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Wine, Food and Cultural Tour in the Alentejo Region - 8 Day Experience

Alentejo, 7000-747, Alentejo - Alentejo

Discover the culture, gastronomy and wine from the Alentejo region considered "the best wine region in the world to visit," according to the publication USA Today or named "New Tuscany" by New York Times.

The Alentejo is one of the most beautiful regions of the country, it requires a long narrative, with a continuous and attentive presence in time and space, something that this overview cannot reveal in full. The region breathes a history immersed in periods of unrest and bonanzas. A land where culture and tradition go hand in hand. There is something deeply reinvigorating and redeemer in the Alentejo landscape, the endless space, in the immensity of the rolling plains with cork trees, the wide sky with an immaculate blue, horizon infinity and obviously in its people, in the quiet people, honest and proud of Alentejo.

This itinerary was designed thinking of those who want to become connoisseurs of wine, gastronomy and all the singularities of the Alentejo region. In a warm and dry environment of terracotta plains, an 8-day tour. You will meet some of the best producers of Portugal, the unique landscapes and the tenacity of its people. This tour was designed and conducted in collaboration with our ambassador Nelson Carvalheiro.

Highlights:

  • Évora and Elvas World Heritage site by UNESCO
  • Wine Experiences in Wine Production Farms in the Alentejo region
  • Horseback Riding
  • Visit to the Alqueva, Arraiolos, Reguengos de Monsaraz
  • Estates accommodation and Charming Hotels
  • Gastronomical meals and Regional Products
  • Visit to the Forte da Graça the largest set of bulwark fortifications in the world.
  • Stunning landscaps

Included:

  • Transfers when mentioned in the itinerary

  • English Speaking Private Driver in a Mercedes when mentioned in the itinerary
  • 2 Nights accommodation in double room at Mar de Ar Aqueduto Hotel
  • 1 Night accommodation in a double room at Torre de Palma
  • 2 Nights accommodation in a double room at Herdade do Sobroso
  • 2 Nights accommodation in a double room at Herdade da Malhadinha Nova Country House & SPA
  • 7 breakfasts mentioned in the itinerary
  • 6 Guided visits with wine tasting at 6 renowned wineries in the Alentejo 
  • 6 Lunches with pre-set menu and drinks (2 picnic)
  • 3 Dinners with pre-set menu and drinks

  • 1 Drive/Walking Tour in Elvas, Monsaraz and Évora

  • 1 Horse ride
  • 1 Ride on Car 4x4 
  • All insurance required by Turismo de Portugal

Not Included:

  • Personal expenses as Pastéis de Belém or meal not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Tips
  • Flights or other means of transportation
  • Monuments entrance fees (available to purchase at the entrance)
  • Other services not included in the itinerary 

Prices and Available Options:

From € 2400 (price per person)

Check availability of the suggested tour or get afully customized itinerary, add extra days, change your experiences or discover different sights, refine to suit your preferences. Contact one of our expert consultants for your free, no-obligation bespoke vacation plan.


Revu par Adelina Bernstein

Many hotels but there is no better way to experience the whole Alentejo. Thank you Sara for your help. Very professional.

5
Revu par Gareth Thomas

Amazing Alentejo experience. Stunning Esporão, Adega Mayor and Malhadonha. Good hotels. The menus were very good choices.

5
Revu par Mary Turner

No words to describe it. The Alentejo is more than just beautiful landscapes and historic cities. The places I visited are wonderful. Great food and great wine. Special thanks to Herdade do Sobroso, warm welcome. Thank you Wine Tourism in Portugal, without you guys it would not have been possible. The road book was very useful.

5

Day 1


After airport formalities at Lisbon International Airport (LIS), you will be collected outside customs, and transferred, by an English speaking private Driver in a Deluxe vehicle.

Departing from Lisbon towards the Alentejo region, at about one hour and a half from the city of Lisbon you will find Évora.

Check-in at Mar de Ar Aqueduto Hotel - Historic Design Hotel & SPA. A 5 Star Hotel located very near the historic centre of Évora, this is your starting point for the best wine experiences in the Alentejo region.The hotel arises from the adaptation of the old Sepúlveda Palace, a sixteenth-century building that has preserved a magnificent chapel, the vaulted ceilings and a set of three windows inManuelinostyle in the main façade.

