Here are some common things people want to know about my tours. Click on a question to the left, take a look and read over them before you contact me to see if they answer some of the things you may already be wondering!
As the name indicates, I’m an American in Portugal! And this American has lived in Portugal for more than 5 years, speaks the language and is in love with Portuguese food and drink! Not only have I been writing and researching about Portuguese cuisine but through my other work (and lack of a car) I have learned my way around Lisbon and the surrounding area via whatever method of public transportation is the quickest and/or most convenient. This has led me to explore many of the little known areas of Lisbon and what they have to offer that the average tourist doesn’t know! When my friends and family visit, I take them to all of my favorite local cafés/pastry shops, markets and restaurants that they wouldn’t have found on their own. This way, they can experience what it’s like living and enjoying Portugal to its fullest, which I believe is through its wonderfully delicious food and drink. They learn about the food they’re eating, the wine they’re tasting, the coffee they’re savoring, and the history behind it, as well as getting to interact with the local Portuguese vendors, many who are now like family to me.
This provides the foundation of my American In Portugal Tours. My friends and family and even the friends of friends and visiting strangers I’ve met on the street convinced me to start sharing my experiences with anyone who might be interested. My tours are for people who love food, wine, coffee and love to try new things. Yes, you die-hard foodies and wine lovers out there, I’m talking to you! My tours are also for those who want to see the real Portugal, uncut and unchained in all its glory. We will go outside of touristy areas, but still get to pass old world architecture, churches, buildings and houses stuck in time. The objective of my tours is to eat, drink and experience Lisbon and beyond and its culture like a local.
So if you’re up for a tasty, American in Portugal adventure, come join me.
At the moment, I offer two types of private tours: Lisbon Walking & Day Trips
Note: Tours are scheduled by customer request and current availability, they do not always run daily. Please contact me to book a tour.
Tours range from about 4 – 5 hours (2 – 3 hour tour + 1.5 – 2 hours leisurely meal) for the fixed Lisbon walking tours to a half or full day for day trips or customized tours in or outside of Lisbon.
I recommend wearing comfortable, supportive shoes for the walking tours because although the Portuguese cobblestone sidewalks are beautiful, they can be killer on the feet!
Longer private tours are available through customized tours.
Yes! If you have some specific places or things in mind, are on a short time limit or want an extended experience then I can put together a customized private tour based upon these requests.
I will work with you to find and arrange a delicious tour to make your vacation extra special and extra tasty, that is my customization promise!
Yes! If you have a particular restaurant, winery, neighborhood in Lisbon or location outside of Lisbon that you heard or read about and would like to check out, I would be happy to accommodate you by arranging a customized tour or day trip.
I recommend booking your tours at least 2 - 4 weeks in advance.
Bookings less than 2 weeks in advance or last minute may be able to be accommodated subject to availability.
If your physical requirements do not allow for this, I would recommend booking a day trip or customized tour with us where I can provide a private car or van to pick you up and drop you off to each of the sites.
My experiences are private and are meant to be cozy and personalized so I try to limit my walking tours to a maximum of 4 or 5 people. That way, we’re able to fit and blend in more at the smaller, local-favorite type places.
Along with your contact information, I need to know the contact info and address of where you will be staying in Portugal, the type of tour you’re interested in, number of people and the desired dates for your tour.
Please also make sure to provide me with the following information if applicable:
-Physical Impediments: If you have difficulty walking or climbing/descending stairs or hills that would not allow you to properly enjoy a walking tour then we can arrange a customized tour or day trip with a private car to chauffeur us around to the sites.
-Food Allergies: If you or anyone in your party have allergies, especially to shellfish, eggs, nuts, peanuts, gluten, dairy or are lactose intolerant, it is extremely important that I know these beforehand so I can plan the restaurants/menus accordingly for your safety!
-Foods You Don’t Eat: Please let me know of anything that you or anyone else in your party don’t like and/or will not eat (ex. vegetarian, vegan, no pork, no red meat or you hate mushrooms or cheese, etc.)
You are getting to enjoy delicious Portuguese food and drink while learning about it with someone who lives, studies and writes about it on a daily basis! My culinary and wine education also provide a more thorough, knowledgeable experience.
All of my tours include a full meal with wine and drinks, along with coffee and pastries to get you off to a sweet start on your tasty experience!
Along with that you’ll also get to explore some of the local neighborhoods and establishments in Lisbon where tourists don’t often venture and a guide who can communicate with the locals as well as teach you some key words and phrases in Portuguese that will help you get around on your own for the rest of your trip in Portugal!
100% of the Tour Price is due upon confirmation of reservation. A PayPal invoice will be sent to your email address with a direct link to PayPal to make the payment. Cash payments for tours on the day of the tour are not accepted.
Cancellations: If you cancel up to one week prior to the tour date, you may receive a 50% refund. Cancellations made less than one week prior to tour date are non-refundable.
Gratuities, shopping purchases and additional food and drink purchases made on the tour are not included in the cost of the tour.