Southern of Portugal Private TourThursday, 20 November 2014 00:00
Day 01: Arrive in Lisbon International Airport. Meet by local guide/rep at after immigration and custom clearance. Transfer from Airport to your Hotel in Lisbon.
Day 02: Morning departure towards Sesimbra, old fishing village and brief visit to his castle with stunning views. Then pass AZEITÃO village, where a landscape of olive groves, vineyards and oak trees prevail. Indulge in a tasting of feta cheese accompanied by a drink in the historic cellars of José Maria da Fonseca, which produce Periquita, a Moscatel wine and more than 40 brands of wine. During the view get to know a little more of its 100 years old and its secrets. This is a region known for its sweets, the famous "Torta de Azeitão". Even if we may of interest to visit the workshop of St. Simon to understand the manufacturing process of handmade Portuguese tiles as well as ceramic and porcelain Vila Fresca. Through Arrábida with spectacular views over the Atlantic and the peninsula of Troia follow towards Évora where we end our tour.
Day 03: The tour starts in the morning with the beautiful medieval city of Évora, the historical center, in Alentejo, an area that was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1986, and where you can visit monuments like: the Cathedral, Roman Temple, the Church of St. Francis and its Chapel of Bones. After lunch we continue towards Reguengos de Monsaraz to visit one of the largest estates in the country in wine production. After lunch, we went towards the typical walled town of Monsaraz with a stunning view on the dam alqueva. Our journey continues to Vila Viçosa.
Day 04: Make a visit to this beautiful village and the Ducal Palace, once occupied by Romans and Muslims, this village has acquired a lot of importance to the early 4th Dynasty "Bragança" when the recent King D. João IV made the donation of his Crown of Our Lady da Conceição, which can still be seen today in the Church. Our route continues to the town of Marble, Estremoz. Here you will experience the local cuisine at the Pousada Rainha Santa Isabel or any other local restaurant. After lunch we went to Alter do Chão, land of strong equestrian traditions. Visit the stud farm (optional), and continued to Marvão.
Day 05: After breakfast, our day will be dedicated to places with strong connections to Judaism. We begin with a walking tour inside this village within the ancient walls of the Castle. Continue to Castelo de Vide village during the Inquisition in Spain, grew with the coming of the Jewish people who were keeping their customs and traditions to the present day. Here we visit the synagogue and the castle which still retains its well-preserved town. Then continue to take where we can visit the Templar Castle and the Convent of Christ, Sec. XII, as well as the oldest synagogue in Portugal, Sec. XV. Return to Lisbon.
Day 06: After breakfast, visit the most exciting city in the moment, Lisbon. Here we discover destroyed by the earthquake (Lower) of the older neighborhoods like Alfama, Castelo and Bairro Alto, a town linked to the Portuguese Discoveries (Bethlehem) and the chic Chiado and Liberty Avenue. While in Lisbon, dining in a good home Fado is a must. So tonight we will take to enjoy the traditional Portuguese music, considered a world heritage site.
Day 07: This day, not to escape the rule, will be full of culture and visit some of the most beautiful palaces in the country, in the famous village of Sintra considered by UNESCO as World Heritage. Here we will have time to visit landmarks such as the Palace of Queluz, built by D. Maria I, the Palace of Sintra, the Century. XIV century Pena Palace. XIX which looks like a fairytale palace and the lush Regaleira Estate with its lush gardens and tunnels. After the fantastic Sintra, we went to the most western point of continental Europe, Cabo da Roca. We continue our tour towards Cascais, Estoril and former fishing village, village well known for the largest casino in Europe, and during the 2nd World War as a place of spies, face neutral position it held during this period.
Day 08: Transfer from your Hotel to the Lisbon International Airport.
Évora Wine Private TourFriday, 26 September 2014 00:00
This charming tour starts in Lisbon, where you begin traveling to the southern part of the country, Alentejo. The visit begins with the beautiful medieval city of Évora, the historical center in Alto Alentejo, an area which has been declared world cultural heritage by UNESCO in 1986, and where you can visit monuments like: The Catederal, Roman Temple, Church of St. Francisco and its bones chapel Then we drive to Herdade do Esporão at Reguengos de Monsaraz ... upon arrival you will have an amazing view of this large real estate of 600 hect of vineyards, with emphasis to the Tower of Esporão dating from the year 1267 and where we found a lovely Chapel of Our Lady of Remédios . You can enjoy your lunch here, since it has a friendly local atmosphere and is known for its excellent cuisine and for producing the world`s finest wines. Original products of the land of Esporão offer a perfect combination of modern and traditional cuisine of Alentejo. We continue our journey to Monsaraz, another walled town that not only kept the essence of times past where schist protects the white houses, but also has one of the most precious sights on the largest artificial lakes in Europe, the Alqueva.
Évora Private TourThursday, 18 September 2014 00:00
You feel like stopping the clock? Head south and get to know the larger region of Portugal distinguished by the wide plains and go back to the past. On the way you will observe that the traditional old-farming is still present in the culture, and economy of the region.
The tour high points can be remains from the Palaeolithic period to traces left by Roman conquerors, to Storks nests squatting chimneys, or even the delightful gastronomy of the region based in Mediterranean principals combined with the best local products pork, game, bread cheeses and wines.
This historical city, classified as World Heritage by Unesco, offers you the unique experience to travel in time. Do not miss the master pieces of the carved details of the Cathedral with the Gothic ambience, the Roman Temple built at the highest point of the city (250mts), the lovely Loios Convent, which now works as a charming hotel and St. Francis Church along with the Bones Chapel.