Active Gourmet Holidays
Active Gourmet Holidays

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(Option: Customized Itineraries)
Lisbon, Portugal - 4 nights
Available year round 


If you haven't been to Lisbon, you are definitely missing out! What a fascinating city and one which I want to re-visit again and again. In this four night tour you will taste traditional Portuguese foods and wines through a guided walking tour. You will also have a sunset sailing tour, a cooking class, a "tuk tuk" city tour, and a full day private tour to the amazing city of Sintra! 

 


Your accommodation for the next four nights will be at a charming 4 star hotel located in the historic center of Lisbon. The hotel is centrally located so you will be able to explore this beautiful walking city during your free time.

 

There are so many wonderful restaurants and cafes and tempting shops. You can also enjoy a short walk to the waterfront where friends and family gather to walk around or relax by the water.

 

And while in Lisbon, don't forget to take in some "fado" - this is Lisbon's unique music that can be traced back to the 1820s. There are pleny of restaurants where you can listen to this amazing music - but we just may have an inside scoop on where to find a special place!

 

 

 

ITINERARY 

 

Day one 

 
ARRIVAL TO LISBON

 

Private transfer to your 4 star hotel, beautifully situated in the fascinating city of Lisbon. Settle in and relax.
 

Tonight you will enjoy a Lisbon Sunset Sailing Boat Tour with a chef on board. Depending on the dates of travel the sunset tour will start around 3.30 pm (in winter time) or 6/7 pm (in spring/summer). This 2.5 hour tour, conducted in English, includes a local guide/host, tastings of great food and panoramic sightseeing by water of many of the "must sees" in Lisbon.

 

The boat trip casts off near Belém Tower (in Doca do Espanhol), a privileged area to explore some of the most famous historical monuments from the calm of the Tagus River. It’s an opportunity to learn about history and Portuguese curiosities, to cruise and relax, all while eating and drinking off an exclusive menu made of one-of-a-kind tastings.

 

We immerse ourselves into the old part of Lisbon, namely Terreiro do Paço and Alfama. Learn how Lisbon’s port and margins evolved along the centuries, see the old fish markets, the places where Romans produced a fish sauce called garum, and learn about the richness of the Tagus river and how it all shaped cultures, battles, empires, and the cosmopolitan Lisbon of today.

 

Along our way, the 7 hills of Lisbon will become clearer in a continuous silhouette against the sky: See Graça, Saint Jorge Castle and some of the best lookout points that this city has to offer, like the miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara and Adamastor. 

 

With Lisbon as a backdrop and a welcoming Port cocktail in your hand, we begin to explore Portuguese cuisine and wine.

 

The Lisbon sailboat tour then changes direction, and you’ll be amazed by the diversity of the landscape. On the opposite margin, you can see the old stores where Port wine and dried codfish were kept, the Cristo Rei statue, plus lots of street art and secret restaurants to make plans for.

 

If the weather allows, we then search for a quiet place to have a short swim (this can happen in 10% of the trips) before we gather ourselves around the table tasting a unique dish created by our chef exclusively for this trip with a unique fresh Portuguese white wine!

 

While eating, drinking and learning about Portuguese food, we slowly approach Belém Tower, Jerónimos Monastery and Padrão dos Descobrimentos Monument, an area devoted to 15th-century Portuguese sailors and known for its peculiar architectural features. 

 

With our appetite satisfied, we sail back and enjoy the sunset as we approach our final destination. 

 

 

 

Day Two 

  

LISBON FOOD & WINE WALKING TOUR 

 

Today you will partake in a delicious foodie walking tour offering the perfect balance between walking, resting, and eating. The 3.5 hour tour takes you to shops and restaurants, all run by local families featuring traditional Portuguese food. You will enjoy more than 17 tastings — and not just Portuguese snacks, but real Portuguese dishes — all while sipping some of the best wines, including a nip of Madeira or Port wine to wash it all down with. 

You will explore the gastronomy of the three oldest neighborhoods in Lisbon: Alfama, Mouraria and Baixa and will take you to places you couldn't find on your own. And the food we choose for the tastings are probably things you would never order on your own!

  

Portuguese food has so much to offer, famous for its wine, meat, seafood, its ‘conventual’ desserts (beyond the infamous custard tart), and much more. From Mediterranean influences to the legacy of Portugal’s colonial history, namely in the wide variety of spices used, our small-group walking tour in Lisbon will leave you craving for more.

