The Portugal Experience

Lisbon + Porto

There aren’t very many places in the world where you can learn about African heritage, enjoy four-course meals with sommelier-selected wines, and relax in first-class luxury hotels.

Join us on our 7-day luxury journey in Portugal and experience the country’s gastronomy and culture on a deeper level than you ever imagined. You can’t call yourself a foodie until you have experienced Portugal’s delights for yourself. Check out our client photos at #UITALportugal

Do you hear that? That’s the sound of your crew wowing about the incredible meals, desserts and wine pairings designed just for you, the colorful culture and medieval heritage of the country, and swoon over the walking tour and the captivating wine class in the vineyards.  

And you didn’t come snatched for nothin’! The pics you will snap of your melanin poppin’ by the river from litty rooftops with world-class wines will be enough to shut down the gram, no cap.

Whether you are soaking it on incredible museums, exploring the city, or posh shopping on your own, the picturesque scenery will make you feel blessed to experience the beauty of Portugal.

Priceless moments with new friends, historical exploration, and pampered relaxation await you on your Up in the Air Life journey through Portugal.

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WHERE YOU'LL GO

From exploring the heritage of the city to embarking on a culinary journey, this trip offers a wide variety of scenery (and selfie) opportunities. You will be able to check must-see sites like Lisbon and Porto’s downtown, the best restaurants in the city, and the Duoro Valley wine cellars off your bucket list.

WHAT YOU'LL DO

This trip is your chance to be classy, bougie, and a little ratchet. From dining on food created by the finest chefs and learning about wine on a private experience to kicking it at the most lit parties this side of the equator, you will experience the diversity of Portugal's joyful culture.

WHERE YOU'LL STAY

Our accommodations are so extra. After a long day exploring the cities, finding the best deals in the market, or soaking in the sites, you will relax in a luxury wine hotel with spa; a true homage to Renaissance style, combining cultural heritage with Portuguese hospitality. Truly, this spot is a landmark in the world of classic luxury hotels. Only the best for Lifers!

Explore the day-by-day itinerary.

THIS TRIP IS FOR YOU, IF:

THIS TRIP IS NOT FOR YOU, IF:

Day 1

Today you arrive in Lisbon (LIS) and get whisked away to your hotel, where you’ll spend the afternoon exploring the shops nearby before freshening up for dinner.

You’ll meet the other Up in the Air Life guests tonight during a welcome champagne toast at the hotel rooftop.

Savor your first evening in Portugal with a hand-picked four-course meal with wine pairings designed specifically for Up in the Air Life by Julia Coney at one of the favorite local gems in the area.

End your evening with a leisurely stroll around the hotel as you orientate yourself to the City.

Day 2

Enjoy a luxe breakfast at the hotel and enjoy your morning as you see fit. We will meet before lunch to visit the winery and delight in a premium tasting with lunch.

This afternoon we’ll enjoy lunch together with a view and sample some of the delicate local favorites at one of the City’s most renowned pastry shops.

The rest of the day is yours to enjoy as you see fit! We recommend indulging in the hotel spa, shopping, and museums.

Day 3

Today is our last day in Lisbon together. Enjoy a lovely morning savoring the lush breakfast at the hotel, followed by a walking tour of the City while you learn about its remarkable African heritage as we follow back the steps of the African diaspora.

This afternoon we’ll enjoy lunch together with a view and sample some of the delicate local favorites at one of the City’s most renowned pastry shops.

In the evening, you’ll have the option to enjoy dinner on your own or join us for dinner at a Michelin-starred restaurant in Lisbon. It is one of our favorites!

Day 4

Enjoy breakfast at our hotel with a never-ending rooftop view. Today we’ll venture to Porto to explore another wine region in Portugal.

This evening kick back and relax with a Port wine tasting followed by a multi-course dinner by the River in Porto.

Tonight we’ll learn about more wines in that region as our tastebuds go on an incredible journey of discovery in a multi-course dinner and wine pairing!

Day 5

Enjoy breakfast at one of our favorite hotels in Porto, then take a load off and enjoy the views of the City in an outdoor Cabana.

