Tour Overview: Portugal in 13 days south to north.
Our tour begins in the Algarve, the southernmost region of Portugal famous for its beautiful beaches. Tavira is an ancient Moorish town turned resort offering a relaxed away-from-the-crowds experience. On our way north we’ll spend a morning exploring beautiful hilltop Mértola overlooking the Guadiana River with extensive remains of centuries of Moorish rule. Our next lodging destination is Évora, the capital of the region of Alentejo, former Roman city and home to Portuguese kings, with whitewashed houses decorated with Azulejos tilework. In Azeitão a wonderful Renaissance chateau, art collection and gardens combined with wine tasting awaits us. Lisbon hosts us for a three night stay in the old Moorish district of Alfama. Our explorations inside the city will include an extensive walking tour and the fabulous Jerónimos Monastery in Belem; outside we will travel to peculiar Sintra and the very pleasing town of Cascais. Heading north once again we’ll stop for a taste of Ginja – a cherry liquore served in an edible chocolate cup – in picturesque Óbidos. The largest waves in the world crash down on the Atlantic Coast of Portugal, up to 35 meters tall – we’ll have an opportunity to watch surfers attempt to catch them off the dramatic coastline of Nazaré. The medieval capital of Portugal is Coimbra, best known for its university and the fabulous Joanina Library. Deservedly voted one the world’s best tourist destinations, Porto has a lot to offer – great food, a lively riverside scene, 300 year old Port caverns and wonderful architecture. The Douro River Valley displays some of the most lush scenery anywhere – we’ll travel winding roads through vineyard covered hills, visit one of the oldest wineries in the region, take a private boat cruise upstream to Pinhão and lunch on a balcony overlooking the river. The best thing about Portugal are the Portuguese people – warm, welcoming and easy to befriend.