Example Trip Itinerary
Meet and greet at Lisbon airport
Private transfer to your hotel in Lisbon
Accommodation in Lisbon
- 282 rooms and suites
- Bar and lounge
- Sushi bar
- Indoor pool
- Fitness centre
Located in the heart of the Lisbon, at the top of one of the city’s famous seven hills, the Four Seasons Hotel Ritz offers spectacular views across the city and river. 282 rooms and suites are beautifully decorated with 18th-century style furnishings as well as tapestries, painting and sculptures by contemporary Portuguese artists. Most rooms come with a private balcony overlooking the hotel gardens, Eduardo VII Park or the River Tajo so you can enjoy bird’s-eye-views and wonderful sunsets over the city’s rooftops. One of Lisbon‘s gastronomic gems, the Verandah restaurant serves fresher-than-fresh seafood caught from the nearby Atlantic Ocean and boasts an impressive wine cellar. For those with a keen interest in cooking, the hotel can arrange tastings, visits to the fish market and cooking classes. There is a also a sushi bar for fresh, healthy bites. Named after the famous Portuguese artist, Jose Almada Negreiros, the hotel lounge is a favourite haunt for guests and locals alike. The centrepiece of the Ritz bar is Pedro Leitao’s piano, which has been signed by world-famous artists. Take a seat under one of the hand-made Centauros tapestries or head out onto the terrace to drink in the views. There is a spa featuring an indoor pool and treatment rooms for when you want to completely unwind, as well as a rooftop fitness centre and running track for those who like an active start to their day. There are 60 pieces of art throughout the hotel and privatley guided tours can be arranged for guests to learn more about them and their history.
Europe’s second oldest capital, Lisbon is an effortlessly elegant city, full of old-world charm. Winding your way through the city, you’ll pass rows of houses in warm shades of orange, yellow and rust red. Washing is strung from wrought iron balconies and window boxes overflow with flowers. Weaving their way through this pretty patchwork are the city’s trams, the favoured mode of transport of Lisbonites and a great way to hop between the different districts.
Lisbon has plenty to offer, with a plethora of museums and galleries as well as beautiful buildings covered in iconic azelujo tiles. The city is built on seven hills, each one offering spectacular views over the city and the River Tajo. It is also known for its lively restaurant scene and there are plenty of places to stop, sip a coffee and savour a Portuguese custard tart while watching the world go by
Meet your local host and embark on a unique walking tour of Lisbon. Stroll through the wonderful old streets, visit a food market and sample local products, learn about Portuguese gastronomy and sip on local wines while sitting at an outdoor café discussing life in Lisbon. This tour will give you a taste of what it's like to live in Lisbon, rather than just visit.
This tour will take you on a journey to explore Portugal's traditional towns. Discover Sintra where hundreds of years of history and culture await. Walking through the city center you will find yourself surrounded by old houses now converted into quaint handicraft shops and traditional pastry shops. Driving around the mountain you will pass amazing chalets and aristocratic residences, until you reach the 19th-century Pena Palace, an incredible combination of architectural styles, colors and shapes.
The Palacio da Pena, located in the Sintra hills, is the greatest expression of 19th-century romanticism in Portugal. The palace was built in such a way as to be visible from any point in the park, which consists of a forest and luxuriant gardens with over 500 different species of trees originating from the four corners of the earth.
Cascais is a coastal town, once a small fishing village, that became popular with artists and writers thanks to its idyllic scenery. You will also have time to explore the town of Estoril.
Learn the secrets to preparing the ultimate Portuguese meal with your warm and wonderful hosts at Kiss the Cook. The kitchen is located in an old textile warehouse that has been restored and turned into a bustling center for local artisans, chefs and designers to share their work.
During your class, your hosts will make sure your wine glass is always full as they walk you through the essentials of Portuguese cooking. Together, you will make and enjoy a starter and main dish, learning the history and traditional importance of each ingredient. The cozy atmosphere and endless supply of bread, olive oil and cheese to snack on while you work is emblematic of local hospitality, and will help you feel like you’ve spent your life in a Portuguese kitchen.
