A first thought about your event in Portugal... Portugal is the right country to organise your special event, either it is a dozen people incentive or a multithousand people congress. An incentive for a small number of people can be organised practically in any area of Portugal as it is a tendency nowadays for incentives to become smaller and smarter; a bigger event, however, it’s better to expect it to be made in Porto area, Lisbon area or in the Algarve. Basing the flights in the 3 main airports, within a range of a 2 hours transfer, the choices are not only great in number but also in variety, as you can have either a seaside resort where you can have many sport & beach games, or a countryside spot where you have a lot of space for as many activities as you want. Offering good flight access, value for money and a modern 21st century infrastructure, Portugal has long been a safe and reliable destination for MICE planners and organisers. Blessed with a mild yearround climate, plenty of sunshine, excellent food and wine and some of the finest congress and accommodation facilities anywhere in the world, it has all the right ingredients for a successful conference, meeting or incentive programme. A DMC can provide local destination knowledge and ground services, as well as offering the following; Meet and Greet, Transfers / Transportation, Hotel Accommodation, Restaurants, Activities, Excursions, Conference Venues, Themed Events, Gala Dinners and Logistics. We are also able to assist with overcoming any language barriers. A DMC must be someone that you can relate to and trust, and with whom you work closely as a team, whilst we assist you on both a creative and professional level. We are often able to provide preferential rates based on the buying power that we have with their preferred suppliers. Just tell us the needs of your incentive and we will present you the best solution!
Portugal, a destination Geographical data Porto and the North Lisboa region Algarve
Thermal Baths, Horses and Golf
FIT’s Roundtrips for Individual Clients FIT’s optional tours
Groups and Corporate Escorted Tours Groups optional tours
A destination Geographical data
Porto and the North
Located in the Southwest of Europe, between the parallels 37º and 42º of North latitude and the meridians 6º and 9.5º West of Greenwich, Portugal is limited by Spain at North and East (1215 km of border) and at South and West by the Atlantic Ocean (700 km of coast).
If you look for that special charm only old European cities have, Porto is your choice, as this is an old yet at the same time contemporary city. Also in what Hotels are concerned, you may choose from an 18th. Century Palace like Pousada do Porto or the modern glass, steel and marble Sheraton Porto Hotel
The National territory has an area of 88 797,365 km2 including the Madeira and Azores Archipelagos, and the continental territory has a maximum length of 561 Km and a maximum width of 218 Km. The Cape of Roca is the westernmost point of Continental Portugal. The prolongation of the Mountains of the Iberian Peninsula are distinctive for two types of relief, at North and at South of the Tejo river.
Classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996, the city is as popular today for its history and culture as it has always been for the famous Port wine. Key attractions such as the 12thcentury Cathedral and the magnificent São Francisco Church finely illustrate the city’s ancient patrimony, while the old wine lodges on the south bank of the River Douro are tailormade for group dinners and cocktail receptions. Other versatile venues include the centrallylocated Stock Exchange Palace and hightech Europarque congress centre south of the city. But much of Oporto’s appeal lies in the fact that it remains a largely undiscovered destination, a place that most people have never visited before. And with a modern infrastructure and several topend hotels to choose from, there’s plenty of appeal for the interna tional MICE market. Also for a special event a cruise in the Douro river can help the success.
At North, the relief is hillier, with steep slopes cut by deep valleys. Between the rivers Minho and Douro, there is a mountain chain (GalaicoDuriense) that reaches the coastal line. Between the rivers Douro and Tejo, we can find the highest peaks, at the Serra do Marão and Serra da Estrela (2.000 m). At South of the Tejo, there is the biggest area of flat lands, with rare mountains, being the most important here the Serra Algarvia. There is also some swampy lands at the Tejo and Sado valleys.
Northern Portugal is a beautiful region steeped in tradition and full of local history. Stretching from the green Minho region to the enchanting Douro Valley, it is a green and pleasant land of mountains, ancient cities and extraordinary natural beauty. Besides all the activities possible in this region, the medieval dinner in Feira Castle is a special event for Incentives. The terraced slopes of the River Douro are the real home of Port wine, which is carried downriver to the lodges of Oporto before being shipped around the world. Most of the winemakers in the Douro Valley are well prepared to receive small groups for guided tours and winetasting sessions, while cruise companies operating along the river can cater for corporate functions and pre and postevent excursions. Also, in due time, it is possible to organize a group to participate in the Harvest in Douro Valley, the oldest demarcated area in the world!
A destination Lisboa Region Boasting an ultramodern infrastructure and elegant oldworld charm, Lisboa offers a fresh alternative to the more regular conference and incentive destinations around the world. The Portuguese capital exudes an inviting warmth and geniality that most European capitals have longsince outgrown. And blessed with appealing architecture and 3,000 years of history, the city can compete for any type of MICE event, large or small. Lisboa is packed with possibilities for group activities, both in the city and along the resort areas of the Estoril Coast. Options include dining in restored palaces and other historic monuments such as the imposing Castle of São Jorge and the 16thcentury Jerónimos Monastery in Belém. Various other venues such as the Beato Convent and Estufa Fria botanical gardens also cater for a wide range of corporate functions.
Algarve The new exhibition centre located in the heart of the city’s Park of Nations is a rich legacy of the Expo ’98 World Exposition. With four pavilions covering a gross area of 100,000 squaremetres, the centre is on a par with many of the world’s leading fairgrounds, and next to it there is Pavilhão Atlântico, with a capacity for up to 13.500 people in convention setup. Meanwhile, on the other side of town, the Lisbon Congress Centre has recently been redeveloped for largescale events. Being Lisboa the capital of the country, it has of course a good hotel capacity, good communication means and a large number of events possibilities, within a 2 hours driving from the airport, with some completely different type atmospheres, climate and vegetation, from the hot and dry Alentejo to the wet and chilly Sintra, from the seaside to the countryside.
