As a vacation destination in Europe, Portugal is unfortunately often overlooked, forgotten and left to itself in its little corner of southwestern Europe. Travelers often extensively explore Spain, its next-door-neighbor of Spain, and then return home or move on elsewhere in Europe. And what a mistake that is! Just across the Spanish border lies a fascinating, interesting, and truly beautiful country with terrific sightseeing, delicious cuisine, world-renown wines – and loads of friendly charm. This is the land of the world’s greatest explorers like Bartolomeu Dias, Vasco da Gama and Ferdinand Magellan. As one of the oldest nations in Europe, Portugal has played host to Celts, Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Romans, Visigoths and the Moors – and today is home to no fewer than 14 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Mark Yacker – a coach tour company. Mark will focus on Portugal (beginning and finishing in the ancient capital city of Lisbon, you will go back to the times of the Romans, through the era of the Moorish kingdom – and into Portugal’s very exciting Age of Discovery) and Spain.