Fly Drive - Explore Lesser Known Portugal - Mondim de Basto - Up to -70% | Voyage Privé

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  • Explore Portugal's lesser-known gems with this immersive tour!
  • As a self-drive tour, you will have complete autonomy but we've suggested a few cities that are sure to take your breath away.
  • Stay in impressive, well-placed hotels along the way, including an impressive hotel with mesmerising views and a striking 19-century townhouse!

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Your Destinations

Vila Real Region

It is only relatively recently that this previously remote area of Portugal has opened up to tourism, so it remains beautifully unspoiled, where quaint, sparsely populated villages keep traditional cultures alive such as weaving and clog making. 

The fertile banks of the Tramega River give rise to olive groves, vineyards and orchards.  If you are a wine connoisseur (or indeed a novice drinker!) you should certainly make a trip to a local winery (the hotel can happily organise this) where you can try the delicious locally grown varieties. 

Local attractions we think you'll love:

  • Guimaraes (1 hour away) - This well-preserved Medieval town looks like it has stepped straight out of a fairytale. This is the birthplace of Portugal's first independent king, a fact which the locals are very proud of. Spend a day exploring a maze of lanes which lead to picturesque plazas where quaint taverns sell local treats.
  • Alvaro National Park (20 minutes away) - A visit to this pretty part of Portugal will reveal pine scented valleys and the Fisgas de Ermelo waterfalls. For the more adventurous and active you can try your hand at paragliding, mountain biking or hiking in the area.

Beiras Region

This impressive region is as diverse as Portugal gets. The first thing you notice is the incredible scenery, this mountainous region features seemingly endless greenery peppered with honey-coloured towns and a colourful patchwork of verdant meadows and dense forests. With scenic trails leading past secluded lagoons and into pine-scenic forests, it's not hard to see why it's known as a haven for adventurous souls!

While this region's highlight is undoubtedly its breathtaking views, the fact that its largely unspoilt by tourist is a close second. 

Local attractions we think you'll love:

  • Coimbra (1 hour away) - This river-front town is notable for its varied history juxtaposed by its lively bar scene. This city is simply romantic, it's not uncommon to hear traditional fado songs reverberating throughout the old town during the summer months!
  • Aveiro (2 hours away) - Many places are described as 'The Venice of...' but this town has certainly earned it! This is a town where canals criss-cross colourful houses, where vividly designed boats compete with each other, each one more colourful than the next. In fact, this vibrant town's name is thought to originate from the Latin word for 'place of birds'...and the sight definitely does remind one of an aviary!

Silver Coast

On the Silver Coast, there are beaches that seem to go on forever, beautiful scenery, picturesque villages and leisure activities that continue all year round. Exploring the Silver Coast is a real treat- discover markets and monasteries, countryside and culture, beaches and bargain-hunting. The SANA Silver Coast Hotel is an excellent base for discovering the picturesque scenery and the historical and gastronomic attractions of the region.

With the Atlantic on its doorstep, the Silver Coast is the place to come for seafood – enjoy a delicious lunch at the local restaurants serving fresh and mouthwatering seafood dishes. The wines are great too - ranging from drinkable, inexpensive table wine to one of Portugal’s rarest and most expensive labels.   

Local attractions we think you'll love:

  • Obidos (10 minutes away) - This classic fortified town is overflowing with Portuguese charm: think traditional white houses streaked with primary colours, ancient churches adorned with quintessential blue & white tiles and flowers which spill out over cobbled streets which twist their way the hill. All this is presided over by a Medieval castle with a Moorish design.
  • Alcobaça (30 minutes away) - At first this town may seem like nothing special but it has a secret weapon: a spellbinding 12-century monastery. This is considered one of Portugal's more memorable UNESCO World Heritage Sites, mainly thanks to its immaculately carved facade.

Suggested Itonerary

Day 1: Arrive in Porto & pick up your car from the airport. Drive to Agua Hotel Mondim De Basto.
Day 2: Visit Guimaraes (1 hour away), then return to your hotel.
Day 3: Drive to Aguahotels Nelas Parq, visiting Aveiro en-route (2 hours away).
Day 4: Visit Coimbra (1 hour away), then return to your hotel.
Day 5: Drive to SANA Silver Coast & stop at Fátima along the way.
Day 6: Visit Óbidos (10 minutes away), then return to your hotel.
Day 7: Spend your final day relaxing on the incredible beaches of Peniche (30 minutes away).
Day 8: Drive to Lisbon Airport in time for you flight home.

Agua Hotels Mondim de Basto 4*

You will enjoy a 2 night stay in a Mountain View Room with breakfast included.

Just for you: A welcome drink & free access to the hotel's spa.

Surrounded by a picturesque mountain landscape, this modern hotel is set on the banks of the beautiful River Tamega. Crystal clear glass, wooden floors and simple modern decor make sure the view is the main attraction at this hotel.  The airy spaces, clean lines and comfortable, understated furnishings are coupled with luxurious extras such as a state of the art spa, to make you feel instantly relaxed and at ease in your surroundings.

The natural world is impossible to ignore, the stunning river view is there to enjoy from the restaurant and the infinity pool.  To stay inside on this trip would be nigh-on impossible!

