Lisbon and the Algarve

During this cultural and culinary tour of Portugal, start in the capital city of Lisbon, one of Europe’s most fascinating cities. Lisbon in one of the world’s oldest cities, but its role in the Age of Discovery and the century following is what left such an indelible mark on the city’s culture. You will find such amazing sites as the Tower of Belém, the Jerónimos Monastery, and the Castle of Saint George.

From Lisbon head south to the Algarve, with its mild climate, abundant seafood, and gorgeous coastline. This is what Europeans thought was the “end of the world” for centuries before the Age of Discovery.

During your culinary tour of Portugal you’ll learn about the country’s gastronomy, including seafood, cured meats, wines, and pastries. Head to Portugal on this authentic culinary tour and discover why it is one of our favorite destinations!


Trip Details

Your cooking class in the Algarve will be at a local cooking school and will feature traditional Portuguese seasonal ingredients. You will prepare a multi-course meal that will end with lunch based on what you have prepared.


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Itinerary

Belem Tower visited during a culinary tour of Portugal with TIKDAY ONE

  • Arrival at Lisbon airport and private transfer to your accommodations.
  • Rest of day at leisure to get over your jet lag, and dinner on your own at one of the city’s many wonderful restaurant.
  • Overnight.

Visiting Sintra on your culinary tour of Portugal with TIKDAY TWO

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Next, head out on a half-day tour to nearby Sintra, where hundreds of years of history await you. Take a walk in the city center where you will find old houses converted into quaint shops. (Entrance fees paid locally.) You will see the amazing architectural styles and colors that have made Sintra a top site in Portugal.
  • Head back to Lisbon along the Estoril coast.
  • Afternoon at leisure to explore the Castle of Saint George, the Tower of Bélem, or the Jerónimos Monastery, or other sites. Make sure to stop for a famous “Pasteis de Bélem,” a wonderful custard pastry.
  • Overnight.

Grilled octopus on your culinary tour of Portugal with TIKDAY THREE

  • Breakfast at the hotel, then head to the Algarve! The drive will take around 3 1/2 hours.
  • Check in and get situated.
  • This evening, enjoy a Chef’s selected menu at the hotel (drinks not included).
  • Overnight.

The enticing beach in the Algarve on your culinary tour of Portugal with TIKDAY FOUR

  • Breakfast at the hotel, then head out for a cooking class (within walking distance of the hotel). The Algarve is known for its beautiful beaches, but its cuisine is full of undiscovered treasures. During this cooking class, you will discover the heart of what makes the Algarvian cuisine so special. Here you will find the freshest seafood, lovely and delicious humble dishes, and farm-fresh produce. The cooking class ends with a delicious lunch and carefully chosen wine pairings.
  • This afternoon, time to relax on the beach or explore on your own.
  • Dinner on your own and overnight.

Enjoying Portuguese food on your culinary tour of Portugal with TIKDAY FIVE

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Depart with your driver for Loulé. Since the earliest of times, Loulé has been a center of great commercial activity and known for its craftsmen (coppersmiths, palm weavers, and potters). Nowadays, you can still see some of the artisans working at their workshops. Loulé’s Market is the main attraction here: a magnificent edifice of neo-Arabic style, with more 100 years of history, that extends to the surrounding streets. Here you can find all sorts of local products, such as fresh vegetables, fish and fruits that grow in Loulé’s surroundings. In this tour you will visit the old and traditional city of Loulé, will meet some special people that make the place alive, and will have the opportunity to taste regional specialities. End with a light lunch in a old traditional tavern.
  • Return to you hotel and afternoon at leisure with dinner on your own.
  • Overnight.

The so-called "end of the world" on your culinary tour of Portugal with TIKDAY SIX

  • Breakfast and then off to Lagos and Sagres. Lagos was once the capital of the Algarve. Set on a privileged location, the town was the settlement of Romans, Visigoths, Moors and finally the Portuguese. As Portugal became the center of a vast empire Lagos grew larger into one of the most important cities of Portugal. With the 1755 earthquake, a lot was knocked to the ground and only the strongest structures escaped the terrible natural disaster. But Lagos fought back and found in its fishing traditions the strength to maintain all of its character. Nowadays the medieval castle walls surround the whitewashed houses and Lagos’ narrow streets. See traces of the first slave market in Europe as well as some of the fortifications that maintained the Portuguese independence against the Spaniards.
  • Nearby you will find the spectacular promontory of the Cape of Saint Vincent and Sagres where Prince Henry the Navigator founded the first nautical school in the world. Known as “the end of the world” in the past, these places still hold an aura of mystery with the dramatic reddish cliffs overlooking the amazing Atlantic Ocean.
  • Return to your hotel with afternoon to relax.
  • This evening, enjoy a Portuguese supper club tradition (within walking distance of the hotel). Sip on a welcome drink, meet your fellow diners, and settle into your table in the kitchen to see what’s simmering on the stoves. This fantastic gastronomic experience is the perfect motivation for people to come together to try new dishes and enjoy a fabulous, convivial atmosphere. The supper club features traditional Portuguese food and ingredients, tailored to the season and the occasion, guaranteed to please and accompanied by select wines. The chef will talk you through the dishes they are preparing, so you can pick up a few tricks for your home kitchen. The supper club is great opportunity to exchange conversation with others that share your love for all things culinary.
  • Overnight.

