Sunny Portugal

January 26 – February 4, 2025 | 10 days

$2949 per person, double occupancy

 

 

 

 

From the Portuguese Riviera to the sunny cliffs of the Algarve, venture along Portugal’s stunning shoreline. Discover the charms of Lisbon. In Evora, step inside a medieval city with Roman ruins. Enjoy a leisurely 3-night stay in the Algarve region. Explore the soft sandy beaches and classic fishing villages. Take advantage of a free day to soak in the Portuguese sunshine and savor local flavors. Visit the charming town of Tavira with its Moorish inspired architecture and Renaissance style buildings. Encounter picturesque resort towns, winding cobblestone streets, oceanfront promenades, and quaint villages of perfection.

10 Days | 14 Meals | 8 Breakfasts| 3 Lunches | 3 Dinners

HIGHLIGHTS: Portuguese Riviera, Lisbon, Belém, Obidos, Sintra, Choice on Tour, Arraiolos, Cork Factory, Evora, Winery Visit, Alentejo, Monsaraz, Lagos, Algarve, Faro, Tavira, 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Azeitao

HOTELS:

  • Days 2, 3 – Turim Marques Hotel, Lisbon
  • Day 4 – Vitoria Stone Hotel, Evora
  • Days 5, 6, 7 –  Vila Gale Lagos, Alvare
  • Days 8, 9 – Vila Gale Cascais Hotel, Cascais

FULL ITINERARY

Day 1 | Sunday, January 26, 2025 | Overnight Flight

Ancient castles and Roman ruins, groves of lemon and almond trees, quiet whitewashed villages, and welcoming locals – Portugal is waiting for you.

Day 2 | Monday, January 27, 2025 | Lisbon, Portugal – Tour Begins

Say hello to Lisbon, Portugal’s capital and a city full of authenticity, where old customs and ancient history intermix with cultural entertainment. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner. (D)

Day 3 | Tuesday, January 28, 2025 | Lisbon

Choose how you want to explore Lisbon today, because it’s your choice! Discover the art and tradition of the Portuguese sidewalks during a locally led walking tour -OR- venture with your Tour Manager on foot and discover the city through the lens of the country’s most loved fish, bacalhau (salted codfish). After, travel to Belem where you’ll see the iconic Belem Tower (UNESCO) and the Monument to the Discoveries. Witness the façade of the 16th-century Jeronimos Monastery* (UNESCO) and learn about the importance of this iconic monastery. Tonight, you may choose to join an optional tour to listen to local artists perform traditional Fado music, a UNESCO intangible cultural heritage highlight. (B)

Day 4 | Wednesday, January 29, 2025 | Lisbon – Evora

Today, you’ll make your way through Portugal’s charming countryside. Visit a family-owned cork factory, where you’ll learn about the product’s importance to the local economy and why Portugal is the world’s top cork producer. Your journey then takes you to Evora (UNESCO) – the “Museum City of Portugal.” A traditional Alentejo lunch will be waiting for you, accompanied by Cante Alentejano music (UNESCO). In the afternoon, take time to explore this medieval walled city and see its well-preserved Roman temple up close. (B, L)

Day 5 | Thursday, January 30, 2025 | Evora – Lagos

Journey to the stunning coasts of the Algarve – the southernmost region of Portugal. On the way, indulge in full-bodied wines from the Alentejo region during a winery tour, tasting, and light lunch. Then, explore the historic resort town of Lagos, where Moorish and Renaissance influences meet towering seaside cliffs. Many celebrated voyagers began their explorations from this bustling port city. (B, L)

Day 6 | Friday, January 31, 2025 | Lagos

It is your day to experience the Algarve on your own. Geraniums, camellias, and oleanders grow alongside fig, orange, and almond trees, while brightly colored fishing boats bob in the sea. Protected by hills to the north and warmed by the sea, the Algarve’s mild climate and beautiful beaches attract visitors from all over the world. You may choose to join an optional boat tour** today that will get you closer to some of the most famous coastal scenery in Portugal. (B, D)

