Come and discover our self-drives in Portugal!

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), and Madeira Island

 

ROMANTIC PORTUGAL – 8 days / 7 nights 

POUSADAS OF PORTUGAL: WINE AND GASTRONOMY – 8 days / 7 nights

WINES OF PORTUGAL – 8 days / 7 nights 

GASTRONOMY AND WINE – 9 days / 8 nights 

MADEIRA SELF-DRIVE – 8 day / 7 nights

 

 

**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

ROMANTIC PORTUGAL 8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS

Lisbon, Portugal cityscape and tram near Lisbon Cathedral.

Discover Portugal at your own rhythm

ITINERARY

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DAY 1 LISBON - ÓBIDOS (approx. 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
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DAY 2 & 4 ÓBIDOS - PORTO (approx. 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 a UNESCO World Heritage Site), 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
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DAY 5 PORTO - COIMBRA (approx. 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
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DAY 6 & 7 COIMBRA - ESTORIL (approx. 190km)

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
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DAY 8 ESTORIL - LISBON

After breakfast, drive back to Lisbon to return your car at the 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.


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 days car-hire with pick-up / drop-off from Europcar at Lisbon Airport WITH 2 drivers included, unlimited mileage, Super Collision Damage Waiver insurance LDW (CDW+THW), TAX, LAF, 0 € EXCESS (SPCDW, SPTHW).  See Europcar car hire general conditions.
Not included: International flights, touristic tax of 2 euros / person / day paid locally at the hotels in Lisbon & Porto, tips to hotel staff, meals unless otherwise specified, beverages unless otherwise specified, optional excursions and entrances to monuments, GPS & pay tolls, everything that is not mentioned under “Inclusions”.
PRICES IN CAD $ PER PERSON – DAILY DEPARTURES – 2022
02 Jan – 31 Mar 01 Apr – 30 Jun** 18 Sept – 31 Oct 01 – 15 Jul 19 Aug – 17 Sept 16 Jul – 18 Aug
Twin Occupancy BB ** $1,355 $1,759 $1,889 $1,975
Single Occupancy BB ** $2,175 $3,400 $3,659 $3,825
Upgrade for a larger car/supplement per 7 days car rental / per car (not per person)
Group CDMR (Renault Megane A/C or similar) +$60 +$120 +$145 +$270
Group CWMR (Renault Megane Station Wagon A/C or similar) +$80 +$200 +$255 +$360
Group CCAR (Renault Megane Automatic A/C or similar) +$225 +$365 +$580 +$640
*Prices advertised on our site are valid if you purchase services in one single session. If you disconnect from our site, prices could be different in your next session.  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. **PLEASE NOTE:
  • Supplements applicable during New Year’s and
  • Pousada Castelo de Óbidos: apply a supplement for a stay on Saturdays of $26 per person in twin room // $52 in single room

POUSADAS OF PORTUGAL – WINE & GASTRONOMY 8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS

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

ITINERARY

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DAY 1 & 2 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
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DAY 3 & 4 LISBON - SAGRES (approx. 325km)

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
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DAY 5 & 6 SAGRES - ÉVORA (approx. 300km)

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
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DAY 7 ÉVORA - PALMELA (approx. 97km)

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
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DAY 8 PALMELA - LISBON AIRPORT (approx. 97km)

After breakfast, drive to Lisbon to return your car at the 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.

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 A/C or similar) – 7 days car-hire with pick-up / drop-off from Europcar at Lisbon Airport WITH 2 drivers included, unlimited mileage, Super Collision Damage Waiver insurance (LDW (CDW+THW).  See Europcar car hire general conditions.
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”.
PRICES IN CAD$ PER PERSON – DAILY DEPARTURES 2022
02 Jan – 31 Mar ** 01 Apr – 30 Jun ** 16 Sept – 31 Oct 01 – 15 Jul 19 Aug – 15 Sept 16 Jul – 18 Aug
Twin Occupancy BB** $1,575 $1,990 $2,289 $2,310
Single Occupancy BB** $2,635 $3,385 $3,960 $4,075
Upgrade for a larger car / supplement per 7 days car rental / per car (not per person)
Group CDMR (Renault Megane A/C or similar) +$60 +$120 +$145 +$270
Group CWMR (Renault Megane Station Wagon A/C or similar) +$80 +$200 +$255 +$360
Group CCAR (Renault Megane Automatic A/C or similar) +$225 +$365 +$580 +$640
*Prices advertised on our site are valid if you purchase services in one single session. If you disconnect from our site, prices could be different in your next session.  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. PLEASE NOTE:
  • Supplements applicable during New Year’s and Easter.
  • Weekend supplements (Friday + Saturday nights) for all Pousadas units – $25 per person / per night // or $52 in the single room.
  • Pousada Sagres from 14 to 17 April 2022, 09 to 11 June 2022, 15 to 18 June 2022 and from 09 July to 11 Sept 2022 – it is mandatory a minimum stay of 3 nights if including a Saturday night.
  • Pousada Castelo de Palmela from 27 Feb to 05 March 2022, 14 to 17 April 2022, 09 to 11 June 2022, 15 to 18 June 2022, 04 to 05 Oct 2022 and from 30 July to 27 Aug 2022 – it is mandatory a minimum stay of 2 nights if including a Saturday night.

