- Private cooking lesson with a local chef (Lisbon).
- Private tour of the Tagus River in a RIB, a rigid-hulled inflatable boat (Lisbon).
- Private tour of the island, including a cable-car ride (Funchal).
- Four Season, Lisbon
- Intercontinental Palacio das Cardosas, Porto
- Aquapura, Douro Valley
- Choupana Hills, Madeira
- 3 Nights – Lisbon
- 2 Nights – Porto
- 1 Night – Douro Valley
- 3 Nights – Madeira
Day 1: Lisbon
Lisbon sprawls along the banks of the Tagus River estuary. Its name comes from the Phoenician words meaning “enchanting port.”
This afternoon, we suggest you visit the art collection of Calouste Gulbenkian, one of the 20th century’s most enigmatic figures.
Day 2: Lisbon
Highlights of your day: the highly decorative Manueline architecture, a tram-ride up to the Moorish citadel, and a public elevator made of cast-iron.
We suggest an afternoon stop for pasteis de Belem, cream-filled pastries named after the neighborhood.
Day 3: Lisbon
This morning you’ll learn to cook Portuguese cuisine with a local chef, using local ingredients. Enjoy the results for lunch, with plenty of Portuguese wine.
In the afternoon, you can speed along the Tagus River in a rigid-hulled inflatable boat (RIB).
Day 4: Obidos
Highlights of your day: the small medieval village of Obidos with its fragrant bougainvillea. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Monastery of Santa Maria de Vitória, better known as Batalha (the Battle Abbey).
Day 5: Porto
Highlights of your day: the historic buildings that line the Douro River, a panoramic view of the city from the bell tower of the Torre de Clérigos, and an exploration of contemporary art by Richard Serra and Ed Ruscha.
Day 6: Douro Valley
Taste wine all day as you journey through the Douro River Valley, the world’s first demarcated wine region. Stop at a couple of port wine producers for private tastings.
Day 7: Funchal
Fly to Madeira.
This afternoon, we suggest you explore colonial downtown Funchal, perhaps getting a drink or a bite to eat in one of its many quaint cafés.
Day 8: Funchal
This morning, explore Funchal’s botanical gardens and swim in one of its famed natural rock pools.
In the afternoon you’ll take a cable car to the top of the mountain and visit the small village of Monte.
Day 9: Funchal
You’ll have today at leisure to explore the island.
You might want to take the ferry to Porto Santo, a nearby island of starkly beautiful volcanic landscapes.
Day 10: Funchal
Fly to Lisbon.