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Pousada Self-drive Tour

Pousada Hotels offer a rich variety of choice from historic castles, former monasteries, palaces and modern buildings.

castle on top of a hill/
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This suggested itinerary, with stays in historic buildings, enables you to both explore Lisbon from the nearby Pousada of Quelus and then drive further north to Ourem, affording easy access to the shrine of Fatima and the spectacular monasteries of Batalha and Alcobaca. The drive west to Crato and Vila Vicosa will enable you to visit these towns and also the Royal Cities of Estremoz and Evora before returning for two nights in Palmela from which you can explore the mouth of the River Sado and the bay of Setubal.

Includes:
Scheduled flights from London Gatwick to Lisbon (other airports on request)
8-days car hire (Group A)

Itinerary (available all year):
Day 1 - Arrive into Lisbon Airport, collect your hire car and drive to Queluz (14km) for two overnights in the historic Pousada Palácio de Queluz.

Day 2 - Day at leisure in Queluz or an opportunity to explore the Portuguese capital and its coastline.

Day 3 - Today, drive from Queluz to Ourem (147km / 1 1/2 hours) for an overnight in the historic Pousada de Ourem. From the Pousada there are wonderful views of the Seica River valley and the shrine of Fatima 12km away which is one of the most important pilgrimage centres in the world. Afternoon at leisure and time to explore the medieval town of Ourem and to visit Fatima.

Day 4 -After breakfast, take a leisurely drive from Ourem into the Alentejo region (155km / 2 hours). Your accommodation today is the castellated monastery with both an old and new wing, Pousada Mosteiro do Crato.

Day 5 - Today drive further south, but still in the high Alentejo, from Crato to Vila Vicosa (82km / 1 hour 15 minutes) for an overnight in the historic Pousada Convento de Vila Vicosa. This converted 500 year old convent was one of the most opulent in Portugal and very central to the village. Afternoon at leisure. Time to explore the town and also to visit the Ducal Palace of Bragancas, the most powerful family in Portugal after the Royals.

Day 6 - Palmela is 153km (1 1/2 hours) from Vila Vicosa and about 50km from Lisbon. Your accommodation is the Pousada Castelo de Palmela, a converted fortess which occupies a commanding and virtually unassailable position 250 metres above sea level. The views from the Pousada are panoramic. As in most Pousadas there is a very good restaurant.

Day 7 - Day at leisure. Apart from exploring the town of Palmela, this location affords the opportunity to visit one of Portugal's most famous wine producing regions and to drive along the relatively unknown Atlantic coastline.

Day 8 - After breakfast, drive to Lisbon airport (45km / 30 minutes) for your return flight to the UK.

Daily departures 01 November - 30 April 2017 (excluding 30 - 31 December and 13 -15 April 2017)

A city tax of 1 Euro per person per night is payable locally. Children under 13 years are exempt.

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