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Guided Walking : Europe

Portugal: Sintra, Óbidos & the Coast

Easy to Moderate Terrain: 4-6 Miles Daily

Portugal Coast Guided Walking Map 2019

Follow Portugal’s coastal pathways to beloved cultural gems and lesser-known treasures, connecting with the rhythms of daily life and spectacular natural beauty every invigorating step of the way. The riches and traditions of Portugal were born on its shores; walking its seaside trails opens doorways into a remarkable past that shaped a nation. This exclusive itinerary brings you close to a wide diversity of landscapes protected as natural parkland, from the sloping serra (mountain range) of Alvados to the coastal cliffs of the Alentejo’s Costa Vicentina. Amble through olive groves, Portuguese oaks, and pine forests. Trace the coast to golden-sand beaches. Grand architecture, too, will stir your soul: the ornate Gothic monastery at Batalha, the sprawling 14th-century Palace of Sintra, and a restored misericordia (hospital), your home for one memorable night that puts the stunning whitewashed village of Óbidos at your feet. Along the way, the bounty of the ocean, bucolic farmlands, and famed wineries fuel your every stride and the comfort of distinctive hotels evokes the vibrant character of coastal Portugal.


Tour Highlights:
  • Follow the magnificent Fishermen’s Trail, seaside pathways along dramatic cliffs that overlook the turquoise waters and sandy beaches of the Atlantic.
  • Immerse yourself in local culture during a hands-on cooking lesson in the Alvados Valley that reveals secrets of modern Portuguese cuisine.
  • Explore the Gothic monastery of Batalha, one of Portugal’s most treasured architectural gems and a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Flight + Tour Combo

10 days, 9 nights

FROM $6,448 USD

per person, double occupancy

Tour extension available
Lisbon
2 nights $498*

Tour Only

7 days, 6 nights

FROM $5,348 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 Portugal: Sintra, Óbidos & the Coast tour

4 miles, easy to moderate, 500-ft. elevation gain and 1,000-ft. elevation loss

Your guide(s) will meet you at 8:30 a.m. at the Hotel Sofitel Lisbon Liberdade in Lisbon and will be wearing a Country Walkers shirt. After a brief introduction to the group, your adventure begins.

Head to the Cabo da Rocha, Europe’s westernmost point, before following the footpaths of the picturesque Parques de Sintra among laurel, giant ferns, and pine forests. After lunch on a scenic terrace, explore the splendid Palace of Sintra. Later, continue to the remote rural hamlet of Alvados.

Accommodation: Cooking and Nature Hotel, Alvados

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.

Day 2

Castelejo

5.5-7.5 miles, easy to moderate, maximum of 1,100-ft elevation gain and loss

This morning’s walk leads to a scenic plateau overlooking spectacular karst panoramas. Continue through ancient olive groves and sylvan Mediterranean forest. Later, prepare your Portuguese dinner with the hotel chef during a fun and engaging cooking lesson.

Accommodation: Cooking and Nature Hotel, Alvados

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.

Day 3

Batalha to Óbidos

4.2 miles, easy

Early risers may join a hike into the Fórnea Valley, a natural amphitheater carved into the karst earth. Continue to Batalha to view the breathtaking Gothic Dominican monastery. Later, arrive in Óbidos, a medieval walled treasure of preserved whitewashed houses.

Accommodation: Pousada Vila Óbidos

The Pousada da Vila de Óbidos is a newly opened sister property to the Pousada de Castelo, and is located in the former Santa Casa da Misericórdia hospital, originally founded in 1511. Each of the 17 rooms feature contemporary design and and modern amenities to ensure a comfortable stay. The sophisticated restaurant, set within the historic castle perched above, offers elegant dining, sweeping panoramas, and a cozy atmosphere.

Day 4

Setúbal Peninsula to the Baixo Alentejo

5 miles, easy to moderate, 656-ft elevation gain

Transfer to the Setúbal Peninsula, home to the Nature Park of Arrábida. After a walk along the
striking rocky coast, savor lunch at a luxurious wine-producing estate. Continue to the Parque Natural do Costa Vicentina, one of Europe’s best-preserved coastlines.

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 5

The Fishermen’s Trail and Cabo Sardão

5-7.5 miles, easy

Walk the Fishermen’s Trail today, a dramatic pathway along sea cliffs and through wild brush overlooking the Atlantic. After a hike to Cabo Sardão lighthouse, enjoy a free afternoon before heading to Zambujeira for dinner on your own.

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

Beach trails to Zambujeira do Mar

8.7 miles, easy to moderate, elevation gain of 1,200 ft and loss of 1,100 ft. Or Praia da Azenha do Mar to Zambujeira do Mar; 6 miles, easy to moderate, same elev gain/loss or Praia da Amalia to Zambujeira do Mar; 4.2 miles, easy to moderate, same elev gain/loss

Continue exploring the spectacular passage along the Fishermen’s Trail, following undulating cliff-side pathways past gold-sand beaches, with opportunities to linger. Choose from three walking options that vary in length. Tonight, toast your adventure at a festive farewell dinner.

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

Your Portugal: Sintra, Óbidos & the Coast tour concludes

After breakfast, you transfer 2.5 hours to Lisbon, where you may continue your exploration on your own or depart for onward travels.

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Flight

Overnight Flight from USA to Lisbon, Portugal

Begin your adventure by departing from a convenient gateway city in the United States or Canada. Spend the first night aloft.

Arrival

Arrive in Lisbon, Portugal

Upon arrival at Lisbon’s Portela Airport (also known as Huberto Delgado Airport), a representative holding a Country Walkers sign will meet you as you exit the baggage-claim area. After an included transfer to your hotel, you’re free to spend the rest of the day exploring at your leisure.

