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Explore Northern Portugal Self Drive

Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 870

FIRST-CLASS | SELF-DRIVE: On this 8-day self-drive program, discover the diversity of the north and centre of Portugal, from urban cities to mountains and green vineyards, from the land of Vinho verde and Port wine to the contrasting sea, historic monasteries, and academic universities. Stay in first class accommodations including a 7-day car rental with insurance.


This 8-day self-driven trip through Portugal takes you on a round trip from Lisbon, through the country's most historic and culture-rich cities, as well as the countryside that gives Portugal much of its charm.

Pick up your car in Lisbon (you'll return later for a 2-night stay, but by all means arrive early if you want more time to explore), and set out for postcard-perfect Obidos. This tiny walled city is one of Portugal's most charismatic. Hop between local handicraftcraft shops, sampling delicious treats including the signature ginja cherry liqueur, or take a walk along the city walls for a bird's eye view. Then drive on to Porto, the gritty yet beautiful port city that is your base for the next three nights. Along the way, you might want to stop at the monasteries of Alcobaca, home to Portugal's most macabre love story, or awe-inspiring Batalha monastery. Also within easy reach are the giant waves of Nazare, or the Catholic pilgrimage city, Fatima.

Porto itself will enchant you with - of course - its port wine, but also its magnificent architecture and the natural beauty of the Duoro Valley. Take a day trip to see Guimaraes, birthplace of Portugal's first king, and Braga, the former seat of Roman power in ancient Portugal. Of course, no visit to Porto is complete without visiting a port wine cellar! Skip your way through famous names like Taylors, or for a more laid pack port experience, take some time to enjoy the sun and music on the rooftop at Cruz - sipping a delicious port-based cocktail of course! A cruise on the Duoro completes the ultimate Porto day out.

Your journey back to Lisbon begins with Coimbra, home to arguably the most prestigious university in the Portuguese-speaking world. Here, students wear their black robes with pride. That reverence for the past coupled with youthful energy makes Coimbra one of Portugal's most alluring towns, offering a memorable overnight stay for all kinds of travellers. You can also break up your final drive back to Lisbon with a visit to Cascais, 'the Portuguese Riviera' and a delightful place for a seaside lunch.

Lisbon itself is one of Europe's most appealing capital cities, where perfectly preserved slices of the past, like the Alfama neighbourhood, thrive within a city focused on the future. A couple of Lisbon's famous pasteis de nata (egg tarts) with an espresso will fortify you for each day sightseeing in the city of seven hills. There's lots to see in Lisbon proper, but you'll want to devote at least half a day to Belem, home to the beautiful Jerominos Monastery and the Tower of Belem, along with the impressive Monument to the Discoveries. You can even order up some egg tarts from the monastery that claims to have invented the recipe!

Alternatively (or perhaps book an extra day for it), take a day trip to the spectacular Sintra region. Each fabled palace in the hills of Sintra adds its own unique story to your Portugal vacation.


 

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Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 870

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Day 1

Lisbon to Obidos

Upon arrival in Lisbon, pick up your car and drive north to Obidos, the medieval walled town, known for its typical white houses, flowered windows and narrow streets. Spend 1 night in first class accommodations. During your stay in Obidos, walk along the fortified wall to get the best views or browse through the endless bookshops or shop in the biological market for a taste of this charming city. Distance Lisbon - Obidos: 90km.

Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Josefa D Obidos Hotel

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    Josefa D Obidos Hotel



    Featuring free WiFi and a sun terrace, Josefa D Obidos - Hotel offers accommodations in Obidos, just 109 yards from Obidos Vila Natal. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. The rooms include a TV with satellite channels. The rooms have a private bathroom. For your …

    Featuring free WiFi and a sun terrace, Josefa D Obidos - Hotel offers accommodations in Obidos, just 109 yards from Obidos Vila Natal. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant.
    The rooms include a TV with satellite channels. The rooms have a private bathroom. For your comfort, you will find free toiletries and a hairdryer.
    There is a 24-hour front desk at the property.
    You can play pool at this hotel, and car rental is available. The nearest airport is Lisbon Portela Airport, 41 miles from the property.

    Facilities

    • Broadband Internet Access
    • Air Conditioning
    • Designated Smoking Area
    • Elevator
    • Family Room
    • Heating
    • Newspapers
    • Non-Smoking Rooms
    • Safes

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Day 2

Obidos - Porto

On the way to Porto, perhaps take some time to stop at the national monuments of Batalha and Alcobaca or if the sea is calling you, catch the big waves in Nazare, a wonderful spot to stop for lunch. Arrive in Porto, located on the right bank of the Douro River that crosses the Porto wine region. Stay for 3 nights in Porto, visiting its historic centre and monuments, wine cellars or take a Douro River cruise where you have the opportunity to admire the old city of Porto. Distance Obidos to Porto: 245km.

