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The 9 Day villages and countryside private tour program was organized with the purpose of showing the essential of Portugal while staying in excellent hotels throughout Portugal. The tour optimizes your time and allows you to have access information through our professional experienced driver who will escort you through the most beautiful regions of Portugal. Regions and places include Lisbon, Alentejo, Interior/middle, Douro Valley, Minho, Porto and Coastal/interior region.

The 9 Day villages and countryside tour allows you to appreciate the changes that occur in landscapes and people's customs in just an hour of driving. The only thing that does not change is the beauty of the country and the hospitality of the people.

Day 1 –

Arrival in Lisbon, private transfer and accommodation at hotel for 2 nights Accommodation for two nights at Bairro Alto Hotel***** or at Pestana Palace***** (Supplement for Ritz Four Seasons***** or Olissipo Lapa Palace*****)

Day 2 –

Visit to the city of Lisbon, Estoril Coast and Sintra

Day 3 –

Departure to Évora, guided visit of Adega da Cartuxa with wine tasting Accommodation for one night at Convento do Espinheiro*****

Day 4 –

Departure to the North, passing by historical villages such as Marvão, Castelo de Vide and overnight at the village of Marialva. Accommodation for one night at Casas do Côro

Day 5 –

Morning to relax at Casas do Côro and departure to the Douro Valley, with visit to a Winery in Douro and possibility to take a private cruise. Accommodation for one night at Six Senses Douro Valley*****

Day 6 –

At end of the morning, departure to Porto and visit the city Accommodation for two nights at The Yeatman***** or at Intercontinental Palácio das Cardosas*****

Day 7 –

Visit to the Minho region: Guimarães, Braga and Ponte de Lima

Day 8 –

Hotel Check-out and return South, passing by Coimbra and Óbidos Accommodation for one night at the magical Areias do Seixo*****

Day 9 –

Private Transfer to Lisbon airport and end of our services

Towns and Sites you will visit

Lisbon

The capital of Portugal, located at the mouth of the Tagus River and from 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 centre of a large empire, still visible in the monuments of Belém section. Well known for its historic traditional neighborhoods 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 you can enjoy from the top of its hill.

Sintra and Estoril Coast.

Among the sites you shall not miss in Portugal there’s Sintra, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO for the great beauty of its nature 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, the white sandy beaches and magnificent fortresses from the 17th century.

Evora

A beautiful small town in the Alentejo region. Still surrounded by the old walls it is a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and will attract you for its medieval appearance, the narrow streets, the historic centre and 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, as this is one of the regions in Portugal with more traditional and quality at this level. You shall not miss the opportunity of having a meal in one of the city’s restaurants.

Adega da Cartuxa

Adega da Cartuxa takes its name from the ancient Cartuxa Monastery, located right next to the property. The setting is the former refectory of the retreat of the Jesuits. It will be on this atmosphere that you’ll be able to visit this estate, understanding the wine production of one of the most important region from Alentejo. At the end of the visit you will have a very interesting wine tasting.

Marvao

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 in the Sao Mamede mountain range is one of the sites in Portugal that preserve more vestiges from the Jewish people. From the castle you’ll enjoy a wonderful panorama overlooking the old Jewish quarter that still preserves its old Castle, Jewry and one of the oldest and most important Synagogues of Portugal.

Marialva

One of the so-called Historic Villages of Portugal and it still preserves its medieval appearance, surrounded by stone walls. This village had an important military role due to its geographical location, altitude and proximity to the border.

Douro Valley

The 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 produced. 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.

Porto

Porto or Oporto, as the British like to call it, 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 a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and 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.

Guimaraes

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 centre (declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO) till the charming Praça da Oliveira (Oliveira Square).

Braga

Known for its religious past, due to the importance and power of the church, still visible in the numerous churches and other religious buildings standing out the Cathedral (the oldest of Portugal) and the monumental Sanctuary of Bom Jesus de Braga.

Ponte de Lima

Located at the banks of the Lima River. It’s considered the most ancient village in Portugal, for having been given charter in 1125 by the mother of our first king. With a beautiful historic centre there are 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).

Coimbra

The city of students because it was here that the first university in Portugal was created, nowadays the oldest and one of the most important 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 centre you’ll wander among Romanesque and Manueline churches at the same time you stroll across its commercial busy area.

