What I do?
I’m Alexandra – a travel blogger and consultant, based in Lisbon, Portugal.
Wonder why the name of the site is Hortense travel? Hortense translates from Portuguese to hydrangea – this beautiful flower that grows in Portugal, famous for it is the Azores’ island of Faial. Also the hydrangea was part of my wedding flower arrangement which made me fall in love with it.
Who’s it for?
You want to sleep in chic accommodation, eat at the best restaurants, and have awesome experiences without breaking the bank. In Portugal this is possible, and I’ll show you how to take full advantage of it. Hire me and I’ll design the ultimate travel experience tailored to you.
Why it’s special?
You have the chance to work with a personal travel designer that will fully acknowledge your personality, preferences and budget when planning. I work with a handful of carefully picked partners, but I’m flexible enough to find what’s best for you. I have lived and traveled Portugal since 2013 and I’m proud to know the country and what it has to offer for an authentic journey and how to escape tourist traps.
Why choose me?
I love exploring Portugal, but most of all I’d love to help you have amazing experiences for yourself. My service-centric mind comes from my educational background. I have studied 2 years for a Higher Diploma in Hospitality Management in Lucerne, Switzerland. I finished my Bachelor Degree in Hotel and Business Management at AIM, Paris (2nd Best Hotel School in France). I am native Bulgarian speaker, I also speak fluent English, and Portuguese, and have conversational German and French knowledge. I have worked with guests, as I love to call my clients, since 2010 in the area of hotel management and travel design.
How it works?
You contact me at least two weeks before your trip. We have a skype session where we talk about your preferences and help you imagine your perfect journey. Then, I’ll outline a complete itinerary made especially for you. It’ll include all the accommodation, transportation, daily activities, suggested tours, dining and entertainment options. Also I’ll send you all the small details you will need to keep in mind. So you won’t have to worry about anything during your trip, or probably one thing – which filter to use for your Instagram post.
What to do next?
I’m here to help you plan an unforgettable trip to Portugal.
In order to work together on your experience, choose what’s the most relevant option for you:
Ready to Use 1 Week Portugal Itineraries – The itineraries cover the highlights of Portugal such as Lisbon, Porto, Douro, Algarve. At the moment you have 4 options to choose from and they are all public transport only.
The Local’s Lisbon Guide – Lisbon like you won’t find it in any other guide available
Let me plan your trip – A tailored to you experience