Ashen cliffs, whitewashed villages, and colorful palaces make southern Portugal a nice place to nest.

Atop a solitary rock pinnacle rising from the sea, a mama stork stands silhouetted against the crashing surf. All afternoon on this Portugal walking tour, you’ve shared her privileged perspective on the spectacular Atlantic coast. Surfers frolic in the waves offshore and fishermen bring in their catch as you walk past rugged headlands, golden sandy coves, and whitewashed seaside villages. North lie Sintra’s fairy-tale palaces, where you began the week; inland, the olive groves, megaliths, and Roman ruins of Évora. But right now, watching sunlight glint on the water, you’re looking forward to your lodgings for tonight, a historic 17th-century quinta. After a satisfying day on the trail, a dip in the pool couldn’t sound better.

Highlights

  • Trek the Fishermen’s Trail, following pathways overlooking the deep blue waters of the Atlantic, scouting the cliffs for delicately positioned stork nests.
  • Discover the fascinating history of Évora, a UNESCO World Heritage site, through the eyes (and stories) of your guide as you tour this cultural treasure.
  • Step off the trail in Arrábida Nature Park to wine, dine, and relax in comfort at a 17th-century wine estate.
  • Find fossilized dinosaur footprints during a coastal hike at Espichel Cape.
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Itinerary

Sat, Apr 17 to Mon, Apr 26 - 2021

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

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. A complimentary small-group transfer will be provided to your hotel in Lisbon, 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 local partners at the following (Spanish) mobile number +34 647 751 105 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.

Country Walkers provides City Information including recommendations for what to see and do in Lisbon during your stay.

Accommodation: Hotel Sofitel Lisbon Liberdade, Lisbon

Parques de Sintra forest walk; 4 miles, easy to moderate, 500-ft. elevation gain and 1,000-ft. elevation loss

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 (or Heritage Avenida Liberdade Hotel, October 4-10, 2021 tour only) in Lisbon. Your guide(s) 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.

Following a short introductory meeting, you and your fellow adventurers travel 45 minutes to Cabo da Roca. The westernmost point of Europe, until the 14th century the Cabo da Roca was believed to be the end of the world. After a brief stop to admire this rugged coastline, continue (20 minutes) to the cool green hills of the Serra de Sintra, a stunning coastal mountain range. Nestled among the northern slopes, forested ravines and bubbling springs, Sintra’s pastel-hued buildings evoke images from a colorful storybook. It’s easy to understand why this scenic corner of Portugal was a favored summer retreat for kings. The stunning palaces they’ve left behind dominate this luxuriant landscape. Superb for exploring on foot, the historical area is rich in sublime scenery—forests of eucalyptus, acacia, and pine stretch to rocky outcrops with distant ocean views. Scattered among the opulent royal palaces is an impressive array of cultural and historical sights, from stately manses and royal hunting lodges to hillside castles. Walking through this fairy tale is pure pleasure; it even inspired Lord Byron, who proclaimed it a “glorious Eden”, to pen his epic poem Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage.

Your trail leads into Sintra’s Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, where you stop for a lunch of local specialties, enjoyed on a scenic outdoor terrace. The town’s remarkable heart, the Palace of Sintra, lies just below. Though its distinctive, bottle-shaped chimneys may seem odd, the rest, as you discover while touring it, is grace personified. Gothic, Moorish, and Manueline styles have been added and tweaked since the 14th century when João I first built this retreat. This sprawling complex was home to the Portuguese royal family until the 1880s.

Later, a nearly two-hour drive delivers you to Évora, capital of the Alentejo region, and your base for the next two nights. Your boutique hotel was fashioned out of a palatial house located beside a 16th-century aqueduct within the city walls. Like the town itself, the hotel beautifully blends historical and contemporary styles.

After time to settle in and refresh, step out to the heart of Évora, and savor a memorable welcome dinner at a special restaurant near the town’s Roman temple. Your meal features locally sourced ingredients paired with wine from the restaurant’s own winery.

