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Self-guided Portugal Tour (10D/9N)

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 10 day(s)
Group Size: 1 - 10 people
Destination(s): Portugal  
Specialty Categories: Self Drive   Cultural Journey  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 690 Euro (EUR)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1045 Euro (EUR)

This tour includes:

• Welcome at the airport and transfer to your first hotel

• Accommodation (breakfast included) - three price levels of your choice

• A Rental Car

• A Pre-programmed GPS

• Our 200 page exclusive Portugal Travel Guide

• A Roadbook customized to your tour with tips and directions that will be very useful while on the road

• A Portugal road map

• A helpline (phone number) to assist you while on holiday.

Tour Highlights:
- Lisbon, Europe's Leading Destination
- Porto and river Douro
- Évora - classified as World Heritage by UNESCO
- The medieval village of Óbidos
- Marvão castle
- Sintra, the fairytale village.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Lisbon. Arrival at Lisbon airport. Agency Representative on arrival & Transfer to your Hotel. Visit city’s downtown (Lisbon’s Baixa). Overnight in Lisbon.

Day 2: Lisbon / Cascais / Sintra / Lisbon

We suggest a drive down the Avenida da Liberdade to Rossio, the very heart of the city.Stop at Belém, the quarter dedicated to the Portuguese discoveries where you find the Tower of Belém and the Discoveries Monument. The fabulous manueline style of Jerónimos Monastery cannot be missed. Drive along the “marginal” (road parallel to the river) and discover the Coastal resorts of Estoril and Cascais. Continue along the coast, stop at Cabo da Roca and be surprised by a stunning view from the westernmost point of continental Europe. Drive to Sintra, a mountain village that is a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. In the centre lies the spectacular Sintra National Palace with its twin chimneys, in the top the Pena National Palace is also worth a visit. Taste some of the wonderful regional pastries. Overnight in Lisbon.

Day 3: Lisbon / Évora / Marvão. Roughly 150 km south east of Lisbon, Évora stands out quite distinctly on the vast horizon of the Alentejo plain. Its historical centre is protected by a vast ring of fortified walls and considered World Heritage Site by Unesco. By end of the day, drive to Marvão through Parque Natural da Serra de São Mamede. While in Marvão take a walk through the small streets and picturesque corners. Visit the Church of Santa Maria, converted into a museum. Overnight in Marvão.

Day 4: Marvão / Belmonte / Viseu. Leave Marvão and head for Belmonte. Spend your morning in Belmonte, one of the historical villages of Portugal. For hundreds of years, the local Jews were forced to practice their belief in secret. The Synagogue is open for visitors. Discover the city of Viseu, centre of the Dão Vineyards. Visit the Viseu Cathedral and the next door museum dedicated to master Vasco Fernandes, a famous 16th century painter. Along the centre you will find a busy commercial area. Overnight in Viseu.

Day 5: Viseu / Lamego / Vila Real / Amarante / Guimarães

Drive to Lamego, where you can visit one of Portugal's most important shrines, Nª Sª Remédios Sanctuary with its magnificent baroque style staircase. We suggest a stop at Vila Real to visit the gardens of the Mateus Palace, whose façade is still depicted on the well-known Portuguese Rosé wine bottles. It is worth stopping at Amarante, a pretty town proud of São Gonçalo, known for the promotion of love and marriage. At the end of the day you will arrive at Guimarães. Known as the “cradle of the nation”, it is believed to be the birthplace of the first king of Portugal. Overnight in Guimarães.

Day 6: Guimarães / Braga / Ponte de Lima / Viana do Castelo / Porto. Visit Guimarães in the morning. Continue to Braga, known as the "Portuguese Rome" for its concentration of religious architecture. Pass by Ponte de Lima, where you will find the bridge that gave its name to this very ancient and very beautiful town.While in Viana do Castelo, climb up the Santa Luzia hill and enjoy the wonderful panoramic views over the Lima, the sea, the hills behind, and the rooftops of Viana below. Overnight in Porto.

Day 7: Porto. Capital and gateway to the north of Portugal it is located near the mouth of Rio Douro. Discover the city centre on foot. Visit the Palácio da Bolsa (the Chamber of Commerce) with its splendorous Arabian Hall, the S. Francisco Church with its overwhelming gilded carved wood decoration and walk along the Ribeira, one of the most picturesque quarters of Oporto. Cross the bridge and taste a Port at Port Wine Cellar. Overnight in Porto.

Day 8: Porto / Aveiro. Aveiro is surrounded by salt-flats, beaches and lagoons and dominated by the Central Canal which runs through town. It is also intersected by canals, genuine streets of water, along which can be seen gliding the brightly coloured boats known as barcos moliceiros. This is a city to discover on foot and with many hidden secrets, such as the beautiful Art Noveau façades of some houses. Overnight in Aveiro.

Day 9:Aveiro / Nazaré / Óbidos / Lisbon
Spend your morning at the fine beach of São Jacinto which lies close to woodland and the São Jacinto Dunes Nature Reserve, with well preserved dunes and varied fauna and flora or nearby, Costa Nova has magnificent and little known beaches that lie between the golden dunes and the open blue seas. Admire the famous houses painted in red and blue stripes. Continue south and have lunch in a traditional restaurant at Nazaré. This fishermen village has stunning views from the town's highest point, “Sítio” (accessible by a funicular). Taste the local Caldeirada (fish casseroles).Pass by Alcobaça where you can visit the first and largest gothic church in Portugal with the tombs of D.Pedro and Inês de Castro, known by their love story. In the afternoon, on entering the delightful town of Óbidos, you will be travelling back in time. Walk through the walls of this town, with white houses adorned with bougainvilleas and honeysuckle. Overnight in Lisbon.

Day 10: Departure. If your flight is only in the afternoon spend your morning at the eastern part of Lisboa. Parque das Nações (the Park of Nations) hosts a wide variety of facilities, including cable car, a train station and a pleasant shopping centre in addition to extensive cultural and commercial zones.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price per person.
Price Includes:
- Transfer from Lisbon airport to the hotel in Lisbon;
- Accommodation w/ breakfast, 4 star hotels or similar;
- Our 200 page exclusive Portugal Travel Guide;
- A Road book, with tips and directions that will be very useful while on the road;
- A Rental Car w/ Pre-programmed GPS;
- A helpline (phone number) to assist you while on holiday.

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