Vibrant cities, majestic UNESCO palaces and cathedrals, fortified medieval towns, cobblestone streets, the stunning Douro estuary, wild seascapes, sweeping hillsides covered in olive trees and fragrant pines are just some of the pleasures of Portugal. Highlights include Lisbon’s architectural wonders, and Sintra, a scenic city perched on a spectacular hillside, offering panoramic views of the Atlantic coast. Visit the Royal Palace, Coimbra’s ancient university and the walled city of Obidos. Discover the “Portuguese Riviera,” and experience Fatima, where three children saw an apparition of the Virgin Mary, making it one of the most important Catholic pilgrimage sites in the world. Unveil the city of Porto located on the Douro, “the river of gold,” and go shopping on its tangled lanes or relax in a cozy café in this undiscovered valley.
Arrive at JFK International Airport and check in for your overnight flight to Lisbon. Legend claims that Lisbon’s name has derived either from Allis Ubbo, meaning “safe harbor” in Phoenician, or from the pre-Roman name of the River Tagus, Lisso. It ranks as the world’s tenth oldest city that traces its roots back to the Phoenician Civilization, which settled it more than three millennia ago making this destination culturally and historically fascinating.