Accommodation: Hotel Sofitel Lisbon Liberdade, Lisbon

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.

Day 1

Join your Portugal: Sintra, Óbidos & the Coast tour

Awakening refreshed, you enjoy an included breakfast at your hotel before meeting your group at 8:30 a.m. at the Hotel Sofitel Lisbon Liberdade in Lisbon and will be wearing a Country Walkers shirt. After a brief introduction to the group, your adventure begins. Please be dressed in hiking shoes for the walk in the Sintra Forest.

Your guide(s) will meet you at 8:30 a.m. at the Hotel Sofitel Lisbon Liberdade in Lisbon and will be wearing a Country Walkers shirt. After a brief introduction to the group, your adventure begins.

Head to the Cabo da Rocha, Europe’s westernmost point, before following the footpaths of the picturesque Parques de Sintra among laurel, giant ferns, and pine forests. After lunch on a scenic terrace, explore the splendid Palace of Sintra. Later, continue to the remote rural hamlet of Alvados.

Accommodation: Cooking and Nature Hotel, Alvados

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.

Day 2

Castelejo

5.5-7.5 miles, easy to moderate, maximum of 1,100-ft elevation gain and loss

This morning’s walk leads to a scenic plateau overlooking spectacular karst panoramas. Continue through ancient olive groves and sylvan Mediterranean forest. Later, prepare your Portuguese dinner with the hotel chef during a fun and engaging cooking lesson.

Accommodation: Cooking and Nature Hotel, Alvados

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.

Day 3

Batalha to Óbidos

4.2 miles, easy

Early risers may join a hike into the Fórnea Valley, a natural amphitheater carved into the karst earth. Continue to Batalha to view the breathtaking Gothic Dominican monastery. Later, arrive in Óbidos, a medieval walled treasure of preserved whitewashed houses.

Accommodation: Pousada Vila Óbidos

The Pousada da Vila de Óbidos is a newly opened sister property to the Pousada de Castelo, and is located in the former Santa Casa da Misericórdia hospital, originally founded in 1511. Each of the 17 rooms feature contemporary design and and modern amenities to ensure a comfortable stay. The sophisticated restaurant, set within the historic castle perched above, offers elegant dining, sweeping panoramas, and a cozy atmosphere.

Day 4

Setúbal Peninsula to the Baixo Alentejo

5 miles, easy to moderate, 656-ft elevation gain

Transfer to the Setúbal Peninsula, home to the Nature Park of Arrábida. After a walk along the
striking rocky coast, savor lunch at a luxurious wine-producing estate. Continue to the Parque Natural do Costa Vicentina, one of Europe’s best-preserved coastlines.

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 5

The Fishermen’s Trail and Cabo Sardão

5-7.5 miles, easy

Walk the Fishermen’s Trail today, a dramatic pathway along sea cliffs and through wild brush overlooking the Atlantic. After a hike to Cabo Sardão lighthouse, enjoy a free afternoon before heading to Zambujeira for dinner on your own.

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

Beach trails to Zambujeira do Mar

8.7 miles, easy to moderate, elevation gain of 1,200 ft and loss of 1,100 ft. Or Praia da Azenha do Mar to Zambujeira do Mar; 6 miles, easy to moderate, same elev gain/loss or Praia da Amalia to Zambujeira do Mar; 4.2 miles, easy to moderate, same elev gain/loss

Continue exploring the spectacular passage along the Fishermen’s Trail, following undulating cliff-side pathways past gold-sand beaches, with opportunities to linger. Choose from three walking options that vary in length. Tonight, toast your adventure at a festive farewell dinner.

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

Your Portugal: Sintra, Óbidos & the Coast tour concludes. Overnight in Lisbon

Upon your mid-day arrival to Lisbon, you say goodbye to your group and enjoy an afternoon and evening on your own and an overnight at the Hotel Sofitel Lisbon Liberdade. Lunch and dinner are on your own.

Departure

Adeus! This morning a complimentary small-group transfer is provided to Lisbon Portela Airport (also known as 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: Lisbon

2 nights from $498*

  • Two nights at the Hotel Sofitel Lisbon Liberdade
  • Small-group round-trip Lisbon Airport transfers
  • Two breakfasts

For those guests reserving our Flight + Tour Combo, you may wish to further extend your time in Portugal with an additional two nights in Lisbon, where your hotel provides an ideal base for exploration. Steeped in a remarkable past of Moorish rule, courageous exploration by sea, the riches of empire, and the melancholy strains of fado music, Lisbon is one of Europe’s most scintillating destinations. Grand plazas, a rich collection of ornate Manueline architecture, and the steep lanes of the Alfama district lend the city an atmosphere at once elegant and mysterious, while the Castelo de São Jorge, once the site of a former Moorish residence, reveals a storied history.

Single Supplement: $448*

*Please note that some hotel city taxes may need to be paid locally.

Tour Extension Available

Lisbon
2 nights from only $498*

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Dates & Prices

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2019 Dates Per person, double occupancy Single Supplement
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May 8 - May 14 $5,348 $848
Sep 11 - Sep 17 $5,348 $848
Oct 9 - Oct 15 $5,348 $848
Oct 21 - Oct 27 $5,348 $848

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May 6 - May 15 $6,448
$1,248
Sep 9 - Sep 18 $6,448 $1,248
Oct 7 - Oct 16 $6,448 $1,248
Oct 19 - Oct 28 $6,448 $1,248
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