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Porto - Braga - Guimares - Duoro Valley (Self Drive)

9 to 13+ Nights from $701*
* This sample price: priced within the past 7 days for arrival on 9/8/2024. Choose your own arrival dates.

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This 9 night sample itinerary includes:

  • Hotel for 2 nights in Porto
  • Rental car for 8 days
  • Hotel for 2 night in Braga
  • Hotel for 2 night in Guimares
  • Hotel for 2 night in the Douro Valley area
  • Hotel for 1 nights in Porto

Visit the stunning North of Portugal with a self-drive vacation! Fall in love with the charming valleys and historic charm of this area: Porto (former home of Portuguese royalty; this stunning city is home to the famous Port Wines); Braga and Guimares(surprisingly teeming with a youthful vibe, despite the plethora of historic monuments, cathedrals, and narrow cobblestone streets) and finally, the Duoro Valley (breathtaking landscapes, unforgettable food and wine, and an array of active options). Travel between these cities with a rental car which allows you an opportunity to observe the lovely country side. This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.

Flexible Itinerary

  • Porto

  • Braga

  • Guimaraes

  • Douro Valley

  • Porto

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Trip Summary

  • Porto

    Porto (also known as Oporto) is the second city of Portugal, and a hub for the northern part of the country in terms of arts, entertainment, culture and shopping. Previously conquered by the Celts, Romans and Moors, Porto has been a jewel in the Portuguese royal crown for nearly a millennium. The city offers art treasures, medieval cathedrals, museums, shopping, and delicious food and drink, all while tourists enjoy breathtaking views of the River Douro, which empties into the Atlantic just three miles from the city center. Don't miss the center, in particular the Ribeira neighborhood, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    Visit Porto Cathedral (Sé), Clerigos Church and Tower, Palacio da Bolsa, the gardens at the Palacio de Cristal, Ponte Dom Luis I, the port wine lodges of Vila Nova de Gaia, the Funicular dos Guindais, Praça da Liberdade, Avenida dos Aliados, and so much more!

  • Braga

    Braga has been for centuries an archiepiscopal seat and pilgrimage site. There are a lot of beautiful churches to see here as well as the palace of the Archbishop dating from the 14-th century. Another important sight is the 16th Century Palácio dos Biscainhos. Just east of the town is one of Portugal's most famous tourist attraction, the Igreja de Bom Jesus de Monte - an impressive Baroque staircase symbolic of the 14 Stations of the Cross that leads upwards to a late 18th Century Church.

    Visit Bom Jesus do Monte, Braga Cathedral, Sameiro Sanctuary, Santa Barbara Garden, Theatro Circo, and more!

  • Guimaraes

    Guimaraes was the first capital of Portugal and the hometown of the first king of Portugal, Don Afonso Henriques. In 2001 the town's historical center was designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The main attraction is the city's famous castle that dominates the skyline with eight square towers and a 27-metre-high dungeon. Nearby Guimarães, you can visit the Iron Age pre-Celtic settlement of Citânia de Briteiros, one of Portugal's most impressive archaeological sites.

    Visit Guimarães Castle, Palace of the Dukes of Braganza, Historic Centre of Guimarães, Largo da Oliveira and Santiago Square, Citania de Briteiros, and more!

  • Douro Valley

    In the Douro region, you can have unforgettable experiences related to the observation of a unique natural landscape, to the wine production, the local cuisine and the water sports. The Valley is best-known for its fortified wines. The Douro wine plantations, called `quintas`, and their sprawling terraced vineyards were entered into the UNESCO World Heritage `Cultural Landscapes` register in 2001.

    Visit Wine Estates and Vineyards, picturesque towns like Peso da Régua, Pinhao, and Lamego, Douro Museum , Miradouros, and more!

  • Porto

    Porto (also known as Oporto) is the second city of Portugal, and a hub for the northern part of the country in terms of arts, entertainment, culture and shopping. Previously conquered by the Celts, Romans and Moors, Porto has been a jewel in the Portuguese royal crown for nearly a millennium. The city offers art treasures, medieval cathedrals, museums, shopping, and delicious food and drink, all while tourists enjoy breathtaking views of the River Douro, which empties into the Atlantic just three miles from the city center. Don't miss the center, in particular the Ribeira neighborhood, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    Visit Porto Cathedral (Sé), Clerigos Church and Tower, Palacio da Bolsa, the gardens at the Palacio de Cristal, Ponte Dom Luis I, the port wine lodges of Vila Nova de Gaia, the Funicular dos Guindais, Praça da Liberdade, Avenida dos Aliados, and so much more!

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