Lisbon, Setubal and Alentejo, Upper Douro
Seduce an amazing journey through the wine regions of Portugal!
Exquisite landscapes, magnificent monuments of architecture, inspiring religious places, rich traditional kitchen, and wine …. a variety of wines that will tell you about the culture and society of the country outside of history!
Dissolve in love for this Paradise on earth !!!
Day 1 – Welcome to Lisbon !!
Transfer to the hotel Inspira Santa Marta Hotel. Free time.
Day 2 – Good morning !!
Breakfast in the hotel. Walking in the very heart of the capital.
Restauradores and Rossio, Chiado – It is impossible to not fall in love with this wonderful city on seven hills: Torre de Belém – built in 1515-1521 by Francisco de Arruda in honor of Vasco de Gamma’s discovery of the sea route to India. “The Tower of Bethlehem” served alternately a small defensive fortress, a powder depot, a prison and a customs house, the Monastery of Jeronimites, where the tomb of the famous pioneer, will stun you with his own, unique architecture in the “Manueline” style. To the discoverers, so many things are hidden in medieval Lisbon. We recommend the restaurant Casa de Leão, in the famous fortress in downtown – Sau Georges (São Jorge).
It’s time to leave Lisbon and go to the sunny part of Portugal – Alentejo. Peaceful landscapes will lead us tihenkimi villages where traditions remain intact, and huge walls and old castles scream loudly about the great history. Visit of wine cellar of the Carta (Adega da Cartuxa), where we taste white, pink, red wines of the brands Pêra-Manca, Scala Coeli, Cartuxa, Foral de Évora, EA, and champagne Cartuxa …
Check-in at the Mar e Ar Muralhas Hotel in the historic city of Evora. Dinner at the restaurant Convento do Espinheiro – refurbished
The monastery is a 15th century hotel.
Day 3 – Evora – the capital of Alentejo
Breakfast in the hotel. Walking tour of Evora. There are more than 20 churches and monasteries in the city. Several kings chose Evora as their places of the assembly of the Cortes, which enriched the city with the appearance of palaces and monuments. Well now, the wine tasting in the famous cellars Adega Herdade do Esporão, here also is produced, special quality, olive oil,. Lunch at the restaurant Herdade do Esporão. Not far away we will find the Lake Alqueva, and offer you a short walk by boat. You can enjoy the unusually colorful landscapes of the region, in some places Alentejo reminds an African safari!
Free evening. Here we recommend a romantic walk near the castle. Dinner at Mar de Ar Muralhas.
Day 4 – Sweet Wines from Setubal
Breakfast in the hotel. Departure from the hotel in the direction of the Setubal Peninsula! The city is a developing area for the production of wine in Portugal. It will not take long until we reach one of the most important estates of José Maria Fonseca (the town of Azeitão). This winery, is known for the wine of Periquita, and it was JMF (José Maria Fonseca) who came up with the Moscatel de Setúbal! The owners of the wine cellars were the first in Portugal, who poured their own wine into bottles. And that’s not all, now we are on a visit to Quinta da Bacalhôa, and we will dine in Quinta do Peru – a wonderful place to play golf outside the city! So what is next? We think you have already heard about the famous beach of Alentejo – Comporta , it entered the top ten most prestigious and elite beaches Europe, even Lobuten runs away from his “shoes” in order to go barefoot along the endless embankment! And here is the peninsula of Troy (Tróia) is a new trendy beach destination, 50 km of excellent white, golden sand, and is considered the longest beach of the same old, good Europe. Here in the mornings and evenings you can watch dolphins.
Transfer to the city of Lisbon. Settlement in Pousada de Lisboa. Dinner at the hotel restaurant. Free time.
Day 5 – north through Obidos
After breakfast, we will go to the charming city – the fortress of Óbidos, with white houses under red roofs of shingles, its still often called the city of brides. It’s nice to take a walk through the medieval streets, see ancient walls, stone bridge, picturesque yards, charming churches. The fortress walls were build by the Arabs. On the way, let’s stop at a wonderful fishing town of Nazare, by the way, it was here that a 30-meter wave was caught, Garrett McNamara surfer. Lunch from freshly caught seafood at the local restaurant Maria do Mar – Nazaré. Delicious? That’s great, and now on the road to Anadia (Anadia).
Within two hours we will get to Sangalhos, for a visit to the wine cellars – Caves Aliança! Manufacturer of sparkling wine. It is known for its special method – remuage. An unforgettable experience of a combination of wine and art will leave the museum “Aliança Underground”. Collection of minerals, objects of archeology, African ethnography and culture, the famous Azulejo, ceramics from Caldas de Raina, it’s amazing to know that some of them are more than 20 million years old! Let’s go to the heart, the wine cellars! How impressively look kilometers of wooden barrels and bottles, and a light sound of music.
Day 6 – Upper Douro
Breakfast in the hotel. Transfer to Vila Real (Vila Real) – the capital of Tras-dos-Montes and Upper Douro (Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro), pay attention to the charming scenery! Check-in at the Hotel Quinta do Paço (QP). Lunch at a restaurant with traditional dishes of this area, will surprise you with flavoring scales and exclusive grilled meats, homemade sweets and fresh fruits …… !!!
Did you rest? And now on the road to visit Kinta. In cellars you can learn about the features of cooking and aging famous to the whole world of port! Did you know that the stained-glass port should be drunk within 24 hours? And, did you know that about 48 thousand families work in the vineyards? For greater opportunity to feel and understand all the beauty, this part of the country, we suggest you to go down into the valley, and get lost in charming scenery of the Upper Douro – a world heritage of wine production! In Pinhão – a town on the waterfront, we’ll take a short walk along the river on the boat Rabelo! Not so long time ago, the ships were used to transport the port in Villa Nova de Gaia, from where they went to England! This country is its biggest consumer!
Dinner on this day will be especially delicious! The famous dish in the territory “bacalhau com brôa”, will be served in a panoramic restaurant Tábua d`Aço with white wine from the reserves of the region! You will have the opportunity to get acquainted with the Austrian chef, Thomas Egger, who “fell in love” with Douro and stayed here “until the end of his days ……”
Return to the hotel ……
Day 7 – Peso da Régua – International city of vineyards and wine
Breakfast in the hotel. Our today’s journey will start from the Miradouro de S. Leonardo observation deck, with a breathtaking view of the International city of vineyards and wines – Peso da – Regula. Visit to Edifício da Companhía Geral da Agricultura das Vinhas do Alto Douro (1756). And now to the warehouse number 30 in the House of Douro. His story he started in 1934 and fortified wine port 30th endurance. We will try resist …… Lunch on the road, in a local restaurant, the famous Portuguese suckling pig. The name of the sparkling wine “Czar” tells you something? Here we are already on a visit to Caves Murganheira, wine cellars (CM), the only ones in world, using blue granite, for the natural storage of the product!
Upon arrival, accommodation in the hotel-villa, Hotel Rural Quinta Padres Santos …… You will feel at home, cozy, babbling rivulet, garden, mill, good-natured hosts, the crackling of a burning tree in the fireplace … Dinner is recommended in the restaurant “Douro-in” with a panoramic view to the river!
Day 8 – Lamego – Monumental city on the Douro River
Visit Santuário de Nossa Senhora dos Remédios, a place of national pilgrimage in the Monumental city on the Douro River: Church of Jesus
Lunch at rural Quinta – Quinta de São Tiago, you will be treated with own wine and tell the story of their
Transfer to the airport of Porto or hotel, for further rest.
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