Back Roads and Wines of Portugal

Back Roads and Wines of Portugal

Portugal Tour Snapshot

This two-week Portugal tour features a wonderful Portuguese historian as escort, winery visits in the main wine regions of Portugal, gorgeous accommodations in villas, historic “Pousadas” and elegant inns, outstanding cuisine, UNESCO sites, friendly locals, and picturesque villages.

2019 Tour Dates: October 9 – 23, 2019

2019 Tour Price: $6,999

2020 Tour Dates: October 8 – 22, 2020
2020 Tour Price: $7,295

Tour price includes:

  • Roundtrip airfare from Boston or New York to Lisbon*
  • Airport transfers (to and from Lisbon Airport)
  • 13 nights accommodations in Lisbon (2); Guimarães (2); Pinhão (3); Marvão (1); Evora (2); and Sintra (3)
  • All breakfasts, 10 multi-course dinners
  • Transportation in mini-coach or mini-van
  • All winery tours and wine tastings per itinerary
  • Full-time professional tour leader, who is also an expert on all things Portuguese
  • Highlights include: Lisbon, Coimbra, Porto, Douro River, Vila Real, Guimarães, Mateus, Bom Jesus Monument, Braga City, Monsaraz, Castelo de Vide, Marvão, Vila Nova de Foz Côa, Amarante, Evora, Sintra, Cabo da Rocha
  • Boat ride and winery visit on the Douro River
  • Cooking class
  • All tour guides, vineyards, museum and monument entrance fees
  • All tips and taxes
Tour price is per person based on double occupancy.
Single supplements are available for those traveling alone who would like their own room.
*Cost of airfare can be deducted if you wish to make your own arrangements.

Back Roads and Wines of Portugal Itinerary

Day 1
Arriving at the Lisbon Airport, you will be met by our wonderful tour leader and guide, Carla. After a rest at our hotel in the center of Lisbon, we take a tour of this beautiful city. After some free time to relax or explore, we enjoy dinner at a local restaurant serving mouth-watering Portuguese cuisine.
Overnight: Lisbon  Meals: Dinner (D)
Day 2
In the morning we continue exploring Lisbon’s colorful neighborhoods. Highlights are the Castelo San Jorge, high on a hill overlooking the city, and the Jeronimos Monastery, where Vasco Da Gama prayed and is buried. We visit a tile workshop to see how the famous Portuguese tiles are created and painted by hand. Tonight we are free to choose one of the many enticing restaurants in one of Lisbon’s charming neighborhoods.
Overnight: Lisbon Meals: B
Day 3
Today we head north to the city of Coimbra, birthplace of six kings and home of Portugal’s oldest university. A local guide leads our tour and takes us to his favorite pub for lunch. Next on our route is the colorful city of Porto, Portugal’s second largest city, named for port wine. We have a tour and tasting here of one of Portugal’s oldest port wineries. Then we continue on to our charming Pousada hotel in Guimarães, the 2012 European cultural capital. Tonight we enjoy a wonderful dinner at our inn.
Overnight: Guimarães Meals: B, D
Day 4
A guided tour of the historic center of Guimarães shows us Portugal’s first capital and home of the first King of Portugal, D. Afonso Henriques. Next we visit the spectacular Baroque monument, the Santuario do Bom Jesus do Monte. The “Stairway of the Three Virtues” is an amazing sight—and to think the pilgrims used to climb it on their knees! We have dinner on our own tonight in Guimarães and spend a second night at the Pousada.
Overnight: Guimarães Meals: B
Day 5
This morning we depart Guimarães for Pinhão, stopping in the picturesque town of Amarante for free time and lunch. We drive along the beautiful Douro River, and stop to visit a winery for a taste of the famous Douro Valley wine. We check into our luxurious river-front hotel and relax before a gourmet dinner.
Overnight: Pinhão Meals: B, D
Day 6
A visit to the flamboyant Mateus Palace shows us an excellent example of Portuguese Baroque architecture. The palace is surrounded by gardens, tree-covered walks and allegorical statues. In Vila Real we enjoy a very special wine-tasting meal, and then take a cruise along the Douro River in a “Rabelo”—the traditional wooden sailing ship used in days gone by to transport barrels of port up and down the river. We have a free evening to relax.
Overnight: Pinhão Meals: B, D (served mid-day)
Day 7
Today we visit the Vila Nova de Foz Côa archeological site. This is the largest Paleolithic open-air site in the world, with 20,000-year-old prehistoric rock drawings. Tonight is another dinner of delicious regional specialties.
Overnight: Pinhão Meals: B, D
Day 8
Driving south through the Beiras and Tras-os-Montes regions brings us into the Alentejo. Marvão is exciting to explore, with its narrow streets and covered alleys climbing up to the 13th-century castle. From the castle the view of the surrounding countryside is breathtaking. We can easily see across the border into Spain. We enjoy a gourmet dinner at our beautiful Pousada hotel in the center of the village.
Overnight: Marvão Meals: B, D
Day 9
In the morning we visit the charming village of Castelo de Vide and then the Vila Viçosa Ducal Palace, the former residence of the Dukes of Braganza from the beginning of the 16th century. We arrive in the ancient Roman walled town of Evora and check into our beautiful Pousada hotel in the historic center, where we spend the next two nights. We enjoy an entertaining cooking class followed by a gourmet dinner.
Overnight: Evora Meals: B, D
Day 10
Today we take an excursion to visit the medieval walled town of Monsaraz, perched high on a hill above the River Guadiana. A tour of the Herdade do Esporão wine estate is followed by a tasting of excellent Alentejo wines. We return to Evora to enjoy a wonderful dinner of regional specialties.
Overnight: Evora Meals: B, D
Day 11
In the morning we explore Evora’s perfectly preserved Roman temple, an unusual cathedral, and the macabre “Chapel of Bones.” We then head toward the coast and arrive at our final destination, Sintra. We spend three days in this picturesque, enchanting village, high on a hill, with quaint streets, beautiful villas and three palaces. Our hotel is in the old center, which we explore before a wonderful dinner in town
Overnight: Sintra Meals: B, D
Day 12
Today is an exciting day to explore this storybook land. We visit the historic castle in the village and then the bizarre Pena Palace on top of a mountain. In the afternoon we take a short drive to the Cabo da Roca to see the ocean view from Europe’s western-most tip of land. We have a free evening to choose one of the many enticing restaurants in the village.
Overnight: Sintra Meals: B
Day 13
We must visit one more beautiful palace and then have a free afternoon to shop or explore Sintra’s quaint streets. Tonight is our farewell dinner in a wonderful local restaurant.
Overnight: Sintra Meals: B, D
Day 14
After breakfast we depart for the Lisbon Airport for the return flight.
Meals: B

 

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