Grand tour of Portugal holiday

“A sublime 23-day road-trip around Portugal from Porto to Lisbon, via the Douro Valley, Minho and the Ponte de Lima, and Alentejo”


Private tours of Porto & Lisbon off the beaten track | Walk in the great terraces of little-known Minho | Taste wine in the Douro on an exclusive tour of family winery | Dine on a palace terrace hidden deep in forests | Walk through rural landscapes of cork oaks and olive groves | Discover the Roman ruins of Évora | Hike along the Fisherman's Trail on the Atlantic | See the world's only sea nesting storks in spring | Stay in boutique & family-run guests houses | Complete support, walking notes & recommendations

Description of Grand tour of Portugal holiday

There are many definitions of what makes a great road trip. One which has you sipping wine from a family-run vineyard as the sun sets on the Douro valley, dining on the terrace of a palace nestled in lush forest and hiking along old fishermen trails past golden isolated beaches probably fits the bill. Throw in guided walks in the hidden corners of Porto and Lisbon, some of the best Roman ruins on the Iberian Peninsula and silent cork oak fields and you have something pretty special. At least we think so.

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Departure information

Departs any day of the year to suit you, though early summer and autumn are ideal. The holiday can be run with almost any number of days and can run in either direction.

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

One hotel used in the itinerary is run by one of Portugal's most renowned environmental and wildlife conservationists. The two-story farm is located in expansive grounds which provide a habitat for over 150 different bird species and 23 different kinds of amphibians.

The pousada in which you stay in Marvao is a joining together of two medieval buildings, features of which date back as far as the 13th century.

One of our key partners is a wine and food producing farm in the heart of the rural Alentejo landscape. The farm uses modern agricultural techniques to protect and preserve the land, returning it to its original purpose, which dates back to Roman times. The estate supports olive groves, cork oak forests and lakes which welcome a range of migratory birds.

The Impacts of this Trip

Most of our trips are conducted on an independent basis, usually with a hire car, and we encourage clients to book any day tours on the ground with local companies. This gives you the freedom to explore at their own pace as well as insuring the money you spend directly benefits the local economy.

Throughout the trip we work directly with guides, drivers, small family-run guesthouses and restaurants to ensure that your visit directly benefits the local community, both economically and in the preservation of distinct local culture and ways of life.

An important facet of the work undertaken by the Herdade do Freixo this is the promotion of local vini and agri-culture. In the Douro Valley you spend the day with our local guide who introduces you to the region and then takes you to his family-run vineyard. Operating since the 18th Century, it is one of the valley’s oldest. Despite the estate’s modern look and feel, the family proudly produces wine using the most traditional methods, providing you a more intimate glimpse into Douro viniculture.


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