Delight your tastebuds on this enticing tour of Portuguese cuisine.

Kick off in Santiago de Compostela, capital of Spain's Galicia region and famous for marking the end of the Camino de Santiago pilgrim trail. Discover the proud fish-mongering heritage of the port city of Vigo. Then step across the border to uncover the flavours of Portugal, featuring African, Mediterranean and Middle-Eastern influences thanks to centuries of invasion and trade. Sip your way around the Douro Valley, a stunning region responsible for introducing the world to port wine, and enjoy a farm-stay in the Alentejo region - fast gaining a reputation as a hotspot for Portuguese gastronomy. Finish up with glass of Ginjinha (wild cherry liqueur) in the charming city of Lisbon.

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Terms & Conditions

Start
Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Finish
Lisbon, Portugal
Countries
Portugal, Spain
Style
Original
Theme
Food
Code
ZMZP
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why we love this trip

  • Cook up a Galician feast using Vigo's finest seafood

  • Sip world-class wines in the spectacular Douro Valley wine region

  • Discover why Alentejo is Portugal’s best kept foodie secret on a farnstay

  • Stand around with the Lisbon locals and enjoy a tipple of cherry liqueur before midday

Is this trip right for you?

  • This trip aims to give you an exciting, diverse and well-rounded culinary experience. While we endeavour to cater for specific dietary requirements, some meals and food activities are set in advance and may be difficult to adjust. Please be aware that in many countries dietary restrictions are not common or well understood. If you have dietary requirements, simply contact your agent at the time of booking for further information on how this may impact on your ability to take part in included activities and meals. Come with an open mind and open mouth, and you won’t be disappointed!

  • There are a few longer travel days (up to 6-7 hours on Day 5), but these give a great chance to soak in the Portuguese scenery and get to know your fellow travellers a little better.

  • Summer temperatures in the areas visited can be very high (up to 40°C), which can be uncomfortable. It’s important to use sun protection, wear layers to combat the heat and drink plenty of water. Please consider the time of the year you wish to travel and your suitability to that season.

  • As accommodation on this trip is twin-share, single travellers will share a room with another traveller of the same sex. If you’d prefer not to share, a single room supplement is available at an additional charge. Please ask your travel consultant for more details, and please note that in some hotels a single supplement exclusion applies where single rooms are not available. Also, hotels in Europe often don't have double beds, but rather two single beds that can be pushed together. This trip is a great opportunity to get to know other travellers, so embrace it while you can.

  • This is a new trip for us. While thoroughly researched, there may be some small changes along the way, depending on the needs of your group.

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2017 to 31 December 2017. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2018 - 31 December 2018

Hola! Welcome to Santiago de Compostela, the capital of northwest Spain’s Galicia region. The city is famous for being the final destination on the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage trail. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6pm today. You can arrive at any time during the day, as there are no activities planned until this important meeting. Please check with hotel reception or look on the reception noticeboard for where and when the meeting will take place. If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. Have your insurance and next of kin details on hand as we'll be collecting them at this meeting. After your welcome meeting, get to know your fellow travellers and some delicious Galician dishes over dinner.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Dinner
Travel to Vigo on the morning train, arriving mid morning (approximately 1 hour). This vibrant port city is located on the banks of the Ria de Vigo (Vigo Bay), one of the most important bays in the Rias Baixas region. Not surprisingly, Vigo has a proud fishing history, with a rich bounty of seafood at its fingertips and is one of Europe's most important producers of shellfish. Meet a chef and take a ferry ride to a seafood market for a guided tour, followed by a Galician-themed hands-on cooking class, culminating in a delicious lunch. In the late afternoon, you will be transferred over the border and into Portugal (approximately 1.5 hours). Arrive in the charming city of Porto by evening.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Vigo - Fish Market Tour and Cooking Class
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Start your day with coffee and pastries on a guided walk with a passionate local foodie. Sample specialties including bacalhau and finish with a sip of the city's namesake drop. The rest of the afternoon is free to enjoy. Perhaps pull up a chair in one of Porto's atmospheric cafes or tavernas.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Porto - City Tasting Tour
Meals Included
  • Lunch
Enjoy a full-day tour of the Douro Valley. See the beautiful landscapes of the Duoro River region on a relaxing drive around the villages of Sabrosa and Pinhão, home to the stepped terraces and vineyards where port is made. Visit two wineries, learn about port production and enjoy a tasting or three of this signature wine of the region. A boat ride on the river is also on the cards. Lunch at a traditional restaurant before returning to Porto in the late afternoon.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Douro Valley Day Trip
Meals Included
  • Lunch
Travel south to Lisbon by train (approximately 3 hours), then take a private vehicle to an agriturismo located near Arraiolos in the Evora district (approximately 2.5 hours). Surrounded by undulating wheat fields dotted with grazing cows, this is the perfect way to experience the Alentejo. The area is renowned for its cork plantations, vineyards and celebrated local products, including the coveted Azaruja sausage, made from black Alentejo pigs (more commonly known as Iberico pigs in Spain). Perhaps take a pre-dinner walk around the property, then enjoy local hospitality with a home cooked dinner.
Accommodation
  • Farmstay (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Alentejo - Farm-cooked Meal
Meals Included
  • Dinner
Wake early and enjoy a tour of the agriturismo's on-site distillery and small cheese-making facility. Afterwards take a trip to the UNESCO-listed city of Evora, capital of the Alentejo region (approximately 30 minutes). Marvel at the ancient Roman Temple of Évora and the Cathedral of Évora, a massive Gothic structure begun in the 12th century. Return to the agriturismo by early evening and savour a pre-dinner tasting of locally-produced cheeses, honey, jams, sausages, olives, bread and wine sourced from nearby farms.
Accommodation
  • Farmstay (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Alentejo - Distillery and cheese factory tour, followed by Alentejo tasting experience
  • Evora - Day Trip
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Say goodbye to your hosts and travel back to Portugal's charming capital by private vehicle (approximately 2 hours).

Get acquainted with this beguiling city by the sea on an afternoon orientation walk. Perhaps stop past the Mercado da Ribeira for your pick of dishes from some of Lisbon's top chefs and producers in the impressive food court. Alternatively ask your leader for a tip on where to find the best Portuguese custard tarts in the city. Make sure you also enjoy a glass of ginjinha (wild cherry liqueur) alongside the locals at a hidden bar - which serves its patrons from morning to night! Perhaps celebrate this final night of your Food Adventure with dinner accompanied by fado, a genre of Portuguese soul music that originated from Africa and has evolved to suit the streets of Lisbon.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Lisbon - Fado Show - EUR40
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Your Real Food Adventure ends this morning. There are no activities today and you are free to leave at any time.
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.

Meals

3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners

Transport

Train, private vehicle, public bus, boat

Accommodation

Hotel (5 nights), farmstay (2 nights)

Included activities

  • Vigo - Fish Market Tour and Cooking Class
  • Porto - City Tasting Tour
  • Douro Valley Day Trip
  • Alentejo - Farm-cooked Meal
  • Alentejo - Distillery and cheese factory tour, followed by Alentejo tasting experience
  • Evora - Day Trip

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Important notes

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT:
A Single Supplement is available on this trip, please ask your booking agent for more information.
The price of the Single Supplement doesn't include the following nights where single rooms may not be available:
Days 5 & 6: Farmstay

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