Lisbon, Alentejo, Sintra, Bussaco, Schist Villages, Tomar, Douro Valley, Amarante, Porto
Dates are customizable for private departures.
Your experience of storybook palaces and refined wines will immerse you in unique treasures during your 12-day signature Portugal tour specifically designed for 2021-2022. Each day is custom-tailored to your preferences allowing you to bask in a sunset cruise of Lisbon or stroll along Evora’s ancient foundations. From the legacy of the Knights Templar to the vineyard heritage of the Douro Valley, you can embrace a new perspective of Portugal.
Lisbon - Welcome to Charming Lisbon
Lisbon is a vibrant city that brings the past to life along the historic hills draped in a mixture of bohemian ambiance and historic architecture. Your private transfer will meet you at Lisbon’s Humberto Delgado Airport, where your private transfer will meet you at arrival. After some time with your guide for some tips and hints, the remainder of the day will be at your leisure to enjoy the city. You can stroll along the windy, hilly streets of Bairro Alto where restaurants and cafes may fill the air with the scents of grilling sausages or typical codfish dishes immersing you in Lisbon’s heritage and flavorful history.
Lisbon - Explore the Highlights of Lisbon
Your private guide will take you into the city as your host of a half-day walking tour of the highlights. You may find yourself basking in the 18th-century elegance of emblematic plazas and cobbled streets in the Baixa district. Stop along the way to taste the famous Pastel de Nata, and then explore Rossio and the beautiful Figueira and Comercio Squares, and then enjoy the glamorous cafes and boutique shops of Chiado. Finish the night with a live performance of Fado with dinner included.
Lisbon - Discover Fairytale Sintra
Sintra is a glamorous city with a fairytale ambiance. You can wander along the cobbled square leading to the Palacio Nacional de Sintra, where boutique shops and cafes embody the greater city’s colorful atmosphere. You can also visit two other monuments of your choice, such as the Moorish Castle or Monserrate Palace, before visiting Europe’s westernmost point for a view over the Atlantic as you return to Lisbon. The Cabo Da Roca extends its beauty in the ocean, and enjoy a stop at trendy Cascais, the “Portuguese Riviera.”
Evora - Embrace Arraiolos and Evora’s Grandeur
Travel with your private transfer into Arraiolos, where artistic handwoven carpets parallel the region’s beauty and town’s rich history. You will visit a nearby vineyard to learn more about the heritage of wine in the Alentejo region, crowned with a visit to a working bottling line and cellar visit. You may find the scent of cherry and raspberry offsetting the luscious vanilla notes rising from the glass. Once in Evora, you can bask in the stunning Roman legacy stemming from the 1st-century AD temple and the Moorish cistern hidden beneath the pews of the Sao Joao Evangelista Church as part of this UNESCO heritage site. Spend the evening settling in to your hotel and spa, which will be welcome after your lively day.
Evora - Uncover the Traditions of Alentejo
Portugal is famous for its cork forest and the production of wine corks. Your guide will take you into the fascinating history and traditions of cork, exploring the eco-friendly raw material beginning in the cork forests. The private estate may fill with a surprising citrus scent stemming from crushed leaves. Your guide will lead you through the forest where the towering trees open to visions of grazing livestock. The estate owner will give you deeper information on the process of extracting cork from the trees. The trees continue to grow after the extraction allowing the forest to rejuvenate.
Bussaco - Visit Dramatic Tomar and Reach Bussaco
Your private transfer will meet you in the hotel lobby after breakfast and lead you to Tomar, a charming town glowing with a historic center. Swans, herons, and ducks often rest in the riverside park while the crenelated walls of the Convento de Cristo strike a dramatic silhouette against the Seven Hills National Forest’s canopy. The rambling Gothic, Manueline, and Renaissance design of the Knights Templar UNESCO Heritage Site creates an image of extravagance crowning the wooded slopes. You may also stroll along the charming cobbled avenue leading to Tomar’s medieval synagogue to find antique Hebraic inscriptions and rose-colored limestone.
Bussaco - Wander the Mountain Schist Villages
The day is yours to discover a selection of the Schist Villages at the center of Portugal with hidden forests, authentic culture, and captivating river beaches. You may feel as though you have traveled back in time in places like medieval Talasnal, Casal Novo, or Chiqueiro. Houses and churches shine bright white against the surrounding greenery on a plateau that gives you an enchanting view in every direction. Spend the afternoon enjoying the grounds and surroundings of your beautiful hotel.
