Experience the Delights of Portugal Self-Drive Travel Adventure

12-15 Days
TYPOLOGIES

AUTO

DIFFICULTY

Low

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1 Year

2350

Start your fun trip in Lisbon and end in beautiful Porto!

Compared to its small size, the country of Portugal sure packs a heavy punch on attractive tourist destinations! With lively beach spots, lush National parks, historic landmarks, and beautiful landscapes, this sun-kissed part of Western Europe is definitely a delight amongst travelers.

And to add more punch to your tour, we are including a series of competitive treasure hunts to give you limitless fun and entertainment!

Starting with a sight-seeing tour in the energetic city of Lisboa, your treasure hunts will take you through the best tourist destinations across 24 exciting cities. You will collect quirky items; find clues, yum on mouthwatering Portuguese meals and drown in blue-colored wine as you follow hidden paths to your final mystery destination. But, that’s not all! You also stand a chance to get 100%, 50%, or a 25% refund of your participatory fee when you become our first-place, second-place, or third-place winner!

Partake in this travel adventure and enjoy all the authentic fun Portugal has to offer!

Day by day

Is time to start moving, and explore the oldest country in Europe. Located next to the sea, between Setúbal and the fishing village of Sesimbra, Arrábida Natural Park has incomparable natural beauty, where the blue of the sea alternates with the white tones of the chalk cliffs. Some of the beaches of the park were on the list of the most beautiful in the world and are a secret paradise for dolphins.

Try Azeitão cheese, a Portuguese delicacy, produced only in the demarcated municipalities of Setubal, Palmela and Sesimbra. Visit to a local winery, the one that produces Blue Wine, yes the wine is blue.

This morning we visit Reguengos de Monsaraz, the “Balcony of the great Alqueva Lake”. Walk through the Terre de Monsaraz, Pelourinho, Church of Our Lady of the Lagoon, and House of the Inquisition until arriving at the Castle. We’ll end the visit with a taste of the red wine produced in the Alentejo region.

Évora, delightful city that exudes Portuguese charm and boasts a vast array of fascinating historical monuments, a major trading and religious centre once. The city has a lot to offer to visitors, with interesting historical monuments, great restaurants, a relaxed nightlife and is the gateway to the Alentejo region.

After breakfast, time to move forward, continuing to Arraiolos, small town, famous for its exquisite “tapetes” (carpets). These handwoven works have been in production here since the 12th century and  show a marked influence from Persian rugs.

We will pass for some of the most charismatic villages of Alentejo North Region, full of rich culture and traditions, famous for their wines and Lusitano horses breeding. We’ll see places like Estremoz, Vila Viçosa, Borba and Alter do Chão. Time to visit one of the biggest horse breeding farms, that use to belong to the Portuguese royal family, Coudelaria Alter Real.

We will finish for the day, in the stunning picturesque village of Marvão, located in a hill of the Natural Park, a city inside fortify walls, with beautiful and narrow cobbled streets, popular houses very typical of Alentejo region.

Visit Tomar, was the Headquarters of the Knights Templar Order in Portugal for nearly 700 years.

The Knights Templar castle which dominates the town was constructed in 1160. The Castle, and the Convent of Christ, contained within the site, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

“Coimbra is a lesson”, as the popular Fado song says, Coimbra is firstly a lesson of Portuguese History. There is no other Portuguese city like Coimbra in what comes to academic tradition which is present in the students’ everyday life.

Visit the gardens of Bussaco Palace, summer residence for the Portuguese Royal family. If you’re after a fairy-tale palace with magnificent views, this a place to see. Free time to walk around the forrest.

Trip to Bairrada region, famous for their sparkling wines. We’ll visit their caves to learn more about the production process and taste the very best wine. Mealhada, located in central Portugal, renowned for his typical suckling pig, a culinary specialty that it calls its own. Since the 18th century, the moist, smoky, crispy allure of the dish, known locally as “leitão assado”, has been a magnet for locals and tourists from all around the world. After lunch we continue to Serra da Estrela region, place that offers breath-taking views of the surrounding plains. Visit to a local cheese farm and taste the amazing local goat cheese.

