Day 1 – Chaves to Douro Valley –
Gastronomy, Wines and Architecture
Departure from the hotel in the morning towards Chaves, a municipality known for its thermal and gastronomic traditions.
Walking tour through the historic medieval center, where you can admire some of the most emblematic buildings in the city, namely the Castle, Igreja Matriz de Santa Maria Maior, Largo do Terreiro de Cavalaria and Trajano bridge.
Beginning of the adventure along the Route National 2, better known as the Portuguese Route 66. Departure towards Vila Pouca de Aguiar, with a short stop at Vidago Palace, a classic and emblematic thermal hotel, once considered the best on the Iberian Peninsula.
Stop for lunch in Pedras Salgadas where you will have the opportunity to taste the best of Trás-os-Montes cuisine, located in an idyllic setting in full harmony with nature.
The trip will continue towards Santa Marta de Penaguião, surrounded by beautiful breathtaking landscapes. Opportunity to taste the famous Port wine in one of the most emblematic estates in the region, awarded with several national and international awards due to the uniqueness of its wines and its architecture.
This day would not be complete without a fabulous wine dinner in one of the oldest and most exclusive estates in the region.
Accommodation in a luxurious 4 * hotel, a fabulous architectural complex overlooking the Douro vineyards.
Day 2 – Douro Valley to Lousã –
Handicraft, Nature & Wellness
Departure from the hotel in the morning towards Castro Daire, a village known for producing basketry, tinwork, and weaving.
Enjoy a guided tour of an archaeological and ethnographic museum where you will have the opportunity to see objects related to the cycle of linen and wool, handicrafts, agricultural tools, regional costumes, and archaeological relics of the region. Before lunch, we will have an exclusive relaxation experience scheduled for you at the spa of São Pedro do Sul.
After enjoying a moment of well-being in one of the most acclaimed spas in Portugal, you will have a superb lunch in the historic center of Viseu, where you will taste delicacies that will delight your trip.
After this unforgettable gastronomic experience, we will continue our journey through Nacional 2, passing through villages such as Tondela, Santa Comba Dão and Mortágua, taking the opportunity to visit the Aguieira dam, one of the most imposing in the entire Portuguese territory, through the scenic surroundings next to the Mondego River, a place to practice various water and leisure sports.
We will make a short detour to visit Lorvão’s Monastery, one of the oldest in Europe, surrounded by imposing mountains, where you will get to taste the famous pastries of Lorvão.
Return to the Hotel to enjoy its facilities, a place that combines a historic setting with picturesque views of Serra da Lousã.
Day 3 – Lousã to Alqueva –
Shale villages, camping and stars
Departure from the hotel in the morning towards the Castle of Arouce, where you will enjoy privileged views over Serra da Lousã.
We will continue our tour through the village of Aigra Nova, characterized by its incredible shale constructions. Opportunity to visit the Eco museum of shale traditions, where you can support a plant and, thus, offset your environmental footprint as a tourist by helping the reforestation of Serra da Lousã with native species.
In Vila de Rei, we will make a visit to the geodesic center of Portugal, located precisely in the center of the country, offering superb views of Serra da Lousã and Serra da Estrela.
After spending the morning across idyllic places, we will have arranged for you an unforgettable lunch prepared with the best products of the region in a cozy family space.
After lunch, we will visit fragas de rabadão viewpoint, where you will find a via crucis, a small sanctuary and a platform from which you can enjoy the rugged landscape.
Your adventure will go by the Nacional 2 towards Ponte de Sor, where we will make a brief stop at the Montargil dam, with open views of the Alto Alentejo region.
The highlight of our day will be at dusk, in a unique experience at Dark Sky Alqueva, the world’s first starlight destination. Here you can be dazzled from planets, to the craters of the Moon, through the deepest sky in Alqueva.
You will finish the day with a unique camping experience under the stars.
Day 4 – Alqueva to Faro –
Urbanism, mines, rurality
Departure from the Hotel towards Viana do Alentejo. Brief stop to visit the emblematic castle located in the historic center, with Mudejar and Manueline influence. Opportunity to visit one of the most emblematic sanctuaries in Portugal, the Sanctuary N. Sr.ª d ’Aires, which stands out in the landscape for its Baroque and Rococo decoration.
The visit will continue towards Ferreira do Alentejo, with a stop to observe the Calvário chapel, a curious church that due to its characteristics and peculiarities quickly became the ex-libris of the village.
