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Lisbon, Estoril, Cascais, Sintra, Obidos, Batalha, Fatima - full day
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Program
Lisbon, the millenarian city of the seven hills, with the classic views they command, like at the top of Eduardo
VII park.  From here we see the wide estuary of Tagus river and Sao Jorge castle.
Cross the central Marques de Pombal square and go down by the XVIII century boulevard called Liberdade
avenue to the popular Restauradores and Rossio squares; it's the heart of Lisbon since Roman times, and the
Pombaline downtown which has been the shopping area for more than 2000 years.
The majestic waterfront Comercio square, facing the extraordinary estuary of the river, once the welcome gate
to seafarer and caravels.
The tour continues along the riverside by the harbour with sights of one of world's leading cruise destinations.
On the way to Belem, the most monumental and historical quarter, we pass by Belem palace, official residence
of the President of Portugal. Stop at Belem Tower – icon of the Age of Discovery (stop for photos, drinks and
toilettes).
Close by is Jeronimos Monastery, magnificent example of the Manueline style, the most impressive symbol of
Portugal's power and wealth during the Age of Discovery (stop to see the church).

We leave Lisbon passing by the scenic harbour and the estuary of the river and its seashore. The Estoril coast,
incorporating holiday hotspots offers great beaches and a choice of historic sights.
Cosmopolitan seaside town of Carcavelos is popular for its long stretch of sandy beach and its XVII century
fortress - the biggest in Tagus river.
Other beaches on Estoril's include Parede. Waters here are rich in iodine and have therapeutic qualities. Around
Sao Pedro, Sao Joao and Santo Antonio do Estoril the beach scene gets more cliff like, but there are small beach
bays with aristocratic palaces, manor houses and deluxe villas, a safe haven of exiled kings and politicians.
The cosmopolitan casino town of Estoril boats pretty Tamariz beach which is good for bathing and the biggest
casino in Europe, its gardens, cafes and esplanade.
Batalha Royal Pantheon private tour

Cascais fishing port swiftly expanded to an elegant, cosmopolitan, coastal resort. Once stop of navigators like Columbus and Vasco da
Gama. From the harbor there’s a nice view of Estoril bay and one can watch the typical fishing boats unloading the catch, a flash
marina and a castle.

Drive across the luxuriant Sintra Mountain and its gardens - "The Glorious Eden" - by twisted roads bordered by several plants, its
mystical hills dotted with fairytale palaces and extravagant villas that have bewitched visitors for centuries.
Sintra’s historical town centre is a listed UNESCO world heritage site. It is made up of a charming maze of steep, narrow streets lined
with fine examples of old palatial homes hiding behind lichen-covered walls, while local pastry shops provide the famous Sintra
‘queijadas’ (cheese pastries), ‘travesseiros’ (egg and almond pastries) and local wine. The town is also full of shops that carry many of
the local crafts like pottery, ceramics and lace.

Travel northwards through the countryside by a landscape of vineyards, cork trees, pine and eucalyptus forests. Beautiful Portuguese
typical homes with  laid out gardens and an outlook of windmills toping the hills, make us feel we left the big city.
We step back in time when we arrive at the stunning and very ancient walled town called Obidos. A medieval city surrounded by the
walls of the castle with picturesque narrow streets, whitewashed houses, iron balconies, flower pots in every window.
Inhabited by Romans and Arabs, this was the dwelling place of the Portuguese court for more than 500 years. We’ll walk through the
feudal streets up to the main square close to the highest castle-tower, from where you can enjoy a nice view over the countryside and
Obidos. Walking the ramparts, visitors can enjoy views of windmills, vineyards and surrounding farmlands.
Time to visit the many handicraft shops and wine taverns with the local liqueur “Ginginha”. Just walk around and let the streets lead
you into the steep alleyways and colourfully framed houses.

Continue to XIV century Batalha Monastery, the supreme achievement of gothic architecture in Portugal. Manueline additions in the
15th and 16th centuries, gave the monastery it's finer detail. Here you can admire the highest church in Portugal.
You should not miss the Royal Pantheon with the tombs of the Portuguese “Conquerors of the Sea” – the so-called “Magnificent
generation”, the remarkable Manueline cloister, the chapter house with guards keeping watch by the tombs of two unknown soldiers
and the Unfinished Chapels with an incomparable Manueline portal.

