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We have many itineraries possible, different types of accommodation, from 3* hotels to 5* hotels or charming Pousadas !

 

Algarve region in south of Portugal is very popular tourist destination

Portugal has a rich seafaring past, superb beach resorts, wistful towns and a landscape wreathed in olive groves, vineyards and wheat fields. Littered with UNESCO World Heritage sites and graced by one of Europe’s most relaxed and attractive capitals, it also remains refreshingly affordable.

 

Explore :

Lisbon, the north (Porto region), the Atlantic Coast (Estoril Cascais), Evora, the center, the south (the Algarve Region)

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ROMANTIC PORTUGAL
8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS

Lisbon, Porgugal cityscape and tram near Lisbon Cathedral.

Discover Portugal at your own rhythm

DAY 1 LISBON – ÓBIDOS (90KM)
Welcome to Portugal! Upon arrival pick up your car from Avis by Budget car-hire desk at Lisbon airport. Drive north of Lisbon to the medieval walled town of Óbidos for an overnight in Pousada Castelo de Óbidos, within the old beautiful castle walls. Óbidos is known for its typical white houses, flowered windows and narrow streets paved with beautiful stone. During your stay in Óbidos enjoy the area with its stunning landscape and don’t miss the national monuments in nearby Batalha, Alcobaça and the picturesque fishing town of Nazaré.
Accommodation: Pousada Castelo de Óbidos or similar for 1 night

DAY 2-5 ÓBIDOS – PORTO (245KM)
Drive towards the North of Óbidos to Porto. Porto is located on the right bank of the Douro River which crosses the Porto wine region and offers the delights of a riverside city. During your 3 night stay in Porto we suggest to enjoy the city and its monuments, the historic center (classified as UNESCO world heritage), visit a Porto wine cellar on the other side of the river or take a cruise on the Douro river. We recommend you take a full day excursion to visit Guimarães, Portugal´s birthplace with its medieval castle, the 18th century shrine of Bom Jesus de Braga; Ponte de Lima (beautiful small town) and Viana do Castelo known for its local handicrafts.
Accommodation: Hotel Pestana Vintage Porto or similar for 3 nights, right on the Douro riverside

DAY 5 PORTO – COIMBRA (130KM)
Driving from Porto towards the south to visit Aveiro, Portugal’s own little Venice. Then end your day in Coimbra where you can visit the oldest university of Portugal and its famous Library (please make sure to arrive in advance to book your tour to the library the amount of passengers are limited). Another must see are the roman ruins of Conimbriga, only 16km south from Coimbra.
Accommodation: Hotel Quinta das Lagrimas in Coimbra or similar for 1 night

DAY 6 COIMBRA – ESTORIL (190 KM)
The following 2 nights you will stay in Lisbon’s seaside coast, at the charming Inglaterra Hotel. The hotel is located in Estoril, a village known as the “Portuguese French Riviera”. During your stay there don’t lose the opportunity to visit the romantic Sintra area with its unique palaces. Lisbon is also a must with its monuments, the medieval quarters of Alfama and Mouraria and the typical streets of Bairro Alto and Madragoa. It is worth enjoying one night in this lively area. It is worth enjoying one night in this lively area.
Accommodation: Hotel Inglaterra in Estoril for 2 nights

DAY 8 ESTORIL – LISBON
After breakfast go back to Lisbon airport in time to drop the car and board your flight home.

**The visits mentioned in this itinerary are only suggestions. Clients are free to explore according to their own interests.

INCLUSIONS

  • 1 night in B&B at Pousada Castelo de Óbidos (Castle room) / Óbidos www.pousadas.pt
  • 3 nights in B&B at 4*Hotel Pestana Vintage Porto (Superior: city view)/ Porto www.pestana.com
  • 1 night in B&B at 4* Hotel Quinta das Lágrimas (Palace or Spa room) / Coimbra www.quintadaslagrimas.pt
  • 2 nights in B&B at 4*Hotel Inglaterra (Superior room) / Estoril www.hotelinglaterra.com.pt
  • Breakfasts from day 2 to day 8
  • Car -hire Grp EDMR (Seat Ibiza A/C or similar) – 7 day car-hire with P/U + D/O from EUROPCAR CAR
  • RENTAL (Europcar desk) at Lisbon Airport (See Europcar car-hire general conditions below. Included
  • Unlimited mileage, LDW (CDW+THW), TAX, LAF, 0 € EXCESS (SPCDW, SPTHW)

Not included · International flights · Touristic tax of 2 euros /person/day · Tips to hotel staff · Meals other than breakfasts unless otherwise specified · Beverage · Optional excursions and entrances to monuments · GPS & pay tolls · everything that is not mentioned under “inclusions”

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POUSADAS OF PORTUGAL 
8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS

