PORTUGAL

SEPTEMBER 23rd to October 1st, 2017

Eight days to introduce this fabulous gem of a country? We like to think we’ve done just that with this itinerary designed around the country’s many, many charms.  Whether it is Lisbon’s post-empire glory, the Alentejo’s profound—and delicious—sense of place or Porto’s hip-meets-history vibe, we have created an itinerary that is busy while never rushed; rich with 'must sees' as well as ‘only for us’ experiences.  For a thousand and one reasons the time to visit Portugal is now!

$4150

Includes 7 breakfasts, 1 afternoon petisco break, 5 lunches, 5 dinners, 8 nights accommodation, all trip–related fees, admissions and transportation. Not included: airfare, airport transfers and alcoholic beverages unless otherwise stated. Single supplement $850.

ACCOMMODATIONS :: VALVERDE HOTEL, LISBON; M'AR DE AR ADEDUTO, EVORA; PORTO AS 1829, PORTO

Saturday SEPTEMBER 23rd

Architectural Walking tour

As those of you who have traveled with us know—we love to start with a good walk.  We believe it is simply the best way to get to know a new city.  Lisbon makes this particularly rewarding with its fabulous architecture, walkable streets and vibrant neighborhoods.

‘Tea’ at MEMMO ALFAMA

Another of our first afternoon favorites, this time tweaked just a bit to better enjoy the customs of the country.  This 'tea time' we opt for petiscos (Portuguese tapas) and a favorite tipple or two at this fabulous spot in the Alfama, where the river views are as famous as the fare.

Dinner :: Open

We keep it flexible tonight—you can call it a day, venture out for dinner at one of the many neighborhood spots or stay in for dinner at SITIO , Valaverde’s celebrated restaurant.

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 24th

Today we begin with a tour of one of Lisbon’s singular attractions, The Monastery of St Jerome. This UNESCO World Heritage site is a superb example of Manueline architecture built to commemorate Vasco Da Gama’s voyage of exploration. In both spirit and fact, the monastery lies at the heart of the Portuguese soul.

Lunch :: POPULI

We stop for lunch at this popular spot on the grand Praca De Comercio

MUSEU DO AZULEJO

We tour this small gem of a museum which tells the outsized story of azulejos—tin-glazed tiles—and their continuing delight, influence and importance in Portuguese culture.

CASTEL DE SAO JORGE

Saint George's Castle, with its earliest ramparts dating from the 6th century, is a magnificent oasis of calm that belies its  fourteen centuries of turbulent history.

DINNER :: TABIK

Stylish, excellent and a short stroll from our hotel.  I’d say that about sums it up! 

MONDAY SEPTEMBER 25th

We depart after breakfast for a two hour bus ride through the gorgeous Alentejo region of central Portugal arriving in Monsaraz in time for an introduction to its justly famous textile tradition. We follow this with a guided stroll through this fabulous ancient hilltop town.

Lunch :: TAVERNA OS TEMPLARIOS

  A charming restaurant with terrific local specialties and equally terrific views.

A QUINTA DO MOUROS

Vineyard Tour and Dinner

The Alentejo is Portugal’s most important wine region. We combine a delicious crash course in Portuguese wine with a vineyard tour to be followed by a private dinner in the vineyard's elegant manor  house.

TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 26th

EVORA

Charming and very walkable, Evora’s centuries of history are evident at every turn.  In addition to its stunning Roman aqueduct, there is its Temple to Diana, the 13th century cathedral, the imposing 14th century ducal palace and the macabre Capela dos Ossos--Chapel of The Bones--to name a few.

LUNCH :: RESTAURANTE FIALHO

This picturesque restaurant has been Evora’s most celebrated since opening in 1945.

ALMENDRES CROMLECH

The Alentejo region has an abundance of prehistoric menhirs and other megalithic monuments.  The Alemedres Cromlech, located a few kilometers outside Evora, is one of the largest and best preserved of these in all of Europe.

Open :: Dinner

A bit of self-guided time to explore the delights of Evora, culinary and otherwise.

WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 27th

We depart Evora for Porto. It’s a three hour trip and we thought we’d break it up just a bit with a stop in COIMBRA,

 one of the oldest university towns in Europe.

CAFETARIA DO MUSEU

We have a light lunch upon arrival in Coimbra in this charming 17th century laboratory turned cafe.

UNIVERSIDADE DE COIMBRA BIBLIOTECA JOANINA and

 CEPELA DE SAO MIGUEL

We tour two stunning examples of Manueline Baroque architecture--the university's glorious 18th century library and the adjacent Chapel of Saint Michael.

Dinner :: ODE PORTO WINEHOUSE

We arrive in Porto in time to settle in to our digs, the gracious Porto AS 1829 Hotel, and then stroll to dinner at ODE Winehouse.

 THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 28th

Walking Tour of Porto

Again, what better way to get to know the history and culture of a city than to see its sites on foot and up close?

LUNCH ::  VINUM

The elegant restaurant attached to Graham Port Lodge has sweeping views and delicious fare.

GRAHAM'S PORT LODGE

Nothing is more essential to Porto than its port lodges--and Grahams is widely considered to have the finest 'caves'. We then enjoy a tasting in their renowned Private Vintage Room.

Open :: Dinner

Whether sidewalk café or Michelin-starred, Porto offers endless wonderful culinary choices.

FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 29th

SERRALVES FOUNDATION

We tour Porto’s superb contemporary art museum, widely considered to be one of the finest in Southern Europe, before breaking for an open lunch and afternoon.

DINNER :: DOP

This charming and intimate restaurant is one of Porto’s most popular special occasion spots--and its just up the hill from our hotel. The ideal combination!

 SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 30th

We return to Lisbon in time for an afternoon of shopping, sightseeing—or maybe just chill time by the Tejo River.

DINNER :: SITIO

We keep it close to home on our last night in Portugal with a very festive farewell dinner at Valverde’s SITIO.

SUNDAY OCTOBER 1st

Tour ends after breakfast.