Experience the cultural and culinary best of Portugal. Savor the finest award-winning Douro Valley wines and connect with ageless traditions in fields and vineyards, artist studios and Fado dance halls.
An epic weeklong journey into the heart and soul of Portugal
August 14 - 20, 2021
Call to BookAugust 15 - 21, 2020
Spots are limited—book soon to reserve your spot
The best of Lisbon, Douro Valley, Porto
A golden glow shines over the Douro Valley, one the world’s most beautiful wine regions. Mother Nature and centuries of agricultural traditions merge amid ancient olive groves and terraced vineyards. You arrived here leisurely by boat, then helped prepare a locally sourced feast with star chef Jamie Malone to savor al fresco at an unforgettable 17th-century manor. This is just part of your Portugal experience: corking your own wine, taking in Lisbon’s intimate Fado performances, feasting on roasted pig in country villages, learning the stories blue-and-white azulejo titles tell, sipping wine under starlight at the most luxurious accommodations. You won’t forget a moment.
This week-long journey is for those who thrive on cultural immersion, from design to cuisine. Have fun and explore Portugal with good company, and appreciate in-depth, hands-on gastronomic experiences you simply won’t find anywhere else.
Celebrate the tastes of Portugal at traditional meals in country villages, at a magical Douro Valley estate, alongside chef Jamie Malone
Portuguese wines are renowned—and it starts at the grape. Savor the best of Vinho Verde, Porto and award-winning Douro Valley wines. We'll even bottle our own!
Learn the story behind Portuguese traditions: azulejo tiles, Fado music, Rabelo boat rides. Meet artists and musicians, farmers and chefs.
“The fado is not meant to be sung; it simply happens. You feel it, you don’t understand it and you don’t explain it.” – Fado Singer Amália Rodrigues
“Portuguese is cheerful and sweet, like a language of birds.” – Author Paulo Rónai
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This epic weeklong journey goes deep into Portuguese culture. We’ll learn ancient, monk-made recipes for tarts and attend intimate Fado music concerts in Lisbon, ride traditional boats through the world’s most gorgeous wine country, and take the cobbled backlanes of Porto by tuk tuk. All the while, unbeatable food and lots of wine!
Welcome to Lisbon! We’ll breathe in the salt air and take in the atmosphere of the Portuguese capital’s unforgettable pastel buildings. Travel is the great educator—and for Portugal, we begin by immersing ourselves in learning local traditions. First, we wander through the historic district of Belém, where we stop at a local factory whose bakers have followed an ancient recipe of delectable custard tarts from the monks of Mosteiro dos Jerónimos since 1837. We’ll learn to make this traditional wedding pastry, and of course eat them. Afterwards, we learn how to make another Portuguese icon: the distinct azulejo tiles that beautifully adorn doorways and walls.
Our welcome dinner tonight is a special treat: a sprawling local feast with signature drinks and an unforgettable live Fado performance, where we’ll revel in what’s been the “soul of Portuguese music” for two centuries.
Today we move into the world’s most scenic wine region, stopping along the way to peek through two windows of traditional rural life. One hour from Lisbon, we’re greeted by the orange terra-cotta rooftops of the village of Óbidos, a town with Roman roots and a medieval layout with horse carriages and bookshops along its cobbled lanes. We’re here to sip the country’s best ginja, a traditional sour cherry liqueur.
Next we move to Mealhada, for the classic Portuguese feast: a suckling pig roasted over fragrant eucalyptus wood, and served with the region’s finest sparkling wines. After lunch, we reach our breathtaking riverside base, deep in the Douro Valley. Here we’ll rest riverside with a glass of Port, dusk fading into a starlit evening, and regroup for dinner—and a toast—to our new home.
After morning coffee and breakfast overlooking the river, we’ll assume the life of an 18th-century Portuguese trader. Jump aboard a flat-bottomed Rabelo boat and we’ll head upriver to fetch a batch of coveted Port wine to export all over the world. It’s an extraordinary, timeless experience—and for us it’s all play, no work. Sit back, listen to local accordion players and enjoy the ride to a winery famed for its Douros and Ports. Here we tap our inner vintner by blending, bottling and corking our own bottle, followed by lunch at another nearby winery.
The afternoon and evening are all yours. Relax poolside at the hotel on the Douro River, spend time with your fellow travelers on the patio as the sun sets. For the more intrepid, take in local art with an evening stroll through the riverside town of Pinhão, famed for tile-covered bridges.
We’ve sampled Portugal’s history, impeccable wines, and culinary classics. Today our connection with the region’s roots go deeper—and more literal—on a fun day of creating, learning and celebrating with Jamie. We’ll collect and harvest the ingredients we need for a glorious lunch, then head to Casa dos Viscondes das Varzeas, a 17th-century manor house owned by a local female chef. Here, surrounded by vineyards and olive groves, we’ll roll up our sleeves and help Jamie create an unforgettable meal (hands-on and learning as we go) using our hand-picked ingredients and locally sourced produce. The reward? Our very own al fresco feast, prepared in a setting worthy of its own landscape painting or glossy magazine cover! This is truly special.
We’ll finish our long and relaxed meal with a glass or three of local wine. Then we’ll return to our hotel for an easygoing afternoon to explore and rest on our own.
Our Portuguese adventure moves along with the Rio Douri, to the charming seaside city of Porto. En route, we’ll discover gorgeous gardens, multiple manor houses, fairytale-like outbuildings and vineyards that stretch for miles—all a part of Quinta da Aveleda, a world-famous producer of Vinho Verde or “green wine” (a MOAD staff favorite). This tantalizing treat on a warm day is a fragrant, crisp and citrusy light-bodied white wine served chilled—the perfect complement to our lovely picnic lunch in the vineyard.
