Portugal with Camille Becerra
One Departure Only | September 6 - 12, 2019
A golden glow shines over the Douro Valley. Mother Nature and centuries of agricultural traditions merge amidst ancient olive groves and terraced vineyards spouting juicy grapes. You’re kneeling onto the farm’s sacred soil, digging your hands into the dark, rich dirt as you learn to harvest herbs and produce alongside one of New York’s most beloved chefs. Afterwards you return to the breathtaking 17th-century manor, and help build a fresh, organic, family-style, richly Portuguese feast together – mingling as you mince, chop and dice. The sweeping views from the patio beckon you back outside to breathe in the beauty of this enchanted valley, where you offer a saúde (cheers) to your new friends with a glass of local Douro Tinto, and celebrate the moment with an unforgettable feast.
Your travel companion to Portugal is Camille Becerra, a New York chef celebrated for cooking with healthful, seasonal ingredients that nourish the body and soul. Known for her love of cultural exploration and food sourcing through responsible farming, Camille is making her first trip to Portugal and will use her engaging sense of curiosity to delve into how Portugal’s culture, food and wine intertwine. You’ll join her to recreate a traditional, 18th-century custard tart in a hands-on workshop; go behind the scenes of Mealhada’s famous roasted suckling pigs; hit the tascas (taverns) in Old Town Porto; and even blend, bottle and cork you own wine.
This journey is crafted for farm-to-table food and wine lovers – and gardeners! – who thrive on cultural immersion, having fun with good company, and appreciating chef-led, in-depth, hands-on gastronomic experiences you simply won’t find anywhere else. Discover Portugal’s unique culture and history while setting the tone for seeking healthy, sustainable and delicious foods once back home. Join us!
Traditional Portuguese suckling pig and custard tarts, famous Port and Vinho Verde wines.
The art and culture of Portugal: Azulejo tiles, colorful markets, local artisans and craftspeople.
The Douro River aboard Rabelo boats and ride tuk tuks through the cobbled alleyways of Porto.
The haunting sound of traditional Portuguese Fado music seep deep into your soul.
3 Reasons to Travel with Camille Becerra
We love Camille Becerra because she's not merely a chef – she's a force of nature at the intersection of food, art, and culture. She wants food to look good, taste good, and make you feel good. From appearing on "Top Chef" to cooking in a monastery to opening and running restaurants (Paloma in Brooklyn, Navy in Soho, James Beard Award-winning DeMaria in Nolita), Camille understands that food is art, and that great design nurtures the soul.
Camille cooks for a reason – to encourage the creative power of her diners, with a heavy focus of healthful, natural and seasonal ingredients, to teach new ways of not only cooking but of thinking about good clean food.
She's an Explorer
Camille nourishes her creativity by diving into new cultures and new places. Like Portugal! This is her first trip there, and she's on a mission to experience Portugal's colors, the markets and street stalls, its artisans and craftspeople... and to eat all the tastiest foods!
She Believes in Good
Camille once lived in a Zen monastery in New Mexico, preparing vegetarian meals sourced from the monastery gardens. She's a passionate advocate of healthful, seasonal ingredients that nourish body and soul.
Day by Day
During this weeklong journey to Portugal’s coastal capital and stunning wine country, we’ll harvest organic foods to create a feast in a 17th-century manor house, sip sweet Port wine and Vinho Verde, blend our own wine creations, ride up Rio Douro, and absorb Portugal's iconic Fado music.
Day 1 | May 30
Welcome to Lisbon! Breathe in the salt air and take in the atmosphere of pastel buildings in our day of rich (and delicious) Portuguese traditions. We begin by wandering the historical district of Belém and visit a famous factory where bakers have followed an ancient recipe from the monks of Mosteiro dos Jerónimos since 1837. We’ll have a hands-on demo to create our very own custard tarts.
The afternoon is yours. Discover the pratos do dia (lunch specials) at a local tasca (tavern) where you can enjoy rustic Portuguese stews, steaks and grilled fish, then climb the hilly corridors or view the city from a funicular. Just save some steam for our sprawling welcome dinner with local specialties, signature drinks and an unforgettable live Fado performance. This deeply expressive melancholic music may stay with you the entire journey, and beyond.
Day 2 | May 31
This morning we leave Portugal’s historic capital to explore the Douro Valley, known by locals as the river of gold. We love the steep, dramatic fertile valley for being birthplace of Portugal’s sweet, rich legendary Port wine.
On the way there, we stop to leisurely taste local wines and delicacies. In Obidos, a Unesco World Heritage Site, we’ll sip Ginjinha de Óbidos (local sour cherry liquor). In Mealhada, we’ll sample the town’s source of pride — famous suckling pig roasted over fragrant eucalyptus wood — paired with the region’s sparkling wine. Our home for the next three days is a luxury boutique hotel set in an idyllic riverside location in the heart of the Douro Valley. After the day’s journey, reward yourself with a dip in the pool or a glass of Port in the Library Bar.
