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This vacation shows you all of Portugal at a relaxed pace, thanks to the well-planned, 2-night stopovers in Lisbon, Oporto, and the Algarve, and overnights also in Tomar, Viseu, and Evora. Start in Lisbon and see the interior and almost the entire coastline of Portugal. Throughout this Portugal tour, you'll visit the must-see attractions, including the Ossuary Chapel in Evora, with its walls covered with thousands of human bones and skulls; the Sanctuary of our Lady of the Rosary in Fatima, a pilgrimage site where apparitions of the Virgin Mary were reported by three local children in 1917; the Church of Sao Francisco in Oporto, the city's most important gothic temple with construction beginning in the 14th century; and Jeronimos Monastery in Lisbon. Built in the 16th century and now regarded as Lisbon's most important landmark, it was traditional for Portuguese seafarers to pray in the chapel before their departure to the unknown.Enjoy the Roman ruins of Conimbriga, tour the excavations, view the well-preserved mosaics, and visit the excellent museum. Spend time in the Algarve, Portugal's most popular vacation area, and take an excursion to the Promontory of Sagres, where Henry the Navigator lived and planned his overseas expansion. For those interested in food and wine, Globus has arranged some special treats for you. Enjoy an olive oil tasting in Belmonte (birthplace of Pedro Alvares Cabral, discoverer of Brazil), a wine tasting at a Port wine cellar in Oporto, and more.But that's not all…you'll enjoy a cruise aboard an elegant yacht to Málaga, Spain. Stops include Portimão, Cadiz, Gibraltar, Porto Banus, and Motril. And during your cruise optional excursions are available to Silves, Seville, Jerez de la Frontera, Ronda, and Granada.All of this and much more await you on this wonderful, in-depth Portugal tour!
Day 1: Arrive in Lisbon, Portugal.
Welcome to Lisbon! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner with wine at your hotel. (D)
Day 2: Lisbon.
isbon was the center of Europe's longest-lived overseas empire. Portugal's imperial ambitions date back to Prince Henry the Navigator's 15th-century discoveries in West Africa. Morning sightseeing with a Local Guide features a drive through the Baixa quarter's main squares. Then, enjoy a walk through the cobblestone alleys of quaint ALFAMA, the popular quarter of the seamen and Fado singers. Drive along the grand Avenida da Liberdade up to Pombal Square, and stop for pictures of Belem Tower and the Monument of the Discoverers. Also visit JERONIMOS MONASTERY with the tomb of Vasco da Gama. An exciting optional excursion to the royal palace of Queluz is available, as well as dinner at a typical taverna with Fado-style entertainment. (B)
Day 3: Lisbon-Obidos-Alcobaça-Nazaré-Fatima-Tomar.
top in medieval Obidos and go back in time as you pass the main gate in the impressive perimeter wall and walk along the narrow streets. Continue to Alcobaça to visit the CHURCH OF SANTA MARIA MONASTERY, built in the 12th century for 999 Cistercian monks. See the elaborate tombs of King Pedro I and his Castilian lover, Inês de Castro. The fishing harbor of Nazaré is the perfect place for a leisurely lunch break. In the afternoon, mix with the pilgrims at the country's hallowed national shrine, Fatima's SANCTUARY OF OUR LADY OF THE ROSARY. Overnight in Tomar, the historic seat of the mighty Order of the Knights of Christ. (B,D)
Day 4: Tomar-Conimbriga-Coimbra-Oporto.
Visit the hilltop CONVENT OF CHRIST with its famous Manueline Window. Farther north, the ROMAN RUINS OF CONIMBRIGA are eloquent testimony to centuries of Roman influence. Tour the excavations, admire the well-preserved mosaics, and visit the excellent MUSEUM. Continue to Coimbra, strategically situated on a hill overlooking the Mondego River. After a visit to the gilded baroque LIBRARY of its 700-year-old university, drive by ancient Buçaco Forest on your way to Oporto, Portugal's second-largest city. Tonight, why not join an optional cruise on the Douro River, followed by dinner at one of Oporto's fine restaurants? (B)
Day 5: Oporto.
