Iconic vineyards, gorgeous villages, port cellars, UNESCO World Heritage wine regions, and gastronomic delicacies are all yours on the ultimate Portugal food and wine tour with a one-week journey through the majestic landscapes and the flavors. There will be Lisbon and Obidos, the very best of Alentejo, and then the Douro Valley and Porto. From Michelin dining to a wine spa there are many luxury highlights, but you will remember the tiny backstreet secrets just as much.
Lisbon – History and Culinary Tour of the Capital
Lisbon enchants from first glance as grand townhouses stretch out through the center with plazas finding their way onto almost every street corner. Before you lies the Tagus River, while on either side of you the hills will rise and you will see tightly packed clusters of colorful buildings. Touch down this morning and check into a hotel in Alfama, where the winding lanes hold their history with pride. After some time to freshen up, you will start exploring, first up the hill to Castelo de Sao Jorge, and then to the clanging bells of Se Cathedral.
Broad boulevards fill Baixa, your next stop, where you will learn the Lisbon love for espresso and glamorous cafes. Renovated after an earthquake, Praca do Comercio is one of Iberia’s great squares, a symbol of design and indulgence. Tucked into its western corner, you will find a wine tasting room and opportunity to compare iconic wines from Portugal’s different regions. This should leave you ready for a local lunch that can also be enjoyed on the square.
Belem is home to Lisbon’s most famous attractions, notably Jeronimos Monastery and Belem Tower, and it is also where pastel de nata, or pastel de Belem as it was originally known, comes from. Come here in the afternoon and visit the patisserie that invented the snack. By now you will be tired, so you can retire to Chiado, a lively old neighborhood packed with wine bars and tapas-style food joints. After the journey and a day of exploring, Chiado is where you sit back and watch Lisbon unfold with a glass in hand.
Lisbon – Gastronomic Secrets and a Fairytale Ride Through Obidos
Evora – A Wine Spa and the Many Vineyards of Alentejo
Arraiolos to Estremoz – Exploring More of the Alentejo Region
Douro Valley – A Gastronomic Frontier Land
Porto – A Rabelo Cruise and the Famous Douro Wines
Porto – Private Port Tasting with Gourmet Lunch: Departure
- Sink your senses into the Douro Valley’s old-world vineyards, where the estates and production are little changed since the 18thcentury
- Explore Lisbon’s gastronomic secrets, including the place where pastel de natapastries were invented
- Luxuriate in a wine spa before a food and wine pairing
- Cruise along the Douro River in a traditional rabelo, a vessel used to transport wine barrels up and down the river
- Enjoy a private port tasting with lunch at one of Porto’s famous cellars
- Admire the rich wines and hearty foods of Alentejo, a region that forms the backbone of Portuguese cuisine
- Take a leisurely journey across the Iberian mountains, stopping at vineyards and villages around Arraiolos, Estremoz, Belmonte, and Trancoso
- Discover Lisbon’s wine bars and pair each glass with a local delicacy
- Ride a horse and carriage through the medieval town of Obidos, with little stops to get involved with local gastronomy
- Expert dining reservations help you explore the old and new worlds, from quaint village restaurants to iconic city favorites
Handcrafted to overwhelm your senses, this one-week tour is a feast of both new and old-world flavors. Portugal may have only recently become a hot travel destination, but its culinary tradition is long and proud. Endless sunny days meet with wild mountains and a cooling Atlantic breeze. While Spain and France hog the culinary limelight, Portugal’s cuisine remains very much a mystery to outsiders. Authenticity has been preserved, and you can truly savor regional diversity. On this handcrafted tour, you will experience the flavors of Lisbon, Obidos, Alentejo, and Douro.
Prepare your senses and jump into a feast beginning with a day spent exploring Lisbon by the glass. Wander the old neighborhoods first and find where the pastel de nata was invented, and then hit the wine bars of Chiado for a cultural experience accompanied by Lisbon’s little culinary treats. Spend the next day out of the city to visit a couple of country estates before an afternoon spent riding a horse and carriage through Obidos. The following day will be all about Alentejo with a wine spa and lots of tastings followed by the Chapel of Bones and the secrets of Evora. Out here the food changes, with lots of ham and cheese to go with the wine for a different combination.
A lovely route will take you north to wind up and down Iberia’s frontier and through the grand villages of yesteryear. Cross forests of cork to Arraiolos before arriving in the terroir-driven hills of Estremoz. Indulge in Belmonte and Trancoso as the road twists north to the Douro Valley, yet another of the UNESCO World Heritage sites on your tour. Visit vineyards closed to the public, taste with winemakers and cellar masters, dine at Michelin-starred village restaurants, and sample your way through the mountains. Most the places you will visit are far from the road and nowhere near the beaten track, usually requiring invitations and reservations many months in advance. But alongside those experiences, you will also sample the very local customs with lunches at village cafes and aromas from home kitchens.
Next, you will discover the Douro Valley on a rabelo, the traditional wooden vessel used to transport wine barrels up and down the river. It will be the perfect way to arrive at a vineyard and the only means for a wine connoisseur to make the journey into Porto. Azulejo tiles mark the facades as you will spend an evening in the old city with a Michelin-starred dinner showcasing the distinctive flavors of northern Portugal. You will then end this one-week Portuguese food and wine tour with a private port tasting and gourmet lunch at one of the world’s most famous port cellars. It will be a fitting conclusion to your tour as it will be exclusive and exquisite while overflowing with flavors that usually go under the radar. Don’t take just our word for it - consider reading some of our travelers’ reviews of Portugal.
$5,000 per person (excluding international flights)
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