FOOD, FUN, WINE 
PORTUGAL

April 12th to April 19th, 2023

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NO BETTER WAY TO VISIT PORTUGAL!

Join Elite Travel & Events Inc as we eat and drink our way through Portugal this April 12th to April 19th, 2023.  Starting in Porto then through the Douro Valley and down to Fatima before arriving in Lisbon.  All while eating, laughing and drinking!

If you love Food, Fun and Wine then you need to join us in Portugal this Spring 2023!

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Welcome to Portugal!

Wednesday, April 12th, 2023

Upon arrival at (OPO) Porto International Airport, our group private transfer will be waiting after customs to take us to our hotel, The Five Star, Lodge Wine and Business Hotel.

In the heart of the centuries-old Port wine cellars, The Lodge combines the ambience of a luxury wine hotel with the functionality of an extraordinary venue for events. From interior design to exclusive services, this is a hotel that honors the cultural heritage and identity of Porto and the Douro wine region!

Category Room: Superior Room

With a modern design and warm colors that convey a sense of comfort, the Superior Rooms are distinguished by the large area of 26 m2 and the privileged views over the swimming pool or the Port wine cellars, which you can observe from the cozy corner decorated with an armchair and coffee table, next to the bright window of the room.


With an inviting and spacious bed, the sleeping area is harmoniously connected by an exclusive tapestry design to the luxurious bathroom area, designed in white striped marble, where you can enjoy a truly relaxing experience.

Tourist taxes are not included

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After Check In..

Welcome Portugal! Rabelo Boat Tour in private for 6 Bridges Cruise

Get to meet your fellow travelers on one of the most popular tours in Porto! There are six magnificent bridges that join the two banks of the Douro River. Have fun at Cruzeiro das 6 Pontes and get to know them - Luís I, Infante, Dona Maria, S. João, Arrábida and Freixo - from the oldest to the most modern.

Enjoy the trip and observe the main points of interest that the view allows you to reach!

Included: Port wine and cheese tasting on board

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Following the Rabelo Boat tour, we will enjoy a Culinary Backstreets Experience of Porto.  This experience isn't just a tasting tour: it's an opportunity to truly connect with the local food, people and culture!

The tour will be led by a specialist in local gastronomy, with in-depth knowledge of the city's history and cuisine.. a true local tour guide with a passion for providing privileged access to Portuguese culinary traditions. The route starts at the door of Mercado do Bolhão, familiarizing you with the general characteristics of traditional Portuguese food. Here, we'll meet unique suppliers and learn about the ingredients that fill Porto's restaurants and home kitchens. The tour takes place through downtown and the historic center of Porto, visiting some of the city's traditional grocery stores. We will have the opportunity to visit and taste some of the most genuine and traditional Portuguese snacks...

Includes:
- Local Guide
- Stops at tasting locations (wines or drinks of your choice included). These locations may change due to closing days of spaces. Tastes: Codfish dumplings and wine, Ginginha, Rustic bread, Caldo Verde, Bola sausages, Bacalhau à Brás, Tripas à moda do Porto, Mini Francesinhas, Pastel de Nata/Gelelado and Beverages: Water, soft drinks, house wine selection, beer, tea or coffee.

Meeting point: at your hotel

Note: We recommend wearing comfortable shoes!

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Thursday, April 13th, 2023

From the Sea to the Market - the way for fresh fish from the Atlantic to your plate!

Dive into Portugal's maritime heritage in an immersion activity in a traditional fishing village in Porto where they still use fishing techniques that have been around for hundreds of years! A unique experience in Northern Portugal!

An extensive oceanic frontier and the geographical location of Portugal made the Portuguese great consumers and masters of fishing. This art has left us traces since the period of occupation of the Iberian Peninsula by the Romans, where the fishing industry reached great perfection until today.

Recognizing the extreme historical and cultural importance of this art, we will take you through the entire process, from catching the fish to your plate. We will have a particular and unique experience in a small fishing community, where we will have the opportunity to interact with the locals when the boats arrive, in their small workshops full of accessories that, by themselves, tell stories. Soak up the bustling atmosphere of a fish market where fishmongers yell at prices so the shopper isn't embarrassed.

Continuing our fish journey, to end this fantastic morning, we have a nice lunch for you, made up of the best that our waters have to offer: fresh fish! The Best Fish Experience!

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Visit and Wine Tasting at Cockburn’s Port Lodge

Cockburn's cellars, considered by many to be the most beautiful cellars in Vila Nova da Gaia, are one of Porto's must-see historical sites.  Here, the best batches of Cockburn's Port Wine age in oak casks and rafters, many over a hundred years old.
 

