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Guided Walking : Europe

Portugal: Porto to Lisbon

Easy to Moderate Terrain: 3-5 Miles Daily

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Blessed with a language that’s half music and a landscape that’s half poetry, Portugal is emerging as one of the most sought-after destinations in the world. Join us on a passeio (walk) through its most spectacular sites, lingering beside historic whitewashed quintas (estates) in wine country and soaring peaks in the Alto Alentejo. Starting in the vibrant revitalized wine city of Porto—a seamless blend of historic gardens and 21st-century architecture—you head inland to the idyllic Douro Valley, where vineyards and olive groves carpet the floodplain of this UNESCO World Heritage region. Next, it’s on to the rolling plains and granite peaks of the Alentejo, a large agricultural region that produces many of the nation’s cheeses, wines, and cured meats. Along the way, relax in a hilltop vineyard, converted monastery, and luxury boutique hotel. Enjoy a unique perspective on the landscape during a luxurious boat cruise. Converse with locals during a visit to a family-owned olive oil mill and as you walk through an oak forest cultivated for cork harvesting. And dig deep into the country’s history during stops at a medieval fortress, 7th-century village, and an ancient Roman temple.


Tour Highlights:
  • Enrich your strolls along the Douro River Valley’s terraced vineyards with wine tastings at charming hillside quintas, or wine estates.
  • Walk medieval pathways through cork oak forests that have long linked the charming stone villages of the Alto Alentejo.
  • Follow a local guide through the cultural treasure of Évora, a magnificent time capsule of the medieval age and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Witness the creation of wool tapestries in the charming whitewashed village of Arraiolos.
Flight + Tour Combo

10 days, 9 nights

FROM $6,598 USD

per person, double occupancy

Tour extensions available
Porto
2 nights $548*
Lisbon
2 nights $548*

Tour Only

7 days, 6 nights

FROM $5,498 USD

per person, double occupancy



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Your Tour Includes:

  • All meals except one lunch and one dinner
  • Local wine and/or beer with dinner
  • Exceptional boutique accommodations
  • Local Guide(s) with you 24/7

Flight + Tour Combo Includes:

  • All tour inclusions
  • International round-trip airfare
  • Pre- and post-tour night accommodations
  • Overseas airport transfers
  • Breakfasts
  • Business-class upgrades available

Itinerary & Accommodations

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Day 1

Join Your Country Walkers Portugal: Porto to Lisbon tour

Meet in Porto. Casa de Mateus guided tour. Douro Valley: Casal de Loivos to Pinhao; 4.5 miles, easy to moderate,1,500-ft. elevation loss

Your guide(s) will meet you at 8:30 a.m. at the designated meeting point in Porto (please call for more details). Your guide(s) will be wearing a Country Walkers shirt. Please be dressed in hiking shoes for the afternoon walk in the Douro Valley.

Transfer from Porto to Vila Real to tour the estate and gardens of Casa de Mateus. Enjoy lunch at an olive oil mill, sampling local wines. Later, walk through stunning vineyards with breathtaking vistas to the Quinta do Bomfim for a wine tasting.

Accommodation: Quinta Nova de Nossa Senhora do Carmo, Covas do Douro

Perched on a hilltop overlooking the Douro River, the Quinta Nova allows you to experience winery life from the inside. Rooms are furnished with traditional elegance and typical amenities (courtesy bar, robes, hair dryers, laundry service, etc.) There is an outdoor pool and garden seating spots from which to enjoy the panoramic views.

Day 2

Douro Valley

2-6 miles, easy to moderate, maximum of 1,000-ft elevation gain.

Stroll the vast grounds of your lodge this morning, walking among vineyards and groves of cork oak, cypress, orange, and almond trees. Enjoy lunch on the Douro River aboard a traditional barco rabelo boat, followed by a winery tour and authentic dinner alfresco.

Accommodation: Quinta Nova de Nossa Senhora do Carmo, Covas do Douro

Perched on a hilltop overlooking the Douro River, the Quinta Nova allows you to experience winery life from the inside. Rooms are furnished with traditional elegance and typical amenities (courtesy bar, robes, hair dryers, laundry service, etc.) There is an outdoor pool and garden seating spots from which to enjoy the panoramic views.

Day 3

Serra da Gardunha to Castelo Novo

4 miles, easy to moderate, 1,350-ft elevation loss

Explore the medieval fortress town of Trancoso by foot. Then follow mountain trails to the rustic hilltop village of Castelo Novo. After time to wander, transfer to the Alto Alentejo region, where you’ll stay in a converted monastery.