End of day.

Day 2


Breakfast at the hotel.

The private driver is waiting for you in the lobby of the hotel.

You will discover the Adega da Cartuxa. Located in the former refectory of the Jesuit retirement home, they taught at the University of Évora in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. With his expulsion in 1759, by order of the Marquis of Pombal, the property became part of the state, starting a few years later, in 1776, working as an important mill of wine absorbed the wine production in the region. Acquired in the nineteenth century by Eugénio de Almeida family, the Cartuxa Cellar has undergone several renovations and expansions over time, preserving the richness of its architectural and historical memory.The logo identifies wines such as Vinea, EA, Foral de Évora, Cartuxa, Scala Coeli and the legendary Pêra-Manca, as well as the olive oils Álamos, EA and Cartuxa Gourmet. You will have a guided visit with wine tasting and regional products.

Lunch will be served at Degust'AR Restaurant. Located on the ground floor of the Sepúlveda Palace building, the Degust'AR restaurant has the gastronomic signature of the Chef António Nobre. The menu has as its starting point in the Alentejo cuisine, and the Chef develops his creative inspiration by exploring the Mediterranean flavours.

Then, you will enjoy a drive/walking Tour to the city of Évora -World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Évora well-preserved historic center is one of the richest monuments in Portugal, worth the epithet of City-Museum.TheRoman Temple of Évora,one of the most important Roman monuments in Portugal. It is located at the highest point of the city and was part of the Roman forum. It is thought to have been created around the 1st century to honor the Emperor Augustus, but later came to be known as the Temple of Diana. The Cathedral built between the 13th and 14th centuries in Gothic style, it is one of the most important medieval cathedrals in the country, with a plan inspired by the Romanesque Lisbon Cathedral. In the 14th century a cloister was built and the statues of the apostles of the main portal, the masterpiece of Portuguese medieval sculpture, were carved. In the 18th century the chancel was rebuilt in an exuberant baroque style. The Church of San Franciscoit was reconstructed from the reign of D. João II and finished in the time of D. Manuel. Its architecture and decoration mixes the Gothic, Mudejar and Manueline styles. Chapel of the Bones located in the Church of San Francisco, was built in the eighteenth century and is entirely lined with human bones. It is known by the famous phrase written at the entrance "We bones that here are, for yours await".

Drop-off at the Hotel.

End of day.

Day 3


Breakfast at the hotel followed by Check-out.

The private driver is waiting for you in the lobby of the hotel.

Head to eastern Alentejo. You will find Adega Mayor.This Cellar is designed by the famous Siza Vieira architect where lie down some of the best wines, with over 100 national and international awards, after the visit you will enjoy a picnic with the best regional products and the best views over the Alentejo's plains.

Then,drive/walking Tour to the town of Elvas and Forte da Graça (Grace Fort) which is one of the most impressive monuments in Alentejo, considered by many historians as one of the most powerful bulwark fortresses in the world, both are UNESCO World Heritage site.

Drop-off at Torre de Palma.

Check-in at Torre de Palma Wine Hotel. Inspired by the lifestyle of Basilii family and the Alentejo traditions, this is a unique space where you will find the comfort of a hotel, pragmatism of a cellar and the mastery in cuisine.

ride in a horse Lusitano awaits you to stroll through the estate.

Later, enjoydinner at Basilli Restaurant. The flavors of the Alentejo with a touch of sophistication. This is a combination that you can find in Basilii restaurant. With a name that pays a tribute to the wealthy Roman family who inhabited in the village of Torre de Palma.

End of day.

Day 4


Breakfast at the hotel followed by Check-out.

The private driver is waiting for you in the lobby of the hotel.

You will visit João Portugal RamosThe Adega Vila Santa, in Alentejo, part of the group João Portugal Ramos, invites you to enjoy the serenity of Alentejo while you taste some of the most renowned Portuguese wines. In the Adega Vila Santa, modernity embraces harmoniously the centennial Portuguese wine making tradition. Some of the of grapes intended for the most sophisticated red wines, where the production follows the ancestral rules, are trodden in marble mills and partially destemmed. You will have a guided visit and Lunch.

Drop-off at the hotel.

