WELCOME TO PORTUGAL, A country of Arts, History and Gastronomy
Portugal is a country of long history, art, heritage, traditions and beautiful lifestyle, like France, Spain and Italy. This small country of 10 millions inhabitants only also offers an incredible diversity of landscapes and climates. Whether you decide to explore Porto e Norte area and Beiras region, or Lisbon west coast, Alentejo, or Algarve… you will discover and enjoy multiple traditions and culture, but still… in having the same kind welcome of hospitable people.
Through its millennial history, when this powerful seafaring kingdom dominated the merchant routes to Africa, South America and the Orient, Portugal today boasts a fabulous architectural heritage with 14 UNESCO listed sites such as Sintra, Evora, Porto, Coimbra… but also a superb cuisine and fine wines.
GREATER LISBON & ALENTEJO AT A GLANCE !
Heritage of Portugal tour combines the Western seaside, and the Alentejo countryside featuring the city of Lisbon that you will visit by walking and by electric tuktuk, the sea resort of Cascais, the UNESCO small towns of Evora and Sintra, and the Alentejo which is well known for its vineyards, olive groves, and cork manufactures. Each step of the tour will celebrate the best of Portugal’s food & wine through hand-on classes and tastings. You will be invited to gourmet dinners at traditional and Michelin ranked restaurants. Heritage of Portugal also combines cultural tours to UNESCO sites such as Sintra and Evora.
Program starts in the coastal town of Cascais located 19 miles outside of Lisbon, a fishing village that gained recognition by the Royal Family who established a vacation home there during the 19th century and early 20th century. Perfect for combining relaxation and visits to Lisbon, Sintra and Evora. It continues to Alentejo region where the tour ends.
VISITS & EXCURSIONS
Lisbon is plural, featuring an incredible mix of now. Vintage trolleys shivering up and down the hills match with multicolored buildings and red-tiled roofs, mosaïc sidewalks, industrial sites transformed into modern street-art living spots, without forgetting monuments (ie : Tower of Belem, Jeronimos Monastery the resting place of explorer Vasco de Gama…) and beautiful squares such as Praça do Comércio surrounded by administrative buildings that regulated the commerce, facing the Taje river. Your first visit will be the Lisboa Story Center for giving you a better understanding of the city and its history.
You will explore the narrow streets of the charming Alfama, Baixa, and Chiado districts by typical electric TukTuk. You will visit a fabulous market and lunch there, and of course taste Pasteis de Nata, these exquisite warm cream pastry!
Sintra – called the Moon Hill – is a place full of magic and mystery, where Nature and Men have combined such a perfect symbiosis that UNESCO has granted the site at the Word Heritage status. You won’t miss the visit to the Castelo da Pena, unique by its architecture and style. Impressing by its size. It was the Royal Family residence…
You will like downtown Sintra, its colorful typical houses, its atmosphere… You will meet merchants, local people and you will certainly enjoy making some « souvenirs » shopping !
Evora is the capital of the Alentejo region, listed at the UNESCO World Heritage. It is one of the most preserved medieval fortified towns in Portugal. Along the walking tour through its narrow alleyways and streets you will discover its fabulous architectural heritage as well as stylish houses with dazzling white flowered terraces, openwork balconies and paved patios. Evora is also an alive students town (you will visit its historic university) and a gourmet spot !
Monsaraz is is a quaint medieval village located at the border of Spain, one of the oldest Portuguese settlements that you will explore quietly by walking. Sounds of church bells fill the cobblestone streets and alleys, and make a fairytale experience too !
CHARMING HOTEL & LUXURY GUESTHOUSE ACCOMMODATION
CASA DA SUZANNA LUXURY GUEST HOUSE, CASCAIS
Welcome to Casa da Suzanna, a luxury guest house offering 8 rooms and suites only, all elegantly furnished with double or twin beds, and a private en-suite bathroom with tub or shower. Modern amenities include air-conditioning, flat-screen TVs with international cable channels, free Wi-Fi connection, hair dryer and complimentary toiletries. We have chosen the rooms with private terrace or direct access to the garden and the pool. Located in the residential area of historic Cascais, Casa da Suzanna is a beautifully renovated “avant-garde” design mansion that you will like for its perfect location, comfort, and manicured garden with trees, well-tended lawns, and pool. Within 10 minutes is the beach, or the harbor and marina where you find charming cafés, casual restaurants and small shops offering local creations. Daily breakfast buffet is served until 10am.
