Hiking in the Serra do Marao in Northern Portugal.
The castle of Guimaraes, visited during your tour of Portugal with The International Kitchen.
Portuguese goats in the Serra do Marao.
Hiking in the Serra do Marao in northern Portugal during your cooking and hiking in Portugal tour with The International Kitchen.
View of Amarante with an old bridge and river Tamega in in the Minho region of northern Portugal.
Visiting the famed bridge of Amarante during a cooking vacation Portugal.
A colorful street in Porto as seen during your cooking vacation in Portugal
A view of the buildings of Porto on a Porto food and wine tour.
A traditional Francesinha sandwich enjoyed on a Porto food tour.
Feijoada, a typical Portuguese dish, as prepared during a cooking class in Portugal.
Grilled octopus on your culinary tour of Portugal with TIK
Enjoying Portuguese food on your culinary tour of Portugal with TIK
The Sanctuary of Bom Jesus in Braga, Portugal, with its famous staircase.
The historical town of Barcelos in northern Portugal.
A garden in Braga, Portugal, explored during your cooking and hiking tour.
Shopping in the center of Braga during your culinary vacation in Portugal with The International Kitchen.
Overview

Cooking & Hiking in Northern Portugal

A view of the buildings of Porto on a Porto food and wine tour.This trip is eligible for our Worry-Free Booking promotion.

Experience history by traveling to the captivating northern region of Portugal, which architecturally and gastronomically reflects its early rule by the Celts, Romans, Visigoths, and Moors. On your Portuguese culinary vacation, you will visit some of the country’s many UNESCO World treasures, hike beautiful scenic trails, and learn about the wonderful gastronomic traditions.

The Sanctuary of Bom Jesus in Braga, Portugal, with its famous staircase.Your Portugal cooking vacation with start in beautiful seaside Porto, one of Europe’s most fascinating cities. From here you will explore not only Porto but other famed towns of the north, including Braga, considered the religious capital of Portugal, Guimarães, the birthplace of the Portuguese nation and Barcelos, part of the Portuguese Way in the Camino de Santiago.

Hiking in the Serra do Marao in northern Portugal during your cooking and hiking in Portugal tour with The International Kitchen.From there travel to beautiful Amarante, where you will stay on a gorgeous wine estate and explore the area’s natural beauty. Enjoy guided hikes tailored to suit your level of difficulty in the Serra do Marão and the Fisgas do Ermelo. The hikes will be balanced with free time and of course culinary explorations, providing the perfect balance of activity and leisure.


Latest Review

We gave this trip 5 stars
Mary & Kenneth
California
Trip taken June 2019
(This traveler left a starred review with no comments.)

Trip Details

Your 3 hands-on cooking classes will be at three different locations. Portugal is a coastal country with fertile lands, providing you with a range of delicious cuisine from delectable seafood to hearty meats and vegetables. Learn the secrets of Porto’s famed “Francesinha” sandwich, one of the country’s most iconic dishes. And then learn more about Portuguese cooking from two local chefs, during whose classes you will prepare a 3-course meal.

Itinerary

A view of Porto at night during our Porto wine tours and cooking vacations.Day One

  • Arrive in Porto and private transfer to your hotel.
  • Free time to explore Porto, with dinner tonight on your own.
  • Overnight.

A traditional Francesinha sandwich enjoyed on a Porto food tour.Day Two

  • Breakfast at the hotel, then meet your driver for your first culinary experience! You will learn about Porto’s famous “Francesinha” sandwich, which is comprised of ham, meat, cheese, and a special sauce. Learn to make this iconic dish from a local chef, and enjoy a convivial (and filling) lunch afterwards.
  • After lunch, enjoy a guided tour through Porto’s historic district. You will see all the charm of this picturesque city. Explore the Church of São Francisco, an gothic church known as the “cave of gold” for its gold-leaf covered wood work, which was added in the Baroque period.
  • Next door, find the Stock Exchange, which has incredible granite work and neo-Arab influences.
  • Glasses of port wine on a culinary tour of Portugal.Stop to enjoy the famed glazed tiles of the São Bento Railway station before passing by the twelfth-century Cathedral.
  • Afterwards, enjoy views on the Douro river and the Port Wine lodges. Your driver will leave you to visit the wine cellars on your own. After crossing the D. Luîs Bridge you will already start to smell the aroma of the aging Port wine. You can learn about the production, storage, and tasting of this amazing local product that is known the world over. Return to the hotel on your own. (If you prefer to skip the Port Wine lodges, your driver can take you back to the hotel.)
  • Dinner on your own and overnight.

