A Taste of Portugal - May 7-15, 2019

$3690 (Land Only)

With the exception of just two lunches and dinners, everything has been included from the time you arrive in Portugal, to the moment of your departure! Your only other expenses will be those of a personal nature.

Call Now! Space is limited to just 12 people to ensure a truly hands-on cooking experience.

Culinary Arts Tours presents... A Taste of Portugal. Come with us and experience this land of fairy tale castles and enchanting cobblestone villages. Portugal's cuisine is as rich and varied as its landscape and it creates the perfect introduction to the Portuguese art of fine living. One can find in it influences from Brazil and Africa, and also of the Romans and the Moors. For our cooking classes, we will be staying in the Alentejo region, which has one of the most creative gastronomies of Portugal. Here, bread, pork, garlic and olive oil seamlessly combine with aromatic herbs such as coriander, parsley, rosemary, oregano, and mint. Roll up your sleeves with us and experience this unique region. Hands-on cooking classes, visits to beautiful wine estates, cheese making and olive oil tasting—all combine to make this a rich and memorable experience. Join us!

Daily Itinerary

Day 1 Tuesday, May 7

Welcome to Portugal!  We are met at the airport by our tour escort and local guide and make the two hour drive to our lovely hotel in Evora. This is the Alentejo region, known as one of the most creative culinary regions in the country. On our way we stop for lunch at a “Pousada”—an historic and exclusive hotel serving regional cuisine and wines. Relax for the rest of the afternoon at our hotel during a welcome reception. We enjoy dinner together later in the evening. Included Meals L/D

Day 2  Wednesday, May 8

Today we are introduced to Portuguese cooking with our first hands-on class together. Although different in every region, Portuguese cuisine is simple and characterized by a rich variety of regional dishes featuring fresh produce, aromatic herbs, olive oil and a Mediterranean influence. Enjoy the meal you just created from start to finish, paired with a great local wine. After lunch, we have a guided tour of Évora, classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage City, because of its excellent preservation over the centuries. We visit the enigmatic Church of St. Francis and its Chapel of the Bones. We continue up the narrow streets of the old town reaching the Giraldo Square where the Inquisition once had its headquarters. We also have time to explore the millenium old Roman Temple and have a glimpse at the 12th century cathedral. In the already distant 16th century, Évora thrived with culture and tradition in its university as much as it still does today. During a short visit to the century old university courtyard you will understand why Évora was once the second most important city of Portugal. Included Meals B/L

Day 3  Thursday, May 9

Early this morning we visit a local cheese producer and learn about the process of cheese making firsthand. The Alentejo region is famous for its cheeses and after our visit we enjoy a tasting.  Later we visit one of the best wine and olive oil producers of Portugal, Herdade do Esporão. This winery is known for blending ancient and modern winemaking techniques. Enjoy lunch at this lovely estate. Before returning to Evora, we drive to São Pedro do Corval to visit this small Alentejo village famous for its pottery. We stop in to a pottery shop and watch the potter as some of his works of art take shape. Later we enjoy dinner together in the one thousand year old village of Monsaraz. Included Meals B/L/D

Day 4  Friday, May 10

Today we roll up our sleeves for our second cooking class which will focus on olive oil and seafood—namely cod fish or bacalhau. In Portugal, it is said there are more than 365 ways to cook cod, one for every day of the year—and today—we will learn one of those ways and savor the rich flavors over lunch. Later, we visit a local olive oil farm where we discover the process of pressing one of the excellent olive oils of the region, followed by a tasting. We enjoy diner in a local restaurant in Evora. Included Meals B/L/D

Day 5  Saturday, May 11

We begin our final cooking class with a visit to Evora’s local market and the opportunity to select much of the produce we will use during this class with the help of our cooking instructor.  After enjoying the fruits of our labor during lunch, paired with an excellent wine—we have the rest of the afternoon to relax at the hotel or explore more of Evora on our own. Included Meals B/L

