Private tour of Portugal (9 days)

Itinerary

Day 1: Lisbon – Sintra – Óbidos

On this starting day you will have the opportunity to explore Lisbon, the wonderful capital of Portugal, with its genuine old quarters and exquisite monuments evocating the glorious days of the Portuguese discoveries in the 15th and 16th centuries. In the afternoon the journey will continue towards the incredible small town of Sintra that inspired Lord Byron and Hans Christian Andersen and where you can also visit the fairy tale Palace of Pena. Heading north you will end your day in the lovely walled medieval village of Óbidos where peace and serenity are just waiting for you.

Accommodation Suggestions:

Casa das Senhoras Rainhas

Day 2: Óbidos – Nazaré – Alcobaça – Batalha – Fátima - Coimbra

After a short walk in the morning in Óbidos it will be time to explore the picturesque fishing village of Nazaré with its magnificent view of the Atlantic Ocean. The monastery of Alcobaça, which once belonged to the silent Cistercian monks with its impressive Gothic architecture and the Monastery of Batalha (Pantheon of several Portuguese kings) and example of the unique “Manuelino” architectural style will be some of the highlights of the day. The next stop will be in Fátima, famous for the 1917 Apparitions of Our Lady. The day will come to an end in Coimbra, the “city of the students”, famous for its university, one of the oldest in Europe, with an omnipresent sense of youth.

Accommodation Suggestion:

Quinta das Lágrimas

"This XVIIIth century palace surrounded by magnificent gardens still vibrates with the memory of the famous romance between Prince Pedro and Inés de Castro. Today, this property has been transformed into a superb hotel, beautifully decorated in the traditional colours of Portugal. Enjoy the charm of its elegant guest rooms with inlaid furniture and savour the innovative cuisine prepared with the finest local produce."

Day 3: Coimbra – Porto

In the morning we will continue to Porto, the capital of the North of Portugal. Porto will present itself with characteristic aroma of the Port Wine, aged in the Port Wine Cellars, where we will go for a tasting, blended with the gentle sounds of the river Douro. The old houses, facing the river, witnessed the birth of the most illustrious son of Porto, Prince Henry the Navigator and his achievements. At night the bridge D. Luis, right next to your Hotel, will be the background setting for a lovely traditional dinner and the begging of an evening that is just about to start…

Accommodation Suggestion:

Pestana Porto (with river view)

"Situated in the Praça da Ribeira, heart of the historical centre of Porto and constructed on part of the mediaeval city wall, the Pestana Porto Hotel forms part of a block of town houses dating from the XVI, XVII and XVIII centuries.

This beautiful adjoining group of buildings was classified by UNESCO as part of the World Heritage site which extends along the Douro River enjoying a magnificent view and unique atmosphere."

Day 4: Porto – Viana do Castelo – Ponte Lima - Braga – Guimarães

This day will take you to the greener area of Portugal: the Minho Region. The first stop of the day will be in Viana do Castelo, right by the Atlantic Ocean. We will then continue to Ponte de Lima, in the heart of the “Vinho Verde” (Green Wine) wine region. After the visit to Ponte de Lima we will continue to Braga. The city of Braga with the oldest Cathedral in the country it’s considered the religious capital of Portugal and one of the liveliest cities in this region. Our last stop of the day will be in Guimarães known as the “birthplace of Portugal”. The castle on the top of the highest hill will remind us of all the heroes that once dreamt of an independent Nation that we now know as Portugal.

Accommodation Suggestions:

Pousada de Sta. Marinha

"Near the historical centre of Guimarães, set on a hill overlooking the city, we find the majestic Santa Marinha Pousada, the XII century Augustin convent, which after being rebuilt and restored, received the National Architectural Prize in 1985. Penha Park, the small gardens and the interior corners with granite fountains, the rich Portuguese glazed tiles, the cloisters, the balconies and terraces over the city will, together with the magnificent cuisine and wines, make you wish to stay for a very long time."

