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Portugal’s Wine Regions

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Travel Style: A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
7 days
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Overview

Highlights

  • Experience different local cultures as you stay in three diverse areas.
  • Enjoy your included wine tastings and be sure to treat yourself to some delicious Portuguese cuisine. Try caldo verde, bacalhau, and other traditional favorites.
  • From Lisbon, drive to Sintra and see landscapes you thought only existed in picture books. Climb ornate castles and feel like royalty at majestic palaces!
  • Take advantage of the freedom of your very own car. Make pit-stops between destinations and discover magical places off the beaten path.
  • Attempt to visit all of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites between Porto and Lisbon, which include Sintra, the Douro Wine Region, the Tower of Belem, and more.

Short Description

Embark on this once-in-a-lifetime journey through Portugal's wine regions! From bustling seaside cities to vast green wineries, you'll taste your way through some of Portugal's most beautiful areas. Enjoy included wine tastings and tours, then take a cruise down the breathtaking Douro River.

A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Trip Type Self-guided / Independent Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Airfare included
Start City Porto
End City Lisbon

Trip Includes

  • Round-trip economy class airfare into Porto (OPO), out of Lisbon (LIS)
  • Manual car rental for duration  - upgrade to automatic available
  • 2 nights in Porto at the Hotel Das Artes, or similar
  • Oporto river cruise & wine cellar visit
  • 2 nights in Douro at the Hotel Douro Palace, or similar
  • Douro Quinta visit & wine tasting
  • 2 nights in Lisbon at the Hotel Lisboa Plaza, or similar
  • Breakfast daily

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Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Porto!

Accommodation: Eurostars Das Artes Hotel

Feel the vibrancy in the air as you land in the colorful, seaside city of Porto. Pick up your rental car and make your way to your first luxurious accommodation!

After you settle in, take a walk over the Dom Luís I Bridge and gaze out at breathtaking views of the city. Stroll around the iconic Ribeira District, then treat yourself to an authentic first night meal in Portugal's food capital. Clink glasses to an amazing journey!

Day 2: Porto

After breakfast, enjoy your included Oporto river cruise and wine cellar visit! Spend the afternoon weaving in and out of Porto's ornate palaces and churches. Be sure to visit the neoclassical landmark of Palacio da Bolsa, the Gothic Church of Sao Francisco, and the Clerigos Church.

Calling all book worms, check out the amazing Livraria Lello bookstore! Gawk at its towering wooden stacks and climb the famous grand red staircase of one of the oldest bookstores in Portugal. 

Oporto River Cruise & Wine Cellar Visit

Porto is the second largest city in Portugal and sits at the mouth of the iconic Douro River. One of Porto's major attractions are the river cruises along the Douro River Valley. On a one-hour cruise, see the city from the river and pass under the six bridges that connect Porto and Vila Nova de Gaia.

Back in Porto, visit a port wine cave where the blending of the famous wine takes place. Learn the fascinating history of port wine, then enjoy a tasting of local wines!

Day 3: Porto - Douro

Accommodation: Douro Palace Hotel Resort & Spa

Take a short scenic drive to the rolling green hills of Douro Valley. This vine-covered UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to the famous Port Wine, as well as tons of picturesque wineries.

Settle into your next accommodation, then explore the area!

Day 4: Douro

Embark on your wine tour of the Douro Valley today! Enjoy tastings and a tour in a charming country environment.

Wine Tour of the Douro Valley

Discover Portuguese traditions and customs in an authentic rural environment. Enjoy the day, as local guides show you around the landscape and let you into their culture. Indulge in a delicious lunch, then swirl your glass at two different "Quinta" tastings!

Included:

  • Lunch in a typical restaurant
  • Wine tasting at Quinta do Panascal
  • Wine tasting at Quinta do Aveleda

Day 5: Douro - Lisbon

Accommodation: Hotel Lisbon Plaza

Wave goodbye to the lush greenery of Douro and drive to your final destination: Lisbon! Immerse yourself in the culture and history of this vibrant coastal city.

After checking in at your city-center accommodation, get to know the city by heading to Praca do Comercio. Stroll through this bustling square that's lined with quaint shops and cafes.

Spend the evening strolling through the magnificent Alfama neighborhood. If your legs are tired, take a fun ride on the famous Tram 28!

Day 6: Lisbon

Wake up early and discover all the "must-sees" of this fascinating city. Come face-to-face with the world-famous Jeronimos Monastery, climb the Sao Jorge Castle, and take pictures in front of the majestic Belem Tower.

If you're feeling adventurous, take a 30-minute drive to the fairytale-like palaces and castles of Sintra!

Day 7: Depart Portugal

Take one last look at Portugal's colorful rooftops and bright blue seas as you drive to the airport. Return your rental car, board your plane, and spend the flight home dreaming about your next adventure.

Fly home!

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