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9 day/8 nights. Begin any day. Itinerary can be customized to add extra days for a more leisurely tour and/or extend your stay in lively Lisbon. A self-drive tour through the sunny plains of the Alentejo, the mountains of the Beiras, the vineyard-terraced slopes of the Douro River Valley and the historic and tradition rich Minho. Visit the small villages and towns to experience the soul of Portugal and sample the local cuisines and wines. A choice of accommodation levels offers the experience of local pousadas and small, charm hotels and a less expensive option for more budget minded travelers.

Lisbon Towns and Villages tourItinerary

Day 1 - Lisbon

Transfer service from Lisbon airport to hotel. Overnight in Lisbon this evening to rest before beginning your self-drive tour.

Day 2 - Lisbon-Evora-Estremoz-Marvao

Pick up your car rental this morning and, proceeding east, cross the Vasco de Gama Bridge to the Alentejo region of Portugal. The Alentejo, almost 1/3 of Portugal yet only home to 10% of the population, is a vast area of wheat fields, olive groves, orchards, vineyards and cork oaks. Whitewashed towns of the southern plains give way to walled hilltop villages among the rocky terrain of the north and east. Neolithic sites including dolmens, stone circles and menhirs are very common in this area.
The walled city of Evora, UNESCO World Heritage Site, is your first destination. Within the old walls lies a city of historic importance. Roman occupation is evident in the ruins of Diana’s Temple. As you walk Evora’s narrow streets, Moorish, Medieval and Renaissance architecture are testament to the city’s long history. There are many local craft shops and restaurants to enjoy.
Continue to Estremoz, a hilltop town overlooking groves of olive trees. This area is famous for its fine marble quarries, second only to Italy in exports. On to Marvao, perched on a ledge overlooking the border with Spain, one of Portugal’s most charming villages and your home for the night. From its ramparts, enjoy the heady view of the countryside. Overnight in Marvao.

Day 3 - Marvao-Castelo de Vide-Sortelha- Belmonte-Guarda

An entire day to explore the charming villages along your route as you head north. Be sure to stop in Castelo de Vide, a spa town enjoyed by the Romans, to visit the mazelike old Jewish Quarter with its whitewashed houses and pots of bright flowers. En route to Belmonte is the gem-like 12th century village of Sortelha. Its fortifications offer panoramic views of the wild countryside. Belmonte is the ancestral home of the Cabral family whose famous son, Pedro Alvares Cabral, discovered Brazil in 1500. Much of this charming town displays their family crest: Goats. Continue to Guarda. Overnight in Guarda.

Day 4 - Guarda - Viseu - Lamego - Amarante or Guimaraes

The ancient city of Guarda (meaning “protector”) is situated in the Serra Estrela (Star Mountains). This area is the Beira Alta, home to many castles and walled cities crowning the hills overlooking the border with Spain. Continue to Viseu, a crossroads since the Roman occupation of the Iberian Peninsula, and home to the Dao wine growing region. Drive to the pretty town of Lamego to see Nossa Senhora dos Remedios, a popular pilgrimage destination. Cross the Douro River at Peso da Regua to Villa Real for a visit to Casa de Mateus, an exquisite 18th century manor house in the Portuguese Baroque style. It’s immediately recognizable as the label on Mateus wine bottles. Head west to the postcard pretty town of Amarante. Overnight in Amarante (Package A) or continue to Guimaraes (Package B).

Day 5 - Amarante or Guimaraes - Braga- Ponte de Lima -Viana do Castelo-Porto

Historic Guimaraes is the birthplace of Portugal’s first proclaimed king in 1139. In the city’s center is Castelo de Sao Miguel (St Michael’s Castle). It appears onthe Portuguese coat of arms. The castle’s huge keep and crenellated walls are worth exploring for the fine views they afford. Drive to Braga, a town with a long history as a religious center. Just to the east of Braga, is Bom Jesus do Monte, the country’s most spectacular religious sanctuary. Its extraordinary Baroque staircase cascades 381 feet down a hill. Another option is visiting the scenic towns of Ponte de Lima and coastal Viana do Castelo. The best way to explore the winding streets of Viana do Castelo's historical center is by foot. Continue to Porto for the next 2 nights.

