Taste and Sip Portugal
$4199 per person based on double
$829 single supplement
OCT 7-17, 2020
This food and wine tour of Portugal goes beyond the usual tourist stops with up close and personal interactions with winemakers, chefs, writers, bakers, and more. It is the perfect itinerary for foodies and wine lovers looking to explore fine Portuguese products in their place of birth.
Portugal has a long history and a diversity of landscapes, tastes, customs and traditions. It is a wine producing country par excellence, with over 200 native grape varieties and remarkable gastronomic wealth. This diversity combined with the genuine kindness of the people, fascinates visitors the most.
Join this very special group for a series of unique experiences for all your senses.
10 nights hotels
13 meals – lunches/dinners
Private motor coach
Olive oil workshop
Preparation of regional sweets
Guiding and program with Edgardo Pacheco
Certified private guide
Wine tasting as listed in program
Travel insurance - available from You Go Tastefully
Minimum 8 guests, maximum 20.
A $500 nonrefundable deposit will secure a reservation. Itinerary subject to change as needed. Any substitutions would be of equal value. No refunds for missed activities. Payments made by credit card accrue a 3.5% fee. All guests must be able to ascend and descend uneven steps without railings, walk intermediate distances on irregular surfaces, and embark and disembark buses and boats independently. Dietary restrictions may not be able to be accommodated.
Final payment due July 15, 2020.
Arrival in Lisbon
Hotel VIP Arts Executive a 4-star hotel in a strategic location.
Begin the feasting at Mercado da Ribeira escorted by Edgardo Pacheco, a renowned wine and food journalist. Meet the fishmongers and stroll the waterfront to Taberna Albricoque for a specially prepared lunch.
Spend the afternoon seeing the many attractions of Lisbon and end the day at Café Luso, one of the best fado houses in the city. Fado music is a perfect vehicle to understand the heart of the Portuguese.
Off to Evora with a stop at Monte da Vinha Dairy to see how ewe’s milk becomes the buttery marvel of Queijaria Monte da Vinha. It has been a gold medal winner in the World Cheese Awards. A guided tour of Evora, a World Heritage city. Dinner at the family owned Taberna Tipica 4 Feira. We even visit the kitchen and to see from where all that goodness emanates. Eating in this tiny spot is like being one of the family. Hotel M’Ar de Ar Muralhas is our Alentejo home.
Visit the Eugenio de Almeida Foundation for wine and olive oil tasting, and the Centro de Arte e Cultura, with lunch at the Adego da Cartuxa, featuring some of the best wines in the country. Learn the secrets of making the Obido Sour Cherry liqueur at Vila das Rainhas before checking into Josefa D’Obidos, a perfect historic 4-star hotel in the heart of the historic village.
Next stop, Quinta da Bageiras for the emblematic leitao (suckling pig) from the wood oven. Mario Sergio Nuno is a recognized master wine maker. His red, white and brut are an uncomplicated reflection the terroir from which they come. In Aveiro we stay in the Melia Ria, in the center of the city with views of the lake.
Ovos moles are a traditional local sweet. We will try our hand at making them, but we will be well-lubricated with the 10-year-old tawny port and sparkling wine too. We learn that each region has its own pastry specialty. Our next adventure is a ticket to the Maritime Museum of Ilhavo and its architectural award- winning facility. Lunch is at the Marina restaurant overlooking the Aveiro river. Its owner is the chef of the Portuguese football (soccer) team.
How many cork factories have you visited? Amorim is the largest cork company in the world. The tour is fascinating. You will learn so much. Tonight, we unpack at Quinta de Ventozelo on the left bank of the Duoro River. What a setting for a beautiful estate. This 4-star property is a place to relax and let nature take over. We will have a light dinner there.
After breakfast we board a rabelo boat which used to carry barrels of port down the river. Lunch as Quinta de Tourais is another one of those family affairs. A cooking demo and wine tasting set us up for the amazing lunch around the family table. This is certainly not a rustic dining room sitting just 200 meters from the Duoro River. The day is not over yet. We stop for a different sweet local pastry.
A Day on the Farm – Quinta de Ventozelo is an enchanted corner of the Duoro. Today we can participate in the activities of the harvest, or preparation of lunch. Remember, fall is harvest time here. Or maybe you want to sit by the pool and watch the world pass by. Lunch and dinner are included.
This is just about the most perfect day. We begin with a visit to a local baker. She is a hardworking gem. Her bread is classic. For lunch we visit the olive grove of Casa de Santo Amaro. The tasting is very interesting, and the meal is served next to the Lagar (where olives are pressed). They call it a light lunch. But in my experience, there is nothing light about it. And we get to share that bread from the bakery! Guimaraes is our stop for the night. It is the cradle of Portugal. We will take a little walk around and then have dinner at the very fine Sao Giao, whose chef is one of the very best in the country. Check-in to the Hotel Carris Porto in a privileged location overlooking the river which is the heart of the town.
After a city tour, we have lunch at O Gaveto (seafood). It is a place where wine, food and history build new traditions every day. An afternoon tasting at Graham’s is what everyone waits for. We will have dinner at its new high-end restaurant Vinum, for a farewell dinner.