Duration
9 Days/8 Nights
Travel Type
Self Drive
 

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.

Inclusions

Porto: 2 nights in Double Classic BB at 5-star Hotel Pestana Vintage Porto – www.pestana.com – 1 Dinner for 2 persons at hotel Restaurant (3 course dinner: 1 starter, 1 main dish and dessert), drinks not included. – Transfer from Hotel to meeting point for the walking food tour in Porto. No return transfers. – 3.5 hours regular walking food tour with English speaking guide and food tasting in Porto
Covas do Douro: 2 nights in Double Terrace BB at Quinta Nova Luxury Winery House – www.quintanova.com – 1 Dinner for 2 persons at hotel restaurant (drinks not included) – Regular guided visit to the wine cellar and 3 wines tasting at Quinta Nova Winery
Coimbra: 1 night in Double SPA BB at 5 star Hotel Quinta das Lágrimas in Coimbra – www.quintadaslagrimas.pt – On your route between Quinta Nova Luxury Winery House and Hotel Quinta das Lágrimas, a regular guided visit to the wine cellar of Casa de Santar (16 km south of Viseu) including 3 wines tasting complemented with regional products.
Lisbon: 3 nights in Double Classic BB at 5-star Hotel Porto Bay Liberdade – www.portobay.com – Transfer from Hotel to meeting point for the walking food tour in Lisbon. No return transfers – 3H30 hours regular walking tour with English speaking guide and food tasting in Lisbon
1 Dinner for 2 persons at Fado restaurant Casa de Linhares with Fado show in Lisbon (3 course meal + ½ bottle house wine + mineral water).
Breakfasts from day 2 to day 8
1 x Car -hire Grp EDMR (Seat Ibiza A/C or similar) – 8 days car-hire with pick-up – drop-off from Europcar Airport desk WITH 2 drivers included, unlimited mileage, Super Collision Damage Waiver insurance (LDW (CDW+THW). See Europcar car hire general conditions.

Exclusions

International flights, touristic tax in Lisbon and Porto of 2 euros / person / day paid locally at the hotel, gratuities to hotel staff, meals unless otherwise specified, drinks unless otherwise specified, optional excursions and entrances to monuments, GPS and pay toll roads, anything that is not mentioned under “Inclusions”.

Additional Information

Note

Supplements applicable during New Year’s (28 Dec 2022 – 02 Jan 2023) and Easter (13 – 17 Apr 2022).

1

DAY 1 PORTO (approx. 13km)

Upon arrival in Porto, pick up your car from Europcar car-hire desk at Porto Airport and drive downtown to the historic centre of Porto to stay in your hotel. Included in your stay is, one dinner at the Hotel. You will have the chance to taste some unique Portuguese flavours (drinks are not included).

Meals : Dinner

Accommodation : Porto – Hotel Pestana Vintage Porto for 2 nights

2

DAY 2 PORTO

After breakfast, you will have our regular guided walking tour in Porto specialized in food (approx. 3hrs) with local English-speaking guide that will introduce you to the real Porto and taste different foods and different beverages. Afternoon is at your leisure. For dinner, we suggest you a nice walk to Douro riverbank; you will find several restaurants near Dom Luis Bridge with a Douro River view. Don’t lose the chance to enjoy the tapas and wine in Quay Wine Bar (not included).

Meals : Breakfast

3

DAY 3 COVAS DO DOURO (approx. 131km)

Breakfast at the hotel. Depart in direction to the Douro Valley (Covas do Douro), the birthplace of the famous Port Wine, for your next experience at Quinta Nova Luxury Winery House Wine producer. Check-in at Quinta Nova Luxury Winery House for 2 relaxing nights. Included during your stay is one dinner at Quinta Nova restaurant (3 course dinner: 1 starter, 1 main dish and dessert, drinks are not included).

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation : Covas do Douro – Quinta Nova Luxury Winery House for 2 nights

4

DAY 4 COVAS DO DOURO

Enjoy your breakfast and in the morning, you will have an authentic wine experience, a guided visit to the wine cellar and taste 3 wines produced in the Quinta Nova winery. Rest of day at leisure. You can explore the region or just relax at the hotel in the gardens or terraces, or even in the lovely pool between vineyards.