Accommodation: M’AR De AR Aqueduto Hotel & Spa, Évora
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

4-5 miles, easy to moderate and 2 miles, easy

Today’s walk in the Alentejo traverses typical Mediterranean landscapes dotted with cypress, pomegranate, fig, and ancient olive trees. You depart from the tiny, rural village of Outeiro and soon reach the first of many dolmens and menhirs scattered across the surrounding plains. The area boasts nearly 150 of these carved-rock monoliths and piled structures. Similar to those found in western Ireland, they date from the third and fourth millennia.

A sustained 30-minute climb along a cobbled path brings you to the picturesque hilltop village of Reguengos de Monsaraz, designated the European Wine Capital in 2015. (Your minibus and driver provide a lift up to the village for those who prefer to skip the climb.) From this vantage point you see a huge, modern dam and the Alqueva Lake on one side, and to the East, the Spanish border. Enjoy lunch with a view, dining at a restaurant with a scenic outdoor terrace. Afterward, there is time to stroll this atmospheric village whose cobbled slate streets with whitewashed houses retain an authentic feel. Pop into artisan studios, and be sure to visit the castle, which now houses a bullring within its walls!

Upon your return to Évora, you embark on a walking tour of this fascinating town with your guides—exploring the city’s historic center, including the ancient Roman Temple of Diana (or Temple of Évora) and the Cathedral of Évora, a massive Gothic structure begun in the 12th century. You also visit the Igreja de São Francisco, which features Gothic and baroque architecture and the skeleton-adorned Chapel of Bones. Once an important city for trading and religious purposes, today, Évora is a vibrant university town. Continue exploring on your own this evening and enjoy dinner at a restaurant of your choice, with recommendations from your guides.

Accommodation: M’AR De AR Aqueduto Hotel & Spa, Évora
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Parque Natural do Costa Vicentina; 4-5 miles, easy to moderate

Bid farewell to Évora and travel south (two hours) to the Parque Natural do Costa Vicentina in the southwestern region of Baixo (lower) Alentejo. Soaring cliffs blanketed with pine trees skirted by pristine beaches make this one of Europe’s best-preserved coastlines. In this undisturbed corner of Portugal, a rich biodiversity has emerged. During the next few days as you walk the Rota Vicentina, or Fishermen’s Trail, you’ll discover a stunning variety of vegetation, more than 20 species of birds, and other coastal fauna. This historical long-distance path was used by fishermen and locals to get to the best fishing areas and most-secluded beaches.

You reach the town of Cavaleiro and enjoy a midday meal of petiscos (small plates) ranging from local cheese and ham, to seafood and rice dishes. You depart on foot to begin a breathtaking few hours of coastal walking over high ledges and through brush kissed by salty sea air. This is seaside Portugal at its most wild and you’re sure to marvel at its unspoiled drama at every turn. Along this section of the Fishermen’s Trail, you’ll make your way from the Cabo Sardão lighthouse to high, dramatic cliffs on a path of red-hued earth and sandstone. As you walk, keep watch for the many species of bird that nest here: jackdaw, shag, common kestrel, peregrine falcon, and the pure rock dove (the original species of pigeon). Storks, too, have created a unique habitat here—this is the only place in the world where they nest on cliffs. Take your time and absorb the magnificent beauty at an easy pace, lingering at scenic outlooks or following paths down to inviting beaches.

You arrive on foot at your hotel—a cattle-breeding working estate run by the same family since 1826. Set on a tranquil 900 acres within view of the Atlantic Ocean, its thoughtful design keeps you connected to the Alentejo’s rural beauty, with outdoor terraces and open spaces that afford breathtaking views. Enjoy a welcome drink as the sun sets the sky ablaze while it disappears behind the Atlantic. Then, make your way to your hotel’s cozy restaurant for a delicious dinner of fresh cod (prepared one of 365 ways!) served with local seasonal vegetables, and paired, of course, with one of the region’s fine wines.

