A wine-lover’s delight and a wonderful way to discover small-town, rural Portugal in a trip full of contrasts.

From the medieval delights of the Alto Alentejo to historic, granite-built Viseu, heart of the Dão, on to the vertiginous vineyards of the Douro Valley dotted with pristine white adegas and on to the verdant hills of the Minho in the far north – there’s so much to see along the way!

Finish with a small city-break in Porto, centre of Portugal’s wine trade built up over centuries and with a strong history of links with Britain.

  • Tour Highlights:
  • Historic Évora and the potteries and vineyards of the Alto Alentejo
  • Viseu, centre of the Dão region
  • The stunning Douro Valley – the world’s oldest wine region
  • Minho – Viana do Castelo, Ponte de Lima, Braga, Guimaraes – plenty to do between tastings!
  • Porto’s wine lodges, Old Town and Ribeira
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£1150 p/p

* Indicative mid-season price for 10 nights (including car hire – flights not included) in our suggested hotels.

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Day 1 & 2 – 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
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Day 3 & 4 – Viseu & the Dão wine region

  • Delightful Viseu, historic centre of the Dão wine region
  • Grão Vasco museum, Portuguese Renaissance at its best
  • Viseu’s imposing granite-built Sé cathedral
  • Dão wine route, historic vineyards, velvety reds
  • Hike the Sierra de Caramulo and visit the Caramulo car museum
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Day 5 & 6 – Alto Douro

  • Take an unforgettable boat trip from Peso de Regua upriver to Pinhao
  • Pinhao and its delightful train station, decorated with beautiful azulejos – tiles
  • Stunning Douro vineyards, the World’s oldest!
  • Picnic at the beauty spot of São Salvador do Mundo
  • Superb gastronomy in the atmospheric “adegas” taverns
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Day 7 & 8 – Minho Costa

  • Delightful Caminha and the fortress towns of Valença, Monção and Melgaço, dotted along the river Minho
  • Historic step in the Portuguese Santiago pilgrim way
  • Imposing Viana do Castelo with its long surfy windswept Atlantic coastline
  • Graceful Ponte de Lima with its Roman bridge
  • Sample the Vinho Verde wine and hearty local fare
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Day 9 & 10 – 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
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The itinerary includes the following:

  • Accommodation in our listed hotels – 2 sharing 1 std. double ensuite, B&B
  • Economy 4dr car hire
  • Regional guide book
  • Personal Travel App including highlights, weather forecast and restaurant suggestions for all areas en-route
  • Instructions to find all accommodation


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 or Wizzair
From Edinburgh: Easyjet or Ryanair
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 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

Alternative airports

Faro in the Algarve region is a good entry point for tours in the Alentejo

Santiago de Compostela in Spain is a good entry point for northern Portugal tours

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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