An enchanting journey through history and the vines

Portugal is a fabulous destination for food and wine lovers, offering a varied range of captivating landscapes (from cork forests, to wild coastline, to steep terraced vineyards); stunning historic villages like Belmonte, Évora, Sintra and Óbidos; and world class wineries. This Portuguese Wine Odyssey vacation brings you to the fine wine regions of the Alentejo and the Douro Valley, with additional wine tasting in the historic port wine lodges of Vila Nova de Gaia and at the quaint Loja do Vinho in Sintra. Some highlights of the tour include a romantic Rabelo cruise along the Douro River, 4X4 tours through the vineyards, tasting rare vintage Port wines in Porto, and fine dining at some of Portugal’s best restaurants including the Bull & Bear (run by Portugal’s leading chef, Miguel Castro e Silva) and Tavares Rico (an ornate and gilded affair in Lisbon, dating back to the 1700´s).

The tour begins in the atmospheric city of Porto, visiting the famed lodges of Ramos Pinto and Graham’s, before continuing along the Douro valley. You will be based at the Vintage House, majestically perched on the river. Visiting boutique estates like Quinta da Pacheca as well as more famous wineries like Quinta do Crasto, before heading south towards the Alentejo. Enroute, you will stop off in the charming village of Trancoso for a surprisingly stylish wine tasting lunch and Belmonte, where you will spend a night in the enchanting Pousada. The next leg of the trip includes a few days in Alentejo taking in VIP visits to top estates like Esporão, and emerging stars like Monte Seis Reis and Monte da Ravasqueira (both with stunning properties). You will be staying outside the Unesco world heritage town of Évora, in an elegantly renovated convent, now a luxury spa hotel. On your way to Lisbon, you will visit the fairy tale village of Óbidos and a Disney-esque castle in Sintra. Your tour concludes in Lisbon with a farewell wine tasting gourmet dinner at the city’s greatest restaurant, Tavares Rico.

On this wine tour, you will be tasting a variety of native Portuguese grape varietals such as (red)- Aragonês (Spain’s Tempranillo grape, also called Tinta Roriz in the north), Tinto Cão (high quality red), Bastardo (humorously named grape cultivated in the Douro and other regions), Castelão Frances (also called “Tricadeira Preta” and “Periquita” in the Ribatejo), Touriga Francesa (one of the most widely grown port grapes), Touriga Nacional (one of the nation’s “Noble” grapes); and (white) Antao Vaz (zippy white used widely in the Alentejo), Alvarinho (said to be a possible cousin to Spain’s “Albariño), Esgana Cão (another humorous name, which means “Dog Strangler”!), Fernão Pires (aromatic grape that resembles Muscat), Roupeiro (high quality grape, also known as Codéga”), and Vioshinho (a lesser known white grape of the Douro valley). Dining is always an important focus on our tours and you will enjoy a range of carefully selected restaurants, from cozy and authentic little winemaker’s haunts to refined and high end establishments. This is the ultimate Portuguese wine odyssey! Contact us for more information if you would like to visit Portugal’s wine country on a luxurious private tour.


Portuguese Odyssey Food & Wine Tour Highlights:

  • Chauffeur Driven Private Wine Tour of Portugal
  • Personalized Wine Tasting Tours of Alentejo, Sintra, Douro and Porto
  • Gastronomic Portuguese food experiences
  • Sightseeing in Porto, Belmonte, Trancoso, Evora, Obidos, Lisbon and more
  • Private wine cruise on the Douro River
  • Luxury hotels in the Portuguese wine country

Below is a suggested Itinerary for your private Portuguese Odyssey Food & Wine Tour

  1. Porto

    Porto and Port Wine Lodges

    Port Wine tasting at historic lodge
    Port Wine tasting at historic lodge
    • 5* Spa Hotel, Porto
    • Lunch with wines, welcome bottle of wine in room
    • Private Chauffeured Mercedes

    The morning you arrive at Porto’s international airport, you will rendezvous with your charming chauffeur who will be your private driver/guide for the duration of this tour. Drive into Porto, crossing the river and heading into Vila Nova de Gaia, where the famous Port Wine Lodges are located. A fantastic day ahead, with private tours and tastings to look forward to; begin your tour with a visit to Graham’s lodge, one of our personal favorites. This classic Anglo-Portuguese lodge is also one of the most impressive, with extensive ageing cellars and thousands of casks. On a private tour of the property, you will learn all about how Porto is the oldest demarcated wine region in the world, and how the lodges functioned as storehouses (as they still do), while the wine is actually made in the Douro valley.

