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Portugal: Lisbon & Undiscovered Alentejo

Easy to Moderate Terrain: 5 - 8 Miles Daily

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It’s a side of Portugal you never dreamed existed. Gently rolling hills slope to fertile farms dotted with cork trees, olive trees, and green vineyards. Red sandstone walls plunge to dream-like beaches and roiling Atlantic waters. This is Alentejo, where magnificent rural lands rise to stone villages and breathtaking coastal landscapes. In the northern reaches of Alto Alentejo, trace the medieval trails and old smugglers’ roads of Serra de São Mamede Natural Park through cork oak woodlands and chestnut groves, exploring tiny hamlets and imposing castles. In the southern region of Baixo Alentejo, follow the Rota Vicentina along towering seaside cliffs, nesting ground for a huge array of birdlife. Pause in tiny fishing villages and soak your feet in the waters of pristine beaches. Break up your walks with full-day explorations of medieval Évora and magnificent Lisbon, a local guide leading you past remarkably preserved architecture that whispers of a rich history. Cap off your adventure with a live performance of fado, Portugal’s soulful cultural treasure.


Tour Highlights:
  • Walk medieval pathways that have long linked the charming stone villages of Serra de São Mamede Natural Park.
  • Follow a local guide through the cultural treasure of Évora, a magnificent time capsule of the medieval age and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Trace the spectacular Rota Vicentina along high Atlantic cliffs, stopping to explore fishing villages and soak your feet in refreshing waters.
  • Conclude your guided tour of Lisbon with a live performance of fado, Portugal’s traditional music of longing, during a special dinner.
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8 days, 7 nights

FROM $3,798 USD

per person, double occupancy



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  • Choose from 19 handcrafted Self-Guided Walking itineraries for 2017
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  • 24/7 support from a local representative.
  • Generous inclusions: luggage transfers, all breakfasts, some lunches and dinners.
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Itinerary & Accommodations

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Day 1

Arrival in Marvão

Transfer from Lisbon to the hilltop village of Marvão, a charming enclave of whitewashed houses adorned with Portugal’s traditional azulejo tiles. For an invigorating warm-up walk, head to the town’s pinnacle, its imposing crusader-era 13th-century castle.

Accommodation: Pousada de Marvão, Marvão

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, whitewashed walls, tiled floors, period wood furnishings with hand-painted detail, and floral fabrics.

Day 2

Galegos to Marvão

Follow uphill pathways into the heart of the Serra de São Mamede Natural Park, a preserved agricultural landscape of oak and chestnut forests. From the Spanish frontier town of La Fontañera, follow an old smuggler’s path through gently rolling landscapes and beautiful montados, or cork oak woodlands.

Accommodation: Pousada de Marvão, Marvão

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, whitewashed walls, tiled floors, period wood furnishings with hand-painted detail, and floral fabrics.

Day 3

Marvão to Castelo de Vide and Évora

Traverse chestnut groves on medieval cobbled paths into farmlands and Pyrenean oak forests, passing olive trees and ancient foundations. Arrive in the whitewashed village of Castelo de Vide by foot and take time to explore its Jewish Quarter before continuing by shuttle to Évora.

Accommodation: Pousada Convento de Évora, Évora

Situated in the heart of Évora, the Pousada Convento de Évora occupies a beautifully preserved 15th-century convent. With ornately painted walls, sumptuously decorated ceilings, and gilded mirrors, it stands as one of the city’s most historic buildings. Dine on Alentejo-inspired cuisine in the restored cloisters and enjoy a drink in the elegant lounges or inner courtyard. Your rooms were designed for the monastic life: small rooms with little soundproofing to fit a monk’s quiet lifestyle. But they’ve been cleverly updated to make use of the space, adorned with bright colors and outfitted with comfortable beds and tiled bathrooms with claw-foot tubs.

Day 4

Évora

Uncover the treasures of Évora and its historic surroundings with a local guide. A walking tour of the city reveals the Roman baths, the Sé Cathedral and quaint whitewashed houses. Continue to the Tapestry Interpretive Center in charming Arraiolos and view the Almendres Cromlech, a fascinating megalithic circle.