HERDADE CRESTINERA LUXURY GUESTHOUSE, NEARBY EVORA
After a few days on the Lisbon coast… resting, visiting and cooking, you are now ready to explore another part of Portugal, a countryside region reputed for its food, wines, historic sites, oak trees plantations, citrus fruits and olive groves.
For your comfort, Corinne has chosen a very chic privately owned “herdade” property surrounded by hills, forests, and very preserved natural environment. Herdade Crestinera offers 7 spacious junior and master suites with en-suite bathroom (tub with shower), all located at the ground-floor, with its private terrace overlooking the olive groves and the mountains further.
The suites are luxuriously decorated with an incredible taste and attention to details, furnished with a double or twin beds, a sofa, stylish antiques and modern comfort. Waxed tile with carpets line the floors. Paintings and classic mirrors deck the walls. Elegant curtains adorn the windows. Lamps and decorative knickknacks contribute to a wellbeing atmosphere.
Amenities include air conditioning, free wifi connection, TV Lcd with satellite channels, minibar, tea and coffee “Espresso” facilities, mineral water and fresh organic fruits. In each bathroom, you will find a hairdryer, bathrobes, sleepers, and toiletry products.
Before a busy day of visits, shopping, cooking and touring, nothing’s better than a good breakfast with tea, coffee or hot chocolate, bread, croissants, home-made jams, fresh fruits and juice, eggs (from the farm), etc. And after the busy day, enjoying the heated pool with its patio reminding the movie “Out of Africa”.
To make your journey as comfortable as possible, you will enjoy 3 gourmet dinners at Herdade Crestinera. You will also partake a cooking class there, celebrating the traditional Portuguese cuisine run by local women cook. Class will be hands-on and taught in English.
GASTRONOMY OF PORTUGAL
The Portuguese cuisine is straightforward and hearty, matching fish & seaafood with meat and quality-fresh ingredients from the fertile land. Spices such as piri-piri, black pepper, vanilla, cinnamon and saffron are very used; a remembrance to the influence of Portugal’s former colonial possessions. Olive oil is also the basis of the Portuguese cuisine as garlic and herbs flavor lots of dishes.
Bacalhau (codfish) is more than a traditional dish, it’s a national obsession. Nicknamed “o fiel amigo” (faithful friend) codfish is traditionally served on Christmas Eve in Portugal. There are hundreds of different recipes and versions of this classic, but Bacalhau à Brás is one of the best… combining onions, chips, olives, parsley, egg and, of course, cod. From octopus salad to codfish croquettes, sautéed clams with herbs and garlic, caldo verde vegetables and chorizo soup, cataplana fish stew, chicken in the pot, custard pastry…there is a long, very long list of specialities that you will learn to cook and enjoy throughout your journey !
Portugal is a greatest wines production country, certainly one of the oldest in the world as Phoenicians probably introduced winemaking to the south, and the Romans spread vine cultivation and winemaking further upcountry as they drove out the northern Celts. Today 14 regions produce elegant reds and dry whites. You will visit the Alentejo region which covers about 1/3 of Portugal, and winemakers in the remaining 2/3 can often be heard to complain about the popularity of Alentejo wines. Évora, Redondo and Reguengos are more typical of the Alentejo, and can make smooth, harmonious, very easy-drinking reds. The white Antão Vaz is the star grape of the region, with good acidity and tropical fruit flavors.
Day 1 – WELCOME TO LISBON & TO PORTUGAL!
After 10am, airport transfer to Redondo by private van. Lunch break in Redondo.
Check-in at Herdade de Crestinera. Resting time. Dinner at the property. Overnight.
Day 2 – EVORA FULL-DAY TOUR
After breakfast, transfer to Evora (40 minutes) by private van.
Guided shopping tour in Evora, the capital of artisanal cork stuffs (bags, shoes, wallets, hats, etc.).
Lunch in Evora.
Afternoon cultural guided tour by Olga, followed by a visit to a cork manufacture.
