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Portugal - The Wine & Castle Tour - Hiking & Exploring along the Atlantic Coast

Dynamic Outdoors

Friday, October 23, 2015 at 7:00 PM - Sunday, November 1, 2015 at 10:00 AM (EDT)

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Deposit for Portugal 2015 Ended $100.00 $0.00

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So amazing, you will be asking yourself: why have I not come here sooner !?

Highlights Include:
(but not limited to)
* The famous cities of Lisbon, Porto, Braga
* The best time of the year to visit the worlds oldest wine region: Alto Douro
* The stunning castles of Palacio de la Pena, Castelo de Silves, and the Torre de Belém
* The Coastline of Algarve, from sun-kissed beaches to dramatic cliff-backed shores
* The medieval towns of Batalha, Alcobaca, and Evora
* Cabo Sao Vicente, Europe's most southwestern edge

Included:
All transfers and ground transportation in private van
All destinations as per itinerary
All hotel accommodations

Not Included:
International airfare, please arrive in Lisbon on Saturday, Oct 24
(Special arrangements can be made to arrive on Sunday, Oct 25 in Lisbon)
Meals and optional activities

Optional Activities:  Light hiking, wine tasting, historic castles, museums, and more...

Pricing:  (Land Package only)
$995 - Early Bird Special - make deposit by Monday, August 31
$1,095 - Make deposit by Tuesday, September 15
$1,195 - Make deposit by Thursday, October 1
$1,295 - Thereafter...
Only $100 deposit to hold your spot; only 8 spots available

RSVP/ Questions:  IgorBass@DynamicOutdoors.com

Itinerary:
Friday, Oct 23
Take any convenient overnight flight from New York to Lisbon/ LIS
We are happy to help you find the best airline options

Saturday, Oct 24 - Lisbon
Airport pick up and transfer to the city center and our hotel. Depending on your arrival time, you will have a full day or half day to explore Lisbon.  The capital city of Portugal has a unique, youthful atmosphere, a world-class classical music scene as well as a pulsating night life increasingly appreciated among European youth and, last but not least, an exceptionally rich offering of restaurants.  Lisbon is one of Europe's most delightful and enjoyable cities.  Nicknamed the city of the seven hills, windswept vistas reveal the city in all its beauty: Roman and Moorish ruins, white-domed cathedrals, grand plazas lined with sun-drenched cafes.  The real delight of discovery, though, is delving into the narrow cobblestone lanes and tree-lined streets.
End of day, suggested group dinner and drinks at a local bar.

Sunday, Oct 25 - Lisbon - Sintra - Belem
After breakfast, we aim for Sintra, comprised of Parque Natural de Sintra-Cascais, Palacio de la Pena, and Sintra Village.  It feels like another world, like a page torn from a fairy tale, Sintra is a quaint village sprinkled with stonewalled tavern and with a whitewashed palace looming over it.  Forested hillsides form the backdrop to the storybook setting, with imposing castles, mystical gardens, strange mansions and centuries old monasteries hidden among the woodlands.  Optional activity: Sintra is a teffific place to get out and stride, with hiking trails that corkscrew up into densely wooded hills strewn with giant boulders.  Justifiably popular is the gentle 50-minute trek from Sintra-Vila to Castelo dos Mouros, and on to Palaco Nacional da Pena.  From there, we can opt to ascend Serra de Sintra's highest point, the 1,745 ft Cruz Alta (High Cross), with amazing views of Sintra. It's possible to continue on foot to Sao Pedro de Penaferrim and loop back to Sintra-Vila.  
Upon return from Sintra, we will stop at Monastery of the Hieronymites and Tower of Belém.  Jutting out onto the Rio Tejo, the World Heritage-listed fortress of Torre de Belém epitomizes the Age of Discoveries.  Franscisco de Arruda designed the pearly-grey chess piece in 1515 (!) to defend the harbor and nowhere else is the lure of the Atlantic more powerful.  After our stop at Belem, we'll have the rest of the day to explore Lisbon on our own. 
End of day, suggested group dinner and night out on the town.

Monday, Oct 26 - Lisbon - Porto - Braga
Early morning start for a ride along Portugal's amazing coast, heading north towards Porto and Braga.
After a quick stop and lunch in Porto, we'll head for Braga, the third-largest city is blessed with terrific restaurants, a vibrant university and raucous festivals, but when it comes to historic sites it is unparalleled in Portugal. Braga has two sets of Roman ruins, countless 17th-century plazas and an 18th-century palace turned museum.  In addition, we will find the remarkable 12th-century cathedral, a 14th-century church, and the splendid baroque staircase of Escadaria do Bom Jesus, the mountaintop target of penitent pilgrims.
Returning to Porto in the afternoon for hotel check in and discovery.  Laced with narrow pedestrian laneways, it is sprinkled with countless baroque churches, epic theaters and sprawling plazas.  Its Ribeira district - a Unesco World Heritage site - is just a short walk across a landmark bridge from centuries-old port wineries in Vila Nova de Gaia, where we aim to sip the world's best port.  
End of day, suggested group dinner and drinks in a local restaurant.

