Contemporary Architecture, Design and Fabrication in Portugal
(Design in Portugal)


An Insiders Tour for A+D Specifiers and aficionados
of fine wine, cuisine and contemporary culture

September 19-26, 2020

This 8-day exploration of architecture, design and fabrication in Portugal is the first-ever tour of its kind in Portugal. From Lisbon to Porto and points in between, including factory and studio visits, exclusive tours of private buildings, museums and artisan’s workshops, exploring neighbourhoods, and enjoying fine wine and cuisine. Whether you are looking to find new sources and inspiration for your business, or are curious to discover and build your personal understanding and appreciation of outstanding art, architecture and design from the handmade to the mass produced, this tour is for you.
CV tours are restricted to small groups and will be personally led by celebrated Canadian curator Esther Shipman who will introduce you to many of the leading creative lights of Portugal.


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Contemporary Architecture, Design & Fabrication in Portugal

Tour Includes:


7 nights at 4* hotels, standard rooms unless otherwise indicated

Breakfast included every day

            4 Lisbon

            1 Manteigas

            2 Porto



6 lunches, 2-course prix-fixe unless otherwise indicated.



5 dinners, 3 course prix-fixe

            2 Lisbon

            1 Manteigas

            2 Porto



  • Bus September 19,     3:45pm – 10:30pm

  • Bus September 20,     10:00am – 12:30pm

  • Taxis September 21, 

  • Bus September 22,     9:00am – 4:45pm, Taxis to dinner, then hotel

  •  Bus September 23,     8:45am - 4:45pm

  •  Bus September 24      8:45am – 3:30pm, 2nd bus or driver or taxis for evening

  •  Bus September 25      9:30am – 4:00pm, taxis for evening


Visits and Admissions

Admission fees and private tours of the Museum of Art Architecture + Technology (MAAT), the Gulbenkian Foundation Museum, FRESS Artisan Workshops, Casa de Chá da Boa Nova, Casa Da Arquitectura, and Introduction to Lisbon custom walking tour, PLUS exclusive visits to significant factories (3), design studios (2) and the award-winning EDP Headquarters designed by Aires Mateus Arquitectos, which are not open to the public.



September 19: Pasteis de Nata, tart, choice of coffee or tea

September 21: Gelato Therapy 1 scoop gelato in cup or cone

September 22: Mercado Ribeira (cocktails, snacks, not included)

September 23/24: washroom breaks, coffee/tea (not included)

September 25: Mantegaria Porto, tart + 1 shot Port or espresso.

Estimated Tour Cost:


$4540.00CAD Double Occupancy

$1050.00CAD Single Supplement


Pricing based on a minimum of 16 tour participants and a maximum of 24.

Not Included

  • International airfare

  • Passport photos, government processing fees

  • Luggage handling

  • Incidentals

  • Additional taxes, fuel surcharges or service charges levied by the governments or our suppliers



  • Manulife Travel Insurance (coverage available for Canadian residents who have a valid provincial health card—includes emergency medical coverall, cancellation and interruption, limited baggage insurance—see policy for terms and conditions. Ask our agents at Ellison Travel & Tours for details.



  • Terms of Payment are Visa, MasterCard, Cheque, or Carlson Wagonlit Travel Gift Certificates (available to purchase with your RBC points)

  • Deposit $700.00 at time of booking

  • Balance due June 30, 2020


Cancellation Penalties

  • All payments received by Ellison Travel & Tours are 100% non-refundable

  • $40.00 service fee for NSF transactions

  • Please note that there are no changes to the itinerary or number of travellers




To book contact Melanie Treasure

Ellison Travel + Tours

4-1930 Hyde Park Road,
N6H 5L9 London, ON

519.672.7020 / 800.265.7022 x208


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Tour Itinerary


Days 1, 2, 3, 4 based in Lisbon.

Begin your journey on Saturday, September 20 at the Double Tree by Hilton-Fontana Park. DoubleTree is Hilton’s boutique hotel brand in Europe and this property in particular has a bright, modern interior and vibe.


The tour kicks off in the afternoon with an Introduction to Lisbon walking tour through the centre of the city, followed by a private tour of the Museum of Art Architecture + Technology (MAAT) designed by British architect Amanda Levete, a special Welcome Dinner on the waterfront at Darwin’s Café, at the Champalimaud Foundation Centre for the Unknown designed by Indian architect Charles Correa.

The final stop of the evening is a visit to Lisbon’s renowned pastry shop, Pasteis de Belém for literally the world’s most famous custard tarts.


Day 2

Breakfast at the hotel

Starting with a morning visit to the incredible Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Museum and Gardens, we then change gears heading to the hilltop neighbourhood of Principe Real to take in the ambience of the park, shops and cafes, have lunch and then begin our decent on foot towards the hip Bairro Alto and Chiado districts. This architect led walking tour traces the course of Alvaro Siza Vieira’s post-fire urban redesign and recovery of a significant section of Chiado gutted by fire in the 1980’s, plus a brief history of these historic districts.

