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Portugal

DAY 1 MADRID – SALAMANCA – GUARDA Departure in coach at the scheduled time from Madrid for Salamanca. Stop in order to admire this beautiful city, known for its University and the famous Plaza Mayor. Lunch and Continuation to Guarda. Transfer to the hotel. Dinner and lodging

DAY 2 GUARDA – VISEU – PORTO Breakfast. Departure for Porto. Lunch and tour of Porto, the second city of Portugal, world famous for its wines. During the visita we will be able to admire the Cathedral of the 12th century, the Bolsa Palace, constructed in 1834 by the Commercial Association of Porto, which still has its seat there. We will stroll through Ribera, one of the oldest neighborhoods in Porto. Dinner and lodging.

DAY 3 PORTO – EXCURSION TO BRAGA AND VIANA DO CASTELO Breakfast and departure for Braga. Marked by its religious history, Braga boasts numerous churches and convents, and its is know for being a city that looks to the past. It is marked by the preponderant influence of the clergy that contributed to its architecturel enrichment during the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. Seat of the primate de the Spains, Braga continues to be impregnated with religious traditions. The baroque staircase of Bom Jesus is one of the most famous monuments in Portugal: it represents the baroque style of the North, carved in the austere gray granite enhanced by The whitewashed walls. Continuation to Viana do Castelo. Lunch. Viana do Castelo was a humble fishing village in the Middle Ages and experienced a prodigious boom in the 16th century. The manueline and Renaissance mansions that today give charm to the Old City are from this period. Tour of Santa Lucía, the lookout de Viana to the North of the city where there is a modern basilica, famous pilgrim center. Return to Porto. Dinner and lodging.

DAY 4 PORTO – COIMBRA – FÁTIMA Breakfast and departure for Coimbra, dominated by the high tower of its old University. We point out the Porta Ferrea. Constructed in the 17th century, it gives access to the university patio and ends in a terrace from where a beautiful panoramic view can be seen. Its Cathedral, with a fortress-like appearance crowned with piramidal merlons, is also noteworthy. Lunch during the excursion and continuation of the trip to Fátima. Transfer to the hotel. Dinner and lodging.

DAY 5 FATIMA Breakfast. Celebration of the Eucharist. Remainder of the morning free to visit the Shrine, where we will be able to see the Basilica with its fifteen altars that represent the fifteen mysteries of the rosary, the Chapel of the Appariations, first building constructed in Cova da Iria, the Ajustrel Neighborhood, where the three shepherd children lived, etc. Lunch. Afternoon tour of the Museum de Christ. Dinner. Attendance at Holy Rosary and Procession of the Virgin. Lodging.

DAY 6 FATIMA – BATALHA – ALCOBAÇA – NAZARE – OBIDOS- LISBON Breakfast and departure for the Monastery of Batalha, One of the masterpieces of of Gothic and Manueline art. Continuation to Alcobaça, in the center of this small city stands one of the most beautiful Cistercian abbeys from the Middle Ages. It is said that in 1147, in full Reconquest, Alfonso Enriquez, the first King of Portugal, promised to found a monastery consecrated to Saint Bernard if he managed to take Santarem. This legend is based on real facts: Alfonso Enriquez indeed founded the Abbey of Alcobaça and he donated it to the Cistercians. Continuation to Nazaré situated on a long beach. The name of Nazaré is due to, it seems, a statue of the Virgin brought from Nazareth by a monk in the 4th century. Lunch. Continuation to Lisbon traveling through Obidos which has managed to preserve its character and its medieval charm across the centuries. Arrival in Lisbon. Dinner and lodging.

DAY 7 LISBON Breakfast. Tour of this exceptional city in which we highlight the Hieronymites Monastery, considered a masterpiece of Manueline art. The Tower of Belem, the symbol of Lisbon, the Manueline tower was constructed in the middle of the Tagus to defend its mouth and the Hieronymites Monastery. Due to the displacement of the of the river course during the earthquake of 1755, today it is found at the edge of a beach and it is considered an architectural jewel. We highlight also the Monument to the Discoveries, the Eduardo VII Park, the Avenue de the Libertad, the Marquis of Pombal Square, nerve center of Lisbon, where the great avenues converge. Comerce Square, the Castle of Saint George, birthplace of the city. Lunch during the excursion. Free time. Dinner and lodging.

DAY 8 LISBON – EVORA – BADAJOZ- MADRID Breakfast. Departure for Evora, city surrounded by walls, with alleyways cut by arches, and resplendently white houses. Evora conserves its rich past medieval and Renaissance palaces which make it a museum of Portuguese architecture. Lunch and Continuation to Madrid. Arrival and end of services.