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The Portuguese Palate: Lisbon, Porto & the Douro

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Join Premier Tours & Travel to experience the Portuguese palate on a chef-led cultural, historical, and epicurean tour throughout Lisbon, Porto and the Douro River Valley. From the hand-selected, private experiences,  guided city tours in Lisbon, Porto, Coimbra, and hands-on cooking opportunities, your Premier experience will surely awaken your appreciation for Portugal. Only to be surpassed by the unique market and dining experiences with your Expert Host.

May 18-28, 2024 (Departing USA May 17, 2024) with Chef Bob Waggoner
June 1-11, 2024 (Departing USA May 30, 2024) with Chef Bob Waggoner
August 10-20, 2024 (Departing USA August 9, 2024)
September 18-28, 2024 (Departing USA September 17, 2024)
October 4-14, 2024 (Departing USA October 3, 2024)

From $8,299 Per Person (DBL); Single Supplement $1,800; Limited to 20 passengers


Overnight flight from the USA to Lisbon, Portugal (flights not included).

Details of Your Stay in Lisbon (3 Nights)

Arrive in Lisbon airport where a private transfer will meet you after customs and escort you to your accommodations in Lisbon for the following four nights, including daily breakfast.

Enjoy your afternoon at leisure. Connect this evening for a Welcome Dinner.

Today, become acquainted with Lisbon on a half-day guided panoramic and walking tour and experience why Lisbon is nicknamed the “White City’ as you bask in the sunshine reflected onto the city from the Tagus River. Explore iconic sites throughout the old town. Visit Belém, home to two UNESCO world heritage sites: the Tower of Belém and the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos. Learn about the legacy of Prince Henry the Navigator and receive detailed information on Portugal's role as a seafaring nation on the forefront of naval exploration in the 15th and 16th century. Vasco da Gama, Pedro Alvares Cabral and Bartolomeu Dias are some of the many great explorers that will be addressed on this tour. Finish your tour with a tasting of the world famous "Pasteis de Belém," created in the same location since 1837. The balance of day is at leisure.

Reconnect with the group for a private culinary adventure learning to cook traditional Portuguese recipes this evening with a local artisan and our expert host.

Experience a full day meandering through some of the most mystical, romantic mountain and seaside towns a short ride away from the hustle and bustle of Lisbon. Feel like royalty in Sintra — a longtime royal sanctuary with its forested landscapes studded with pastel-colored villas and palaces. View the Palácio Nacional da Pena and see why the king of fairytales, Hans Christian Anderson called Sintra “the most beautiful place in Portugal.” Visit Palacio de Queluz, considered to be the “Portuguese Versailles.” Meander the cobbled streets through the historical center of town, visit shops, take pictures of Palácio Nacional de Sintra. Stop for a visit in Estoril and Cascais, on the Portuguese Riviera. Enjoy a traditional lunch before returning to the hotel for your evening at leisure.

Details of Your Stay in Coimbra (1 Night)

Today, the adventure continues from Lisbon to the amazing city of Coimbra with its preserved medieval old town and the famous University of Coimbra —one of the oldest continuously operating universities in the world. Enjoy time for lunch at a historic estate before a guided tour of the University. Stroll the magical streets and gaze upon the multitude of architectural styles, from Romanesque Old Cathedral to the Baroque University Tower. Enjoy lunch with the group before checking into your one-night accommodations. Spend the balance of your time in Coimbra at leisure.

Details of Your Stay in the Douro River Valley (4 Nights)


Continue on to the Douro Valley this morning with a stop in Viseu, Portugal. One of the best towns to visit in Portugal, Viseu is known for its hilltop old town, an ancient cathedral towering over it, the scenic cobbled alleyways, and its vast plazas. It is not just home to many architectural treasures, but is also frequented for the highly delectable Dao wine from the neighboring Dao region. Following time at leisure for exploring and lunch, continue on to your hand-selected Quinta for the following four nights, including breakfast daily. Settle into your accommodations among the rolling hills and vineyards of the Douro Valley before reconnecting with the group for traditional dinner.


Experience the sun-drenched vineyards, captivating villages, and historical landmarks of the Douro River Valley on a full-day tour. A tour to Portugal would be incomplete without meandering through some of the world’s most beautiful landscapes of this UNESCO World Heritage Site and experiencing some of the finest vineyards in the world. Starting with one of the oldest and most famous estates in the Douro Valley, Quinta do Vallado, enjoy the breathtaking views of the Corgo River from the vineyard while tasting its award-winning wines and ports. Next, visit Quinta do Bomfim (or similar) — owner of such leading port houses as Graham's, Dow's, Ware’s, and Cockburn's, as well as a portfolio of Douro wines. Enjoy a wine tasting and a private picnic in the vineyards to bask in the fruits of this exceptional vineyard.

Return to the accommodations to relax before enjoying a Chef’s dinner.


Enjoy this morning at leisure relaxing among the vines and enjoying the amenities of the Quinta.

