Imagine luscious red wines as you sail down the Douro, an enological masterclass in a historical cellar, ports in Porto, and muscats in Setubal as you are immersed in the distinctive wine cultures of Portugal. Welcome to the ultimate Portugal wine tour with two weeks of experiential highlights as you travel across Lisbon, Evora, the Douro Valley, and Porto. You will connect old-world tradition with new-world styles and use your senses to understand a country that is, at last, getting the wide...
Lisbon – Chic Chiado and Bohemian Bairro Alto
Centuries blur together on the streets of Lisbon. A maze of 18th-century cobbled streets is alive with color and chatter while the Bairro Alto is the bohemian hangout for the 21stcentury. Chiado is older but now brings a new world suave that has its roots in tradition. Your hotel is between these two neighborhoods within walking distance of both, or you can take the tram, with lots of wine bars for your enjoyment. Your local guide will meet you at the airport and will help you check into the hotel. After a brief orientation tour, the evening will be free with your guide offering ideas for restaurants and other places to start exploring the city’s culture.
Lisbon – Cultural Lisbon Highlights and a Portuguese Wine Bar
Lisbon – The Wines of Lisbon and Bucelas; Fado Music Show
Lisbon – Exploring the Home Of Muscat in Setubal
Evora – First Impressions of Alentejo Wines
Evora – Evora’s History and More Alentejo Vineyards
Evora – Enological Culture Masterclass and Old Moorish Towns
Douro Valley – Luscious Red Wines for Food Pairings
Douro Valley – The Big Names From Douro
Douro Valley – Cruising and Tasting on the Douro Valley
Porto – Discovering the Culture of Porto and Northern Portugal
Porto – Port Masterclass and a Rabelo Cruise
Porto – Highlights of the Old City
Porto – Departure
- Escape into history with several days in Evora, where 2,000 years of history include a great viticulture culture
- Visit the famous vineyards of the Douro Valley and taste with cellar-masters
- Develop an in-depth understanding of port in Porto, as well as Muscat from Setubal
- Immerse yourself in the culture of Lisbon, including a full day exploring the wines of the Lisbon and Bucelas regions
- Take a masterclass here, as Alentejo is a legendary wine-producing area so you can visit a variety of boutique estates
- Make a stop in the Dao Region, where the red wines are serious and full-bodied, ideal for food pairing
- Spend a day sailing on the Douro River, tasting on board as you pass the terraced vineyards
- Experience fado music, discover World Heritage Porto, hop between Lisbon’s neighborhoods, and visit various new-world wine bars
It is impossible to pinpoint the style of Portuguese wine as the same grapes produce sweet fruity port, and also serious, full-bodied red blends. Luscious Dao reds are completely distinct from the light and aromatic wines of Minho, as Lisbon’s wines cover a vast spectrum and there are more than 20 DOC (wine of origin) regions across Portugal. Differences in wine reflect differences in culture. Although small, the country is not a single entity. Portugal delights in regional idiosyncrasies, and wine is the perfect vessel for exploring the inimitability.
Handcrafted for explorers and wine lovers, this two-week tour is spread across four main destinations. Lisbon is for diverse wines and a mix of chic and bohemian cultures, and Evora is for the old-world heart of the ancient Alentejo wine region. The Douro Valley is one of the world’s hottest wine region’s right now, and also a serene place to relax amid nature. And then there is Porto, a place of passion, azulejo tiles, and port wine. With three nights in each and an extra night in Lisbon, you can travel slowly and really come to appreciate the regional differences in both culture and flavor.
Your tour will be full of experiential highlights, and you will begin as you tour Lisbon’s neighborhoods with a local guide and spend an evening watching fado. Explore old Moorish towns and cruise the Douro River, and then taste with the cellar-master at legendary estates. Discover boutique wineries in a variety of regions, and then enjoy an enological masterclass in Alentejo, food pairing in the Douro, traveling through port vintages, and standing in a chapel built from bones. With local guides leading the way in each destination, you will learn why Portugal is finally receiving the recognition it deserves, both as a wine producer and as a travel destination. Portugal is probably the hottest destination in Europe right now, for travel and for wine, and with over two weeks you can experience the very best of it all.
$3,635 per person (excluding international flights)
Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.
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