Gastronomic Lisbon & Porto

7 days from $4,081 per person*
  • Experience the tastes of Portugal with a private cooking class.
  • Private gastronomic walking tour, wine tasting, and port wine farm visit.
  • Explore the cultural cornerstones Lisbon and Porto with private guide.
  • Head to the Evora wine region to enjoy winery visits and tastings.
  • Featuring private transfers and expertly selected hotels.
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Taste your way through Portugal's west coast on this stylish gastronomic and cultural tour. Discover Lisbon and Porto's hidden food treasures, learn insider culinary secrets at a Portuguese cooking class, visit world-class wineries and explore the best city sights with a private guide.

The Portuguese are blessed with a temperate climate and a long, fertile coastline - both of which help produce a fabulous smorgasbord of fresh fruit, vegetables, seafood and wine. Savor gourmet foods from Lisbon and Porto as you learn about Portugal's rich food and wine traditions. Discover charming restaurants and shops along cobblestone corridors where you can taste cheese, pastries and port. Master some of the secrets to Portuguese cooking in a private culinary class. Enjoy incredible wine tastings in Porto and learn why this region produces some of the world’s best wine. Sample artisanal Portuguese cheeses, authentic chorizo, gourmet iberian pork sausages, the unique Pata Negra ham, hand made jams, traditional bread and sweet treats. Unlock the best sights of Lisbon, Porto with a private guide, and enjoy insider access to some of the country's most acclaimed eateries.

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Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Lisbon
    Lisbon
    • Transfer - Private - Airport with Meet & Greet - Vehicle/Assistant/Driver(2)
    • Portugal - Welcome Package(2)
    • Tour - Private - 1/2 Day City Tour (with Guide) (4 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver - Weekday(3)
    Breakfast
  • Day 2 Lisbon
    Lisbon
    • Cooking Class (3.5 hrs) - Instructor
    • Tour - Private - 1/2 Day Fado Night (3 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver(3)
    Breakfast
  • Day 3 Lisbon
    Lisbon
    • Tour - Private - Evora and Alentejo Wine Region (with Lunch & Wine Tastings) (10 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver - Weekday(2)
    • Optional Fine Dining Restaurants
    Breakfast
  • Day 4 Lisbon to Porto
    Lisbon to Porto
    • Transfer - Private - Train Station - Vehicle/Driver(3)
    • Lisbon - Porto [3 hrs] - 1st Class - Highspeed Train
    • Transfer - Private - Train Station to Hotel - Vehicle/Driver(3)
    • Tour - Private - 1/2 Day City Tour (with Guide) (4 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver - Weekday(3)
    • The Wine Cellars & Wine Themed dinners at The Yeatman
    Breakfast
  • Day 5 Porto
    Porto
    • Tour - Private - 1/2 Day Gastronomic Walking Tour (4 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver/Guide(3)
    • Facilities at The Yeatman (Spa, Swimming pools, Gym)
    • Gourmet restaurant at The Yeatman
    Breakfast
  • Day 6 Porto
    Porto
    • Tour - Private - Douro Valley (Amarante, Mesao Frio, Regua, Pinhao) (with Guide, Lunch & Wine Tasting) (8 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver - Weekday(2)
    Breakfast
  • Day 7 Porto
    Porto
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Driver(3)
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
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Day 1: Lisbon

Meet your driver for a private airport transfer. For your added comfort, we will have an English speaking assistant waiting for you outside the customs with a sign with your name on it. Your representative will help you to co-ordinate meeting up with your private driver and accompany you to your accommodation.

A welcome package with a city map, train tickets (if relevant), and any other touristic information that we deem you may find useful will be waiting for you upon your arrival at your first hotel on your trip.

With a private guide and driver, discover the wonderful city of Lisbon on this half-day tour. Visit the heart of the city, Rossio Square, then spend some time in Alfama, the Old Quarter. See the Lisbon Cathedral, and then walk up to St. George’s Castle, where you will pass by the Roman Theatre Ruins. You will then depart to Belém, the city's most monumental and historical area where you will visit the Patrimony of Mankind Jerónimos Monastery, and Belém Tower. Enjoy a short stop at the Monument to the Discoveries before a transfer back to your hotel. No entrance fees included.

