Best of Portugal
Picture perfect Portugal
See three of Portugal’s most iconic destinations; begin in beautiful Lisbon, then drive to the university city of Coimbra before ending in Porto, famous for its Port wine. See everything from quaint fishing villages to vineyards on this self-drive vacation.
- Enjoy sweeping views of Lisbon from São Jorge Castle, a Moorish wonderland that sits perched upon a hilltop overlooking the city.
- Explore the grounds of the historic University of Coimbra, Portugal’s oldest university.
- In Coimbra, hear the haunting melodies of Portuguese Fado, sung only by men.
- Indulge in Portugal’s famous cuisine. Be sure to try bacalhau, caldo verde, and pastel de nata.
- Treat yourself to a ride down Porto’s Douro River, enjoying scenic valley views and indulging in a glass (or two) of local wine.
Spend seven nights exploring three diverse cities on this Portugal adventure! You’ll start in the vibrant capital, where history, art, and energy blends beautifully with Portugal’s culture of leisure.
Continue onto Coimbra, Portugal’s former capital. Explore the country’s oldest university, discover imposing cathedrals tucked away in narrow alleys, and even visit a royal burial chamber or two!
The final leg of your adventure brings you to picturesque Porto, where historic squares, idyllic riverbanks, and famous Port Wines await! Spend days strolling through royal gardens, and evenings enjoying locally produced wine while taking advantage of Portugal’s vibrant nightlife.
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Arrive at the airport, pick up your rental car, and make your way to picturesque Lisbon! Start your Portugese adventure by navigating through the maze-like streets of Alfama, Lisbon’s oldest district.
Take a ride on the iconic Tram 28, where you’ll pass through the city’s historic neighborhoods, streets, and hills while aboard a train dating back to the 1930s!
Check In – Hotel Lisbon Plaza
LISBON, PORTUGAL 4 out of 5 stars
Relax in the elegant, ideally located Hotel Lisboa Plaza. Located in Rato, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Foz Palace, Rossio Square, and Santa Justa Elevator! Find yourself at Castle of Sao Jorge, Lisbon Cathedral, and tons of other iconic sights in just minutes.
Cozy up in your warm, well-equipped room that boasts free WiFi, flat-screen satellite TV, DVD players, and more. Crave a midnight snack? Not to worry. Room service is just a phone call away, 24/7. Admire the hotel’s sophisticated decor that marries traditional Portuguese style with contemporary modernism. Hang out around the fireplace, enjoy a drink on the outdoor terrace, work all your stresses away in the fitness room, or unwind with a drink at the classy bar.
Spend an entire day discovering the sights and secrets of Lisbon today! Head to the historic district of Belem, where ancient monuments and extravagant castles await. Discover the cloisters and stone carvings of Jeronimos Monastery, then wind down at the picturesque gardens. Be sure to stop by Antiga Confeitaria de Belem, the rumored birthplace of the Portuguese egg tart!
Take a walk along the waterfront to Belem Tower, a symbol of the city which boasts a blend of architectural influences from Moorish to Venetian
Continue exploring Lisbon today, or hop in your car and take a day trip to Sintra, about a 30-minute drive away. Discover the fairytale-like Pena Palace, enjoy sweeping views of the city at the Castle of the Moors, then discover the city’s Moorish history at the Palace of Sintra.
After breakfast, begin your journey north to Coimbra, a former home of the King of Portugal, Dom Afonso Henriques. Enjoy the rest of the day on your own, exploring this ancient city!
Tonight you may want to experience the city’s famous twist on Portugal’s popular musical style, Fado; in Coimbra the haunting melodies are sung only by men.
Check In – Tivoli Coimbra Hotel
COIMBRA, PORTUGAL 4 out of 5 stars
Relax at this comfortable, stylish hotel located right in the heart of Coimbra. Get ready to explore the city, as you’ll be within one mile of Jardim da Manga, Santa Cruz Church, Velha Cathedral, and much more. Walk into the hotel and admire its contemporary decor and modern design.
Settle into your spacious room and find WiFi, satellite TV, air conditioning, and tons of other amenities that will make you feel right at home. When it’s time to eat, head down to the elegant Tivoli Caffe Coimbra and indulge in a delicious bite.
Coimbra may be the country’s former capital, but it is still the current capital of knowledge! Explore the grounds of the University of Coimbra, Portugal’s oldest college, dating back to 1290.
Continue onto the religious highlights of the the city. Explore the chilling 10th century Romanesque Sao Salvador, or visit the burial chambers of Portugal’s first two kings at the Monastery of Santa Cruz. Continue onward and discover the secrets of the 12th century Sao Tiago, which hides in plain sight on one of the city’s many narrow roads.
This morning, depart Coimbra and drive approximately 80 miles to Porto. Start your adventure off in one of Porto’s most famous and oldest districts: Ribiera. Make your way through the narrow streets, stopping at the many shops and cafes along the way!
Along the banks you’ll pass by dozens of old Rabelo boats, loaded with Port Wine cellars – treat yourself to a ride on one, sipping wine while coasting along the river Douro!
Check In – Eurostars Das Artes Hotel
PORTO, PORTUGAL 4 out of 5 stars
Art, modernity, and a taste for detail at the exact point where, after a voyage of 900 kilometres, the Douro River reaches the bright blue ocean. The Eurostars Das Artes Hotel, set in the very center of Porto, is comprised of two buildings – one historical and the other modern – with a sky-blue tiled façade welcoming its guests. For people who love art and appreciate a good port wine and know how to enjoy it with the necessary calm, there is the Eurostars Das Artes, the essence of which is to be found in the art exuded by the grand capital of the Douro.
Settle into your spacious room, sprawl out in your large bed, and use the hotel’s free WiFi to plan out your day. Freshen up in your gorgeous marble bathroom where you’ll find complimentary toiletries, a bath, a bidet, and more. Head down to the bar and enjoy a crisp glass of wine, or enjoy the breeze while you read the local newspaper on the terrace.
Start your day off with a stroll through the picturesque Crystal Palace Gardens. Located at the highest part of the city, this royal garden provides visitors with sweeping views of Porto from above.
After, you may want to pay a visit to the modern artworks housed at the Serralves Museum, or admire the architecture of (or catch an opera) at the Casa di Musica.
Spend your last evening in Porto in the vibrant downtown area, sipping on locally-produces wines, dancing the night away at one of the many clubs, or enjoying some live music alongside a crowd of locals.
Your tour of Portugal’s golden cities come to an end today! Make your way to the airport for your departure flight; make sure to leave enough time to drop off your rental car at the rental area.