Lisbon and Porto (and a myriad of sights in between) are two jewels in an often unfairly overlooked travel destination - Portugal. Lisbon boasts a number of distinct neighbourhoods - each with their own, distinct charm, from Alfama - the traditional old quarter, to Belém, the city's most monumental and historical area. The Portugese are blessed with a temperate climate and a long, fertile coastline - both of which help to provide a fabulous smorgasbord of fresh fruit, vegetables and seafood which in turn is reflected in their regional cuisine. The locals also tend to have somewhat of a sweet tooth and the many varieties of cakes and sweets to be found in most towns are evidence of this! Wine and port are also important aspects of Portuguese life - none more so than in the Duoro region, which includes the pleasant city of Porto.
Spend your time in the company of informative guides as you visit various places of interest, taste a cornucopia of regional goods, and stay in fabulous accommodations.
The Bairro Alto Hotel (5*) in Lisbon reflects a fusion of old and new and pays homage to the country's diverse architectural designers, while the contemporary Yeatman Hotel (5*) in Porto, occupying a commanding hillside position on the south bank of the River Douro, boasts a fine dining restaurant, a magnificent Caudalie (wine inspired) spa and sumptuous accommodations.
If culture, food and wine are your passions, this is the trip for you!
Meet your driver for a private airport transfer. For your added comfort, we will have an English speaking assistant waiting for you outside the customs with a sign with your name on it. Your representative will help you to co-ordinate meeting up with your private driver and accompany you to your accommodation.
A welcome package with a city map, train tickets (if relevant), and any other touristic information that we deem you may find useful will be waiting for you upon your arrival at your first hotel on your trip.
With a private guide and driver, discover the wonderful city of Lisbon on this half-day tour. Visit the heart of the city, Rossio Square, then spend some time in Alfama, the Old Quarter. See the Lisbon Cathedral, and then walk up to St. George’s Castle, where you will pass by the Roman Theatre Ruins. You will then depart to Belém, the city's most monumental and historical area where you will visit the Patrimony of Mankind Jerónimos Monastery, and Belém Tower. Enjoy a short stop at the Monument to the Discoveries before a transfer back to your hotel. No entrance fees included.
Let us introduce you to the most enjoyable part of Portuguese culture: the food! The day will start with the shopping for the fresh ingredients at the marketplace in the company of a chef/instructor. You will be delighted with the variety of colors, fresh vegetables, fish and shellfish at the market. Designed for experienced and novice cooks, the cooking class takes place in an informal and friendly environment at the kitchen of Cooking Lisbon. The chef/instructor will teach you how to prepare a Portuguese meal consisting of a soup/starter, main dish and dessert in a hands-on experience! After your class, enjoy the meal you have prepared accompanied by excellent Portuguese wines. This experience is a great opportunity to learn about the secrets of the Portuguese cuisine from a local chef/instructor in a fun and relaxed manner. You will be able to take home the recipes allowing you to replicate them at home and share them with your family and friends!
Fado refers to the national song style of Portugal and is deemed of cultural importance to Lisbon and therefore protected by UNESCO. Experience live Fado this evening at an excellent Fado Restaurant, "Casa de Linhares". Enjoy the great ambience as you listen to the Fado singers over dinner at one of Lisbon's most famous venues. Includes 3-course meal, wine, coffee and water as well as private return transportation.
A private guide and driver will escort you on your full day guided tour along the coast of the Lisbon District. Your first stop will be in Sintra, a World Heritage site known as "Lord Byron's Glorious Eden". Sintra was used as a retreat by the Romans, the Moors and the Portuguese Kings due to its location, beauty, wooden ravines and fresh water springs. Next you will visit Cabo da Roca, the most western point in all of continental Europe. On your way back, you will discover Cascais, famed for being a resort area for Portugal's royal family in the late 19th and early 20th century. Finally, you will stop in Estoril, a seaside resort and tourist destination. At the end of the day you will be transferred back to your hotel. No entrance fees included.
