- Learn about Lisbon on a fun food excursion around the city
- Visit Lisbon's market, then prepare your ingredients in a cooking class
- Take a day trip to a trio of gorgeous towns and UNESCO World Heritage Sites
- Enjoy a private tour of Évora's treasures
- Relax in laid back Alentejo
|Day 1||Arrive in Lisbon & Culinary Excursion||Lisbon|
|Day 2||Guided tour of Lisbon & Evening of Fado||Lisbon|
|Day 3||Taste of Portugal cooking class & market visit||Lisbon|
|Day 4||Day trip to Sintra, Cascais & Estoril||Lisbon|
|Day 5||Transfer from Lisbon to Évora & Private Tour||Évora|
|Day 6||Explore Évora and the Alentejo region||Évora|
Day 1: Arrive in Lisbon & Culinary Excursion
Welcome to Portugal! Upon your arrival in Lisbon, you will be met by a driver who will transfer you from the airport to your hotel. Take some time to rest before you start exploring this incredible city.
When evening hits, you'll take part in a gourmet food tour in Lisbon — a great way to experience the city for the first time! Wear a good pair of walking shoes because you, along with your English-speaking guide, will meander through a series of authentic winding alleys tasting the incredible flavors of Portuguese gastronomy, especially in the neighborhood of Campo de Ourique — practically a city within the city — that sets the food culture and culinary trends of Lisbon.
Over the course of four hours, you will visit seven delicious spots that brilliantly link tradition with modernity. Experience ways that locals have reinvented restaurant concepts, including a market and hotel school, while getting a taste of culinary recipes that have become world-famous.
Day 2: Guided tour of Lisbon & Evening of Fado
Today you'll get to discover Lisbon on a half-day tour that takes you through key sites and some well-kept secrets, exposing the city's unique atmosphere and authenticity. This will be a fun adventure as you travel around the city utilizing the yellow tram system, broken up with relaxed strolls. Make sure to wear a good pair of walking shoes!
On your tour, you'll discover highlights like Praça do Comércio, Lisbon's largest plaza; the "new city" of Baixa (built after the devastating 1755 earthquake); Praça da Figueira, Lisbon’s traditional market square; and Rossio, the heart of downtown.
Bring your camera for your stop at the wonderful Iron Lift Viewpoint, which gives way to a stellar 360º view over downtown. There's also a fantastic stop at Portas do So, where you'll be treated to a breathtaking panorama over Alfama (the Old Town). Your guide will also take you to sights like Largo do Carmo — the setting for the democratic revolution of 1974 —and the Baroque extravaganza of St. Roque Church. Keep an eye out for funky finds in the Bairro Alto, the lively bohemian district, or perhaps lean into high roller status with an investment piece in Chiado, the city's most elegant shopping area.
After your tour, spend the afternoon enjoying Lisbon on your own; stroll around the city's gorgeous streets or ask your guide for a recommendation for a perfect coffee or a glass of wine that you can enjoy as you watch the city pass you by.
In the evening, you'll dine at one of the best Fado restaurants in Lisbon; enjoy a sumptuous meal of traditional Portuguese cuisine interspersed with authentic singing and music.
Day 3: Taste of Portugal cooking class & market visit
Now that you've sample a bit of Portuguese cuisine, it's time to learn how to master the classics yourself! Bring your appetite and your curiosity today as you head out to meet a local chef who'll serve not only as your cooking teacher, but as your cultural guide to the city.
Your teacher will navigate you through a local market, explaining seasonal ingredients and pointing out vendors hawking fantastic produce and specialty products. After your market visit, you'll return to the chef's kitchen to learn how to weave your ingredients together to craft a delicious meal.
Whether you're an experienced or novice cook, you're sure to be delighted with the relaxed vibe and vibrant palette of fresh, seasonal ingredients as your teacher guides you through preparations and techniques. You'll learn how to cook a traditional Portuguese meal consisting of a fish dish, a meat dish and a dessert. It'll be a hands-on experience! At the end of your class, you'll enjoy the meal you've created with your new foodie friends; taste the fruits of your labor paired with excellent Portuguese wines.
After class, you'll receive recipes to bring home with you so you can recreate your culinary achievement in your own kitchen and impress your family and friends!
Day 4: Day trip to Sintra, Cascais & Estoril
Today you'll head out of Lisbon for an incredible day trip to a trio of picturesque locales. The area surrounding Lisbon offers an incredible variety of architecture and scenery, from fairytale palaces to romantic towns and breathtaking viewpoints. Today's guided excursion is the ideal way to experience some of these attractions.
After breakfast at your hotel, you'll meet your guide, who will deliver you to your first stop: Sintra. This village — about 30 minutes by car from the capital — is a harmonic combination of history and fantasy, described as a “glorious Eden” by the 18th-century British poet Lord Byron. Your guide will give you plenty of information about the city's wonderful palaces, imposing monuments, and great eateries in the area; armed with these tips, explore Sintra on your own and have lunch amid the local splendor.
Your next stop is the Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point of not only Portugal but all of mainland Europe. Enjoy the gorgeous views across the Atlantic Ocean as waves crash onto the shore. As you head back to Lisbon, you'll visit the fishing harbor and tourist center of Cascais, the former summer residence of the Portuguese royal family, and nowadays an excellent spot for surfing. You'll also be able to visit the luxury entertainment town of Estoril, known for its casino (the largest in Europe) and beautiful gardens.
Once you return to Lisbon, you'll have the remainder of the day to enjoy the city any way you like!
Day 5: Transfer from Lisbon to Évora & Private Tour
This morning after breakfast at your hotel, you'll be picked up for your private transfer to the small town of Évora, a tiny gem in the rural countryside of the Alentejo region.
Enjoy lunch in town: dig into migas, a savory bread crumb pudding infused with garlic, olive oil, herbs and spices, all served alongside savory roasted meat. The local cheeses and breads are also world-class!
After, venture out on a private guided tour to discover the most impressive treasures of this UNESCO-recognized city. Your guide will cover Évora's main monuments including the well-preserved ruins of the Templo Romano, as well as landmarks of the golden age of Portuguese maritime discoveries. This tour is especially perfect if you're interested in gaining an overview of the city's major events, which have always been linked to the most significant moments in Portuguese history.
In the evening, you'll have the free time to explore Évora's streets and dining scene on your own.
Day 6: Explore Évora and the Alentejo region
Today you'll have a full-day excursion of Évora and the Alentejo region, where the pace of life slows amid the area's iconic golden plains. This sparsely populated yet vast swath of land between the Algarve region and Lisbon offers scenic rolling hills, olive groves, vineyards, and charming fortified towns with a number of walking trails, Neolithic monuments, rustic wineries, and cork production facilities.
Enjoy the slower rhythm here; residents in the Alentejo region are more traditional than in other parts of Portugal, something you'll see reflected in their home-cooked cuisine and beautiful handicrafts. Get to know the locals and their cultures today as you visit medieval villages, a cork forest, a winery, and Neolithic monuments. You'll also tuck into a delectable lunch at a traditional Alentejo cuisine restaurant before you return to Évora for the rest of the day.
Day 7: Departure
Enjoy one last breakfast in Évora, and if time permits, pop back out into town to pick up some treats to bring home with you. You'll then head out on a two-hour drive to return to Lisbon in time for your departure flight home.