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Food & Wine: A Taste of Portugal

11 days |  13 days with Lisbon extension
11 days |  13 days with Lisbon extension
Group size1222 travelers

4.5 star rating

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looking out to the ocean over buildings with orange tile roofs
wine glasses filled with sparkling wine clinking together
an ornate blue door on the street in portugal
three pasteis de nata or Portuguese custard tarts on a blue plate
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    Sip and savor the flavors of Portugal.

    Terraced vineyards nestled along the Douro River and in the Alentejo region make up Portugal's quaint wine country while lively markets define the bustling city blocks of Porto and Lisbon. On this small group Food & Wine Tour, you’ll experience all sides of the country’s culinary culture as you explore Portugal from top to bottom. Learn about local traditions as you sip vinho at an 18th-century mansion in the Douro Valley and attend a cooking class in Lisbon to create some of the region’s famous dishes.

    Your tour package includes

    • 9 nights in handpicked hotels
    • 9 breakfasts
    • 3 lunches with beer or wine
    • 3 dinners with beer or wine
    • 3 wine tastings
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    Included highlights

    • Douro River cruise
    • Pinhão
    • Casa de Mateus
    • Chapel of Bones
    • Cork factory
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    Overnight Flight1 night
    Day 1: Travel day

    Board your overnight flight to Porto today.

    Porto3 nights
    Day 2: Arrival in Porto
    Included meal: Welcome dinner

    Welcome to Portugal! Settle in to your hotel in the heart of this 2,000-year-old, UNESCO-listed city. Then, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers at a welcome dinner.

    Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Porto
    Included meals: Breakfast, Tasting

    Get to know Porto like a true tripeiro, Porto resident, as you follow your local guide.

    • Pass citywide icons such as Liberty Square, Carmelitas Church, and the Baroque-style Clérigos Tower
    • Stop for coffee and a sweet treat at a local cafe
    • Visit Porto’s central market where local merchants sell fruits, vegetables, flowers, and more
    • Wander along the medieval lanes of the Old-World Ribeira district
    • Take a scenic drive through the local neighborhoods and past the Douro riverfront

    Enjoy a free afternoon in Porto or add an excursion.

    Port Wine Cellar & Lunch

    From $165 per person

    Day 4: Free day in Porto
    Included meal: Breakfast

    Spend a free day in Porto or add an excursion.


    From $119 per person

    Douro Valley Countryside2 nights
    Day 5: Pinhão & Douro Valley
    Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Pass the rolling hills and small villages as you make your way to the town of Pinhão.

    • Board a traditional rabelo, a flat-bottomed boat, and float along the Douro River
    • View the terraced vineyards of the Douro Valley
    • Enjoy free time to explore, shop, and eat lunch

    Then, continue to drive through the Douro Valley and settle in to your countryside hotel. Sit down for an included dinner featuring local specialties this evening.

    Day 6: Casa de Mateus & wine tasting
    Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Wine tasting

    Spend the morning at Casa de Mateus.

    • Admire the architecture of the Baroque-style mansion, which is set against the beautiful backdrop of the Portuguese countryside
    • Tour the mansion and its gardens, which were designed by architect Nicolau Nasoni in the 18th century

    Then, stop at a local restaurant to enjoy an included lunch featuring regional food and wine.

    End the day by visiting a winery in the Douro Valley. You'll sample three wines that come from some of the most prestigious wine-producing areas in Portugal.

    Alentejo Region2 nights
    Day 7: Alentejo Region via Dão Region
    Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Wine tasting, Tasting

    Travel through the scenic landscapes of northern Portugal today.

    • Stop in the city of Lamego to see the stunning staircase that leads to the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remédios and taste a traditional pastry
    • Continue on to tour a winery in the Dão region
    • Learn why Dão is one of Portugal’s most prominent wine regions and enjoy sampling some of the varietals during a tasting and lunch

    After, continue on to the Alentejo region.

    Day 8: Sightseeing tour of Évora & Alentejo wine tasting
    Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Wine tasting

    Follow a local guide as you stroll through the streets of UNESCO-recognized Évora, one of Europe’s oldest continuously inhabited cities.

    • Take in the region’s whitewashed homes and intricate tilework
    • Pass the remains of the Roman temple and enter the Chapel of Bones

    Join a local guide and visit a vineyard in the Alentejo region this afternoon.

    • Learn about viniculture and the history of the estate
    • Sample both white and red wine that’s produced at the estate
    • Sit down for a light lunch and wine tasting led by a sommelier
    • Enjoy time to shop for wine and local products
    Lisbon2 nights
    Day 9: Lisbon via cork factory & olive oil farm
    Included meals: Breakfast, Tasting

    As you travel to Lisbon, stop to learn about locally produced cork and olive oil.

    • Visit a cork factory to learn about how the material is created, harvested, and used to seal wine bottles.
    • Join a local guide for a tour of an olive grove and farm
    • Learn about olive oil production and the importance of the olive grove ecosystem
    • Sample the olive oil along with some regional tapas made with homemade products

    Then, continue on to Lisbon and enjoy a free evening in the city or add an excursion.

