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- from $3,285 PP
- 9 Nights
- Apr - Oct
- 2hrs from London / 9hrs from NYC
The ultimate trip for the epicurean, this 9-nights tour brings many flavorful culinary experiences while exploring Portugal’s top wine regions. Look forward to lots of sightseeing and food tours as you travel to Lisbon, Porto, Evora, Douro Valley and beyond. You’ll take a cooking class with a local chef to learn how to prepare some of the delicious dishes you’re enjoying, do plenty of wine tasting and learn all about Portuguese traditions, libations and cuisine. Other highlights include a day trip that visits Sintra, home to one of the world’s most fantastical castle-like palaces and a full-day wine experience in the Douro Valley.
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- 9 nights 4 or 5 star hotel accommodation, staying on a bed and breakfast basis
- Private airport departure and arrival transfers
- All domestic transfers as detailed on the itinerary
- Lisbon gourmet food tour
- Private Lisbon sightseeing tour
- Portuguese cooking class in Lisbon
- Private sightseeing tour of Evora
- Full-day Evora & the Alentejo Region tour
- Porto city tour
- Full-day wine experience in the Douro Valley
- 24/7 support from our dedicated staff
Day by Day Itinerary
Day 1 Lisbon: Gourmet Food Tour
Begin your Portugal food and wine tour in Lisbon. Upon your arrival to Lisbon Airport, you’ll be met by your private driver for transfer to your accommodation. Get settled in, relax and refresh before joining your local guide for a gourmet food tour this evening. You’ll stroll the charming alleyways while sampling some of the best Portuguese cuisine with a focus on the Campo de Ourique neighbourhood known for setting Lisbon’s culinary trends. The four-hour excursion includes seven mouthwatering spots that creatively blend the modern with tradition, including some world-famous recipes tasted at everything from a hotel school to a market.
Day 2 Lisbon: Private City Tour
A half-day tour of Lisbon brings you to the popular spots from the historic to the modern. Get to know the city with your expert guide who will fill you in on the history, hidden gems and more, exploring leisurely on foot and the yellow tram system. Visit Praca do Comercio, Lisbon’s largest plaza, the “new city” of Baixa built following the 1755 earthquake, Carmo ruins, the lively Bairro Alto bohemian district, and Portas do Sol which provides a spectacular view over the Old Town, among many other sights. This evening, enjoy dinner, music and singing at a top Fado restaurant.
Day 3 Lisbon: Day Trip to Sintra, Cabo Da Roca and Estoril
A guided day trip will bring you to many enchanting places, from fairytale-like palaces to spectacular viewpoints. Accompanied by your private guide, your first stop is Sintra, a remarkable blend of fantasy and history. Pena Palace is the top attraction, a fantastical version of a castle surrounded by mystical Pena Park. Your guide will give you tips before you head out to explore on your own. In Cabo da Roca, mainland Europe’s westernmost point, enjoy the stunning Atlantic view. On your return, visit the center of Cascais and its fishing harbor along with the town of Estroril, renowned for its picturesque gardens and casino.
Day 4 Lisbon: Portuguese Cooking Class
After sampling the delicious Portuguese fare, today you’ll get to find out how it’s made firsthand. Meet up with a local chef who will be your instructor, guiding you through a local market while showing you the vendors selling speciality items and fresh produce. Afterwards, head into the chef’s kitchen to transform the ingredients you gathered up into a tasty meal. You’ll learn the techniques while cooking traditional Portuguese dishes that feature meat and fish, as well as a dessert. At the end, sit down to enjoy them with Portuguese wine. You’ll get recipes so that you can recreate them at home too.
Day 5 Evora: Private Sightseeing Tour
Journey to your next destination with your private driver, heading to the small rural town of Evora in the Alentejo countryside where you’ll enjoy a lunch of savoury roasted meat, breads, local cheeses and migas, a bread crumb pudding with herbs, spices, olive oil and garlic. A private guided sightseeing tour of this UNESCO-listed town follows, bring the chance to admire the fabulously preserved ruins of Templo Romano, landmarks from Portugal’s golden age of maritime discoveries and more. You’ll have the evening to yourself to do more exploring before sitting down for dinner in one of the enticing eateries on your own.
Day 6 Evora: Full-Day Evora & the Alentejo Region Tour
A full-day tour will reveal the highlights of the tranquil Evora and the Alentejo region. Enjoy the slower pace of life as you gaze out at olive groves, vineyards, lush rolling hills and charming walled towns. Locals here are known for taking part in time honoured traditions that can be seen in their gorgeous handicrafts and delicious home-cooked fare. You’ll get to know them and the culture while visiting medieval villages, a winery, cork forest and Neolithic monuments. Enjoy lunch at a traditional Alentejo restaurant before making your return back to Evora, enjoying the rest of the day at your leisure.
Day 7 Porto: Transfer Via Coimbra
You’ll take private transfer to one of Portugal’s most popular cities, Porto, after your breakfast this morning. Along the way, enjoy a stop in Coimbra where you’ll have time to explore on your own and enjoy lunch. This especially picturesque town with its multicoloured historic buildings sits atop a hill overlooking the Mondego River. The medieval Old Town, which cascades down the hill along the banks of the Rio Mondego, offers many outstanding photo-ops and hosts a beautiful 12th-century Romanesque cathedral, Se Velha. After arriving into Porto, you’ll be delivered to your accommodation with the rest of the day enjoyed at your leisure.
Day 8 Porto: City Tour
Enjoy a half-day tour with your private driver/guide that explores many of Porto’s highlights. Wander along Boavista Avenue and Foz, home to many of the top museums along with some modern gems as you learn all about the city’s rich history. Make a stop at the historic center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to admire the impressive neo-classical, Gothic, and baroque landmarks like the Porto Cathedral, Sao Bento Railway Station and Church of St. Francis. You’ll finish along the banks of the Douro River, visiting a fish canning factory to learn what makes it so unique and the role it plays in traditional life.
Day 9 Douro Valley: Full-Day Wine Experience
Your private driver will pick you up this morning for a full-day wine experience in the Douro Valley, world-famous for producing some of Portugal’s most exceptional wines. Begin at a family-run winery where one of the family members will bring you on a walking tour through the vines followed by a wine tasting. Enjoy a traditional lunch in the mountain town of Ervedosa and then head to the heart of Pinhão Valle to explore a rustic winery established by two of Portugal’s most celebrated winemakers. Afterwards, you’ll return to your accommodation in Porto with time to relax and enjoy dinner in a local eatery.
Day 10 Departure
With nine nights already passed by, it’s time to depart. Depending on the time of your scheduled flight, you may be able to enjoy some final moments strolling through the city, perhaps picking up some gifts or souvenirs to bring home. Your private driver will transfer you to the airport at the designated time to be sure you don’t miss your flight. If you aren’t ready to leave, our travel experts will be happy to help you extend your journey.
What's not Included
- As we have clients from all over the world. Our itineraries do not include flights. If you would like us to include flights in your trip, we are happy to do so. Please speak to your travel specialist at the planning stage to include them.
- Gratuities for local guides
- We strongly advise all guests purchase comprehensive travel insurance
- Visas if required
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