Culinary Tours

Heritage of Portugal

$5 310,00$6 300,00 /pers.

Welcome to Portugal
Country of Arts, History and Gastronomy…

9 days / 8 nights (Thursday-Friday)
  • Luxury Boutique-Hotels Accommodation
  • Hands-on Cooking Classes
  • Daily Gourmet & Cultural tours
  • Daily breakfasts, lunches & dinners
  • Tour is guided by Corinne Preteur
Pay a 50% deposit per item
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Description

Welcome to Portugal, a Country of Art, History and Gastronomy

Portugal is a country of long history, art, heritage, traditions and beautiful lifestyle, like France, Spain and Italy. This small country of 10 millions inhabitants only also offers an incredible diversity of landscapes and climates. Whether you decide to explore Porto e Norte area and Beiras region, or Lisbon west coast, Alentejo, or Algarve… you will discover and enjoy multiple traditions and culture, but still… in having the same kind welcome of hospitable people.

Through its millennial history, when this powerful seafaring kingdom dominated the merchant routes to Africa, South America and the Orient, Portugal today boasts a fabulous architectural heritage with 14 UNESCO listed sites such as Sintra, Evora, Porto, Coimbra… but also a superb cuisine and fine wines.


Alentejo & Greater Lisbon at a Glance

Heritage of Portugal tour combines the Western seaside, and the Alentejo countryside featuring Lisbon, Evora & Sintra Unesco listed towns and the Alentejo region which is well known for its vineyards, olive groves, and cork manufactures. Each step of the tour will celebrate the best of Portugal’s food & wine through hand-on classes and tastings. You will experience the authentic and gourmet Portuguese cuisine in dinners in traditional and Michelin ranked restaurants. Heritage of Portugal starts in Alentejo and ends in Lisbon.


Visits & Excursions

Lisbon is plural, featuring an incredible mix of now. Vintage trolleys shivering up and down the hills match with multicolored buildings and red-tiled roofs, mosaïc sidewalks, industrial sites transformed into modern street-art living spots, without forgetting monuments (ie : Tower of Belem, Jeronimos Monastery the resting place of explorer Vasco de Gama…) and beautiful squares such as Praça do Comércio surrounded by administrative buildings that regulated the commerce, facing the Taje river. Your first visit will be the Lisboa Story Center for giving you a better understanding of the city and its history.
You will explore the narrow streets of the charming Alfama, Baixa, and Chiado districts by typical electric TukTuk. You will visit a fabulous market and lunch there, and of course taste Pasteis de Nata, these exquisite warm cream pastry!

Sintra – called the Moon Hill – is a place full of magic and mystery, where Nature and Men have combined such a perfect symbiosis that UNESCO has granted the site at the Word Heritage status. You won’t miss the visit to the Castelo da Pena, unique by its architecture and style. Impressing by its size. It was the Royal Family residence…
You will like downtown Sintra, its colorful typical houses, its atmosphere… You will meet merchants, local people and you will certainly enjoy making some « souvenirs » shopping !

Evora is the capital of the Alentejo region, listed at the UNESCO World Heritage. It is one of the most preserved medieval fortified towns in Portugal. Along the walking tour through its narrow alleyways and streets you will discover its fabulous architectural heritage as well as stylish houses with dazzling white flowered terraces, openwork balconies and paved patios. Evora is also an alive students town (you will visit its historic university) and a gourmet spot !

Monsaraz is is a quaint medieval village located at the border of Spain, one of the oldest Portuguese settlements that you will explore quietly by walking. Sounds of church bells fill the cobblestone streets and alleys, and make a fairytale experience too !


Luxury Boutique-Hotel Accommodation

QUINTA ALENTEJANA, EVORA
Located a couple of miles distance from Evora Unesco listed town, Quinta Alentejana is a 20ha family-run historic estate property offering seven beautifully decorated rooms and suites with all modern comfort. The small decorative details spread through every corner of this house, making this delightful location, not only a contemplation spot, but also a place of strong inspirational and emotional connection. In the warm season Quinta Alentejana invites to relaxing walks through its millennial olive grove. After long visiting days, you will be delighted to dine at the property and enjoy traditional meals accompanied by wine.

LIFESTYLE VACATIONS PORTUGAL TOUR
LX BOUTIQUE HOTEL, LISBON
Located in the heart of the triangle between Chiado, Baixa and Cais do Sodré districts, Lx intimate Boutique Hotel offers themed rooms and suites with stunning views over Lisbon and the Taje river. Each room and suite is equipped with air conditioning, mini-bar, and private bathroom. This elegant boutique-hotel is 5 minutes’ walk from restaurants, bars, cafés and shops. Historical sites and museums such as Lisbon Cathedral, Praça do Comércio, Igreja de São Roque and the Chiado Museum are within a 10-minute walk.
The lx boutique hotel was reborn from the ashes of the Hotel Bragança, a century-old building in central Lisbon near the Taje river. Fernando Pessoa, one of Portugal’s most prominent writers and poets, would take his constitutional walks on the street. The derelict building was renovated as an elegant boutique hotel to offer its guests a true Lisbon experience.

Lifestyle Vacations Portugal original Tour


Gastronomy of Portugal

The Portuguese cuisine is straightforward and hearty, matching fish & seafood with meat and quality-fresh ingredients from the fertile land. Spices such as piri-piri, black pepper, vanilla, cinnamon and saffron are very used; a remembrance to the influence of Portugal’s former colonial possessions. Olive oil is also the basis of the Portuguese cuisine as garlic and herbs flavor lots of dishes.