WINES OF PORTUGAL 8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS

ITINERARY

1

DAY 1 LISBON

Upon arrival into Lisbon’s Airport, pick up the car At Europcar Lisbon Airport.  We suggest you see Jerónimos Monastery, the city’s most prominent monument; Torre de Belém, ex-libris of Lisbon and jewel of Manueline art; Padrão dos Descobrimentos or Monument to the Discoveries, built in honor of Henry the Navigator, who was instrumental in the success of the Portuguese explorations during the 15th century, a period now known as the Age of Discoveries. Admire Black Horse Square, Rossio and Avenida da Liberdade before returning to your hotel for overnight. Accommodation: Lisbon – As Janelas Verdes Hotel or similar for 1 night
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DAY 2 ÉVORA (approx. 134km)

After breakfast, drive south in direction of Alentejo. It is here that Portugal’s climate finally escapes the Atlantic influence and the scenery changes to large, gently undulating plains. Aside from the many tourist attractions in the region, it is wine that is currently putting the Alentejo region on the map, and more specifically, its red wines. There are two distinct styles of Alentejo red. First, there is what can loosely be termed the traditional style. These often combine earthy, herby, undergrowth-like savory flavors and aromas with the fruit. Traditional Alentejo wines are often complex and reasonably age worthy. Then there is the modern style, perhaps best demonstrated by the wines of Esporão, João Portugal Ramos or Sogrape’s new Alentejo Reserva.  These wines show lots of intense fruit, with a richness that is quite ‘new world’ in character. Continue to Evora, the capital of Alentejo Province.  This museum-city, whose roots go back to Roman times, reached its golden age in the 15th century, when it became the residence of the Portuguese Kings.  Its unique quality stands in the whitewashed houses decorated with azulejos and wrought-iron balconies dating from the 16th to the 18th century.  Overnight in Evora. Accommodation: Évora – Pousada Convento de Évora for 1 night
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DAY 3 ÓBIDOS - BATALHA - COIMBRA (approx. 338km)

After breakfast, head north to Coimbra.  On the way, stop in the charming village of Óbidos and in Batalha for a visit of its imposing 14th century Monastery. Coimbra, known as Portugal’s most romantic city, was the inspiration for the song “April in Portugal”.  On the weather-washed right bank of the muddy Mondego, this city of medieval churches is also the educational center of the country and is at its best when the university is in session and the city radiates youthful energy.  Overnight in Coimbra. Accommodation: Coimbra – Conimbriga Hotel do Paço for 1 night
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Day 4 BAIRRADA & DAO - PORTO (approx. 239km)

After breakfast at the hotel, drive to the fertile winegrowing areas of Dão and Bairrada.  In the western part of the Beiras, between the mountainous Dão region and the surf-washed Atlantic beaches, Bairrada has a mild, maritime climate with abundant rainfall.  Although much of the Bairrada region is hilly, the majority of the vineyards are on flatter land.  Here, two main types of soil (clay-limestone and sandy), each influencing style of wine, and vineyards are often divided into a multitude of small plots.  Continue to the Dão region. This area is a fine example of the changes that are driving the rapid improvement in Portuguese wines. Once home to mostly large cooperative wineries that churned out wine en masse, it’s now blossoming into a premier wine region with several small, quality minded producers.  Overnight in Porto. Accommodation: Porto – Pousada Palácio do Freixo for 4 nights
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DAY 5 PORTO

Start your day with an orientation tour of Porto, Portugal’s second largest city.  Sitting pretty among the hilly landscape at the mouth of the Douro River, Porto welcomes visitors looking for history, culture, and a good glass of port wine.  Porto’s historic center is the Ribeira district, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  See its narrow, cobbled streets, pause for a cup of coffee and “Pastel de Nata” at one of many inviting cafes.  Walk across the 19th century Ponte de Dom Luis Bridge to visit Porto’s other half – the port-soaked Vila Nova de Gaia.  Here you can tour one of the many ancient port wine cellars, learn about the beverage’s history and sample some of the rich red liquid for yourself. Traditionally served as a dessert wine, port wine has emerged as the sipping alternative to wine and cocktails at luncheons, after work outings and at-home get togethers.  The alcohol in port wine is produced under very specific conditions that result from natural and human factors. While aging in wood, port wine’s fruity aroma develops through oxidation to create a bouquet that is reminiscent of dried fruit, toasting, wood, and spices.  Overnight in Porto.
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DAY 6 DOURO VALLEY - PORTO

