April 15-24, 2023
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It's a sunny day in Portugal. Explore the Portuguese Riviera, Lisbon, 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and so much more!
Booking Deadline: January 31, 2023
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All non-members must add $60 to the above rates.
Rates are subject to availability at time of booking and include taxes, fees and fuel surcharges which are subject to change. All pricing and included features are based on a minimum of 15 passengers.
Desired pick up location is not guaranteed until passenger minimums are met.
- Free parking with roundtrip transfers to Philadelphia International Airport
- Roundtrip airfare- Philadelphia/Lisbon
- Roundtrip transfers – airport/hotel
- Eight-night hotel accommodations
- Sightseeing as stated in itinerary by luxury coach
- Services of A Professional AAA Member Choice Vacations driver/guide
- Meals: 8 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 3 Dinners
- All local taxes, hotel service charges & porterage for one suitcase per person
- Services of a Discoveries Journey Manager
- Portuguese Riviera
- Cork Factory
- 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Saturday, April 15, 2023: Overnight Flight from Central PA to Portugal
Transfer by motorcoach from Central PA to the Philadelphia International Airport for an overnight flight to Lisbon, Portugal.
Sunday, April 16, 2023: Your tour begins in Cascais, Portugal
Say hello to the Portuguese Riviera, your home for the next three nights. With mansions scattered about Cascais and Monte Estoril – all hinting at its history as a haven for exiled European royals and nobility. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner. Hotel: Vila Gale Cascais Hotel, Cascais (Dinner)
Monday, April 17, 2023: Lisbon
Embark on a panoramic Lisbon city tour and uncover the city’s most famous sights. Travel to Belém where you’ll see the Belém Tower (UNESCO World Heritage site), and the Monument to the Discoveries. Step into the past at the 16th-century Jerónimos Monastery (UNESCO) and Lisbon’s Maritime Museum, which offers a glimpse into the country’s naval achievements. Back in Cascais, enjoy some time to discover the narrow cobblestone streets, meandering past seaside cafés or pausing to shop for ceramics, lace, and hand-woven works. You’re on your own to explore for the remainder of the day. You may choose to join an optional experience to savor Portuguese cuisine and wine while local artists perform traditional Fado, included in UNESCO’s list as a World Cultural Heritage. Hotel: Vila Gale Cascais Hotel, Cascais (Breakfast)
Tuesday, April 18, 2023: Start your day in Obidos and Sintra; then free time.
Explore the picture-perfect city of Obidos, where white-washed houses sit snug within medieval city walls. Continue to Sintra (UNESCO), a breathtaking hub that served as the summer residence of Portuguese kings for six centuries. Then, it’s your choice! Explore this quaint hilltop village independently and wander through the winding streets lined with cork products and pastries -OR- venture into the National Palace of Sintra. On your return to Lisbon stop to admire the stunning Cabo da Roca, the western most point of continental Europe. Hotel: Vila Gale Cascais Hotel, Cascais (Breakfast)
Wednesday, April 19, 2023: Arraiolos and Evora
Make your way through Portugal’s charming countryside. Visit Arraiolos, known as the “village of rugs,” and delve into the history and art of Portuguese tapestries. Visit a local cork factory, where you’ll learn about the product’s importance to the local economy and why Portugal is the world’s top cork producer. Your journey then takes you to Evora (UNESCO) – the “Museum City of Portugal.” In addition to Evora’s 2nd-century Roman temple to Diana, this medieval walled city is also the home to the mysterious 16th-century Chapel of Bones. End your day by indulging in full-bodied wines from the Alentejo region during a winery tour and tasting. Hotel: Vitoria Stone Hotel, Evora (Breakfast)
Thursday, April 20, 2023: Monsaraz and Lagos
Journey to the stunning coast of the Algarve - the southernmost region of Portugal. On the way, pause to take in the dramatic vistas from the village of Monsaraz. Then, explore the historic resort town of Lagos, where Moorish and Renaissance influences meet towering seaside cliffs. From this bustling port city, many celebrated voyagers began their explorations. Hotel: Vila Gale Lagos, Algarve (Breakfast, Dinner)
Friday, April 21, 2023: Free day in Algarve
The entire day is yours to experience the incomparable Algarve on your own. Geraniums, camellias, and oleanders grow alongside fig, orange, and almond trees, while brightly colored fishing boats bob on the seas. Protected by hills to the north and warmed by the sea, the Algarve’s mild climate and beautiful beaches attract visitors from all over the world. You may choose to join an optional experience that will get you closer to some of the most famous coastal scenery in Portugal. Hotel: Vila Gale Lagos, Algarve (Breakfast)