This day we’ll go directly to Vila Nova de Foz Côa, here is the start of that many of the Port wine estates are to be found. The undulating curves of the Douro wine region’s hillsides create a beautiful and dramatic landscape which changes with the seasons and is so special it was awarded UNESCO World Heritage status in 2001.

Overnight in Douro Valley region, consider one of the most beautiful regions of Portugal.

Today we will visit Lamego, a town 10km south of the Rio Douro, time to see it astonishing baroque stairway. The old town centre itself has a mix of winding narrow lanes and tree-lined boulevards, with spotlit medieval land marks looming from almost every angle.

Free time to have lunch in Amarante, handsomely set on a bend in the Rio Tâmega, the sleepy village of Amarante is dominated by a striking church and monastery.

Continue to Guimarães, city of rich history and the “birthplace of Portugal”. Visit to one of the

most ancients’ castles of Portugal, an impressive structure that remains with his very important

legacy. Every inch of Guimarães delightful medieval centre exudes history

Today we will drive to a unique place, Agra, typical village with a strong charming and rural identity. Embrace the scenario that surrounds you, enjoy the peace and the powerful silence.

Known for his traditional quilts made coarse woollen, pedestrian trails and Wild Horses. You’ll also have the opportunity to ride a horse, view the old farms and the crystal-clear lagoons. We will enjoy both lunch and typical dinner on the most recognise restaurant of the area “Restaurante Agra na Boca” while watching a traditional show of “Portuguese Concertina”.

This day we will drive along the “Vinho Verde” route, there’s no better way to explore the breathtakingly beautiful part of the country than by following the established route, which takes in some of the most ancient towns and cities in Portugal, we will have time to taste it. Visit the city of Arcos de Valdevez were we will have time for lunch. Continue to the village of Soajo placed on the heart of the Alto Minho, at the North of the country, in the beautiful and typical region, rich land of tales and myths and where nature's beauty remains untouched.

Overnight in the city of Melgaço, privileged place, it overviews the beautiful Minho valley, filled with amazing vineyards.

Continue along the Minho River, border with Spain, still on the famous Vinho Verde route, where we’ll have some time to visit the medieval city Monção, surrounded by his ancient walls and Caminha, village of rich history, once a very important maritime trade point.

Visit the city of Viana do Castelo, a contrasted scenery is suggested by the sea with its golden sandy beaches, by Santa Luzia hill that draws the horizon and by the Lima River that bathes the serene fluvial beaches, which represents, without any doubt, one of the most beautiful landscapes, generated by nature.

By night, enjoy a typical fish dinner surrounded by the idyllic and picturesque scenario

Departure from Viana do Castelo towards Braga, known as “Bracara Augusta”, the oldest city of Portugal, built more than 2000 years, known by the “Portuguese Rome” because of the great roman and religious legacy. Here you can visit the Sé, the oldest Cathedral in Portugal. Braga was considered in 2019 the second European Best Destination. Time to visit the most famous Monastery of Portugal, Bom Jesus do Monte. We suggest you climb the majestic stairs or board on the funicular, the only one powered by water.

We’ll continue our way to Porto, capital and gateway to the north of Portugal, where you will have some time gentle stroll through its streets, taking time to admire the typical granite houses and the main monuments.

After breakfast, unfortunately it is time to say your goodbye

What's included

  • Accommodation
  • Hygiene Measures
  • Entrance to Bacalhoa Wine farm – Blue wine
  • Wine tasting in Monsaraz – Herdade do Esporão
  • Visit to an Arraiolos Factory
  • Visit the Royal Lusitano Horse breeding farm
  • Included Entrance to Tomar Castle, the Convent of Christ
  • Visit Bussaco Palace Gardens
  • Entrance to a Sparkling wine caves and tasting
  • Included Cheese tasting/demo in Serra da Estrela
  • Included Day cruise along the Douro River with lunch and Porto Wine tasting
  • Entrance to Paço dos Duques entrance
  • Entrance to Guimarães Castle entrance
  • Included Horse ride at Geres Natural Park
  • Vinho Verde Tasting with snacks – A Portuguese wine
  • Vinho Alvarinho Tasting A Portuguese wine
  • Included: Entrance on Traje Museum – A Portuguese culture museum

Not included

  • Flights before and after the tour are not included in the tour price.
  • Travel insurance is not covered in the tour price.