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Historic Villages of Portugal
Historic Villages Portugal tour have so much to be told. We selected six most beautiful ones: Belmonte, Sortelha, Monsanto, Idanha-a-Velha, Caria and Castelo Novo.
Our Historic villages Portugal tour starts with Sortelha, Vila de Touro castles, formed in 13th century, creating a defensive line at Alto Côa. We went up at Torre de Menagem and enjoyed a beautiful view over Cova da Beira Valley and Serra da Estrela. Our Historical villages tour continues now at Church of São Tiago Panteão dos Cabrais, a group classified as a national monument. We also highlight in this historical tour a tomb ark that symbolically holds Pedro Álvares Cabral’s ashes. A beautiful historical Manueline window, a redwood cross replica, which Pedro Álvares Cabral would have incorporated in Land of Vera Cruz.
“(…) everything here is greatness, but for Sortelha village of sortilégio, you will not find easy comparison”.
“Castelo Novo is one of traveller’s most touching memories. Maybe one day l’ll come back, maybe never, maybe even avoid coming back, just because there are experiences that don’t repeat themselves”.
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We continue our tour Historic Villages Portugal at Lucano Tower from where we see a (silver cock replica) that reminds those visiting Monsanto that this village, years ago, won the “most Portuguese village” award. Other historical villages will exist through Portugal, equally beautiful, unique, but historical Monsanto with granite hills enchants. Monte Sancto, was donated to Gualdim Pais, Templar Order master. Monsanto the most portuguese historic village of Portugal was a Lusitanian castro famous for its resistance against Romans who besieged them for 7 years. Today, by timbres pace, day is celebrated (May 3), when population threw a calf at the Romans as if to say that they were well and healthy still ready for another 7 years… Well, it won’t be one calf, but a pitcher decorated with roses.
Historical villages rise, with haughtiness granite hills, they keep memories about bloody battles, but also from festivities as well royal weddings. Crystallized in time, these villages count on walls to protect them, search on the horizon line threats from east, because there are those who say from that side neither good wind nor good marriage.
On our private tour meet people, go and discover Portugal villages, immerse yourself into historical local culture. Learn about different lifestyles by discovering whats most authentic in Portugal. Come with us enjoy Portugal scenic area, Beira region. To finish our tour throughout Portugal have a wine tasting, a bite of local cheese or maybe have some local olive oil…
This tour can be customized according to your needs.
About this tour:
Our tours are always private (just you and our guide/driver).
The tour highlights are just suggestions of places to visit. The tour itinerary will be designed according to your preferences and the tour length.
Each day tour is designed to last approximately 8 hours (hotel-tour-hotel).
Accommodation not included
Please contact us for advice about our accommodation options. We have a list of hotels based in local 3*, 4* and 5* Bed & Breakfasts and Boutique hotels throughout Portugal. We will provide you with suggestions so you can choose what best suits your budget.
Day 1 - Overnight in Belmonte
Time : 8:30 am
Lisbon, BelmonteArriving to Belmonte with an introduction of it's history,
Day 2 - Overnight in Belmonte
Time : 9:00 am
Belmonte, Caria, SortelhaVisit to the Vila of Belmonte to include the historical center, Castle. Museum of the Discoveries, Olive Oil museum. Walking tour through the historical center.Time now to visit one of the most beautiful Historical Villages in Portugal, Sortelha. Includes a walking tour inside the Medieval Village.Visit to Caria and it's Casa da Torre with different thematic historical exibitions. Includes to a visit to the Casa da Roda.
Day 3 -Overnight in Monfortinho
Time : 9:00 am
Castelo Novo, MonsantoVisit to Castelo Novo to include the Templar Castle and a walking tour through the historical center. Visit to the Art Gallery Manuela Justino. Arriving to Monsanto.
Day 4 - Overnight in Lisbon
Monsanto, Idanha-a-Velha, LisboaThis is a very ancient site, with a history of human presence since the Paleolithic. Conquered from the Moors by D. Afonso Henriques in 1165 and granted to the Order of the Knights Templar. Visit to the historical village of Monsanto to include a walking tour and a private performance of the ladies playing the Adufe, a peculiar musical instrument with Arab origins.On the way to Lisbon we visit Idanha-a-Velha Despite its small size, Idanha-a-Velha is a charming village and one of the oldest of the Historical Villages of Portugal. Its history dates back to the 1st century BC, when it was known as "Egitânia". It passed through Roman and Muslim hands until it was reconquered in the 13th century by Christians.
Day 5 - Transfer to Lisbon airport
- Hotel pick-up and drop off
- Transfer Airport/Hotel and vice versa
- Bottled water
- Personalized transport in a luxury Mercedes vehicle, in safe & comfortable conditions
- Exclusive and specialized Guide/Driver
- Wifi on board
- Public liability and personal accidents insurance
- Food and drinks
- Gratuities (optional)
- Entrance fees
- Lunches or dinners
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Our drivers have safety and health training.
Meet & Greet:
- Hand sanitizer will be provided to passengers by driver every time before entering the vehicle;
- The driver will wear a face mask at all times and will keep a safe distance from customers avoiding close contact, handshakes etc;
- Luggage will only be handled with customers' authorization.
The driver will use sanitizing products to continually clean the main contact areas inside and outside the vehicle (handles, seats, seat belts, etc).
For safety reasons our vehicles will not provide magazines and water bottles. We apologize for this inconvenience.
Upon completion of each tour, our cleaning team will carry out a thorough cleaning with anti-bacterial products.
Per recent laws: Maximum capacity per vehicle is 2/3 of total occupancy. This is to guarantee adequate distance between passengers.