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Lisbon and the Setúbal Peninsula

Lisbon is a city of slopes and its chipped facades, yes Lisbon is that of course, but it is also a city plenty of charm and character looking at Europe, Africa and America. It is a place that refuses to be just that. Lisbon knows how to look back at the past and how to look forward.

And gastronomy reflects this evolution better than any other form of expression; combined with avant-garde museums and chic boutiques, the culinary scene is living a very interesting revolution. You can go for a menu of the day and pay as little as 7 euros and get a deeply comforting caldo verde or bet for any of the top restaurants.

On the liquid scene, Lisbon is a great spot to discover two Portuguese wine regions: region of Lisboa and wines from Setubal Peninsula. Historically, there are three quality-focused DOC sub-regions: Bucelas, Carcavelos and Colares. And then, most of the production was big volume exported to the colonies. However, there are some noble boutique estates led by small scale high quality production and led by new generation of winemakers fighting for the terroir and Portuguese grapes varieties following sustainable methods.

But a visit to Lisbon does not end with the Bairro Alto, the viewpoints, the Torre de Belém, the Castillo de São Jorge or the old taverns of the Barrio de Alfama. Just a short drive from the Portuguese capital there is Sintra, the spectacular Guincho beach, Cascáis and the westernmostpoint of Continental Europe.

Embark on this hedonist journey, explore the real Lisbon, get to know historical families from the Portuguese wine business and thrilling natural landscapes that make it the perfect final spot to rest after a hectic week full of emotions.

At a Glance

Day 1

LISBON

Day 2

LISBON

Day 3

LISBON – SINTRA – CABO DA ROCA – GUINCHO BEACH – COLARES - LISBON

Day 4

LISBON LISBON - ÓBIDOS - WINES FROM LISBON – SETÚBAL

Day 5

SETÚBAL

Day 6

SETÚBAL

Day 7

SETÚBAL, END OF JOURNEY

Inspiring itinerary

IDEAL LENGTH: 7 NIGHTS   WHEN TO GO: ALL YEAR ROUND

Day 1

Lisbon, arrival

LISBON, ARRIVAL

Upon arrival, your private driver will welcome you and get you to your hotel. Relax.

EVENING LISBON’S FOOD TOUR

An unprecedented culinary effervescence has invaded the city of seven hills. The renovated taverns full of charm where you can taste the "petiscos" are joined by the new restaurants sponsored by a generation of chefs determined to reinvent Portuguese cuisine based on overflowing imagination and a unique mix of flavors. We propose a private food trail across the essential addresses of Lisbon’s culinary scene on a bar’s hoping intimate route. Let’s uncork some culinary unexpected delights strolling around the narrow streets of Lisbon.  You will hunt for culinary traditions and new flavors.  You’ll find layers of intrigue — along with a surprising food scene, old and new, from those country taverns to inventive young cosmopolitan chefs. Sample wonderful wines and local produce, hearty cod fritters or savory pastries, you’ll love them all.

Lisbon’s selection of hotels is overwhelming; we’ll find the one that better suits you.

Meals included during the tripDinner
Selected hotels for the journey by Paladar y TomarLuxury or Luxury Boutique Hotel

Day 2

Lisbon - Wine estate - Lisbon

DISCOVER LISBON'S CHARMS

You will dream of returning to its inexhaustible light, to the kindness of its neighbors, to the continuous surprise of its streets, in which so quickly you enter the silence of the low-built houses and the clothes hanging as you find local small century-old boutiques next to modern shops and innovative architectural landmarks. Would you like to enjoy a visit behind the scenes at the National Teatro de Maria II in Rossio Square? Are you an arts lover? We can organize a thirilling museums private tour. We will adapt the rest of the tour to your interest and time. We could assault the hill of the Castle, where the city was born in 1500 B.C. Stopping in several viewpoints and walking around the narrow and labyrinthine streets of Alfama district. Keep walking down and will find yourself in the lively heart of Lisbon, showing the post-18th century earthquake architecture, the noble commercial area of the city, with old traditional stores and bistros. 

Free afternoon-evening to enjoy the city on your own pace. We’ll assist you on your dinner arrangement.

Meals included during the tripBreakfast
Selected hotels for the journey by Paladar y TomarLuxury or Luxury Boutique Hotel

Day 3

Lisbon - Sintra - Cabo da Roca - Guincho Beach - Colares - Lisbon

SINTRA, THE FAIRYTALE TOWN

North of the Tagus lies a rugged, rocky coastline, surrounded by hills and farmland, palaces far from the world, and hidden cliffs and coves where the ocean hits hard all year round. Chosen as a refuge by kings and nobles for centuries, there are countless reasons to consider Sintra as the 'Vila Velha': it is the city of palaces, enchanted forests, where oaks and cedars seem to hide their faces in the mist, and the narrow and steep cobbled streets, which maintain their medieval air between craft shops and pastry shops that flood the air with the aroma of the typical queijadas. In the 19th century, Sintra was also home to wealthy burghers, romantic artists and enlightened intellectuals in need of inspiration. You will visit the National Palace.

CABO DA ROCA

Then taka a de tour to Cabo da Roca - the westernmost point of Continental Europe – admiring the impressive cliffs and waves. 

Time for lunch by Guincho Beach to try some of the seafood specialties, a cataplana should be on your bucket list. 

COLARES WINES

After lunch, let’s discover some of the most coveted and rare wines in the world, wines from the designation Colares. Despite its limited annual production (15.000 L/year), each bottle of this characteristic wine can last for decades. Ramisco grape pre-phylloxera vines, sand and wind are the three natural elements that define these wines. This is a unique opportunity to visit one of the historical wineries, in business since 1808.