Day 7 | Saturday, February 1, 2025 | Lagos – Silves – Lagos

This morning, venture to Silves. Allow your senses to take over when you see the contrast of dark red castle walls with the whitewashed buildings as you climb the hills of this sleepy town, once the capital of Moorish Portugal. During your stop, explore the town at your own pace or choose to climb up to the castle and see for yourself one of the best-preserved examples of Moorish defensive architecture in Portugal. Venture into a local farm nestled among rich landscapes, to learn secrets of regional bread and fruits and sample the results with a savory lunch featuring freshly prepared Algarve seasonal and local specialties. Continue down the coast to discover the importance the canning industry held in the Algarve. After, return to Lagos for an evening at leisure. (B, L)

Day 8 | Sunday, February 2, 2025 | Lagos – Setubal – Cascais

En route to the Portuguese Riviera, make a stop in Setúbal a colorful industrial city and one of southern Europe’s best kept secrets. See the Mercado (Farmers Market) do Livramento up close. It is considered one of the best fish markets in the world, but it’s also rich with displays of fresh fruits and vegetables. Meet local artisans at a family-run shop and learn how the famous hand-painted Portuguese tiles, azulejos, are made. After, head to the Portuguese Riviera. Mansions scattered throughout Cascais and Monte Estoril all hint at this area’s history as a haven for exiled European royals and nobility. (B)

Day 9 | Monday, February 3, 2025 | Cascais – Obidos – Sintra – Cascais

Explore the picture-perfect city of Obidos, where white-washed houses sit snug within medieval city walls. Continue on to Sintra (UNESCO), a breathtaking hub that served as the summer residence of Portuguese kings for six centuries. Then, it’s your choice! Explore this quaint hilltop village and wander through the winding streets lined with cork products and pastries -OR- venture into the National Palace of Sintra and learn about its 1000-year old history. On your return to Lisbon, stop to admire the stunning Cabo da Roca, the western most point of continental Europe. Bid Portugal goodbye during dinner in Lisbon and celebrate the end of your unforgettable journey. (B, D)

Day 10 | Tuesday, February 4, 2025 | Cascais – Tour Ends

Your tour ends today. (B)

 

“Book Now” Rates Dbl – $2949, Sgl $3449. (no triples available). After 7/19/24, rates increase $250 per person.

Over water business class – $4290 per person additional.

Note:  Book Now rates are valid on air-inclusive packages only.

 

PRICE INCLUDES
Round Trip Economy Airfare from DFW
8 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
Air taxes and fees/surcharges
Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE
Travel insurance, visas and items of a personal nature
Expense of any required PCR or Antigen tests
Upgrade your in-flight experience with Elite Airfare  Business Class Air is an additional $4,290, call to book

 

**Travel insurance is recommended**

OPTIONAL 5 Days 4-NIGHT MADEIRA ISLAND EXTENSION

Per Person Rates: $1,349.00 USD double, $1,599.00 USD single, land & air inclusive
5 Meals: 4 Breakfasts, 1 Dinner

Day 10 | Cascais – Lisbon – Funchal, Madeira
Fly to Madeira Island, the “pearl of the Atlantic.” Madeira boasts a subtropical climate, majestic mountain ranges and volcanic caves. Here it’s your choice! Visit the Botanical Garden of Madeira with its collection of more than 2,500 plants from all continents -OR- discover Madeira’s history during a walking tour of Funchal’s plazas, Colonial mansions, 15th-century cathedral and the local market.

Day 11 | Funchal
The day is yours. Perhaps you’ll explore the historic city center of Funchal or simply relax and enjoy the amenities that your hotel has to offer. No matter how you spend the day, gather in the evening for a traditional dinner known as an espetada. Folk dancers and lively music entertain you as you feast on a favorite local dish cooked over an open fire.
Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 12 | Funchal  – Câmara de Lobos – Porto Moniz – Funchal
Begin your day with a tour that will take you to Câmara de Lobos, a traditional village with on a picture-perfect bay that served as a special retreat for Sir Winston Churchill. It was here that Madeira’s natural beauty captivated him and inspired many of his paintings of the Island. Drive along mountain roads, passing banana plantations and vineyards while en route to the world’s second-highest cliff, Cabo Girão. After, visit a sugar mill and learn about the importance of sugar cane production to the island in the early 15th century. Sample some local specialties made at the mill before leaving for the fishing village of Porto Moniz. Here, enjoy free time for a swim* (weather permitting) in the natural volcanic rock pools before returning to Funchal.
Today breakfast will be included.

Day 13 | April 2, 2023 | Funchal – Lisbon
Board your flight and return to the metropolitan energy of Lisbon. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.
Today breakfast will be included.

