9 nights - Lisbon-Guimarães-Minho Valley-Lisbon
Self-drive Tour - Available March-November - Priced from €3600/person/double occupancy
Lisbon - 2 nights
Hotel Options: 4-star Hotel NH Liberdade or 4-star Hotel Avenida Liberdade
Wednesday - Arrive Lisbon, private transfer to your hotel. You can take an afternoon stroll around the upper section of downtown, the Bairro Alto and stop to relax and sample an astonishing array of Port wines at Lisbon’s Port Wine House, the Solar do Viho de Porto on Rúa de São Pedro de Alcântara.
Have lunch in the Bairro Alto at Restaurante Largo or Chiado Unique, or have dinner at Lisboa à Noite.
Thursday - Full day guided city tour, with lunch.
Guimarães - 3 nights
Hotel: 4-star Pousada Santa MarinhaFriday - Travel from Lisbon to Braga on the high-speed Alta Pendicular train, AP131, from Lisbon’s Santa Apolonia station at 7:00 am; arriving at Braga station at 10:25 am.
Have lunch at the Pousada or dinner at Histórico by Papaboa, Rau de Valdonas, 4, in the historic center of the city.
Saturday - Take a drive out to the ancient Celtic hill settlement, Citânia de Briteiros, finishing up with a ½-day guided tour of Braga.
Sunday - Drive to Porto to tour the fabled port cellars of Vila Nova de Gaia such as Ferreira, Quinta do Noval, Osborne, Cockborn’s, Sandeman, Graham’s.
Have lunch in Porto at Pedro Lemos’ new restaurant, Clérigos, at Rua das Carmelitas, 151, Porto, or at his main restaurant, Pedro Lemos da Foz in Figueira da Foz (Porto).
Minho River Valley - 3 nights
Hotel: 4-star Pousada de Santa Luzia in charming coastal city of Viana do Castelo
Monday - Drive up to the lush Minho Valley, the land of vinho verde, the slightly sparkling young, “green” white wine of Northern Portugal, stopping in the picturesque towns of Barcelos, Vila Nova de Cerveira and Caminha, before heading down to the Pousada in Viana do Castelo.
Tuesday - Take in the sights, smells, flavors of market day in Ponte de Lima, the largest outdoor market in Northern Portugal and Portugal’s oldest.
Have Lunch at Sabores do Lima Restaurante in Ponte de Lima.
Wednesday - A full day along the Spanish border of Galicia to explore the alvariño wineries of the Rías Baixas appellation (subzones of O Rosal and O Condado) - wineries such as As Laxas in Arbo, Fillaboa in Salvaterra de Miño, Santiago Ruiz and Valmiñor in O Rosal.
In the charming town of Melgaço, across the river from Arbo, sample the area’s prestigious Alvarinho wines at the Alvarinho Wine House in the heart of the town.
Have a gourmet lunch in Peso-Paderne (Melgaço) at the charming, rustic Adega de Sossego.
Visit the Celtic ruins of Monte Santa Tegra atop the village of A Guarda, or going further afield, to the Ribeiro appellation to visit the Viña Mein winery in San Clodio-Leiro and the Casal de Armán in San Andrés.
Lisbon - 1 night
Hotel Options: 4-star Hotel Lisboa Carmo, 5-star Avenida Palace, or 5-star Olissippo Lappa Palace
Thursday - Drive from Viana do Castelo to Braga. Return rental car by 12:30 pm.
Take the Alta Pendicular train AP 132, departing Braga at 1:04 pm, arriving Lisbon at 4:30 pm. Private transfer from the train station to your hotel.
Enjoy dinner and a Fado show at one of the city’s acclaimed Fado houses, such as Senhor Vinho on your last night (www.srvinho.com).
Friday - Private transfer to catch your flight home, or continue with your holiday.
Included: Rail tickets, rental car, breakfast daily at the hotel, guide services in Lisbon and Braga, winery reservations.
Not included: International or domestic flights, lunch or dinner (except as noted with the Lisbon city tour), taxis, trams and incidental expenses, travel/trip cancellation insurance.Note: Hotel selection is based on availability.