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Portugal Culture and Wine Tour
40's - 50's and 60's Singles Vacations

August 31 - September 8, 2018

Experience the culture of the country, the taste of the wine and the architecture of the cities and villages on our amazing Portugal singles vacation. With a rich heritage, and a landscape that includes lush mountains and sun-kissed plains, Portugal offers a warm welcome. The result of traditions introduced to the region by ancient civilizations Portugal has fantastic wine that is a great value for the money. The food is wonderful and the locals are friendly so don't miss this truly sensory opportunity that is certain to linger in your memory for a long time.
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Portugal Culture and Wine Singles Vacation Itinerary

Lisbon nightVacation Day 1: Lisbon
Arrive into Lisbon airport (airport code LIS) this morning (remember you are flying home from Porto - airport code OPO) and take the provided shuttle to the group's hotel, located in one of the most elegant areas of Lisbon. Time to relax or start your explorations in Lisbon, Portugal’s hilly, coastal capital city before our singles vacation begins with a welcome meeting at 6:00pm and an optional dinner.


Vacation Day 2: Lisbon
Jeronimos MonasteryToday we discover Lisbon on our full day guided city tour. Explore Lisbon’s oldest neighborhoods as we drive through crooked cobblestone streets lined with quaint cafes and learn how Lisbon grew from a fishing village into a cosmopolitan city during the Age of Discoveries. Pause to admire the Lisbon church’s intricate stained glass rose window, reconstructed with fragments from the original. See the 16th-century Jeronimo’s Monastery (UNESCO), a grand religious building historically associated with the early sailor explorers and the Monument to the Discoveries built on the north bank of the Tagus River in 1960 to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the death of Prince Henry the Navigator.
Belem TowerView the impressive Belem Tower, a small fort that was constructed in the center of the Tejo Estuary to guard Lisbon from seafaring raiders. For such a trivial role the fort was lavished with beautiful and intricate details that include North African Moorish styled watchtowers, shield shaped battlements and the first European stone carving of a Rhinoceros.
Visit São Jorge Castle (Saint George Castle), a Moorish castle occupying a commanding hilltop overlooking the historic center and Tagus River. The strongly fortified citadel dates from the medieval period of Portuguese history, and is one of the main tourist sites of Lisbon.
Time for a tasting at an old patisserie that has managed to hold on to the secret recipe of Portugal’s finest pastry for over 100 years and enjoy a demonstration and tasting of the famous ‘pastéis de Belem’.
Tonight we enjoy our Welcome Dinner at a local Portuguese restaurant.


Vacation Day 3: Lisbon – Setubal
Jose Maria da Fonseca wineToday we visit Jose Maria da Fonseca, one of Portugal's largest and most prestigious wine companies. Established in 1834 and still owned by the same family, the winery is located in the charming village of Vila Nogueira de Azeitao. Our visit begins with a guided tour of the mansion, including early bottling techniques and a display of antique equipment, followed by a visit to the wine cellars. Of course a visit to José Maria da Fonseca would not be complete without a tasting so at the end of the tour, we will have the chance to get to taste some of the wines that make this Adega da Bacalhoawinery famous.
Next we travel to Adega da Bacalhoa winery and the huge international art collection that the founder has collected. Enjoy the African Culture, Art Deco, Art Noveuau, the largest collection of tiles from Portugal (from the XVI century to century. XX), and the rooms of the stage barrels of red wine and muscatel wine. We will finish our visit with a good collection of wine to taste


Vacation Day 4: Lisbon - Sintra - Lisbon
SintraOur monrning begins with a drive to Sintra, a resort town in the foothills of Portugal’s Sintra Mountains. A longtime royal sanctuary, its forested terrain is studded with pastel-colored villas and palaces. The Moorish- and Manueline-style Sintra National Palace is distinguished by dramatic twin chimneys and elaborate tile work. The monastery was seriously damaged by the 1755 earthquake and was the abandoned. The building of Palacio da Pena, which started in 1840 and finished in 1885, when king Fernando died. It was inhabited by the royal family until 1910, when the Portuguese Republic was established and monarch was abolished.
The forested park lands that surround the palace continue the Romanticism design ideals of the palace, with hidden pathways, ornate features and stunning view points.
This afternoon is free time back in Lisbon. Use the Lisboa card and explore the city museums, monuments and places of interest by metro, carris, buses, trams and funiculars.


Vacation Day 5: Lisbon – Óbidos – Fátima – Porto
ÓbidosOur trip to the Portugal’s “Silver Coast” begins in the medieval walled town of Óbidos, located on a hilltop, encircled by a fortified wall, and divided between two parishes. Óbidos, steeped in history, culture and tradition remains a well-preserved example of medieval architecture. Inside the wall are colorful buildings, a small church, a market, lots of cafe's and locally made souvenirs. Stroll around the village walls and cobbled narrow streets with your guide and don’t forget to try the drink Ginja, a Portuguese liqueur made by infusing ginja berries.

