Lusitania Romana – Cross-border Tour PO17

Central Portugal and Spanish Extremadura in one trip

Based on 14 nights self-drive independent tour in Portugal and Spain

A circular tour around the ancient Roman province of Lusitania, this trip will show you the similarities and contrasts between two regions with a common past.

From charming and vintage Lisboa passing through the lesser-known gems of the Alto Alentejo into Spain, enjoy the amazing Roman vestiges in the Portuguese city of Évora and neighbouring Spanish Mérida, once the provincial capital Emerita Augusta.

Once in Spain, take the opportunity to discover its least known province – Extremadura – with an immense wealth of truly unique experiences – historical, natural and gastronomical.

Explore the Sierra de Gredos and Salamanca and their splendid valleys before “jumping” into the Serra da Estrela mountains. End your trip by the sea in the spectacular Atlantic beaches of the Portuguese coast.

The full route takes fourteen days but you can do as little, or as much, as you like.

Tour Highlights:

  • Vibrant and vintage Lisboa
  • Roman vestiges in Évora and Mérida
  • Trujillo´s multicultural heritage and Monfrague National Park
  • Valleys of Ambroz & Jerte – true beauties of nature
  • Serra da Estrela, Portugal’s highest
  • World Heritage Estremadura – Batalha, Alcobaça & Tomar
  • Spectacular Atlantic beaches

£1000 - £1500* per person

* Indicative prices (including car hire – flights not included).

Photo of tram in Lisboa

Day 1 & 2 – Lisboa & around

  • Hop on a tram and explore Portugal’s exciting capital
  • Rossio square and train station
  • Skip out to Sintra, and the beaches of Cascais & Aldeia do Meco
  • Bar hop in Bairro Alto, dine in style in Chiado
  • Mosteiro dos Jerónimos – a Manueline delight
Photo of Roman ruins - Évora

Day 3, 4 & 5 – Alto Alentejo

  • World Heritage Évora, Roman ruins, medieval walls
  • Alentejo wines, Portugal’s finest
  • Hilltop fortress towns of Monsaraz, Marvão and Castelo Vide
  • Pottery towns among the vines El Corval and Redondo
  • “Marble towns” of Vila Viçosa and Estremoz
  • World Heritage Elvas with its magnificent Roman aqueduct
Pizarro statue, Trujillo

Day 6, 7 & 8 – Central Extremadura

  • Monfrague National Park – a bird-watcher’s paradise with buzzards, vultures and black stork
  • Historic Cáceres & Trujillo with its imposing castle
  • Take a pilgrimage to Guadalupe
  • 2nd century Roman bridge at Alcántara
  • Excellent local cheese and game dishes
Valle del Jerte in Spring

Day 9 & 10 – Northern Extremadura

  • Explore the high Sierras of Gredos and Salamanca
  • Lose yourself in the Jewish Quarter of Hervás
  • Valle del Jerte cherry trees by the million – a real treat in Spring!
  • Visit Candelario & Béjar – two true beauties
  • Plasencia – key staging point on the Via de Plata
Photo Serra de Estrela

Day 11 & 12 – Serra da Estrela

  • Walking, cycling, kayaking and much more in the Serra da Estrela Nature Park
  • Visit the Burel Wool factory in Manteigas
  • Scale the Torre peak – Portugal’s highest
  • Manteigas and Sabugueiro – charming mountain villages
  • Rich Jewish heritage and historic castle of Belmonte
Cloister, Batalha Monastery

Day 13 & 14 – Estremadura, Portugal

  • The magnificent monasteries of Batalha and Alcobaça
  • Saõ Martinho do Porto a little pearl set on a string of surf washed Atlantic beaches
  • The Convent at Tomar, delightful city of the Templars
  • Sierras de Aire y Candeeiros Nature Park – riddled with caves
  • Medieval Óbidos with its famous white houses

What’s included

The itinerary includes the following:

  • Accommodation in our listed hotels – 2 sharing 1 std. double ensuite, B&B
  • Economy 4dr car hire
  • Regional map and guide book
  • Instructions to find all accommodation & regional road map

Not included:

  • Flights – but we are able to advise
  • One-way car hire charges, where applicable (see your quote email)
  • The following car hire extras – these can be added at pick-up point
    • extra driver
    • Portuguese toll device (we highly recommend to take this service)
    • child seats
    • GPS
  • Garage parking where applicable (mostly city stops) – please ask us about parking charges

Travel info

Getting there

Fly directly to Lisboa / Lisbon and hire a car – the best options are:

From London Gatwick: Easyjet or TAP Portugal
From London Stansted: Ryanair
From London Heathrow: British Airways or TAP Portugal
From Luton: Easyjet
From Edinburgh: Easyjet
From Liverpool: Easyjet
From Manchester: Ryanair or TAP Portugal
From Bristol: Easyjet
From Dublin: Ryanair or Aer Lingus
From Glasgow: Ryanair

Or fly directly to Porto / Oporto and hire a car – the best options are:

From London Gatwick: TAP Portugal, Easyjet or British Airways
From London Stansted: Ryanair
From London Heathrow: TAP Portugal, British Airways
From Edinburgh: Ryanair
From Liverpool: Ryanair
From Manchester: Easyjet
From Birmingham: Ryanair
From Luton: Easyjet
From Briston: Easyjet
From Dublin: Ryanair

You can also fly via Madrid starting in the Spanish side of the route. Several direct flights from UK. Please ask for advice.

PLEASE NOTE some flights are seasonal.

NB: Flights are not included


Getting around

As part of your package we will include a hire car. Normally we include a 4 door economy class car but please let us know if you would like something different.

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New route for 2018

Roman Lusitania Tour in images