Accommodation: Pousada Mosteiro do Crato, Crato

This beautiful pousada underwent a sophisticated renovation from the former Flor de Rosa Monastery which preserved the old stone walls, vaulted ceilings, and tile floors. Converted rooms afford every imaginable comfort. The architect’s attention to detail is reflected in his furniture choices. A spectacular outdoor pool and luxurious spa round out the amenities.

Day 4

Parque Natural da Serra de São Mamede

6.5-7.5 miles, easy to moderate, 650-1,350-ft elevation gain and 450-ft elevation loss

Hike the wooded hills and fertile valleys of Parque Natural da Serra de Sao Mamede, passing through cork oak forest and farmland. Arrive in the atmospheric hamlet of hilltop Marvão, then shuttle to Castelo de Vide with its interesting Jewish quarter.

Accommodation: Pousada Mosteiro do Crato, Crato

This beautiful pousada underwent a sophisticated renovation from the former Flor de Rosa Monastery which preserved the old stone walls, vaulted ceilings, and tile floors. Converted rooms afford every imaginable comfort. The architect’s attention to detail is reflected in his furniture choices. A spectacular outdoor pool and luxurious spa round out the amenities.

Day 5

Transfer to Évora via Arraiolos. Walking tour of Évora

2-3 miles, easy

Explore the charming whitewashed village of Arraiolos, where wool tapestries have been produced for centuries. Later, transfer to Évora and tour its Gothic and baroque wonders by foot.

Accommodation: M’AR De AR Aqueduto Hotel & Spa, Évora

This five-star boutique hotel is located near the center of Évora. Rooms are chic and ultra modern, with a full complement of high-quality amenities. The hotel spa has both sauna and Turkish bath, and offers an array of treatments. There is a lovely outdoor pool to enjoy and a computer room with Internet access.

Day 6

Outeiro to Reguengos de Monsaraz

4-5 miles, easy to moderate.

Hike today from the rural village of Outeiro to view some 150 dolmens and menhirs, ancient ceremonial rock monoliths. Then ascend a pathway to hilltop Reguengos de Monsaraz. After time to explore this village of artisans, visit a nearby winery.

Accommodation: M’AR De AR Aqueduto Hotel & Spa, Évora

This five-star boutique hotel is located near the center of Évora. Rooms are chic and ultra modern, with a full complement of high-quality amenities. The hotel spa has both sauna and Turkish bath, and offers an array of treatments. There is a lovely outdoor pool to enjoy and a computer room with Internet access.

Day 7

Your Portugal: Porto to Lisbon tour concludes

Almendres archaeological site; 1 mile, easy

Visit the impressive Cromlech of the Almendres archaeological site, one of the oldest in Europe dating to 6 BC. After a tour and lunch at a local eco-farm, transfer to Lisbon, where you may continue your exploration on your own or depart for other destinations.

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Flight

Overnight Flight from USA to Porto, Portugal

Please refer to your air itinerary for your specific flight details.

Arrival

Arrive in Porto, Portugal

Upon arrival at Porto’s Francisco Sa Carneiro Airport, a representative holding a Country Walkers sign will meet you as you exit the baggage-claim area. Please note that there may be up to a 45-minute wait if there are other guests arriving within the same time frame. A complimentary small-group transfer will be provided to your hotel in Porto, approximately 25-30 minutes away. The remainder of the day is at your leisure (no meals included).

Accommodation: Pestana Vintage Porto Hotel (or equivalent), Porto

Pestana Vintage Porto Hotel is ideally located in a row of historic buildings overlooking the Douro River in the Ribeira, a quarter full of interesting cafés, cocktail bars, and restaurants. Renovated public areas and modern guest rooms feature trendy mid-century modern décor, complimentary Wi-fi in public areas, bicycles, a restaurant with terrace seating, and a host of other amenities. The accommodating staff can assist with booking local events.

Day 1

Join Your Country Walkers Portugal: Porto to Lisbon tour

Breakfast is included at your hotel.

Your guide(s) will meet you at 8:30 a.m. at the designated meeting point in Porto (please call for more details). Your guide(s) will be wearing a Country Walkers shirt. Please be dressed in hiking shoes for the afternoon walk in the Douro Valley.

Transfer from Porto to Vila Real to tour the estate and gardens of Casa de Mateus. Enjoy lunch at an olive oil mill, sampling local wines. Later, walk through stunning vineyards with breathtaking vistas to the Quinta do Bomfim for a wine tasting.

