To get away from the frantic pace of your daily life, nothing like spending some time in a pristine and peculliar environment, located on Lisbon´s vicinity: the most important wetland in Portugal. The Tejo estuary is, from the bird watching perspective, a very rich experience during all the seasons. In winter, close to 120,000 individuals can ongregate here and in the summer, sometimes around 100 species can be observed. Come and see for yourself, these animals at close range.
You will get to see and feel:
On Tagus River Planes – ½ day Tour
The history of viticulture in the Tejo includes proof of Phoenician and Roman presence in the region. By the end of the first half of the 13th century, some 30,000 pipes of wine had been exported to England.
We will visit 2 of the best known wineries of the region. You will get to know and experience the full bodied spicy reds from Ribatejo, sparkling wines and beautifully made late harvests. The existing vineyards are predominantly out of Portuguese varieties such as the white ” Fernão Pires”. The red wines are produced basically out of “Trincadeira”, “Castelão”, “Touriga Nacional”; and more recently Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Alicante Bouschet and Syrah. Some estates have buildings dating from the XVIII century. The wineries tough are fully adapted to the new techniques, essential to respect and take the best out of the potential quality of the grapes.
Birdwatching – ½ day Activity
The Tagus estuary is the largest wetland area in Portugal and is considered one of the ten most important in Europe, mainly thanks to migratory waterbirds.
Here occur regularly around 100.000 wintering birds, exceeding the value of 120.000 birds during periods of active migration.
The estuary holding 54% of Portugal’s total of wintering waders (sandpipers, plovers and avocets), 30% of its wintering waterfowl (ducks and geese) and 4% of its wintering Ardeidae (herons).
Explore the different trails and enjoy the wildlife in lakes, using the hides and the viewpoints. Our guides will assist you.
Birdwatching: (Tuesday to Sunday)
This itinerary includes:
Transportation on luxury Mercedes sedan or Minivan from and to the meeting point, Driver/History Heritage guide/Wine and Spirits Education Trust certified guide, Visits to wineries and wine and food tastings, Monument entrances, City Tours, Personal accident insurance, Taxes.
On the 2 days itineraries, the transfer from Lisbon to the airport is free of charge. On the 3 days itineraries, the transfer from the airport to Lisbon and from Lisbon to the airport is free of charge (applicable conditions for groups between 2 and 7 people and only for the transfers to and from the airport).
This itinerary DOESN’T include:
Private Tours, Meals and Other personal expenses
Terms and Conditions
Many of The Best Portugal animation activities are conducted on open air. Thus, while always be mindful of weather conditions. We have to bear in mind that sometimes unpredictable weather phenomena do occur during a tour. In such cases The Best Portugal won´t be held responsible for that and those reasons will never be considered as reasonable for any refund.
Tours will leave according to times stated on itineraries and will not wait for “latecomers”. We accept no responsibility for passengers failing to be at designated pick up points at designated times, no refund is provided for passengers failing to meet our tour at designated times.
We reserve the right to alter any part of the itinerary due to the fact that they are subject to supplier availability at the time of booking. Should it be necessary to alter an itinerary, a supplier of equal value and quality shall be chosen. The client shall be notified in writing of any changes made to an itinerary.
We reserve the right to use alternate vehicles and operators.
Tour arrangements are intended for persons of reasonably good health and without physical disabilities which would create a hazard either for the passenger or other passengers. The Best Portugal, reserves the right to decline to accept or retain any person as a tour participant should such person’s health or mental condition impede the operation of the tour.
Smoking is not permitted on our vehicles or inside winery buildings.
We accept no responsibility for lost or stolen property.