Meeting Place
April 19, 2018
Hotel Lisboa Plaza
Lisbon, Portugal

Tour price
$3000 per person
based on double occupancy
$3250 for private room

Ending Date/Place
April 28, 2018
ADC Hotel
Evora, Portugal

Tour Price Does Not Include
Airfare, Hotel Lisboa Plaza nights,
Train Tickets between Lisbon and Evora,
Meals indicated as on your own,

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Evora, Portugal
Evora, Portugal
Evora, Portugal

Lisbon and Evora, Portugal
April 19 - 28, 2018

Following our three Lisbon city days, we will take a train across Portugal to the beautifully preserved medieval town of Evora.

I first went to Portugal in 2011 and found this very charming walled city, a UNESCO World Heritage site. I stayed in an intimate small hotel that was a 16th century olive oil mill for the neighboring convent. Each April since 2016, I have taken a group there. Evora, ADC Hotel and the Alentejo Province all had rave reviews so April 2018 will find us returning.

Evora, PortugalEvora, located on a plateau of the Alentejo province, combines natural beauty of cork trees, olive orchards, vineyards with an archeological landscape of cromlechs and dolmens reaching back the Neolithic Period. With a population of about 56,000 Evora is composed of white washed houses, narrow streets and medieval squares. All the groups and traditions that have occupied the city have left their mark in art and architecture: Moors, Jews, Romans, Christians.

Evora, PortugalOur walks of about 8 miles per day will explore this ancient landscape and beautiful countryside. We will walk through small farms along the 16th Century aqueduct; visit the hilltop medieval town of Monsaraz (within site of the Spanish border); have a lovely walk to the 11th century Valongo Castle; be amazed at the Neolithic standing stones; have a tour of Evora and stop along our walking routes for wine-tasting in some of the area’s beautiful vineyards.

Evora, Portugal
Evora, Portugal
Evora, Portugal
Evora, Portugal
Evora, Portugal
Evora, Portugal

Day by Day Overview

Thursday, April 19 – Meet at 9:30AM in the lobby of the Hotel Lisboa Plaza for a half day walking tour of Lisbon. You’ll have the afternoon free to explore on your own.

Friday, April 20 – We’ll take a 20-30 minute bus ride to the historical district of Belem. Many of the great Portuguese explorers embarked on their voyages from here, including Prince Henry the Navigator, Ferdinand Magellan and Vasco da Gama. All are memorialized in Belem’s Monument to the Discoveries. We’ll visit St. Jeronimo’s Monastery (15th century), enjoy the scenic waterfront views and treat ourselves to the special Belem custard tart. You’ll have the afternoon free to explore on your own. Evening entertainment is a Fado music performance and dinner.

Saturday, April 21 – A one hour bus ride will take us north to the town of Sintra. Sintra, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is a town of marvelous historic mansions, all set against the backdrop of lush hills. We’ll visit Sintra’s National Palace where Portuguese royalty lived until the early 20th century. We’ll slowly make our way back to Lisbon via the coast and the town of Caiscais, returning to our hotel in the late afternoon.

Sunday, April 22 – In the morning travel by train to Evora and then take a taxi from the train station to the hotel. Check in at the Hotel ADC (Albergaria do Calvario). We’ll begin this part of the trip with a welcome reception in the Hotel patio at 6:30PM followed by a buffet dinner at the hotel at 7:30PM.

Monday, April 23 - Megalithic Trail. We take a bus from the hotel this morning to the Megalithic trail. Our walking takes us through a Holm Oak and Cork Oak Forest. This area is dotted by impressive granite boulders which, over 6,000 years ago, were used to build burial sites and magical cult sites. We will visit the Dolmen of Zambujeiro...the biggest in Europe, the Cromelech of Almendres and the Church of Mitra. Transport back to our hotel. Distance today: 8 miles; Elevation: mainly flat with a few small hills.

Tuesday, April 24 - Evora town tour. Today we have a guided tour of the UNESCO World Heritage city of Evora. We will visit the historical center of this walled city. Evora was an important trading and religious center which is reflected in its buildings and monuments: The Roman temple (the best preserved Roman structure on the Iberian Peninsula), Capela Dos Ossos (the Chapel of Bones) and the main square of Evora which was the site of many executions in the Spanish Inquisition of the 16th century. As we are already in the town center you are on our own for lunch and a free afternoon.

Wednesday, April 25 - Castelo de Valongo. Today, enjoying gorgeous views along the way, we walk along the lovely river, Degebe. Our destination is the surreal castle of Valongo. Surrounded by vineyards, the castle was built in 1283 and is now a National Monument. The castle is not open. After our picnic lunch we visit the winery of Ervideira for an unusual experience of wine tasting ( Not to spoil the surprise for you, but a blind tasting is part of the challenge! Distance today: 8 miles; Elevation gain 500 ft.

Thursday, April 26 - Monsaraz. Today our destination is the medieval fortified village of Monsaraz. Sitting high on a hill and near the border with Spain, its white houses with red tile roofs can be seen from quite a distance. Our walk takes us on tracks gradually climbing to the village gates. Monsaraz is car free, has narrow streets and tiny village squares. It has remains of a castle, a bullring and many interesting shops and cafes. From Monsaraz we have spectacular view of the surrounding landscape. We will visit the village then have free time to walk around on our own or shop. Distance: 7 miles; Elevation gain: 450 ft

Friday, April 27 - Silver Water Aqueduct. This morning we walk along the town aqueduct. It was built in the 16th century to solve water shortages in the city. Our route is through beautiful scenery of the Alentejo plain with its small farm holdings. At lunch time we arrive to our guide’s farm and are treated to a gourmet picnic lunch! Afterwards we are returned to Evora for last shopping and preparation for tomorrow’s departure. Return by bus to our hotel. Distance today: 6 miles; Elevation is mainly flat.

Saturday, April 28 - Breakfast and departure.

Please Note: The above schedule is subject to change due to weather or other circumstances beyond our control.

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