The famous central avenue, which crosses the basement, stands out for its typically Portuguese black and white basalt pavement, proudly displaying the “rooster and crown”, symbol of the company.


Cockburn's was founded in 1815 by Robert Cockburn, a Scottish soldier who fought in Portugal during the Peninsular War. Today, this secular company belongs to the Symington family, Port winemakers for over 125 years.

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Visit and Wine Tasting at Graham's Cellars

Graham's Port wine cellars were built in 1890, in Vila Nova de Gaia.  Here the maritime climate is ideal for the aging of Graham's Port wines.  It has an extraordinary Vintage Port wine cellar and has become a popular destination for Port wine lovers.

 

Enjoy an unforgettable experience at Graham's with a guided tour by one of the experts and a selection of Port wine tastings.

Graham's Tasting - LBV, Single Harvest Tawny 1990 and the Quinta dos Malvedos.

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Dinner at Cervejaria Brasão

Right in the heart of downtown Porto, we find a modern space, with a cosmopolitan atmosphere and very traditional details, from the most usual delicacies of this type of house to the rusticity of the surrounding environment. A place for pleasant moments of socializing around a craft beer to accompany snacks, seafood, steaks or an unavoidable Frenchie, with that lively and lively atmosphere typical of breweries in a modern retro setting.

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Friday, April 14th, 2023

Douro Valley Tour & Visit at 3 Wine Estate

The Douro River and all its surroundings lead us to true relics of northern Portugal. Come with us on a trip to the main sights in the history of this region. From Porto, where the river flows into the sea, then through the magnificent lands where Douro wines are produced, you will be able to watch a cultural and landscape scenery, listed as a World Heritage site.

In Amarante, the Church of São Gonçalo imposes a religious character on the city and merges with the richness and diversity of its architectural elements. The Historic Center of Amarante is a mandatory destination for those who travel in search of cultural values. 

We leave for Lamego, region that produces the famous Port Wine. Once here, we will we will visit and taste at 3 wine estates!

What is included?

  • Luxury Minibus up to 19 seats with private English-speaking driver

  • Tour Guide (English-Speaking)

  • Pickup and Dropoff at your hotel

  • Audio-guide

  • 1 Bottle of water per person

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Picnic & Wine Tasting at Quinta da Pacheca

With almost three centuries of existence, Quinta da Pacheca, located in Lamego, is one of the best known properties in the Douro and where wines are awarded worldwide. It was one of the first to bottle with its own brand and has always valued the weight of traditions.

 

Enjoy a picnic full of delicious delicacies with the best view of the vineyards!

 

Picnic menu:

  • Traditional Lamego bôla

  • Regional bread and olives

  • Codfish balls

  • Assorted dried fruits

  • Regional jams

  • Traditional cod salad

  • Beef heart tomato salad

  • Octopus salad

  • Smoked salmon toast with cream cheese

  • Chicken toast with cherry tomatoes and arugula

  • Seasonal fruit selection

  • Selection of regional cheeses

  • Apple tartlet

Drinks:

  • Quinta's Lemonade, Natural Orange Juice, Mineral Water

  • Accompanies with the harmonization of 2 DOC Douro wines and 1 Port wine

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Visit and Wine Tasting at Quinta do Seixo, Superior Wines

The view from Quinta do Seixo offers a magnificent landscape, shaped by man in shale terraces and terraces, in a surprising contrast with the brightness of the Douro River and the view of the picturesque village of Pinhão, very close by. The vineyard, which is over 100 years old, is a true heritage of several traditional Douro varieties, it continues to withstand the harshest conditions and temperatures and produces unique wines of superior quality. Here, fermentation takes place in a process that combines the best of tradition with the most advanced technology.

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Visit and Wine Tasting at Quinta do Bomfim

Quinta do Bomfim is a beautiful property in the Douro valley and represents the nucleus of the best Port Wines of the company, constituting the basic structure of Dow’s Vintages since its acquisition in 1896. Its situation, in the center of the best wine area , offers a perfect balance for the production of great wines. A few minutes from the train station and the Pinhão river pier, Quinta do Bomfim offers unique moments of proximity to the river with the stunning vineyard landscape around.

Best of Wine Tourism Award 2017

 

The award now won was awarded by Great Wine Capitals, an association that brings together nine of the most important wine regions in the world: Adelaide, Bilbao, Bordeaux, Cape Town, Mainz, Mendoza, Porto, San Francisco and Valparaíso.

