If you're looking for a wine experience in Portugal with an independent self-drive program, this itinerary is a great option. Stay overnight in accommodations related to the wine production industry and considered to the best in Portugal. And since enjoying a good wine requires leisure and tranquility, this package provides the enjoyable activity known as "dolce fare niente", a feature of all the places you will be staying with this program.
Day 1 - Lisbon
Lisbon airport: Pick up rental car and depart to the Alentejo for accommodation at Herdade da Malhadinha Nova for 3 nights.
Day 2 - Alentejo
Day for optional activities at the Herdade: wine tasting, hot-air balloon ride, Moto-4 ride, or horse-riding at the property, picnic in the country, among many other possibilities.
Day 3 - Alentejo
Visit to Herdade dos Grous with time for lunch and wine tasting at the property (not included). Return and free time to enjoy Malhadinha Nova.
Day 4 - Belmonte
Hotel Check-out and proceed the trip to the North, passing by Evora for a visit of the city. Continue towards Belmonte, with stay at Pousada de Belmonte. 1 night accommodation at the Pousada.
Day 5 - Douro Valley
Check-out and proceed to the Douro Valley, for a 2 night stay at Quinta Nova de Nossa Senhora do Carmo Hotel.
Day 6 - Douro Valley
Day for optional wine activities at the Quinta such as a walk in the vineyards, a wine tasting, a picnic in the vineyard, etc. or touring the Douro Valley.
Day 7 - Porto
Check-out and proceed to Porto for visiting the city. Accommodation at The Yeatman Wine Hotel for 2 nights.
Day 8 - Porto
Free day in Porto for personal activities. Optional activities at The Yeatman: special wine tasting with a visit to its large cellars, a SPA session at the Caudalie Vinothérapie® Spa of the Hotel and a Gourmet and Wine dinner at the hotel's restaurant.
Day 9 - Hotel check-out and proceed to Porto airport. Return rental car at the airport.
Places you will be visiting:
Evora is a beautiful small town in the Alentejo region. It is surrounded by the old walls and it is also a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO and it will attract you for its medieval appearance, the narrow streets, the historic center and for the kindness of the locals. Amongst several interesting monuments, you shall not miss the Roman Temple from the 1st century, unique of this kind in both Portugal and Spain. This is also the perfect place for a great gastronomic and wine experience, known as one of the regions in Portugal with more traditional and quality at this level. You shall also not miss the opportunity of having a meal in one of the city's great restaurants.
Marvão has a fabulous location which has granted it the nickname of "eagles' nest". On the top of high defensive rocks, its walls located at almost 1.000 meters high still embrace the old whitewashed houses overlooking the rolling hills of the Alentejo.
Belmonte is the most active Jewish center of Portugal and it stills preserving some of the old traditions that were allowed to Jews to practice on secret. Besides Lisbon and Porto this is the only place in Portugal with a Jewish community and synagogue that stills functioning. The village was also the birthplace of the great Portuguese navigator Pedro Álvares Cabral, who discovered Brasil in 1500.
Porto is at the same time the name of a city and a fortified wine, one of the most famous in the world, aged at the wine cellars of Vila Nova de Gaia, next to the Douro River. Its historical center has been declared as a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO and it preserves many beautiful monuments, namely from the Baroque period which is contemporary to the glory and wealth achieved with the trade of Port Wine. You shall not miss a visit to the Cathedral (Sé), the Church of Saint Francis and the Clérigos Tower.
Douro Valley is where the terraced hill slope hide one of the country's most valuable treasures: the beautiful vineyards from where the worldwide famous Port wine is still nowadays being produced. While driving through Marão Mountain range get prepared to enjoy one of the most wonderful landscapes in the world with endless rows of vines dotting the slopes in the banks of the Douro River. We advise you to visit one of the wineries in the region and taking a river cruise.
Alentejo is the widest region of Portugal. Here the landscape is "gently" composed by rolling hills covered by cork oak trees, vineyards and wheat fields. It has a serene lifestyle in the small villages with whitewashed houses where the time slowly passes by… The gastronomy is robust and creative with wines to match it, in contrast to the calmness of the local people of the region.
Malhadinha Nova is a charming small property in the Alentejo where you will find a true oasis of tranquility… Besides the very comfortable and elegant rooms you will be surrounded by a world of genuine experiences to relax: a guided tour through the vineyards followed by a wine tasting of the property wines; a cooking class and a romantic picnic by the river.
Herdade dos Grous is located in the deepest region on Alentejo near to Beja. Here you will find a genuine "alentejana" property with its whitewashed buildings, superb full bodied red wines to go along with the traditional flavorful meat. The atmosphere here is of pure tranquility which is one of the many characteristic of the Alentejo.