Your trip, if you have the time should last a minimum of three days.
What you can accomplish, of course, is up to you.
Small car rentals average $25 a day at RentalCars.com. I found their prices to be the lowest as of 30 December, 2013.
My choice of where to stay is Hotel Santarem ($70).
The hotel overlooks the city and is within walking distance of its historical section.
53 Euros a night ($70) (You may find a better rate online)
View of the Rio Tejo
TAKE A WALKING TOUR (Day 1)
Santarem is a great city and a great starting point to learn about Santarem, one of the few cities in Portugal where the Gothic style of architecture remains.
Santarem is considered the ‘Capital of Gothic style.
Start your walking tour by visiting the Santarem Archaeological Museum, housed in a Romanesque Church. One of the highlights of its collection is a 15th century tomb of a nobleman who was killed in battle. The tomb was commissioned by his widow and was built to house just a single tooth.
Nearby is the beautiful, Gothic Church of Graca, where you can see the gravestone of Pedro Alvares Cabral, the Portuguese navigator who discovered Brazil in 1500. Follow the path to the town’s farmers market and learn about the varieties of vegetables that are grown in the area.
End your tour at Portas de Sol, the remains of the castle that protected the city.
After doing a bit of shopping in town look for one of the many typical restaurants that line the cobblestone streets of Santarem. If you are a bit tired from the flight, consider eating at the hotel on your first night.
The restaurant offers regional food as well as local wine.
Prices are reasonable.
DAY 2 and 3
The vineyards are divided into three areas:
The Bairro, North of the Rio Tejo.
The Leziria, Along the Rio Tejo.
1) Quinta da Alorna—Almeirim www.alorna.pt
The wineries in Tejo require that you call ahead and make reservations for a tour and tasting of the wines. Visit the website of each winery and plan ahead when visiting.
More information can be found at: www.cvrtejo.pt