Portugal’s culinary brilliance comes in many forms including vintage tasting in a port cellar, Michelin dining, and Europe’s first DOC wine region. Experience fishing village lunches, fragrant city markets, exquisite fine dining, and iconic food and wine pairings. Expertly handcrafted, this 12-day tour explores the very best of Portugal’s unique wine and cuisine, with stops including Porto, the Douro Valley, Alentejo, and Lisbon. Prepare for all your senses to be subtly aroused.
Porto – Famous Michelin Dining with Portugal’s Most Beloved Chef
What is the iconic Portuguese dish? As the host of Portugal’s Master Chef and one of the country’s most loved chefs, Bairro do Avillez is a good person to ask. His Porto restaurant, Casa de Cha da Boa Nova, received a Michelin star in 2017 and provides a seductive introduction to the country’s cuisine. Land in Porto and you are transferred to a hotel in the city. The afternoon is at your leisure, before a transfer to the restaurant and one of Rui Paula’s tasting menus. Standing on the rocks next to the ocean, the restaurant is in harmony with the sea. Seafood is the focus, like a cataplana (Portuguese cookware) of shellfish and salted bass. And as you are transferred back to the center of Porto, it is a sublime feeling to know that the restaurant was merely the start of the culinary adventure.
Porto – Vintage Port Tasting in Vila Nova de Gaia
Porto – Private Porto Tour with a Gourmet Traditional Lunch
Douro Valley – A Rabelo Cruise and the Sumptuous Delights of a World Heritage Wine Valley
Belmonte – Prestigious Wine Pairings and a Medieval Village
Evora – Exploring the Alentejo Wine Region
Evora – Another Day of Fine Cuisine and Wine in Old Alentejo
Obidos – Culinary Bounty of Portugal’s Coastal Villages
Lisbon – Palaces, Castles, Coastline, Michelin Dining, and Wine Tasting
Lisbon – Foodies’ Tour of Lisbon with a Unique Fado Performance
Lisbon – Exploring the City and an Iconic Farewell Meal
Lisbon – Departure
- A winemaker guides you through an old port wine lodge, before a tasting session that includes a wide variety of vintages
- Portugal’s Michelin-starred chefs make regular appearances over the 12-day tour, including Rui Paula, Alexandre Silva, Henrique Sa Pessoa and Jose Avillez
- Taste your way through the Douro Valley, Europe’s first ever DOC wine region and a sublime place to relax amid the tradition of Portugal’s past
- Alentejo is a wine region for connoisseurs, and you will enjoy more than two days of tastings and wine pairings
- Expert dining reservations enable you to taste the difference between the regions, a mix of lavish lunches and intimate dinners included throughout the itinerary
- Northern Portuguese cuisine is rich and heavy, delectably experienced during three days discovering Porto
- Explore Lisbon’s local eateries on a foodies’ tour, visiting markets and cafes that refuse to part with tradition
- Rural Alentejo emanates the atmosphere of medieval centuries, with stops in old cities like Belmonte and Evora offering an immersive insight into the past
- Hop along the coast to find another dimension of culinary Portugal, with the tiny fishing village of Nazare offering unique flavors in an informal atmosphere
- Travel with a private guide and discover many of the legendary landmarks and attractions, including the palaces at Sintra and the walled village of Obidos
When you think of Italian cuisine, images of pasta, pizza, and Chianti come to mind. In Spain, there are tapas, paella, and Rioja. In Portugal, it can be hard to pinpoint a single image. Perhaps a shellfish platter or salted cod at a fishing village eatery? The wine of the Douro or the wines of Alentejo? Other than peri peri chicken and a pastel de nata, Portugal’s culinary masterpieces are not easily recognizable around the world.
The food has passion and is defined by originality, with every region and city having their own distinctive taste. The wine is rich and terroir-driven, originating on terraced slopes home to grapes you may have never heard of. The country is more than happy for its gastronomy to fly under the radar. Portuguese cuisine is made for the Portuguese, just one reason why the country has become Europe’s best-kept culinary secret. Every region is distinct, and you quickly discover that there is no defining Portuguese dish. There is only a defining dish for a city or region.
Handcrafted to arouse all the senses, this 12-day tour explores the diversity and delicacies of Portugal’s food and wine. You have private guides and enjoy dining reservations at a wide range of eateries, from Michelin-starred fine dining restaurants to cute village eateries that preserve tradition. Two wine regions are explored in depth, and you will taste at a wide variety of wineries in Alentejo and Douro, as well as having some tutored tasting in Porto’s port lodges. It is a feast for all the senses, from admiring produce at a marketplace to wine and cheese pairings in a medieval village.
While food and wine provide the focus, the route takes you into the heart of Portugal and to some sumptuous destinations. Relax in the old city of Porto, wind through the villages of the Douro Valley, then feel the escapism of Belmonte. Spend a couple of days amid the cork forests and plains of Alentejo, then wander along the coastal cliffs. Absorb the beauty of walled Obidos, then pass the palaces of Sintra en route to Lisbon. Over these 12 days, you find that the food and wine are as idiosyncratic as the destinations they grace, whether sipping on wine during a rabelo cruise (a traditional wooden boat) or lunching on barnacles as colorful fishing boats are splashed by the surf.
If you would like to extend your vacation tour of Portugal, be sure to check out our other Portugal vacations.
$2,395 per person (excluding international flights)
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