Pousadas Portugal Tour (11D/10N)from €650
Ask for your discount if you are 55 or older!
Pousadas Portugal Tour - Day 1
Arrival to Lisboa Airport and pick-up of the car at the airport.
Visit the downtown (“Baixa”) and feel the hustle and bustle of city life. It is also in this district that you will find Lisbon’s oldest and most traditional shops. Go up the hill and discover wonderful viewpoints from Saint George Castle. Visit the Lisboa’s Sé and the old Moorish quarter of Alfama. Have lunch at one of the restaurants by the river Tagus and enjoy the light of Lisboa being reflected in the water just like a mirror.
Overnight in Lisboa - Pestana Palace.
Pousadas Portugal Tour - Day 2
Lisboa / Cascais / Sintra / Lisboa
In the morning visit 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. Enjoy the beautiful gardens of the Estoril Casino and have lunch at Cascais . There are excellent restaurants in this area.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. Taste some of the wonderful regional pastries.By the end of the day relax at your own Palace
Overnight in Lisboa - Pestana Palace.
Pousadas Portugal Tour - Day 3
Lisboa / Óbidos / Nazaré / Alcobaça / Condeixa
When 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. Be sure to visit the Saint Mary Church,the pretty Capela de São Martinho and the castle (a Pousada nowadays).We suggest a relaxing 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 caseroles), soups, açorda (purée of bread, herbs and garlic) and the dried horse mackerel. Continue facing north and stop at Alcobaça. Here you can visit the first and largest gothic church in Portugal with the tombs of D.Pedro and Inês de Castro, known by their tragic love story. Departure to Condeixa.
Overninght in Condeixa - Pousada de Santa Cristina.
Pousadas Portugal Tour - Day 4
Spend your morning discovering the riches of Coimbra, namely the site of the University with its Joanine Library and Capela de São Miguel. Other monuments should not be missed, such as Santa Cruz Church and the "New" Cathedral.While in Coimbra don’t miss the opportunity to have a cup of coffee at Café Santa Cruz where you will be surprised by the domed ceiling and the stained glass windows.Leave Coimbra in the direction of Aveiro. We suggest you stop at Buçaco, whose Neo-Manueline Palace invites one to have a romantic time and dream!In Aveiro don´t miss the Art Nouveau buildings, a boat trip on the moliceiro boats or simply stroll along the canals and lovely roads. By the end of the day head north towards Porto.
Overnight in Porto - Pousada do Freixo.
Pousadas Portugal Tour - Day 5
Begin your day by strolling through the Baixa area all the way down to the Ribeira district. Have breakfast at Café Majestic in Rua de Santa Catarina, walk down to São Bento Railway Station, whose decorative tiles are worth visiting.Along the way down to the riverfront, do not miss Misericórdia Church, Palácio da Bolsa, Porto’s Cathedral and São Francisco Church.Have lunch at the Ribeira waterfront.In the afternoon we suggest that you either visit the Porto Wine cellars at Vila Nova de Gaia or go on a boat trip along the river Douro.
Overnight in Porto - Pousada do Freixo.
Pousadas Portugal Tour - Day 6
Porto / Viana do Castelo / Ponte de Lima / Braga / Guimarães
Today we suggest that you go on a car trip around the Minho Region. Head to Viana do Castelo, where you can climb up to Santa Luzia terrace and have a stunning view over the city and the river. On your way to Braga you can stop at the charming village of Ponte de Lima. You can have lunch at Braga, known as the “Portuguese Rome” for its concentration of religious arquitecture. In the afternoon visit Guimarães, whose historic centre is a Unesco World Heritage Centre, deserves a lengthy visit, not only for its famous monuments and sites - the Castle and the Palace of the Duques of Bragança – but also to roam around the picturesque roads and squares.
Overnight in Guimarães - Pousada de Santa Marinha.
Pousadas Portugal Tour - Day 7
Guimarães / Amarante / Pinhão (Douro Valley) / Viseu
It is worth stopping at Amarante, a pretty town proud of São Gonçalo, known for the promotion of love and marriage. Take the beautiful road to Pinhão and relax at sunset with a bottle of excellent Douro wine. At Pinhão be surprised by one of the most beautiful landscapes of northern Portugal. Pinhão is considered to be the geographical centre of the Douro demarcated wine region, and it is here that many of the Port wine estates are found.Continue to Viseu, centre of the Dão Vineyards and a city connected with Portugal´s oldest “hero”, Viriato, the Lusitanian chief.In the shadow of the Cathedral, narrow streets and doorways with coats of arms carved in granite make up the ancient town of Viseu. Next to the Cathedral is Grão Vasco Museum dedicated to master Vasco Fernandes, a famous 16th century painter. Along the centre you will find a busy commercial area.
Overnight in Viseu - Pousada de Viseu.
Pousadas Portugal Tour - Day 8
Viseu / Belmonte / Marvão
Discover Belmonte, one of the historical villages of Portugal. For hundreds of years, the Marranos of Belmonte were forced to practice their Jewish belief in secret. Nowadays the Synagogue is open for visitors. Drive along the Parque Natural da Serra de São Mamede. Continue to Marvão and the contours of the mighty castle and the fortress walls become more and more clear. 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 - Pousada de Santa Maria.
Pousadas Portugal Tour - Day 9
Marvão / Castelo de Vide / Estremoz / Évora
Stop at Castelo de Vide which will reveal as an enchanting small town with the ancient Jewish Quarter with its white-washed houses. Head to Estremoz, well known for its remarkable marble quarries and “bonecos”(figurines) of ceramic, is a beautiful town surrounded by walls with a medieval castle. Climb up the hill to the castle for a beautiful view over Alentejo flat lands. Discover Évora, a living museum of tradition and history, handicrafts and gastronomy. Take a walking tour and visit the Roman Temple, Évora Cathedral, Giraldo square and St Francis Church with its unique bones chapel.Évora is the perfect place to taste the delicious regional cuisine. In the Alentejo you will find a touch of creativity and imagination into every dish, where the odours are wisely transformed into tastes completed with fruity whites and the mouth filling red wines.
Overnight in Évora - Pousada dos Lóios.
Pousadas Portugal Tour - Day 10
Évora / Arrábida / Lisboa
Leave Évora and head for Arrábida mountain range.Take the scenic route over the Parque Natural da Arrábida, an area preserved as a Nature Park, with an amazing scenery and unique vegetation between land and sea. Admire the sweeping views of the Tróia Peninsula. Discover the Capuchin monastery in the middle of the forest. At Vila Nogueira de Azeitão, try some of the justly famous and delicious cheeses and visit one of the local producers to find out how they are made. Be sure you also pick up a couple of bottles of Moscatel before heading back home. Cross the bridge over the Tejo River and head to Lisbon.
Overnight in Lisboa - Pestana Palace
Pousadas Portugal Tour - Day 11
If you still have some free time in the city and some last minute shopping to do, near the airport is Vasco da Gama shopping centre. In the same area enjoy the river landscape at a esplanade in Parque das Nações or take a cable car tour. You can also visit the Oceanarium.
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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
• Our 200 page exclusive Portugal Travel Guide (see a sample).
• A Roadbook (see a sample), with tips and directions that will be very useful while on the road.
• A Rental Car or a Private Driver, if you wish.
• 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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