Today drive to the Douro Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The valley is spectacularly beautiful with the hills falling steeply down to the water´s edge, becoming more and more sparsely populated and wild the further inland one travels, with more of the land being given over to terraces of vines and, to a lesser extent, olive groves.  This is port country and was, in fact, the world’s first demarcated wine region being established in 1756.  Overnight in Porto.
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DAY 7 MINHO PROVINCE - PORTO (approx. 115km)

Today drive to the province of Minho.  A rolling province of lush river valleys, forested hillsides, trailing vines and long, sandy beaches, it is certainly pleasing to the eye, especially in the mountainous east, where you can still see wooden wheeled ox-carts creak down cobbled lanes.  Our first stop is in Guimarães.  First capital of Portugal, this lovely city has preserved a medieval atmosphere in its core.  Continue to Ponte de Lima, which is exactly what one hopes a Portuguese village will be like.  Spread lazily along the tree-lined banks of the Lima River, it’s named for the Roman Bridge with 27 arches spanning the water.  This is also the area where the famous Vinho Verde (green wine) is produced.  Overnight in Porto.
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DAY 8 DEPARTURE FROM PORTO

After breakfast, drive to Porto 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.

INCLUSIONS

Not included:  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”.
PRICES IN CAD$ PER PERSON – DAILY DEPARTURES 2022
02 Jan – 14 Mar 2022** 15 Mar – 30 Jun 01 Sept – 31 Oct 01 Jul – 31 Aug
Twin Occupancy BB** $1,155 $1,785 $1,810
Upgrade for a larger car / supplement per 7 days car rental / per car (not per person)
Group CDMR (Renault Megane A/C or similar) +$60 +$145 +$270
Group CWMR (Renault Megane Station Wagon A/C or similar) +$80 +$255 +$360
Group CCAR (Renault Megane Automatic A/C or similar) +$225 +$580 +$640
*Prices advertised on our site are valid if you purchase services in one single session. If you disconnect from our site, prices could be different in your next session.  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. **PLEASE NOTE: Supplements applicable during New Year’s and Easter

GASTRONOMY AND WINE 9 DAYS / 8 NIGHTS

ITINERARY

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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) Accommodation: Porto – Hotel Pestana Vintage Porto for 2 nights
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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).  Overnight at your hotel.
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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) Accommodation: Covas do Douro – Quinta Nova Luxury Winery House for 2 nights
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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.  Overnight at your hotel.
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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).  Overnight at Hotel Quinta das Lagrimas. Accommodation:  Coimbra – Hotel Quinta das Lágrimas for 1 night
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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).  Overnight at Hotel Porto Bay Liberdade in Lisbon. Accommodation:  Lisbon – Hotel Porto Bay Liberdade for 3 nights
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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.  Overnight at your hotel.
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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).  Overnight at your hotel.
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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.

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.
Not included:  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”.
PRICES IN CAD $ PER PERSON – DAILY DEPARTURES
02 Jan – 31 Mar 1 – 30 Apr 01 May – 30 Jun 16 Sept – 31 Oct 01 – 15 Jul 19 Aug – 15 Sept 16 Jul – 18 Aug
Twin Occupancy BB** $2,395 $2,590 $2,715 $2,805 $2,840
Upgrade for a larger car / supplement per 7 days car rental / per car (not per person)
Group CDMR (Renault Megane A/C or similar) +$70 +$139 +$139 +$165 +$309
Group CWMR (Renault Megane Station Wagon A/C or similar) +$90 +$229 +$229 +$190 +$415
Group CCAR (Renault Megane Automatic A/C or similar) +$259 +$415 +$415 +$665 +$730
*Prices advertised on our site are valid if you purchase services in one single session. If you disconnect from our site, prices could be different in your next session.  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. **PLEASE NOTE: Supplements applicable during New Year’s (28 Dec 2022 – 02 Jan 2023) and Easter (13 – 17 Apr 2022).