Accommodation: Herdade do Touril, Zambujeira do Mar
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Parque Natural do Costa Vicentina: Praia de Odeceixe to Zambujeira do Mar; 9 miles, easy to moderate (with challenging sections), 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 (with challenging sections), same elevation gain/loss or Praia da Amalia to Zambujeira do Mar; 4 miles, easy to moderate, same elevation gain/loss

After another hearty breakfast, transfer to Ponta em Branco, the White Summit—so named for the distinct color of its sediment. From this dramatic perch, gaze upon Praia de Odeceixe. One of the area’s most beautiful beaches, which strikes a stunning pose against the backdrop of Mount Fóia, the highest point of the Serra de Monchique range. Nearby, the scenic Seix stream delineates the Alentejo and Algarve regions of Portugal.

Today’s walk is more undulating (and challenging!) as you ascend and descend to and from beaches of unimaginable beauty. Follow packed-dirt trails through pine, evergreen, oak, and eucalyptus forest, and deep-sand paths through heath landscapes that hug the shore. It promises to be an invigorating day of inspiring vistas with ample surprises; perhaps you’ll even spot a surfer or two at Praia do Carvalhal. From Praia Odeceixe, continue walking the Fishermen’s Trail cliffs, formed over millennia by compressed sand, clay, and ash that once lay at the bottom of an ancient ocean. Gold-sand beaches caressed by white, cresting waves unfold below. You might see the hanging ropes the locals use to access the sands and harvest shellfish.

Pause for a break and a cold drink at an outdoor restaurant in Azenha do Mar, which rests on an arresting natural fishing harbor encircled by towering rocks. Those preferring a slightly shorter walk today will begin here instead of at Praia Odeceixe. As you continue, you might encounter an endemic rabbit species from which all other rabbits are believed to have descended. Follow scenic footpaths to Praia da Amalia beach, which is difficult to access except by foot. This beach, also the starting point for the day’s shortest walk option, was named for the house perched above, built by the beloved fado singer, Amalia Rodrigues. Renew yourself with a swim in the cool surf or wade in to refresh your feet and legs. After time here, continue through more magnificent vistas. Your walk concludes in Zambujeira do Mar. Take time to linger in a café or peruse the small shops, then return to your hotel where you refresh and relax before dinner at a favorite restaurant featuring bounty from the sea.

Accommodation: Herdade do Touril, Zambujeira do Mar
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Parque Natural do Costa Vicentina: Cavaleiro to Praia do Almograve; 5 miles, easy to moderate

After breakfast, you travel north to the Setúbal Peninsula, stopping en route for another walk along the Fishermen’s Trail. Today, you’ll make your way from Cavaleiro to Praia do Almograve, along a dramatic route with contrasting sights—black rock outcrops and vast expanses of golden, shifting sands. As the trail nudges near the edge of the beach, you’ll pass by rock pools teeming with marine life. Further inland, you’ll find the landscape blanketed by “ice” plants with colorful flowers that shimmer in the sunlight as though encased in ice. Approaching the fishing harbor of Porto das Lapas das Pombas, local traditions come to life, as fishermen pull in the catch of the day in a picturesque setting.

Refuel over a lunch of local specialties in the village of Almograve before continuing (via a two-hour minibus transfer) to your final destination—a luxurious wine-producing estate (quinta) that transforms its grapes into the peninsula’s renowned vintages. Settle in to your beautifully appointed room in the 17th-century manor house (or adjacent annex) and relax or take a stroll around the expansive grounds.

Reunite for the evening in the hotel’s elegant restaurant where you savor a meal that may incorporate traditional recipes from the estate’s library paired, of course, with a glass or two of one of the property’s vintages.

Accommodation: Casa Palmela, Setúbal
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Espichel Cape; 5 miles, easy to moderate, maximum elevation gain and loss of 985 ft.

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast, perhaps with a cup of café com leite, a Portuguese coffee-and-milk drink similar to a latte. Then, depart for this morning’s gorgeous walk along the Cabo Espichel, or Espichel Cape. Located on the southwestern tip of the Setúbal Peninsula, you’ll make your way through a primitive landscape of wind-blasted trees and towering cliffs with blue ocean waters glistening below. The peninsula boasts a series of spectacular hiking trails (your guide will choose the best route depending on the weather and trail conditions). Highlights along the way include the Cabo Espichel Lighthouse, the Chapel of Ermida da Memória, and two sets of dinosaur footprint fossils.