Day 5: Guimarães – Amarante – Vila Real – Pinhão - Marialva

In the morning we will continue towards Amarante, a small town on the banks or the river Tâmega, with an incredible heritage of manor houses of the XVII century still present in the town’s life and the capital of the Portuguese Saint Valentine, Saint Gonçalo. After this visit we will head to Vila Real to visit the “Solar de Mateus”, that is the perfect example of the Portuguese baroque style of the North of Portugal. This manor house will always be in our memory as the façade present on the label of the famous “Mateus Rosé” wine. The journey will proceed to Pinhão where you can have a tea time (or wine tasting) in a magnificent terrace with a wonderful view over the Douro River. Finally we will continue to the historical village of Marialva, one of the hidden gems of Portugal, where we will stay in the wonderful “Casas do Côro”.

Accommodation Suggestion:

Casas do Coro

"Casa do Côro is set in a region where tradition and culture is still the reflex of the slow centuries flow. The visitor that passes through this place, can usufruct of a reencounter with what our nation has of more genuine."

Day 6: Marialva – Belmonte – Monsanto – Crato

On this day we will visit the deep hidden Portugal, starting with a visit to Belmonte that is still the home of a former secret jewish community (that remained so for more than 500 years) and once bastion of the defense of the Portuguese Nation.Then it will be time to continue to Monsanto, chosen as the “most Portuguese village of Portugal”. There’s no question that this will be a different setting of the other days of the tour. Bring your camera or you will regret it. To end our day in the perfect way we will stay in one of the best Pousadas of Portugal in the “alentejana” town of Crato.

Accommodation Suggestion:

Crato – Pousada Flor da Rosa This pousada is beautiful (one of the best)! It deserves a deviation of 20 kms in our route, just to stay there. However, you'll not overnight at Marvão.

"A castle, a convent and a palace, built in different periods, were the origin of this ecclesiastical architectural work of outstanding harmony. The former Knights of the Order of Malta's monastery, is surrounded in medieval mystic. Flor da Rosa Pousada manages to combine the genuine characteristics of the convent, highlighting them with an architectural project, which although modern, entirely respects its origins."

Day 7: Crato – Marvão –Castelo de Vide –Évora - Algarve

Today we will continue in the Alentejo Region and visit some of the most interesting cities in this area: Marvão, located at more than 800 meters of altitude and completely surrounded by the 13th and 17th century castle walls and Castelo de Vide the typical town in the Alentejo with beautiful white washed façades reflecting all of the Moorish presence that this region once had. To conclude our visit to the Alentejo it’s a must to enter the winding walled city of Évora, capital of the Alentejo region and World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It will be time to say goodbye to the Alentejo since we will cross this whole region on the way to the paradisiacal Algarve with its white sandy beaches and clear blue skies.

Accommodation Suggestion in Algarve:

To be discussed (depending on your needs) but we guarantee the same deluxe and charm level of the other suggestions.

Day 8: Relaxing Day at Algarve (Beach, Golf or other activities)

This day will be fully devoted to your relaxation and rest. You can simply enjoy the amenities of your hotel, go for a stroll, go to the beach, play golf or even explore a little of the Coast of the Algarve. The decision will be totally up to you!

Accommodation Suggestion in Algarve:

To be discussed (depending on your needs) but, we guarantee the same deluxe and charm level of the other suggestions.

Day 9: Algarve – Lisbon by the natural “Vicentina” Coast

On this last day it will be time to go back to Lisbon though we will do it along the untouched Coast of the Alentejo (Vicentina), where the small hidden beaches are still one of the many charms of Portugal. Along the Southwest Coast of Portugal you will find many places to admire the Atlantic Ocean and the amazing sandstone cliffs. At the end of the day we will arrive to Lisbon to a fully deserved rest.

Accommodation Suggestion in Lisbon:

Pestana Palace Hotel

"Located in Lisbon city but only a short drive from the Estoril Coast and its beaches, the hotel incorporates a nineteenth century palace, now fully restored to its former glory and classified as a National Monument. The Pestana Palace looks over an inner private park lush with many subtropical trees and plants and enjoys panoramic views over the Tagus River."

End of Tour

This is a luxury tour with private guide and best charming accommodations in Portugal. Customized for each client.

We can also modify itinerary to price with regular 4* hotels

This itinerary can be done by self-drive, we will provide car rental and book hotels

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