Portugal Music and Food Tour

Space is Limited to 20 Music and Food Lovers !

Two  Private Tours are planned this year. August 15 to 27 and October 2 through 12. 

Both will focus on the most important things in life: Food, Wine, Music and Friendship. 

The itinerary shown outlines the August Tour - October will include many of these with additions and changes to reflect the Portugal Tour participants interests.

Music critic and conductor Daniel Kepl cordially invites music enthusiasts from around the world to join him for the second annual summer travel and music adventure tour by Emeriti Philharmonic.

Portugal is this summer's destination. Participants will gather in Lisbon on Wednesday, August 15 2018 for a 13-day tour tailor-made and personally guided by Gregory Edward, founder and CEO of VIP Private Travel.  Gregory has put together this personalized itinerary for Emeriti Philharmonic travelers that will focus on the three most important things in life; music, culture, and food! 

The maximum number of persons on this trip will not exceed twenty travelers.

From the day of your arrival to the date of departure, we have arranged a spectacular itinerary throughout Portugal. With  visits to Sintra, Évora, Óbidos, Nazaré, the Douro River Valley and Pinhão, four days in Porto, then back to Lisbon. 

This tour will offer an exciting overview of Portugal, organized by Greg to maximize your cultural and musical experience.  Included are all breakfasts, several lunches or dinners, including a restaurant dinner and traditional Fado  music performance, a  meet and greet with a Portuguese pianist known for his recreation of the works of the composer Carlos Seixas, private tours of the Casa da Música and National Theater São João in Porto, and the National Opera House São Carlos in Lisbon, modeled architecturally on La Scala opera house in Milan. 

Additional museum tours, together with presentations on the maritime history of the country, a tour of Lisbon's famous Navy Museum, and a casual evening sight-reading chamber music with our new musical friends in Portugal will forge memories and friendships to cherish for years to come.

 ** This itinerary will also be offered from October 2 to October 12 **


Dan Kepl

Dan has lived most of his life in Santa Barbara, California, where he founded and conducted the Santa Barbara Youth Symphony while still in high school in 1965. Dan was the first conducting major at the California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles (1970-73) where he studied with Lawrence Leighton Smith, former conductor of the Colorado Springs Philharmonic.  In addition to many more accomplishments, he is video interview host to California's diverse arts community regularly at BravoCalifornia! and has just launched Performing Arts Review.net devoted to CD, DVD, and video reviews and interviews, worldwide.


Greg Edward

Greg founded VIP Private Travel in late 2016 when he returned to live in Colorado. Opening doors others cannot, and ensuring private journeys second to none, Greg will personally guide Emeriti Philharmonic participants on a unique musical tour of Portugal. Originally from Michigan, he has lived in Michigan, Atlanta, Maui, and Los Angeles before moving to Portugal in 1997, where he remained until early 2016. He currently lives in Colorado. 


  • Arrival day and first four nights in LisbonAugust 15-18 2018
  • August 15 - arrival day, Emeriti Philharmonic participants transfer individually from airport to hotel by metro or tax
  • August 16 - orientation breakfast, half-day walking tour of Lisbon including a private tour of National Theater São Carlos, and welcome dinne
  • August 17 - day trip by minibus to Évora, lunch include
  • August 18 - free day to explore Lisbon individually
  • Four nights in Porto, August 19-22 2018
  • August 19 - depart Lisbon for Porto by minibus with stops in Óbidos and Nazaré (lunch) with evening free in Port.
  • August 20 - half-day walking tour of Porto and private tour of the National Theater São João and Casa da Música
  •  August 21 - day trip by train to the Douro River Valleywith a 2 hour Douro River cruise, including a winery visit and lunch in Pinhão
  • August 22 - free day in Porto with evening dinner and Fado performance
  • Four nights in Lisbon, August 23-26 2018
  • August 23 - return to Lisbon by train from Porto, remainder of day fre
  • August 24 - day trip to Sintra by train, lunch include
  • August 25 - day trip by train to Cascais and Estoril
  • August 26 - half-day trip to Belém by tram to visit the Jerónimos Monastery and the Navy Museum with a special farewell dinner that evenin
  • August 27 - departure day -