Saturday, April 22, 2023: Faro and Tavira
Journey to Faro, the capital of the Algarve. Explore the city’s historic center and see the 9th-century city walls. During lunch, discover the flavors of the region as a local chef highlights Algarve gastronomy during a cooking demonstration. Enjoy a tasting menu featuring iconic dishes of the region complete with local liquors and pastries. Continue to charming Tavira, an ancient Moorish city that blends traditional architecture with sandy beaches. Return to Lagos for an evening at leisure. Hotel: Vila Gale Lagos, Algarve (Breakfast, Lunch)
Sunday, April 23, 2023: Azeitao and Lisbon
En-route to Lisbon, make a stop in Azeitao, a charming agricultural village known for red wine, olive trees and beautiful country estates. Meet local artisans at a family-run shop and learn how the famous hand-painted Portuguese tiles, azulejos, are made. Bid Portugal goodbye during a dinner in Lisbon and celebrate the end of your unforgettable journey. Hotel: Turim Marques Hotel, Lisbon (Breakfast, Dinner)
Monday, April 24: Depart for Central PA
Today, your tour comes to a close, leaving you with many wonderful memories. After breakfast, transfer to the Lisbon airport for your flight and transportation back to Central PA.
*Ask your Travel Advisor about an optional 3-Night Porto pre-tour extension or a 4-Night Madeira Island Post tour extension. They are great options to extend your vacation!
**Hotels and itinerary are subject to change at any time without notification and/or compensation.
Activity Level 3
This tour requires moderate physical activity. The itinerary blends some longer days with shorter days and more leisure time. Walking tours, as well as walking slightly longer distances, up stairs, or on uneven walking surfaces, should be expected.
Original, signed Passport valid for 6 months beyond stay, and with at least one blank Visa page for Visa Stamp(s) is required for this trip. As of the printing of this brochure, all guests are required to obtain an ETIAS (European Travel Information and Authorization System) travel authorization for travel to Europe’s Schengen Zone (not included in the price of the trip). Please see your Travel Advisor for additional information.
Effective immediately and until further notice, all guests traveling with AAA Member Choice Vacations® will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with the final dose having been administered at least 14-days prior to the start of the tour in order to travel. Currently, all travelers returning to the US from abroad are required to show a negative COVID-19 test result taken within one day of the flight’s departure to the United States before boarding. This test is at the traveler’s expense and is not covered in the cost of the tour. Additional testing and travel requirements may be required. All travel requirements are subject to change at any time and final requirements will be confirmed prior to departure.
A deposit of $600 per person will confirm your reservation. Final Payment is due to AAA by January 31, 2023.
Deposit date to day of departure $25 per person, plus…
From October 17, 2022- February 13, 2023- $600 per person, plus additional suppliers’ fees
From February 14 – March 30, 2023- 30% per person, plus additional suppliers’ fees
From March 31– April 14, 2023- 50% per person, plus additional suppliers’ fees
After April 14, 2023- NON-REFUNDABLE
*Airfare is non-refundable after final payment.
Air arrangements are handled by the tour operator. Seat assignments cannot be confirmed until the tour operator releases names to the airline(s) 30 days prior to departure. Specific seat requests cannot be guaranteed. Some flights may contain code share agreements.
For your protection, AAA recommends travel insurance. Pre-existing medical conditions may be waived with proper coverage if travel insurance is purchased within 14 days of initial deposit only. Other conditions may apply; ask your travel agent. AAA recommends Allianz.
Temperatures for Portugal in April average in the high 60s with cooler evenings. Pack for a variety of temperatures. Casual clothes that can be layered work best. Comfortable walking shoes and a small umbrella are recommended.
One suitcase per person will be allowed. You may also bring a carry-on bag small enough to fit under your seat. Baggage fees are not included in the price of the trip. Baggage fees and other charges may be directly assessed by airlines or airport.
For personal comfort, group participants who need assistance are required to have a traveling companion who is capable of and totally responsible for providing needed assistance.
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