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This itinerary is for those who would like to discover Portugal while staying overnight in luxurious (Virtuoso) properties. We've also kept in mind leisure time to enjoy the hotels as they are truly exceptional and are  destinations themselves. As always we can adjust this itinerary to your specific needs.

Day 1 - Arrival in Lisbon and accommodation for 3 nights. Olissippo Lapa Palace ***** OR Ritz Four Seasons Lisboa *****

Day 2 - Day to explore the city of Lisbon (if you wish a guided tour, please consult us).

Day 3 - Rent-a-car collection and day to explore Sintra & Estoril Coast.

Day 4 - Departure to Porto, passing by Óbidos and Coimbra. Accommodation in Porto for 2 nights. Hotel Intercontinental Porto - Palácio das Cardosas ***** 

Day 5 - Day to explore the city of Porto. 

Day 6 - Departure to the Douro river Valley, passing by Guimarães. Accomodation in the Douro Valley for 2 nights. Hotel Aquapura Douro Valley *****

Day 7- Day to explore the Douro Valley region. 

Day 8 - Departure to the Alentejo region passing by Viseu and Castelo Novo. Accommodation in Évora, UNESCO World Heritage, for 2 nights. Convento do Espinheiro ***** (Évora)

Day 9 - Day to visit Évora and optional visits to wine estates. 

Day 10 - Departure towards the Algarve. Accommodation in the Algarve for 3 nights. Vila Vita Parc ***** (Alporchinhos) 

Day 11 - Day to relax and explore the Algarve. 

Day 12 - Day to relax and explore the Algarve. 

Day 13 - Departure to Lisbon along the Vicentina Coast. Accommodation in Lisbon for 1 night. Olissippo Lapa Palace ***** OR Ritz Four Seasons Lisboa ***** 

Day 14 - Hotel check-out, delivery of the rent-a-car and end of the program.

Places you will be visiting:

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 Belém 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. 

Óbidos 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.

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.

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.

Guimarães 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).

Douro Valley is where the terraced hill slope 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.

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.

Castelo Novo was built on the route of the Historical Villages of Portugal. In this village you will discover the charm of the castle endowed with a modern virtual viewpoint of the local houses, manor houses, all complemented by the purity of the water that flows from the granite of their fountains and from the natural landscape of Gardunha Mountain.

Algarve is the most famous summer retreat in Portugal with the best beaches. From the magnificent white sandy beaches to the rocky coastline and steep cliffs, Algarve has a diverse gorgeous coastal landscapes. Nightlife and animation is something that you can enjoy in this region too. This region is the most famous place in Portugal to play golf, having numerous fields of worldwide renowned quality. 

Évora 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.

Vicentina Coast covers the Southwestern region of Portugal and it is also a Natural Park composed by magnificent sandy beaches, high cliffs with amazing views over the Atlantic and small villages with whitewashed houses along the coast.

Options:
- Car collection at the airport
- Car delivery at hotel (if you don't want to go to the rent a car desk)
- Additional driver
- GPS (advised for travelling in Portugal)
- Upgrade for superior room, suite, etc. (please consult us)
- Car Upgrade for a superior car category (please consult us)

Arrifana Beach - Costa Vicentina
mondego river - Coimbra - Portugal
Coimbra. Photo by Antonio Sacchetti. Turismo de Portugal
tn_Lisbon Gloria funicular classified as a national monument
Note: Hotels shown are for reference only. Tour operator reserves the right to change hotels based on availability, group size or other factors. Final hotel list is available up to 45 days before departure. Alternate hotels will be of same or better quality of service for respective hotel package category.