You will get to see and feel:
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.
You will begin our adventurous day with the visit to 2 of the best known wineries of the Tejo region. The soils vary according to the proximity of the river. The field or flatlands are very productive areas which lie along the waterfront. Due to the flooding of Tejo river, it is common that the vineyards in the area sometimes become completely submerged.
You will get to know and experience the full bodied spicy reds from Ribatejo, mineral whites and dazzling sparkling wines. The existing vineyards have predominantly 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.
For your delicious lunch we will take you to a friend´s best kept secret: a regional restaurant where you will be served the most delicious local gastronomy, along with the kind of wine that conforts your soul.
Finally you will follow the “Avieiros” route, that was created on the 20th Century when the fishermen from Vieira de Leiria beach, in the West Atlantic Coast, facing serious difficulties, specially during the winter, decided to move to the river Tagus trying their luck as river fishermen.
As they moved in with their families, they started to build wooden shacks built on top of long poles (palafitte houses). These poles that were once used to prevent the sand from covering their houses, would now keep their possessions away from the seasonal river floods.
Nowadays you can also experience the “Avieiros” route, that takes you from Valada do Ribatejo on an Nature inspiring boat ride towards the Escaroupim village, whilst you enjoy the beauty of an unknown Ribatejo, tales and traditions, the unique vegetation, the Lusitan horses that are raised freely on the “Horses Island”, the White Herons, the Cormorants, the Woodcocks, the Kingfishers and the fishing eagles.
This is the world that you are about to know..
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.