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9DAYS
8 NIGHTS
Portugal


ALMOUROL
CASTELO DE VIDE
CRATO
ÉVORA
LISBON
MARVÃO
MONSANTO
TOMAR
VILA VIÇOSA
9 days | Castles - Landscapes - History

Moorish Castle - Tomar


View over the Moorish Castle and Convent of Christ - Tomar




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The Knights Templar Kingdom (9 days)
A tour around Portugal for 9 days/ 8 nights exploring the realm, castles and palaces that once belonged to the Knights Templar in Portugal. 

This is an experience that begins in the capital of the Kingdom, Lisbon, going up the Atlantic coast towards the headquarters of the Knights Templar in Tomar. 
We continue to the interior of Portugal, discovering magnificent castles, landscapes of unique beauty completely out of ordinary tourist itineraries, as is the case of Idanha-a Velha, Monsanto, Penha Garcia, Sortelha and Belmonte.
We return South through the higlands of Portugal, where we will stay at the Headquarters of the Hospitalliers (Order of Malta) in Crato. Return to Lisbon through Évora, capital of Alentejo, a world heritage site, birthplace of the Miliatry Order of Évora, later known as the Military Order os Avis, wich together with the Templars, were the great architects of the Portuguese Discoveries in the 15th and 16th century.
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Day 1
Morning Airport Transfer IN
LISBON CITY TOUR (1): ORIENTE (The eastern district)
Lisbon is so many special things; it’s the sound of vintage trams rambling up and down cobblestone streets, a medley of heartfelt Fado songs, an open-air gallery of historic heritage, a haven for free spirits, a surprise for fashionable shoppers and Portugal’s "coolest" city. 

On the right bank of the broad Tagus river estuary, the capital of Portugal graciously reclines over rolling hills. This is a spectacular geographical location and does much to explain the cosmopolitan history of the city. Its exceptional natural light, which has long inspired writers, photographs and filmmakers.

With the arrival of the Moors from the 8th century, it was renamed Aschbouna. The city fell to the Portuguese in 1147, when conquered by the first king of Portugal, Afonso Henriques. It became the national capital in 1255.



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Day 2
LISBON CITY TOUR (2): OCIDENTE (the western district)
UNESCO: Monastery of the Hieronymites and Tower of Belém in Lisbon (1983)
Fado Portuguese Folk Heritage (2011)
We continue our tour in Lisbon. On this day we’ll focus on the discoveries area, its viewpoints and the city’s most important museums.
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Day 3
SINTRA & ÓBIDOS
UNESCO: Cultural Landscape of Sintra (1995)
SINTRA is a town of palaces, landscapes, culture, art and also of great romantics who passed through here. Learn about the ancient myths of Celtic bards, the Moorish legends, the passions of the Christian Reconquest and a masonry that makes this site so unique in the world and yet so magical! There were several romantic figures that have passed in Sintra. From literature to music, the town of Sintra has inspired various figures and dazzled others with its mystical and charming environment. 

After Sintra, still time to discover The mediaeval town of ÓBIDOS is one of the most picturesque and well preserved in Portugal. Quite close to the capital and located on high ground near the Atlantic coast, Óbidos has had a strategic importance in the territory.
You will find a well preserved castle within the walls, and a maze of streets and white houses that are a delight to stroll amongst. Along with the Manueline porticoes, the colourful window boxes and the small squares, many fine examples of religious and civil architecture from the town’s golden days provide a host of reasons for making a visit.
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Day 4
ÓBIDOS, SÃO MARTINHO DO PORTO, NAZARÉ, ALCOBAÇA, BATALHA
UNESCO: Batalha Monastery (1983), UNESCO: Alcobaça Monastery (1989)
On this day we visite some of the most emblematic places of the West of Portugal.We will go through villages that stand in the cliffs by the sea, where still resist old arts of the sea,we will move through the streets of a village that "hides" inside stone walls,and that seemed to hang in the medieval time.We will be dazzled in face of grandiose monuments classified by UNESCO, and we will know cities with a rich history.

Get to know Óbidos, Nazaré, Alcobaça, Batalha and Fátima.

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Day 5
ALMOUROL CASTLE, TOMAR AND THE HISTORICAL VILLAGE OF MONSANTO
On this day let us contemplate landscapes of unique beauty and discover magnificent castles, such as the Almourol Castle, situated on a small cliffy island in the middle of the Tagus River. We'll discover the historical village of Monsanto, standing above a high crag, it offers visitors some of the most interesting human landscapes in Portugal.