Today we travel to the Douro Valley for a private wine experience hosted by Julia Coney. Enjoy wine tastings and a lavish spread fit for royalty.

Our private wine experience includes learning about the wines and grapes in this region and a walking tour of the vineyard, shopping time, and sailing on the river with Port wine and snacks. A feast for the senses.

Tonight you’ll have your first free evening in Porto. We’ll provide some fantastic recommendations so you can make the most of your night… Porto is incredible and will not disappoint.

Day 6

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and a free day to enjoy Porto as you see fit.

The hotel has a renowned spa that we highly suggest, or you may want to journey to the Duoro Valley for more wine and tastings. Whatever you desire, we can help to arrange the perfect day.

After breakfast, we will walk to our last tour in Portugal and joy the rest of the morning at the Rose Museum.

Tonight we’ll enjoy an amazing farewell dinner together in Porto. We’ll talk about the wine cases we shipped home and tasted more amazing Portuguese wine. Delish!

Cheers to another amazing trip in the books.

Day 7

Enjoy your last morning in the hotel with another tasty breakfast and say your last goodbyes to all your new friends!

Check out by 9.00 am and then get whisked away by your private transfer to the airport (OPO), and head home or onto your next adventure.

No matter where you travel, our standards are the same.

YOU CAN ALWAYS EXPECT TO:

Connect with amazing people.

We provide the opportunity to make friendships with people who share your worldview and won't ask why you wear a bonnet to sleep.

Experience attentive
and authentic hospitality.

Not only is the staff of Up in the Air Life dedicated to making sure your trip is flawlessly executed, but we are also intentional about choosing locales and vendors who celebrate Black travelers.

Be pampered with only the best.

There is no need to take a break from your baller lifestyle when you travel with us. Our lodging, excursions, and dining are pure luxury.

Feel safe and secure.

Our experienced American guides and well-maintained local relationships mean that you will have peace of mind when you travel with us.

Say "goodbye" to FOMO.

Our trips are anything but basic. While we make sure you see well-known main attractions, we also develop itineraries that will give you unique stories to share with your friends back home.

HERE'S WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT

The Portugal Experience

What is included:

Our trips get you close to that Beyoncé-on-a-boat lifestyle. Let us handle your travel style glow-up.

  • Up In The Air Life On-site Tour Leader
  • A Bon Voyage Group Video Call to review your trip live with the Up in the Air Life Team
  • Concierge Support before your trip to assist you in Upgrading Your Room and Booking Optional Tours
  • Concierge Support before your trip to book your spa appointments
  • Concierge Support before your trip to book your restaurant reservations
  • Up in the Air Life Private Concierge Chat during your trip for dining/spa reservations and more
  • Hosted by a Wine Expert
  • Local tour guides in Lisbon & Porto
  • 3 nights stay at a 5-star Hotel in Lisbon
  • 3 nights stay at a 5-star Hotel in Porto
  • A celebratory Bubbly Toast to kick off our trip
  • Daily Breakfast at the Hotel
  • Welcome Multi-Course Dinner with wine pairings
  • Winery Visit and Tasting with Lunch
  • Douro Valley Experience with Wine Tasting and sail with cocktails and snacks
  • Multi-course Dinner with wine pairings in Porto
  • Wine Museum Rose Experience
  • Farewell Multi-course Private Dinner
  • Transportation to all hosted activities
  • VIP meet + greet and private airport transfers
  • Personalized hand-selected gifts in your Swag bag

What is not included:

We take care of all the details on your itinerary once you land. If you want to further personalize your experience, go off!

    • Round-trip airfare to and from the destination
    • Travel Medical Insurance Insurance (Please note this is required to attend the trip.)
    • Room Upgrades are available for purchase after booking
    • Optional tours are available for purchase after booking
    • Tips for Tour Leader, Guides and Drivers
    • Passport or Visa Processing Fees
    • Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the time of travel with at least 2 free visa pages.
    • Expenses for vaccines that may be required

Can you envision yourself on this trip?

Download The Portugal Experience trip brochure and keep it handy as you continue to explore, or take the plunge and book now.