- Guimarães: attractive historic city, filled with medieval atmosphere that is expressed at many castles and medieval fortresses, often recognized as a cradle of Portugal
- Peso da Régua: picturesque town settled on the banks of the River Duoro, one of the principal region of wine production.
Choose this self-drive tour around Portugal and spend eight memorable days exploring the superb culture and landscapes of this country. Visit its inspiring, lively towns and catch a glimpse of the scenic, historical villages. Stroll the beautifully arranged streets of Oporto admiring its picturesque location, walk the mesmerizing alleys of Guimarães, and enjoy delicious wines in one of the local cellar in the Peso da Régua and Oporto.
Day 1: Arrival Oporto
Day 2: Oporto
Day 3: Oporto – Guimaraes (70 Km – 1 H)
Day 4: Guimaraes
Day 5: Guimaraes – Peso Da RÉgua (110 Km – 1.15 Hrs)
Day 6: Peso Da RÉgua – Castelo De Paiva (110 Km – 1.5 Hrs)
Day 7: Castelo De Paiva - Oporto (60 Km – 1 H)
Day 8: Departure Oporto
- Superior Hotel Category = Hotel Cristal or similar 4*
- Superior Hotel Category = Hotel Guimares or similar 4*
- Superior Hotel Category = Hotel Rgua Douro or similar 4*
- Superior Hotel Category = Hotel Vila Gal Collection Douro or similar 4*
- Superior Hotel Category = Hotel Cristal or similar 4*
- 7 nights hotel accommodation
- 7 Breakfasts
- Replacement vehicle in a case of accident or breakdown
- Day 1, 2 Porto:
- Day 3, 4 Guimares:
- Day 5 Peso da Rgua:
- Day 6 Castelo de Paiva:
- Day 7 Porto:
- CAR HIRE OPTION:
- Car Group C = Seat Ibiza or similar
- Unlimited mileage
- SCDW (additional insurance with obligatory police report) *
- TP (theft protection)
- Road assistance 24/7
- Safety equipment (triangle, high visibility vest, fire extinguisher)
- Road map
- Meet & Greet
- Domestic nor International flights
- Drinks during meals (unless specified otherwise)
- City tax not included, payable on the spot
- Porterage and gratuities
- PAI (personal accident insurance)
- Tour guide
- Expenditures of a personal nature, drinks and meals or items not stated explicitly in the program
- Any alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, mineral water, camera/video camera fee (if any)
- Travel Insurance or any loss or extra cost arising due to unforeseen circumstances such as flight delays, accidents, etc.
- Fuel, Fines, Tolls, Parking
- Damage to a third party or to the hire vehicle due to negligence or inappropriate driving.
- Loss or damage to aerials, jack, safety triangles and vests, windscreen wipers, petrol cap, luggage covers, or any other fixed or mobile component of the vehicle.
- Damage to the engine through negligence.
- Theft of the vehicle with keys left in the ignition.
- Damage caused to the vehicle or to persons through driving under the Influence of alcohol or drugs.
- Fines due to breaking traffic laws and regulations during the hire period are the responsibility of the driver of the vehicle. In the event of a fine being received there will be an administration charge.
- If the car is left outside of rent a car designated area on drop off, customers will be responsible for any costs generated and for any damage to the vehicle due to it being parked outside of the Rent a Car installations.
- Each additional driver .
- Any extra equipment (GPS, baby seat etc)
- Earn US$ 34+ in travel credits.
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this The Pearls Of The North Of Portugal, Self-drive tour. You can cancel the tour up to 35 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 34 days of departure.Payment
For any tour departures within 03 November 2022, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 03 November 2022, a deposit of 25% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 34 days before trip departure.Travel Insurance
The Pearls Of The North Of Portugal, Self-drive tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.Visa
For this The Pearls Of The North Of Portugal, Self-drive tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are traveling to, as part of this itinerary.COVID-19 Safety Measures
This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:
- This tour has implemented smaller group sizes than normal, allowing for more personal space on the vehicles, sights visited, hotels and restaurants.
- Hygiene protocols have been adopted on this trip. Wearing a mask, hand washing and general sanitizing has been implemented on this tour. Frequently touched surfaces are furthermore regularly disinfected.
- Distancing measures have been implemented to safeguard against COVID-19.
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