If there’s one country that embodies what it means to be an explorer, it’s Portugal. Over the centuries, this tiny country on the ocean was the gateway to Europe. With countless expeditions starting at Portugal's ports to chart the unknown. It's surprising that Portugal is now sharing the spotlight with Spain.
It’s quite possibly one of the most underrated, beautiful countries in all of Europe. Portugal draws in travelers with it's charisma, it's easy-going vibe, and vibrant charm draw. With the 295 days of sun overhead, mosaic cobblestone streets below, truly scrumptious pastries, and some of the happiest grumpy people Cheema’s Travel has ever met, it won’t take long for you to fall in love with this tiny country on the Iberian peninsula.
Join Cheema’s Travel and an intrepid group of like-minded foodies for 8 nights of adventurous gastronomy in Lisbon, Porto, and the rural farm villages, valleys, and castle in between.
This guided trip is all-inclusive and there are no supplementary fees whatsoever.
Cheema’s Travel’s founder, Rani Cheema, is inviting you to join in on this expertly curate small group culinary trip . This trip along with all of her other trips are a culinary dream itinerary that Rani personally curated with Cheema’s Travel’s preferred partners, to make sure it is the perfect experience for all parties involved.
Please understand that the concept of these adventures is similar to traveling with friends. Like-minded individuals who not only love to eat, drink, make, and have immersive experiences, they want to connect with our "cousins" on the other side of the planet. If you love eating, drinking, adventure, laughs, and great company... these adventures are like no other.
Cheema's Travel is a travel agency, not a large group tour operator so no umbrellas or flags to locate our local guide.
In order to reduce traffic for the locals and are carbon footprint for the world, all trips include public transportation unless noted otherwise.
Rani Cheema; Founder of Cheema’s Travel.
"My goal isn't to visit as many countries as possible, but to truly understand the place I'm visiting and the people that I meet... also, to eat anything and everything. I tend to base my adventures on the things I want to eat rather than the sites I want to see."
Recognize as a Travel Specialist by Bloomberg Pursuits & The New York Times
Former Art Director at the Food Network
Born and bred New Yorker
Loves to bake, even though she’s not great at it.
Former Food Editor of the Gwangju News
Your 8 Night Itinerary
WELCOME TO LISBON
A downtown Food & Café Culture walking tour of the old city accompanied by curiosities about Lisbon’s history provided by our local guide. In this tour, you’ll get to know the Chiado area, Rossio, downtown’s main streets, the Castle hill, and the Tejo riverfront area. While walking, you will taste the most iconic and delicious snacks (petiscos) that every Lisbonner loves, accompanied by a glass of good Portuguese wine, a coffee, or liquor.
After some refreshments at the selected Hotel, you will take a taxi to your welcome dinner spot, the kitchen of a local Chef, where you will have a welcome dinner paired with Portuguese Wines, served by the Chef himself.
Off to Belém for a city tour that will end in a wine bar where we’ll have a different kind of lunch, a wine brunch, an interesting new concept which will present you with different Portuguese delicacies and wines.
After brunch, you will have free time to visit the monuments in Belém, to do some shopping or to just return to the hotel and have the afternoon at leisure.
Our tour starts with a guided visit to the magical Pena Palace in Sintra. It will be followed by a tasting of the famous pastry of Sintra (Travesseiros). Lunch will be traditional Portuguese Cuisine accompanied by a good Portuguese wine. After lunch, you’ll walk a short distance to visit a historic winery and have a tasting of Colares Wines.
Later in the day, we’ll have a Cooking Class in the home of a Portuguese family with a view (to die for) where we’ll prepare dinner with vegetables from their garden which you’ll then enjoy along with the sunset.
You’ll depart to North! Having the first stop to visit a working windmill outside of Lisbon. This will be an opportunity to see some beautiful views of the countryside of Portugal and experience a bread making workshop with a tasting and lunch.
After lunch, continuing to the North, you’ll have a guided visit to the medieval village of Óbidos on the way to Quinta da Cerdeira where you will stay overnight. You’ll have some free time to rest at the farm, where you’ll have a “farm to table” dinner prepared by the owners themselves with local products.
After breakfast, join the cheese maker in a unique experience in which you’ll follow and experiment the whole process of cheese making from the sheep to the table, ending with a Serra Cheese tasting, the Portuguese preferred cheese.
After a cheese and farm products’ tasting tasting, you will depart to Porto where, after the check-in, you’ll have a Tour of the city accompanied by a local foodie and food writer in a kind of a long meal. You’ll end the tour with a Francesinha, one of the most delicious and iconic dishes in Porto.
After breakfast, join the local cook in a visit to the Local Market of Matosinhos, to learn about the Portuguese cuisine, from the market to the choice of the fresh ingredients. You’ll then join her at home to prepare a typical Portuguese meal and share it afterward with the cook and her family.
You will have free time after lunch to visit a Porto monument or Museum, to do some shopping, or to simply return to the Hotel and enjoy the afternoon at leisure.
At the end of the day, you cannot miss Graham's Lodge, one of the first Port companies to invest in its own vineyards in Portugal's Douro Valley in 1890 and which is now at the cutting edge of innovation in winemaking techniques. Nowadays, five Symington cousins share responsibility for every aspect of the company and personally make Graham's wines. They have also been involved with Port and the Douro for many generations, with ancestry dating back to the mid-17th century.
After breakfast, you will departure for a day of exploring the Douro Region wineries in a guided tour of the Douro Valley, which offers a formidable cocktail of manmade landscape, old traditions, and the river flowing in perfect harmony.
This is the land where the Port Wine grapes grow, in the terraces, made in ancient times by men, in the steep slopes of the Douro Wine Region, the oldest world demarked wine region formally established, dating back to 1756.
En route, you will have breath-taking views of the unique landscape of Douro and have the first introduction to the Port Wine production in a visit to the Douro Museum.
There is still time to visit Pinhão and to stop at its lovely railway station, where the beautiful tile walls will tell you the story of the Douro and Port Wine, and to have a typical Rabelo Boat Cruise in the Douro River, the ancient boats that carry the Port Wine Barrels to the wine cellars in Porto.
After breakfast and check-out from the selected Hotel in Porto, you will depart to Lisbon by train.
Free time and sunset cruise in Tejo River, enjoying the last and the best views of the city with a glass of wine before a farewell dinner with Fado show, the highest expression of the Portuguese culture and soul and UNESCO World Heritage.
That’s all! We bid a fond farewell to a life-changing experience.
Don’t fret, we can all meet again in in Japan, India, Italy, or any of the other fabulous countries we’ve planned adventure in.
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