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9 Day North/Central Portugal Tour

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Trip at a Glance

  • Company

    TakingUThere New Travel Experiences

  • Locations

    Lisbon, Portugal

  • Activities

    Private Tour, Sightseeing

  • Price
    Custom Price
  • Duration

    9 Days

  • Avg Distance

    910 Miles (1495 km)

  • Departure Day(s) and Time(s)

    As arranged upon request

  • Starting Location

    Lisbon

  • Price Includes

    Transfer from the airport to the hotel and vice versa; Tour assistance by one or more guides, depending on group size; All mandatory insurances; SPOT tracking system; Personalized transportation

  • Notes

    Not Included: All lunches, dinners and meals; Entry fees to monuments; Personal extras; ;Anything else not stated as included; Flights or any other means of transportation to the meeting point;

Highlights

  • Explore Central and Northern Portugal with experienced guide.
  • Immerse yourself in the history and sights of Portugal.
  • Enjoy the food, wine and natural splendor that is Portugal!

Guide

Trip Info

During this 9 day tour through Portugal we will show you the best of this great country.We will take you to the most beautiful places and give you an authentic experience of our culture, history, gastronomy and the beauty of our natural parks. The tour will take you through mysterious Sintra and historical Lisbon. From here we travel north along Portugal´s west coast, passing Óbidos, Fátima, and Aveiro, until finally reaching Porto. Having explored Porto we continue east, to discover the famous Port Wine region, the Douro Valley. Next we head south, crossing the Serra da Estrela Mountain range to Piódão. Taking the Alentejo Wine Route, finally we arrive to Évora. Before returning to Lisbon we will still visit the Arrábida Natural Park and Setúbal wine region.

Throughout the tour you will be accompanied by a tour leader who will share with you all that he knows of this country and gastronomy.
Just enjoy your trip and let us worry about Takinguthere.

ROUTE
Day 1 Arrival in Lisbon
Day 2 Lisbon Region (Sintra and others)
Day 3 Lisbon – Porto
Day 4 Porto – Douro Valley
Day 5 Douro Valley – Piódão
Day 6 Piódão – Évora
Day 7 Alentejo Wine Route
Day 8 Évora – Lisbon
Day 9 Lisbon (departure and return flight)

DAY BY DAY

Day 1: Arrival in Lisbon

This day is dedicated to your arrival at the Portuguese capital, Lisboa. After picking you up at the airport, you will get to know your tour leader and receive the trip briefing. Depending on the time of arrival we may still take a small tour of Lisbon.

Day 2: Lisbon – Sintra (100 Km)
The day will start by visiting Sintra. Arriving in Sintra through São Pedro de Sintra we will head to the Palácio da Pena (Pena Palace) and its park. Afterwards, prepare yourself to visit other monuments, palaces and gardens rich in amazing history. Later we will take a relaxing stroll in the old city center, contemplate the beautiful scenery that embraces us, sink in its history, and have a taste of the local pastries. A small break for lunch is previewed.
Next we take the beautiful scenic route passing the Quinta da Regaleira, Seteais (built in the XVIIIth century) and Monserrate (1858) palaces down to “…where the land ends and the sea begins…”, Europe’s westernmost point – Cabo da Roca. Leaving this astonishing landmark we make our way to Praia do Guincho (Guincho beach) for a quick break and visit the old fishermen’s village of Cascais.
From here we return to Lisbon via the Marginal, the coast line road that will take us pass Estoril, a stretch of beaches and other locations always with the Tejo river on our right side, until we arrive in Belém, after first tasting a few more typical pastries.

Day 3: Lisbon – Óbidos – Fátima – Aveiro – Porto (390 Km)

On this day we will first head up to Óbidos. In this museum village you can travel back in time and visit a fortified village, just as it was centuries ago (in 308 B.C.), full with history and beauty. It was conquered by the first Portuguese king, D. Afonso Henriques, on January 11th, 1148. Here you can see several churches including the churches of São João Baptista, São Pedro, Misericórdia, and Santa Maria amongst others. A walk inside the village allows us to taste the typical licquer – Ginjinha – as well as other local goods and crafts.Afterwards we head to Aveiro, known as the “The Portuguese Venice” due to its canal system and boats. Impossible to miss is the local delicacy, Ovos Moles, made with a special recipe using egg yolks and sugar.
Before that, and depending on your interest, we can also visit Fátima (religious interest) or Batalha with it´s amazing Monastery (historical interest). The tour continues towards Porto.

Day 4: Porto – Entre-os-Rios – Santa Cruz do Douro (90 Km)
Starting this day you will have an overview of the city, visiting some of its most important highlights such as the Sé Catedral, Torre dos Clérigos, Lello Bookshop, Palácio da Bolsa and the Porto riverfront.
After that we will head east for a quick and easy trip to the Douro Valley, famous for its wines and especially its Port Wines.

Day 5: Santa Cruz do Douro – Lamego – Mangualde – Serra da Estrela (Torre) – Piódão (235 Km)
After breakfast and before visiting Portugal´s highest mountain – Serra da Estrela, we will cross Pinhão and Lamego, where you can visit its Gothic cathedrals (dated from 1139).
Going south we reach Serra da Estrela with its highest point at 1999m/6539 ft above sea level (called “Torre”). Serra da Estrela is all about history, natural beauty, culture, tradition and gastronomic delights. This is a unique area ranked among Portugal’s most outstanding scenic attractions. This is mostly due to bizarrely shaped rock formations, gorges, streams, lakes and magnificent views. This day ends in the incomparable village of Piódão known for its typical schist houses with blue wooden doors.

