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Discover Romantic Portugal Self Drive Vacation

  • Obidos
  • City Center Coimbra
  • Coimbra City View
  • Lisboa Break
  • Lisbon Coast View
  • Lisbon Coast
  • Tagus River
  • lisbon alfama
  • Douro Valley Sea View
  • The Douro river estuary exterior
  • The beautiful Douro Valley
  • Alfama Lisboa
  • Liberty Avenue
  • The Black Horse Square lisbon Area
  • The Black Horse Square
  • The Tagus River Bridge
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  • estoril iStock-916176122 WEB
  • Obidos
  • City Center Coimbra
  • Coimbra City View
  • Lisboa Break
  • Lisbon Coast View
  • Lisbon Coast
  • Tagus River
  • lisbon alfama
  • Douro Valley Sea View
  • The Douro river estuary exterior
  • The beautiful Douro Valley
  • Alfama Lisboa
  • Liberty Avenue
  • The Black Horse Square lisbon Area
  • The Black Horse Square
  • The Tagus River Bridge
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  • estoril iStock-916176122 WEB

Drive through the romantic roads of Portugal and visit Lisbon, Obidos, Porto, Guimaraes, Coimbra, Estoril, and Sintra. Cruise through the medieval town of Obidos, known for its typical white houses, flowered windows, and narrow streets. Continue on to Porto, an edgy riverside city famous for its port wine, where you can visit sumptuous wine cellars or take a river cruise to admire the city's old heritage and culture. Venture on to Guimaraes, the birthplace of the Kingdom of Portugal, and marvel at its beautifully preserved medieval castle, palace, and city centre. Stop in Aveiro, known as the Venice of Portugal because of its beautiful canals, before arriving in Coimbra, home to one of Europe's oldest universities. Finally, visit the charming faded grandeur of Estoril, known as the Portuguese French Riviera.

DISCOVERY DRIVE PROGRAM - Departs daily - 8-day/7-night package visiting Obidos, Porto, Guimaraes, Coimbra & Estoril. Includes accommodation at first class hotels with breakfast daily, and a compact manual rental car for 7 days.

Includes

  • Hotels per itinerary or similar
  • Rental car
  • Travel funds escrow protection program
  • Daily continental or buffet breakfast

Excludes

  • Personal expenses
  • Rental car gas, parking and tolls
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Local city taxes
  • Flights

Daily Itinerary

Day

1

Lisbon – Obidos

Upon arrival at the Lisbon airport, pick up your car and drive 55 miles north to the medieval walled town of Obidos. Obidos is known for its typical white houses, flowered windows, and narrow streets paved with beautiful stone. During your stay, explore the region's beautiful landscapes, the national monuments in nearby Batalha and Alcobaca, and the picturesque fishing town of Nazare.

Day

2

Obidos – Porto

Drive across stunning wine regions this morning to reach the town of Porto, located on the right bank of the Douro River. Spend your afternoon discovering this riverside city, which offers magnificent views of its port. (B)

Day

3

Explore Porto

This morning we suggest you visit this city’s monuments and historic center, classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the afternoon, venture across the other side of the Douro River to visit a wine cellar or take a Douro River cruise to admire the old city of Porto from a different perspective. (B)

Day

4

Porto – Guimaraes – Porto

Drive to Guimaraes and visit its medieval castle and the 18th century shrine of Bom Jesus de Braga. Continue to Ponte de Lima, a beautiful small town, and the Viana do Castelo, famous for its handicrafts. Return to Porto. (B)

Day

5

Porto – Coimbra

Today you will head for Coimbra, located 80 miles from Porto. Stop along the way to visit Aveiro, the Venice of Portugal, and its monuments, including the royal palace of Bussaco. Arrive in Coimbra in the late afternoon. (B)

Day

6

Coimbra – Estoril

Spend your morning wandering through this unique town, home to one of Europe’s oldest universities. You can also visit the nearby town of Conimbriga to explore its magnificent Roman ruins. Then depart for Estoril, driving through incredible natural scenery before settling into your hotel. (B)

Day

7

Explore the Lisbon Coast

Known as the "Portuguese French Riviera", Estoril is a cosy, peaceful village that was once a popular haunt for WWII spies and exiles, and later on for the rich and famous. In fact, Sir Ian Fleming got his idea for Casino Royale here! Nowadays it still features a glitzy casino, turreted villas, and many charming restaurants, but it's more peaceful and relaxing. Spend time strolling its beautiful beaches and gardens, or visit the unique palaces of nearby Sintra. You can also take a short drive to Lisbon to visit the medieval quarter and walk along the streets of Bairo and Madragoa. We suggest you have dinner at a Fado restaurant and listen to the local music. (B)

Day

8

Estoril – Lisbon

Drive to the Lisbon airport and drop off your rental car before for your return flight home. (B)