Portugal with Fishwife

July 20 - 27, 2024 | Extremely Limited Availability

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Feast for the Senses

Experience Portugal's cultural and culinary best with Fishwife's Becca Millstein

July 20 - 27, 2024

One exclusive departure — reserve soon, this will sell out

8 Days, 7 Nights

Best of Lisbon, Douro Valley, Porto

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It’s love at first note as you sit awestruck by authentic Fado. The singer’s lament rises as you sip a delicate Alvarinho and look back on your day. You began—in Lisbon’s most storied historic quarter—rolling dough and learning the nuances behind traditional Portuguese pastries. And now this performance, and this feast—they resonate with joy and longing, and you dream fearlessly about the days ahead: a leisurely rabelo boat ride through the fabled Douro Valley, fresh-off-the-boat seafood in a dockside Porto tavern, carafes of some of the finest wines you’ve never heard of. This is the true essence of Portugal, and it already feels like home.

Joining us is Becca Millstein, cofounder of Fishwife. Inspired by her profound connection to the sea, Becca curates an exquisite selection of responsibly sourced seafood delights; in fact, her dedication to marine conservation has earned Fishwife acclaim from publications like The New York Times, Bon Appétit, and Vogue. Infused with allure from her beloved Portugal, Fishwife’s offerings transport diners to a culinary adventure, and we just cannot wait to wander the dockside tavernas of Porto with Becca at our side.

If you want to venture into iconic Portugal, and do it with exclusive access, this is the trip for you. Meet acclaimed local winemakers and artists. Eat the best street foods, and at top regional kitchens. Catch a sunset while sipping a world-class wine. Mouthwatering flavors and soaring scenery—this is our Portugal.


With ageless traditions in the kitchen, in fields and vineyards, with Becca Millstein


The story behind Portuguese traditions: azulejo tiles, Fado music, oak-aged ports and vinho verde wines


Local chefs, winemakers, musicians and artisans at workshops and exclusive meet-ups


Traditional meals in country villages, the best street foods and local flavors

3 Reasons to Travel with Fishwife

Becca was working in the music industry when she noticed something missing from the grocery shelf: tinned fish. How could such an exquisite product, one perfect for both picnics in the park and hosting at home, be exiled to other countries? When she found no answer, she cofounded Fishwife, a company devoted to ethically-sourced and premium tinned seafood. We can't wait to travel together in Portugal, where the merroir was her original source of inspiration.

Of Sardines and Slurs

Originally referring to the wives and daughters of fishermen, in the 16th century the term “Fishwife” became a gendered slur for women who were brass and boisterous. As a female cofounder and CEO, Becca does not shy away from her Fishwife ways.

It Takes A Village

From a sustainable trout farm in Idaho to a family-owned cannery in Northern Spain, Becca has forged deep relationships all over the world with one goal in mind: to change the narrative of tinned fish.

Shelter in Place

Inspiration struck Becca while avoiding frequent grocery-store visits and seeking nutritious shelf-stable ingredients amid the pandemic; fast forward a few years, and now she's sharing that very same inspiration with the world.

Your Experience

“When you taste Portuguese conservas, you are tasting years and years of craftsmanship and tradition.”
Becca Millstein

Lisbon, Douro Valley, Porto

“Travel has a way of radically transforming our lives.”
Becca Millstein

Day by Day

Day 1: Lisbon

Welcome to Lisbon, the ancient city that seems to drift in the salt-tinged breeze and home to azulejo tiles, winding cobblestoned alleys and charming pastel buildings. We’ll start in the afternoon with cocktails at the hotel, and just as the sun begins to set, we’ll set off for our welcome dinner.

Our destination? Chef José Avillez’s culinary haven, Bairro do Avillez, with diverse eating areas inspired by Portugal’s regional specialties. We’ll dine outside on their stunning páteo as the city hums below us. It’s the perfect start for the week of cultural immersion ahead.

Day 1: Lisbon Highlights

  • Arrivals to Lisbon
  • Dinner at Bairro do Avillez
  • Stay at H10 Duque de Loulé

Day 2: Lisbon

We begin by immersing ourselves in Lisbon’s daily bustle: wandering through the historic district of Belém where landmarks like the Belém Tower and Mosteiro Dos Jerónimos stand as magnificent architectural marvels. If you’re suddenly tantalized by the aroma of custard tarts, there’s no need for alarm; for decades the Pastéis de Belém have drawn travelers from the cobbled streets and into their modest bakeries.

Hold that thought for now as the city center beckons where we’ll visit the world-famous Conserveira de Lisboa. Founded in 1930, this shop is a gathering place for locals intent on fixing a true Sunday feast; here, we’ll lean on Becca’s knowledge as we learn about the tinned fish conserves—cod, sardines, tuna, salmon, octopus, mackerel, eel, and trout.

Our next stop is lunch with a wine pairing from the Douro Valley, the same region we’ll visit later in the week. Our dessert is a surprise, but let’s just say it has something to do with custard and pastries, and you may just have the opportunity to make it yourself. We’ll cap our incredible day in true Portuguese style, with a local supper and an unforgettable live Fado performance, where we’ll revel in what’s been the “soul of Portuguese music” for two centuries.

Day 2: Lisbon Highlights

  • Explore Belém district
  • Visit to Conserveira de Lisboa
  • Dinner & Fado performance
  • Stay at H10 Duque de Loulé

Day 3: Douro Valley

Today, we leave behind beloved Lisbon to take in the Douro Valley, a region regularly considered as one of the most beautiful places on the planet. Along the way, one glorious pit stop awaits—we’ll honor the story of sea salt by touring the largest salinas (salt pan) on the Iberian peninsula. Portugal’s salinas are traditional ponds where seawater is channeled into shallow pools to evaporate under the sun and wind, the salts then gathered by hand. It’s an ancient industry, and a truly breathtaking sight.

