Portugal offers a huge variety of landscapes; from the vasts open rolling countryside of the Alentejo, to the terraced hillsides of the UNESCO Douro Valley, the granite hills that border Spain to the east and finally a seemingly never event coastline. Explore the wide open landscapes, rolling hills, and cork trees in the Alentejo, or head North into the region known simply as “The Douro”. Amazing wines, breathtaking views and a paradise for foodies, this region has it all and then some. To experience the true diversity available in this small country, combine both regions and take in all the wonderful traits Portugal has to offer!
"Portuguese is cheerful and sweet, like a language of birds."
~ Paulo Ronai
Below are a few favorite highlights that can feature in your bespoke Portugal itinerary.
• Explore the highlights of Porto on a private guided tour and river cruise.
• Sample wine in the Douro Valley, one of the world’s oldest demarcated wine regions.
• Take in the whimsical gardens and architecture of Sintra on a full-day guided tour.
• Experience the highlights of Lisbon and Belem by tasting local delicacies while getting an introduction to the area’s important historical sights.
• Relax in the peaceful Alentejo countryside at an indulgent hacienda-style retreat.
• Listen to melancholy fado music over a traditional dinner in Lisbon.
• Traverse Lisbon’s hilly streets by tuk-tuk.
• Spend time in the Roman town of Evora.
WHEN TO GO
Spring (March-May) and Fall (Sept-Oct)
7 + Nights
HOTELS WE LOVE
Nothing but the best. Browse the hotels that can feature in our bespoke Portugal itinerary.
Areias do Seixo
Sao Lorenco De Barrocal, Reguengos de Monsaraz
Convento Do Espinheiro, Evora
L'AND vineyard, Montemor-o-novo
If you’re looking for a sea breeze and the sand between your toes, then head to Morocco’s Atlantic coast where L’Heure Bleue’s famous roof top pool is one of our top pick in Essaouira. Visit the hotel website.
Six Senses Douro Valley
Located in the heart of Skoura palm grove, the Ksar El Kebbaba comes to life in the middle of lush greenness and precisely under the branches of an olive tree that witnessed the life of generations for more than three centuries. Visit the hotel website.
TOP EXPERIENCES IN Portugal
There are many incredible experiences to be had in Portugal. But if we were asked to choose our top 3, these would be it.
Cycling in Alentejo Portugal
Slowing down to see the world’ means seeing what others miss – and we’re the only ones going slowly enough to land exclusive invitations to Comenda Grande winery. Ride through Alentejo’s cork and olive groves, taste sublime reds, tour our friend’s farm-to-table estate, and experience the Goth architecture of Évora. We stake a spot on the gorgeous coast for two nights—discovering Arrábida Natural Park’s inimitable charm. Come explore Alentejo with us!
Wine Tasting in the Douro Valley
The Inara Camp is set in the magical setting of the stony desert of Agafay. In the middle of a vast field of 10 hectares, the camp includes a restaurant, and 18 luxury tents with a splendid view of the desert. All tents offer ultimate level of comfort. Visit the hotel website.
Learn to Surf at Noah's Surf House
Noah Surf House lives in total respect and consonance with Mother Nature. It was born and raised with its eyes towards the sea. It is a surf house consisting of 8 rooms and 13 bungalows. Activities like Surf, Yoga, Skate, Stand Up Paddle, Liquid Balance, Trekking or Functional Training, are all on option at the Surf House. A place of joy, sun, sea, friends, family, sharing, smiles, surf, good food, emotions, creativity and experiences! Visit the hotel website.
Morocco’s real magic is in places only our local friends know – like hiking over remote mountain passes in the High Atlas Mountains, sipping herb-infused cocktails in a private riad, camel trekking to an off-limits Berber encampment and relaxing in the coastal beachside bohemian town of Essaouira.
What they say
Don’t just take it from us, let our clients do the talking!
Notes from the road: A few trip highlights included: staying in a traditional Riad and pottery making in Fes, hiking in the Atlas Mountains (and staying at the incredible Kasbah Tamadot), exploring the souks of Marrakech, and so happy we got to spend 2 nights glamping in the Sahara desert and riding into the sunset on camelback – a truly once in a lifetime experience.
“Our trip to Morocco was great and definitely exceeded my expectations. All the hotels were fabulous and the staff extremely helpful. The Branson retreat (Kabash Tamadot, Atlas Mountains) was amazing! I’d go back there in a flash. It was my favourite part of the trip. I always recommend you to friends and will be in touch again soon, to plan our next adventure.”
EXTEND YOUR JOURNEY
PAIRS WELL WITH …
Morocco tends to work as a stand-alone destination thanks to the variety of terrain and experiences it offers… but it’s only a short 30 minute flight from Marrakech to Seville (in Andalucia), so combining Morocco & Spain makes for a fantastic combination.