If you want a quiet and peaceful place where one lives an atmosphere of romance, then the Minho region is a sure bet.
Dominated by green fields, a place of rare natural beauty, where the only National Park in Portugal resides in.
Minho is also known for its rich historical heritage, result of several centuries of history, but it is also the ideal place to enjoy many culinary delights and the famous sparkling green wine.
So many good reasons for choosing this region, for your next cultural holidays!
Arrival at Oporto airport. Reception and pick up of the rental car. Enjoy your first night in the city and dine in one of the many restaurants with exclusive view to the Douro river. Exquisite gastronomy and unique scenery will make your first night in Portugal unforgettable.
Explore Oporto and its many treasures. Known worldwide for the Port wine, we suggest a visit to one of the many wine cellars on the banks of the Douro river and discover the secrets of this amazing wine. Visit some of the many museums, cultural corners of the city or enjoy a cruise up the Douro river. Oporto is synonym to tradition but it’s also a city where historical and contemporary events co-exist. Don’t miss out in visiting the House of Music or the Serralves museum!
The journey continues towards the north following the coast. Start in Esposende and go along the coast, to Viana do Castelo, where the Lima river flows into the ocean. A city full of tradition, known for its Manueline and Renaissance architecture, visit the Temple of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, better known as the Temple of Santa Luzia, with a unique view into the region. Viana do Castelo is considered by National Geographic as one of the best regions of the world. The day ends in the town of Ponte de Lima, known for its Roman bridge, the rural market and its beautiful old houses.
Ponte de Lima Breakfast
Start the morning with a walk in the town of Ponte de Lima. Visit the Mother Church, the tower of the Old Jail and the New Gate from the XIV century. Your journey continues on to Ponte da Barca, Terras de Bouro and Vila Verde, located in the Peneda do Geres Natural Park region. Enjoy and taste some of the culinary delights of the region, such as “rojões à moda do Minho”, “papas de sarrabulho” or “cozido à portuguesa”. Taste the green wine produced in the region. When you get to Gerês, take a walk in the village and enjoy its many natural attractions.
It is impossible to stay indifferent to the immense beauty of the Serra do Gerês. Being one of the greatest natural attractions of Portugal, it is known for its rare beauty and stunning landscape of high ecological value and variety of wildlife (deer, wild horses, wolves and birds of prey) and flora (pine, yew, chestnut, oak and various herbal medicines). Enjoy the morning and go to the Natural Park, making a few stops and enjoying all the beauty. On your way to Guimarães, we recommend a passage through the city of Braga, where you can visit the Sanctuary of Bom Jesus and its historical city center.
Start the day with a visit to the city of Guimarães, birthplace of Portugal. Visit the Castle of Guimarães, the Palace of the Dukes and the old town, a true historical and cultural treasure. Having Oporto as your final destination, head to Amarante and visit the Church of São Gonçalo and the bridge over the river Tâmega. Cross the Douro river in Entre-os-Rios and return to Oporto following the river.
Check out from hotel and departure to Oporto airport.
|LOW (November to May)||550€||690€||950€|
|MEDIUM (June and October)||750€||900€||1 200€|
|HIGH (July to September)||890€||1 090€||1 500€|
*Guaranteed departures for minimum groups of 2 people.
**Double Occupancy, Land Package. For Single supplement, please ask for a quote.
STANDARD: 3* Hotel
CONFORT: 4* Hotel
QUALITY: 5* Hotel
STANDARD: Sipp: MCMR / Grupo MINI: Peugeot 107 A/c or similar
CONFORT: Sipp: EDMR / Grupo P: Peugeot 207 Diesel A/c or similar
QUALITY: Sipp: CDMR / Grupo E1: Peugeot 307 Diesel or similar
Includes: Unlimited Mileage, Travel Assistance 24 hours, Insurance Collision (CDW), Theft (TP), subject to Deductible, Road Tax and VAT.
Notes: Pricing is valid through the date listed for each itinerary (all pricing is subject to change until booked and confirmed). Holiday season supplements apply for Christmas, New Years, Portuguese Holidays and Easter travel dates. Specials and/or lower rates may apply for November to May travel dates.
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