From enviable beaches and eclectic architecture to quaint fishing villages and famous vineyards, Portugal is a culture-rich country brimming with old-world charm. On this journey, we focus on the countryside, the farms, and the wineries of Alentejo and Douro. Of course, Porto and Lisbon are not being forgotten. Alongside Roman stones and medieval convents, Lisbon boasts exquisite tile work on every corner. Alentejo breathes a history immersed in periods of unrest and bonanzas, a land where culture and tradition go hand in hand, in the immensity of the rolling plains filled with cork tree and in its people, honest and proud of Alentejo. North, we uncover the secrets of the Douro Valley. Majestic, with vertiginous riverbanks sculpted by centuries of vineyard cultivation, it is the world's oldest wine-producing region and home of the famous port wine. Downriver, Porto is a tightly-clustered assortment of colorful tumbledown houses, soaring bell towers, and stately Baroque churches.
With a focus on the wines and produces of Portugal, this journey is about awakening all your senses and bringing you authenticity & traditions. While it is easy to come early or stay late to discover the cities on your own, our expertise - that of our local partners - is about creating, for you, a unique experience in the beautiful countryside & towns of Portugal.
Our journey is a well-balanced combination of hand-picked accommodations, incredible food and wine experiences, and the perfect dose of culture service as glue to it all. While the size of our group is small (maximum 8), the focus on experiential activities is big!
Welcome to Portugal and its capital Lisbon. On arrival, your private driver whisks you away to the lovely property in the heart of the city. After a light lunch, join our local tour guide for a 4-hour walking tour of its most incredible and historical sites. This port city has a rich tradition of exploration and discovery, with many buildings and monuments reflecting its maritime past. Modern architecture blends with ancient monuments and a zest for life is reflected in an insatiable appetite for music and nightlife. Later, join us for our welcome dinner (the first of many flavorful and authentic meals on this journey) paired with incredible wines from the region.
Mid-morning, we slowly make our way to the Alentejo region, located to the east and south of Lisbon. On the way, we have organized for you a stop at one of our favorite wineries where we enjoy some tasting. Our journey continues with the town of Evora, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where we are met and greeted by our local guide who introduces us to her favorite eatery before giving us a private tour of the town and its main landmarks. Our journey ends in Montforte, our home for two nights. Tonight, we take you on a journey through the best Alentejo delicacies at the property's restaurant, with a table set up in a unique location for a very private dinner.
We are met by our foodie guide and start our day inside the city walls of Estremoz where we share a coffee and a traditional pastry. Our next stop brings us to a beautiful traditional herdade (farm) on the outskirts of Estremoz, an estate that was built for kings. Here we tour the property with the owners as we taste the full-range of wines and hear the unique story and the mission of the family behind this project.
Lunch takes us to an organic farm, which we enjoy in a restored mill on the property. Along with local cheeses, charcuterie, and wine pairings, we also sample the olive oil made here. It is followed with a tour of an adega (winery) where we taste straight from the barrels.
We return to our gorgeous property early enough for you to enjoy some downtime and dinner at leisure (own account).
Mid-morning, we start our long yet fascinating journey to Douro. On the way, we stop by one of Alentejo’s most beautiful villages: Marvao. Located deep in Portugal’s hinterland within a whisker of the Spanish border, it has been described as an eagle’s nest hidden away in the hills.
Its 13th-century walls are practically intact and access to the village is through a narrow medieval archway, close to which stands a curiously-shaped Moorish-looking building known as the Jerusalem chapel. We take time to take it all in as we make our way to a lovely little traditional restaurant where we enjoy lunch (own account). We reach Douro late afternoon, in time for a sunset wine tasting at our property and a traditional dinner prepared by our chef.
This morning, we are picked up in a vintage car, ours for the whole day. After driving through the windy roads of the valley, and admiring some of the most incredible views along the way, we stop at our first winery. We then indulge in an exquisite lunch at the renowned Cozinha (Kitchen) da Clara at Quinta de La Rosa. A stop at a second winery is next on the agenda where we experience some of their local ports. Following that, we hop aboard by a private boat trip on the Douro river with a spectacular view of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. The day is finished off with a fine dining experience, paired with top regional wines and a Vintage Port which we sip by the fireplace
After a morning at leisure, much needed to recover from the memorable experience of the previous day, we make our way to a local farm for an authentic cooking class and lunch. Later this afternoon, we make our way to the Six Senses Douro, where we have organized some pampering time for you at their award-winning spa. We stay on the property for a few more hours to experience a wine tasting before joining their Chef for a personal journey of food and wine at his table. Our 10-course meal is prepared by our host, right before your eyes. Follow the process and complete the experience with selected accompanying wines. The evening ends with some of their best port, of course.
