Sun-soaked beaches and beautiful architecture
Explore beautiful beaches and scene-stealing wonders at your own pace on this self-drive vacation in Portugal. Spend three nights in the historic capital of Lisbon, then experience the beautiful Algarve.
- Discover the beauty of Lisbon’s famous elaborately-painted tiles. Head to the National Azulejo Museum to see some of the most amazing tile work in the world!
- Melt your stresses away at the golden beaches of the Algarve.
- Enjoy sweeping views of Lisbon from São Jorge Castle, a Moorish wonderland that sits perched upon a hilltop overlooking the city.
- Algarve is famous for its handcrafted pottery and ceramics – the perfect place to pick up a souvenir or two!
- Indulge in Portugal’s famous cuisine. Be sure to try bacalhau, caldo verde, and pastel de nata.
Picturesque Portugal…where vibrant cities, Moorish palaces, and castles dominating the hilltops await! You’ll start your adventure in the capital city of Lisbon, where leisure and beauty collide with the city’s boisterous energy. Spend your days exploring the city’s highlights, or make use of your included rental car and take a day trip or two to some of the surrounding areas of wonder.
The next leg of your journey takes you to Portugal’s Algarve region, where you’ll encounter golden beaches, castle villages, and cliffs offering the most sweeping views. Along the way sip on locally-made wine, indulge in Portuguese specialties, and melt your stresses away at the miles of beaches.
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Arrive at the airport, pick up your rental car, and make your way to Lisbon to start your Portugal adventure!
The rest of the day is yours to enjoy at leisure; why not ascend to São Jorge Castle, where you can explore the Moorish buildings and grounds, before being treated to some of the most sweeping views of the city below.
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.
Start the day off with your private sightseeing tour! After the tour, take a deeper dive into the destinations that call out to you; get lost in the maze of cobbled streets in the Alfama, or linger for a bit longer in Belem and trace the path of Portugal’s history.
In the evening, experience the vibrant nightlife of Lisbon’s bustling Bairro Alto district! Walk through the cobblestone streets and pop into one of the many shops, bars, or restaurants – the city is at your fingertips!
Lisbon City Tour (Morning)
Discover the magnificent city of Lisbon on this guided tour that unveils its history and traditions. Begin by visiting the Belém quarter, where you will find the most beautiful and historical monuments from the 15th and 16th centuries. Make a brief stop at the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Belém Tower (Torre de Belém).
You then visit the church of S. Jerome Monastery (Mosteiro dos Jerónimos) – another UNESCO World Heritage Site, and a masterpiece of the “Manueline” style, followed by and the National Coach Museum (Museu Nacional dos Coches), with one of the most important collections of old carriages in the world. Along the river, we arrive at Alfama, an old and traditional district, where we will have the opportunity to walk in its narrow streets and visit a handicraft shop where we’ll taste an aperitif of Port wine.
Pass by the downtown (Baixa) to admire Lisbon’s most important squares – such as the monumental Trade Square (Praça do Comércio); Rossio Square, the heart of Lisbon, and the symbolic Restauradores Square. From there, drive along Liberdade Avenue, the “boulevard” of Lisbon, to finish at Marquês de Pombal Square, admiring the statue of the 18th-century Portuguese statesman responsible for Lisbon reconstruction after one of the deadliest earthquakes in history, the 1755 Lisbon Earthquake.
Please note: Jeronimos Monastery & Coach Musem both closed on Monday; tours on this day will be replaced by Palacio da Ajuda.
Hop in your car and take a day trip to the breathtaking resort town of Sintra, about a 30-minute drive from Lisbon. Get lost in the beauty of the hilltop Pena Palace, enjoy sweeping views at the Castle of the Moors, then discover the city’s Moorish history at the Palace of Sintra.
After breakfast, begin your journey to the Algarve region. Wind down at your next accommodation, and begin your adventure in the Algarves.
Tonight, head to the nearby city of Faro for dinner. Stroll through the cobbled streets of old town, where remnants of its Moorish past blend with eighteenth-century Portuguese architecture.
Check In – Vila Monte Farm House
MONCARAPACHO, PORTUGAL 4 out of 5 stars
Escape to this relaxing retreat, tucked away in the gorgeous Algarve region of Portugal. Stroll through the hotel’s lush green grounds and feel your eyes widen as you see the contrast of vibrant, colorful flowers against the bright blue sky. Step into the hotel’s lobby and notice its trendy, modern decor and open, airy feel. You will rarely see a dark color at Vila Monte; rather, you will be surrounded by heavenly whites and calming blues and greens.
Open the door to your room and instantly fall into a state of peace and relaxation. Sprawl out on your large comfortable bed, use the hotel’s free WiFi, then mosey out onto your balcony and take in the gorgeous garden view. Unpack your luggage, find your swimsuit, and head out to the large, sparkling pool. Lounge in the warm sun or take a refreshing dip! Looking to keep active during your stay? Hike through the picturesque grounds of the hotel, or work all your stresses away in the fitness room. When you work up an appetite, indulge in fresh, local, mouthwatering cuisine at the hotel’s renowned Earth restaurant. After dinner, unwind with a drink and cozy up around the lobby fireplace.
Discover the gems of the Algarve area today! Head to bustling Albufeira, where leisure is a specialty. Stroll through the narrow streets in the Cerro da Vila (medieval area), then unwind at the beach; enjoy the bright colors of the fishing boats, matched only by the blue of the sea.
After some serious sightseeing, unwind with your included wine tasting!
Today you may want to spend the day exploring one of the Algarve’s most popular towns, Lagos, where remnants of rebellion and Moorish rule remain.
After a morning basking in the sun, grab a bite at the Lagos fish market, where a wonderland of freshly caught variety awaits – from king prawn to shark.
Time willing, perhaps one last stroll along the Portuguese coast is in order! In accordance with your departure flight, make your way to the airport today for your flight home. Be sure to leave enough time to drop your rental car at the airport.