Portugals Grand Manors

Portugals Grand Manors

Day 1 Porto

Arrival into Porto where you are met and transferred to your hotel for check in. Rest of the day at leisure. Porto today presents the face of a 19th century commercial port - full of granite-trimmed buildings, few more than three stories high. Overnight.

Day 2 Porto - Barcelos - Viana do Castelo

Breakfast. Collect your hire car and travel north to Barcelos, an attractive small town situated on the north bank of the Cavado in a green and fertile region.  Barcelos is renowned for its busy agricultural market and for its pottery, especially decorated cocks. Continue onto Viana do Castelo where you will spend the next two nights. Overnight.

Day 3 Viana do Castelo

Breakfast. Free day. Viana do Castelo is an elegant resort town on the north bank of the River Lima estuary at the foot of green hills. The central Praça da Republica, with surrounding mansions and central fountain, is one of the loveliest squares in Portugal.  Three blocks west, along Rua Manuel Espregueira, stands a fine 18th Century palace converted into the Municipal Museum which may be toured. Overnight.

Day 4 Viana do Castelo - Ponte de Lima

Breakfast. A short drive today takes you to the pretty town of Ponte de Lima. The riverside town of Ponte de Lima takes its name from the ancient bridge over the River Lima. Overnight.

Day 5 Ponte de Lima

Breakfast. Free day. The Roman bridge has only five of its original stone arches; the rest were rebuilt or restored in the 14th and 15th centuries.  The 15th century church of Santo Antonio now houses the Museu dos Terceiros, a museum of sacred art. An interesting day trip may be to nearby Arcos de Valdevez. Overnight.

Day 6 Ponte de Lima - Guimarães - Celorico de Basto

Breakfast. Today's drive takes you to the 'birthplace' of the nation, Guimaraes. The cobbled Rua de Santa Maria, lined with old town houses embellished with ornate statuary, leads up from the main square, the Largo da Oliveira, past the Paço dos Duques to the castle. Free time to explore before returning to the road to your next manor house accommodation. Overnight.

Day 7 Celorico de Basto

Breakfast. Free day. Perhaps a day trip to nearby Mesao Frio, the town on the banks of the Douro River is a peaceful introduction to the flourishing port wine-growing region. Overnight. 

Day 8 Celorico de Basto

Breakfast. Another free day today. Perhaps head to Vila Real for the day and visit the impressive Casa Mateus. Overnight.

Day 9 Celorico de Basto - Porto

Breakfast. A journey of an hour will take you to Porto for your last night. Drop off hire car on arrival. Overnight. 

Breakfast. A journey of an hour will take you to Porto for your last night. Drop off hire car on arrival. Overnight.

Day 10 Porto

Breakfast. Transfer to the airport...our services end here.