Blessed with numerous golf courses, luxurious beach resorts and quaint little fishing villages, the Algarve is a dream destination for conference and incentive organisers. Arade Congress Centre with a capacity for up to 1.000 delegates and Portimão Arena for up to 6.000 people, are the region’s most important and most modern places for congresses. Yearround sunshine and 150 kilometres of sandy shoreline make the Algarve a haven not just for holidays but also for interesting group programmes. Inhabited since the time of the Phoenicians, it was the Moors who left the most visible legacy a fact that is mostly evident in the region’s place – names and architecture. Bordered on two sides by the Atlantic, the Algarve is divided from the rest of Portugal by a series of lowlying mountains. In the east, the Guadiana River forms a scenic border with neighbouring Spain. Accommodation capacity is not a problem in the Algarve as there are plenty of Hotels throughout the region, in the diverse categories and types of atmosphere.
A destination Thermal Baths
From North to South there are around 30 different places where we can find thermal waters in Portugal, some of them found and developed by the Romans when they were occupying the Iberian Peninsula!
Equestrian activity in Portugal is a tradition established long before the early days of military equitation and in which present equestrian sports are rooted.
Portugal is already a leading destination for golfers in Europe, and the number of golf courses is increasing, as every year there are new courses opening.
The medicinal waters are used to cure or prevent a great number of diseases, of the respiratory, muscle and skeletal, dermatological, digestive and circulatory systems and others. Also in some places, there is also the possibility to make physiotherapy. In the last few years there has been an increase in the number of Thermal baths offering also spa and well足being treatments. Besides these thermal / medicinal waters, there is also a wide choice for spas in Hotels all over Portugal.
Portugal is among the few countries in the world where professional equestrian activity has been kept alive uninterruptedly thanks to Bullfighting, thus insuring that we keep this culture and tradition from the 18th century. Though equestrian centres scattered all over the country have different aims and purposes, they all offer horse足riding tuition. To appreciate the real scope of equestrian activities in Portugal, it is necessary to look at them and their supporting infrastructures in context. This is the role of an Incoming agent: to help foreign clients to choose the best infrastructures at the best location, either concerning accommodation or other important issues such as roads, interesting spots in the area or climate.
The many IAGTO awards won by Portugal Golf courses and resorts are the proof that this is a top destination for golfers. But when in Portugal, it is worthwhile to visit the many important monuments and taste our gastronomy, specially our delightful desserts and our always足fresh fish and shellfish. The incredible 300 days of sunshine per year and the landscape give to Portugal the natural conditions the Golf architects seek and are inspired by. In addition, it is also possible to combine a city life with Golf, as in many Portuguese cities, like Lisboa and Porto, there are some golf courses within the city limits. Easily reached, Portugal is a paradise where the golfer can play almost every day of the year. Every course offers new and surprising landscapes, backed up by excellent services and facilities.
FIT’s City Breaks There are many different things to do and to see in Portugal, so we have the pleasure to organize programs of 2 and 3 nights in our main cities. We can include many kinds of accommodation, arrival and departure transfers, regular sightseeing tours, and many other services that your clients may require. Business Individual Traveller As far as the business traveller is concerned, we can take care of all the needs of an individual traveller – we can provide not only accommodation but also transfers, private driver, etc. Everything that a businessman always with a tight schedule may need in Portugal, we will able to provide.
Fly & Drive We an provide Fly & Drive programs anywhere in continental Portugal. Our services include suggestions and itineraries according to the client request, accommodation in every category and optional activities, as well as the supplying of all the necessary documentation prior to the beginning of the Tour. We are also able to provide theme itineraries and special interest tours. Business Individual Traveller As far as the business traveller is concerned, we can take care of all the needs of an individual traveller – we can provide not only accommodation but also transfers, private driver, etc. Everything that a businessman with a tight schedule may need in Portugal, we will able to provide.
Golf & Sports We are specialized in Golf, and prepared to suggest and organize any program and accommodation referring Golf. We can also organize many different events for groups, form ProAm to other interesting competition, and also predefined group packages, as well as tailormade ones – we provide accommodation, transport, tee times, etc. Golf is a very important issue in Portugal as far as tourism is concerned nowadays and we are able to understand your needs and make important suggestions. Please ask us for our Golf Packages – a very good advantage for our clients! As there are many other sports that you can practice in Portugal all year round, please contact us in case you are interested in tennis, horse riding, hunting, football (soccer), water sports and any other sport. We can suggest to our clients the best proposal according to the activity they seek.
Roundtrips FIT’S from Lisboa Centre of Portugal and Fátima Centre of Portugal 3 days / 2 nights Day 1 Lisboa / Óbidos / Alcobaça / Nazaré / Batalha / Abrantes By a landscape rich in windmills and fruit trees we arrive to Óbidos (stop), surrounded by medieval walls where we can admire the harmony of the architecture and taste the famous ginginha (bitter cherry liqueur). Visit Alcobaça (stop) with the first and largest gothic church in Portugal with the tombs of D.Pedro and Inês de Castro, known by it’s love story. Stopping in Nazaré, a typical fishing village. We continue to Batalha (stop) visit the Monastery of Santa Maria de Victoria, a masterpiece of the gothic in Portugal where we can find the tomb of Henry the Navigator, the promoter of the discoveries. After we arrive to Fátima (stop), the famous Marian Shrine. Today’s journey ends in Abrantes. Dinner and overnight.
