- September 18 – 28, 2020
- Starting from $2,475.00
- Single supplement $785.00
Estoril, Alentejo and Algarve
Explore sunny Portugal, with its miles of dramatic shoreline and legacy of global discovery.
In Evora, step inside a medieval walled city with Roman ruins. Travel to Portugal’s scenic “Silver Coast,” dotted with charming villages and castles. Revel in country life in the heart of Alentejo’s farms and vineyards. Unearth a wealth of Portuguese hand-made crafts like the famed azulejo hand painted tiles and unique items made of cork. Indulge in Portugal’s regional wines during a winery tour and be swept away by melodic Fado tunes. Explore the Algarve’s soft sandy beaches and classic fishing villages. Spend time in CasCais meandering its narrow cobblestone streets, oceanfront promenade and quaint bay area. Lastly, discover the charms of Lisbon with its postcard-perfect panorama of cobbled alleyways, ancient ruins and white-domed cathedrals atop one of its seven hills.
Porto is a coastal city in northwest Portugal known for its stately bridges and port wine production. In the medieval Ribeira (riverside) district, narrow cobbled streets wind past merchants’ houses and cafes. Sao Francisco Church is known for its lavish baroque interior with ornate gilded carvings. The palatial 19th-century Palacio de Bolsa, formerly a stock market, was built to impress potential European investors.
Porto gives you as much cobbled-street charm and dazzling ancient architecture as you’ll get anywhere else in Europe, and it’s nestled in one of the world’s leading wine regions — yet it’s still affordable and uncrowded. The city gets much of its character from Spain and North Africa — the signature azulejo blue tiles, which you’ll see adorning many of the buildings, have Moorish roots. It’s also one of the best places in Europe to see medieval architecture; Portugal stayed neutral during World War II and was never bombed, so you’ll find that the sorts of fortresses you’re used to seeing only as ruins are still intact.
The Alentejo is a geographical, historical and cultural region of south-central and southern Portugal. In Portuguese, its name means “beyond the Tagus river”. Visitors of the Alentejo Region are at first taken by surprise by the remarkable traces of successive cultures: dolmens and cromlechs, Roman and Arab vestiges mingling with the most recent signs of Christianity, exemplified by the numerous medieval castles that stand out in the vast plain. A region of sun-baked olive groves, fortified towns and traditional villages, all of which are a joy to explore from Evora. Evora and the Alentejo offer a truly unique Portuguese experience, with a distinctive heritage, delicious regional cuisines and an infectious unhurried pace of life
Although equal in beauty to neighboring Mediterranean mainstays like Majorca and St.-Tropez, the Algarve is still enjoying relative obscurity but with glittering new resorts popping up along the coastline, a handful of Michelin-starred restaurants, and a delicious type of wine you won’t find anywhere else, it’s only a matter of time before that’s no longer the case. Beaches are the biggest draw, with more than 150 rolling out their wide, golden shores like welcome mats. Many are bordered by craggy rock cliffs and caves for an extra photogenic effect. Some 300 to 350 indigenous varieties of grapes grow in Portugal, and as a result, you can toss a cork in any direction and hit a bottle of delicious, locally produced wine. Negra Mole grapes, however, grow exclusively in the Algarve, and they’re used to produce a gentle, drinkable red that hits the palate like a Pinot Noir.
Lisbon is Portugal’s hilly, coastal capital city. From imposing Sao Jorge Castle, the view encompasses the old city’s pastel-colored buildings, Tagus Estuary and Ponte 25 de Abril suspension bridge. Nearby, the National Azulejo Museum displays 5 centuries of decorative ceramic tiles. Just outside Lisbon is a string of Atlantic beaches, from Cascais to Estoril. Lisbon is one of the most charismatic and vibrant cities of Europe. It is a city that effortlessly blends traditional heritage, with striking modernism and progressive thinking. As a holiday destination, Lisbon offers a rich and varied history, a buzzing nightlife, delicious and affordable food, some of the best wines and is blessed with a glorious year-round climate.
Cascais, a formerly quaint fishing village that became (along with neighboring Estoril) a popular resort favored by European nobility and kings in the early 20th century. Today, it’s a colorful cosmopolitan town with elegant pedestrian streets, luxuriant villas, fashionable shops, restaurants and bars. Elements of its fishing village roots can still be felt at the lively fish auction that takes place every afternoon by the main beach and its brightly painted fishing boats, and the story of old Cascais is told by old photographs, paintings, and other items at the small “Museu do Mar” (Museum of the Sea).
Considered not only one of the wonders of Portugal but indeed of Europe, Sintra is truly a gem. Once the royal town of the country, it now deservedly holds UNESCO world heritage status and attracts hordes of visitors throughout the year. Its unusual geography, nestled in a stretch of hills surrounded on all sides by plain, estuary or ocean, and its subsequent climate, which is perhaps more typical of Northern Europe, create a verdant paradise where ornate palaces lie hidden behind tall trees and walled gardens, history abounds and romantics feel that they have at last found their nirvana. Hans Christian Anderson found inspiration here, describing Sintra as the “most beautiful place in Portugal” and Lord Byron during his time here christened it his “glorious Eden”. However, perhaps the most distinguished homage is paid by Portugal’s national poet, Luis de Camoes, in his epic poem Os Lusiadas.
