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Drive along the famous Estoril Coast to the scenic village of Cascais. Once a small fishing village, it has retained some of its small town character but has become more commercial in recent years. During the summer, it can become very crowded with many small shops and hotels. Spend time strolling through the harbor area and the old streets, where you may still find quaint lace shops and small cafes. The journey will pass through the resort of Estoril, where you will see the gardens of the well-known casino. Continuing by way of the coastal road, pass through quaint beach resorts and the most westerly point of the European mainland, Cape Roca, where a stop will allow you time to enjoy the panoramic view of the jagged Atlantic Coast. Perched 450 ft. above the sea are a monument and a lighthouse marking the Cape.
One of Portugal's oldest towns, Sintra is considered one of the most beautiful places in Portugal. It was once the summer residence of early Portuguese kings and aristocrats. By the 18th and 19th centuries, it became widely known to English travelers, poets, and writers, including Lord Byron. At the center of the old town stands the 14th century Sintra Palace. This twin chimney building, a combination of Moorish and Gothic architectural styles, was the summer residence of the House of Avis, Portugal's Royal Line. Today it is a museum featuring some fine examples of Moorish-Arabic hand painted tiles. There will be some free time for exploring the town and lunch will be served in a local restaurant.
Heading back to Lisbon, you will have the opportunity to visit Jeronimos Monastery Church, a 16th century architectural masterpiece designed in Gothic Manueline style. The riches brought back by Portuguese explorers paid for the splendid religious monument. At the Belem Tower, you will be able to photograph the place where Portuguese explorers were given a rousing farewell and the Monument to the Discoveries built to commemorate the death of Prince Henry.
Note: Guests must be able to walk approximately 0.75 mile over cobblestone surfaces with 10 - 25 steps at each venue. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Tour sequence may vary by coach but all listed sights will be covered. Conservative dress is recommended. Interior visits to Jeronimos Church are conditional to religious ceremonies that may occur without prior notice. For calls under 8h30m no visit will be made to Cape Roca instead there will be a panoramic drive in Guincho beach.On Sunday mornings the Jerónimos Church is closed for religious ceremonies and Mondays during all day, on these dates there will be an exterior explanation of the Monument. This is beyond the control of the local agent and Royal Caribbean International.