Food and Wine of Portugal  
11 days/10 nights  | October 4-14, 2023
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$4595

($1075 single supplement)

$135 additional night including airport transfer based on double occupancy. $185 additional night single occupancy

 

What's included

•   10 breakfasts,

•  4 lunches (wine included)

•  8 dinners (wine included)
•  Transfers from Porto airport on arrival and to Lisbon airport on departure
•  All accommodations from start to end of tour
•  All transportation during the tour (air-conditioned bus or minivans)
•  All included group activities, wine tastings, entry fees as per itinerary
•  A full-time Two Dog Travel tour director with you and available 24/7
•  A local professional bi-lingual guide for most activities
•  All local guide, driver and restaurant tips are included per itinerary

What's not included
•  Airfare, airport taxes and other transportation to and from the pickup location
•  Personal charges such as laundry, telephone calls, rooms service, mini-bar, souvenirs
•  Private excursions not mentioned in the itinerary
•  Gratuities for chambermaids or personal porters
•  Gratuities for your Tour Dog Travel tour director (at your discretion)

 

 

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Tour Director - Jess Floe

Minimum: 6

Maximum: 12

The tour begins in Porto at 7 pm. Your flight should arrive no later than 4:30 pm. The tour ends after breakfast in Lisbon on May 26, 2022. You should book your flight into Porto and out of Lisbon. 

Day 1 - Overnight at MO House, Bed and Breakfast, Porto
Welcome to Portugal! After your arrival at the Porto Airport you will be met by a driver and transferred to your newly renovated, centrally located guesthouse and our home for the next three nights. We will be the exclusive guests at MO House during our stay. We kick off our Portugal Food and Wine adventure with a welcome dinner at a local restaurant where we will enjoy our first taste of Portuguese cuisine and, of course, Portuguese wine. 

Day 2 - Overnight at MO House, Bed and Breakfast, Porto - B, L (food tour)
Our first full day in Portugal will begin with history, food and wine. We’ll enjoy a fun walking tour of Porto where we will  learn about the foods and wines of Portugal from a historic perspective until present day. We’ll visit some of the highlights of the city as well as some off the beaten tourist path locally-owned specialty food stores. We’ll meet the owners and find out why they are an integral part of what makes gastronomy in Porto so unique. As we taste our way through Porto, we will begin to understand how port wine got its name and the important part it plays in Porto cuisine.  After the food tour we’ll have the opportunity to enjoy some of the highlights of Porto. A few of the must sees are the Lello Bookstore, consistently named one of the world’s most beautiful bookstores in the world, the Sé Cathedral with its beautiful stained-glass rose window and the São Bento Railway Station with its 20,000+ painted blue and white tile panels (known as azulejos) that highlight the history of Portugal. After seeing the sites, you’ll have the remainder of the day to enjoy Porto as you’d like.  

Day 3 - Overnight at MO House, Bed and Breakfast, Porto - B, D
After a free morning to spend as you choose, we’ll begin by walking south across the amazing Dom Luís I Bridge, connecting Porto to Vila Nova de Gaia. If the bridge looks a bit familar, it could be because it was designed by a student of Gustave Eiffel, the mastermind behind the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Today we’ll start by seeing the city from a different vantage point as we float between the river banks of Porto and Vila Nova de Gaia in a typical Rabelo boat and discover the beauty of Douro River and the city of Porto. After our relaxing cruise, we’ll visit a couple of the port caves of Vila Nova de Gaia where we’ll have a private tour and tasting. We’ll begin to better understand the different between a regular wine and a port wine, we’ll learn the history of Porto and why for centuries they have brought the barrels of port down the Douro river to be stored and aged here. After our second tasting it will be time for dinner, where we’ll enjoy a private meal at one of the port caves, learning more about this unique wine and enjoying the Portuguese cuisine.
 
Day 4 - Overnight at Casa Cimeira, Douro Valley - B, L 
After breakfast we will check out of the hotel and be driven to the Douro Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  
After about two hours, you'll meet up with Mafalda, Becky's friend and a part of a multi-generational wine family. You'll get an inside view of the wine industry in the Douro Valley. Mafalda will transfer you to her brother's winery, give you the history of how he built this special place and taste some of his wines. Next you'll head to Quinta do Monte Xisto where you'll relax, enjoy the views and enjoy lunch and of course, taste more of her family's wines. After your time with Mafalda, you'll transfer to the hotel, your home for the next four nights.

