Duration
8 Days/7 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

1 night in Lisbon at As Janelas Verdes Hotel https://www.heritage.pt/en/as-janelas-verdes/hotel/
1 night in Évora at Pousada Convento de Évora https://www.pousadas.pt/en/hotel/pousada-evora
1 night in Coimbra at Conimbriga Hotel do Paço https://conimbrigahoteldopaco.pt/en/
4 nights in Porto at Pousada Palácio do Freixo (4 nights) https://www.pestanacollection.com/pt/hotel/freixo-palace
Breakfasts from day 2 to day 8
1 x Car – hire Grp EDMR (Seat Ibiza A/C or similar) – 7 days car-hire with pick-up / drop-off from Europcar Airport desk WITH 2 drivers included, unlimited mileage, Super Collision Damage Waiver insuranceLDW (CDW+THW), TAX, LAF, 0 € EXCESS (SPCDW, SPTHW). 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

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Special Notes

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

2

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.

Meals : Breakfast

Accommodation : Évora – Pousada Convento de Évora for 1 night

3

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.

Meals : Breakfast

Accommodation : Coimbra – Conimbriga Hotel do Paço for 1 night

4

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.

Meals : Breakfast

Accommodation : Porto – Pousada Palácio do Freixo for 4 nights

5

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.

Meals : Breakfast

6

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.

Meals : Breakfast

7

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.

Meals : Breakfast

8

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.

Meals : Breakfast

Prices per person, in CA$, starting from

Daily Departures 2022

 

March 15 – June 30 / September 01 – October 31 July 01 – August 31

Twin Occupancy BB 

1785 1810

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

Group CDMR (Renault Megane A/C or similar)

+ 145

+270

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

+255

+360

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

+580

+640

**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.