Surrounded by breathtaking scenery, Viva Water Spa offers a sauna, Turkish bath, jaccuzzi, four massage rooms, fitness gym, indoor pool and leisure area, free access for guests.

Some facilities may incur an additional cost, payable locally. 

Your Mountain View Room

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Floor-to-ceiling windows flood these rooms with natural light, while the room itself is decorated in a modern style with glass, wood and neutral colours to make the standout view the main attraction. All bedrooms offer mini-bar, individual safe, LCD TV with satellite channels, audio channels, internet and air-conditioned, bathroom with bathtub, heated floors, hair-drier and personalised amenities.

Aguahotels Nelas Parq 3*

You will enjoy a 2 night stay in a Standard Room with breakfast included.

Stay in an ideal location within easy reach of many of Nelas' highlights, including the Shrine of Our Lady of Viso and Church of the Savior. Guests will have access to free parking, a bar/cafe, restaurant & 24hr Room Service.

The hotel's knowledgeable staff are an excellent source of local knowledge when it comes to finding your way around town. 

Some facilities may incur an additional cost, payable locally. 

Your Standard Room

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The relaxing rooms feature a modern design and large comfy beds to ensure a restful and reinvigorating stay. 

SANA Silver Coast 4*

You will enjoy a 3 night stay in a Suite with breakfast included.

This elegant hotel located midway between Lisbon and Porto, is a great choice for a family retreat or romantic escape. Step inside the original 19th-century neoclassical facade to discover striking, modern interior design, infused with style and elegance. The relaxed cafe, formal restaurant and bar serve local flavours accompanied by some of the most delicious wines of the region.

Lisbonense Restaurant: This is the perfect place to sample delicious and original culinary creations, inspired by local ingredients. Breakfast, served buffet style, offers a huge variety of drinks, loaves of bread, home-made pastries, cheeses and traditional Portuguese cold meats, as well as a selection of hot dishes.

Some facilities may incur an additional cost, payable locally. 

Your Suite

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Your spacious Suite has a bedroom and separate living area, and is large enough for a family of three, or perfect for a couple seeking a little more indulgence. The modern yet elegant decor is calming and comfortable, with photographs of the local area to pique your interest.

Your Journey

Flights: The flights included are with either a scheduled or no frills airline and are subject to live availability and prices can change. You can choose your preferred departure times during the booking process. Please select your flight options carefully as departure and arrival airports may differ.

Transfers: Transfers are not included.

Car Hire: This offer includes a 7-day rental of a Renault Clio or WV Basto or similar.

Distance from Porto Airport to Agua Hotel Mondim De Basto: 1 hour 15 minutes / 95km
Distance from Agua Hotel Mondim De Basto to Aguahotels Nelas Parq: 
2 hours 10 minutes / 160km
Distance from Aguahotels Nelas Parq to Sana Silver Coast: 
2 hours 30 minutes / 250km
Distance from Sana Silver Coast to Lisbon Airport: 1 hour / 85km

Travel Advice

For the latest travel advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office including security and local laws, plus passport and visa information click here.

Please note that the advice can change and consumers should continue to check it until they travel.

Car Hire

Please note you cannot be guaranteed a specific make of car within a certain group.

The minimum age for driving a hire car in Portugal is 21 and drivers must have held a full driving licence for a least 1 year.

The lead name on the booking will be confirmed as the named driver.  The named driver must present a credit card in their name when collecting the car (credit cards in other names will not be accepted).

The named driver must also present a full valid driving licence on collection of the vehicle and in some cases a credit card or cash deposit will be required.

Please ensure that you check your car hire documents carefully once received as this will advise if there are any taxes/charges to be paid locally as well as potential mileage restrictions.

Your Contract

The flight-inclusive offer(s) shown on this page are ATOL Protected by the Civil Aviation Authority. Voyage Privé’s ATOL number is 10170. Please read our booking conditions before confirming your holiday.

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Travel Documents

You will receive an email confirming your booking within the next 48 hours.

Please check all details on this confirmation are correct.  If there are any discrepancies, please notify us as soon as possible.

The airline is ticketless and therefore, you will not receive any hard copy documents.  You will, however, receive an email from us detailing your flight information and reference number to enable you to manage your booking online via the airline website.

You will also receive an accommodation voucher for presentation at the hotel reception at the point of check-in.

If you have booked transfers, car hire or airport lounges, you will receive a separate voucher for each of these services.  Please note that transfer vouchers are sent directly from the transfer supplier.

Please do make sure that you either add Voyage Privé to your Safe Senders list or check your Junk mail regularly for your travel documents.

We will send all documents out as early as possible (subject to full payment being received) but you should receive all your documentation at least 10 days prior to departure.

If by any chance you have not received all the above by this time, please contact us at

Important Information

Please note that the location shown on our map is to be used as a guide only and the actual location of the property may differ

Your contact details may be passed on to the hotel so that they can make contact with you to discuss your booking in advance of your arrival.

Please note: you may be asked to provide a credit/debit card deposit on arrival to cover any purchases made in the hotel.

Although we endeavour to provide up to date information we cannot guarantee that all hotel facilities and services will be available during your stay, especially when travelling out of the main holiday periods

Star rating standards may differ to that of the UK, depending on the country of travel

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