Portugal Group Trip October 9 – 14, 2022

Sunday, October 9, 2022

5:40am – Welcome to Portugal. Meet and Greet with our driver & guide at the Lisbon International Airport (LIS)

We will be directed to our private vehicle and transferred directly to our hotel for the next three nights – Hotel PortoBay Liberdade

11:30am – 3:30pm – Food Walking Tour in Lisbon with a local foodie guide

Our food expert guide will meet us at our hotel and together we will explore Alfama, the oldest area in Lisbon, and learn about its rich culture and history. From Alfama, our leisurely journey continues through Old Town, where we will visit traditional stores, taste pastries and “petiscos” where the locals eat and end our tour with a toast with a glass of “ginjinha” (sour cherry liqueur) at a century-old tavern. Overall we will have at least 4 tasting stops and approximately 8+ tastings and several wines or beverages.

7:30pm – 11pm – Portugese Fado Night

Fado is Portuguese and was born in Lisbon. It was adopted by Portuguese culture and is now a symbol of Portugal, with a strong tradition in the historic districts of Lisbon. The three-hour show features talented artists – a singer and two musicians (Portuguese guitar and classical guitar) – performing Fado and the music that makes it the national song. It is said that Fado combines nostalgia (saudade), Portuguese pride, hope and conformism in a musical style epitomised by Amália Rodrigues. On account of these unique characteristics, Fado has now been declared part of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. This evening we will experience a portuguese dinner with a fado live performance.

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Iceland Group Trip October 8 – 12, 2022

October 8 | Arrival day | Reykjavík Food Walk & Sky Lagoon

 

Welcome to Iceland! A private driver will wait for the group by the arrival gates at KEF Airport upon arrival and take you to your Reykjavík accommodation. You’ll be able to leave your bags here while heading out to explore the downtown area of Reykjavík. At noon you’ll be met by our partners who’ll take you on a private Reykjavík Food Walk. This is a great way to get to know the culinary culture of Reykjavík as well as getting to know the city better. The 3.5 hour tour includes food from 5 restaurants in Reykjavík. No one will walk away from this tour feeling hungry! After the food tour you’ll be able to check into your accommodation at Hotel Alda to freshen up a bit and find your bathing suits, and then you’ll make your way to Sky Lagoon. Here you’ll have Sky Admission to the lagoon which gives you private changing and shower facilities. Their unique 7-Step Ritual will leave you invigorated and relaxed in equal doses. You won’t even notice the hours disappear as you make your way through their plentiful premises. Make sure to check out the in-water bar and waterfall!

Activities: Private airport transfer, Private Reykjavík Food Walk, Sky Admission to Sky Lagoon
Meals included: The food walk will provide a hearty feast!
Accommodation: Alda Hotel in their Deluxe Twin / Single rooms with breakfast

October 9 | South Coast Highlights, Northern Lights

This morning your private guide will pick everyone up from the hotel to embark on our south coast adventure. Firstly we visit Seljalandsfoss waterfall and then head to Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach. We continue our drive further east where we’ll soon start to see the spectacular glaciers and Iceland’s highest mountains. We make some further stops as we make our way to Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, one of our favorite locations in Iceland. The lagoon will be sure to leave you in awe, with its icebergs floating around this enormous lagoon, and washing up on the black sand shores of Diamond Beach. After all this we come to our accommodation for the night at Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon. We have dinner in their restaurant which showcases traditional Icelandic dishes. The hotel is also in a great location for seeing the northern lights on a clear winter’s night and a northern lights wake up call option by the front desk staff.

Sights: Seljalandsfoss waterfall, Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach, Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, Diamond Beach
Breakfast: Hotel breakfast is included
Lunch: Not included
Dinner: 3 course dinner at Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon is included
Accommodation: Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon in their Deluxe Twin / Single rooms with breakfast

October 10 | South Coast Highlights, Glacier Hike, Northern Lights

After a good night’s rest we set off on another amazing day. We make our way to do the glacier hike on Falljökull glacier. We are heading onto the glacier to hike all the way up to the astonishing ice fall of the glacier exploring the glacier textures, features, and walk on the bottom of its crevasses. It’s truly a unique experience. The glacier hike is about 2.5 – 3 hours in total from the time we leave the car geared up with the necessary glacier equipment until we’ll be driving away from the glacier. Once we come down from the glacier we start making our way back west, stopping by Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon for an easy walk along the featherlike ridges of the canyon. We then come to the roaring Skógafoss Waterfall before coming to our accomodation for the night at Hotel UMI.