The castle of Guimaraes, visited during your tour of Portugal with The International Kitchen.Day Three

  • Breakfast at the hotel, then meet your driver.
  • Depart for the lush green landscape where Portuguese soldiers started the dream of a national Portugal. You will first visit the birthplace of the nation, Guimarães, the first capital of Portugal in AD 1096 (chosen by the first king, Afonso Henriques), and now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Visit the sacred hill of the castle and then the Palace of the Dukes of Bragança.
  • The Sanctuary of Bom Jesus in Braga, Portugal, with its famous staircase.Head next to Braga, the oldest religious capital of Portugal. Visit Sameiro and the Bom Jesus Sanctuary. The famous Baroque staircase that leads to the Bom Jesus is among the most noted sites in Portugal (be sure to bring your walking shoes!). Next head to the cathedral in the historical center.
  • Lunch break in Braga (on your own), then head to Barcelos, which is part of the “Portuguese Way” path on the Camino de Santiago. This town boasts one of the most traditional symbols of popular justice and freedom in Portugal, the rooster of Barcelos. The legendary story tells how, when a pilgrim was accused of theft and convicted, the pilgrim looked at the rooster the judge was about to eat and stated, “If I am innocent, this rooster will crow three times.” The rooster crowed, and the pilgrim was released!
  • Visit the historical center of the town, as well as some of the best handicraft shops in Portugal.
  • Return to Porto. Dinner on your own and overnight.

Hiking in the Serra do Marao in Northern Portugal.Day Four

  • Breakfast and check out of the hotel.
  • Meet your driver and head to Amarante, where you will enjoy a private cooking class that will introduce you to the cuisine of the Minho region. Your chef will lead you in a fun, authentic taste of Portuguese gastronomy! Lunch based on your efforts with excellent local wines.
  • In the afternoon, enjoy a guided hiking tour in Mondim de Baixo.
  • Return to the hotel, with dinner on your own and overnight.

Portuguese goats in the Serra do Marao.Day Five

  • Breakfast at the hotel, then meet your driver and depart for the green landscape of the Serra do Marão. Enjoy a hike along the trails that make their way through Amarante’s mountains. Be dazzled by the landscape and the animal life, explore the mine routes of the mounatin of Marão or the Dolmens routes of the Mountain of Aboboreira. The hiking can be tailor made for the distance and difficulty you prefer.
  • Enjoy a picnic during your hike.
  • Return to your hotel in the afternoon.
  • Time to rest, and dinner on your own.
  • Overnight.

Hiking in the Serra do Marao in northern Portugal during your cooking and hiking in Portugal tour with The International Kitchen.Day Six

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Meet your driver and head for the Amarante mountains. Walk along trails and let the beautiful vistas and natural landscape take your breath away, including the Fisgas do Ermelo waterfalls. (Once again, the hiking can be adapted to the distance and difficulty you prefer.)
  • In the afternoon, enjoy a cooking class in a renovated eighteenth-century kitchen, during which you’ll prepare a starter, main course, and dessert. Then taste them with Vinho Verde, the “Green Wine” of Portugal!
  • Return to the hotel for your last evening, with dinner on your own.
  • Overnight.

View of Amarante with an old bridge and river Tamega in in the Minho region of northern Portugal.Day Seven

  • Breakfast, and transfer to Porto airport or train station.

Trip Details

Included in the 6-Night Trip

Accommodations

3 nights in 4* hotel in Porto
3 nights in 4* hotel in Amarante

Food & Beverages

  • Daily breakfast
  • 3 lunches

Classes & Instructors

Your 3 hands-on cooking classes will be at three different locations. Portugal is a coastal country with fertile lands, providing you with a range of delicious cuisine from delectable seafood to hearty meats and vegetables. Learn the secrets of Porto’s famed “Francesinha” sandwich, one of the country’s most iconic dishes. And then learn more about Portuguese cooking from two local chefs, during whose classes you will prepare a 3-course meal.

