Explore Portugal, the land of great explorers. We are flying in one day before the tour begins to give you time to rest or explore on your own. Arrive on Day two for a three night stay in Cascais. Day three enjoy your day in this scenic coastal resort on the “Portuguese Riviera”. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner. Day four it’s your choice. Choose either a Lisbon panoramic city tour by bus featuring Jeronimo’s Monastery, Belem Tower, the Monument to the Discoveries and ending with a visit to the National Museum of Coaches. Or, choose a walking tour of the historic Alfama District, Lisbon’s most symbolic quarter: step back in time as you explore this residential neighborhood before climbing the hill to explore the castle that has the most breathtaking panorama of the city. The afternoon is at leisure. Tonight enjoy Portuguese cuisine and wine while local artists perform the traditional Fado. Day five travel to Sintra, the favorite summer residence of Portuguese kings for six centuries. Next, proceed to Obidos where white washed houses are held snug by medieval city walls. Later, visit Fatima, the world-famous Marian pilgrimage site. Day six travel the countryside and stop in historic Evora, known as the “Museum City of Portugal.” Inside this medieval walled city lies a 2nd-century Roman temple to Diana. Next, journey to the hilltop, walled village of Monsaraz. This small medieval town has carefully preserved its original charm. From the 13th-century castle you’ll enjoy panoramic views of the countryside. Continue on to a winery for a tour and tasting of the region’s wines. Day seven travel to Algarve and visit Sagres, home of Prince Henry’s School of Navigation and the “compass rose.” You will have magnificent views of Cape of St. Vincente where 200-foor cliffs plunge into the Atlantic at the most southwesterly point of Europe. Next, explore the historic town of Lagos, where Moorish and Renaissance influences abound. Here, Prince Henry the Navigator, began his explorations and from the harbor, Vasco da Gama sailed in 1499 on his epic voyage of discovery. Day eight is at leisure to independently explore Algarve. Day nine journey to Faro, gateway to the Ria Formosa protected lagoon landscape. Explore the city’s historic center with 9th-century Roman walls and architectural gems. Later, visit a local cork factory to learn about its importance to the local economy and its many uses. Day ten en route to Lisbon, make a stop in Azeitao, a village known for red wine, olive trees and beautiful country estates. Spend time at Jose Maria da Fonseca Winery. Embark on a tour followed by a tasting of local wines. Next, meet local artisans at a family-run shop that demonstrates how azulejos, the hand-painted Portuguese tiles, are made. Tonight celebrate the end of an amazing journey at your farewell dinner. Day eleven the tour ends and you head home.