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7 Days Portuguese Cooking, Wine and Culture Program

7 Days Portuguese Cooking, Wine and Culture Program

From
AU$3,165 Per Person
 
  • Tour Type
    Cooking classCooking class
  • Tour Code
    ECS-18-5080
  • Operating Days
    Mon
From
AU$3,165 Per Person
 
  • Tour Type
    Cooking classCooking class
  • Tour Code
    ECS-18-5080
  • Operating Days
    Mon
Description 
  • Tour Highlights
    ACTIVITYACTIVITY Evora cooking classTransfersTransfers Land transfers to and from EvoraToursTours Wine tour & tasting sessions

Summary

Portuguese cuisine is simple, characterised by a rich variety of regional dishes. Gathering herbs and products from the local market and pairing them with timeless recipes, cooks of all levels can roll up their sleeves while learning the age old Portuguese recipes whithin the walls of the World Heritage medieval town of Evora.

Itinerary

Day 1: Monday
This morning, we head to Évora, the charming UNESCO (world heritage patrimony) small town, full of roman vestiges, medieval churches and palaces. Each street keeps the charm of the past, as a secret for you! After lunch in a local traditional restaurant, we have the first orientation walk before the 1st cooking class, in a renovated but traditional kitchen. Than (around 6.pm) we have our 1st cooking class (followed by dinner): Introduction to Portuguese Gastronomy, a study in influences and seasonings. Overnight in Évora at your hotel.

Day 2: Tuesday
After breakfast (around 11.am) our second cooking class begins: the essence of fish and olive oil in Portuguese Cuisine. Lunch is a chance to sample your own cooking. Non-cooking partners join at the table. This afternoon we'll explore Esporão Wine State, or a similar winery, blending ancient and modern winemaking techniques. The grapes of this wine region include Touriga Nacional, Trincadeira, tinta Roriz, and Moreto for red wines; Roupeiro, Manteudo, Perrum, Antão Vaz for the whites - as Portuguese varieties, as well Cabernet Sauvignon and Shyraz. The nearby village of S. Pedro do Corval, is a good example of the best potteries of the region. Here you can buy really authentic pottery at a really good price. A few kms after, we have Monsaraz, a medieval hilltop village, where we will have dinner after visiting, under the shadow of the 13th century castle built by king Afonso III. Here you will understand why we have so many castles, and what’s a medieval castle is. This is a magic place, just like travel into an ancient period of History!

We will return back to Évora after dinner (included), so please take a sweatshirt and comfortable shoes.

Day 3: Wednesday
Today's focus is on local produce: The abundance from local Farms and Ranches. This afternoon, we'll tour through Évora, discovering the Cathedral (13th century), Chapel of Bones (16th century), Roman Baths and Roman Temple (1st century AD). Évora is also a nice place for shopping. There you find jewellery, cork articles (hats, shoes, aprons, purses, bracelets, etc.), tiles, wines and much more. Dinner is free, by your own. We will provide you a map of the town and a list of restaurants, shops, ice cream factories, coffee shops you shouldn’t miss!

Day 4: Thursday
Cooks, this is your day off! Today we'll drive into the Northen Alentejo, and you will learn in a short version, the History of Portugal, special what happened to our last king. Before lunch at Vila Viçosa, we will visit its Renaissance Ducal Palace, visiting the place where King Charles slept his last night before being shot in 1908. We will visit the historical Sanctuary of Vila Viçosa, where, John IV, king of Portugal gave his crown to the Virgin Mary in 1640, and named her Queen of Portugal. Passing through the marble area we visit the historical and white town of Estremoz, enclosed whithin its ramparts and overlook a vast plain of gnarled olive trees and wheat fields. Than we return back to Évora, in time for dinner, passing through a cork factory. Dinner in Évora, by your own.

Day 5: Friday
This region is known for its Aromatic Herbs and wild Flowers. This morning we'll use them in the dishes that the locals have passed on through generations. Enjoy an afternoon excursion to explore the fabulous pre-historical megalithic "cromeleque dos almendros", from 6.000 years BC. We also have a wine tasting after visit one of the oldest wineries: Cartuxa, placed in an old Monastery. This evening, sit down to a farewell Dinner at traditional restaurant (included). We prefer having the farewell dinner today, because very often we have people leaving very early on Sunday, due to the flights back home.

Day 6: Saturday
Today's cooking class focuses on the flavours of the south, in fact our Mediterranean face in the kitchen! After lunch enjoy a siesta and a free afternoon to make the last shopping. Time to pack. Free dinner and overnight.

Day 7: Sunday

After breakfast we do your transfer back to Lisbon. If you have a very early flight on Sunday it can require an extra charge for a special transfer. Let us know when you arrive.

Note: the order of the days can be changed according to the changes of wineries, monuments or other local’s programs. We also try to adapt this program all year round according to the weather and local special events, to offer you all authenticity, the real Portugal. Anyway if we do any changes, you won’t miss any detail.

 

Inclusions

  • Transfers
  • Five Cooking Classes
  • Other meals included (always with wine) - 1st day’s lunch at a local restaurant in Évora, 2nd day’s dinner at the medieval village of Monsaraz, 4th day’s lunch at Vila Viçosa, 5th day’s farewell dinner in Évora
  • Wineries with wine tasting - one of Reguengos de Monsaraz, one of Évora
  • Tours with fees included - Évora (Roman Temple 1st C ad, Roman baths 1st C ad , Cathedral 13th C, Bones Chapel 15th C, University 16th C, all the Roman, Moorish, Jewish and Medieval period, Monsaraz (pottery village of S. Pedro do Corval and walking tour in the Medieval Village), The towns of Estremoz and Vila Viçosa, passing though the marble area and cork factory, Megalithic tour into the fabulous prehistoric area from 6.000 BC

Exclusions

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