A wonderful guided tour of The South of Portugal. Enjoy spectacular views, ancient towns and stunning coastline in this all encompassing guided tour.
From Lisbon, discover southern Portugal on this 4-day tour to the country’s most beautiful cities and historical monuments. With your expert guide, visit the UNESCO World Heritage-listed town of Évora with its Romanesque-Gothic Sé de Évora Cathedral, see Beja’s medieval castle and admire Silves’ beautiful sandstone castle.
Explore the beautiful Algarve region, home to the beautiful Praia da Rocha beach, dramatic Ponta da Piedade cliff and Cabo São Vincente. Enjoy time in the fishing town of Sagres, tour the Sao Vicente Fortress with your guide, and have free time in Lagos to explore the cosmopolitan marina and enjoy a traditional lunch ofcataplana (own expense).
During your 4-day tour, learn interesting facts about the landmarks and villages you visit from your expert guide, and enjoy free time to explore more on your own. Three nights of accommodation in superior-class hotels are included, as well as three breakfasts.
Please see the Itinerary section below for details on each day of the tour.
Accommodation: Hotel Alvor Village or similar in Alvor
Day 3: Alvor – Sagres – Lagos – Alvor (B)
Have breakfast at your hotel and prepare for a beautiful day covering 85 miles (140 km) of the Algarve region! Start with a stop in Ponta da Piedade and admire magnificent views over the Atlantic Ocean and cliffs sculpted by the sea. Continue to the fishing port of Sagres and enjoy a guided visit of the Sao Vicente Fortress, which once hosted the navigation school linked to Prince Henry the Navigator. Next, take in views of the dramatic red cliffs on the drive southwest to Cabo São Vicente, where you will stop briefly to see views of the Atlantic Ocean.
Visit Lagos, a cosmopolitan town with a lively marina and fishing port. Enjoy free time to explore this beautiful town at your own leisure and have lunch at one of the charming restaurants (own expense). Try cataplana (fish and shellfish cooked in a copper pan), and for dessert, marzipan, almond cakes or fig cakes. Next, relax on your coach on the way back to Alvor to enjoy the afternoon at your leisure. Relax by the beach, have dinner (own expense) and enjoy another night’s rest at your hotel.
Accommodation: same hotel in Alvor
Day 4: Alvor – Setúbal – Lisbon (B)
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before taking a last look of the Atlantic Ocean as you travel north along the Algarve coast back to Lisbon. Stop in Setúbal, a major port and industrial center on the north bank of the Sado estuary, and have lunch at a local restaurant (own expense). Relax on your comfortable coach and enjoy a scenic route over the Serra da Arrábida Natural Park and the Tróia Peninsula. Take in views of the Tagus River as you make your way to central Lisbon, where your tour will end.
Central Lisbon and centrally located Lisbon hotels
9am. Hotel pickups commence approximately 30 – 60 minutes prior to this time; you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time (contact info will be printed on your confirmation voucher).
4 days (approx.)
Returns to central Lisbon at approximately 6pm on day 4