This morning, we make our way to Porto. Built on a steep riverbank, a jumble of colorful medieval houses hug the calm waters of the Douro River where wooden boats bob on the surface. Expect to see people spilling out of cafes and bars, more often than not with a glass of the wine in hand! This afternoon, we explore the city’s main sites on a private guided tour. As night approaches, we treat you to an explosion of all the flavors of Portugal. Prepare yourself for a Petiscos Tasting Dinner made up of the most flavor-filled dishes that showcase the country's rich culinary heritage.
Extend your stay in or beyond Portugal, or head home. Either way, we have you covered with a private airport transfer.
Dating from 1338, the Torre de Palma Wine Hotel was born in 2014. Inspired by the lifestyle of the distinguished Basilii family (former inhabitants of the nearby Torre de Palma Roman ruins), and Alentejo traditions, the hotel was conceived to be your home in this region of southern Portugal.Torre de Palma Wine Hotel is a 5-star project devoted to Alentejo wine and to offering genuine experiences. It features the typical Alentejo architecture: white-washed walls and inviting, comfortable rooms.
The hotel’s 19 rooms and suites boast elegant interiors that combine contemporary design with traditional pieces, in perfect harmony with the natural surroundings. This boutique hotel includes indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a spa, restaurant and bar. As well as these facilities, the hotel offers a screening room, a chapel, horse riding arena, organic vegetable garden, orchard, vine, a little olive grove, a small forest, a store with regional products and private parking.
In addition to an extensive vineyard area, there is also a room filled with wine barrels, a wine tasting room, wine production area and numerous leisure and cultural activities organised around Alentejo wines.
An hour east of Porto, in the heart of the Douro Valley, is a charming, cool, modern yet rural, boutique hotel: Quinta de São Bernardo. Positioned directly on the river, this delightful seven-room farmhouse and winery is ideal for short or long-term getaways.
Built in 1912, the farmhouse and surrounding vineyards have remained in the same family over the decades. In 2017, the property was renovated by grandson Diogo and wife Marcela. They kept close attention to creating comfortable and contemporary accommodations, while not forgetting the spirit of the functioning winery and farm.
This small and quaint property boasts a farm-to-table restaurant, where a set menu is prepared nightly. It is also here where a breakfast of fresh breads, fruits, sliced meats and locally-produced honey is impeccably presented. An outside terrace overlooking the river is perfect for afternoon lemonade or pre-dinner drinks. Deck chairs around the infinity pool enable sunbathers to enjoy the mountain vistas and the boats cruising down the Douro. In the evening a family room offers warmth from the fireplace and games for entertainment.
In one of the most prestigious areas of Porto, the Ribeira historic district you will find the Pestana Vintage Porto, constructed as a group of 18 buildings that have been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
On the waterfront of the legendary Douro, with fabulous views over the river and the historic Port wine houses on the other bank, the five star Pestana Vintage Porto Hotel – World Heritage Site has the most enchanting location in Porto. It is situated right on the charming historic Ribeira square, the discerning traveler’s first port of call.
With this privileged location, merely staying at this hotel already means that one has experienced the inimitable essence of Porto, and it is also an excellent base from which to explore the Unesco World Heritage proclaimed historic city center, with all the most important landmarks within walking distance. Or take the historic tram to the mouth of the Douro, or even a cruise on the river, departing from the waterfront right in front of the hotel.
The hotel itself forms part of the more than 2000 year history of Porto, incorporating a group of buildings dating back to the sixteenth century; it has been completely rebuilt as a luxurious modern hotel, offering all the comfort and facilities modern travelers could wish for.
All listed retreats (hotels, villas and barges) are, at times, subject to changes. If replaced, similar or higher standards will be upheld.
A refundable deposit of $1000 per person is due at the time of your reservation. In case of a cancelation at more than 60 days prior to departure, your deposit will be returned minus a $250 per person administrative fee.
Your final balance is due 60 days prior to departure, at which point your journey becomes non-refundable.
NEW! Find a replacement at least 30 days prior to departure and your journey will be fully refunded, minus a $250 per person administrative fee.