Day 2 Abrantes / Castelo de Vide / Marvão / Estremoz / Évora Breakfast in hotel. Crossing the River Tejo we drive to the beautiful Castelo de Vide (stop), proud of its Jewish quarter. Then the medieval town of Marvão (stop), one of the “white villages of Portugal”, dominated by its castle on the mountain watching over the plain and over Spain. Continue to Estremoz (stop), a beautiful town surrounded by walls with a medieval castle, the heart of a region well known for its remarkable marble quarries and “bonecos” (figurines) of ceramic. Continue to Évora (stop), a living museum of tradition and history, handicrafts and gastronomy – on the walking tour we not only visit the Roman Temple, the Cathedral, the Giraldo square, St Francis Church with its unique Bones Chapel but also we can see handicraft streets with hand painted pottery, cork work, copper items and colourful furniture. In Évora we can also feel the perfume and taste of the one of the most rich gastronomies of Portugal with excellent wines. Dinner and Overnight. Day 3 Évora / Lisboa (+/130km) Morning at leisure so that you have time to discover other spots in Évora region. In the afternoon return to Lisboa. End of our services.
Fátima 2 days / 1 night Day 1 Lisboa / Fátima Leaving Lisboa, we drive northwards and arrive at our first point of visit: the beautiful walled town of Óbidos with its picturesque streets and the Pousada do Castelo. We then drive to Alcobaça to visit the 12th century Church with the tombs of D. Pedro and Inês de Castro. For lunch, we go to Nazaré The most colourful of Portuguese fishing villages. If possible we go to the Sitio to have a panoramic view of the beach and the village. In the afternoon we visit the Batalha Monastery, a masterpiece of the Gothic style considered a World Heritage by UNESCO. Arrival at Hotel in Fátima. Evening free (to eventually assist mass service). Fátima Dinner (Full Board programme), accommodation at hotel. Day 2 Fátima / Lisboa After breakfast at hotel, day at disposal for activities of a personal nature in Fátima, centre of Christian Faith and a local of World Pilgrimage, to visit the church where the tombstones of Lucia, Jacinta and Francisco are, as well as the Chapel of Apparitions, heart of the Shrine. You will have time to assist a mass. At the end of the day we will return to Lisboa through the colourful farming region. End of our services.
Roundtrips FIT’S from Lisboa Portugal in 10 days Day 1 Lisboa / Óbidos / Alcobaça / Nazaré / Batalha / Fátima / Leiria (+/ 217Km) By a landscape rich in windmills and fruit trees we arrive to Óbidos (stop), surrounded by medieval walls where we can admire the harmony of the architecture and taste the famous ginginha (bitter cherry liqueur). Visit Alcobaça (stop) with the first and largest gothic church in Portugal with the tombs of D. Pedro and Inês de Castro, known by their love story. Stopping in Nazaré (stop), a typical fishing village. We continue to Batalha (stop) visit the Monastery of Santa Maria de Victoria, a masterpiece of the gothic in Portugal where we can find the tomb of Henry the Navigator, the promoter of the discoveries. After we arrive to Fátima (stop), the famous Marian Shrine. Today’s journey ends in Leiria Dinner and overnight. Day 2 Leiria / Conimbriga / Coimbra/ Buçaco / Aveiro / Porto (+/246Km) Breakfast at the hotel. Departure towards Conimbriga (stop) visiting the ruins of the ancient roman town, famous by its wonderful mosaics. Drive to Coimbra (stop) – visit of the University, one of the oldest in the world, with its magnificent baroque library and its unique atmosphere characterised by ancient traditions and customs such as the black cape of the students and the melancholic fado music. Stop at St Clara Church, where lies the tomb of Queen St. Isabel, the protagonist of the “miracle of the roses”. In the centre you can admire the exclusive ceramic of Coimbra. In the afternoon we shall drive 8
through the luxuriant forest of Buçaco (stop), area made up of a selection of rare trees and plants of exotic beauty, where was built a charming and romantic hotel, before a royal hunting lodge. Continue to Aveiro (stop), city of the canals, where you shall see the boats “moliceiros” and taste the local sweets “ovos moles”. Drive to Porto – Dinner and overnight. Day 3 Porto (+/ 25km) Breakfast at the hotel. Morning city tour of Porto (stop), the second largest city in Portugal located near the mouth of Douro River. Our visit includes the Palácio da Bolsa (the Chamber of Commerce) with its splendorous Arabian Hall; the S. Francisco Church with its the overwhelmed guilt carved wood decoration; a walk along the Ribeira, one of most picturesque quarters of Porto; visit a Port Wine Cellar and wine tasting. The afternoon is free so that you may enjoy some more time in Porto. Dinner and overnight. Day 4 Porto / Guimarães / Braga / Barcelos / Porto (+/178Km) Breakfast at the hotel. Full day tour to the Minho, the northwest region of Portugal that offers natural green sceneries and the sparkling “green wine”. Starting by Guimarães (stop) the cradle of the nation, birthplace of the first King of Portugal, where, walking along the historic centre, for moments one is plunged back into medieval times. Visit the Sacred Hill, crowned by the Castle, as well the Palace of the Dukes of Bragança, which original
building dates back to the 15th centuries. Drive to Braga (stop) known for its concentration of religious architecture, as the oldest Cathedral of the country, and the Bom Jesus do Monte Sanctuary with famous baroque stairway and gardens. After we shall continue to Barcelos (stop), an historical city rich in popular handicraft where the Galo de Barcelos (the rooster of Barcelos) legend was born becoming, the rooster, a Portuguese icon. Return to Porto. Dinner and overnight. Day 5 Porto / Amarante / Vila Real / Douro Valley / Lamego / Viseu / Urgeiriça (+/254Km) Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to Amarante (stop), a pretty town proud of São Gonçalo known for the promotion of love and marriage were the monastery facing the river houses his tomb and his lively bustling market where you can find fruit, vegetables, chickens, cloths, and an immense variety of other popular items. After, drive to Vila Real (stop) – visiting the gardens of the manor of Mateus, which façade is still depicted on the wellknown Portuguese Rosé wine bottles. Then we enter in the Port wine region, travelling through the vineyards and the breathtaking landscapes of the Douro Valley. Lamego (stop), overlooked by one of Portugal's most important shrines: N. S. Remédios with its magnificent baroque style staircase. Continue to the mountainous hinterland to Viseu (stop), centre of the Dão Vineyards and a city connected with Portugal´s oldest hero, Viriato, the Lusitanian chief. In the shadow of the
