Portugal - A Food Lovers Odyssey
Celebrating the land of Pessoa, Port & the Age of Discovery
Portugal; the small but mighty culinary giant of the Iberian Peninsula! This is the land of Vasco de Gama & Pessoa; once the stomping ground of Romans, Moors and Crusaders. Lisbon, a historic hillside city rich with culture, cobble stones, cafés, cable cars and traditional foods cooked in old Portuguese style. But local & new Chefs influenced by the wave of emigrants since the 18th and 19th century aim to challenge diners' palates with surprising twists on traditional ingredients and grandmotherly dishes.
Not more than an hour away from Lisbon is the land of fairytales; the beloved of Lord Byron - Sintra. Here magic weaves its own seductive web and lush greenery, breathtaking pinnacles and stones as old as time, left us in awed hush. We left this magical world and head north to Porto; the land of port, rising from the banks of the Douro & passing through it.
Porto is a hilly, historic mix of bridges and undoubtedly a cultural heart of Portugal. Baroque churches and narrow mediaeval alleys. It is a city made for walking and exploring its canvas of great contemporary architecture nestled between old historical buildings. As we ventured away from Porto through the north-western patch of Portugal, we arrive in the heart of picturesque terraced vineyards of Douro; golden in every way with sepia-tinged hills and amber-hued valleys.
Our journey though Portugal took us from famous landmarks to small fishing villages that tourists seldom venture to, from bustling cities to the seclusion of a 5-star eco resort, so exclusive that a mere 12 rooms dot a footprint of over 3,000 square meters.
An example of modern architecture at it's best - the breathtaking play of space and light while just beyond the waves flirt with the sand dunes.
Portugal is calling....
LUXURY 4 star + 5 star Design Hotels
featured in Small Luxury Hotels of the World,
Condé Nast Traveler, Travel & Leisure
exclusive 5-star eco-resorts in the world
From Michelin-star fine dining to Street Dining
All Breakfasts, meals (lunches/dinners)
dinners at Michelin-Star Restaurants upon request
Rich & Enduring Culinary & Architectural Experiences
Hands-On Traditional Portuguese Culinary Class
GARDEN TO TABLE event featuring
Hand picking vegetables in the garden, cooking class & lunch overlooking the sand dunes
Winery & Port Cellars
Winery Tour & Tastings, Douro Valley
Private Porto Cellar tour featuring
10-year, 17-year & 30-year Premier Vintage Port Tastings
Guided Tours with Docents, Historians & Architects
Guided tours of cities &
UNESCO World Heritage Sites
All Ground Transportation; train + air-conditioned private Minibus
Private airport transfer at arrival in Lisbon
All Taxes & Gratuities
What Guests Say...
This trip to Portugal was a once in a lifetime experience. Our intimate group of 10 learned more about the cuisine, viticulture, wine-making, history and architecture of Portugal in 11 days than we thought possible.
The trip was meticulously planned and executed by Devaki Das and we would enthusiastically recommend you consider taking one of the future vacation trips with Weave A Thousand Journeys.
~Jon K & Min W
There were several once in a lifetime experiences on the Portugal trip. The morning and lunch with the fishermen was a first, for us and them!
The Porto architecture tour with a local architect was energetic, interesting and knowledge packed. The Lisbon/Belém Monastery tour with the historian made the Age of Discovery come alive.