8 days
Duration
All year
Month
Alentejo
Location

When we talk about UNESCO World Heritages we mean the cultural expressions that are part of the social and cultural history of the communities. Come on this tour to Évora and Elvas, UNESCO World Heritage sites, where culture manifests itself in defense sites, legends, flavors and traditions. In the heart of Alentejo it is possible to witness the voices of local Choirs and Ethnographic Groups singing the “Cante” – elevated as an UNESCO Intangible Heritage of Humanity. Centered in Alcáçovas, near Viana do Alentejo, cowbells are still being manufactured, earning the recognition of UNESCO, thus elevating this art to the status of intangible heritage. Another example of UNESCO recognition are the figurative ceramics of Estremozcrafted in clay – this technique stretches back more than 300 years. Portugal is proud of having 17 Portuguese sites that make up the UNESCO list, 7 intangible and more to come! 

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Lisbon
DURATION

8 days

INCLUDED
7-nights double room with breakfast  7 dinners 
Transfers during the program  Luggage transfer during program 
Trip information / Exclusive Road-Book 
NOT INCLUDED
Meals, except otherwise referred
Please request more information in case of extras
OPTIONS / EXTRAS
Supplement for individual room Alternative 3-day tour around Fátima 
Solo trips   Alternatively Walk or Cycle trips; 
Additional activities & Experiences  Extension days 

Minimum Travellers: (Van Tour); 1 (Self-guided)

Recommended Months: April – June; September – November 

Day 1

Arrival at Lisboa Airport  

Welcoming at Lisbon airport, briefing and transfer to your charming hotel in Salvaterra de Magos. The tour starts with a visit at the Royal Falconry, an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Witness a presentation on falconry, the noblest of the hunting arts. Passing by the rice fields, you’ll then visit  Escaroupim, a small fishing village with peculiar houses and piers. Seafood dinner at a local restaurant.   

Day 2

Évora

Check-out of the hotel and follow the road-book directions, passing through Vendas Novas, till the museum-city Évora – UNESCO World Heritage Site. The day is reserved for exploring the city within the ancient fortified walls, without missing the Bones Chapel and the city’s Cathedral. At the end of the day, check-in at a local Wine Estate and have a relaxing stroll in the vineyard and wine tasting accompanied by food tasting of the flavors of Alentejo.  

Day 3

Cowbells  

Leaving Évora towards Viana do Alentejo, you’ll pass by Alcáçovas and visit one of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity at a local Cowbells Manufacturer. In this small village, the art of manufacturing the cowbells has been preserved and they are still used in cattle.  Arriving at Viana do Alentejo, in the center visit the Cathedral and Castle. Check-in at the Hotel.  

Day 4

Nature & Cante  

Starting the day with an adventure, we’ll go to Beja and in the heart of Alentejo, visit a local Estate and do a hike combined with an outdoors lunch.  The rest of the day is to explore Beja, visit Santiago Maior Church and discover the Saint James Way of Alentejo and Ribatejo. In the evening, dinner in a local restaurant and feel the emotion of the Cante Alentejano – intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, sung by locals. Check-iat the Hotel.

Day 5

Stars & Night Sky 

This day your next references will be to head to Alqueva Dam and visit Aldeia da Luz and its Museum. Checkin at the hotel in Moura. As night falls, you’ll walk a Dark Sky Route alongside the dam. Relax and enjoy the display of stars and the breathtakingly Milky Way.  

Day 6

Elvas Fortifications 

Before leaving Moura, we’ll go on a boat trip and Birdwatching in Alqueva. Leave in direction of Elvas, where its fortifications are a UNESCO World Heritage. Explore the Aqueduct with 7 km length and 843 arches, the Forte de Santa Luzia and Forte da Graça. In the ancient part of the town explore the Castle. Checkin at the Hotel. 

Day 7

Craftmanship 

The morning will be reserved to visit the sites in EstremozYou’ll explore the Castle’s Keep and Gadanha LakeLearn of the origins of the clay craftsmanship of the Estremoz Clay Figures – Intangible Cultural Heritage of HumanityIn the evening a special dinner on a Marble Stone extraction site is expecting you. Checkin at the hotel

Day 8

Day of Departure 

A transfer will take you back to Lisbon, where the tour ends. Feel free to ask for an extension of your Tour, to rest and explore the Capital.  

4* or Boutique Hotels; Charm Rural Houses