Portugal North to South
7 days / 6 nights
•Porto •Douro •Coimbra
•Batalha •Lisbon •Sintra
With our Portugal north to south tour get ready to visit cosmopolitan cities and experience the secular traditions of our country, just a short drive away.
From Porto to Lisbon, there’s plenty to explore. The Douro valley is a mandatory stop, as Batalha’s Monastery is absolutely unmissable. Let your imagination flow as you wander through Sintra’s old town and it’s enchanted palaces.
This is the perfect tour for those who want to discover the contrasts between the cities and the mountains, between fast-paced city life and the traditional villages in the Douro Valley.
Day 1 | Welcome to Porto and Portugal
After a complimentary transfer from the airport to your hotel, settle in and relax. Meet your guide for a pleasant evening dinner and wine glass, where you can discuss the exciting places you will be visiting on your tour.
Accommodation – Porto | Meals included – Dinner
Day 2 | Porto’s old quarter
Porto is a city of contrasts. On this walking tour, we’ll take you through the narrow streets of the old quarter, where the granite contrasts with the colorful houses.
The Cathedral and the Clérigos tower are two of the most emblematic buildings in the city. In the last couple of years, the Lello bookshop seems to have acquired a magical aura. These are a couple of the mandatory stops on your city stroll.
To end this walking tour, we’ll visit the world-famous Port-wine cellars where you’ll enjoy a port-wine tasting. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy at your own pace.
Accommodation – Porto | Meals included – Lunch | Duration – Half-day | Attractions included – Porto’s Cathedral and visit and taste to a port wine cellar
Day 3 | Douro Valley Wine Region
Drive to the Upper Douro region, a Unesco World Heritage site. While heading to the Douro Valley, appreciate the breathtaking panoramas. Admire the beautiful “azulejos” (tiles) depicting the wine harvest at Pinhão’s train station.
As one of Douro’s wonders is the terraced landscape, experience a mini-Douro cruise (1 hour), and enjoy the majestic views.
No visit to the Douro is complete without a stop at a local “quinta” (wine-producing estate) to learn about port-wine traditional production methods and enjoy a wine tasting.
Accommodation – Porto | Meals included – Lunch at a Douro winemaker estate | Duration – Full-day | Attractions included – visit and taste to a Douro winemaker
Day 4 | Coimbra and Batalha
After breakfast at the hotel (Porto) and check-out, departure to Coimbra to appreciate this historical city and World Heritage site. Visit Coimbra University, one of the oldest in Europe, and its richly golden 18th-century library.
At Batalha, take the time to appreciate the visit to the grand Gothic Batalha Monastery, a World Heritage site. The monastery was built to commemorate the Portuguese victory over the Castilians at the Battle of Aljubarrota.
Drive to Lisbon.
Accommodation – Lisbon | Meals included – Lunch at Coimbra | Duration – Full-day | Attractions included – Coimbra University and visit to
Day 5 | Historical Lisbon
Alfama, Baixa and Bairro Alto are some of the most picturesque and popular neighborhoods in Lisbon. Visit Saint George’s Castle, once a Moorish stronghold, dominating Lisbon. Continue to the Cathedral and the grand Comércio Square, by the Tagus river.
Walk along the grid of streets, built following the 1755 earthquake that destroyed most of the city, to Rossio. Take the Glória elevator, to the São Pedro de Alcantara belvedere, the best sightseeing point in the city. At the Bairro Alto quarter, visit “A Brasileira”, and take a picture sitting next to the statue of Fernando Pessoa (writer), an habitué of this café.
The rest of the day is free to enjoy at your own pace.
Accommodation – Lisbon | Duration – Half-day | Attractions included – Elevador de Santa Justa and a custard tart for each participant.
Day 6 | Sintra and Discoveries Lisbon
Departure to Sintra, situated on the northern slopes of Serra de Sintra. Visit Pena National Palace, the first Romanticism style palace in Europe, built 30 years before Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria, Germany.
Return to Lisbon to visit the Belém neighborhood, one of the main launchpads for Portugal’s Age of Discoveries. This was the place from which the great explorer Vasco da Gama set sail to discover the route to India. Visit Jerónimos Monastery a masterpiece of Manueline architecture, classified as World Heritage site.
This evening, bid “adeus” to your Tour Guide at a farewell dinner at a typical restaurant listening to Fado, the traditional melancholic Portuguese song.
Accommodation – Lisbon | Meals included – Fado show and dinner| Duration – Full day + 3h evening
Day 7 | Farewell to Lisbon and Portugal
Buffet breakfast at the hotel (Lisbon). The day is free to enjoy at your own pace. Complimentary transfer to Lisbon Airport according to your departure schedule.
End of our services.
Portugal north to south includes
- 6 nights with breakfast at selected hotels in Porto and Lisbon
- 5 meals plus 1 fado show in Lisbon
- Transfer airport in / out
- Private guide/driver during your stay
- Attractions and tours according to the itinerary: Porto’s Cathedral, visit and taste to a port wine cellar, visit and taste to a Douro winemaker, Coimbra University, visit Batalha Monastery, Elevador de Santa Justa, visit Pena Palace, Jerónimos Monastery and a fado show
- Modern and comfortable car, mini-bus or minivan
- Civil liability insurance
Free quotation. Prices vary according to the time of the year your are visiting Portugal and hired services.
Hotels are selected according to your trip profile. By default, accommodation is based on central 5 stars hotels with breakfast included in Porto and Lisbon.
Departures to Portugal can be scheduled all throughout the year and to your convenience. Flights are not included in our tours, however, we can help you with your reservations.
Portugal north to south is one of the many options for a tour. We want to make your visit to Portugal absolutely unforgettable. We specialize in tailor-made tours. Let us know what you like to do, how long you want to stay and we will take care of the rest for you.