Alentejo’s wine making traditions can be traced to Roman times and her historic landmarks reach even further back in time.

Head south from the capital Lisbon and you’re immediately surrounded by cork forests, terraces vineyards and rolling fields of wheat. The Romans recognised the agricultural potential of these vast Alentejo plains, as did the Moors and subsequently the Portuguese. The region’s terrior is a unique combination of granite, limestone and schist soils, with long hours of exposure to unbroken year-round sunshine, and producers use selected grape varieties which date back over 2000 years and are all but forgotten in the other wine producing regions of Europe.

Coveted for their distinct colours, aromas and flavours, Alentejo’s wines are protected under the Denominacao de Origem Controlada which preserves the authenticity of the vinication process and quality of the finished product. White wines are aromatic, fresh and balanced whilst the intense ruby-reds are smooth and often pleasantly astringent. Portalegre, Borba, Redondo and Reguengos are some of DOC wines you’ll sample on your journey through the region, expertly paired along the way with the wonderfully rustic and seasonal cuisine you’d expect from a rural idyll.

You’ll also be taking a journey through time, visiting Portugal’s most-significant Paleolithic and Neolithic sites: Alentejo is one of Europe’s truly ancient landscapes. And the Romans and North African’s didn’t just leave their agricultural mark on Alentejo – you’ll also have a chance to explore the lost Roman city of Ammaia, the ruins at Cetobriga and the Moorish stronghold of Montemor-o-Novo. Not forgetting the magnificent medieval walled towns of Marvao, Monsaraz and Evoramonte: the preserved monuments of the free Kingdom of Portugal.


You’ll begin your holiday with a direct flight into Lisbon. Our driver will collect you from your flight, for your transfer into the centre of the city.
Our resident guide will give you an introduction to Lisbon, its history and its cuisine. You’ll sample authentic petiscos in Alfama, ginjinha in Graca, and ameijoas in Principe.
You’ll cross the vast Vasco da Gama Bridge to explore the Moscatel vineyards of the Serra de Arrabida, including visits to the Castelo de Palmela, the city of Setubal, and the Santuario de Cristo Rei in Almada - the Christ the King catholic monument which overlooks Lisbon and the Tagus.
It's time to leave Lisbon, heading east with our guide to your new accommodation the UNESCO-protected city of Evora. Enroute you’ll visit the pretty riverside town of Alcacer do Sal, and the Almendres Cromlech – one of the largest megalithic stone circles in Europe.
You’ll be free to explore UNESCO-protected Evora on foot. Evora’s is a living museum whose beautiful patchwork architecture reflects the history of Portugal itself, with its grand Praca do Giraldo, the Templo Romano de Evora, and the infamous Capela dos Ossos: the Chapel of Bones.
You’ll head south for a tour of the Herdade do Esporao wine estate, one of Alentejo’s most important, wholly-organic vineyards. You’ll also visit the medieval village of Monsaraz, its 14th century castle and the Igreja Matriz de Nossa Senhora da Lagoa: the resting place Templar Knight Gomes Martins Silvestre.
You’ll leave Evora today, travelling north with our guide to your new accommodation at the Torre de Palma Wine Hotel. Enroute you’ll visit the hilltop fort at Evoramonte and Estremoz. Known as the ‘Cicade Branca’ or White City.
You’ll spend today touring your hosts’ vineyards and winery at the Torre de Palma Hotel – from the seven-hectare vineyards, via the marble presses to the temperature-controlled barrel room.
You’ll head northeast to visit the lost roman city of Ammaia, and the medieval fort towns of Marvao and Castelo de Vide.
You’ll leave the Torre de Palma, heading west for your final evening in Lisbon. Your route take you via the prehistoric caves at Gruta do Escoural, home to some of the finest examples of Paleolithic cave art in Europe, and the ruins of the royal castle at Montemor-o-Novo.
You'll be transferred to the airport for your flight home.

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