Lisbon is one of the world’s greatest food cities, and you’ll experience the very best of it on this unique adventure in partnership with Culinary Backstreets. We’ll journey beyond the city’s tiled buildings and narrow streets to discover Lisbon’s long legacy and vibrant innovations in culinary inventiveness. We’ll learn about the voyages and trade routes that stocked Europe’s pantry with spices, and sample the contemporary fare that inflects traditional dishes with influences from Goa and beyond. 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. We’ll also be taking a day trip to the Troia Peninsula, where we’ll visit the well-preserved Roman ruins with local archaeologists. This week-long journey will be a feast for all your senses.
Our partner, Culinary Backstreets: In order to create and curate this unique experience, we’ve partnered closely with Culinary Backstreets, a global guide to local eats that publishes restaurant reviews and features on local culinary culture. They bring these stories to life on culinary tours and special events, offered in 12 cities around the world, and have extensive international experience with all things gastronomical.
Gastro Obscura Trips: inspiring wonder and curiosity about the world through food and drink.
The listed price of the trip is per person based on double occupancy.
You’re in good company. Solo travelers typically make up about half of our small groups. With curiosity at the center of our experiences, there’s a natural camaraderie that develops over the course of a trip. We have two options for you:
Shared Room (subject to the latest Covid-19 guidelines): You'll be matched with another solo traveler of the same gender.
Private Room: Have your own room, subject to availability, for a supplemental cost. After booking your trip, please request a private room when you fill out your traveler information form and we’ll send a separate invoice for the cost.
Private Room Supplement Cost 2022: $780 per person
Private Room Supplement Cost 2023: $850 per person
Travelers should feel comfortable walking three to five miles each day and remaining on their feet for long periods of time. Keep in mind that Lisbon is a bustling and crowded place!
For flights in and out of Lisbon International Airport (LIS), we suggest you arrive by 3 p.m. on Day 1 (for the July trip) or 12:00 noon (for the October trip) and depart anytime on Day 7.
For extended travels in the region, consider combining Spain and Portugal by joining our Barcelona & Catalonia: A Feast for the Senses trip where aligning dates include May 6-14, 2023, and Oct 7-15, 2023.
Most dietary restrictions can be accommodated, 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.
Visas are not required for U.S. citizens visiting Portugal. If you’re not a U.S. citizen, please check the requirements or get in touch with us to ask.
Joining this trip directly supports the unsung heroes of the kitchen—hardworking, independent people running some of the most economically vulnerable businesses in the cityscape who, through their daily working life, preserve local traditions embedded in food. Aside from the financial support that comes from your trip fees, you can contribute to the preservation of community spirit and memory by sharing the stories of the places and people we visit, and honoring the traditions we encounter along the way.