The red cliffs and coast of the Algarve on your culinary tour of Portugal with TIKDAY SEVEN

  • Breakfast and private transfer to either Faro airport in the Algarve or Lisbon airport.

Trip Details

Included in the 6-Night Trip

Accommodations

  • 2 nights accommodations in Lisbon’s Hotel H10 Duque de Loulé (or similar)
  • 4 nights accommodations in Hotel Pine Cliffs in the Algarve (or similar)

Food & Beverages

  • Daily breakfast
  • 2 Lunches (1 included in the cooking experience + 1 included in the Food and Cultural Tour)
  • 1 Dinner in the hotel, excluding drinks (Algarve)
  • 1 Supper Club experience with drinks (Algarve)

Classes & Instructors

Your cooking class in the Algarve will be at a local cooking school and will feature traditional Portuguese seasonal ingredients. You will prepare a multi-course meal that will end with lunch based on what you have prepared.

Excursions

  • Guided tour of Sintra & Estoril Coast
  • Guided foodie and cultural tour in Loulé
  • Excursion to Lagos & Sagres (driver only)

Transfer Details

  • Arrival transfer from Lisbon airport to hotel in Lisbon
  • Transfer from Lisbon to Albufeira in Algarve
  • Departure transfer from Albufeira to Lisbon airport (or to Faro airport)

Not Included

  • Entrance tickets to museums and monuments (except where otherwise indicated)
  • Overnight city tourist tax
  • Meals and beverages not listed

Accommodation Information

In Lisbon stay at the 4* superior H10 Duque de Loulé, a charming hotel located in a historical building in the center of Lisbon. It was renovated by the well-known interior designer Lazaro Rosa Violán, and it maintains its beautiful façade, which is a typical example of 18th-century architecture. The interior design pairs Portuguese traditions with highly modern and functional facilities. The hotel has a restaurant, library bar, and a terrace that offers spectacular views across Lisbon and the Tagus estuary.

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In the Algarve stay at the Pine Cliffs hotel in Albufeira. This iconic retreat offers stunning views over the Atlantic Ocean, and is located on the top of the Algarvian red cliffs, above Portugal’s famous beach, Praia da Falésia. The design has a Moorish influence and the rooms exquisite Portuguese details. The hotel features a 9-hole golf course, swimming pools, tennis and padel courts, a luxurious brand-new spa, along with an amazing variety of dining options.

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Pricing & Tour Dates

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High Season Pricing:
July & August

6-night Program
US$4100 per person based on double occupancy

    30% deposit due to confirm booking.
    Balance payment due 60 days prior to tour start date. Questions? Please contact us!

    Upgrades and single occupancy supplement: please inquire.

    Mid Season Pricing:
    April through June, September

    6-night Program
    US$3700 per person based on double occupancy

      30% deposit due to confirm booking.
      Balance payment due 60 days prior to tour start date. Questions? Please contact us!

      Upgrades and single occupancy supplement: please inquire.

      Low Season Pricing:
      October

      6-night Program
      US$3500 per person based on double occupancy

        30% deposit due to confirm booking.
        Balance payment due 60 days prior to tour start date. Questions? Please contact us!

        Upgrades and single occupancy supplement: please inquire.


        Tour Dates

        Available April through October for a minimum of 2 people. Other start dates also available, please inquire.

        2019
        July 28-August 3
        August 4-10
        August 11-17
        August 18-24
        August 25-31
        September 1-7
        September 8-14
        September 15-21
        September 22-28
        September 29-October 5
        October 6-12
        October 13-19
        October 20-26
        October 27-November 2

        2020
        March 29-April 4
        April 5-11
        April 12-18
        April 19-25
        April 26-May 2
        May 3-9
        May 10-16
        May 17-23
        May 24-30
        May 31-June 6
        June 7-13
        June 14-20
        June 21-27
        June 28-July 4
        July 5-11
        July 12-18
        July 19-25
        July 26-August 1
        August 2-8
        August 9-15
        August 16-22
        August 23-29
        August 30-September 5
        September 6-12
        September 13-19
        September 20-26
        September 27-October 3
        October 4-10
        October 11-17
        October 18-24
        October 25-31

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