Sanctuary of FatimaNext we drive to Fatima, one of the most important catholic shrines in the world dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Visit the Sanctuary of Fatima, the specific place where the Virgin Mary appeared to three young shepherds in 1917 to entrust her three secrets. The Sanctuary is a huge complex, with two big churches, a large promenade and a commercial area with souvenir stands.
Then relax and enjoy the Portuguese landscape as we travel about 2 hours to Porto, a coastal city in northwest known for its stately bridges and port wine production.


Vacation Day 6: Porto
PortoWalk through the vibrant history of one of Europe's oldest cities and discover some of its' hidden gems on our morning tour of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed historic city center. Experience northern Portugal’s historic city known for its curved streets and blend of Moorish and Roman influences. See Porto Cathedral and Baroque churches, and learn how grapes traveled the Douro River to the coast where winemakers make famous Port (fortified wine).
An excellent way to discover the culture of this city is to taste its Port wine, a sweet, red, fortified wine sweet and a Fado performace. This afternoon we get to enjoy both. The musical form of Fado can be traced to the 1820s in Lisbon and is now a symbol of the nation.


Vacation Day 7: Porto - Douro Valley - Porto
Caves da MurganheiraSome of the best vineyards in Portugal opens the doors for us today as we take an unforgettable journey through the beautiful landscapes and scenic mountains of the Douro Valley. In the morning we visit the Caves da Murganheira , wine-cellars founded in 1947 and produce around one million bottles of sparkling wine every year. The sparkling wine requires a 3-year maturation process, during which time it is stored in the wine cellars, carefully aligned in "glass walls" measuring around 3 bottles high. The cellars are well worth a visit, due to their originality - they are dug into the blue granite rock thus creating an ideal environment for conservation of the sparkling wine.
Quinta do Seixo Wine Center This afternoon, in the heart of the Douro Valley, with an astonishing view over the river and steep terraced vineyards, Sandeman’s Quinta do Seixo Wine Center is ready to welcome us The vineyard, with over 100 years, is a true heritage of the traditional Douro grape that still resists most harsh conditions and temperatures, producing unique and top quality wines. Sandeman guides will take us on a tour around the cellars, showing us the production processes that have been used over the centuries and how they have evolved. At the end of our tour, allow yourself to be seduced by the Douro landscape in the company of a glass of delicious Porto Wine.


Vacation Day 8: Braga and Guimarães
Santuário do Bom Jesus do MonteOne hour from Porto is the city of Braga, known as the “Portuguese Rome”, for its concentration of religious architecture and the oldest Cathedral in the country. Its history and livelihood are tied to Christianity dating to the 3rd century and the constant chiming of bells is a reminder.
Just outside of town lies the renowned Bom Jesus de Monte pilgrimage sanctuary, with its striking Baroque stairway but we get to take the Elevador do Bom Jesus do Monte funicular to the top. Our goal is a Neoclassical church completed in 1834, but the real fun lies in the journey and then the exhilarating views of Braga at the top.
GuimaresThis afternoon we take a short drive to Guimarães, an historic town with exceptionally well-preserved gothic buildings, traditional houses and delightful plazas. Enjoy free time to stroll the town or visit the ancient castle of Guimarães, which defended the city from Moors and Normans attacks, is in partial ruin and stands at the top of Largo Hill; take the cable car across the hills of Penha Park; tour the Dukes of Braganza Palace, inspired by 14th century North European architecture, which is restored and filled with 17th century furniture and decorations.
Tonight we enjoy our Farewell dinner with drinks at a local restaurant in Porto.


Vacation Day 9: Porto Airport
Time for breakfast before our wonderful singles vacation in Portugal comes to an end. You will transfer to the airport according to your indiviual flight schedules. Have a safe flight home... Not ready to leave Europe then join us on our Spain by Train trip that starts today.



Lisbon - The Hotel Olissippo Marquês de Sá Porto - Exe Almada Porto Hotel


Portugal Culture and Wine Singles Vacation

Date: August 31 - September 8, 2018

Price: $2525*

Singles Tour Includes

* 8-Night Accomodations
* Breakfast Daily - 1 Lunch - 2 Dinners
* Dedicated Tour Leader (English speaking)

* Guided Tours, Activities and Admissions per itinerary
* Wine Tastings per itinerary
* Airport/Hotel Transfers on Tour Dates
* All Taxes and Surcharges

*The price per person is for a double room. Best Single Travel provides free roommate matching on all our vacations, so there is never a need to pay a "single supplement". If you wish to room alone it is an additional $700

Not Included

* Air Flights
* Travel insurance
* Gratuities

Deposit $400
Balance Due June 30, 2018

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