Roundtrips FIT’S from Lisboa Portugal in 10 days Cathedral, narrow streets and doorways with coats of arms carved in granite make up the ancient town of Viseu. Along the centre we find a busy commercial area. Arrival at Urgeiriça. Dinner and overnight. Day 6 Urgeiriça / Serra da Estrela / Castelo Branco / Castelo de Vide / Estremoz (+/303Km) Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to the heart of Portugal, through the beauty of the Estrela Mountain Range(stop), the highest point of continental Portugal, a world of shepherds and their flocks, famous for its cheese, snows and harsh, irregular landscape, where you shall have the opportunity to admire the local handicraft (leather and woollen articles). Continue to Castelo Branco (stop), with its baroque garden and staircases of the Kings, and embroidered quilts. In the afternoon break in the beautiful Castelo de Vide (stop), an enchanting small town with the ancient Jewish Quarter with its whitewashed houses. Continue to Estremoz. Dinner and overnight. Day 7 Estremoz / Évora (+/ 40 Km) Breakfast at the hotel. Estremoz (stop) – well known for its remarkable marble quarries and “bonecos” (figurines) of ceramic, is a beautiful town surrounded by walls with a medieval castle. Continue to Évora (stop), a living museum of tradition and history, handicrafts and gastronomy – on the walking tour we not only visit the Roman Temple, the Cathedral, Giraldo square and St Francis Church with its unique Bones Chapel, but also we can see
handicraft streets, where you can find a great variety of items, such as the hand painted pottery, cork work, copper items and the colourful furniture. Évora is perfect place to taste the delicious Alentejo cuisine that puts a touch of creativity and imagination into every dish, where the odours are wisely transformed into tastes completed with fruity whites and the mouth filling red wines. Dinner and overnight. Day 8 Évora / Silves / Alvor (+/250Km) Breakfast in hotel. Part of the morning at leisure in Évora, and then driving southward passing Beja (stop) were the highest tower of Portuguese Medieval castles dominates the town and the region. Crossing small mountains we enter in the Algarve. By fields of orange trees we arrive to Silves (stop), the renowned town dominated by its red sandstone castle dating back mainly to Moorish times and by the memory of is former cork industry. Continue to the golden sands of the Algarve passing by Praia da Rocha to Alvor. Dinner and Overnight. Day 9 Alvor / Ponta da Piedade / Sagres / Cabo de S. Vicente / Lagos / Alvor (+/140 km) Breakfast at the hotel. The Algarve has the call of the sea that led to the discovery of the New World. Stop in Ponta da Piedade (stop) and admire the magnificent view over the Atlantic Ocean, and cliffs whose shapes have been sculpted by the erosive action of both the sea and time. Continue to Sagres (stop), a fishing port, for a visit
to the fortress was the mythical “navigation school” forever linked with the presence of Prince Henry the Navigator during the first days of Atlantic navigation and the discovery of the African coast. Proceeding along the cliffs to Cabo São Vincente (stop), the south westernmost point in Europe. The city of Lagos (stop), a cosmopolitan town with marina and fishing port where you can taste the delicious Algarve dishes, such as the fish and shellfish cooked in a copper pan (cataplana), never forgetting the fine sweets such as the famous marzipans, almond and fig cakes. Return to the hotel, where, the afternoon at leisure invites you to take a dip in the warm sea Alvor. Dinner and overnight. Day 10 Alvor / Setúbal / Serra da Arrábida / Lisboa (+/330km) A last look at the water while travelling along the coast, to say farewell to the Algarve. The return trip to Lisboa will take you by the city of Setubal (stop), a major port and industrial centre on the north bank of the Sado estuary. Then the scenic route over the Arrábida Mountain Range, an area preserved as a Natural Park, with an amazing scenery and unique vegetation at the gates of Lisbon, and savour the sweeping views of the Tróia Peninsula. Crossing the bridge over the Tejo River, arrival to Lisboa. End of our services.
Optional tours FIT’S from Lisboa Full and Half day HD Tourist Lisboa Discover our magnificent city. We would like to unveil our history and traditions taking you to the Monuments of the Portuguese Discoveries, our most typical quarter and emblematic city museum. Don’t lose this great introduction to Lisboa. Major Sights: Jerónimos’ Monastery*, Tower of Belem, Monument to the Discoveries, Royal Coaches Museum*, Alfama e Rossio. * Closed on Monday replaced by Palacio da Ajuda or Fundação Medeiros e Almeida. Includes: Guided visits, Coach Museum entrance & Porto Wine Tasting. Languages: Portuguese, English, French*, Italian*, German** & Spanish** *Only at 14.30 **Only at 9.00 HD Sintra, Roca Cape, Cascais and Estoril Come and discover with us this magnificent village where the Royal Family used to live during the summer. A charming region, where you will also admire Europe’s Westernmost point (Cabo da Roca), the incredible Boca do Inferno, the Cosmopolitan Cascais and the Casino Estoril gardens. Major Sights: Palace of Sintra*, Cabo da Roca**, Boca do Inferno, Guincho, Cascais & Estoril. * Replaced by Palácio de Queluz ** From 1st March till 31st October. Includes: Guided visits & Sintra Palace entrance. Languages: Portuguese, English, German & Spanish.
