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  Palaces and Pousadas
A 3-Day Portuguese
Visit to the Countryside
Lisbon Excursion

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Three Night Pre-Cruise Package
Voyages 2206 (Apr 20), 2217 (Jul 30), 2226 (Oct 27), 4223 (Aug 31)

Air/Sea Guests $1,595
Cruise Only Guests $1,895

What's Included:
1 night at the Hotel Palacio De Seteais Sintra
2 nights at the Hotel Palace do Bussaco
Full breakfast and dinner every day, with house wine and beverages at dinner
Lunch daily
English-speaking guide
All transfers

Three Night Post-Cruise Package
Voyages 2205 (Apr 10), 2212 (Jun 8), 2225 (Oct 19), 3213 (May 29), 4222 (Aug 22)

All Guests $1,895 per person, based on double occupancy.

Three-Night Pre-Cruise Package
(Voyages 2206, 2217, 2226, 4223 )

Day 1        Lisbon / Sintra
Upon arrival to Lisbon International Airport, you will be met by our local staff, assisted and transferred to Hotel Palacio De Seteais in Sintra. The hotel is an exemplary monument to the palace architecture of the 18th century.

Set high in the hills above Sintra this palace with its lovely garden command’s a great view of the city. 30 guestrooms and all the public rooms are decorated with exquisite taste peaceful to the eye, yet grand in flavor. After check in you are free to relax after your international flight and enjoy your surroundings.

Hotel Palacio De Seteais
 Dinner is on your own this evening. Overnight at the Hotel Palacio De Seteais.

Palacio de Seteais Dining Room

Day 2        Sintra/Bussaco
Enjoy full Breakfast at the hotel. This morning, you make your way to Lisbon, to visit the district of Belém, the area where the old harbor was located and from where departed the caravels of the old navigators. En-route you will stop at the Belém Tower and the Memorial to the Navigators. After the visit to this area you continue on to the Palace of Queluz on the outskirts of Lisbon. Queluz was a summer residence of the Portuguese Royal family decorated in the 18-century French style and known as the Portuguese Versailles.

Palace of Queluz
The Palace still displays a beautiful collection of furniture porcelains, rugs and portraits of the Royal family. You shall visit the palace, still used these days to host foreign Heads of State, and the gardens fashioned after the famous gardens of “Le Nôtre”. Lunch will be served at “Cozinha Velha”. This deluxe restaurant is housed in the former kitchen of the palace. In fact the origin of the name is derived from the words “the old kitchen.”

Cozinha Velha
After lunch, you make our way to Bussaco. Upon arrival in Bussaco in the late afternoon you will check in to the Palace Hotel. The Bussaco Forest, together with Sintra, is considered by some to be the most beautiful place in Portugal.

Palácio do Buçaco
It is a giant arboretum that was created by Portuguese explorers who carried in trees from all over the world. From Lusitanian oak to Mexican cypress, down to shaded grottoes of tree ferns and camellias, this is definitely a delight for all who love nature. In the heart of this forest is the Palace Hotel built as the last summer residence for Portuguese monarchy.

The original plan combined a royal lodge and a public establishment regal enough to be called The Palace Hotel. The architecture is neo-Manueline; inside a grand staircase climbs to stained-glass windows and the walls are covered with panels of tiles displaying heroic events in Portuguese history. The hotel combines elegance and tradition in a way that can only be found in the old Europe.

Enjoy included dinner and overnight at the Palace Hotel.


Day 3        Bussaco
Enjoy included breakfast at the hotel. Following breakfast, you will depart for Coimbra. COIMBRA is a name that for centuries has been synonymous with the world of academics, a birthplace of ideas, Romanesque and renaissance art center, its destiny closely interwoven with that of Portugal. Situated on the banks of the Mondego River, Coimbra, the first capital of Portugal, is known as the University City since it was here that in 1290 the king Dinis founded the third university in the entire world. You will visit the university, where you will see the Royal chapel and the spectacular library built in the 18-century and which is known as a masterpiece of baroque art. Free time to enjoy the center of the town – downtown Coimbra has a very pleasant pedestrian area with outdoor cafes and all kinds of small shops. Lunch will be served at Hotel Quinta Das Lagrimas.

Quinta Das Lagrimas
This hotel is another gem in the town it is housed in a former manor house of the local bourgeoisie and gives you the feeling of peaceful harmony, which you no longer find in large cities. After lunch, tour the gardens and see the place where, according to tradition, the beautiful Inês de Castro was killed. This love story between Prince Pedro and Inês is the most famous of the Portuguese medieval period and it inspired great writers and poets of all times. In the afternoon you will visit the roman ruins of Conimbriga. Situated a few kilometres south of Coimbra, Conimbriga is the most important archaeological center of the country and gives the visitor a good idea of how important this roman city was during the 2nd century BC. In the best-preserved houses, one can still admire fantastic original mosaics. These are considered the highlight of the site. There is also a remarkable museum displaying objects of daily life. The museum has a souvenir shop and a cafeteria where you may have a drink (on Mondays only the roman ruins can be visited as the Museum is closed) before returning to Bussaco. Balance of the afternoon at leisure to enjoy the palace and its gardens. Dinner and overnight at the Palace Hotel.

Day 4 Bussaco/Lisbon
Enjoy included Breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast, depart for Batalha. Batalha is spectacular gothic monastery built to celebrate Portugal’s greatest military victory. Batalha is overwhelming not only in size but also in evolution. What began as a stark Gothic structure has evolved over time into an exuberant Manueline design characterized by spiraling columns and decorative motifs of the high seas and the Indies.

