PORTUGAL TOUR (10D/9N) from €535
Portugal Tour - Day 1
Portugal Tour - Day 2
Lisboa / Cascais / Sintra / Lisboa
We suggest a drive down the Avenida da Liberdade to Rossio, the very heart of the city.Stop at Belém, the quarter dedicated to the Portuguese discoveries where you find the Tower of Belém and the Discoveries Monument. The fabulous manueline style of Jerónimos Monastery cannot be missed. Drive along the “marginal” (road parallel to the river) and discover the Coastal resorts of Estoril and Cascais. Continue along the coast, stop at Cabo da Roca and be surprised by a stunning view from the westernmost point of continental Europe. Drive to Sintra, a mountain village that is a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. In the centre lies the spectacular Sintra National Palace with its twin chimneys, in the top the Pena National Palace is also worth a visit. Taste some of the wonderful regional pastries.
Overnight in Lisboa.
Portugal Tour - Day 3
Lisboa / Évora / Marvão
Roughly 150 km south east of Lisboa, Évora stands out quite distinctly on the vast horizon of the Alentejo plain. Its historical centre is protected by a vast ring of fortified walls and considered World Heritage Site by Unesco. By end of the day, drive to Marvão through Parque Natural da Serra de São Mamede. While in Marvão take a walk through the small streets and picturesque corners. Visit the Church of Santa Maria, converted into a museum.
Overnight in Marvão or Castelo de Vide (according to availability).
Portugal Tour - Day 4
Marvão / Belmonte / Viseu
Leave Marvão and head for Belmonte. Spend your morning in Belmonte, one of the historical villages of Portugal. For hundreds of years, the local Jews were forced to practice their belief in secret. The Synagogue is open for visitors. Discover the city of Viseu, centre of the Dão Vineyards. Visit the Viseu Cathedral and the next door museum dedicated to master Vasco Fernandes, a famous 16th century painter. Along the centre you will find a busy commercial area.
Overnight in Viseu.
Portugal Tour - Day 5
Viseu / Lamego / Vila Real / Amarante / Guimarães
Drive to Lamego, where you can visit one of Portugal's most important shrines, Nª Sª Remédios Sanctuary with its magnificent baroque style staircase. We suggest a stop at Vila Real to visit the gardens of the Mateus Palace, whose façade is still depicted on the well-known Portuguese Rosé wine bottles. It is worth stopping at Amarante, a pretty town proud of São Gonçalo, known for the promotion of love and marriage. At the end of the day you will arrive at Guimarães. Known as the “cradle of the nation”, it is believed to be the birthplace of the first king of Portugal.
Overnight in Guimarães.
Portugal Tour - Day 6
Guimarães / Braga / Ponte de Lima / Viana do Castelo / Porto
Visit Guimarães in the morning. Continue to Braga, known as the "Portuguese Rome" for its concentration of religious architecture. Pass by Ponte de Lima, where you will find the bridge that gave its name to this very ancient and very beautiful town.While in Viana do Castelo, climb up the Santa Luzia hill and enjoy the wonderful panoramic views over the Lima, the sea, the hills behind, and the rooftops of Viana below.
Overnight in Porto.
Portugal Tour - Day 7
Capital and gateway to the north of Portugal it is located near the mouth of Rio Douro. Discover the city centre on foot. Visit the Palácio da Bolsa (the Chamber of Commerce) with its splendorous Arabian Hall, the S. Francisco Church with its overwhelming gilded carved wood decoration and walk along the Ribeira, one of the most picturesque quarters of Oporto.Cross the bridge and taste a Port at Port Wine Cellar.
Overnight in Porto.
Portugal Tour - Day 8
Porto / Aveiro
Aveiro is surrounded by salt-flats, beaches and lagoons and dominated by the Central Canal which runs through town. It is also intersected by canals, genuine streets of water, along which can be seen gliding the brightly coloured boats known as barcos moliceiros.
This is a city to discover on foot and with many hidden secrets, such as the beautiful Art Noveau façades of some houses.
Overnight in Aveiro.
Portugal Tour - Day 9
Aveiro / Nazaré / Óbidos / Lisboa
Spend your morning at the fine beach of São Jacinto which lies close to woodland and the São Jacinto Dunes Nature Reserve, with well preserved dunes and varied fauna and flora or nearby, Costa Nova has magnificent and little known beaches that lie between the golden dunes and the open blue seas. Admire the famous houses painted in red and blue stripes.Continue south and have lunch in a traditional restaurant at Nazaré. This fishermen village has stunning views from the town's highest point, “Sítio” (accessible by a funicular). Taste the local Caldeirada (fish casseroles).Pass by Alcobaça where you can visit the first and largest gothic church in Portugal with the tombs of D.Pedro and Inês de Castro, known by their love story. In the afternoon, on entering the delightful town of Óbidos, you will be travelling back in time. Walk through the walls of this town, with white houses adorned with bougainvilleas and honeysuckle.
Overnight in Lisboa.
Portugal Tour - Day 10
If your flight is only in the afternoon spend your morning at the eastern part of Lisboa. Parque das Nações (the Park of Nations) hosts a wide variety of facilities, including cable car, a train station and a pleasant shopping centre in addition to extensive cultural and commercial zones.
This tour includes:
• Welcome at the airport and transfer to your first hotel.
• Accommodation (breakfast included) - three price levels of your choice.
• A Rental Car.
• A Pre-programmed GPS with your itinerary on a day-by-day basis.
• Our 200 page exclusive Portugal Travel Guide (see a sample).
• A Roadbook (see a sample), with tips, directions and pertinent information that will be very useful while on the road.
• A Portugal road map.
• A helpline (phone number) to assist you while on holiday.
Portugal Trails can adapt this tour to your specific needs or design a tailor-made tour exclusively for you. Contact us.
With this self-guided tour you can travel independently: no herding of people on and off buses. At the same time, you will not feel alone since Portugal Trails is only a phone call away.
Our deep knowledge of Portugal allows us to make the best selectionof itineraries and hotels at the best prices.
If you book a tour with us you will receive a Travel Kit, that includes our exclusive 200 page Guide Book (see a sample), maps and a roadbook with tips and suggestions tailored to your interests and a pre-programmed GPS.
While in Portugal we will be here to support you through our helpline.
As part of our self-drive tours, we will provide you with a GPS which will be pre-programmed according to your itinerary on a day-by-day basis. You will not have to be a technology expert, nor have to enter by hand any city names, addresses or coordinates, either
All you have to do is to start the engine, turn on the GPS and be prepared to enjoy your day with just a few clicks of the GPS.
Should you prefer not to drive, we will be happy to provide pricing for a guide or a driver. Alternatively, we can design a different tour in which you can travel by train or bus.
Senior discount if you are 55 or older! Portugaltrails can get you a better deal based on our partner’s discounts. If you are 55 or older, please let us know, and we will apply any available discounts to your tour price!
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