Up in the Air Life proudly presents our next Culinary Experience Trip series. We are traveling to Portugal for its gorgeous vistas, amazing food and wine, and one-of-a-kind hospitality. Experience private events with national food and wine celebrities, dine at Michelin star restaurants, and a private event with the Earl of Rocamor. Explore winemaking in the Alentejo region. We will start in the beautiful Lisbon and end in Porto, home of the world-famous port wine.
Welcome to Portugal. Arrive in Lisbon and get whisked to your hotel. Meet other UITAL guests during a welcome champagne toast. Enjoy a city orientation tour with a private local guide. Learn to explore Lisbon like a local. Try the world-famous vinho verde wine, pastel de nata, and bolinho de bacalhau. Meet one of the country’s top sommeliers. Celebrate your first evening in Portugal with an exclusive four-course meal with wine pairings designed specifically for UITAL by the sommelier and celebrity chef at one of Lisbon’s trendiest restaurants. Overnight in Lisbon.
Visit Sintra, UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore century-old castles and magical gardens with one of Portugal’s most sought-after tour guides. Travel to the elegant village of Cascais. Enjoy an exclusive rosé-filled meet-and-greet and gourmet lunch with chef Pedro Mendes. Visit the most western point of the European continent. Enjoy coffee and typical pastries as you relax by the sea where wealthy Portuguese hangout. On the way back to Lisbon, visit one of the area’s most popular beaches. Enjoy the evening on your own. Overnight in Lisbon.
Enjoy the morning exploring Lisbon’s world-class museums and posh shopping district on your own. (Recommendations provided.) Early evening, meet the Earl of Rocamor, and local gastronome and wine expert, Dom André de Quiroga, for a unique experience in the world of Iberian monarchy, fine art and ultra high-end Portuguese food and wine. Enjoy this exclusive experience with the Iberian version of Anthony Bourdain. Overnight in Lisbon.
After breakfast, travel to Alentejo for an authentic Iberian country experience. Enjoy a self-guided tour of Evora, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Participate in a private workshop that explains everything you need to know about the region’s terroir and most popular grapes. Visit one of Alentejo’s finest wineries for a professional tasting complete with regional petiscos (small bites). Travel to one of Portugal’s most noteworthy wine resorts. Join a guided tour of the grounds as you learn about the property’s ancient history and modern design elements. Enjoy the rest of your evening on your own. Overnight in Alentejo.
Wake up and feast on a luxurious country breakfast comprised of local delicacies. Participate in a private workshop with one of Portugal’s “designer” winemakers who will explain wine production from vine to barrel. Head out to the fields with the viticulturalist who will teach you how to select the perfect grapes for this year’s harvest. Participate in the winemaking process by joining in the sacred pisa-a-pé (wine stomping) ceremony! Enjoy a lavish three-course lunch complete with a fun wine tasting. Enjoy the rest of the evening on your own. (Recommendations provided.) Overnight in Alentejo.
Travel to northern Portugal after an early breakfast. Arrive in Porto in time to enjoy one of the city’s top Michelin-starred restaurants. After lunch, join an interactive city tour with a twist: explore the beautiful secrets of Porto with a local guide while participating in an international photography contest! The guide will point out the best Port Wine lodges and tasting rooms for you to later explore on your own. Enjoy the rest of the evening on your own. (Recommendations provided.) Overnight in Porto.
Enjoy the last day in Portugal as you wish. (Recommendations provided.) Meet the group at one of the hippest bars in town early evening for a lively bon voyage cocktail event. Overnight in Porto.
Enjoy your last day in Portugal.
Farewell and see you soon!