Alentejo’s charming villages, boundless landscapes, and sunny coastlines will leave you longing for more on this Self-Guided Walking tour in Portugal.
The crystal-clear notes of a Portuguese guitar ring through the candlelit club, and the singer strikes up a haunting fado melody. Portugal’s iconic music is all about longing, and that’s exactly what you’re feeling as you sip a glass of Alentejo red and reflect on your amazing adventure on this Self-Guided Walking tour in Portugal. You could have lingered forever strolling Marvão’s castle ramparts, or wandering medieval paths through São Mamede’s cork and chestnut forests. Then there was Évora, with its whitewashed Moorish alleys, Roman ruins, and Gothic treasures. Carefree days browsing for hand-embroidered Arraiolos rugs, walking Odeceixe’s bluffs and beaches, exploring Lisbon’s winding streets and tile-covered praças…. Honestly, if you could choose, you’d do it all over again! And as this music says so well, wistfulness is just another side of joy.
- Walk the superb medieval pathways that have long linked the historic stone villages of Serra de São Mamede Natural Park.
- Follow a local guide through the city of Évora, a magnificent time capsule of the medieval age and a UNESCO World Heritage site.
- Trace the spectacular trails of the Rota Vicentina along high Atlantic cliffs, stopping to explore fishing villages and to soak your feet in refreshing waters.
- Conclude your guided tour of Lisbon with a live performance of soulful “fado,” Portugal’s traditional music, during a special farewell dinner.
Albergaria do Calvario (ADC)
Renowned for its warm welcome and personalized service, the four-star Albergaria do Calvário occupies a beautifully restored 16th-century former olive oil mill tucked inside the ancient city walls of Évora. Contemporary guest rooms are outfitted with air conditioning, comfortable beds, white linens, colorful hand-crafted woven headboards, marble bathrooms, and a full complement of high-quality amenities. Unpretentiously elegant, this intimate inn also features an inner courtyard along with gorgeous lounge areas decked out with a tasteful mix of antique and modern furniture. Breakfasts highlight locally sourced organic produce, homemade cakes, and egg dishes. The on-site bar offers signature cocktails and a hand-selected menu of homemade tapas. Please note: this accommodation is available on limited departures.
Heritage Avenida Liberdade Hotel
This hotel is on the city’s main avenue, described as “Portugal’s Champs-Élysées,” yet the property is quiet, with tasteful décor and amenities, including a coffee and tea bar and continental breakfast in the lobby. Well-appointed rooms include WiFi and air conditioning. From this base in the heart of town, you can plan out your days’ activities in comfort with transportation close at hand. Please note: this accommodation is available on limited departures.
Pousada de Marvao
Tucked away amidst the sloping cobbled lanes of Marvão, the bright and elegant Pousada de Marvão recalls the village’s deep past. This fully modern hotel occupies two medieval buildings whose character has been lovingly preserved. The property achieves a welcoming blend of sophistication and mountain-lodge ambiance throughout, from the restaurant and bar to the hushed, intimate lounges. Your superior room offers sweeping views over the plains of Alentejo. Simply decorated, it features ample amenities including air conditioning, WiFi, whitewashed walls, tiled floors, period wood furnishings with hand-painted detail, and floral fabrics.
Herdade do Touril
The five whitewashed farm buildings of the Herdade do Touril are set on a tranquil 900 acres within view of the Atlantic Ocean. This working cattle-breeding estate has been run by the same family since 1826. Its thoughtful design keeps you connected to the Alentejo’s rural beauty, with outdoor terraces, open spaces that afford breathtaking views, brightly colored, air-conditioned guest rooms, and a pool which is ideal for a post-walk swim. Enjoy three-course meals prepared with fresh ingredients during your stay.
Linger Longer with a Tour Extension
2021 Post-Tour Extension - Sintra & Pena Palace
- Boutique accommodations
- 2 meals: 1 breakfast and 1 lunch
- Detailed water- and tear-resistant Route Notes, maps
- Local representative available 24/7
- Entrance fees and special events as noted in the itinerary: Full-day guide and round-trip train tickets to Sintra.
- Travel assistance available 24/7 provided by One Call International
- Access to Self-Guided Flight Concierge—Ask our knowledgeable team to find flights that sync perfectly with your planned trip.
1 Night From $398
per person, double occupancy
Single Supplement: From $198
If you choose to explore more of Portugal, join our full-day guided extension to Sintra and the Pena Palace. You will travel by train to Sintra, then meet your guide upon arrival. From the station, walk through the colorful Liberdade Garden and past the Santa Maria Church, following the trail that skirts the walls of the Moorish Castle. In total, you’ll walk about one-and-a-half hours before reaching the Pena Palace, regally perched atop a scenic hill as if torn from a storybook. There’ll be time to explore the inside of the Palace on your own. Afterward, you can rejoin your guide for a hike in the surrounding park, which is more of a vast hillside forest, with trees from around the world and many spots to pause for a lovely picnic lunch. If you wish, step into the fairy-tale Chalet of Countess Edla (at your own expense). Later, follow the Sassetti Trail down to Sintra, a through a delightful patchwork of narrow streets lined with cafés. Linger here as long as you like before returning to the station for your train back to Lisbon.
Accommodation: Heritage Avenida Liberdade Hotel, Lisbon
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
After breakfast, you may depart Lisbon at your leisure.
Included Meals: Breakfast
|15 meals: 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 4 dinners|
|Detailed water- and tear-resistant Route Notes, maps, and use of a handheld GPS unit|
|Orientation meeting with a Country Walkers representative|
|Local representative available 24/7|
|Scheduled taxi and luggage transfers (Please note: If unable to walk, it is possible to transfer with your luggage from one accommodation to the next; there may be an additional charge.)|
|Entrance fees and special events as noted in the itinerary: One wine tasting; guided walking tour of Évora (including entrance to the Roman baths, Sé Cathedral, Church of St. Francis, and Chapel of Bones); guided visit of the Arraiolos Tapestry Interpretive Center and Almendres Cromlech; guided walking tour of Lisbon.|
|Travel assistance available 24/7 provided by Allianz Global Assistance|
|Access to Self-Guided Flight Concierge—Ask our knowledgeable team to find flights that sync perfectly with your planned trip.|
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