October 20-28, 2018
Get ready for a once-in-a-lifetime culinary experience with one of Portugal's top food celebrities and bon vivants: The Earl of Rocamor
Join co-hosts The Earl of Rocamor, Dom André Meunier da Silva (Quiroga) and American Travel Influencer, Sheree M. Mitchell for an exclusive culinary and wine experience in Portugal. From off-the-beaten path small production wineries and speciality food shops to ultra elegant Michelin-starred restaurants and exclusive trips into the internationally acclaimed Douro Valley, you are sure to see a side of Portugal that is rarely accessible to most.
(Also available on demand in Spring and Fall 2018.)
Places visited: Lisbon, Sintra, Cascais, Estoril, Porto, Douro Valley, Évora, and Alentejo Wine Country
Day 1: Bem-vindos a Portugal: City Walks, Sunsets, Good Food and Wine
Arrive to Lisbon, check into your hotel and get ready for an unforgettable afternoon. Start off with a unique Walking Tour with one of Portugal’s most sought after national tour guides. You'll visit colorful neighborhoods, medieval castles, breathtaking vistas, and much more. During your walk, you'll discover the magic of the famed green wine, rich Portuguese coffee, egg custard tarts and beautiful cod croquettes.
Join co-hosts D. André de Quiroga and Sheree M. Mitchell for a lavish four-course dinner with wine pairings at one of Lisbon's hidden gems.
Learn about D. André's unique family history as well as his work as a culinary and wine ambassador to Portugal.
Speak with Sheree about her experiences living part-time between Portugal and Miami. Learn how she came to fall in love with one of the most peaceful (yet off-the-beaten path) countries on earth. Overnight in Lisbon.
Day 2: Spend a Day in Sintra and the Portuguese Riviera
Visit Sintra, UNESCO World Heritage Site. Join a private guided tour of century-old castles and magical gardens. Travel to the elegant village of Cascais. Enjoy a rosé-filled meet-and-greet and Michelinesque lunch with local celebrity chef.
Afterward, visit the most western point of the European continent. Enjoy coffee and typical pastries as you relax by the sea where the well-heeled locals hang out.
On the way back to Lisbon, stop by the famous Estoril Casino or the gorgeous neighborhood beaches. Enjoy the evening on your own. (Recommendations provided.) Overnight in Lisbon. Click here for a quick stroll through Cascais with Sheree!
Day 3: A Day of Cultural and Gastronomic Heritage
Enjoy the morning exploring Lisbon on your own. (Recommendations provided.)
Early afternoon, meet at The National Tile Museum for a hands-on tile making workshop with Portugal's tile expert and museum curator, Dra. Constança Azevedo Lima. Afterward, join D. André de Quiroga for a one-of-its-kind evening experience in the world of haute cuisine and fine wines. During dinner, learn more about the Earl's innovative socially-conscious art and wine projects. Overnight in Lisbon.
Day 4: Welcome to Alentejo: Europe’s New Tuscany
After breakfast, travel to Alentejo for a unique country-meets-luxury experience. Explore the quaint marble-filled village, Vila Viçosa with a local guide. Spend the afternoon exploring on your own.
Get dressed up and join the group for an unforgettable culinary journey through artistic recreations of authentic Southern Portuguese cuisine with celebrity Chef Pedro Mendes. Overnight in Vila Viçosa.
Day 5: Vineyards, Wall Villages, and Good Old Country Food
After a luxurious champagne-filled breakfast, head over to a nearby vineyard for an interactive lesson on wine production followed by a master wine class and tasting with the winemaker. Enjoy a typical two-hour Southern Portuguese lunch (complete with wine pairings).
After your lunch, nap on the 45 minute drive to the medieval walled city of Évora. Explore the UNESCO world heritage site on your own or with a local guide (optional). Enjoy the rest of the afternoon and evening on your own. (Recommendations provided.)
Overnight in Vila Viçosa.
Day 6: All Great Things Head North.
After breakfast, say até logo to your new friends in Alentejo as you start your colorful road trip to Northern Portugal. Enjoy an extended lunch break in Coimbra, Portugal's Cambridge. Catch a glimpse of the Harry Potteresque students and professors as they buzz around the town. Try the famed leitão (suckling pig) and sparkling white wine at one of the recommended eateries.
Continue the journey until you reach Portugal's industrial and culinary powerhouse: Porto. Check into your hotel and join an interactive walking (and eating) tour around this lovely city.
Enjoy the rest of the evening on your own. (Recommendations provided.)
Day 7: Fall in Love With the Douro Valley
Travel to the Douro Valley after breakfast. Stop at various stunning look out points as you follow the picturesque trail along the famous Douro river. Understand how this stunning vine-covered valley was awarded UNESCO World Heritage Status.
Visit a traditional vineyard for an in depth explanation of the region-specific wine making process followed by a wine tasting. Learn about the centuries-old process of Port wine making. Join the estate owners and wine producers for an elaborate Northern Portugal lunch filled with fresh seasonal foods.
Continue the path along the river until you reach the quaint town of Pinhão. Participate in a unique port wine tasting before returning to Porto.
Enjoy the evening on your own (recommendations provided.) Overnight in Porto.
Day 8: The Charm of Northern Portugal
Explore Porto (or neighboring towns) on your own today (recommendations provided.)
Meet co-hosts D. André de Quiroga and Sheree M. Mitchell along with local food journalists for a bon voyage event filled with amazing local food, wine, and stories. Overnight in Porto.
Day 9: End of Program
The program ends after breakfast. Boa Viagem!
Note About Program Pricing:
Immersa Global's programs are tailor-made to fit your (or your clients') needs. This gives you the flexibility to use our experience, personal contacts, and resources to create a truly unique and unforgettable journey. Costs will vary significantly based on the dates, the number of participants, type of accommodations and ground transportation, and the quantity and type of meals included. Based on this sample itinerary, the average price for Explore Portugal with a Local Food Celebrity is $3975.00 USD. Contact us for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Limited to 16 participants and 1 tour leader
The Program Includes:
- Lodging in 4-5 star European boutique hotels and wine resorts
- All culinary experiences mentioned in the program
- Exclusive winery visits and tastings with well-known winemakers
- All cultural activities and entrance fees mentioned in the program
- Private ground transportation for group activities (except for walking tours)
- Licensed English-speaking tour guides
- The Immersa Global Insider City Guide curated soley for this program
- All gratuities, service fees and taxes for scheduled activities
- All wine and spirits included in the scheduled meals
- 24/7 on-site local support during the program dates
The Program Does NOT include:
- Airport Transfers
- Ground transportation not listed in the program
- Passport and/or visa fees (if applicable)
- Meals not listed in the program
- Travel Insurance