Portugal with Chris McDade & Natalie Grindstaff
July 24 - 30, 2022 | One Departure OnlyBook Now
Food, Wine & Adventure
The cultural and culinary best of Portugal with Chris McDade & Natalie Grindstaff
July 24 - 30, 2022
An epic weeklong exploration of Portugal
7 Days, 6 Nights
The best of Lisbon, Douro Valley, Porto
A golden glow shines over the Douro Valley, one the world’s most beautiful wine regions. Mother Nature and centuries of agricultural traditions merge amid ancient olive groves and terraced vineyards. You arrived here leisurely by boat, then helped prepare a locally sourced feast to savor al fresco at an unforgettable 17th-century manor. This is just part of your Portugal experience: taking in Lisbon’s intimate Fado performances, feasting on the freshest seafoods, learning the stories blue-and-white azulejo tiles tell, sipping wine under starlight at the most elegant accommodations. You won’t forget a moment.
With us in Portugal are Chris McDade and Natalie Grindstaff. He’s the chef and culinary force behind Brooklyn’s Popina, and the author of The Magic of Tinned Fish. She’s a sommelier with a palate of gold who’s selected wines at some of New York’s top restaurants including Gotham Bar & Grill and Craft. Together, the husband and wife duo are ready to explore their love for heirloom ingredients and innovative winemaking in one of Europe’s most delicious destinations.
If you want to venture into iconic Portugal, and do it like a local, this is the trip for you. Meet acclaimed winemakers and artists. Eat the best street foods, and at top regional kitchens. Catch a sunset while sipping a world-class wine overlooking the ocean. Mouthwatering flavors and soaring scenery—join us in Portugal.
Traditional meals in country villages, the best street foods, craft ingredients and local flavors
The story behind Portuguese traditions: azulejo tiles, Fado music, oak-aged ports and crisp vinho verde wines
Local chefs, winemakers, musicians and artisans at workshops and exclusive meet-ups
With ageless traditions in the kitchen, in fields and vineyards, alongside Chris and Natalie
3 Reasons to Travel with Chris & Natalie
Chris McDade and Natalie Grindstaff share many things: a home, a son, and an eternal love for food and wine. Chris is the author of The Magic of Tinned Fish, and he creates plates of pasta so tasty they earned his Brooklyn restaurant Popina a spot on Bon Appetite’s NYC 100 list. Natalie can spout off the terroir of a vintage after just one sip; she's a sommelier with a palate of gold who's selected wines at some of New York’s best restaurants. Together, they’ll wine and dine with us through Portugal.
Food + Wine = YES
Chris has you covered when it comes to incredible food, especially ones with a savory umami hit. Looking to pair any item with a delicious wine? Natalie is your go-to woman. Travel easy, we’re in very good hands.
More than Tuna
Chris is America’s tinned fish expert. After writing the actual book on it, he wants people to discover the beauty and sustainability of tinned fish from destinations like Portugal. You can bet he and Natalie always have anchovies in the fridge.
Match Made in Heaven
Girl meets boy, boy cooks for girl, and girl selects the perfect wine pairing to compliment the protein. Chris and Natalie's story is charming, and one old as time.
H10 Duque de LouléLisbon
Located in a historic building in the center of Lisbon, this exclusive boutique hotel has been painstakingly renovated and decorated by interior designer Lázaro Rosa-Violán. Its remarkable 18th-century facade has been preserved, while its interior design is a fusion of traditional and contemporary elements. This four-star hotel features the à la carte Azul e Branco Restaurant, the Equestre Bar/Library, and the Limão Chill-Out Terrace, boasting impressive views overlooking Lisbon and the Tagus Estuary.
Vintage HouseDouro Valley
Located in Pinhão, this riverside hotel lies in the heart of Douro Valley’s Demarcated Wine Region and is considered a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Take in the unique landscape from your balcony, enjoy lunch on the terrace, take a dip in the river-view pool, enjoy a meal in the award-winning Rabelo Restaurant, or sip a glass of port in the Library Bar while recounting the day’s adventures until the wee hours.
Hotel Infante SagresPorto
Prepare to sleep, eat, and daydream in Porto’s most prestigious city-center address. Hotel Infante Sagres has been a meeting place for the city’s élite and the choice for discerning travelers and international celebrities for over half a century. This legendary grande dame of Portuguese hotels reopened its doors in 2018 after extensive renovation to restore its wealth of ornate detail while adding a dash of New World glamour. It features exquisite ironwork, carved wooden details, and magnificent stained glass panels from the workshop of Ricardo Leone.
People Love Modern Adventure’s Portugal
Book Portugal with Chris McDade & Natalie Grindstaff
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What does the price include?
Six nights at unique four- and five-star accommodations; private travel for all day trips and excursions; departure airport transfer; private tours with local guides and cultural experts; exclusive VIP access and tastings; guided activities, adventures and expeditions; entrance fees; daily breakfasts, most lunches and dinners; local beverages with meals.
What does the price not include?
International roundtrip airfare; travel insurance; transportation to the trip’s starting point; activities not included in the trip itinerary; hotel incidentals including room service, laundry service and hotel bar tabs; food and beverages not included in itinerary; gratuity for tour leader.
Where does the trip start and end?
We start at the H10 Duque de Loule in Lisbon, Portugal. The closest airport is Lisbon’s Portela Airport (LIS). We recommend arriving one day early to ensure you’re at our starting point on time. On our last day, the closest airport is Francisco Sa Carnerio Airport (OPO) in Porto, Portugal. Your flight home should be scheduled to depart at 12:30pm or later from OPO airport.
What travel documents are needed?
Private US citizens are not required to have a visa for stays in Portugal of under 90 days. Just bring a valid US passport. For citizens of other countries, please check with the Portuguese embassy or consulate for information and requirements.
Do I need to pay a solo traveler supplement?
For solo travelers, there is a $1,500 single-supplement fee—paid at the time of booking to secure a private room. These spots are extremely limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Who is going on this trip?
Our adventures typically have between 10 and 20 guests, and our Modern Adventure Team. Our experiences are fun and inclusive and you can expect to be joined by a diverse group in terms of age, background and interests—including solo travelers, couples and friends traveling together. This adventure is for travelers age 18 and above.
Who is leading this trip?
This trip is led by an expert Modern Adventure trip leader. They’re an experienced travel guide, a representative of Modern Adventure and your go-to person for questions or concerns on the trip. We’ll be joined throughout our adventure by local, expert guides who are deeply knowledgeable with respect to local cultures, customs and history and are passionate about sharing that with us.
Do I need Travel Insurance?
We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance. Travel insurance allows you to seek reimbursement for your trip costs; if your trip plans change for unforeseeable reasons, or if you need to get medical help, emergency transport, and for theft, loss or damage of items while traveling. For best coverage, always insure the full trip cost within two weeks of your initial trip deposit and note that most ‘Cancel For Any Reason’ policies must be purchased on the date of your initial deposit.
What is the cancellation policy?
You may cancel on or before March 26, 2022 and receive a full refund minus a $500 per-person service fee. If you cancel on or after March 27, 2022 there is a 50% cancellation fee. On or after May 25, 2022 there is a 100% cancellation fee. We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance as we are not able to make exceptions to this policy in cases of family/medical emergency or cases of the trip being canceled (see our Terms and Conditions for full details). Please note that for guests who are transferring trips or traveling on rescheduled trip dates, your cancelation terms will vary from the above, and are generally non-refundable. Please refer to your correspondence from our Customer Experience team for specific details.