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Portugal: Lisbon and the Silver Coast - Overview
DATES & COST 

April 29 - May 8, 2019
10 Days / 9 Nights

Tour starts and ends in Lisbon

$3,760 per person/double occupancy
$1,030 optional single supplement
$340 additional nights, single or double room, including airport transfer
Includes all fees and taxes

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This tour may be combined with the Andalucia, Madrid and Barcelona tour to Spain (April 19 - 28, 2019)


THIS TOUR IS FULL. WE ARE ACCEPTING STANDBY RESERVATIONS.

The journey to Portugal offers magical landscapes of sandy beaches rimmed by burnished-gold cliffs, the impossible stone lace of Manueline architecture, fairytale walled towns, enchanted fishing villages and cosmopolitan seaside resorts, Baroque palaces and medieval convents, and golden hills topped with windmills and Moorish castles. The dramatic history of the Knights Templar and of the monumental Portuguese discoveries is softened by the coral-colored hibiscus flowers, rustling palm trees and purple wisteria wrapping around centuries old stone walls, elegantly painted blue and white ceramic tiles and the soulful fado music.

Portugal is a blissfully undiscovered destination with glorious beaches, bewitching grandeur of baroque palaces, superb cuisine, amazing wines and warm locals. This tour will allow you to not only create lifetime memories of a beautiful, yet meaningful place, but also create lasting friendships with like-minded women travelers.

  • We'll spend the first 4 days in Lisbon's seaside resort of Cascais; the next 4 days in walled medieval town of Obidos, before returning to the center of Lisbon for an additional day of exploring the city.
     
  • While in Cascais, we'll explore the medieval Belem with the Belem Tower and the Monastery of Jeronimos, romantic castles, palaces and gardens of Sintra, exclusive beaches of Estoril and the gilded rococo palace in Queluz. We'll tour the National Sanctuary of Christ the King, visit a muscatel winery and attend a fado music concert.
     
  • While in Obidos, we'll marvel at the Manueline architecture in the Battle Abbey of Batalha and the Alcobaca Monastery, tour the Knights Templar stronghold in Tomar, experience the spiritual power at the pilgrimage site of Fatima, and relax along the dramatic beaches of Nazare
     
  • Throughout the tour, we'll dine a la carte in carefully selected fine restaurants, getting to know Portuguese cuisine, especially its seafood and its terrific wines.
INCLUDED IN THE PRICE 
  • 4 nights in a seaside resort hotel in Cascais; 4 nights in a luxury medieval villa within the walled town of Obidos; 1 night in a contemporary urban hotel in walking distance of Lisbon's major sights; 
     
  • 9 breakfasts, 8 dinners, 1 lunch and 2 wine and culinary specialties tastings - traditional Portuguese or vegetarian menu, including drinks; 
     
  • Private airport transfers on arrival and departure and all transportation in Portugal; 
     
  • Privately guided tours of Cascais, Belem, Queluz Palace, Sintra, Lisbon, Christ the King Sanctuary, Obidos, Fatima, Tomar, Batalha, Alcobaca and Nazare; 
     
  • English speaking guides and a full time tour director, all sightseeing fees and admissions; 
     
  • All restaurants', guides' and drivers' gratuities;
     
  • All cultural activities, admissions and guided tours at sights as per itinerary.
NOT INCLUDED 

Additional/optional costs may include: optional single supplement, optional travel insurance, early hotel check-in, porterage, meals not listed in the itinerary, optional tour director gratuities, telephone charges, room service, laundry, personal expenses.

 

The cost does not include airfare.

HIGHLIGHTS 
  • Dramatic beaches rimmed by burnished-gold cliffs
  • Rustling palm trees and coral-colored hibiscus flowers
  • Hills topped with Moorish castles and walled towns
  • Enchanting old fishing villages and cosmopolitan seaside resorts
  • The impossible stone lace of Manueline architecture
  • Walls, buildings and walkways lined with blue and white azulejo tiles
  • Knights' Templar castles
  • Baroque palaces and medieval convents
  • Warm and passionate locals
What Makes This Trip Special  
  • A live fado music concert
  • Staying at a restored villa in medieval Obidos
  • In-depth tour of the romantic Sintra, following in the footsteps of Lord Byron
  • Wine tasting and touring the sparkling wine vineyards
  • In-depth tour of Knights' Templar stronghold in Tomar
  • Emotional visit to Fatima
  • A la carte dining, including drinks in upscale restaurants
  • Privately hosted dinner in Lisbon
Testimonials 

It was a spur-of-the-moment decision to sign up, but I thoroughly enjoyed the trip, along with all the wonderful ladies I met. I hope to travel with Sights and Soul again! – Christine from Ontario

