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• Free Tour: Sintra- Cabo da Roca - Cascais

A beautiful town at the foot of the mountain range of the same name, its unique characteristics have led UNESCO to classify it as a World heritage site. It was even necessary to create a special category for the purpose - that of "cultural landscape" - taking into account its natural riches as well as the historic buildings in the town and mountains. Endowed with luxuriant vegetation, the mountains are part of the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park.

In the 12th century, Dom Afonso Henriques, the first King of Portugal, captured the Moorish Castle, and his successors later built their holiday residence. Their physiognomy is marked by the two enormous conical chimneys built in the Middle Ages.

The palaces, too, are outstanding, such as the Pena Palace, built in the Romantic period on one of the mountain peaks, and the 18th century Palace of Seteais, now converted into an elegant hotel, and the Palace of Monserrate, famous for its beautiful gardens with their exotic species that are unique in the country.

Sintra's confectionery deserves a special mention, particularly the travesseiros (puff pastes stuffed with a sweet eggy mixture) and the famous cheese-cakes, which according to ancient documents were already being made in the 12th century, and were part of the rent payments.


• Cabo da Roca

Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point of mainland Europe. Located at latitude 38º 47´north and longitude 9º 30´west, Cabo da Roca is an important coordinate for those sailing along the coast, as it is the most westerly point of mainland Europe, a fact borne out by the certificates that visitors take away as a souvenir. Around 150 metres above the sea, here you can have a panoramic view over the Serra de Sintra and the coast, which makes it worth the visit. Historical records indicate that there was a fort on Cabo da Roca in the 17th century that played an important part in guarding the entrance to Lisbon’s harbour, forming a defensive line along the coast, especially during the Peninsular Wars. Today there are only traces, as well as the lighthouse which is still an important point for navigation.
 

• Cascais

Situated close to the sea and traditionally a fishing village, Cascais enjoyed an important period of development in the 14th century, when it was a major stopping off point for boats on their way to Lisbon, turning it into a very busy port at that time.

It was, however, in the second half of the 19th century, when sea bathing became a popular activity, that Cascais was given the impetus that transformed it into a very fashionable summer resort. The great driving force behind this transformation was the king of Portugal, Dom Luís I, who, in 1870, converted the Fortaleza da Cidadela into the summer residence of the Portuguese monarchy. The king's example was immediately copied by the nobility, who built palaces and extremely beautiful villas in the town, where they spent the hottest season of the year, completely transforming the appearance of the former fishing village.
 
Cascais also began to attract the attention of the curious, who came here to enjoy a stroll by the seaside, and access to the town was greatly facilitated by the opening of the railway line between Pedrouços and Cascais in 1889. Nowadays, Cascais is a very lively and cosmopolitan town that still preserves a great deal of its earlier aristocratic atmosphere.

A special mention is reserved for the local cuisine, especially the fresh fish and shellfish dishes that are served here and which can be enjoyed in the region's many restaurants.

Program                                                                                                                           
- Pick up from hotel at 9 a.m.                                                                                                                  
- Visit Sintra
- Visit Cabo da Roca
- Visit Cascais                                                                                                                  
- Transfer to hotel or city center at 6 p.m.                 
                                                                                                                                                                   
Including                                                                                                                          
- Professional Tour Guide                                                                                                                         
- Transportation              
- Sandwich +1 Drink
- Entrance Fees

Note                                                                                                                           
- Free Tour for all participants 

• Alfama Walking Tour


Alfama, the village inside the town saves the traditional atmosphere of the small towns in Portugal's countryside with beautiful courtyards, winding narrow alleys and streets where children are playing outside and the old ladies talking. The name Alfama itself means bath comes from Moorish time ‘Al-Hamma’ because this quaint neighborhood used to be the thermal springs of Lisbon and also where the jews would later on live. Get the chance to explore the hidden corners of this charming place with cute colorful pastel houses and you might be even able to listen to the sound of the Portuguese music Fado while exploring the secrets of Alfama.


