Portugal with George Mendes
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The cultural and culinary best of Portugal with George Mendes and his inner circle of Michelin-starred chefs
May 19 - 25, 2023
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7 Days, 6 Nights
The best of Lisbon, Douro Valley, Porto
per person based on double occupancy
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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. All this in the company of the best Portuguese chef in America. This is true Portugal—a rare insider’s experience.
You’re joined by Chef George Mendes, the creator of some of the most notable Portuguese-inspired restaurants in the United States. His former restaurant, Aldea, is still the only Portuguese restaurant in the United States to have earned a coveted Michelin star. This is your opportunity to experience Portugal alongside a noted chef and cookbook author who’s excited to share his Portugal with us on this deliciously personal trip—equal parts knowledge and passion—as we explore Portugal’s traditions and flavors.
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. And eat, drink and cook alongside three different Michelin-starred chefs.
Meet local Michelin-starred chefs and winemakers, musicians and artisans
With ageless traditions in the kitchen, in fields and vineyards, with George Mendes
Traditional meals in country villages, the best street foods and local flavors
The story behind azulejo tiles, Fado music, oak-aged ports and crisp vinho verde wines
3 Reasons to Travel with George Mendes
Portuguese food is not just a passion for George Mendes—it’s literally in his DNA. He’s a first-generation American born to Portuguese farmers who've passed down time-tested traditions and dishes, some of which you can find in his cookbook My Portugal: Recipes & Stories.
Celebration of Heritage
George grew up learning how to make salt cod in the garage of his family home, enjoying the simplicity of homemade Portuguese meals. It’s what catapulted him into a decades-long career sharing the story of his family’s cuisine in fresh and innovative ways.
Portugal is Love
George has many loves—family, training for marathons, cooking—but it's Portugal that inspires him to wax poetic, with photos and recipes that capture his passion for Portuguese cuisine and culture. We can’t wait to experience that deep connection with George.
George mastered French cooking techniques during his stint at Alain Passard’s L’Arpège in Paris. Yet it’s his childhood memories of cooking arroz de tomate with his mother on Sunday afternoons that motivates him to create new dishes for his acclaimed menus.
Lisbon, Douro Valley, Porto
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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 reflect the very best of Portugal
H10 Duque de LouléLisbon
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 HouseDouro 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 SagresPorto
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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Reserve your spot today with a $1,500 per-person deposit plus room supplements (if relevant). Full payment is due 180 days prior to your trip departure date. We’ll email you a reminder. If your trip departs in less than 180 days, we’ll collect full payment either 30 days from when we receive your deposit, or 60 days prior to your trip departure date, whichever is sooner. For details read our Deposit FAQs
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What does the price include?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Do I need to pay a solo traveler supplement?
For solo travelers, there is a $1,500 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.
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.
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.
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.
What is the cancellation policy?
You may cancel on or before January 19, 2023 and receive a full refund minus a $500 per-person service fee. If you cancel on or after January 20, 2023 there is a 50% cancellation fee. On or after March 20, 2023 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.