A western European gem, sitting majestically on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, enchanting visitors with an easy pace of life, understated charm, beautiful architectural works, and world class beaches. You’ve got Lisbon, the lively luminous classical capital that continues to maintain a feel of splendid timelessness, even with its fabulous continuous cosmopolitan enhancements. Shopping along the Avenida de Liberdade is fantastic, defintiely a street to amble down en route to fabulous neighborhoods like the Moorish-styled Alfama, with its signature winding alleyways and azulejo-covered walls. For nightlife and dining, the fascinating Bairro Alto takes the crown. Be sure to enjoy a galao in a charming café and don’t miss taking in an authentic Fado performance, the traditional mournful yet hauntingly beautiful traditional Portuguese music that can be found at so many restaurants around as proudly Portuguese as it is magically majestic. Wine enthusiasts quickly become obsessed with the riches of the Douro Valley and if beach luxe is your thing, Portugal along with the islands of the Azores and Madeira, are all blessed with pitch-perfect weather, glimmering beaches, crystalline waters and a wealth of nature and adventure prospects.
Currency: Euro (EUR)
Country Code: +351
Do I need a Visa? Visas are not required for most countries including the US, Canada and various points in both Europe and South America
How will I charge my devices? Portugal’s electrical current is 220 volts, AC 50Hz.
How do I get there? Well, if you’re heading to Lisbon (LIS) and flying from…
New York: 7.5 hours
Los Angeles: 15 hours
Toronto: 9.5 hours
Sao Paulo: 10 hours
London: 2.5 hours
Geography: The mainland lies to the west of Spain and packs a diverse punch for a relatively small country. River valleys and plateaus dominate the north which is excellent for hiking, biking and active pursuits, while the southern regions including the Algarve boast incredible beaches for those that want to chill.
Time Zones: GMT +0
How's the weather? In a word, enviable. While inland can be a bit cooler on average throughout the year, the coastal areas are a different story- boasting a balmy Mediterranean style sunny climate for most of the year with plenty of sunshine.
Join acclaimed chef Justa Nobre in her kitchen as she teaches you how to hand-craft the perfect Pasteis de Bacalhau and a host of other traditional recipes
Go mussel hunting and fishing with a cane along a pristine beach in Obidos and watch an old-world master prepare the perfect fish stew
Blokart your way through the Algarve coast on a wind powered land sailing machine!
Grab your harvest scissors and take to the grapevines yourself on a private vineyard- make your own wine, sample to your heart’s content and sleep it off in a luxurious homestyle estate
Lazily float along the Douro River through the richest of wine regions, stopping along the way to sample world class vintages, cheeses, striking castles and take a lesson from a top chef highly trained in traditional Altentejan specialties
Experience the emotional sensation of saudade, only to be truly felt in Portugal, with a live Fado performance along with a homemade traditional meal
Savour an exquisite meal at the Michelin star Belcanto with Chef Jose Avillez
Special Portuguese pre-departure gift delivered to your door before you embark upon your journey.