In Aljustrel we will take a short walk through the emblematic sites of the village, such as the historic center, the mining park, and the sanctuary of Nossa Senhora do Castelo. The theme of the route is the mining complex, the urban space and the rural landscape. In the historic center, you will find the parish church and the municipal museum, and, in the mining park, you can observe mining fragments, the Transtagana chimney and the Malacate Vipasca, visit an old mining gallery and the museum of the Compressor Central. Stop for lunch in Castro Verde, in a traditional restaurant.
After a superb lunch, we will resume our journey through Nacional 2 towards Almodôvar where we will be able to observe some of the old iron constructions, designed by Aureliano Aguiar, which decorate the village in honor of the miners, firefighters and shoemakers, extolling their noble professions.
Before ending this adventure on the Portuguese route 66, we will make a short stop in São Brás de Alportel.
Accommodation in a 4 * hotel in Faro with superb views over the marina. Dinner at the hotel included.
Day 5 – Faro to Lisbon –
Historical and medieval influences; Capitals of Cork and Fado
Historical and medieval influences; Capitals of Cork and Fado.
Departure from the hotel in the morning towards Évora, an incredible destination located in the heart of the Alentejo. A city full of history and mysteries, it is recognized for its historical and cultural richness, still carefully preserved. You will have the opportunity to understand the Alentejo way of living, known for being quiet and peaceful, and to admire the traditional objects produced mostly in cork that are marketed through the picturesque streets of the city. Here you will find one of the seven wonders of Portugal, the Roman temple of Évora and the largest medieval cathedral in the country.
We will continue our journey to Sintra, a charming paradise hidden among the mountains, where you will see stunning palaces and breathtaking landscapes. It is considered one of the main destinations in the country, home to several and fabulous noble buildings of multiple architectural styles.
Stop for lunch at an incredible family restaurant, where you will taste the best that Portuguese cuisine has to offer.
During the afternoon we will take a panoramic tour of Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, and the hub of a multifaceted region that appeals to different tastes and senses.
Brief stop to taste the most famous pastry in the country, the delicious Pastéis de Belém.
Fado themed dinner in a typical Lisbon tavern and accommodation in a 4 * hotel.
Day 6 – Lisbon to Aveiro –
Relics, treasures and memory
This day is optional.
Departure from the Hotel in the morning towards Óbidos, one of the most beautiful villages in Portugal, surrounded by medieval walls and composed by a maze of cobbled streets and houses decorated with colorful flowers. Short walk through the picturesque historic center towards the imposing Castle, classified as a national monument. Opportunity to taste one of the most appreciated liqueurs in this region, once created for medicinal purposes.
We will continue the tour to Fátima with a short stop at the Sanctuary, a place of Christian pilgrimage and Catholic devotion, internationally recognized for its importance given by the millions of visitors it receives during the year.
We will have a gastronomic experience prepared for you in the city of Coimbra, where you can taste some of the most acclaimed dishes in the region. After lunch you will visit the oldest University in Portugal that houses the famous Joanina library, a treasure of knowledge where you will find manuscripts of important works of Portuguese literature, also classified as one of the most beautiful libraries in the world.
Your day will finish in Aveiro, a beautiful coastal city, known as the Portuguese Venice, due to the various water channels that run through the town. Capital of Art Nouveau, Azulejo and ceramics in Portugal. 4* Hotel Accommodation.
Day 7 – Aveiro to Porto –
Full Day Porto Tour
This day is optional.
Departure from the accommodation in the morning towards the city of Porto, the city that gave Portugal its name, located in Douro river’s mouth. A city of culture and wine, which holds a secular history still preserved in its streets and alleys. We will take you on a walking tour through the city center starting at Praça Gomes Teixeira, in front of the University of Porto. Opportunity to visit some of the city’s ex-libris, such as the clerics tower, the Lello bookstore, the fabulous São Bento station that holds the city’s history engraved on its 20 thousand tiles, the famous 12th century Romanesque cathedral and the Luis I Bridge, one of the most beautiful and magnificent bridges in the country. We will also take a panoramic tour of Foz do Douro, a place that preserves its fishing tradition with superb views of the Atlantic Ocean, providing you with a unique feeling of peace and tranquility.
During lunch time you can taste the famous francesinha, as one of the typical dishes of northern Portugal, and one of the most appreciated foods by the inhabitants of Porto. After lunch, we will visit one of the most beautiful palaces in the world, a beautiful example of neoclassical architecture and its magnificent Arabian Hall inspired by the Moorish style. We could not miss the visit to the Church of San Francisco, a modest temple belonging to the order of the Franciscans, characterized by its Mendicant Gothic style and Baroque splendor due to the elegant and abundant golden carving that lines its interior.