Transfer to Redondo end of afternoon. Resting time
Dinner at the property. Overnight.
Day 3 – ESTREMOZ MARKET, VILA VIÇOSA, COOKING CLASS
After breakfast, transfer to Estremoz (30 minutes) by private van.
Open-air market tour followed by gourmet lunch in a local restaurant.
Transfer to Vila Viçosa through the marble quarries and visit to the fabulous Bragança Ducal palace.
At 5pm, hands-on cooking class celebrating the traditional Portuguese cuisine at Herdade Crestinera followed by a gourmet food and wine pairing dinner.
Day 4 – REGUENGOS WINE TOUR, MONSARAZ EXCURSION
After breakfast, transfer to Reguengos.
Visit to a top-ranked winery starting by a visit to cellars before enjoying wines tasting.
Transfer to Monsaraz medieval village located at the border of Spain. Lunch in Monsaraz.
Afternoon walking tour through the village.
Transfer to Redondo. Resting time.
Dinner at the property. Overnight.
Day 5 – TRANSFER TO CASCAIS THROUGH ARRAIOLOS
After breakfast. Check-out. Transfer to Arraiolos.
Lunch in a local restaurant.
Afternoon walking tour in the village, including the visit to the Museum of embroidered wool carpets (and shopping for who wants..)
. Transfer to Cascais. Check-in at Casa Da Suzanna luxury boutique-hotel. Resting time.
Dinner at Casa Da Suzanna. Overnight.
Day 6 – SINTRA FULL-DAY TOUR
After breakfast, transfer to Sintra world heritage town.
Visit to Sintra royal palace (audioguide).
Lunch in a typical restaurant in Sintra.
Afternoon visit to Palacio de Pena or walking tour through the town’s picturesque quarter.
Gourmet dinner in one of Cascais’ top restaurant.
Day 7 – MARKET COOKING CLASS IN LISBON, CASCAIS WALKING TOUR
After an early breakfast, transfer to Lisbon by private van at 8am.
Market cooking class starting at 9:30am followed by a food and wine pairing tasting lunch. You will experience the shopping with the chef before partaking a 3-hour hands-on class celebrating the traditional Portuguese cuisine. Lunch accompanied by wine follows the class.
Afternoon transfer to Cascais. Walking tour of the seaside village. Resting time.
Light dinner in an ocean front restaurant. Overnight.
Day 8 – LISBON FULL DAY TOUR
After breakfast, transfer to Lisbon by the coast scenic route.
Morning tour to Belem quarter (Tower of Belem, Monument of Discovery, Jeronimos Monastery..
Lunch in a typical indoor market.
Afternoon 2-hour silent and zero-emission Eco-Tuk tour departing from the market to explore the hills of Lisbon through the picturesque quarters, to finish steps to Praça de Comercio, on the Taje river banks.
Transfer to Casa Da Suzanna. Resting time.
Gourmet dinner in one of Cascais’ top restaurant.
Day 9 – TRANSFER TO LISBON AIRPORT, END OF THE TOUR
Check-out after breakfast.
Transfer to Lisbon airport. End of the tour.
US$ 4,420 (DBL occupancy)
Single occupancy supplement :US$ 920
Private tour (4 people) supplement: US$ 450 (per person)
ALL TAXES AND VAT INCLUDED.
8-night luxury boutique-hotels accommodation, breakfasts included.
Lunches and dinners in traditional,,gourmet and Michelin-star restaurants as detailed in the itinerary.
2 cooking classes followed by tasting lunch/dinner accompanied by wine.
Recipes in English.
Guided cultural (and shopping/leisure) tours in Cascais, Sintra, Lisbon, Evora, Estremoz, Monsaraz.
Visits to cultural sites as detailed in the itinerary (entrance fees included).
Guided wine tour followed by tasting.
Market tours and visits to local producers as detailed in the itinerary.
9-day transportation by private van, including Lisbon airport round-trip transfer.
Not included: airfare to/from your country, drinks in restaurants, personal insurance, and personal expenses.
2019 TOUR DATES
May 2-10 (SOLD OUT)
September 29 – October 7 (6 spots left)
Tour is confirmed with 4 people, and it’s limited to 6 participants.
Considering the limited space in the tour, reservation in advance is strongly recommended.