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Portugal, Continental Europe's Western extreme

Portugal is like an exquisite dish of food. There is always room to repeat and a hidden flavor to discover.

Portugal is like that book that you fall in love with, that one you stay up half the night reading. It has conquered us with the authenticity and closeness of its people, the breathtaking beauty of its nature, the bravery of the ocean and that feeling of being at home. A perfect balance between elegance and decadence.

Cod fish and humble sardines are emblems of the country; the hearty country bread and adorable sweets like custard tarts and pasteis de nata are found on every street corner. Wines, from Porto to Alentejo are absolutely phenomenal.

Join CÚRATE Trips to taste the real flavors of Portugal in this 9-night spectacular journey.

At a Glance

Day 1

Porto, arrival

Day 2

Porto - v de GAIA - MATOSINHOS - PORTO

Day 3

Porto - Douro Valley - ílhavo

Day 4

ílhavo - Costa Alegre - Aveiro - Ílhavo

Day 5

Ílhavo - Óbidos - Gradil - Évora

Day 6

Évora - Estremoz - Évora

Day 7

Évora

Day 8

Évora - Lisbon

Day 9

Lisbon - Sintra - Guincho - Lisbon

Day 10

Lisbon, end of journey

itinerary

CÚRATE and the specialist food and wine travel designers Paladar y Tomar provide the most seamless journey that only two in-the-know insiders can assure.

It’s time to discover this signature 10-day program across Portugal through enjoyable and comprehensive show-cooking and intimate visits, and only-well-connected experiences. 

Join a dream program that contains unimaginable visits all along with the valuable insight only locals can give, leaving you well versed in many foundations and techniques of Portuguese gastronomic culture and the Mediterranean soul.

APR 26, 2022

Day 1

Porto

PORTO

Welcome to Porto! Portugal’s second city has everything you want in a luxury travel experience, balancing its rich history with vibrant modernity. Walk the cobblestone streets leading to the Porto Cathedral, Palácio da Bolsa and the extraordinary Church of São Francisco before the first serious collation.

Soothing and sublime, rich and relaxed, and best enjoyed at a leisurely pace, aptly describes both Porto’s cuisine and its eponymous wine. Steeped in tradition and made with care, Porto’s cuisine combines the old with the new, marries vintage preparations with modern touches and adjoins tastes of the past with nods to the present.

Meals included during the tripDinner
Selected hotels for the journey by Paladar y TomarHotel Infante Sagres 5*
APR 27, 2022

Day 2

Porto - V. de Gaia - Matosinhos - Porto

VILANOVA DE GAIA

Nobody can leave Porto without crossing “to the other side”, to Vilanova de Gaia, where major port producers have their warehouses. You’ll be standing where barrels of wine and port have been loaded and unloaded for hundreds of years. You’ll get to know about the different types of port (tawny, white, crusted, vintage), and the slow development of the wine inside the porous oak barrels.

As you visit Port cellars from centuries past, traverse the long-trodden paths of winemakers now gone, and taste wines likely bottled before you were born, you feel a rebirth — you will have lived, breathed and drank the living history of the Douro.

SEAFOOD

Follow the smell of barbecue at the harbor district of Matosinhos in northern part of Porto, where restaurants, each with its own outdoor grill on the street, propose superb fresh daily caught fishes.

Meals included during the tripBreakfast, lunch, dinner
Selected hotels for the journey by Paladar y TomarHotel Infante Sagres 5*
APR 28, 2022

Day 3

Porto - Douro Valley - Ílhavo

DOURO VALLEY 

Let’s leave to the magical Douro Valley, home of Portugal’s most famous wine region.

To experience the Douro Valley is to experience the river Douro, a slice of life that flows through Castile and León in Spain and into Portugal, running through the famous valley, where all facets of life — commerce and community, soul and spirit — merge with the majestic waters, towering canyons, whitewashed quintas and granite bluffs above, before rushing forward into Vila Nova de Gaia and Porto, where she coalesces with the Atlantic.