Day 14 | April 3, 2023 | Lisbon – Tour Ends
Depart for home with Portugal in your heart as your tour draws to a close today.
Today breakfast will be included.

 

ALGARVE’S COASTAL CRUISE – $50 pp

Algarve

Duration: 2 Hours

Your transportation is included

Set sail on the clear blue waters of the Bay of Lagos to experience the stunning Ponta da Piedade with some of the most beautiful and famous coastal scenery in Portugal, including pristine beaches and rocky cliffs that are simply breathtaking. Upon arrival at Ponta da Piedade transfer to smaller boats… then, it’s off to explore the magical grottoes! Take in the striking rock formations sculpted by the sea for thousands of years as you weave in and out of tiny inlets, serene grottoes and impressive caves.

PAYMENTS:  A non refundable deposit of $698 per person is due with reservation.  Final payment is due Nov 15, 2024. Payments may be made by check, cash, or zelle.  If paying with a credit card, a 5% fee is assessed. (We accept MC, VI & AX).

CANCELLATIONS:  If cancelled on or after 11/15/24, package is totally non refundable.  INSURANCE IS HIGHLY RECOMMENED.

FULL LEGAL NAMES: must be given as stated on PASSPORT. Please send us a copy of your passport.

 

 

INSURANCEInsurance is highly recommended.  Please contact Sharon Carr Travel for a quote.  SCT can book the insurance for you after your trip deposit is made.  Please note “cancel anytime” insurance must be done at the same time as the deposit.  It does have restrictions and only repays 80% of the trip cost.  Insurance does not cover a pandemic.

SHARON CARR TRAVEL IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR WEATHER-RELATED OR MECHANICAL DELAYS.
Any out of pocket expenses caused by airline delays are the sole responsibility of the client and any refunds due are at the sole discretion of the airline.  Client must contact the airline directly for any reimbursement.  Once again, INSURANCE IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

RESPONSIBILITY:  Sharon Carr Travel/Journey House offers retail travel services to customers, which are provided by separate and independent vendors of travel services. Sharon Carr Travel/Journey House does not operate, control, or otherwise provide the services of the independent travel vendors. Hence, customer agrees that Sharon Carr Travel/Journey House acts only as agent for the client in acquiring transportation, hotel accommodations, sightseeing, and other privileges, or services for the clients’ benefit, and on the express condition that Sharon Carr Travel/Journey House  shall not be responsible for any loss, accident, injury, delay, defect, pandemic, omission or irregularity which may occur or be occasioned, whether by reason of any act, negligence or default of any company or person engaged in or responsible for carrying out any of the arrangements, or otherwise in connection there with. The suppliers reserve the right to make minor adjustments to the itinerary.   Sharon Carr Travel /Journey House will not be held responsible should any of these suppliers fail to provide the travel services purchased, whether through default or any other cause.  Sharon Carr Travel /Journey House is not responsible for losses or additional expenses due to delay or changes in air schedules or other causes.  All such losses or expenses will be the responsibility of the member of the tour.  Sharon Carr Travel /Journey House is not responsible for any loss or damage to luggage during the tour.  Also, Sharon Carr Travel /Journey House is not liable for any illnesses contracted during or after travel, is not liable for medical care or the adequacy of any care that may be rendered during or after travel.  Acceptance of the Tour Contract will serve as a Release of Liability and Assumption of Risk Agreement.  This agreement is binding on your heirs, legal representatives and assigns. If, for some reason, a trip must be rescheduled due to any of the above reasons, participants are bound by the new dates of travel, and can only obtain a refund if insurance has been purchased and insurer is contractually bound.  SHARON CARR TRAVEL IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR WEATHER RELATED OR MECHANICAL DELAYS.

NOTE TO TRAVELER: The traveler assumes and understands that there is a risk involved with travel and travel activities and/or excursions. The traveler is responsible for reading and abiding by all Health and Safety protocols of the vendor & the destination prior to travel, has reviewed the travel itinerary for accuracy, has been advised of all applicable fees imposed by Sharon Carr Travel/Journey House Travel and the suppliers, and has been offered the option of purchasing trip cancellation/interruption insurance. The traveler also understands that discounted fares and vacation packages typically involve restrictions and that changing any aspect of any travel arrangements may result in the payment of additional money.

 

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