The culture of Portugal mirrors its wines by offering an impressive variety of choices that are unique to the region. Your customizable tour will explore the splendors of Portuguese vines and its heritage which are often intertwined throughout history. Wander along a hillside vineyard and into the depths of an old historical cellar. Fishers will call out along the markets as the whitewashed villages glint in the light of the Iberian Peninsula and then follow the footsteps of explorers and discover...
Lisbon – Arrive in Portugal’s Capital City
Portugal’s capital city of Lisbon spreads across seven hills and overlooks the banks of the Tagus River as it inches close to the Atlantic Coast. Trams circumvent the cobblestone streets as funiculars ascend the slopes between the lavish homes and the charming cafes that are adorned with clear views to passersby as they traverse the bustling streets. The aroma of salted cod cooked with onions and potatoes emanates from the traditional taverns that fill the antique neighborhoods. In the afternoon, the ruby hues of Portuguese wines cast glowing shadows against the walls and tablecloths of hidden bars and quiet restaurants.
Your flight will land at Lisbon Humberto Delgado Airport, where your private transfer will meet you upon arrival. Settle into the comforts of your glamorous hotel that offers Art Deco décor and overlooks the cobblestone streets. Your guide will meet you in your hotel lobby eager to lead you through an engaging introduction to the city’s remarkable past that has continued to inform present culture. Your guide will point down to the ground along the Calçada Portuguesa to view one of the city’s lavish mosaic streets. Part of Lisbon’s exuberant and welcoming atmosphere emanates from the gorgeous white and blue limestone tiles that have been placed in geometric shapes by skilled artisans.
The symmetry offers a beautiful path to walk down and allows for you to backtrack through the city and never have the same view twice. The Elevador da Bica is a charming funicular that connects Largo do Calhariz to Rua de São Paulo. The undulating street provides a stunning panorama of daily life that is framed by colorful houses, verandas decorated with flowerpots, and a backdrop of riverbanks. After strolling along the city streets, your guide will lead you to the captivating Jerónimos Monastery, home to the tomb of celebrated Portuguese explorer Vasco de Gama.
Estremoz – Visit Wine Cellars and Vineyards
Evora – Heritage and Culture of Évora and the Coastal Plains
Portel – A Day of Wine, Cooking, and Pottery Lessons
Algarve – Transfer to the Coastal Algarve Region
Algarve – Portugal’s Scenic Coastline at your Leisure
Lisbon – Visit a Tile Factory Studio
Lisbon – Depart for Home
- Sample the famous vineyards of the Alentejo region during a sensational wine tour that will offer tastings of Portugal’s vast varietals
- Venture into an antique wine cellar located 40 feet underground to view stacks of wine barrels to sample the sensational flavors of the winery
- Visit the southern edges of Western Europe at Cape San Vincent to view the former end of the known world
- Discover the charming cobblestone streets and fantastic architecture of Évora that features both Moorish and Roman design
- Learn the traditions of Portuguese cooking during a private lesson to capture the indelible flavors of cultural cuisine
- Wander the lively fish market of Olhão for insight into the daily life of fishers and locals eager to find a deal on fresh seafood
- Explore the stunning artistry of ceramic tiles in a workshop that opened in the 18th century
- Indulge in a combination of old world charm, an unforgettable landscape, and an unspoiled tradition that blends with contemporary luxury across Portugal
Discover the unspoiled charms of Portugal during your 8-day wine and culture tour. Old world majesty abounds with your arrival in Lisbon, and your private transfer will greet you at Lisbon Humberto Delgado Airport before escorting you into the heart of the old city. Enjoy an immersive experience with a private introductory tour of the city that will highlight the architecture found along the seven hills with fascinating maritime history and the remaining grandeur of the lavish empire. The next day, your private transfer will meet you at your hotel and escort you to the region of Alentejo and the town of Estremoz. Bask in the enchanting ambiance of the “Marble Town,” known for cultivating the decorative stone. Traverse the cobbled streets and 13th-century walls before visiting a vineyard that promotes the distinctive varietals of the region along with the cuisine representative of Alentejo culture.
Venture next to the majestic streets of Évora, which feature Roman ruins and Moorish alleyways. Wander the cobbled lanes to discover endless museums and captivating views that spread to the coastline. Continue to a celebrated wine cellar to view the barrels located more than 40 feet underground. Relish your cultural immersion the following day with a wine tasting tour around the Portel municipality. Sample flavors beyond Portugal’s iconic port wine to reveal blends of fruity and earthy aromas, and then enter into the private kitchen of a celebrated local chef to learn the ingredients used to create traditional dishes of the Alentejo region. You can continue the day at your leisure or embrace the artistic nature of the culture with a lesson in pottery and ceramics.
Travel south the next day to the Algarve region, known for its golden sand beaches, luxurious seafood, and striking scenery. Stop in the village of Faro to enjoy the gateway into the region before continuing to the fishing town of Olhão. The next day is at your leisure to bask in the sunlight on the golden shores or set out on a wine tasting adventure to the vineyard at the heart of Algarve. You could also visit the southern edges of Western Europe at Cape Saint Vincent.
The following day, your private transfer will escort you back to Lisbon to tour the marvelous tiled facades of the villas, palaces, and churches that line the old city streets. The end of the tour will lead you to a studio where artisan crafters continue to produce decorative tiles in a workshop first opened in the 18th century. Conclude as you make your way to Lisbon Humberto Delgado Airport for your flight home.
$1,595 per person (excluding international flights)
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