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Self Drive and Stay in Pousadas & Charming Hotels - Tour PT201

Day 1 LISBON (9 Km drive)

Flying into Lisbon Upon arrival pick up your car from Budget at Lisbon Airport and drive downtown historic center of Lisbon and stay at the boutique deluxe Pousada de Lisboa.

Explore Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, is a must to visit its World Heritage monuments and medieval quarters. Suggest a walk through the narrow streets of the old district of Alfama coming downtown (Baixa) along the most important squares of Lisbon and feel the atmosphere of this “old” historical town. Overnight: Pousada de Lisboa

Day 2 LISBON

Visit the most historic site as the quarter of Belém, admire the Tower of Belem and Jerónimos Monastery. Then continue to the nearby romantic Sintra area with its unique Palaces, on top of one of Sintra's hills is the f the 19th century, Pena Palace. On the way back to Lisbon pass by Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point of Europe and the seaside coast, Estoril and Cascais (the Portuguese Riviera). Overnight: Pousada de Lisboa.

Day 3 LISBON - ÓBIDOS (Around 90 km)

Drive North through 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 direction to Óbidos - Medieval walled town and UNESCO World Heritage to overnight in Pousada do Castelo de Óbidos (the Castle in the walls of this beautiful fortified town has been converted into a small Pousada)

Recommended visits during your stay:

  • Nazaré – pretty fishing town

  • Alcobaça – the heart of the Portuguese ceramic industry

  •  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

Overnight Pousada do Castelo / Óbidos

Day 4 ÓBIDOS - GUIMARÃES  (Around 290 km)

Drive Northwest coast of Portugal, the Costa Verde region the mountainous region revealing its prehistoric past, the Roman occupation and the medieval times, the Douro demarcated wine region, has as a wonderful natural tranquility of green, open spaces and an age-old cultural heritage, numerous lagoons in deep valleys are part of a landscape of unbelievable beauty, the River Douro, which runs through the heart of the region, very pleasant to take a boat trip on the river.

Recommended Visits:

  • Braga – the center of Baroque art, its cathedral, the oldest in Portugal.

  • Porto – the 18th Century tower of the Baroque Clérigos church, from the Gothic period the Church of São Francisco famous for its interior of gilded wood engravings “Golden Church”, the Stock Exchange Palace (Palácio da Bolsa).

  • Overnight: Pousada de Santa Marinha / Guimarães near the historical center of Guimarães, set on a hill overlooking the city of Guimarães

Day 5 GUIMARÃES

Guimarães - linked historically to the birth in 1143 of the Portuguese nation, and the Church of São Miguel do Castelo and the strong walls of the castle bear this out. There is magnificent architecture in the city and of special note is the Paço (Palace) Duques de Bragança.

Recommended Visits:

  • Viana do Castelo – one of the commercial maritime center during the time of the Discoveries, evidence by the architectonic of the Praça da República, of the churches of São Domingos and Nossa Senhora da Caridade.

  • Amarante – lovely town, reflected in thewaters of the Tâmega River, with the Church and Convent of São Gonçalo from the 16th-17th centuries.

Overnight: Pousada de Santa Marinha / Guimarães  near the historical center of Guimarães, set on a hill overlooking the city of Guimarães.

Day 6 GUIMARÃES - COIMBRA  (Around 170 Km)

Drive South to Coimbra and on the wayenjoy the area with its beautiful landscape. Aveiro – The Portuguese Venice, with the many canals and the distinctive and colorful “Moliceiros” boats that are used to collect seaweed. The town is basically a mixture of neat fishermen’s cottages and Art Nouveau mansions with a few historic buildings. The small houses lining the beach area are most attractive with their distinct colorful facades of different painted colors. Coimbra looks out over the river Mondego, visit the:

  • Roman ruins at Conímbriga

  • Romanesque Cathedral, the Santa Cruz Church,

  • The Monastery of Santa Clara and the University buildings that is one of the oldest in Europe.

Overnight: Hotel Quinta das Lagrimas in Coimbra (1 night)

Day 7 COIMBRA - LISBON  (Around 206 Km)

Drive South to Lisbon and stay the last night in Lisbon. Recommend 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. In the evening suggest a 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. Overnight in the Hotel do Chiado in Lisboa.

LISBON

Return your car either to meet your return flight.

Includes:

  • 2 nights at Pousada de Lisboa in Lisbon

  • 1 night at Pousada do Castelo in Óbidos

  • 2 nights at Pousada Santa Marinha in Guimarães

  • 1 night at 5*Hotel Quinta das Lagrimas in Coimbra

  • 1 night in at 4*Hotel do Chiado in  Lisbon

  • 1 x Car hire Group EDMR (Seat Ibiza or similar) for 7 days with pick up and drop off atLisbon Airport

 Price Per Person in Euro

 
Self Drive with Pousadas 7 Nights  - PT201 Nov 1 - Dec 15 Dec 16 - Jan 1  Apr 1 - Jun 30 Jul 1- 12 Jul 13 - Aug 18
 Nov 2019 - Oct 2020 Jan 2 - Mar 31  Sep 16 - Oct 31 Aug 19 - Sep 15
Twin or Double with Breakfast 874 1061 1056 1136 1156
Single with Breakfast 1638 2013 1963 2163 2213
           
Supplement for Larger Car Hire for in Euro Nov 1 - Dec 15 Dec 16 - Jan 1  Apr 1 - Jun 30 Jul 1- 12 Jul 13 - Aug 18
Jan 2 - Mar 31  Sep 16 - Oct 31 Aug 19 - Sep 15
Group EDMD (Peugeot 208 Diesel A/C or similar) 8 36 36 42 72
Group CWMR (Renault Megane Station Wagon A/C or similar 49 132 132 160 253
Group CDAD (Renault Megane Automatic A/C or similar) 170 242 242 408 444

Weekend supplements (Friday + Saturday Nights)

  • Pousada de Lisboa  – 12 Euros per person, per night (24 Euro per room)

  • Pousada de Óbidos & Pousada Santa Marinha – 16 Euros per person, per night (32 Euro per room)

 Rates on Request Dates:

  • Dec 28 – Jan 1

  • Feb 21 – 28

  • Apr 9 - 12

Excludes:

  • Entrance fees to sites and museums, meals and beverages, tips and road tolls and any other charges not mentioned

  • Lisbon (2 Euro per person/night) city taxes, paid locally by client (other cities might apply city tax without previous notice and the ones mentioned here can change without prior notice).To be paid locally to the Hotel.

 

See our 14 Night Self Drive Tour Here: Self Drive Tour with Pousadas - Tour PT202

 

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