Local flavors and traditional meals in country villages, the best Vinho Verde and award-winning Douro Valley wines


The story behind Portuguese traditions: azulejo tiles, Fado music, Rabelo boat rides


With ageless traditions in the kitchen, in fields and vineyards, in artist studios

Why Portugal

From Portugal’s historic cities to enchanting Mediterranean beaches, ebullient Douro Valley wine culture and mouth-watering cuisine, you immediately know this place is truly special. Meander cobblestone streets, sample local vinho verde and port wines, experience Fado's artistry and passion. Portugal is what you’ve been waiting for.

Moments That Matter

This epic journey goes deep into Portuguese culture and cuisine. Chef-led, in-depth, hands-on gastronomic experiences you simply won’t find anywhere else. Intimate Fado music concerts, riding traditional rabelo boats through the world’s most gorgeous wine country, exploring the cobbled backlanes of Porto, discovering local flavors at traditional meals in country villages.

Your Private Experience

Who It’s For

It's hard not to fall in love with Portugal, no matter if you're a lover of wine, food, music, art or design. Nothing about its beautiful cities and bountiful wine country disappoint.

When to Travel

Apr- Jun and Sept - Nov are ideal for mild days built for hiking, exploration and wine tasting. July and August are high season, with the crowds to prove it.

Make It Yours

Spend more time in wine country or soak in the city vibes. Tell us how we can craft the best experience for you.

Day by Day

Portugal is meant to be savored. Here’s our favorite way to explore:

Days 1 - 2

Start with a few days in magical Lisbon. It’s one of Europe’s stand-out cities. When you’re ready, tour of the historic Belém district and a stop at a centuries-old factory for a hands-on baking experience: making delectable custards from the monks of Mosteiro dos Jerónimos. Afterwards, learn how to make another Portuguese icon, the distinct blue-and-white azulejo tiles. In the evening, you’ll be treated to a sprawling feast and an unforgettable live Fado performance. Lisbon does not disappoint.

  • Lisbon city tour
  • Hands-on bakery tour
  • Azulejo tile-making workshop
  • custard tarts and tile-making
  • Live Fado performance

Day 3

Today you discover the world’s most scenic wine region, the Duro Valley, just an hour from Lisbon. Sip the country’s best cherry liqueur in Óbidos and eat a classic Portuguese feast in Mealhada. Then, reach your riverside base deep in the Douro Valley, and rest with a glass of Port, dusk fading into a starlit evening.

  • Travel to Douro Valley 
  • Sip ginja in medieval Óbidos
  • Lunch in Mealhada

Days 4 - 5

Start today with a look into the life of an 18th-century Portuguese trader. Jump aboard a flat-bottomed Rabelo boat and head upriver, listening to local accordion players en route to a winery famed for its Douros and ports. Tap into your inner vintner by blending, bottling and corking your own bottle, followed by lunch at another nearby winery. Another highlight here is the chance to collect and harvest the ingredients for a glorious lunch, rolling up your sleeves and cooking it alongside a local chef at a 17th-century manor house for an alfresco feast!

  • Rabelo boat ride 
  • Wine bottling at Quinta Nova Nossa Seahora do Carmo
  • Lunch at Conceitus Winery
  • Dine alfresco at historic Casa dos Viscondes das Varzeas

Days 6 - 7

Your Portuguese adventure moves to the charming seaside city of Porto. En route, stop at a world-famous producer of Vinho Verde or “green wine” for a vineyard picnic. In Porto, ride tuk-tuks through the city’s cobbled alleyways to dinner at a local tapas restaurant. And meet-up with a local historian for a guided tour through the streets of Old Town, watching fishermen arrive and deciphering the tales told of Porto’s ceramic azulejo tiles. Explore the city and prep for an exclusive feast complete with vintage Port wines.

  • Cultural walking tour of Porto
  • Vinho verde tasting and tour
  • Tuk tuk city tour

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 Old Town Porto—our accommodations reflect the elegance and charm of Portugal


An historic building in the center of Lisbon, and an exclusive boutique hotel painstakingly renovated and decorated by interior designer Lázaro Rosa-Violán.

Douro Valley

A riverside hotel in Pinhão, in the very heart of the Douro Valley. Take in the unique landscape from your balcony, enjoy lunch on the terrace, take a dip in the river-view pool, and enjoy a meal in the award-winning restaurant.


Porto’s most prestigious city-center address, this legendary property reopened its doors in 2018 after extensive renovation to restore its wealth of ornate detail. Exquisite ironwork, carved wooden details, and magnificent stained glass panels from the workshop of Ricardo Leone.

People Love MO/AD’s Portugal

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.
I'd never been on a tour or trip like this—Modern Adventure is AMAZING.
Jennifer M.


  1. How many people are itineraries suitable for?

    Our itineraries can be tailored for groups of any size, whether it’s a small, intimate group of six or a larger team or group of 100 or more.

  2. What makes a MO/AD Retreat different?

    Our retreats capture the spirit of a culture and destination, tailored to your objectives, harnessing the potential of shared experiences. Our retreats serve as a vibrant platform for self-discovery, where we share connection and leave with growth, fun and inspiration.

  3. How does it work?

    We start by learning about your organization and goals. Our team takes care of all the details and supports to ensure all the logistics and communications are seamlessly managed. We also work with you to incorporate in your ideas for the retreat.

  4. What services are typically included?

    Our services cover the full retreat experience. We offer white glove support to you and your group, from detailed planning and day-to-day itineraries to local insights about the destination, on-site logistics, and 24/7 dedicated assistance. Our degree of curation, personalization, care, and local connections sets us apart.

  5. How far in advance should I plan a retreat?

    Preferably nine to twelve months in advance (earlier for holiday travel). We typically stay in unique, in-demand boutique and luxury hotels where advance reservations are important to secure the best accommodations possible.

  6. What activities do you offer?

    We curate your MO/AD Retreat to ensure the experiences are authentic, immersive, and included in your trip price. Our relationships unlock unprecedented access to the pioneers behind global initiatives and cultural movements.

  7. How much will it cost?

    Retreats typically include accommodations, private airport transfers, private transportation for all day trips and excursions, privately guided tours with local guides, exclusive VIP access and activities, and most meals. MO/AD Retreats typically cost $1,000 to $3,000 per person, per day, and vary by destination, time of year, number of people in your group, and types of activities you prefer.

  8. What's not included?

    MO/AD Retreats do not include roundtrip airfare to/from your destination, travel insurance, hotel incidentals, and any activities and meals not included in your itinerary.

  9. What deposits are required?

    After learning more about you, your interests, preferred style of travel, dates, and budget, we will present you with initial ideas and examples of what we can plan for you. In order to confirm your itinerary and reserve accommodations, a 25% deposit is required. The balance of your trip cost is due  120 days prior to travel.