Lunch is at the restaurant of your choice in the picturesque fishing port of Sesimbra, nestled at the foothills of the Serra da Arrábida Natural Park. Your guides provide recommendations of where to try a meal of fried cuttlefish or another catch of the day. Then, return to your hotel with a stop en route in Azeitão for a wine tasting (and maybe a sample of the famous local cheese) and the opportunity to explore the town. Stop in at an artisan’s workshop for a closer look at the tile-making or other artisanal crafts and, perhaps, pick up a souvenir. Back at your accommodation, you’ll have time to relax in one of the hotel’s common spaces or poolside, a glass of the area’s famous muscatel in hand, or indulge in a spa treatment before gathering for a festive evening celebration to toast the week’s adventures.

Accommodation: Casa Palmela, Setúbal
Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

You depart this morning for Lisbon, Portugal’s vibrant capital, where you bid adeus (farewell) to your guides and travel companions to enjoy an evening on your own and an overnight in the city. The area around your hotel offers ample choices for lunch and dinner on your own.

Accommodation: Hotel Sofitel Lisbon Liberdade (or Heritage Avenida Liberdade Hotel, October 4-10, 2021 tour only)
Included Meals: Breakfast

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

Mon, Apr 19 to Sun, Apr 25 - 2021

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Parques de Sintra forest walk; 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 (or Heritage Avenida Liberdade Hotel, October 4-10, 2021 tour only) 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 Parques de Sintra (Sintra Forest).

Following a short introductory meeting, you and your fellow adventurers travel 45 minutes to Cabo da Roca. The westernmost point of Europe, until the 14th century the Cabo da Roca was believed to be the end of the world. After a brief stop to admire this rugged coastline, continue (20 minutes) to the cool green hills of the Serra de Sintra, a stunning coastal mountain range. Nestled among the northern slopes, forested ravines and bubbling springs, Sintra’s pastel-hued buildings evoke images from a colorful storybook. It’s easy to understand why this scenic corner of Portugal was a favored summer retreat for kings. The stunning palaces they’ve left behind dominate this luxuriant landscape. Superb for exploring on foot, the historical area is rich in sublime scenery—forests of eucalyptus, acacia, and pine stretch to rocky outcrops with distant ocean views. Scattered among the opulent royal palaces is an impressive array of cultural and historical sights, from stately manses and royal hunting lodges to hillside castles. Walking through this fairy tale is pure pleasure; it even inspired Lord Byron, who proclaimed it a “glorious Eden”, to pen his epic poem Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage.

Your trail leads into Sintra’s Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, where you stop for a lunch of local specialties, enjoyed on a scenic outdoor terrace. The town’s remarkable heart, the Palace of Sintra, lies just below. Though its distinctive, bottle-shaped chimneys may seem odd, the rest, as you discover while touring it, is grace personified. Gothic, Moorish, and Manueline styles have been added and tweaked since the 14th century when João I first built this retreat. This sprawling complex was home to the Portuguese royal family until the 1880s.

Later, a nearly two-hour drive delivers you to Évora, capital of the Alentejo region, and your base for the next two nights. Your boutique hotel was fashioned out of a palatial house located beside a 16th-century aqueduct within the city walls. Like the town itself, the hotel beautifully blends historical and contemporary styles.

After time to settle in and refresh, step out to the heart of Évora, and savor a memorable welcome dinner at a special restaurant near the town’s Roman temple. Your meal features locally sourced ingredients paired with wine from the restaurant’s own winery.

Accommodation: M’AR De AR Aqueduto Hotel & Spa, Évora
Included Meals: Lunch, Dinner

4-5 miles, easy to moderate and 2 miles, easy

Today’s walk in the Alentejo traverses typical Mediterranean landscapes dotted with cypress, pomegranate, fig, and ancient olive trees. You depart from the tiny, rural village of Outeiro and soon reach the first of many dolmens and menhirs scattered across the surrounding plains. The area boasts nearly 150 of these carved-rock monoliths and piled structures. Similar to those found in western Ireland, they date from the third and fourth millennia.