There are lots of great fine dining options in Lisbon to choose from. A couple of suggestions would be:
Tavares – (Address: Rua da Misericórdia 37 P - 1200-270 Lisboa. Tel: 213421112). Founded in 1784, this emblematic address is renowned for its history and elegance. It has an attractive entrance hall and majestic dining room with large mirrors, superb gilded work and chandeliers. Creative dishes with a solid base in traditional cuisine. Eleven (Address: Rua Marquês da Fronteira, Jardim Amália Rodrigues. Campolide, Marquês de Pombal. 1070 Lisbon.Tel: 213862211)). This 1 Michelin star restaurant is a gourmet / formal restaurant offering International cuisine. Located in the heart of Lisbon’s business district, overlooking the entire city and surrounded by lush gardens, Eleven is more than simply a restaurant, it is a place of culture and art, both at the table and beyond it. Located atop Edward II Park, its cuisine is contemporary Mediterranean prepared by Joachuim Koerper whose restaurant in Spain holds 2 Michelin stars and was rated the best restaurant in the country by the Gourmetour guide.The Michelin starred Belcanto (Address: Largo de São Carlos 10 P - 1200 - 410 Lisboa. Tel: 213420607) is situated behind a discreet façade in the typical Bairro Alto district. It has two attractively decorated dining rooms. Both are furnished in a classic, contemporary style and both boast views of the kitchen. Traditional dishes form the basis of the menu, alongside more creative cuisine with an innovative touch.
Private train station transfer with vehicle and driver.
Enjoy a train ride from Lisbon to Porto. The regular trains take around 4 hours, while the highspeed trains take around 3 hours.
Avail of a private train station transfer.
A private driver and guide will pick you up at your hotel to escort you on your half day guided tour of Porto. Enjoy a visit to Sé Cathedral, followed by the panoramic viewpoint of Gaia. Head to Batalha Square, then walk Santa Catarina Street. You will stop next at Liberdade Square, and the Clérigos Church and Tower. Visit the beautiful Lello bookshop, venture to Ribeira Square and conclude with a visit to Porto Wine Cellars with a tasting. You will then be transferred to your hotel. No entrance fees included.
The cellars of The Yeatman house one of the most comprehensive collections of Portuguese wines and under the guidance of The Yeatman's Wine Director, the hotel won the award in of "Best Wine List” in 2011 from leading Portuguese wine magazine "Revista de Vinhos”. The hotel has established partnerships with many of Portugal's finest producers who actively participate in The Yeatman's program of tastings, seminars and wine dinners. Weekly wine dinners, many hosted by distinguished wine makers and personalities from Portugal and around the world, are held throughout the year. These thematic wine dinners, each focusing on a particular wine region or style, are designed not only to enhance participants' understanding and appreciation of the wines themselves but also to explore their association with food. Private wine dinners, hosted by The Yeatman's own wine specialists, can also be organized by prior arrangement.
Porto (Oporto) is the second city of Portugal and is also one of the oldest European centers registered as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1996. Come and find out more about this incredible city in a walk that will surprise you for sure. Includes visit to the Oporto Cathedral, São Bento Train Station and a walk to the river Douro through the streets of Ribeira (the beautiful and typical streets of Ribeira). Stop at three typical places where you can taste the most typical dishes (like: Codfish cake; Fried Petinga (small sardines) with beans rice and so on) and wines of the city. A one-way private transfer from your hotel to meet your private walking tour guide is included.
Optional visits that you can join to this program: visit to the inside of Clerigos Church and tower; St Francis Church, a baroque jewel; “Palacio da Bolsa” a beautiful and unique neoclassical building from the 19th Century (not included).
You may want to do nothing more than spend some time relaxing in the tranquil surroundings of The Yeatman during your stay. Set in extensive landscaped gardens, it is a serene and tranquil retreat where you can unwind and relax as you absorb the stunning views over a refreshing drink or a leisurely game of croquet. The Caudalie Vinotherapie Spa is an oasis of calm and wellbeing, where one can enjoy a unique range of facial and body treatments based on beneficial natural ingredients extracted from the grape, renowned for their antioxidant properties. There are also two panoramic infinity pools onsite. The indoor pool with direct access from the spa features a post-treatment relaxation area. Surrounded by gardens, the outdoor pool enjoys spectacular panoramic views from its spacious sun terrace. Next to the indoor pool, there is a fully equipped gym where a resident personal trainer provides advice on a range of fitness and exercise programmes.
