This luxurious gay journey ventures through one of Europe’s oldest and westernmost nations with a focus on food and wine. We’ll spend time with locals that range from an esteemed Countess to hard-working fishwives. We get to know LGBT-welcoming Lisbon over several days on a private tram ride, by speedboat, and in a famous food market. If you’re up for a challenge, and want to see more of Portugal, you can even start your visit with our Azores Islands Adventure (it ends the day this tour begins).
Olá, and welcome to Porto! Look for your Out Adventures rep after collecting your luggage at the airport, then transfer to the hotel. All we’ve planned today is our Group Meeting at 4pm, followed by a Welcome Dinner at DOP. Run by the awarded Chef Rui Paula and located in the historic city centre, the restaurant focuses on classic Portuguese cuisine.
Delve into Portugal’s second largest city. We’ll visit Cais da Ribeira (a riverside promenade), monuments like the 19th-century Stock Exchange Palace, and St Francis Church. This afternoon, challenge yourself to climb Porto’s iconic bridge: the Ponte da Arrábida. When it opened in 1963, it had the longest concrete arch bridge span in the world. Today, the climb makes it a top attraction. You’ll be kitted out with proper gear, strapped to a safety line, and make your way up to admire the Douro River views. There are no plans tonight, though we’ll arrange an optional group dinner.
Off to wine country! Located 97km/60mi from Porto, Douro Valley is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to about 600,000 acres of vineyards that produce equal volumes of wine and port. We’ll visit a family-run winery, peruse the property, and – depending on the harvest – possibly roll up our pant legs and stomp some grapes in an authentic lagar. This afternoon, unwind with a refreshing Port Tonic as we cruise aboard a traditional ‘rabelo’ boat. Our day ends with check-in at our hotel, and we have no evening plans aside from an optional group dinner.
Get ready to cook with ‘The Countess’ at her estate. Savour stories of her family’s rich history. Try working with ancient cookware on wood-burning stoves. After the lesson, lunch will be served in one of the dining rooms or al fresco on the patio. This afternoon we’ll visit a winery for a 2-hour hike with excellent valley views, then hit Pinhão port to admire the train station’s glazed tilework. Enjoy the night on your own, or join an optional dinner.
Bid the valley farewell – we’re off to the fishing village of Nazaré. Meet ‘fishwives’ in the market, learn to prepare the fish, then take it to the beach to dry in the sun. After a fresh seafood lunch in a village restaurant, Lisbon awaits – our home base for the second half of the tour. Join an optional dinner, or find yourself some traditional Portuguese chicken to feast on.
A walking tour introduces us to Lisbon through sights, sounds, food and wine. Visit historic districts (Mouraria, Graça, Old Town, Alfama and Campo de Ourique), popular tourist spots, and lesser known places loved by locals. Then admire the coastline from an epic speedboat ride In the afternoon. Look out for São Jorge Castle, the Alfama, the Christ the King statue, 25th of April Bridge, and Lisbon Cathedral. Enjoy dinner on your own or with our optional group.
The resort town of Sintra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is known for its Romantic monuments. Visit a former Royal residence, stroll the narrow streets, and shop for handicrafts. Sintra is also famous for Marzipan, so track down some of this almond-based delicacy. Back in Lisbon, enjoy a private ride aboard an iconic yellow city tram. We’ll devour Pasteis de Nata – Portugal’s flagship custard tarts – with a glass of port as we ride the rails. A traditional dinner ends the day.
Today we visit the Time Out Market, one of Europe’s largest food markets. Everything has been chosen, tasted and tested by an independent panel of experts (Time Out’s own esteemed journalists and critics). Nothing sold rates less than 4/5 stars, making it one-stop shopping for the best food in Lisbon, and a perfect place to stop for lunch. Then freshen up for Queer Lisboa, the city’s renowned film festival. We don’t know what films we’ll see (stay tuned), but this is Lisbon’s oldest film festival. It’s internationally recognized for quality programming and activities, along with high profile guests.
Today we explore Arrabida Natural Park, its beaches, hills and views. The tour begins in Azeitão village, where delicious pastries and traditional atmosphere await, before we embark on a three-hour hike. We’ll stop at Portinho da Arrábida beach for lunch, then head back to Lisbon. Enjoy some downtime this afternoon, or pick up some last-minute souvenirs, before our Farewell Dinner at Restaurant Tagide. It serves local dishes with international flare.
As the last day of our tour, there is nothing planned. Please confirm departure transfers with your trip leader, and safe travels home.
Beginning in Perfect Porto, swerving into the lush Douro Valley and finally ending in gorgeous Lisbon, our first foray through Portugal was a smashing success. Here’s but a handful of photos taken by our travellers.Read More
We asked our local Portugal guide for his five favourite Porto restaurants. Read on for a delectable introduction to the famous city.Read More
While these trips typically attract gay men, all genders are welcome, and we encourage friends and family to join the fun as well.Learn More
All accommodations on Out Adventures tours include breakfast and are located in areas central to our activities. All amenities are examples only, and may differ from hotel to hotel.
4-Star+ Hotels: Very comfortable, luxurious and well-decorated rooms along with quality amenities such as a stylish restaurant and/or bar, a fitness centre, and sometimes a pool and/or sauna. Customer service is very good, and there is usually a concierge.Learn More
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