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On the Wine Route of Lisbon

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Full Day
Availability : Jan 20’ - Dec 20’
Lisbon
Lisbon
Min Age : 10+
Max People : 6

Be prepared to taste some of the best delicacies and regional wines as you spend a day exploring Lisbon’s history by visiting some of the most emblematic national Monuments.

Tour Details

Be prepared to taste some of the best wines in the Lisbon area accompanied by various Portuguese cuisine delicacies, while taking in the unique views of the vineyards and wine cellars in Bucelas, and learning about the manufacturing processes of the various regional wines. Visit the Monastery and Palace of Mafra, emblematic national monument of the Portuguese Baroque and one of the Seven Wonders of Portugal, for a rewarding sightseeing experience.

Departure & Return Location

Pick up at 9am at hotel door.

Drop off at 8pm at hotel door.

Price Includes

  • Lunch at a typical restaurant
  • Regional wine tasting
  • Private tours in a Luxury car or Sedan
  • Professional Driver
  • Mandatory Insurance
  • 24/7 Customer Service
  • All transport at destination

Price Excludes

  • Any Private Expenses
  • Entrances or Tickets not referred
  • Meals not referred

Complementaries

  • Umbrella (if necessary)
  • Bottled Water
  • Wifi
What to Expect

Explore Lisbon’s history through food and wine on a full day tour that includes a series of tastings.

Discover this region by visiting the wine region of Bucelas, a place known for the fantastic Arinto wine, the country’s most famous dry white wine, and the only white wine in Portugal for many centuries. Visit the Museum of the Vine and Wine in Bucelas. 

Have lunch in a typical regional restaurant, and later on visit the vineyards, wineries and cellars of the region, while partaking in two wine tastings accompanied by local products such as bread, pastries, cheeses and sausages.

Then set out to discover the most wonderful places in Mafra, where you can visit the Monastery and Palace of Mafra, as well as the distinctive village of Sobreiro.

Itinerary

MorningBucelas

Bucelas is a parish in the municipality of Loures, 20 kilometers from Lisbon. Set in Celtic times, as the evocative coat of arms of the village evokes, it later became known to the Romans – it is worth mentioning the presence of the monumental cippus next to the Mother Church.

Famous for its wines, Bucelas was well developed in the second half of the 19th-century and in the beginning of the 20th-century.

MorningThe Museum of Vine and Wine from Bucelas

The Museum of Vine and Wine from Bucelas is one of museographic nuclei that integrate the Loures Municipal Museum. It is housed in a building of the late 19th-century that has been the residence of one of the largest wine producers in Bucelas, the Camilo Alves family, whose history is deeply intertwined with the local viticulture and oenology traditions.

The winery and wine cellar were renovated and adapted to the new museum function, as has its adjacent garden.

AfternoonVineyard and Winery of Bucelas

After having lunch on your own, visit one of the many famous wine-producing estates in Bucelas, a region demarcated by law since 1911. It is known for producing the most famous dry white wine in Portugal, the Arinto grape variety, cultivated here by the Romans more than 2,000 years ago and thoroughly appreciated in the British court of Elizabeth I, being mentioned by Shakespeare in the work “Henry VI” (1594).
It was later taken to the British court by the Duke of Wellington in the 19th-century, during the Napoleonic invasions in Portugal. Prince Regent George III adored this wine, even considering that it had medicinal powers. It was also a mandatory presence in the winery of US President Thomas Jefferson in 1800.

Bucelas is the second (micro) wine region in Portugal to receive the DOC denomination, after Douro for Porto wines. It is a wine classified as VQPRD (Quality Wine Produced in Demarcated Region).

Afternoon José Franco’s typical Village

Close to Mafra is the typical village of Sobreiro, from Lisbon’s “saloio” region. It is a perfect life-size village built entirely out of clay, and is the work of the Portuguese sculptor José Franco, arousing the curiosity of the many travelers of all ages that frequently pass through here.

With furnished shops and houses that display the typical architecture of the region when it was a more rural municipality, as well as a windmill, butcher’s shop, water-mill, blacksmith’s forge, threshing floor, tavern and carpenter’s workshop, it depicts the true history of the area.

The people of the region also engage in various trades and crafts that have gradually begun to disappear with time.

AfternoonNational Palace of Mafra

The extravagant Monastery and Palace of Mafra, in the charming town of Mafra, was built in the 18th-century (1717-1755) on the orders of King João V to honor the birth of the monarch’s first children, Infanta Barbara of Portugal, and first son and heir, the future King José I.

It was originally intended as a modest Franciscan monastery that could house 13 friars. However, with the abundance of the flow of gold from Brazil to Portugal, the humble convent rapidly evolved into a grandiose palace, designed by Italian-trained German architect Johann Friedrich Ludwig, built by a mind-boggling workforce of 50,000 men.

There are 4,500 doors and windows, 300 cells, 880 halls and rooms, and 154 stairways – a wildly exuberant statement of Baroque splendor, luxury, and unwavering royal power. The basilica is decorated with several Italian statues and includes six historical pipe organs and two carillons, composed of 92 bells. The highlight of any visit is the magnificent baroque library: the barrel-vaulted, two-tiered hall holds nearly 40,000 volumes of mostly 16th- through 18th-century works and a number of ancient maps.

For the most part, what you see today are recreations of the rooms refurbished with what was left behind after King João VI, who resided here throughout 1806-07, fled to Brazil ahead of advancing French troops in 1808, taking most of the furniture and all the valuables with him.

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