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This TravelTailors' gastronomic program promotes the best traditionally inspired Portuguese southern gastronomy , with emphasis on a signature cuisine. It also highlights the heritage and the landscape of the visited regions: Lisbon and Alentejo.
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Arrival in Lisbon.
Lisbon is one of the most fascinating cities in Europe! With blue skies almost all year round and a mild winter, Lisbon offers breathtaking panoramas of the city and the river, a picturesque setting where old trams take us from the narrow cobbled streets up to the excellent new hotels in broad boulevards, fabulous shopping opportunities of brand name and a fantastic nightlife. The old blends with the sophistication of the 21st century. Alfama and the Castle give you a historic Journey to the Arab and medieval times. In the areas of Chiado, Bairro Alto and Príncipe Real, you can find some of the trendiest restaurants and bars in Lisbon. During the day, the streets are filled with animated crowds strolling around the museums, the shops, the art galleries, the cafes or grocery stores that sell gourmet products. From the Baixa to the Marquês de Pombal Square, there are theaters, train stations, esplanades and alleys to take a walk in. In Belém, lies the majestic Jerónimos Monastery, the famous Tower of Belém, the Cultural Centre and the many museums and gardens that surround them. It is imperative to sample the delicious Pastéis de Belém!

Around 20h30: dinner in a signature cuisine restaurant, in Lisbon.
This restaurant has an undeniable glamorous aura and is quoted in international guides. Located in one of the old warehouses along Santa Apolónia, it has ample space, tastefully decorated, with sweeping views of the river and a dreamy terrace. There are various types of spaces and cuisine.

Lisbon by night : Suggested visit to Bairro Alto (Fado house) and the Lux nightclub.
Bairro Alto is one of the most characteristic and attractive neighborhoods to live in the city. Typical and popular, the Bairro Alto has many modern features, with clothing and design stores and bars, many bars. The gathering of people in an eclectic and multicultural environment is one of the best reasons to visit this neighborhood. To walk through it, find all streets, lanes and alleys, is essential. In it there are great restaurants, alongside intimate bookstores; there are tea houses paired with designer and clothing shops, of some of the most respected Portuguese artists. It's an exciting neighborhood, full of attractions, combining boldness and sophistication with tradition and antiquity. To walk around Bairro Alto is an unrepeatable act anywhere else in the city. Fado, the typical Lisbon song that often evokes the word "saudade" is an important part of the charm of this neighborhood. The true soul of Lisbon lies deeply and truly in fado. Love, destiny, sadness and nostalgia ... sentiments whispered in a strong but gentle voice that can never be explained, only felt...

If you want to, TravelTailors may suggest a Fado house, so that you may hear live this beautiful song, now World Heritage. [Fado was declared Intangible Heritage of Humanity in 2011.]

With an exceptional location in front of the Tagus River, Lux is the bar / disco in Lisbon that has the highest national and international reputation. It occupies a mega-space spanning three floors: a nightclub on the ground-floor, a bar on the first floor, with balcony over the river, and a roof terrace, overlooking the city and the Tagus.

Overnight at the hotel of the selected category.
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Journey to Évora.
Évora is one of the most emblematic Portuguese cities. Its beautiful historic center has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Places of unavoidable visit are its imposing Cathedral, built between 1186 and 1204, the notorious Roman Temple (popularly dubbed the Temple of Diana), built between the I and III centuries AD, the Church of São Francisco and its famous Chapel of Bones, the beautiful Lóios' Church (15th century), or the Palace of D. Manuel. The nearly 20 churches and monasteries of the city denote their religious and historical significance. A very local and central attraction is the famous Praça do Giraldo, with Arabian-style arches and a fountain dating from 1571, a meeting place for all generations, animation and special performances.

Suggestion: passage through Almendres' Cromlech.
The Almendres' Cromlech is located in the parish of Nossa Senhora da Guadalupe, in the municipality of Évora. It constitutes the most important megalithic monument of the Iberian Peninsula, and one of Europe's most important, not only for its size, but also for his state of preservation.

Around 12h30: lunch in a signature cuisine restaurant, in Évora.
Located on the ground floor of an ancient palace, the restaurant chosen by TravelTailors has the gastronomical signature of a chef known for his wisdom when it comes to aromatic herbs. The menu has as Alentejo cuisine as its starting point and develops its creative inspiration through Mediterranean flavors. The beautiful dining room with vaulted ceilings is elegantly decorated. Spacious tables, beautiful linens, proper glassware and adequate service to the proper culinary excellence inspire refinement.

Suggestion: cooking class.
In one of the finest hotel units in the city, you can learn to cook the most delicious delicacies. The magic of Alentejo cuisine is to create, with simple and traditional products, dishes where the taste and the pleasure of eating is a cultural act.