The whole trip was wonderful. I enjoy these trips as everything is planned for me, and I see the things that should be seen at that destination. Portugal is a beautiful country to see. - Tiffany from Wisconsin

Most women only tour groups offer Portugal with Spain. For those of us who have traveled extensively one country in depth is preferred. So this tour was perfect. The lovely dinner with Angela and her family was truly special. Angela, the tour leader, was organized, efficient, but not bossy or overreaching. She was available and treated each person with kindness and respect. She is the best tour leader I’ve had.
Valerie from New Jersey

Angela was wonderful! Kind, patient, but kept us organized and on time. She is very generous, and I enjoyed her personal comments on her experiences. Patricia, the guide, delivered fabulous information with great insight and great knowledge of Portugal. I was also extremely pleased that there were only 2 hotels with several nights at each. “Hotel hopping” would have ruined a tour. Private transfers from and to the airport are a real stress reliever, too. I forgot to mention getting to meet other women! Great fun in a small group!
Naomi from Vermont

This was my second tour traveling with Sights and Soul and I can’t rave enough about how well the tour was organized. The People of Portugal, the food and the hotels were all wonderful. I enjoyed listening to our local guides explaining the history of Portugal and Angela was wonderful, well organized and very helpful in making suggestions for places to visit during the free time. Wonderful tour, can’t say enough of this!
Sonia from New York

I really enjoyed all 3 tours: wonderful guides, great food, everyone got along well, a memorable experience. So glad I did these 3 (Morocco, Spain, Portugal) in a row. In many cases, history just flowed and connected from one to the other. Marta, Kerry and Angela were all great tour leaders, each with a different personality and style of leading, but all equal in greatly enhancing their trip.
Andrea from Nevada

Every day was a new and wonderful discovery of Portugal’s history. Portugal is a beautiful place to visit: it’s clean, people are friendly, and the historical sights are astounding. I tell everyone about Sights and Soul. Got 2 people to sign up already. It is absolutely the best women’s tour group around. They take care of planning everything perfectly. Thanks Angela and staff.
Deborah from New Jersey

Lots of variety and something for everyone: fado music, wineries, religious sites, castles, seafood, cliffs and sandy beaches, shopping. How could you ask for anything more?
Donna from Texas

The tour was very well run and informative. Angela has a wonderful spirit. Her enthusiasm is contagious.
Gayle from Oregon

I am sad to leave Portugal! I have had a  wonderful time visiting and exploring the history, delicious  seafood and my favorite custard tarts (Nata!). Angela was a  lovely host and I had a very relaxing time! The quaint  coastal town of Cascais was my favorite! I could live there. Portugal was definitely the hidden gem which exceeded all my  expectations in a vacation destination! 
Muito Obrigada! beijihno and besos
Julie from California

Another perfect trip. Amazing sights, hotels in perfect locations, just the right group size, super food, terrific leader who comes from the region and speaks the language, etc., etc. Thanks Sights and Soul for giving me a chance to do what I like best - travel. I thought that that part of my life died with my husband, but thanks to Sights and Soul it didn't have to. You will never know how much it means to me and people like me. Thanks again.
Lynda from New Jersey

I loved visiting your home country. It is beautiful. I hope your other trips go as well as this one did! It has been a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Thank you.
Michelle from Maryland

This is my second tour with Sights and Soul and once again found it to be well planned and lots of fun. It is so much easier to relax when all the hard work is done for you. Yolanta does a great job. Thanks for loving what you do so well. It shows.
Janet from the Netherlands

The tour was well organized and I enjoyed that about both Sights & Soul tours I've taken. We visit the spots that are promised, the company is good and the suggested reading is on target.
Suzanne from Texas

It was an excellent tour. I enjoyed everything about visiting Portugal, there was a lot variety, the meals were great and all of the sightseeing was interesting and different.
Lynne from Michigan

I have fallen in love with Portugal! The place is just amazing and the people are so friendly. The entire trip from start to finish was just perfect, but my favorite was how we got spoiled when we stayed in Obidos. I loved how they brought fresh fruit and fresh flowers to my room every day and how they lit the candles on the patio at night. I really needed this trip to regain my footing, and now I am moving on with my life.
Sarah from Oregon

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Why travel with other women?
Many women do not have families or compatible friends who wish to travel. When going on a main-stream tour, women often find that most activities are geared towards couples and quite often they feel left out. Singles' tours are not always what women are looking for. If you do not have a traveling companion, there is also the issue of the expensive "single supplement", sometimes as much as 50 or even 100 percent of the tour cost. By going on women-only tours, women can easily avoid paying for the single supplement by sharing a room with another woman traveler.
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