Upon arrival you will be met by a local Tour guide and transfered to your hotel. Rest of day at leisure.
Overnight in Lisbon.
After breakfast we travel across the Tagus river in the Setúbal peninsula, known for its sheep milk cheeses and Muscat wines, you will encounter one of the oldest wine makers of the country. We continue to Évora, a Unesco World Heritage city surrounded by fortified walls, where you can appreciate archaeological remains from the megalithic period up to the Roman occupation. Our walking tour to the famous ‘Bones Chapel’ with over 5,000 human bones that decorate its walls, the Roman temple, and the famous Jesuit University. We’ll end the day with a visit to a winery and tasting.
Estremoz is known as the land of marble and wine. Visit St. Isabel’s Pousada and an opportunity to discover its local handicrafts, such as clay figurines. Visit to a winery with wine tasting, followed by a typical lunch and an afternoon visit to another winery, also including a wine tasting. (B)
Monsaraz, considered one of the hidden gems of the south, is a fortified medieval hilltop village that offers you the best views of the Alqueva, the largest European artificial lake. Here you will visit a unique winery and enjoy a wine and olive oil tasting followed by a gourmet meal. During the afternoon visit to a major wine producer of the lower Alentejo. (B)
Our journey through dazzling white villages and plains dotted with olive and cork trees takes us to the upper Alentejo to discover another magnificent producer. Nearby, we will take in Marvão, a fortified town also called “the Eagle’s Nest”, located at the top of a magnificent cliff. On to Belmonte, home of the famous 16th century navigator Pedro Álvares Cabral, discoverer of Brazil, where you will find the oldest active Jewish community in Portugal and its synagogue. (B)
Travelling through the interior of the country we will arrive at one of Portugal’s oldest wine regions, the Dão, known for its full-bodied reds. On to Lamego, where the shrine of Our Lady of Remédios is located on top of a hill. We will enter a region of gorges and valleys that produce a unique sparkling wine. (B)
Today you will explore the magnificent Douro Valley, a World Heritage Site a landscape shaped by man over the last 400 years. Our tour will include visits to two major wine estates and a typical lunch. (B)
In the region of Minho, let yourself be surprised by the Alvarinho grape and its unique “green wine” and a wine tasting. We will go on a city tour of Porto, to discover its 7 bridges and most important sites, such as the Clérigos tower, the Cathedral, St. Francis Church where you can find one of the finest examples of baroque art in Portugal, and the lively of Ribeira quarter. Across the Douro river in Gaia, we will visit one of its many Port Wine Cellars. (B)
On our way back to Lisbon we will discover the sparkling wines of the western coast, along with other famous red wines. Stopover at the most famous Shrines of Portugal and one of the most important in the world “Fatima”. Finally, on the banks of the Tagus, the Lisbon region – has been producing a number of surprising wines which are not to be missed, before arriving in Lisbon. Overnight in Lisbon (B)
A day to explore this vibrant city at your own pace.
Optional: Fado night