Meals : Breakfast

5

DAY 5 COIMBRA (approx. 235km)

Breakfast at the hotel. Departure from the beautiful Douro valley direction south through the mountainous hinterland, passing by Viseu to Coimbra, for your next stay. Viseu is the centre of the Dão Vineyards and a city connected with Portugal´s oldest hero, Viriato, the Lusitanian chief. In the shadow of the Cathedral, narrow street sand doorways with coats of arms carved in granite make up the ancient town of Viseu. On your route, you have a chance to taste the flavors from the region, including a wine experience in the wine cellar Casa de Santar in Santar (16 km south of Viseu). Following your tasting visit, drive to Coimbra, for your next accommodation. In Coimbra, we suggest having a glass of wine while you enjoy a listen to the unique Fado music in a 14th century chapel – À Capella Cultural Center (not included).

Meals : Breakfast

Accommodation : Coimbra – Hotel Quinta das Lágrimas for 1 night

6

DAY 6 LISBON (approx. 235km)

After breakfast, enjoy the historical city of Coimbra. See the University, one of the oldest in the world, with its magnificent baroque library and its unique atmosphere, characterized by ancient traditions and customs such as the black cape of the students and the melancholic Fado music. Visit St Clara Church, where lies the tomb of Queen St. Isabel, the protagonist of the “miracle of the roses”. In the centre you can admire the exclusive ceramic of Coimbra. Your next stay and last stop will be the glamorous city of Lisbon. On the way to Lisbon, we suggest visit to Alcobaça Monastery, the first and largest gothic church in Portugal with the tombs of D. Pedro and Inês de Castro, known by its love story. Stop in Nazaré, a typical fishing village and seaside resort, with its traditions and legends. And then Óbidos, surrounded by medieval walls where we can admire the harmony of the architecture, the diversity of the handicrafts and taste the famous ginginha (bitter cherry liqueur; tasting not included).

Meals : Breakfast

Accommodation : Lisbon – Hotel Porto Bay Liberdade for 3 nights

7

DAY 7 LISBON

Breakfast at the hotel. Wake up your taste buds for the flavors and your senses for the history and culture of Lisbon city. In our 3.5 hours regular walking tour, we visit several spots that link tradition with modernity, and brilliant restaurant concepts reinvented – from the market to the hotel – school – and create culinary recipes that have become world famous. Rest of day at leisure.

Meals : Breakfast

8

DAY 8 LISBON

Breakfast at the hotel. Free day at leisure. While in Lisbon, we suggest visiting Sintra, the town where the royal family spent their summers and where you will find the town’s National Palace, the impressive and romantic Pena Palace. Don’t lose the chance to taste some of Sintra’s famous pastries. See Cascais, with its Boca do Inferno wave waterspout and the magnificent panorama out over the Bay of Cascais and the coast. Also visit Estoril with its famous Casino. Enjoy a memorable experience in a local Fado restaurant in Lisbon, which includes a dinner with drinks at a Fado restaurant, Casa de Linhares, with Fado show in Lisbon (3 course meal + ½ bottle house wine + mineral water).

Meals : Breakfast

9

DAY 9 DEPARTURE FROM LISBON

After breakfast, deliver the car to Lisbon airport to meet your return flight or extend your holidays. **The visits mentioned in this itinerary are only suggestions. Clients are free to explore according to their own interests.

Meals : Breakfast

Prices per person, in CA$, starting from

Daily Departures 2022

 

May 01 – June 30 / Sept. 16 – October 31 July 01-15 / August 19 – Sept. 15 July 16 – August 18

Twin Occupancy BB **

2715 2805 2840

Upgrade for a larger car/supplement per 7 days car rental / per car (not per person)

Group CDMR (Renault Megane A/C or similar)

+ 139

+ 165

+309

Group CWMR (Renault Megane Station Wagon A/C or similar)

+209

+190

+415

Group CCAR (Renault Megane Automatic A/C or similar)

+415

+665

+730

**Note: Supplements applicable during New Year’s ( Dec. 28, 2022 – Jan. 02, 2023). 

**Prices in this document are for information only; they were issued at press time, for the current year. Please note that due to exchange rates and temporary promotions, they can increase or decrease at any time. Contact your travel agent for the price and promotion of the moment The prices indicated exclude the contribution to the Customer Compensation Fund of $3.50 per $1,000 of tourism product or service purchased from a travel agent in Quebec.