Departure point: Madrid
Tour kicks off every Wednesday
The package is perfect for those who has some free days in Madrid and would like to visit Portugal to see and catch its main highlights in just few days time.
This four-day tour is dedicated to Southern Portugal.
First – to capital Lisbon – a unique and picturesque city, full of beautiful streets, cosy venues, cultural finds and wallet-friendly restaurants. In Lisbon, history blends with modernity and a centuries-old landmark may sit side by side with a hip hotel; each street has a story to tell and each corner reveals a different secret.
And second – to Fatima – with its Sanctuary of Fátima – one of the most sacred Catholic destinations in the world.
The tour also includes visits to the ancient Spanish cities: Trujillo – an ancient town that contains many medieval and renaissance buildings, and Caceres – being currently listed on the UNESCO’s World Heritage Site for the same reason as Trujillo, due to its rich cultural and historical heritage.
Day 1. Madrid – Trujillo – Lisbon (658km ~ 409 miles)
Departure from Madrid at 8am to the beautiful region of Extremadura, where the first stop will be in the ancient town of Trujillo – a place built and enriched by many famous conquerors of the medieval times. When travelling there, you will be amazed by the number of castles, churches and manor houses. Trujillo is structured around its own Plaza Mayor square, which is guarded by a bronze-cast statue of Pizarro. You will have an hour and a half to explore all the beauty of medieval town:
- Over the centuries, Plaza Mayor has been the commercial and social center of the city, hosting different festivals and markets. Around it you can see many buildings which were built between the 14th and 16th centuries. The manor houses are characterized by their angular balconies – a distinct element of Trujillo’s architecture.
- The essential visit of Trujillo is definitely the Castillo de Trujillo, or Trujillo Castle. Dare to climb the Old Town for a few minutes and you will find this well-preserved castle. Additionally, by spending 2.5 euros, you can visit the interior of the castle and walk on the walls to admire the breathtaking views of Plaza Mayor and surroundings of the town.
- Trujillo has outstanding products among other Extremadura regions. You can try thecaldereta – a stew prepared with goats or sheep meat, as well as ”chard” (wild asparagus), and truffles.
From Trujillo, we will proceed to Portugal and will reach Lisbon in the early evening. Checkin and overnight stay.
Day 2. Lisbon
Breakfast, followed by a tour around Lisbon with a local guide.
Lisbon offers a rich and varied history, a buzzing nightlife and is blessed with a glorious year-round climate. It is a bustling and exciting city, that boasts a wide choice of activities and fascinating tourist attractions. The city has a welcoming atmosphere, while still embracing its deep-rooted heritage and extensive history. Some of the highlights of the tour:
- Padrão dos Descobrimentos(Monument of the Discoveries) – this 50m tall sculpture is a monument to the Portuguese ”Era of Discovery” and to ‘’Henry the Navigator’’, Vasco da Gama, Ferdinand Magellan – total of 33 statues line the sides of the monument, each representing an important figure from that epoch: monarchs, cartographers, and scientists stand alongside explorers, artists, and missionaries.
- Belem Tower. The Torre de Belémwas built in the 16th century as a military fortress and ceremonial entrance to the city. And yet, despite its primary function as a defensive structure, the tower’s delicate ornamentation, which includes arcaded windows, intricate sculptures and Moorish-style watchtowers, make it a real architectural marvel.
- Jeronimos Monastery. The undisputed highlight is the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos. Construction of this former monastery began in 1501 and, as designs became increasingly elaborate (fueled by trade with Asia), it eventually took nearly a hundred years to complete. Today, it stands as a testament to the prosperity of Lisbon at the height of the Portuguese empire. Check out its impressive cloisters, replete with ornate sculptural details and masterful stonework, and pay your respects to the major historical figures buried here, including Vasco da Gama and celebrated poet Luís de Camões. Entrance and tour inside.
- Alfama Quarter. A maze of narrow, winding streets, Lisbon’s Alfama quarter is the oldest and most historical part of the Portuguese capital, having survived the great earthquake and subsequent fires and tidal waves of 1755 almost intact. Mostly traffic-free these days except for the occasional 100-year-old tram creaking and rattling through, this ancient labyrinth of twisting lanes and cobbled stairways is in many ways the heart and soul of the Portuguese capital.
Enjoy an evening in Lisbon on your own. Please do not miss on opportuntiy to try famous pastel de nata (egg tart) – local culinary’s iconic pastry, who’s recipe dates back to the 16th century. You can buy it in any coffee/bakery shop.