Accommodation: Bairro Alto (5*)

The Bairro Alto Hotel reflects a fusion of old and new and pays homage to the country's diverse architectural designers. The stylish Flores restaurant, serving contemporary cuisine prepared by the chef Henrique Sá Pessoa embraces the cuisine of the past Portuguese colonies and fuses them with oriental and international flavours. A terrace for al fresco dining is also available. The casual Garrett Cafe Bar offers light lunch and dinner, as well as refreshing cocktails. The air-conditioned rooms at Bairro Alto Hotel are decorated with Brazilian wood flooring and painted wooden panelling. Bairro Alto hotel offers a fitness center with gymnasium, a massage room on the fifth floor and a panoramic terrace with views over the Tagus River to enjoy the sunset during your stay in Lisbon.

Lisbon
Lisbon
Bairro Alto Hotel
Bairro Alto Hotel

Day 2: Lisbon

In this private cooking class, you will learn all the secrets of some of the most traditional Portuguese recipes with a local chef in a cozy and fun environment! In the cooking class, the chef/instructor will teach you how to prepare a traditional Portuguese meal consisting of a fish dish, meat dish and dessert in a hands-on experience! You will then sit down and enjoy the meal you have prepared with your together, paired with excellent Portuguese Wines. Fresh ingredients are the basis of the Portuguese cuisine, so therefore you will use fresh ingredients like vegetables, fish, shellfish and meat. Olive oils, cheeses and cured sausages are also important ingredients of the Portuguese cuisine that you will use in the kitchen. Cooking Classes is an excellent opportunity to learn about the flavors of the Portuguese cuisine with locals in a funny and relaxed environment. At the end you will know how to prepare a traditional Portuguese soup, a main dish (meat or fish) and a dessert that will delight your senses! You will be able to take home the recipes with the ingredients, portions and every detail allowing you to replicate them at home and impress your family and friends!

Fado refers to the national song style of Portugal and is deemed of cultural importance to Lisbon and therefore protected by UNESCO. Experience live Fado this evening at an excellent Fado Restaurant, "Casa de Linhares".  Enjoy the great ambience as you listen to the Fado singers over dinner at one of Lisbon's most famous venues. Includes 3-course meal, wine, coffee and water as well as private return transportation.

Accommodation: Bairro Alto (5*)
Classic Portuguese Cuisine
Classic Portuguese Cuisine
Traditional portuguese quitar
Traditional portuguese quitar

Day 3: Lisbon

Today you will discover the Alentejo region tasting local wines and taking in few cultural sites along the way. First, you will head off to the beautiful city of Evora which is the capital of the region and a UNESCO World Heritage Site with its well-preserved old town centre still partially enclosed by medieval walls as well as various great monuments such as a Roman Temple. Along the way, you will stop at two charming and popular local wineries: Herdade da Cartuxa and Herdade do Esporao. Locals always recommend these wineries as wonderful places to sip savour products and soak in the culture. Lunch will be taken at Herdade do Esporão farm (included).

Please note that the listed wine farms are subject to availability at the time of booking. If not available, we will select other similar wineries for your final itinerary.

There are lots of great fine dining options in Lisbon to choose from. A couple of suggestions would be:

Tavares – (Address: Rua da Misericórdia 37 P - 1200-270 Lisboa. Tel: 213421112). Founded in 1784, this emblematic address is renowned for its history and elegance. It has an attractive entrance hall and majestic dining room with large mirrors, superb gilded work and chandeliers. Creative dishes with a solid base in traditional cuisine.

Eleven  (Address: Rua Marquês da Fronteira, Jardim Amália Rodrigues. Campolide, Marquês de Pombal. 1070 Lisbon.Tel: 213862211)). This 1 Michelin star restaurant is a gourmet / formal restaurant offering International cuisine.  Located in the heart of Lisbon’s business district, overlooking the entire city and surrounded by lush gardens, Eleven is more than simply a restaurant, it is a place of culture and art, both at the table and beyond it. Located atop Edward II Park, its cuisine is contemporary Mediterranean prepared by Joachuim Koerper whose restaurant in Spain holds 2 Michelin stars and was rated the best restaurant in the country by the Gourmetour guide.

The Michelin starred Belcanto (Address: Largo de São Carlos 10 P - 1200 - 410 Lisboa. Tel: 213420607) is situated behind a discreet façade in the typical Bairro Alto district. It has two attractively decorated dining rooms. Both are furnished in a classic, contemporary style and both boast views of the kitchen. Traditional dishes form the basis of the menu, alongside more creative cuisine with an innovative touch.

