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Family Self Drive to Northern Portugal

Porto, Viana do Castelo, Pedras Salgadas & Douro Valley

Best time to travel
Jun – Oct
Ideal length
8 nights
Perfect for
Families
From (incl flights)
€1,659 pp (2 adults, 2 children)

At a glance

  • Direct return flights from Dublin to Porto.
  • 9 days' pre-arranged car rental.
  • 8 nights’ luxury accommodation in Porto, Viana do Castelo and Pedras Salgadas.
  • Tailored family experiences in Porto including a private traditional tram ride and a tour of the World of Discoveries Museum & Theme Park.
  • Guided hike through the Douro Valley with a splendid boat trip as well as various tastings and a picnic lunch.
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Introduction

From the hilltop villages and vineyards of the Douro Valley to the pinewood forests of Cabedelo, the northern lands of Portugal provide the perfect recipe for a family holiday. On this suggested itinerary, we’ve curated a selection of fun tours and experiences tailored to all the family. Giving you plenty of time to explore, we’ve prearranged car rental throughout, the ideal way to discover the winding roads that lead to Portugal’s most picturesque towns and valleys.

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Trip Overview

Depart from Dublin to the coastal city of Porto.

Upon arrival, make your way to the car rental desk where we have pre-arranged your 9 day car rental. Set out from the airport and drive to your luxury hotel in Porto where you’ll spend two nights.

In Porto, enjoy a private traditional tram ride.

Fun for all the family, step aboard the 19th-century tram and journey through the beautiful boulevards of the city and along the scenic River Douro. Hop off the tram to explore Porto’s various bohemian markets in the afternoon.

Tram, Porto
Relive the odyssey of the Portuguese navigators with a local guide.

In the company of your private guide, explore The World of Discoveries. The interactive museum and theme park is an excellent way for children to learn about Portugal’s long history, its navigators and its many conquests.

Explore The World of Discoveries
Continue your journey by driving along the scenic roads to Viana do Castelo.

Admire the verdant fields and forests, stopping off at the picturesque town of Ponte de Lima along the way. After exploring at your leisure, arrive in Viana do Castelo where you’ll spend the next three nights along Cabedelo Beach.

Ponte de Lima
Discover the coastal forests and sandy beaches of Viana do Castelo.

Spend the next three nights enjoying family days out, spending time exploring on foot and by car. It is also an excellent spot to enjoy water sports like surfing, stand up paddle boarding and wake surfing.

Paddle boarding, Viana do Castelo
Journey to the spa town and nature park of Pedras Salgadas.

We’ve arranged an exciting three night stay in a luxury eco-house set deep in the ancient forest. Unwind in the thermal spa, venture to the mineral-rich hot springs and set out on fun treetop adventures with the whole family.

Pedras Salgadas
Enjoy the highlights of the Douro Valley.

A wonderful ending to a luxury holiday in Portugal, explore its thriving UNESCO valley with your expert guide. Hike through the rolling hills, sail along the Douro River on a traditional boat, enjoy various tastings at local farms and enjoy a decadent lunch alfresco.

Douro Valley
Drive to the international airport.

Drop off your rental car and board your flight home. Arrive in Dublin.

Tailoring your holiday

OROKO Itineraries are created with you in mind and no two are the same. These can be used to help plan your trip - or we can design a completely different itinerary to suit you.

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Accommodation

Where to rest your head

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Infante Sagres Lobby

Infante Sagres

Just a short stroll from the renowned Livraria Lello and Clérigos Church lies the Infante Sagres. Reflective of its neighbouring sites, the hotel is housed within a historic property.

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FeelViana

Hotel FeelViana

Hotel FeelViana’s sustainable hotel is housed within a rustic, wooden property in Viana do Castelo, overlooking the pinewood forest of Cabedelo.

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Pedras Salgadas Spa & Nature Park

The ecological accommodations of Pedras Salgadas are visually stunning, divided between contemporary bungalows and cottages on the forest floor and the futuristic treehouses set high above.

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What people are saying

I would like say a huge thank you to you for all that you did to make our first post pandemic holiday to Sardinia a most enjoyable and memorable experience.

Thank you for your attention to detail, your professionalism, your kindness and patience.

It was a truly beautiful holiday with all of our wishes taken care of with great thought and expertise, thank you.

Victoria & Family – Sardinia, 2022

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