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    for the discerning traveller to Spain, Portugal & Morocco

     

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    Magical Morocco

     

    mystery and magic is yours to be found

     

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    Undiscovered Portugal

     

    in the foot steps of the World's greatest explorers

     

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    Authentic Andalucia

     

    journey through 3000 years of history

     

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    Majestic Spain

     

    immerse yourself in the passion and intensity

     

Introduction

 

This tour encompasses all that fascinating and beautiful about Portugal; after spending time at the capital city of Lisbon you head north stopping at medieval villages and religious shrines to arrive at Porto and the beautiful rural region of Minho.

 

 

Drive through the world famous Douro Port producing valley; across mountains to the megalithic sites in Evora and finally to the coast to take a boat trip out to the off lying islands and spend your last nights at the “end of the world” in a fortress at the most South-westerly point of Europe. Your hotels will reflect each place that you stay from a converted palace to a fortified castle and time with local guides will help to bring this mystical land of explorers and legend to life.

 

Client's Comment

 

Alan Livingstone, USA

 

I just wanted to tell you again that Nancy and I had an absolutely fantastic trip! Nothing could have been more perfect. As we mentioned before, your planning really made the trip easy. Your selection of hotels, itinerary, travel arrangements and information provided in our packet just made the trip so much better!

 



Janet Tadesco, USA

 

I just got back from my trip yesterday and wanted to write to you right away to tell you how much my friends and I LOVED everything about the trip! I realize I took a leap of faith with Lemonvalley Holidays because I didn't really know anything about you, but my faith was well placed. Every detail was perfect and all of the arrangements happened without a glitch. We had many good meals and wonderful experiences - all in all, this was one of our favorite trips and I can't thank you enough. Thank you for putting together such a wonderful itinerary for us.

 

Dr Audrey Holland PhD, USA

 

As I was the ringleader of this trip, I cannot tell you how fortunate I feel to have chosen Lemon Valley, and I will certainly recommend you to ANYBODY who might ask. Please fell free to use my name or to put people in touch with me. I am totally in awe of Lemon Valley and cannot thank you enough.


Sara Andrews, USA

 

Everything was wonderful, and we had a fantastic time. It was so nice to have all the arrangements put together. It made the holiday much more stress free. The location of all the hotels couldn't be beat, and I loved the smaller, more intimate feel of all of them.

 

 

 

Dr Holger Herwig, Canada

 

I want you to know that we love Lemon Valley! Every boutique hotel was a delight; well centered, brightly colored and with courteous staff. The city guides were informative and caring, willing to help in any way requested. ALL arrangements for trains and hotels were 100% perfect. We have NEVER had such a wonderful tour.

 

Anne Greenhalgh, USA

 

Thank you for arranging our recent holiday for us. We had an amazing time. Everything went smoothy, we had no problems whatsoever. All the Hotels were excellent, good locations, good breakfasts and very helpful and friendly staff. The information provided in the guide books was excellent and we went to most if not all of the suggestions you made. I will contact you if we come again to arrange our itinerary and will definitely recommend your service to our family and friends.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




The Complete Tour of Portugal

Self Drive - 14 Nights

 

This holiday can start on any date you request and parts of the tour can also be done using public transport with car hire just for a few days

 

Day One - Arrive Lisbon and transfer to your hotel for 3 nights

Lisbon is one of the least visited of the ancient European capitals. A fascinating city which lays itself out like a map, tracing the indelible marks left by its colourful and diverse history and cultural influences. Much remains of this Golden Age with castles, monasteries, towers and palaces defining the skyline but the real joy of Lisbon is in soaking up its laid back feel, loosing yourself in the cobbled village-like streets, taking a ride on yellow trams and dining in a pretty shaded square.

 

Day Two - Morning walking tour of the Alfama quarter

This morning you will meet with a guide for a fascinating tour around the medieval Alfama quarter. Hear the tales and legends of the Visigoths, Romans, Moors, crusaders and Kings as you wander past whitewashed houses and Fado taverns in the narrow streets, stairways and viewpoints.

In the afternoon you will be free to explore deeper into the barrios or visit some of Lisbon’s new “niche museums” particularly the awe-inspiring collection at the Museu Gulbenkian.

 

Day Three - Collect your hire car and explore Sintra and the Estoril coast

Take a day trip to the summer residence of the Portuguese Kings and Moorish sultans of Lisbon. Once popular with 18th Century British travelers; Byron wrote “to see the world and leave out Sintra is to go blind about”. One of the most romantic & mystical places in the world, the town loops around green wooded ravines, where fairy tale turreted palaces rise out of misty forests and the locals say that magical powers lurk in the hills and valleys.

