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Explore Southern Portugal Self Drive

8 Days
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US$ 1,031

Discover Portugal from Lisbon, focusing on the sunny south of Portugal. See medieval cities, romantic palaces, UNESCO World Heritage sites, picturesque fishing villages, golden beaches and limestone cliffs. Stay 7 nights in first class accommodations, with a 7-day car rental including insurance, allowing endless options to discover at your own pace.

This 8-day Portugal self-drive explores central and southern Portugal including the marvelous Algarve. Visit literary cities, monasteries, seaside towns and the magnificent palaces of Sintra.

Set out from Lisbon and head west toward Cascais, where you'll spend three nights just outside of town on what many call the Portuguese riviera. Set out early the following day to see the awesome palaces of the Sintra region. You might explore the mysteries of Quinta da Reguleira, or the candy-coloured Pena Palace. If you have time, visit the Belem district, just west of Lisbon, where you can see the famous Belem Tower and Jeronimos Monastery.

Your journey then takes you north to Obidos, a picture perfect walled city that preserves the Portugal of another time. Wander its many handicraft shops and bookstores, making sure to sample the local ginja cherry liqueur. Then drive on to the magnificent monasteries of Alcobaca--home to Portugal's saddest (or most macabre) love story, and Batalha. If you have time, call in at the seaside town of Nazare, home to some of the world's largest waves.

Time to turn inland bound for Evora, the capital of the Alentejo region and chance to try Portugal's culinary delights away from the sea. Don't miss exploring its ancient stone walls, Roman temple devoted to Diana--one of the best preserved in Portugal--or the creepy chapel of bones. Then climb to the top of the city's cathedral for a sweeping rooftop view before your drive to Alagoa, your home in the Algarve for the next three nights.

The Algarve is one of the most beautiful seaside regions in all of Europe, not just Portugal. You'll want two days to drive and discover here, beginning with the west, surrounding the popular town of Lagos. See the Moorish palace of Silves, and the garden-like landscape of Monchique. The following day, devote your time to the east, home to Faro, the Algarve's capital, and Tavra, home to well preserved Roman ruins.

On your way back to Lisbon, call in at the pretty seaside town of Sesimbra and explore its Moorish castle. Nature lovers might prefer to explore Arrabida Natural Park. Spending your last night in Lisbon, perhaps explore the Barrio Alto or the medieval neighbourhood of Alfama. You might even take in a fado performance, enjoying Portugal's signature musical artform.

Of course, there's lots more to enjoy in Lisbon if you care to extend your stay.


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8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,031

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Day 1

Lisbon to Estoril

Upon arrival in Lisbon, pick up your car and drive to the seaside resort area of Estoril, known as the Portuguese French Riviera. Spend 3 nights in first class accommodations. Discover the surrounding areas at your own pace with your rental car. Distance Lisbon - Estoril: 25km.

Accommodation: Hotel in Estoril

Day 2

Romantic palaces, Monuments and 'Nata'

Don't miss the opportunity to see the romantic city of Sintra with its unique Palaces. Once a place where the royals and wealthy of Portugal have built grand homes, the area is dominated by the famous Pena Palace, located on the top of one of Sintra's hills. Lisbon is also a must with its World Heritage monuments, Jerónimos Monastery and the Tower of Belem, walk along the medieval quarters of Alfama and Mouraria, crowned by the magnificent St. George's Castle and feel the atmosphere of this old historical town. On your way back to Estoril, drive along the famous harbour of Belém and taste the famous Pastel de Nata, a specialty of the traditional Portuguese cuisine.

Accommodation: Hotel in Estoril

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Day 3

Literary cities, Beaches and Ginja

Today, perhaps drive northwest towards the magical city of Óbidos. In this charming medieval walled town you will find its beautiful fortified castle, narrow streets and endless bookshops due to its UNESCO designation as the Creative City of Literature. Try the typical Ginja (sour cherry liqueur) in Óbidos served in a chocolate cup! Hit the road again towards the northwest to stunning examples of monasteries in Alcobaça and Batalha. Spend the rest of the afternoon discovering picturesque fishing villages and beach areas of Nazare or Peniche.

Accommodation: Hotel in Estoril

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Day 4

Estoril - Albufeira

Enroute to Albufeira, drive inland towards the Evora, the capital of the Alentejo region, known for its gastronomy and UNESCO World Heritage City. In Évora, discover the city such as Giraldo Square, the Roman Temple, the Cathedral and St. Francis Church with its unique Bones Chapel. Continue your journey driving south along the coastline towards the Algarve, one of Europe`s warmest Mediterranean regions with its beautiful sandy beaches. Spend three nights in Albufeira discovering golden sands and stunning cliffs and white houses. Distances Estoril - Evora: 155km, Evora - Albufeira - 204km.

Accommodation: Hotel in Albufeira

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Day 5

West Algarve discovery

Spend your days on the beach or head west to the popular villages of Lagos, Sagres, Silves and Monchique. Lagos, known as the pot of gold because of its yellow rocks along the coast, you can admire the promontory named Ponta da Piedade with its caves and rocks. In Sagres, the most south-westerly village in mainland Europe, perhaps visit the promontory of the fortress of Cape St Vincent, the symbol of the Portuguese discoveries. In Silves, you can discover the ancient Arab capital of the Algarve with its Moorish Castle and XII century Cathedral. Finally, in Monchique, explore the typical village located in the scenic range of rounded hilss, known as the 'garden' of the Algarve. Take time for shopping for handicrafts.

Accommodation: Hotel in Albufeira

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Day 6

East Algarve Discover

From your hotel in Albufeira, drive east towards the capital of the Algarve, Faro. Take some time to walk through the Old Town and visit the XIII century Cathedral. Continue to Olhao, a city built under Arabic influences. Be sure to visit the waterfront markets and old quarter. Pass through Santa Luzia, the most picturesque fishing and unspoilt village in the Algarve until you reach the old roman town of Tavira. Visit the old castle ruins, Santa Maria do Castelo church and the famous IV century Roman bridge.

Accommodation: Hotel in Albufeira

Day 7

Albufeira - Lisbon

On your way back to Lisbon, perhaps make a stop to Sesimbra, a picturesque fishing town located on the coast of Portugal. Visit the Moorish castle or stop for lunch at a seafood restaurant with views of the sea. For nature lovers, head to Arrabida Natural Park and discover beautiful beaches, unique vegetation and unspoilt nature. Enjoy your last night in Lisbon, exploring the typical streets of the Barirro Alto or Madragoa or checking out a local Fado restaurant and listen to the beautiful sounds of Portugal. Distance Albufeira - Lisbon: 259km.

Accommodation: Hotel in Lisbon

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Duration1 Night
Day 8


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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Other Information




  • 3 nights first class accomodations in Estoril
  • 3 nights first class accommodations in Albufeira
  • 1 night first class accommodations in Lisbon
  • 7 day car rental with automatic transmission
  • Super Colission Damage Waiver insurance
  • Breakfast daily


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


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.

20 Oct 2019
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