During this tour, travellers explored the breathtaking cities of Lisbon and Porto with Oldways and Chef John DaSilva of Chickadee Restaurant. Along the way, they discovered vineyards, local cheeses, charming ceramics, and more.

The Portugal Culinary Tour Included:

  • 7 nights hotel accomodation
  • Fabulous meals in restaurants both rustic and world-renowned
  • A cooking demo led by Chef John DaSilva
  • Winery visits and tastings of wine and port
  • Douro River cruise
  • A choice of three special tours: Cork Experience, Pastel de Nata Baking Class, or Tile and Art Class
  • Free time to shop, relax, and explore on our own

CPEU credits were available for RDs.

Day-by-Day in Portugal


Sunday, april 3

Arrive at the Altis Avenida Hotel in Lisbon. Meet the Oldways staff, Chef DaSilva, and your fellow travelers, and enjoy a wine tasting and welcome dinner altogether.


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Lisbon Cooking Academy



Monday, april 4

Get oriented and learn about Portugal and Lisbon on our historical and cultural walking tour of the city. In the early evening, learn Portuguese dishes with Chef John DaSilva at Lisbon Cooking Academy, and enjoy a dinner of the same dishes.

Tuesday, april 5

Travel by tuk-tuk to Belem,  ​one of Lisbon’s neighborhoods. Stop at the Jeronimos Monastery,  and then sample the iconic Pastel de Nata at the famous Pastéis de Belém, continue to the Explorer’s Monument, and then a tour of the Museum of Ancient Art. We’ll explore Central Market and Time Out Lisbon, then move across the street to the charming restaurant, Lisboa e Linda, for a group lunch.


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Wednesday, april 6

We’ll check out of our hotel and begin the journey to Porto, stopping on the way at the Luis Pato Winery for a tour and tasting. When we arrive at the InterContinental Hotel in Porto, your first evening is free. 

Thursday, april 7

Chef DaSilva will present a lunchtime cooking demo, and afterwards we’ll tour a Port lodge. Dinner will be at the fabulous restaurant Barão Fladgate in Vila Nova de Gaia.






Friday, april 8

We will tour a vineyard in the Douro Valley before enjoying a brief cruise along the river. Your evening in Porto is free.

Saturday, april 9

You’ll have your choice of three special tours in Porto: 

Cork Experience

Pastel de Nata Baking Class

Tile and Art Class

You’ll have free time on your own for shopping, resting, eating, or touring Porto before our final farewell dinner altogether in Porto.


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Sunday, april 10

Tchau! Today you will check out, and we’ll help you arrange your transportation to the airport—or, perhaps you will choose to continue your stay in Portugal on your own!



See the Luxury Accomodations

Altis Avenida Hotel, Lisbon

Altis Avenida Hotel Lisbon Portugal

Located at the end of one of Lisbon’s most famous boulevards, Avenida da Liberdade, the 5-star Hotel Altis Avenida is a boutique hotel, with a great location in the city center. The hotel’s architecture and decoration is a mix of traditional Portuguese and Art Deco, and features a roof-top bar looking out over the city.

Our rooms are Classic Rooms. If you’d like to upgrade, the following options are available: 

Superior Room, with a view overlooking downtown Lisbon and the emblematic Praça dos Restauradores (an additional 25,00€ /night/room).

Deluxe Room, spacious rooms with a view overlooking downtown Lisbon, Praça dos Restauradores, and the beautiful Praça do Rossio, with high ceiling and a balcony (and additional 50,00€ /night/room).

Rossio Suite (4 available rooms). Suites containing a bedroom with double bed, bathroom suite, and a spacious and bright lounge. View to Avenida da Liberdade (an additional 100,00€ /night/room).

Grand View (1 available room). Suite on the top floor with panoramic views over Rossio Square, São Jorge Castle, and the River Tagus (an additional 500,00€ /night/room).

InterContinental Porto

Intercontinental Hotel Porto Portugal

The InterContinental Porto was born from the former Palacio das Cardosas and has become a luxurious 5-star hotel. Situated in the historic center of Porto, the hotel has a privileged view of the emblematic Avenida dos Aliados. The InterContinental Porto — Palácio das Cardosas is one step away from the city’s major tourist attractions and is the ideal starting point as you explore and get lost in spectacular Porto.

Our rooms are Deluxe Rooms. If you’d like to upgrade, you can choose among the following:

Executive rooms are larger and have views of the city center or toward the train station and river (an additional 30€ /night/room).

There are two types of suites, both with separate living areas. A Duplex Suite is an additional 80€/night/room and the Junior Suite is an additional 110€ /night /room.  

Meet the Chef You’ll Be Traveling With


Chef John DaSilva

Our tour is led with Chef John DaSilva of Chickadee Restaurant in Boston. 

A lifelong New England resident, Chef/Owner John DaSilva graduated from the New England Culinary Institute in 2004.  He trained in various kitchens including The Boarding House on Nantucket Island and Barbara Lynch’s flagship No. 9 Park before opening Spoke Wine Bar in 2013. During his time at Spoke, John received a great deal of critical acclaim, being named one of Zagat’s “30 Under 30” for Boston and earning the title “Rising Star Chef” from StarChefs.com. Most recently John was named “Best Chef, Up & Coming” from Boston Magazine.  When he’s not in the kitchen, John enjoys watching the Boston Celtics and exploring New England with his adorable daughter Maple.