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Tastes of Northern Portugal

 

Overview

Hotel description:

12 days | 10 nights

Travel through northern Portugal, with time in Lisbon, Porto and the stunning Douro Valley. Taste the region's unique dishes and delicious Port wine as you jump headfirst into the country's incredible foodie culture. To help you point your appetite in the right direction, the Ferreira family has shared some dining tips from their web series Portugal Gourmand. You'll find all of their expert advice directly in the itinerary.

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, Sintra, Óbidos, Nazaré, Sangalhos, Porto, Douro Valley and Coimbra

What's included

Package inclusions

  • Round-trip flights to Lisbon (if flight and hotel package option is chosen)
  • 10-day car rental in selected category
  • 10 nights of accommodation
  • 10 breakfasts, 1 lunch, and 1 dinner (at São Miguel d'Alfama Fado Restaurant), and 3 tastings
  • Tuk Tuk sightseeing tour and gastronomy experience in Lisbon
  • Walking tour in Porto (approx. 4 hours)
  • Visit to a Porto wine cave with wine tasting (approx. 30-45 minutes)
  • Visit to Quinta dos Vallados and wine tasting  (approx. 30-45 minutes)
  • Douro boat tour from Regua to Pinhao
  • Earn Aeroplan® Miles


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!  

Portugal Gourmand Tips: The itinerary also includes dining tips from the Ferreira family's web series Portugal Gourmand.

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.

Portugal Gourmand Tip

For dinner, try out Bairro do Avillez to savour traditional cuisine. After dinner, savour a gin cocktail at Pensao Amor on Pink Street. It's one of the Ferreira family's favourites!

Day 3        Lisbon
Tuk Tuk Sightseeing & Gastronomy Experience: Enjoy a Tuk Tuk tour and gastronomy experience (included) in the Portuguese capital. See the Bairro Alto, Chiado and Rossio and sample pasteis de nata.

Portugal Gourmand Tip

For lunch or dinner, try Solar dos Presuntos that serves up typical cuisine from the Minho region.

Meal(s): Breakfast, tasting

Day 4        Lisbon - Sintra - Lisbon (approx. 58 km)
Head to Sintra to explore the area. Take your pick of any one of the majestic palaces to check out ($), like the National Palace of Sintra, Pena National Palace, the Moorish Castle or Queluz National Palace.

Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 5        Lisbon - Óbidos - Nazaré (approx. 125 km)
Hit the road for Obidos, an enchanting medieval walled city dating back to the 12th century. In the afternoon, continue to Nazaré, a village flanked by striking cliffs and the perfect destination to to learn surfing!

Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 6        Nazaré - Sangalhos - Porto (approx. 228 km)
Start the day at the Miradouro do Suberco. Take in the spectacular panoramic view, then head to the village of Sangalhos, then on to Porto.

Portugal Gourmand Tip
In Sangalhos, visit the museum to view Jor Berardo's private art collection in the wine cellars of the Alianca House. For lunch, try the suckling pig at the Rei Dos Leitoes restaurant. You won't regret it!

Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 7        Porto
Walking Tour: Start the day with a walking tour of the city (included).
Wine Cellar Tour & Tasting: In the afternoon, visit a Port wine cellar for a tour and tasting (included).

Portugal Gourmand Tip
For lunch, Adega São Nicaulau offers traditional Portuguese cuisine and a quaint terrace with a dreamy view!. In the evening, you'll find great restaurants on Rua de Santa Catarina, the most lively street in the city!

Meal(s): Breakfast, tasting

Day 8        Porto - Douro Valley (approx. 126 km)
Douro River Lunch Cruise: Head to the Douro Valley, where you can revel in the area's striking beauty. Embark on a lunch river cruise from Regua to Pinhao. Continue to your hotel in the Regua area.

Meal(s): Breakfast, lunch

Day 9        Douro Valley
Quinta Do Vallado Tour & Tasting: Pamper yourself at your hotel, where you can soak up the sun at the pool and take in beautiful valley views. In the afternoon, visit the Quinta do Vallado vineyard, and enjoy a tour and wine tasting.

Meal(s): Breakfast, tasting

Day 10        Douro Valley - Coimbra (approx. 160 km)
Journey to Coimbra, a charming city teeming with rich culture and history.

Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 11        Coimbra - Lisbon
Dinner at São Miguel d'Alfama Fado Restaurant: Enjoy the scenic drive to Lisbon and explore this charming city! In the evening, enjoy a farewell dinner, including wine, at the São Miguel d'Alfama Fado Restaurant right in the heart of the Alfama quarter, the cradle of Fado.

Meal(s): Breakfast, dinner with wine

Day 12        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.

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) (3 nights)
  • Nazaré: Mirasul Hotel (or similar) (1 night)
  • Porto: HF Porto (or similar) (2 nights)
  • Douro Valley: Douro Scala  (or similar) (2 nights)
  • Coimbra: Tivoli Coimbra  (or similar) (1 night)
  • Lisbon: Hotel Mundial (or similar) (1 night)


Room occupancy: Maximum 3 adults

 

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) (3 nights)
  • Nazaré: Mirasul Hotel (or similar) (1 night)
  • Porto: HF Porto (or similar) (2 nights)
  • Douro Valley: Douro Scala  (or similar) (2 nights)
  • Coimbra: Tivoli Coimbra  (or similar) (1 night)
  • Lisbon: Hotel Mundial (or similar) (1 night)


Room occupancy: Maximum 3 adults

 

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 are payable in local currency. Rate of 2 EUR is 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