Sep 30, 2020
Round trip airfare from North America
3 nights first class accommodation in Estoril
3 nights first class accommodations in Albufeira
1 night first class accommodations in Lisbon
7 day car rental with automatic transmission
Super Colission Damage Waiver insurance
Entrances fees to sites and museums
Lisbon hotel tourist tax
International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
Visa fees if applicable
Meals and beverages not mentioned
Items of a personal nature
About this Trip
Discover Lisbon and the sunny south of Portugal on this self-drive air-inclusive package. Explore medieval cities and romantic palaces, stop off in fishing villages and on golden beaches, and discover the natural and cultural pleasures of this beautiful nation.
This 9-day Portuguese vacation takes you across the southern part of the country on a self-drive tour. It features first-class accommodations, international airfare, a car rental, and independent touring.
Your journey begins with a flight across the Atlantic to Lisbon, the Portuguese capital. Pick up your rental car and begin your adventure west towards Cascais and Estoril, commonly known as the Portuguese Riviera. Give yourself plenty of time the next day to explore the stunning palaces of the Sintra region, including Quinta de Reguleira and the bright yellow Pena Palace. If you have time, explore the western edge of Lisbon known as the Belem district, where you’ll find famous Belem Tower and the enormous Jeronimos Monastery.
Turn north towards the walled city of Obidos, which transports you back in time to the Middle Ages. Spend some time shopping for handicrafts and books and even trying some of the local cherry liqueur known as ginja. Continue on towards the monasteries of Alcobara, where you’ll discover love stories and chance upon picturesque fishing villages. If you have the time, stop off in Nazare, where you’ll see some of the world’s largest waves.
Discover Portugal: Self Drive
Day 1: Depart North America
Day 2: Lisbon to Estoril
Day 3: Romantic palaces, Monuments and 'Nata'
Day 4: Literary cities, Beaches and Ginja
Today, perhaps drive northwest towards the magical city of Óbidos. In this charming medieval walled town you will find its beautiful fortified castle, narrow streets and endless bookshops due to its UNESCO designation as the Creative City of Literature. Try the typical Ginja (sour cherry liqueur) in Óbidos served in a chocolate cup! Hit the road again towards the northwest to stunning examples of monasteries in Alcobaça and Batalha. Spend the rest of the afternoon discovering picturesque fishing villages and beach areas of Nazare or Peniche.
Day 5: Estoril - Albufeira
Enroute to Albufeira, drive inland towards the Evora, the capital of the Alentejo region, known for its gastronomy and UNESCO World Heritage City. In Évora, discover the city such as Giraldo Square, the Roman Temple, the Cathedral and St. Francis Church with its unique Bones Chapel. Continue your journey driving south along the coastline towards the Algarve, one of Europe`s warmest Mediterranean regions with its beautiful sandy beaches. Spend three nights in Albufeira discovering golden sands and stunning cliffs and white houses. Distances Estoril - Evora: 155km, Evora - Albufeira - 204km.
Day 6: West Algarve Discovery
Spend your days on the beach or head west to the popular villages of Lagos, Sagres, Silves and Monchique. Lagos, known as the pot of gold because of its yellow rocks along the coast, you can admire the promontory named Ponta da Piedade with its caves and rocks. In Sagres, the most south-westerly village in mainland Europe, perhaps visit the promontory of the fortress of Cape St Vincent, the symbol of the Portuguese discoveries. In Silves, you can discover the ancient Arab capital of the Algarve with its Moorish Castle and XII century Cathedral. Finally, in Monchique, explore the typical village located in the scenic range of rounded hilss, known as the 'garden' of the Algarve. Take time for shopping for handicrafts.
Day 7: East Algarve Discovery
From your hotel in Albufeira, drive east towards the capital of the Algarve, Faro. Take some time to walk through the Old Town and visit the XIII century Cathedral. Continue to Olhao, a city built under Arabic influences. Be sure to visit the waterfront markets and old quarter. Pass through Santa Luzia, the most picturesque fishing and unspoilt village in the Algarve until you reach the old roman town of Tavira. Visit the old castle ruins, Santa Maria do Castelo church and the famous IV century Roman bridge.
Day 8: Albufeira - Lisbon
On your way back to Lisbon, perhaps make a stop to Sesimbra, a picturesque fishing town located on the coast of Portugal. Visit the Moorish castle or stop for lunch at a seafood restaurant with views of the sea. For nature lovers, head to Arrabida Natural Park and discover beautiful beaches, unique vegetation and unspoilt nature. Enjoy your last night in Lisbon, exploring the typical streets of the Barirro Alto or Madragoa or checking out a local Fado restaurant and listen to the beautiful sounds of Portugal. Distance Albufeira - Lisbon: 259km.