    Finish your visit with a tasting of Vintage Ports from single “Quintas” (the highest quality), including wines like Malvedos, Bonfim and some gorgeous Tawny Ports such as Graham´s 30 year old Tawny. Lunch is next and you will be ready to sit down and relax over a tasting menu at the quaint Dom Tonho restaurant. This restaurant is an institution, and you will rub elbows with as many locals as tourists, who flock here. After lunch, enjoy one more Port wine lodge tour, at for example, the beautiful Ramos Pinto. They have an excellent wine museum where you can see the creative port wine ads they used from the 19th century into the 1950’s. In the late afternoon, your driver will drop you off at your comfortable spa hotel, to settle in and enjoy an evening to yourselves. For a classy dinner tonight, try Foz Velha, highly recommended.

  2. Douro Valley

    Private Tour of Porto & Gourmet Lunch

    Cutting edge Portuguese cuisine
    Cutting edge Portuguese cuisine
    • 4* Historic Hotel, Douro Valley
    • Full breakfast, Lunch with wines
    • Private Chauffeured Mercedes

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    A relaxing start to the day this morning, maybe to catch up from the jet lag or enjoy the hotel’s gym and spa. In the late morning, your private art guide and driver will meet you in the lobby, and you will head into the historic center to explore this ancient city. Some highlights of your Porto tour include a visit to the Lello book shop (one of the most beautiful in Europe), the Arabian salon at the historic Stock Exchange and the Igreja de São Francisco (a grandiose church that must not be missed). Later in the afternoon you will be driven to the beautiful Douro valley, but before leaving Porto you will stop for a fantastic lunch.

    Welcome to the world famous Bull & Bear restaurant where you will taste refined and creative Portuguese cuisine paired with thoughtfully selected wines, from the chef’s special tasting menu. Following a long and relaxed wine lunch, you will be chauffeured to the Douro Valley, about a two hour’s drive. Arriving at Pinhão in the early evening, you will check in to the hotel, whose location could not be any more perfect. Your room will overlook the river, and tonight you could pop into their wine shop, have an aperitif at the old world bar and enjoy dinner in the romantic dining room. You have now reached the stunning Douro Valley!

  3. Douro Valley

    Douro Valley Wine Tour & Rabelo Cruise

    Douro Valley vineyards
    Douro Valley vineyards
    • 4* Historic Hotel, Douro Valley
    • Full breakfast, Lunch with wines
    • Private Chauffeured Mercedes

    Today’s activities are some of the major highlights of this wine odyssey. You will discover the breathtaking Douro Valley, stopping in a boutique wine estate for a tour and tasting, and sailing down the Douro River in your own private Rabelo boat whilst sipping on chilled white port. Begin the day when your driver transfers you from Pinhão to Peso da Régua to the family run Quinta da Pacheca estate. You will receive a very warm welcome from the owners themselves, while they have an aristocratic background, they could not be friendlier. Some of their vineyards are right on site, and you will learn about the grapes they cultivate, and the wines they produce, both dry wines and port wines. After a tour of the pretty Quinta, historic wine cellar and grape treading “Lagar”, you will sit down for a tasting of five of their wines. Nibble on homemade breads and delicious local cheeses accompanying the wines you taste whilst learning more about the Douro region.

    Carry on to a sit down lunch nearby at the trendy Douro In restaurant, with great views right over the river. Taste local dishes such as “Míscaros do Monte” (sautéed wild mushrooms), “Joelho Porco Assado” (roast pork loin) and a deliciously naughty chocolate dessert. The next part of the afternoon will be spent relaxing on your private Rabelo boat. These Rabelos are replicas of the 17th and 18th century boats that the wine companies used to transport the port downstream to Porto where it would be stored before shipping to international markets. Enjoy your cruise, with some wine onboard and a friendly English speaking skipper. In the late afternoon, your boat will drop you off at the dock, just steps from your hotel. The rest of the evening is at leisure.

  4. Douro Valley- Trancoso- Belmonte

    Wine Tasting- Lunch in Trancoso and on to Belmonte

    The stunning Quinta do Crasto, Douro Valley
    The stunning Quinta do Crasto, Douro Valley
    • 4* Historic Hotel, Belmonte
    • Full breakfast, Lunch with wines
    • Private Chauffeured Mercedes

    This morning you will visit one of the most prestigious Douro producers, Quinta do Crasto. Run by the Roquette family, this winery makes frankly amazing wines. Wine Spectator, Robert Parker and international wine critics like Jancis Robinson concur and the Quinta do Crasto wines are consistently award winners. You will tour the estate with a member of this famous family and enjoy a private tasting of their flagship wines, as well as a surprise wine not widely available. This is your last morning in the Douro valley as the next stop is Belmonte. But first, you will head to Trancoso for lunch. This small, charming village is totally off the beaten path, and yet one restaurant consistently attracts wine lovers- the Área Benta (“Blessed Area”).

