Portugal At A Glance
Culture, History and Great Food

Lisbon, Sintra, Alentejo, Coimbra, Douro and Porto
September 23 - 30, 2023
8 Nights
Starting at $6,689 /person

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3 Home bases
5 Destinations
Activity level
Light
Service level
Premium
Group size
Max
6
Journey designed by
Mikael Audebert
3 Home bases
5 Destinations
Group size : 6
Taste of Portugal, by Art In Voyage

From enviable beaches and eclectic architecture to quaint fishing villages and famous vineyards, Portugal is a culture-rich country brimming with old-world charm. Alongside Roman stones and medieval convents, Lisbon boasts exquisite tile work on every corner. North, the World Heritage Site of the Douro Valley awaits. 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.
On this journey, we are mixing city culture and history with some of the country's best food and wine regions. Embark on an easy and flexible journey with our hosts, do as much or as little as you'd like, and indulge in Portugal's colonial past, its history, and its incredible culinary scene.

What is Included

Nights
3 nights in Lisbon - 5 stars

3 nights in Douro - 5 stars

2 nights in Porto - 5 stars

Meals
Daily traditional breakfast

4 lunches (1 with a cooking class)

3 dinners, with wine pairings

Activities
Private guided tours in Lisbon, Sintra and Porto

Wine and Port tastings and visits

Full day foodie tour of Alentejo

Full day Food & Wine tour of Douro

Cooking class in Douro

And More
Services of an AIV host and local guides

Luxury transportation throughout

Private airport transfers in Lisbon & Porto

All taxes

Highlights

A Glance At Everything Portugal

On this journey, we introduce you to Portugal's past and present. You will get to touch on all aspects of this country's best assets. From its architecture to its history, from its food and wine scene to its culture and its people, no stones will be left unturned.

Light Program and Flexibility

This journey is the perfect fit for guests who enjoyed being pampered and having some flexibility to discover at their own pace and enjoy local cuisine through their own choices. With a limited number of guests on this journey, your host has more time to spend on making sure your check-list of "must-dos/must-sees" is covered.

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, your private driver whisks you away to the lovely property in the heart of the city. After a light welcome lunch, join our local tour guide for a 4-hour walking tour of its most impressive historical sites. This port city has a rich tradition of exploration and discovery, with 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 superb wines from the region.

Sintra & Cascais

Day 2- Sintra & Cascais

Day 2 : Sintra & Cascais

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This morning, we make our way to Sintra and Cascais. In this region of Portugal which boasts a strong Moorish influence, we uncover diverse architectural designs, just miles apart. We start with the Pena National Palace and continue to the Palace Regaleira. After lunch in the beautiful town of Sintra, we make our way to the imposing Moorish structure Castello Dos Mouros, a hilltop 8th military fortification that bears witness to the Islamic presence in the region. We finish with the seaside town of Cascais where, at leisure, you may enjoy dinner at one of our recommended local eateries.

Alentejo Farm & Wine Day

Day 3- Alentejo Farm & Wine Day

Day 3 : Alentejo Farm & Wine Day

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This morning, we make our way to the Alentejo region, where wine and incredible food flows in abundance. We begin with a stop in the lovely town of Evora where we are met by a local foodie guide for a private tour of the city's most iconic sites and experience a taste of Evora. Lunch is held at one of the best eateries in the region, Origens. We continue our journey to Estremoz where an afternoon cellar tour and wine tasting at Quinta Do Carmo awaits. On arrival back in Lisbon, dinner can be enjoyed at leisure, with our recommendations.

Coimbra & Douro

Day 4- Coimbra & Douro

Day 4 : Coimbra & Douro

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After breakfast, we leave Lisbon behind and make our way to the Douro Wine Region, further north. A two-hour scenic drive takes us to Coimbra, where we stop for lunch and a self-guided discovery of the town. Coimbra is a lesson in Portuguese history, home to the graves of Kings Afonso Henriques and Sancho I, the first Portuguese Kings. Throughout the city, landmarks left by those who built the nation are evident. From the magnificent scale of the Joanine Library to the symbolism of the Santa Cruz convent, the old capital of the Kingdom is packed with history and heritage. Our journey towards Douro continues, which we reach late afternoon, just in time for wine and dinner at leisure.