Beautiful landscape of terraced slopes in Sierra da Monchique, Algarve, Portugal

Wine and gastronomy

DAY 1 LISBON
Upon arrival pick up your car from Budget by Avis car-hire desk at Lisbon Airport. Drive downtown historic Lisbon where you will stay at the boutique deluxe Pousada de Lisboa for 2 nights. Lisbon is a must to visit with its World Heritage monuments and medieval quarters. We suggest a walk through the narrow streets of the old district of Alfama coming downtown (Baixa) along the most important squares of Lisbon to feel the atmosphere of this “old” historical town. We also recommend a visit to Belém quarter. Admire the Tower of Belem and Jerónimos Monastery. On one of the evening enjoy a unique experience in a local Fado restaurant in Lisbon (dinner with drinks included). While in Lisbon don’t lose the chance of visiting romantic Sintra area with its unique palaces such as the Pena palace. This castle represents 19th century romanticism and sits on top of Sintra’s hill with a beautiful view. On the way back to Lisbon stop by Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point of Europe and by its seaside coast, Estoril and Cascais (the Portuguese Riviera).
Accommodation: Pousada de Lisboa or similar for 2 nights

DAY 3 LISBON – SAGRES (325 KM)
Driving South through the Coast, you will get to the Village of Sagres overlooking the deep Atlantic Ocean. Sagres has an important historical and maritime significance. 500 years ago, Prince D. Henrique`s caravels left to discover news countries from there. You will stay 2 nights in Pousada do Infante in Sagres and learn more about Portugal discoveries. While you are staying in Algarve you will visit wine producer and cellar, “Quinta dos Vales” in Estombar (77 km from Sagres). Your visit will include the tasting of 3 different wines. Between Sagres and Quinta dos Vales winery we recommend these visits:

Monchique – a SPA town with Roman origins;
Silves – an extremely old town that was the capital of the Algarve for many centuries;
Lagos – a town with a well preserved heritage.
Accommodation: Pousada do Infante in Sagres or similar for 2 nights

DAY 5 SAGRES – ÉVORA (300 KM)
Driving north to the centre of Alentejo region, known for its wide open spaces and its extensive farms you will find Évora. Évora is a museum town retaining much of its medieval and Moorish charm (Unesco World Heritage). The must-see sights are the Giraldo square, the Roman Temple, the 12th century Cathedral and the São Francisco Church which is one of the most important Gothic Manueline monuments of the region. It also houses the famous Chapel of the Bones. In Reguengos de Monsaraz (44 km) you will have a wine and gastronomy experience visiting the “Herdade do Esporão” wine cellar and vineyard. Your visit will include the tasting of 2 wines and a degustation lunch in at their restaurant (drinks not included). A perfect occasion to taste the delicious Alentejo cuisine. On your way to Évora visit:

Alvito – with its 15th century Manueline castle. Other recommended visits:
Monsaraz – the fortified town, one of the most typical medieval towns in the Alentejo, totally surrounded bywalls.
Vila Viçosa – with a magnificent Ducal Palace, this served as a summer residence for the last kings of Portugal.
Estremoz – the medieval Estremoz surrounded by 17th century fortifications.
Accommodation: Pousada dos Loios in Évora or similar for 2 nights

DAY 7 ÉVORA – PALMELA (97 KM)
Drive to the Blue Coast located on the South bank of the river Tagus towards Palmela to overnight in a medieval castle converted in a Pousada, Pousada of Palmela. Its hilltop setting offers breathtaking panoramic views of the magnificent Natural Park of Arrabida and the river Sado’s course as it flows to find the Atlantic. Visit Palmela’s historic centre. Start your tour at S. Pedro church with its beautiful Baroque tiles covering the walls and continue to explore the rest of the city. Nearby Setúbal, with its elegant pedestrian streets and gardens could also be an interesting stop. There you could see The Igreja de Jesus which is a remarkable Gothic church with interior columns carved in Arrábida pink stone from the nearby quarry. In Azeitão, you will take your last included visit to a wine cellar. The cellar of “José Maria da Fonseca” will offer you a tasting of 2 different wines.
Accommodation: Pousada de Palmela in Palmela or similar for 1 night

INCLUSIONS

  • 2 nights in B&B at Pousada de Lisboa / Lisboa or similar www.pousadas.pt
  • 2 nights in B&B at Pousada do Infante / Sagres or similar www.pousadas.pt
  • 2 nights in B&B at Pousada dos Lóios / Évora or similar www.pousadas.pt
  • 1 night in B&B at Pousada de Palmela/ Palmela or similar www.pousadas.pt
  • Breakfast from day 2 to day 8
  • 1 dinner with Fado Show in a local restaurant in Lisbon (3 course meal + ½ bottle house wine + mineral water)
  • 1 guided visit with wine tasting (4 wine types) in Quinta dos Vales winery – Estombar (Algarve region) 8
  • 1 guided visit with wine tasting (3wine types) + lunch tasting, in Herdade do Esporão winery–Monsaraz
  • 1 guided visit with wine tasting (3 wine types) in José Maria da Fonseca winery – Azeitão
  • Car -hire Grp EDMR (Seat Ibiza or similar) – 7 day car-hire with P/U + D/O from Europcar at Lisbon
  • Airport (See Europcar car hire general conditions below. Included Super Collision Damage Waiver insurance)(See Budget by Avis car hire general conditions below. Included Super Collision Damage Waiver insurance).

Not included · International flights – Touristic tax 2 euros/person/day – Gratuities to hotel staff – Meals – Drinks – Optional excursions and entrances to monuments – GPS and pay toll roads – Anything that is not mentioned under “inclusions”

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