Delight your tastebuds on this enticing tour of Portuguese cuisine.

Taste tapas 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 home cooked dinner and 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.


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 4-5 hours), but these give a great chance to soak in the Portuguese scenery and get to know your fellow travellers a little better.

  • Farmstay in the Alentejo will be shared facilities between up to three people, but super charming accommodation will make up for it.

Itinerary

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 6 pm 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 on a tasty tapas tour through the city.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Dinner
Travel to Vigo on a morning train, leaving around 8:30am and arriving an hour later. The vibrant city of Vigo is found on the banks of the Ria de Vigo (Vigo Bay), one of the most important bays in the Rias Baixas region. Not surprisingly, the city has a proud fishing history, with a rich bounty of seafood at its fingertips. The city is one of Europe's most important producers of shellfish. Take a ferry ride to a seafood market, then take part in a Galician cooking class, culminating in a delicious lunch. In the late afternoon, you will be transferred over the border and into Portugal. Arrive in the charming city of Porto by evening (approximately 1.5 hours) and enjoy a free evening to explore.
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 food walk, taking in Mercado do Bolhao, one of Europe's most vibrant food markets. Sample local specialties including bacalhau and finish with a sip of the city's namesake drop. 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, including Mercado de Bolhao
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 two of this signature wine of the region. Lunch at a traditional restaurant before returning to Porto in the late afternoon.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Douro Valley - Day excursion, wine tasting and picnic lunch
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 1 hour). Surrounded by undulating wheat fields dotted with grazing cows, this is the perfect way to experience the Alentejo. This 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 of Alentejo specialties.
Accommodation
  • Farmstay (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Alentejo - Home-cooked meal
Meals Included
  • Dinner
Wake early and enjoy a tour of the agriturismo's on-site distillery and small cheese-making facility. Then it's time to sit down and taste some of the region's signature flavours - from locally-produced cheeses, to honey, jams, sausages, olives, bread and wine sourced from nearby farms. In the afternoon, take a trip to the UNESCO-listed city of Evora, capital of the Alentejo region. 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 in the evening.
Accommodation
  • Farmstay (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Alentejo - Distillery and cheese factory tour, followed by Alentejo tasting experience
  • Evora - Half day excursion
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Say goodbye to your hosts and travel back to Portugal's charming capital by private vehicle (approximately 1 hour).

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. 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 - EUR20
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, including Mercado de Bolhao
  • Douro Valley - Day excursion, wine tasting and picnic lunch
  • Alentejo - Home-cooked meal
  • Alentejo - Distillery and cheese factory tour, followed by Alentejo tasting experience
  • Evora - Half day excursion

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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 as the accommodation is at a farmstay:
Days 5 & 6: Alentejo

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