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Enchanting Portugal

  • Historical Lisbon
  • Portugal's best restaurants and winestasting
  • Sintra and Cascais
  • Tuk Tuk ride in Porto
  • Boat ride through the Douro Valley


From 05 to 17 September 2018 Live the Journey will travel to Portugal.

On this 13-day culinary exploration we discover this fascinating country through its incredible history, wine and food!

This exclusive group tour includes all the must-see destinations such as Lisbon, Sintra, Cascais, Porto, the Douro Valley and a variety of charming seaside and country villages.

Guests can look forward to an immersive experience as we travel through the country by coach, boat, train and even tuk tuk. We explore some of the most esteemed quintas (homesteads), savour traditional wine, eat at a selection of top restaurants and marvel at the historic architecture.



Arrival in Lisbon. Meet and greet at Lisbon International Airport by your local guide. Direct transfer to your hotel in Lisbon. Spend the rest of the day at leisure. Welcome dinner at the hotel.

Overnight at the Porto Bay Marquês Hotel or similar (dinner).


Buffet breakfast at your hotel. This day will be dedicated to a tour of the city, passing through the most enigmatic places. Our first stop will be in Belém, the historic section of the capital city.

Visit the Jerónimos Monastery church, a fine example of the most characteristic style of Portuguese architecture. With carvings inspired by India and other then-exotic lands, this World Heritage monument was built in the 16th century thanks to the riches pouring into Portugal from the East. Its extraordinary architecture is in the Manueline style unique to Portugal, and most magnificent of all is the stonework of the cloisters.

Next we visit the Maritime Museum. Lisbon's Maritime Museum shows the city and Portugal's pioneering role in the exploration of the oceans. It includes model ships from the Age of Discovery, a wooden figure representing the Archangel Raphael that accompanied Vasco da Gama on his voyage to India, ancient globes, old maps showing the world as it was then known. Also on display is the plane that made the first crossing of the South Atlantic in 1922 piloted by Portuguese aviators Gago Coutinho and Sacadura Cabral. Other highlights include 17th-century astrolabes found on shipwrecks off the coast of Brazil and Florida, and the cabins of the royal yacht "Amélia" dating from 1900.

After the visit enjoy some time at leisure for lunch (own account). After lunch we will continue towards the city centre, to the old section of the city, namely Alfama.

Visiting Alfama is getting lost in a maze of streets, alleys, lanes, steps, squares and courtyards, going back in time and feeling the authentic soul of Lisbon. It’s stepping into a small village within the city, where everywhere you turn is a postcard view with tile panels, street art, pastel colors, fountains, arches, potted plants, orange trees, clotheslines framed by beautiful river views. Once in Alfama, we invite you to walk up to the Castle to enjoy one of those views over the city.

Return to the hotel followed by dinner.

Dinner at one of the best wine bars in Lisbon. BY the Wine from a world-renowned wine producer José Maria da Fonseca. In this relaxed environment for true wine and food lovers, you can delight yourself with a nice dinner and wine from the Peninsula of Setúbal.

Overnight at the Porto Bay Marquês Hotel or similar (breakfast, dinner).


Breakfast at the hotel. Today we will leave the city and enjoy the countryside while visiting an historic, family-run wine estate.

We will visit Quinta De Sant’ana an idyllic working farm. It is located 30 minutes-drive north of Lisbon.
Quinta de Sant’Ana is a special place, full of life where the owners and workers consider themselves lucky to live and work in a stunningly beautiful setting in this fascinating corner of the world. Above all, the Quinta de Sant’Ana is about family! Once arrived at the Quinta the group will be welcomed, if possible, by one of the owners, who will present them with an overview of the wine and the farm.

Lunch on the farm followed by an activity as offered at this beautiful farm. Here are some options:

Option 1) Workshop of Traditional Azulejo Painting
The workshop will be held by Ann Frost in her ceramic studio in the "Yellow House". Ann has a degree in pottery and ceramics and studied art in Florence. This workshop gives guests an introduction to basic skills in the art of decorating tiles, using glazed tiles, brushes or sponges with oxides, applying either patterns or figurative motives. Guests can acquire the glazed tiles as a souvenir. * All materials are included.

*Since the tiles have to be fired at high temperatures, they won’t be ready for guests to take home on the day of the visit. They can be delivered at the hotel. There will be a supplement payment for this service.

