Highlights & Delights
Of Portugal

Lisbon, Alentejo, Douro & Porto
7 Nights
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3 Home bases
3 Destinations
Activity level
Moderate
Service level
Premium
Group size
Max
6
Journey designed by
Mikael Audebert
3 Home bases
3 Destinations
Group size : 6

From gorgeous beaches and eclectic architecture, to quaint fishing villages and renowned vineyards, Portugal is culture-rich and brims with old-world charm. On this journey, we focus on the countryside, the farms, and the wineries of Alentejo and Douro. Porto and Lisbon are, of course, also included. Alongside Roman stones and medieval convents, Lisbon boasts exquisite tile work on every corner. Alentejo personifies a history immersed in periods of unrest and bonanzas and is a land where culture and tradition go hand in hand. Envisage rolling plains filled with cork trees and honest people, proud of Alentejo. Further north, we unveil the secrets of the Douro Valley. With majestic riverbanks sculpted by centuries of vineyard cultivation, the valley is the world's oldest wine-producing region and is home to a famous port wine. Downriver, Porto is a tightly-clustered assortment of colorful tumbledown houses, soaring bell towers, and stately Baroque churches. Accompany us on this riveting journey back through time and feast your senses!

What is Included

Nights
1 night in Lisbon

2 nights in Alentejo

3 nights in Douro

1 nights in Porto

Meals
7 traditional breakfasts

4 lunches

5 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

And More
Services of a wine expert throughout (your AIV Host)

Luxury transportation throughout

Private airport transfers in Lisbon and Porto

All taxes

Highlights

A Taste of Portugal's Authentic Self

With a focus on Portuguese wine and produce, this journey will awaken your senses and immerse you in authenticity & tradition. While you are welcome to have your own adventures, our local partners will graciously assist in creating unique experiences of the beautiful countryside and towns of Portugal.

Small in Numbers, Big on Experiences

Our journey is well-balanced and combines hand-picked accommodation and a variety of food and wine experiences. An ample amount of culture puts the cherry on top of the proverbial cake. While the size of our group is small, a maximum of 8 people, great emphasis is placed on experiential activities.

Itinerary

B = Breakfast
L = Lunch
D = Dinner
|The itinerary as presented may need to be modified from time to time to address possible logistical and weather challenges.
The itinerary as presented may need to be modified from time to time to address possible logistical and weather challenges.
Welcome to Lisbon

Day 1- Welcome to Lisbon

Day 1 : Welcome to Lisbon

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Welcome to Portugal and its capital Lisbon. On arrival, our private driver will whisk you away to the lovely property we have selected in the heart of the city. After a light lunch, we join our local tour guide for a 4-hour walking tour of the city's historical sites. This port-city is rich with history and many of the buildings and monuments reflect its maritime past. Modern architecture meets ancient monuments, amid an atmosphere filled with music and a teeming nightlife. In the evening, we hold a welcome dinner in your honor, the first of many flavorful and authentic meals on this journey. The delectable meal will be paired with wines from the region.

To Alentejo We Go

Day 2- To Alentejo We Go

Day 2 : To Alentejo We Go

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Mid-morning, we embark on a leisurely drive to the Alentejo region, located southeast of Lisbon. En-route, we have arranged a tasting at one of our favorite wineries. Our journey continues to the town of Evora, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where we are greeted by a local guide. After experiencing an amazing Portuguese eatery, we are taken on a private tour of the town and its notable landmarks. We end today in Monforte, our home for the next two nights. In the evening, we journey through Alentejo's best delicacies at the property's restaurant, where we will be seated in an intimate yet impressive location for a private dinner.

Alentejo Farm & Wine Day

Day 3- Alentejo Farm & Wine Day

Day 3 : Alentejo Farm & Wine Day

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Today, a foodie guides us around Estremoz, where we begin with coffee and traditional pastries. We then visit a traditional herdade or farm that lies on the outskirts of Estremoz, which was originally built for kings. Here, we will be treated to an extensive wine tasting. Lunch will be enjoyed on an organic farm, in a restored mill. Envisage local cheeses, charcuterie, and superb wine. We will also sample the renowned olive oil made here, followed by a tour of the adega/winery where we will sample the wine straight from the barrels. As our eventful day draws to an end, we return to our impeccable property for some relaxation and dinner on your own account.

