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Amornpun: Do you interesting to lead my group 6 persons and how much the cost? Look forward to hearing from you soon.
5 August) - Lisbon - Santarem - Fatima
After breakfast depart for Santarem, one of the oldest cities in the world. We will walk through its narrow streets to the Church of St. Stephen, containing the oldest recorded Eucharistic miracle. This miracle has been on continuous display since 1269 A.D. We will celebrate Mass at this holy site. We then continue on to Fatima, where the Blessed Mother appeared in 1917 to three simple shepherd children and exhorted mankind to pray for world peace. We arrive in time for dinner and retire for a restful eve
6 August) - Fatima
After breakfast, we begin our day celebrating Mass at the Little Chapel of the Apparitions. After Mass we begin our tour of Fatima where we will experience the beauty of this spiritual town. We will see the Basilica, the site of Francesco and Jacinta\'s graves, the Hamlet of Aljustrel, where the children lived, and Valinhos, the site of Our Lady\'s appearance after the children\'s return from prison. Experience Christ\'s love as you walk and follow the Stations of the Cross along the Via Sacra (The Sacred Way) culminating in the Chapel of Calvary, which overlooks all of Fatima. Join your prayers with those of pilgrims from around the world as you pray for the sick, drink water from the miraculous well. Attend the blessing of the sick and participate in nightly candlelight processions requested by Our Lady. Time for private devotions before dinner and a restful night\'s sleep.
7 August) - Fatima - Salamanca
After a filling breakfast we depart towards the city of Salamanca. Salamanca is the most graceful city in Spain and for four centuries it was the seat of one of the most prestigious universities in the world. We will have a chance to see many oft he city\'s sights including the grand Plaza Mayor, the hub of Salmantine life; the vast Baroque church of La Clerecía; the Casa de las Conchas (House of Shells), named after the rows of carved scallop shells symbol of the pilgrimage to Santiago which decorate its façade; the University; the cathedrals; the Roman Bridge; San Marcos and San Martin churchesBridge; San Marcos and San Martin churches, and more. We will enjoy a delicious dinner in a local restaurant before continuing to our hotel for a restful overnight.
(8 August) - Salamanca - Alba de Tormes - Ávila - Burgos
After breakfast, we will depart to the quaint village of Alba de Tormes. Here we will visit and celebrate Mass at the Carmelite Monastery, where Saint Teresa died in 1582 A.D. and is buried. In the little museum of the Carmelite Monastery we will be able to see the incorrupt heart and left arm of the St. Teresa. We enjoy free time for lunch before we continue our journey to Ávila. Two things distinguish Ávila: the perfectly preserved eleventh-century walls which surround the old town, and the mystic writer Santa Teresa, who was born here and whose shrines are a must see for all Catholic pilgrims! Ávila\'s atmosphere has changed very little since the days of Santa Teresa, the first woman to be named a Doctor of the Church, to whom the city is dedicated. During our tour of Ávila we will see the Cathedral and San Vicente church. We will visit the Incarnation Convent, where St. Teresa became a nun and home to the most comprehensive museum dedicated to her life. We also visit La Santa Monastery, built on the site of the house where she was born, and San José Convent, the first monastery founded by the Saint. After walking in the footsteps of St. Teresa we depart for Burgos, the historic capital of Old Castile. After dinner you will have free time to explore Burgos, and admire the magnificent limestone Cathedral.
9 August) - Burgos - Loyola - Lourdes
After breakfast, we depart Burgos for Loyola, the birthplace of St. Ignatius of Loyo-la, founder of the Jesuits. Here, we will see the 17th-century Basilica dedicated to St. Ignatius. We will also visit his family home behind the sanctuary. We will have time to pray at the most venerated room where Ignatius at age 30, was brought following his serious wounding at the Battle of Pamplona. After free time for lunch we motor through the spectacular Pyrenees Mountains. Nestled in the mountains stands picturesque Lourdes, the birthplace of St. Bernadette to whom Our Lady appeared in 1858 near the Grotto of Massabielle. We arrive in time for dinner at our hotel before retiring to our rooms for a restful night\'s sleep.
Cary: We are an older married couple who are interested in an escorted historical tour of Portugal primarily in a private vehicle. We prefer tour in which we are taken from the hotels to the tour sites and returned in the evening. We are able to make our own hotal arrangements if we have firm dates for your tours. We would like to be picked up at the airport and returned to the airport on the day of departure. Please quote me costs for all services.
I am in the process of booking a flight (2 persons) to Lisbon arriving Oct 28 at 05:35PM and leaving November 7 at 7:30AM (both British Air) which involves 9 days.
