LISBON – PORTO – DOURO – ALENTEJO

DAY 1 – ARRIVE LISBON

  • Meet and greet at airport gate
  • Check-in at Four Seasons Hotel

Long considered Lisbon’s premier hotel and located right in the heart of the city, this hotel provides a glorious bird’s-eye view of the city’s stunning historic sites.

Luxurious and spacious, each of the 282 bedrooms features an elegant décor with classic elements.
Inside the elegant building, spacious interiors house 18th Century replica furnishings and an outstanding collection of contemporary Portuguese tapestries, paintings and sculpture.

DAY 2 – LISBON

  • Breakfast at the Hotel
  • Private half day tour of Lisbon (Discovering the Historic Centre

Leave the hotel heading towards downtown, passing Rossio Square and the trendy shopping & cultural district of Chiado.

From here we will take one of the famous Lisbon Trams and you will experience a unique ride until reaching the the old quarters of Alfama, where we will visit the Castle of St George from which one can admire one of the best views over Lisbon.

We will then walk through the old quarters until downtown and will visit the Commerce Square, located right at the river.  After some time at leisure for shopping or coffee we will have lunch and the afternoon at leisure.

  • Sunset river cruise

The river is one of the places not to be missed when you are visiting this beautiful city. Lisbon colours and light are one of the things most people remember and there is no better time of the day than sunset, when the sun turns orange, pink and red and everything changes.

But there is more than just the light, it is from the river that we can have a unique view of the most important UNESCO monuments of the city, these include the Jeronimos’ Monastery and the Belem Tower. And you will also have a particular view of the Monument to the Discoveries which symbolises the efforts and ventures of our glorious sailors.

DAY 3 – SINTRA

  • Breakfast at the Hotel
  • Private full day tour of Sintra and Cascais (The enchanted village of Sintra)

Sintra is located right in the central western Portuguese coast, just a short drive from Lisbon. UNESCO World Heritage since 1995, Sintra is steeped in history and offers some of the most exquisite natural and architectural sites in the country.

Here, at the northern-most extent of the protected Sintra-Cascais Natural Park, history, archaeology, architecture and natural beauty are combined to create a compelling and enduring centrepiece that has enjoyed centuries of popularity.

After visiting the Pena Palace, a fairytale castle built for Prince Dom Pedro in the 1750’s still well preserved and with beautiful gardens (on the photo) some time at leisure will be given for exploring the beautiful village with its narrow streets and beautiful parks, and to do some shopping! Do not forget to taste the typical regional pastries, the “Travesseiros de Sintra” or the famous “Queijadas”.

In the afternoon, before returning to the hotel, there is still time for a visit to Cabo da Roca which is, as described by the famous Portuguese poet Luís de Camões, the place “where the land ends and the sea begins”. It is the westernmost point of mainland Portugal and continental Europe.

DAY 4 – LISBON – PORTO

  • Breakfast at the Hotel
  • Private transfer to Porto with a stop in the Medievil Village of Óbidos.

The delightful town of Óbidos, with white houses adorned with bougainvillea and honeysuckle was captured from the Moors by the first king of Portugal, D. Afonso Henriques, in 1148. D. Dinis later presented it to his wife, Queen Santa Isabel. From then until 1883, the town of Óbidos and the surrounding land was always the property of the queens of Portugal.

Inside the walls, which at sunset take on a golden coloring, one can sense a cheerful medieval ambience of winding streets, old whitewashed houses bordered with blue or yellow, Manueline embrasures and windows, reminding us that King D. Manuel I (sixteenth century) carried out major works here, and masses of colorful flowers and plants.

  • Check in to the Yeatman Hotel

Conveniently located in Vila Nova de Gaia, Yeatman hotel offers a magnificent view over the Douro river and the historic centre of Porto.  Stylish, dark wood headboards and elegant ottomans are among the chic furnishings fitted in each of The Yeatman’s 82 luxurious rooms.

This wine hotel’s luxury spa has a large indoor pool and hot tub offering panoramic views of Oporto. Each bright room opens onto a spacious, private terrace furnished with sun loungers. And the contemporary, well- equipped gym offers state-of-the-art cardiovascular equipment.

In the Yeatman Restaurant, awarded with a Michelin-star, Portuguese cuisine made with fresh, local produce can be savoured with fine wine.

DAY 5 – PORTO – DOURO

  • Breakfast at the Hotel
  • Private half day tour (discovering Porto)

After breakfast, you will meet with an official guide at the hotel lobby for a full day tour of the downtown area of Porto.  We begin by visiting the Stock Exchange Palace with incredible granite work and magnificent neo-arab influences and S. Francisco church, also called the Golden Church.