Accommodation: Quinta Nova de Nossa Senhora do Carmo, Covas do Douro

Perched on a hilltop overlooking the Douro River, the Quinta Nova allows you to experience winery life from the inside. Rooms are furnished with traditional elegance and typical amenities (courtesy bar, robes, hair dryers, laundry service, etc.) There is an outdoor pool and garden seating spots from which to enjoy the panoramic views.

Day 2

Douro Valley

2-6 miles, easy to moderate, maximum of 1,000-ft elevation gain.

Stroll the vast grounds of your lodge this morning, walking among vineyards and groves of cork oak, cypress, orange, and almond trees. Enjoy lunch on the Douro River aboard a traditional barco rabelo boat, followed by a winery tour and authentic dinner alfresco.

Accommodation: Quinta Nova de Nossa Senhora do Carmo, Covas do Douro

Perched on a hilltop overlooking the Douro River, the Quinta Nova allows you to experience winery life from the inside. Rooms are furnished with traditional elegance and typical amenities (courtesy bar, robes, hair dryers, laundry service, etc.) There is an outdoor pool and garden seating spots from which to enjoy the panoramic views.

Day 3

Serra da Gardunha to Castelo Novo

4 miles, easy to moderate, 1,350-ft elevation loss

Explore the medieval fortress town of Trancoso by foot. Then follow mountain trails to the rustic hilltop village of Castelo Novo. After time to wander, transfer to the Alto Alentejo region, where you’ll stay in a converted monastery.

Accommodation: Pousada Mosteiro do Crato, Crato

This beautiful pousada underwent a sophisticated renovation from the former Flor de Rosa Monastery which preserved the old stone walls, vaulted ceilings, and tile floors. Converted rooms afford every imaginable comfort. The architect’s attention to detail is reflected in his furniture choices. A spectacular outdoor pool and luxurious spa round out the amenities.

Day 4

Parque Natural da Serra de São Mamede

6.5-7.5 miles, easy to moderate, 650-1,350-ft elevation gain and 450-ft elevation loss

Hike the wooded hills and fertile valleys of Parque Natural da Serra de Sao Mamede, passing through cork oak forest and farmland. Arrive in the atmospheric hamlet of hilltop Marvão, then shuttle to Castelo de Vide with its interesting Jewish quarter.

Accommodation: Pousada Mosteiro do Crato, Crato

This beautiful pousada underwent a sophisticated renovation from the former Flor de Rosa Monastery which preserved the old stone walls, vaulted ceilings, and tile floors. Converted rooms afford every imaginable comfort. The architect’s attention to detail is reflected in his furniture choices. A spectacular outdoor pool and luxurious spa round out the amenities.

Day 5

Transfer to Évora via Arraiolos. Walking tour of Évora

2-3 miles, easy

Explore the charming whitewashed village of Arraiolos, where wool tapestries have been produced for centuries. Later, transfer to Évora and tour its Gothic and baroque wonders by foot.

Accommodation: M’AR De AR Aqueduto Hotel & Spa, Évora

This five-star boutique hotel is located near the center of Évora. Rooms are chic and ultra modern, with a full complement of high-quality amenities. The hotel spa has both sauna and Turkish bath, and offers an array of treatments. There is a lovely outdoor pool to enjoy and a computer room with Internet access.

Day 6

Outeiro to Reguengos de Monsaraz

4-5 miles, easy to moderate.

Hike today from the rural village of Outeiro to view some 150 dolmens and menhirs, ancient ceremonial rock monoliths. Then ascend a pathway to hilltop Reguengos de Monsaraz. After time to explore this village of artisans, visit a nearby winery.

Accommodation: M’AR De AR Aqueduto Hotel & Spa, Évora

This five-star boutique hotel is located near the center of Évora. Rooms are chic and ultra modern, with a full complement of high-quality amenities. The hotel spa has both sauna and Turkish bath, and offers an array of treatments. There is a lovely outdoor pool to enjoy and a computer room with Internet access.

Day 7

Your Portugal: Porto to Lisbon tour concludes

1 mile, easy

Upon your mid-afternoon arrival to Lisbon, you say goodbye to your group and enjoy an evening and an overnight at the Heritage Avenida Liberdade Hotel. Dinner is on your own.

Accommodation: Heritage Avenida Liberdade Hotel (or equivalent), Lisbon

This hotel is on the city’s main avenue, described as “Portugal’s Champs-Élysées”, yet it’s a quiet boutique hotel with tasteful décor and amenities including a coffee and tea bar and continental breakfast in the lobby. From this base in the heart of town, you can plan out your days’ activities in comfort with transportation close at hand.

Departure

Adeus! This morning a complimentary small-group transfer is provided to Lisbon Portela Airport (or Lisbon Huberto Delgado Airport) based on your flight itinerary. Your transfer time will be communicated locally by your guide(s).