DAY 6  Sunday, May 12

This morning we travel to Lisbon. On the way we visit a biological farm and learn about their organic processes and taste some of their local products. After lunch, we stop in the village of Azeitão. which is well-known for its wine “Moscatel” as well as for its cheese and tarts. We make a stop at José Maria da Fonseca wine lodge to visit and taste the wine. In the late afternoon we arrive in Lisbon and enjoy an orientation tour of this lively city before having dinner together at a local restaurant. Included Meals B/L/D

Day 7  Monday, May 13

Today we visit the charming town of Sintra. Once the summer residence of the Kings of Portugal, Sintra remains a resort for wealthy Lisbon families. We visit Palácio da Pena—this grand palace is one of the best examples of Portuguese architecture in the Romantic period. In the afternoon we stop at Cabo da Roca cliff which is the most westerly point of continental Europe. We also visit the colorful bay of Cascais, which is both a traditional fishing village and a lively resort. Discover the “Sunny Coast” and its beaches—some of the best surfing contests in the world are held here!  Tonight we’re in for a magical evening of music when we visit an authentic Fado house where we enjoy a Portuguese meal while listening to the very emotional and traditional Fado songs. It’s an experience that can’t be missed while visiting Portugal.  Included Meals B/L

Day 8  Tuesday, May 14

On our final day in Portugal we experience the highlights of Lisbon with our local guide. This historic capital of Portugal is a potpourri of unusual character and charm, where 800 years of cultural influences mingle with modern trends and lifestyles, creating spectacular contrasts. We begin with the Belém District, where we find several monuments and museums. First, we visit the Monastery of Hieronymus—a magnificent monument marking the high point of Portuguese art in the century of the Discoveries. UNESCO has classified it as a World Heritage site. In the afternoon we visit the old town. We start with the Alfama quarter, one of the most typical of Lisbon and home to most of the Fado houses in the city.  In Alfama, it’s still possible to see Roman and Arab remains—two of the most dominant civilizations in Lisbon's past.  We explore its quaint and narrow streets on a walking tour. We continue on to “Baixa”  which was totally rebuilt after the earthquake of 1775. Visit Praça do Comércio. This vast waterfront square is where the royal palace stood for over two centuries until 1755, when its was destroyed by the Great Earthquake. The royal family moved to another residence, and the new arcaded buildings acted as the port of entry to the city.  We end our day at the Santa Justa lift for a magnificent view over Lisbon. Tonight we enjoy our farewell dinner together with many fond memories of our time in Portugal.  Included Meals B/D

Day 9  Wednesday, May 15

This morning after breakfast we transfer to the Lisbon airport for our return flights home. Included Meals B

Note: Itinerary is subject to change: Culinary Arts Tours makes every effort to operate all tours as advertised. However, it’s possible that due to unforeseen events, weather conditions, festivals or unexpected closures, we occasionally may need to rearrange a day or substitute another activity. In the end, our goal is always to make it better for our guests, and when substitutions happen, they are always enjoyable.

What’s Included

Tour Price:  $3690 (Land Only)

With the exception of just two lunches and dinners, everything has been included from the time you arrive in Portugal, to the moment of your departure! Your only other expenses will be those of a personal nature.

Price based on 10 participants and double occupancy
Single Supplement: $550

Your Tour Includes:

  • Land transportation (including airport transfers) via private, deluxe, air conditioned motor coach & minivans
  • First class accommodations for 8 nights
  • All meals are included as indicated in the itinerary
  • Bottled water and wine included with lunches & dinners
  • Services of a professional tour guide throughout the tour
  • Expert local guides
  • Admission to all sightseeing and excursions
  • All cooking classes
  • All taxes and tips for services provided, including end of tour gratuities for tour escort and driver
  • Luggage handling

Your Tour Does Not Include:

  • Airfare
  • Transfers to and from the hotel from the airport if you arrive at a different time than the rest of the group
  • Any personal purchases you make
  • Passport fees
  • Any special request wines with meals outside the excellent local wines we already provide
  • Optional insurance for health, baggage and trip cancellation
    (This insurance is highly recommended. Ask us about our reasonably priced group insurance policies.)