    You will have a traditional Portuguese lunch served in a stylish and contemporary setting, with dishes such as Arroz de Pato (Rice with duck), Cabrito Assado com castanhas (roast kid with chestnuts) and Requeijão com Doce de Abóbora (delicious cheese with preserves). After a convivial lunch, you could enjoy a digestive walk around the fortified village of Trancoso, with its medieval cobblestoned streets. At your leisure, carry on to your hotel in the historic town of Belmonte, another hour’s drive. This is a very pleasant stop enroute to Alentejo, and guests of Jewish heritage will be interested to find out that Belmonte is one of Portugal’s last surviving Jewish communities (which dates back to the 12th century) and was only “rediscovered” in the last 20 years.

    You can visit the Jewish museum and the beautiful castle which dates back to the 13th century (although it was last refurbished into a manor house for Pedro Álvares Cabral, the Portuguese navigator who discovered Brazil). Your hotel is thoroughly delightful and the restaurant is excellent. Enjoy!

  5. Belmonte- Estremoz- Arraiolos- Évora

    Alentejo Wine Touring

    Historic hilltop town, Estremoz
    Historic hilltop town, Estremoz
    • 5* Spa Hotel, Évora
    • Full breakfast, Lunch with wines
    • Private Chauffeured Mercedes

    This morning you head south to the Alentejo wine region, one of our favorite wine regions in the world. Characterized by its cork forests, Moorish castles and bold, “monster” wines, the Alentejo is supremely enjoyable. From Belmonte, drive to Estremoz, one of the oldest towns in the region. Your first winery visit today is at the Monte Seis Reis estate, a relatively new, highly successful company founded by packing mogul Helder de Almeida. Enjoy a private tour of their vast estate and taste their superb single varietal wines like the Boa Memória Branco (made with the native Antão Vaz grape) and their elegant blends like the Monte Seis Reis Reserva. Lunch is next, in central Estremoz in a charming converted wine cellar. Try local delicacies like the “Porco Preto” (black pig), dogfish in a cilantro sauce, roast pork with plums, and monkfish with clams, to name a few.

    You will have some free time in Estremoz to explore on your own, and we highly suggest you have a coffee in the beautiful Pousada. Your next wine estate today is the lovely Monte da Ravasqueira winery, also one of the major horse stud farms in Portugal. Located near the ancient carpet weaving town of Arraiolos, Monte da Ravasquiera is a real treat to visit. They have 11 single vineyards, and cultivate a range of grapes including (red)- Aragone (Tempranillo), Trincadeira, Touriga Nacional, Syrah, Touriga Franca, Alfrocheiro, Alicante Bouschet, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot; and (white) Viogner, Chardonnay, Antão Vaz and Arinto. Taste the range including the special Monte da Ravasqueira Vinha das Romãs. In the late afternoon, arrive to your luxury spa resort, outside the historic city of Évora. Relax and enjoy the facilities, dinner at the hotel’s restaurant is a definite must (it’s one of the best in the region).

  6. Alentejo

    Visit Esporão winery- private tour of Évora

    Esporao winery, Alentejo
    Esporão winery, Alentejo
    • 5* Spa Hotel, Évora
    • Full breakfast, Lunch with wines
    • Private Chauffeured Mercedes

    Your driver will arrive in the late morning today, allowing you a few hours to enjoy the spa, go for a walk, have a swim, sleep in or have a long leisurely breakfast in the beautiful vaulted dining room. Today is your last winery visit in the Alentejo and you will visit the pioneering Esporão, one of Portugal’s finest and most innovative wine companies. The property is stunningly beautiful, and driving up to the cellars you will pass by hundreds of olive groves (Esporão are one of the best olive oil producers in the country as well). Australian flying winemaker David Baverstock has been the head winemaker here for years, and was one of the first to recognize the potential for single varietal wines made with native Portuguese grapes. Esporão make different ranges of wines including the Monte Velho wines at the lower end and the Esporão Private Selection Garrafeira range at the highest end. You will get the chance to try six of their best wines, along with their olive oils.

    You have a fabulous tasting menu lunch to look forward to next, paired with various estate wines. The food here is great, and the views are reminiscent of the African Savannah, quite romantic. After lunch, pop into nearby Monsaraz, a charming village a few minutes drive away, for a digestive walk. Monsaraz is one of the most photographed villages of the Alentejo and known for its whitewashed houses, charming narrow lanes and great views. The second part of the day will be spent touring Évora with your own private guide. This city dates back to Ancient Roman times, as its 2nd century temple dedicated to the goddess Diana testifies. The whole historic center is now protected by Unesco and designated a world heritage city. With your guide, you’ll see the best of the city including its prettiest squares, churches, and gardens. The spooky bone chapel will be a quirky visit, definitely unforgettable. Transfer to your hotel after your tour, for a free evening.

