

Free time and then transfer to Marrakech Airport for departure.

18H00 – Arrival to Lisbon and check in

Dinner at the hotel

Day 9 – Full day Sintra / Cabo da Roca / Cascais / Estoril Tour

The unique old town of Sintra preserves its ancient appearance, immersing us in the old days, is known for its unique palace and park ensembles: you will feel the mysticism of this place when you become acquainted with the Quinta da Regaleira property which keeps a secret engraved in stone. Architect Luigi Manini and Master Antonio Augusto Carvalho Monteiro have captured the mystical way of getting to know each other in the theatrical setting of a flowered park, where original gazebos that lead us along the path of secret knowledge seekers gradually open to our eyes. Gradually returning from the past, along a road surrounded by ancient aristocratic estates and picturesque villages, you will head to Cape Roca, the westernmost point of the European continent, where "the earth ends and the sea begins."

Portugal's marine past echoes the present - from Cabo da Roca the way is to the modern resorts, the famous Guincho beach is the mecca of surfers and gourmets, who are attracted by the best fish restaurants. Cascais is a favourite residence of the financial elite. You will see Boca do Inferno (Hell´s Mouth) - a cave created by the waves of the ocean, Fortaleza, Marina and Cascais Bay. The seascapes of this aristocratic resort will be captured for a long time in your memory. Estoril - a town near Cascais - a favourite vacation spot of the early 20th century European elite, the most famous, recently revived spa resort, is also famous for its history of World War II, where noble kings and families lived, escaping the persecution of the Nazis. The city, secretly broadcasted spy stories gathered at the Palace Hotel. Estoril Casino also attracts visitors to this cosy coastal town.

Dinner at the hotel

Day 10- Óbidos / Alcobaça / Batalha / Nazare Tour

Departing from Lisbon towards Óbidos, one of the "fabulous" cities of Portugal. Within the city wall, from the main gate of the castle, there are some shopping streets with traditional houses, adorned with roses and wisteria. Outside the castle gates, the townspeople organize fair tournaments, a chocolate festival and, before Christmas, a true Santa Claus village is built.

We then head to the city of Alcobaça and its well-known 12th century monastery (Alcobaça Monastery), impressive not only for its size and architecture, but also rich in sacred monuments in honour of King Dom Pedro I and his mistress Inés de Castro ( the true heroes of the romantic history of Portugal in the fourteenth century, reminiscent of the drama of Romeo and Juliet) In this small but very cozy town, you can experience the incredible sweetness in a small monastery cafe prepared by the most skilled chefs.

The next stop is Nazare - formerly a small fishing village and now - a city famous not only for fishing, but also for the wonderful beaches with big waves, one of these great waves was surfed by McNamara, also there is wonderful food and unique local folk costumes.

Stop for lunch at São Miguel restaurant

Next stop: Batalha, where we will visit the Monastery of Santa Maria de Vitória, built in the 14th - 16th centuries (the best example of the late Gothic in Portugal).

Dinner at the hotel

Day 11 – Departure Transfer

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Lisbon airport for your return flight.

 

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