Portugal Real Food Adventure, featuring Galicia

8 Days | Savour some spiced seafood, slow-cooked sausages and sweet wines

4.5 out of 5 based on 32 reviews submitted.
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Uncover the flavours of Galicia and Portugal on this eight-day adventure full of culinary delights, local wines and European hotspots. Take a tour of the central markets of Santiago de Compostela and enjoy a francesinha dinner in Porto. Discover how centuries of invasion and trade have given Portuguese cuisine a mixture of Mediterranean, African and Middle Eastern influences. Sip port and local wines among the terraced vineyards of the Douro Valley and roll up your sleeves for a cooking class at an Alentejo farm stay. Explore coastal Lisbon, rubbing shoulders with locals at a canned fish hotspot and tuck into a glass (or two) of ginjinha (wild cherry liqueur) and the famed Portuguese tarts.

Trip overview

Map of Portugal Real Food Adventure, Featuring Galicia including Portugal and Spain
Start
Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Finish
Lisbon, Portugal
Theme
Food
Destinations
Spain, Portugal
Physical rating
Indicates how physically exerting a trip is, and how fit you will need to be to enjoy it. More info on physical ratings
Style
Original
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
Trip code
ZMZP
This trip generates 22 kg of CO2-e per person per day.
We offset these emissions on your behalf. But we know that is not enough, so we also have a carbon reduction target.

Why you'll love this trip
  • Explore the Coa Valley, the centre of a rewilding project, and enjoy a night in a gorgeous historical guesthouse where you’ll join your hosts for a home-cooked meal of fresh, local produce.
  • Pick up some local recipes during a cooking class at your farm stay in the rolling hills of the Alentejo region, whipping up regional specialties like pork with clams.
  • Meet local producers along the way, including an olive oil producer where you can taste-test everybody’s favourite cooking staple. Sample Douro Valley wines and Porto’s fortified namesake.
  • Take in the renowned riverside district in Porto, the colourful coastal hotspot of Lisbon and the rolling hills of the lush Douro Valley on the quintessential tour of Portugal.
  • Sample iconic foods of the region – francesinha, cured meats, cheese, pasteis de nata (Portuguese custard tarts) and canned fish – with local producers and a local leader who knows all the best spots.
  • By travelling on this trip, you’ll directly support our Intrepid Foundation partner, REFOOD. Donations help them save good food, from restaurants and supermarkets, that is destined to go to waste and distribute it amongst people in need.

Is this trip right for you?
  • The cuisine of Portugal includes a lot of meat and seafood. For vegetarians and vegans, we recommend reviewing the itinerary and inclusions to ensure that you can fully participate and enjoy this trip. We also have many other trips to Portugal that can accommodate various dietary requirements.
  • Summer temperatures in the areas visited can be very high (up to 40C), which can be uncomfortable. It is essential 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 for that season.
  • We recommend packing light and smart for this trip as you'll be required to carry your own luggage between train stations and hotels, which can include going up and down multiple flights of stairs, and across cobblestones. Train stations often don’t have lifts available.
  • Space is at a premium in Europe and your hotel is no exception. Rooms are often small, but usually the central location makes up for that. For those travelling as a duo, hotels in Europe often don't have double beds, but rather two single beds that can be pushed together.

Itinerary

Map of Portugal Real Food Adventure, Featuring Galicia including Portugal and Spain

Inclusions

Meals

7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners

Transport

Private Vehicle, Public bus, Metro, Tram

Accommodation

Hotel (5 nights), Guesthouse (1 night), Farmstay (1 nights)

Activities
  • Santiago de Compostela - Market visit and tasting tour
  • Porto - City Tasting Tour
  • Douro Valley - Wine Tasting & Lunch
  • Coa Valley - Home-cooked dinner
  • Alentejo - Farm cooking class
  • Lisbon - Leader-led orientation walk
  • Alentejo - Local producer visit and olive oil tasting
  • Lisbon – Canned-fish tasting
  • Lisbon – Ginjinha tasting
  • Lisbon - Market Visit
  • Lisbon - Pasteis de Nata tasting in Belem

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Important notes

1. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement excludes Day 5 (Farmstay) where you will be in shared accommodation, and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.
2. 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 advise us of any dietary requirements at the time of booking so that we can ensure you’ll enjoy this trip.

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Reviews

4.5 out of 5 based on 32 reviews submitted.
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Antony · Traveled June 2024
Our fantastic tour leader, Maria, made our trip so much more than just a tourist excursion. Whilst the itinerary was well paced and interesting, Maria’s passion for her country, and her genuine interest in the people in the group, will be memories we will treasure for life.
Review submitted 18 Jun 2024

Antony · Traveled June 2024
This is a food tour so we have experienced a wide range of foods. Some I will never eat again (think a multi layered meat sandwich called a francesinha) and others I could eat all day (pasteis de belem). Our tour leader Maria was fantastic. A terrific ambassador for her country, and for Intrepid. Thanks heaps, Maria. We had a ball.
Review submitted 22 Jun 2024

Lyn · Traveled May 2024
Our guide made all the difference on this tour. Marta was fantastic, always endeavouring to give us the best experience.
Review submitted 31 May 2024

Robert · Traveled May 2024
A really enjoyable trip that was led by an excellent guide. Although it was relatively short (7 days) we got a great appreciation of Portuguese culture and cuisine. Highly recommended.
Review submitted 21 May 2024

Ian · Traveled May 2024
Maria was an excellent leader smoothing any minor bumps extremely professionally.As a new itinerary there were some teething problems that will hopefully be ironed out.It was a lot of fun and we came away with great memories
Review submitted 14 May 2024
Portugal Real Food Adventure, featuring Galicia
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ZAR  45,297