Quinta de Chocapalha is located in the surroundings of Aldeia Galega and over the sunny hills of Alenquer, a region in the north west of Lisbon. Its vineyards have been there since the 16th century and once belonged to Diogo Duff, a brave Scottish man who received the 'Tower and Sword' insignia, given by King João VI.
Alice and Paulo Tavares da Silva bought the estate in the 1980s and made significant investments. The introduction of new cultivation methods has allowed the family to consolidate the quality and reputation of their wines. The well-known Sandra Tavares da Silva, their daughter, is in charge of the oenology department. You will enjoy a great combination of family atmosphere, dedication and passion for viniculture and winemaking in the beautiful landscape of Lisbon wine region. Visit the vineyards and wine cellar followed by a wine tasting accompanied by Portuguese cheese and end your tour with a traditional lunch.
Private transfer to Lisbon Train Station
Train from Lisbon to Porto
Private transfer to your hotel in Porto
Accommodation in Porto
- 109 rooms and suites
- Two Michelin-starred restaurant
Many of the oldest port firms were founded by British merchant families, and the Yeatmans were among the most distinguished. The hotel of the same name occupies a commanding hillside position on the southern banks of the River Douro in the heart of Vila Nova de Gaia, next to the ancient port houses that have been ageing their wine for over three centuries. Decor is classic and elegant, in keeping with the family’s heritage. The 109 rooms and suites feature intriguing artefacts and pictures from different Portuguese wine producers, and open out onto private balconies overlooking the river and the city’s historic centre. Really tap into the city’s culture with a stay in the ADF Suite, where the bed head is an original barrel top and the domed oak ceiling mimics the curvature of the enormous oak barrels used in wine production. One of the highlights of a stay at The Yeatman is dining at the two Michelin-starred restaurant. Enjoy imaginative cuisine where the traditional flavours of Portugal are reinterpreted and presented immaculately. The restaurant is wonderfully bright and airy and offers spectacular views over the river. There is, of course, a comprehensive list of Portuguese wines and special food and wine pairing menus take you on a journey through Portugal’s diverse and varied wine regions. Relax and unwind at the hotel spa which offers a range of rejuvenating treatments, many of which are based on natural ingredients from the surrounding vineyards. There is also an indoor and outdoor rooftop pool – be sure to take a dip in the evening and admire the twinkling lights of the city laid out before you.
- 105 rooms
- Spa treatments
- Fitness centre
Indulge in sophisticated luxury amid elegant surroundings at InterContinental Porto – Palacio das Cardosas in the centre of Porto. The exquisitely restored interiors speak of the palace’s grand past. The 105 charming and spacious rooms and suites offer views out over peaceful enclosed gardens, Liberdade Square and the Clerigos Tower. The design is contemporary, making for comfortable inner-city havens. Chic suites boast living rooms, and balconies with views out over the Porto skyline. Dine in style at Astoria Restaurant, where the menu features traditional Mediterranean and Portuguese cuisine with modern flourishes. Local, seasonal ingredients ensure the richness of the traditional flavours is preserved. As the sun goes down sip on cocktails and port wines in the elegantly stylish Cardosas Bar. Styled on a British library, this is also where you’ll find an indulgent afternoon tea. When you are not out exploring the fascinating city, relax with a spa treatment or two, or fit in a work out in the fitness centre.
Portugal's second city is one of Europe's most charming. Built on a steep riverbank, a jumble of colourful medieval houses hug the calm waters of the Douro River where wooden boats bob on the surface and people spill out of its cafes and bars, more often than not with a glass of the wine that gave the city its name.
Enjoy the flavours of Portugal with a petiscos tasting dinner, made up of lots of tasty dishes that showcase the country's rich culinary heritage.
Located in one of the most charming streets of Porto, Mercearia das Flores opens its doors to food lovers looking for a local gourmet experience. The owners, Joana and Joana, will welcome you into their specialty shop, sharing with you their large selection of organic, Portuguese goods, and inviting you to sample some of the many petiscos, or small plates, on their menu.