Monastery of Batalha
You may visit the Royal Pantheon and the church of our Lady Santa Maria da Victoria. After this visit you will make your way to the village of Obidos. Óbidos is a rare example of an extremely well preserved medieval town. Entirely surrounded be the walls of its castle, the town has retained many of its features of the past. Walking through the narrow picturesque streets, the visitor feels like he is traveling back in time.

Three-Night Post-Cruise Package
(Voyages 2205, 2212, 2225, 3213, 4222)

Day 1        Lisbon/Bussaco
Upon disembarkation from the ship, our local staff will be there to greet you, assist with your luggage and make you comfortable as you depart for this interesting tour. Your first destination is district of Belem, the area in Lisbon where the old harbor was located and from where the caravans of navigators once departed. You will stop by the Belém Tower and the Memorial to the Navigators.

Memorial to the Navigators
 After the visit to this area you will make your way to the Palace of Queluz on the outskirts of Lisbon. Queluz was a summer residence of the Portuguese Royal family and is decorated in the 18-century French style. Quelez is known as the Portuguese Versailles. The Palace still displays a beautiful collection of furniture porcelains, rugs and portraits of the Royal family. You shall visit the palace, still used these days to host foreign Heads of State, and the gardens fashioned after the famous gardens of “Le Nôtre”. Lunch will be served at “Cozinha Velha” (left, below). This deluxe restaurant is housed in the former kitchen of the palace. In fact the origin of the name is derived from the words “the old kitchen.” After lunch, you make your way to Bussaco. Upon arrival in Bussaco in the late afternoon you will check in to the Palace Hotel.

Palácio do Buçaco

The Bussaco Forest, together with Sintra, is considered by some to be the most beautiful place in Portugal. It is a giant arboretum that was created by Portuguese explorers who carried in trees from all over the world. From Lusitanian oak to Mexican cypress, down to shaded grottoes of tree ferns and camellias, this is definitely a delight for all who love nature. In the heart of this forest is the Palace Hotel built as the last summer residence for Portuguese monarchy. The original plan combined a royal lodge and a public establishment regal enough to be called The Palace Hotel. The architecture is neo-Manueline; inside a grand staircase climbs to stained-glass windows and the walls are covered with panels of tiles displaying heroic events in Portuguese history.

Palácio do Buçaco
The hotel combines elegance and tradition in a way that can only be found in the old Europe. Enjoy included dinner and overnight at the Palace Hotel.


Palácio do Buçaco Dining Room

Day 2        Bussaco
Enjoy included Full Breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast, depart for Coimbra. Coimbra is a name that for centuries has been synonymous with the world of academics, a birthplace of ideas, Romanesque and renaissance art centre, its destiny closely interwoven with that of Portugal. Situated on the banks of the Mondego River, Coimbra, the first capital of Portugal, is known as the University City since it was here that, in 1290, King Dinis founded the third oldest university in the world. Your visit to the University includes the Royal chapel and the spectacular library built in the 18th century and which is known as a masterpiece of baroque art. Free time to enjoy the centre of the town – downtown Coimbra has a very pleasant pedestrian area with outdoor cafes and all kinds of shops. Lunch will be served at hotel Quinta Das Lagrimas.

Hotel Quinta Das Lagrimas
This hotel is another must in the town it is housed in a formed manor house of the local bourgeoisie and gives us the feeling of charm and peaceful harmony, which we find no longer in large cities. After lunch, tour the gardens and see the place where, according to tradition, was killed beautiful Inês de Castro. (The love story of prince Pedro and Inês is the most famous of Portuguese medieval period and it inspired great writers and poets of all times.) In the afternoon you will Visit the roman ruins of Conimbriga.

Ruins of Conimbriga
Situated a few kilometres south of Coimbra, Conimgriga is the most important archeological centre of the country and gives to the visitor a good idea of how important this roman city was during the 2nd century B.C. In the best-preserved houses, you can still admire the fantastic mosaics, which are considered the highlight of the site.
 There is also a remarkable museum displaying objects of daily life. The museum has a souvenir shop and a cafeteria where we may have a drink, (on Mondays only the roman ruins can be visited as the Museum is closed) before returning to Bussaco. Balance of the afternoon at leisure to enjoy the palace and its gardens. Dinner and overnight at the Palace Hotel.


Day 3        Bussaco/Sintra
Enjoy included breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast depart for Batalha. BATALHA is spectacular gothic monastery built to celebrate Portugal’s greatest military victory. Batalha is overwhelming not only in its size but also in its evolution. It began as a stark Gothic structure but has evolved over time into an exuberant Manueline design characterized by spiraling columns and decorative motifs of the high seas and the Indies. One may visit the Royal Pantheon and the church of our Lady Santa Maria da Victoria. After the visit to Batalha you will make your way to Óbidos. Óbidos is a rare example of an extremely well preserved medieval town.

Entirely surrounded be the walls of its castle, the town keeps many of its features of the past. Walking through the narrow picturesque streets, the visitor feels like traveling back on time. A must is the visit to Sta. Maria church in the Pillory Square – this medieval church was rebuilt in the 17C. and is known for its remarkable collection of tiles and paintings. You may also tour the sentry walk and enjoy the lovely view over the valley or exploit the shops of arts and crafts.
  Lunch will be served in the PoUSAda housed in the formal royal palace and residence of the governor. After lunch, departure to Sintra and to the Hotel Palace of Seteais. The hotel is an exemplary monument to the palace architecture of the 18th century. Set high on hills above Sintra this palace with its lovely garden command’s great views over the city. 30 guestrooms and all the public rooms are decorated it exquisite taste, peaceful to the eye, yet grand in flavor. Dinner and overnight at the Hotel Palacio De Seteais.

Day 4   Sintra/Lisbon
Enjoy full Breakfast at the hotel. Today you will transfer from the hotel to Lisbon International airport for your flight home depending on your air schedule.

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