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Self Drive Tour in Portugal Staying in Pousadas

Itinerary # 3    1 week from Euro 583

In The Heart of Portugal

For those that value their independence traveling at their own space while on vacations. On this self drive tour you will visit the heart of Portugal with its ancient Roman towns, fortified villages and sleepy countryside. The overnights are reserved in historical houses and mansions.

1 Jan 2016 - 31 Mar 2017
5% early bird discount for bookings made before 31 Jan 2016

Portugal Vacation Package Self Drive tour Staying in Pousadas

ITINERARY - 7 NIGHTS from LISBON

Departure from Lisbon to 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 anjoy 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 Exposicion - 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 / BEJA 1NT (Around 225 Km, about 3h00 drive)
Driving to the Southeast centre of Alentejo region, region known for its wide open spaces, where can see the extensive farms trought Beja, name “Beja” as used today was given to it by the occupying Moors in the 6th Century, where the ancient castle, the Misericórdia Church and the Conceição Convent, from the 15th century, should not be missed. The Convent is an architectural mixture of Gothic, Manueline, Baroque, with Hispanic-Arab tiles. The São Francisco Convent founded in the 13th century, has been converted to become an impressive Pousada, located in the Alentejo town of Beja. Overnight.
As you approach the City you can not fail to notice the 13th Century Torre de Menagem. The impressive tower stands 36 metres high and a staircase of 183 steps that may be climbed. Adjoining the castle walls is a Visigoth church that also acts as a museum of this period.
Recommended visits to the nearby locations:
Alvito - located North West of the Beja with pre-Roman origins. It boasts having the only castle built in Portugal that was not as a residence for its King. The 13th Century Parish Churches are of architectural interest.
Águeda - Slightly further to the north is the Sanctuary of Santa Águeda that is worth a visit.
Vila de Frades - 2nd Century Roman ruins of the Ermida de São Cucufate. This is the only remaining Roman villa with two floors in the whole of the Iberian peninsular and with frescos dating between the 1st and the 17th
Century.Serpa - east of Beja in the direction of the Spanish border is this well fortified town with its interior 13th Century castle has had a long military history dating back to perhaps 1.000 BC.
Moura. - located north of Serpa is the ancient and once important fortified town of Moura .The present ruins of the castle originally date back to the 14th Century. The castle and the later constructed town walls were both destroyed when occupied by the Spanish occupation in 1707. This town is also well established as the best area to produce quality olive oil. Overnight: Pousada São Francisco in Beja

BEJA / MARVÃO 2NTS (Around 200 Km, about 2h00 drive)
Driving North east Alentejo direction to the small town of Marvão, one of the Portugal`s most specatular fortified villages where you can feel the Medieval atmosphere leading to a manificient 13Th century Castle rising from the rock.
On your way to Marvão visit:
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.
Other recommended visits:
Estremoz - surrounded by walls with a medieval castle, is a well known for its remarkable marble quarries and “bonecos” (figurines) of ceramic.
Portalegre – famous for its artistic tapestries since the 16th century and also for its beautiful manor houses, located close to the border of Spain, the old town center is surrounded by medieval walls, with the ruins of the medieval castle (1290) at the highest point.
In the surrounding visit Castelo de Vide – enchanting small with the ancient Jewish Quarter with its white washed houses, encircled by the old walls of a 16th century fortress.
Overnight: Pousada Santa Maria / Marvão

MARVÃO / ÓBIDOS 2NTS (Around 200 Km, about 2h30 hours drive)
Drive North by the Western coast of Portugal, the Costa de Prata region with plenty of natural features from the mountains to lush valleys, small villages and beaches flanked by high sand dunes.
You will find the Natural Park of Serra de Aire and Serra de Candeeiros, known for the Grottoes of Santo Antonio, Mira de Aire and Alvados with fantastic stalactites and stalagmites.
Obidos - Medieval walled town and another Unesco World Heritage. The Castle in the walls of this beautiful fortified town has been converted into a small Pousada. Overnight.
Recommended visits during your stay in this area:
Nazaré – pretty fishing town
Alcobaça – the heart of the Portuguese ceramic industry; visit the 12th century Santa Maria Cistercian Monastery, classified in the Unesco World Heritage.
Batalha – Batalha Monastery and example of Gothic and Manueline architecture.
Fátima – one of the most important Marian centers in the world.
Tomar – Famous Chapter window in the Convent of Christ, headquarters of the Knights Templars; the Castle built by the Master of the Knights Templars, Gualdino Pais. Overnight in Pousada do Castelo / Óbidos

ÓBIDOS/LISBON (Around 100 km about 1hour drive)
Travel back to Lisbon and return your car either to meet your return flight or extend your holidays.


Package includes:

  • 2 nts in Pousada D. Maria / Queluz

  • 1 nt in Pousada São Francisco / Beja *

  • 2 nts in Pousada Santa Maria / Marvão *

  • 2 nts in Pousada do Castelo / Óbidos

  • Car -hire Grp B Mitsubisi Colt or similar with manual transmission for 1 week
    P/U + D/O from Budget desk at Lisbon Airport including unlimited mileage,
    liability insurance and taxes (Airport pick up fee Euro 22.75 surcharge 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 vehicles is Euro 900. To avoid this you can buy an additional insurance locally for 11 Euro per day. General Budget/Avis car rental conditions apply.

  Price based on two passengers travelling together  1 Jan  2016- 31 March 2017

Price per person in Euro ($ rate varies depending the exchange) 1 Apr - 30 June 2016
1 Oct 2016- 31 March 2017
1 -15 July 2016 and
1-15 Sep. 2016
16 July - 31 Aug 2016 16 - 30 Sep'16
Price per person in double room including breakfast 583 634 660 660
Supplement per person for Group O car (Lancia Y DCI with AC 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! Amount will be
advised with booking confirmation.

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