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Duration3 Nights
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Hotel Vila Gale Porto

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    Hotel Vila Gale Porto



    Located in the heart of Porto, a 10 minutes' walk from the famous Rua de Santa Catarina, Hotel Vila Gale Porto was recently renovated in 2014. The metro station Campo 24 de Agosto, located just outside the hotel, also allows you easy access to anywhere …

    Located in the heart of Porto, a 10 minutes' walk from the famous Rua de Santa Catarina, Hotel Vila Gale Porto was recently renovated in 2014. The metro station Campo 24 de Agosto, located just outside the hotel, also allows you easy access to anywhere in the city. The hotel offers standard rooms and executive rooms with a privileged service, a restaurant, two bars, multipurpose rooms for events and meetings. On the top floor, the hotel offers an indoor pool, gym, sauna, Turkish bath and massage rooms, with amazing views over the city. The hotel offers free WIFI access in all areas.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Event Space
    • Gym
    • Indoor Pool
    • Internet
    • Laundry Service
    • Massages
    • Meeting Rooms Available
    • Parking
    • Restaurant
    • Sauna
    • Spa
    • Turkish Bath
    • Wheelchair Accessible
    • WiFi

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Day 3

Discover the Minho and Viana do Castelo region

Continue your discovery of Porto or head outside to the historic Minho region and its two most beautiful cities, Guimaraes and Braga. Guimaraes, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is known as the cradle of Portugal, the birthplace of the first king of Portugal, where, walking along the historic centre, takes you back to the medieval times. Braga, known as the Portuguese Rome due its concentration of religious architecture, is a city founded by the Romans, being one of the oldest Portuguese cities and one of the oldest Christian cities in the world with over 2000 years of history. In the Viana do Castelo region, discover Ponte de Lima, a beautiful small town and centre for adventure and sports activities.

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Day 4

Porto wine cellars or Douro cruise

Today, take the opportunity to visit a Porto wine cellar, located just on the other side of the river bank in Vila Nova de Gaia and discover the real Port wine town. Visit the various wine producers along the waterfront with their aging tanks and tasting rooms. Or perhaps, take a break from driving and board a Douro River Cruise for a different view.

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Day 5

Porto - Coimbra

Depart Porto and head south towards Coimbra. On the way, don't miss the chance to stop in Aveiro, the Venice of Portugal.
Spend 1 night in Coimbra where you will have the chance to see this unique and special university town, one of the Europe's oldest universities, where it has retained its secular academic traditions as seen in the black caped students and captivating Fado music. You can also discover the tragic love story of Pedro and Ines of the 14th century, a visit to the Alcobaca Monastery is sure to follow. Distance Porto - Coimbra: 130km.

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Duration1 Night
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Vila Gale Coimbra

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    Vila Gale Coimbra



    Located in the historic centre of Coimbra, with a stunning view over the Mondego River, Hotel Vila Gale Coimbra is a modern hotel that opened in 2010. The proximity to the historic centre of Coimbra, allows easy access to major cultural interest areas such as …

    Located in the historic centre of Coimbra, with a stunning view over the Mondego River, Hotel Vila Gale Coimbra is a modern hotel that opened in 2010. The proximity to the historic centre of Coimbra, allows easy access to major cultural interest areas such as the long staircase Quebra-costas, the Ancient Cathedral, the Church of Santa Cruz, the prestigious University of Coimbra and its majestic library of the eighteenth century, the Botanical Garden, the New Cathedral of the sixteenth century and the National Museum of Machado de Castro. In the downtown area, you will find lively streets, full of typical restaurants, bars and shops.

    Facilities

    • 2 Restaurants
    • 24 Hour Room Service
    • Garage
    • Garden
    • Laundry
    • Library
    • Outdoor Parking
    • Spa
    • Wheelchair Accessible
    • Wireless Internet Access

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Day 6

Coimbra to Lisbon

On the way back to Lisbon pass by Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point of Europe and the seaside coast, Estoril and Cascais (the Portuguese Riviera). In Lisbon, spend the next 2 days discovering its World Heritage monuments and medieval quarters of Alfama and Mouraria or walk along the typical streets of Bairro Alto and Madragoa and enjoy one night this live area and have a chance to dinner in a local Fado Restaurant and listen this typical song. Distance Coimbra - Lisbon: 205km.

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Duration2 Nights
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Hotel Mundial

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    Hotel Mundial



    Situated in the heart of Lisbon, the Baixa Pombalina, with the historical St. George's castle in the background and Rossio square just a few steps away, this hotel has the best location to explore this beautiful city. The hotel Mundial has 350 rooms, including 3 …

    Situated in the heart of Lisbon, the Baixa Pombalina, with the historical St. George's castle in the background and Rossio square just a few steps away, this hotel has the best location to explore this beautiful city. The hotel Mundial has 350 rooms, including 3 suites, all of them equipped and decorated in order to provide maximum comfort in an elegant environment. The panoramic restaurant "Varanda de Lisboa" offers a stunning view over the old city as well as excellent cuisine.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Room Service
    • Business Centre
    • Currency Exchange
    • Free WiFi
    • Laundry Service
    • Parking
    • Safety Deposit Box

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Day 7

Lisbon

On your last day, visit the most historic sites as the quarter of Belém, with the Tower of Belem, Jerónimos Monastery and the Portuguese famous culinary delight, nata! Or, spend the day in the nearby nearby romantic Sintra area with its unique Palaces.

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Day 8

Lisbon

Check out of your hotel and make your way to the airport to return your car or extend your holidays to another destination.

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PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 1 night first class accommodations in Obidos
  • 3 nights first class accommodations in Porto
  • 1 night first class accommodations in Coimbra
  • 2 nights first class accommodations in Lisbon
  • 7 day car rental with automatic transmission
  • Super Colission Damage Waiver insurance
  • Breakfast daily (excluding day 1)

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Entrances fees to sites and museums
  • Road tolls
  • Hotel tourist taxes
  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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