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In the world of globalisation and standardisation of wines Portugalstays one of few that still persist in its particularity and independence. 

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In the world of globalisation and standardisation of wines Portugalstays one of few that still persist in its particularity and independence. The Portuguese persistently fight against international sorts of vine and are faithful to their 2000 years long tradition which allowed them to develop their original sorts of vine and particular style of wines. Winegrowing was blooming here for centuries as wine was exported already in the 14th century. Even though the country is small it is the 6th biggest wine producing country in the world. Today the wine industry employs 25 % of the population in the countryside. High quality red and white wines were for centuries under the shadow of the famous Porto wine. Which is unfair, since they deserve their recognition and are becoming better and better with the introduction of modern wine producing methods. Discover the secrets of Portuguese wines on the Spring Wine Tour of the Slovenian Club of wine enthusiasts of sparkling wine (KLP).

Date of travel: 27. April - 6. May 2006 
Minimum number of participants: 20
Ground arrangement price in Euro by person:
In double room: 1344,-
In triple room: 1315,-
Addition for single room: 326,-
Deduction for children up to 12 years: - 30% 
Transfer to the airport in Venice and return air ticket Venice - Lisbon
(the price can change according to the date of booking)  330,- Euro 

April, 27 – LJUBLJANA – TRIESTE - LISBON, INT’L AIRPORT

08:00 Departure by bus from Ljubljana (Tivoli) to the airport in TRIESTE 
12:15 Flight from Trieste to Lisbon. 
Accommodation in a 4**** hotel.  Dinner with wine and traditional Portuguese fado music.

April, 28 – LISBON

After breakfast we will discover the beauties of Lisbon with our local guide. The legendary town has more than 2000 years of history. During the city tour we will visit the São Jorge castle, the Alfama, the Jerominos monastery and Belem tower. They say that Lisbon is as romantic as Paris, lively as Madrid, relaxed as Rome but still small enough and beautifully extended over seven hills. The rest of the day is free for discovering the city at your own pace.

April, 29 - LISBON – ALENQUER – SINTRA – LISBON (150 Km)

In the morning we will visit the Monte Doiro Wine Estate. After visiting the wine cellar and having a wine tasting we will enjoy lunch with wine on the property.
In the afternoon we visit the oldest and best preserved town in Portugal, Sintra, which was for centuries under the rule of the Moors. In the 19th century it became the centre of Europe’s romantic architecture. Overnight in Lisbon.

April, 30 - LISBON – REGUENGOS – ÉVORA (Igrejinha) – LISBON (340 KM)

Excursion to the Alentejo plateau (south of Lisbon), the area of cork trees and wineyards known for its top quality wines. First we will visit one of the most modern wine cellars in Europe, Herdade de Esporão. 600 ha of wineyards and a modern wine cellar allow them to produce top quality wines. The visit of the estate and wine cellar is followed by lunch with wine, olive oil and home made cheese. On the hill in the middle of the Alentejo plain lies a small town called Evora. The town developed in the golden era of Portugal, between the 14th and 16th century. After a short stop to visit the town follows an other wine cellar at Herdade dos Coelheiros. Among roaming deer and plantations of cork trees we will taste exclusive Portugal wine Tapada dos Coelheiros. Overnight in Lisbon. 

May, 01 – LISBON – FATIMA – BATALHA – PORTO (320 km)

This time we will take the direction to the north. First stop will be the sanctuary of Fatima, one of the most important pilgrimage places of the catholic religion. On the 13th of May 1917 three children here had a vision of the holly Mother and for that miracle today more than 4 million people a year visit this place. Here we will also visit the 15th century gothic monastery before driving to the world famous wine area Douro. The place for wine pilgrimages. The land here is watered by the river Douro (Gods river), which flows into the Atlantic in the port city Porto. The area is full of picturesque terraces with vineyards known for its Porto grape and wine. Short visit to the interesting sites of Porto before checking in the hotel. Free evening to explore the night life and charms of the town. 

May, 02 – PORTO

The day will be dedicated to the Porto wine. In the morning we will visit the Ramos Pinto cellar and museum. The cellar was established by Adriano Ramos Pinto in the year 1880. He quickly conquered the South American market and then Europe. Today it is the leading cellar of the area, known also for its excellent sparkling wine “Cristal Champagne”. Next stop will be the Grahams Wine Cellars, where we will taste some Porto wine and enjoy the splendid view over the countryside and the city of Porto. Lunch at Presuntaria Transmontana, where you will be able to taste some local tapas. In the afternoon we will visit Porto’s historical sites: the “Palacio da Borsa” (another UNESCO protected monument) and the church of st. Francis (the most beautiful baroque church in Portugal). The rest of the day free for shopping and dinning in the city. 

May, 03 – DOURO VALLEY AND ITS WINE CELLARS (130 km)

The day will be dedicated to the Douro valley. The road will lead us over the mountain Marão to the Quinta da Aveleda wine cellar. Their speciality here is Vinho Verde. In the Quinta da Pacheca wine cellar we will have a local home made lunch with some table wines from the cellar. After lunch you may choose to take a boat to Vintage House, in the past the centre of Porto wine, today a centre for Portuguese hospitability. 
Next will be a tasting of special wines introduced to us by a sommelier in the hotel of the Wine Academy. To end this perfect day we will relax on the hotels terrace overlooking the river Douro. 

May, 04 – DOURO VALLEY AND ITS WINE CELLARS

The whole day dedicated to Porto wine. After breakfast we will visit the Quinta do Panascal wine cellar where we will taste wines of which the most famous one is Fonseca. Next comes the cellar Quinta de Nápoles, main cellar of the Niepoort estate. Niepoort is for the vintage Porto what Krug is for Champagne. Both cellars are relatively small but manage to stay in the company of the  big ones because of their outstanding quality. Lunch at the estate before returning to the hotel for a relaxing afternoon among the hotel’s gardens.  

May, 05 – DOURO VALLEY - LISBON (400 KM)

After breakfast departure towards Lisbon. On the way a stop at the 12th century town Coimbra. A university town, for some time the capital of Portugal. During our city tour we will visit the old university library and the Capelos hall, where numerous famous intellectuals got their doctors degree. Overnight in Lisbon. 
 
May, 06 – LISBON – VENICE - LJUBLJANA
Transfer to the airport for the outbound flight to Trieste and a bus transfer to Ljubljana. Arrival in Ljubljana is expected early in the afternoon.  

Included in the price: 
9 overnights with breakfast, air conditioned coach according to the program, Slovenian tour director and Portuguese tour guide, 9 visits to wine cellars and wine tasting, visit of wine academy, 3 gourmet lunches, 2 dinners, local guide in Lisbon, Sintra, Evora, Fatima, Porto and Coimbra

Not included in the price: 
Health insurance and assistance, Nourishment not mentioned in the program, Additional services, Additional excursions,  Tips.

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