While you eat, Joana and Joana will discuss the origins of the fresh, local products that you are enjoying, the quality of which will become more and more evident with each bite.
Churchill’s winery was founded by John Graham in 1981, and was the first British port wine company to be established in 50 years. His desire was to set up a company to produce his own, individual style of wine. It was his wife, Caroline Churchill, who provided the company with its name. All of their ports are produced in their own vineyards on the south bank of the River Douro, in the prestigious Cima Corgo sub-region.
You'll also visit the historic Graham’s winery, built in 1890 on a hilltop in Vila Nova de Gaia. The winery’s strategic location between river, ocean and lush green hills ensures that temperatures never reach extreme highs or lows. This system guarantees a continuous, balanced maturation of the wines and, in effect, some of the best port in the world. Enjoy a tasting of Graham’s wines led by an expert guide.
Quinta do Crasto is a Portuguese family owned winery producing wines and Porto, located in Gouvinhas, municipality of Sabrosa right in the Douro Valley, which is the oldest wine-growing region regulated in the world and also classified as World Heritage by UNESCO in 2011. The property with 135 hectares, 75 of them occupied with vineyards, enjoys exceptional conditions for the production of wines and olive oils of the highest quality.
Distinguished not only for the exceptional quality of its wines, much appreciated for their visitors, but also the personalized service by excellence and its landscape on the right bank of the river Douro. Submerge yourself and become part of Portuguese culture among a family deeply rooted in Porto’s wine history with a wonderful lunch and tasting session here.
Accommodation in Douro Valley
- 60 rooms and suites
- Wine library
Set on a wide bend of the Douro river amid wonderful woodland, the Six Sense Douro Valley occupies a thoroughly renovated 19th-century manor house with fabulous views out to the vineyards that surround it. The interior blends original features such as monumental beams with contemporary artwork. Many of the rooms feature vast floor to ceiling windows and wonderful views. Suites overlook the Douro, and there are a selection of multi-roomed apartments and a villa with its own pool for the utmost privacy. Three restaurants and a range of dining areas celebrate the region, with seasonal produce from the fertile valley itself or picked from the estate’s organic gardens. Sample some of the Wine Library’s hundreds of vintages with nightly tastings, or watch the sun set with a cocktail on the terrace. An expansive spa has ten treatment rooms and there is both a heated indoor and scenic outdoor pool. Many of the experiences here are, naturally, wine focussed, such as vineyard tours, port tasting and unique harvesting experiences, and there’s also dozens of historic towns and villages to explore in this UNESCO World Heritage landscape. The more adventurous can head out on hiking, mountain biking and canyoning, while river cruises are a more relaxed way to spend an afternoon.
The Douro River winds its way from the north of Spain, along the Portuguese border and eastward to Porto where it meets the sea. Roughly midway on its course across Portugal, a stretch of its waters is flanked by a dramatic valley covered in bright green rows of grape vines. This is the Alto Douro where wine has been produced for some 2000 years, becoming the first wine growing region in the world to be formally demarcated in 1756, and it is all a UNESCO World Heritage protected landscape.
It is most famous for its port, a sweet brandy fortified wine that must originate in this valley to be considered the genuine article. Winery touring and tasting is the main order of the day, with a wonderful array of traditional and boutique growers to discover. The region’s sprinkling of historic towns and rustic villages are also wonderful to wander around, while the rugged mountains to east are home to the Côa Valley’s prehistoric rock art and some great hikes. Other popular activities in the area include challenging mountain biking, laid back river cruises and bird watching.
Venture east out of Porto into the Alto Douro Wine Region, a UNESCO world heritage site, to begin your hike. The 7km (4.3 mile) trail is flanked by vineyards and follows the Douro River valley. This is the oldest demarcated wine region in the world - dating from 1756 - and viticulture stretches back to the Romans.
Next visit the Quinta da Pacheca estate, a historic property that has been bottling under its own name since 1738. Before indulging in a tasting, take a full tour of the scenic family-owned winery and enjoy a gourmet picnic lunch with your hiking guide.
Private transfer to Porto airport