Option 2) Workshop of Mafra bread baking
The wood oven baked bread of Mafra is famous in Portugal. This workshop gives participants the chance to “get stuck” into the process of bread kneading, shaping a loaf and baking it, all under strict supervision of locals who have perfected this art over decades. Some might like to add chouriço or other regional specialties. Interactive fun. The delicious result can be tasted immediately or taken home in a custom-made cotton “chita” bag.

Return to the hotel at the end of the day.

A huge chandelier made of three thousand cans hanging from the ceiling reveals what this contemporary space in Comercio Square is all about. It's a café and "petiscos" (tapas) restaurant where traditional canned products are elevated to gourmet meals and are also used in the décor of the walls and tables.

Return to the hotel after dinner.

Overnight at the Porto Bay Marquês Hotel or similar (breakfast, lunch, dinner).


Breakfast at the hotel and then another day in the countryside awaits.

We will visit Sintra and Cascais today.

09h30 - Departure from the hotel to Sintra. This small village, built against a mountain under the same name, is certainly a paradise for those that wish to escape the city. Over the centuries, the village was an inspiration to poets, artists, and more recently, filmmakers. This small village is also known for its handicraft shops and authentic sweet treats.

Our visit to Sintra, will start with a short walking tour through the downtown area of the village, where your guide will explain the origin of Sintra, its influences and its importance in today’s life. We will also visit the National Palace, distinguished by its twin kitchen chimneys. This National Monument is a mixture of architectural styles, combining Gothic, Mudejar and Renaissance work, with superb 15th and 16th century "azulejos" (hand painted wall tiles) in the main halls and Chapel.

After the visit to the palace enjoy free time for lunch (own account).

From Sintra continue to Cabo da Roca, the most western point of Continental Europe, Guincho and its wild beaches of white sand and finally Cascais, the well-known seaside resort and fishing port. Here we will enjoy some time at leisure before returning to the hotel in Lisbon passing through Estoril.

Tonight will start with a panoramic 2-hour boat tour. The WaterX Shuttle is a modern boat accommodating 55 persons. Enjoy the beauty of a boat trip on the Tagus River through large panoramic windows whilst comfortably seated. The boat will anchor in Lisbon Marina where the restaurant for dinner is located.

From the best docks onto your plate, the fish and seafood served at 5 Oceanos is prepared with knowledge and good taste. A first glance reveals ample, comfortable surroundings that invite you to relax and enjoy fish and seafood dishes, skillfully prepared by hands that know how to get the best sea produce without losing its essence. The result: the ideal balance between simplicity and richness of the fresh produce delivered to the restaurant every day.

Return to the hotel after dinner.

Overnight at the Porto Bay Marquês Hotel or similar (breakfast, dinner).


Buffet breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy the morning and lunch at leisure. For the last evening in Lisbon enjoy dinner at the unique Fado Restaurant.

Casa de Linhares used to be the home of a noble family centuries ago and still preserves the original brick vaults and high ceilings from that time. As a result, it's now one of the most atmospheric places to hear Fado while sampling traditional Portuguese cuisine. Although the largest crowds you'll find here are tourists, this is one of the best and most authentic Fado houses.

Return to the hotel after dinner and show performance.

Overnight at the Porto Bay Marquês Hotel or similar (breakfast, dinner).


Buffet breakfast at the hotel and check-out.

Early departure from your hotel to Óbidos. A small village surrounded by ancient defense walls with some important monuments, towers and the medieval castle. It's inevitably one of Portugal's most visited sites, but its authenticity hasn't yet been ruined by tourism. Throughout the village you'll see gothic doorways, potted plants and lots of bougainvillea, while the castle is now a pousada. You can walk around its ramparts for the best views and photos.

From Óbidos we continue on to Nazaré. This is the most famous Portuguese fishing village, where people still wear colored costumes and fishermen fascinate everyone with their skill at handling the nets on the beach.

Enjoy time at leisure in Nazaré for lunch (own account). After lunch we will continue towards Porto where we check in at our hotel.

Traditional restaurant situated in an old restored building in the Ribeira Quarter facing the river. Its interior granite walls with contemporary decorations give it a cosy and elegant atmosphere. The cuisine is Portuguese and of high quality.

Return to the hotel after dinner.

Overnight at the Vila Galé Porto Ribeira or similar (breakfast, dinner).


Buffet breakfast at the hotel.
Discover Porto from a different perspective – by 2-hour Tuk Tuk ride. Start this unique tour passing the UNESCO historical center, Aliados avenue, Clerigos Tower, Lello Library, the river and the sea. The tour will end at the restaurant where you will enjoy lunch.