  7. Amarante - Lisbon

    Évora to Óbidos- Wine Pairing Dinner

    Seafood Cataplana
    Seafood Cataplana
    • 4* Historic Hotel, Óbidos
    • Full breakfast, Dinner with wines
    • Private Chauffeured Mercedes

    Enjoy a late start today to make the most of the hotel’s luxurious facilities and at your preferred time, your driver guide will collect you and transfer you from the Alentejo, west to the Atlantic Ocean. You will be spending the day at leisure, as a mid-tour break in picturesque Óbidos. But first, stop in Nazaré for lunch. This traditional fishing village has some of the best seafood on the Atlantic, in unpretentious little fish shacks lining the wide sandy beach. Nazaré is without a doubt the most scenic coastal village in Portugal, and you’ll love the spectacular views of the Atlantic and the colorful historic town center. Women wearing traditional folkloric dress sell souvenirs and street food on the boardwalk, there really is a great atmosphere in this little village. Enjoy lunch on your own and carry on to Óbidos next for the rest of the day and evening.

    Óbidos is a very pretty fortified hill top town with a magnificently preserved castle and a beautiful medieval cluster of ancient houses adorned with flowers and hanging bougainvillea. Stroll through the jumble of historic streets in the old town, have a glass of wine at the castle (now converted into a Pousada hotel). If you happen to be taking this tour in February, then we can time it so that you are in Óbidos for their famous chocolate festival. Check in to your hotel, a darling boutique hotel built into the ancient wall. The rooms are simple but very cute, and the location is perfect. Tonight you will enjoy a gourmet dinner here at the hotel, paired with excellent local wines. Óbidos is best appreciated at night when the castle is lit up, enjoy!

  8. Óbidos- Sintra- Lisbon

    Wine Tasting in Sintra- on to Lisbon

    Pena Palace, Sintra
    Pena Palace, Sintra
    • 5* Historic Hotel, Lisbon
    • Full breakfast, Cheese and wine tasting
    • Private Chauffeured Mercedes

    From picturesque Óbidos you will drive south towards Lisbon, stopping in Sintra for a tour and wine tasting. Home to Lord Byron, who famously called it “Paradise on Earth”, Sintra is a wealthy town in the lush hills northwest of Lisbon. It is certainly one of Portugal’s loveliest towns, full of villas and palaces, ancient “Azulejos” (blue and white tilework), and some amazing attractions like the Pena Palace (an Alice in Wonderland whimsical castle) and the dramatic ruins of the Moorish castle. Begin your visit with a private guided tour of the Pálacio do Pena, what a striking place! Drive into the village itself next to the tiny Loja do Vinho where your gregarious hosts will conduct a Portuguese wine tasting for you, paired with cheeses. You will try wines from regions such as Azeitão, Vinho Verde and Ribatejo.

    After lunch, enjoy free time in Sintra to go shopping (there are some excellent ceramic shops here), grab a more substantial bite to eat, or do more sightseeing on your own. In the late afternoon, your driver will take you into Lisbon, Portugal’s romantic capital city. Check into your luxurious hotel, a converted 19th century manor house and the rest of the evening is yours. For something fun, we suggest you take in a Fado show, Portugal’s version of the jazzy blues. You will have our many recommendations in your keepsake itinerary to choose from.

  9. Lisbon

    Private tour of Lisbon & Farewell dinner

    Saint Jeronimo Monastery
    Saint Jeronimo Monastery
    • 5* Historic Hotel, Lisbon
    • Full breakfast, Farewell dinner with wines
    • Private Chauffeured Mercedes

    Sleep in or enjoy a late breakfast at this wonderful hotel, probably the best on the tour. Mid-morning, your private guide and driver will meet you in reception and you will enjoy a panoramic tour of Lisbon’s best sights. Begin with a drive down to the captivating Belem Tower followed with a short tour of the Saint Jeronimo Monastery (absolutely stunning!). Next you will drive to the Moorish castle, and the rest of the tour continues by foot. Admire Lisbon’s red roofed palaces with the Tagus river in the background, from up above at the castle. Have a coffee or aperitif while taking in the great views.

    Lunch is on your own, and we recommend you eat at one of the quaint taverns near the castle. You will have our tips on best bets, and on other sightseeing ideas for this afternoon. The rest of the day is at leisure. Tonight, dress to impress as your farewell dinner is at one of Lisbon’s swankiest and most elegant restaurants. Arrive to Tavares Rico, a Lisbon institution, and enjoy the chef’s tasting menu paired with great wines. This is a very special place to conclude your Portuguese wine odyssey tour.

  10. Lisbon

    Depart Lisbon

    Boa Viagem!
    Boa Viagem!
    • None
    • Full breakfast
    • Private Chauffeured Mercedes

    This morning at your preferred time, your driver will take you to Lisbon’s international airport. We hope you have had a superb time on tour with us in Portugal and we very much look forward to seeing you again.

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