Food & Wine: A Taste of Portugal with 1078 Gallery

with Lisbon extension
May 16-26, 2019 / 11 DAYS

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 bus…

Your package includes

  • 9 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 9 breakfasts
  • 3 lunches
  • 3 wine tastings
  • 1 cooking class
  • 3 dinners with beer or wine
  • 5 guided sightseeing tours
  • Expert Tour Director & local guides
  • Private deluxe motor coach

Included highlights

Douro River cruise, Pinhão, Casa de Mateus, Chapel of Bones, wine and olive oil tastings, cork farm, Mercado da Ribeira, Portuguese cooking class

Tour pace

On this guided tour, you’ll walk for about 2 hours daily across moderately uneven terrain, including paved roads and cobblestone streets, with some hi…

Itinerary

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Overnight Flight / 1 NIGHT

May 16: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Porto today.

Porto / 3 NIGHTS

May 17: Arrival in Porto

Included meals: Dinner

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

May 18: Sightseeing tour of Porto

Included meals: Breakfast

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.

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Port Wine Cellar & Lunch
4 hours
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Take a cable car ride across the Douro River to Vila Nova de Gaia, where you’ll enjoy lunch at a local restaurant while soaking in views of the Iberian Peninsula’s third-longest river. Then, pay a visit to one of Porto’s most prestigious Port wine cellars. During the guided tour, learn the long-standing history of Port wine, as well as the ins and outs of Port production and warehousing. Then, sit down to taste three of the cellar’s world-famous labels, paired with cheese.4 hours and departs in the afternoon with lunchSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs.

May 19: Free day in Porto

Included meals: Breakfast

Spend a free day in Porto or add an excursion.

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Guimarães
5 hours
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Embark on a guided tour of this UNESCO-recognized city that is regarded as the “cradle of Portuguese nationality.” In 1128, many political and military movements, which eventually led to the formation of Portugal, began in Guimarães. Learn about the history of these events as you pass by the medieval Palace of the Dukes of Braganza, Largo da Oliveira square, and the city’s Baroque-style church. Then, step inside the Castelo de Guimarães. The castle’s roots are intertwined with Portuguese history and it is believed to be the birthplace of Afonso Henriques, the first king of Portugal. After the tour, enjoy free time to explore the city at your leisure.5 hours and departs in the morningSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs.

Duoro Valley / 2 NIGHTS

May 20: 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. Sit down for an included dinner featuring local specialties this evening.

May 21: Casa de Mateus & wine tasting

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Wine tasting

Spend the morning at Casa de Mateus, a Baroque-style mansion 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  • Sample a variety of homemade jams paired with bread • Explore the property and enjoy time to shop for wine and olive oil 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 Region / 2 NIGHTS

May 22: Alentejo Region via Dão Region

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Wine tasting

Travel through the scenic landscapes of northern Portugal to tour a winery in the Dão region. During the tour you’ll 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.

May 23: Sightseeing tour of Évora, olive oil & 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 the olive groves and olive oil production • Sample some of the olive oil that’s produced at the estate • Sit down for a light lunch and wine tasting led by a sommelier

Lisbon / 2 NIGHTS

May 24: Lisbon via cork farm

Included meals: Breakfast

As you travel to Lisbon, stop to visit a cork farm to learn about how the material is created, harvested, and used to seal wine bottles. Then, continue on to Lisbon. Enjoy a free evening in Lisbon or add an excursion.

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An Evening in Portugal: Fado Show with Dinner
3 hours
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Spend your evening at a tavern in Lisbon listening to fado. Derived from the Latin word fatum—meaning “prophecy” or “fate”—fado is Portugal’s national musical treasure. Fado’s traditional theme is saudade, a word that doesn’t quite translate to English but conveys a sense of both nostalgia and longing. Dinner and wine is included during this memorable musical evening.3 hours and departs in the evening with dinnerSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs.

May 25: Sightseeing tour of Lisbon & cooking class

Included meals: Breakfast, 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 Plaza del Marqués de Pombal • Visit the Bairro Alto district and stop at the Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara for panoramic vistas • Pass through Chiado square to see Praça do Comércio, the largest plaza in Lisbon • Discover the city’s maritime heritage at the Monument to the Discoveries, Tower of Belém, and Jerónimos Monastery • Try pastéis de nata, a famous Portuguese custard tart • Walk through the bustling Mercado da Ribeira 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.

May 26: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

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

Extension / Starting from $309 pp

Lisbon / 2 NIGHTS

Whitewashed buildings, red-clay roofs, and yellow trams are all part of the colorful cityscape of Portugal’s capital. Take two nights in Lisbon to explore this historic city’s monuments, cafes, and winding streets. Walk through the Alfama District, seek out the best bachalau and caldo verde, or pack a picnic lunch and watch the world go by on the banks of the Tagus. In Lisbon, there's discovery around every corner.

May 26: Free day in Lisbon

Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day in Lisbon or add an excursion.

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Setúbal Region Wine Tasting & Lunch
7 hours
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Located just south of Lisbon, the Setúbal Peninsula is home to sweeping vistas, delectable seafood dishes, and unique landscapes that contribute to the region’s wine history. Soak in the coastal views as you make your way to a local village for lunch. Then, head to a winery, where you’ll learn about the prestigious Setúbal region and how wine has been the area’s main export since the Late Middle Ages. Sit down to sample some of the varietals from this historic area, which is known for its sweet dessert wines. After, visit an Azulejo tile factory. These hand-painted tiles define the region's architecture and the motifs that appear on them reflect European, Islamic, Chinese, and Hispano-Moorish influence. Watch as artisans use traditional European methods to create the colorful, intricate tiles.7 hours and departs in the morning, lunch includedSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs.

May 27: Free day in Lisbon

Included meals: Breakfast

Spend another free day exploring Lisbon on your own or add an excursion. This evening, enjoy a farewell drink as you celebrate your trip with your fellow group members.

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Sintra & the Portuguese Riviera
8 hours
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Journey to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed town of Sintra and learn why the poet Lord Byron once called it a “glorious Eden.” Get a glimpse into royal life during a guided tour of the 19th-century, romanticist Pena Palace. Take a bus and mini-train ride up to this story-book, mountaintop site, which boasts picturesque gardens and sweeping views of the Portuguese countryside. After your tour, you’ll have free time to stroll through Sintra, viewing its colorful villas, small shops, and impeccably manicured gardens. On your way back to Lisbon, take in the coastal scenery of the Portuguese Riviera. You'll also stop in the old fishing village of Cascais to eat lunch and discover the town’s winding, narrow streets, pastel-colored buildings, and bustling fish market8 hours and departs in the morningSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 20 days before your tour departs.

May 28: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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