Accommodation: Pousada Convento de Évora, Évora

Situated in the heart of Évora, the Pousada Convento de Évora occupies a beautifully preserved 15th-century convent. With ornately painted walls, sumptuously decorated ceilings, and gilded mirrors, it stands as one of the city’s most historic buildings. Dine on Alentejo-inspired cuisine in the restored cloisters and enjoy a drink in the elegant lounges or inner courtyard. Your rooms were designed for the monastic life: small rooms with little soundproofing to fit a monk’s quiet lifestyle. But they’ve been cleverly updated to make use of the space, adorned with bright colors and outfitted with comfortable beds and tiled bathrooms with claw-foot tubs.

Day 5

Cabo Sardão to Zambujeira do Mar

Transfer to the Rota Vicentina to walk one of Europe’s best preserved coastlines, draped in pristine beaches and soaring cliffs. This spectacular coastal trail reveals Portugal at its wildest, a passage over high ledges through salt-tinged brush with sweeping Atlantic views.

Accommodation: Herdade do Touril, Zambujeira do Mar

The five whitewashed farm buildings of the Herdade do Touril are set on a tranquil 900 acres within view of the Atlantic Ocean. This cattle-breeding working 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, and brightly colored guest rooms of soft blue and yellow trim that open directly to the outside. The cozy living room features an honor-system bar and the pool is ideal for a post-walk swim. In keeping with the simple rural life of Alentejo, intimate guest rooms feature tiled floors and basic wood furnishing. If you wish, you may borrow a bicycle to explore further. Enjoy a three-course meal prepared with fresh ingredients during your stay.

Day 6

Odeceixe to Zambujeira do Mar

Choose from short, moderate or longer walks today, each one following the cliff side Fishermen’s Trail ascending and descending to and from beaches of unimaginable beauty. Depending on your walk, you will have time to linger on golden sands and at a lovely fishing harbor.

Accommodation: Herdade do Touril, Zambujeira do Mar

The five whitewashed farm buildings of the Herdade do Touril are set on a tranquil 900 acres within view of the Atlantic Ocean. This cattle-breeding working 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, and brightly colored guest rooms of soft blue and yellow trim that open directly to the outside. The cozy living room features an honor-system bar and the pool is ideal for a post-walk swim. In keeping with the simple rural life of Alentejo, intimate guest rooms feature tiled floors and basic wood furnishing. If you wish, you may borrow a bicycle to explore further. Enjoy a three-course meal prepared with fresh ingredients during your stay.

Day 7

Lisbon

Arrive in Lisbon by taxi. Then join a local guide for a private walking tour of the old Alfama quarter, the modern district, and the riverside Praça do Comércio, the city’s main plaza. This evening, participate in a cherished Portuguese tradition: a fado show with dinner.

Accommodation: Solar do Castelo, Lisbon

The Solar do Castelo enjoys one of the most unique settings of any hotel in Lisbon. Situated within the walls of St. George’s Castle at the peak of the historic Castelo district, it occupies a small 18th-century mansion of the former Alcaçova Palace. Its inner courtyard is graced with a fountain and garden, making you feel far removed from a major city. Yet when you’d like to explore, it’s just a 10-minute walk to the Sé Cathedral or the Praça do Comércio. Elegant furnishings were inspired by the medieval period and its cozy lounge and library invite complete relaxation after a day or exploring. Your room features modern and classic décor and all the amenities you’ll require for a comfortable stay.

Day 8

Departure from Lisbon

After breakfast, you may depart at your leisure. But we recommend spending an additional day or two in this historic and endlessly fascinating city.

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Dates & Prices

Seasonal Tour Pricing

2017 Dates Number of Travelers
2 3 4 5 6 Single Supplement
Solo Surcharge
Mar 1 - Jun 30 $3,798 $3,598 $3,598 $3,398 $3,398 $895 $760
Sep 15 - Nov 15 $3,798 $3,598 $3,598 $3,398 $3,398 $895 $760
This tour is available on-request starting any day of the week except Friday*, from March 1 through June 30 and September 15 through November 15, 2017 (*due to the closure of the Arraiolos Tapestry Interpretive Center on Mondays). Please note that the tiered tour price is based on a guarantee of a specified number of guests—should your group decrease in size, we reserve the right to alter the per person price if necessary as reflected in the Tour Price table. Please also note that the tour price includes one arrival transfer from Lisbon to Marvão on Day 1 of the tour. If traveling in a group of two or more with separate arrival times, additional charges will apply for multiple transfers. All prices are per person, based on double occupancy.

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