A sustained 30-minute climb along a cobbled path brings you to the picturesque hilltop village of Reguengos de Monsaraz, designated the European Wine Capital in 2015. (Your minibus and driver provide a lift up to the village for those who prefer to skip the climb.) From this vantage point you see a huge, modern dam and the Alqueva Lake on one side, and to the East, the Spanish border. Enjoy lunch with a view, dining at a restaurant with a scenic outdoor terrace. Afterward, there is time to stroll this atmospheric village whose cobbled slate streets with whitewashed houses retain an authentic feel. Pop into artisan studios, and be sure to visit the castle, which now houses a bullring within its walls!

Upon your return to Évora, you embark on a walking tour of this fascinating town with your guides—exploring the city’s historic center, including the ancient Roman Temple of Diana (or Temple of Évora) and the Cathedral of Évora, a massive Gothic structure begun in the 12th century. You also visit the Igreja de São Francisco, which features Gothic and baroque architecture and the skeleton-adorned Chapel of Bones. Once an important city for trading and religious purposes, today, Évora is a vibrant university town. Continue exploring on your own this evening and enjoy dinner at a restaurant of your choice, with recommendations from your guides.

Accommodation: M’AR De AR Aqueduto Hotel & Spa, Évora
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Parque Natural do Costa Vicentina; 4-5 miles, easy to moderate

Bid farewell to Évora and travel south (two hours) to the Parque Natural do Costa Vicentina in the southwestern region of Baixo (lower) Alentejo. Soaring cliffs blanketed with pine trees skirted by pristine beaches make this one of Europe’s best-preserved coastlines. In this undisturbed corner of Portugal, a rich biodiversity has emerged. During the next few days as you walk the Rota Vicentina, or Fishermen’s Trail, you’ll discover a stunning variety of vegetation, more than 20 species of birds, and other coastal fauna. This historical long-distance path was used by fishermen and locals to get to the best fishing areas and most-secluded beaches.

You reach the town of Cavaleiro and enjoy a midday meal of petiscos (small plates) ranging from local cheese and ham, to seafood and rice dishes. You depart on foot to begin a breathtaking few hours of coastal walking over high ledges and through brush kissed by salty sea air. This is seaside Portugal at its most wild and you’re sure to marvel at its unspoiled drama at every turn. Along this section of the Fishermen’s Trail, you’ll make your way from the Cabo Sardão lighthouse to high, dramatic cliffs on a path of red-hued earth and sandstone. As you walk, keep watch for the many species of bird that nest here: jackdaw, shag, common kestrel, peregrine falcon, and the pure rock dove (the original species of pigeon). Storks, too, have created a unique habitat here—this is the only place in the world where they nest on cliffs. Take your time and absorb the magnificent beauty at an easy pace, lingering at scenic outlooks or following paths down to inviting beaches.

You arrive on foot at your hotel—a cattle-breeding working estate run by the same family since 1826. Set on a tranquil 900 acres within view of the Atlantic Ocean, its thoughtful design keeps you connected to the Alentejo’s rural beauty, with outdoor terraces and open spaces that afford breathtaking views. Enjoy a welcome drink as the sun sets the sky ablaze while it disappears behind the Atlantic. Then, make your way to your hotel’s cozy restaurant for a delicious dinner of fresh cod (prepared one of 365 ways!) served with local seasonal vegetables, and paired, of course, with one of the region’s fine wines.

Accommodation: Herdade do Touril, Zambujeira do Mar
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Parque Natural do Costa Vicentina: Praia de Odeceixe to Zambujeira do Mar; 9 miles, easy to moderate (with challenging sections), 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 (with challenging sections), same elevation gain/loss or Praia da Amalia to Zambujeira do Mar; 4 miles, easy to moderate, same elevation gain/loss

After another hearty breakfast, transfer to Ponta em Branco, the White Summit—so named for the distinct color of its sediment. From this dramatic perch, gaze upon Praia de Odeceixe. One of the area’s most beautiful beaches, which strikes a stunning pose against the backdrop of Mount Fóia, the highest point of the Serra de Monchique range. Nearby, the scenic Seix stream delineates the Alentejo and Algarve regions of Portugal.

