Along Portugal’s coast, storybook landscapes of centuries-old cities and beautifully preserved castles await. Every invigorating step of this exclusive walking tour presents you with cultural gems and lesser-known treasures. From the westernmost point of Europe to the whitewashed village of Óbidos, you’ll trek atop dramatic cliffs, along golden-sand beaches, and through Mediterranean forests. During a Sintra walking tour, discover a scenic region favored by historic kings, including the stunning Palace of Sintra, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Admire karst landscapes as you hike through the Alvados Valley, and postcard-perfect facades and terra-cotta roofs on a walking tour of Obidos. Relax in comfort at distinctive, historic accommodations, and delight your taste buds as you sample delicious Portuguese cuisine paired with Portugal’s famed wine.
Cooking and Nature Hotel
This whimsical concept hotel is set amid the lush landscapes of the Parque Natural das Serras de Aire e Candeeiros. Each of its dozen posh rooms, named for instance “Adventure” or “Passion,” is inspired by a film.Four-poster beds, terraces with mountain views, gilded fixtures, an outdoor pool, and a spa add a touch of indulgence. Borrow a complimentary bicycle to explore, immerse yourself in local cuisine during cooking classes, and sip a drink by the fireplace in the “Honesty” Lounge.
Sofitel Lisbon Liberdade Hotel
Hotel Sofitel Lisbon Liberdade occupies a prestigious location on the Avenida da Liberdade, “Portugal’s Champs-Élysées,” and puts the city at your feet. This inviting property was recently refurbished and features cozy rooms with complimentary Wi-Fi and 24/7 room service. Enjoy a blend of Portuguese flavors, French cuisine, and an extensive wine list in the popular restaurant, as well as stylish décor recalling the African and Eastern discoveries of Renaissance-era Portugal. Additional amenities include a bar, lounge, and fitness center.
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 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. Brightly colored guest rooms are air conditioned, and guest can enjoy a pool ideal for a post-walk swim. Enjoy three-course meals prepared with fresh ingredients during your stay. Please note: this accommodation is available on limited departures.
Pousada Vila Óbidos
With its spectacular location, historical significance, and cozy atmosphere, your experience at the Pousada da Vila de Óbidos promises to be a memorable one. During your stay, take advantage of the medieval architecture, the white washed village houses decorated with flowers, and enjoy a delicious meal in a regal setting at its nearby sister property, Pousada da Castelo de Óbidos.
2020 Pre-Tour Extension - Lisbon
2 Nights From $548
per person, double occupancy
Please refer to your air itinerary for your specific flight details.
Upon arrival at Lisbon Portela Airport, a representative holding a Country Walkers sign will meet you as you exit the baggage-claim area. A complimentary small-group transfer will be provided to your Lisbon hotel, approximately 30-40 minutes away. The remainder of the day is at your leisure (no meals included).
If you are going to be delayed meeting our transfer representative for more than 15 minutes due to delayed or lost luggage, please contact our One Call travel assistance to advise of your delay, and they will contact our transfer service on your behalf. Our drivers are generally able to wait for up to 45 minutes from the time your flight lands, after which you would be responsible for your own transfer.
Please note: If you arrive early, and your hotel room is not available prior to the designated check-in time, you may store your luggage with the reception desk.
Portugal’s vibrant capital with its grand plazas and hilly terrain offers both beautiful vistas and cultural treats. 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. (Lunch and dinner are on your own.)
After breakfast, continue your exploration of Lisbon.. Maybe you’ll visit the popular Lisbon Oceanarium, or ride the iconic Tram 28, people-watching as you rattle past historic buildings. As your hotel is on the city’s main avenue, described as “Portugal’s Champs Élysées” you can plan out your days’ activities in comfort with transportation close at hand. (Lunch and dinner are on your own.)
Flight + Tour Combo
|Exceptional boutique accommodations|
|All on-tour meals except 1 lunch and 1 dinner|
|Local guides with you throughout tour|
|Local wine and/or beer with dinner|
|Entrance fees and special events as noted in the itinerary|
|Emergency travel assistance hotline available 24/7|
|Two extra nights in Lisbon, Portugal|
|Airport car service for arrival & departure|
|Pre- and post-tour breakfasts|
|Business-class upgrades available|
Experience your destination like an insider with people who call it home.
Joao Tiago Roda Barra
João Tiago Roda Barra was born and raised 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.
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.
Pedro Rodrigues was born in Lisbon and developed a love of travelling from a very young age, leading him to learn multiple languages as well as a degree in Tourism Management. Working with Emirates Airlines, he had a chance to visit more than 90 countries and 145 cities worldwide over the course of just a few years. Now it’s Portugal’s endless valleys and stunning coastline scenery that keeps Pedro close to home, where he finds joy in sharing with guests from around the world all that his home country has to offer.
Luis Soares was born and raised in Portugal and has travelled 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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