As international travel starts a comeback, the TAP Air Portugal Stopover Program is also back for the summer of 2022 and is a fantastic opportunity to discover Portugal and beyond. The stopover program allows for a stay, up to five days, in cities, countries, before continuing onward. Start your experience in Lisbon, TAP’s gateway hub city to Europe, and many cities throughout the world. The entire country of Portugal has become an extremely popular vacation destination for good reasons including the Portuguese hospitality that is gracious and welcoming. From dynamic Lisbon to the nearby Sintra Mountains and the remote Madeira Islands a wealth of attractions await those with a quest to discover this beautiful, rich and historic land. The country is a traveler’s dream destination. UNESCO World Heritage sites, ancient villages, grand gardens, fanciful castles, monumental architecture, seaside villages, and beach resorts are all near Lisbon and Porto. Visitors can create rewarding itineraries during their time in Portugal and enjoy exclusive program extras. The Stopover Program’s many partners are able to offer a range of incentives for travelers including hotel discounts and complimentary Portuguese wine in restaurants and museum admissions.
If Portugal is your final destination, or if you are continuing to other TAP destinations travel in full luxury and book your flight in Executive Class. The spacious front of the cabin in TAP Air Portugal’s new A330neo is equipped with the new version of the Airspace cabin. This new concept was designed to meet TAP’s goal of offering the best product in the industry to its passengers. In addition to the new Airspace cabin interior, the A330neo also incorporates the latest generation Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 jet turbines and aerodynamic improvements. With its unbeatable economy, versatility, and reliability, the A330neo uses up to 14% less fuel per seat, making it the world’s most efficient wide-bodied aircraft.
In Executive Class, the carefully selected wine selection complements the Portuguese inspired dining offerings. From the first course forward I enjoyed Portuguese wines with each course, ending with a deep and rich Port served with a selection of hard and soft Portuguese cheeses. The welcoming service, while never rushed, was efficiently paced to allow for a quiet night flight to Lisbon and extended dining during my wine-tasting, movie watching day flight return. Under the direction of TAP’s cuisine consultant Vitor Sobral, The “Taste the Stars’ program will bring the flavors of Portuguese cuisine to in-flight meals with creations by Michelin-starred and acclaimed chefs including Henrique Sa Pessoa, Jose Avillez, Miguel Laffan, Rui Paula, Rui Silvestre, and New York-based Portuguese American chef George Mendes. These chefs, and a handful of rising stars, will make the dining options on TAP Air Portugal an exceptional experience.
To be honest my wine tasting started in TAP Air Portugal’s Premium Lounge at the Lisbon airport. The appealing array of Portuguese small-bites offered in this light-filled, colorfully futuristic lounge could only be enjoyed with the flavors of local wines. While in the Premium Lounge, the trays of pastel de nata, the country’s famed egg tarts, made me nostalgic for my day of discovery, hill climbing and sightseeing in Lisbon, and my few days in the quaint and colorful seaside town of Cascais.
While TAP Air Portugal can take you to great destinations in Europe, Africa, Brazil, and beyond taking advantage of the airline’s Stopover Program is a value-added bonus that can provide an introduction to the many and diverse attractions that make Portugal so special. TAP Air Portugal.
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