Douro Valley - Indulge in Wine at Douro Valley
You will travel to Pinháo in the morning with your private driver to reach the heart of the Douro Valley and the town encircled by terraced hills brimming with vineyards. The train station glows with hand-painted azulejos tiles depicting the grape harvest setting the tone for your tour through the vineyards. You can bask in the views of the landscape with a scenic boat tour on a typical wooden boat meant to carry Port wine to Porto. After, you will visit a selection of popular and boutique wineries with a gourmet picnic lunch along the river. Finish the afternoon with your arrival at your wine estate, your accommodations for the night.
Porto - Travel the Famous Vinho Verde to Porto
Your private transfer will take you along the great Vinho Verde region to Porto, unveiling the majestic winding landscape along the Tamega River. In the town of Amarante, you can enjoy the sleepy ambiance contrasting the dramatic monastery and the image of the medieval bridge, as well as willows lining the riverbanks. Stop in Amarante for some of the famous sweets, from the Papos de Angel to the Breezes of the Tamega. In Penafiel, you can enjoy ancient wine traditions of the region’s micro-climates as you arrive at your next estate. Explore the cellar and the vineyards, and then have a guided visit with a tasting. Have lunch on the terrace with a view of the vineyards, and then continue on to Porto.
Porto - Experience Porto’s Charming Culture
Travel away from Porto’s typical experiences for a unique fishing excursion that plunges you into Portugal’s legacy of the sea. The traditional boats will return from the sea, bringing streaks of color back to the marina as fishermen and local sellers begin bargaining for the freshest fish in the market. You can also choose your own fresh catch that will be prepared for you at a local restaurant to create the perfect Portuguese dish. Back in Porto, you will have a guided tasting of a port wine cellar on the riverbanks, a significant part of the legacy of this region.
Lisbon - Journey to Lisbon for Sunset
After breakfast, your private driver will lead you to Obidos. The charming town embodies the nobility and artistic charm with whitewashed cottages, alluring cafes, and handcraft stores lining narrow cobbled lanes. The medieval walls create an elaborate border around the town defending the central Santa Maria Church, which glows blue and white from the azulejos tiles. After settling into Lisbon, you will embark on a private sailing excursion for breathtaking views of the old city climbing out of the riverbanks. The colors of the sunset may glint against the whitewashed buildings of the Alfama, showcasing a distinctive glow across the sky as you enjoy a magnificent dinner on board.
Lisbon - Depart for Home
In the morning, you may choose to wander the historic streets or relax into a leisurely breakfast. After breakfast, your private transfer will meet you in the hotel lobby when you are ready and escort you to Lisbon’s international airport for your flight home with plenty of time to check-in for your flight.
- Embrace the scenic sunset over Lisbon on a private cruise along the Tagus River for a unique panorama of the city springing from the riverbanks
- Indulge in a unique cultural experience of the fisherman’s life in Portugal with a guided visit to the marina and morning fish market
- Bask in the treasured flavors and celebrated scenery of the Douro Valley during a private wine tour visiting select vineyards bringing the diverse layers of local wines to life
- Embark on an excursion into the Serra de Lousa mountains to find select Schist Villages offering scenic charms, medieval architecture, and authentic local culture
- Witness the dramatic legacy of the Knights Templar when visiting Tomar to learn more about the local history, heritage, and culture
- Enjoy an immersive tour of a cork forest on a private estate to learn about the cultural importance of the cork in Portugal
- Experience the storybook ambiance of Sintra where castles, palaces, and cafes offer fantastical images against a backdrop of wooded mountain slopes
- Savor the robust aromas and distinctive flavors of port wine during a private port wine tasting in a secluded riverside cellar
- Discover the broad and magnificent history of Evora as you stroll beside an ancient Roman temple and Moorish embellishments
- Delight in the regal history of Amarante and the ancient wine traditions of Penafiel as you travel from the Douro Valley to Porto
$7,315 per person (excluding international flights)
- In-country transportation
- Some or all activities and tours
- Expert trip planning
- 24x7 support during your trip
Your final trip cost will vary based on your selected accommodations, activities, meals, and other trip elements that you opt to include.
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