HD Pena Palace and Sintra Visit the most complete and notable example of Portuguese architecture in the Romantic period. It stands on one of the rocky peaks of the Serra de Sintra, and blends in a surprisingly fortunate manner with its natural background of greenery and crags, testifying to the aesthetic potentialities of the project. You will still have some free time to visit Sintra’s village. Major Sights: Pena Palace & Sintra. Includes: Guided visits, Pena Palace entrance & ‘tramway’ transport to the Palace. Languages: Portuguese, English, French***, Italian***, German** & Spanish** ***Only at 9.00 **Only at 14.30 HD Fátima Centre of Christian Faith and a local of world pilgrimage, Fatima is visited by thousands of people each year. We will visit the Basilica where the Tombstones of Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta are, Holly Trinity Church as well as the Chapel of Apparitions. Time to attend Mass and visit other places related with the history of the Apparitions and the life of the Shepherds. Major Sights: Fatima Sanctuary, Aljustrel, Valinhos e Loca do Anjo. Includes: Guided visits. Languages: Portuguese, English, Italian & Spanish.
HD River Cruise A mini cruise is a real must in order to enjoy Lisboa, a city overlooking the river. Major Sights: Lisboa bridge, City Centre, Monument to the Discoveries, Belém Tower. Includes: Hotel Pickup, Cruise Ticket. Languages: Portuguese, English & Spanish. FD Óbidos, Nazaré, Fátima, Alcobaça and Batalha A day along Portuguese historical landmarks (3 of the Portuguese 7 wonders). Lose track of time in a Medieval village, admire the amazing gothic churches and have lunch at the most typical Portuguese fishing village. End the day in Fatima, centre of catholic faith and world pilgrimage. Major Sights: Fátima, Óbidos, Batalha, Alcobaça e Nazaré. Includes: Guided visits & lunch at an Ocean view an Restaurant. Languages: Portuguese, English, French, German & Spanish. FD Sintra Luxury A luxury day… Enter in the fantasy of a beautiful romantic Palace and wander around the charming Sintra village, where you will have lunch. Leave to Colares on tramway* and then appreciate the view from Europe’s westernmost point. End the day along the coast, passing by Cascais & Estoril. Major Sights: Pena Palace, Sintra, Colares, Cabo da Roca, Guincho, Boca do Inferno, Cascais & Estoril.
Optional tours FIT’S from Lisboa and Porto Full and Half day Includes: Guided visits, Pena Palace entrance & ‘tramway’ transport to the Palace, Tramcar and lunch. Languages: Portuguese, English, French, German & Spanish. FD Évora e Azeitão Along the rolling landscape of Alentejo, we pass by fields of Olive trees, cork trees and vineyards, to find the charming town of Évora, World Heritage of Unesco. By the richness of his history, architecture, gastronomy and handicraft, we are taken to a variety of times, styles, flavours, smells, colours and shapes. End the day with a wine taste at a Century wine cellar in Azeitão. Major Sights: Roman Temple, Cathedral, Bones Chapel, University & Market, Wine Cellar. Includes: Guided visits, lunch in Évora’s Historical Centre, Wine Tasting. Languages: Portuguese, English, French & Spanish. Lisboa by Night Experience an unforgettable evening. Admire the city’s main monuments by night. The intimacy of the Fado house is the best way to enjoy this music. There will be a typical Portuguese dinner served and you will still have time to watch one of the most traditional dances – the Folklore. Major Sights: Lisboa Centre, Monument to the Discoveries, Fado & Folklore. Includes: Guided visits, Dinner, PickUp & DropOff. Languages: Portuguese, English & Spanish.
HD Porto Tour The beautiful Capital of the North of Portugal at it's best… Major Sights: Mouth of Douro River, Cathedral, Old quarters, Clérigos Church, Port Wine Cellars & Passage by D.Luis I bridge. Includes: Guided visits, entries & wine tasting. Languages: Portuguese, English, French & Spanish.
Porto by night The panoramic views are breathtaking! Major Sights: Panoramic view through the city & Dinner with Fado Music show. Includes: Guided panoramic visit, Dinner & Fado Show. Languages: Portuguese, English, French & Spanish.
FD Douro A landscape you will always remember! Major Sights: Amarante, São Gonçalo Church, Lamego (Historical Centre & Remédios Sanctuary), Wine Tasting at a local producer & Pinhão. Includes: Guided visits, lunch & wine tasting. Languages: Portuguese, English, French & Spanish. FD Minho This northern region is the capital of the Baroque and the Romanic. Major Sights: Guimarães (Castle & World Heritage), Braga (Historical Centre & Cathedral) & Bom Jesus (Gardens & Sanctuary). Includes: Guided visits, lunch with panoramic view & wine tasting. Languages: Portuguese, English, French & Spanish.
Groups Corporate City Tours For groups we can suggest short stays – city breaks – for groups that include accommodation, bus transportation, official guide services, monuments entrance fees, meals, etc. Escorted Tours We can also suggest escorted tours for groups of different number of participants, with programs all over continental Portugal. Our services can include itinerary suggestions according to the clients needs, accommodation in every categories of Hotels and every optional activity, and also we will supply all the necessary documentation in advance. We can also suggest Theme Tours for special interest groups, like wine & gastronomy, historical interest, architecture, horses breeding, Cork cycle of production, etc.
