Portugal Top to Bottom (15D/14N)from €730
Portugal Top To Bottom - Day 1
Portugal Top To Bottom - Day 2
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. In the afternoon 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.
Overnight in Lisbon.
Portugal Top To Bottom - Day 3
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.
Portugal Top To Bottom - Day 4
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).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. 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.
Portugal Top To Bottom - Day 5
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.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.
Portugal Top To Bottom - Day 6
Capital and gateway to the north of Portugal it is located near the mouth of Douro River. Discover the city centre on foot and 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 Porto. Cross the bridge and taste a Port at a Port Wine Cellar.
Portugal Top To Bottom - Day 7
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. Visit the Sacred Hill, crowned by Guimarães Castle, as well the Palace of the Dukes of Bragança, whose original building dates back to the 15th centuries.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.
Portugal Top To Bottom - Day 8
Pinhão(Douro Valley) / Viseu
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.
Portugal Top To Bottom - Day 9
Viseu / Belmonte / Castelo de Vide / 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 and stop at Castelo de Vide which will reveal as an enchanting small town with the ancient Jewish Quarter with its white-washed houses. 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.
Portugal Top To Bottom - Day 10
Marvão / Évora
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.
Portugal Top To Bottom - Day 11
Évora / Monsaraz / Vila Viçosa / Estremoz / Évora
Monsaraz is an extremely beautiful mediaeval town that has succeeded in preserving its own distinctive characteristics over the centuries. We suggest a walk through the streets of Monsaraz and we assure you it is like going back in time, for it is a truly unique place where one can find all the peace and tranquillity. If you’re not on tight schedule Redondo is worth a visit.The House of the Dukes of Bragança was established in Vila Viçosa. You can visit their palace (which is a Pousada nowadays) and a coach museum (subsidiary of the Lisbon museum). 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.
Overnight in Évora.
Portugal Top To Bottom - Day 12
Évora / Lagos
We suggest a visit to Lagos. At Lagos, the emphasis is definitely on the sea. Just enjoy the scenery all around you, whether you’re sitting on the terrace of the fortress, with its magnificent view of the bay and the marina, or strolling amidst the rock formations of the headland of Ponta da Piedade with its breathtaking views over the sea.
Overnight in Lagos.
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Lagos / Aljezur / Lagos
Take the road by the coast and enjoy the unspoilt Nature Park of Costa Vicentina. It is the finest preserved stretch of European coastline, covering over 100 km, from Porto Covo in the Alentejo, to Burgau in the Algarve.
The Aljezur beaches, are highly popular amongst surfers, and are the finest in the country. There is a tremendous variety of beaches, including long stretches of sand and small beaches nestled between the cliffs and rocks that you will be able to explore on your own.
Overnight in Lagos.
Portugal Top To Bottom - Day 14
Lagos / Sagres / Lisboa
Before returning to Lisbon, visit Sagres . Called Sacrum Promontorium or the Holy Promontory in ancient times, it was dedicated to Saturn. This desolate and windswept cape, projecting into the raging sea, was considered a place that only the gods could frequent and there are megalithic remains in the area. The promontory, with its wild and rare beauty, was the site chosen for a fortress that is now one of Portugal’s most legendary spots.
Overnight in Lisboa.
Portugal Top To Bottom - Day 15
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
• 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 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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