Explore Lisbon and Alentejo

From a few nights in lovely Lisbon, we set off for the nation’s bread basket: The Alentejo. Open, airy, and vibrant, the Alentejo rolls west from Portugal’s colorful capital to the border with Spain. Its name “beyond [além] the Tagus [Tejo]” locates it to the Iberian Peninsula’s longest river. Much of the year, its fields are endless waves of gold, int erupted on occasion by olive and cork groves and vines. In the long, hot, dry season, sheep and cattle hug what patches of shade they can find as do the cheerful Alentejanos who live in its sprightly whitewashed towns and stately walled cities.

 

Between bites and sips, we immerse ourselves in the region’s rich human and natural history through guided walks with local storytellers, visits to olive oil, cork, and wine producers, a cooking demonstration of traditional recipes, and explorations of a marble quarry and an enclave of heritage potters. A feast for all the senses, the Alentejo awaits! Come with us to discover this lesser-known part of Portugal.

 

See here for more info on Portugal and Alentejo region.

 

Explore Lisbon and Alentejo

Dates & Pricing

DATES (7 days)

My 5-11, 2024 | September 3-9, 2024
For more info and availability please contact us.

 

TOUR PRICE

Per person in double occupancy: from $3,790

 

Single Supplement: $790

 

For travel in 2021 and beyond, your tour is carbon neutral! In addition, we donate more than 1% of your trip price to food-literacy and environmental non-profits that share our values. (Details here)

Tour Highlights

  • Full immersion into local culture and history with experienced Tour Leaders
  • Delicious meals emphasizing Portuguese cuisine and the Alentejo area
  • Traditional, and charming accommodations in 4- and 5-star hotels
  • Exposure to local wines, cheese, olive oil and other local products
  • Personalized experiences to learn about the local cork, and ceramic productions
  • Strolls through Lisbon, the UNESCO sites of Évora, Sintra and Elvas, and the charming villages of Monsaraz and Vila Viçosa
  • Discover the UNESCO intangible cultural heritage of Fado (popular music)
  • Traditional, local recipes to bring home such as gazpacho Alentejano and bacalao a bras

What's Included

  • 6 nights of accommodation in 4- and 5-star hotels
  • 6 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 5 dinners each with either a 3-course menu
  • Guided visits in Évora, Lisbon and Vila Viçosa and to Forte de Graça
  • 1 visit to a pottery center; 1 visit to a cork factory
  • 1 visit and tasting to an olive oil producer
  • 1 visit and tasting to an historic winery
  • Entry fees to Forte de Graça and Palacio da Pena
  • Exploration on foot of the UNESCO sites of Evora, Elvas and Sintra, and the towns of Monsaraz, and Vila Viçosa
  • 1 cooking class followed by dinner with what you prepared!
  • 1 exhibition of Fado music live performance, a UNESCO intangible cultural heritage
  • Comfortable transportation and assistance by private vehicle for all travel on tour as cited in the itinerary
  • Professional Tour Leaders
  • Group transfers to Lisbon Delgado airport at the end of the tour
  • Local taxes and gratuities for luggage porters and restaurant servers during tour

What's Not Included

  • 5 lunches and 1 dinner on your own   
  • Alcoholic beverages at group meals (including wine, beer, and spirits)   
  • Round-trip airfare and expenses to/from the tour
  • Transfer to first hotel at the beginning of the tour
  • Trip cancellation, baggage loss or travel delay insurance (this optional coverage is highly recommended. See more info here)
  • Gratuities for your Tour Leaders. (Info here)
  • Personal expenses, such as, but not limited to, phone calls, laundry, emails, gifts                                                                              

Itinerary

 

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