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Description

10 Days/ 9 Nights. This itinerary is designed for a family holiday with an independent self-drive trip staying at some of the greatest properties in Portugal while enjoying valuable moments together. The 9 night itinerary begins in Lisbon, the capital of Portugal. After Lisbon, you'll be exploring the North of Portugal. Included in the price are the following activities:

  • Hiking at Serra da Estrela mountain range with gourmet picnic
  • Kayaking at Serra da Estrela mountain range
  • Private sailing cruise at Douro river with onboard light lunch

Itinerary

Day 1 - Lisbon

Arrival at Lisbon airport, car rental pick up and departure to your hotel in Lisbon. At the end of the afternoon, optional Moto Side Car to discover Lisbon. Accommodation for 3 nights.

Day 2 - Lisbon

Discover the city of Lisbon today. In the morning, you may wish an optional Private Yacht Sailing on the Tejo River for a different visit of Lisbon. In the afternoon you may explore Lisbon at your own pace or have a Private Half Day Tour with a guide.

Day 3 - Lisbon and Coast

Today we suggest driving to the the village of Sintra (UNESCO World Heritage) and the Estoril Coast.

Day 4 - Coimbra

Hotel check-out and proceed to Coimbra to visit the city and "Portugal dos Pequenitos" a park with miniatures of the main monuments of Portugal and the traditional houses from the different regions. Especially designed for families with young children. In the afternoon you will arrive at Serra da Estrela (Star Mountains). Accommodation for 2 nights.

Day 5 - Coimbra and Serra da Estrela

Hiking in the Serra da Estrela with Gourmet Picnic lunch and Kayaking in one of the mountain's lagoons in the afternoon. At the end of the day, we suggest a relaxing massage at the hotel (massage not included).

Day 6 - Coimbra - Douro

Hotel check-out and proceed to the Douro Valley, to overnight in a very exclusive house with great views overlooking the region. Accommodation for 2 nights.

Day 7 - Douro Valley

Free morning and Sailing Cruise on the Douro River with light lunch onboard. At the end of the day, return to the hotel.

Day 8 - Guimaraes - Porto

Hotel check-out and departure to Porto, visiting the city of Guimarães on the way. Accommodation for two nights.

Day 9 - Porto

Day to visit the city of Porto on your own, or with driver and guide as an option.

Day 10 - Porto

Hotel check-out and proceed to Porto airport. Return rental car at the airport.

Places to Visit

Lisbon

Lisbon is the capital of Portugal, located at the mouth of the Tejo (Tagus in English)  River - where the Portuguese ships 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 neighborhoods. You'll be amazed with the 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

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

Coimbra

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

Serra da Estrela

Estrela mountain range is one of largest in Portugal, at 1993 m (6,539 feet). This point is not a distinctive mountain summit but it is the highest point in a plateau known as Torre ("Tower" in English). Due to its bizarrely shaped crags, its mountain streams and lakes along with its beautiful forests and views, the area ranks among Portugal's outstanding attractions.

Douro Valley

The beautiful 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 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 clinging to the steep slopes along the banks of the Douro River. We suggest a visit to one of the wineries in the region.

Private River Cruise in the Douro

During this very special included activity you will board  a charming boat in one of the little villages along the Douro Valley and a private cruise along the river. Cruise along the gentle waters of the river Douro, while enjoying some local products and some of the superb Port or Douro wines.

Guimaraes

Guimaraes is the cradle of Portugal where our first king, Afonso Henriques, was born and where he began the nation. Be sure not to miss a visit to the Ducal Palace, the Castle and walking along the narrow streets of the historic center (World Heritage Site by the UNESCO) until you get to the charming Praça da Oliveira (Oliveira Square).

Porto

Porto is both the name of a city and a fortified wine (known as Port in English). Port is one of the most famous wines  in the world and 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 it preserves many beautiful monuments, mainly from the Baroque period which reflects the glory and wealth achieved by trade of Port Wine. Be sure not to miss a visit to the Cathedral (Sé), the Church of Saint Francis and the Clérigos Tower.

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

 Package Includes:

  • 9 night accommodation in Superior or Premier level hotels
  • 9 full-breakfasts
  • Hiking at Serra da Estrela mountain range with gourmet picnic
  • Kayaking at Serra da Estrela mountain range
  • Private sailing cruise at Douro river with onboard light lunch
  • 9 days of rental car (air-conditioned vehicle) with CDW and TP insurance, unlimited kms. Vehicles are manual transmission.
  • Personalized itinerary of Portugal
  • Travel consultancy service
  • 24 hour telefone support in Portugal
  • Welcome manual by TFY in English (PDF)

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 suite
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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 .

Premier Hotels

Douro - Casa das Gouvaes

Casa das Gouvaes

Casa de Gouvaes provides ideal conditions for a period of holidays or getaway in the Douro Valley. With your family or friends, experience the tranquility, privacy and comfort involved by natural spaces that invite you to enjoy the pleasures of the countryside.

Rebuilt from a ruin of the 19th century, Casa de Gouvaes is perfectly inserted in the Douro Valley’s winery landscape.

The ancient schist stones and the balcony overlooking the wine slopes are the starting line to discover the elegance and refinement of this lovely villa.

Inside one can feel the strong complicity between the classic inspiration, with pieces of former times, and contemporary comfort, because all the pampering is quite welcome.

In Casa de Gouvaes you will find the perfect spot to spend memorable days, whether for the holiday season or in a weekend getaway.

The Douro Valley, a World Heritage Site, sends you the invitation. Casa de Gouvaes will be your home.

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Serra da Estrela - Casa das Penhas Douradas Design Hotel

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Situated in Serra da Estrela Nature Park’s mountains, this design hotel offers mountain-view rooms with amenities including an LCD TV and iPod player. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel.

Casa das Penhas Douradas’ wood-paneled rooms feature large picture windows and a furnished veranda with mountain views. Each is equipped with a DVD player and satellite TV. Connected rooms for families are available upon request.

Guests can relax in the heated indoor pool or sauna. The Casa das Penhas Douradas’ public living rooms have a large library and movie theatre. Massages, a Vichy shower and relaxation room are available at the spa.

Casa das Penhas’ bar serves all-day drinks and cocktails. The hotel’s restaurant uses local products and serves daily buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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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

Pestana Palace

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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Booking your land only vacation

  • A non-refundable, non-transferable deposit of 25% of the full reservation value per person is required to make your reservation.
  • Vacation departures, itineraries and prices are subject to change until confirmed
  • Full payment due 45 days from departure

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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

  • Deposit is non-refundable
  • 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
  • Less than 48 hours, "no shows" and unused services - No refund

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