The Passions of Portugal

Sunday, April 10 – Saturday, April 16 2022 SOLD OUT

Sunday, April 17 – Saturday, April 23, 2022 SOLD OUT

Sunday, May 1 – Saturday, May 7, 2022  Two Rooms Available


Welcome to Portugal! We will meet you at the Lisbon airport (LIS) and transport you by private van to our Ocean Front Villa, your Portuguese home for the week. After a bite to eat and a leisurely afternoon to explore the Villa, Then you will enjoy an amazing Gourmet Dinner provided by Chef Walter and Artistic Gourmet Adventures at the villa.


Wake rested and refreshed. After a filling breakfast at our Villa we will visit Cascais-part of the Portuguese Riviera. Cascais is a traditional and charming Portuguese fishing town, which is situated on the beautiful Lisbon coastline. Historically, Cascais was the summer retreat of the Portuguese nobility, and today the town is an elegant fusion of decorative 19th-century architecture and modern tourist facilities. Cascais is a joy to explore, within the cobbled streets of the historic center are lavish mansions, an imposing fort and fascinating museums. Lunch in Cascais*, a little shopping and then back to the Villa for a delicious gourmet dinner at the villa again prepared by Chef Walter.

Breakfast and Gourmet Dinner provided by Le Cordon Bleu-Paris Alum Chef Walter Eagleton and Artistic Gourmet Adventures at our Ocean Front Villa.


After a delicious breakfast at our villa, we will venture out to the fascinating town of Sintra. Sintra is a town in the foothills of Portugal’s Sintra Mountains, near the capital, Lisbon. A longtime royal sanctuary, its forested terrain is studded with pastel-colored villas and palaces. The Moorish- and Manueline-style Sintra National Palace is distinguished by dramatic twin chimneys and elaborate tile work. The hilltop 19th-century Pena National Palace is known for a whimsical design and sweeping views.  Lunch* in Sintra, then more shopping or sightseeing.

We will then head back to our villa for an evening of delicious food, fine wine, and relaxation. Breakfast and Gourmet Dinner provided by Le Cordon Bleu-Paris Alum Chef Walter Eagleton and Artistic Gourmet Adventures at our villa.


After a homemade breakfast, we will continue our Adventure and head to the western coast of central Portugal, the Silver Coast. We will take a short drive to an enchanting Portuguese town that time forgot, Aldeia da Mata Pequena just north of Sintra. Lost in time, Aldeia da Mata Pequena has benefited from its isolation, which has prevented less “enlightened” intervention that might have spoiled its authenticity. Appearing to awake from a long period of hibernation, Mata Pequena is now one of the rare examples of Traditional Architecture in the Saloio region north of Lisbon, remaining closely bound to its original identity. Human presence in Mata Pequena dates to the Roman occupation, as demonstrated by the vestiges that have been found in the area. However, instead of the 70 inhabitants who lived in the village in the 19th century, now there are less than twenty who stubbornly maintain the customs and traditions of earlier times.  After a visit to this delightful village, we will travel another short distance to a Portuguese Winery for a tour and tasting. Lunch* is next in a carefully chosen, traditional, Portuguese restaurant in Mafra. We will then take a small stroll on the cliffs overlooking the amazing beaches and scenery before we journey back to our Portuguese home away from home to enjoy a relaxing evening with a multi course gourmet dinner.

Breakfast and Gourmet Dinner provided by Le Cordon Bleu-Paris Alum Chef Walter Eagleton and Artistic Gourmet Adventures at our villa.


Today, after breakfast, we are off to tour Lisbon in the morning. We will take a tour on one of Lisbon’s San Francisco-like trams to get an overview of the city. Lisbon is Europe’s second-oldest capital (after Athens), once home to the world’s greatest explorers, like Vasco da Gama, Magellan and Prince Henry the Navigator, becoming the first true world city, the capital of an empire spreading over all continents. It is one of Europe’s most soulful, captivating and picturesque capitals, built on a series of hills with scenic vistas from every angle. The city of the oceans, the only European capital with sunsets on the sea, one of the world’s greatest natural harbors which attracted different civilizations, now reflected in its architecture and culture recalling Phoenicians, Celts, Romans, Visigoths and Moors. You will love this charming visual time-warp with vintage trams and medieval village-like neighborhoods and a reminiscence of the romantic decay of Venice, the exoticism of Naples or Istanbul, the laid-backness of Rome, echos of San Francisco, and Iberian spirit. Lunch* in Lisbon’s famous food market and then shop or just sit along the river Tagus River (or Rio Tejo). Then, back to the Villa for another amazing dinner.

Breakfast and Gourmet Dinner provided by Le Cordon Bleu-Paris Alum Chef Walter Eagleton and Artistic Gourmet Adventures at our villa.


Awake rested and ready to go. We will enjoy breakfast and again spend the day outdoors on the open water with a private cruise. Lunch at a nearby restaurant*. Back to the Villa where we will finish the evening with a special farewell dinner. Breakfast and dinner provided by Le Cordon Bleu-Paris Alum Chef Walter Eagleton and Artistic Gourmet Adventures at our villa.


Today, we enjoy breakfast at our villa, then we say goodbye, transport you to the Lisbon airport and send you on your way home or on to your next adventure!

Itinerary subject to minor changes.

*Lunches not included in Adventure cost.

Our private Villa is a stunning and beautifully updated 100 year old property. The location is a secluded hidden gem and ideal right on cliffs above the ocean, being just 31km from Lisbon and 13km from the UNESCO world heritage site of Sintra. The coastal resort town of Cascais is also nearby (15km). The garden is a highlight of this Villa, especially with its swimming pool, which contains a strong jet to swim laps against, and offers stunning panoramic views and sunsets over the Atlantic Ocean. There are big soft bags to lounge on at the pool. The Villa itself is surrounded by nature offering the perfect location to fully relax and recharge. All deluxe and updated bedrooms have private luxurious bathrooms, air conditioning, complementary toiletries, WiFi and hair dryers.

Nearby Praia das Maçãs beach is within easy walking distance for an early morning or late night swim. Only 23 minutes by foot along the coast!

“The views are amazing and impressive, the whole of the Atlantic is in front of you with amazing sunsets. The rooms are spacious and cozy, new and bright with huge windows. It feels like we are in paradise. Waking up with the sound of the sea and with this amazing view is idyllic.”

All excursions to Sintra, Lisbon, the coast and other destinations are included
Round trip transportation from Lisbon Airport to our Ocean Front Villa during ‘pick up’, ‘drop off’ window of 3:30-5:30pm
Breakfasts, lunches, gourmet dinners prepared by our Private Le Cordon Bleu-Paris trained Chef when dining at the Villa, and wine at the Villa is included

Not Included:
Airfare to Lisbon
Lunches during excursions

Proof of Travel Insurance is required and can be bought on line from or Allianz Travel

$3800 pp single occupancy
$3450 pp double occupancy