Sightseeing with a Local Guide includes a panoramic drive to the mouth of the Douro River, the soaring cathedral, the richly decorated CHURCH OF SAO FRANCISCO, and the STOCK EXCHANGE with its contemporary ARABIAN HALL, inspired by Granada's Alhambra. Next, visit [LF] the famous Sandeman & Co. PORT WINE CELLAR to taste the Port wine produced from grapes of the Douro Valley. (B)
Day 6: Oporto-Guimaraes-Vila Real-Viseu.
In Guimaraes, often referred to as the "Cradle of Portugal" because of its association with the country's first king, Alfonso Henriques, enjoy a walk through the medieval center. Next, [LF] taste Portuguese tapas with wine at the Quinta da Aveleda winery and visit its splendid gardens. From here, a scenic road through the port wine vineyards leads to Viseu, where a special dinner with local specialties and wine awaits you at Forno da Mimi restaurant. (B,D)
Day 7: Viseu-Belmonte-Castelo De Vide-Evora.
This morning, stop in Belmonte, today a symbol of Jewish awakening, for a visit of the JEWISH MUSEUM. Also enjoy [LF] an OLIVE OIL TASTING, for which the area is famous. Afternoon break in Castelo de Vide, with time to walk through the Jewish quarter with its white-washed houses and its medieval synagogue. Before arriving in Evora, the cultural center of southern Portugal and a former royal residence, visit [LF] a CORK FACTORY and learn about the many ways this material can be used. (B,D)
Day 8: Evora-Algarve.
A massive wall surrounds Evora's medieval center, classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Follow your Local Guide on a walking tour through its narrow alleys to the Roman Temple, the early gothic CATHEDRAL, Portas de Moura fountain, and SAO FRANCISCO CHURCH. Visit the OSSUARY CHAPEL, whose walls are covered with thousands of human bones and skulls. Next, proceed across the arid Alentejo plain to the Algarve, Portugal's most popular vacation area, and check in to your hotel with rooms overlooking the ocean. Tonight, why not try one of the seafood restaurants for which the Algarve is famous? (B)
Day 9: Algarve. Coastal Excursion
. Highlight today is a visit to the wind-swept PROMONTORY OF SAGRES, where Henry the Navigator lived and planned his overseas expansion. Only a few miles away is Cape St. Vincent, the southwestern corner of continental Europe, a dramatic cliff defying the waves of an ever-angry Atlantic Ocean. Time in pretty Lagos before returning to your hotel. (B)
Day 10: Algarve-Azeitao-Lisbon (Embarkation).
Take the scenic route over the Serra da Arrábida and savor sweeping views of the Tróia Peninsula. Catch glimpses of the castle at Sesimbra, which recall fierce medieval battles between Christians and Moors, and stop in Azeitao to visit a traditional TILE WORKSHOP. After crossing the Bridge of April 25th, you're back in Lisbon. At 4 pm, transfer to your elegant yacht for embarkation, where a welcome cocktail and dinner awaits! Overnight at sea. (B,D)
Day 11: Cruising: Portimão.
A half-day optional excursion takes you to Silves, which was virtually destroyed by an earthquake in the 17th century. Marvel at the ancient Moorish castle complex with its underground reservoir; the 13th-century cathedral, built by Alfonso X of Castile on the site of a former mosque; and the 15th-century bridge that spans the Arade River. You'll also have free time to browse the fascinating exhibits at the Archaeological Museum. Next, travel into the dense forests of the Serra de Monchique mountain range to reach the picturesque city of Monchique. Its 16th-century charm is evident as you stroll along the cobblestone streets past small doorways that reveal various artisan trades. Of particular interest are the 17th-century Franciscan monastery overlooking the city, and a 16th-century Parish Church decorated with hand-crafted blue ceramic tiles. Return to Portimão for a late lunch. This afternoon, you could join the optional walking tour in Portimão, or spend your free time shopping or relaxing at the local beach. Later, cruise to Cadiz. (B,L,D)
Day 12: Cruising: Cadiz, Spain.
