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Experience

Cuisine, Culture and Coast in Portugal

Boasting epic scenery, untouched landscape, and a remarkable culture, the Alentejo and Algarve regions of Portugal offer an enticing combination of adventure and relaxation.

When to go
March-Sept
From price
$7,000 pp*
Ideal length
7 nights

Your journey begins in the bustling city of Lisbon, a colourful hub of culture, history and charm. Alongside an expert guide you will explore this iconic city from downtown Lisbon, through the Jewish Heritage and up into the picturesque hills. Discover the cities intriguing past, visit unique art galleries, and walk the sloping streets. By evening, immerse yourselves in the lively city atmosphere, dining at one of Lisbon’s hidden gems and surrounded by captivating traditional music.

Departing the capital, you will travel south to the picturesque region of Alentejo, characterised by a rich tapestry of landscapes, you will become encompassed by whitewashed villages, vineyards, olive groves and dramatic coastline. Your first stop will be São Lourenço do Barrocal where you will be greeted by an exquisite farm-to-table dinner at a family-run local farm. Your meal will be prepared by your welcoming hosts who use freshly grown organic produce to create unique flavours that reflect the wild surroundings.

Home to a stunning array of medieval hilltop towns, there is much to explore, including the UNESCO World Heritage Site Évora, a beautiful city inside a castle with museums, monuments, and medieval streets. Follow your guide through labyrinth-like narrow alleys, passing whitewashed homes with splendid azulejos tiles and wrought-iron balconies. Delightful restaurants provide the perfect spot for a relaxed lunch of exquisite local produce before continuing to the village of Monsaraz, perched on a hilltop overlooking the vast countryside and considered one of the most beautiful places in Portugal. Well-preserved, this medieval town retains a unique magic with pebble-stone streets, limestone walls and an imposing 14th century castle.

 

The rich and fruitful vineyards of Alentejo offer unrivalled wine tasting experiences, known best for its warm red blends. At the charming estate of Herdade do Esporão, dating back to the 13th century, you will embark upon an exclusive wine tasting experience alongside a private guide. Starting with a walk through the luscious vineyards, you will learn about the production of the grape alongside the history of the region before tasting a variety of wines and visiting the wineries cellar.

At night, stargaze above Alqueva Lake, where the excellent conditions and lack of light pollution, have justifiably rendered it as the first starlight tourism destination in the world. Soak in the views of the Milky Way and other constellations, accompanied by the world-renowned Portuguese astrophotographer, Mr. Miguel Claro, whose important work has been distinguished worldwide.

Rising in the early hours of the morning, you will take to the skies in a wonderful hot air balloon ride that will showcase the beauty of the region. Gently floating into the sky you will travel where the wind takes you, uncovering captivating vistas of green fertile fields, large olive groves and golden cornfields. Immersed within the peace and quiet of nature, this serene experience will end with a freshly prepared picnic breakfast awaiting you at your landing spot.

 

Evora Village Portugal Vineyards in Alentejo region of Portugal
Lisbon Portugal at night Portugal Algarve Beach

Departing Alentejo, you will travel south to the sprawling coastal region of Algarve, where quaint fishing villages, rugged cliffs and pristine sand beaches create a striking landscape. Head out to sea, cruising across the ocean to explore the hidden treasures of the Algarve, remaining relatively untouched by human activity, you will uncover golden cliffs, secluded coves, and remarkable rock formations. Stop for a swim and snorkel as you please before delighting in a freshly prepared lunch onboard. With paddle boards and kayaks at your disposal, after lunch you can set out to explore the intricate bays and remote beaches.

Set out on a biking excursion, a brilliant way to explore the wild coastline and verdant hills of the Algarve. Cycling along the rugged cliffs, passing by sleepy fishing villages and through fertile vineyards, you will explore the diversity of landscapes that the Algarve has to offer. Visit the traditional village of Olhão where you will visit the local Olhão market to experience the bustling atmosphere.

* Prices depend on level of experiences and accommodation. This is based on 2 adults travelling for 7 nights excluding international flights.