Accommodation: Bairro Alto (5*)
Evora Roman Temple
Evora Roman Temple
Seafood Tapas
Seafood Tapas

Day 4: Lisbon - Porto

Private train station transfer with vehicle and driver.

Enjoy a train ride from Lisbon to Porto. The regular trains take around 3 hrs, while the highspeed trains takes a little less than 3 hrs.

Avail of a private train station transfer.

A private driver and guide will pick you up at your hotel to escort you on your half day guided tour of Porto. Enjoy a visit to Sé Cathedral, followed by the panoramic viewpoint of Gaia. Head to Batalha Square, then walk Santa Catarina Street. You will stop next at Liberdade Square, and the Clérigos Church and Tower. Visit the beautiful Lello bookshop, venture to Ribeira Square and conclude with a visit to Porto Wine Cellars with a tasting. You will then be transferred to your hotel. No entrance fees included.

The cellars of The Yeatman house one of the most comprehensive collections of Portuguese wines and under the guidance of The Yeatman's Wine Director, the hotel won the award in of "Best Wine List” in 2011 from leading Portuguese wine magazine "Revista de Vinhos”. The hotel has established partnerships with many of Portugal's finest producers who actively participate in The Yeatman's program of tastings, seminars and wine dinners. Weekly wine dinners, many hosted by distinguished wine makers and personalities from Portugal and around the world, are held throughout the year. These thematic wine dinners, each focusing on a particular wine region or style, are designed not only to enhance participants' understanding and appreciation of the wines themselves but also to explore their association with food. Private wine dinners, hosted by The Yeatman's own wine specialists, can also be organized by prior arrangement.

Accommodation: The Yeatman (5*)

With a bevvy of awards and accolades behind it (including appearing on Conde Nasts "Hot List Hotels" in 2011, member of Relais & Chateaux, Best Independent Hotel 2012 and Golden Key Award), The Yeatman is conveniently located in Vila Nova de Gaia in Porto,  only a 5-minute walk from General Torres Station and a 10-minute walk from the Douro River. Occupying a commanding hillside position on the south bank of the River Douro, The Yeatman enjoys breathtaking views over the historic centre of Oporto from its extensive grounds and from each of its individually appointed guest rooms and suites. Boasting a spa by Caudalie, an outdoor infinity pool, kids club and a Michelin starred restaurant, it is quite simply the place to stay! Enjoy live entertainment on Friday and Saturday evenings in Dick's bar, as well as afternoon tea and light meals, either inside or on its terrace with panoramic views. Destined to become a unique and distinctive landmark in the world of classic luxury hotels, The Yeatman  offers the individuality of character and the sense of effortless hospitality which makes it the address of choice for discerning travelers visiting Oporto and the North of Portugal.

Porto
Porto
The Yeatman Hotel
The Yeatman Hotel

Day 5: Porto

Porto (Oporto) is the second city of Portugal and is also one of the oldest European centers registered as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1996. Come and find out more about this incredible city in a walk that will surprise you for sure. Includes visit to the Oporto Cathedral, São Bento Train Station and a walk to the river Douro through the streets of Ribeira (the beautiful and typical streets of Ribeira). Stop at three typical places where you can taste the most typical dishes (like: Codfish cake; Fried Petinga (small sardines) with beans rice and so on) and wines of the city. A one-way private transfer from your hotel to meet your private walking tour guide is included.

Optional visits that you can join to this program: visit to the inside of Clerigos Church and tower; St Francis Church, a baroque jewel; “Palacio da Bolsa” a beautiful and unique neoclassical building from the 19th Century (not included). 

You may want to do nothing more than spend some time relaxing in the tranquil surroundings of The Yeatman during your stay. Set in extensive landscaped gardens, it is a serene and tranquil retreat where you can unwind and relax as you absorb the stunning views over a refreshing drink or a leisurely game of croquet. The Caudalie Vinotherapie Spa is an oasis of calm and wellbeing, where one can enjoy a unique range of facial and body treatments based on beneficial natural ingredients extracted from the grape, renowned for their antioxidant properties. There are also two panoramic infinity pools onsite. The indoor pool with direct access from the spa features a post-treatment relaxation area. Surrounded by gardens, the outdoor pool enjoys spectacular panoramic views from its spacious sun terrace.  Next to the indoor pool, there is a fully equipped gym where a resident personal trainer provides advice on a range of fitness and exercise programmes.

