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8 Days | Monasteries & Convents Cister - Architure - Santiago Compostela
Alcobaça Monastery - Portugal

Salzedas Monastery - Portugal

Oseira Monastery - Spain



Oia Monastery - Spain








DISCOVER THE CISTER LEGACY AND MYSTICISM
What do you feel when you discover a new place? A place you've never been? The surprise of finding something different or the feeling of already having been there in dreams or thoughts?
Let us take you to unforgettable places where time runs slowly. The most influential religious order throughout the middle Ages in Europe. This order owes its considerable development to Bernard of Clairvaux, a man of exceptional charisma, while not being the founder of the order, remains his spiritual mentor. You could say he was one Europe's greatest spiritual guides, founding more than 70 monasteries. In 1151, two years before his death, there were over 500 monasteries and convents in Europe. Explore the rich and valuable heritage left by the Cistercian order in Portugal and North Spain, with a plus to the pilgrimage site of Santiago Compostela, one of the most popular and ancient Christian sites in the world. Let us show you the technical, artistic and architecture legacy of the Cistercians. The Cistercians path will take you to Convents and Monasteries where time has briefly passed and traditions are kept the same.
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Day 1
PORTUGAL : Lisbon
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Discover the capital of Portugal in one day! We developed a tour for those who want to know the 20 most beautiful attractions of Lisbon, but do not have much time! This full day tour accompanied by an official guide allows you to discover Lisbon, capital of Portugal, and place of many civilizations over the centuries: Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Moors and finally the Portuguese after 1147. 
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Day 2
PORTUGAL: Alcobaça , Cós
Monastery of Alcobaça, Portugal : Awarded as UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1989, the imposing monastery is one of the most impressive and beautiful testimonies of Cistercian architecture throughout Europe. Despite its nearly 900 years, it still preserves all the chambers and rooms as well as its medieval church, being the largest gothic church ever built in Portugal.

On this day we make a visit to another beautiful example of Cistercian architecture: The Cós Monastery. This monastery was founded in the eighteenth century during the Frei Fernando abbey, which sponsored the construction of what would prove to be one of the most important female monasteries of the Cistercian Order.
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Day 3
PORTUGAL: Coimbra, Penacova, São Pedro do Sul
On this day, the circuit includes visits to some of the most emblematic monasteries of Cistar Order: Celas Monastery, a Cistercian example founded in the XIII century by the King D. Sanacho, the Monastery of Lorvão in Penacova, whose origin is shrouded in many legends, and we will also visit the Monastery of São Cristóvão, founded in sec. XII by Cistercian monks, whose building stands amid a dense forest of chestnut trees, oaks, laurel and hazel trees along the river.
We will also visit one of the oldest universities in Europe: the University of Coimbra.
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Day 4
PORTUGAL: Arouca, Tarouca and Salzedas
We proceed our visit by the most significant monasteries of the Cistercian Order.
Today we set out to discover the Monastery of Arouca and São João de Tarouca, without forgetting the Salzedas Monastery which became one of the largest Cistercian monasteries of Portugal, donee of vast lands around with the obligation to cultivate and populate.
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Day 5
SPAIN : Oseira , Santiago de Compostela
Our way through the Cistercian heritage continues now in Spain. Surrounded by lush mountains and beautiful landscapes, the Oseira Monastery is a must-see for all who wish to know the legacy of the Cistercian Order in the Iberian Peninsula.
Finally, we feel the air deeply spiritual of Santiago de Compostela, a place listed as a World Heritage Site since 1985 by UNESCO.
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Day 6
SPAIN : Armenteira , Pontevedra , Oia
We remain in Spain. We discover Pontevedra, where we find history, culture, leisure, architecture and beautiful scenery. Unmissable! Like other monasteries, also the Monastery of Santa Maria de Armenteira is built in an idyllic place in a lush green valley and next to Ría of Aroza. Imposing and situated on the seafront, the Monastery of Santa Maria de Oia is another important monasteries of the Cistercian Order in Spain. Our tour also includes a visit to this magnificent place.
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Day 7
PORTUGAL : Viana do Castelo , Porto
We retourn back to the north of Portugal, and we explore Viana do Castelo and the famous Oporto city. Situated at the mouth of the Lima river, between the ocean and the mountains, the charming city of Viana do Castelo is steeped in tradition. Historically, the city was a crucial point of departure during the Age of Discovery, when many Portuguese explorers embarked to discover the unknown world.
Today, Viana do Castelo is a lively fishing port, renowned for its compelling architecture, featuring Manueline and Renaissance influences as well as innovative contemporary design. Let yourself be enchanted by the city of Porto. This is one of Europe's oldest tourist destinations. Its wealth of artistic heritage, Port Wine, open-air leisure spaces and cultural life are just some of the reasons to visit this city.
The city unfolds along the river bank and the sea shore, to reveal charming vistas, inviting esplanades and all the pleasures of the outdoors, framed by its green spaces. But setting out to discover Porto means bumping into surprise after surprise. 
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Day 8
Transfer to Porto Airport.
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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
Wi-Fi on board
Private Professional Tour Guide ( Português / English / Francais / Español )
Travel Agency assistance
Airport Transfers
Entrance tickets to monuments and museums
Accommodation with Breakfast in 3 hotels, 4 or 5-star.
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Meals 
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Municipal fee in the Hotels in Lisbon (1Euro per person)
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