Self-guided cultural road trip tour of the north of Portugal

A self drive program in Northern Portugal is a must for all who really want to know our country.

Historically, it was in this region that Portugal was “born” and from which grew the country we know today.

At the cultural, patrimonial and natural level we can find in Minho pieces of our collective identity and landmarks of inescapable interest.

What we propose to you is a 3 days program where you meet amazing locations loaded with history.

In order to further enrich your experience we have selected for you various activities, hotels and restaurants. You will also have an online map prepared with all the necessary indications, from the roads that led you to all the attractions and activities, as well as recommendations and curiosities that you can find along the way.

All these choices go hand in hand with the quality we demand from our local partners, because the customer likes and wants quality and that is our great goal. Provide you with the richest of experiences in this paradise-filled country!

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Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Minho!

We start the day with a briefing about the program and the correct way to use GPS. Here you will receive all the important information to make your trip unforgettable!

Head north to Viana do Castelo where you will enjoy a beautiful lunch, in which we have some suggestions of restaurants to get to know the typical food of this place and discover some must-see attractions that deserve your visit.

Our hint of a route after a well-spent day takes you to the road and go to Arcos de Valdevez where you will stay.

At the end of the day you will arrive at the hotel with a clear idea of what life is like in this part of our country and ready to rest and recover your strength for the next few days!

Day 2: Historical Cities

On the second day you will leave for Guimarães, you will visit the birthplace of Portugal and the city that has the most historical importance for the formation of the country. Here you will visit some of its main attractions.

After lunch you will drive to Braga, here you will spend your afternoon to see the beauty of this city. It will be a busy day, you will visit two Portuguese cities rich in history.

Day 3: The magic of Ponte de Lima

On the third and final day of your programme you will learn more about the winemaking process of green wines, their importance in the development of the region and end the programme with a visit to Quinta do Ameal.

Here you can enjoy a visit with a tasting of two wines and after this our suggestion is to enjoy the rest of the morning in Ponte de Lima enjoying some of its main attractions.


We personally visit all the accommodation featured in the guides and only select places where we would wish to stay ourselves.

  • 2 nights accommodations in selected venues
  • 2 buffet breakfasts
Included in Car Hire

Rental cars provided by reputable partners.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Unlimited kilometers
  • Basic LDW (CDW Collision Damage Waiver + TW Theft Waiver)
  • Upgrades to a different group/class available upon request
  • Automatic transmission available upon request
Not included
  • Guide
  • Personal expenses
  • Additional Services
  • Flights

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Minho Culture Standard

  • 3* Hotels, B&B, Rural Hotels or Similar
Car Rental
  • Renault Megane Cabrio or Similar
  • Automatic Toll Payment
  • Navigation System

Minho Culture Deluxe

  • 4* or 5* Hotels, Deluxe B&B, Top Rural Hotels or Similar
Car Rental
  • Mercedes Benz Class E or Similar
  • Automatic Toll Payment
  • Navigation System
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