The spectacular panorama of the Douro River and the historic centre of Oporto from a stunning backdrop to the gourmet restaurant at the Yeatman which was awarded a Michelin Star in November 2011. Aiming to deliver the city's most inspiring dining experience, it offers imaginative cuisine in which the traditional flavors of Portugal are interpreted and presented with contemporary flair and showcases Portugal's huge range of fish and other fresh produce as well as its diversity of regional specialties. Consider dining here during your time in Oporto!
Your private driver and guide will chauffeur you from your hotel to various stops along your full day tour of Amarante, Mesao Frio, Regua and Pinhao. In each area you will discover something wonderful; In Amarante, visit the Sao Gonçalo Monastery and historical city centre. Enjoy the views as you are driven through a picturesque valley before arriving at Mesão Frio, home of the Gothic parish church of São Nicolau. Afterwards, take a walk on the seaside wharf in Régua if this is of interest. From here, you'll get to visit the renowned train station in Pinhão before taking a lunch break (lunch not included). Visit a Port Wine farm to learn more about this drink synonymous with Portugal. One port wine farm visit but no other entrance fees included. Return to your hotel.
Meet your driver for a private airport transfer. Please note drivers may or may not speak English as their sole responsibility is to transfer clients from one location to another. If you would like to have the presence of an English speaking Assistant or Guide for your transfer this can be pre-arranged upon request and would be subject to an additional supplement.
The Bairro Alto Hotel (5*) reflects a fusion of old and new and pays homage to the country's diverse architectural designers. The stylish Flores restaurant, serving contemporary cuisine prepared by the chef Henrique Sá Pessoa embraces the cuisine of the past Portuguese colonies and fuses them with oriental and international flavours. A terrace for al fresco dining is also available. The casual Garrett Cafe Bar offers light lunch and dinner, as well as refreshing cocktails. The air-conditioned rooms at Bairro Alto Hotel are decorated with Brazilian wood flooring and painted wooden panelling. Bairro Alto hotel offers a fitness center with gymnasium, a massage room on the fifth floor and a panoramic terrace with views over the Tagus River to enjoy the sunset during your stay in Lisbon.
With a bevvy of awards and accolades behind it (including appearing on Conde Nasts "Hot List Hotels" in 2011, member of Relais & Chateaux, Best Independent Hotel 2012 and Golden Key Award), The Yeatman (5*) conveniently located in Vila Nova de Gaia in Porto, is only a 5-minute walk from General Torres Station and a 10-minute walk from the Douro River. Occupying a commanding hillside position on the south bank of the River Douro, The Yeatman enjoys breathtaking views over the historic centre of Oporto from its extensive grounds and from each of its individually appointed guest rooms and suites. Boasting a spa by Caudalie, an outdoor infinity pool, kids club and a Michelin starred restaurant, it is quite simply the place to stay! Enjoy live entertainment on Friday and Saturday evenings in Dick's bar, as well as afternoon tea and light meals, either inside or on its terrace with panoramic views. Destined to become a unique and distinctive landmark in the world of classic luxury hotels, The Yeatman offers the individuality of character and the sense of effortless hospitality which makes it the address of choice for discerning travelers visiting Oporto and the North of Portugal.
Vanessa Oquendo ,
April 21, 2014
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April 21, 2014
"All of our guides were beyond fabulous! Our time in Dublin was much too short, would have loved to stay there at least one more full day. Would recommend extending this package to 15 days for any future visits. The train to Edinburgh was super! Beautiful scenery and great steak pies!"
Ann Saxon ,
November 06, 2013
"Our trip was fantastic!!! I cannot say enough good things. Lianne worked with our exact dates and time frame beautifully.Our drivers were prompt and friendly. The private guides were so knowledgeable. We left with an appreciation of the history, the culture, and the beauty of Andulasia. We were very pleased and will certainly recommend your company to friends and family."
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November 05, 2013
"Everyone involved in our Portugal trip made it terrific. Exactly as advertised. Every event on time and most pleasant. Guides were well-informed, courteous and friendly. Really made for a great journey every time. Each hotel was clean, upgraded and staffed with knowledgeable and friendly folks. Breakfasts were complete -- almost too much to eat. It will always be a wonderful memory thanks to Kensington Tours."
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November 06, 2013
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October 22, 2013
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October 19, 2013
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November 07, 2013
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October 07, 2013
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September 24, 2013
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