Today’s walk is more undulating (and challenging!) as you ascend and descend to and from beaches of unimaginable beauty. Follow packed-dirt trails through pine, evergreen, oak, and eucalyptus forest, and deep-sand paths through heath landscapes that hug the shore. It promises to be an invigorating day of inspiring vistas with ample surprises; perhaps you’ll even spot a surfer or two at Praia do Carvalhal. From Praia Odeceixe, continue walking the Fishermen’s Trail cliffs, formed over millennia by compressed sand, clay, and ash that once lay at the bottom of an ancient ocean. Gold-sand beaches caressed by white, cresting waves unfold below. You might see the hanging ropes the locals use to access the sands and harvest shellfish.

Pause for a break and a cold drink at an outdoor restaurant in Azenha do Mar, which rests on an arresting natural fishing harbor encircled by towering rocks. Those preferring a slightly shorter walk today will begin here instead of at Praia Odeceixe. As you continue, you might encounter an endemic rabbit species from which all other rabbits are believed to have descended. Follow scenic footpaths to Praia da Amalia beach, which is difficult to access except by foot. This beach, also the starting point for the day’s shortest walk option, was named for the house perched above, built by the beloved fado singer, Amalia Rodrigues. Renew yourself with a swim in the cool surf or wade in to refresh your feet and legs. After time here, continue through more magnificent vistas. Your walk concludes in Zambujeira do Mar. Take time to linger in a café or peruse the small shops, then return to your hotel where you refresh and relax before dinner at a favorite restaurant featuring bounty from the sea.

Accommodation: Herdade do Touril, Zambujeira do Mar
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Parque Natural do Costa Vicentina: Cavaleiro to Praia do Almograve; 5 miles, easy to moderate

After breakfast, you travel north to the Setúbal Peninsula, stopping en route for another walk along the Fishermen’s Trail. Today, you’ll make your way from Cavaleiro to Praia do Almograve, along a dramatic route with contrasting sights—black rock outcrops and vast expanses of golden, shifting sands. As the trail nudges near the edge of the beach, you’ll pass by rock pools teeming with marine life. Further inland, you’ll find the landscape blanketed by “ice” plants with colorful flowers that shimmer in the sunlight as though encased in ice. Approaching the fishing harbor of Porto das Lapas das Pombas, local traditions come to life, as fishermen pull in the catch of the day in a picturesque setting.

Refuel over a lunch of local specialties in the village of Almograve before continuing (via a two-hour minibus transfer) to your final destination—a luxurious wine-producing estate (quinta) that transforms its grapes into the peninsula’s renowned vintages. Settle in to your beautifully appointed room in the 17th-century manor house (or adjacent annex) and relax or take a stroll around the expansive grounds.

Reunite for the evening in the hotel’s elegant restaurant where you savor a meal that may incorporate traditional recipes from the estate’s library paired, of course, with a glass or two of one of the property’s vintages.

Accommodation: Casa Palmela, Setúbal
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Espichel Cape; 5 miles, easy to moderate, maximum elevation gain and loss of 985 ft.

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast, perhaps with a cup of café com leite, a Portuguese coffee-and-milk drink similar to a latte. Then, depart for this morning’s gorgeous walk along the Cabo Espichel, or Espichel Cape. Located on the southwestern tip of the Setúbal Peninsula, you’ll make your way through a primitive landscape of wind-blasted trees and towering cliffs with blue ocean waters glistening below. The peninsula boasts a series of spectacular hiking trails (your guide will choose the best route depending on the weather and trail conditions). Highlights along the way include the Cabo Espichel Lighthouse, the Chapel of Ermida da Memória, and two sets of dinosaur footprint fossils.

Lunch is at the restaurant of your choice in the picturesque fishing port of Sesimbra, nestled at the foothills of the Serra da Arrábida Natural Park. Your guides provide recommendations of where to try a meal of fried cuttlefish or another catch of the day. Then, return to your hotel with a stop en route in Azeitão for a wine tasting (and maybe a sample of the famous local cheese) and the opportunity to explore the town. Stop in at an artisan’s workshop for a closer look at the tile-making or other artisanal crafts and, perhaps, pick up a souvenir. Back at your accommodation, you’ll have time to relax in one of the hotel’s common spaces or poolside, a glass of the area’s famous muscatel in hand, or indulge in a spa treatment before gathering for a festive evening celebration to toast the week’s adventures.

