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Exploring Portugal’s Alentejo and Algarve

Discover some of the most untouched and engaging parts of Portugal with this tour through Lisbon and the country’s Alentejo and Algarve regions. Go wine tasting, take a hot air balloon ride, and discover the coast by bike and by sea.

When to go
March-Sept
From price
$7500 pp*
Ideal length
7 nights
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LISBON & UNESCO ÉVORA

Arrive in the bustle and color of Lisbon. An expert guide will illuminate the capital’s culture and history as you tour from downtown through the Jewish Heritage and up into the beautiful hills. Discover this charming city’s fascinating past, traverse the sloping streets, and stop into art galleries. In the evening, eat at one of this lively city’s hidden gems, your meal accompanied by traditional music.

Say farewell to Lisbon and travel into the olive groves, vineyards, and whitewashed villages of southerly Alentejo. Your first stop in this region is family-run São Lourenço do Barrocal for a delicious farm-to-table dinner. Using their own freshly grown produce, your welcoming hosts will create a culinary feast full of the flavors of the local landscape.

Discover UNESCO World Heritage Site Évora—a first among equals of the region’s beautiful hilltop towns. Follow its maze-like medieval streets, the whitewashed walls brightly patterned with azulejos tiles.

After browsing the town’s monuments and museums, enjoy a relaxed lunch at one of the excellent restaurants before traveling on to Monsaraz—widely considered one of Portugal’s most beautiful places. This well-preserved town, perched on a hilltop, offers incredible views, a towering 14th-century castle, and an intangible magic among its pebble-stone lanes.

WINE-TASTING & STAR GAZING

Arrive at the 13th-century estate of Herdade do Esporão for an introduction to the Alentejo’s warm red blends. Engage in an exclusive, privately guided wine-tasting experience that will take you through the vineyards, the history of wine-making in the region, and on to a delicious tasting.

As evening arrives the stars begin to shine with particular clarity above Alqueva Lake—the world’s first starlight tourism destination. Joined by Miguel Claro—a world-renowned astrophotographer—soak up the astounding clarity of the constellations and the Milky Way.

HOT AIR BALLOON & ALGARVE

Rising early, begin a hot air balloon ride showcasing the region’s beautiful vistas of golden cornfields and silver-green olive groves. Gently descend into this serene scene for a freshly prepared breakfast ready for you at your landing location.

Depart Alentejo and journey south to the coastal Algarve region, a place of rugged coastline and quiet fishing villages. Cruise out into the azure waves, discovering stunning rock formations, golden cliffs, and hidden coves.

Swim and snorkel as the whim take you, before a delicious lunch onboard. After you’ve eaten, glide over the water on a paddleboard or in a kayak to get closer to the coastline’s contours and its concealed beaches.

Discover the rugged coast and lush hinterland of the Algarve on an exciting bike excursion. Freewheel through fishing villages and leafy vineyards, the Algarve’s diversity whizzing past in a scenic blur. On to the traditional village of Olhão to discover its centerpiece market with its trademark vibrancy.

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