We had a terrific trip to Portugal visiting Porto, Lisbon, and the surrounding areas. This travel company specializes in Portugal and was very responsive to both our budget parameters as well as to our unique interests in food, art, and culture.
Everything from the lodgings to the tours to the guides and drivers was extremely professional. We stayed in the cities and did day trips in Porto to the Douro valley and in Lisbon to Sintra, Cascais, and to an organic farm on the outskirts of the city. Each outing was well planned making optimal use of our time. We didn't need to think about ground transportation or timing and our travel planner even allowed for sufficient free time so that we could explore the cities on our own.
Our visit was slightly complicated by requirements for EU proof of vaccination (as opposed to CDC vaccination documentation). However, nothing was insurmountable and our travel planner facilitated testing appointments for our return to the USA (72 hours in advance was required).
We are both into food and learning culture through food. We did a cooking demonstration in Porto following a trip to the local fish and green market to secure the ingredients. We enjoyed our time with Victor (the chef) and he explained how locals make use of the market, educated us on the various seafood options, and at the end of the day delivered an outstanding lunch.
We also really enjoyed a visit to an organic farm outside of Lisbon. The family that ran the farm could not have been more hospitable and it was interesting to learn how they are building a new eco food market in Portugal really leading the way.
On our own and with the help of our travel company we found some terrific restaurants.
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