The restaurant is located next to the Douro River in a former warehouse with granite walls and tiles and hams on display above the wooden counter. The cuisine is regional and the restaurant features a good wine cellar.

The afternoon is at leisure to explore downtown Porto on your own. Why not enjoy a picnic on the beach as the sun sets?

Overnight at the Vila Galé Porto Ribeira or similar (breakfast, lunch).


Buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Today we travel to Lousada for a visit to the Salvador Church. The first reference to the Church of Salvador de Aveleda dates back to 1177, when Vela Rodrigues donated to the Monastery of the Saviour of Paço de Sousa (Penafiel) the property he had inherited from his father, Rodrigo Viegas and his grandparents, Egas Moniz and Teresa Afonso. The Church’s devotion appears in the document of 1218, as well as in the "Inquirições" (administrative enquiries) of 1258.

The current building, despite these references, does not date that far back, having been reformed in the Modern Era, retaining only the nave and western façade of Romanesque features. The Church of the Saviour of Aveleda is thus a late Romanesque building.

We then travel to Quinta da Aveleda, a unique estate with charming gardens, various hectares of vineyards and a shop, located in an old refurbished alembic. The history of Quinta da Aveleda is lost in time but there are countless records of this estate after the 16th century. It was always an agricultural property, until Manuel Pedro Guedes de Silva da Fonseca, around 1850 was bored of life in the capital and politics. He fell in love with the farm and went to live in Aveleda. He was a person with a great vision and devoted himself to the property, planting vineyards, developing the structures of the farm, including a winery with capacity for 300 wine barrels.

From 1995, a new expansion phase was initiated with significant investments in improving the quality of wine production and packaging. Currently the largest green wine exporting company is proud that Aveleda remains a family-owned business in all respects.

Visit of the Quinta, gardens and house followed by lunch. After lunch enjoy some free time in Penafiel before returning to Porto.

Overnight at the Vila Galé Porto Ribeira or similar (breakfast, lunch).


Buffet breakfast at the hotel followed by check out.

We travel from Porto to Barcelos (approx. 1 hour’s drive) where we will visit the Barcelos Open Air Market.

Colour, movement, life and culture. The municipality of Barcelos is a perfect combination of tradition, innovation and modernity. Keeper of a unique beauty, art, history, and, above all, people makes Barcelos an odd and unique place. To come to Barcelos is to visit and experience their weekly market, one of the oldest in the country that marks the rhythm of the city. Every Thursday, parades, in the largest square in the city, all the diversity of popular arts and crafts, from pottery, embroidery, weaving and basketry, wood carving and iron forge are on display.

We spend the day at the market. Lunch at leisure (own account)

In the afternoon we will continue towards Douro, to check-in at the hotel, followed by dinner.

Overnight at the Hotel Douro Palace or similar (breakfast, dinner).


Buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Day spent in Douro. We travel to Quinta do Seixo – a great example of modernism in the Douro (around 01h15 driving).

On the south bank of the Douro River, in Cima-Corgo, opposite the Quinta do Porto lies Quinta do Seixo, providing a breathtaking view over the Douro River. Owned by Sogrape Vinhos since 1987. In 2007 the company invested approximately €7.5 million here in a modern winery, where high quality Porto’s and Douro DOP wines are produced. An innovative project not only for the state-of-the-art technology used in the cellar, but also for creating a tourist experience that is both educational and contemporary. Sandeman’s Quinta do Seixo Wine Centre seeks to attract more visitors to the Douro and educate visitors on the region and the fantastic wines it produces. It offers a tour of the winery, the wine cellar and robotic lagars (automatic wine presses), a visit complemented by multimedia to explain the whole wine production cycle and a Porto tasting (selected vintages) in a room with a spectacular panoramic view of Douro.

Later we travel to Pinhão for a boat ride through the Douro valley, serving a light snack.

We return to our hotel in Douro (around 01h30 driving).

The Casa do Lavrador is a rural and ethnographic museum that integrates the Cultural and Recreation Association of Santa Cruz do Douro. Built in tribute to Mr. Augusto Gomes dos Santos, honorary chairman of the Portuguese Folklore Federation, the Casa do Lavrador was inaugurated on June 26, 1999. Here you will find portrayed the day-to-day life of a family of farmers as they would have lived 100 years ago.

Overnight at the Hotel Douro Palace or similar (breakfast, dinner).


Breakfast at hotel followed by check-out.

We transfer from Douro Palace to Pinhão to be in time for a train journey to Porto.

