8 DAYS & 7 NIGHTS, PRIVATE JOURNEY – WITH COX & KINGS
Lisbon, Acores & Sao Jorge Island
Get more than just a taste of the local culinary culture on this journey through Portugal. Start the exploration off in Lisbon with a walking tour of the city to find your feet. Once situated, take part in an extensive food tour of Lisbon, diving into the rich food and drink culture of the city. Travel out to the Acores archipelago to spend the evening dining and unwinding in a natural hot spring. Meet a local chef to learn about Furnas, a local stew traditionally cooked using natural heat from the island volcanoes. Tour a coffee plantation and learn how the beans turn to brew.
Day 1 – Arrive Lisbon
Upon arrival in Lisbon, you will be met and assisted with customs and immigration before being escorted to your luxury hotel. After checking in, enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure to take advantage of the amenities of your hotel or begin your explorations of the city.
You will be staying in the beautiful Protocole Suite in Hotel Le Consulat, a 4-star hotel. Enjoy three nights here.
Hotel Le Consulat – 3 Nights
Today, enjoy a walking tour through the city centre including the areas of Alfama, Chiado, Barrio Alto and Belem. This comprehensive tour will have you feeling comfortable in the city in no time, and will give you a better understanding of local customs.
Head out on your own for lunch, before rejoining your guide and driver to continue your tour. Elect to try local foods, or ask your guide to suggest a restaurant that fits your tastes.
Hotel Le Consulat (B)
Enjoy a food tour of Lisbon today. Now that you’ve explored the city for a day, delve deeper into the local culture with a cultural & food evening walking tour with an expert private guide. Up to 5 tastings with drinks are included at local businesses, so you will get a true taste of Lisbon.
Hotel Le Consulat (B, D)
Today, you will travel to Acores. Your flight from Lisbon to Ponta Delgada is not included in your trip. Upon arrival, a private car and your driver will pick you up and take you to the Azor Hotel. Enjoy three nights in this luxury, 5 star accommodation. You will stay in the Suite Vista Mar, and breakfast is included.
This night, enjoy a midnight bath at the Pico de Ferro viewpoint and Furnas’ volcanic crater. There is a natural thermal water pool. Dinner with regional ingredients will be included, and you will enjoy your meal in an exclusive, secluded location.
Azor Hotel – 2 Nights (B, D)
Day 5 – Acores
Take a guided tour to visit the most amazing viewpoints in Sao Miguel island, including a gourmet picnic in an exclusive spot by a stunning lake. Guide and transportation included.
Another option to add onto your trip is an ebike tour along the paths of Sete Cidades and the wonderful views of the lagoon and volcano. This can either be a half or full day tour, depending on your preferences. You could also elect to go on a whale watching experience (not private) or a full day tour to Ponta Delgada or Furnas.
In the evening, prepare and cook the typical Furnas stew with a regional chef, a century old tradition.
Azor Hotel (B, D)
Fly from Punta Delgada to Sao Jorge, where you will star in a bungalow for two. Tour the island, visiting a cheese factory.
You have the option of arranging a special evening dinner experience.
Intact Bungalows (B)
This morning, tour the coffee plantation on Sao Jorge, where you will learn about the coffee making process, exploring even more of the region’s food production.
This afternoon, return to Acores, where you will head back to the Azor Hotel.
Azor Hotel (B)
Your journey comes to an end today as you are escorted to the airport to board your home bound flight.