Back to Lisbon, free evening; we will assist you with your dinner plans.

Meals included during the tripBreakfast
Selected hotels for the journey by Paladar y TomarLuxury or Luxury Boutique Hotel

Day 4

Lisbon - Óbidos - Wines from Lisbon - Setúbal

ÓBIDOS, THE LITERATURE & CHOCOLATE CITY

After breakfast your driver will take you North to enjoy the picturesque beauty of the historic village of Óbidos. Óbidos surprises with its perfectly preserved intramural castle, but also for its labyrinth of narrow streets adorned with Manueline porticoes, fragrant (and gigantic) bougainvillea and authentic Portuguese handicraft shops. Óbidos is also a Literary Village, registered in the Unesco Creative Cities network, as witnessed by its peculiar Livraria de Santiago, which occupies the old church of Sao Tiago, or The Literary Man, the largest literary hotel in the world. Óbidos hosts every year the Chocolate Festival and is also the birthplace of ginjinha, a liquor made with morello cherries, harvested in western Portugal and fermented in brandy with sugar, water and cinnamon.

WINES FROM LISBON

After the visit of Óbidos, time to reach one of the Lisbon wine estates. Lisbon wine region spreads over 12,000 kilometers of vineyards, being Torres Vedras and Alenquer the main wine cities with an ancient wine culture inherited from the Roman times. The region has native white grapes such as arinto, fernão pires or vital; and red varieties such as touriga nacional, touriga franca, trincadeira and castelao, among others.

Enjoy a private tour at one of the top estates, learn about the wines characteristics and then make your taste buds dance with a lovely homemade lunch.

Finally, transfer to your hotel in Setúbal, time to unwind in the secluded peninsula.

Meals included during the tripBreakfast
Selected hotels for the journey by Paladar y TomarCasa Palmela Luxury Boutique Hotel

Day 5

Setúbal

SETÚBAL AND ITS MUSCAT

Explore the charms and wild landscapes of the Setúbal Peninsula. Start from the heights of the 12th century castle in Palmela, then go down to Setúbal to stroll around its lovely and lively food market, and follow the way across green and blue colors, the lush forest and the ocean magically interconnect.

This region is famous for its Moscatel de Setúbal dessert wine. Apart from these sweet wines they produce magnificent dry wines, that have gained national and international recognition. Are you ready for a nature-cultural-wine experience? We will get you to one of our preferred wineries, their wines are so unique and good. Enjoy lunch in at the winery.

AZEITÃO & SESIMBRA

After lunch, continue to explore other corners, Azeitão – famous for its creamy cheeses - and Sesimbra, to take in its medieval Moorish castle and relax with a cup of coffee as you admire the turquoise water before returning to your hotel.

TIP: choco frito (fried cuttle fish) and the oysters from the Sado estuary are a must in Setúbal.

Meals included during the tripBreakfast, lunch
Selected hotels for the journey by Paladar y TomarCasa Palmela Luxury Boutique Hotel

Day 6

Setúbal

ARRÁBIDA NATURAL PARK

For active travelers, in this Atlantic coastal area we find the Parque Natural da Arrábida. Board a classic jeep cabrio 4x4 in the most secret and inhospitable ways inside Arrábida Natural Park to stop at some of the most beautiful viewpoints.

Galapinhos beach was considered in 2017 the most beautiful beach of Europe by European best destinations, we’ll see Santa Margarida cave, pre historic roman ruins located in Creiro and you will be passing by the highest limestone cliff of Europe (Serra do Risco).

Would you like biking or hiking, let us organize it. Are you a horse ride, we can make it too. Or you can opt for sailing and enjoying lunch on board, or you can decide to spend the day on a desert beach only reachable by boat, and we’ll take you there!

Back to Casa Palmela, enjoy a calm evening.

Meals included during the tripBreakfast, lunch
Selected hotels for the journey by Paladar y TomarCasa Palmela Luxury Boutique Hotel

Day 7

Setúbal - Lisbon

END OF JOURNEY

Today, private transfer to Lisbon airport, or to your next destination in case you decide to extend your trip.

Meals included during the tripBreakfast

The final details of every tour will be tailor-made to your schedule, party details, objectives and travel personality. Wine tastings are always personalized to satisfy your curiosity.
All our tours are quoted individually.
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DATES:

  • Every journey is tailor-made to your trip dates.

INCLUDED:

  • 6-Night accommodation 
  • Meals as stated
  • Exclusive winery visits in Colares DOC, Lisbon Wines Region and Setúbal
  • Private city tours of Lisbon, Óbidos and Setúbal & Entrance tickets to monuments
  • Private Mercedes chauffeured transport throughout
  • Restaurants bookings
  • Airport private transfers
  • All taxes

NOT INCLUDED:

  • International flights
  • Personal purchases and expenses
  • Gratuities
  • Travel insurance

VILLA:

Max. capacity: 12 guests | 6 Bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, 2 dining rooms, 2 living rooms, 2 outdoor pools.

PRICE:

Every trip is quoted individually.

*Prices are in Euros


BOOKING DEPOSIT:

  •  At the time of reservation: 40% of journey cost per person
  • 45 days before departure: Balance due

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

  • Payment method: Bank transfer or major credit cards are accepted (Visa, American Express, Mastercard)

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Proposed experiences

Porto & Northern Portugal Wine Tour
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Alentejo Inland Food & Wine Tour
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South West Alentejo Food & Wine Tour
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