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Pousadas Driving Tour in Portugal

Staying in historic Posadas, authentic Castle and Convent Hotels in Portugal

Pousads Driving Tour in Portugal

Tradition and History

Package #1

1 Jan 2016 - 31 Mar 2017

1 week from Euro 576

5% early bird discount for bookings made before 31 Jan 2016

Pousadas Driving Tour in Portugal

This self-drive tour is for independent-minded travelers who would enjoy discovering the "hidden" Portugal with its many historical monuments, quaint villages, winding roads, steep sea-side cliffs, walled towns, estates and farmsteads dotted around the ever-changing countryside. The Pousadas are typical historical inns reflecting the style and traditions of each region of Portugal. Some of them are converted castles or ancient monasteries where every block of stone speaks of history.

ITINERARY  - 7 NIGHTS    GATEWAY: LISBON

LISBON
- QUELUZ 2NTS (Around 25 Km, about 30 minutes drive)
Flying into Lisbon. Upon arrival P/U your car from Budget car-hire desk at Lisbon Airport and drive West of Lisbon to Queluz and stay at Pousada D. Maria, Summer Palace of the kings of Portugal in the 18th century. The building was formerly used by the Royal Guard of the Court in the Palace of Queluz, known as the “Portuguese Versailles” Stay 2nts there to explore the Lisbon and romantic Sintra with its monuments. Lisbon, beautiful town, visit its monuments, the medieval quarters of Alfama and Mouraria, walk along the typical streets of Bairro Alto and Madragoa and take the opportunity to dinner in one typical Fado Restaurants of the area and enjoy this unique experience.
Suggest a visit to the new area of Lisbon ``Parque das Nações`` where the Expo 98 took place, enjoy the riverside landscape and all the structures built for the Exposition - the Lisbon Ocean pavilion with the magnificent Aquarium Take the following day to visit Lisbon coast, Estoril and Cascais (the Portuguese Riviera) the beautiful and romantic Sintra with its Palaces and Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point of Europe. Overnight: Pousada D. Maria in Queluz

QUELUZ
-  SAGRES 2 NTS (Around 325 Km about 4h30 hours drive trough the Coast)
Driving to the South, trough the Coast, the most south westerly village in the Algarve region, overlooking the deep Atlantic Ocean, the Village of Sagres with an important historical and maritime significance, from where 500 years ago, Prince D. Henrique`s caravels left to look for news countries.
Recommended visits:
Monchique – a SPA town with Roman origins;
Silves – an extremely old town was the capital of the Algarve for many centuries;
Lagos – a town with a well preserved heritage.
Overnight: Pousada do Infante in Sagres.

SAGRES
-  ÉVORA 2 NTS (Around 330 Km about 4 hours drive)
Driving north to the centre of Alentejo region, region known for its wide open spaces, where can see the extensive farms in the centre of Alentejo is Évora, a museum town retaining much of its medieval and Moorish charm now a Unesco World Heritage and some of the sights not to be missed are the Giraldo square, the Roman Temple, the 12th century Cathedral and the São Francisco Church, one of the most important Gothic Manueline monuments in the area and which houses the famous Chapel of the Bones.
On your way to Évora visit: Alvito – with its 15th century Manueline castle;
Other recommended visits:
Monsaraz – the fortified town, one of the most typical medieval towns in the Alentejo, totally surrounded by walls.
Vila Viçosa – with a magnificent ducal Palace, which served as a summer residence for the last kings of Portugal.
Estremoz – the medieval Estremoz surrounded by 17th century fortifications. The medieval upper town is set within sturdy ramparts and dominated by a 27-metre-high marble keep called the Torre das Três Coroas (the Tower of the Three Crowns). Built in 1539, the church of the Misericórdia located on Estremoz's large market square was once a convent of the Knights of Malta.
The street-level galleries of Estremoz's municipal museum showcase an impressive display of little clay figures called bonecas, for which the town is most famous. Overnight: Pousada dos Loios in Évora (Formerly the Loios Convent which is now the luxury Pousada dos Loios)

ÉVORA
-  PALMELA 1NT (Around 100 Km, about 1 hour drive)
Drive to the Blue Coast located on the South bank of the river Tagus. In Setúbal, contemplate the Sado estuary from the top of the São Filipe castle-fortress, that was constructed in 1590 to defend the port from passing marauders
. The town of Setúbal is attractive with pedestrian streets and gardens. The 16th Century Cathedral Santa Maria da Graça has glorious tiles from the 18th Century. The Igreja de Jesus is a remarkable Gothic church with interior columns carved in Arrábida pink stone from the nearby quarry. Overnight: Pousada Pousada Palmela in Palmela, near Setubal. it is a former Mootrish castle near the Ado estuary and the magical and majestic Mountain of Arrábida. Sleep in a place whose initial occupation dates back to 300 years BC.and feel like a real knight in the ancient castle, fortified by the Moors between the eighth and ninth centuries.

PALMELA / LISBON (Around 50 Km, about 30 minutes drive)
Travel back to Lisbon and return your car either to meet your return flight or extend your holidays
. Check out our Northern Portugal tours.

Package includes:

  • 2 nights in Pousada D. Maria / Queluz

  • 2 nights in Pousada do Infante / Sagres *

  • 2 nights in Pousada dos Lóios / Évora *

  • 1 night in Pousada Pousada Palmela / Palmela * near Setubal

  • Car -hire Grp B (Mishubishi Colt or similar with manual transmission) - 1 week P/U + D/O from Budget desk at Lisbon Airport including unlimited mileage, liability insurance and taxes (Airport pick up fee Euro 20  for out of hours pick up and drop off + road tax 1.40 euro per day paid locally to the rental company)
    *New NWE
    Non- deductible in case of self -caused damages for group AB and C veicles is Euro 900. To avoid this you can buy an additional insurance locally for 11 Euro per day locally. Budget/Avis general conditions apply.
     

Prices are based on two passengers travelling together

Price Per Person in Euros
($ rate varies depending the exchange rate)
1 Jan  -31 Mar 2016 and
1 Oct 2016 to Mar 2017*
1 Jul - 15 July 2016
1-15 Sep 2016
July 16-31 Aug 2016 16-30 Sep 2016
Price per person in double room including breakfast 576 679 731 705
Supplement for Seaview room in Sagres 13 14 19 19
Supplement for Saturday nights in Sagres 16 16 16 16
Supplement for Group O car (Lancia Y DCI A/C or similar) 26 32 46 26

* Saturday night the pousadas may have a supplement of Euros 13 per passenger
NOTE: New years 30Dec-2Jan
2017 and  Easter 17-20 Apr 2016 supplements may apply! Supplement amount will be advised with booking confirmation.
                                     

 

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