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Renowned NYC Chef George Mendes to lead new Sagres Vacations Culinary Tour of Portugal

New York --Foodies and wine aficionados can experience the cuisine of Portugal, dine at Michelin-star restaurants and sample some of Europe’s finest wine with a celebrity Chef George Mendes on a new Sagres Vacations Culinary Tour of Portugal. From Sept 14-24, 2019, travelers will visit the cities of Porto and Lisbon, tour wineries of the Douro River Valley, and make stops in historic towns accompanied by Mendes, a chef of Portuguese decent and author of the cookbook, My Portugal: Recipes and Stories. Throughout the tour, travelers will have many opportunities to sample local cuisine and dine at some of Portugal’s top dining destinations.

Headshot of George Mendes

Mendes gained knowledge and honed his technique for years working under some of the world’s greatest culinary masters, including Alain Passard, Martín Berasategui, Roger Vergé, Alain Ducasse, and his most influential mentor, David Bouley. In 2009, Mendes brought refined Portuguese-inspired dishes to New York City when he opened his first restaurant, Aldea, where his cooking has earned the restaurant a one-star rating from the Michelin Guide every year since 2010. Mendes has been named a “Best New Chef” by Food & Wine magazine, and has made numerous television appearances, including on NBC's "TODAY Show," CBS's "This Morning," and Bravo's "Top Chef Masters.”

The tour departs from JFK Airport and begins in the wine city of Porto, where travelers stay at The Yeatman, a luxury 5-star  wine hotel and spa overlooking the city. There travelers will tour the city’s many historic sites and enjoy a dinner with Chef Pedro Lemos, the first chef in Porto to receive a Michelin Guide star. It’s then on to the Quinta do Vallado Hotel in the Douro River Valley where guests can enjoy the natural beauty of the region, visit one of Douro’s many breathtaking wineries, or simply relax by the hotel infinity pool taking in the view, as well as a dinner of traditional Portuguese cuisine with Chef David Ramos.

As the tour heads on to Lisbon, travelers will also visit the historic towns of Aveiro and Obidos. Once checked into the five-star luxury Porto Bay Liberdade hotel, there will be ample opportunity to sample local flavors, including dining at ALMA, a Michelin-star rated fine-dining restaurant headed by Chef Henrique Sá Pessoa. Other excursions from Lisbon include visiting the historic and romantic town of Sintra and the cliffs at Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point of continental Europe.

This tour provides a unique opportunity to experience Portugal and its culture through the country’s rich culinary traditions. All tours are accompanied by an English-speaking guide, who can provide further insight on local sites and Portuguese dining. For more information, contact Sagres Vacations at info@sagresvacations.comor by calling 1-877-412-4394.

About Sagres Vacations

Sagres Vacations has nearly 20 years of combined tour and travel experiences, leading tours through Spain and Portugal. Themed tours provide unique experiences and access to the region’s top historic, cultural and religious sites. For more information go to www.sagresvacations.com

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