After a casual lunch, we’ll 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.

Day 3: Douro Valley Highlights

  • Salinas visit
  • Aperitif & dinner
  • Overnight at Vintage House

Day 4: Douro Valley

After 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. It’s a timeless experience—sit back, listen to local accordion players and enjoy the gentle ride to Quinta do Seixo. Here, alongside local winemakers, we go behind the scenes at the vineyard and taste directly from barrels.

After lunch—paired with local wines, of course—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.

Day 4: Douro Valley Highlights

  • Rabelo boat ride
  • Winery tour & tasting
  • Lunch with wine pairings
  • Overnight at Vintage House

Day 5: Douro Valley

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 Becca.

We’ll gather and harvest the essential ingredients for a splendid lunch, then proceed to Casa dos Viscondes das Várzea—an elegant 17th-century manor owned by a local female chef. With Becca leading by example, we’ll craft an unforgettable meal, utilizing our freshly picked ingredients and locally curated wines. Our efforts will culminate in a rewarding al fresco feast, set against a backdrop reminiscent of a captivating landscape painting or the pages of a glossy magazine.

After we eat, we’ll return to our hotel for an easygoing late afternoon, only to reconvene for meal unlike anything else we’ll eat in Portugal. Centered around expansive wood-burning ovens, Bomfim 1896, helmed by Pedro Lemos, conjures the essence and aromas of an authentic Douro kitchen—during the meal, we’ll take a moment to reflect on the day and toast the adventure ahead.

Day 5: Douro Valley Highlights

  • Collect & prepare ingredients
  • Al fresco lunch with Becca
  • Dinner at Bomfim 1896
  • Overnight at Vintage House

Day 6: Porto

Our Portuguese exploration continues alongside the Rio Douro, leading us to the captivating coastal enclave of Porto. En route, we’ll traverse enchanting gardens, endless vineyards, and delve into the world of tinned fish! Nestled in Matosinhos, an industrial quarter on the fringes of Porto, we’ll enjoy an exclusive glimpse into the storied Pinhais & Cia cannery, renowned for its mastery of sardines since 1920. It’s a shining synergy of the finest local catch, the freshest ingredients, and time-honored secret recipes perfected over generations; a cherished passion of Becca’s, this experience is bound to infuse a vibrant palette into the meals for the remainder of our journey.

After lunch on Matosinhos’ seafront, we’ll arrive in central Porto and settle into our elegant base camp for the next two evenings. Dinner tonight is at a local tapas restaurant sampling just-caught bacalhau (cod) and other traditional Porto seafood dishes.

Day 6: Porto Highlights

  • Transfer to Porto
  • Pinhais & Cia sardine cannery
  • Tapas dinner
  • Overnight at Hotel Infante Sagres

Day 7: Porto

We start our full day in Porto on foot, 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 tiles adorning churches and subway station walls. After relaxing over a leisurely lunch together, 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 private farewell feast at W&J Graham’s, its 19th-century cellars stocked with 3,000 barrels of gently aging wines. We’ll toast our time together with Becca over vintage ports and plates of fresh seafood and local meats, with views over Porto and the Douro River. It’s the ideal setting for our joyful farewell.

Day 7: Porto Highlights

  • Porto walking tour
  • Casual lunch
  • Farewell dinner
  • Overnight at Hotel Infante Sagres

Day 8: Departures from Porto

After our final breakfast at the hotel, we bid farewell to Becca and our fellow travelers—hearts and spirits full of all things Portugal. Then it’s off to Porto’s airport, or to catch trains back to Lisbon. Until next time! Obrigada e adeus, Portugal!

Day 8: Departures from Porto Highlights

  • Breakfast
  • Group transfer to Porto airport

Where We Sleep

A boutique hotel in the center of Lisbon, a riverside escape in the vineyards of the Douro Valley, and the lap of luxury in Porto's old town—our accommodations build in elegance and reflect the best of Portugal’s coastal cities and inland treasures.

H10 Duque de Loulé


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.

Vintage House

Douro Valley

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.

Hotel Infante Sagres


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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I loved the friendliness of the people, their relaxed way of life and the pride in their long history of cooking passed down through generations.
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  1. What does the price include?

    Seven 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.

  2. What does the price not include?

    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.

  3. Where does the trip start and end?

    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.

  4. What travel documents are needed?

    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.

  5. Do I need to pay a solo traveler supplement?

    For solo travelers, there is a $1,300 single-supplement fee—paid at the time of booking to secure a private room. These spots are extremely limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

  6. Who is going on this trip?

    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.

  7. Who is leading this trip?

    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.

  8. Do I need Travel Insurance?

    We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance. Travel insurance allows you to seek reimbursement for your trip costs; if your trip plans change for unforeseeable reasons, or if you need to get medical help, emergency transport, and for theft, loss or damage of items while traveling. For best coverage, always insure the full trip cost within two weeks of your initial trip deposit and note that most ‘Cancel For Any Reason’ policies must be purchased on the date of your initial deposit.

  9. What is the cancellation policy?

    You may cancel on or before March 22, 2024 and receive a full refund minus a $500 per-person service fee. If you cancel on or after March 23, 2024 there is a 50% cancellation fee. On or after May 21, 2024 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.

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