Portugalia

Winelands of Portugal

9 days / 8 nights – Oporto • Casa do Sezim • The Dão • Bairrada • The Alcobaça Monastery • Évora • Palmela

Let’s raise glasses of great wines and enjoy every second of our life!

Portugal has a rich wine heritage and a long tradition in winemaking. Although Portugal is a small country it has a great variety of soils and climate as well as Portuguese wine varietals allowing a great diversity of Portuguese wines. This journey connects the wine lover with the production and nature of the drink, allowing them to taste fine flavours and aromas. The desire to know more about wine is the starting point for an exciting journey around fabulous regional gastronomy. Discover the history, culture and traditions of the areas that produce world class wines.

Oporto  Casa do Sezim  The Dão   Bairrada   The Alcobaça Monastery   Évora   Palmela

 

  • Oporto – Mix monuments by leading world architects from the past and the present, and some fantastic baroque carvings;
  • Casa do Sezim – placed in an impressive manor house and its green wines are from a biologic production;
  • The Dão – one of the oldest established wine regions in Portugal;
  • Bairrada – a delicious meal and a great time are guaranteed;
  • The Alcobaça Monastery  – a unique monastic establishment and a masterpiece of Gothic Cistercian art;
  • Évora – a world steeped in history and boasting some of the most famous architectural sites in the country;
  • Palmela – a charming small town centred arround a fortified castle at an altitude of 1200 metres.

 

Tour available as:
• Private car – Includes English-speaking local tour guide and pre-booked accommodation.

Day 1 – A taste of the Portuguese soul in Oporto
– Pick up of your rented car at the airport;
– Visit to the historic centre: Estação de São Bento – Sé – Palácio da Bolsa – Ribeira;
– Guided visit to the Cálem estate with wine tasting of 2 Port wines;
– Departure to Ponte de Lima;
– Check-in at Paço de Calheiros;
– Welcoming dinner at the hotel restaurant.

Highlights:
The historic centre of Oporto is considered UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2001, and it celebrates an urban culture of the riverside lifestyle of Oporto. Don’t miss the impressive Sala Ogival at Palácio da Bolsa, and discover the historic industry of commerce at the Douro appreciating its medieval architecture hidden beneath the alleys and corners of this downtown, and of course, its wines!

 

Day 2 – Beauty within the North
– Visit and wine tasting at Casa do Sezim;
– Departure to Guimarães – lunch at your disposal in the city centre;
– Visit to the historic centre: Castelo de Guimarães – Praça da Oliveira – Praça de São Tiago;
– Departure to the Douro Valley;
– Check-in at Casa das Pipas.

Highlights:
Casa do Sezim is placed in an impressive manor house and its green wines are from a biologic production, making them tasteful and unique. At Guimarães, we predict a special walk through the city that gave birth to Portugal! Enjoy a very educational and cultural tour along the most genuine monuments from this town. Relax by the end of the day at the fabulous Quinta do Portal – its wine tourism complex has been recently awarded as best of wine tourism for the extraordinary work of the Portuguese Architect Siza Vieira!

 

Day 3 – The winelands of the Douro Valley
– Sightseeing at the winelands of the Douro;
– Discover Peso da Régua village and Museum of Douro;
– Visit and wine tasting at Quinta da Pacheca;
– Departure to Pinhão village;
– Cruise trip in a Rabelo typical boat to Tua;
– Lunch at disposal (not included);
– Departure to Pinhão in a panoramic train trip;
– Departure to Casa das Pipas where a gourmet dinner will be served.

Highlights:
Alto Douro Vinhateiro is another World Heritage that will amaze your senses for its natural beauty, and also for its relevance on the growing wine industry along the centuries. Tastes its authentic wines and know the people that every year work hard on wine production and quality! Also, don’t miss the stupendous cruise trip.

 

Day 4 – Visiting the Dão region
– Visit Lamego;
– Discover Nossa Sra. Dos Remédios Sanctuary;
– Departure to the Dão wine region;
– Visit to Paço das Cunhas do Santar and wine tasting;
– Check-in at Casa da Ínsua.