Tonight will be a free-time dinner and evening.

**Options:follow the Culture Viewfinder guide to design shops and galleries, or head off on your own.


Day 3

Breakfast at the hotel

Departure by taxi (buses are not permitted in this part of the historic Alfama district), to FRESS (Foundaçio Ricardo Espirito Santo Silva) for a private tour of the unique artisan workshops.

A downhill walk in colourful. Moor influenced Alfama (including a wonderful photo-op) to our lunch at a lovely organic café created by former architect turned chef Catarina Barreiros. Next is a visit to the nearby Campo Santa Clara, to the headquarters of the Lisbon Architecture Triennale, for a brief introduction to the organization and private tour of the in-progress renovation of this formerly derelict Palace. Travel by taxi to private studio visit with acclaimed glass and furniture designer Emmanuel Babled, followed by a visit to his design incubator project 2 floors up.

Then cap the afternoon with pit stop at Gelato Therapy (ground floor same building)

Tonight will be a Free-time dinner and evening

**Options: visit several recommended shops along Rua da Madalena or head off on your own .


Day 4

Early Breakfast at the hotel

Bus departs for brief visits to three architecture landmarks, the recent Cruise Ship Terminal by Carrilho da Graça Arquitectos, Siza Vieira’s Portuguese Pavilion at the Expo’98 site, then Calatrava’s Gare d’Oriente train station, before heading out of town to the tile factory responsible for the finest custom shaped and painted tiles and murals for contract and public projects. This factory has worked with the top Portuguese and European architects and artists for decades.

We return to Lisbon for lunch at Taberna do Albricoque, traditional Portuguese fare with a twist.

The bus returns everyone to the hotel to relax and refresh for a couple of hours before the late afternoon/evening program.

We are off to the famous the Time-Out Mercado Ribeira for free-time visit (grab a cocktail or snack) and/or walk around the corner to A+A Books, Portugal’s only Architecture Bookstore and meet owner and author Maria Melo before our 6:00pm exclusive tour of EDP Corporate Headquarters, designed by Aires Mateus Arquitectos. This private building is not open to the general public.

The day culminates with the final Lisbon Dinner, at a charming, tucked away restaurant in Bairro Alto.

**Options: Mini-bus transport back to the hotel after dinner, or continue independently for a free-time evening


Day 5, Manteigas and the Sierra da Estrela Mountains (the highest elevation in Portugal)

Early breakfast at the hotel

Our destination is the picturesque mountain town of Manteigas, home to an innovative design studio, factory and two hotels founded by creative entrepreneurs who saved the historic factory from shuttering.

Lunch included enroute, followed by a factory tour, and design studio and retail shop visits. We make our way to the 5star spa hotel for a few hours of free-time R+R before dinner in the acclaimed hotel restaurant.


Day 6 on towards Porto

Early Breakfast at the hotel

Early departure for the largest Cork Composites factory in Portugal

Lunch enroute included.

Arrival at the Composites Showroom for an exclusive custom presentation and tour. Be prepared to be amazed!

Continue on to Porto, check into the Carris Hotel Ribeira Porto a characterful modern hotel, near the Douro River and central historic Porto.

Late afternoon depart for tour of Graham’s Lodge followed by a Port Wine Tasting at Graham’s Cellars and dinner at Vinum Restaurant with a wonderful terrace overlooking the Douro all located in Vila Nova de Gaia across from Porto. Group Picture.

Brief stroll along the Quay in Gaia, return to the hotel


Day 7 Porto

Breakfast at the hotel

Depart by coach for the Leça da Palmeira coast.

A morning in Matosinhos, starting with a guided tour of the Boa Nova Casa da Chá (Tea House), an iconic early work by Alvaro Siza Vieria, Portugal’s most renowned architect, then a visit to Casa da Arquitectura the new centre for architecture (brief tour of the compound, then view the main exhibition)

fresh grilled fish lunch adjacent to the famed Matosinhos Port. (São Valentim or other choice)

The bus returns to Bolhão Market district or Porto where we visit the studio of designer Gabriel Tan, have a pit-stop at Mantegaria for pasteis de nata with a shot of Port (included), and then take downhill walking tour with Esther Shipman  past by The Majestic, famous Art Deco Café, continue down local pedestrian streets to the tile murals at the St. Idelfonso Church and São Bento Train Station, continuing south toward through historic Porto toward the river.

Return to the hotel or free time afternoon

The final event of the tour is the Farewell Dinner at Oficina, by chef Marco Gomez, located in the Bombarda art district. Group Pictures


Saturday, September 26

Breakfast at the hotel independent check-out and departure (tour commitment ends).

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