Tuesday, Oct 27 - Vila Real and Alto Douro
After breakfast, we'll head for the exquisite Alto Douro wine country, the oldest demarcated wine region in the world.  Its steeply terraced hills, stitched together with craggy vines that have produced luscious wines for centuries, loom on both sides of the sinuous Rio Douro.  We will drive along impossibly scenic back roads and take time to hike, cruise, and aim to taste some very old and very special wines.
Option: Hike & Wine: Set on a stunning ridge, surrounded by luscious, ancient vineyards, overlooking the deep green Douro river with mountains layered in the distance, the Quincy Nava estate is well worth an in-depth exploration. The three hiking trails (the longest being 2.5 hours) are the best in the region, 
We will end the day back in Porto, suggested group dinner and drinks at a local hot spot

Wednesday, Oct 28 - Porto - Coimbra - Leiria
Heading back south, we will have a few amazing locations on our schedule:
Our first stop is Coimbra, Portugal's atmospheric college town and medieval capital for over a hundred years, rises steeply from the Rio Mondego to a medieval quarter housing one of Europe's oldest universities.  Students roam the narrow streets clad in black capes, while strolling fado musicians give free concerts beneath the Moorish town gate. 
After lunch, we'll drive on towards Leiria, an agreeable mixture of medieval and modern, a lively university town built at the foot of a promontory fortified since Moorish times.  Leiria will be our base to explore the surrounding towns of Batalha, Alcobaca and Tomar.  These medieval Christian monuments constitute one of Portugal's greatest national treasures.  Each has its own magic: the Capelas Imperfeitas at Batalha's monastery, the kitchen at Alcobaca's monestary, or the labyrinthine courtyards and mysterious 16-sided chapel of the Knights Templar at Tomar's 12th-century Convento de Cristo.
Suggested group dinner and drinks at a local restaurant

Thursday, Oct 29 - Albufeira and the Coast of Algarve
A special treat for today, our destination is the Algarve.  Sun seekers have much to celebrate here when it comes to the beaches.  Portugal's south coast has an impressively varied coastline.  It ranges from sandy islands which can only be approached by boat, dramatic cliff-backed inlets, rarely visited beaches, to people-packed sands near buzzing nightlife.
For lunch, we recommend any of the fine local seafood dishes.  Seafood plays a starring role in the Algarve, with superb cataplanas (stews) and a vast range of grilled fish being offered.  
After hotel check-in, we will drive along the coast heading west and stopping at the beaches, Praia de Gale or Praia do Carvalho, or any lovely beach we may find along the way.  Optional activity, a visit to the Castelo de Silves.  Option 2: a visit to and tasting at one of the regions rising star wine makers, Quinta do Francês Winery.
Suggested group dinner and a first glimpse of the Algarve coast

Friday, Oct 30 - Sagres and Cabo de Sao Vicente
Today, we'll venture further west along the coast of Algarve; our target, Sagres and the Cabo de Sao Vicente.
Overlooking some of the Algarve's most dramatic scenery, the small, elongated village of Sagres has an end-of-the-world feel with it sea-carved cliffs and empty, wind-whipped fortress high above the ocean.  It has a laid-back vibe, and simple, cheery cafes and bars.  Just outside town, the striking cliffs of Cabo de Sao Vicente make for an inspiring enchanting visit.  There is something thrilling about standing at Europe's most southwestern edge, a headland of barren cliffs to which Portuguese sailors bid a nervous farewell as they sailed past, venturing into the unknown during Portugal's golden years of exploration.  If you squint hard (really hard), you'll see the ghost of Vasco da Gama sailing past.
Optional Coastal Hike: From Sagres via Cabo Sao Vicente, a 4 to 6 miles intermediate hike will take us through pine forests to the Cape's cliffs.  An extended hike option will take us north along the coastline and into the Parque Natural do Sudoeste Alentejano.
End of day, suggested group dinner and visit to a 

Saturday, Oct 31 - Albufeira - Evora - Lisbon
After breakfast, we'll head back north and east towards historic Evora.  The Queen of the Alentejo and one of Portugal's most beautifully preserved medieval towns.  Inside the 14th-century walls, the narrow, winding lanes lead to striking architectural works: an elaborate medieval cathedral and cloisters, the Templo Romano and a most picturesque town square.  Aside from its historic and aesthetic virtues, Evora is also a lively university town, and it's many attractive restaurants serve up a hearty Alentejan cuisine.
For an intriguing and spooky experience, visit the Interior de la Capela dos Ossos en Évora (Bone Chapel).
Optional activity: a visit to the Megaliths of Evora.  Spiritual, magical, historical, incredible, a visit to the Megaliths may make your hairs stand on end.  They remain today the most tangible and impressive remains of one of the most significant moments in human history - the Neolithic revolution.  The megalithic enclosure of Almendres is the largest megalithic monument on the Iberian Peninsula and one of the oldest monuments of humankind.  Alternative option; a stop (or two, three...) on the Rota dos Vinhos do Alentejo - Alentejan Wine Route.  The wines here, particularly the reds, are bold, rich, and fruity.  
End of day, suggested group dinner and maybe a dive one last time into Lisbon's night life scene.

Sunday, November 1 - End of Itinerary
After breakfast, airport transfer to meet your outbound flight back to New York
(Please book a flight leaving no later than 5 pm for us to facilitate the transfer)

RSVP/ Questions:  IgorBass@DynamicOutdoors.com

Cancellation Policy:
If you cancel more than 60 days before the date of travel, you will refund all minus $200
If you cancel less than 60 days before the date of travel, you would receive 75% refund
If you cancel less than 45 days before the date of travel, you would receive 50% refund
If you cancel less than 30 days before the date of travel, you would receive 25% refund
If you cancel less than 15 days before the date of travel, there won't be a refund possible unless we find replacement for you !
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Friday, October 23, 2015 at 7:00 PM - Sunday, November 1, 2015 at 10:00 AM (EDT)


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