Be ready for vertiginous rides and a warm welcome to one of the most famed quintas, enjoy wine tastings and a charming, bowered vineyard lunch. There’s 2,000 years of winemaking history in the Douro! After lunch we’ll drive to Aveiro, the Portuguese Venice.

Meals included during the tripBreakfast, lunch, dinner
Selected hotels for the journey by Paladar y TomarMontebelo Vista Alegre Hotel & Spa, 5*
APR 29, 2022

Day 4

Ílhavo - Costa Alegre - Aveiro - Ílhavo

AVEIRO, THE PORTUGUESE VENICE

Wandering around the town of Aveiro gives us a nostalgic feeling that we are in Venice, but in smaller dimension. Channels, bridges, colorful houses and an intense university life set the pace. The Aveiro estuary occupies an enormous 47-kilometer marshy area, where the eel and salt flats proliferate. Traditionally the moliceiros, flat-bottomed boats and bow curved, painted with scenes of the fishermen’s life who used to collect seaweed from the bottom of the channel to use as fertilizer in the fields. And don’t forget to try the ovos moles, sweet egg yolks with sugar and water created by the nuns of the Convent of Jesus. They are shaped imitating marine elements, such as fishes or shells, and wrapped in wafers.

VISTA ALEGRE

Motebelo Vista Alegre Hotel where we stay was built to boost the historical heritage of Vista Alegre. Fábrica da Vista Alegre which began its business activity in 1824, in buildings close to the Chapel Nossa Senhora da Penha de França (1699),
has since then undergone successive renovation and expansion works. The entrance bears the
name Vista Alegre – Fábrica de Porcelana in azulejos, as well as the establishment year and the
100th anniversary date. Enjoy your free afternoon and evening to explore the museum, the chapel, the palace and the shops of Vista Alegre.

Meals included during the tripBreakfast, lunch
Selected hotels for the journey by Paladar y TomarMontebelo Vista Alegre Hotel & Spa, 5*
APR 30, 2022

Day 5

Ílhavo - Óbidos - Grâdil - Évora

ÓBIDOS

Next will be Óbidos. Located on the western central coast of Portugal, Óbidos is an ancient fortified city, a perfect medieval silhouette with a fortified castle where the Literary Man hotel is home to about 50,000 books. Óbidos is one of the most spectacular towns from the North of Portugal and became the nineteenth UNESCO City of Literature in December 2015. Enjoy a free morning in this charming town before we meet for a local genuine lunch.

ÉVORA

After lunch we’ll reach Évora, that shows a stunning combination of Roman, Gothic and Baroque architecture for which it has been designated a Unesco World Heritage Site. You’ll find a Roman temple from the first century, a medieval convent and superb sixteenth-century facades lining up side by side in its narrow, cobbled streets.

Meals included during the tripBreakfast, lunch, dinner
Selected hotels for the journey by Paladar y TomarHotel Convento do Espinheiro, 5*
MAY 01, 2022

Day 6

Évora - Estremoz - Évora

ÉVORA

Let’s explore Évora in a magic walking tour. “Queen of the High Alentejo” and one of Portugal’s best preserved medieval cities, Évora is ideal for immersing yourself in the past. Sheltered by its 14th century walls, its narrow streets lead to amazing architectural works: medieval cathedrals and cloisters, Roman ruins like those of its temple, a picturesque square and a surprising church covered with human bones and a Neolithic site. Évora is also a lively university city.

WINES FROM ALENTEJO

The fascinating Alentejo unfolds a land finely aged. You’ll travel among medieval whitewashed villages, rolling hills, mountain forts, olive groves and a constellation of vineyards in the land of largest producer of cork in the world. The local food is neither peasant nor sophisticated, it is rustic and rich; Alentejo is known as Portugal’s gastronomic soul. And the Herdades (wineries) are part of its culture and identity and are definitely a must visit on an Alentejo journey. Estremoz will cross our path towards an unforgettable evening.