Note: For superior hotel package, stay at the Pestana Porto Vintage hotel is upgraded to Superior Plaza room for the 2 nights.

Day 6 - Porto

A full day to explore Porto. This colorful city, on the north bank of the Douro River, and close to the ocean, has a long history influenced by Romans, Moors, crusaders, Portugal’s overseas colonies and Port wine. On the south bank of the river is Vila Nova de Gaia, home to the Port Wine Lodges where the wines are aged and bottled. Many of them are open for touring and tasting.
Overnight in Porto.

Day 7 - Porto-Aveiro-Coimbra

Drive south today with a stop in Aveiro, a city of canals, colorful, seaweed collecting boats and home to the famous Vista Alegre china factory. Then visit the Forest of Bussaco (Bucaco) for a walk among its trails laid out by monks centuries ago. In the middle of the forest stands a unique hotel, The Bussaco Palace, once a royal huntinglodge. Continue to Coimbra, site of one of Europe’s oldest universities founded in 1290. Its historic buildings dominate the hilltop. The ancient city center is home to Roman ruins, Romanesque cathedrals and the old maze-like streets of the Moorish quarter.
Overnight in Coimbra.

Note: For superior hotel package, stay at the Quinta das Lagrimas hotel is upgraded to Palacio/Spa room

Day 8 - Coimbra-Fatima-Batalha-Alcobaca-Nazare-Obidos-Lisbon

From Coimbra head south on the A1 motorway. Allow for a stop at the Roman ruins of Conimbriga where evidence of a large and prosperous Roman town is being excavated. Continue to Fatima, one of the Catholic world’s greatest pilgrimage sites, drawing hundreds of thousands each year. Nearby is the exquisite 15th century and UNESCO World Heritage Monastery of Batalha. It’s a masterpiece of Portuguese Gothic known as “Manueline”. Then to the Monastery of Alcobaca (also UNESCO World Heritage), Portugal’s largest and of a completely different architectural style from the monastery at Batalha. Continue to Nazare, a fisherman’s town with many wonderful seafood restaurants. Then to Obidos, the charming walled village encompassing whitewashed houses decorated with colorful flowers. It’s about an hour’s drive on the A8 motorway from Obidos to Lisbon. Return car rental at your hotel (fee may apply) or at the airport.
Overnight in Lisbon.

Day 9

Program ends at check out this morning. Transfer service is included from the hotel to the airport. Let us know if you wish to extend your stay in Lisbon.

Prices per person in US Dollars
Double = 2 persons per room
Triple = 3 persons per room
4 P (2 Room) = 4 persons in two rooms

Departure DateDouble ComfortDouble SuperiorTriple ComfortTriple Superior4 P (2 Room) Comfort4 P (2 Room) Superior
9/26/2016 - 10/31/2016$868$1203$740$1031$822$1156

Includes

  • 8 nights accommodations in selected hotel groups (A or B, see below)
  • 8 buffet breakfasts
  • Hotel tax and hotel service charge
  • Round trip private car transfers from Lisbon airport to Lisbon hotel
  • 7 days car rental 

Superior package upgrades

  • Stay at Pestana Porto Hotel is Superior Plaza room
  • Stay at Quinta das Lagrimas in Coimbra in Palacio/Spa room

Car hire includes:

  • Economy: VW Polo or similar. Manual transmission, AC, or
  • Compact: Seat Leon or similar. Manual transmission, AC, or
  • Compact station wagon: Renault Megane or similar. Manual transmission, A/C
  • Upgrades available upon request
  • Unlimited miles/km
  • Basic LDW (CDW Collision Damage Waiver + TW Theft Waiver), ASC (Airport Service Charge) and LAF (Vehicle Licensee Fee)
  • Vehicles are manual transmission. Please contact for automatic rental car rates

