PORTUGAL CULINARY TOUR
As part of our culinary series, our Porto to Lisbon tour is not to be missed. This tour is packed with over a week of Portuguese treats and traditional cuisine to learn about, taste and enjoy. In addition to feasting on local specialities we will also travel through the peaceful and quaint countryside, passing olive groves and vineyards famous for wine and of course, port.
The Douro Valley, home to port wine production, will be a key feature of the tour incorporating tastings of both ports and wines of the region. Visit medieval towns and cities including Coimbra and Obidos as well as the former Royal Summer Residence in Sintra. Enjoy roaming around and sightseeing the seaside resort areas of Cascais and Estoril and finally, explore Lisbon.
Porto - Douro Valley - Pinhao - Lamego - Viseu - Coimbra - Obidos - Sintra - Cascais - Estoril - Lisbon
* Roundtrip airfare
• Plaza Premium airport lounge pass
• Nine nights 4-star hotel accommodation
• Nine breakfasts and nine dinners with wine
• One lunch on a farm in Peso da Régua
• Private motor coach transportation
• Local English-speaking tour guide
• All entrance fees as per the itinerary
• Winery visits to: Porto(cellar), Vila Nova de Gaia, Lamego (sparkling wine cellar), and Casa de Santar at Viseu
• Local market visit with cooking class in Lisbon
• Merit Travel tour host**
• All taxes and gratuities
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DAY 1 | Oct. 17, 2019 | Toronto - Lisbon
Air Transat flight TS 336 departs Toronto Terminal 3 at 7:20 p.m. arrives Lisbon, Portugal the following day at 7:20 a.m.
DAY 2 | Oct. 18, 2019 | Lisbon - Porto
To start the tour, you will be met by your local representative at the Lisbon airport and transfer to Porto.
Porto is located north of Lisbon, on the river mouth where the River Douro meets the sea. The Avenida da Boavista, the longest avenue in Porto, provides a scenic strip to walk along, past Porto’s main attractions, including historical aristocratic palaces and works of modern architecture, such as the Casa da Música and the Serralves Foundation.
We will enjoy a group dinner with wine once settled into our hotel.
DAY 3 | Oct. 19, 2019 | Porto
After breakfast depart for a full day visit of Porto.
The city is rich in well-preserved treasures, including monuments in the gothic, baroque, and neoclassical style with modern buildings. See the highlights of the city including the Cathedral, the Bolhão Market and the Clérigos Tower.
Stop in one of the typical cafés and taste the “codfish cookies”, one of the local specialties. Continue to Ribeira quarter, passing by the São Bento Train Station.
In the afternoon, cross to the south side of the Rio Douro, over the Ponte Dom Luís I, reaching Vila Nova de Gaia to visit a port wine cellar. During your visit, you will learn all about the production, harvesting and transporting of port wine and enjoy a wine tasting.
In the evening, upon returning to Porto, dinner and wine will be at a local restaurant, Casa da Musica. Enjoy a three-course dinner with wine.
DAY 4 | Oct. 20, 2019 | Porto - Douro Valley
Today we depart for the phenomenal Douro region a UNESCO region of Portugal since 2001. The Douro was the first distinguished wine region of the world in 1756 and where the famous port wine is produced. The tour through the Douro Valley will give you an introduction to the culture of wine, the people and the scenic beauty of the region.
At lunch the tour will be hosted on a local farm with a set menu and wine, providing a great opportunity to meet the locals and experience a very original and authentic experience.
Before checking in to our accommodation for the next two nights, we will visit the cellar and the vineyards, and later enjoy dinner and wine at your hotel.
DAY 5 | Oct. 21, 2019 | Douro Valley - Pinhao
After breakfast depart for Pinhão, a beautiful village situated in the heart of the Douro, classified by UNESCO as a Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Located on the right bank of the River Douro, Pinhão is the center of the demarcated region of port wine, with the most diverse and famous port wine-producing estates.
Admire a wonderful view of the vineyard-covered slopes. Visit the Pinhão historic railway station, one of the most emblematic of the Douro, with its impressive 24 tile panels, showcasing the landscapes and wine tradition of the Douro region.
Enjoy free time for lunch to explore the area. Then return back to the hotel with a stop at Casal de Loivos, to admire the view of one the most beautiful landscapes of the world.
Enjoy a group dinner with wine this evening at a local restaurant in Peso da Régua.
DAY 6 | Oct. 22, 2019 | Douro Valley - Lamego - Viseu
After breakfast depart for Viseu, stopping on the way to visit Lamego, home to the beautiful and historic Sanctuary of Nossa Senhora dos Remédios (Shrine to Our Lady of Remedies). The Shrine, was built in the 18th century on the hill of Santo Estevão, in honour of Nossa Senhora dos Remédios and features the Lamego Sé, a monument that predates the foundation of Portugal. Today it is one of the most beautiful monuments in the region. Lamego is also well known for producing the only sparkling wine in the Duoro region.
Later, dinner and wine will be held at your hotel.
DAY 7 | Oct. 23, 2019 | Viseu - Coimbra
After breakfast, we will join a panoramic tour of Viseu where we will visit
the Casa de Santar for a wine tasting before continuing on to Coimbra,
home to the medieval and the historic University of Coimbra and
Portugal’s former capital.
A buffet dinner with wine will be held at your hotel.
DAY 8 | Oct. 24, 2019 | Coimbra - Obidos - Lisbon
The tour will depart Coimbra after breakfast towards Lisbon, stopping at the medieval village of Obidos, surrounded by the walls of its castle.
Upon arrival in Lisbon the tour will explore the city, visiting the oldest district of Lisbon, Alfama, and its narrow streets. We will also visit the Royal Coach Museum which hosts the world’s largest collection of Royal Coaches, as well as the Jerónimos Monastery and the Belém Tower, both great examples of the 16th century Manueline style, before seeing the Monument to the Discoveries.
The tour will also pass by local ‘Tascas’ where tasting the famous liqueur Ginja, is encouraged.
For dinner, the tour will dine out at a special Fado performance, enjoying a set menu with wine, before returning to the hotel.
DAY 9 | Oct. 25, 2019 | Lisbon - Sintra - Cabo da Roca - Cascais -
Today the tour departs for a full day tour to visit the medieval village of Sintra, a former Royal summer residence that inspired writers and poets such as Lord Byron who named it “The Garden of Eden”.
Enjoy some free time at leisure to explore the village and taste delicious cakes such as queijadas and travesseiros.
Then continue to Colares to visit the Viuva Gomes cellar and taste the wines of the region. Our final stop will be to Cabo da Roca, Cascais and Estoril which are all famous seaside resorts before returning to Lisbon.
Dinner and wine this evening will be held at your hotel.
DAY 10 | Oct. 26, 2019 | Lisbon
Today your highlight will be a visit to a local market with a chef, where you will have the chance to choose fresh ingredients for your lunch and learn the secrets of the Portuguese cuisine. Participate in a cooking class where you will learn how to prepare a traditional Portuguese meal. Enjoy the preparation and lunch together with your group accompanied by Portuguese wines. You will also receive the recipes after the class. Then transfer back to your hotel and the rest of the afternoon at leisure.
Dinner and wine this evening will be at a local restaurant.
DAY 11 | Oct. 27, 2019 | Lisbon - Toronto
Today we check out early, at 5.30 a.m., and will take a breakfast box with us as we transfer to the Lisbon airport for the flight home. Air Transat flight TS 379 departs Lisbon at 8:20 a.m. arrives Toronto at 12:30 p.m.
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