We are interested in the following :
1. We are very interested in historical places (castles, fortresses, monasteries, monuments, palaces, Roman ruins, museums of first quality). The tour guide must be knowledgeable and speak sound English (sorry, we do not speak Portuguese). We would like to visit some Sephardic sites, but out major interest is in famious or impaiortant Portugese historical sites.
2. Charming villages, unique shopping areas and good restaurants.
3.We have heard of Sintra, Guimaraes and Porto and would like to see whatever you can show us of these.
4. We like to be escorted to places that are not generally open to tourists (this has occurred with our guides in many countries).
5. We like to start early and be escorted until later in the day with minimal "free time". We do not like to be "dropped off" and rejoined by the guide at some later time.
Things that we do NOT want:
1. We would like to minimize steps, extended walking and climbing. We recognize that some is necessary for tours of historic sites, but there must be a limit.
2. We do not care for beaches, spas, outdoor hiking for it own sake or public baths, and we do NOT play tennis, golf, volleyball or other sporting opportunities. Please, no Oceanarium or animal shows.
3. We do not wish to be places in a circumstance in which we are solicited to be sold items or commodities of any kind. This has been a problem in "wine tasting " places and factories in the past.
4. As a rule, we do lot like extended boat rides or bus rides. Some are acceptable if they are unique and short.
5. A Fado evenings is acceptable on a limited basis, but "shows" of dancing, music and the like should be limited.
6.. What things can we book in advance with you and at what cost?
We can pay in Euros or Dollars at the time of service every day or at the end of the tour. We do not pay in advance.
We await your timely response,
I am under a deadline to submit a proposal tomorrow! Could you please quickly tell me the cost to hire you for our group (10-16? people) for the following in June 2010:
1) 4-8:30pm afternoon-evening tour from our hotel in Belem to the Belem Tower, through the Alfama quarter and up to the castle/back to hotel? Would we take the tram or vehicle from hotel-Belem-Alfama? June 9
2) Sintra tour: 11am-8pmish Depart hotel in Belem and go Sintra-quick group lunch-Moorish castle-Pena Palace (can you take photos inside?)-Regaleira gardens (no inside tour)-back along the coast - stop in Guincho Beach for photos of surfers and dinner - back to Belem hotel sunset June 10
3) Are you available for hire to escort our group for 5 days/nights to Evora, Santarem, Fatima, Nazare, and back to Sintra? What are your daily guide costs if we hire a bus? June 11-15 (could depart Sintra at 8pm that night or return to Lisbon with us at 7:30am the next morning drop off at the airport)
The daily touring is rather minimal (3 hrs Evora/5 hrs Santarem Agricultural Festival/general overview of Tomar/Fatima pilgrimmage/3 hrs Nazare village/6-8 hrs in Sintra at hermitage, beach, wine cellar. Rest of time our group will be taking classes in the hotel conference room 2-3 hours/day and then spreading out to photograph the sites visited such as Tomar's Convento & Batalha(is photography allowed at both places?) rather than staying together. Photographer's are an independent sort!
Do you have any contacts to arrange private photo shoots? We want to practice on 3 live humans near the Roman Temple in Evora 6-9pm, and arrange a photo shoot at a horse farm in Santarem 6-9am. Any idea on costs?
I look forward to your feedback and quotes ASAP! Sorry this is such short notice, will certainly provide more detailed info later, but need a quick price estimate for a proposal...THANK YOU KINDLY!!
Michael: My wife and I (seniors)are celebrating our 48th wedding anniversary and arrive in Lisbon on Tuesday, December 4th on Celebrity\\\'s cruise ship Constellation docking in Lisbon at 7am. Your on line reviews, knowledge of Jewish Heritage, and favorable on line reviews make you the ideal driver/guide for us! I recently retired after 45 years of working in air transportation, systems & procedures, transportation, retail/wholesale travel and meeting and events planning having traveled almost 2 million miles for both business and pleasure. Below are our needs which we hope you can accommodate:
1/My wife is partially disabled and will be in a collapsible wheel chair from the ship which we would like to take with us, since she cannot walk far, or stand for long periods of time. Can your vehicle accommodate this type of folded wheel chair?
2/If your vehicle is a van (vs a car) a step stool for my wife to use getting in and out is required;
3/Pick up at 7:30am at the pier;
4/A Lisbon highlights city tour, seeing the city from the 7 hills, with an emphasis on Jewish History and Heritage along with a brief stop and visit to the sanctuary at Sharee Tikvah and/or another comparable synagogue;
5/I would like to be back at the pier by 11:30 am and wait for me while I get my wife back to our suite and settled and then come back for some additional sightseeing.
6/If I added Sintra to the itinerary, how much total time would be needed to see both Lisbon and Sintra? Could we drive to and see Sintra first to eliminate wasting time in traffic in downtown Lisbon during the morning rush hour?
7/What is the hourly euro rate for your services?
I look forward to hearing from you Joao.