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8 days/ 7 nights.  Self-Drive Tour begins in Lisbon and ends in the Lisbon area. Because of Portugal's compact size, it's easy to visit its highlights in 8 days. In order to optimize your time, your overnight stay uses only 3 hotels, avoiding constant packing and unpacking and time looking for the way to the next hotel, which if done too often, takes precious time needed to discover Portugal. This itinerary uses Lisbon as the base for three nights, giving you time to explore the city center and its beautiful surroundings. The next three nights are based in Porto, capital of the north, where you'll discover the beautiful northern  part of the country. The last night's accommodating in Cascais or Santa Cruz, selected to be unforgettable, will make you wish to return some day.

Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive Lisbon

Visit Lisbon and stay for 3 nights.

Day 2 - Lisbon

Day to explore the city of Lisbon (if you wish a guided tour, please let us know)

Day 3 - Lisbon

Car rental pick-up in the city for day to explore Sintra and Estoril Coast on your own.

Day 4 - Lisbon - Porto

Depart for Porto, visiting Fátima (if you have interest for a religious visit) and Coimbra. Accommodation in Porto for 3 nights.

Day 5 - Porto

Day to explore Porto (if you wish a guided tour, please let us know).

Day 6: Porto

Day to explore the Minho region: Guimarães, Braga and Ponte de Lima.

Day 7 - Santa Cruz or Cascais

Return south to the Lisbon airport passing by Alcobaça and Óbidos. Last night in Portugal in a very special place (Santa Cruz or Cascais),  40 minutes driving distance to Lisbon Airport.

Day 8: End of Tour

Hotel check-out and departure to Lisbon Airport. Car drop-off at airport rental desk.

Places you will visit

Lisbon

Lisbon is 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 charmed with the Chiado, Bairro Alto and Alfama as well as the Castle of Saint George and the gorgeous views you will enjoy from the top of its hill

Sintra and Estoril Coast

Among the sites you should not miss in Portugal is Sintra, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO for the great beauty of its natural setting, architecture, fairy tale palaces and lush vegetation. The Cascais and Estoril Coast are places of charm and aristocratic traditions that you'll see along the Atlantic Ocean. The wild coastline includes white sandy beaches and magnificent fortresses from the 17th century.

Fatima

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, many 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, in whose months the visions of the Virgin Mary occurred.

Coimbra

Coimbra is the city of the students because it was here that the first university in Portugal was created in the 13th century. Today, it's the oldest and one of the most important in the country and in all of Europe. Be sure to visit the Baroque Library from the 18th century, one of the highlights of a visit to Coimbra. In its city center you'll wander among Romanesque and Manueline churches while strolling across its busy commercial area.

Porto

Porto is both the name of a city and a fortified wine (Porto in Portuguese, Port in English), one of the most famous in the world. Port wine is aged at the wine cellars of Vila Nova de Gaia on the south bank of the Douro River. Porto's historical center has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and preserves many beautiful monuments, mostly from the Baroque period when wealth accumulated with the Port wine trade. You should not miss a visit to the Cathedral (Sé), the Church of Saint Francis (Sao Francisco) and the Clérigos Tower.

Braga

Braga is known for its religious past due to the importance and power of the church,. It's still visible in the numerous churches and other religious buildings near the Cathedral (the oldest of Portugal) and the monumental Sanctuary of Bom Jesus de Braga with it's cascading ornate staircase.

Ponte de Lima

Ponte de Lima is located on the banks of the Lima River. It's considered the most ancient village in Portugal,  having been given a charter in 1125 by the mother of our first king. It's beautiful historic center includes a large number of manor houses and palaces. In Ponte de Lima you can enjoy its local cuisine and delightful Vinho Verde (green wine).

Alcobaça

Famous for the majestic Cistercian monastery from the 12th century, Alcobaca is the oldest Gothic church in Portugal. Within the monastery are the artistic tombs of King Pedro and his beloved Inês, 14th century characters of the most famous Portuguese love story.

Obidos

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
Single = 1 person per room
Double = 2 persons per room
3 P (2 room) = 3 persons in two rooms
4 P (2 room) = 4 persons in two rooms
6 P (3 rooms) = 6 persons in two rooms

Departure DateSingle SuperiorSingle PremierDouble SuperiorDouble Premier3 P (2 Room) Superior3 P (2 Room) Premier 4 P (2 Room) Superior4 P (2 Room) Premier 6 P (3 Room) Superior6 P (3 Room) Premier
9/30/2016 - 10/31/2016$1925$3478$1199$2038$1274$2292$1006$1786$1078$1856

 Package Includes:

  • 7 nights of accommodation at the selected Hotels
  • 7 full-breakfasts
  • Private arrival airport transfer in Lisbon
  • 5 days of rental car, Manual Transmission, A/C, CDW and TP insurance, unlimited miles. 
  • Personalized itinerary of Portugal
  • Travel consultancy service
  • 24 hour telephone support in Portugal
  • Welcome manual by TFY in English

Optional:

  • Car pick up at airport
  • Car delivery at hotel (if you do not wish to go to rental car office in town)
  • Additional driver
  • GPS
  • Upgrades to superior rooms such as suites (consult us)
  • Car upgrade to superior categories (consult us)
Porto's Traditional boats on the Douro river in Porto
Palacio da pena. Photo by Turismo da Costa do Estoril
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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.