Accommodation: Casa Palmela, Setúbal
Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Adeus! Your Portugal walking tour concludes after breakfast and a transfer to Lisbon (by 12:00 p.m.) Stay and continue exploring or depart for your onward travels.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Accommodations

Linger Longer with a Tour Extension

Portugal: Sintra, Óbidos & the Coast
Pre-Tour
Flight + Tour Combo Only
2021

2021 Pre-Tour Extension - Lisbon

  • Two nights at the Hotel Sofitel Lisbon Liberdade (October 4-10, 2021 Heritage Avenida Liberdade Hotel
  • Small-group airport and hotel transfers
  • Two breakfasts

2 Nights From $548
per person, double occupancy

Single Supplement: From $448

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

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. 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 local partners at the following (Spanish) mobile number +34 647 751 105 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.

Country Walkers provides City Information including recommendations for what to see and do in Lisbon during your stay.

Accommodation: Hotel Sofitel Lisbon Liberdade, Lisbon

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 historical wonder, as is the Torre de Belém—a fortress on the Tejo (Tagus River), also a UNESCO World Heritage site. The quirky National Coach Museum displays ornate horse carriages along with the 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.)

Accommodation: Hotel Sofitel Lisbon Liberdade, Lisbon
Included Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast, continue your exploration of Lisbon. Perhaps you’ll visit the popular Lisbon Oceanarium, where you can view the wonders of the undersea world, or ride the iconic Tram 28, people-watching as you rattle past historical buildings. As your hotel is on the city’s main avenue, described as “Portugal’s Champs Élysées” you can plan out your days’ activities knowing that sights, restaurants, and shops are always close at hand. (Lunch and dinner are on your own.)

Accommodation: Hotel Sofitel Lisbon Liberdade, Lisbon
Included Meals: Breakfast

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Morocco: Marrakesh, Foothills of the High Atlas & Essaouira

Dates & Prices

Flight + Tour Combo

10 days. Includes round-trip international airfare, airport car service, additional hotel nights with included breakfast, and your tour.

Single Supplement: From $1,548

Departing From New York, NY (JFK)

Tour Only

7 days. Includes your tour only.

Single Supplement: From $1,148

Sat, Apr 17 - Mon, Apr 26, 2021

$6,698

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Mon, Apr 19 - Sun, Apr 25, 2021

$5,298

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Sat, Apr 24 - Mon, May 3, 2021

$6,698

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Mon, Apr 26 - Sun, May 2, 2021

$5,298

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Sat, May 8 - Mon, May 17, 2021

$6,898

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Mon, May 10 - Sun, May 16, 2021

$5,498

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Sat, May 22 - Mon, May 31, 2021

$6,898

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Mon, May 24 - Sun, May 30, 2021

$5,498

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Sat, May 29 - Mon, Jun 7, 2021

$6,898

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Mon, May 31 - Sun, Jun 6, 2021

$5,498

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Sat, Sep 11 - Mon, Sep 20, 2021

$6,898

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Mon, Sep 13 - Sun, Sep 19, 2021

$5,498

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Sat, Sep 18 - Mon, Sep 27, 2021

$6,898

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Mon, Sep 20 - Sun, Sep 26, 2021

$5,498

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Sat, Sep 25 - Mon, Oct 4, 2021

$6,898

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Mon, Sep 27 - Sun, Oct 3, 2021

$5,498

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Sat, Oct 2 - Mon, Oct 11, 2021

$6,898

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Mon, Oct 4 - Sun, Oct 10, 2021

$5,498

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Sat, Oct 9 - Mon, Oct 18, 2021

$6,898

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Mon, Oct 11 - Sun, Oct 17, 2021

$5,498

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Sat, Oct 16 - Mon, Oct 25, 2021

$6,898

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Mon, Oct 18 - Sun, Oct 24, 2021

$5,498

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Sat, Oct 23 - Mon, Nov 1, 2021

$6,898

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Mon, Oct 25 - Sun, Oct 31, 2021

$5,498

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