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Portugal 2017: Day 8

On the way to Sintra, the UNESCO World Heritage-listed town, and the Portuguese Riviera, our local guide Raphaela enchanted us with information about Sinatra and explained why Lord Byron called the area “a glorious eden” in his Childe Harolde’s Pilgrimage.

In Sintra, we got a glimpse into the royal life during a guided tour of the 19th-century Pena Palace which sits atop a mountain overlooking the Portuguese countryside. Sintra is filled to the brim with other-worldly charm with colorful villas, small shops and impeccable gardens.

On our way back to Lisbon we stopped in the old fishing village of Cascais but not before admiring the view from the bus of the coastal scenery in the Portuguese Riviera. What an amazing day in a wonderful part of the country!

Tonight we had our farewell dinner before most of us have to pack-up and make the trip back stateside tomorrow. Thirteen travelers will be headed to The Azores for three additional days in Portugal.


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Check out more about the program:  GRIIS Program

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