Mosaic pavement in Portugal
Cooking class with a master chef on a culinary vacation in Portugal
Traditional Portuguese fare made on a cooking vacation in Portugal
Tower of Belem visited on a cooking vacation in Portugal
Port tasting on a cooking vacation in Portugal
Cooking class on a cooking vacation in Portugal
Cocktails outside on a cooking vacation in Portugal
Grilled fish and potatoes enjoyed on a cooking vacation in Portugal
Breakfast outside on a cooking vacation in Portugal
Castle of Saint George in Lisbon, visited on a cooking vacation in Portugal
Grilled octopus enjoyed on a cooking vacation in Portugal
The castles of Sintra visited on a cooking vacation in Portugal
Rural hotel on a cooking vacation in Portugal
Pool of the Braga hotel Mercure on a cooking vacation in Portugal
Lobby of the Hotel Mercure in Braga
Double room at the Hotel Mundial in Lisbon
Lobby of the Hotel Mundial in Lisbon
View from the bedroom of the hotel Mundial in Lisbon
Lobby of the hotel Mundial in Lisbon
Twin room at the hotel on a cooking vacation in Portugal
Twin room at the hotel Teatro in Porto on a cooking vacation in Portugal
Breakfast room at the hotel Teatro in Porto on a cooking vacation in Portugal
Pastel de nata as enjoyed on a culinary tour of Portugal
Overview

Treasures of Portugal

The treasures of Portugal are immense, from its landscape and coastline to its cultural riches, to its wonderful weather. It offers a stunning range of magical experiences in its bustling cities, sleepy fishing villages, fairytale-like towns, and lush green landscapes.

During this culinary and city tour of Portugal, meander your way northward, starting in the capital city of Lisbon, which has captivated visitors for centuries with its history and which is now home to a number of UNESCO sites. Stops on this journey also include Porto (also known as Oporto), which was named as the best European destination in 2012 by European citizens; the medieval town of Óbido; and up to the northern countryside village of Arco de Valdevez. Last but certainly not least, finish in Braga, a city rich in architectural and religious treasures.

Throughout the tour, experience the gastronomical scene firsthand, including a centuries-old pastry recipe, and don’t forget to try the popular alcoholic drink particular to Portugal, Ginja. Situated as the country is by the sea, seafood is a big part of the cuisine here, but meat and vegetables — as well as olive oil — make up a large part of the diet as well.





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The trip was a great combination of time on our own to explore, and directed time with a guide. We visited things we would not have known about at all, and it was amazing! We loved trying the pastries in every town we visited as well. Porto was fantastic and I would return gladly. Our hotel was not quite as central as we would have liked, but we are walkers so did fine. The time at Casa de Li was wonderful, and again something we would have never found on our own. Vasco was a great host and cook. Our pickup from the airport went very smoothly, we were shocked as our flight was 3 hours late! We were so pleased that our guide, Chris, met us at the hotel to be sure check in went well, and to give a little help getting our bearings. Susan

Trip Details

Your culinary holiday features classes and tastings to show you the wonders of Portuguese cuisine. All the classes and tastings will inspire you to take these traditions home with you.

In Arcos de Valdevez, get busy in the kitchen during a fun workshop featuring cornbread, a staple in northern Portugal. You can also help Chef Vasco prepare dinner if you want extra time in the kitchen!

Itinerary

Day One

  • Meet your driver at Lisbon airport for a transfer to Hotel Mundial.
  • Take some time to get settled into centrally-located hotel and, if you’re not too jet lagged, perhaps take a walk around the beautiful coastal city. Dinner on your own.
  • Overnight in Lisbon.

Castle of Saint George in Lisbon


Day Two

  • Breakfast.
  • In the morning, head about 30 km away to the center of European Romantic architecture, the UNESCO town of Sintra. This town was a favorite summer destination for Portuguese kings for thousands of years. In town, spend some time on your own perusing the shops, full of handicrafts, and the Pena Palace (entrance ticket included). Visit the Casa Piriquita for one of the famed “queijada” pastries of Sintra.  Return transfer back to Lisbon. Lunch on own.
  • Next, wind your way through the city of Lisbon’s unique and narrow streets that are lined with whitewashed houses and chapels. Visit the 16th-century Jeronimo’s Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage site known for its beautiful Manueline architecture that reflect Portugal’s trade over the centuries (entrance ticket not included). Next, stop at the Monument of Discoveries, which honors Portuguese explorers and their patrons through exhibits and stunning sculptures. Then, visit the impressive Belem Tower (entrance ticket not included), a fortified tower that is also a UNESCO site.
  • Head to an old patisserie that is known for one of Portugal’s finest pastries, pastéis de Belem, for a tasting of this fabulous custard pastry.
  • Next it is off to the hilltop Castel Saõ Jorge, considered one of the most emblematic monuments in Lisbon (entrance tickets included).
  • Dinner on your own. Overnight in Lisbon.

Fish dish during a culinary vacation in Portugal


Day Three

  • Following breakfast, depart for Portugal’s “Silver Coast,” and begin your journey in Óbidos, a fortified city that dates back to the early Celt tribes. Enjoy some time on your own and don’t forget to try ginja (or ginjinha)! This popular Portuguese alcohol is made by infusing ginja berries with alcohol.
  • The tour concludes with a visit to the imposing sanctuary called Fátima, which is considered a center of Cathloic faith and continues to be a destination for pilgrims from all over the world.
  • Lunch and dinner on your own. Arrival in Porto, check in and overnight.