  • Port wine tasting in one of the famous wine-cellars overlooking the river
  • Check in to Six Senses Douro Valley

Six Senses Douro Valley presents a superbly renovated 19th-century manor house set high on a hill overlooking the vine covered rolling hills of the Douro Valley and the river below. A spa, a selection of rooms, suites and villas, restaurants, wine library, swimming pools and organic garden are but a few of the many features offered.

It offers 50 bedrooms and 21 villas, and its facilities include a SPA, swimming pool, library and restaurant.

DAY 6 – DOURO 
  •  Breakfast at the Hotel
  • Private full day tour to the Douro Valley Wine Region

The River Douro rises in Spain and flows more or less East / West across Northern Portugal reaching the sea at Portugal’s second city, Oporto. Once a fast flowing river of rapids and narrow ravines it has been tamed over the past 25 years by the construction of 8 dams along its length giving it, in most places, a tranquil, lake-like appearance.

The valley is spectacularly beautiful with the hills falling steeply down to the water ́s edge becoming more and more sparsely populated and wild the further inland one travels, with more of the land being given over to terraces of vines and, to a lesser extent, olive groves.

This is port country and was, in fact, the world ́s first demarcated wine region being established in 1756. Evidence of the port industry can be seen along the valley with all the famous company names – Cockburns, Taylors, Sandeman and others – appearing on large placards on the hillsides. The colour of the land changes throughout the year as the vines mature.

  • Visit to Quinta de Marrocos wine estate including wine tasting and lunch

This is one of the oldest estates in the Demarcated Region of the Douro, providing magnificent views over the Douro river.  It is located on the left bank of the Douro river, with traditional vines, where the region’s main noble grape varieties predominate.

The estate boasts granite presses where the grapes are still pressed by foot, and cellars where the wine is aged in wooden barrels, vats and casks, imbuing the Port and Douro wine with excellent complexity. The quality of these wines has been recognized in international competitions.

At the beginning of the last century, the great grandfather of the current owner, César Sequeira, acquired the Quinta de Marrocos, where the house consisted of the old Franciscan Monastery. Since 1979, César Sequeira has continued in the wine growing business, culminating with the production/bottling/certification of estate wines. To this activity, he linked agro-tourism, restoring old family properties, which has made our places and wines known around the world. The quality of these wines has been recognized in International Competitions. The couple’s daughter, Rita Sequeira, is an oenologist and is responsible for the property’s wine producing activities.

This visit will finish with a wine tasting, and then we will follow to traditional lunch.

DAY 7 – DOURO – ALENTEJO

  • Breakfast at the Hotel
  • Private transfer to the Alentejo with a stop in Coimbra

Long ago, this site was occupied by the Celts, but the process of Romanisation brought a great cultural transformation to this region. The presence of the Romans is still visible in the various archaeological remains housed at the Museu Nacional Machado de Castro, built over the cryptoporticus of the Civita Aeminium, the forum of the Roman city.

After them, between 586 and 640, came the Visigoths, who altered the name of the town to Emínio. In 711, it became a Moorish and Mozarab city. In 1064, the city was conquered by the Christian Fernando I of Castile and governed by the Mozarab Sesnando.

Coimbra was the capital of Portugal during the Middle Ages, but it was the Renaissance that transformed the city into a place of knowledge, when Dom João III (1521-57) decided to move the University to the city on a definitive basis, whilst at the same time numerous colleges were created to provide an alternative to the official form of teaching.   A centre of learning, par excellence, the University of Coimbra was founded in 1290 and is one of the oldest in Europe, and was classified World heritage site by UNESCO; this classification includes also the Uptown and Sofia Street.

  • Check in at L’and Vineyards

L’and Vineyards offers award-winning accommodation among vineyards and rivers in Alentejo’s scenic countryside. It is set in an architectural gem featuring rooms with opening ceilings to sleep under the stars. The 22 state-of-the-art bedrooms at L’AND Vineyards are built in natural stone and local wood, and are all fitted with the help of interior designers and open out onto panoramic patios. Some have plunge pools or a spa bath.

A regional culinary journey is possible at the on-site restaurant that serves dishes prepared with locally- sourced ingredients. Food is matched by fully flavored wines, produced naturally at the renowned in-house vinery.

Grape-infused treatments are available at the holistic spa. A hammam, heated pools and tennis courts complement the offer.

DAY 8 – ARRAIOLOS

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Say good bye and return to Lisbon airport by private transfer