Hamilton Tours Ltd. With Collette Vacations presents
Friday, March 15 to Sunday, March 24, 2019 - Sunny Portugal - Estoril Coast, Alentejo & Algarve
Day 1: Fri., March 15 - Overnight Flight from Pearson International Airport - Portugal is waiting to be explored. Discover ancient castles, Roman ruins, groves of lemon and almond trees, quiet whitewashed villages, and kind, gentle people.
Day 2: Sat., March 16 - Your tour opens in a scenic coastal resort on the “Portuguese Riviera,” your home for three nights. The mansions scattered about Cascais and Monte Estoril hint at its history as a haven for exiled European royals and nobility. Tonight, join your fellow travellers for a welcome dinner.
Day 3: Sun., March 17 - This morning it’s your choice! Join a panoramic Lisbon city tour by coach featuring Jeronimo’s Monastery (a UNESCO World Heritage site), Belem Tower (UNESCO), the Monument to the Discoveries, and capped off with a visit to the National Museum of Coaches. Or, take a walking tour of the historic Alfama District, Lisbon's most symbolic quarter. Later, enjoy leisure time in the Portuguese Riviera. Stroll narrow cobblestone streets, walk wide Oceanside promenades or shop for ceramics, lace, filigree, hand woven works and tapestries. This evening, savour excellent Portuguese cuisine and wine while local artists perform the traditional Fado (UNESCO). (B & D)
Day 4: Mon., March 18 - Begin your day exploring the picturesque town of Sintra (UNESCO), the favourite summer residence of Portuguese kings for six centuries. Travel to Portugal’s beautiful “Silver Coast,” a spectacular region filled with sleepy villages, rich vineyards and age-old castles. Proceed to picture-perfect Obidos where white washed houses are held snug by medieval city walls. Later, visit Fatima, the world-famous Marian pilgrimage site. (B)
Day 5: Tues., March 19 - Travel through beautiful Portuguese countryside and stop in historic Evora (UNESCO). Inside this medieval walled city lies a 2nd-century Roman temple to Diana. Next, journey to the hilltop, walled village of Monsaraz, a “jewel in the crown” of the Alentejo. This small medieval town has carefully preserved its original charm. From the 13th-century castle you’ll enjoy amazing panoramic views of the countryside. Then, indulge in a winery tour and a tasting. Enjoy your stay in the heart of Alentejo’s countryside during an overnight at a country resort set among 3,000 acres of farm land, vineyards and cork trees. (B & D)
Day 6: Wed., March 20 - Travel to the famous Algarve and discover the secrets of the 16th-century fortress at Sagres, home of Prince Henry’s School of Navigation and the “compass rose.” Next, explore the historic resort town of Lagos, where Moorish and Renaissance influences abound. (B & D)
Day 7: Thurs., March 21 - The entire day is yours to independently experience the beautiful Algarve. Protected by hills to the north and warmed by the sea, the Algarve’s mild climate and beautiful beaches attract vacationers from all over the world. (B)
Day 8: Fri., March 22 - Journey to Faro, gateway to the Ria Formosa protected lagoon landscape. In historic São Brás de Alportel, a presentation by a local liqueur maker is followed by a tasting of some of the many varieties produced in the region. Visit a local cork factory to learn about its importance to the local economy and its many uses. (B & D)
Day 9: Sat., March 23 - Enroute to Lisbon, make a stop in Azeitao, a charming agricultural village known for red wine, olive trees and beautiful country estates. Spend time at the centuries-old Jose Maria da Fonseca Winery. Next, meet local artisans at a family-run shop that demonstrates how azulejos, the famous hand-painted Portuguese tiles, are made. Later, bid adeus to Portugal during a dinner celebrating the end of a wonderful tour. (B & D)
Day 10: Sun., March 24 - Your tour comes to a close today. (B)
Tour includes: Transfer to Pearson International Airport, travel with Hamilton Tours Director, round trip air, air taxes and fees, hotel transfers, 14 meals and admissions as listed, gratuities for Collette guides and drivers.
Cost per person: Twin $4600.00 & Single $4900.00 (15 passengers are required to run this tour)
A deposit of $1000.00 is required at the time of booking, with the balance due in full by January 10, 2019.
A Valid Canadian Passport is required for this tour with a 6 month validity.
Travel Insurance is available through our office at the time of booking at an additional charge.
There may be different living standards and practices and different standards and conditions with respect to the provision of services and accommodations outside of Canada.
This tour requires average physical activity. You should be in good health, able to climb stairs and walk reasonable distances, possibly over uneven grounds and cobblestone streets.