Day 3 | June 1
While enjoying your breakfast overlooking the river, imagine you are an 18th-century Portuguese trader, about to board your flat-bottomed Rabelo boat and head up river to fetch a batch of coveted Port wine to export all over world. But on our extraordinary, timeless experience, it’s all play, no work. Sit back, listen to local accordion musicians and enjoy the ride to a winery famed for its Douros and Ports. There we untap our inner vintner by blending, bottling and corking our own bottle followed by lunch at the winery!
The afternoon and evening are all yours — to relax poolside or stroll through the riverside town of Pinhão with its historic bridges and train station boasting beautiful Azulejo tiles depicting daily life in the region. Then follow your nose to find sizzling Iberian “secret pork,” local grilled tuna, steak and savory Portuguese stews cooked in many of the town’s authentic family-run restaurants.
Day 4 | June 2
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 foraging, creating, learning, celebrating with Camille.
After enjoying breakfast and a leisurely morning, we head to Casa dos Viscondes das Varzeas, a 17th-century manor house surrounded by vineyards and olive groves in the heart of the Douro. As Camille rolls up her sleeves to dig down into the dark, verdant soil, we’ll follow suit, together selecting fresh herbs and sun-ripened produce — menu items for our midday feast. In the kitchen, we cook with Camille, learning tricks of the trade, and absorbing Portugal’s unique foods and preparation styles. When the “work” is done, we retreat to the terrace for an unforgettable family-style meal with fine local wine al fresco overlooking this valley of gold. Glasses clink in unison, “Obrigada, Camille!”
Day 5 | June 3
As the Rio Douro heads toward the sea, so do we, relocating to the charming seaside port 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 compliment to our lovely picnic lunch in the vineyard.
Once in Porto, a lively introduction awaits. We take tuk tuks through the city’s narrow, cobbled alleyways while taking note of which neighborhoods, markets and cafes to visit in our free time. We’ll enjoy dinner together at a favorite local restaurant sampling bacalhau (cod), shrimp, Bulhão Pato-style clams and other seafood specialties.
Day 6 | June 4
We start our full day in Porto with a lively food and culture tour through the streets of Old Town, ducking into small cafes, tascas (taverns) and markets. Witness locals in their element, vending plump bulbs of garlic, local olive oil and sweet cherries. Watch fishermen arrive, nets full with the catch of the day. We’ll learn how the Portuguese Azulejo tiles are used to decorate and tell stories. (The perfect setting for Camille’s lesson in taking great Instagram photos!)
After a tasty tapas lunch the afternoon is yours to explore—sit by the sea, shop for mementos, or people-watch in the Unesco World Heritage Ribeira District. As the sun sets on our adventure together, we’ll gather for a farewell feast where we sip wood-aged and vintage Ports and indulge in fresh grilled seafood and local meats at a private visit on the grounds of Taylor’s Port Cellars.
Day 7 | June 5
After our final breakfast at the hotel, we bid farewell to our new friends — hearts, bellies and spirits full of all things Portugal. Then it’s off to the airport, and back to our home kitchens and gardens with expanded ideas for them. Until next time!
Obrigada e adeus, Portugal!
H10 Duque de LouléLisbon
Located in an historical 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 over Lisbon and the Tagus Estuary.
The Vintage HouseDouro Valley
Embrace the natural beauty of the Douro Valley at The Vintage House. 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 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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What does the price include?
Seven nights at unique 4- and 5-star accommodations; private travel for all day trips and excursions; departure airport transfers; private tours with local guides, chefs and cultural experts; guided activities, adventures and daily expeditions; entrance fees; daily breakfasts, most lunches and dinners; local beverages with meals; gratuities for local staff.
What does the price not include?
International airfare to/from Portugal; travel insurance; transportation to the trip’s start; activities not included in the trip itinerary; hotel incidentals including room service, laundry service and hotel bar tabs; food and beverage not included in itinerary; gratuity for tour leader.
Who is going on this trip?
We limit the group to no more than 20 adventurers. You can expect to be joined by a diverse range of fellow travelers in terms of age and background – including solo travelers, couples and friends traveling together. Our experiences are about being fun and inclusive.
Who is leading the trip?
Modern Adventure and our network of local partners and expert local guides. We have decades of travel experience crafting experiences that produce extraordinary moments, and lasting bonds, with the people with whom we travel and the places we visit.
What is the cancellation policy?
You may cancel up to 96 days prior to the scheduled departure date and receive a full refund minus a $500 per-person service fee. If you cancel between 61 and 95 days in advance, there is a 50% cancellation fee. Within 60 days or less of departure 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 family/medical emergency or cases of the trip being cancelled. (See our Terms and Conditions for full details.)
Do I need to pay a solo traveler supplement?
Yes, there is a $1,500 supplement for solo travelers who prefer a single room.
What travel documents are needed?
US citizens are not required to have a visa for stays in Portugal of less than 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.
What is the weather like?
The weather in May and June is is particularly pleasant. Expect mostly sunny days, with warm days and cool nights. The average June temperatures in Lisbon and Porto are 74 and 73 degrees Fahrenheit, respectively.
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