Discover the well known delights of romantic, old-world Porto and the Douro Valley, the world’s oldest denominated wine area with its famous vertiginous landscape, then move on south, away from the crowds to lesser-known but enchanting region of Las Beiras.

Discover the fortress towns dotted among the vineyards of the high plains of the Planalto before heading up into the Serra da Estrela, Portugal’s highest mountain range.

Take in a Fado show and marvel at the historic University of Coimbra with its stunning views over the city before finishing at delightful Art-Nouveau Aveiro back at the Atlantic coast.

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

  • Tour Highlights:
  • World Heritage Porto Old Town with its famous Port Wine Lodges
  • Stunning scenery of the Douro Valley
  • Fortress towns and prehistoric rock-art of the Planalto
  • Magnificent rocky wilderness of the Serra da Estrela
  • Elegant, lively Coimbra and its monumental University
  • A ‘moliceiro’ ride in Art-Nouveau Aveiro
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£1100 p/p

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

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Day 1 to 2 – Porto

  • Ribeira, Porto’s fascinating historic centre, a World Heritage site
  • Cross the impressive Dom Luis I iron bridge to the Port Wine Lodges
  • Art for all from finest museums to simple galleries
  • Walk the lanes, sail the river, live and breathe Porto
  • Ferry to Afurada and the golden beach of Estrela

Day 3 to 5 – Douro Valley

  • Fabulous Douro scenery – take an unforgettable boat trip
  • World Heritage Douro vineyards, the World’s oldest!
  • Romantic Amarante on the River Tamega
  • Lamego – famous stairs of Nossa Senhora dos Remedios
  • Superb gastronomy in the atmospheric “adegas” taverns

Day 6 & 7 – Planalto & the fortress towns

  • Fortress towns – Trancoso, Almeida, Castelo Rodrigo
  • Paleolithic rock-art in the Côa Valley 22000 years old!
  • Local wine and olive oil of the Beira Alta
  • Faia Brava nature reserve with wild horses, cattle and large birds of prey
  • Explore the Douro International Nature Park
  • Jump the border to Ciudad Rodrigo and Salamanca

Day 8 & 9 – 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

Day 10 to 12 – Coimbra

  • Coimbra University – stunning buildings, stunning views, fascinating museums
  • Sé Velha, Portuguese Romanesque at its finest
  • Take in a fado show – Coimbra style of course
  • Jewish Quarter – especially magical by night
  • Roman ruins at Conímbriga

Day 13 & 14 – Aveiro

  • Discover Art-Nouveau Aveiro from a gondola-like ‘Moliceiro’
  • Sail or kayak in the estuary, go surfing in the ocean
  • Gaily-painted seaside houses of Costa Nova do Prado
  • Visit the Vista Alegre porcelain factory
  • Playa de Barra and the wild dunes of São Jacinto

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

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 or Ryanair
From Liverpool: Easyjet
From Manchester: Ryanair, Easyjet or TAP Portugal
From Bristol: Easyjet
From Dublin: Ryanair, TAP or Aer Lingus

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

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

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.

AITO reviews

Everything and everywhere fabulous.

Client 2018

We had a 2 week self driving tour which took us to 6 very different and diverse places and accommodation. It was fabulous.

Client 2018

We thoroughly enjoyed our tour around Portugal. We loved the mixture of cities, towns, hilltop villages and countryside. The accommodation was carefully chosen by the Casas team and ranged from the grandeur of a former palace in Coimbra to a delightful rural guesthouse in Castelo Rodrigo.

Client 2018

Highlights of the trip included a night time excursion with a private guide to see the spectacular Palaeolithic rock art in the Côa Valley, a wonderful boat trip along the Douro river from Pinhão and the best meal ever in Aveiro.

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