In the Douro and Porto regions alone, 28 valid and high quality applications were registered. Quinta do Bomfim was, at a first stage, distinguished at national level and, already during the month of November, in a ceremony held in Porto was elected Global Winner.

Quinta do Bomfim is recognized as the property where «some of the best Vintage Ports in the region were born, including the legendary Dow's 2007 - the only Port Wine of this century that was awarded 100 points by the Wine Spectator .

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Saturday, April 15th, 2023

After breakfast, check out from The Lodge Wine and Business Hotel.

Private transfer from Porto to Lisbon, visiting Coimbra & Fatima on route

Further north, Coimbra, where one of the oldest universities in the world is located, is known as the city of Students and Lovers. Crossed by the Mondego River and a touch of History through its magnificent monuments, it is a history lesson not to be missed. The mythical Cathedral is an emblematic monument and one of the most important Romanesque buildings in the country. As well as the Historic Center of the City, through the narrow streets that hide the love stories of thousands of students, and where between aqueducts and gardens, we also let ourselves fall in love with all the surroundings.

Fátima is one of the greatest exponents of the Marian cult worldwide. Its Sanctuary, built around the apparitions of the Virgin Mary to the three little shepherds, is visited by thousands of devotees every year, including pilgrims who intend to pay their promises. The image of Senhora was built by a pilgrim in 1919.

 

Where to go: Hotel Porto > Coimbra > University of Coimbra > Nossa Senhora de Fátima Sanctuary > Basilica of the Santíssima Trindade > Basilica of Nossa Senhora do Rosário de Fátima > Hotel Lisboa

What is included?

  • Luxury Minibus up to 19 seats with private English-speaking driver

  • Tour Guide (English-Speaking)

  • Pickup and Dropoff at your hotel

  • Audio-guide

  • 1 Bottle of water per person

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Upon arrival in Lisbon check in to our new hotel, the Five Star, Dom Pedro Lisboa.

The hotel combines grace, elegance and tradition, with attention to the details of a service of excellence dedicated to guests, representative of the quality of Portuguese hospitality, for a memorable stay.

Category Room: Tower Room

The Tower rooms are located on the top floor of the hotel and have a wonderful view over the city of Lisbon. They have a king size double bed or two single beds and a work area. Fully equipped bathroom with kimonos and slippers at guests' disposal.  Tower Rooms have the benefits of free access to the VIP Lounge with a panoramic view over Lisbon and the Tagus River.

Area 30m2
Capacity up to 2 people
Free access to Spa Aquae and VIP Lounge
Facilities in this room Tea and coffee making facilities City View

Tourist taxes not included

Sunday, April 16th, 2023

Gastronomic Walking Tour in Lisbon

The best way to enjoy a city is to walk among the locals, taste the same foods they eat, visit the same tourist attractions... Live authentic and quality first-person enogastronomic experiences in Portugal. Experiences designed by lovers of the Portuguese gastronomic tradition, thinking of all those who share this passion. Authentic and unforgettable moments that leave lasting memories of your visit to Portugal.

 

Together, we will explore Alfama, the oldest area of Lisbon... from Alfama, the trip continues through Baixa, where we will visit traditional and historic shops, taste sweets and snacks in places where the locals eat and end the tour by toasting with liqueur. of ginjinha in an old tavern! A unique opportunity to immerse yourself in Portuguese culture, through its gastronomy and wines and relaxed moments chatting at the table, something that truly represents the Portuguese soul!

 

Note: We recommend wearing comfortable shoes!

 

Includes:
- Guide meeting at the hotel
- Transfer by tuktuk (when necessary) to the top of Alfama
- 5 stops at tasting locations (wines or drinks of your choice included). These locations may change due to closing days of spaces.

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Sunset Dinner at Ferroviário Bar

Ferroviário was officially born in 1961, to host a set of events promoted by Portuguese railway workers and the CP Administration, but it was in 2010 that it became a bar/terrace and stage.

 

In the heart of Lisbon and with one of the best views of Lisbon over the Tagus, it bets on a strong program, which weekly receives emerging talents from the city. From music to cinema, through photography, painting, plastic arts and gastronomy.

 

MENU

Starters to share: 
  mini croquettes (1 for every 2) 
  mini samosas (1 for every 2)
  cheese and sausage platters (1 for every 4)
Main course: 1 pizza or 1 ham or 1 hamburger per person

 

Drinks included over a 2h period: beer, white, red or rosé wine, water and soft drinks.