Business Individual Traveller As far as Business travel are concerned, we can arrange any requirement that the individual traveller needs – we can provide not only accommodation but also transfers, private English speaking driver, among others. Everything that a businessman, always with a tight schedule may need in Portugal, we will able to provide. Company Meetings Is it time to put together some members of the company and have an important meeting – what’s best than take them into a pleasant place with good weather conditions and the right environment for an informal meeting? Portugal is a fantastic destination to make a meeting either for the members of the board, for sales, for strategy or planning, or just for teambuilding. The Hotel conditions in every main city of Portugal are perfect for these events and can provide all the needed services and competitive prices. Contact us in order to have a proposal according to your needs – our offer is very diverse and we can help your client guaranteeing that everything runs perfectly and that we can make our job as good as he does his own!
Incentive Trips We all know as how much important an incentive trip can be – to reward the best employees, to motivate a team or to launch a new product or marketing action. Your clients invest a lot in these events and it is only natural that they expect it to be perfect! Also do we! We can guarantee you the great quality service that you need – and there’s a lot of possibilities all over Portugal! Be sure of your success assuring your clients satisfaction – we do can help you in this mission. Congresses & Conventions In Portugal we have cities able to welcome great international events. The infrastructures are excellent – comfortable hotels, the right spaces for the making of events, experienced staff – everything you need to achieve a successful event. From the modern convention centres to the traditional meeting spaces, we have it all to make your convention or congress an unforgettable one!
Roundtrips Escorted Tour (groups) A glance of Portugal Day 1 Lisboa Arrival at Lisboa Airport. Welcome by a Portugal Holidays representative. Transfer to the Hotel. Day 2 Lisbon Breakfast at the Hotel. HD city tour of Lisboa including the Church of the Hieronymittes Monastery, the Royal Coaches Museum, and tasting of a delicious "Pastel de Belém" at this unique old Café. Time at leisure for lunch. In the afternoon, HD tour of Sintra including a visit to the former Summer Royal Palace. At Cape of Roca, visit of the westernmost point of Continental Europe. Cascais: free time at the centre of this fishing and tourist village. Passing through Estoril and its gardens and beautiful houses, return to the Hotel in Lisboa. Day 3 Lisboa / Viseu Breakfast at the Hotel. Departure towards the North, passing by Óbidos to visit this charming medieval town and taste the famous "ginginha". Continuation through Alcobaça (visit of the church of the Monastery), Nazaré (visit of this famous fishing village) and Coimbra (visit of the historical centre and the oldest University of Portugal). Upon arrival at Viseu, short sightseeing tour and accommodation.
Day 4 Viseu / Porto Breakfast at the Hotel. Departure from Viseu to Porto. Visit of the second town of Portugal, including the most important places, and a visit with wine tasting at a Port Wine Cellar. Afternoon at leisure. Accommodation. Day 5 Porto Breakfast at the Hotel. Visit of the northernmost province of Portugal: the green Minho. Tour of Guimarães, Braga and wine tasting in a Vinho Verde production unit. Return to Porto for accommodation at the Hotel. Day 6 Porto / Lisboa Breakfast at the Hotel. Porto / Fátima: visit of the most important sanctuary of Portugal. In Tomar, visit of the historical centre and the Convent of Christ, former Seat of the Knights of the Temple. Upon arrival at Lisboa, accommodation at the Hotel.
Day 7 Lisboa Breakfast at the Hotel. Drive to Azeitão for a wine tasting and visit of a wine production company. Continue to Setúbal, with time for leisure in the centre of the 3rd town of Portugal and visit to the Fortress of S. Filipe to admire the beautiful view over the Atlantic Ocean. At Évora, visit of the historically most important city of the South of Portugal. Accommodation at the Hotel in Lisbon. Day 8 Lisboa Breakfast at the Hotel. Transfer to the Airport. End of our services.
Roundtrips Escorted Tour (groups) The Jews in Portugal Day 1 Lisboa Arrival at Lisboa Airport. Welcome by a Portugal Holidays representative. Transfer to the Hotel. Day 2 Lisboa Breakfast at the Hotel. Visit of Lisboa including the Lisboa Synagogue (if permission granted) and other sites of the capital important for the Jewish Diaspora. Accommodation in Lisboa. Day 3 Lisboa / Castelo de Vide Breakfast at the Hotel. Departure to Évora to visit the MuseumCity. The historical centre is World heritage declared by the UNESCO. Continuation towards Estremoz to admire this charming village and its magnificent Castle and then we will proceed to Castelo de Vide, to see the old Jewish quarter, the Synagogue and the castle. Accommodation in Castelo de Vide.
Day 4 Castelo de Vide / Belmonte Breakfast at the Hotel. Departure to Marvão to see this medieval village all circled by the Castle's walls and enjoy a little walk in its streets with white houses and flowers. Continuation to Castelo Branco to visit this town in the heart of the mountains of Portugal. Arrival to Belmonte to visit this town famous for its Jewish History. Visit of the Jewish Museum and possibility to visit the Synagogue, considered one of the most active in Portugal. Accommodation in Belmonte. Day 5 Belmonte / Porto Breakfast at the Hotel. Departure to Viseu to visit the Cathedral and historical centre of this town. Continuation to Porto to visit the town and the cellars of Port Wine (wine tasting included). Accommodation in Porto.
Day 6 Porto / Lisboa Breakfast at the Hotel. Departure to Coimbra to visit the oldest University of Portugal and the centre of this important town, former capital of the country. Departure to Tomar to visit the Castle, former seat of the Order of the Temple in Portugal, the historical centre and the Jewish quarter with the medieval Synagogue. Continuation to Lisboa for accommodation. Day 7 Lisboa Breakfast at the Hotel. Transfer to Lisboa Airport. End of our services.
