This seven-day itinerary is perfect for the food lover and combines fine dining with cultural and historical exploration. Experience five Michelin Star restaurants in the Algarve in addition to sampling local wines, exploring medieval towns, and digging for clams.

Highlights

  • Enjoy daily dining experiences at Michelin recognized restaurants
  • Sample local Algarvian wine varieties in Tôr
  • Join a medieval walking tour of the ancient city of Silves
  • Ride along with a local fisherman and try your hand at clam picking

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive Albufeira
Day 2 Wine tasting; Dine at Bon Bon (One Star) Quinta do Lago
Day 3 Silves Medieval Walking Tour; Dine at Henrique Leis (One Star) Quinta do Lago
Day 4 Go-karting; Vila Joya (Two Star) Quinta do Lago
Day 5 São Gabriel (One Star); Craft Beer Brewery Tour Quinta do Lago
Day 6 Clam Picking, Oyster Tasting; Dine at Gusto (One Star) Quinta do Lago
Day 7 Depart  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive

Albufeira, Portugal
Albufeira

As you touch down at the Faro airport, you will see a stunning view of the Ria Formosa lagoons, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Portugal. Meet your private chauffeur at the airport and drive a short distance to  Albufeira and to your accommodation. Settle in and relax before venturing out to explore your surroundings.

Day 2: Wine tasting - Dine at Bon Bon (One Star)

Bon Bon Michelin recognized restaurant
Bon Bon Michelin recognized restaurant

Today you will head inland to visit the town of Tôr for an afternoon of wine tasting. Learn about winemaking as you sample local Algarvian varieties paired with regional tapas with a stunning mountain view as a backdrop. 

In the evening, enjoy a six-course meal at Bon Bon, a one-star Michelin restaurant 30 minutes west of Albufeira. Each dish is crafted in a contemporary and original interpretation with a respectful nod to traditional Portuguese flavors.

Day 3: Silves Medieval Walking Tour - Dine at Henrique Leis (One Star)

Silves, Algarve, Portugal
View of Silves' Old Town, cathedral, and castle

Today you will meet your guide for a medieval walking tour of Silves, a charming Portuguese town, as well as the ancient capital of the Algarve. Explore the narrow cobblestoned streets, passing orange and lemon trees, and learn about the Arabic influence that gives the town its architecture. You will visit the Castle of Silves, its cathedral, Archeological Museum, and the local market before stopping for lunch in an authentic tasca, sampling regional dishes and tapas.

In the evening, get ready for your dining experience and enjoy a nine-course dinner and wine pairing at the Michelin one-star restaurant, Henrique Leis. Henrique Leis embraces French cuisine, enhanced by flavors of its South American homeland, its chef celebrating the elegance and importance of detail.

Day 4: Go-karting - Dine at Vila Joya (Two Star)

Two-star Michelin recognized Vila Joya
Two-star Michelin recognized Vila Joya

Today begins with a little adrenaline-fueled fun. Spend a few hours go-karting at the Algarve's largest karting platform before spending the afternoon as you like. 

This evening's dining adventure takes you to Vila Joya for an exclusive culinary experience. Enjoy the chef's table experience as two-star Michelin chef Dieter Koschina prepares your food directly in front of you.

Day 5: Dine at São Gabriel (One Star) - Craft Beer Brewery Tour

Craft Beer Brewery Visit
Craft Beer Brewery Visit

Switch things up today as you enjoy lunch at the one-star Michelin restaurant, São Gabriel. São Gabriel offers creatively styled cuisine combining traditional Portuguese flavors with a contemporary twist, showcasing Chef Leonel Pereira’s Algarvian roots. All dishes are prepared with innovation and technical precision.

Afterward, join a guided beer tour of a local microbrewery where you will learn the journey beer undergoes from start to finish. Taste a selection of quality craft beers, blazing a new trail in Portuguese beer culture. 

Day 6: Clam picking and oyster tasting; Dine at Gusto (One Star)

Try your hand at clam digging
Try your hand at clam digging

This morning you will get to spend a few hours in the Ria Formosa with a local clam picker, hunting for clams using traditional clam picking methods. You will also have the opportunity to visit an oyster nursery before feasting on the freshest oysters.

In the evening, enjoy a vibrant five-course Mediterranean meal with wine pairing that blends cutting-edge Scandinavian-style design in the one-star Michelin recognized, Gusto. The restaurant features a lively open kitchen, a Cuban cigar menu and an alfresco terrace with views of its infinity pool.

Day 7: Depart

Quinta do Lago, Algarve, Portugal
Aerial view of a pedestrian bridge over Ria Formosa near Quinta do Lago

It's time to say farewell to the beautiful Algarve. Taking your memories with you, meet your private airport transfer and enjoy one last look over the Ria Formosa lagoons as you get comfortable in-flight.