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Monday, April 17th, 2023

Cooking Class with Visit to the Local Market in Lisbon

It is the ideal experience to be shared by all family and friends!

Explore a traditional market by choosing fresh ingredients to use in class. Get ready to learn some tricks when choosing meat and fish ...

Learn about tasty Portuguese cuisine, and learn about the tricks, basic ingredients and spices ....

It is not just a cooking class, but a script of aromas and stories, which you will learn while cooking and taste some typical dishes and snacks! Here, the food is made with time and everyone participates.

You will not want to miss the opportunity to share this experience, which will be a real delight!

 

* Wines, bread, cheese and olive oils are available during the experience.

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Panoramic Lisbon in Tuktuk with Visit to the Craft Beer Factory

The Tuk Tuk is a compact and picturesque means of transport, which will transport you with a feeling of freedom and take you on an unforgettable journey. Among the seven hills of the City, passing through beautiful landscapes, you can also visit historic corners and appreciate the colors of the most emblematic and traditional streets.

Your driver will take you to the places of greatest interest and show you the best places to take photos! We will pass by Baixa Pombalina, Sé Catedral, Miradouro das Portas do Sol, Graça, Miradouro da Senhora do Monte, Monastery of São Vicente, National Pantheon, Santa Apolónia until arriving at Cervejaria Musa.

Cervejaria Musa is located in the most industrial neighborhood of Lisbon - part of a Lisbon that has been forgotten in recent decades - composed by factories, the active port, large wine warehouses, match and soap factories and vegetable gardens that supplied the markets of the city. A productive Lisbon, which has fallen into disuse with the advancement of the post-industrial era. There were left several remains : large warehouses in ruins and spaces of memories!

Fábrica Musa produces about 250 thousand liters of craft beer per year and many pallets of happiness. From there, avant-garde lots come out, as it works with innovative techniques and produces recipes that pour inspiration!

It is said here, that the cherry is made by brewing. Try this new flavor of Lisbon!

 

Each tuktuk takes up to 4 people

1 tour guide is included with the group

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Sunset aboard a private sailboat on the Tagus River

This afternoon, you are invited to ride an exclusive sailboat to discover the famous light of the Portuguese capital.

Toasted with a frame of golden light bathing the blue and green waters of the mouth of the Tagus, it is the perfect setting for sailing and letting your imagination run wild.

Climb aboard a comfortable sailboat for a ride on the Tagus from the Doca do Bom Sucesso in Belém, sail upstream to Terreiro do Paço with a unique view of the city's main monuments and add to this emotion the unique colors that only Lisbon offers.

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Fado Tour in Lisbon with Show and Dinner at Casa de Linhares

Discover Alfama, the oldest and most typical neighborhood in Lisbon where no one fails to be enchanted. We will show you the geography of the streets, the layout of the houses of other times, the clothes spread out in the windows or the fish grilling in the open air. Suddenly, it seems that the heart of the city still pulsates with all the vitality of its origins. Fado was born here, in the 19th century, where today there are many fado houses on every corner. Classified by Unesco as Intangible Heritage, Fado found itself catapulted into the international panorama of world music.

It is through these very peculiar streets that we arrive at the Palácio dos Condes de Linhares (an old family of the descendants of D. Fernando I), which today houses a fado house with a refined and elegant atmosphere. Here, some well-known names like Ana Moura, Mafalda Arnauth or Raquel Tavares sing. The cuisine maintains a focus, above all, on the traditionality of Portuguese gastronomy.

 

Note: We recommend wearing comfortable shoes!

Includes:

  • Starter + main course + dessert

  • Drinks: 1/2 bottles of wine per person, water and coffee

Tuesday, April 18th, 2023

Sintra Tour

Sintra is considered a World Heritage Site by UNESCO for its beautiful and rich cultural landscape that inspired great writers of European and world literature. Be it the green nature or the palaces that offer the most magical moments, Sintra's heritage is well protected. Discover why Sintra has always been chosen as the holiday destination of the aristocracy and bourgeoisie from all over Europe.

 

Where to go: Hotel> Historic Center> Pena Palace> Quinta da Regaleira> Seteais Palace> National Palace> Monserrate Palace> Hotel

 

What is included?

  • Luxury Minibus up to 19 seats with private English-speaking driver

  • Tour Guide (English-Speaking)

  • Pickup and Dropoff at your hotel

  • Audio-guide

  • 1 Bottle of water per person

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Winemaker for one day at Quinta Casal de Santa Maria: The Most Western Vineyards in Europe

 

The history of this farm dates back to the beginning of the 18th century. The main house was built in 1720 and surprisingly managed to survive the 1755 earthquake, due to the granite structure of the Serra de Sintra. In 1903, it stopped producing wine, but 100 years later, the "most western vineyards in Europe" were replanted and the winery modernized.