Meals included during the tripBreakfast, lunch, dinner
Selected hotels for the journey by Paladar y TomarHotel Convento do Espinheiro, 5*
MAY 04, 2022

Day 7

Évora -

COZINHA ALENTEJANA

Évora, the capital of this sun-baked land also reveals the best of the cozinha alentejana.

Besides the good wines, the cuisine is rich and varied, with Roman and Arab influences. The bread serves as a base for all regional gastronomy. Recipes that dominate are based on pork and lamb meats, river fish and the sea. The famous açorda – a delicious but humble soup -, for example, dates back to the presence of the Muslims, who dominated the territory for about 500 years. The tradition of the Conventual confectionery in Alentejo has its origin in the convents and monasteries of the region. A true gastronomic journey to discover typical Alentejo food can last for weeks, if not months. The regional dishes are many, passed down from generation to generation, perfected, celebrated.

So, we propose a hands on cooking class with a local chef to learn how to make some of the most popular recipes.

Free evening to explore Évora on your own.

Meals included during the tripBreakfast, lunch
Selected hotels for the journey by Paladar y TomarHotel Convento do Espinheiro, 5*
MAY 05, 2022

Day 8

Évora - Lisbon

LISBON

Her ports have seen Vasco de Gama embark to reach India, Fernão Gomes launch to explore the African coast and Columbus dock en route to Barcelona with word of his discovery of the Americas. You can’t describe Lisbon’s present without mentioning her past. Home to three UNESCO World Heritage Sites — Jerónimos Monastery, Sintra and Belém Tower the city is seductive.

What about Lisbon’s cuisine? The Atlantic plays perhaps the most dominant role in Lisboan cuisine — the region boasts over 365 original recipes for cod alone — and you’d be hard pressed to bypass the aroma of grilled sardines in the small, antiquated quarters of Bairro Alto and Alfama during the Popular Saint’s Festival in June. But Lisbon’s culinary profile is anything but staid. Whether you choose haute cuisine or café fare, Lisbon’s penchant for perpetual reinvention ensures you the utmost in gastronomic acquaintance and inspiration.

Meals included during the tripBreakfast, lunch
Selected hotels for the journey by Paladar y TomarHotel Tivoli Liberdade 5*
MAY 04, 2022

Day 9

Lisbon - Sintra - Guincho - Lisbon

SINTRA

From Lisbon, drive northwards towards the mountains and reach Serra de Sintra. For romantics the world over, the former royal residence of the Kings of Portugal, Sintra – UNESCO Heritage Site – conjures up fantasies of fairy-tale castles and noble mansions, mystic forests and exotic gardens laced with waterfalls and mossy walls, lofty peaks lost in mist that suddenly dissolves to reveal views of grand estates, vineyards, wildflowers and the ocean.

THE END OF THE WORLD

Then let’s head west out of Sintra a few miles down to Cabo de Roca, this wild and rocky cape being  Europe’s westernmost point.  And a few miles away, at Guincho beach, where well-toned surfers and windsurfers challenge the waves,  the numerous seafood restaurants -where the produce is everything – are ready to welcome eager visitors.

FAREWELL DINNER

Our farewell dinner… a Lisbon’s gourmet feast we cannot reveal.

Meals included during the tripBreakfast, lunch, dinner
Selected hotels for the journey by Paladar y TomarHotel Tivoli Liberdade 5*
MAY 05, 2022

Day 10

Lisbon

END OF JOURNEY

Following breakfast, private transfer to Lisbon airport at your appointed time or continue your journey if you decided to extend your trip.