Obidos

Decidedly one of the loveliest medieval villages in Portugal, still surrounded by walls and whose 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.

Rates are per person in US dollars
Double = 2 persons per room
4 P (2 room) = 4 persons in two rooms

Includes

  • 2 Night at Bairro Alto Hotel***** in Superior Room (Superior package - please refer to rates table) or Pestana Palace Hotel***** in Garden View Room (Premier package - please refer to rates table).
  • 1 Night at Convento do Espinheiro***** in Convent or Garden Room
  • 1 Night at Casas do Côro (Rural Charming Tourism) in Standard Room
  • 1 Night at Six Senses Douro Valley in Valley Room *****
  •  2 Night at The Yeatman in Superior Room (Superior package - please refer to rates table) /Intercontinental Palácio das Cardosas in Deluxe Room***** (Premier package - please refer to rates table)
  •  1 Night at Areias do Seixo***** in Land Room
  •  8 Full Breakfasts
  •  Arrival Private Transfer from Lisbon Airport to Hotel in Lisbon, with driver
  •  Departure Private Transfer from Hotel in Lisbon to Lisbon Airport, with driver
  •  Entrance fees to monuments included
  •  Visit at Adega da Cartuxa and wine tasting included
  •  Visit and wine tasting included at a winery in Douro Valley
  •  Personalized itinerary to Portugal
  •  Travel Consultancy Service
  •  Local phone support in Portugal (24 hours)
  •  Welcome Manual (Essentials) to Portugal (PDF File) in English
  •  Private Tour from day 2 till day 8 with official tourism driver only. Driver will not enter the monuments with customers. If you require a guided visit inside the monuments let us know in the quote process and we'll provide the extra price to hire a licensed guide.

Not Included:

  •  Airfare
  •  Personal, Travel and Luggage Insurance
  •  Personal expenses
  •  All meals not listed in the above itinerary

 Other options:

  • Room upgrades at hotels
  • Douro river private cruise - Consult us for price
  • Supplements  to Ritz Four Seasons***** in Superior Room or Lapa Palace Hotel***** in Garden or Pool View 

 

 

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Note: Hotels shown are for reference only. We reserve the right to change hotels based on availability, group size or other factors. Should alternate hotel be required, it will be of same or better rating .

Superior Hotels

Marialva - Casas Do Coro

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Located in Marialva, these vacation houses are equipped with rustic décor along with a large pool and jacuzzi. The hotel has its own chapel.

Offering an elegant mix of modern furnishings and historic décor, each unit offers a view of Marialva's historic houses, a well-equipped kitchenette and a living room with fireplace.

Guests can enjoy homemade cake, crunchy bread and fresh juices during breakfast. Casas Do Coro's dinner exists of a 4-course meal along with a dessert buffet. Advance booking is required for dinner.

The sauna and jacuzzi offer the possibility to warm up after a refreshing dive in the pool, which is surrounded by lounge tents providing extra shade. Along the hill, there is also a deck that is great to relax on when the weather's nice.

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Evora - Convento do Espinheiro - A Luxury Collection Hotel & SPA

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Surrounded by 80 000m² of beautiful gardens, this 5-star hotel is 2 km from Evora’s city walls and housed in a renovated 15th-century convent. It offers a piano bar and free parking.

Massage treatments are available at Convento do Espinheiro’s spa. Leisure facilities include a tennis court, indoor and outdoor pools and a well-equipped fitness center.

Guests can enjoy cocktails at Convento do Espinheiro – A Luxury Collection Hotel & SPA’s poolside bar. Restaurant Divinus serves a mix of Mediterranean and Portuguese cuisine. A large selection of wines is also available.

Guest rooms at Convento do Espinheiro are luxuriously furnished and have an LCD TV with satellite channels. Each en suite bathroom offers a bathrobe, slippers and free bathroom amenities. Some rooms have a private terrace.

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Mexilhoeira - Hotel Areias do Seixo Charm

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Integrating nature into its design, the eco-friendly Areias Do Seixo is a 5-star hotel located a 5-minute walk from the beach. Its full-service spa features a sauna, steam bath and massages.

Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and dunes, all individually styled rooms come with fireplaces and outdoor deck terraces. Special touches include floor heating, candles and perfume.

Gourmet meals are prepared with fresh, natural ingredients in Areias do Seixo’s restaurant. Guests can delight in simple and colorful combinations of locally-grown organic fruit and vegetables.

