DAY 1 LISBON
On arrival at Lisbon Airport your private chauffeur will be waiting for you and will transfer you in a luxury vehicle to your hotel. You will check into your genuine Art Deco 4* Boutique Hotel in the center of Lisbon which echoes the glamour of the 1940's. Classified as a historic building, this small and unique hotel is located on a quiet street right alongside the cosmopolitan Avenida da Liberdade. We are sure you will be tired after your journey, but a short siesta is the answer before you start to get acquainted with this fabulous city.
If San Francisco had a sister, it would be Lisbon. Both cities have twin bridges and famously foggy weather. Both are situated on the best natural harbors on the west coast of their respective continents. Both have trolleys rattling up and down their steep hills past characteristic buildings. And both have survived horrific earthquakes. In 1755, an estimated 9.0 earthquake leveled two-thirds of Lisbon. Within a month, a new city was designed, and downtown Lisbon was rebuilt on a progressive grid plan, with broad boulevards and square squares. Today, Lisbon is a charming mix of old and new. Bird-stained statues mark grand plazas, taxis screech around cobbled corners and the hip and trendy hang out in Art Nouveau cafes. Just like it did during the days of Magellan and Vasco da Gama, the city continues to welcome ships into its large port. Even today, Lisbon still feels like Europe's gateway to the world. We can recommend many restaurants in Lisbon for you to discover some local Portuguese cuisine this evening!
In a Nutshell: Private Chauffeured Transfer from Lisbon Airport to hotel, Overnight in a genuine Art Deco 4* Boutique Hotel in the center of Lisbon
DAY 2 LISBON
This morning, after breakfast, your experienced, Officially Licensed guide will be waiting at your hotel to take you on a Private Gourmet and Historical Tour of Lisbon. Your private visit will start with the Moorish St Georges Castle, renamed after conquering the Moors, where you will be able to take in the impressive views over the sea. Within the walls of the Castle you will stop at a friendly Cafe for your first Portuguese tasting of the day where you may like to try Ginginha, the famous Portuguese Cherry Liqueur, have a glass of the famous fortified wine Port or join Portugal's strong cafe culture with an aromatic coffee.
Leading down from the castle to the river, you will then cross the Alfama, Lisbon's salty sailors quarter. Its tangled street plan is one of the few parts of Lisbon to survive the big quake, making the Alfama a cobbled playground of Old World color. Urban-jungle roads are squeezed into a maze of confusing alleys, designed to frustrate invaders trying to get up to the castle. What was defensive then is atmospheric now. Gnarled houses snuggle together in their romantic shabbiness; the air drips with laundry and the smell of clams and raw fish.
Onward now to the Baixa and Chiado districts where there are many well-known cafes to enjoy another stop for a coffee and a typical Portuguese cake before heading to Rossio, passing by the famous Santa Justa elevator, where you will hear about the only tea produced in Europe, grown in the Atlantic Island of Sao Miguel, in the Azores. You will be visiting a specialized gourmet locale stocked with authentic local delights such as the typical Bacalhau (dried, salted cod), exclusive wines, traditional sweets, chorizo sausages and much more. A taste of the authentic dried salted cod is a must! From here you will head to Praca do Comercio - Commerce Square - a vast waterfront place, where the royal palace stood until the 1755 Great Earthquake. Here you will sample authentic Portuguese Beer and taste the delicious cod cakes. Your tour of Lisbon would not be complete without including Vinho Verde do Minho (the famous green wine of Minho) and you will able to enjoy a glass accompanied with Azeitao cheese, spicy chorizo sausage and delicious bread.
Your private guide will provide you with many personalized suggestions for further sightseeing in Lisbon for the rest of your day but you will surely appreciate a relax at your Lisbon hotel first.
This evening you are set for a fabulous Fado experience, Portugal's national music. You will dine at an authentic, elegant Portuguese Fado restaurant in Lisbon's picturesque Bairro Alto. Founded in 1931 this institution in Lisbon has entertained prime ministers and presidents. The show is composed of Fado Sessions until 2am so you can stay as long as you wish, although most of our guests leave around 11pm.
