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Portugal culinary food tour 2018

In 2018, our culinary tour is to Portugal, where we will be enjoying Porto, Douro, Evora & Lisbon.

Portugal has just been named the World's Leading Destination at the recent annual World Travel Awards with the country claiming six awards, including its capital Lisbon for world's leading city break destination. 
Our magical tour commences on 30th September 2018 through until 8th October 2018. There is a fabulous, optional extension to stunning Lisbon from the 8-11th October. 
We would dearly love for you to join us on this once in a lifetime trip. 

Click here to read Nellie's blog post regarding 2015's incredible tour. The 2016 tour blog post is here in all it's glory2017 tour blog of Sicily is here for you to enjoy.  

If you like to travel and to enjoy great food and wine, you will love Nellie's tour discovering the natural beauty of Portugal, meeting delightful foodie heroes and discovering the traditions of Portugal and its delicious dishes and wines. 

"I invite you to join us for an experience like no other this year as we travel together and experience new and delicious wonders. We are off to Portugal in 2018 and we would be absolutely delighted if you care to join us on this amazing culinary journey."


Tour highlights - 

First night accommodation at 5-star Hotel Infante Sagres in Porto. This beautiful hotel is a member of the 'small luxury hotels of the world. It is a very short walk to the majestic promenade Avenida dos Aliados. Drinks and a special 'opening night' dinner will be enjoyed. 

Heritage tour of Porto & Vila Nova de Gaia to Churchill's Port lodge. 

Free time in Porto before a transfer to the Casa de Cha Boa Nova for lunch. The restaurant resides in the extraordinary location on the Atlantic coast and rests on the rocks just two feet from the Sea. It has been officially designated a National Monument since 2006 and is led by Michelin starred Chef, Rui Paula. 

Accommodation is reserved for three nights at the 4-star Douro Palace Hotel Resort & Spa which sits atop a hillside on the northern side of the River Douro with stunning views over the valley.

Tour of the Douro Valley and to Quinta da Gricha which produces 250 cases of port each year. We will learn to cook wonderful dishes that pair perfectly with port wine. We will do this in the estate's kitchen and reap the rewards with a wonderful lunch together. 

Private river cruise on board a stunning wooden yacht which originally served the British Admiralty. 

Cookery lesson with Chef Helio Loureiro. Author of many cookbooks and television personality. In this class, we will master many of the tricks of Portuguese cooking. 

Tour of Coimbra - a beautiful hill town and former capital of Portugal. It is situated above the Mondego river. 

Three night stay at the 5-star Hotel M'ar de AR Aqueduoto in Evora. During these days, just some of the highlights will be a private tour of Evora. Evora is a World Heritage Site and is hailed by UNESCO as 'an open-air museum'. A tour of the hilltop town of Monsaraz. A cookery lesson with Antonio Nobre, cookbook author and Executive Chef at the restaurant Degust AR followed by lunch and then an afternoon in Arraiolos to visit one of the largest wineries in the Alentejo. We will see the cork farming and enjoy wines before enjoying a very special final tour dinner at the estate's restaurant. 

On the final day of the tour, we will leave for Herdade da Malhadinha Nova, 67 miles South of Evora. A modern winery and livestock ranch. The estate reflects a huge respect for nature and the passion of the Soares family. The estate raises Alentejana cattle and Black pig as well as a stunning 18 hectares of vineyards. A farewell tasting lunch will be enjoyed before departing for Lisbon with our guests who choose to be part of the party at Lisbon. 

The three-day private group tour to Lisbon will take place from the 8-11th October. Please contact us for pricing and tour itinerary. 

PRICE: $5895 (AUD) per person twin share for all arrangements for the 9 days inclusive. Single supplements are also available. Three day Lisbon extension is additional $1345 and includes transportation to Lisbon. 

Not included: International Air Travel, Insurance, Passport expenses.

The tour price also covers all group transfers including by coach, train and personal driver once the tour commences. It includes all entry fees associated with the tour's itinerary. It includes services of bi-lingual Taste of Portugal tour host as well as services of the culinary expert, Nellie Kerrison of Relish Mama. 

For more details or to reserve your place, contact us & we will happily send you our full itinerary & booking form. A $2000 deposit is required for the tour plus an additional $750 deposit for those who will enjoy the Lisbon extension. The deposit can be made securely via credit card or Paypal via our shopping cart here or instead, via credit card direct to Relish Mama to on forward to 'Tastes of Italy/Portugal'. A 1.5% surcharge is added to Visa and Mastercard payments & 2.5% surcharge for Amex payments. 

Please note the following is not included in the price: Flights, Insurance, meals not listed (very few not included), passport expenses and personal spending such as your own choice of optional excursions.
How to book:

We ask you to call Relish Mama on 03 9553 4846. Following your reservation by phone we can hold it for you for 7 days. We will send you a booking form. Within the 7 days, we ask that you complete and return the booking form to Relish Mama together with your deposit payment of $2000 per person.  Please note that telephone reservations can only be held for 7 days. Deposits can also be made securely here. 


What will the weather be like?

The weather is likely to be quite perfect still in October – the average maximum temperature for Portugal in October is 27°C and a minimum overnight of 13oC.

What travel documents do I need?

Your flight tickets, passport, a copy of your travel insurance policy making a note of the number for medical emergency overseas.

What about meals?

Most meals are included from dinner on 30th September through to breakfast on 8th October, with the exception of a few meals - listed on the itinerary which are independent and a lovely opportunity for you to explore.

Who are Tastes of Europe & Tastes of Italy?

Since 2000 Tastes of Italy has been creating bespoke trips in Italy, France and Spain for private parties, wine clubs and individuals.

Tastes of Italy specialises in gourmet arrangements. Our aim is to provide excellent service, genuine hospitality and enrichening travel through the careful selection of the people we work with.


I would dearly love for you to be part of the magic and join us on this incredible journey to Italy this October. Interest should be expressed early and we are here for any questions you may have as well as to send your booking form.

Warmest wishes to you & here's to exciting adventures,



Please contact us for the tour brochure & booking form to be sent to you today.