Once in Porto, we’ll ride tuk-tuks through the city’s narrow, cobbled alleyways while taking note of which neighborhoods, markets, and cafes to visit in our free time. Dinner tonight is at a local tapas restaurant sampling just-caught bacalhau (cod), Bulhão Pato-style clams, and other traditional Porto seafood dishes.
We start our full day in Porto with a tour through the streets of Old Town, ducking into small cafes, tascas (taverns), and colorful food markets. We’ll watch fishermen arrive, nets full with the catch of the day, and decipher the tales told of Porto’s ceramic azulejo adorning churches and subway station walls. After relaxing over a leisurely lunch, the afternoon is yours to explore—sit by the sea, shop for mementos, or people-watch in the Unesco World Heritage Ribeira District.
Tonight, we’ll gather for a farewell feast at a private visit on the grounds of Taylor’s Port Cellars. We’ll toast our time together with wood-aged, vintage Ports and plates of fresh seafood and local meats.
After our final breakfast at the hotel, we bid farewell to our fellow travelers—hearts and spirits full of all things Portugal. Then it’s off to the airport. Until next time! Obrigada e adeus, Portugal!
A boutique hotel in the center of Lisbon, a riverside escape in the vineyards of the Douro Valley, and the lap of luxury in Old Town Porto—our accommodations build in elegance and intrigue and reflect the best of Portugal’s coastal cities and inland treasures.
Located in a historic building in the center of Lisbon, this exclusive boutique hotel has been painstakingly renovated and decorated by interior designer Lázaro Rosa-Violán. Its remarkable 18th-century facade has been preserved, while its interior design is a fusion of traditional and contemporary elements. This four-star hotel features the à la carte Azul e Branco Restaurant, the Equestre Bar/Library, and the Limão Chill-Out Terrace, boasting impressive views overlooking Lisbon and the Tagus Estuary.
Located in Pinhão, this riverside hotel lies in the heart of Douro Valley’s Demarcated Wine Region and is considered a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Take in the unique landscape from your balcony, enjoy lunch on the terrace, take a dip in the river-view pool, enjoy a meal in the award-winning Rabelo Restaurant, or sip a glass of Port in the Library Bar while recounting the day’s adventures until the wee hours.
Prepare to sleep, eat, and daydream in Porto’s most prestigious city-center address. Hotel Infante Sagres has been a meeting place for the city’s élite and the choice for discerning travelers and international celebrities for over half a century. This legendary grande dame of Portuguese hotels reopened its doors in 2018 after extensive renovation to restore its wealth of ornate detail while adding a dash of New World glamour. It features exquisite ironwork, carved wooden details, and magnificent stained glass panels from the workshop of Ricardo Leone.
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Six nights at unique four- and five-star accommodations; private travel for all day trips and excursions; departure airport transfer; private tours with local guides and cultural experts; exclusive VIP access and tastings; guided activities, adventures and expeditions; entrance fees; daily breakfasts, most lunches and dinners; local beverages with meals.
International roundtrip airfare; travel insurance; transportation to the trip’s starting point; activities not included in the trip itinerary; hotel incidentals including room service, laundry service and hotel bar tabs; food and beverages not included in itinerary; gratuity for tour leader.
For both departures we start at the H10 Duque de Loule in Lisbon, Portugal. The closest airport is Lisbon's Portela Airport (LIS). We recommend arriving one day early to ensure you're at our starting point on time. On our last day, the closest airport is Francisco Sa Carnerio Airport (OPO) in Porto, Portugal. Your flight home should be scheduled to depart at 12:30pm or later from OPO airport.
Private US citizens are not required to have a visa for stays in Portugal of under 90 days. Just bring a valid US passport. For citizens of other countries, please check with the Portuguese embassy or consulate for information and requirements.
For solo travelers, there is a $1,500 single-supplement fee—paid at the time of booking to secure a private room. If you would like us to pair you with a roommate, that option may be available upon checkout—these spots are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Our adventures typically have between 10 and 20 guests, and our Modern Adventure Team. Our experiences are fun and inclusive and you can expect to be joined by a diverse group in terms of age, background and interests—including solo travelers, couples and friends traveling together. This adventure is for travelers age 18 and above.
This trip is led by an expert Modern Adventure trip leader. They're an experienced travel guide, a representative of Modern Adventure and your go-to person for questions or concerns on the trip. We’ll be joined throughout our adventure by local, expert guides who are deeply knowledgeable with respect to local cultures, customs and history and are passionate about sharing that with us.
For the August 2020 departure, you may cancel on or before May 11, 2020 and receive a full refund minus a $500 per-person service fee. If you cancel on or after May 12, 2020 there is a 50% cancellation fee. On or after June 16, 2020 there is a 100% cancellation fee. For the August 2021 departure, you may cancel on or before April 14, 2021 and receive a full refund minus a $500 per-person service fee. If you cancel on or after April 15, 2021 there is a 50% cancellation fee. On or after June 15, 2021 there is a 100% cancellation fee. We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance as we are not able to make exceptions to this policy in cases of family/medical emergency or cases of the trip being canceled (See our Terms and Conditions for full details). Please note that for guests who are transferring trips or traveling on rescheduled trip dates, your cancelation terms will vary from the above, and are generally non-refundable. Please refer to your correspondence from our Customer Experience team for specific details.