Former seat of the Order of the Knights Templar, Tomar is a city of great charm for its artistic and cultural wealth, whose greatest expression is in the Convent of Christ, one of the chief works of the Portuguese Renaissance.
Whatever your reason for visiting the city, climbing up to the Templar castle and discovering the monumental work of the Convent of Christ is a must.
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Day 6
IDANHA-A-VELHA, SORTELHA, BELMONTE
Mountains, Castles and Medieval Villages
We continue for the most beautiful roads of Portugal. Paths who flee large clusters of tourists and Portugal break through inside a constant and unforgettable discoveries. 

This time we start by Idanha-a-Velha, where successive settlements of the region by different peoples have left this village with a most valuable historical heritage.
We visit Sortelha. Surmounted by a castle built on a formidable crag at an altitude of 760 metres, Sortelha still retains its mediaeval appearance intact through the architecture of its rural granite houses.

The great charm of this village is its evocation of a mediaeval atmosphere, with all the houses having been built of granite and generally consisting of just one storey. All around Sortelha, the landscape has the rugged beauty of the large granite boulders and the chestnut groves that frequently accompany these. 

We do an unmissable visit to Belmonte where it set an important Jewish community, and that still applies today traces of this presence.
Finally, let's go south towards the plains of the Alentejo, where we will visit the town of Crato.
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Day 7
BORDER CROSS TO SPAIN: NATURAL PARK OF TEJO WITH BEAUTIFUL LANDSCAPE
BORDER CROSS TO PORTUGAL: CASTLE OF MARVÃO, CASTELO DE VIDE AND CRATO
We leave the highlands of Portugal, and drive south going through the NATURAL PARK OF TEJO. Tejo or Tagus, is the longest River flowing across Portugal. Its source is in Spain and the river travels a great distance before reaching Portuguese territory, where it establishes the frontier between the two countries over a 50 km stretch, ending in Lisbon.

Here we find valleys with sharp slopes that provide a spectacular natural setting next to the River Tagus and the streams that flow into it, where around 154 bird species make their nests. This zone is excellent for birdwatching. It's possible to see colonies of black storks (the Park’s symbol), eagles and eagle owls. 

We cross the border again, back to Portugal.

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Day 8
ALENTEJO REGION: VILA VIÇOSA DUCAL PALACE AND ÉVORA, LISBON
UNESCO: Historic Center of Évora (1986)
ALENTEJO where you travel naturally with and to History. The abundance and the quality of the Heritage which it expresses become easy for you to discover but, if you are visiting the Region for the first time, you could be spoiled for choice. If this is the case, don’t hesitate: opt for our suggestions and you will discover that the magic of the Alentejo is to be found, with endless pleasure, everywhere.

This Tour will take to Alentejo where the plains disappear out of sight combine with the sun and the heat to impose their own slow, steady rhythm. 
The open, ample landscape is peppered with cork-oaks or olive trees that have withstood the ravages of time. Meet the citie of Évora, the capital of Alentejo. 
Évora is the inevitable reference point for anyone coming to the Alentejo inspired by the theme of Heritage.
A walk in Vila Viçosa is indispensable. Situated in one of the most fertile regions in the south of Portugal, it was often at the center of some of the most important moments in the country's history. The House of the Dukes of Bragança, the most powerful noble family after the Royal Family, was established here. 
Vila Viçosa region is known for the marble, extracted and cut at more than 160 quarries, and internationally famous (especially the pink marble).
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Day 9
TRANFER FROM HOTEL » AIRPORT

Hotel check-out. Transfer Hotel, directly Lisboa airport with our help on boarding formalities. With the possibility to have an early breakfast.
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Included:
PRICE | If you would like a quote for this package please contact our agency. We will be happy to give you the best possible quote for you and your group
Minimum of 2 participants
Fuel and Tolls
Private Professional Tour Guide ( Português / English / Francais / Español )
Travel Agency assistance
Airport Transfers
Entrance tickets to monuments and museums
Traditional sweets and water
Accommodation with Breakfast in 3 hotels, 4 or 5-star.
Taxes
Travel insurance: http:www.luxinvicta.pt/conte.php?a=86

Not included:
Meals 
Airfares
Any other extra services not mentioned in the itinerary
Municipal fee in the Hotels in Lisbon (1Euro per person)
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