Spend time exploring the northern part of Portugal from Oporto with its picturesque fishing boats in the harbor and its many colorful buildings and majestic cathedral, to the rugged coastline and places of interest in the region such as the charming coastal town of Costa Nova with it board and baton multi colored buildings, historical towns and monuments, and the picturesque valley of Mesao Frio. Sample some artisan port and visit historical towns such as Barcelos, known for its ceramic making before exploring the town of Guimaraes, the "birth of the nation". The Spanish city of Santiago de Compostela makes for an accessible and entertaining day trip. World renowned for its pilgrims who follow the road to Santiago, and where you will be able to experience a religious ceremony of pilgrimage, enjoy a visit to the Cathedral, the town's main destination for the last 900 years and wander through the historic center. This fully customizable itinerary focuses on the rich culture in the Northern part of Portugal.
Meet your driver for a private airport transfer.
A welcome package with your vouchers, a city map, train tickets (if relevant) and any other touristic information that we deem you may find useful will be waiting for you upon your arrival at your first hotel on your trip.
Pestana Porto Hotel (4*) located in the heart of historic Porto, in Praca da Ribeira. This Porto hotel is built in a magnificent building that belongs to the UNESCO as part of the world heritage site. Its privileged location allows beautiful views of the Douro River. There are 48 guestrooms including double, single, superior double and Suite. Rooms are fully fitted and nicely decorated, all of them featuring views overlooking the river or the city. Guests can dine at the Vintage Restaurant, serving Potuguese and International cuisine in a comfortable atmosphere. Bar Heritage is the ideal place where guests can have a drink and relax after a long day visiting the beautiful city of Porto.
A private driver and guide will pick you up at your hotel to escort you on your half day guided tour of Porto. Enjoy a visit to Sé Cathedral, followed by the panoramic viewpoint of Gaia. Head to Batalha Square, then walk Santa Catarina Street. You will stop next at Liberdade Square, and the Clérigos Church and Tower. Visit the beautiful Lello bookshop, venture to Ribeira Square and conclude with a visit to Porto Wine Cellars with a tasting. You will then be transferred to your hotel. No entrance fees included.
Your private driver and guide will chauffeur you from your hotel to various stops along your full day tour of Amarante, Mesao Frio, Regua, Pinhao and Vila Real. In each area you will discover something wonderful; In Amarante, visit the Sao Gonçalo Monastery and historical city centre. Enjoy the views as you are driven through a picturesque valley before arriving at Mesão Frio, home of the Gothic parish church of São Nicolau. Afterwards, take a walk on the seaside wharf in Régua if this is of interest. From here, you'll get to visit the renowned train station in Pinhão before taking a lunch break (lunch not included). Visit a Port Wine farm to learn more about this drink synonymous with Portugal. Lastly, enjoy the historic city centre of Vila Real before being transfered back to your hotel. One port wine farm visit but no other entrance fees included.
A private vehicle and driver will pick you up at your hotel and chauffeur you on your full day journey as you visit the region where the country of Portugal was born in the 12th century. Travel through the capital of Minho and on to Braga with its three sanctuaries shaping the triangle of faith, devotion and pilgrimage. Visit Barcelos' historical center known for its ceramic handicraft: the colorful Rooster of Barcelos, its main icon. In Viana do Castelo, dazzle yourself with its historical centre and don’t miss the neo-Byzantine Church of Santa Luzia, located on top of the Santa Luzia hill, with an astonishing view of Viana do Castelo, the river estuary and the sea. At the conclusion of the day you be brought to the "birth of the nation", the 9th century settlement of Guimarães. No entrance fees included.
Enjoy the day at leisure spending it exactly how you please. Sleep in, have a leisurely breakfast, read your book until mid morning and have a swim before breakfast. Then have a mid afternoon stroll before thinking about dinner plans this evening - you are on vacation after all!
Enjoy a private guide and driver to escort you on your guided day trip to Santiago de Compostela. Situated in the heart of Galicia, Spain, Santiago de Compostela is the spiritual and political capital of this beautiful province. Many pilgrims follow the road to Santiago, just as they do to Rome or Jerusalem. In the late morning, you will be able to experience a religious ceremony of pilgrimage (11:00am). After the ceremony, enjoy a visit to the Cathedral, the town's main destination for the last 900 years. Take a stroll through the historic centre of Santiago de Compostela and see Obradoiro Square, the core of what appears to be a town museum. See the 16th century Catholic Kings' Hosptial, now a hotel, and the neo-classical Raxoi Palace- now used as city hall. You will be transfered back to your hotel at the end of the day. No entrance fees included.
Take a private transfer from Guimaraes to Porto today. The transfer should take approximately 45 minutes.
Citizens of other countries may require a visa. Please ask your Sales Advisor. These requirements change often and therefore it is best that you check with the Embassy of Portugal for the most up to date visa information.
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