|Region:||Lisbon, Alentejo and the South of Portugal|
|Type of Tour:||Hidden Gems|
|Guide Price:||From £526 to £650 per person|
|Number of Meals:||2 breakfasts + 1 lunch + 2 dinners|
|Number of Winery Visits:||1 winery visit with premium wine tasting|
|Number of Wines Tasted:||Approximately 5|
|Tour Transport:||Self-drive from airport (transfers available on request) |
All the activities take place at or close to the Herdade do Sobroso
|Dates / Availability:||Available mid week and weekends from March 1st to December 20th except during festive seasons (Carnival, Easter and New Year's Eve) and the month of August|
Based at the beautiful Herdade do Sobroso Boutique Wine Resort, in the heart of the Alentejo Wine Region this Hidden Gem wine holiday offers a truly relaxing ‘get away from it all’ experience in a beautiful countryside setting. The Herdade do Sobroso is a charming luxury hotel where the owners have successfully combined the production of great quality wine and ‘farm to table’ local gastronomy with unrivalled warm hospitality for a relaxing and memorable stay.
The hotel which is surrounded by vineyards, cork and oak forests and abundant olive groves is within driving distance of Lisbon and Faro airports (approximately 2h15 drive) and just under an hour’s drive from Evora and the medieval towns of Mertola and Monsaraz. For water-based activities the nearby Alqueva lake offers fishing, kayaking and boat rides. Also available to enjoy in the area are hot air balloon rides, hiking and mountain biking, horse riding, photography safaris and helicopter excursions.
After checking in to your chosen room at the hotel, make the most of your afternoon to either explore the surrounding area or relax at the pool with a glass of wine in hand! This exclusive stay at the Herdade do Sobroso includes a VIP welcome for Grape Escapes guests so you will feel right at home from the moment you arrive. As part of your wine holiday we have arranged a bike tour through the vineyards, a kayak tour on the Alqueva lake and a wine tour with premium wine tastings. These activities can be enjoyed on any day of your stay, just let us know your preference!
On the first evening of your stay we have arranged a three course welcome dinner for you at the hotel restaurant which serves a traditional regional menu with a modern twist. Expect to taste dishes such as Wild Duck Rice with Charcuterie, Black pork cheeks with golden potatoes and Dogfish Açorda (bread soup) with poached egg followed by delicious traditional Portuguese desserts including Sericaia (Portuguese Egg Pudding) and Torta de laranja (Orange Tart). Following your meal why not relax on the terrace with a night cap and savour the peacefulness of your surroundings.
After a relaxing breakfast on day two you have the choice to do as little or as much as you would like – We have suggested an activity in the morning, maybe cycling through the vineyards or kayaking and then the wine tour in the afternoon but it is entirely up to you. Lunch at the restaurant today is included or you may prefer to opt for a luxury picnic experience in the vineyards and enjoy lunch at the restaurant to end your trip in style tomorrow. The Herdade do Sobroso also offers a host of other activities for you to enjoy such as hot air ballooning, wildlife photography safaris or a jeep 4×4 safari style tour. Boat rides on the lake are also a popular choice. Please be sure to book all extra activities in advance to avoid disappointment.
Your evening meal at the hotel is included – a truly relaxing way to end your day.
Day three is check out day. After enjoying your breakfast and checking out of your room you can choose to either enjoy one of the included activities (if you haven’t already done so) or head back to the airport or on to your next destination. Many of our guests choose to combine this short break with a two night stay in Évora, the capital of the Alentejo. Whatever your plans we can guarantee that you will leave Herdade do Sobroso with recharged batteries and fond memories of an exceptional stay.
If you would like to make your Grape Escapes holiday even more special, there are a number of additional activities that we can arrange for you. To complement the experience, these could be arranged to fit in/around your current itinerary or we can arrange additional nights and room upgrades at your hotel, as well as your travel arrangements, a stop-over en route and even a visit to another part of the country! See below for some of the most popular upgrades.
Really enjoyable - lived up to expectations Smooth & well organised
Claire - Northern Ireland, UK