Feast of the Senses in Portugal

22 June 2020 - 29 June 2020
Lisbon, Alentejo, Douro & Porto
  • Culinary Experience
  • Wine and Spirits Appreciation
  • Wine Education
A taste of
7 Nights
3 Homes
4 Destinations

Uncover a combination of colors, flavors and old-world charm in Portugal unsurpassed anywhere else. A true feast of the senses await!

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. The Alentejo is one of the most beautiful regions of the country. It 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.

We then head north, to the World Heritage Site 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. Down river, Porto is a tightly-clustered assortment of colorful tumbledown houses, soaring bell towers and stately Baroque churches.

Feast of the Senses in Portugal

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Highlights

A taste of Portugal's authentic self

With a focus on the wines (especially the ports) and produces of Portugal, this journey is about awakening all your senses, and bringing you authenticity and 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 and towns of Portugal.

Small in Numbers, Big on Experiences

Our journey is a perfectly well balanced combination of posh yet simple & humble accommodations, incredible food & wine experiences and the perfect dose of culture service as glue to it all. The size of our group is small (maximum: 8) while the focus on unique experiences and creating memories for a lifetime is big.

Itinerary

Welcome to Lisbon

Welcome to Lisbon

Day 1

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. It is paired with incredible wines from the region.

Alentejo

Alentejo

Day 2

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.

Alentejo Farm & Wine day

Alentejo Farm & Wine day

Day 3

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 conventional 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) and where we taste straight from the barrels.
We return to our lovely property early enough for you to enjoy some down time and dinner at leisure (own account).

Douro Valley

Douro Valley

Day 4

Mid-morning, we start our long yet fascinating journey to Douro. On the way, we stop by one of Alentejo’s most beautiful village: 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, on time for a wine tasting on property at sunset, and a traditional dinner prepared by our chef

Classic Vintages of Douro

Classic Vintages of Douro

Day 5

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 enjoy lunch at Cozinha (Kitchen) da Clara at Quinta de La Rosa. Our day being far from over, we make our way to a second winery where we enjoy some of their local ports. It is followed by a private boat trip on the Douro river with a spectacular view of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. We end the day with a fine dining experience, paired with top regional wines and a Vintage Port which we enjoy by the fireplace

Tasting and Pampering in Douro

Tasting and Pampering in Douro

Day 6

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 where we enjoy a 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 property for a few more hours as we take place in a wine tasting before joining their Chef for a very personal journey of food and wine at his table. Our 10-courses meal is prepared by our host, right before your eyes. Follow the process and complete the experience with selected accompanying wines. The evening end with some of their best port, of course.

Colorful Porto

Colorful Porto

Day 7

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 and people spill out of its cafes and bars, more often than not with a glass of the wine that gave the city its name. This afternoon, we enjoy a private guided tour of the city’s main sites, and tonight, we treat you to an explosion of all the flavors of Portugal, with a petiscos tasting dinner (paired with local wines), made up of lots of tasty dishes that showcase the country's rich culinary heritage.

Beyond Portugal

Beyond Portugal

Day 8

Extend your stay in or beyond Portugal, or head home. Either way, we have you covered with a private airport transfer.

Accommodations

Torre di Palma

Torre di Palma

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.

This charm hotel at the heart of the Alentejo wine region would not exist if it were not for its core identity: wine production and, consequently, wine tourism. The magical winery is Torre de Palma’s ex-libris and the symbol of the hotel’s wine culture. 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.

Quinta Da Corte

Quinta Da Corte

The Quinta da Corte invites its guests to a stay at home, combining the Portuguese tradition with modern luxury. The historic Quinta from the 19th century, is settled within the authentic wine yards of North Portugal. The infinity pool and panoramic terrace invite for relaxing hours, overlooking the beautiful Douro valley.

The Quinta da Corte offers 4 double bedrooms, 3 double deluxe bedrooms and one Studio. All beautiful decorated rooms offer comfortable double beds with excellent bed linen, modern bathroom which Portuguese tiles and outstanding views over the Douro valley. The Quinta has a common kitchen where all guests can join the cooking classes to learn about the Portuguese cooking secrets. A living area invites to relax or learn about the secrets of port wine. And an open eating area invites to enjoy the breakfast which is daily served with local products.

Pestana Vintage Porto

Pestana Vintage Porto

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.

This journey includes

Nights

1 night in Lisbon

2 nights in Alentejo

3 nights in Douro

1 nights in Porto

Meals

7 traditional breakfasts

4 lunches

6 dinners with wine pairings

Activities

All tours, visits and activities listed on our itinerary

Countless wine tastings throughout

Private guided tours of Lisbon and Porto

Full day food & wine tours of Alentejo and Douro

Sixty-minute massage or spa treatment in Douro

One cooking class in Douro

Extras

Services of a wine expert & a host

Luxury transportation throughout

Private airport transfers in Lisbon and Porto

All taxes

Good to know

All listed activities are optional in attendance

Additional daily trips and excursions may be arranged for a small supplement.

We recommend adding a night in Lisbon on the front end and/or Porto on the back end to uncover the lovely colors and history of these two cities

Our travel experts are standing by to assist with flights to/from Portugal

Travel insurance is recommend, and offered for a small supplement once your reservation is confirmed

How about extending?

Extending in Portugal or beyond? Our team is standing by to help you plan an exceptional and memorable journey
We recommend: Azores Islands, Spain's Andalusia or Morocco

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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 $1500 per person is due at the time of your reservation. In case of a cancelation at more than 90 days prior to departure, your deposit will be returned minus a $250 per person administrative fee.

Your final balance is due 90 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.

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