"Portuguese religious heritage"


 

DAY 1: LISBON

Situated on the north bank of the Tagus, Lisbon is one of the oldest settlements in Europe, its foundation being attributed to the Phoenicians c. 1.200BC. Over 500 years ago, Lisbon was the center of the world's richest and farthestreaching empire. In 1755 two thirds of the city were destroyed by an earthquake and tidal wave, and a new Lisbon was rebuilt. Today it stands as one of Europe's grandest cities. It has managed to preserve its traditions, continually renovating its historic monuments and maintaining its black and white mosaic sidewalks, pastel façades and cobbled medieval alleys.

Today Lisbon is a cosmopolitan city boasting fashionable shops, modern art exhibitions and cultural centres. The city's historic quarters and monuments, the many museums, breathtaking views from the top of its seven hills, the local flavors that you can taste in modern restaurants as well as in traditional ones will make you fall in love with Lisbon.

Your private driver will welcome at Lisbon's airport and transfer you to your hotel in the centre of the city.
Rest of the day at leisure.

In the evening you will be introduced to the Portuguese culture by listening to Fado, the song of Lisbon, while having your dinner in a typical restaurant.

Overnight in Lisbon.

DAY 2: LISBON

In the morning your private driver will pick you up at your hotel for a half-day tour of Lisbon: the centre of the city and its Baixa, the Downtown area, the old quarters and the Belém monumental district. Belém, at the western limit of the city, is the area from where sailing ships set forth to brave the Ocean Sea: the 16 th century Belém Tower built in the middle of the river to guard the entrance to the port, is a jewel of the Manueline style; the Jerónimos Monastery built over 500 years ago thanks to the riches that accumulated after the voyage of Vasco da Gama to the Indies in 1497-99 and the discovery of Brazil by Pedro Cabral in 1500. At the most famous Lisbon's pastry shop dating from 1837, you will taste the "pastéis de Belém", a pastry that is a local specialty.

Rest of the day at leisure for your own discoveries and shopping.

Lunch and dinner on your own.

Overnight in Lisbon.

DAY 3: LISBON-SINTRA-ÓBIDOS-FÁTIMA

On our way to Sintra we will take the coast road to discover the Coast of Lisbon, passing by Estoril and its Casino and the picturesque fishing town of Cascais. Sintra built on the north slope of Sintra's Mountain was the favorite summer residence of the Portuguese court for more than five hundred years and Lord Byron's "Glorious Eden". Sintra is a Unesco World Heritage Site as Cultural Landscape: its ancient history, the many castles with exotic parks, the beauty beauty of the landscape and varied flora.

In the historic centre of Sintra is the National Palace dating from the Middle Ages. Built close to the highest peak of Sintra's Range is the 19th century eccletic Pena Palace . Both palaces were used by the Portuguese kings as summer palaces until the proclamation of the Republic in 1910.

The historic centre of Sintra has many shops with the traditional crafts of Portugal, fascinating antique shops and cafés with terraces where you can taste the local pastries.

Lunch on your own.

Our next stop is Óbidos, a walled medieval town that was part of the dowry of the Queens of Portugal until the 19th century. A walk in Óbidos will make you go back in time. Winding, narrow streets and alleys lead to the top of the hill from where you will enjoy a magnificent view of the town and its surrounding countryside. Don't forget to try the local cherry brandy, the "ginginha"! Cafés and most shops with the local handicrafts are along the main street.

From Óbidos we will drive across a beautiful countryside to reach Fátima. Fátima is one of the most famous Marian shrines in the world. Some four million people visit Fátima each year, drawn by the apparitions of the Virgin Mary reported by three local shepherd in 1917.You will have a chance to visit the sanctuary of Fátima: the Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary where are the tombs of the seers of Fátima, the Chapel of the Apparitions and the modern Basilica of the Holy Trinity.

Depending on the time of the year that you travel, in the evening, there may be the possibility for you to participate in any of the shrine's activities: Mass, the Rosary and Candlelight Procession.

Dinner on your own.

Overnight in Fátima.

DAY 4: FÁTIMA-ALCOBAÇA-BATALHA-LISBON

Today you will be visiting two of the most important monuments of Portugal: the Monastery of Alcobaça and the Monastery of Santa Maria da Vitória, or Batalha Monastery. Both former monasteries were declared by Unesco World Heritage Sites and were built on the orders of two kings of Portugal to commemorate military victories.

Alcobaça Cistercian Monastery was founded by the first king of Portugal in the 12 th century and would be one of the wealthiest and enterprising religious houses in the Portugal of the Middle Ages. In its church , the first building in Gothic style in Portugal, you will see two masterpieces of the Gothic sculpture in Portugal: the tombs of king Pedro I and his beloved Inês de Castro.

At Batalha you will visit the Monastery of Our Lady of Victory, built on the orders of king João I to commemorate the batlle of Aljubarrota. In August 1385 a small Anglo-Portuguese army defeated a huge Castillian army ensuring the continuation of the independence of Portugal. João I became the new king of Portugal and his children with the English princess Philippa of Lancaster made the glory of Portugal. This15 th century monastery is the Royal Pantheon of the Aviz Dinasty and is the best example of the late-gothic style in the Iberian Peninsula.

Lunch on your own.

After lunch we will make our way to Lisbon.

Rest of the afternoon at leisure.

Dinner on your own.

Overnight in Lisbon.

DAY 5: LISBON

Transfer to Lisbon's airport (time to be announced).

End of our services.

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