Excursions

  • Driving tour of Porto (with private car and driver)*
  • Full-day driving tour to Guimarâes, Braga, and Barcelos (with private car and driver)*
  • Afternoon guided hiking in Mondim de Baixo.
  • Guided day of hiking in Serra do Marão
  • Guided morning hiking in Fisgas do Ermelo

*These days are accompanied by a driver but not a licensed guide. If you would like to add a guide, please let us know, but most clients enjoy exploring at their own pace.

Transfer Details

  • Private transfers to and from Porto airport
  • Transfer from Porto to Amarante

Not Included

  • Entrance tickets to museums and monument
  • Local tourist tax (a few Euros per person per day, payable locally)
  • Meals and beverages not indicated
  • Gratuities

Accommodation Information

Your accommodation in Porto will be at the 4* Hotel Carris Porto Ribeira (or similar), ideally located in the heart of the historical center and overlooking the Douro River. The rooms are modern and elegant, and the common areas boast a restaurant, bar, and terraces overlooking the river.

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Your accommodation in Amarante will be at the 4* Hotel Monverde Wine Hotel (or similar). This lovely countryside hotel aims to imbue every aspect of the design and feel of the hotel with the exploration of wine. The rooms are spacious, the exterior surrounded by vineyards and gorgeous vistas.

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Pricing & Tour Dates

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High Season Pricing:
April through October

6-night Program
US$2650 per person based on double occupancy

    30% deposit due to confirm booking.

    This trip is eligible for our “Worry-Free Booking” promotion*, which means your deposit is fully refundable up to 31 days prior to the trip start date. Questions? Please contact us!

    *See our terms & conditions for details and exclusions.

    Upgrades and single occupancy supplement: please inquire.

    Low Season Pricing:
    February & March, November & December

    6-night Program
    US$2450 per person based on double occupancy

      30% deposit due to confirm booking.

      This trip is eligible for our “Worry-Free Booking” promotion*, which means your deposit is fully refundable up to 31 days prior to the trip start date. Questions? Please contact us!

      *See our terms & conditions for details and exclusions.

      Upgrades and single occupancy supplement: please inquire.


      Tour Dates

      Available February through December for a minimum of 2 people. Sample dates follow, but other start dates also possible.

      2021
      April 18-24
      April 25-May 1
      May 2-8
      May 9-15
      May 16-22
      May 23-29
      May 30-June 5
      June 6-12
      June 13-19
      June 20-26
      June 27-July 3
      July 4-10
      July 11-17
      July 18-24
      July 25-31
      August 1-7
      August 8-14
      August 15-21
      August 22-28
      August 29-September 4
      September 5-11
      September 12-18
      September 19-25
      September 26-October 2
      October 3-9
      October 10-16
      October 17-23
      October 24-30
      October 31-November 6
      November 7-13
      November 14-20
      November 21-27
      November 28-December 4
      December 5-11
      December 12-18
      December 19-25

      2022
      February 6-12
      February 13-19
      February 20-26
      February 27-March 5
      March 6-12
      March 13-19
      March 20-26
      March 27-April 2
      April 3-9
      April 10-16
      April 17-23
      April 24-30
      May 1-7
      May 8-14
      May 15-21
      May 22-28
      May 29-June 4
      June 5-11
      June 12-18
      June 19-25
      June 26-July 2
      July 3-9
      July 10-16
      July 17-23
      July 24-30
      July 31-August 6
      August 7-13
      August 14-20
      August 21-27
      August 28-September 3
      September 4-10
      September 11-17
      September 18-24
      September 25-October 1
      October 2-8
      October 19-15
      October 16-22
      October 23-29
      October 30-November 5
      November 6-12
      November 13-19
      November 20-26
      November 27-December 3
      December 4-10
      December 11-17
      December 18-24

      Reviews

      We gave this trip 5 stars
      Mary & Kenneth
      California
      Trip taken June 2019
      (This traveler left a starred review with no comments.)

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