The village owes its name to the location at the mouth of the river Pinhão, one of the tributaries of the Douro. Nestled on a hillside between the two rivers, the village is set in a landscape typical to the Douro valley sprinkled with farms and manors.

We travel by train from Pinhão to Porto. (Luggage will be transported by our coach to the next hotel. This is a 2-hour train journey). The Douro train line is arguably one of the most beautiful railway lines in the world, with stations anchored on the shores of the Douro. The line passes quaint tiled buildings, lost stations, mysterious tunnels and Centennial bridges.

Upon arrival in Porto, Campanhã Station we will take another train to S.Bento Porto station situated in the heart of the city. This ride takes more or less 10 minutes but arriving in S.Bento is a unique experience, since this station is considered one of the most beautiful stations of the world.

Depending on our arrival time enjoy an optional lunch at Café Majestic.

More than just a café, "Majestic" tells the history of Oporto - the Oporto of the twenties, of the political gathering and debate of ideas. It was also the "Belle Époque" period, the time of the writers and artists.
The "Majestic Cafe" offers a fine and unique experience.

After lunch, check in at your hotel. Dinner at leisure.

Overnight at the Vila Galé Porto Ribeira or similar (breakfast).


Enjoy a buffet breakfast at the hotel. Spend the day at leisure.

Tonight we enjoy a farewell dinner at DOP considered one of the best restaurants in the country.

Set in the Palácio das Artes (Palace of Arts), an original building of the fourteenth century run by the Fundação da Juventude (Youth Foundation) in which creativity and innovation is promoted, DOP Restaurant takes pride of place. DOP (‘tasting and daring in Oporto’) offers signature cuisine based on the traditional Portuguese flavours that chef Rui Paula recreates with some international character. The space is wide open, with a high ceiling that allows two floors with three distinct areas offering a more intimate experience. Each space has its own kitchen, a major one that cooks the majority of dishes, one upstairs in the mezzanine and another in a ‘show cooking’ area with a table where guests can sit down to enjoy a lighter meal, accompanied by fine wines by the glass, watching the cooking process. The interior decor of the restaurant also combines modernity with tradition, respecting the imposing building in which it is set.

Return to the hotel after dinner.

Overnight at the Vila Galé Porto Ribeira or similar (breakfast, dinner).


Buffet breakfast at the hotel. At leisure until transfer to the airport to check-in for the return flight.



05 to 17 September 2018


Land Package:
Per person sharing: EUR 3,730.00
Single Supplement: EUR 980.00


  • Private air-conditioned bus for the duration of the program
  • English speaking guide for the duration of the program
  • Lunch and dinner – meals according with the program 
  • Day 02 – Wine bar “BY the wine” – tapas meal with drinks (dinner)
  • Day 03 – Visit, wine tasting and lunch (3 course with drinks OR Picnic) at Quinta de Sant’Ana 
  • Day 03 – Restaurant Can The Can – tapas meal with drinks (dinner) 
  • Day 04 – Boat Panoramic tour for 2 hours with cocktail 
  • Day 04 – Restaurant 5 Oceanos – 3 course meal with drinks (dinner) 
  • Day 06 – Restaurant Vinha D’Alhos – 3 course meal with drinks (dinner) 
  • Day 07 – Restaurant Transmontana – 3 course meal with drinks (lunch) 
  • Day 08 – Quinta da Aveleda – visit and 3 course meal with drinks (lunch) 
  • Day 09 – Hotel Douro Palace – 3 course meal with drinks (dinner) 
  • Day 10 – Visit and tasting at Quinta do Seixo 
  • Day 10 – Private Douro Cruise in Pinhão with snacks and drinks included 
  • Day 10 – Casa do Lavrador – visit and 3 course meal with drinks (dinner) 
  • Day 12 – Restaurant DOP – 3 course meal with drinks (dinner) 
  • Wine tastings at all the wine farms as per program – basic tastings (1 x wine per person) 
  • Cocktail on a vessel in Lisbon 
  • Tuk Tuk ride in Porto 
  • Entrance fees as per program (2 x Lisboa / 1 x Sintra / 1 x Porto / 1 x Guimarães) 
  • Mineral water in the bus (1 x person/day) 
  • Train ride from Douro to Porto
  • Accommodation in Lisbon, Porto and in the Douro as listed


  • All international flights and airport taxes (quoted separately)
  • Selected meals as specified
  • Visa Fees
  • Driver, guide and local escort gratuities 
  • Telephone bill, laundry and any items of a personal nature 
  • Travel Insurance