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Food Based Holidays in Alentejo (11700G)

Estremoz
Guided Tour Food Based Holidays In Alentejo (11700G) - Alentejo
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Description
GUIDED TOUR
Gastronomy & Cultural Tour in Estremoz and Évora
  • Make your own wine with the help of winemakers, in the vineyard
  • Create your own meals using regional specialities tutored by great chefs
  • Visit Évora, a World Heritage Site
  • Visit pre-historical sites, medieval villages, a rich and varied cultural heritage
  • Be lodged in charming boutique hotels in the historical centres
THE ALENTEJO

This holiday is based in the wonderful region of the Alentejo where great food and wines are kings. A holiday of gastronomy and degustation with a difference.

The Alentejo has long been regarded as the culinary heart of Portugal where some of the traditional dishes have evolved into high culinary art with the use of fresh local produce and the fragrant herbs growing in the area. The region is also known for some of the finest wines.

Imagine blending your own wine using some of the finest varieties in the country and then enjoying your very own blend with some of the finest local cheeses.

Later in the week, we have the chance to learn and be involved in the creation of our own meals using regional specialities under the tutelage of great chefs.

Our two centres, Estremoz and Évora are steeped in history, they are both walled towns through which characterful narrow streets meander leading us to fantastic monuments, so much so that Évora itself has been recognised as a World Heritage Site.

Our stay will take us to iconic old villages, visiting the traditional arts and crafts of the region, enjoying the shady landscape inhabited and cared for since pre-historic times.

We begin our tour in Estremoz, a historical town dominated by its medieval 13th-century castle within its ancient fortifications.

We then travel to the walled city of Évora, one of Portugal’s most beautifully preserved medieval towns, classified as World Heritage by UNESCO. Évora is a city with a glorious past and a young and vibrant present helped by a large student population who attend one of the world’s oldest universities.

The people in Alentejo are very proud of their heritage and they preserve the ancient buildings and also the ancient practices.

Come and enjoy this unique gastronomic experience with us.
Itinerary
WEEK’S PROGRAM
Each day breakfast will be taken in the Hotel before leaving for the day’s program.
We will usually leave the Hotel between 9.00 and 9.30am.
On our return to the Hotel each day we will have time to relax and change before dinner which is usually taken at 7.30pm.
Each evening the guide will give a preview of the next day’s program. Day’s program is subject to alteration due to weather and local conditions.

DAY 1
Arrival in Lisbon
Arrival in Lisbon. Transfer to Estremoz approximately 1 and a half hours; time to relax before dinner time.

DAY 2
Estremoz walk / Visit to vineyard with wine tasting
In the morning we walk through the historic centre of Estremoz, dominated by its medieval 13th century castle, to appreciate the many sites and monuments.
After lunch we visit a local vineyard which produces some of the most notable wines in the country. After a short walk on the estate we each have the opportunity to blend our own wine and taste it along with local delicacies.

DAY 3
Monsaraz and Alqueva walk
We visit an area well known for colourful pottery where we can appreciate the handicraft of many local artisans. Monsaraz is an iconic village perched above the beautiful Alqueva Lake and the rolling plains of the Alentejo. Inside, as in many other important pottery communities, it is cheered up by the colours of its ceramics and the streets and squares of its medieval centre are ornamented by rows of orange trees.

DAY 4
Évora
We transfer to Évora in the morning where, after a stroll around town, we have time for a well-deserved lunch and free time to explore this spectacular World Heritage town. 

DAY 5
Morning Walk / Cooking with the Chefs
Today we have an easy morning walk through a quintessential Alentejo landscape arriving at a typical village with its vibrant colours.
In the afternoon we have the first of our cooking experiences where skilled chefs work with us to create imaginative regional dishes.

DAY 6
Morning Walk / Free afternoon
We start with an easy morning walk around a beautiful lake surrounded by wooded rolling fields. Today is designed to get us back to Évora in good time to relax and enjoy some more of its delights.

DAY 7
Morning Walk / Cooking with the Chefs
Today we walk through some attractive verdant landscapes to the classic Alentejo village of Guadalupe.
In the afternoon we will experience and assist in the creation of our final gastronomic adventure.

DAY 8
Departure
Free time until transfer to airport.
The Hotels
  • M`AR De AR Muralhas **** (or similar)
Located right in the historic centre of Évora, a 5 minutes’ walk from the famous Giraldo Square, the hub of this magnificent city and capital of the kingdom during the first years of the XVI century.
With this privileged location, the hotel benefits from an ample garden framed by the historic city wall, which gives the area an atmosphere of remarkable beauty, in particular at sunset. The swimming pool also takes advantage of this unique scenario, as well as the bar esplanade where you can enjoy the peace of the Alentejo nights under the natural planetarium above your head.
  • Páteo dos Solares **** (or similar)
The Páteo dos Solares Charm Hotel is located at the heart of the historical city of Estremoz. A fully-renovated boutique hotel, with privileged access to the town's centre, local commerce and its people.
What's Included
Accommodation:
  • 8 nights in a twin room (four stars hotel)
  • Single supplement applied in single rooms
Guide:
  • All guided tours
Meals:
  • 7 Dinners taken in local restaurants with drinks included. We are always able to cater for vegetarian or other special diets (Lunches can be bought from local shops)
  • 7 buffet breakfasts at the Hotel.
Transport:
  • Transfers from Lisboa airport at 12 a.m on the first day
  • Transfers from the Hotel to Lisboa airport at 12 a.m on last day
  • All land travel (as outlined)
  • Dedicated driver and guide
Not Included
  • Any services not listed as included
  • Flights to and from Portugal 
  • Meals, tips/gratuities, baggage or personal insurance (except as outlined)
  • Admission fees to castles & attractions or events (except as outlined)
  • Personal expenses
  • Supplements
  • Guide services inside monuments
More Info
The land only option allows you to book your own transport to and from the holiday. You will normally meet the group at the arrival airport at 12 a.m as long as you arrive there no later than the group. Similarly, on the way home, you can return to the airport with the group as long as your departure time is no earlier than that of the group.

This guided tour already includes a transfer departing from Lisboa airport at 12 a.m on arrival and returning to Lisboa airport at 12 a.m on the last day..

If none of this option suits you, please add to your booking a transfer that does. You can also rent a car.

To this tour, we only accept transfers departing from Lisboa Airport or Lisboa.

Departure dates:
  • ON REQUEST