Meals included during the tripBreakfast

Price & Booking Terms

DATES:

  • APRIL 26 – MAY 05, 2022 (9 nights / 10 days)

INCLUDED:

  • 9 Nights accommodation on bed and breakfast basis
  • 8 lunches and 6 dinners
  • Private deluxe transportation throughout
  • Private airport transfers in and out from Porto and Lisbon

NOT INCLUDED:

  • International flight
  • Personal purchases and expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • Medical insurance with international coverage
  • Pre-and post-trip accommodations and associated expenses

PRICE: 

Total journey: €6,825

*Rates are in Euros per person, on double occupancy basis


BOOKING DEPOSIT:

  • At the time of reservation: 25% of journey cost per person

  • 90 days before departure: Balance due

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

  • Payment method: Bank transfer or major credit cards are accepted (Visa, American Express, Mastercard).

The Experts

katie button curate thetrip chef

KATIE BUTTON

Chef Katie Button was born in the South, raised in the North, and educated in Europe. Four-time James Beard Award nominee and cookbook author, Katie Button is the co-Founder and CEO of Katie Button Restaurants in Asheville, North Carolina, including the beloved Cúrate Bar de Tapas, Cúrate Spanish Wine Club, and La Bodega by Cúrate. A Southern chef with a scientific mind, Button honed her craft in the kitchens of some of the world’s best chefs, most notably Ferran Adrià and José Andrés, before venturing out to open her own restaurant with husband Felix Meana and her family. Katie Button was featured as one of Food & Wine’s 2015 Best New Chefs. Cúrate was named as one of the “40 Most Important Restaurants of the Past 40 Years” by Food & Wine and one of the “Most Important Restaurants of the Decade” by Esquire. 

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FÉLIX MEANA

Originally from Roses, a small town on the Costa Brava in Catalunya, Spain, Felix Meana jumped in to the deep end of the hospitality industry at 19 and finally worked as front of the house service manager for five years at Ferran Adrià’s world famous restaurant, elBulli. Then he moved to Washington DC with José Andrés at ThinkFoodGroup (it was here where he met Katie Button), and he worked as Director of Service and helped with developing and opening new restaurants, including The Bazaar by José Andrés in SLS Hotels across Beverly Hills, CA, Las Vegas, South Beach, Miami, and Puerto Rico. Co-partner at CÚRATE, Felix’s close relationships with Spain, coupled with a sense of adventure and desire to share that with others, has helped him build a unique travel experience through Cúrate Trips.

Valeska Idarraga, co-founder and CMO at Paladar y Tomar

VALESKA IDARRAGA

Valeska inherited a taste for gastronomic culture from her French father and a talent for cooking from her Basque grandmother, a good reputed chef in that times. After studying Economics and Journalism in her native Barcelona, she went to Switzerland to pursue hotel management studies and she worked at some of the most prestigious hotels. Valeska speaks five languages. She is a Certified Sherry Wine Cellar Advance Expert, WSET 2 certified and WSET 3 candidate. Valeska is co-founder at Paladar y Tomar, she is marketing director and manages client relationships and operations at CÚRATE Trips.

Fernando Paredes, co-founder at Paladar y Tomar Wine & Culinary Travel Design agency

FERNANDO PAREDES

Fernando Paredes is the CEO, financial director, and wine responsible of Paladar y Tomar. The Barcelona native was well into a career in economics when he discovered his true callings—travel, food, and wine. He entered the tourism industry as General Manager of a bespoke travel group, earned a degree in Food Event Design from the European Design Institute, became a Certified Sherry Wine Cellar Advance Expert and passed WSET 2 (Wine & Spirits Education Trust) with distinction. He is now a WSET level 3 candidate. Fernando’s journeys, and passion for food, have taken him to all corners of the world and now besides his many responsibilities he personally leads every tour at CÚRATE Trips.

8 Reasons to join us

At CÚRATE Trips the excellence of the landscape’s cuisine along with its breathtaking natural surroundings, exceptional wine varieties, and tranquility of the hand-picked singular accommodations create a getaway unparalleled in value and authenticity. Participate in a transformative trip.

FOOD WITH SOUL
FOOD WITH SOUL

Expect rustic home-style cooking and flavors very often seasoned with garlic, wine and chilli pepper sauce (called piri-piri), Portuguese recipes burst with character and aroma. With traditional hearty stews and bread as a religion, olive oil, artisanal cheeses and yummy tiny custard tarts (pastéis de nata). All made with the heart.