Payment Schedule:

A non-refundable deposit of $500 must be received with registration. Final payment is due 90 days prior to departure. All payments may be made by check or by credit card.

Refund / Cancellation Policy
All cancellations must be in writing and date of postmark or email will determine the amount of refund due. Regardless of reason, cancellations are costly. If you cancel, all unrecoverable expenses from our suppliers will be charged, in addition to the following charges per person:

89-45 days prior to departure: 50% of the package price
44 days to day of departure: 100% of the package price

There are no refunds for unused or missed days.
Travel insurance is highly recommended.

Terms and Conditions

Please read carefully

This document outlines what Culinary Arts Tours agrees to provide when you sign up for a tour and what you agree to do in return. This is very important information, so please read it carefully before you complete and sign your registration form.

Tours include: Services of a professional tour escort, expert local guides, entrance fees to all sights listed on itinerary, hands-on cooking classes, transportation by deluxe air-conditioned minibus and minivans, accommodations, meals as indicated in the itinerary, beverages with all included meals, luggage handling, and all taxes and gratuities for the hotels, guides, and drivers. 

Tours do not include: Airfare, insurance, and items of a personal nature, such as passport fees.

Tour price: The tour price is based on the value of the dollar and is subject to change. If there is a substantial fluctuation in currency exchange rates, we reserve the right to adjust prices.

Tours cancelled by Culinary Arts Tours: Although unlikely, a tour may be cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances. If a tour is cancelled, the entire amount you have paid will be refunded to you within 14 days of tour cancellation. Once this occurs, Culinary Arts Tours has no other obligation to tour members on cancelled trips.

Travel insurance: Travel insurance is highly recommended to protect your trip investment so that you may travel with peace of mind. If you cancel or interrupt your trip due to illness or other qualifying unforeseen events, your non-refundable expenses will be covered.  We would be happy to provide you with our reasonable group insurance policy. We cannot be responsible for damaged or lost luggage—it is important that you have adequate baggage insurance.

Tour member health and safety: Tour participants need to be in reasonably good health. Age is not a factor but physical condition is important. By registering for this tour, you are certifying that you do not have any condition or disability that would create a hazard or hardship for other travelers. This tour requires considerable walking and standing for several hours at a time during walking tours and cooking classes. You also should expect plenty of stairs and uneven pavement in some areas. In addition, any person who needs assistance must have a travel companion who is able and willing to help them during the tour.  You may not rely on your fellow travelers to assist you during the trip.  Culinary Arts Tours reserves the right to decline accepting or retaining any traveler whose health affects the operation of the trip or the welfare or enjoyment of fellow travelers.  If you smoke,  you may  do so only outdoors and away from the group—never on the bus, in hotel rooms, or during group meals.

Termination of tour privileges: On rare occasion, a tour participant may do things which are incompatible with the safety, comfort or convenience of the other members of the tour. In those circumstances we have the right and discretion to expel someone from the tour at any time, without any claims or complaints against us.

Itinerary is subject to change: Culinary Arts Tours makes every effort to operate all tours as advertised. However, it is possible that due to unforeseen events, conditions, or changes in airline schedules, the land portion of the trip may be extended or shortened, and certain sights may be added or dropped. Any savings realized by such occurrences will be refunded; however, any extra expenses incurred must be borne by the client.

Responsibility:  Culinary Arts Tours, their officers, and employees, tour hosts, or any other persons or vendors connected with the tour shall not under any circumstances be liable to the client by reason of this agreement directly or indirectly for any accidents, injury, delay, damage, or inconvenience caused to the client by negligence of others, by malfunctions of transportation systems or equipment, by acts of war, terrorism, or rebellion, strikes, theft, itinerary changes, extreme weather conditions, or cancellations, and the client hereby releases the above mentioned corporations and persons from any and all such liability.

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