Walking and Cooking in Portugal

Experience history by traveling to the captivating northern region of Portugal that architecturally and gastronomically reflects its early rulings by the Celts, Romans, Visigoths, and Moors. On your Portuguese culinary vacation, you will visit some of the country’s 15 UNESCO World treasures, hike beautiful scenic trails, and learn about the birthplace of the world famous Port wine. With a combination of easy/moderate walking tours in the countryside and city tours, along with cooking courses delving into the gourmet foods of the region, this trip is the perfect balance of activity and leisure.

Walking and Cooking in Portugal Trip Details

Included in the 7-Night Trip

Accommodations

7 nights in twin room accommodations in 4 star hotels

Food & Beverages

* Daily breakfast
* 2 lunches (plus 2 picnic lunches)
* 1 dinner
* Local products tasting

Classes & Instructors

Your 2 hands-on cooking classes will be at a unique store and cultural center in Porto. 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 Portuguese cooking from a local chef — in the heart of Porto’s most vibrant area — in a professional modern kitchen, where cooking and wine pairing classes often take place. In this relaxed environment, your two lessons may include learning how to cook fresh caught cod like the locals or how to assemble a traditional hearty ham and steak sandwich with a special beer sauce. The chef leading the course may vary depending on the day, but either way rest assured that you’ll be learning from chefs who love sharing their modern recipes with their students!

Excursions

* Tour of Porto
* Walking excursions in Gondomar, Castelo de Paiva, the Douro region, and the coast near Póvoa de Varzim
* Tour of Braga
* Visit to Guimaraes

Transfer Details

* Private group transfers to and from Porto airport

Miscellaneous

* Market visit with the chef (when possible, depending on day of the week)

Not Included

* Entrance tickets