In the morning, meet your guide at your central Porto hotel and set-off on a full-day small-group tour of the Minho Region. Aboard your air-conditioned minivan, head north up the coast and enjoy views of blooming landscapes that carpet the hillsides. During the drive, learn about the rich culture and heritage of this region that boasts three agriculturally friendly rivers the Douro, Lima and Minho.
Arrive in the medieval town of Barcelos, known for creating Portugal’s national symbol - the rooster. Head to the outdoor archaeological museum and hear more rooster lure such as the pilgrim who was unlawfully blamed for a crime only to be amazingly saved by a lifeless rooster! In the museum, see the popular 16th-century cross that exemplifies this fantastic myth. Then, check out the Barcelos historical center.
Leave Barcelos and cruise to Ponte de Lima to spend time strolling the streets of this rustic village. Wander along and admire charming architecture highlighted by the Lima River like the elegant stone arch bridge. Next, take a break at a traditional Portuguese eatery and taste regional cuisine like Arroz de Sarrabulho (stewed pork meat with rice and blood) along with a glass of regional wine.
After filling your belly, continue to the coastal retreat town known as Viana do Castelo. Pass through town and drive to the top of Basilica of Santa Luzia. Here, gaze over the Atlantic coast and notice the green hillsides that surrounds the town beneath you.
Finally, visit the Costume Museum in town and enjoy learning about exhibits that focus on Portuguese heritage and fashionable attire. Before your tour returns to Lisbon, savor a mouthwatering princesinha do lima (a local egg and sugar treat).
As the sun begins to set, voyage back to your hotel where your tour ends.