6 Days / 5 Nights - The North of Portugal is not only the birthplace of the nation, but a must for those that like to explore a mix of colorful villages, cities steeped in history, ancient castles, religious shrines, picturesque drives along rivers, famous vineyards (as the renown Port wine region) and through verdant mountain areas, enjoying the flavors of its gastronomy, the variety of its handicraft and the charm of the old legends. A voyage through the north is a unique experience and yours to treasure.
Day 1: Lisboa / Obidos/ Alcobaca/ Nazare / Batalha / Fatima (+/- 217Km /134.8 miles)
By a landscape rich in windmills and fruit trees we arrive to Obidos(stop), surrounded by medieval walls where we can admire the harmony of the architecture, the diversity of the handicrafts and taste the famous ginginha (bitter cherry liqueur).Visit Alcobaça (stop) with the first and largest Gothic church in Portugal with the tombs of D.Pedro and Ines de Castro, known by it’s love story. Stopping in Nazare (stop), a typical fishing village and seaside resort, with its traditions and legends. We continue to Batalha (stop) - visit the Monastery of Santa Maria de Victoria, a masterpiece of the gothic in Portugal where we can find the tomb of Henry the Navigator, the promoter of the maritime discoveries. After we arrive to Fátima (stop), the famous Marian Shrine. Possibility to assist the Candle procession. Fatima- overnight.
Day 2: Fatima / Coimbra / Aveiro / Porto (+/-270Km/152.9 miles)
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure towards Coimbra (stop) – visit of the University, one of the oldest in the world, with its magnificent baroque library and its unique atmosphere characterized by ancient traditions and customs such as the black cape of the students and the melancholic Fado music. Stop at St Clara Church, where lies the tomb of Queen St. Isabel, the protagonist of the “miracle of the roses”. In the center you can admire the exclusive ceramic of Coimbra. In the afternoon we continue to Aveiro (stop), city of the canals, known as the “Portuguese Venice”, where you shall have time to see the graceful boats “moliceiros” and taste the local sweets “ovos moles”. Drive to Oporto. Porto – overnight.
Day 3: Oporto (+/- 25km/15.5 miles)
Porto the 2nd city of Portugal and world heritage by UNESCO - a living amphitheater inviting us to make a morning visit to discover the riverside area, old houses, palaces, churches that history has made eternal and Port wine, known worldwide. Afternoon free. Porto – overnight.
Day 4: Oporto/ Guimaraes/ Braga / Barcelos / Porto (+/-178Km/110.6 miles)
Breakfast at the hotel. Full day tour to the Minho, the northwest region of Portugal that offers natural green countryside and the sparkling “green wine”. Starting by Guimaraes (stop) - the cradle of the nation, birthplace of the first king of Portugal, where, walking along the historic center, for moments one is plunged back into medieval times. Visit the Sacred Hill, crowned by the Castle, as well the Palace of the Dukes of Braganca, which original building dates back to the 15th centuries. Drive to Braga (stop) known as the "Portuguese Rome" for its concentration of religious architecture, as the oldest Cathedral of the country, and the Bom Jesus do Monte Sanctuary with famous baroque stairway and gardens. After we shall continue to Barcelos (stop), an historical city rich in popular handicraft where the Galo de Barcelos (the rooster of Barcelos) legend was born becoming, the rooster, a Portuguese icon. Return to Porto. Porto – overnight.
Day 5: Oporto/ Amarante/ Vila Real / Douro Valley / Lamego/ Viseu/ Urgeiriça (+/-254Km/157.8 miles)
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to Amarante (stop), a pretty town proud of Sao Goncalo known for the promotion of love and marriage were the monastery facing the river houses his tomb and his lively bustling market where you can find fruit, vegetables, chickens, cloths, and an immense variety of other popular items. After, drive to Vila Real (stop) – visiting the gardens of the manor of Mateus, which façade is still depicted on the well-known Portuguese Rose wine bottles. Then we enter in the Port wine region, travelling through the vineyards and the breathtaking landscapes of the Douro Valley. Stop in Lamego (stop), overlooked by one of Portugal's most important shrines N.S. Remédios with its magnificent baroque style staircase. Maybe you will try some of the local delicacies such as the local ham or the famous “Bola de Lamego” (a loaf baked in the oven with smoked ham). Continue to the mountainous hinterland to Viseu (stop), center of the Dao Vineyards and a city connected with Portugal´s oldest hero, Viriato, the Lusitanian chief. In the shadow of the Cathedral, narrow streets and doorways with coats of arms carved in granite make up the ancient town of Viseu. Along the center we find a busy commercial area. Arrival to Urgeiriça. Urgeiriça/Caldas da Felgueira –overnight.
Day 6: Urgeirica / Bussaco / Tomar / Lisboa (+/- 365 km)
Breakfast at the hotel. Drive through the heart of Portugal till Bussaco well know for the luxuriant forest, made up of a selection of rare trees and plants of exotic beauty, where was built a charming and romantic hotel, before a royal hunting lodge. We continue to Tomar. The development of the city is closely linked to the Order of the Templars, which received these lands in 1159 as a reward for the assistance they gave Dom Afonso Henriques (the First King of Portugal) in the Christian reconquest of the territory. It was Dom Gualdim Pais, the first Grand Master of the Order in Portugal, who founded the castle and the remarkable Convent of Christ inside. Enlarged and altered over the centuries, this retains the influences of various architectural styles; it is the centerpiece of the city and classified as a World Heritage site by UNESCO. We follow the journey till Lisbon. End of the services.