Heritage of Portugal

cooking vacations

9 days / 8 nights

Luxury boutique-hotels Accommodation

Hands-on cooking classes

Gourmet & Cultural tours

All breakfasts, lunches & dinners

Tour is guided by Corinne Preteur

5,310/pers.

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WELCOME TO PORTUGAL,
Country of Arts, 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.


GREATER LISBON & ALENTEJO AT A GLANCE !

Heritage of Portugal tour combines the Western seaside, and the Alentejo countryside featuring the city of Lisbon that you will visit by walking and by electric tuktuk, the sea resort of Cascais, the UNESCO small towns of Evora and Sintra, and the Alentejo 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 be invited to gourmet dinners at traditional and Michelin ranked restaurants. Heritage of Portugal also combines cultural tours to UNESCO sites such as Sintra and Evora.

Program starts in the coastal town of Cascais located 19 miles outside of Lisbon, a fishing village that gained recognition by the Royal Family who established a vacation home there during the 19th century and early 20th century. Perfect for combining relaxation and visits to Lisbon, Sintra and Evora. It continues to Alentejo region where the tour ends.


VISITS & EXCURSIONS


LUXURY BOUTIQUE-HOTELS 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.

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.


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 DATEApril 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.

Considering the limited space in the tour, reservation in advance is highly recommended.

Before booking and paying a deposit, please complete the Contact Form online. Thank you.



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