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The Best of Portugal - Walking Holiday

Region: Europe // Dates: 18 October - 05 November 2019
The Best of Portugal Walking Holiday

Over 19 days we immerse ourselves in the best of nature, culture, regional food and wine that Portugal has to offer. We begin in romantic Porto, with its medieval Ribeira district, bustling plazas and Baroque churches. We explore the country’s past and marvel at the origins of its architecture in the historical town of Guimaraes. In Douro Valley, we enjoy the comfort of luxury accommodation, being spoilt with gourmet meals, walks through vineyards and rural farms, and taking the opportunity for local boat trips. Following old stone walls and small villages we find ourselves in the beautiful 12th century historical village of Marialva, complete with a lofty castle, narrow cobbled streets and a cluster of granite-built houses. At Faia Brava Natural Reserve, we search for Griffon vulture and Bonelli’s eagle and visit the pilgrim village of Castelo Rodrigo. Dubbed the most ‘Portuguese town in Portugal’, we wander the cobbled streets of Monsanto. With granite houses squeezed between and under giant boulders – it looks like a real life Bedrock. We follow ancient Roman roads, which transport us to the fortified village of Marvao. Through chestnut groves, along ancient pathways we visit Castelo de Vide. This impressive castle, surrounded by the town’s white houses, dominates the surrounding landscape. After explorative walks around the megalithic structures of Almendres Cromlech, we enter the enchanted town of Evora and delve into its dynamic esplanades, vibrant art scene and colourful handicraft stores. The sleepy seaside fishing village of Zambujeira do Mar is our base for dramatic cliff walks along the Alentejo and Vicentine Coast Natural Park. We finish in the capital of Lisbon, to learn more about this World Heritage listed centre and its cultural precincts.

Overview

Over 19 days we immerse ourselves in the best of nature, culture, regional food and wine that Portugal has to offer. We begin in romantic Porto, with its medieval Ribeira district, bustling plazas and Baroque churches. We explore the country’s past and marvel at the origins of its architecture in the historical town of Guimaraes. In Douro Valley, we enjoy the comfort of luxury accommodation, being spoilt with gourmet meals, walks through vineyards and rural farms, and taking the opportunity for local boat trips. Following old stone walls and small villages we find ourselves in the beautiful 12th century historical village of Marialva, complete with a lofty castle, narrow cobbled streets and a cluster of granite-built houses. At Faia Brava Natural Reserve, we search for Griffon vulture and Bonelli’s eagle and visit the pilgrim village of Castelo Rodrigo. Dubbed the most ‘Portuguese town in Portugal’, we wander the cobbled streets of Monsanto. With granite houses squeezed between and under giant boulders – it looks like a real life Bedrock. We follow ancient Roman roads, which transport us to the fortified village of Marvao. Through chestnut groves, along ancient pathways we visit Castelo de Vide. This impressive castle, surrounded by the town’s white houses, dominates the surrounding landscape. After explorative walks around the megalithic structures of Almendres Cromlech, we enter the enchanted town of Evora and delve into its dynamic esplanades, vibrant art scene and colourful handicraft stores. The sleepy seaside fishing village of Zambujeira do Mar is our base for dramatic cliff walks along the Alentejo and Vicentine Coast Natural Park. We finish in the capital of Lisbon, to learn more about this World Heritage listed centre and its cultural precincts.

Highlights

Highlights:
  • Stay in the old town of romantic Porto
  • Wander through historically significant Guimares
  • Explore World Heritage listed Douro Valley, the birthplace of Port wine
  • Enjoy half & full day pilgrim walks on village paths, Roman roads & rail trails
  • Stay in medieval villages of Marialva & Marvao
  • Explore Palaeolithic art at Foz Coa
  • Marvel the impressive granite slopes of Faia Brava Reserve
  • Discover the living museum of Monsanto & the ancient streets of Evora
  • Soak up the culture in Zambujeira do Mar on the Costa Vicentina
  • Explore World Heritage sites of Lisbon with local guides

Details

Details:

18 October - 05 November 2019 (18 nights)

Twin share/person (starts Porto / ends Lisbon)
Advanced Early Bird: A$9,850 until 22/02/2019
Early Bird: A$10,050 until 20/06/2019
Regular: A$10,350
Single Supplement: A$1,720
Note: For guests who request a single room the single supplement will be charged. For single people who prefer to share, we will try to find a suitable room-mate, but if this is not possible the single supplement surcharge will apply.

Minimum Group Size: 10 guests

Special Interest:
Botanical, History, Culture, Geology

Walk Rating:
Easy to Moderate: 5–18km per walking day with some shorter or longer options. Age is not necessarily as important as your fitness and recent walking experience, and anyone of reasonable fitness should be able to join this tour. We reserve the right to be flexible with the itinerary to allow for unforeseen circumstances including weather conditions and group fitness.

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