Douro Valley

Day 4- Douro Valley

Day 4 : Douro Valley

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Mid-morning, we embark on a lengthy but fascinating journey to Douro. En-route we stop at one of Alentejo’s most beautiful villages, Marvao. Located deep in Portugal’s hinterland within a whisker of the Spanish border, Marvao is described as an eagle’s nest hidden in the hills. Its 13th-century walls are still fairly intact and the village is accessed through a narrow medieval archway. We spend time taking it all in as we make our way to a quaint, traditional restaurant, where we enjoy lunch on our own account. We reach Douro late afternoon, in time for a sunset wine tasting at our property and a farm-to-table style dinner prepared by our local chef.

Classic Vintages of Douro

Day 5- Classic Vintages of Douro

Day 5 : Classic Vintages of Douro

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This morning, we will be picked up by a vintage car, which will be ours for the day. After winding through the valley, and admiring incredible views, we stop at our first winery. We then indulge in lunch at the renowned Cozinha (Kitchen) da Clara at Quinta de La Rosa. Next on the agenda is a visit to the second winery of the day, where we experience some local ports. We then hop on board a private boat for a tour of the spectacular Douro River, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The day draws to a close with a fine dining experience, paired with the best regional wines and Vintage Port which can be sipped by the fireplace.

Tasting & Pampering in Douro

Day 6- Tasting & Pampering in Douro

Day 6 : Tasting & Pampering in Douro

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After a leisurely morning, we make our way to a local farm for an authentic cooking class and lunch. Later in the afternoon, we visit the Six Senses Douro, where we have arranged pampering at their award-winning spa overlooking the vine-covered countryside of the Douro Valley and the river below. We remain on the property for a few more hours so as to experience an impeccable wine tasting, before joining their Chef for an intimate food and wine experience at his table. The tasting dinner is prepared by our host, before your eyes, while we indulge in their finest wines. The evening wanes to an end with some of their best port.

Colorful Porto

Day 7- Colorful Porto

Day 7 : Colorful Porto

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This morning, we make our way to Porto. Built on a steep riverbank, Porto is a jumble of colorful medieval houses that hug the calm waters of the Douro River, where wooden boats bob. Expect to see people spilling out of cafes and bars, with wine in hand. In the afternoon, we explore the city’s sites on a private guided tour and as night approaches, we treat you to an explosion of Portuguese flavors. Prepare yourself for a Petiscos Tasting Dinner comprising of flavor-filled dishes that showcase the country's rich culinary heritage.

Beyond Portugal

Day 8- Beyond Portugal

Day 8 : Beyond Portugal

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Extend your stay in or beyond Portugal, or journey home. Either way, we will arrange a private airport transfer. Why not allow our professional team to assist in extending your stay? How about a few days exploring one of our favorite hidden gems, Portugal's Island of Madeira? Or how about a Spanish escapade just around the corner? The opportunity for adventure is endless.

Accommodations

Deluxe room | Lisbon
Junior Suite | Lisbon

Santiago de Afalma

Lisbon, Portugal

Best Urban Hotel in Europe by Condé Nast Johanses.
Santiago de Alfama is a beacon of authenticity in this lovely city of light, Lisboa, with beautiful whimsical views of old Alfama that glide towards the sea, whilst the swallows nest along the nearby rooftops. It is located on Rua de Santiago in the wonderfully nostalgic district of Alfama, immediately below Saint Georges Castle and above the famous viewpoint, Miradouro de Santa Luzia. Alfama is Lisbon's fado district, this music is part of the fabric of this neighborhood. If you listen carefully, you will hear the strum of a mandoline coming...