Program
- Meet at 10:30 on Rossio Square
- Around 3 Hours Walking Tour

Tour Fee Including (16 Euros per Person)                                                                                                                           
- Professional Tour Guide
- Taste Ginjinha

Exclusions
- Lunch

Note
- Free for 0-12 years old child

 


• Downtown Walking Tour

Downtown, known as Baixa by the locals this was the part of the city rebuilt after the earthquake of 1755, one of the first anti seismic cities ever being built in the world. The highlights include the elegant Commerce Square and its triumphal arch and the french style Rossio square with one of the most iconic depiction of the Portuguese cobblestone - waves. It is also here that you can enjoy the views of the neo gothic lift Santa Justa or have a drink in the oldest cafe in town where the famous writer Fernando Pessoa would get inspiration for his art.



Program
- Meet at 15:00 on Rossio Square
- Around 3 Hours Walking Tour

Tour Fee Including (16 Euros per Person)                                                                                                                           
- Professional Tour Guide
- Taste 1 Pastel de Nata

Note
- Free for 0-12 years old child
 


• Belem Tour



Belem, known as the quarter of the Discoveries, this are the formers lands where the explorers would depart on their adventures to the unknown. Vasco da Gama found the sea route to India when he sailed out from here to the dangerous waters of Coastal Africa. The architecture itself is a symbol of this period where the World Heritage Sites Monastery of Saint Jerome and Tower of Belem are the highlights, surviving the 1755 earthquake. But it's also in this quaint neighborhood located by the river that you can taste the most famous pastry in Portugal - the Pasteis de Belem.

Program
- Pick up from hotel at 14:30
- Pick up from Restauradores Square at 15:00
- Visit Belem
- Return to hotel or city center at 6 p.m.

Tour Fee Including (24 Euros per Person)                                                                                                                           
- Professional Tour Guide
- Transportation 
- 1 Pastel de Nata

Exclusions
- Entrance Fees

Note
- Free for 0-6 years old child
- 12 Euros for 7-12 years old child

• Fado



Fado, this expression of sorrow and longing is the Portuguese national music where the Portuguese guitar gives the melody to the tune of the Portuguese daily life. Also known as the Portuguese blues, the fadistas perform it with such a strong emotional power reflected on the word "saudade" the feeling of longing for something you did achieve or not that comes from the bottom of your heart. Born in the streets of the oldest quarters of Lisbon, Fado was classified by the Unesco in 2011 as World's Intangible Cultural Heritage, and as our iconic singer Mariza said "So now Fado not only belongs to Portugal, but to the world.

Program
- Pick up from hotel at 7 p.m.
- Transfer to Fado house
- Return to hotel at 11 p.m.

Tour Fee Including (75 Euros per Person)                                                                                                                           
- Professional Tour Guide
- Transportation
- Dinner + 1 Drink

Exclusions
- Extra Meals and Drinks

Note
- Free for 0-6 years old child
- 40 Euros for 7-12 years old child
 

• Óbidos- Nazaré-Batalha- Fátima

• Óbidos



The mediaeval town of Óbidos is one of the most picturesque and well preserved in Portugal. Quite close to the capital and located on high ground near the Atlantic coast, Óbidos has had a strategic importance in the territory. It had already been settled prior to the Romans’ arrival in the Iberian Peninsula, and the town prospered after being chosen by the royal family. King Dinis offered it to his wife, Queen Isabel, in the 13th century, and it became part of Casa das Rainhas (Queens’ Estate), who improved and enriched it throughout the various dynasties. This is one of the main reasons for the high concentration of churches in this small place. You will find a well preserved castle within the walls, and a maze of streets and white houses that are a delight to stroll amongst. Along with the Manueline porticoes, the colourful window boxes and the small squares, many fine examples of religious and civil architecture from the town’s golden days provide a host of reasons for making a visit.
 

• Nazaré



A typical fishing town, Nazaré is nowadays a busy summer resort, where side by side with the crowds of tourists, one still sees all over the streets of the town the fish-sellers, and the carapaus (horse mackerel) laid out to dry. The Sítio district, at the town's highest point (accessible by a funicular), is without doubt the best viewpoint in the area. But it is also associated with the cult of Our Lady of Nazaré who, according to the 12th century legend, was invoked by the alcaide (commander of a fortress or castle) Dom Fuas Roupinho who, while stalking a deer, was about to fall down into an abyss with no possible salvation. As a sign of gratitude for the mercy he received, Dom Fuas Roupinho ordered a small chapel to be built - the Ermida de Memória. A little way away, in the 18th century the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Nazaré was built, in whose honour grandiose festivals are held in September.