DOURO VALLEY
DOURO VALLEY

The river moves between mountains whose slopes are stepped terraces built by men to plant vines. It gives the feeling of being in front of huge sculptures that rest on the edge of a peaceful river.

ALENTEJO
ALENTEJO

At the “breadbasket of Portugal” gastronomy is all about quality. Rustic fare, prepared in a way that allows the ingredients to shine unencumbered, dominates the region. And Alentejan wine has rich, bold flavors and full bodies that linger on the palate.

UNESCO HERITAGE
UNESCO HERITAGE

Portugal is home to 15 UNESCO World Heritage Sites and we will cover quite a few: Porto, Sintra, Lisbon, Évora, and Douro Valley.

PORT WINE
PORT WINE

Port wine can leave long-lasting memories of the sumptuous flavors of a well-aged vintage port, and, even more so, the delicate, subtle pleasures of a 20-year-old tawny. There is some kind of mystique around port that deserves to be shared.

LISBON, THE 7 HILLS
LISBON, THE 7 HILLS

Lisbon is a destination in itself. Today you find Lisbon's meandering, centuries-old cobbled streets, romantic hilltop castles and Romantic-era palaces intermingled with culturally relevant, boisterous street art, modernist architecture and Michelin-starred restaurants.

COD FISH & SARDINES
COD FISH & SARDINES

When in Portugal you will certainly learn at least three Portuguese words. The first is “obrigado” (“thank you”). The second is “bacalhau.” It means cod, and for centuries, the humble fish, which is often salted and dried, has been the star of the national diet. The third is "sardinhas".

100% IMMERSIVE
100% IMMERSIVE

We hunt for truly local and authentic experiences in every destination we go. Take part in the real Portuguese lifestyle and dip a toe in the pool of a new culture. You might leave sometimes your comfort zone, and might discover new things about yourself.

Hand-picked Accommodations

CÚRATE Trips benefit from the expertise of Paladar y Tomar curating every hotel in search of the most unique nature of each location. This allows us to cater for every different type of personality and taste and have selected for this occasion singular hotels with immense value that enhance every moment. Our stories start from the moment you arrive.

Hotel Infante Sagres, 5*
PORTO
Porto’s most prestigious city centre luxury hotel, Infante Sagres has been a meeting place for the city’s élite and the residence of choice for discerning travelers and international celebrities for more than six decades, renowned for its stylish ambience, personalized service and unique blend of timeless elegance and contemporary sophistication. This legendary grande dame of Portuguese hotels has reopened its doors in April 2018 after extensive restoration and renovation.
Convento do Espinheiro Hotel & Spa, 5*
ÉVORA
In a former 15th century convent, considered a national monument where important nobles have outlined the history of Portugal, hotel Convento do Espinheiro has been luxuriously restore and is a perfect choice to explore the Alentejo.
Montebelo Vista Alegre, 5*
ÍLHAVO
Montebelo Vista Alegre Ílhavo Hotel was born from the desire to enhance and promote the universal value of the assets of Vista Alegre company and its multiple manifestations: industrial, social, cultural, technological, artistic and human. Located just 8 kilometers from the sea and 8 km from the center of Aveiro, the "Portuguese Venice", this new 5 stars unit 5 is part of a project to restore all the factory space, which includes the Palace, the Chapel of Our Lady of Penha de France (National Monument), the Workers' District, the Theatre Museum and in a context that includes landscaped Fountain of Carrapichel and Ria de Aveiro.
Hotel Tívoli Avenida Liberdade, 5*
LISBON
Stay at "the Grande Dame" of hotels in the main avenue of Lisbon, a true landmark since 1933. Today, as ever, the place to see and be seen, a natural meeting point for celebrities, heads of state and royalty alike, offers an exquisite restoration and all kind of facilities.

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