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Portugal 8-day guided gourmet Food Tour
Lisbon and Porto are magnificent and overwhelming cities, with timeless magic - great places to visit any time of the year. Walking through the streets, tasting the abundant produce brings to life the culinary traditions of the Portuguese kitchen. This week you will explore the food, culture and cuisine of Portugal.
Excellent cooking classes in unique settings, all run by accomplished chefs, you will learn the Portuguese way and can take home these new traditions.
Slow Tours offers a number of other Food Tours in Europe
Arrive at any time. An arrival transfer is included from the airport to the hotel. There are no activities planned for this day. Lunch and dinner are not included. Overnight in Lisbon.
Lisbon – Sintra – Lisbon
Sintra is 30 km from Lisbon offers a foretaste of Paradise. The soft climate ensures a freshness permanent existence of luxuriant vegetation make Sintra a deeply romantic and mysterious place. Stand out from the Town Palace, the Pena Palace (Ticket entrance included). Visit Piriquita the pastry of the famous queijada (included: one cake and one coffee).
See the 16th-century Jeronimos Monastery (UNESCO), the Monument to the Discoveries, honoring intrepid Portuguese explorers and their patrons, and the impressive Belem Tower (Tickets are not included). Visit an old patisserie that has managed to hold on to the secret recipe of Portugal’s finest pastry for over 100 years and enjoy a demonstration and tasting of the famous ‘pastéis de Belem’. Visit the castle of S. George (Ticket entrance included), considered the most emblematic monument of Lisbon, the Castle of S. George is a relevant witness of odd moments in the history of Lisbon and Portugal. Conquered from the Moors by the first king of Portugal D. Afonso Henriques. Lunch and dinner are not included. Duration: 1 day. Overnight in Lisbon.
Lisbon – Óbidos – Fátima – Porto
Your day on Portugal’s “Silver Coast” begins in the medieval walled town of Óbidos village surrounded by medieval walls and by its whitewashed houses. Don’t forget to drink Ginja. It is a Portuguese liqueur made by infusing ginja berries (sour cherry) in alcohol (brandy is used) and adding sugar together with other ingredients. It’s the second most popular alcoholic drink in Portugal after the Port wine. This tour also features the imposing sanctuary of Fátima, a center of Catholic faith and destination for pilgrims from across the world. Lunch and dinner are not included. Duration: 1 day. Overnight in Porto.
Elected Best European Destination 2012 by the European citizens, Porto, is history, architecture, culture, gastronomy, trade, encounters, and discoveries. Walking tours in Porto, visits to the city’s historical center of world heritage and monuments of Porto. Itinerary (3 hours – without a car): Torre dos Clérigos (Tickets are not included), Livraria Lello e Irmão (Tickets are not included), Avenida dos Aliados, Estação de S. Bento (train station), Ponte Luís I, Sé Catedral, Bairro da Sé and Ribeira. Then, we will have a brief presentation of the olive oil sector in Portugal with technical proof of three Portuguese olive oils. After that, we will taste some Portuguese products, for example, cheese, ham, olive oil, wine, bread, and sausage. In the afternoon, we will visit a Port wine cellars and tasting this famous wine. (Standard two great wines). Lunch and dinner are not included. Duration: 1/2 day. Overnight in Porto.
Arcos de Valdevez
Free time in Porto. Lunch is not included. After lunch, transfer to Arcos de Valdevez (rural village). Today we will visit the countryside. After a few days visiting the most tourist cities, we will visit the real Portugal without mass tourism. Therefore, the landscape will be different. Dinner in the rural hotel, you can help the chef Vasco to prepare the dinner (cooking class). This rural hotel promotes the Slow Food in Portugal. Do you know what that is? Slow Food encourages to use the local products and cook the traditional dishes. It was founded by Carlo Petrini in Italy in 1986 and has since spread worldwide. That is an alternative to fast food. The goals are the promotion of local small businesses and it is against the globalization of agricultural products. Duration: 1/2 day. Overnight in Arcos de Valdevez (countryside).
Arcos de Valdevez
Picnic basket for lunch in the middle of nature. Visit the vineyard and learn more about Vinho Verde. Dinner in the rural hotel, you can help the chef Vasco to prepare the dinner (hands-on cooking class in Portugal). The cooking classes will focus on seasonal produce and will be held in the working kitchen of the hotel. At the end of the cooking class, dinner will be served in the nearby dining room. The meal will be comprised of the dishes prepared during class and complemented with local wines chosen by the chef. Duration: 1/2 day. Overnight in Arcos de Valdevez (countryside). A town surrounded by nature and at the door of the Peneda-Gerês National Park.
Arcos de Valdevez – Braga
Bread Making. The hands-on cooking class has a special component: the traditional bread making. Broa is a Portuguese cornbread made from a mixture of flour and cornmeal. One of the features of this bread is its cracked top and oval. The outside of a loaf of this Portuguese cornbread (Broa) is dark and crusty. The inside is chewy, moist, and dense. Corn has an ancient history in this region - Minho. And, that’s still in evidence today with the number of fields and granaries dotting the landscape. This workshop will be with chef Vasco. He will invite a friend to help us to do this special bread! On the afternoon, a guided walking tour of historic towns of Braga. Dinner is not included. Duration: 1/2 day. Overnight in Braga.
Private transfer from your hotel in Braga to the airport. End of Portugal Food Tours. There are no activities planned for this day. Lunch and dinner are not included
Suggestion: Book extra night & Douro Valley Tour. (Post-tour extension-ask us about the cost). Please note that some changes may occur in itineraries due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route
Tours marked with are special prices.
|Start||End||Max. No. Guests||Accommodation||Price p.p.|
|Dec 12 2019||Dec 19 2019||10||Single rooms||1,999€|
|Jan 09 2020||Jan 16 2020||10||Single rooms||1,999€|
|Feb 06 2020||Feb 13 2020||10||Single rooms||1,999€|
|Mar 05 2020||Mar 12 2020||10||Single rooms||1,999€|
|Apr 16 2020||Apr 23 2020||10||Single rooms||1,999€|
|May 07 2020||May 14 2020||10||Single rooms||1,999€|
|May 28 2020||Jun 04 2020||10||Single rooms||1,999€|
|Jul 02 2020||Jul 09 2020||10||Single rooms||1,999€|
|Jul 30 2020||Aug 06 2020||10||Single rooms||1,999€|
|Aug 20 2020||Aug 27 2020||10||Single rooms||1,999€|
|Sep 03 2020||Sep 10 2020||10||Single rooms||1,999€|
|Oct 14 2020||Oct 21 2020||10||Single rooms||1,999€|
|Nov 05 2020||Nov 12 2020||10||Single rooms||1,999€|
|Dec 10 2020||Dec 17 2020||10||Single rooms||1,999€|
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