1 – Our first official wave of travel was focused solely in Portugal. We traveled to the Centro and Norte regions of Portugal including the following locations: Ericeira, Mafra’s National Palace, Obidos, the monastery of Batalha, Alcobaca, Braga, a visit back to Coimbra on our way back from an overnight in Porto (both separate trips), Guimaraes, Braganca, Vinho Verde country and Douro Valley, Monsanto and finally a dip back into the Alentejo region for an overnight in Elvas on the Spanish border. We also spent some time on the Setubal peninsula checking out vineyards and sights there prior to our northern swing. We also swung by Frye Island in Maine on our way to Portugal from Colorado.

Wave 1 Map


0 – Our first wave (wave 0, as we call it) was about getting acclimated in Portugal but we did break out to tour the Algarve and the Alentejo region, exploring the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park, the Pena Palace of Sintra and to catch some time in Lisbon to check out the lights at Christmas.