Around 20h30: dinner in a traditional restaurant, in Évora.
This is admittedly one of the great "temples" of Portuguese cuisine. As a spreader of Alentejo cuisine, it has been deeply engaged in the task, collecting recipes from the region, some of which have almost disappeared, and resurfaced here accompanied by an excellent list of Alentejo wine.

Overnight at the hotel of the selected category.
  pequeno almoço, café da manhã almoço jantar
Journey to Vila Viçosa.

Suggestion: visit to the Ducal Palace.
The Vila Viçosa's Ducal Palace, in the District of Évora, is isolated and emphasized on the so-called Terreiro do Paço, at the foot of the Castle's hill. Opposite of it is the Church of Agostinhos, and near you can find the Bishop's Palace and the Convent of Chagas. Built in the 16th century, this palace was largely benefited during the 17th century and served as a royal residence.

Journey to Elvas.
Elvas is a monumental city and few Portuguese towns have a so well preserved historic center. The traveler who sees the city from afar is impressed with its powerful fortifications, but doesn't suspect the artistic richness of its historical center. Its fortifications are the largest set of star forts in the world and are candidates for World Heritage of Humanity.

Around 12h30: lunch in a signature cuisine restaurant, in Elvas.
The restaurant that TravelTailors' proposes is a landmark in Alentejo gastronomy, with quality and innovation. Good taste stands out in a privileged resting place for lovers of Alentejo cuisine, presented here with refinement and served with care. For over two decades it has prided itself on being one of the best restaurants in Portugal.

Journey to Estremoz.
In addition to the Royal Palace, Estremoz has a very rich cultural and archaeological heritage, visible in the various monuments throughout the city. Among them: the Tower of Couraças, the Old Town Hall, the Chapel of Nossa Senhora dos Mártires, the Cloister of Misericórdia and all the walls and ramparts that surround the castle. The Church of S. Francisco, in the city center, founded in the 13th century and the former Convent of the Order of Maltezas, a 16th century building in Gothic style, founded by D. Luis Prior of Crato, are National Monuments. The Church of Santa Maria and Santiago, the Fountain of São João de Deus and the Fountain of Bicas, the City Hall (the former Convent of the Congregados de S. Filipe Nery) are Monuments of Public Interest.

Visit to the winery and wine tasting.
In a building rich in history, this winery has undergone several renovations and expansions in recent years. Today it's one of the most modern and well equipped in Alentejo. It is all surrounded by vineyards and with a charming wine shop, it's a mandatory visit.

Journey to Lisbon.

Suggestion: cooking class with chef Vítor Sobral (subject to scheduling according to availability).
Chef Vítor Sobral is a great reference in the Portuguese culinary world, known for his ability to modernize our most traditional dishes, without losing the connection to typically Portuguese products, seasonings and flavors.

Around 20h30: Dinner in a 2012 Michelin Star restaurant, in Lisbon.
TravelTailors' option is the flagship restaurant in Portugal and one of the oldest in the world. Located in one of Lisbon's neighborhoods with more history and charm, it was for many years the meeting place of great intellectual figures of the country, famous people or "simple" enlightened bohemians. The cuisine, of contemporary inspiration, focuses on quality ingredients and precision.

Overnight at the hotel of the selected category.
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Journey to city of destination.
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  Recommended months for this journey:

January to December
  In luxury / boutique acommodations (5*-4*):
  Double room: 705,55-772,5 euros  
  In superior acommodations (4*):
  Double room: 571,65-587,1 euros  
  In comfort / rural tourism acommodations (3*-4*):
  Double room: 478,95-509,85 euros  
  Prices vary according to season, specially in the holidays. Children can benefit from a reduced price. Consult us for a final estimate.  
  The Single suplement is from 50% to 70% over the price for a double room, per person. Consult us for a final estimate.  


 Overnight and breakfast in hotels of the selected category
 Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (3 dinners and 2 lunches)
 Detailed trip program, with pratical informations
 BASE travel assistance insurance



 International and domestic flights
 Land transportation
 Rental car, fuel, tolls and parking
 Visits, entrances in monuments and guides not mentioned as included
 Personal extras
 TOP travel assistance insurance: 27 Euros
We also have available insurances with extended health coverage (30.000 Euros) according to what is demanded to certain nationalities in the entrance of the Schengen space, for 30 Euros.

   Economic: from 90 Euros  
  Indicative prices. Consult us for other categories or specific dates.  
   Cooking class in Évora: 25 Euros per person  
   Visit to the Ducal Palace in Vila Viçosa: 6 Euros per person  
   Private guide (licensed and experienced)  
  Each half day (4h): 120 Euros per group  
  Each full day (8h): 200 Euros per group  
   THIS TRIP ASSUMES A SELF-DRIVE REGIME. If you wish a car with a driver or other means of land transportation, consult us.  
   This trip can be adapted according to your tastes and necessities. Consult us!  
  Photographic credits::  
   Copyright: António José Ribeiro, Lisete Cardoso, Lucilina Sousa e Raquel Ribeiro.  
  Published in 17.06.2014