This afternoon, visit Nucleo Museologico Favaios, Pao e Vinho (Bread & Wine Museum) in the wine village of Favaios (or similar). Enjoy a tasting of the famous Moscatel de Favaios and visit a traditional bakery in the village of Favaios. Next, visit one of the oldest Xisto villages, Provesende (Aldeia de Xisto) and enjoy one of the best views of the Douro River from Casal de Loivos. Enjoy an olive oil tasting at a nearby mill.

Return to the Quinta for time at leisure before this evening’s Chef’s dinner.


On your final day in the Douro Valley, meet a local prominent Viscountess and join her for a cooking class at the old kitchens. Visit the estate and learn about its history and the Viscountess family’s interesting and rich life story.  At the old kitchens and using the wood burning stoves and old iron pots you will learn how to cook an authentic local menu under the Viscountess’ guidance.  After the cooking lesson, enjoy lunch in one of the elegant dining rooms of the estate, or al fresco in the patio, and enjoy the dishes you prepared.

Return for the Chef’s dinner at the Quinta this evening.

Details of Your Stay in Porto (2 Nights)

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njoy a half-day guided panoramic and walking tour of Porto, including the historic center that was designated an UNESCO World Heritage Site featuring sites such as the Porto Cathedral, Dom Luís Bridge, São Bento station, Lello Bookstore, and Clérigos Church. Enjoy time at leisure for lunch and shopping.

This evening, enjoy a blend of cultural, culinary, and historical experience through a Petiscos walking tour with a local expert guide.

Experience all of Porto’s bridges on a cruise of the Douro River to see Porto’s six bridges. Coast down the peaceful waters of the Douro River by boat as you see Porto to one side and Gaia to the other, and all of Porto’s stunning bridges connecting the two cities. Quickly notice that no two bridges are alike, each with their own architecture and personality, making for stunning photo backdrops. As you sail the UNESCO river, see why this is one of the most unique ways to experience Northern Portugal.

Late afternoon, cross the Douro River to Vila Nova de Gaia (simply 'Gaia' to locals) to learn firsthand why the city is world famous for its fortified Portuguese wine — port. Gaia transports you back to the 17th-century beginnings of port-wine production, when British merchants transformed wine into the post-dinner tipple of choice by adding a dash of brandy.

Learn more about the history of port at one of the most iconic, renowned port houses — Graham’s The 1890 Lodge. Grahams has called Gaia home since 1890 and the Lodge is where all their wine is aged. Enjoy a premium tasting with savory bites.

Farewell dinner this evening.


Transfers will be provided to the Porto airport. We hope you enjoyed Portugal!

Boa viagem!

Optional Extension:
Santiago de Compostela, Spain (2-4 Nights)
Our driver and our tour leader will escort you from the Douro River Valley to Santiago de Compostela, Spain today. Enroute, visit Baiona, located alongside Cape Silleiro. The town’s most attractive streets are set around the bay, which open up next to the mouth of Miñor River. It was here that the La Pinta moored in 1493, the first caravel to reach port after the voyage of discovery to the New World. Enjoy refreshments and lunch overlooking the incredible views of the bay before having time at leisure to explore and enjoy lunch.

Continue on to your 4* accommodation for the following three nights in Santiago de Compostela, including breakfast.

Our tour leader will help you become acclimated with this historically and religiously significant city on a half-day walking tour of the city center. Santiago de Compostela, with its Romanesque, Gothic, and Baroque buildings, is one of the world's most beautiful urban areas. In the UNESCO World Heritage Old Town, find the oldest monuments grouped around the tomb of St James, including the Santiago de Compostela Cathedral, which contains the remarkable Pórtico de la Gloria — a Spanish masterpiece commissioned in 1168 by King Ferdinand II and created by Master Mateo. Wander the Praza do Obradoiro to learn about the other three imposing structures lining the square along with the Cathedral: Hostal dos Reis Católicos, Pazo de Raxoi, and the Colexio de San Xerome. Balance of the day is at leisure.

This evening, enjoy dinner at leisure.

A trip to Santiago de Compostela would be incomplete without experiencing the Camino de Santiago. Meet your tour leader in the hotel lobby at 9:00 AM. Experience walking portions of the Camino while gaining expert insight along the way. Visit Melide, the town famous for Pulpo a Feira (octopus) for lunch and enjoy Alberino wine (included). Walk into Santiago de Compostela directly to the Cathedral just as the Pilgrams have done before you. Visit the museum and the remarkable Pórtico de la Gloria — a Spanish masterpiece commissioned in 1168 by King Ferdinand II and created by Master Mateo.

Return to the hotel for your evening at leisure.

Experience the wine, food, and natural beauty of Rias Baixas on this all-day private, guided excursion. Enjoy hand-selected wine tastings of Albariño, savor the famous freshly harvested local mussels, and visit wine country towns such as Cambados.

Return to the hotel for your evening at leisure.