MADEIRA SELF -DRIVE 8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS


ITINERARY

1

DAY 1 FUNCHAL

Welcome to Funchal. Upon arrival, go to the car-rental desk to pick up your vehicle and drive to your first hotel in Funchal. Accommodation: Funchal – Hotel Pestana Village 4* or similar for 2 nights
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DAY 2 FUNCHAL

Today we suggest exploring the city. Enjoy a large choice of museums and churches, the local market “Mercado dos Lavradores”, gardens and a character old town.  You should not lose the chance to take the cable car up to the beautiful little village of Monte from where you can toboggan (in a wicker basket!) most of the way back down to Funchal.  During your stay, we recommend a visit the Nun’s valley village surrounded by extinct volcanoes and high mountains. Back in the 16th century nuns fled their convent in Funchal when it came under attack from pirates. The village is very isolated, and the fertile soil allowed locals mainly live of what they grow. The local chestnuts are delicious and are used in everyday cooking.
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DAYS 3 & 4 PONTA DO SOL (approx. 25km)

Drive along the west coast to Ponta do Sol, the main centre for banana production on the island.  Our suggestions of activities would be: – Câmara de Lobos, an attractive fishing village whose most famous visitor was Winston Churchill. He liked to go there and do some painting. – Cabo Girão, the second highest sea cliff in the world which offers fantastic views along the south coast and to the sea a dizzying 580m below you. – Ribeira Brava (‘Wild River’), a pleasant place to spend some time. You may wish to visit one of Madeira’s finest museums, the Ethnographic Museum. – Calheta, the former sugar cane cultivation centre. Also, there is a small artificial and protected sandy beach (sand imported from the Canaries). Accommodation: Ponta do Sol – Hotel 1905 Zino’s Palac or similar for 2 nights
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DAY 5 PONTA DO SOL - SÃO VICENTE (approx. 24km)

Leave from Ponta do Sol direction to São Vicente, São Vicente’s old town is worth seeing and stay, with its cobbled streets and beautiful church it is another of Madeira’s prettiest villages.  On your way, we suggest following attractive sites on the west side of the Island: – Village Jardim do Mar (can only be visited on foot). Take a stroll around the village and down to the promenade (sea defences).  It is a charming place. – You might like to visit a mini zoo and herb garden in the village of Prazeres which has a well-maintained mini zoo with llamas, Vietnamese pigs and more. Here you will also find flowers, fruits, and an herb garden and tea house. – Ponta do Pargo – if you go down to the lighthouse (Farol) you will be at the westernmost point of the island. – Then continue to Porto Moniz, well known for its natural sea pools formed in volcanic rock. You could perhaps take a swim here! While staying in São Vicente you should visit nearby the Lava Caves. These caves were formed some 400,000 years ago thanks to a volcanic eruption, but they were only discovered in 1855 and opened in 1997. After your visit to the caves, you can enjoy a wonderful 3D film on the volcanic eruption which formed Madeira. This is included in the entrance fee to the caves (entrance fee not included). Driving south you will find Encumeada (1007 meters high) from where you may see both the north and the south coast. Accommodation: São Vicente – Hotel Estalagem do Vale 4* or similar for 1 night
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DAYS 6 & 7 SANTA CRUZ (approx. 48km)

Continue to explore the northeast coast via São Jorge (recommend a visit to the church) and Santana considered one of the most attractive villages on Madeira, due to its stunning location, you must also view the unusual houses, peculiar to this area. These are known in Portuguese “As Palheiros” (‘haylofts’) and are tiny, thatched houses shaped like the letter ‘A’.  From Santana to Santa Cruz take the road to Ribeiro Frio (‘cold river’), to Poiso, this means ‘resting place’ and was a traditional stop for travellers, where they can appreciate the fantastic view across to both coastlines.  For stunning views ascend above the clouds to Pico do Arieiro (with 1810m high), the second highest peak on the island. Overnight for 2 nights in Hotel Vila Galé Santa Cruz and discover the East Coast of Madeira Island: – Camacha, the wicker-work village. One of the most popular tourist sights here is the modern style church ‘O Relogio’. Next to this church, is the Clock Café with its fantastic exhibition of wicker-work articles ranging from small baskets up to complete furniture. This is the only place you can see wicker-work production on the island as it is a cottage industry. – From here drive to the pretty fishing village of Caniçal, once the most famous whaling village on the island. This practice was outlawed in 1981 – nowadays the only reminders lie in the Museum of Whaling (Museu da Baleia). You will find some excellent fish restaurants. – On the way back to your hotel we suggest that you explore the first capital of Madeira, Machico, the second biggest city in Madeira and one of the centres for boat building on the island. Accommodation: Santa Cruz – Hotel Vila Galé Santa Cruz 4* or similar for 2 nights
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DAY 8 FUNCHAL (approx. 20km)

Travel back to Funchal airport and return your car or extend your holidays.

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


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