The Nazaré people's connection with the sea is reflected in the local handicrafts, in particular the nets, buoys, baskets and traditional puppets dressed in the typical costumes of seven skirts, as well as in the cuisine, with its emphasis on fish and shellfish dishes, such as caldeiradas (fish caseroles), soups, açorda (purée of bread, herbs and garlic) and the dried horse mackerel.

The most important feature of the surrounding area is the 7th century Chapel of São Gião, one of the rare holy places of the Visigoths existing in Portugal.
 

• Batalha


The town of Batalha developed alongside the Monastery of Santa Maria de Vitória, constructed in 1386 to keep a vow by Portuguese King Dom João I to the Virgin Mary that he would build it if Portugal defeated Castile at the Battle of Aljubarrota on 14th August 1385. Extravagant celebrations commemorating this victory are held next to the monastery in August of every year. The Monastery of Batalha, a masterpiece of Portuguese Gothic, is a magnificent piece of architecture that combines various influences from its lengthy period of construction, which lasted several reigns. Outstanding in the interior are the Founders' Chapel with its fine stained-glass windows, the cloisters, the Unfinished Chapels with their Manueline and Flemish Gothic features and the Chapter House.
 

• Fátima 



With its origins deep in history, it was during the Arabian occupation that this settlement developed and was named. According to legend, during the Christian Reconquest, the Templar knight Gonçalo Hermingues, also known as Bringer-of Moors, fell in love with Fátima, a Moor captured in the course of an ambush. Reciprocating the love, the young woman converted to Christianity and adopted the name Oureana. In the sixteenth century, the settlement became a parish in the collegiate church of Ourém within the Diocese of Leiria. Its subsequent development dates from the events known as the Apparitions of Fátima, in the early part of the twentieth century. It has become one of the key centers for the Cult of the Virgin Mary in Portugal and has been recognised world-wide by the Catholic Church. The first apparition took place in 1917, in Cova da Iria, at the site of the current Sanctuary. The most important celebrations are held on 13th May (including the Candlelit Procession on the night of the 12th and the Farewell Procession closing the event on the 13th) and 13th October. Furthermore, the 13th of every month between these two dates is also a day of devotion.

For those interested in the historical context of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fátima, visits can be made to the houses of the shepherd witnesses in the village of Aljustrel. In the gardens of Casa de Lúcia, there is a monument commemorating the second apparition of the Angel of Peace and the end of the Via Sacra which begins in the Sanctuary. Along this route, there are 14 chapels donated by Hungarian Catholic refugees in the West. Of particular note is Valinhos, 400 metres from the village where monuments commemorate the fourth apparition in 1917 as well as the place chosen by the angel. Here, in 1916, the shepherds saw the Angel of Peace for the first and third times.

Program
- Pick up from hotel at 9 a.m.
- Visit Obidos
- Visit Nazare
- Visit Batalha
- Visit Fatima
- Return to hotel at 6 p.m.

Tour Fee Including (70 Euros per Person)                                                                                                                           
- Professional Tour Guide
- Transportation

Exclusions
- Entrance Fees
- Lunch

Note
- Free for 0-6 years old child
- 35 Euros for 7-12 years old child

• Daily Porto Tour


Porto is the second-largest city in Portugal after Lisbon and one of the major urban areas of the Iberian Peninsula. Porto is one of the oldest European centers, and its historical center was proclaimed a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1996.

Porto was elected The Best European Destination by the Best European Destinations Agency in 2012, 2014 and 2017.

In addition to its history, any visitor to Porto will be quickly impressed by the forceful character both of the city and its inhabitants. The downtown of Porto is called 'Baixa' where all the rhythms of city life, movement and intense retailing are found. There is a very peculiar expression which bestows a Nordic, mercantile tone onto a city that is both spiritually and intensely baroque. In sharp contrast, in the Serralves Park, there is the sheer modernity of the building housing the Museum of Contemporary Art, and the romantic, soothing surroundings of the surrounding leafy park.

Program
- Pick up from hotel at 9 a.m.
- Visit Porto
- Leave from Porto at 6 p.m.

Tour Fee Including (100 Euros per Person)                                                                                                                           
- Professional Tour Guide
- Transportation

Exclusions
- Entrance Fees
- Lunch

Note
- Free for 0-6 years old child
- 50 Euros for 7-12 years old child

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Opportunity for Second Conference Participation!

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