Second night in Lisbon.
Day 3. Lisbon – Fatima – Lisbon (264km ~ 164 miles)
Breakfast in the hotel, then a tour to Fatima – one of the world’s largest Catholic pilgrimage sites in the world – the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fátima(Santuário de Fátima). A tour and a free time here to feel and appreciate this sacred place. Some facts about Fatima:
- Portugal is known as a Catholic country filled with dramatic monasteries and ancient churches, but the Sanctuary of Fátima is one of the most sacred Catholic destinations that receives around 5 million visitors every year. Here, between 13th May and 13th October 1917, three shepherd children are believed to have witnessed six apparitions of the Virgin Mary, who imparted various messages and predictions about the future. During the last of these apparitions it is said that around 50,000 observers witnessed the sun moving around in the sky in a way which defied the laws of cosmology.
- Among the various buildings associated with the sanctuary, the Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary(Basílica de Nossa Senhora do Rosário) is a solid limestone church built between 1928 and 1953 in Neo-Baroque style. The basilica has a 65-metre-high bell tower and there is a large statue of Our Lady of Fatima above the main entrance to the church.
- Across the square from the Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary, the Basilica of the Holy Trinity(Basílica da Santíssima Trindade) is a relatively austere, modern structure built between 2004 and 2007 to accommodate the crowds who flock here on the anniversaries of the apparitions. With a seating capacity of over 8,000 this is among one of the biggest Catholic churches in the world.
Later we will return to Lisbon. Free evening and another night.
Day 4. Lisbon – Caceres – Madrid (613km ~ 381 miles)
Breakfast. Departure towards the Spanish border to reach the province of Extremadura, and the city of Caceres – a beautiful place, founded by the Romans in 25 BC. Visit to Cáceres will bring you back to the old medieval era. The streets climb and twist among hoary palaces and mansions. As you turn your head up, you can see the skyline decorated with gargoyles, spires, and gigantic storks’ nests. The fortress has been serving as defensive walls since the 16th century. You will have a good hour and a half there, so, go ahead and check the main highlights, they are very close to each other:
- Plaza Mayor- town’s most-lively square. There are several must-see places located in Plaza Mayor. Climb up the steps from the Old Town and turn left. You will see the great Torre de Bujaco, or Bujaco Tower. At the top of the tower, you will be treated to a storks’ eye view of the Plaza Mayor. To climb the tower, you need to spend 2 euro.
- Next to Torre de Bujaco, at the top of the stone stairs, you will see Arco de La Estrella, (Star Archway). This archway serves as a traditional entrance to the Old Town. Built in the 18th century, this archway is considered to be the most important gate in Cáceres.
- The essential part of travelling to Cáceres is what lies inside the fortress. As you enter through Arco de la Estrella, several antique buildings greet you. If you walk left from the archway, you will find Palacio de Toledo-Moctezuma, built between the 14th and 15th centuries. Though you can only visit the palace from the outside, the front-facing architecture is worth seeing.
- Additionally, the small streets in the Old Town have different small shops selling local products, such as homemade pastries and sweets. Other local products definitely worth trying are goat cheese (Torta de Casar) and fig cake.
After a break you will take the highway towards Madrid. Arrival and end of the tour.
- accommodation in **** hotels
- 3 breakfasts
- modern and air-conditioned bus
- multi-lingual tour escort
- sightseeing tour with local guide in Lisbon
- tickets to Jeronimos Monastery
- travel insurance
- free Wi – Fi on board
- municipal tax in Lisbon
- Air Tickets
- Any Meal not mentioned in inclusions.
- Any services, activities, Taxes not mentioned in Inclusions
- 5 % GST
Terms & Conditions:
- Mentioned prices are valid till 31st March’2021.
- Mentioned prices are based on per person on twin sharing
- Prices are Dynamic & Subjected to Change as per travelling dates.
- Children less than 4 years old: free, without granted seat in the bus
- Children between 4 and 7 years old: 25% discount off adult price, in a triple room with adults
- Teenagers between 8 and 18 years old: 5% discount off adult price
- Seniors (65+ years old): 5% discount off adult price
- Third person in triple room: 5%
- Discounts cannot be combined.
Cancellation & Refund Policy:
10% paid at the time of reservation is non-refundable. The other 90% is fully refundable if cancelled in no less than 3 weeks (e.g., if you paid 100% upfront right away). There are no refunds for cancellations made in less than 3 weeks to go before the trip.