Tasting Day in Douro

Day 5- Tasting Day in Douro

Day 5 : Tasting Day in Douro

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After a morning at leisure, much needed to recover from a long drive the previous day, we make our way to a local farm where we enjoy a cooking class and lunch. Before heading back to our property, we make one additional stop at one of the wineries for a port tasting. After some time to freshen up (and digest), we make our way to the Six Senses Douro, where we take place in a wine tasting before enjoying a personal journey of food and wine carefully designed by their Chef. The evening ends with some of their best port, of course.

Classic Vintages of Douro

Day 6- Classic Vintages of Douro

Day 6 : Classic Vintages of Douro

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Full steam ahead as we have another busy day of food and wine waiting for us. 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. Tonight is at leisure, with our recommendations.

Guimaraes & Colorful Porto

Day 7- Guimaraes & Colorful Porto

Day 7 : Guimaraes & Colorful Porto

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Time to depart the Douro valley and make our way to the coast where we find colorful Porto. On the way, we stop by Guimaraes, the birthplace of Portugal as it is often referred as. The historical center in the area that was within the Guimarães city walls, is associated with the formation and identity of Portugal, and was classified a World Heritage site based on the originality and authenticity applied in its restoration. The city still has a harmonious, well-preserved heritage that is evident in the graceful iron verandas, granite balconies and porticos, mansions, arches connecting the narrow streets, paving slabs smoothed by time, towers and cloisters. On arrival in Porto, the rest of the afternoon and evening are at leisure.

Porto

Day 8- Porto

Day 8 : Porto

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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 morning, 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

Day 9- Beyond Portugal

Day 9 : Beyond Portugal

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Extend your stay in or beyond Portugal (how about Morocco?), or head home. Either way, we have you covered with a private airport transfer. Let our travel experts know about possible extensions beyond Portugal, and they will be delighted to craft your very own experience.

Accommodations

Deluxe room | Lisbon

Portobay Libertade

Lisbon, Portugal

The first five-star hotel in Lisbon cuts an impressive picture on a leafy side street with an elegant, belle époque facade, beautifully preserved by architect Frederico Valsassina. Some of the early 20th-century details have also been incorporated in the interiors, which draw on the local Lioz limestone and old marble. The property is spacious in feel, with an outside patio which Bistro4 spills out onto in summer, filled with olive and lemon trees, and a small rooftop terrace and hot tub.
Service is professional and friendly. There is an excellently sized, heated, swimming pool as well as a spa offering...

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The first five-star hotel in Lisbon cuts an impressive picture on a leafy side street with an elegant, belle époque facade, beautifully preserved by architect Frederico Valsassina. Some of the early 20th-century details have also been incorporated in the interiors, which draw on the local Lioz limestone and old marble. The property is spacious in feel, with an outside patio which Bistro4 spills out onto in summer, filled with olive and lemon trees, and a small rooftop terrace and hot tub.
Service is professional and friendly. There is an excellently sized, heated, swimming pool as well as a spa offering Aromatherapy Associate body treatments, Karin Herzog facials and Refinery products for men. There is also a gym, a sauna, and a steam room.
The rooms are all spacious and come clad in blues and browns with lots of wood. Bathrooms have tubs and rain showers and Aromatherapy Associate amenities. Beds are particularly comfortable with high thread count cotton sheets.

Quinta do Vallado

Douro Valley, Portugal

Since 2005, Quinta do Vallado welcomes guests in its comfortable Wine Hotel. Initially opening the doors to the Traditional House, built in the 18th century and having once belonged to Dona Antónia Adelaide Ferreira, it has recently added a building to expand its services and hospitality to 26 guests in 13 beautifully appointed rooms. The new wing (8 rooms) was designed by Architect Francisco Vieira de Campos, who was also in charge of the winery's renovation project.
In the original building, the rooms combine comfort with the Douro's traditional and historic décor. All rooms have independent access through the garden....

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Since 2005, Quinta do Vallado welcomes guests in its comfortable Wine Hotel. Initially opening the doors to the Traditional House, built in the 18th century and having once belonged to Dona Antónia Adelaide Ferreira, it has recently added a building to expand its services and hospitality to 26 guests in 13 beautifully appointed rooms. The new wing (8 rooms) was designed by Architect Francisco Vieira de Campos, who was also in charge of the winery's renovation project.
In the original building, the rooms combine comfort with the Douro's traditional and historic décor. All rooms have independent access through the garden. The second more modern wing has eight rooms, each with a private balcony, decorated in a contemporary style in sober and modern lines.
The Quinta Quinta do Vallado has a small restaurant, exclusive to their guests. In their kitchen, meals are prepared with freshly picked vegetables and fruit from their organic garden, paired with the best products sourced from the region.

