Get ready to savour... we have lined up some of the best nectars Portugal has to offer, from the main Quality Wine Producing Regions (QWPR) in the country. We will explore the Vinho Verde, Douro, Alentejo and Colares Wine Routes. This tour was put together for the liking of those who have a special interest in wine producing estates. We have made a selection of the best places in Portugal, from north to south, to get you engaged with the traditional and the modern processes used in wine production. The tour includes, visits to wine-cellars and wine producing estates, gaining knowledge of vintage as well as mingling with wine producers and local workers. A journey, both enriching and welcoming, allowing you to experience the most genuine these regions have to offer.
Day 1: Welcome to Portugal
A tour guide will be waiting for you at the Lisbon International Airport to give you a warm welcome, the necessary assistance and to escort you to your hotel in Lisbon.
Day 2: Lisbon, Sintra and Colares
Three Portuguese wines with the longest history and tradition are cultivated in proximity of Lisbon. In Bucelas, the millenary culture of vine is done in an unusual manner, stretching all the way through the floodplains of the Trancão River and the Bemposta Stream. In the Colares region, with breathtaking views of the sea and the Sintra Mountain Range, the vines grow and proliferate on sandy grounds. Finally, Carcavelos, with its’ rolling hills and moderate climate, is cradle to the wine that once was the most famous fortified wine in Portugal. The tour begins with a brief stroll in the historic centre of the romantic town of Sintra to savour the famous "travesseiros" (pillows in English) a traditional pastry from Sintra, an example of a regional Conventual confectionery. We move on through the exuberant vegetation and beautiful scenery of the Sintra Natural Park with destination, Colares. In Colares, a guided tour and tasting of the famous wines of Colares Regional Cellars followed by a visit to Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point of mainland Europe, before arriving at Praia do Guincho where the best seafood and fresh fish restaurants of the region are to be found. Return to Lisbon along the Atlantic coastline, driving through Cascais and Estoril. Accommodation in Lisbon.
Day 3: Alentejo and Setúbal Peninsula
After breakfast at the hotel, you begin your journey across the Tagus River estuary contemplating the stunning portrait of Lisbon from the Vasco da Gama Bridge, heading for the typical landscapes of the Alentejo where, in the midst of the golden plains, the Romans founded the city of Évora, classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. In a land of vineyards, planted by Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, and now, great agricultural houses the wine producers have managed to place the Alentejo brand among the greatest Portuguese wines, there is also one of the most delicious and unique culinary traditions in Portugal. The tour begins with a visit to one of the most prestigious estates in the region: the Herdade do Esporão. After lunch, we will once again cross the alentejana plain, heading for yet another wine region, close to the Lisbon coast: the Setúbal Peninsula, a land of great viticulture traditions, known as the Costa Azul, located south of the Tagus River estuary. Here you visit the José Maria da Fonseca Cellars for a brief wine tasting, before returning to Lisbon, now via the April 25th Bridge. Accommodation in Lisbon.
Day 4: Dão and Bairrada
The wine producing region of Dão DOC wines, is located in the central-north of Portugal, in the province of Beira Alta. This region produces mainly red wines characterized by an average alcohol content of 12% Alc/Vol, an inimitable ruby-colour, round bodied and velvety consistency in the mouth. Bairrada, a territory of grapes, vineyards and great wines, is a region of sunny and muddy gentle hills, whose boundaries are the natural dunes of the coastline and the mountains ranges of Buçaco (Bos Sacrum Bussaco-Roman) and Caramulo. Accommodation in Porto.
Day 5: Vinho Verde
The Vinho Verde is unique. A naturally light and fresh wine, produced in the Vinho Verde Region in north-western Portugal, a coastal region geographically well placed for the production of excellent white wines. Cradle of charismatic Alvarinho casta and producer of unique batches of wine, the Vinho Verde Region celebrated in 2008 the centenary of its’ demarcation. With low alcohol content, and therefore fewer calories, the Vinho Verde wine is fruity, easy to drink, great as an aperitif and harmonious with light and balanced meals, such as: salads, fish, seafood, white meat, tapas, sushi, sashimi and other international dishes. The tour takes you to some of the most important estates involved in the production of Vinho Verde, followed by a visit to the historic centres of Guimarães and Ponte de Lima. Accommodation in Porto.
Day 6: Douro Wine Region
In the morning you depart from Porto heading northeast, our destination being Régua, located in the Douro Wine Region. The Douro Wine Region was considered, in March 2010, the World’s 7th Best Sustainable Tourism Destination by National Geographic and is also the oldest demarked region in the world. This trip will take more or less 90 minutes. On arrival we make a brief pause, to allow you to take in the charisma of the region, before heading for Pinhão travelling on one of the most enchanting routes in Portugal, alongside the Douro Rivers’ left riverbank. In the small town of Pinhão you pay a visit to what use to be the old railway station, now a store and museum with a display of unique items representing the great viticulture traditions of this region followed by a visit to the current railway station, adjacent the old one, well known for its’ 24 tile panels portraying the Douro landscapes and aspects of the vintage. The tour then takes you to two wine producing estates so you can fully understand the way of life of these people and be enlightened on the current and former production processes. An educational experience that reveals secrets and allows you to taste the extraordinary wines produced in this region. Accommodation in Porto.
Day 7: Porto
The Douro River flows to embrace the Atlantic Ocean in the city of Porto, the city where this tour will also come to an end. Porto, the city that borrows its’ name to the famous Port Wine. Following breakfast at the hotel, a private guided tour of the most typical streets in Porto. The tour begins in front of the Porto City Hall, from there you go on to visit the city’s most emblematic monuments with a grand ending at the Port wine cellars in Vila Nova de Gaia, on the other side of the Douro River, with a special treat… A toast… with the famous Port wine! In a colourful urban landscape, with many centuries of history, you will tread through peculiar places, get to know the most picturesque corners and witness the magnificence of the great architectural symbols of the “Invicta” city, like the Cathedral, the neo-Classical Stock Exchange Palace, the Cathedral Neighbourhood and the Church of St. Francisco, all top exponents of Baroque art. In the afternoon, you will enjoy a cruise on the Douro River, of 50 minutes duration, giving you a totally different perspective of the city’s beauty as you slowly travel up the river and under the six bridges that cross it, followed by visits to Serralves Museum, The House of Music and the city beaches. Return to selected hotel in Porto.
Day 8: Returning home
Transfer from the hotel to Porto International Airport.
Prices per Person in Double Room:
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||4 to 5 Pax
||2 to 3 Pax
The price includes:
- 7 nights in a double room with breakfast buffet.
- Private Transfers to and from Airport.
- Modern and comfortable car, mini-bus or bus.
- Private guide/drier throughout the whole tour.
- Visits, entrances and activities mentioned in the tour description.
The price does not include:
- Flights to and from Portugal.
- Personal expenses.