Casal de Santa Maria wines are the result of the expression of Nature and the unique terroir that surrounds the vineyards, which are located on the coastline of the Serra de Sintra.

There you'll have a workshop for being oenologist during one day. You can participate in a blending activity to create your own wine. Take advantage of all the necessary equipment and guidance at your disposal, which will allow you to master the challenge of creating your own mix. This Bottle Blending Workshop is the first step of our 'The Winemaker Experience', which gives you the opportunity to go from being a wine lover to a true winemaker.

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Visit to Monserrate Palace and Picnic in the Garden

 

The Palace of Monserrate is one of the most beautiful architectural and landscape creations of Romanticism in Portugal: the Park and Palace of Monserrate, unique testimonies of the 19th century ecclesiastics. The Palace combines Gothic, Indian and Moorish influences, as well as exotic and plant motifs that harmoniously extend to the exterior. The gardens received species from all over the world and were organized by geographic areas.

In this park of great English inspiration, the palace merges with one of the richest botanical gardens in Portugal and the romantic atmosphere is reflected in the exotic trees, waterfalls and lakes.

Before the visit, you will have time to enjoy a nice picnic in the palace gardens, including natural fruit juice, still water, sangria, coffee or tea; sirloin sandwiches with cheese and lettuce; rustic bread with chorizo; quiche; salted; sliced cake or muffin; salad; chips; Queijadas from Sintra; cut fruit...

Important: The picnic is held in the Palace gardens during normal opening hours, so it is not possible to guarantee complete privacy. A reserved space is set up in the garden with towels, pillows and picnic baskets.

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Farewell Dinner at Palácio do Chiado Restaurant

 

Wrapped in a harmonious mix of works of art and nineteenth-century frescoes, Palácio Chiado offers five distinct gastronomic concepts, complemented by two bars and a patisserie.


Whether you are a meat, fish or vegetarian lover, choose your table and browse the integrated menu, which has more than a hundred proposals from Farrobodó, SEA by Local, Local Chiado, Meat Bar, Cod Lisbon
and Confectionery of the Palace.

This restaurant is 500 metres from the hotel Ludovice. Transfer not included.

INCLUDED: 1 STARTER | 2 MAIN COURSES | DESSERT | DRINK

The group will be accompanied by a coordinator.

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Wednesday, April 19th, 2023

Sadly, after breakfast we will head to (LIS) Lisbon International Airport to head home after a week of Food, Fun and Wine!

GIVE $100, GET $100 REFERRAL PROGRAM

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Arrival Private Transfer from Porto Airport to Hotel

  • 5 Star, The Lodge Wine & Business Hotel (4 Nights)

  • WRabelo Boat Tour in private for 6 Bridges Cruise

  • Culinary Backstreets Experience in Porto

  • From the Sea to the Market - the way for fresh fish from the Atlantic to your plate tour

  • Visit and Wine Tasting at Cockburn’s Port Lodge

  • Visit and Wine Tasting at Graham's Cellars

  • Dinner at Cervejaria Brasão

  • Douro Valley Tour & Visit at 3 Wine Estate

  • Picnic & Wine Tasting at Quinta da Pacheca

  • Visit and Wine Tasting at Quinta do Seixo, Superior Wines

  • Visit and Wine Tasting at Quinta do Bomfim

  • Private transfer from Porto to Lisbon, visiting Coimbra & Fatima on route

  • 5 Star, Dom Pedro Lisboa (3 Nights)

  • Gastronomic Walking Tour in Lisbon

  • Sunset Dinner at Ferroviário Bar

  • Cooking Class with Visit to the Local Market in Lisbon

  • Panoramic Lisbon in Tuktuk with Visit to the Craft Beer Factory tour

  • Sunset aboard a private sailboat on the Tagus River

  • Fado Tour in Lisbon with Show and Dinner at Casa de Linhares

  • Sintra Tour

  • Winemaker for one day at Quinta Casal de Santa Maria: The Most Western Vineyards in Europe

  • Visit to Monserrate Palace and Picnic in the Garden

  • Farewell Dinner at Palácio do Chiado Restaurant

  • Private Transfer from Dom Pedro Hotel to Lisbon Airport

NOT INCLUDED

  • International Airfare

  • Gratuities

  • Meal or Drinks not mentioned 

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