Highlights:
The Dão is a temperated region between three great sierras, and it is known for the wine productions of remarkable varieties like Touriga Nacional, Jaen, Tinta Roriz, or Encruzado. Taste the persistent flavours of Santar wines and get lost in its fabulous home gardens!

 

Day 5 – Wine and gastronomy of Bairrada
– Free morning for appreciating the gardens and the hotel pool;
– Visit to Quinta do Encontro with wine tasting and Lunch;
– Visit to the historic centre of Coimbra: Pólo da Universidade – Sé Velha – Baixa;
– Departure to Alvados and check in at Cooking and Nature Hotel;
– Workshop of gastronomy where you will cook your own dinner with the supervision of a great local chef!

Hightlights:
This trip continues to the Bairrada wine region, known for its fine wines from the portuguese Baga variety. Coimbra, on the other hand, is known as a city of knowledge, great minds and investigators – see the university for yourself! Its traditions of Fado songs and the bright riverside will seduce every foreigner. We finally wish you good luck on the dinner workshop! No worries – the regional ingredients are to die for!

 

Day 6 – Culture and kingdoms of the Silver coast
– Visit to Caves Alvados / Mosteiro de Alcobaça / Convento de Tomar;
– Departure in direction to Alentejo;
– Check in at Herdade de Coelheiros;
– Visit and wine tasting;
– Free day to appreciate the hotel services and activities.

Highlights:
The Alcobaça monastery tells a story of a tragic romance from the XIV century, and Convento de Tomar is an impressive building that symbolizes the Discoveries with its remarkable Maritime architecture. By the end of the day, be seduced by the Alentejo flavours – we dare you to ask for Amêijoas à Bulhão Pato and, for the main dish, the unforgettable Alentejo Pork!

 

Day 7 – Landscapes of Alentejo
– Visit to the historic centre of Évora;
– Walk through the village of Reguengos de Monsaraz;
– Visit to Herdade do Esporão with lunch and wine tasting;
– Visit to Arraiolos village;
– Departure to Herdade dos Coelheiros.

Highlights:
Évora has been considered World Heritage site of UNESCO, and its historic centre is full of monuments that reflect the influce of many nations. Its wines are a regional treasure, known for the combination of traditional techniques with fully advanced wine technologies and quality production. Taste the red wines, and listen to the calmness of a peaceful wineland! Oh, and don’t miss your lunch at Alpendre, surely you will want to come back soon!

 

Day 8 – The Moscatel of Setubal
– Departure to Setúbal Peninsula;
– Visit to Palmela Castle;
– Visit and wine tasting at Quinta da Bacalhôa;
– Check in at Pousada de Setúbal;
– Night at disposal;

Highlights:
The city of Palmela has been recently highlighted as the european capital of wine of 2012 – know the famous and unique Moscatel de Setubal, similar to the Muscat wines, and be delighted by the popular wines of Bacalhôa, where Touriga Nacional and Merlot varieties are celebrated in a feast of flavours! Also, enjoy the panoramix views over the Atlantic ocean at the fabulous Pousada de S. Filipe.

 

Day 9 – Farewell
Check out of the hotel and transfer to the airport.
End of program.

 

Medieval castles, cobblestone villages, captivating cities and golden-sand beaches: the Portugal experience can mean many things. History, great food and wine, idyllic scenery and blazing nightlife are just the beginning…

Romantic Porto, the country’s second-largest city, looks like a pop-up town. A colourful tumbledown dream with medieval relics, soaring bell towers, extravagant baroque churches and stately beaux-arts buildings piled on top of one another, illuminated by streaming shafts of sun.

One of Portugal’s most beautifully preserved medieval towns, Évora is an enchanting place to delve into the past. Inside the 14th-century walls, Évora’s narrow, winding lanes lead to striking architectural works: an elaborate medieval cathedral and cloisters; the cinematic columns of the Templo Romano (near the intriguing Roman baths); and a picturesque town square, once the site of some rather gruesome episodes courtesy of the Inquisition.