The spectacular panorama of the Douro River and the historic centre of Oporto from a stunning backdrop to the gourmet restaurant at the Yeatman which was awarded a Michelin Star in November 2011. Aiming to deliver the city's most inspiring dining experience, it offers imaginative cuisine in which the traditional flavors of Portugal are interpreted and presented with contemporary flair and showcases Portugal's huge range of fish and other fresh produce as well as its diversity of regional specialties. Consider dining here during your time in Oporto!

 

Accommodation: The Yeatman (5*)
Portuguese Codfish "Cakes"
Portuguese Codfish "Cakes"
Indoor Pool at The Yeatman
Indoor Pool at The Yeatman

Day 6: Porto

Your private driver and guide will chauffeur you from your hotel to various stops along your full day tour of the Douro Valley including some marvelous local wine-tasting. In each area you will discover something wonderful; In Amarante, visit the Sao Gonçalo Monastery and historical city centre. Enjoy the views as you are driven through a picturesque valley before arriving at Mesão Frio, home of the Gothic parish church of São Nicolau. Afterwards, take a walk on the seaside wharf in Régua if this is of interest. From here, you'll get to visit the renowned train station in Pinhão. Visit a Port Wine farm to learn more about this drink synonymous with Portugal. Along the way you stop at two local wineries; Quinta da Pacheca visit and Quinta do Seixo, each offering you the opportunity to try some different local wines. A locally-inspired lunch is included at one of the wineries, or weather permitting a picnic can be arranged.

Accommodation: The Yeatman (5*)
Amarante
Amarante

Day 7: Porto

Meet your driver for a private airport transfer. Please note drivers may or may not speak English as their sole responsibility is to transfer clients from one location to another. If you would like to have the presence of an English speaking Assistant or Guide for your transfer this can be pre-arranged upon request and would be subject to an additional supplement.

Accommodation:
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

Trip Terms & Conditions

  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
  • Tour quotes do not include airfare to/from the trip start point unless noted on the itinerary
  • Cost increases in currency exchange, government fees, taxes, surcharges or hotel/lodge tariff increases between quote date and start date are payable by the client.
  • Availability cannot be guaranteed until booked. We will exercise best efforts to book hotels per the itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of tour date we may be forced to offer substitutes.
  • Payment of the program price constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions set out at www.kensingtontours.com/terms-and-conditions
  • Living Standards and practices at destination may differ from those in North America with respect to provisions of utilities, services and accommodation.

Bairro Alto (5*): Lisbon

The Bairro Alto Hotel reflects a fusion of old and new and pays homage to the country's diverse architectural designers. The stylish Flores restaurant, serving contemporary cuisine prepared by the chef Henrique Sá Pessoa embraces the cuisine of the past Portuguese colonies and fuses them with oriental and international flavours. A terrace for al fresco dining is also available. The casual Garrett Cafe Bar offers light lunch and dinner, as well as refreshing cocktails. The air-conditioned rooms at Bairro Alto Hotel are decorated with Brazilian wood flooring and painted wooden panelling. Bairro Alto hotel offers a fitness center with gymnasium, a massage room on the fifth floor and a panoramic terrace with views over the Tagus River to enjoy the sunset during your stay in Lisbon.

Bairro Alto Hotel
Bairro Alto Hotel
Bairro Alto Hotel Room
Bairro Alto Hotel Room

The Yeatman (5*): Porto

With a bevvy of awards and accolades behind it (including appearing on Conde Nasts "Hot List Hotels" in 2011, member of Relais & Chateaux, Best Independent Hotel 2012 and Golden Key Award), The Yeatman is conveniently located in Vila Nova de Gaia in Porto,  only a 5-minute walk from General Torres Station and a 10-minute walk from the Douro River. Occupying a commanding hillside position on the south bank of the River Douro, The Yeatman enjoys breathtaking views over the historic centre of Oporto from its extensive grounds and from each of its individually appointed guest rooms and suites. Boasting a spa by Caudalie, an outdoor infinity pool, kids club and a Michelin starred restaurant, it is quite simply the place to stay! Enjoy live entertainment on Friday and Saturday evenings in Dick's bar, as well as afternoon tea and light meals, either inside or on its terrace with panoramic views. Destined to become a unique and distinctive landmark in the world of classic luxury hotels, The Yeatman  offers the individuality of character and the sense of effortless hospitality which makes it the address of choice for discerning travelers visiting Oporto and the North of Portugal.

The Yeatman Hotel
The Yeatman Hotel
The Yeatman Pool
The Yeatman Pool
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
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Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

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