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Highlights of Portugal

 

Overview

Hotel description:

9 days | 7 nights

Experience the highlights of this  warm and inviting country as you follow the sounds of Fado from lively Lisbon to Baroque Porto, religious Fátima and medieval Évora. And maybe enjoy a pasteis de nata ...or two along the way! Cruise to your own rhythm through Portugal's beautiful sights and see charming villages, incredible monuments and much more.

If you love the freedom and adventure of the open road, then a Fly & Drive vacation is just what you need. Drive your way through the experience of discovering parts of Portugal one kilometre at a time. The car rental and hotel stays are included in the package, along with a bunch of other travel essentials that will help make this trip easy, fun, and unforgettable.

Location

Lisbon, Porto, Fátima and Évora

What's included

Package inclusions

  • Round-trip flights to Lisbon (if flight and hotel package option is chosen)
  • 7 nights of accommodation
  • 7-day car rental in selected category
  • 7 breakfasts
  • Earn Aeroplan® Miles


Out & About - Suggested Itinerary

The day-to-day locations are already set and hotel accommodations will already be booked, but what you do during the day in each location is completely up to you. We've gathered our top picks for suggested itineraries, places to visit, things to do and even great spots for tasty treats. Explore to your heart's content and take our suggestions - or don't! No one decides what your travel days look like but you. Just make sure to get to the hotel on time!

Day 1        Depart Canada
Fly to Lisbon.

Day 2        Welcome to Lisbon
Upon arrival, pick up your rental car, then head to your hotel to check in.

Day 3        Lisbon - Óbidos - Alcobaça - Batalha - Porto (approx. 360 km)
Depart Lisbon for the beautiful walled village of Óbidos, then continue to Alcobaça to visit the stunning Monastery of Alcobaça. Drive through the fishing village of Nazaré before stopping in Batalha, home of the Mosteiro de Santa Maria da Vitória. Arrive in Porto and settle in for 2 nights.

Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 4        Porto - Barcelos - Guimarães - Braga - Porto (approx. 184 km)

Spend the morning meandering through Porto, then head to Barcelos, the birthplace of Portugal's iconic colourful ceramic cockerel. Stop off in Guimarães to see where Portugal's first king was born, and finish the day in Braga. Return to your Porto hotel for the night.

Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 5        Porto - Aveiro - Coimbra - Fátima (approx. 230 km)
After breakfast, head to Aveiro, known as Portuguese Venice, the city of the river channels. After lunch at a local restaurant ($), proceed to Coimbra. Continue to Fátima, one of the largest pilgrimage sites in Europe. Spend the night in Fátima.

Out & About Suggestions
In Coimbra, visit the university, one of the oldest in the world, with its magnificent Baroque library and unique atmosphere. See the 12th-century fortified cathedral and the Igreja de Santa Cruz, known for its Manueline-style main portico. In Fátima, visit the world-famous Shrine of Fátima. You can see the candlelight procession every night from May 13 to October 13.

Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 6        Fátima - Tomar - Marvão - Évora (approx. 298 km)
In the morning, depart Fátima for Tomar. Stop at the beautiful Convent of Christ, then continue to Castelo de Vide to see the oldest synagogue in the country. Hop over to Marvão, a fortified medieval village, before stopping in Estremoz to view the town's marbleworks. Spend the night in Évora.

Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 7        Évora - Lisbon (approx. 132 km)
Wake up in Évora and explore the town's remarkable Roman origins.

Out & About Suggestions
Stop by the fascinating Chapel of Bones, where the walls are decorated with skulls and bones. A short drive will take you back to Lisbon for the night.

Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 8        Lisbon: At leisure
This morning, explore Lisbon at your leisure.

Out & About Suggestions

Stroll through the city's vibrant downtown and view its magnificent monuments. Don't forget snacks! No trip to Portugal is complete without a taste of the country's delicious pasteis de nata. Take a scenic drive up the coast through Sintra, Cascais and Estoril before returning to Lisbon.

Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 9        Lisbon - Return to Canada
Head to the airport to return your rental car and board your flight home.

Meal(s): Breakfast

 

Accommodations

Additional fees might apply
The hotels listed below are presented as examples for your reference only. Where “or similar” is indicated, guests will stay at a hotel of the same star rating. The hotel accommodations will be communicated to the consumer or travel agent prior to departure.