Areias Do Seixo Charm Hotel & Residences is a 25-minute drive from Obidos and 35 minutes’ drive from the Lisbon Airport. Free private parking is possible on site.

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Lisbon - Hotel Bairro Alto

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Named after Lisbon’s fashionable and lively Bairro Alto district in Lisbon, this 5-star boutique hotel offers luxurious rooms with a flat-screen TV. Its terrace offers panoramic views of Lisbon and the Tagus River.

The air-conditioned rooms at Bairro Alto Hotel are decorated with Brazilian wood flooring and painted wooden paneling. All rooms have a DVD player, a minibar, and a work desk. Some rooms have a separate living area.

Guests can enjoy a range of therapeutic massage treatments at the massage room, or work out at the well-equipped fitness center. Hotel Bairro Alto also offers a personal shopper service, limousine rental, and a boutique.

The Flores do Bairro Restaurant serves traditional Portuguese gourmet cuisine mixed with different world flavors. The Caffee Bar offers cocktails, light meals, and live performances.

The Castelo is 1.5 km from Bairro Alto Hotel, and Se Catedral de Lisboa is 1 km away. Many boutique shops, galleries, picturesque streets and restaurants are within walking distance of the hotel.

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Lamego - Six Senses Douro Valley

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This former farmhouse Six Senses Douro Valley is a luxurious spa retreat offering spectacular views of the UNESCO World Heritage Douro valley. Covering 8 hectares, this property features a dedicated wine cellar with vintages from the region.

Featuring a 19th century architecture mixed with contemporary interiors, the Six Senses Douro Valley offers rooms with air conditioning, flat-screen TVs, and private bathrooms.

The hotel’s restaurant offers 3 ambiences and serves gourmet meals, international cuisine and Douro wines. A varied buffet breakfast including sweet and savoury dishes is served each morning.

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Vila Nova de Gaia - The Yeatman

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A great classic hotel defines a destination, providing an authentic and memorable sense of place. The magnificent World Heritage city of Porto is defined by such an iconic property. The Yeatman. The city which gave its name to Port, Porto has been the home of British wine shippers and their families for over three centuries.

Inspired by this heritage, The Yeatman blends the finest Portuguese traditions of hospitality with a uniquely British flair for understated and stylish comfort. Timeless elegance and a wealth of authentic detail create a very special atmosphere which evokes the distinctive personality of this ancient city and its historic link to the world of wine.

Occupying a commanding hillside position on the south bank of the River Douro, The Yeatman enjoys breathtaking views over the historic center of Porto from its extensive grounds and from each of its individually appointed guest rooms and suites.

Destined to become a unique and distinctive landmark in the world of classic luxury hotels, The Yeatman offers the individuality of character and the sense of effortless hospitality which makes it the address of choice for discerning travelers visiting Porto and the North of Portugal.

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Premier Hotels

Marialva - Casas Do Coro

23746407

Located in Marialva, these vacation houses are equipped with rustic décor along with a large pool and jacuzzi. The hotel has its own chapel.

Offering an elegant mix of modern furnishings and historic décor, each unit offers a view of Marialva's historic houses, a well-equipped kitchenette and a living room with fireplace.

Guests can enjoy homemade cake, crunchy bread and fresh juices during breakfast. Casas Do Coro's dinner exists of a 4-course meal along with a dessert buffet. Advance booking is required for dinner.

The sauna and jacuzzi offer the possibility to warm up after a refreshing dive in the pool, which is surrounded by lounge tents providing extra shade. Along the hill, there is also a deck that is great to relax on when the weather's nice.

More about this hotel from booking.com

237583991007569623757048

Evora - Convento do Espinheiro - A Luxury Collection Hotel & SPA

24156051

Surrounded by 80 000m² of beautiful gardens, this 5-star hotel is 2 km from Evora’s city walls and housed in a renovated 15th-century convent. It offers a piano bar and free parking.

Massage treatments are available at Convento do Espinheiro’s spa. Leisure facilities include a tennis court, indoor and outdoor pools and a well-equipped fitness center.

Guests can enjoy cocktails at Convento do Espinheiro – A Luxury Collection Hotel & SPA’s poolside bar. Restaurant Divinus serves a mix of Mediterranean and Portuguese cuisine. A large selection of wines is also available.