Leave port to drive inland for a full-day optional excursion to Seville, one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, where Moorish and Spanish art and culture have left their mark. Guided sightseeing introduces you to the magnificent cathedral, the Alcazar palace with its Andalusian gardens, Maria Luisa Park, and the elegant Santa Cruz district. Return to Cadiz late this evening and overnight in port. (B,L,D)
Day 13: Cruising: Cadiz
Today, consider joining the exciting optional excursion to Jerez de la Frontera, famous for its wines, horse breeding, and Flamenco dancing. Guided sightseeing shows you the Alcazar, the cathedral, and a ganadería, where bulls are raised for the Spanish sport of bull fighting. Return to your ship for lunch on board, then join an optional guided tour of Cadiz, famous for its white and blue buildings; and Sanlucar de Barrameda to visit a wine cellar renowned for its production of Manzanilla. Return to the ship in the late afternoon, and overnight at sea on the way to Gibraltar. (B,L,D)
Day 14: Cruising: Gibraltar
. Arrival at the Rock of Gibraltar, where an optional half-day excursion begins at the Cable Car Base Station. From here, a cable car whisks you to the summit of Gibraltar for breathtaking panoramic views, then your guide shows you around this British territory. Afterward, travel to the Middle Station, sanctuary of Gibraltar's famed Barbary apes, which roam freely around this area. A short coach ride takes you to Princess Caroline's Battery and the entrance to the Great Siege Tunnels, a system of tunnels carved out of solid limestone. Proceed to the Gibraltar Museum with its vast collection of artifacts and exhibits. You have the option to return to your yacht or to stay in town and return on your own later. Overnight in port. (B,L,D)
Day 15: Cruising: Porto Banus, Spain.
Early this morning, cruise to Porto Banus for an optional full-day excursion to Ronda, renowned for its unique geography, charming Old Town, and 18th-century Puente Nuevo that spans the gorge dividing the city. Ronda is also famous as the birthplace of modern bullfighting, which today is held just once a year at the spectacular Feria Goyesca festival. Plaza de Toros is now a museum, where you can stroll out into the bull-fighting arena. During your excursion, visit the 16th-century convent and the historic district with its mansion-lined cobblestone streets. Walk to the lovely Plaza Duquesa de Parcent, which boasts a convent, two churches, and the exquisite Iglesia Santa Maria del Mayor belltower. Return to port, with plenty of time to visit trendy Marbella. Overnight at sea on the way to Motril. (B,L,D)
Day 16: Cruising: Motril
. Arrive in Motril. An optional full-day excursion takes you to Granada, one of the most fascinating cities in Europe and the last Muslim city to fall to the Christians in 1492. Visit one of the world's most brilliant architectural jewels—the Alhambra, a series of palaces and gardens built under the Nazari Dynasty in the 14th century. Also visit the cathedral with its royal chapel, where Isabel and Ferdinand are buried; the Monastery of La Cartuja; and many churches built by Moorish craftsmen in Granada's unique mudéjar style after the Reconquista. This afternoon, depart Granada and return to Motril. Overnight at sea on the way to Málaga. (B,L,D)
Day 17: Málaga (Disembarkation).
Disembark in Málaga and transfer to your hotel. Balance of the day at leisure. (B)
Day 18: Málaga.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
Itineraries can be changed at the discretion of Variety Cruises and of the vessel's captain in case of adverse weather conditions—winds of 6/7 Beaufort or more, depending on the vessel—on port authorities not allowing a vessel to leave port, or in case of other extraordinary conditions. Such itinerary changes do not automatically entitle passengers to any refunds, but Variety Cruises guarantees that passengers are disembarked at the advertised port of disembarkation in time for their flights.
Prices based on double room occupancy.
Single room supplement:
Triple room reduction per person:
Extra nights per person in Málaga:
in single room $408-$473, in twin $220-$253, in triple $201-$223
The above prices are per person in category B twin outside cabin.
Port Taxes $370 & Gratuities $96 to service personnel on board are included in the Globus price.
Supplement per person to outside cabin A: $600
Supplement for single room on land and single occupancy in outside cabin B: $1830; in outside cabin A: $3505
Triple room on land and triple occupancy in outside cabins B or A not available.
Rio and Buenos Aires were nice, but Iguassu Falls was the highlight of the tour! The Belmond Cataratas Hotel is simply the best - walk out the front door to the Falls.
The only thing I did not like was spending a night and day tour in Lima. It would have been better to go directly to Cusco.
Beautiful trip, accommodations, tour director, experiences, and food.