 

Day Four - Transfer to Coimbra for 1 night passing through Obidos and Fatima

On the drive from Lisbon you will pass by Obidos; a truly perfect example of a medieval walled village given as a wedding gift to the Queens of Portugal; you can also visit Fatima - one of the most important pilgrimage sites in the Catholic world, where the apparition of Our Lady appeared to three shepherd boys in 1917.

Coimbra was the setting of the forbidden love of King Dom Pedro I, the first King of Brazil, and Dona Ines a lady of his court. Once the capital of Portugal during the middle ages it was the Renaissance that transformed the city into a place of knowledge and the university library is considered one of the most beautiful in the world. The city is a great place to just wonder through the medieval city walls and loose yourself in the alley ways and dead-ends lined with flower filled balconies and hidden courtyards that make up the upper historical centre of the city.

 

Day Five - Transfer to Porto for 2 nights

For your first evening in the city we suggest you get your visit to Porto off to a great start by taking a tram and crossing the bridge to the separate riverside town of Vila Nova de Gaia. It is here that since the 18th Century the Port wine had to be aged and stored before being exported around the world. You can still see the traditional boats that were used to carry the port down river from the estates. It is also from there that you get the classic view of Porto with the colourful houses clinging to the riverbank.

 

Day Six - A day in Porto with a walking tour and Fado show

A colourful and rambling dramatically situated city, Porto is experiencing somewhat of a renaissance with art galleries, fine restaurants and the refurbishment of much of the cities priceless architecture all breathing new life in to the “invincible city” of the north. Compact and with a relaxed pace, Porto is the perfect place to wander and lose yourself in the labyrinth of cobbled streets, lined with a bright patchwork of houses clinging precariously to the riverbank.

For this afternoon and evening, you will have a panoramic tour of the city whilst your guide gives you a deeper perspective in to the history and culture of Porto. After the tour you will be taken to a traditional restaurant where you will enjoy a menu of traditional Porto dishes, fine wine and a live Fado show.

 

Day Seven - Transfer via Braga to Guimaraes for 1 night

Minho is the area above Porto and is considered by many to be the most beautiful region of Portugal with lush river valleys, forested hillsides and trailing vines. It is from this Northern region that the deliciously crisp Vinho Verde comes from.

 

Guimaraes was the first capital of Portugal founded in 1139 and the birthplace of the first King Alfonso Henriques. It has been declared a UNESCO heritage site for above all the stunning Ducal Palace, 10th century castle but the village if also beautiful to see with its honey coloured houses and pretty medieval streets and squares.

 

Day Eight - Transfer via the Douro Valley to Viseu for 1 night with a tour and tasting at a Port Estate


Today you will take one of the great car journeys of Europe following the Douro valley, as the road twists and turns majestically, hugging the terraced hillsides that cascade down to the wide flowing river below. This is where the grapes for the world famous Port are grown and you will have the opportunity to stop off at a vineyard along the way for a tour and tasting.

 

From the river you will then take the high plateau and eventually arrive to the dignified city of Viseu, a hilltop city at the centre of the famous Dao wine producing region noted for its full bodied red wines since the 12th Century.

 

Day Nine - Transfer to Evora for 2 nights via Belmonte and Marvao


Today you turn south and pass in to the historic mountain provinces of Beira Alta and Beira Baixa. Quintessentially Portuguese, many age old traditions live on these regions and rural life is as beautifully preserved as the mighty castles and walled towns. The scenery is stunning with enormous boulders and craggy mountain peaks but it is the fantastic array of castles and fortifications left over from the battle for independence from Spain that are the highlight of the region.

 

Evora is an impressive city; widely considered the most interesting and enjoyable of Portugal! Shaped by its Roman and later Moorish past, it has the best preserved Roman temple in Portugal and a delightful historical centre full of cascading white washed houses and noble palaces. The town is bursting with convents, palaces, museums and churches – a UNESCO World Heritage site; it is the finest example of “The Golden Age” or Portugal.

 

Day Ten - Exploring the area round Evora


The area around Evora is as fascinating as the town itself dotted with castles, megalithic burial sites and stone circles and a car is the best way to see all these out of the way treasures. A circular drive take you from the specular Evoramonte Castle; on to the carpet selling town of Arraiolos and south to the megalithic archeological sites to see dolmens and stone circles enchanted by local legends. An inspiring day!