Car hire does not include:

  • Child, toddler or infant seat (including booster seat). It can be requested for additional charge
  • GPS. GPS rental is done at the rental counter at 7 Euros per day for a maximum rental cost of 105 Euros.
  • Toll device. It can be rented for 1.5 Euros per day for a maximum of 15 Euros per rental
  • Gasoline or diesel fuel
  • Super-CDW coverage which waives responsibility for paying excess charges in case of accident or car theft. This coverage can be purchased directly at car rental desk

Car hire upgrades (additional):

  • Upgrades to a different group/class available upon request
  • Automatic transmission available upon request
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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.

Comfort Hotels

Marvao - Boutique Hotel Poejo

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Situated only 5 km from the medieval village of Marvao, this boutique hotel in Alentejo features elegant rooms decorated with local crafts and paintings. An extensive breakfast buffet is served daily and an indoor pool is located 250 meters from the hotel.

The hotel’s units are individually decorated and include modern furnishings. The air-conditioned rooms and suites have a minibar, safe, seating area, cable or satellite TV, free WiFi and a wardrobe. The full bathroom includes a hairdryer, bathrobe, slippers and free toiletries.

Natural fruit juices and locally produced honey are part of O Poejo’s breakfast buffet.

Guests can relax under an umbrella at the terrace or play a board game. The hotel also features a lounge with internet access, books, DVD’s and Playstation games. Sporty guests can take long walks in the neighboring Serra S. Mamede Natural Park.

Free private parking is available on site. Castelo de Vide is 15 km away, while Portalegre is 25 km away from the hotel.

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Guimaraes - Hotel Guimaraes

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Located in the heart of historical Guimarães, Hotel de Guimarães features a spacious indoor pool and offers rooms with cable TV. Palace of the Dukes of Bragança, the city walls and the Salado Monument are within a 15-minute walk.

The air-conditioned accommodation at Hotel de Guimarães feature contemporary furnishings and a LCD TV. They come equipped with a safety deposit box and a minibar.

The restaurant D. Maria is decorated in warm colors and offers panoramic city views. It serves a buffet breakfast and seasonal Mediterranean cuisine. The Piano Bar serves a selection of beers, wines and refreshments.

Guests of the Hotel de Guimarães can relax in the sauna, and enjoy a massage or body treatment. The hotel also a boasts a large fitness center.

Hotel de Guimarães offers free on-site public parking.

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Guarda - Hotel Lusitania Congress & Spa

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Lusitania Hotel offers rooms with private balconies, just 10 minutes by car from Guarda’s historic city center. It offers indoor and outdoor swimming pools and an extensive spa area.

All rooms at Hotel Lusitania have modern furnishings which include air conditioning and satellite TV. Free wired internet is available in all rooms.

Lusitania’s spa is fully equipped with dry and wet sauna, a hot tub and massage and aesthetics cabinets. The Health Club offers a gym and water sports, as well as a tennis court and football pitch.

Being Portugal’s first bio friendly hotel, the Lusitania has an on-site organic farm and a flower garden. The vegetables from the farm are prepared at the hotel’s restaurant.

Lusitania Hotel is 1.6 km away from Guarda Railway Station. The hotel is located next to the Serra Da Estrela National Park.

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Lisbon - Marques de Pombal Hotel

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Featuring individually decorated rooms with floor-to-ceiling paintings and free internet, this 4-star hotel is located on the Avenida da Liberdade. Marques de Pombal Metro Station is 20 meters away.

A well-equipped gym with professional trainers is featured at Hotel Marques De Pombal. Guests can relax in the Finnish sauna and in the hammam, or request treatments at the beauty salon.

Lisbon-themed black-and-white pictures decorate the rooms of Marques De Pombal Hotel. Flat-screen TVs and iPod docks can be found in each room, and some rooms offer a view over the boulevard.

