Its a country whose early explorers brought their culture
to many other lands. But today, Portugal remains largely undiscovered.
Even the most experienced travelers find that its cultural
bounties astound the eye and enchant the heart.
Its the newest destination for Cobblestone Small Group
Tours cultural travel offerings, which in 2001 adds
two journeys to northern Portugal.
And its a great story, with fabulous visual potential.
Knowing the Territory
Since 1989 Cobblestone, Americas first Basque tour specialist,
has introduced Barcelona, Bilbao, and the Basque Country to
more than 1,400 travelers. Our signature 13-day tours focus
the finest in gourmet food, wine and accommodations
Now we expand on the Iberian Peninsula to the North of Portugal
– a land of people who speak their own language, follow
their own unique cultural and folkloric traditions, and bring
unparalleled attention to detail to a vibrant lifestyle found
nowhere else in Europe.
Cobblestone partners Denise Germer and Paulette Hurdlik have
spent four years developing the new tour with an eye to the
undiscovered, the romantic, the most folkloric and most forgotten
way of life.
Exploring Cultural Treasures
The areas heritage is a rich one. Founded in 1139 and
predating Spain by more than 350 years, Portugal is one of
the oldest countries in Europe. Waves of invaders over 800
years Phoenicians, Romans, Celts and Moors, among others,
have resulted in a riot of architectural styles, often side-by-side,
and a wealth of historic sites from almost every era.
Many travelers, particularly Europeans, go south from Lisbon
to sun on the beaches of the Algarve. But tourism in northern
Portugal is just developing, which means the crowds have yet
to discover the charms of places like Porto, Guimares, Aveiro,
Coimbra, the enchanted Forest of Buçaco, Conimbriga,
Óbidos and Sintra, with its five palaces.
Counting the Ways
Here are just a few of the reasons its a good story
with good visuals and that people will love their time
in Portugal with Cobblestone Tours: