Savoring life slowly is a Portuguese passion. For any lover of fine food and wine, this journey is a dream come true. This epicurean adventure is set against the backdrop of historic Portugal, a country covered with international World Heritage Sites and graced by one of Europe’s most relaxed and attractive capitals. Discover the historical landmarks, lovely old restaurants, and sun dappled vineyards. It might be hard to discern if the warm feeling inside is coming from the natural beauty of the country or from the delightful glass of port that lingers on your palette. A perfect and elegant maturity crafted to delight the senses seems to characterize everything you experience on this journey through the less traveled wonders of Portugal.
DAYS 1 & 2
Porto, Regua Pinhao, Portugal
Your afternoon tour of Porto includes the highlights, visiting the Stock Exchange Palace, the Lello bookshop, an exquisite landmark dating to the early 1900s and Casa do Infante. Journey along the picturesque River Douro, through the Port Wine region. Meet the owner at Quintada Pacheca wine estate who will show you their process of producing wine and sample their Port.(B)
Hotel Infante de Sagres, Porto
Visit the quaint and white-walled town of Obidos, founded by the Moors in the 18th century. Then continue on to the aristocratic town of Sintra, where English poet Lord Byron lived, and called “Paradise on Earth.”(B)
Hotel Tivoli Palacio de Seteais, Sintra
DAYS 4 & 5
Your morning tour of Sintra will explore some of the castles including “Palacioda Pena,” or Pena Palace. Then follow the scenic coastline, referred to as the Portuguese Riviera, with breaks to take in wonderful vistas. On Day 5, enjoy a tour of Lisbon, starting with a visit to the 16th-century Belem Tower and Jeronimos Monastery. Take a ride on the charming tram for a breathtaking panoramic view of the city.(2B)
Hotel Lapa Palace, Lisbon
Reguengos de Monsaraz Evora
Évora is a royal city with more than 2,000 years of history. Enjoy a walking tour through the labyrinthine streets-admiring the Moorish courtyards, Renaissance fountains, and gothic doorways and turrets.(B, L)
Convento do Espinheiro, Evora
DAYS 7 & 8
Igrejinha, Arraiolos Lisbon
Depart Évora and drive to Herdade dos Coelheiros wine estate for a private visit. After lunch at the estate, explore the quaint little town of Arraiolos before returning to Lisbon. On Day 8, you will be taken to the airport for your flight home or onto your next destination.(2B, L)
Hotel Lapa Palace, Lisbon
October 31, 2011
From $7,760.00 per person double occupancy.
From $1,886.00 single room supplement.
- Meals as indicated in the itinerary
- All transfers and fully guided daily sightseeing provided by a private deluxe A/C vehicle
- Local English-speaking guide for sightseeing in each city
- Entrance fees per final scheduled itinerary
- Airport porterage, where available (2 bags per person)
- Local taxes
- TravcoAssist (Medical Travel Assistance Plan)
All prices are in US dollars and do not include international airfare, unless otherwise noted.
Prices displayed are based on the lowest season base price and assume double occupancy. Prices are shown in U.S. dollars and may or may not include administrative fees, taxes, meals, airfare (where applicable) and Single Supplements. Cancellation penalties, blackout dates and other restrictions may apply.