12 Days/ 11 Nights. This package itinerary was created to cover the essence of Portugal with detailed tours and specific locations. We have included the "must visit" locations in Portugal as well as focused on the history and beauty of its interior. Stays of 2 or 3 nights in wonderful accommodations where preferred, in order to allow for a more relaxing and in depth appreciation of the country side, as well as to provide some relaxing and slower paced environment. Join us in an unforgettable journey of detail and luxury.
Day 1 - Lisbon
Arrival in Lisbon and accommodation at hotel for 3 nights.
Day 2 - Lisbon
Explore the city of Lisbon (if you wish for a guided tour, please consult us).
Day 3 - Lisbon Surrounding Towns and Villages
Car rental collection and the day to explore Sintra and Estoril Coast.
Day 4 - Evora (Alentejo)
Departure to Evora (Alentejo) and tour around the city. Accommodation for 1 night.
Day 5 - Center - North
Departure to the North through the interior of Portugal, passing by Marvao, Castelo de Vide, Sortelha and Belmonte. Accommodation for 1 night in Belmonte or near Belmonte.
Day 6 - Douro Valley
Proceed towards North till the Douro Valley, passing by Guarda, Viseu and Lamego. Accommodation for 2 nights.
Day 7 - Douro Valley
Explore the Douro Valley: visit a winery and enjoy this region that was declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. We suggest that you take a private river cruise in the River Douro!
Day 8 - Guimaraes - Porto
Continue your journey to Porto, visiting Guimaraes and Ponte de Lima on its way there. Accommodation in Porto for 2 nights.
Day 9 - Porto
Porto Explore the city of Porto (if you wish for a guided tour, please consult us).
Day 10 - Coimbra
Morning to relax in Porto and after check-out, return to South of Portugal. Visit the city of Coimbra. Accommodation for 1 night.
Day 11 - Santa Cruz / Cascais
Hotel check-out early in the morning and departure to Fatima (if you are interested on a religious visit), Batalha, Alcobaça and Obidos. Last night in Portugal on a very special place (Santa Cruz or Cascais). It only takes a 40 minutes drive to the Airport.
Day 12 - Return home
Hotel Check-out and departure to Lisbon Airport. Car drop-off at the airport rental desk.
Places to visit
Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, located at the mouth of the Tagus River - where the Portuguese boats set sail overseas in the 15th and 16th centuries towards East. At that time, the Maritime Discoveries period, the city became the center of a large empire, still visible in the monuments of Belem section. Lisbon is well known for its historic traditional neighbors, you'll be amazed with the sections of Chiado, Bairro alto and Alfama as well as the Castle of Saint George and the gorgeous views from the top of its hill.
Sintra and Estoril Coast is one of the sites you shall not miss in Portugal. Sintra was declared as a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO for its great natural beauty and architecture with fairy tale palaces and lush vegetation.
Cascais and Estoril Coast are places of charm and aristocratic traditions that you'll meet along the Atlantic Ocean.
Evora is a beautiful small town in the Alentejo region. It is surrounded by the old walls and it is also a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO and it will attract you for its medieval appearance, the narrow streets, the historic center and for the kindness of the locals. Amongst several interesting monuments, you shall not miss the Roman Temple from the 1st century, unique of this kind in both Portugal and Spain. This is also the perfect place for a great gastronomic and wine experience, known as one of the regions in Portugal with more traditional and quality at this level. You shall also not miss the opportunity of having a meal in one of the city's great restaurants.
Marvao has a fabulous location which has granted it the nickname of "eagles' nest". On the top of high defensive rocks, its walls located at almost 1.000 meters high still embrace the old whitewashed houses overlooking the rolling hills of the Alentejo.
Castelo de Vide, located at São Mamede Mountain is one of the sites in Portugal that preserves more vestiges from the Jewish people. From the castle you'll enjoy a wonderful panorama overlooking the old Jewish quarter. The Jewry is one of the oldest and most important Synagogues of Portugal.