Roundtrips Escorted Tour (groups) Iberian Highlights Day 1 Lisboa Arrival at Lisboa Airport. Welcome by a Portugal Holidays representative. Transfer to a centrally located Hotel. Day 2 Lisboa Breakfast at the Hotel. HD city tour of Lisboa including the Church of the Hieronymittes Monastery, the Royal Coaches Museum, and tasting of a delicious "Pastel de Belém" at this unique old Café. Time at leisure for lunch. In the afternoon, HD tour of Sintra including a visit to the former Summer Royal Palace. At Cape of Roca, visit of the westernmost point of Continental Europe. Cascais: free time at the centre of this fishing and tourist village. Passing through Estoril and its gardens and beautiful houses, return to the Hotel in Lisboa. Day 3 Lisboa / Madrid Breakfast at the Hotel. Departure to Évora, the MuseumCity, and drive along Elvas and Toledo. Upon arrival at Madrid, accommodation at the Hotel.
Day 4 Madrid Breakfast at the Hotel. Visit of Madrid, Spain’s capital, a vibrant city, where history and development are always present. Afternoon at leisure. Accommodation at the Hotel.
Day 8 Porto Breakfast at the Hotel. Full Day Tour to Braga, one of the most traditional cities of Portugal, and Guimarães, birthplace of our Nation. Return to Porto. Accommodation.
Day 5 Madrid / Guarda Breakfast at the Hotel. Leaving Madrid, drive along Burgos, Valladolid and Salamanca. Upon arrival at Guarda, accommodation at the Hotel.
Day 09 Porto / Lisboa Breakfast at the Hotel. Drive to Coimbra. Visit of the historical centre and the oldest University of Portugal. Continue to Lisboa. Upon arrival, accommodation.
Day 6 Guarda / Porto Breakfast at the Hotel. Departure to Viseu. After a short sightseeing tour, continue to Régua, one of the most beautiful regions of Portugal. Upon arrival at Porto, accommodation at the Hotel.
Day 10 Lisboa Breakfast at the Hotel. Transfer to Lisboa Airport. End of our services.
Day 7 Porto Breakfast at the Hotel. Visit of the second town of Portugal, including the most important places, and a visit with wine tasting at a Port Wine Cellar. Afternoon at leisure. Accommodation at the Hotel.
Optional tours Groups from Lisboa Full and Half day HD Lisboa Drive down Avenida da Liberdade to Rossio and Alfama, the oldest quarter (stop for a wine tasting in an handicraft store). Then drive along the Riverside to admire Commerce Square, stopping at Belém Tower and Monument to the Discoveries. Visit of Jerónimos Monastery (church), and to the Royal Coaches Museum, (if closed, visits will be replaced). FD Lisboa A complete visit of the capital of Portugal, including, besides the itinerary of the Half Day city tour, a visit of the Oceanário (Aquarium) and some free time to visit the Parque das Nações, the site where was held the Expo98; passing by the other new areas of the city, including the business district, the restored bullfight ring, the shopping centres and the football stadiums; the right tour to have a complete idea of the contemporary Lisboa. Lisboa by night with fado dinner A night excursion is a different experience from the regular city tour because of the city lights that are beautiful specially by the river. Dinner at a typical restaurant with folk dances and Fado show. Return to the Hotel.
Casino Estoril with dinner and show Escape from the city in the evening in direction to the cosmopolitan Estoril, to admire this beautiful seaside resort. Dinner at one of the biggest Casinos in Europe, and assistance to the international floor show. FD Óbidos, Nazaré, Batalha and Fátima Drive northwards to Óbidos, its picturesque streets and Castle. Alcobaça: visit the Church and the tombs of Pedro and Inês. Nazaré The most famous of Portuguese fishing villages. Visit to Batalha Monastery (a Gothic Style Jewel), and finally to Fátima Centre of world pilgrimage. Religious services can be attended eventually. Drive back to Lisbon through the colourful farming region. FD Queluz, Sintra and Estoril Estoril coast (glimpse of the Casino and its gardens), Cascais (glimpse of the fishing port), Boca do Inferno, Guincho, Cabo da Roca (the westernmost point of Europe), Colares (region’s wine), Sintra: Free Time and visit of the Royal Palace; Queluz Palace: visit of this former Summer residence of the Portuguese Kings, in Baroque Style. Return to Lisboa.
FD Évora and Estremoz After crossing the old Bridge over the Tagus, drive across the world’s largest cork region for an exciting journey into the past. In Évora, capital of the Alentejo, visit to the ruins of the Roman Temple, the Romanesque Gothic Cathedral and the Bones Chapel. A walk along its streets will help you to enjoy this typical town considered World Heritage. Driving back to Lisboa going through Estremoz, a charming village with a medieval castle built in Marble, the stone that made this town famous. FD Azeitão, Sesimbra and Setúbal Crossing the old bridge over the Tagus, visit of the statue to Christ, to admire a beautiful view over the whole region of Lisbon. Continuation to Azeitão, to visit and taste the wines at one of the most important wine producers of Portugal; continuation to Sesimbra to visit this fishing village; passing by Arrabida region, reach Setubal, the 3rd Port of Portugal; continuing to Palmela, to admire the medieval Castle once the seat of the Order of St. James of the Sword. Return to Lisboa by the new Bridge Vasco da Gama.
