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9 Days Culinary Holiday for Wine Lovers in Alentejo, Portugal

Craveiral Farmstay, Estrada Municipal 501, 7630-658, Portugal

Unforgettable Wine Holiday in Portugal

Be charmed by Portugal's many gifts by journeying inside the region of Alentejo, the gastronomic center of the country during this cultural immersion, food, and wine holiday. Its paradisiac coastlines, glowing sunsets, knolly hills and pastoral views of the countryside are perfect for walks and will leave you thinking about Saudade long after your departure.

Meet the instructors

Jason
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Highlights

  • Private locally farmed dinners
  • Scenic picnic lunches and tastings
  • Explore the secluded Alentejo coastline
  • Talha pottery: uncovering Portugal wine roots
  • Local secret: Recanto Da Ribeira Distillery
  • Lusitano horseback ride and wine tasting amongst the vines
  • Pick up and drop off from Lisbon Airport (LIS)
  • 8 nights accommodations
  • Night sky experience

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8 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 8 participants
Airport transfer included: Lisbon Portela Airport
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Accommodation

Featured accommodations

  • Craveiral Farmstay
  • Herdade Da Malhadinah Nova
  • Sao Lourenco Do Barrocal
  • Torre De Palma

Relaxation and inspiration at Portugal’s boutique hotels

With its modernist traditions, Portuguese architecture is a national heritage. Discover contemporary variations at some of the most relaxing and impressive hotels in the country. Less than one hour from Lisbon, Areias do Seixo offers romantic yet avant-garde, minimal yet cozy residences and accommodations in a gregarious, entirely eco-designed project. At Hotel de Palma in Alentejo, a 14th-century manor house designed into a stunning luxury wine hotel is paired with an outdoor pool, horse riding arena, restaurant and spa.

Please note that accommodations may vary and journey inclusions might change based on availability. However, UNCOVR Travel promises to deliver uniquely curated local experiences will dictate any potential changes.

Program

Day 1: Pick up in Lisbon

You will be picked up in Lisbon at 9:30 a.m. to transfer to your first amazing retreat - a luxurious farmhouse on the Alentejo coast. After checking in, you will take advantage of the stunning location and enjoy a day at the beach and exploring the secluded coastline. You will have lunch in a restaurant favored by the locals, visit a hidden distillery and finish the day off with a relaxing welcome dinner on the farmhouse.

Day 2: Coastline ride assist bike ride

You will start the day right with a beautiful coastline hike and enjoy a picnic out in nature. In the afternoon, you will visit a local winery that has earned a solid international reputation with the quality of its wines for a tasting and dinner among the vines.

Day 3: Transfer to the next retreat

After breakfast, you will transfer to your next hotel - a unique family estate that is certain to impress! You will relax and savor a lunch on the property, followed by a horseback ride through the vineyard and a wine tasting. Local wine and olive oil producer will host you for an authentic dinner.

Day 4: Local history and craftsmanship

The local host will give you a tour around the area and in nearby villages to meet artisans and learn the local history of arts and craft. You will be treated to a special dinner.

Day 5: Transfer to another lovely retreat

Transfer to another lovely retreat for a two-night stay, check in and time to relax. Afterward, a fascinating geologic tour of the nearby land followed by a picnic lunch in a serene setting. You are in for a treat in the evening for a sunset followed by a night sky experience and an amazing dinner at the hotel restaurant.

Day 6: A relaxing morning

A relaxing morning with a beautiful breakfast and time to enjoy the pool. In the afternoon, you will take a tour with a local wine producer and visit a small traditional wine talha maker to learn more about the roots of Portuguese winemaking.

Day 7: Explore the beautiful nearby town of Evora

You will explore the beautiful nearby town of Evora, enjoy a lunch at a local gem of a restaurant and make your way to the next hotel; you are in for a treat as this estate that has everything you could possibly ask for of a retreat! After check-in, you will have time to delight in the beautiful location and in the evening, you will make your way to a nearby village to meet an amazing local olive oil producer for a story and dinner.

Day 8: Explore the Hilltop Town of Estremoz

You will explore the hilltop town of Estremoz, enjoy some wine history and tasting with a wine producer at an awe-inspiring facility and have dinner at a local organic family wine farm accompanied by the delightful winemaker.

Day 9: Transfer to Lisbon

Transfer to Lisbon. End of tour.

What happens on a typical day?

UNCOVR strives to design immersive local experiences that give you a deeper understanding of and appreciation for the area. However, they truly understand the value of time allowed for relaxation and serendipity, as well as the ability to venture on your own into town or simply take in the wonders of your retreat.

They keep moderate physical activity like biking to one to two hours per day, with the rest of it reserved for taking in amazing scenery, vibrant cultural events, and yes - lots and lots of wine! In the morning, after getting some breakfast at the enchanting hotel, you might bike or walk for a few hours between historic and cultural sites, stopping for coffee along the way.

Lunch tends to be at a casual restaurant or could be a picnic. In the late afternoons, you might delight in a cooking class hosted by a local chef, wine tasting accompanied by a renowned vintner and some fascinating stories - followed by sightseeing and shopping. Dinners can be refined gastronomic affairs, but more often, travelers most appreciate authenticity and zest, which may land you in a charming trattoria. Most of the time, you will stay at least two nights at the same inspiring hotel, villa, or châteaux to let you unpack and unwind.

Included excursions

Featured local experience

  • Explore the secluded Alentejo coastline
  • Local secret: Recanto Da Ribeira Distillery
  • Lusitano horseback ride and wine tasting amongst the vines
  • Talha Pottery: Uncovering Portugal Wine Roots
  • And more

Featured vineyards and wineries

  • Esporão Organic Vineyard
  • Herdade Do Freixo
  • Outeiros Altos Vinícola
  • And more

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue

Whether you are in search of lost time in the hands of the charismatic chef Rui Paula of DOP restaurant in Porto, who has famously (and Proustianly) said that memory is his main source of inspiration – or otherwise if your favorite part of the journey is walking around Lisbon in the footsteps of Pessoa, taking note of the Azulejo blue and white tiles that make this harbor town so resplendent, arguably, the beauty of the country will spark saudade within you.

Instructors

Jason Wertz

Location

Food

During this Italy wine holiday, enjoy special daily breakfast, picnic lunches and tastings, and private locally farmed dinners.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Alcoholic beverages

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Beach cleaning activity (optional)

What's included

  • 8 nights accommodations
  • All on-ground transportation within the journey’s duration
  • All activities excursions and curated experiences listed on the itinerary
  • All meals and featured food experiences
  • Up to 5 bottles of featured estate wines per day for the whole group

What's not included

  • Airfare and/or other transportation costs outside of the journey's duration from initial pickup time to final drop-off time (view your preferred journey's page online for more info on pickups and drop-offs)
  • Any alcohol purchases outside the aforementioned 5 bottles of wine per group (not all alcoholic drinks are included)

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Airport: Lisbon Portela Airport Airport transfer included: Lisbon Portela Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
9 days / 8 nights
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Solo traveler

The organizer accommodates solo travelers.

 

Availability

This culinary vacation is available from April to October, except on August with arrival every Saturday. Please select your arrival date below.

Cannot find your dates? Don’t worry. UNCOVR Travel also creates custom tours. Please send an inquiry for further details.

Sunday October 11, 2020
(9 days / 8 nights)

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