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Great Road Trips: Portugal from Porto to Lisbon

World class wine and delicious seafood; hilltop villages and clifftop trails. Enjoy this and more on our relaxed journey between Portugal's greatest cities.

All your questions answered

Helping you find the right holiday for you is important to us, so here's a few common questions about this trip to help. If there's anything you'd like to know that's not covered here, send us over a message or you can also give us a call on +44 1273 676 712 and we'd be only too pleased to help.

When is the best time to go?

It is possible to take this trip at pretty much any time of year but for the best balance of temperatures, rainfall and visitor numbers, we advise you plan to travel from late March through to June and then late September through October. During these times of year you should be able to swim in the sea in the south and enjoy pleasant walking temperatures inland and in the cities.

When is peak season?

Peak season is from mid July to end of August but we do not generally offer this trip during that period as the area is busier with summer holiday makers from Portugal, and it is too hot for most. September in Douro can be busy as it is harvest time.

How far ahead should I book?

If you have a limited travel window and specific dates we suggest you book around nine months ahead. If you are flexible with dates, then three – four months ahead should be fine.

Is this trip suitable for solo travellers?

Most of the costs of this holiday are fixed so going solo will usually mean you pay nearly the same for one person as you would for two. If you enjoy time to yourself then the experience itself will be absolutely lovely, and safe.

How active is this trip?

A major advantage of having your own car is overall you have complete control over how much or how little you do on any given day. We, or our local hosts, provide you with maps and walking routes for a variety of walks in each place but you don't have to do them.

Other activities available include horse riding or mountain biking. Down on the coast kayaking, paddle boarding and surfing are possible. If you want to be less active we can include more cultural options. Generally, it can be as active as you want it to be.

What if I get lost or need some help?

Although this is an independent self-drive holiday, we are always on hand to help and advise should you need us. You will be given a local support number before you travel - we are always on hand 24/7.

How comfortable will I be?

Very. In Porto, you stay in a restored mansion in the heart of the old city. It's an aparthotel, so while you probably won't be cooking, you can enjoy the space. In the Douro, your hotel is an historic quinta, with very comfortable rooms, a lovely pool and excellent hosting..

In Marvão the hotel has a lovely restaurant, with wonderful views over the plains. Your hotel in Évora is near the city walls, with a lovely terrace and very comfortable rooms. Over on the coast, you can enjoy great hospitality, delicious food, and a swimming pool. End the trip in the capital, staying in a delightful hotel nestled within the castle walls.

Will I meet the locals?

For sure. From start to finish, this trip takes you deep into the heart of Portugal's engaging and varied culture in both the cities and rural areas. We are sure to include time with our local guides at key moments in the journey.

What type of vehicle can I expect?

The vehicle will be suitable for the destination, the distances you are expected to cover, roads, and number of people travelling. For two people travelling to Portugal you can expect a medium-sized vehicle such as a VW Golf or Seat Ibiza. We can’t guarantee the make and model. Speak to us if you prefer a larger vehicle.

If you need an automatic car, that's no problem, though we do need to know in advance as most are manual transmission. Cost of automatic cars tends to be higher.

Generally the hire cars include one named driver. You can add drivers locally and pay locally. The charges do vary depending on the location but it is usually no more than Euro 10 per day.

Can I take my own car?

Yes, that isn’t usually a problem. Let us know and we will price your holiday without a hire car.

Can I make changes to this trip?

Absolutely. This trip can be tailored to suit you so speak to us if you would like to include more activities or extend your stay to include other parts of Portugal.

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