Portugal·June 21 - 29 2023

The Pousadas and Wines of Portugal

"There's no such thing as a better place than Portugal!"

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Overview

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.

Highlights

Visit the museum-city, Evora, with roots dating back to Roman times  

Visit the museum-city, Evora, with roots dating back to Roman times  

Explore the Pena Palace in Sintra one of the seven wonders of Portugal.   

Explore the Pena Palace in Sintra one of the seven wonders of Portugal.   

Wander Obidos with its white washed house, stunning castles, medieval architecture, and jaw dropping viewpoints.  

Wander Obidos with its white washed house, stunning castles, medieval architecture, and jaw dropping viewpoints.  

See the Igreja de Santa Maria with its Azuelos tiles  

See the Igreja de Santa Maria with its Azuelos tiles  

Tour the Reserva Natural das Dunas de Sao Jacinto a spectacular nature reserve  

Tour the Reserva Natural das Dunas de Sao Jacinto a spectacular nature reserve  

Visit the Harry Potter Library

Visit the Harry Potter Library

Taste the best wines that Portugal has to offer

Taste the best wines that Portugal has to offer

Enjoy a Port tasting in Porto

Enjoy a Port tasting in Porto

Float down the Douro river

Float down the Douro river

Experience Porto’s old-world ambiance and new world cool 

Experience Porto’s old-world ambiance and new world cool 

Itinerary

Here's a day-by-day itinerary of the trip

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EVORA

Day 1: Wednesday, June 21st, 2023

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. 

Included

Dinner

Not Included

Breakfast

Lunch

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EVORA

Day 2: Thursday, June 22nd, 2023

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. 

Included

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

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OBIDOS

Day 3: Friday June 23rd, 2023

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.

Included

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

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OBIDOS

Day 4: Saturday, June 24th, 2023

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.

Included

Breakfast

Lunch

Not Included

Dinner

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DOURO

Day 5: Sunday, June 25th, 2023

Today we’ll depart early as we headed to the Douro wine region.

We’ll make a pit stop for lunch along the way and a glimpse at the Atlantic Ocean. 

This afternoon we’ll arrive and check in to our spectacular hotel & winery, the Quinta do Vallado. 

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.

Included

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

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DOURO

Day 6: Monday, June 26th, 2023

Our goal today is to experience the essence and magnificence of the Douro Valley.

First off will be a wine tour and tasting at Quinta deTourais. 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 approximately 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 boat 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.

Included

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Wine tasting

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PORTO

Day 7: Tuesday, June 27th, 2023

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.

Included

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Spa treatment

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PORTO

Day 8: Wednesday, June 28th, 2023

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.

Included

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

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PORTO

Day 9: Thursday, June 29th, 2023

All good things must come to an end. After breakfast, we’ll say our goodbye’s, share our photos and depart with many fond memories and new friends. There are flights throughout the day to Lisbon (less than 1 hour flying time) or numerous other European cities if your travels continue. Book whatever is convenient.  

Included

Breakfast

You'll Be Staying Here

Pousada Convento de Evora

Pousada Convento de Evora

Pousada Convento de Evora was once a 15th century monastery. On the grounds you'll find, an outdoor pool, serene grounds and courtyard cloisters.

 Pousada of Obidos

Pousada of Obidos

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. 

Porto Bay Flores

Porto Bay Flores

Porto Bay Flores is a former 16th century palace. With an indoor pool, gym, restaurant and bar, the amenities prove its a 5-star hotel! 

Quinta do Vallado

Quinta do Vallado

Quinta de S.Bernardo - Winery and Farmhouse is a boutique hotel located in the Douro region, devoted to wine tourism and a farm to table experience. 

Price

Private Room

Private Room

Everyone gets their own fabulous room!

FROM$8,795.00/pp

“I followed my heart and it led me to Portugal.”

Portugal

Portugal is a country full of wonders — charming castles, pristine beaches, and a metropolitan capital spattered in remnants of the past. Its buildings are covered in thousands of intricately decorated tiles in countless colors and patterns.

Portugal

What's Included

What's Included

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 and Medical Insurance (required)

FAQs

Plan on flying into the Lisbon Airport. Since the tour ends in Porto, you can either fly out of Porto with a connection to Lison or another European airport. 

The trip officially starts on the afternoon of June 21st, but if you are traveling across an ocean to get to Lisbon, you may want to consider arriving a day early so you have time to relax and get acclimated to the local time zone. If you do decide to arrive early, please let us know and we will take care of booking your room for you and make sure that you are kept in the same room as you will be in when the trip starts. 

We will have a zoom call about 6 weeks before the trip starts to discuss all that information and give you a packing list. Here is a great website that we love that will help you with packing and travel trips. 

The weather at the end of June is going to be AMAZING! Expect temperatures to be in the mid to high 70's. Please bring a light sweater in case it gets cool at night. Don't forget to bring a hat for the sunny days we are out and about.

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The Pousadas and Wines of Portugal

Portugal· June 21 - 29 2023· 8 nights

FROM$8795/pp