Régua / Ponte de Lima
Sail to Régua with a sparkling wine breakfast on the sundeck. Disembark from Spirit of Chartwell in Régua. Tour of Guimarães, the birthplace of Portugal where after the 12th-century Battle of São Mamende, the flag of Portugal was raised. It is a UNESCO heritage city and is known for its 10th-century castle.
Lunch at a local restaurant in Guimarães. Continue to Ponte de Lima. Arrive at Paço de Calheiros Manor and check-in.
Paço de Calheiros, located in Ponte de Lima in North Portugal’s Minho’s region, has been the home of the Calheiros family since the 14th century. Considered a premier example of 17th-century Portuguese manor house design, it now serves as the residence of the current Lord of the Manor, Count Francisco Calheiros e Menezes and his family. At Paço de Calheiros guests can enjoy breath-taking views of the Lima Valley while they experience an array of attractions including a swimming pool, tennis court and beautiful gardens.
Welcome cocktail hosted by Count Francisco de Calheiros e Menezes, 20th Lord of the Manor, followed by dinner.
Tour to Ponte de Lima, Portugal’s oldest town, with its fortress walls and fine cathedral, which sits beside the country’s finest medieval bridge. Its historic centre is dotted with cafes, painted tiled (azulejo) panels depicting elements of the town’s long, rich history, small ornate chapels built by former wealthy residents and delightful riverside gardens.
Lunch at a typical restaurant on the bank of the Minho River. Free time in Ponte de Lima or return for free time at Paço de Calheiros Manor. Sunset cocktails in the estate’s garden. Dinner at Paço de Calheiros followed by Fado show.
A full day to enjoy the estate’s activities, such as: garden and orchard visits, horse riding, vineyard visit, spa treatment (some activities subject to a surcharge).
Lunch on the Estate. Vinho Verde wine tasting. Sunset cocktail and farewell dinner.
Overnight at Paço de Calheiros.