Bacalhau (codfish) is more than a traditional dish, it’s a national obsession. Nicknamed “o fiel amigo” (faithful friend) codfish is traditionally served on Christmas Eve in Portugal. There are hundreds of different recipes and versions of this classic, but Bacalhau à Brás is one of the best… combining onions, chips, olives, parsley, egg and, of course, cod. From octopus salad to codfish croquettes, sautéed clams with herbs and garlic, caldo verde vegetables and chorizo soup, cataplana fish stew, chicken in the pot, custard pastry…there is a long, very long list of specialities that you will learn to cook and enjoy throughout your journey !

Portugal is a greatest wines production country, certainly one of the oldest in the world as Phoenicians probably introduced winemaking to the south, and the Romans spread vine cultivation and winemaking further upcountry as they drove out the northern Celts. Today 14 regions produce elegant reds and dry whites. You will visit the Alentejo region which covers about 1/3 of Portugal, and winemakers in the remaining 2/3 can often be heard to complain about the popularity of Alentejo wines. Évora, Redondo and Reguengos are more typical of the Alentejo, and can make smooth, harmonious, very easy-drinking reds. The white Antão Vaz is the star grape of the region, with good acidity and tropical fruit flavors.

This program includes a market tour with the chef in Lisbon and two cooking classes in Lisbon and in Evora. Each class lasts about 3 hours and it’s


ITINERARY

Day 1 – WELCOME TO LISBON & TO PORTUGAL!
Meet Corinne at Lisbon airport.
Transfer to Evora by private van.
Lunch break in Palmela medieval town on the way.
Check-in at Quinta Alentejena luxury boutique-hotel.Resting time.
Dinner at the property. Overnight

Day 2 – EVORA FULL-DAY TOUR
Breakfast at the hotel.
Visit to a winery in Evora (ie:Cartuxa or similar).
Lunch in a gourmet restaurant in Evora.
Afternoon cultural guided walking tour followed by a visit to a cork manufacture.
Transfer to the hotel. Resting time.
Dinner at the property. Overnight.

Day 3 – ESTREMOZ MARKET, VILA VIÇOSA, COOKING CLASS
After breakfast, transfer to Estremoz (30 minutes) by private van.
Open-air market tour followed by gourmet lunch in a gourmet local restaurant.
Transfer to Vila Viçosa through the marble quarries and visit to the fabulous Bragança Ducal palace.
At 5pm, hands-on cooking class celebrating the traditional Portuguese cuisine at the Quinta followed by a food and wine pairing dinner.
Overnight.

Day 4 – REGUENGOS WINE TOUR, MONSARAZ EXCURSION
After breakfast, transfer to Reguengos.
Visit to a top-ranked winery starting by a visit to cellars before enjoying wines tasting.
Transfer to Monsaraz medieval village located at the border of Spain. Lunch in Monsaraz.
Afternoon walking tour through the village.
Transfer to Evora. Resting time.
Dinner at the property. Overnight.

Day 5 – TRANSFER TO LISBON THROUGH ARRAIOLOS
After breakfast. Check-out. Transfer to Arraiolos.
Lunch in a local restaurant.
Afternoon walking tour in the village, including the visit to the Museum of embroidered wool carpets (and shopping for who wants..)
Transfer to Lison. Check-in at LX boutique-hotel. Resting time.
Dinner in a casual restaurant nearby. Overnight.

Day 6 – MARKET COOKING CLASS IN LISBON
Breakfast at the hotel.
Market cooking class starting at 9:30am followed by a food and wine pairing tasting lunch. You will experience the shopping with the chef before partaking a 3-hour hands-on class celebrating the traditional Portuguese cuisine. Lunch accompanied by wine follows the class.
Afternoon 2-hour silent and zero-emission Eco-Tuk tour departing from the market to explore the hills of Lisbon through the picturesque quarters, to finish steps to Praça de Comercio, on the Taje river banks.
Dinner in a casual restaurant nearby the hotel. Overnight.

Day 7 – SINTRA FULL-DAY TOUR
After breakfast, transfer to Sintra world heritage village.
Visit to Sintra royal palace.
Lunch in a typical restaurant in Sintra.
Afternoon visit to Palacio de Pena and walking tour through the village picturesque quarter.
Gourmet dinner in Lisbon. Overnight.

Day 8 – LISBON HALF-DAY TOUR
After breakfast, morning tour to Belem quarter (Tower of Belem, Monument of Discovery, Jeronimos Monastery..
Lunch in a typical indoor market.
Afternoon free at your leisure.
Gourmet dinner in one of Lisbon Michelin restaurant.
Overnight.

Day 9 – TRANSFER TO LISBON AIRPORT / END OF THE TOUR
Check-out after breakfast.
Transfer to Lisbon airport. End of the tour.


PROGRAM PRICE

US$ 5,310 (DBL occupancy)
Single occupancy supplement :US$ 990
ALL TAXES AND VAT INCLUDED.

Price includes:
– 8-night luxury boutique-hotels accommodation, breakfasts included.
– Lunches and dinners in traditional,gourmet and Michelin-star restaurants as detailed in the itinerary.
– 2 cooking classes followed by tasting lunch/dinner accompanied by wine.
– Recipes in English.
– Guided cultural (and shopping/leisure) tours in Sintra, Lisbon, Evora, Estremoz, Monsaraz.
– Visits to cultural sites as detailed in the itinerary (entrance fees included).
– Guided wine tours followed by tasting.
– Market tours and visits to local producers as detailed in the itinerary.
– 9-day transportation by private van, including Lisbon airport round-trip transfer.

Not included: airfare to/from your country, drinks in restaurants, personal insurance, and personal expenses.


2022 TOUR DATE

April 21-29 (2 spots left)

Tour is confirmed with 4 people, and it’s limited to 6 participants. Considering the limited space in the tour, reservation in advance is strongly recommended.
Another tour date can be added upon request in October 2022. Please contact us for additional information. Thank you.

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