Sortelha is just a few minutes away from Belmonte, it stills preserving all the characteristics of the old and sometimes forgotten Portugal. This is one of the most beautiful villages of Central Portugal encircled by medieval walls and houses built in stone. You will also find some sculptures in the rocks.
Belmonte is the most active Jewish center of Portugal and it stills preserving some of the old traditions that were allowed to Jews to practice on secret. Besides Lisbon and Porto this is the only place in Portugal with a Jewish community and synagogue that stills functioning. The village was also the birthplace of the great Portuguese navigator Pedro Álvares Cabral, who discovered Brasil in 1500.
Guarda is considered to be the highest city in the country with one of the highest mountain in Portugal (2000 meters high). You shall explore the narrow streets of the historic center (which keeps also some vestiges of the Jewish heritage) and the beautiful Gothic cathedral.
Viseu is a developed small town, where a very wealthy medieval and Baroque past is still visible in the main streets. Amongst the main attractions the Cathedral and the Grão Vasco Museum have some paintings from the 16th century from the master Vasco Fernandes and his collaborators.
Lamego is a true lovely countryside town. The elegance and wealthy of several historic buildings came from the thriving production and trade of Port wine. Lamego is dominated by the beautiful shrine in honor of Our Lady of "Remédios" with its famous staircase.
Douro Valley is where the terraced hill slopes hide one of the country's most valuable treasures: the beautiful vineyards from where the worldwide famous Port wine is still nowadays being produced. While driving through Marão Mountain range get prepared to enjoy one of the most wonderful landscapes in the world with endless rows of vines dotting the slopes in the banks of the Douro River. We advise you to visit one of the wineries in the region and taking a river cruise.
Guimaraes is the cradle of Portugal as this is where our first king, Afonso Henriques, was born and where he began the nation. You shall not miss the visit of the Ducal Palace, the Castle and walking along the narrow streets of the historic center (also declared as a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO) until you get to the charming Praça da Oliveira (Oliveira Square).
Ponte de Lima is located on the Lima River. It's considered the most ancient village in Portugal, for being given to charter in 1125 by the mother of our first king, Dom Afonso Henriques. It has a beautiful historic center and a large number of manor houses and palaces. In Ponte de Lima you can take the chance to enjoy a genuine cuisine and the locally produced Vinho Verde (green wine).
Porto is at the same time the name of a city and a fortified wine, one of the most famous in the world, aged at the wine cellars of Vila Nova de Gaia, next to the Douro River. Its historical center has been declared as a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO and it preserves many beautiful monuments, namely from the Baroque period which is contemporary to the glory and wealth achieved with the trade of Port Wine. You shall not miss a visit to the Cathedral (Sé), the Church of Saint Francis and the Clérigos Tower.
Coimbra is the city of the students because it was here that the first university in Portugal was created, nowadays it is the oldest and one of the most important university in the country. You shall not miss the Baroque Library from the 18th century that is one of the highlights of the visit to Coimbra. In its city center you'll wander among Romanesque and Manueline churches at the same time you stroll across its commercial busy area.
Fatima is one of the most important shrines in the Catholic world since the apparitions of Our Lady to three little shepherds in this small town in the year of 1917. Since then, thousands of pilgrims have been coming to Fátima every year to visit the sacred sites of the apparitions and to attend the religious ceremonies, chiefly between May and October, where the visions of the Virgin Mary occurred.
Batalha is famous for the monastery of great dimensions and refined Gothic architecture, built between the 14th and 16th centuries. Its construction was due after a vow made by the future king John I to the Virgin Mary, before a battle against the Spaniards: the Aljubarrota Battle (1385). For its artistic value, this monument was declared as a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO.
Alcobaca is famous for its majestic Cistern monastery from the 12th century, the oldest Gothic church in Portugal, that lodges the artistic tombs of King Pedro and his beloved Ines, characters of the most famous Portuguese love story.
Obidos is for sure one of the loveliest medieval villages in Portugal. It is surrounded by walls and the traditional whitewashed houses are decorated with blue and yellow trims around doors and windows. The multicolored flowerbeds decorating the houses prove the female touch in this village that used to be the wedding gift of our kings to their queens.