Tracing the Roots of an Imperial Cuisine
Lisbon is one of the world’s greatest food cities, and on this multi-day culinary trip you’ll experience the very best of it. Visit markets and farms, meet fishermen and bakers, learn to make Portuguese specialties, and eat and drink glorious delicacies, all while getting the chance to explore one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. But we’ll also dig deeper, exploring beyond the city’s tiled buildings and narrow streets to discover the long legacy and vibrant present of culinary inventiveness in Lisbon.
On this culinary adventure, we’ll learn about the voyages and trade routes that stocked the city’s pantry with spices, and sample the contemporary fare that inflects traditional dishes with Goan influences. We’ll enjoy iconic egg-custard pastries, baked in the shadow of historic convents, and venture far past the city center to get an insider perspective on fresh-from-the-water seafood at the city’s bustling ports. At far-flung farms and vineyards, we’ll get our fill of the region’s famous salt-cured ham and local wines. This six-day journey will be a feast for your eyes and your stomach.
Engage your senses and your hands
On visits to producers and the city’s local restaurants, you’ll get an insider’s view of Lisbon’s distinctive food scene. You’ll also join in yourself, getting the chance to prepare the region’s beloved buttery, egg-custard tarts.
Shop magnificent markets
You’ll eat your way across Lisbon’s traditional market, meeting butchers, bakers, and greengrocers, and sampling the city’s delicacies, learning the backstories of their trades.
Sample the finest seafood
At a traditional waterfront taverna or at one of the hottest restaurant in town, sample the pride of Portugal, the daily catch.
Experience one of the world’s intriguing cities through its food
You’ll get a chance to eat and drink the very best Lisbon has to offer while sharing a table with chefs, farmers and producers.
Enjoy exclusive visits
Partake in several exclusive visits to historic sites, culinary demonstrations, wine producers and even musical concerts.
Pricing and Accommodation:
The total cost of this trip is $3,300. For travelers wishing to have single accommodations during the trip, an additional $650 will be due at the time of the final payment. A $500 non-refundable deposit per traveler is required to secure space on the trip. The balance is due 90 days prior to the start of the trip.
Travelers should be reasonably fit and feel comfortable walking 3 to 5 miles each day and remaining on their feet for long periods of time. Keep in mind that Lisbon can be hilly and is filled with cobblestones!
Arrival and Departure:
For flights in and out of Lisbon International Airport (LIS), we suggest you arrive anytime by 1 p.m. on Day 1 and depart anytime on Day 7. We’re happy to arrange extra nights at the group’s hotel and provide suggestions for things to do and see in the city on your own.
• All accommodation throughout the trip in stylish, boutique hotels.
• All meals and drinks included in CB activities. A belt-popping experience.
• Private coach for visits outside the center city.
• Admission to all proposed activities, locations, and events.
• Professional guides throughout the entire experience.
• Hands-On Baking Class
• Transportation and flights to and from Lisbon, including airport transfers.
• Additional meals and drinks or personal expenses outside of Culinary Backstreets offerings.
• If applicable, applying for an Portuguese visa (not required for U.S. citizens).
• Travel insurance (recommended).
We encourage an adventurous palate! We will do our best to accommodate your dietary restrictions, though in most cases ingredients can’t be substituted or omitted from particular dishes. Note that the food experiences on this trip are unfortunately not very amenable to vegan, vegetarian, and kosher diets. If you have a particular food allergy or intolerance, please contact us to find out if this is the right trip for you.
Notes on Itinerary:
Itineraries and daily schedules are subject to change. We expect to do everything listed in the itinerary, though the order may be rearranged based on weather or other local conditions.
“This vacation was one of the best ever and much of it as thanks to Celia & Joao.”
“Bravo! We were amazed by the quality, planning and overall experience.”
“Be prepared for a fun and interesting cultural immersion into past and present Lisbon, coupled with delicious food & drink, accompanied by fantastic guides. And start your diet after the tour is over.”