Portugal food vacation
US $2940 excluding flights
Description of Portugal food vacation
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PlanetThe tap water is both safe to drink and clean in Portugal, we encourage clients to take a reusable water bottle to re-fill, rather than generating plastic bottle waste.
We visit serval Quintas, traditional winemaking estates, whilst in the Douro Valley and take part in a hands on salt pan experience on the coast. Including such experiences enlightens the group to the cultural heritage of the areas and tells the stories of these professions.
As a travel company we are acutely aware of our impact on the environment. All of our tours display a carbon footprint, and we strive to reduce our emissions by regularly reviewing our tours and embracing low-impact styles of travel such as trains, public buses or walking which offer the added benefit of getting a closer connection with the destination and local community.
We strive to support nature and biodiversity through protection and regeneration projects, and for every customer that travels with us we make a donation to Rewilding Britain and Cool Earth.
We encourage customers to avoid single-use plastic on tour, and our leaders give advice on refill points each day. All of our tour leaders are provided with a Water-to-Go bottle, allowing them to drink safe water from any source when its not possible to fill up from a tap.
PeopleOne of the key focuses on this trip is to discover, learn about and most importantly sample the wonderful local cuisine. We visit local markets in Ponte de Lima and Porto, which is great for mixing with, and supporting, the local community. They are also superb spots for lunch with small cafes and restaurants offering dishes made from the fresh produce of the market.
We include a unique cultural experience at a Family ran Quinta, located in a historic monastery 200 metres from the Douro River. The group will tutored by the owner Manuela, a lady passionate by culinary, to cook a traditional specialty in the estate kitchen which will be included in the lunch menu.
This trip includes visits to a winemaking estate, Port cellar and olive oil producer during which we'll have the chance to support the local production through tasting and then perhaps purchasing their various wines and oils.
The final dinner of the trip will be taken at Torreao in Porto, a restaurant of a local charity institution, offering various services in the scope of reintegration, training and social support for the elderly and young people of the area, with all profits being fully re-invested into project.
Our local leaders are the heart of tours. They bring passion and unrivalled knowledge of the destinations and communities that we visit. Their guidance ensures we observe the cultural norms in a destination, they act as a bridge between travelers and the local community and ensure that tourism is a positive experience for both host and guest. We believe in supporting local; staying in locally-run hotels, exploring markets, buying snacks from street vendors, and by doing this we add money to the local economy and enhance our connection with the local community.
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