6 days
Duration
Alentejo
Location

Tasting tour in Alentejo – Taste of Heritage 5 nights  

Highlights

  • Accommodation at an amazing Convent, from the 15th century on your food tasting tour.
  • No packing and unpacking, just relaxing.
  • Very flexible guides and program – the tour can easily be adapted to your will. Tell us if you have any special interest! This is YOUR PRIVATE TOUR!
  • Beautiful landscape with vineyards, olive groves, cork oaks, and grazing land.
  • Outstanding Alentejo wines and fantastic gastronomy of Portugal.
  • Medieval villages and Évora historical center, classified by UNESCO as World Heritage Site.

Description

This tasting tour in Alentejo is guided, combining the accommodation at an amazing convent built in the 15th century, located 2 kms from the historical center of Évora and the visit to selected family owned projects, each one with their special history and unique features.

The days are all very different and include visits to wineries, artisans and producers of local specialties.

You will feel rewarded with the high knowledge of your local guide and the gorgeous landscape.

You don’t have to pack and unpack every day. Every morning you will meet your guide after a delicious breakfast and indulge on a beautiful day.

This is a very flexible food tasting tour. Tell us what you like and we will do our best to adapt. As we meet you every day, it is very easy to adapt the tour to your preferences. After all, it’s YOUR holidays!

Program

Day 1. Check in
Day 2. Cork and wine
Day 3. On our way to Monsaraz
Day 4. Évora World Heritage
Day 5. Baco’s delights
Day 6. Check out

 

Note that the program was design for 1, 3 or 5 nights, but every other combination is possible. Also, if you prefer more variety on your days, ask for a program mixing walking, biking, van trips or even kayaking. Imagination is our limit!
If you prefer more adventure, see our touring programs, where you will do this visits on a bike.

 

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Day 1 - Check in

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Arrival to the Hotel: Convento do Espinheiro
Dinner: Not included
Accommodation: Convento do Espinheiro
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Day 2 – Cork and wine

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Through secondary roads, we will go from small family farms where little orchards and vegetable gardens are witnesses of a daily lifestyle, to bigger estates with serious agricultural projects.

The tour starts at the hotel, where the guide will take you to our first stop, Monte do Serrado de Baixo. This charming farmhouse is where this private classic cars collection is and where someone will show you this pleasant surprise!

Next stop is one winery, located in a medieval property with a 14th century’s palace, recently restored after several years left to abandonment”. You will be surprised with the surroundings, the precious palace, the quality of the wines and the hospitality.  Enjoy!

The tour continues in the direction of Igrejinha, a village where all houses are white with stripes of different colors, very typical from our local architecture.

Continue and discover all about the project located in a centenary and charming train station. They base product is prickly pears. And you can’t imagine what you can do with them!

For the end of the day we saved a very special visit: a cork factory. See how cork is transformed and learn about all you can do with it!

SEASON HIGHLIGHTS

Spring – from the fava garden… and where are the eggs for the asparagus?
Summer – night picking prickly pear and taking the cork
Autumn – grape harvest
Winter – the art of pruning the centennial olive trees

Lunch: Included
Dinner: Not included
Accommodation: Convento do Espinheiro
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Day 3 - On our way to Monsaraz

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Because this reality exists in Alentejo too, we start the day visiting a modern olive orchard with hundreds of hectare in an intensive and super intensive growth system. We will learn environmental issues of this exploration understand the new trend and taste olive oil.

Keeping our journey, we arrive to one of the most famous wine estates in Alentejo. Here, we have a wonderful couple of hours and a lunch that is a truly gastronomical adventure! In the afternoon, we climb Monsaraz, where we have time to enjoy this medieval beauty, as the majestic landscape to Alqueva, the biggest artificial lake of Europe.

On our way back home, we stop in another regional but modern place: a distillery where gin is produced, the trendy spirit in Alentejo. Visit the interpretative center doing a sensory experience connected to gin and it’s tasting.

SEASON HIGHLIGHTS

Spring – season the olive and take a jar with you
Summer – be a potter for a day
Autumn – let’s use a stick to pick the olives? And shred them?
Winter – competition “who find and pick more wild asparagus

Lunch: Included
Dinner: Not included
Accommodation: Convento do Espinheiro
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Day 4 – Évora World Heritage

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This is a day to explore Évora. With the help of our Flavors Guide, you can do it on your rhythm to know why the historical center was classified as a World Site Heritage. But also, to find the other side of the heritage: the small traditional shops, the groceries with organic products, pastries and the conventual sweets, the stores with the regional flavors with their collections of wine, olive oil, jam, honey, chocolats… What a temptation. Buy and taste all what you want but do not forget the booked lunch with tasting menu.

Walk through the market with our shopping list before come home.

To end the day, we will cook our dinner and experience a homemade meal made with seasonal products and all the seasons of Alentejo’s gastronomy.

SEASON HIGHLIGHTS

All seasons – From the farm and from the market to our kitchen, season and fresh flavors at your table!

Lunch: Included.
Dinner: Not included
Accommodation: Convento do Espinheiro
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Day 5 –Baco´s delights

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Today we go north. Stop at the fortified town of Évoramonte, one of the most fantastic belvederes of Alentejo, and follow to Estremoz area to have a day completely devoted to seasonal activities of wine.

According to the season, we can include a walk through the vineyards, a pruning lesson, joining the harvest and the trodding, tasting the new wine or made a 4 grape varieties wine, since the flavors mix to the label draw.

In the end of the day we will explore the beautiful Estremoz, Queen Saint Elizabeth city, where are made the clay dolls classified as Immaterial Heritage by UNESCO.

SEASON HIGHLIGHTS

Spring – season the olive and take a jar with you
Summer – be a potter for a day
Autumn – let’s use a stick to pick the olives? And shred them?
Winter – competition “who find and pick more wild asparagus”

Lunch: Included.
Dinner: Not included.
Accommodation: Convento do Espinheiro
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Day 6 – Check out

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Check out. End of our services.

For a single person tour Contact us.

Not Included: Transfer from and to airport, Travel insurance, Tour cancellation insurance, and all items not mentioned above.
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