Add a Tour Extension to Your Flight + Tour Combo
Pre-Tour Extension: Porto

2 nights from $548*

  • Two nights at the Pestana Vintage Porto Hotel (or equivalent)*
  • Small-group round-trip Porto Airport transfers
  • Two breakfasts

For those guests reserving our Flight + Tour Combo, you may wish to further extend your time in Portugal and explore independently with an additional two nights in Porto, where your hotel provides an ideal base for exploration. Among the many points of interest: São Bento railway station, with its giant tile murals, Rem Koolhaas’ striking concert hall, the heavily gilded interior of São Francisco church, the Crystal Palace Gardens, overlooking the Douro River, and the river itself, with its iconic bridges. The Praça da Batalha (or Batalha square) site of an important 10th-century battle, is today a pedestrian plaza surrounded by interesting buildings, including a 1947 Art Deco movie palace.

Single Supplement: $498

*Please note that some hotel city taxes may need to be paid locally. Depending on your departure date, your accommodation may vary.

Post-Tour Extension: Lisbon

2 nights from $548*

  • Two nights at the Heritage Avenida Liberdade Hotel (or equivalent)*
  • Small-group round-trip Lisbon Airport transfers
  • Two breakfasts

Portugal’s vibrant capital with its grand plazas and hilly terrain offers both beautiful vistas and cultural treats to explore independently. Castelo de São Jorge, once the site of a former Moorish residence, is a great place to get your bearings, as is the Torre de Belém—a UNESCO World Heritage site and fortress on the Tejo (Tagus River). The coach museum displays ornate horse carriages and stories of their royal occupants. The Gulbenkian Museum’s collection of Old Masters and Impressionist art is a rewarding stop, as is the beautiful St. Jerome Monastery, built to celebrate Vasco da Gama’s discovery of a sea route to India in 1498.

Single Supplement: $498*

*Please note that some hotel city taxes may need to be paid locally. Depending on your departure date, your accommodation may vary.

Tour Extensions Available

Porto
2 nights from only $548*

Lisbon
2 nights from only $548*

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Dates & Prices

Tour Only

2019 Dates Per person, double occupancy Single Supplement
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May 1 - May 7 $5,498 $898
May 15 - May 21 $5,498 $898
Sep 18 - Sep 24 $5,548 $898
Oct 2 - Oct 8 $5,548 $898
Oct 16 - Oct 22 $5,548 $898

Flight + Tour Combo

2019 Dates NEW YORK Change Departure Airport
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Apr 29 - May 8 $6,598
$1,398
May 13 - May 22 $6,898 $1,398
Sep 16 - Sep 25 $6,748 $1,398
Sep 30 - Oct 9 $6,748 $1,398
Oct 14 - Oct 23 $6,748 $1,398
Additional gateway cities available; please call for details. Standard Terms & Conditions apply when purchasing this trip. Prices include all airline surcharges and Government taxes and fees. Call for details. All prices are subject to change. Departure dates and prices shown may be updated several times daily, and apply to new bookings only. We reserve the right to correct errors.

Guides

Guides

Our guides' experience, dedication, and enthusiasm make them ideal ambassadors for your destination. They chart the course, finesse the details, and speak the language (English, as well as the local language). They also possess a truly rare skill, knowing when to let serendipity and inspiration take the lead.

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José Carrilho

José Carrilho was born, raised, and still lives in Lisbon and worked his way through college as a kayak instructor, eventually receiving a degree in Tourism. When the travel agency he worked at closed in 2011 he took the opportunity to travel around the world spending 10 months surfing and diving with many new friends from many different countries. He also did volunteer work in Peru before returning to Portugal and becoming a guide in 2013. He still loves to kayak, surf, dive, and travel but he is most passionate about guiding because it allows him to show off his beautiful native country, being especially intrigued with its nature and culture.

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Luis Soares

Luis Soares was born and raised in Portugal and has traveled extensively throughout South America and Africa, including spending a year working in city planning in Angola, a former Portuguese colony. Luis has a special interest in geography and has worked in various aspects of tourism outside of guiding. When not out in nature showing off his native country, you can find Luis enjoying a good book or running trails near his home.

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João Tiago Roda Barra

João Tiago Roda Barra was born, raised, and lives in Portugal but his passion for other cultures and a love of the outdoors has led to many adventures traveling throughout Europe to such places as Spain, France, Italy, and the United Kingdom. He always includes rock climbing as part of these trips, having learned to climb as a teenager. He also enjoys cycling, hiking, and photography and has worked as a biking and walking guide since 2008.

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