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Portugal Holiday

Self Drive Tours from Lisbon to romantic old towns, historic castles and monasteries

Staying in Pousadas

Prices on request for 2018-2019

Experience Portugal up close and personal on this lovely independent tour. View towns and villages where time stands still since Medieval times, visit beautiful monasteries, historic castles and trace the footsteps of the Templars. See the north, the country's greenest and most historic part. We carefully selected historic accommodation in local posadas, historic accommodation with historic local ambiance and local charm. You can start the tou on any day, all year round

Portugal Guimares castle pousadas driving tour

Starts from Lisbon
Day 1 and 2.
(Around 25 Km, about 30 minutes drive)
Upon arrival at Lisbon airpot pick up 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 2 nights there to explore the Lisbon coast, Estoril and Cascais (the Portuguese Riviera) the beautiful and romantic Sintra with its Palaces, Nacional
Village Palace and the Moorish Palace, surrounded by the Monserrate Park and Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point of Europe.
Overnight: Pousada D. Maria in Queluz

Day 3. QUELUZ / ÓBIDOS 1 NT  (Around 100 Km, about 1 hour drive)
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.
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. Overnight.
Recommended visits during your stay:

Nazaré – pretty fishing town;
Alcobaça – the heart of the Portuguese ceramic industry; visit the 12th centurty 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 centres 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: Pousada do Castelo
in Óbidos (The Castle in the walls of this beautiful fortified town has been converted into a small Pousada);

Day 4.  ÓBIDOS / GUIMARÃES 2 NTS (Around 200 Km, about 2H30 drive)
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 tranquillity 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 trough the heart of the region, very pleasant to take a boat trip on the river.
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. Overnight.
sites to visit:
– 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).
Viana do Castelo – one of the commercial maritime centre 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 the waters of the Tâmega River, with the Church and Convent of São Gonçalo from the 16th-17th centuries.
  Overnight in the majestic Santa Marinha Pousada (housed in the 12th century Convent of Agostinhos that was rebuilt and restored) near the historical centre of Guimarães, set on a hill overlooking the city of Guimarães.

Day 5.  GUIMARÃES / COIMBRA 1NT (Around 150 Km, about 1h30 drive)
Drive South to Coimbra, on the way enjoys the area with its beautiful landscape.
See Aveiro – The Portuguese Venice, with the many canals and the distinctive and colourful “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 colourful facades of different painted colors.
– 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 in the charming Hotel Quinta das Lagrimas in Coimbra

Day 6. COIMBRA  / LISBOA 1 NT  (Around 200 Km, about 2 hours drive)
Drive South to Lisbon and stay the last night in Lisboa, to explore the capital of Portugal, Lisbon.
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.
We ssuggest 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 Overnight: Hotel do Chiado in Lisboa.

Day 7.
Return your car either to meet your return flight or extend your holidays
to other touristic sites in Portugal

Driving Tour Includes: 

  • 2 nts in Pousada D. Maria / Queluz *
  • 1 nt in Pousada do Castelo / Óbidos *
  • 2 nts in Pousada Santa Marinha / Guimarães *
  • 1 nt in Hotel Quinta das Lagrimas / Coimbra
  • 1 nt in Hotel do Chiado / Lisboa
  •  Car -hire Grp B (Mitsubishi Colt or similar) - 1 week P/U + D/O from Avis desk at Lisbon Airport
    1 week Pick up and drop off Budget desk at Lisbon Airport including unlimited mileage, CDW and taxes (Airport pick up fee Euro 25.75 surcharge for out of hours pick up and drop off + road tax 1.40 euro per day paid locally ) General Budget/Avis car rental conditions apply.

    Price per person in Euros in double or twin rooms including daily breakfasts.

    $ rate varies depending on daily exchange rates 

    1 Oct 2016- 31 Mar 2017


    1-15 July
    1-15 Sep 2017

    16 July - 31 Aug 2017

    16-30 Sep 2017

    Car -hire Grp B (Mitsubishi Colt or similar)





    Group O
    (Lancia Y DCI A/C or similar)





    * Saturday night posadas have a supplement of Euros 13 per person
    NOTE: New years 30Dec-2Jan / Easter
    1- 5 Apr supplements apply! Amount to be confirmed at the time of reservation.






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