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Rocks & Rhythm: Portugal By Design

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8 Day Rocks & Rhythm: Portugal By Design Itinerary (Globus)
Countries Explored: Portugal
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Choice Touring
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Book online and enjoy exclusive savings on Globus 8 Day Rocks & Rhythm: Portugal By Design. Sparkling wine or soulful Fado? Portuguese pastries or pastel plazas? Spend a day retracing the Knights Templar or your nights revelling in foodie traditions. With complimentary YourChoice Excursions, you choose how to sip or sway in this land of poets, painters, and pastries. This 8-day holiday through Portugal is pure poetry in motion.


Welcome to Lisbon! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and travel companions for a welcome dinner at a local restaurant. (D)

LISBON: Guided sightseeing includes a photo stop at Belem Tower and the Monument to the Discoveries.

SANTAREM: Orientation includes the Church of the Holy Miracles. (B)

TOMAR: Guided sightseeing includes the Convent of Christ.

YourChoice Excursions include one of the following activities of your choice:

  • STROLL: Wax Poetic in Portugal Take a short drive from Tomar to the “poem village” of Constância. Take a stroll to visit the Parish Church, and the Camões vegetable garden. Explore the River and the Maritime Arts Museum, then board a boat to see one of Portugal's jewels of military architecture—the castle of Almourol, standing tall on a small island in the middle of the river Tagus. Learn about the symbolism of Templars as you promenade your way through the castle grounds.

  • TASTE: Tapas This! Walk through the charming city of Tomar and be amazed by the monumental, artistic and religious buildings. Hear the secrets held by these remarkable sites, including the castle of the legendary Knights Templar. Along the way stop at three local taverns in the historical part of the city to taste local specialties. (B)

DORNES: Orientation walk of the village and free time.

COIMBRA: Visit the University. Dinner with regional specialties at a local restaurant. (B/D)

YourChoice Excursions include one of the following activities of your choice:

  • SIP: Bubbly Below Bairrada Discover the Bairrada region in the ancient province of Beira Litoral. Stretching along Portugal's central coastline, it is blessed with an Atlantic climate of mild and rainy winters and summer sea winds that create the perfect place for prized Portuguese wines. Discover two wine producers continuing their tradition of more than 90 years of wine-making as you visit their wine cellars to tempt your taste buds with their award-winning sparkling wine.

  • CLAP: Fancy Some Fado? Discover Coimbra through the ancient and winding streets of its medieval centre, Savour the unique heritage of the city's confectionery culture in a region filled with monasteries and convents that created some of Portugal's most signature specialty sweets. Your walking tour arrives at a local home to enjoy the soul of Portuguese music deep in the heart of the city. Try to resist being moved by the rhythmic and soulful strains of the Fado de Coimbra! (B)

YourChoice Excursions include one of the following activities of your choice:

  • FLOAT: Art Nouveau in Aveiro Take a canal cruise on the Ria de Aveiro to explore the four waterways of the city known as the “Portuguese Venice.” Float along the main source of Aveiro's wealth and heritage, and discover the city's heart and soul while crossing its serene water roads. Passing by the City centre, you'll discover the colorful buildings that reflect the delightful Art Nouveau movement in this city where the past and present blend to reveal a remarkable landscape! A light lunch at a local restaurant is the perfect ending to this artful adventure.

  • PEDAL: Rolling on the River This leisurely bike ride through Coimbra includes a visit to Mata do Choupal, Parque Verde, and Fluvial Beach in Rebolim. You'll ride by two iconic bridges in Coimbra and discover breathtaking views of the Mondego River. Enjoy a traditional Portuguese lunch in a restaurant along your route.

  • TASTE: The Sweet Side of Portugal Satisfy your sweet tooth in a tiny town halfway between Lisbon and Porto and indulge in Pastéis de Tentúgal. These irresistible thin, flaky pastries filled with rich egg custard and dusted with powdered sugar were created by the resident Carmelite nuns in the 16th century! Hear the history of Tentúgal as you learn how its favourite confection is made, while enjoying a perfectly paired glass of wine or cup of tea. (B/L)

MAFRA: Orientation walk includes the Monastery.

LISBON: Farewell dinner at a local restaurant. (B/D)

Your holiday ends with breakfast in the morning. (B)

Trip Inclusions

  • A pick-up-your-feet, kick-up-your-skirt (or pants) journey through Portugal’s riverscapes and rhythmic sounds.
  • The perfect blend of medieval majesty, cinematic scenery, tradition-rich towns & vinho verde!
  • Included YourChoice Excursions in Tomar and Coimbra.

  • 7 Breakfasts
  • 1 Lunches
  • 3 Dinners

  • Lisbon Lumen Lisboa (First-Class)
  • Tomar Dos Templarios (First-Class)
  • Coimbra Donas Ines (First-Class)

  • Airport transfers at your arrival and departure destination are not included in the price of the tour.
  • Itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • Price is for land, cruise and specified internal flights. International flights not included.
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