Portugals Historic North

Portugals Historic North

Day 1 Porto

Arrival in Oporto where you are met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Overnight Oporto.

Day 2 Porto - Viana do Castelo - Ponte de Lima

Breakfast. This morning you will be met at your hotel by your Private Driver to commence your private tour of Northern Portugal. Your first day of travel takes you to the elegant resort town Viana do Castelo. Continue on your journey to Ponte de Lima where you will spend the night in the beautiful 17th century family home of the Count of Calheiros. Overnight Ponte de Lima.

Day 3 Ponte de Lima - Guimarães

Breakfast. Today you head to Guimaraes, the ‘birthplace’ of Portugal. 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. Overnight Guimaraes.

Day 4 Guimarães - Braga - Barcelos - Guimarães

Breakfast. Today journey further into the Minho Region with a visit to Braga, the most devout city in Portugal as well as the nearby Sanctuary of Bom Jesus with its impressive staircase and gardens. Your journey continues to Barcelos known for its pottery especially the colourful cockerels. Return to Guimaraes for Overnight.

Day 5 Guimarães - Amarante - Mesao Frio

Breakfast. Head into the renowned Douro Region into Mesao Frio today via Amarante.  Boasting the beauty of 18th Century cloisters which house the local Town Hall and tourist office, the town of Mesao Frio on the banks of the Douro River is a peaceful introduction to the flourishing port wine-growing region. Overnight Mesao Frio.

Day 6 Mesao Frio - Lamego - Pinhao - Mesao Frio

Breakfast. Today travel south to Lamego for a visit of the town including the impressive Church of Nossa Senhora dos Remedios, which has been challenging pilgrims with its 600 step staircase since the 12th century. Continue to the Alto Douro and Pinhao for a visit of Quinta do Panascal which dates back to the 18th century and is the most important wine estate of the prestigious Port Wine Company "Fonseca ". Enjoy a guided audio tour followed by a tasting of Siroco, an extra dry white port. Continue onto Quinta do Seixo. Tour of the winery, the wine cellar and robotic lagars (automatic wine presses). Finish with a tasting of selected vintage wines in a room with a spectacular panoramic view of Douro! Return to Mesao Frio for Overnight.

Day 7 Mesao Frio - Cinfaes

Breakfast. Today you will travel along the Douro River to arrive in Cinfães where you will spend the night in the beautiful Quinta da Ventozela. The property built in the 17th century is made up of three buildings and includes a chapel from 1635 as well as gardens, conservatory and swimming pool. Overnight Cinfães.

Day 8 Cinfaes - Porto

Breakfast. Farewell Cinfães as you are transferred to Oporto airport for your flight to your next destination…