General Conditions ORGANISATION The technical organisation of the tours on this brochure has been made by CLUBE VIAJAR ‐ Viagens e Turismo, Lda., located in Porto, with the constituency No. 503542016, with an investment capital of 250.000 €, registered in the CRC. of Porto with the commercial No. 06513, and at DGT, as Tour Operator, with the license No. RNAVT 2146
REIMBURSEMENT After commencing a tour no reimbursement will be paid for any service the Client has not used. The non accomplishment of any service foreseen on the tour by non imputable causes to the organising agency, in case of not being possible its substitution for similar ones, entitles the Client the right to be reimbursed for the difference of price between the given service and the foreseen service.
INSCRIPTION When making the Inscription, the Client must pay 25% of the total amount of the tour, settling the outstanding 75% up to 21 days before the departure date. If the inscription is made 21 days or less from the departure date, the total amount of the tour must be paid for in full upon the inscription, subject to the confirmation of all services by the suppliers. If the payment is not made under the terms above mentioned, the organising agency reserves the right to cancel the inscription.
COMPLAINTS Complaints will only be considered by written letter to the agency where the reservation and payment were made in no more than 20 days after the tour has ended. These complaints, in agreement with the European Community Council Directives, shall only be considered if both they have been participated to the suppliers of the services (hotels, guides, local agents, etc.) during the duration of the tour or stay. The necessary documentation from these entities will be necessary to prove these complaints.
CANCELLATIONS If the Client or any of accompanying persons cancels the inscription, they will be obliged to pay all related charges and fees, as well as a percentage that can reach up top 15% of the total price of the tour. Being the case, the Client will be reimbursed for the difference between the already made payment and the above mentioned amounts. FORFEIT OF THE INSCRIPTION The Client is entitled to forfeit the inscription to any other person who fulfils all the requirements for the tour, as long as the travel agency is informed within 3 days previous to the departure date, and as long as the services and supplying entities accept the substitution. The cancellation of the inscription is responsibility of both the cancelling part as well as the beneficiary, regarding the payment of the tour and any additional costs that may occur.
RESPONSIBILITY The responsibility of the organising agency of the tours published in this brochure and of all the obligations that were assumed is guaranteed by an insurance of civil responsibility and by a caution, under the terms of the current legislation. The prices on the brochure also include the VAT applicable at the time of the reservation. NOTE The present general conditions may be altered by other specification as long as agreed upon by both parties. VALIDITY This program is valid from the 1st January to the 31st December 2015.
CHANGES Whenever it's possible, if a Client wishes to change the inscription made for a certain tour to another tour, or the same but with a different departure date, must pay a tax for the alteration. However, if the alterations take place 21 days or less from the departure date for which the Client has made the initial inscription, or if the suppliers of the services don't accept the change, it will be subjected to the fees and taxes mentioned in "Cancellations". ALTERATIONS Whenever there are reasons that justify it, the organising agency may alter the order of the tours, modify the departure hours or replace any of the previewed hotels by other of similar classification, without any compensation or refund to the Client. If the tours are suspended by unpredicted circumstances, the Clients will always have the right to the refund of the paid amounts. PRICE ALTERATIONS The prices for the programs mentioned in this brochure are based on the cost of the services and exchanging taxes at the time of its printing, being subject to the alterations as a result of variation in the cost of transportation or fuel, of rights, taxes and fluctuation in exchange rate fees. Whenever there is a change, the Client will immediately be informed and asked to accept or not the alteration, within a pre‐established period of time, in order to confirm or cancel the inscription under the same terms and conditions mentioned in "Impossibility of Accomplishment". IMPOSSIBILITY OF ACCOMPLISHMENT If the organising agency is by any means confronted with the impossibility of fulfilling any of its tours, by reasons for which can't be held up responsible, the Client has the right to give up of the tour, being immediately reimbursed of all the amounts paid for or, as an alternative, to accept an alteration and eventual variation in price. If the referred reasons determine the cancellation of the tour, the Client can also choose to participate in another organised tour with equivalent price. If the tour proposed to the Client has a lower price, the Client will be refunded for the difference. DOCUMENTATION The Client must have all the documentation in order (Passport or ID Card, authorisation for minors, Visas an Vaccination Certificates, if required). The citizens of the European Community do not need Visas to enter in Portugal or Spain. All passport holders of different nationalities should contact their nearest Consulate Services of both Portugal and Spain, in order to overcome and confirm the necessary documentation applicable to their entry. The organising agency declines any responsibility for the non‐acceptance of Visas or the entry of the clients in the above mentioned countries which are the basis of the programs on this brochure. Therefore, all the conditions established for cancellation are applicable, being of the Client's responsibility the payment of any charge or fee. LUGGAGE The luggage and any other personal items that the passengers take with them are not covered by the responsibility of this contract. It is fundamental that the passengers maintain with them all luggage and personal belongings, no matter in which part of the bus they travel in, being of their own risk and responsibility. It is advisable that insurance be made for all luggage and also that Clients be present when luggage is being both put in and taken out of the bus. DEPARTURE AND ARRIVAL TIMES For tours made totally or partially by bus, all times indicated in the brochure are approximated times. In all means of transportation the agency reserves the right for delays that may result from technical reasons or other reasons related both with the means of transportation as well as with the transporting companies. CONDITIONS FOR CHILDREN Unless there are different conditions duly specified in the tour, all children under the age of 2 (as long as they don't occupy a seat on the transportation means and their parents or accompanying persons pay for all the services both in the hotel and restaurants, etc.) are entitled to a discount of 90%. Children between the ages of 2 and under 12 usually benefit from a 25% discount of the total cost of the tour as long as they share the room with the parents or accompanying persons. Some tours, due its specificity, may have other conditions, not coinciding with these above mentioned. You must always ask the information regarding conditions for children.
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