3-star Accommodation with Manual Economy Rental Car

Unless otherwise indicated, guests will stay in a standard room at all hotels during the trip.

The location and corresponding hotels are as follows:
  • Lisbon: Hotel Expo Astória (or similar) (1 night)
  • Porto: Grande hotel do Porto (or similar) (2 nights)
  • Fatima: Hotel São José (or similar) (1 night)
  • Évora: Hotel Dom Fernando (or similar) (1 night)
  • Lisbon: Hotel Expo Astória (or similar) (2 nights)


Room occupancy: Maximum 3 people (3 adults, or 2 adults and 1 child)

 

3-star Accommodation with Manual Compact Rental Car

Unless otherwise indicated, guests will stay in a standard room at all hotels during the trip.

The location and corresponding hotels are as follows:
  • Lisbon: Hotel Expo Astória (or similar) (1 night)
  • Porto: Grande hotel do Porto (or similar) (2 nights)
  • Fatima: Hotel São José (or similar) (1 night)
  • Évora: Hotel Dom Fernando (or similar) (1 night)
  • Lisbon: Hotel Expo Astória (or similar) (2 nights)


Room occupancy: Maximum 3 people (3 adults, or 2 adults and 1 child)

 

4-star Accommodation with Manual Economy Rental Car

Unless otherwise indicated, guests will stay in a standard room at all hotels during the trip.

The location and corresponding hotels are as follows:
  • Lisbon: Hotel Mundial (or similar) (1 night)
  • Porto: HF Fenix Porto (or similar) (2 nights)
  • Fatima: Hotel Cinquentenario (or similar) (1 night)
  • Évora: Vila Galé Évora (or similar) (1 night)
  • Lisbon: Hotel Mundial (or similar) (2 nights)


Room occupancy:
Maximum 3 people (3 adults, or 2 adults and 1 child)

 

4-star Accommodation with Manual Compact Rental Car

Unless otherwise indicated, guests will stay in a standard room at all hotels during the trip.

The location and corresponding hotels are as follows:
  • Lisbon: Hotel Mundial (or similar) (1 night)
  • Porto: HF Fenix Porto (or similar) (2 nights)
  • Fatima: Hotel Cinquentenario (or similar) (1 night)
  • Évora: Vila Galé Évora (or similar) (1 night)
  • Lisbon: Hotel Mundial (or similar) (2 nights)


Room occupancy: Maximum 3 people (3 adults, or 2 adults and 1 child)

 

Important notes

2019 Departure Dates
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday May 1 - October 20
Monday June 21 - October 14
Land portion only available November 1, 2018 - October 31, 2019

City tax
City taxes are applicable for hotel stays in Lisbon and Porto city and are payable in local currency. Rates vary from 1 EUR to 5 EUR depending on hotel star rating and location and are calculated per person, per night. Rates are subject to change without notice.

Car Rental
Manual Economy Rental Car (EDMR) Seat Ibiza or similar
Manual Compact Rental Car (CWMR) Renault Megane or similar

Available on request through our call centre
Automatic Compact Rental Car (CDAD) Renault Megane automatic or similar

Inclusions: Unlimited Mileage, LDW (CDW Collision Damage Waiver and TW Theft Waiver), LAF (Vehicle License Fee), 1 Additional driver and tax.

Exclusions: Gasoline, Airport Service Charge (25 EUR per rental), Personal Accident Insurance (PAI), Glass & Tyres protection (WWI), Roadside assisantce cover (RSA), Refueling charges, Navigation system, Baby seats, Luggage rack, Toll management device, Extra Additional Drivers (third person & above). All extra fees payable at rental counter in local currency. Anything not specifically noted in the inclusions. Upon arrival at the rental location, the passenger will be asked to leave a deposit for the rental. The deposit amount varies based on rental rate, minimum 300 EUR; this will be authorized on your credit card but not debited from your account. The deposit is intended to cover additional rental costs.

Minimum age for car rental is 25 with a prepaid voucher. A driver's license from country of origin valid for minimum 1 year must be presented at time of rental pickup. All drivers 19-22 years old will be subject to a surcharge of 5 EUR per day up to 50 EUR per rental; subject to change without notice. Certain car classes may not be available to drivers under age 25.

Not included

  • Meals, unless noted
  • Parking
  • Additional activities and excursions
  • Personal expenses and insurance