VT BUS TOUR TO ALCOBACA
Monday morning June 1, began veeeery early - like 5:00 a.m. as we were to get our tour bus at the SAS Radisson, near Campo Grande Metro Station in Lisbon for 8:30 a.m. and most of us were staying in Cascais. Our large group that was staying at Albergaria Valbom headed for the train station around 6:00 a.m. Most had to buy tickets (1.70 Euro) for the 6:30 train to Lisbon. When we arrived at Cais do Sodre Train station, we then headed for the Metro ( Green Line ) to take us to Campo Grande. We arrived in good time around 8:00 a.m. - even were there before Antonio. After we all availed ourselved of the washrooms in the SAS Radisson, we all piled into the big blue bus and we were on our way.
Our first stop was Batalha Monastery. Then the glass-blowing factory where we had a wonderful glass-blowing demonstration and then it was on to Nazare' for lunch at Restaurante Sao Miguel. After lunch it was on to Alcobaca Monastery and finally Obidos.
The bus driver got us back to Lisbon at the SAS Radisson. From there we got to the Metro (Green Line) to Cais do Sodre train station and finally headed back to Cascais. A long day but absolutely wonderful. Thanks so much Antonio and Avelino. It was fantastic.
A Golfer's paradise!!!!
No, this isn't a misplaced sports tip and this isn't a picture of our rental car. Actually, it's a Volkswagon Golf that we saw in the parking lot. My buddy Andrew who was traveling with me has a Golf at home in the States and is a big car enthusiast. He kept noticing all the Golfs around Portugal and I was kidding him that he was more interested in the cars than in the tourist sights.
We had a Fiat Punto rental car that got us to Alcobaça with no problems. You can take a bus from Lisbon, which takes about two hours, but the nearest train station is about three miles away in nearby Valado dos Frades (you can take a bus from there).
By Car: How Far/How Long...?
Some road distancez to Alcobaça from:
- Lisboa: 137 kms.
- Madrid (Spain): 658 kms.
- Firenze/Florence (Italy): 2.247 kms.
- Riga (Latvia): 3.842 kms.
Checking the website, you can find some more road distances together with the driving times and the best routes.
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