In a Nutshell: Private Guided Gourmet and Historical Tour of Lisbon, Fado Evening, Overnight Lisbon
DAY 3 AZEITAO
Today, after breakfast, your chauffeur will be waiting for you to travel to Azeitao, south of Lisbon. Your day will commence with a tour of a famous wine estate, owned by a major art lover and one of the wealthiest men in Portugal. You will tour the estate with its 16th century renaissance gardens and incredible vineyards. You will visit the largest collection of antique Portuguese tilework in their Azulejo room, the Japanese garden and finally, the wine cellars where you will finalize your tour with a tasting of their best wines. Your journey then continues onto the pretty little village of Azeitao, nestling among olive and cork trees and situated at the foot of the Serra da Arrabida. Dotted with country palaces, running fountains and narrow alleyways, it is famous for its wines, olives and creamy sheep cheese, the latter prized as one of the best in the country. You will visit the local cheese museum, where you will have a full guided tour and an opportunity not only to learn all about the very special cheese of this area and its history, but also to don an apron and make your own cheese! You will now pause for a delicious lunch with typical Portuguese local wines served at a local hostelry, an ideal opportunity to taste the local sweet speciality, Tortas de Azeitao.
This afternoon you will visit the oldest producer of wines, including the Setubal Muscatel, in Portugal, with nearly 200 years of winemaking tradition. You will have a guided tour of the Museum and the three old Cellars where wines are aged, followed by a tasting of their famous wines and Moscatel. After such a busy day we are sure you will want to relax and perhaps have a light dinner at your hotel, but we also have many suggestions for great restaurants in the area.
In a Nutshell: Visit to Azeitao countryside, Cheese tasting, Two Prestigious Winery Tours, Overnight Lisbon
DAY 4 SINTRA & CASCAIS
After a delicious breakfast this morning, your chauffeur will be waiting for you and you will leave for Sintra. Sintra is a gorgeous little mountain city, verdant and graceful with stunning palaces and gardens, including the one and only "Palacio da Pena", the most extraordinary palace in Portugal, built in the 1840's for Queen Maria II by her husband and emulating the castles of Ludwig of Bavaria. You will meet your guide at the palace and together visit this unique place. Then explore the windy, mountainous city streets and the incredible Old World European architecture complete with pointed roofs, as well as the breathtaking Moorish Castle and the Monastery dos Capuchos.
After a wonderful tour you will continue your journey to Cascais, an old fishing-town, now considered a high-end district. Here we have arranged for a delicious and elegant typically Portuguese lunch with wine. After such a delicious meal you will surely need to stretch your legs by strolling the cobblestone sidewalks of this quaint and pretty place, admiring the traditional tile-work on the buildings and maybe indulging in some shopping at designer boutiques. We suggest a visit to the Museu Condes de Castro Guimaraes, a pretty little museum, which is housed in a historic villa with gardens, featuring an array of tapestries, paintings, furniture and other objets d art. As always, we have many suggestions for you to experience the best of Portuguese food and wine for dinner.
In a Nutshell: Private guided visit to Palacio da Pena in Sintra; Visit to Cascais. Overnight Lisbon
DAY 5 DEPARTURE
It is always sad to say goodbye, but this is the last day of your tour and after breakfast you will check out of your Lisbon hotel and have a chauffeured transfer to Lisbon airport for your onward journey home or to your next destination.
We do hope you will join us for this very exciting tour, which will surely be a truly memorable experience!
In a Nutshell: Private Chauffeured Transfer to Lisbon Airport
Your tour includes:
Accommodation for four (4) nights at an elegant 4* hotel in the very heart of Lisbon (superior room, double occupancy)
Four (4) full breakfasts
Chauffeured transfers in a luxury vehicle, as indicated in the itinerary
All the private guided tours, cultural visits,tastings and meals as indicated in the itinerary
Online Personal Travel Webpage including daily itinerary, general local information, details of places of interest, suggestions for restaurant reservations, and your free time, etc.
Handy elegant Personal Travel Journal, which includes the extended information from your Personal Travel Website, that you can take with you as you go and keep as a souvenir to look back on
24/7 Back Office Assistance
Your tour does not include:
Meals and drinks not stated in the itinerary
Personal expenses such as telephone, minibar, etc.
Tips and gratuities at restaurants etc. at your discretion, NOT obligatory
Travel Insurance may be included in your quotation on request. We strongly recommend you to take out separate cancellation insurance.
Please note our tours are available for PRIVATE GROUPS ONLY and are not scheduled mixed group tours. Price is available upon request and varies depending on the number of guests and time of year. Feel free to contact us for your personal quote.