Superior Hotels

Lisbon - Hotel da Estrela

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In Lisbon’s baroque Estrela District, Da Estrela is housed in the elegant Condes de Paraty Palace. It features contemporary rooms with designer furnishings overlooking the center of town and the Tagus River.

Rooms feature an all-white look with contrasting plush carpets. Amenities include wired internet access, satellite TV channels and private bathrooms with walk-in showers. In-room spa treatments are available.

The in-house Cantina da Estrela serves a selection of Portuguese cuisine with an experimental twist. A more traditional list of wines is available at the snack bar, which also provides spirits and soft drinks.

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Porto - Hotel do Teatro

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Hotel do Teatro is located in the center of Porto, World Heritage Site by UNESCO, the Hotel Teatro provides to this historical city a contemporary touch without interfering and neglecting about the historical aesthetic references of the surrounding areas. The decor has the signature of the renowned interior designer Nini Andrade e Silva, that conceived a unique urban decoration, that just like a stage, sees its character expressed in every color, shape, aroma and original sounds, providing pleasant sensations to all its guests.

 The Hotel Teatro is also the first Hotel in Porto to belong to the Design Hotels group. More than just a collection of Hotels the Design Hotels is a collection of stories. Every Hotel expresses the ideas of a visionary and original Hotelier/Designer with a true passion for hospitality. This is a project where the cultural authenticity is provided by the "provocative" architecture and design. The main entrance of the Teatro Hotel greets all of those who visit it with the words of a poem by Almeida Garrett - the great Poet of Porto.

The Front Desk represents a ticket office where every guest will receive a ticket that will give access to the room. Inside the hotel you will find 74 sophisticated and comfortable rooms, where gold and bronze colors prevail, distributed by the Hotel's 6 floors. The typologies range from: Gallery, Tribune, Audience, Junior Suite and Suite. The Hotel Teatro also has rooms prepared to receive handicapped guests, connecting rooms and it's a non smoking hotel. All the rooms are equipped with a Minibar, Safe, LCD TV and Wi-Fi Internet Access. The Hotel Teatro has also available for its guest's room service, laundry services, gym and a parking garage.

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Lisbon - Inspira Santa Marta Hotel & Spa

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The Inspira Santa Marta Hotel is located 80 metres from Avenida da Liberdade (one of the main avenues in downtown Lisbon), and 300 meters from the Marquês de Pombal Square landmark.

Organic, locally sourced ingredients are blended in the Mediterranean dishes of its stylish restaurant.

The luxurious rooms of Inspira Santa Marta Hotel are decorated according to the principles of Feng Shui. Flat-screen TVs, free WiFi and coffee machines are standard in all guest rooms.

A temple-like atmosphere can be enjoyed at the spa, which includes wet and dry saunas, a soothing hot tub and 6 treatment rooms. For an intense workout, Inspira Santa Marta also features a gym.

The Mediterranean Brasserie offers a range of activities, including show-cooking, workshops and wine tasting. A cozy fireplace, retro décor and an extensive cocktail menu are available at the Urban Bar.

The Inspira Santa Marta is a 10-minute walk from Eduardo VII Park and a 15-minutes' walk from " a baixa"  (downtown).

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Porto - Vitoria Village

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This charming hotel, in Porto’s city center, has a lush, green garden and a rooftop terrace. The contemporary apartments feature flat-screen TVs and marble bathrooms.

Vitoria Village is located a few steps from Porto Cathedral and the University of Porto. Sao Bento Railway and Metro Stations are 400 meters away, and provide links to Porto and the surrounding region. The Vitoria also has free, on-site parking.

The self-catering apartments are decorated with warm, earthy colors. The kitchens are equipped with a traditional oven and a microwave. Free Wi-Fi is available in the rooms, as well as in the rest of the hotel.

Guests can enjoy a drink at the on-site bar. A breakfast buffet is offered each morning and the hotel also provides room service. They can also benefit from spa treatments ranging from relaxing massages to traditional therapies.

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Premier Hotels

Cascais - Casa Vela Guesthouse

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Including garden terraces with views of the pool and fountains, this guesthouse offers colorful and spacious accommodation. It has free Wi-Fi and serves a daily buffet breakfast.

Named after locations and spices that were discovered by the Portuguese in the 16th century, all rooms and suites come with themed colors and matching accessories. They have large windows and an open-plan bathroom.

A buffet breakfast is served in the breakfast room with its paintings, terracotta floors and flowers. A number of eateries and restaurants can be found within a 5-minute walk from The Casa Vela Charm.

Car rentals can be arranged at the guest house, as well as airport transfers to Portela Airport, 30 km away. The Train Station is only a 15-minute walk away.

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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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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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Cascais - Senhora da Guia Cascais Boutique Hotel

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Situated between Cascais and Guincho Beach, the luxurious Senhora da Guia offers elegant accommodation in a green garden with pine trees and a salt-water pool.

Guest rooms of the Senhora da Guia Cascais Boutique Hotel have a fresh and modern décor. They include air conditioning, flat-screen TVs and balconies.

Guests can taste a Mediterranean risotto on the restaurant’s terrace and enjoy the sun set in the Atlantic Ocean. The hotel bar has a romantic fireplace for colder winter evenings.

This small boutique hotel offers a variety of wellness facilities, including a Turkish bath, hot tub and sauna. A variety of massages and beauty treatments can be arranged as well.

Senhora da Guia is situated a 10-minute drive from the Guincho Fortress and the city center of Cascais. The property is located 4 km from Cascais Beach

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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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