Tasting Portugal - Self-drive Tour from Lisbon to Douro Valley

Self-drive

Day 1

This vacation program will be in self-drive. This new mode will give you the security of traveling unique paths in your own vehicle (or one that we will help you to rent) and without the presence of a host and guide. You can make stops at your own pace and take advantage of our support, always available at a safe distance of your phone.

We start this fantastic vacation with a transfer to the beautiful city of Lisbon and to the hotel chosen according to your profile and preferences. After checking in and a few moments to refresh yourself your host will be waiting in the lobby to start a progressive dinner. Stroll around the city through the most iconic neighborhoods of Lisbon while discovering the unique regional snacks and refreshing yourself with stops on your route. Delight yourself with the history and gastronomy of the city on a unique walking tour tailor made just for our customers.

Return to the hotel and relax for the rest of the night.

Day 2

After an amazing breakfast, head to Sintra where you will have one of our local guides waiting for you. We suggest that you start your tour visiting Quinta da Regaleira, where the secret tunnels and gardens will, for sure, surprise you. Alternatively you can pass through the Castelo dos Mouros where you can imagine the trotting of horses from other times and on top of which you will be able to glimpse the whole region with a single glance. To the end of the morning we booked a visit to the Pena Palace, considered one of the seven wonders of Portugal and one of the first palaces in Europe. Here you can meet newts and visit the Kings' quarters, or stroll through enchanted gardens dotted with secular trees and lakes, and hear only the sound of nature.

After you say goodbye to your host follow on a trip to a small producer, a family-run wine estate, where you can enjoy a lunch with the owners savoring the best that the region has to offer paired with the wines of the estate where you are, end this moment with a visit private to the wine estate.

To the afternoon we have reserved another unique moment, a small wine producer where we prepared a guided tour and commented wine tasting. Continue your journey to Lisbon, to your hotel, where you will have time to refresh and relax. For dinner we reserved a table in a new restaurant owned by a renowned chef who combines the best that is done in the Portuguese music scene with the delicacies of a chef who has certainly heard of it, fall in love with this moment of rare beauty and unparalleled delights. Walk to the hotel.

Day 3

For this day we have prepared unique adventures in the Setúbal Peninsula. Start your day following to the fishing town of Setúbal where you will be the meeting point with your host for the first activity, oysters picking! Come and discover with us the charms and secrets of a profession so characteristic of the region, to the end of the morning, before leaving for the next stop you can do a small tasting.

Go on for a delicious lunch filled with the best snacks in the region, we have two suggestions depending on your preference, a small local tavern or a charming restaurant with sea views, the only difficult will be to choose!

For the afternoon we booked a private tour and tasted commented on a small family-run wine producer. Return slowly to Lisbon, without first making a short stop at a liquor producer, one of our secret places with a unique and surprising history.

Continue your trip to the hotel where you will have the rest of the night to relax.

Day 4

After a slow morning, check out and leave for the city of Porto. We suggest that you make two stops along the way, the first for a regional lunch with traditional products from Bairrada to recharge your batteries. Still in this region, we have scheduled a small private visit to a sparkling wine producer that will end with a commented sparkling wine tasting. Follow your journey to Porto and check in at a hotel that we chose just with you and your preferences in mind.

At the end of the afternoon we will begin to unveil some of the city's secrets on a tuk tuk private tour, watch the sun set over the city's slopes, cross narrow streets full of locals and discover the stories that hide these centuries-old walls. Your tour will end at the door of the restaurant we booked for today, a renowned place in the national gastronomic panorama where you can experience a tasting menu while watching the chef prepare each dish of your meal, dinner is also paired with a selection unforgettable national wine selection.

After your meal, take a walk to the hotel and relax the rest of the night.

Day 5

After your breakfast our local host will be waiting for you at the reception for a unique discovery of the city of Porto, on a walking tour through narrow streets, unique viewpoints and small corners that only the locals will discover this city UNESCO world heritage site and undoubtedly fall in love.

Your tour will end in Vila Nova de Gaia, on the other side of the river, in one of the renowned Port wine cellars where you will have a private visit that ends with a tasting of Ports tailor made especially for you.
For lunch we booked a table in a wine restaurant belonging to the famous cellars where you will have a tasting menu with wine pairing, take the opportunity to also delight yourself with one of the most beautiful views over the city of Porto.

With renewed energy, go on to the next visit to a wine cellar that will surely surprise you, here you will have a private visit that will end with a commented Port wine tasting.

At the end of the day, there is a table set up in one of our favorite wine bars, where locals and wine producers get together. Here, by the owner's hand, you will discover unique and unknown wines even for many experts! Return to the hotel to refresh yourself and relax for a while. For dinner we booked a table in a regional restaurant, a local secret, with a relaxed atmosphere and full of traditional snacks from the city and the region. Walk to the hotel and relax for the rest of the night. Take the opportunity to pack your bags, tomorrow we will go on new adventures!

Day 6

Today is the day to continue traveling to a new destination and a new adventure, we are going to the Douro Valley. For this journey we have prepared a very special path, full of secrets that only the locals know, roads with panoramic views and viewpoints unknown of the Douro guides that you could have read. Fall in love with the green slopes that go down to the river waters and with the Douro River.

This way you will arrive at the hotel where you can check in and leave your bags in order to continue your trip until your first reservation. Arrive at a renowned wine estate that could be Quinta do Crasto where we prepared a visit followed by lunch with the best that is done in the region and paired with wines from the estate where you are. It is undoubtedly a unique place and an unforgettable gateway to this passionate region. Take your time to travel to another renowned producer where you have a private visit scheduled to end with a commented tasting of unique and renowned wines.

The day is coming to an end, head to the hotel to refresh yourself, dinner is scheduled at a restaurant where you can taste the best of Douro food with a twist from the chef. Return to the hotel where you will have the rest of the night to relax.

Day 7

After breakfast, head to Pinhão where you will meet your host and guide for today. In a 4WD you will continue your journey to discover the Douro that Torga portrayed in his poems and that only the locals know, find out our secret viewpoints, small off road routes through wine estates and vineyards. In this way you will arrive at one of our greatest secrets, a family-run wine estate where you will make a private visit and lunch will be served at the table with the owners, during this meal full of Douro snacks you can still taste some of the unique wines, some secular, present in this family's private wine cellar.

Then we continue down the river slopes down to Pinhão. For the afternoon we propose a relaxing private tour by yacht or sailboat, where you can see, from the waters of the river, the most beautiful section of the Douro River and its banks full of vineyards, among which are hidden some of the secrets of this rare region. What better way to discover the Douro? This way you will arrive in Pinhão just in time to proceed for the final visit of this day, a unique place where you can make a visit that will end with a wine tasting while you will be able to see the unique spectacle that is the sun diving in the waters of Douro.

Return to the hotel to refresh yourself, dinner is scheduled at chef Rui Paula's DOC restaurant, enjoy a tasting menu with regional products seen under the perspective of this renowned chef and paired with wines from the region.

The day is getting to an end, it's time to return to the hotel and relax.

Day 8

After check out you will proceed to the airport where you will deliver your car. At this moment we say goodbye with a certain see you soon!