Restaurant Blu serves a range of international dishes, and guests can enjoy an after-dinner drink at the adjacent bar. An extensive breakfast, including rolls, fresh fruits and hot dishes, is served daily.

Coracao de Jesus is a great choice for travelers interested in cathedral, beach walks and cleanliness.

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Coimbra - Vila Gale Coimbra

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Overlooking the Mondego River in Coimbra, the Vila Galé provides warmly decorated rooms with a dance theme. It offers free Wi-Fi, indoor and outdoor swimming pools and various spa treatments.

The contemporary rooms are decorated with soft-tone colors and luxurious fabrics. All rooms have air conditioning and some boast river views. The private bathrooms are fitted with a bathtub.

The Vila Galé Coimbra has an extensive spa offering a varied menu of relaxing massage, beauty treatments and other leisure facilities available to guests for an extra fee.

A breakfast buffet is served each morning at the hotel’s main restaurant, which also serves lunch and dinner. Inevitavel Restaurant offers à-la-carte options and the bar has a wide range of drinks and cocktails.

Vila Galé Coimbra is less than 10 minutes’ walking from Coimbra Railway Station. University of Coimbra - Alta and Sofia, a UNESCO listed World Heritage Site, is within 20 minutes' walking from the hotel, as well as Coimbra Old Cathedral and the Botanical Garden.

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Porto - Vila Gale Porto

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This 4-star, central Porto hotel is 300 meters from Campo August 24  Train Station. Vila Gale Porto offers a health club with an indoor swimming pool. The Rua de Santa Catarina commercial district is  only a 10 minutes walk.

The spacious rooms and suites at Vila Gale Porto are air-conditioned and feature a bright décor. All come with a flat-screen cable TV, minibar and a private bathroom, including a hairdryer and free toiletries.

Vila Gale Porto’s Paris – Texas Restaurant serves Portuguese cuisine and pasta. Room service is available 24/7, at an extra cost. Guests can enjoy wine from the hotel’s vineyard Casa de Santa Vitória, at one of the 2 bars. A billiards room is also on site.

Vila Gale’s Health Club features an indoor pool, sauna, hot tub, Turkish bath, solarium, vichy shower, massage treatments and fitness center with views over Porto city. WiFi is available in all areas of the hotel.

Central Aliados Avenue is 1.4 km away, while the Clérigos Tower 1.6 km away. Dom Luis I Bridge is 1.6 km away and is next to Ribeira and the Port Wine Cellars. Galerias de Paris, Porto's main bar area, are a 10-minute drive.

Campanhã Railway Station is 1 km away. The hotel is located 15 km from Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport, and has direct access to Porto Metro system.

Bonfim is a great choice for travellers interested in skyline, photography and tourism.

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Superior Hotels

Amarante - Casa da Calcada

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Casa da Calcada is a Relais & Chateaux boutique hotel set in a 16th century manor and located in central Amarante with views over the Tamega River. It offers an outdoor pool, nearby golf facilities and free parking. 

Casa da Calacada's chic guestrooms feature antique furnishings and features. Renovated in 2001, the rooms combine old decor with modern amenities such as satellite TV and air-conditioning.

At Casa da Calcada guests can enjoy local specialties with an international touch at the restaurant. The hotel's bar serves a selection of wines produced in the nearby Douro Valley and champagne produced in-house.

Other facilities of the Casa da Calcada Relais & Chateaux include a solarium and a bike rental.

The hotel is located less than one hour from both Porto and the Douro Valley. Francisco de Sa Carneiro airport is also less than one hour away and the hotel provides a private shuttle service.

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Guarda - Hotel Lusitania Congress & Spa

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Lusitania Hotel offers rooms with private balconies, just 10 minutes by car from Guarda’s historic city center. It offers indoor and outdoor swimming pools and an extensive spa area.

All rooms at Hotel Lusitania have modern furnishings which include air conditioning and satellite TV. Free wired internet is available in all rooms.

