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Food & Wine: A Taste of Portugal

11 days |  15 days with Madeira & Lisbon extension
11 days |  15 days with Madeira & Lisbon extension
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looking out to the ocean over buildings with orange tile roofs
wine glasses filled with sparkling wine clinking together
an ornate blue door on the street in portugal
three pasteis de nata or Portuguese custard tarts on a blue plate
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Sip and savor the flavors of Portugal.

Terraced vineyards nestled along the Douro River and in the Alentejo region make up Portugal's quaint wine country while lively markets define the bustling city blocks of Porto and Lisbon. On this small group Food & Wine Tour, you’ll experience all sides of the country’s culinary culture as you explore Portugal from top to bottom. Learn about local traditions as you sip vinho at an 18th-century mansion in the Douro Valley and attend a cooking class in Lisbon to create some of the region’s famous dishes.

Your tour package includes

  • 9 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 9 breakfasts
  • 3 lunches with beer or wine
  • 3 dinners with beer or wine
  • 3 wine tastings
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Included highlights

  • Douro River cruise
  • Pinhão
  • Casa de Mateus
  • Chapel of Bones
  • Cork factory
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Day-by-day itinerary

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Overnight Flight1 night
Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Porto today.

Porto3 nights
Day 2: Arrival in Porto
Included meal: Welcome dinner

Welcome to Portugal! Settle in to your hotel in the heart of this 2,000-year-old, UNESCO-listed city. Then, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers at a welcome dinner.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Porto
Included meals: Breakfast, Tasting

Get to know Porto like a true tripeiro, Porto resident, as you follow your local guide.

  • Pass citywide icons such as Liberty Square, Carmelitas Church, and the Baroque-style Clérigos Tower
  • Stop for coffee and a sweet treat at a local cafe
  • Visit Porto’s central market where local merchants sell fruits, vegetables, flowers, and more
  • Wander along the medieval lanes of the Old-World Ribeira district
  • Take a scenic drive through the local neighborhoods and past the Douro riverfront

Enjoy a free afternoon in Porto or add an excursion.

Port Wine Cellar & Lunch

From $119 per person

Day 4: Free day in Porto
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend a free day in Porto or add an excursion.

Guimarães

From $85 per person

Douro Valley Countryside2 nights
Day 5: Pinhão & Douro Valley
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Pass the rolling hills and small villages as you make your way to the town of Pinhão.

  • Board a traditional rabelo, a flat-bottomed boat, and float along the Douro River
  • View the terraced vineyards of the Douro Valley
  • Enjoy free time to explore, shop, and eat lunch

Then, continue to drive through the Douro Valley and settle in to your countryside hotel. Sit down for an included dinner featuring local specialties this evening.

Day 6: Casa de Mateus & wine tasting
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Wine tasting

Spend the morning at Casa de Mateus.

  • Admire the architecture of the Baroque-style mansion, which is set against the beautiful backdrop of the Portuguese countryside
  • Tour the mansion and its gardens, which were designed by architect Nicolau Nasoni in the 18th century

Then, stop at a local restaurant to enjoy an included lunch featuring regional food and wine.

End the day by visiting a winery in the Douro Valley. You'll sample three wines that come from some of the most prestigious wine-producing areas in Portugal.

Alentejo Region2 nights
Day 7: Alentejo Region via Dão Region
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Wine tasting, Tasting

Travel through the scenic landscapes of northern Portugal today.

  • Stop in the city of Lamego to see the stunning staircase that leads to the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remédios and taste a traditional pastry
  • Continue on to tour a winery in the Dão region
  • Learn why Dão is one of Portugal’s most prominent wine regions and enjoy sampling some of the varietals during a tasting and lunch

After, continue on to the Alentejo region.

Day 8: Sightseeing tour of Évora & Alentejo wine tasting
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Wine tasting

Follow a local guide as you stroll through the streets of UNESCO-recognized Évora, one of Europe’s oldest continuously inhabited cities.

  • Take in the region’s whitewashed homes and intricate tilework
  • Pass the remains of the Roman temple and enter the Chapel of Bones

Join a local guide and visit a vineyard in the Alentejo region this afternoon.

  • Learn about viniculture and the history of the estate
  • Sample both white and red wine that’s produced at the estate
  • Sit down for a light lunch and wine tasting led by a sommelier
  • Enjoy time to shop for wine and local products
Lisbon2 nights
Day 9: Lisbon via cork factory & olive oil farm
Included meals: Breakfast, Tasting

As you travel to Lisbon, stop to learn about locally produced cork and olive oil.

  • Visit a cork factory to learn about how the material is created, harvested, and used to seal wine bottles.
  • Join a local guide for a tour of an olive grove and farm
  • Learn about olive oil production and the importance of the olive grove ecosystem
  • Sample the olive oil along with some regional tapas made with homemade products

Then, continue on to Lisbon and enjoy a free evening in the city or add an excursion.

An Evening in Portugal: Fado Show with Dinner

From $119 per person

Day 10: Sightseeing tour of Lisbon & cooking class
Included meals: Breakfast, Tasting, Farewell dinner

Set off on a guided sightseeing tour of Lisbon, Portugal’s capital city.