 

Day Eleven - Transfer to Estoi, Faro for 2 nights

Today you will touch the coast of the Algarve at Vila Real de Santo Antonio, right on the Spanish border; and actually one of the most architecturally interesting towns of the Algarve which was based on the Baixa quarter of Lisbon. As you continue east along the coast you will drive through the Natural Reserve of Ria Formosa with its stunning inland beaches, lagoons and hundreds of sand bank Islands until finally you reach Faro; the capital of the Algarve and a good base to explore the nearby coastal villages and take a boat trip to the surrounding islands “ilhas”.

A perfect time for a stroll back in time around the old part of the town, lined with cobbled streets, Moorish and 18th Century Portuguese architecture and experience the traditional Algarve cuisine at one of the many quaint local restaurants.

 

Your hotel is based just 14km from Faro, in the foothills of the Serra do Caldeirào; a laid back village wtih cobbled streets, in an 18th century palace of Rococo architecture.

 

Day Twelve - A day to explore and maybe take a boat trip around the Islands

This morning you can take a boat trip from Faro on a traditional Portuguese boat to explore the channels, lagoons and paradise like islands that make up the beautiful Algarve coastline. Your guide will explain about the unique habitat of the area, local wildlife and traditional economic activities such as clam farming.

 

In the afternoon you will be free to relax on the beach or maybe take the car to explore the mountains where you can discover the most genuine characteristics of the regions culture amidst the untouched tiny villages & rural farmhouses.

 

Day Thirteen - Transfer to Sagres for 2 nights


Today you head further west to the point which was once considered the end of the world and where the setting sun made the waters of the ocean boil each evening. Sagres is the south-westerly tip of Europe and it was at this wind-swept, rugged headland that Prince Henry the Navigator gathered all the great marines, cartographers, astronomers & ship builders together to build and navigate the ships that brought about the Age of Discovery.

 

The coastline is exposed and dramatic but the town of Sagres is sheltered and picturesque – locals grill small fish in the street outside their houses and bistro style restaurants line the squares where the townsmen play boules.

 

Day Fourteen - A day to explore the surrounding area


Take a day to explore the most southwesterly point of Europe as you drive along one of the most under developed and untouched coastlines that remain. The whole area is a designated nature reserve with white sand beaches, dramatic cliffs and huge sand dunes.

 

Day Fifteen -Transfer back to Lisbon or Faro and say farewell to Portugal!

 

Tips and Ideas ....

 

• Combine this trip with parts of northern Spain or Andalucia…….

 

 

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What is included in the holiday

 

Accommodation

 

• 14 nights bed and breakfast in carefully selected hotels
• Breakfast is included in all hotels
• All rooms are en-suite and have air conditioning/heating

 

Activities

 

• Guided walking tour of Lisbon
• Guided walking tour of Porto with dinner and Fado show
• Vineyard tour and tasting in the Douro Valley
• Boat trip out from Faro (optional)

 

Transport

 

• 12 days hire of a Renault Clio type (5 door) model with air conditioning (Please note that the price of parking in each city is not included but full directions to reach each parking will be included into your guide pack). A larger car will be included when more than two people are travelling. Satnav systems are available upon request.

 

Plus

 

• A comprehensive guide pack for your trip including city maps, historical information, opening times for museums, art galleries and monuments plus recommended restaurants, pretty plazas, parks, view points and much more..
• A GPS system plus back up driving maps and directions of how to reach the hotel and parking information
• Access to our 24 hour telephone helpline if you need any assistance whilst you are in Portugal
• A Portuguese Phrase book
• All your pre-holiday and arrival information will be sent to you by email and your complete holiday guide pack will be waiting for you at your first hotel

 



14 night tour : Prices for 2016 & 2017

 

1835.00 euros per person *

 

* Price per person, based on two people sharing a standard double or twin room:

 

Please enquire for an exact quote for your required dates and particular room requirements

Information about flights & travel to Portugal

 

Arrival to Lisbon :

 

There are flights to Lisbon airport from all over Europe and the rest of the world - click here to search for the best deals from your preferred airport

 

There are also trains from Madrid and the north of Spain and a bus service from Seville

 

Arrival to Faro :

 

Faro has an airport with either direct flights from Europe or connecting flights via Madrid & Barcelona - there is also a regular bus service from Seville

 

Please contact us for detailed information about arriving to Barcelona or Madrid to fit with your holiday plans and travel arrangements

 

 

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