Porto Bay Flores

Porto, Portugal

Built from a 500-year-old small palace, the façade keeps the large wooden doors, the large windows surmounted by triangular pediments, wrought iron balconies and stonework emblazoned with a 16th-century coat of arms; Samuel Torres de Carvalho, the hotel’s architect, sought out to protect the origins of the building while also "contemporizing" it.

The old stables have been transformed into the hotel entrance. The floor and staircase have been revived and the original granite slabs remain. The hotel is adorned with other odes to the past including tiles, windows, original stone decorative motifs and an old kitchen oven that connects the mansion...

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Built from a 500-year-old small palace, the façade keeps the large wooden doors, the large windows surmounted by triangular pediments, wrought iron balconies and stonework emblazoned with a 16th-century coat of arms; Samuel Torres de Carvalho, the hotel’s architect, sought out to protect the origins of the building while also "contemporizing" it.

The old stables have been transformed into the hotel entrance. The floor and staircase have been revived and the original granite slabs remain. The hotel is adorned with other odes to the past including tiles, windows, original stone decorative motifs and an old kitchen oven that connects the mansion building to the hotel's new wing. Accommodations include 55 rooms in the new building and 11 in the old mansion. Seven room types are available for different experiences, offering beds (most over six-feet wide), and all the PortoBay amenities. Large windows and balconies available on the upper floors offer views of restored houses, including Porto Cathedral, which extends down to the Douro River.

Your Host

Crystal Hochman
Crystal Hochman
Host & Wellness Coach

On Offer

Deluxe room | Lisbon
Deluxe room | Lisbon
Deluxe room | Douro
Deluxe room | Douro
Superior Room | Porto
Superior Room | Porto

Deluxe Package

$6,689 /person
Based on double occupancy
Deposit: $750/person
Final balance due: 90 days before departure
Suite | Lisbon
Suite | Lisbon
Suite | Douro
Suite | Douro
Suite Duplex | Porto
Suite Duplex | Porto

Indulge Package

$7,062 /person
Only one room left
Based on double occupancy
Deposit: $750/person
Final balance due: 90 days before departure

What is Included

Nights
3 nights in Lisbon - 5 stars

3 nights in Douro - 5 stars

2 nights in Porto - 5 stars

Meals
Daily traditional breakfast

4 lunches (1 with a cooking class)

3 dinners, with wine pairings

Activities
Private guided tours in Lisbon, Sintra and Porto

Wine and Port tastings and visits

Full day foodie tour of Alentejo

Full day Food & Wine tour of Douro

Cooking class in Douro

And More
Services of an AIV host and local guides

Luxury transportation throughout

Private airport transfers in Lisbon & Porto

All taxes

Add-Ons and Extension

Azores Islands

$1,672 /person
Uncover the Azores islands in the Atlantic Ocean. Marvel at the dramatic landscapes, fishing villages, green pastures and hedgerows of blue hydrangeas. Incredible waterfalls, tea plantations and lovely wines. 3 nights including air, hotel and taxes

Morocco Extension

$1,733 /person
Take off for Morocco (Marrakesh or Fes) and uncover more of the Moorish culture experienced in Portugal. Escape in the markets of Marrakesh and discover the Atlas Mountains with an overnight in a Berber camp. 3 nights, including air, hotel & taxes

Important Information

Good to know
All listed activities are optional in attendance. Not excited by one of them? Let us know and we'll find something that suits your interests.

Our journeys never include prepaid gratuity. We believe it should be a sign of appreciation and satisfaction, not an obligation. To that effect, our guests will always have the choice at the end of the journey and will be able to do so in cash or by credit card. Guidelines will be provided in your travel journal.

Additional daily tours and excursions may be arranged

Travel insurance is recommended (Art In Voyage partners with Allianz)

Travel insurance is recommended, and offered for a small supplement once your reservation is confirmed
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 90 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.
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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