Guest rooms at Convento do Espinheiro are luxuriously furnished and have an LCD TV with satellite channels. Each en suite bathroom offers a bathrobe, slippers and free bathroom amenities. Some rooms have a private terrace.

More about this hotel from booking.com

241978092415436324155126

Mexilhoeira - Hotel Areias do Seixo Charm

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Integrating nature into its design, the eco-friendly Areias Do Seixo is a 5-star hotel located a 5-minute walk from the beach. Its full-service spa features a sauna, steam bath and massages.

Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and dunes, all individually styled rooms come with fireplaces and outdoor deck terraces. Special touches include floor heating, candles and perfume.

Gourmet meals are prepared with fresh, natural ingredients in Areias do Seixo’s restaurant. Guests can delight in simple and colorful combinations of locally-grown organic fruit and vegetables.

Areias Do Seixo Charm Hotel & Residences is a 25-minute drive from Obidos and 35 minutes’ drive from the Lisbon Airport. Free private parking is possible on site.

More about this hotel from booking.com

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Porto - Intercontinental Palacio das Cardosas

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"A historical Palace at the heart of the City Center. The InterContinental Porto - Palacio das Cardosas opened in July 2011 following the restoration of a palace dated from the end of the 18th century which was, at first, intended to become a monastery.

The Palacio das Cardosas is located in Porto's main city square, within walking distance from all the major cultural highlights - such as the Bolhao Market, the Ribeira and the Clerigos Church. The Palacio das Cardosas comprises 105 spacious rooms and suites, each exuding great warmth with a Portuguese flavor and lofty ceilings. It has also a restaurant and a bar, a Gym, a Wellness Center, two meeting rooms and the ancient Cafe Astoria. Cafe Astoria offers a wide range of Portuguese dishes with a contemporary twist, as well as selection of Portuguese wines. The Cardosas Bar provides a relaxing setting, best enjoyed with a cocktail or a Port Wine glass.

Featuring high ceilings, Palacio’s stylish rooms offer flat-screen TVs and WiFi throughout. Marble bathrooms include a separate bathtub and walk-in shower. Some rooms feature a seating area with plush chairs.

Guests can workout at the 24-hour Fitness Center, which is equipped with the latest equipment and weights. The on-site spa has 3 treatment rooms and a sauna.

 In the evening, guests can visit the lively Galerias de Paris 200 meters away. Crossing the D. Luis I Bridge, 1 km away, guests can visit the famous Port Wine Cellars. Porto International Airport is located 20 minutes or 10 km away.

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Lisbon - Pestana Palace Hotel & National Monument

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The 5-star Pestana Palace Hotel is a restored 19th-century palace, featuring private parkland and views of the Tagus River. It has 2 swimming pools, a sauna and spa center.

Each spacious room is elegantly furnished and fitted with a flat-screen TV and a minibar. Many also open onto a furnished balcony with views of the lush garden. Some feature a sitting area with a plush sofa.

Overlooking the gardens, the chic, sophisticated restaurant at Pestana Palace Hotel & National Monument serves traditional Portuguese dishes. The bar has a range of snacks and drinks. In the summer months, a poolside restaurant also serves light refreshments.

Pestana Palace Hotel & National Monument features a steam bath and a hot tub. It has a business center as well.

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Lamego - Six Senses Douro Valley

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This former farmhouse Six Senses Douro Valley is a luxurious spa retreat offering spectacular views of the UNESCO World Heritage Douro valley. Covering 8 hectares, this property features a dedicated wine cellar with vintages from the region.

Featuring a 19th century architecture mixed with contemporary interiors, the Six Senses Douro Valley offers rooms with air conditioning, flat-screen TVs, and private bathrooms.

The hotel’s restaurant offers 3 ambiences and serves gourmet meals, international cuisine and Douro wines. A varied buffet breakfast including sweet and savoury dishes is served each morning.

More about this hotel from booking.com

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  • A non-refundable, non-transferable deposit of 25% of the full reservation value per person is required to make your reservation.
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  • This vacation does not have an airfare option. We can hold your land reservation while you book air. Once you confirm your air itinerary we can then proceed with collecting a deposit and confirming your land portion.

Cancellation Policy

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  • Cancellation 45 to 22 days prior to departure: 25% of total price minus deposit
  • Cancellation 21 to 8 days prior to departure: 45% of total price
  • Cancellation 7 to 2 days prior to departure: 65% of total price
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