The city of Porto, Portugal


Day Four

  • Breakfast.
  • In the morning, take a 3-hour guided walking tour through Porto to see the city’s vibrant history and stunning architecture. The tour begins with the Torre dos Clérigos, an impressive bell tower that is part of a Baroque church. Continue on to Livraria Lello e Irmåo, an old bookstore that purportedly inspired J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter; Avenida dos Aliados, a large square in central Porto; Estacåo de S. Bento, a historical train station; Ponte Luis I, a double-decker bridge; Sé Cathedral, an important Romanesque monument; Bairro da Sé, the city’s old quarter; and Ribeira, another historic square. (Please note this is a walking tour and we recommend comfortable shooes! Entrance tickets to monuments not included and paid locally.)
  • End the tour with a short presentation and tasting of Portuguese olive oils and local products, as well as  a Port wine tasting.
  • Lunch and dinner on your own. Overnight in Porto.

Watching the chef at work


Day Five

  • Following breakfast, some time on your own to explore Porto. Lunch on your own.
  • In the afternoon, transfer to Arcos de Valdevez. Enjoy some time on your own upon arrival.
  • Dinner tonight is at your charming and rural hotel, Casa da Li.
  • Overnight in Arcos de Valdevez.

Food during a culinary vacation in Portugal


Day Six

  • Breakfast.
  • In the morning, enjoy a beautiful guided walk of the area, ending in a picnic lunch in the middle of a beautiful natural setting.
  • In the afternoon, visit a small, rural winery for a wine tasting.
  • Return to the hotel for dinner.
  • Overnight in Arcos de Valdevez.

Drinks in Portugal


Day Seven

  • Breakfast.
  • In the morning, participate in a cooking workshop. The workshop will focus on “broa de milho” – a Portuguese version of cornbread. Corn has an ancient history in this region, and that’s still in evidence today with the number of water mills, fields, and granaries dotting the landscape.
  • Lunch to follow.
  • In the afternoon, head to the city of Braga, which is nicknamed “Portuguese Rome” in large part for its religious history. Time on your own to explore; perhaps visit the oldest cathedral in town, as well as Bom Jesus.
  • Dinner on your own.
  • Overnight in Braga.

Hotel room in Porto


Day Eight

  • Breakfast followed by group transfer to Porto airport. (For a return transfer to Lisbon airport, please inquire).

Trip Details

Included in the 7-Night Trip

Accommodations

* 2 nights accommodations in Lisbon’s Hotel Mundial (or similar)
* 2 nights accommodations in Porto’s Hotel Teatro (or similar)
* 2 nights accommodations in Arcos de Valdevez’s Casas da Li (or similar)
* 1 night accommodation in Braga’s Hotel Mercure Braga (or similar)

Food & Beverages

  • Daily breakfast
  • 2 lunches
  • 2 dinners
  • Food tastings

Classes & Instructors

Your culinary holiday features classes and tastings to show you the wonders of Portuguese cuisine. All the classes and tastings will inspire you to take these traditions home with you.

In Arcos de Valdevez, get busy in the kitchen during a fun workshop featuring cornbread, a staple in northern Portugal. You can also help Chef Vasco prepare dinner if you want extra time in the kitchen!

Excursions

  • Walking tour of Lisbon
  • Excursion to Sintra (entrance ticket included)
  • Visits of Óbidos and Fátima
  • Guided walking tour of Porto
  • Guided walk in Arcos de Valdevez

Transfer Details

  • Arrival transfer from Lisbon airport to your hotel
  • Departure transfer to Oporto airport in Porto (a return transfer to Lisbon can be arranged for an additional cost)

Miscellaneous

  • Olive oil & local products tasting
  • Port tasting

Not Included

  • Entrance tickets to museums and monuments (except where otherwise indicated)
  • Drinks during meals
  • Overnight city tourist tax

Accommodation Information

Lisbon Mundial

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Porto Hotel Teatro

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Casa Da Li

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Hotel Mercure Braga Centro

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Pricing:

7-night Program
US$2500 per person based on double occupancy
  • Add US$250 for single occupancy (use of a double room by 1 person)

Special pricing may apply for national holidays, including Carnival, Easter, Christmas, and New Year’s.

Please note that dietary restrictions are not easily accommodated for this itinerary. Please inquire if you have dietary restrictions.

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


Tour Dates

Available the following weeks OR any other week you choose for a minimum of 2 people.

2020
January 9-16
February 6-13
March 5-12
April 16-23
May 7-14
May 28-June 4
July 2-9
July 30-August 6
August 20-27
September 3-10
October 14-21
November 5-12
December 10-18

2021
Available year round for a minimum of 2 people.
January 4-11
January 11-18
January 18-25
January 25-February 1
February 1-8
February 8-15
February 15-22
February 22-March 1
March 1-8
March 8-15
March 15-122
March 22-29
March 29-April 5
April 5-12
April 12-19
April 19-26
April 26-May 3
May 3-10
May 10-17
May 17-24
May 24-31
May 31-June 7
June 7-14
June 14-21
June 21-28
June 28-July 5
July 5-12
July 12-19
July 19-26
July 26-August 2
August 2-9
August 9-16
August 16-23
August 23-30
August 30-September 6
September 6-13
September 13-20
September 20-27
September 27-October 4
October 4-11
October 11-18
October 18-25
October 25-November 1
November 1-8
November 8-15
November 15-22
November 22-29
November 29-December 6
December 6-13
December 13-20

Reviews

No rating given with this review
The trip was a great combination of time on our own to explore, and directed time with a guide. We visited things we would not have known about at all, and it was amazing! We loved trying the pastries in every town we visited as well. Porto was fantastic and I would return gladly. Our hotel was not quite as central as we would have liked, but we are walkers so did fine. The time at Casa de Li was wonderful, and again something we would have never found on our own. Vasco was a great host and cook. Our pickup from the airport went very smoothly, we were shocked as our flight was 3 hours late! We were so pleased that our guide, Chris, met us at the hotel to be sure check in went well, and to give a little help getting our bearings. Susan

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