ALENTEJO SOUL & EMOTIONS TOUR
Day 1- LISBOA | ELVAS
Welcome to Lisbon!
Arrival at Lisbon International Airport & direct transfer to Elvas. Our staff will be delighted to welcome your guests.
Dinner included at the Pousada with a show Cooking of the traditional Golden Codfish dish, famous for it´s history.
Overnight at the hotel in Elvas.
Day 2 – ELVAS | MARVÃO | CASTELO VIDE | ÉVORA
After breakfast, departure for a city tour in private transport to know the city. Elvas is truly one of Portugal’s hidden gems, an historic and wonderfully preserved town situated on the arid plains of the Portuguese-Spanish border. Elvas is located in the far east of the country, and few tourists rarely consider visiting, but those who make the journey will be rewarded with a fascinating town rich in history and beauty. When viewed from the air the town walls of Elvas form a unique star shape, and hiding behind these complex defenses is a delightful town that exudes Portuguese charm. Our guide will take you on a Tour trough this beautiful city.
Next stop in Marvão, one of the prettiest medieval towns in Portugal. Is like stepping into the history of Portugal. For centuries, it has served as a border town to Spain and the fortified town has withstood many battles with the Spanish troops. So Marvão is sitting on a mountaintop, representing the past these days. Is a very impressive town. With thick walls surround it and a large castle is sitting on top.
Lunch included at the Pousada of Marvão, where you will be able to witness an amazing panoramic view.
After lunch before getting to Évora, a very special spot also called as the “Princess of the Alentejo”, Castelo de Vide. Is one of the most romantic places in this region. It’s fortified village that underwent several raids in the Middle Ages because of it’s proximity with Spain. Take the opportunity to lose yourself in the alleys, on the Jewish quarter and end at the Castle and surrounding lovely houses decorated with beautiful flowers.
Overnight in Évora and dinner at the Hotel
Day 3 – ÉVORA | VILA VIÇOSA |ÉVORA
Breakfast at the hotel. The morning will be spent in Évora. In 1986, the city’s historic center of Évora was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, stood out for its various historical monuments in contrast to the white houses that were inspired by the Islamic Art of Al-Andalus. Visit the cathedral with interesting Gothic details, The Roman Temple of Evora, known as the Roman Temple of Diana, and the strange, most impressive, century-old Bones Chapel located in St. Francis Church. It was built in the 17th century on the initiative of three Franciscan monks who, in the spirit of the time (Religious Counter-Reformation according to the norms of the Council of Trent), intended to convey the message of the transience of life, as can be deduced from the famous warning at the entrance : “We bones here are waiting for you.”
Continuing to Vila Viçosa, known as the “Gems of Alentejo”. Although small, this is one of the most precious and charming jewels of Alentejo. The village is truly an open-air museum.
Lunch at the Pousada of Vila Viçosa included.
The name Vila Viçosa (lush village) is due to the fertility of the soils and the charming territory. This village in Alentejo Portugal is Florbela Espanca’s hometown, one of the country’s most notorious poetesses. The author has written extraordinary works of art of Portugal’s literature. She was also a pioneer in the feminist movement in the nation. So, she was extremely important to make the Portuguese aware of the name of the village, unknown before her time. With a rich heritage created by Man throughout the centuries, Vila Viçosa is full of history. However, Nature was and still is the provider of the raw material with which multiple decorative pieces made of rock are created. The highlight goes to marble, a fundamental part in the economy of the whole county. Today and for a long time. Vila Viçosa started being the royal residence during the holidays of the King João IV, a splendid royal palace which has no match in the Portuguese architecture. That is why you must visit it. Here, you will be able to appreciate rare beauty that you will never forget. Why? Well, first because it is a building in the Mannerist style, with a 110-meter facade totally covered with marble from the region.
Return to Evora and Tasting Dinner with Classic Wine Harmonization at the Degust’AR M’AR De AR Aqueduto 5 * restaurant.
Accommodation at the hotel in Évora
Day 4 – ÉVORA |ARRAIOLOS | ÉVORA
Breakfast at the hotel.
Today you will discover that the capital of Alentejo, Portugal’s largest province, also sits among some of the most extensive and remarkable prehistoric remains in Europe. Not quite as spectacular as Stonehenge and Avebury, or Carnac, but almost. Visit to one of the largest megalithic sites in Europe – and it’s perfectly positioned to celebrate the solstice. The Megalithics, with two thousand years older than the Wiltshire stone circle, the Cromlech of the Almendres.
After this trip through the past we will continue to Arraiolos, a small town, one of the best kept secrets of Portugal, with a true feel of rural Portugal. Admire the Arraiolos tapestry rugs, a Portuguese arts and crafts that are amazing and they are all embroidered by hand. After this charming visit we will head to a local wine estate producer to learn about the wines of the Alentejo region followed by a delicious and hand made lunch (drinks included). The winery has also one of the biggest private carriage collections , that is just outstanding.
Free dinner. Accomodation at the hotel in Evora.
Day 5 – ÉVORA | REGUENGOS DE MONSARRAZ | ÉVORA
Morning Hike one of Portugal’s most beautifully preserved medieval towns, roaming through its streets and monuments in Reguengos de Monsaraz and its hilltop castle from where you can watch the sunset over the stunning lake views.
Continue to the Alqueva Lake for a boat cruise with lunch included.
Accomodation and dinner at Evora hotel.
Day 6 – ÉVORA | LISBOA
Breakfast at the hotel and check out.
On our way to Lisbon the coolest city of the moment and considered the best city break and best destination in the world according to World´s Travel Awards. Lunch at Restaurant Cervejaria Trindade, an old brewery with nice tiles on the walls, a nice historic restaurant with over 182 years. The history behind this historical restaurant goes back from 1924, when the Convent of the Holy trinity was built by three monks. Later on after the massive earthquake was rebuilt as a beer factory and used the old monk dinning rooms, like we see today.
After we will across the glamorous Avenida da Liberdade, starting the route in the majestic Marquês de Pombal Square to Rossio, historic center. Restaurants, shops and bars here and there. Just a stone’s throw from the Moorish quarter, stroll through the narrow, winding alleyways with stunning views. Contemplate the Tagus of the Terreiro do Paço, place from where the caravels left in search of new seas.
Electrico 28 – Ride on the historical Tram, this vintage tram is an attraction itself. This is a historic tram that takes you in a route along the oldest and most typical narrow streets of the old town. The trip is hilly, noisy and hectic but it affords many beautiful glimpses of the city.
Accommodation at the hotel in Lisbon.
Day 7 – LISBOA | DEPARTURE TO THE AIRPORT
Breakfast at the hotel and check out procedures.
Belem is the charming district to the west of central Lisbon and is the setting for many of the capital’s most iconic tourist attractions. The Belem district makes for an enjoyable trip and combines historic monuments, fascinating museums and attractive formal gardens, all of which line the cooling waters of the Tejo Estuary.
Taste of the famous Belem Custard
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