We had a great experience on this tour. Our guide was personable and very knowledgeable about the area and gave us a lot of insight.
I am a repeat traveller with Globus - I love the care and thought that go with making their journeys a sheer delight. Four trips and four memorable experiences. What makes them tops in my books is the wonderful tour guides who share the history of a place (be it Newfoundland or Yellowstone), share their love of the sights/sounds and tastes, always go the extra mile to ensure you are looked after, and really are fellow travellers rather than impersonal employees.
Globus is THE BEST! Kudos to them. This is our third trip with them and I have been recommending them to many family and friends. Because we had a very late flight from our recent Hawaii trip leaving at 11:55 p.m., Globus gave us and six fellow travelers a room AT NO EXPENSE TO US to relax in and keep our personal belongings. They also had the hotel, Sheraton Maui, supply towels, wash cloths, shampoo, conditioner& body wash should we need these items. I did request if there was some place to rest and relax in before our long flight home and Globus really came through over and above expectations! Greatly appreciated! Our tour guide also provided service over and above our expectations. He may have helped us get the room. All in all, the trip was absolutely wonderful.
This was an AWESOME trip! Yellowstone in winter is great for adventure seekers.
The winter Yellowstone trip was very good. We enjoyed experiencing real winter & the snow coach ride across Yellowstone was great. Beautiful scenery & the weather did co-operate. It was like a winter wonderland you see in pictures. I recommend this trip for a once in a lifetime experience, especially for people who live in the warm & hot areas like us. Everything about the trip was great. Wonderful tour guides, lodging, & food.
The vacation package was awesome! I would recommend to travelers going during the February-March time frame that plan to visit Haleakala volcano bring "winter-type" clothing. It is cold at at 10,000ft and there is a chance for a cold front to pass through the area. This was our experience.
Globus did a phenomenal job organizing the trip and fulfilling its objective as a people-to-people exchange. I have so many memories of our exchanges and the opportunity to experience the remarkable talent, dedication, and accomplishment of the people of Cuba.
The trip was well planned as far as locations of accommodations, sites visited, and information. The guides were very well-informed and answered all of our questions. I enjoyed the meals, but thought that they were a little large for this age group, as many of them were used to a light lunch. The food was good and the places we ate were a nice variety from farm to table to buffets at the hotels. It was good that we were warned about the lack of toilet paper and amenities. I would highly recommend this trip to anyone else.
Our trip to Cuba with Globus was great. Both the Globus Group Leader and the Cuban National Guide were excellent. The motor coach was very new (and very comfortable), and our driver was exceptional. The hotel accommodations exceeded our expectations, and all of the restaurants that were very good. We enjoyed the Cuban cuisine and the "welcome drinks" provided at each of the eating establishments (lunch and dinner meals). The "people-to-people" educational program gave use the opportunity to gain a better appreciation of Cuban culture (e.g., visits with artists, musicians, and a retired baseball player); history (e.g., walking tours of various colonial "old town" areas and discussions of ongoing renovation/restoration efforts, visits to major monuments, and our visit to the Bay of Pigs Museum); religion (e.g., visits to various churches and to a Santeria Temple); education (e.g., visits to a school and to a library); and economy (e.g., visits to a cigar factory, ranch, and privately-owned/operated restaurants). We also enjoyed the opportunity to attend a show at the Tropicana and our evening ride in a "classic car".
The price included virtually everything. The staff on the Avalon Myanmar had great attitudes and were always helpful & willing to please. This was a quality trip and most interesting.
The price included virtually everything. The staff on the Avalon Myanmar had great attitudes and were always helpful & willing to please. This was a quality trip and most interesting.
OUR ICONS OF INDIA TRIP WAS MORE THEN WE EXPECTED. OUR TOUR GUIDE WENT ABOVE AND BEYOND TO MAKE US COMFORTABLE AND BROUGHT US TO SIGHTS THAT WASN\'T EVEN ON OUR ITINERARY FOR NO EXTRA CHARGE. THE HOTELS WERE ALL CLEAN AND COMFORTABLE AND THE FOOD IN ABUNDANCE. WE HAVE ALREADY BOOKED OUR NEXT TRIP WITH AFFORDABLE TOURS!
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