Finally Fatima - the center of Christian faith and a local of world's pilgrimage. See the chapel on the place where Our Lady appeared
to the shepherds, the Basilica and the vast square where people crawl on their knees towards the heart of the shrine, in a impressive sign
of faith and devotion, lightning a candle, praying and making a vow to Our Lady or fulfilling a promise. Religious services can be attended.
 
Lisbon, private tour.
 
...Lisbon’s history dates back to 300,000 years ago and ranks as one of the world's longest founded cities.
As the legend tells, it is a city founded and named by Ulysses, which has its origins in the Phoenician
words "Allis Ubbo", meaning "enchanting port". Lisbon was a battlefield for Phoenicians, Greeks and
Carthaginians, however it was Romans who started their two-century reign in Lisbon in 205 BC. In 714,
the Moors arrived and stayed till the 12th century. In the 13th century, Lisbon became the capital of
Portugal. The 15th century was the point of departure for the Portuguese Discoveries, an era during
which Portugal enjoyed abundant wealth and prosperity through its newly discovered off shore colonies
in Africa, the Americas and Asia. Today, Lisbon still maintaining the marks of its early history, is one of
the most beautiful capitals of Europe...
 
 
...One of the most beautiful parts of the Estoril Coast is a succession of hills dotted with pine trees and
houses, sweeping down to the sea and the local villages with their typical houses and the old palatial
villas along the sea front. Villas from the Roman period have been excavated and inscriptions found of
family names, names of the Gods they worshipped and names chosen for their sons. Cascais became a
lookout for Lisbon in the great maritime era of discovering new worlds. It was the first place the navigators
saw when they returned from long and adventurous voyages seeking their homeland. It was in Cascais
during the latter part of the XIX century, that the Royal Family first began to bathe. It was a custom which
was becoming popular in Europe and Cascais was an ideal place owing to its mild climate. Over the years,
many important families have made Cascais into acosmopolitan town...
Cascais, Estoril private tour.
 
Sintra private excursion.
 
... Described by Lord Byron as “Glorious Eden,” Sintra’s charms have long been celebrated. Once the
summer residence of the kings and Moorish lords, today Sintra is a romantic getaway for people from
all around the world. Inhabited since the pre-history period and by Celts and the Romans who called
this area “The Mountain of the Moon”. In the 8th to 9th century, Muslims built a castle here. During
Medieval times, the Portuguese royal family, overflowing with the pomp and riches from their colonial
triumphs abroad, first came here to escape the heat (and stench) of the summer in Lisbon.  Beginning in
the 14th century, the Portuguese aristocrats followed the royals to Sintra, a dwelling place for hunting
and relaxing. Stormy and mysterious, the mountain is covered by more than 1000 different species of
plants. Several artists from different countries came here to work, inspired in the beauty of this place,
extolling its beauty: “The Garden of Paradise”, “Garden of Europe”, “Glorious Eden”…
 
 
...Perched on a hill rising out of an agricultural plain, Óbidos is one of Portugal’s picturesque gems.
From its lofty centre one gazes upon expanses of vineyards speckled with whirling windmills and
terracotta-roofed homesteads. Nearer, narrow cobbled streets, lined typically with whitewashed,
bougainvillaea-draped houses, wind up to the walled interior. The region was the westernmost limit
of the Roman Empire. Under Portuguese rule, Obidos flourished into a major trading port. Every
Portuguese queen was given Obidos as a wedding present. Obidos continues to be a popular destination
during the summer, when tourists jam the streets to explore the city’s medieval charm....
Obidos,  private tour
 
Batalha Monastery private trip
 
...In the XIV century, king Ferdinand died without a male heir to the throne; this originated the most significant
civil war in Portugal, involving England and Spain. The winner, king John I, ordered the construction of this
Monastery in homage to his victory and to be his Royal Pantheon. In fact, he started also what would become
known as the “Magnificent Generation”, those Monarchs who gave the impulse and consolidated the gigantic
Portuguese Empire. The Monastery was to be the Portuguese monarchy's main building project for the next
two centuries. Here a highly original, national Gothic style evolved, profoundly influenced by Manueline art...
 
 
...The Catholic Church regards the three parts of the Fatima Secret and the total Fatima message to be important
and of great value to the spiritual lives of its people. It consists only of prophecies about the new condition of
the Church in the world....  Fatima and its Secret do present us with something deeply serious, for they bring us
face to face with the mysteries of eternal life. Fatima is undoubtedly the most prophetic of modern apparitions.
Faith and prayer are forces which can influence history and that in the end prayer is more powerful than bullets
and faith more powerful than armies...
Fatima - the Centre of Christian faith pilgrimage tour
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