Lisbon & Northern Regions: Road Trip

Visit Portugal's north via Porto & Douro, then end this journey in Lisbon.

This road trip travel package to Portugal offers everything you could possibly want out of a vacation!

What's Included?

All flights and connections
Accommodations for your destinations
Rental Car
Expert trip manager
All taxes & fees

Why we love this deal:

  • A road trip travel package to Porto, Douro, and Lisbon is the perfect way to experience the beauty of Portugal.
  • Porto itself is an incredible city that provides travelers with plenty of things to do and see. From exploring the churches and historical cathedrals to tasting Port wine at local cellars, there are many ways to soak up the vibrant culture of this beautiful city.
  • The Douro Valley is another great destination for travelers looking for something different. This region is known for its breathtaking landscapes where you can explore some of Portugal's finest vineyards as well as explore traditional Portuguese villages along its winding roads. 
  • Finally, Lisbon gives visitors the chance to experience some of Portugal's most iconic landmarks. Visitors can take time out to marvel at magnificent monuments such as Belém Tower or Jerónimos Monastery while sampling some delicious Portuguese food. 
  • Pick up your car in Porto, and drop it off in Lisbon - it's all set up for you, making for a completely hassle-free exchange! 
  • Request to customize this deal: Add more nights to your stay or local excursions!

Please note:

  • This exciting itinerary is also available by train! Please reach out to our Customer Support team for further information. 

Itinerary

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Day 1
Arrival in Porto

Pick up the car rental and drive to the hotel (it is recommended to book an early check-in).

Suggestion for the day:

  • We recommend taking a stroll around downtown Porto and having a “francesinha” for lunch/ dinner accompanied by Portuguese wine. Highlights include: Bridge D. Luís I, Ribeira, Livraria Lello, Torre dos Clérigos, Majestic Café. Or book here your City Walking Tour. 

Suggestion for dinner: Fado Experience

Suggestion for the day:

  • Visit Braga, Guimarães or Aveiro

Drive to Braga ( 35 mi/ 56 km, approximately 40 minutes). Highlights in Braga: Sé Cathedral, Museum of Sacred Art, Former Archbishop's Palace, Bom Jesus do Monte (an absolute must-visit), Arcos de Valdevez and Peneda Gerês National Park: Gerês, also known as Peneda-Gerês National Park, is the oldest and largest National Park in Portugal. In this park, you can explore the lush vegetation that Portugal has to offer, with its endemic species like the Gerês lily, which illuminates the vegetation with its unique and eye-catching blue-violet hues. Explore the rivers and streams of this Edenic park that run through the Peneda, Soajo, Amarela, and Gerês mountain ranges. You can also look forward to being dazzled also by its breathtaking scenic landscapes. Book here your Guimarães & Braga tour.

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Drive to Guimarães (33 mi/ 54 km, approximately 40 minutes). Guimarães is known as the "Cradle City" of Portugal since it was here that the first King of Portugal, D. Afonso Henriques, was born. Associated with the formation of Portugal, the historic center of Guimarães was classified as an official World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The city is remarkably well-preserved, and its rich heritage and history are demonstrated by the graceful iron balconies, granite balconies, and porches, manor houses, arches connecting narrow streets, floor slabs smoothed by time, towers and cloisters that abound everywhere the eye can see. In this city, for a moment, it seems as if you stepped back in time to a medieval setting, where nobility built jaw-dropping villas, like the Casa Mota Prego, the Palácio de Vila Flor, do Toural, and many others--all of which give Guimarães a unique and awe-inspiring atmosphere. Highlights in Guimarães: Palace of the Dukes of Bragança, Guimarães Old Town, Guimarães Castle, Citânia dos Briteiros.

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Situated between the sea and the ria (estuary) and crisscrossed by a network of channels, it is no wonder that Aveiro is often referred to as "The Venice of Portugal". Visitors can cruise the water-filled landscape of Aveiro aboard moliceiros (these slim, colorful boats used to be used by locals to collect algae and seaweed), or hop on a "BUGA" bicycle to cruise the flat streets of the city.  Marvel at the beautiful Art Nouveau architecture that marks the city along the main channel. Visit Aveiro's many museums dedicated to its history, art, and architecture.  Book your Aveiro tour here

Check out from the hotel in Porto and drive to the Douro Valley (60 mi/ 97km). Check-in at the hotel in Douro Valley.

Suggestion for the day:

  • Casal De Loivos Viewpoint
  • Abelheira Viewpoint
  • São Salvador do Mundo Viewpoint. 

Suggestion for the day:

 

For the afternoon, we suggest a visit to a winery:

  • Quinta da Pacheca,
  • Quinta da Roêda
  • Quinta das Carvalhas
  • Quinta de La Rosa
  • Quinta do Crasto
  • Quinta do Panascal
  • Quinta do Seixo
  • Quinta do Valado.  

Check out from the hotel in Douro Valley and start driving your way down to Lisbon (240 mi, 380 km).

Suggestion for the day:

Before you arrive in Lisbon, we recommend stopping at Sintra and visiting the Old Town and one of the following monuments:

  • Pena Palace
  • Quinta da Regaleira
  • Monteserrate Palace
  • Sintra National Palace
  • Moorish Castle.

Check-in at the hotel in Lisbon and have a free day for personal activities

Suggestion for the day:

  • Visit the Chiado, Baixa, Belém, and Bairro Alto districts (Bairro Alto is known for its nightlife scene).

Highlights:

  • São Roque church
  • São Pedro de Alcântara garden
  • the ruins of Carmo church
  • Santa Catarina viewpoint
  • Luís de Camões Square
  • Torre de Belém
  • Mosteiro dos Jerónimos
  • Pastéis de Belém
  • Augusta street
  • Terreiro do Paço
  • Santa Justa lift.

Or book here your Lisbon Food Walking Tour.

Suggestion for dinnerLisbon Fado Night With Dinner

Suggestion for the day:

  • Drive to Évora (83 mi/ 134 km, approximately 1h30 drive).

Highlights:

  • Sé Cathedral
  • Roman Temple
  • Capela dos Ossos
  • Giraldo Square
  • Évora university
  • Água da Prata Aqueduct
  • Cromlech of Almendres.

The Alentejo region of Portugal is a feast for all the senses, from its northernmost tip to its sunkissed southern shores. While the north offers visitors pastoral scenery, like horses grazing in the flatland, the central portion of the region is marked by the vast plain with rows of cornflowers blowing in the wind. As one makes their way to the Alentejo coast, wild and unmarred natural beauty awaits to awe and inspire. 

Check out from the hotel in Lisbon. Drive to the airport and drop off the car rental. Return flight home. 

*itinerary presented is a suggestion and the length of stay may vary. All tours are suggestions unless specifically stated.

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About the Destinations:

Porto

Porto is a city of endless charms that combines a rich history, old buildings covered in colorful azulejos (hand-painted tiles), modern architecture, a picturesque riverfront and a high-spirited atmosphere that celebrates the joy of life.

Douro Valley

 Following the river Douro upstream, you reach the Alto Douro Wine Region. This is a land of traditions, a place of enchantment and mysticism, a great stretch of land where Nature reigns in perfect harmony with the inhabitants that have shaped the valley slopes and organized the land into vineyards.

Lisbon

In Lisbon, you will instantly fall in love with its charming people, incredible culinary delights, and the unbeatable combination of old cobblestone streets and a modern cosmopolitan vibe that make this capital city a truly magical destination. Rich in history, architecture, culture and entertainment, Lisbon will surely captivate you.

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Overall, the trip was fantastic!
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