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Is This Trip Right for You?
This independent program allows the flexibility to explore on your own. Affordable optional sightseeing excursions are available to enhance your holiday. We offer a selection of hotels to accommodate a variety of tastes and budgets. Drive times between the cities can vary, but average 1-4 hours in length and are dependent upon local conditions. Please note that this program is not escorted and therefore you will not have the services of a tour manager to assist with hotel check-in formalities and luggage handling. This program’s unconstrained nature excludes group advantages associated with escorted tours. Hotel locations, services and amenities differ according to the Plan. Read the descriptions in full and locate the hotels on our provided map to ensure the Hotel/Plan you select meets your desired criteria. This is an Independent program. For more information, click here.
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7 Day Lisbon & Algarve Fly & Drive
DAY 1, Wednesday - Depart for Portugal Depart for Lisbon, Portugal
DAY 2, Thursday - Arrive in Lisbon Arrive in Lisbon, capital of Portugal. Pick up your reserved vehicle at the airport's car rental facility and drive to your hotel. After check-in, spend time at leisure
DAY 3, Friday - Sintra, Cabo da Roca Today, head to quaint Sintra, the “Glorious Eden” of Lord Byron, and ancient summer retreat of the royal court, highlighted by lavish romantic castles and stunning monuments. Visit the Sintra Royal Palace, a 15th century royal residence, containing magnificent azulejos - ceramic tiles, including some authentic Mudéjar Azulejos with Moorish geometric motifs. Continue with another former royal residence, the Pena Palace, built in the 19th century by King Ferdinand II. The castle is Inspired by German Romantic architecture with a blend of Moorish and Manueline styles. Its dramatic interiors are designed to reflect influences from the Middle East and European Baroque. Afterward, drive to Cabo da Roca, a rugged headland that marks the westernmost point of mainland Europe. Don't forget to obtain the document from the tourism office certifying your visit. Proceed to the lighthouse and walk along the cliffs offering stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean
Drive Time: 2 hours
Distance: 55 miles*
DAY 4, Saturday - Drive to Medieval Évora, Continue to Lagos Drive to Évora, one of Portugal’s most beautifully preserved medieval towns and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Discover the town's 14th century massive walls and Roman Temple, early Gothic Cathedral, and Sao Francisco Church that is famous for its Chapel of Bones, whose walls are decorated with thousands of human bones and skulls. Head on to see Évora’s main square, the Praça do Giraldo, lined with exquisite examples of 16th century Gothic architecture. Stroll along the winding cobbled lanes and view traditionally painted houses. On your drive to Lagos, stop at one of the many world-class wineries that make the Alentejo region a wine-lover's paradise. Upon arrival in Lagos, check into your hotel
Drive Time: 4 hours
Distance: 238 miles*
DAY 5, Sunday - Discover Lagos and Silves This morning, discover Lagos, a historic town that has been home to the Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Romans and Moors all attracted by its harbor. It was from here that Vasco da Gama set sail when he discovered Brazil. Walk along the alleys of the walled Old Town and afterward visit the authentic Mercado Municipal (City Market). Continue to the charming fort of Ponta da Bandeira, built in the 17th century. The complex provides stunning panoramic views of the town and includes a beautiful chapel of Santa Barbara, covered with azulejos tiles. Later, drive to the nearby fortified town of Silves, the former capital of the Algarve. Here, visit the imposing Silves Castle, also known as the "red fortress" because of its color, located on top of the hill, overlooking the town. Built between the 8th and the 10th century by the Moors, it is considered the best preserved Moorish castle in Portugal. Stroll through the cobbled streets and immerse yourself in its medieval atmosphere. Return to your hotel in Lagos
Drive Time: 1 hour
Distance: 50 miles*
DAY 6, Monday - Explore Lisbon This morning, depart Lagos and drive north to Lisbon, one of the oldest cities in Europe, over 2,000 years old, and capital of Portugal since 1147. View the treasured 16th century Belem Tower, a monument to Portugal’s Age of Discovery. Continue to visit the Jeronimos Monastery, an impressive symbol of the country’s power and wealth and resting place of explorer Vasco da Gama. Afterward, take a walk along the winding cobblestone streets to Alfama, the old Fisherman’s Quarter, nestled between the Grand Castle and the River Tagus. Tour the imposing St. George's Castle, perched on a hilltop overlooking the historic centre of Lisbon. Perhaps, ride the Santa Justa elevator and ascend to the Bairro Alto district from where you can enjoy panoramic views of the city and the river. Tonight, experience the soulful music of Fado - a genre born in Lisbon, in one of the many fado houses
Drive Time: 3 hours
Distance: 188 miles*
DAY 7, Tuesday - Depart Portugal Drive to the airport and return your vehicle at the car rental facility, prior to your departure flight
*Please note that this is a suggested itinerary. Driving times and distances are estimated and can vary due to many circumstances, such as: a specific route taken, hotel location, traffic, weather, road conditions, etc. GPS devices are recommended and can be rented locally.
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Hotel Mundial, Lisbon
This first class hotel is located in the city center with views of the castle "St Jorge."