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PortugalCastles, citadels and vineyards

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Despite the recent surge of tourism in Portugal, there are still many places waiting to be explored, as well as, some tremendously underrated destinations. Dive into this 9 day, off the beaten path experience and travel along the Historical Villages of Portugal Network. Discover the reasons behind the recent surge of visitors by marveling and sampling some of the cultural, architectural & culinary...

Despite the recent surge of tourism in Portugal, there are still many places waiting to be explored, as well as, some tremendously underrated destinations. Dive into this 9 dayoff the beaten path experience and travel along the Historical Villages of Portugal Network. Discover the reasons behind the recent surge of visitors by marveling and sampling some of the cultural, architectural & culinary treasures of Porto, Lisbon, Cascais and Sintra. Best of all, this self-drive tour of Portugal will provide you with the freedom to explore at your own pace!

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  • City
    City
  • Local culture
    Local culture
  • Sightseeing
    Sightseeing
  • Wine tasting
    Wine tasting
  • Food and drink
    Food and drink

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Day 1: Welcome to Portugal!

Arrival in Lisbon...

• Transfer from the airport to the hotel

• Spend the rest of your afternoon at leisure

• Depending on the time of arrival you can begin exploring on your own or enjoy the amenities of your hotel

Visited:
Lisbon

Day 2: Lisbon discovery

Spend the day exploring Lisbon, one of the oldest and most beautiful cities in the world!

• Walk its narrow steep streets, its tiled sidewalks, visit its monuments, enjoy the view from its famous viewpoints

• Let's not forget about tasting the delicious local gastronomy, including the renowned pastel de nata

• Also, hit the Belém quarter famous for its monuments from theage of the Portuguese Discoveries

Visited:
Lisbon

Day 3: Cascais & Sintra

Pick up your rental car in the morning

Head to Cascais and Estoril, two charming seaside villages near Lisbon

• Pass by Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point of mainland Europe

• Later, visit Sintra, a historical village and UNESCO World Heritage Site

Choose from a number of palaces to visit. Palacio da Pena is arguably the most emblematic one

Visited:
Lisbon, Cascais, Sintra

Day 4: Évora & Monsaraz

Proceed to Évora, a beautiful historical town and UNESCO World Heritage Site in the plains of Alentejo

• Don’t miss the Roman Temple, the Bones Chapel and the Cathedral

• Head East towards Alqueva, the biggest reservoir in Europe

• Visit the charming fortified village of Monsaraz. Take a couple of hours to walk its streets and enjoy the surrounding landscape

Visited:
Lisbon, Évora, Monsaraz

Day 5: Alentejo & Marvão

• Drive North towards Marvão, with a quick detour in Vila Viçosa - site of the Ducal Palace, built in marble in the 16th century

• Visit Castelo de Vide, a picturesque old village known for having one of the oldest jewish quarters and synagogues in Portugal

• Arrive in Marvão and spend the rest of the day at your own pace

Visited:
Monsaraz, Alentejo, Marvão, Castelo de Vide

Day 6: Historical villages of Portugal

• Head into the heart of Portugal to explore the Portuguese Historical Villages network

• Stop in Monsanto, then continue to Sortelha, renowned for its granite buildings

• Finish the day in Belmonte, a historical village known for its Jewish heritage

Visited:
Marvão, Monsanto, Sortelha, Belmonte

Day 7: The Douro Valley 

• Reach Trancoso and then Marialva, two more villages part of the Portuguese Historical Villages network

• Enter the Douro Valley a dramatic landscape where vines cling to terraces carved by hand into the steep, rocky hillsides along the river

Visit quintas (vineyards) and sample some of the regions finest wine. Tastings are readily available!

• Arrive in Porto

Visited:
Belmonte, Douro, Trancoso Municipality, Porto

Day 8: Porto & Guimarães

• Start your day walking in Porto's historical center

• Visit monuments by leading world architects from the past and the present, including some fantastic baroque carvings

• Craving more of that delicious red stuff? Visit Port wine cellars for a tasting

• Later, drive to Guimarães (1h), a small town considered to be the cradle of the Portuguese Nation and place of birth of its first king

Visited:
Porto, Guimarães

Day 9: Porto departure

Depending on the airport of departure, drive either to Porto or Lisbon airport

• Drop off the rental car at the appropriate airport

Have a safe and pleasant onward journey!

Visited:
Porto, Lisbon

LisbonCascaisSintraÉvoraMonsarazAlentejoMarvãoCastelo de VideMonsantoSortelhaBelmonteDouroTrancoso MunicipalityPortoGuimarães

Price details

This tour idea is fully customizable

The price reflects this specific itinerary and is designed to give you an idea of the budget required for this destination. Throughout the trip-planning process, our local agency will tailor your itinerary around your budget.

For 2 Adults
SeasonPrice Per Adult
Average trip price
All year round $1,490

Included in the price:

  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast
  • In-trip ground transportation
  • Activities according to your customized trip
  • Airport transfers
  • 24/7 local agency support
  • Trip creation with an expert local agent
  • Car rental

Not included in the price:

  • Arrival and departure flights
  • Meals and beverages not indicated
  • Personal expenses
  • Service gratuities
  • Visa fees
  • Travel insurance
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