    An Evening in Portugal: Fado Show with Dinner

    From $165 per person

    Day 10: Sightseeing tour of Lisbon & cooking class
    Included meals: Breakfast, Tasting, Farewell dinner

    Set off on a guided sightseeing tour of Lisbon, Portugal’s capital city.

    • Admire views of the city from Eduardo VII Park and pass the Praça Marquês de Pombal as you travel along Avenida da Liberdade
    • Stop at the waterfront to discover the city’s maritime heritage at the Monument to the Discoveries and Tower of Belém
    • View the outside of the church at Jerónimos Monastery, built to honor voyagers
    • Try pastéis de nata, a famous Portuguese custard tart
    • Transfer to the bustling Time Out Market for a walk among its stalls and to enjoy free time for lunch

    Try your hand at making traditional Portuguese cuisine at this evening’s cooking class. Then, enjoy the three-course meal you’ve prepared and toast to your trip during a farewell dinner.

    Flight Home
    Day 11: Departure
    Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

    Transfer to the airport for your flight home or extend your stay in Lisbon.

    Extension to Lisbon
    Why’s it so easy to fall in love with Lisbon? There’s the stunning seafront, incredible architecture, the captivating history—and we can't say enough about the food. Keep your adventure going and look to your expert Tour Director to make the most of your time in Portugal's capital.
    Lisbon2 nights
    Day 11: Free day in Lisbon
    Included meal: Breakfast

    Enjoy a free day in Lisbon or add an excursion.

    Setúbal Region Wine Tasting & Lunch

    From $165 per person

    Day 12: Free day in Lisbon
    Included meal: Breakfast

    Spend a free day in Lisbon or add an excursion.

    This evening, enjoy a farewell drink as you celebrate your trip with your fellow group members.

    Sintra & the Portuguese Riviera

    From $135 per person

    Flight Home
    Day 13: Departure
    Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

    Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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    4.5 star rating

    Overall rating 4.5 out of 5

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      5.0 star rating

      “A Taste of Portugal” was a delicious treat
      10/5/23 by 12th-time traveler Elizabeth

      Portugal—a beautiful country, delicious food and wines, an amazing Tour Director (Elisa), and great weather…perfect ingredients for a memorable tour experience. EF Go Ahead does well with their Food & Wine Tours. Highlights included a Fado performance and dinner, a fun group cooking class, beautiful...

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      5.0 star rating

      More than I expected!
      10/5/23 by 1st-time traveler Janis

      This was my first, but definitely not my last, tour. I wasn’t sure what to expect but I had a wonderful time. Our Tour Guide, Elisa, was wonderful. She was so knowledgeable, helpful, funny, and friendly. The hotels we stayed were lovely, the food was delicious, the sights were amazing, the wines...

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      Food and Wine Tour of Portugal
      10/5/23 by 1st-time traveler Patricia

      Absolutely amazing tour!!! The vineyard views were spectacular. The wine was phenomenal. Elisa was a wonderful tour guide with lots of knowledge, experience and enthusiasm!! I would definitely recommend this tour to friends and family.

      EF Go Ahead Tours replied on 11/7/23

      Hi Patricia! Thank you so much for your kind revie...

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      Hotels, flights & FAQ

      Here's the nitty-gritty—where you’ll stay, how you’ll get there, and what to know about your destination before you go.


      We handpick every hotel to strike the balance of comfort, location, and local charm. Specific accommodations will vary based on your departure date, but these are frequently used hotels for this tour and we're confident you'll be satisfied.
      HF Fenix Porto
      HF Fenix Porto

      This urban hotel is located in Porto's Boavista district. Guests enjoy the terrace, on-site restaurant and bar, free Wi-Fi. Nearby you'll find the Tra...

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      Lamego Hotel & Life
      Lamego Hotel & Life

      This countryside hotel sits on its own orchard and vineyard in Lamego situated in the Douro Valley. Guests enjoy the indoor and outdoor pools, stunnin...

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      M'Ar de Ar Muralhas
      M'Ar de Ar Muralhas

      This upscale hotel is located in the historic center of Évora. Guests enjoy a swimming pool, a restaurant, and free Wi-Fi. Nearby, you'll find Giraldo...

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      Lumen Hotel
      Lumen Hotel

      This impressive hotel is located in the Santa Cruz neighborhood of Lisbon. Guests enjoy the outdoor pool, fitness center, and Lisbon Light Show which ...