Day 5 - Overnight at Casa Cimeira, Douro Valley - B, L
After breakfast we’ll enjoy visiting another area of the Douro Valley as we start with a private 2-hour boat ride along the Douro Valley. It'll be a great relaxing way to start the day and see the valley from a different perspective. After the cruise, we'll stop for lunch at a typical Portuguese restaurant and experience how the locals eat. 
Next we'll stop at Quinta de Roeda winery for a tour and tasting followed by a visit to an olive oil museum where you'll learn about the special Portuguese products of olive oil and honey.  After a full day in the Valley, you'll have free time to relax back at the hotel. You'll have the option to have dinner at the hotel or pick up some snacks before heading back and enjoy some wine and apertivos around the pool.

Day 6 - Overnight at Casa Cimeira, Douro Valley - B, L, D
Today we'll start with an off the beaten path visit to a small winegrower’s family cellar. We'll learn about their family
business and taste their wines. It's sure to be a unique experience as we see the more intimate side of wine making in the valley. Next we'll head to Quinta de la Rosa with its beautiful views along the river. Here we'll enjoy lunch which will be accompanied by their wines.  Your lunch will be followed by a visit to a wine-growing village to meet the women who still wash the laundry by hand. It'll be a unique step back in time. Next is a visit to Quinta do Seixo - Sandeman, Here we'll enjoy the last visit of the day and learn about this company as you experience their unique tour and, of course, taste their wines. After a full day touring we'll return to the hotel where we'll enjoy dinner as a group.

Day 7 - Overnight at Casa Cimeira, Douro Valley - B, D
After staying busy for many days, it’s time to stop, relax and enjoy the facilities and beautiful surroundings of our guesthouse. You may choose to sleep late and lounge by the pool. After our free time, w
e'll start with a visit to the Douro Museum in Regua. Here you'll learn about the valley, the topography and why it became such an important wine region. Next we'll visit Quinta do Crasto where we'll tour the facilities, taste their wine and enjoy a gourmet dinner.

Day 8 - Overnight in Lisbon - B, L
After checking out of our Douro Valley hotel we’ll begin our journey to Lisbon. On our way we’ll make a stop to visit the historic town of Coimbra, the former capital of Portugal and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Coimbra is a preserved medieval town and home to the University of Coimbra, where one may see students dressed in its traditional black capes with black cassocks. We’ll meet our local guide and enjoy a unique way of touring this beautiful city, by electric tuk tuk! A few of the sites we’ll see are the Coimbra Cathedral built in 1139, the medieval town and the Santa Clara Monastery. After the tour we’ll stop for lunch at a local restaurant before completing our drive to Lisbon. Upon arrival in Lisbon and checking into the hotel you’ll have the rest of the evening free to explore Lisbon as you choose.   
 
Day 9 - Overnight in Lisbon - B, D
Today you'll have the morning and early afternoon to enjoy Lisbon as you’d like. Perhaps you’ll choose to visit the São Jorge Castle or the National Azulejo Museum. Or maybe you’re interested in doing some shopping or strolling along the river. After your time of leisure, we’ll meet back up for the quintessential Lisbon evening as we enjoy a Fado show.  Originating in Lisbon, Fado is generally known for its expressive nature as the singer usually sings of the harsh realities of life. We’ll walk through the neighborhood of Barrio Alto, to Adega Machado, the famous Fado House, founded in 1937. Here we'll enjoy an intimate hour or fado music and wine. After the performance it'll be time to head to the cooking school.  Here we'll spend the rest of the evening learning to cook the Portuguese way. It'll be a fun, relaxed time enjoying Portuguese wine, cooking our meal and then sitting down to eat our creations. 
 
Day 10 - Overnight in Lisbon - B, D
Today we’ll spend outside the city as we visit the beautiful towns of Cascais and Sintra, set amidst the pine-covered hills of the Serra de Sintra. Because of its hilly and cooler client, this area attracted the nobility and elite of Portugal to build their extravagent palaces and gardens. Here we’ll see some of Europe’s finest example of the colourful Romanticism style of architecture. We’ll visit the area in 4WD jeeps and have the opportunity to enjoy some of the natural scenery of the park. We’ll begin with a guided tour of the famous, whimsical Pena Palace before driving through the forest toward the coast. Here we’ll stop and give you time for lunch before enjoying more beautiful views. Depending on the weather, we may spend some time walking the paths of the area and enjoying the views by foot. After our day in Sintra, we’ll drive back to Lisbon where you’ll have a bit of free time before we meet again as a group. We’re in for a relaxing evening as we see Lisbon from a different perspective. We’ll board our private boat and set sail on our exclusive farewell dinner cruise. We’ll sip drinks and share a typical Portuguese Petiscos meal while watching the sites of Lisbon glide by. After watching the sunset, we’ll toast to this beautiful country, the friends we’ve met and the lasting memories we’ve made along the way.
 
Day 11 - B
Unfortunately, it’s time to leave this beautiful country. After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport according to your flight schedule. transferred to our private villa on the Algarve coast.