  • Admire views of the city from Eduardo VII Park and pass the Praça Marquês de Pombal as you travel along Avenida da Liberdade
  • Stop at the waterfront to discover the city’s maritime heritage at the Monument to the Discoveries and Tower of Belém
  • View the outside of the church at Jerónimos Monastery, built to honor voyagers
  • Try pastéis de nata, a famous Portuguese custard tart
  • Transfer to the bustling Time Out Market for a walk among its stalls and to enjoy free time for lunch

Try your hand at making traditional Portuguese cuisine at this evening’s cooking class. Then, enjoy the three-course meal you’ve prepared and toast to your trip during a farewell dinner.

Flight Home
Day 11: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or extend your stay in Lisbon.

Extension to Madeira & Lisbon
Shimmering coastlines. Dramatic sea cliffs. Lush forests. Charming villages. These are a few of the treasures that await travelers who venture to Madeira, the Portuguese archipelago that's situated off the northwest coast of Africa and has plenty of culture to call its own. Get to know the archipelago's capital city, Funchal, through local dishes. Sip Madeira's signature, fortified wine where it's made. Take in views from atop some of Europe's highest cliffs. Then, cap off your visit to this lesser-known pocket of Portugal with a final night on the mainland, in bright and buzzing Lisbon.
Madeira3 nights
Day 11: Flight to Madeira & sightseeing tour
Included meals: Breakfast, Tasting, Wine tasting

Fly to Madeira and join a local guide for a food-themed walking tour of Funchal, the archipelago’s coastal, capital city.

  • Set off along Funchal’s winding streets, and take in views of its orange-roofed buildings
  • Stop by a local restaurant to sample a traditional Madeiran dish before heading to a chocolate shop for a sweet treat
  • Wander through a farmers’ market and taste a variety of island-grown fruits
  • Visit a wine lodge for a taste of Madeira’s iconic, fortified wine
Day 12: Cabo Girão Skywalk & wine tasting
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Wine tasting

Stop at Cape Girão (or, in Portuguese, Cabo Girão), which is home to some of Europe’s highest cliffs. Take in sweeping views from its clifftop Skywalk, part of which features a glass floor. Have nerves of steel? Peer through the walkway’s floor to see the Atlantic’s waves crashing nearly 2,000 feet below.

Afterward, head inland to a local winery for a tasting of different wines before sitting down to a three-course lunch.

Spend a free afternoon in Funchal or add an excursion.

Madeira Fruit Farm Tour & Tasting

From $69 per person

Day 13: Free day on Madeira
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Spend a free day on Madeira or add an excursion.

This evening, sit down for an included dinner with your group.

Madeira Jeep Tour & Lunch

From $99 per person

Lisbon1 night
Day 14: Flight to Lisbon
Included meal: Breakfast

Fly back to Lisbon today. Then, join your group members for a celebratory, farewell drink.

Spend a free evening in Lisbon or add an excursion.

Lisbon Home-Hosted Dinner

From $89 per person

Flight Home
Day 15: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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4.6 out of 5 stars

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    5 out of 5 stars

    4/25/24 by 5th-time traveler Shannon

    Marvelous tour! What I love most about EF is their consistency. They do what they say, and they say what they do. Elisa kept us informed, entertained, and safe. I could go anywhere with EF and be completely happy. The highlight was making new travel friends, but also doing unique activities that my ...

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    4 out of 5 stars

    A taste of Portugal
    4/25/24 by 1st-time traveler Anonymous

    Tour guide Elisa was efficient, aware of tourist needs, accommodating in any way she could help. She was knowledgeable with information about places visited. The tour went smoothly until the very end. Enjoyed the food and hotels and cooking class.

    5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing elevated experience
    4/25/24 by 6th-time traveler Julie

    This was my 6th Go Ahead trip but my first food and wine tour; I was drawn to trying this style tour as I hoped the included meals would be elevated (in a non foodie group meals have to cater to all palates) and I wanted to experience a smaller group as typically that means you stay in hotels closer...

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    EF Go Ahead Tours replied on 5/9/24

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    Hotels, flights & FAQ

    Here's the nitty-gritty—where you’ll stay, how you’ll get there, and what to know about your destination before you go.

    Hotels

    We handpick every hotel to strike the balance of comfort, location, and local charm. Specific accommodations will vary based on your departure date, but these are frequently used hotels for this tour and we're confident you'll be satisfied.
    HF Fenix Porto
    HF Fenix Porto

    This urban hotel is located in Porto's Boavista district. Guests enjoy the terrace, on-site restaurant and bar, free Wi-Fi. Nearby you'll find the Tra...

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    Lamego Hotel & Life
    Lamego Hotel & Life

    This countryside hotel sits on its own orchard and vineyard in Lamego situated in the Douro Valley. Guests enjoy the indoor and outdoor pools, stunnin...

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    M’Ar de Ar Muralhas
    M’Ar de Ar Muralhas

    This upscale hotel is located in the historic center of Évora. Guests enjoy a swimming pool, a restaurant, and free Wi-Fi. Nearby, you’ll find Giraldo...

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    Lumen Hotel
    Lumen Hotel

    This impressive hotel is located in the Santa Cruz neighborhood of Lisbon. Guests enjoy the outdoor pool, a fitness center, and the Lisbon Light Show,...

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    TURIM Santa Maria Hotel
    TURIM Santa Maria Hotel

    This cosmopolitan hotel is located in the city of Funchal on the beautiful island of Madeira. Guests enjoy the pool, reading room, and on-site restaur...

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