Check-in at Herdade do Sobroso Country House. The Herdade is placed in the county of Vidigueira and it is delimited by the mountain of Mendro at the north, the river Guadiana at east and south an immense plain as far as the eyes can see. To the lovers of wine tourism and synergetic tourism, Herdado do Sobroso offers a unit of Rural Tourism integrated into the property vines.

Then, you will discover the Herdade do Sobroso Cellar. Come meet the 50 hectares of vineyards of Herdade do Sobroso and visit the winery where you can taste and buy wines, olive oil, honey and jams produced in Herdade. You will have a guided visit.

Dinner is waiting for you at Herdade do Sobroso Restaurant. Confirm how the art of eating well can be unique and unmistakable in the delicacies of the Cook Josefina.

End of day.

Day 5


Breakfast at the hotel.

The private driver is waiting for you in the lobby of the hotel.

You will enjoy a traditional inspired lunch at Herdade do Esporão Restaurant. The Herdade adopted a young and enthusiast kitchen's team that privileges the traditional gastronomy and the typical dishes of this region. This restaurant exceeds the highest standards of quality and delivers daily only fresh, local ingredients.

Then, you will have a Drive/Walking Tour to Reguengos de Monsaraz. The graceful medieval village of Monsaraz, maintains the magic from ancient times like few others in the world. Made of lime and schist, this place whispers us, between the echo of our footsteps in its streets. Monsaraz shows signs of having been a fortified settlement during prehistoric times. It has always had a strong military and religious influences, impeccably preserving time until these days.

Drop-off at the Hotel.

End of day.

Day 6


Breakfast at the hotel followed by Check-out.

You will be transferred to Herdade da Malhadinha.

You will enjoy a Picnic at Herdade da Malhadinha Vineyards. A Picnic menu served to the Vineyards, is an excellent opportunity to fully enjoy Nature, with a gastronomic selection prepared by the Chefs.

After the food experience, you will discover Herdade da Malhadinha Winery. The Cellar of Malhadinha Nova is traditional and sophisticated and brings together a unique set of characteristics favourable for the production of distinctive wines of the highest quality. Guided visit and wine tasting included and a 4x4 circuit.

Check-in at Herdade da Malhadinha Nova Country House & SPA. The Herdade da Malhadinha Nova is located in Albernoa, in the heart of Baixo Alentejo and offers comfort and design in a perfect harmony between Nature and the surrounding Landscape. Its concept is based on offering experiences wrapped in the theme of wine, as well as Wine Tourism, Hotel and Restaurant. Wines are the Herdade da Malhadinha Nova ex-libris and reflect a huge respect for the Nature and for all the passion and dedication taken for their creation.

Dinner is waiting for you at Malhadinha Nova Wine & Gourmet Restaurant, signature cuisine led by Michelan Star Chief Consultant Joachim Koerper with the collaboration of the executive Bruno Antunes Chef and cook Vitalina Santos. They propose seasonal menus inspired by the local gastronomy.

End of day.

Day 7


Breakfast at the hotel.

Enjoy the Herdade da Malhadinha facilities.

The private driver is waiting for you at the lobby of the Hotel.

Lunch will be served at Herdade do Grous Restaurant. Warm and ideal place to enjoy the typical cuisine of the Alentejo, where most of the ingredients are home-made, bringing to the table the native flavours and freshness of the region. The team combines the expertise of the traditional culinary o the latest trends in modern cuisine. Its terrace offers fabulous panoramic views of the property and vineyards, making it the perfect spot for a delicious lunch with wine pairing.

You will visit Herdade do Grous Winery that has the guidance of the renowned oenologist Luís Duarte. He is responsible for the making of the best wines of this Herdade. During the tour to the cellarsyou will learn the different stages of the production of the wine and enjoy a different tasting of the wines produced in the Herdade.

You will have a Drive/Walking Tour in Beja. The site of modern Beja has been occupied since the beginning of modern history. However, it was the Roman empire that most contributed to its early development. It was here, in 1 bc that Emperor Julius Cesar signed a peace treaty with the Lusitanian tribes who had previously ruled these lands.

Drop-off at the Hotel

End of day.

Day 8


Breakfast at the hotel followed by Check-out.

You will be transferred to Lisbon International Airport (LIS) or Lisbon

End of the Tour.

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