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Real Food Adventure - Galicia & Portugal

8 days with Intrepid Travel   Rating: Budget

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Itinerary
Click for Dates and Prices Day 1 Santiago de Compostela
Hola! Welcome to Santiago de Compostela, the capital of northwest Spain’s Galicia region. The city is famous for being the final destination on the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage trail. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6pm today. You can arrive at any time during the day, as there are no activities planned until this important meeting. Please check with hotel reception or look on the reception noticeboard for where and when the meeting will take place. If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. Have your insurance and next of kin details on hand as we'll be verifying them at this meeting. After your welcome meeting, get to know your fellow travellers over a traditional Galician meal. For seafood lovers, pulpo a la gallega is highly recommended.

Day 2 Vigo to Porto
Travel to Vigo on a morning train, leaving around 8:30am and arriving an hour later. The vibrant city of Vigo is found on the banks of the Ria de Vigo (Vigo Bay), one of the most important bays in the Rias Baixas region. Not surprisingly, the city has a proud fishing history, with a rich bounty of seafood at its fingertips. The city is one of Europe's most important producers of shellfish. Take a ferry ride to a seafood market, then take part in a Galician cooking class, culminating in a delicious lunch. In the late afternoon, you will be transferred over the border and into Portugal. Arrive in the charming city of Porto by evening (approximately 1.5 hours) and enjoy a free evening to explore.

Day 3 Porto
Stretching along the banks of the River Douro, Porto is one of Portugal's most romantic cities. Known for majestic bridges, medieval riverside district with its cobbled streets, merchants’ houses and cafes, Porto is also well known for one more thing; surprise surprise – Porto is the birthplace of the fortified wine, port. Start your day with coffee and pastries on a guided food walk. Sample local specialties including bacalhau and finish with a sip of the city's namesake drop. The afternoon is free to enjoy. Perhaps pull up a chair in one of Porto's atmospheric tavernas.

Day 4 Douro Valley
Enjoy a full-day tour of the Douro Valley. See the beautiful landscapes of the Duoro River region on a relaxing drive around the villages of Sabrosa and Pinhão, home to the stepped terraces and vineyards where port is made. Visit two wineries, learn about port production and enjoy a tasting or two of this signature wine of the region. Enjoy a lunch at a traditional restaurant before returning to Porto in the late afternoon.

Day 5 Farmstay
Travel south to Lisbon by train (approximately 3 hours), then take a private vehicle to an agriturismo located near Arraiolos in the Evora district (approximately 1.5 hours). Surrounded by undulating wheat fields dotted with grazing cows, this is the perfect way to experience the Alentejo. This area is renowned for its cork plantations, vineyards and celebrated products, including the coveted Azaruja sausage, made from black Alentejo pigs (more commonly known as Iberico pigs in Spain). Perhaps take a pre-dinner walk around the property, then enjoy local hospitality with a farm-cooked dinner.

Day 6 Evora to Lisbon
Wake early and enjoy a tour of the agriturismo's on-site distillery and small cheese-making facility. Then take a trip to the UNESCO-listed city of Evora, capital of the Alentejo region. Marvel at the ancient Roman Temple of Évora and the Cathedral of Évora, a massive Gothic structure begun in the 12th century. Continue on to Lisbon, arriving by early evening. Toast your arrival with a glass of the city's favourite cherry liqueur.

Day 7 Lisbon
Get acquainted with this beguiling city on an orientation walk. Along the way, stop in at one of the city's iconic eateries for a tasting of (arguably) the country's best Portuguese custard tarts. Enjoy a free afternoon to explore. Perhaps stop past the Mercado da Ribeira for your pick of dishes from some of Lisbon's top chefs and producers in the impressive food court. Perhaps celebrate this final night of your Food Adventure with dinner accompanied by fado, a genre of Portuguese soul music that originated from Africa and has evolved to suit the streets of Lisbon.

Day 8 Lisbon
Your Real Food Adventure ends this morning. There are no activities today and you are free to leave at any time.
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All This Included
Taste tapas in Santiago de Compostela, capital of Spain's Galicia region and famous for marking the end of the Camino de Santiago pilgrim trail. Discover the proud fish-mongering heritage of the port city of Vigo. Then step across the border to uncover the flavours of Portugal, featuring African, Mediterranean and Middle-Eastern influences thanks to centuries of invasion and trade. Sip your way around the Douro Valley, a stunning region responsible for introducing the world to port wine, and enjoy a home cooked dinner and a farm stay in the Alentejo region - fast gaining a reputation as a hotspot for Portuguese gastronomy. Finish up with glass of Ginjinha (wild cherry liqueur) in the charming city of Lisbon.
  • Meals - 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners
  • Transport - Train, Private Vehicle, Public bus, Ferry
  • Vigo - Fish Market Tour and Cooking Class
  • Porto - City Tasting Tour
  • Douro Valley Day Trip
  • Alentejo - Farm-cooked Meal
  • Evora - Day Trip
Highlights
  • Cook up a Galician feast using Vigo's finest seafood
  • Sip world-class wines in the spectacular Douro Valley wine region
  • Discover why Alentejo is Portugal’s best kept foodie secret on a farmstay
  • Stand around with the Lisbon locals and enjoy a tipple of cherry liqueur
Accommodations
Hotel (6 nights)
Farmstay (1 nights)
Notes
  • Ages: Min 15
  • Group size: Min 1, Max 12
  • This trip aims to give you an exciting, diverse and well-rounded culinary experience. While we endeavour to cater for specific dietary requirements, some meals and food activities are set in advance and may be difficult to adjust. If you have dietary requirements, simply contact your agent at the time of booking for further information on how this may impact on your ability to take part in included activities and meals. Come with an open mind and open mouth, and you won’t be disappointed!
  • There are a few longer travel days (up to 4-5 hours), but these give a great chance to soak in the Portuguese scenery and get to know your fellow travellers a little better.
  • Summer temperatures in the areas visited can be very high (up to 40°C), which can be uncomfortable. It’s important to use sun protection, wear layers to combat the heat and drink plenty of water. Please consider the time of the year you wish to travel and your suitability to that season.
  • As accommodation on this trip is twin-share, single travellers will share a room with another traveller of the same sex. If you’d prefer not to share, a single room supplement is available at an additional charge. Please ask your travel consultant for more details, and please note that in some hotels a single supplement exclusion applies where single rooms are not available.
  • A single supplement is available on this trip.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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