Portuguese Likings: snails and wine

Humans have consumed Land snails for thousands of years. They are low in fat, high in water and proteins. In Europe and specifically in Portugal they are considered delicacies and highly beneficial for health. In several parts of the ancient world including the Roman Empire, snails were farmed and nourished with special nutrients to improve their flavor. Join this fantastic hands on experience, learn and taste the beautiful Portuguese wines and enjoy the beauty of Tejo river.

You will get to see and feel: 

After departing from sunny Lisbon you will arrive to a farm that has all the infrastructure needed to take care of the snails: an agricultural greenhouse with irrigation systems by nebulizers, in order to guarantee the ideal temperature and humidity for the growth and development of the snails. After being warmly welcomed by the owner, all the biological cycles from reproduction to their use in Portuguese cuisine will be thoroughly explained to you. In the meantime, you will do a practical workshop and picking experience that will enrich this activity, ending with a snail tasting.

After this, you will be taken to a regional restaurant where you will be able to enjoy the freshest fish, seafood, DOP (Protected Denomination of Origin) meats, wine, and delicious pastries. So, sit back and enjoy the many delicacies that Portugal has to offer – perfect for any food lover!

In the afternoon more surprises: you will visit one historic winery that has combined history with state-of-the-art technology. Recently was graffitied by two Portuguese artists that gave the building a new and spectacular charm.

After the wine tasting, you will travel to the village of Escaroupim; this typical fishing village was formed in the mid-30s and preserves the collective memory of these fishermen that one day left Vieira de Leiria on the Atlantic shore and settled on the banks of the River Tagus, in an attempt to find better fishing conditions here. To finish the day, you will do a very scenic boat ride on the river Tejo. Here there are unique and secret places known only by those who were born and live here. We have chosen these places for you in the most beautiful courses of Tejo River, populated by horses, birds, and fish, where the sky is bluer and the river greener. Where nature is always generous…

 

This itinerary includes:

Transportation on luxury Mercedes sedan or Minivan from and to the meeting point, Visit to snail agriculture greenhouse and tasting, Driver/History Heritage guide/Wine and Spirits Education Trust certified guide, Visit to a winery and wine and food tastings, Boat ride on Tejo river (one hour; non-private), 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.

x 2 175€

x 4 160€

x 6 145€

Price per person

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