Carris Porto Ribeira 4* Hotel
Situated in Porto’s historic Ribeira district, the hotel is on a pretty cobblestone street and is just up the street from Ribeira Plaza. There are plenty of things to see and do in the local area, from boat tours on the river, a traditional fruit market, and many different bars and restaurants. The property is ideally situated for tourists wanting to see the main sights of Porto on foot. Just a five-minute walk away are many historic sights. The Carris Porto Ribeira hotel is partially set in a medieval fourteenth century building which has been carefully refurbished. The property is appealing to those who have an interest in history and architecture, as many original features still remain. It is said that parts of the building’s basement were used as prison cells in medieval times, and that the area now used as a tapas bar was once a chapel. The lobby and public areas of the hotel are now a stunning blend of history and modern design.
M’AR de Ar Muralhas 4* Hotel In Evora
Hotel MAR De AR Muralhas is located in the historic center of Evora, right in the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, within a 5-minute walk of the well-known Giraldo Square, the nerve center of this magnificent city and capital of the kingdom during the early years of the 16th century. With perfect accessibility and a privileged location, MAR De AR Muralhas benefits from a large gardened area framed by the historic wall that provides an environment of incomparable beauty, particularly when it lights up at nightfall. Benefiting from this unique setting is the pool area, the BAR Muralhas esplanade, with a highly comfortable seating area, takes full advantage of the famous Alentejo nights and the planetarium that forms above our heads.
Tivoli Marina Portimao
Tivoli Marina Portimao is a 4 star resort with a privileged location next to the Portimao Marina and Praia da Rocha in Algarve, Portugal. This hotel is perfect for spending a holiday with friends or family and is right next to shops, restaurants and entertainment including water sports and golf.
The spacious studios and holiday apartments in Algarve are divided across three buildings: the Marina Sun, Marina Deck and Marina Beach, all within walking distance from all the hotel’s services including 3 pools (one for children) and restaurants and bars inside the resort.
My Story 4* Hotel in Lisbon
This comfortable hotel is located in the city of Lisbon. My Story Hotel Charming Augusta has 46 rooms and was built in 2018 in the most iconic street of Lisbon: the Rua Augusta. Sleep in the heart of the Portuguese capital, in waling distance to every main attraction and activity in the city center.
This package includes:
- 9 night accommodations in 4* hotel with breakfast
- Welcome and Farewell dinners with half a bottle wine per person in local restaurants / wine houses
- All Transfers
- 2 Group dinners at hotel Tivoli in Portimao
- Vineyard picnic lunch with wine in beautiful countryside estate
- Tuk Tuk 2 hour tour in Lisbon
- English speaking guide service
- Entrance fees at the following monuments: Serralves Park / PortoBones Chapel / Evora Cork House / Evora Royal Palace / Sintra
- Visit and wine tasting in a wine cellar in Porto
- One Hour boat trip on the Douro river
- Visit and wine tasting in historic estate in Azeitao
- Audio guide during the visits mentioned at the program
- Porterage (1 bag per person)
- 1 water per person/day
- Tour Manager throughout the tour 2 group Dinners at hotel in Portimao
This package does not include:
- International or domestic flights
- Optional activities
- Lisbon and Porto city tax: €2 per person/night payable at check out
- Personal expenses
- Meals and drinks not mentioned in the program
- Other services not mentioned in the program
Porto Wine Tasting
Port Wine is born in the Douro Valley, but it is the city of Porto that gives the name to the wine. Why? Because that’s where the wine ages and is shipped from to all over the world. A visit to the Port wine cellars is a mandatory activity during any trip to Porto! Not only will you receive a tasting of different Port wine varieties, but you will also learn about the history of the house you are visiting and a broader history of Port wine.
Picnic in the Vineyard
Imagine yourself breathing that fresh air, relaxing in nature among the vineyards, with a glass filled with the best of Portuguese wines and a delicious lunch.
Monte da Ravasqueira is a wine estate in Alentejo, covering a vast area of the typical Alentejo landscape. You will visit the vineyards, winery and cellar and taste some of the best wines the region has to offer.
Fado Show and Dinner
The musical form of fado was adopted as a part of Portuguese culture and is now a symbol of the nation, with a particularly strong tradition in the historic districts of Lisbon.
The 50-minute show features talented artists. 2 singers and 2 musicians, playing the Portuguese guitar and classical guitar respectively. It is said that fado combines nostalgia, Portuguese pride, and hope, in a musical style epitomized by Amalia Rodrigues. Due to its cultural importance and unique style this musical form was declared part of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.
Cork Farm Tour
Immerse yourself in the world of cork on this one of a kind guided tour. First, we theoretically learn the cork process from tree to finished product. Then, visit the traditional cork factory to see the process up close and finally a visit the cork shop to see unique items made from the material.