The YMCA of East Tennessee is offering a group trip to Sunny Portugal in November of 2023, with an optional 5-Day, 3-Night Porto Pre-Tour Extension and/or optional 5-day, 4-Night Madeira Island Post-Tour Extension!

Trip Overview:

Start in the Portuguese Riviera, with mansions scattered about Cascais and Monte Estoril.  Next, embark on a Lisbon city tour, before traveling to Belem to see the iconic Belem Tower and the Monument to the Discoveries.  Step in to a 16th-century monastery, walk the narrow cobblestone streets with seaside cafes and hand-woven lace.  In Obidos, white-washed houses sit snug within the medieval citywalls.  Next, head to Sintra, where you’ll experience a breathtaking hub that served as the summer residence of Portuguese kings for six centuries.  In Arraiolos, Portugal’s charming countryside, you’ll see the “village of rugs,” visit a family-owned cork factory, and explore the mysterious 16th-century Chapel of Bones.  Next up, you’ll visit the stunning coasts of Algarve and indulge in full-bodied wines from the Alentejo region.  The historic resort town of Lagos with its Moorish and Renaissance influences meet towering seaside cliffs.  En route to Lisbon, make a stop in Azeitao, a charming agricultural village known for red wine, olive trees, and beautiful country estates.

Trip Details:

  • Dates: November 28-December 7, 2023
  • Included: 10 Days, 13 Meals (8 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 3 Dinners)
  • Itinerary Overview: Portuguese Riviera, Lisbon, Belem, Obidos, Sintra, Arraiolos, Cork Factory, Evora, Winery Visit, Alentejo, Monsaraz, Lagos, Algarve, Faro, Tavira, 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Azeitao.  For a full intinerary, click here.
  • Optional Excursions:
    • Algarve Coastal Cruise: Set sail on the clear blue waters of the Bay of Lagos to experience the stunning Ponta da Piedade with some of the most beautiful and famous coastal scenery in Portugal, including pristine beaches and rocky cliffs. Upon arrival at Ponta da Piedade transfer to smaller boats to explore the magical grottoes! Take in the striking rock formations sculpted by the sea for thousands of years as you weave in and out of tiny inlets, serene grottoes and impressive caves.
    • Lisbon Fado Dinner: In one of Lisbon’s most popular Fado (traditional Portuguese music) restaurants, professional performers entertain you while you enjoy a typical Portuguese three course dinner with wine include.
  • Cost: 
    • Double: $2,999/pp
    • Single: $3,499/pp
    • Triple: $2,969/pp
  • Trip Fee Includes: Round Trip Air from McGhee Tyson Airport, Air Taxes and Fees/Surcharges, Hotel Transfers, Not Included: Cancellation Waiver and Insurance of $449/person
  • Optional Extensions: 
    • 5-Day, 3-Night Porto Pre-Tour Extension: $799 per person, single, land & air included; $749 per person, double.
    • 5-Day, 4-Night Madeira Island Post-Tour Extension: $1249 per person, single, land & air included; $1199 per person, double.

For more detailed information, full itinerary, and more, click here.

Questions:  Email Pam Williams at [email protected].