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PortugalHistorical villages around Portugal

  • Off the beaten track
Despite the recent surge of tourism in Portugal, there are still many places waiting to be discovered as well as some much underrated destinations. With this tour travelers will plunge in an off-the-beaten-track experience through the interior of Portugal visiting historic and traditional villages of the centre of Portugal, but also some more sought after and important destinations in Portugal suc...

Despite the recent surge of tourism in Portugal, there are still many places waiting to be discovered as well as some much underrated destinations. With this tour travelers will plunge in an off-the-beaten-track experience through the interior of Portugal visiting historic and traditional villages of the centre of Portugal, but also some more sought after and important destinations in Portugal such as Porto, Lisbon, Cascais and Sintra.

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Tour itinerary includes
  • City
    City
  • Local culture
    Local culture
  • Sightseeing
    Sightseeing
  • Wine tasting
    Wine tasting
  • Food and drink
    Food and drink

Customizable tour itinerary

This tour idea is fully customizable

This itinerary has been crafted by our Local Agency with one idea in mind: to inspire you. Every element can be adapted to your needs and your interests, from duration to accommodation and activities.

Day 1: Arrival in Lisbon and transfer

Welcome to Portugal!


Transfer from the airport to the hotel.


Depending on the time of arrival you can go for a walk in the historic centre for a first glimpse of the city or enjoy the amenities of your hotel.


Accommodation in Lisbon.

Visited:
Lisbon

Day 2: Lisbon Old Town 

You´ll visit most of the old town of Lisbon, one of the oldest and most beautiful cities in the world! You’ll have the chance to walk its narrow and hilly streets, its tiled sidewalks, visit its monuments, enjoy the view from its famous viewpoints and taste the delicious local gastronomy.


You’ll also visit the Belem quarter famous for its monuments from the age of the Portuguese Discoveries and for one of the most renown Portuguese delicacies, the pastel (pastry) de Belém.


Accommodation in Lisbon.

Visited:
Lisbon

Day 3: Cascais and Sintra visit

Pick up your car in the morning.


Head to Cascais/Estoril two seaside villages in the surroundings of Lisbon, world famous for having been a resort of the Portuguese and European aristocracy and even royalty in different times of History. 


In the afternoon you’ll visit Sintra, a historical village set in a small but luxuriant mountain boasting the title of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You’ll lose count of the palaces, manor houses and palatial houses dispersed all over this place. You’ll be able to choose from a number of palaces to visit, being that Palacio da Pena is arguably the most emblematic one.


On the way to Sintra you’ll be able to pass by Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point of mainland Europe.


Accommodation in Lisbon.

Visited:
Lisbon, Cascais, Sintra

Day 4: Évora and Monsaraz

You’ll head to Évora a beautiful historical town and UNESCO World Heritage Site in the plains of Alentejo full of monuments of different ages and origins. Don’t miss the Roman Temple, the bones chapel and the Cathedral.


In the afternoon head east towards Alqueva, the biggest reservoir in Europe. On a hill overlooking Alqueva sits the charming fortified village of Monsaraz. Take a couple of hours to walk its streets and enjoy the surrounding landscape.


Accommodation in Monsaraz.

Visited:
Lisbon, Évora, Monsaraz

Day 5: The white villages of the Alentejo and the hilltop village of Marvão

Today you’ll start heading north, but you’ll still be in Alentejo.


Your goal is getting to Marvão, but you might want to do quick detours in Vila Viçosa - where you’ll be able to visit the castle and the Ducal Palace, built in marble in the 16th century and which became an official holiday residence of the Portuguese Crown, and in Estremoz - known as the white town, because of its marble and lime painted houses and famous for its tower keep.


Before reaching Marvão you might want to visit Castelo de Vide, a picturesque old village known for having one of the oldest jewish quarters and synagogues in Portugal.


The day will finish in the beautiful and hill top fortified village of Marvão.


Accommodation in Marvão.

Visited:
Monsaraz, Alentejo, Marvão, Castelo de Vide

Day 6: The historical villages of the centre of Portugal

The centre of Portugal is famous for its historical villages mostly built in stone, and you’ll be visiting some of them.


Always heading north, you’ll first stop in Monsanto, built amongst boulders, and then will head to Sortelha built on a hilltop and famous for its granite buildings. You’ll finish your day in Belmonte, a historical village famous for its Jewish heritage. All these villages are part of the Portuguese Historical Villages network.


Accommodation in Belmonte.

Visited:
Marvão, Monsanto, Sortelha, Belmonte

Day 7: Reaching the Douro Valley 

This will be a very intense day!


Continuing heading north you’ll reach first Trancoso and then Marialva, two more villages inserted in the Portuguese Historical Villages network.


You’ll then head to the Douro Valley a beautiful and dramatic landscape where vines cling to terraces carved by hand into the steep, rocky hillsides aligned along the river. It’s from the grapes that grow here that Portugal’s legendary Port wine is produced. Along the way, especially in the area between Pinhão and Régua you’ll be able to visit quintas (estates/vineyard farms) where grapes are grown and where wine tasting is normally available.


Head to Porto.


Accommodation in Porto. 

Visited:
Belmonte, Douro, Trancoso Municipality, Porto

Day 8: Porto and Guimarães

You’ll start your day walking in Porto's historical center where you’ll visit monuments by leading world architects from the past and the present, including some fantastic baroque carvings.

Optionally you can visit the Port wine cellars and have some Port wine tasting.

In the afternoon you’ll visit Guimarães (less than an hour drive from Porto), a small city whose town center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and which is considered to be the cradle of the Portuguese Nation and place of birth of its first king.

Accommodation in Porto.

Visited:
Porto, Guimarães

Day 9: Departure

Depending on the airport of departure you’ll drive either to Porto’s or Lisbon’s Airport.


Drop off your car.

Visited:
Porto, Lisbon

Lisbon Cascais Sintra Évora Monsaraz Alentejo Marvão Castelo de Vide Monsanto Sortelha Belmonte Douro Trancoso Municipality Porto Guimarães

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
Season Price Per Adult
Prices Starting From
January 2020 to December 2020 $1,490

Included in 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 price:

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