Transfers will be provided to the airport. We hope you enjoyed Portugal!

¡Buen viaje!

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Itinerary subject to change. Premier Tours & Travel reserves the right to modify programs and itineraries (including arranged sightseeing, accommodations, dining experiences, aircraft, trains, vessels, and so forth) at any time due to unforeseen circumstances or circumstances beyond Premier Tours & Travel’s control, including force majeures. In the instance our Expert host cancels due to unforeseen circumstances, Premier Tours & Travel has the right to substitute another Expert host, such as a chef, in such an emergency (timing allowed) and/or the tour will continue in its entirety. Every effort is made to operate our itineraries as planned but alterations may need to be made after the final itinerary has been issued. Airfare is not included. Deposits are utilized to secure services on your behalf and are nonrefundable. Deposits are transferrable to a future Expertly Done Culinary & Wine Travel tour within one year of booking date. Guests are limited to one carry on and one checked baggage and will be responsible for any additional fees charged for additional luggage. Please see Key Items to Know Before You Leave Home attached. Wine is included with Chef’s dinners (max. 3 glasses per person).

About Chef Bob Waggoner


A California native, Chef Bob Waggoner received his formal training with Michael Roberts at Trumps in Los Angeles from 1981 to 1983, and later in France at a constellation of Michelin-rated restaurants with chefs Jacques Lameloise, Charles Barrier, Pierre Gagnaire, Gerard Boyer and Mark Meneau. At 23, he took on his first chef position at the private club “Members” in Caracas, Venezuela. Chef Bob Waggoner returned to France at age 24 to become chef of the Hotel de la Poste in Avallon for three years. Then, in 1988 at age 26, in the town of Moneteau in Burgundy, he became the first American chef to own his own restaurant in France, the much acclaimed Le Monte Cristo.  He is one of the few Americans to be Knighted with the “l’Odre du Mérite Agricole” from the Government of France.

In 1991, Waggoner was offered the opportunity of Chef de Cuisine with Chef Jean-Pierre Silva, the two-star Michelin, at Le Vieux Moulin in Beaune, France. After 11 years in France, he returned to the States in 1993 to cook at the award-winning Turnberry Isle in Florida, before joining The Wild Boar in Nashville, where he earned the restaurant a coveted AAA Five-Diamond Award and the Grand Award from Wine Spectator.

He finally found his way to Charleston where he was Executive Chef of Charleston Grill at Charleston Place for a dozen years. Every year Chef Bob was at the Charleston Grill, it was awarded AAA Four-Diamond and the Mobile Four-Star award, and in 2001 he was nominated four times for The Beard Foundation "Best Chef Southeast" award. He is author of the Charleston Grill at Charleston Place: French Influenced Lowcountry Cuisine cookbook.Always well regarded as a media-savvy chef, he won an Emmy for his television show “Off the Menu” with Turner South, and was the host of the PBS series "U Cook with Chef Bob" and "U Travel with Chef Bob." He is currently working with top country musicians in Nashville on the hit show "Sing for Your Supper."

Now Chef Bob is moving on from his restaurant past, but he is certainly not leaving the kitchen.  Drawing from the wealth of artisans in the Charleston area, from woodworkers to artists and cabinet makers, Chef Bob has created a stunning demonstration kitchen in downtown Charleston with reclaimed wood floors, a u-shaped marble countertop and even a Grand player piano.  Despite the sophisticated surroundings, Chef Bob's cooking classes are relaxed and casual, and with his easygoing nature he can teach anyone the culinary tips and techniques for "how it's done" in the finest restaurants.

About Chef Maria Jimenez Latorre

Premier Tours & Travel is proud to introduce our tours with Chef Maria Jimenez Latorre, a native Spanish celebrity chef. Chef Maria Jimenez Latorre is a renowned chef in Spain with a following throughout the country for her magnetic personality and culinary style. She is a radio and television personality, as well as the leading chef at Alambique Escuela de Cocina cooking school, founder of We Present catering company, and the face of Orujo de Aceite de Oliva in Spain.

Languages: Spanish (native speaker),  English (fluent) , French (fluent)

Highlights of Recent Work Experience

2009 to present  -  Alambique Escuela de Cocina cooking school

Chef leading cooking events at Alambique.: hands-on gastronomic events, team-buildings and corporate events, specialising in traditional Spanish cuisine.  Also teaching hand-on beginners courses and cooking with confidence classes, as well as  cookery classes for children including classes which combine cooking and magic

2013– present – Founder and partner in catering company We Present

Serving weddings, christenings, first communions , birthday parties, dinners and corporate events with chef Sergio Fernandez.

2018 to Present  - Ambassador For ORIVA

Cooking demonstrations and helping professionals and hotelerie schools learn how to use Orujo de Aceite de Oliva in particular in frying techniques. Included trainning for the “perfect fritter ” challenge.  Over 2020 this took the form of remote classes and videos for social media.