Portugal is a unique destination for people who are interested in nature, history, stunning landscapes, food and wine as well as cultural experiences. Portugal is one of the oldest nations in Europe and has a rich history to explore through the lens of its food & wine and hence its culture. Portugal has nearly 500 miles of awe inspiring coastlines and beaches and boasts a near perfect climate. Feast and be dazzled by tile art, gorgeous pottery and fascinating history. We will explore phenomenal landscapes, medieval buildings, castles, and cathedrals. We will dine on authentic cuisine; learn to tell the difference between an Albariño, a Vinho Verde and a Verdelho while basking in the near perfect climate Portugal boasts. Sound like a fairytale dream? Laurie Forster, The Wine Coach, whom you may know from her many TV appearances will be with us to guide us in our wine and culinary experiences in Portugal plus a GG2P guide and facilitator will also be on hand to make your tour experience as flawless as possible. Weather in June ranges from 79-87.
Arrival at Lisbon Airport. Come early if you desire a few days to explore the capital of Lisbon. Our pickup will be mid-day at the Lisbon airport (or your hotel) to transfer to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Evora around mid-day. This town has been inhabited since the 2nd century BC.
Upon arrival you will check-in to the Pousada Convento de Evora once a 15th century monastery.
After exploring your gorgeous hotel and unpacking, we will meet for tea to discuss our agenda for the week. This might be the right time to sample the pastry, Pastel de Nata, Portugal’s famous custard tart.
Tonight we’ll stroll through town at magic hour to snap some pics and explore this gorgeous village.
Around 8pm we will dine at our enchanting, historic hotel.
After breakfast we’ll set out to enjoy an historical walking tour of Evora. We’ll have a chance to explore the Roman ruins which are right near our hotel as well as Evora’s cathedral and University.
For lunch we’ll dine at D'Ibérica Restaurant a local favorite specializing in seafood.
This afternoon we’ll enjoy some free time to roam around town and visit the museum.
After sunset we will have a personalized wine tasting and dinner at the beloved Botequim Da Mouraria.
Today we’ll rise early in order to head to our next destination. One our way to Obidos we will stop at the Agua de Prata Aqueduct begun by King João III in 1532.
As we drive north we’ll have the opportunity to visit one of the famous Castles of Sintra, a UNESCO world heritage site. We’ll explore the colorful Pena Palace created by King Ferdinand II in the early 1800’s set on the grounds of a chapel dating back to the middle ages.
After we’ll enjoy a superb lunch by a renowned chef at Incomum.
This afternoon we’ll check in and relax at our hotel, the Pousada of Obidos one of the most romantic and beautiful places in all of Portugal. Spend time on your own exploring the interiors of this medieval castle.
Tonight we’ll dine in style at our Pousada.
Today we’ll start with a guided historical walking tour of Obidos town stopping often to peek in shops and to take a few pics.
We’ll have the opportunity to see the Igreja de Santa Maria with its tiles (Azuelos) as well as several other historic churches in town and the town’s southern gate which contains a small Baroque chapel.
Later we’ll hop over to nearby Calda de Reina for a quick stop for lunch at a local tavern, Casa Antero where we will snack on Portuguese tapas.
This afternoon we’ll take a walk in town to the 19th century park and before leaving we must sample Ginja the sour cherry liqueur served in a chocolate cup. YUM!
Tonight is your night off, stay in your room and rest and order room service, or walk around town and discover a simple cafe.
Today we’ll depart early as we headed to the Duoro wine region.
We’ll make a pit stop for lunch along the way and a glimpse at the Atlantic Ocean.
This afternoon we’ll take a tour and tasting of this winery and then enjoy a luxurious meal on the premises.
*Drive 3 hrs 15 minutes approximately.
Our goal today is to experience the essence and magnificence of the Duoro Valley.
First off will be a Wine tour and tasting at Quinta de Tourais
Followed by Lunch at Castas e Pratos
This afternoon we’ll drive up to Pinhão taking the N222 “considered one of the most beautiful roads on the planet”. It’s approx a 1 hour drive.
Stop at the Quinta do Pôpa for another tasting if time allows.
Around 5pm in Pinhão, we’ll board our private for a tour with Anima Durius on the Unbelievable boat where we’ll enjoy some regional bubbly and a full try of appetizers that will act as our dinner.
Depart wine country and arrive to Porto.
This morning after arriving in Porto, we’ll visit the gorgeous Porto Library & bookstore made famous in the Harry Potter movies and take a small tour of central Porto.
After a simple lunch in town we’ll check into Porto Bay Flores, a 16th century palace now a 5-star hotel for the next two nights.
Why not unwind at their spa or work out in their small indoor pool or gym. Wander into the 18th-century chapel or stroll the landscaped patio an oasis in the heart of the city.
This afternoon we’ll leave time for massages and spa treatments.
For our first night in this gorgeous city we’ll have a bite to eat as we listen to classic Fado music live.
This morning we’ll walk across the Bridge and take the funicular to our port tasting.
Lunch today will be at WOW a newly designed Porto experience and wine school.
This afternoon you’ll have plenty of time for last minute shopping in Porto. The Claus Porto soap store makes for the quintessential gifts and souvenirs to take home.
For our farewell meal, we’ll dine in style at the Michelin Recommended legendary O Paparicio, one of the most famous in town.
All good things must come to an end. We’ll say our goodbye’s, share our photos and depart with new friends that we’ll stay in touch with.
Everything stated in itinerary above including most meals plus wine or beer with dinner
8 nights lodging at luxury 5-star level hotels
Your very own Sommelier
A GG2P host and facilitator
All guides, experts, tastings and entry fees
Beaucoup de Wine & port tastings and tours
A Spa Treatment
All in-country transport including airport transfers
Roundtrip airfare to Portugal. Note you will fly into Lisbon Airport and depart from Porto airport.
Additional wine, beer or spirits beyond what is offered at dinner
Any personal souvenirs or additional spa treatments desired
Travel insurance (must purchase) and trip medical coverage (required for all travelers).