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Journey Through North Portugal (Self Drive Porto - Braga - Guimares - Duoro Valley)
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This is a suggested independent itinerary that you customize. Please select the best flights, hotels, trains, activities, transportation and number of nights in each destination to fit your needs.
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.

This 9 night sample itinerary includes:
  • Flight into and out of Porto
  • 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 Duoro Valley area
  • Hotel for 1 nights in Porto
  • Daily breakfast (if stated in hotel info)

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Porto (20)   Braga (1)   Guimaraes (2)   Duoro Valley (2)  
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1. Porto
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3. Braga
   (12 hotels)
4. Guimaraes
   (9 hotels)
5. Duoro Valley
   (20 hotels)
6. Porto
   (35 hotels)
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2 nights in 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.

Recommended Stay: At least 3 nights
Must See`s:
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!


2 nights in 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.


2 nights in Guimaraes

Guimarães 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.


2 nights in Duoro Valley

In the Douro region, you can have unforgettable experiences related to the observation of a unique natural landscape, to the wine production, to the local cuisine and the water sports


1 nights in 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.

Recommended Stay: At least 3 nights
Must See`s:
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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Porto
Day 1
Arrive to Porto
Overnight in Porto   35 hotels offered
Optional  132 Things to do
Day 2
Overnight in Porto   35 hotels offered
Optional  132 Things to do
Day 3
Departing from Porto
Transportation to next city by: Rental Car
Braga
Day 3
Arrive to Braga
Overnight in Braga   12 hotels offered
Optional  2 Things to do
Day 4
Overnight in Braga   12 hotels offered
Optional  2 Things to do
Day 5
Departing from Braga
Transportation to next city by: Rental Car
Guimaraes
Day 5
Arrive to Guimaraes
Overnight in Guimaraes   9 hotels offered
Optional  1 Things to do
Day 6
Overnight in Guimaraes   9 hotels offered
Optional  1 Things to do
Day 7
Departing from Guimaraes
Transportation to next city by: Rental Car
Duoro Valley
Day 7
Arrive to Duoro Valley
Overnight in Duoro Valley   20 hotels offered
Day 8
Overnight in Duoro Valley   20 hotels offered
Day 9
Departing from Duoro Valley
Porto
Day 9
Arrive to Porto
Overnight in Porto   35 hotels offered
Optional  132 Things to do
Day 10
Departing from Porto

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Porto Hotels (35 total)
 
Braga Hotels (12 total)
 
Guimaraes Hotels (9 total)
Duoro Valley Hotels (20 total)
 


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Tours in Porto (132 total)
 
Tours in Braga (2 total)
 
Tours in Guimaraes (1 total)


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Portugal

Portugal is one of the oldest nations in Europe and you can see that in its vast multi-cultural monumental, artistic, and archaeological heritage. Portugal offers sandy beaches, art treasures, flavorful cuisine, unique architecture (Manueline), charming handcrafts, a mild climate, and friendly people. What you will see: almond trees in the African-looking Algarve, cork forests and fields of golden wheat in Alentejo, ranches in Ribatejo, narrow, winding streets in the Alfama in Lisbon, ox-drawn carts crossing the plains of Minho, and vineyards in the Douro.

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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.

Recommended Stay: At least 3 nights
Must See`s:
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.
Guimaraes
Guimarães 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.
Duoro Valley
In the Douro region, you can have unforgettable experiences related to the observation of a unique natural landscape, to the wine production, to the local cuisine and the water sports
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.

Recommended Stay: At least 3 nights
Must See`s:
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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