Lusitania’s spa is fully equipped with dry and wet sauna, a hot tub and massage and aesthetics cabinets. The Health Club offers a gym and water sports, as well as a tennis court and football pitch.

Being Portugal’s first bio friendly hotel, the Lusitania has an on-site organic farm and a flower garden. The vegetables from the farm are prepared at the hotel’s restaurant.

Lusitania Hotel is 1.6 km away from Guarda Railway Station. The hotel is located next to the Serra Da Estrela National Park.

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Porto - Pestana Porto Hotel & World Heritage Site

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Romantically located in the Praca da Ribeira, heart of the historical center of Porto and constructed on part of the medieval city wall, the Pestana Porto Hotel forms part of a block of town houses dating from the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries.

This beautiful adjoining group of buildings was classified by UNESCO as part of the World Heritage site which extends along the Douro River enjoying a magnificent view and unique atmosphere.

In the heart of Porto, only 20 minutes from the International Airport "Francisco Sa Carneiro" and 10 minutes from "Sao Bento" Railway Station, the Pestana Porto Hotel, with all charm of the Ribeira riverside area, in buildings of an original design classified as world heritage, stands proudly on the bank of the Douro River.

In the bustle of the city, after taking a boat ride on the river, exploring streets and alleys, admiring the architecture, seeing the sights, visiting the wonderful port lodges, discovering markets, cafés, museums and enticing shops...it's good to have somewhere to come home to. The Pestana Porto Hotel is one of those places in the world where "receiving visitors" means "offering them the best of everything

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Marvao - Pousada de Marvao

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The Pousada de Marvao is housed in two 13th century buildings. All rooms have private bathrooms, have cable TV and air conditioning. The restaurant has panoramic views of the town.

All Pousada de Marvao's rooms are equipped with a telephone and minibar for guests' convenience.

There are many activities to enjoy when staying at Pousada de Marvao, including fishing, hiking and exploring the medieval town.

Guests can dine in at Pousada de Marvão’s restaurant and admire the view, or dine out at one of the local taverns.

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Coimbra - Quinta das Lagrimas

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Quinta das Lagrimas, a small luxury hotel is located in a historic medieval setting. The Quinta features botanical gardens and a state-of-the-art spa with views across Coimbra.

Quinta das Lagrimas has three room types: Palace Rooms, that once accommodated the Duke of Wellington, and Garden Rooms overlooking the botanical garden. Spa Rooms include a hydrotherapy bath tub and boast stunning views of the Quinta das Lagrimas outdoor surroundings.

The two restaurants at Hotel Quinta das Lagrima serve seasonal dishes prepared with fresh local ingredients grown on the estate. Dine al fresco whilst enjoying selected local wines from the cellar.

Bamboo Garden Spa provides a range of luxury treatments and beauty therapies, and there is a library filled with thousands of ancient books. Quinta das Lágrima has a golf driving range and a 9-hole course.

Hotel Quinta das Lagrimas is 80 minutes’ drive from Porto Airport. Free on-site car parking is available.

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Lisbon - Tivoli Lisboa

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Housed in a 1930s building on Avenida da Liberdade, this 5-star luxury hotel features a rooftop bar with panoramic Lisbon views. It includes an outdoor round pool and 2 restaurants.

The Tivoli Lisboa’s pool area includes a spacious terrace framed by a green garden. Guests can enjoy a massage.

The top-floor restaurant prepares international cuisine, and features a wine list with over 300 selections and panoramic views. The restaurant Brasserie Flo Lisbon on ground floor serves French meals and the hotel provides valet parking service.

The carefully furnished rooms have flat-screen TVs with satellite channels and a sitting area with velvet seats. Some rooms overlook the courtyard or Avenida da Liberdade.

Avenida Metro Station is 500 ft away. Guests can reach the Baixa-Chiado station with a 2-stop ride on the Blue Metro Line.

Coracao de Jesus is a great choice for travelers interested in cathedral, beach walks and cleanliness.

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