Sights: Falljökull Glacier (glacier hike), Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon, Skógafoss waterfall, other sights as time allows
Activities: Private Glacier Hike with all glacier gear provided
Breakfast: Hotel breakfast is included
Lunch: Not included
Dinner: 3 course dinner at Hotel UMI is included
Accommodation: Hotel UMI their Standard Twin / Single rooms with breakfast

October 11 | Golden Circle, ATV Tour, Friðheimar Tomato Greenhouse, Northern Lights

We have an exhilarating start of the day today as we meet with our partners for their ATV tour that takes us out on the vast black beach to see the DC3 plane wreck. From here we make our way into the Golden Circle, starting with a unique lunch inside the tomato greenhouse farm Friðheimar. Next we get to witness the force of Gullfoss, one of Iceland’s most powerful waterfalls. From there, it is only a short drive to see the wonders of the geothermal area of Geysir, the original exploding geyser, and its surrounding steam vents. It’s here that we end the day by staying at the fantastic Hotel Geysir. The hotel only opened its doors very recently, and has numerous lounge areas to relax in and a fantastic restaurant on site.

Sights: ATV Tour to DC3 Plane Wreck, Friðheimar Tomato Greenhouse, Gullfoss, Geysir
Activities: Private 1 hour ATV Tour, Friðheimar Tomato Greenhouse Lunch (all inclusive lunch besides alcoholic beverages)
Breakfast: Hotel breakfast is included
Lunch: All inclusive lunch at Friðheimar Tomato Greenhouse is included
Dinner: 3 course dinner at Hotel Geysir is included
Accommodation: Hotel Geysir in their Standard Twin / Single rooms with breakfast

October 12 | Departure day | Þingvellir National Park, Blue Lagoon, Airport Drop off

We leave our accommodation and first visit Þingvellir National Park which holds historical and geological significance being the site of the first known parliament in the world, where many of Iceland’s most important decisions were made. It is also a place of incredible beauty, sitting in the rift valley of the separating North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. From here it’s time to visit the Blue Lagoon where we’ll relax in the blue waters of the lagoon, the perfect way to end an Iceland vacation. After the lagoon we’ll have lunch at Lava Restaurant before your guide drops you all off at KEF Airport for your outbound flight.
Sights: Thingvellir National Park, Blue Lagoon
Activities: Blue Lagoon Premium entry, airport drop off
Breakfast: Hotel breakfast is included
Lunch: 2 course lunch menu at Lava Restaurant (by Blue Lagoon) is included
Dinner: Not included (in the skies!)

Tour Summary

Inclusions

  • Accommodation in the above mentioned hotels and room types, for a total of 4 nights with breakfast all mornings
  • Private South Coast & Golden Circle 4 Day Tour, in our luxurious vehicles, led by one of our wonderful guides for the duration of the 4 days
  • Private Reykjavík Food Walk
  • Sky Admission to Sky Lagoon
  • 3 x 3 course set dinners (at Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon, Hotel UMI and Hotel Geysir)
  • 1 x All inclusive lunch at Friðheimar Tomato Greenhouse (all inclusive lunch besides alcoholic beverages)
  • 1 x 2 course set lunch menu at Lava Restaurant by Blue Lagoon
  • Private Glacier Hike (2.5 – 3 hours) with all glacier gear provided
  • Private 1 hour ATV Tour to DC3 Plane Wreck
  • Private airport transportation
  • Blue Lagoon Premium Entry
  • All taxes and booking fees
Exclusions
  • In-city transportation (such as taxi transfer to and from Sky Lagoon)
  • Lunches unless otherwise stated
  • Beverages unless otherwise stated
  • Covid testing (if still needed)
  • Flights

Pricing

  • $2699 USD per person (double occupancy room)
  • Single Supplement $499 USD

If interested, contact Amy at amy@charmandawe.com