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Best Urban Hotel in Europe by Condé Nast Johanses.
Santiago de Alfama is a beacon of authenticity in this lovely city of light, Lisboa, with beautiful whimsical views of old Alfama that glide towards the sea, whilst the swallows nest along the nearby rooftops. It is located on Rua de Santiago in the wonderfully nostalgic district of Alfama, immediately below Saint Georges Castle and above the famous viewpoint, Miradouro de Santa Luzia. Alfama is Lisbon's fado district, this music is part of the fabric of this neighborhood. If you listen carefully, you will hear the strum of a mandoline coming from an open window, a fado singer coming down a cobbled street. Its pretty narrow streets date back millennia, some so old that the buildings lean to meet each other, secrets whisper from their ancient walls.
Acclaimed architect Luís Rebelo de Andrade worked with owner Heleen Uitenbroek for almost six years on this project, bringing the 15th-century building back to life, whilst juggling Roman remains preserved walls, and the demands of a 21st-century five-star hotel. The result is a brilliant blend of authenticity – from flagstones to stucco work – and luxury. Modern art by Sandra Baia hangs on ancient walls, and floors are tiled in a motif that is repeated throughout the hotel, from the pillowcases to the menu cards.
This is a family-owned, family-run hotel, which brims with the feel of a warm and welcoming private house, an atmosphere that brings people back time and time again. It is particularly popular with celebrities who can go under the radar here.

Torre de Palma

Alentejo, Portugal

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...

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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.

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Quinta de Sao Bernardo Winery & Farmhouse

Douro Valley, Portugal

A winery and farmhouse located in the Douro region of Portugal. Quinta de S.Bernardo is a boutique hotel on the banks of the Douro River, located an hour east of Porto. This estate is charming, cool, modern yet rural, and includes a seven-room farmhouse and winery that is ideal for short or long-term getaways.
Built in 1912, the farmhouse and surrounding vineyards have remained in the same family for many decades. In 2017, the property was renovated by grandson Diogo and wife Marcela. They paid close attention to creating a comfortable and contemporary accommodation, that is in keeping with the...

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A winery and farmhouse located in the Douro region of Portugal. Quinta de S.Bernardo is a boutique hotel on the banks of the Douro River, located an hour east of Porto. This estate is charming, cool, modern yet rural, and includes a seven-room farmhouse and winery that is ideal for short or long-term getaways.
Built in 1912, the farmhouse and surrounding vineyards have remained in the same family for many decades. In 2017, the property was renovated by grandson Diogo and wife Marcela. They paid close attention to creating a comfortable and contemporary accommodation, that is in keeping with the spirit of the functioning winery and farm. The estate includes an organic garden that grows an array of vegetables and herbs that are cultivated year round, allowing for consistent farm to table cuisine no matter what the season. The property also features numerous fruit and nut trees, adding to the overall ambience and natural beauty of the surrounds.

This small and quaint property, situated in the heart of the Douro region of Portugal, boasts a farm-to-table restaurant, where a set menu is prepared nightly. Guests are also treated to a daily breakfast of fresh breads, fruits, sliced meats and locally-produced honey; all of which 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 River. In the evening a family room offers warmth from the fireplace and games for entertainment.

Pestana Vintage Porto

Porto, Portugal

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.

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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.

Your Host

Mikael Audebert
Mikael Audebert
Founder & CEO
Creative Director

What is Included

Nights
1 night in Lisbon

2 nights in Alentejo

3 nights in Douro

1 nights in Porto

Meals
7 traditional breakfasts

4 lunches

5 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

And More
Services of a wine expert throughout (your AIV Host)

Luxury transportation throughout

Private airport transfers in Lisbon and Porto

All taxes

Important Information

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 recommended.
Smallprint

Our day-to-day itinerary may, from time to time and prior to departure, need to be altered or slightly modified to address possible unforeseen logistical and weather challenges. In such rare instances, Art In Voyage guarantees delivery of the content of the itinerary yet, in a different order.

All listed retreats (hotels, villas, and barges) are, at times, subject to changes. In such rare instances, similar or higher standards will be upheld.

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.

In case of a cancelation within the penalty period: 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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