 

We present you with a selection of flavors, cooking techniques, and cultural influences through small plates and the right beverage (Portuguese wine, liqueurs, juices), all while wandering hidden corners of the city.

You will experience different flavors and cooking techniques through "petiscos" or Portuguese appetizers) make up our overall menu with of coursesome of the best Portuguese wines to accompany your food!

  

Day three

 

PRIVATE TUK TUK TOUR

 
You may have heard of "tram 28" but seeing Lisbon in this way can be challenging since it is always very crowded with lines, making it likely you can miss some of the views of the city. By choosing a Tuk Tuk tour, we assure you that you will be able to go on the same route as the tram goes, but comfortably, while listening to historical explanations provided by our team of Storytellers. This 3 hour tour takes you  through the narrow streets and most charismatic neighborhoods.

 

You can visit the vibrant and bright Graça neighbourhood, located on the highest hill of Lisbon. The next stop will be a detour from the route of the Electrico 28 such as the Viewpoint of Senhora do Monte, where you can take photographs over the most beautiful view of the city!

 

You will gain an understanding of the different layers of Lisbon, a true journey between the 6th century neighborhoods (old town), until the 20th century cosmopolitan area. The best combination to enjoy time and understanding of both sides of the city.

 

Day Four 

  
SINTRA - PENA PALACE - CASCAIS - ESTORIL COAST

 

Today you will have a private full day tour of Sintra with a visit to the Pena Palace, followed with a visit to Cascais and the Estoril Coast. 7-8 Hours (Lunch not included)

 

Departure from Lisbon at 8:45am to Sintra (around 30 minutes). Sintra is a lovely place with luxuriant vegetation and unique monuments, where the kings of Portugal used to spend the summer. Listed by Unesco as a World Heritage Site, Sintra makes you feel as if you have stepped into a magical fairy tale by its palaces and forests. 

 

We will visit first the National Pena Palace located on one of the rocky peaks of the mountain. This ancient summer Royal Palace is  a marvelous fairy tale castle from the 19th century, and one of the most important examples of the Portuguese architecture from the Romantic period and the first Romantic palace in Europe, having been built about 30 years before the charismatic Schloss Neuschwanstein, in Bavaria.    

 

Then we will head to the historical center of Sintra for a small walking orientation tour. You will have time to have lunch on your own and explore the medieval narrow streets and taste the local pastries, the "queijadas". 

 

In the afternoon drive along Guincho Coast and stop in Cascais, a modern seaside resort that used to be a fishing village. Return to Lisbon along the panoramic coastal road, passing by Estoril. 

 

Day five 

 

PASTELS DE NATA COOKING CLASS

 

Pastel de Nata’ is the most loved classic of Portuguese pastry. Discover the history of this wonderful pastel during this 1 1/2 hour cooking class that begins at 11am. Learn the traditional recipe and the best way to cook this special pastry. 


(*If your flight is in the morning we can do the cooking class on the 3rd day before the Tuk-Tuk tour). 

 

Private transfer to Lisbon airport. (*Or choose to stay an additional night in Lisbon - please inquire).

 

*The content or order of the itinerary may change depending on dates, availability of services or activities, local festivals/holidays, weather constraints, etc. Menus are samples and may vary according to the season  

 

 

  

GROUP SIZE

 

A minimum of 2 participants is required to run this tour and the tour is limited to a maximum of 12 participants.

 

(The number of participants refers to how many persons are required to run the tour, not to how many persons you must have in your party. Please inquire.)

 

 

 

HOW TO ARRIVE

 

Closest Airports: Lisbon Airport - 30 minutes to accommodation

 

*These details are provided as additional information. Please check below to see if transfers are included in this tour.

 

 

 

BOOKING INFORMATION

 


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CANCELLATION POLICY


 

Please contact us for cancellation policy information. Travel insurance is highly recommended.

 

 

 

CLIENT REMARKS

 

Furnished upon request.

 

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COOKING IN THE DORDOGNE

"It was an absolutely marvelous week. The accommodations were superb. I loved the course, the host, and the Chambre d'Hote which is a lovely country house equipped with everything one could possibly need. I was incredibly pleased to when dealing with AGH. All in all, a fantastic experience that I hope to be able to repeat, perhaps in Italy next time." Anita D., Encinitas, California

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