Portugal with Kyle Knall

September 2 - 8, 2023 | One Exclusive Departure

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Feast for the Senses

Experience the cultural and culinary best of Portugal with Kyle Knall

September 2 - 8, 2023

One exclusive date, and likely to sell out—reserve your spot!

7 Days, 6 Nights

Best of Lisbon, Douro Valley, Porto

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$7,500

per person based on double occupancy

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You’re sitting on the prow of a flat-bottomed rabelo boat, the traditional craft that’s ferried people and goods along the fabled Douro river valley for centuries. As you float past terraced vineyards and ancient olive groves, you reflect on your recent adventures: a soulful, intimate Fado performance at one of Lisbon’s oldest casas de fado; baking fragrant, cinnamon-scented tarts according to an 1837 recipe; sampling rich, biodynamic red wines straight from the vineyard. In the days to come, you’ll dine al fresco at a 17th-century manor house and wander the fish markets and back alleys of colorful, bustling Porto. But for now, you’re in no rush to arrive at your next port of call. You sit back and let the strains of traditional music waft by on a spring breeze. This is Portugal, and its magic can’t be rushed.

Joining us is Kyle Knall — the chef, owner and creative force behind Milwaukee’s Birch, where no menu will ever be the same (really, never). That’s because Kyle loves pushing himself to riff off the fresh produce at hand. Even one ingredient swap can spur a whole new plate for the evening. It’s a talent that has the James Beard Foundation’s attention, leading him to become a recent semifinalist for Outstanding Chef. Join Kyle to eat deliciously fresh seafood, devour meats charred to perfection over wood-fired grills, and cheers the winemakers of the Douro Valley, the chefs and producers of Porto, and all the other talented artisans who we’ll meet on this incredible journey to Portugal.

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.

Connect

With ageless traditions in the kitchen, in fields and vineyards, with Kyle Knall

Discover

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

Meet

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

Celebrate

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

Why We Love Kyle Knall

Kyle is down-to-earth, but don’t let his laid-back personality fool you. His passion and confidence comes out on every plate. From working at New York City’s Gramercy Tavern to opening restaurants in London and New Orleans, his keen eye for detail has made his third restaurant concept, Birch, an instant darling in his Milwaukee community.

Wine & Family

When you ask Kyle what his passions are (not counting cooking) the answer is simple: family and wine. It couldn’t be a more perfect combination when you think about the essence of Portugal — and we’ll raise a glass of vinho verde to that.

Iberian in Spirit

Drawing a similarity between Milwaukee and Portugal may seem like a stretch. Yet not everyone cooks like Kyle, working with local farmers to get the freshest fare. It’s all cooked on a wood-fire grill, drizzled in olive oil and lemon in true Portuguese fashion. One thing he can’t easily access (and can’t wait to cook on this trip): fresh seafood.

Always Learning

For Kyle, travel gives him experiences that he can take back to his team as ideas and values to help better them as people and chefs. With ageless traditions in the kitchen, in fields and vineyards, this experience is Kyle's masterclass in cooking, living and celebrating the world.

Your Experience

“Portuguese cooking is simple, which makes things all about the ingredients.”
Kyle Knall

Lisbon, Douro Valley, Porto

“The sea with an end can be Greek or Roman: the endless sea is Portuguese.”
Fernando Pessoa

Day by Day

Day 1

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, stopping 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 go behind the scenes with a hands-on lesson in making these traditional wedding pastries and, of course, to eat them! Afterwards we meet up with local artists to try our hand at creating another Portuguese icon: the distinct azulejo tiles that beautifully adorn doorways and walls.

Our welcome dinner tonight is a special treat: a 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.

Day 1 Highlights

  • Explore Belém district
  • Pastry & azulejo tile workshops
  • Welcome dinner & Fado performance
  • Stay at H10 Duque de Loulé in Lisbon

Day 2

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 visit a family winery known for its rich and deeply colored reds made from indigenous Baga, Castelão and Rufete grapes. We’ll taste through the vineyard and treat ourselves to an al fresco lunch.

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.

Day 2 Highlights

  • Sip ginja in medieval Óbidos
  • Winery visit 
  • Overnight at Vintage House in Douro Valley

Day 3

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. It’s a timeless experience—sit back, listen to traditional music and enjoy the gentle ride to Adega Maçanita. Here, alongside local winemakers, we go behind the scenes at the vineyard and taste directly from barrels. Feel free to nerd out with Kyle—his favorite wines come from the valley—as our hosts discuss the nuances of each varietal.

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 3 Highlights

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

Day 4

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 Kyle. We’ll collect and harvest the ingredients we need for a glorious lunch, then head to Casa dos Viscondes das Várzea, 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 Kyle create an unforgettable meal (hands-on and learning as we go) using our hand-picked ingredients and locally sourced wines. The reward? Our very own al fresco feast, prepared in a setting worthy of its own landscape painting or glossy magazine cover!

After we eat, we’ll return to our hotel for an easygoing late afternoon to explore and rest on our own.

Day 4 Highlights

  • Collect & prepare ingredients
  • Al fresco lunch with Kyle
  • Overnight at Vintage House in Douro Valley

Day 5

Our Portuguese adventure moves along with the Rio Douri, to the charming seaside city of Porto. En route it’s gorgeous gardens, vineyards that stretch for miles—and tinned fish! In Matosinhos, a classic industrial neighborhood on Porto’s outskirts, we’ll have an exclusive look at legendary cannery Pinhais & Cia, specialists in sardines since 1920. The best local catch, the freshness ingredients, homemade secret recipes perfected for generations—this is the pinnacle of artisanal tinned fish in Portugal. 

After lunch on Matosinhos’ seafront, we’ll arrive in central Porto and 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) and other traditional Porto seafood dishes.

Day 5 Highlights

  • Transfer to Porto
  • Pinhais & Cia sardine cannery
  • Tuk tuk tour of Porto
  • Overnight at Hotel Infante Sagres in Porto

Day 6

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 tapas 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 Kyle 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 6 Highlights

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

Day 7

After our final breakfast at the hotel, we bid farewell to Kyle and 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!

Day 7 Highlights

  • Transfer to 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

Lisbon

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

Porto

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.

I really loved the special touches, the level of the food and accommodations.
Fran M.
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.
Rushika S.
EVERY PERSON in our group was SUPER AWESOME!
Jennifer M.

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Reserve your spot today with a $1,000 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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per person based on double occupancy

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  1. 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.

  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 $1,500 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.

  6. Who is going on this trip?

    Our adventures typically have between 10 and 18 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 May 5, 2023 and receive a full refund minus a $500 per-person service fee. If you cancel on or after May 6, 2023 there is a 50% cancellation fee. On or after July 4, 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.

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