PORTUGAL CULINARY TOUR
Lisbon to Lisbon
With host, Lidia Serras.
As part of our culinary series, our Porto to Lisbon tour is not to be missed. This tour is a week full of Portuguese treats and traditional cuisine to learn about, taste and enjoy. In addition to feasting on local specialties, 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. Our sightseeing also includes visiting Coimbra and the medieval village of Obidos, the former Royal Summer Residence in Sintra, as well as the seaside resort areas of Cascais and Estoril and, finally, Lisbon.
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Lisbon | Porto | Douro Valley | Pinhao | Lamego | Viseu | Coimbra | Obidos | Sintra | Cascais | Estoril
• Round-trip airfare
• Plaza Premium airport lounge pass
• Nine nights 4-star hotel accommodation
• Breakfast and dinner with wine daily
• One lunch in 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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Lidia was born and raised in Portugal and since 2016 resides in Toronto. In Portugal she managed the Lisbon Hospitality and Culinary Arts School for seven years and gained extensive knowledge in Portuguese gastronomy and wines.
Lidia is a real foodie and is keen on guiding you through the vibrant food scene; from traditional dishes to modern cuisine. She is outspoken passionate about the diversity and unbeatable quality of Portuguese wines and will let you experience a variety of emblematic wine estates, from the popular Douro and Alentejo regions to more hidden treasures in the Dao, Bairrada, Setubal peninsula or Lisbon region. With Lidia as your host, you will experience an insiders’ guide to the best of Portugal’s food and wine!
DAY 1 | Oct. 18, 2018 | Depart Toronto - Lisbon
Air Transat Flight TS 336 departs Toronto Terminal 3 at 19:20 p.m arrives Lisbon, Portugal the following day at 7:20 a.m.
DAY 2 | Oct. 19, 2018 | Arrive Lisbon transfer to Oporto (D)
Arrival at Lisbon airport. Please collect your luggage and proceed to the arrival area where you will be met by your local representative and transfer to Oporto. Enjoy a private tour of the city. The city of Oporto is rich in well-preserved treasures, including monuments in the gothic, baroque, and neoclassical style and quite modern buildings. A highlight is the Cathedral, the Real Companhia Velha house of wines, Clerigos Tower, to the river mouth area where the River Douro meets the sea and the Avenida da Boavista (the main feature being the aristocratic palaces with several centuries and also some works of modern architecture, such as the Casa da Música and the Serralves Foundation nearby). Oporto has preserved its architectonic treasures but over the past decades the city has managed to accumulate true master-pieces of modern architecture such as the Casa da Música of Oporto and the Serralves Foundation. Visit the Port Wine Cellars and enjoy some wine tasting.
This evening enjoy a group dinner at the hotel with wine.
Hotel HF Ipanema Porto 4 star or similar (2 nights)
DAY 3 | Oct. 20, 2018 | Oporto/Braga/Guimarães/Oporto (B,D)
After breakfast depart for a full day trip to the cities of Braga and Guimarães. This will be a unique journey, starting in Braga, one of the oldest religious cities in the world, where you will see its holy shrines that constitute the triangle of faith: the Cathedral, the Sanctuaries of Sameiro and Bom Jesus. The trip continues with a visit to Guimarães –the cradle of Portugal. Behind the Castle you will have the opportunity to see a small church where even today it is believed to have been the site of baptism of the first King of Portugal: the King D. Afonso Henriques. The city was the European Capital of Culture in 2012. Return to the hotel. Dinner this evening is at 19:45 pm. at local restaurant Casa da Musica with wine.
DAY 4 | Oct. 21, 2018 | Oporto/Valley of the Douro (B,L,D)
Today we depart for the phenomenal Douro region. The Douro was the first demarcated wine region of the World (1756) and where the famous Port Wine is produced. In 2001, this region became part of the world heritage list of UNESCO. The tour through the Douro Valley will give you an introduction to the culture of wine and the people in the region of the Douro Valley, and you will see the great natural beauty of the Valley of the Douro River. Enjoy a delicious lunch (set menu with wine) in one of farms of the region, where you will have the possibility to meet one of the local families and enjoy a very original and authentic experience. You will also visit the cellar and the vineyards. Return to the hotel. Enjoy a group dinner at the hotel with wine.
