Day 1 – On arrival, group meet and assisted by our guide interpreter. Transfer from the airport to the hotel by a deluxe bus. Dinner and overnight in Lisbon.

Day 2 – In the morning we will cross the bridge over the Tagus and have a superb view of Lisbon, arriving at Sesimbra village where you can admire the beautiful scenery of this fishing town. Arrábida mountain – a unique nature reserve giving a breathtaking panoramique view over Setúbal village with pedestrian streets, gardens and interesting shops. Stop at Pousada do Castelo in Palmela. Than we will proceed to Alcácer do Sal, where you will have free time for lunch. The ancient town of Alcácer do Sal overlooking the river Sado, is dominated by the hilltop castle (nowadays is Pousada) built on the site of a fortified construction dating from as early as the 6th century BC. Driving southbound you will arrive to Sines. The town is known as the birthplace of Vasco da Gama, the XV century sea-commander who discovered the sea route to India, a deed of civilisation fundamental to the Renaissance’s mental and cultural opening. Afterwards Santiago de Cacém. This village has a majestic castle of Arab origin, it was completely rebuilt by the Christians in the 12th century. There is a superb view from the castle, whichever way you look. Dinner and overnight in Beja.

Day 3 – On this day our tour will start by visiting Mértola village. With its narrow and twisting alleys Mértola is still rather Moorish in appearance. Next stop it will be the village of Alcoutim lies on the west bank of the Guadiana river. This river forms the border between Portugal and Spain. The castle stands on an imposing site overlooking the river. Driving southbound we will pass bay Castro Marim and than to Tavira. Loulé is a rural administrative and active market town with some remains of a castle dating back to the 12th century. Driving north we will return to Beja – a city of historic and social importance, but it preserves the pleasant and unassuming aspect of an inland town. Dinner and overnight in Beja.

Day 4 – Our first stop in the morning it will be Serpa village. The historic centre harmoniously displays the town’s past. Of the Moorish castle, rebuilt at the end of the 13th century and seriously damaged in 1707, only the ramparts remain. To the north of Serpa is the ancient and once important fortified town of Moura. Next we will drive east to visit Barrancos town. Located on the left bank of the river Guadiana, the county of Barrancos lies so close to the Spanish border that it is no surprise the population’s cultural identity has been profoundly influenced by Spain. This town has gained notoriety in recent years as it is the first location in Portugal where the inhabitants have reverted to the killing the bull in the bullring as is practiced in neighbouring Spain. Further north there is another small town Mourão that has the impressive high walls of a 14th century castle overlooking the river Guadiana. Before we arrive at Évora, important town considered in its whole as World Patrimony, we will stop at Monsaraz town. Perched on the top of a hill, this little known small town called Monsaraz is a “jewel in the crown” of the Alentejo. It is small walled group of dwellings that carefully preserve most of their original charm by retaining the old exteriors and the original quaint slated streets. Dinner and overnight in Évora.

Day 5 – After breakfast we will continue the visiting to Évora city and then we will drive into direction of Redondo set in the heart of the wine district. Afterwards we will continue to the town of Vila Viçosa, mainly famous as a result of becoming in earlier times the favourite home of the House of the Duques de Bragança. There are a number of other interesting buildings in the town including the 14th century Chapel of Nossa Senhora da Conceição with a Gothic image of the Virgin Mary, the castle, the Convento das Chagas de Cristo which lies besides the Palace is now a comfortable and attractive Pousada. Borba it will be our next stop followed by Estremoz town with its 13th century castle. Our tour will continue to Elvas, located near the border between Portugal and Spain and is on the main highway between Lisbon and Madrid. The walled town of Elvas features an ancient castle, a 500-year-old aqueduct and some of the best-preserved military fortifications in Southern Europe. Situated close to the Spanish border, 18 km north of Elvas in the Alentejo, the pretty fortress town of Campo Maior withstood countless sieges over the centuries, particularly after the restoration of Portuguese independence in 1640. Campo Maior chief attraction is its Chapel of Bones, a smaller version of the Chapel of Bones in Évora. Built in 1766, its walls and vaults are completely covered in human bones, with two complete skeletons hanging from the walls. Dinner and overnight in Portalegre.

Day 6 – After visiting Portalegre you will drive north in direction to Marvão. Located on an escarpment only a few miles from Spain, this tranquil town is completely surrounded by walls dating from the 13th to the 17th century. Afterwards you will pass by the small town of Castelo de Vide with its medieval synagogue and the Gothic quarter. Afterwards we will drive to an old world little town of white houses and flower bedecked streets perched high above the north bank of the Tagus – Abrantes. Until now the town has been able to retain its original character. Five km southwest of Constância, on a rocky islet in the Tagus, stands the Templar castle of Almourol. Built on Roman and Moorish foundations, with 11 towers, it is undoubtedly one of Portugal’s finest 12th c. castles (restored in the 19th c. in the Romantic style). The town of Tomar in Portugal was the headquarters first of the Templars, and later of the Order of Christ. The castle, known as the Convento de Cristo, still exists today, and is well worth a visit. Dinner and overnight in Tomar.

Day 7 – Departure to Fátima, the centre of Christian faith and a local world pilgrimage. Our next stop it will at the monumental building of Batalha Monastery. Further on we drive to Nazaré – fishing town consisting of Sítio (older part) and a modern zone. Sítio is located on a 110m high headland, from which one can enjoy the view over the modern part that lies at its foot, the beach and the arbour with its typical boats, very colorful and with pointed bows. Then we drive to Alcobaça to visit the 12th century Abbey with the tombs of Pedro and Inês de Castro. Finally arrive at the beautiful walled town of Óbidos with its picturesque streets and the Pousada do Castelo a medieval symbol of narrow streets surrounded by walls. Dinner and overnight in Lisbon.

Day 8 – After breakfast, departure for a full day city tour. The tour begins enjoying the magnificent view over the city before arriving to the lower part of town Baixa, with its main squares Restauradores, Rossio and Comércio Square. The visit continues towards Belém, where we can admire the Belém Tower and the Monument of the Discoveries, including a visit to Jerónimos Monastery and the Coach Museum (both closed on Mondays, replaced by the visit of Ajuda Palace). Free time for lunch at Expo, where you can visit the Oceanarium. In the afternoon we will visit the S. Jorge Castle, the Cathedral and Alfama, the old part of Lisbon. Dinner and overnight in Lisbon.

Day 9 – After breakfast departure for a full day visit to Lisbon surroundings: Estoril, Cascais and Sintra. The village of Sintra is considered world patrimony and one of the most beautiful Portuguese villages, not only for historical background, but also for its natural beauty and set up. A visit to Sintra Palace is included (closed on Wednesday). After lunch we will proceed to Cape Roca, Westernmost point of continental Europe where the sea begins and the land ends, and then via Guincho beach, your tour will continue to the cosmopolitan Cascais and Estoril, the famous resorts of the Portuguese Riviera, then back to Lisbon and rest of the day at leisure. Dinner and overnight in Lisbon.

Day 10 – Spend some time visiting the capital of Portugal. Transfer from hotel to the Lisbon airport to take your plane back home.