Portugal Off the Beaten Path – 12N/ 13D Self-Drive

This itinerary was designed for the traveller that wants to experience the highlights of the country, but cut a little on the crowds or visit places that the most “tourists” don’t even know exist. Except for the famous sights, you often might find yourself to be the only person on the small street or on the beach. So romantic, right? This itinerary can be modified to accommodate your personal preferences.


Day 1 Arrival Lisbon – Stay for 4 nights

Night in Lisbon

Boutique : Shiadu Boutique Guesthouses, various central locations in Lisbon

Luxury 4*: Hotel Mercy

Luxury 5* : Verride Palácio Santa Catarina

You’ll be picked up by private transfer and brought directly to the hotel. Time to rest from the long trip and enjoy the first impression of the City of Light.


Day 2 Lisbon – Full Day

Today you’ll be taken by your private guide to explore the city and get to know its secrets like no other traveler would.

Night: Fado dinner and performance


Day 3 Day Trip from Lisbon to Sintra with private chauffeur

Explore the magical palaces of Sintra and the its beautiful coast


Day 4 Full Day Lisbon

Dedicate the morning to Belém and its Unesco Monuments.

Optional Activities for the afternoon (not included)

Luxury yacht romantic Sunset tour

Helicopter fly over Lisbon and the best Sushi dinner in the city


Day 5 Lisbon to Tomar – stay for 1 Night

Tomar is known as the templar town of Portugal. Take time to explore the old town and then visit to the Convent of Christ, it’s an architectural masterpiece.

Stay 1 night near Fátima

Boutique: Luz Houses


Day 6 Piódão – stay for 1 Night

For the full experience of Portugal, don’t miss a schist village. Piódão is inserted in Serra do Açor, so not only it’s unique architecture ,but also its natural settings makes it a must-visit.

Boutique: Casa da Padaria, simple yet welcoming environment, and authentic experience and delicious homemade breakfast


Day 7 Medieval Villages in the Center of Portugal – Stay for 1 Night

Today visit  the two villages of Sortelha and Belmonte.

Night in a medieval village

5* Luxury: Pousada do Belmonte


Day 8 Belmonte to Douro Valley via Lamego – stay in Douro Valley for 2 Nights

Visit the Sanctuary of Nossa Senhora dos Remedios inserted on a hilltop in a beautiful garden.

Night in Douro Valley

5* Luxury: The Vintage House Douro

Boutique: Quinta de la Rosa


Day 9 Full Day Douro Valley

Douro is one of the most beautiful wine regions in Europe (sorry Tuscany). Located on the hilly banks of Douro, it’s an unique landscape. Even if you don’t drink wine, it’s still worth visiting for its romantic setting.

Morning activity: Rebello Boat, private yacht tour is optional and upon request

Afternoon activity: Picnic in the vineyards with or without wine tasting, private transfers included


Day 10 Douro Valley to Porto via Guimarães – 3 Nights in Porto

Guimarães is the birthplace of Portugal, it’s very well known for its Gothic center.

Night in Porto

Luxury 5*: The Yeatman, Infante Sagres, Intercontinental Palácio das Cardosas

Boutique Guesthouses: Shiadu


Day 11 Full day Porto

Today is reserved for Porto, have a guided tour in morning tour to get to know its secrets and curiosities.

Day 12 Porto Day Trip

Suggested day trip to Aveiro, Braga or Geres National Park.


Day 13 Departure Porto

Leave the car at the airport and have a safe trip back home.


Prices from:

Boutique only                                                           1200€ / person

4* Superior & Boutique (where applicable)       1600€ / person

5* Luxury                                                                  2100€ / person


Included in the price:

All accommodation and breakfast

Car hire

Any tours, transfers and activities mentioned in the itinerary above


Excluded from the price:

Flights to and from Portugal

Any optional activities

Anything not mentioned in the itinerary above


Notes: The itinerary can be adjusted for a mix of public transport and private transfers or with private chauffeur only. Please inquire for more information and prices.

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