Day 1 – Arrival at Lisbon airport and pick up the car. Proceed to Évora, important town considered in its whole as World Patrimony. Afterwards the tour will continue to Estremoz, the very centre of the prolific marble-quarry region of the Alentejo. Overnight at Pousada Flor da Rosa in Crato.

Day 2 – On this day you can start your journey by visiting Portalegre and then Marvão. Located on an escarpment only a few miles from Spain, this tranquil town is completely surrounded by walls dating from the 13th to the 17th century. On your return to Crato, you will pass by the small town of Castelo de Vide with its medieval synagogue and the Gothic quarter. Overnight at Pousada Flor da Rosa in Crato.

Day 3 – After breakfast continue towards Castelo Branco – not to miss the Bishop’s Palace Gardens. Those who visit Castelo Branco may observe two distinct areas: the ancient medieval town, with its steep and narrow streets where many Manueline doorways can still be admired, and a great modern zone, characteristic of a developing city. Fundão lies in a geographical valley known as “Cova da Beira” (Beira Hollow), between the Estrela and Gardunha mountains and crossed by the river Zêzere. Worth visiting are the Mother Church, the chapels of St. Anthony, of Our Lady of Light and of St. Francis, the Archaeological Museum and the Town Hall. Your trip will continue to Covilhã. A lively town, with its busy and colourful markets and fairs, Covilhã also grew popular among visitors travelling to the heights and resorts of the Serra da Estrela, namely to Penhas da Saúde and to Torre (tower), the highest point, rising to 1993 metres (6539 ft) and surrounded by slopes used for skiing and other winter sports or just to have fun in the snow. Overnight at Convento de Belmonte in Belmonte.

Day 4 – Further north you will arrive at Guarda where you can spend some time visiting this town. Your journey will continue to Viseu, where you can visit the historical centre and the Grão Vasco museum. The town of Lamego is certainly attractive but its most striking monument is the church and shrine of Nossa Senhora da Agonia which sits high up on the hillside above the wide central avenue in the town and approached via 700 or so steps zigzagging up the hill. Overnight at Solar da Rede in Mesão Frio.

Day 5 – Leave Mesão Frio driving north to Guimarães and passing by Amarante. With its historical centre declared recently a World Heritage Site by UNESCO: visit Guimarães, birthplace of our first king, Afonso Henriques, and also considered as cradle of Portugal. Overnight at Santa Marinha in Guimarães.

Day 6 – In the morning you will drive to Braga and spend some time in this city. The city of Braga, perhaps Portugal´s main religious centre, is known for its baroque churches, splendid 18th century houses and elaborate gardens and parks. Your trip will continue to Oporto, where you can have lunch in one of the typical restaurants in the old Ribeira Quarter to taste one of the many dishes of its marvellous gastronomy. Your visit should feature the Cathedral, St Francis Church, Stock Exchange Palace, Av. Aliados (city centre) and then across the river to Vila Nova de Gaia, a visit with wine tasting to one of the Port Wine Cellars. Overnight at Pousada Ria in Murtosa.

Day 7 – Today you should start you day by visiting Coimbra. Rich in its history and with one of the oldest university in the world, you should not miss the University chapel and its baroque library, or you’ll regret it forever! In its city centre you’ll wander among old Roman ruins, Romanesque cathedrals and Manueline churches at the same time you stroll across its commercial busy area. It is not easy to distinguish here the limit between the old metropolis and the modern city. Driving southbound you can visit the monumental building of Batalha Monastery or Fátima, a religious spot, before you arrive in Óbidos. Overnight at Pousada Castelo in Óbidos.

Day 8 – After visiting Óbidos, a beautiful medieval little town, dated from the XII Century, you will continue your journey to Lisbon. Day at leisure dedicate to discover the city of Lisbon and its outskirts. Overnight in a Lisbon hotel.

Day 9 – Spend some time visiting the capital of Portugal in the morning and after lunch departure to the airport where you can deliver the car and take your plane back home.