Hotel Delfim Douro 4-star or similar (2 nights)
DAY 5 | Oct. 22, 2018 | Valley of the Douro (B,D)
Enjoy breakfast and then you will have a full day at leisure to relax, or enjoy the local area. With the Douro as your backdrop, you will deepen your knowledge of wine and in particular the Douro wine. Enjoy a walk with breath taking landscapes, or a tasting of special vintages of Port wine, available in the region. In the afternoon you can tour and continue to discover the landscapes and beauty surrounding the Estate. Enjoy a group dinner at the hotel with wine.
DAY 6 | Oct. 23, 2018 | Valley of the Douro / Lamego/ Viseu (B,D)
After breakfast return to Oporto . On the way you will visit Lamego. The Sanctuary of Nossa Senhora dos Remédios and its staircase are the ex-libris of the city. It 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 (in 1143), but has undergone several reconstructions and today encompasses a variety of styles that make it one of the most beautiful monuments in the region. Here you can visit the callers of a well-known Portuguese sparkling wine before continuing to Viseu. Enjoy a group dinner at the hotel with wine.
Hotel Montebello Viseu Hotel & Spa 5-star or similar (1 night)
DAY 7 | Oct. 24, 2018 | Viseu / Coimbra (B,D)
Enjoy breakfast followed by a panoramic tour of Viseu. You will visit the Casa de Santar known by its wines and enjoy a wine tasting. Continue to Coimbra a charming university town and enjoy the local atmosphere. Enjoy a group dinner at the hotel with wine.
Hotel Vila Galé Coimbra 4-star or similar (1 night)
DAY 8 | Oct. 25, 2018 | Coimbra / Obidos / Lisbon (B,D)
Today depart towards Lisbon passing by the village of Obidos where you will stop for a short visit of this medieval village surrounded by the walls of its castle and typical white limed houses with wrought iron balconies. Upon arrival in Lisbon enjoy a panoramic tour to discover this fascinating city: Walk in one of the typical old quarters of Lisbon, Alfama, and its narrow streets. Continue with a visit the Royal Coach Museum where you can find the world’s largest collection of Royal Coaches. Then visit Jerónimos Monastery and the Belém Tower, both great examples of the 16th century’s Manueline style (gothic) and then visit the Monument to the Discoveries. You may want to stop a one of the local “Tascas” on the way to sample the famous liqueur of Ginja. Check in to your hotel. Enjoy a group dinner at the hotel with wine.
Skyna Lisboa Hotel 4 Star (3 nights)
DAY 9 | Oct. 26, 2018 | Lisbon / Sintra / Cabo da Roca / Cascais / Estoril –Fado’s Evening (B,D)
Depart for a full day tour to the 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 (queijadas and travesseiros). Then continue to Colares to visit the Viuva Gomes cellar and taste the wines of the region. Your final stop will be to Cabo da Roca, Cascais and Estoril which are all famous seaside resorts before you return to Lisbon. This evening you are in for a special treat with a special Fado’s evening and dinner . Depart for Fado’s Restaurant. Return back to the hotel around 23:30.
FADO’S EVENING: During dinner, you will listen to Fado, the national song. Often compared to Gospel due to its strong character melodies, the Fado is sung by candlelight and has the mystic sound of the Portuguese guitar as background. Fado song lyrics may sound blue as some of them speak of lost love or forbidden passions but they are also cheerful whenever the theme is good wine, bullfighting and spending time with your best friends! Fado dinner (set menu with wine).
DAY 10 | Oct. 27, 2018 | Lisbon at leisure –Dinner in “Lisbon Docks”(B,D)
Today your entire day is free in Lisbon for shopping or exploring. Dinner at Restaurant Doca Peixe or similar (Set menu with wine).
DAY 11 | Oct. 28. 2018 | Depart Lisbon –Toronto (B)
Early check out at 5:30 a.m. with breakfast box provided. Then transfer to the Lisbon airport for your flight home. Air Transat flight TS 379 departs Lisbon at 08:20 a.m. arrives Toronto at 12:30 p.m.
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