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      Passport, visa & entry requirements
      • In order to enter Portugal, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry.
      • We recommend having at least one blank passport page for entry stamps.
      • Beginning in 2025, U.S. and Canadian passport holders must register for an ETIAS travel authorization in order to enter many European countries.
      • Passport holders from over 60 visa-exempt countries (including the U.S. and Canada) will need to apply for an ETIAS travel authorization in order to visit 30 European countries. That means that even if you’ve previously traveled to any of these European countries without a visa, starting in 2025, you’ll need to get ETIAS authorization to visit them again. If you’re traveling to multiple countries with this requirement, you only need to complete the form once. All Go Ahead travelers are responsible for obtaining their own ETIAS travel authorization before departure. For more details, please visit our Help Center.
      • If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact your destination country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.
      • You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for the destination(s) you’ll visit on tour by going to and searching the code TPO.
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      Tour pacing & mobility
      • You will walk for at least 2 hours daily across moderately uneven terrain, including paved roads and cobblestone streets, with some hills.
      • Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance. Adding optional excursions may increase the total amount of walking on your tour.
      • You should feel comfortable managing your own baggage at times, as well as getting in and out of boats.
      • Go Ahead Tours and the Tour Director who accompanies your group are unable to provide special, individual mobility assistance to travelers on tour. The responsibility of the Tour Director is to ensure the group as a whole enjoys a relaxing and informative journey, and he or she cannot be relied upon to provide ongoing, individualized assistance to any one traveler.
      • If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team.
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      Transportation & arrival information
      • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead Tours arrive in Porto and depart from Lisbon. A representative from Go Ahead Tours will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative might be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival.
      • Transfers to and from the airport at your destination are included for travelers who have purchased their flights through Go Ahead Tours. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead Tours for an additional cost.
      • A boat ride on the Douro River is included in the price of your tour.
      • All other included transportation is by private motor coach.
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      Baggage allowance
      • Please note that our travelers are limited to one checked bag and one carry-on bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other transfers, which may include train connections or flights.
      • Contact your airline(s) for baggage size and weight restrictions for your flights, which may include on-tour flights in addition to your round-trip flights to and from tour. Please note that your included on-tour flights may have more restrictive baggage limits.
      • Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage or exceed baggage size and weight restrictions. Be advised that you are responsible for any baggage fees incurred on all flights.
      • Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication, and documents in your carry-on bag.
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      Clothing & packing tips
      • We recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered to accommodate varying temperatures, as well as a light jacket or rainwear.
      • A sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers is recommended for sightseeing.
      • You may want to pack dressier attire if you plan to visit a high-end restaurant or attend a special performance.
      • It is preferable not to visit churches or other religious sites with bare legs and shoulders (and entrance may be denied on this basis).
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      • At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at
      • If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour as well as any possible delays encountered.
      • If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify Go Ahead Tours at least 30 days prior to departure by logging in to your account and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team.
      • You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for the destination(s) you’ll visit on tour by going to and searching the code TPO.
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      • Portuguese food is fresh, hearty, and delicious. Try seafood stew cooked in a cataplana, a shell-shaped copper pan, or the national dish, bacalhau (salted cod). A couvert, or simple plate of bread, butter, and olives, is often served when you sit down to a meal—while it is free in many restaurants, some will add a charge to your bill for it.
      • The main notes in Portuguese wines vary greatly based on which region you’re visiting, but the flavors remain robust and full-bodied throughout the country. The grapes used in Port are grown in the UNESCO-listed Douro Valley and give the sweet, red dessert wine its signature flavor. Wines of the Dão region such as Mencía and Touriga Nacional have a unique, complex taste due to the areas high altitudes. You’ll find more aromatic white wines in the Alentejo region, whereas the Setúbal region is world-renowned for the fruity, fortified Moscatel de Setúbal wine.
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      Electricity & air conditioning
      • Portugal operates on the European standard 220-240 volts and uses Types C, E, or F plugs with two small, round pins.
      • We recommend packing a universal adapter, as well as a voltage converter if you plan on using your own hairdryer or other electrical device without a built-in converter.
      • The strength of the air conditioning in European hotels is often not as strong or as cool as what you might be used to in the U.S. or Canada. When air conditioning is available, it is usually regulated seasonally and controlled centrally by the hotel.
      • Hotels may provide hairdryers, irons, and other small appliances, but these amenities cannot be guaranteed.
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      • Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though some charges may apply.
      • There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches.
      • Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.
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      Time zones
      • Portugal is on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and five hours ahead of Eastern Time (ET).
      • When it’s noon in New York, it’s 5pm on tour.
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      • You will use the euro on this tour.
      • Better rates of exchange are usually available overseas, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive.
      • We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks as needed.
      • You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees.
      • Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.
      • International banks and businesses primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one debit or credit card with a chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour.
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      • At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind.
      • We recommend tipping the equivalent of $8USD to $10USD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3USD per person per day for your driver.
      • If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD per local guide.
      • Tips can only be paid in cash.
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      Purchasing excursions on tour
      • Most optional excursions will be available for purchase while you are on tour.
      • Your Tour Director will only accept cash (in USD only), Visa, or MasterCard as payment for excursions.
      • Please be advised that if you pay for an excursion by credit card while on tour, it may take up to three months for your card to be charged.
      • Some optional excursions may only be purchased in advance. See page four of your tour itinerary for more information.
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