This 18-day adventure from the old world to the next generation of gastronomy will explore the very best of six incredible culinary regions, including Lisbon, Douro Valley, Porto, Basque, La Rioja, and Catalonia. The handpicked restaurants are amongst the finest on the planet but this itinerary isn’t just lavish dining and wine tasting. You’ll uncover many angles through markets, farms, informal cafes, a pintxo crawl, and an undersea winery as you explore Europe’s great cities and landscapes.
Lisbon – A Market That Celebrates the Allure of Lisbon’s Food
Once you land in Portugal, you’ll start your luxury culinary tour at a unique, bustling food market. The first of its kind, TimeOut Lisbon brings together chefs and kitchens from across the city into one informal place, where you are served food on plastic trays. Among the kitchen stalls are a handful of Michelin stars – there is nowhere else in the world where you can taste the menus of three Michelin-starred chefs at the same sitting. From starter to the main course and then dessert, the guide will show you where to order because this isn’t a market where such stars are advertised. This market will also be a great introduction to the vibrancy of Lisbon, a lively insight to help overcome any jet lag.
Lisbon – Neighborhoods of the City and More Michelin Dining
Evora – Vineyards and Traditions of Alentejo
Salamanca – Stunning Medieval Monuments and Dining in Spain
Day 5 - 6
Upper Douro Valley – The Best of a World Heritage Wine Valley
Porto – Private Wine Tasting and Palatial Tastes in Porto
Porto – Vintage Port Tasting and the Mosaics of History
Bilbao – The Gastronomic Heart of Spain
Bilbao – Day Trip to the World’s First Undersea Winery and a Pintxo Crawl
San Sebastian – Basque Culinary Delights and a World Top 30 Restaurant
San Sebastian – Coastal Dining and the Best of Basque
Day 13 - 14
La Rioja – Legendary Wine Country and Michelin Dining
Barcelona – An Evening of Architectural Discovery
Barcelona – Full Day Exploring the Catalonian Wine Regions
Barcelona – The World’s Number 2 Restaurant Brings the Culinary Adventure to a Close
Barcelona – Departure
- Dine at some of the world’s finest restaurants, from Michelin dining on vineyards to the number two on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list
- Arouse all the senses in four world-famous wine regions, including Portugal’s Upper Douro, Spain’s La Rioja, Catalonia’s Penedes region, and in much newer Alentejo
- Explore the culinary scene from all the different angles, including food markets, organic farms, cultivated tasting sessions, and a pintxo (Basque-style tapas) crawl in Bilbao
- Escape into the surreal countryside and embrace the rural atmosphere of both countries as Alentejo is wild and beautiful while the Douro Valley and La Rioja define rural pleasure
- Uncover the next generation of gastronomy with a visit to the world’s first underwater winery in Plentzia and the molecular brilliance of Basque restaurants
- Immerse yourself in World Heritage cities, where the harmony of the architecture creates a feeling of a distant time and space
The cuisines of Spain and Portugal are a diverse and tasty reflection of the unique regions. These two countries are a jigsaw puzzle of regions, each with their own traditions and creativity. This 17-day itinerary will take you on a journey through the best of the regions to embrace the old-world recipes and the new age of cooking. These are the regions where Iberia’s finest restaurants are located, including many that have had a defining influence on worldwide fine dining. However, the experience will not just be about dining at hard-to-reserve-a-table restaurants. You’ll travel to destinations that celebrate the gastronomic sphere of possibility such as an underwater winery, Michelin dining at a food market, tasting at vintage farms, and hopping between pintxo bars in Bilbao.
You will begin in Lisbon and the Tagus River, which provide classic interpretations of Portuguese food and dishes that are familiar to you. Then, travel to the Upper Douro, which tastes different as it is heavy on pork and game meats, food that expertly accompanies the world’s first World Heritage wine region. Porto may be on the Douro but its fine cuisine has been crafted with the ubiquitous port in mind. After Portugal, you go on to Basque, Spain’s culinary capital that showcases a baffling diversity of flavors and experience. Finally, La Rioja is the legendary Spanish wine destination and precedes an intimate look at Catalan food.
Every day on the itinerary will feature a culinary element. It may be a restaurant reservation, a guided tasting, something unusual, or something famous. Along the way, you’ll discover some of Europe’s great cities, from the colors of Lisbon to baroque Porto, palatial San Sebastian to artisanal Barcelona. Rural landscapes add plenty of further charm, as the route leads you across open plains to golden sandstone cities and the villages from the past. Read some of our travelers’ reviews for Spain to discover new experiences to add to your own tour.
$15,907 per person (excluding international flights)
- In-country transportation
- Some or all activities and tours
- Expert trip planning
- 24x7 support during your trip
Your final trip cost will vary based on your selected accommodations, activities, meals, and other trip elements that you opt to include.
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