Day 6: Piódão – Castelo Branco – Nisa – Alter do Chão – Estremoz – Évora (300 Km)
This day we head to the Alentejo region, towards Évora, a city with a history dating back for more than two millennia. Its name comes from the Celtic tribe, Ebura. It’s classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage site since 1986. The beauty of this region comes from many ancient cultures that passed through here, but it was the Romans who transformed Évora into an imperial town during the 2nd century, leaving one of the most important signs of their stay, temple of Diana.

Day 7: Alentejo Wine Route (Évora – Estremoz – Borba – Reguengos de Monsaraz – Évora) (155 Km)
This day we will explore the Alentejo Wine Route, starting with Estremoz, internationally known for its marble, occurring in several colours but especially in pink and that was firstly exported by the Romans.
Next we head to Borba, known for its wine, meat sausages and bread. We will then visit one of the most beautiful castles of the region, Monsaraz with its amazing views. To end the day we head back to Évora where you can visit its cathedral as well as the Roman Temple of Diana. So family and frinds know where you are

Day 8: Évora – Montemor-o-Novo – Setúbal – Azeitão (225 Km)
The trip will start going west to the Setúbal wine region. You will have the opportunity to visit the mountain range and the Arrábida natural reserve, where you can experience all the beautiful natural views, its history, gastronomy and beaches (during summer). We will see the Arrábida Convent, Lapa de Santa Margarida, and Forte de São Filipe, among others, before reaching the historical centre of Setúbal.
Before leaving we will invite you to sample what is locally produced, from wines to cheeses without forgetting the traditional sweets.
After this unforgettable day we will return to Lisbon, crossing the Old Tagus River bridge, our “Golden Gate” that offers us an interesting and beautiful view of the city of Lisbon.

Day 9: Your departure from Lisbon
This day is dedicated to your departure from the Portuguese capital, Lisboa.
To end this journey you will be taken to the airport.

PRICES:

Price per Person excluding accommodations:
2 travellers  1310 euro
3 travellers  990 euro
4 travellers  820 euro
5 travellers  750 euro
6 travellers  610 euro
7 and more travellers, please contact us…

Price per Person including accommodations**:
2 travellers 1980 euro (starting from)
3 travellers 1650 euro (starting from)
4 travellers 1350 euro (starting from)
5 travellers 1300 euro  (starting from)
6 travellers 1100 euro  (starting from)
7 and more travellers, please contact us…

**Accommodation in 5 or 4 Star hotels, or similar charming units with breakfast included;
8 nights, in a shared twin room. Single Room available upon request with the payment of a supplement;
The tour will only take place with a minimum of 2 travellers;

The sequence of the mentioned places can be modified as per the clients wish and may differ depending upon the weather conditions

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All our private tours are designed for small groups (2 people minimum, 12 maximum), ranging from cultural, nature, wine and photography tours. They are meant to keep you off “the beaten tracks”, away from the usual touristic hustle, sharing with you all the places, people and culture we know and love. There is no time table to be met or places that must be seen, giving you time to “soak everything in”. Just choose a tour and let us worry about takinguthere.

Reviews

  1. 5 out of 5

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    As on TripAdvisor: “Private tour” After a few days in Madeira we left for Lisbon. We arrived at Lisbon Airport and were greeted by Joao Dickman from Takinguthere. We had selected Joao for many intangible reasons. College degree in tourism, born and raised in Portugal, lived and traveled the country extensively, owner of the company, and personal conversations. Of course excellent recommendations that all were verified and reverified. Our itinerary consisted of Cascais, Sintra, Porto, Peso Da Ragua, Evora, Praia da Rocha-Portimao, Cadiz, and finally Lisbon. Joao was responsible for selecting all attractions in the cities and well as stops between cities. He also supplied many of the restaurant recommendations. We left our timetable open to making changes along the way as well as arrival and departure times from hotels. Another words Joao was responsible for everything but hotel selection. I will be providing a complete trip report separately. After the first day or two the three of us felt like family, while still maintaining the professional relationship between the two of us. Joao quickly learned our dislikes and likes. He also learned the little things that make us happy or not. We started each day with our overall wish list. Based upon his experience he confirmed or recommended otherwise. At first we were reluctant. But soon learned to take his “highly, highly recommend its.” Some were TripAdvisor recommendations some not even on their list at all, including a deserted chapel by the sea outside of Lisbon. Our time sightseeing was ours, never rushed or made to feel that way. Joao joined us for many of our meals but only at our insistence. His company was welcomed for warm conversation as well as menu and wine selections. Travel between cities were just as much part of the tours as the major cities were. His routing and knowledge enabled us to see many sites and experience many culinary ventures that we never had any thoughts of while traveling between cities. His knowledge was extensive. We never felt like we were back in school but learned personal facts about sites that are normally not written in the tour books. His experience enabled us to by pass many lines and routing maximized our overall sightseeing time. Always surprising us with new and interesting things never forgetting the little details. His philosophy of nothing is impossible, no request too small made our holiday one of the best we have ever experienced. His love for Portugal stood out in every attraction, restaurant, and mile traveled. Joao is the main reason we will be coming back to Portugal and will be traveling to Morocco with Joao and Takinguthere

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