Medieval hilltop castle of Arraiolos, Portugal, Alentejo
Bikers cycling along in Portugal
Serra da Arrábida, Portugal
Family posing with a surfboard on the beach
Boats sitting in a river in Portugal
Horseback riding on a beach in Portugal
Family resting while hiking in Portugal
Aerial view of a valley in Portugal
Streetcar in Lisbon, Portugal
Group of people doing yoga
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Portugal Multi-Adventure Tour - For Families with Teens & Kids

Alentejo Countryside & the Atlantic Coast

Family — Teens & Kids

6 days 5 nights

Activity Levels 1-3

Premiere Hotels

From: $5,199 pp dbl occ

($1,000 for sgl occ)

Warm beaches and sun-drenched landscapes. Portugal has unlimited ways to venture beyond the crowds. Bring your family and pedal through serene hillsides. Hike trails along the sea. Learn to surf the rolling waves. Sample Portuguese cuisine. Wander friendly local towns. Indulge in the fresh catch of the day, every day. This is the good life.

Bike
Walk/Hike
Kayak
Surf
Yoga
Portugal Family Multi-Adventure Tour
Portugal Family Multi-Adventure Tour

Portugal

Start/End Lisbon

Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.

Highlights

  • Hike the emerald shrub-blanketed hills of the Portuguese coast and take in stunning views of the Atlantic 
  • Bike amid lost-in-time landscapes and wander World Heritage towns in the Alentejo, Portugal’s enchanting agricultural heart
  • Immerse yourself in the charms of Portugal’s central coast—paddle peaceful bays, meet surfers and play on a sandy beach at sunset
  • Discover the best of the region’s food and drink, everything from fresh seafood to olive oil samplings to Portugal's delicious red and white wines
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Itinerary

Accommodations may vary based on departure date.
6 Days Premiere Hotels*
Accommodations may vary based on departure.
Days 1-2
Description

Meet in Lisbon, Portugal’s stylish capital city | Journey toward the Atlantic coast | Ride rolling hills along parts of the Camino de Santiago, a famous pilgrimage of medieval origin | Cycle family-friendly routes through sleepy towns and iconic Alentejo landscapes | Visit Santiago de Cacem, an ancient city with Roman ruins | Learn about Portuguese olive oil and sample various types | Adults taste local wines at a classic Portuguese finca while the youngsters join our Kids Adventure Leader for an afternoon of fun.

Accommodations
View of pool and hotel Octant Santiago
Octant Santiago
Santiago do Cacém
| *Casual Plus Hotel

Located with perfect views of the Santiago de Cacem city center, this property has modern accents and an open kitchen serving flavorful traditional Alentejo cuisine. (pool) 

Days 3-4
Description

Trek along the rugged coast of southwest Alentejo | Sip a coffee or fresh squeezed orange juice in the charming fishing town of Porto Covo | Pause to take in groves of cork oak tree—this region produces nearly half the world’s cork | Sample the catch of the day in the town of Arrifana, a dramatic coastal village with classic whitewashed houses | Awaken your muscles and mind in an all-levels yoga class | Learn to ride a wave at a beginner’s surf lesson.

Accommodations
View of Canals and Hotel in background
Praia do Canal Nature Resort
Aljezur
| Premiere Hotel

Nestled in a breathtaking landscape that stretches from a plateau to the ocean, this nature-inspired refuge is the perfect place to rejuvenate. (pool, spa)

Days 5-6
Description

Walk the cobblestoned streets of Silves, a town famous for its intact Moorish castle | Explore the famous cliff formations of the Algarve as you kayak by impressive coastal caves | Luxuriate at our fabulous hotel, perhaps opting for a spa treatment | Hike along limestone cliffs | Return to Lisbon to enjoy its elegant boulevards, tiny cobblestone streets and knock-out shopping and dining.

Accommodations
View of sculptural W shaped entrance
W Algarve
Albufeira
| Premiere Hotel

Just a five-minute walk from the beach, the layout of this hotel is built for feasting the eyes with rooftop pools overlooking the ocean, curated artwork and a variety of gorgeous Algarve tiles. (spa, pool) 

Dates & Prices

The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind — you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due. View cancellation policy

Click on dates for pricing, itinerary variations and to book your trip. Price is per person, double occupancy.

Activity Level: 1-3

Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. Several routes and a range of levels are offered each day so you can choose how much or how little activity you want to do. Learn more about how we determine activity levels.

Route notes

Portugal's landscape is characterized by constant rises and valleys, and the continuously rolling terrain, as well as high heat in the summer months, can make routes feel more challenging than the mileage may suggest.

Daily Route Options

Day 1
Biking
Level 1 | 22 miles | 1000 ft. gain
Day 2
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 8 miles | 700 ft. gain
Other
Olive Oil Tasting (1 hour)
Just For Kids
Games & Adventure (1 hour)
Day 3
Biking
Level 2 | 33 miles | 2000 ft. gain
Day 4
Surfing
Beginner's Class (2 hours)
Yoga
(1 hour)
Walking & Hiking
Level 2 | 6 miles | 700 ft. gain
Day 5
Kayaking
& Zodiac in the Bay of Setúbal (2 hours)
Level 2 | 30 miles | 2000 ft. gain
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 7 miles | 700 ft. gain
Day 6
Walking & Hiking
Montemor Hike (2 hours)
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
at Santo André Lagoon (2 hours)

What's Included

Available Bike Options

The key to a stellar day's ride is a bike that's perfectly in tune with your cycling style… Backroads has you covered with the best bike fleet in the world! Read on for bike options specific to this trip (click the arrow to see more). Please note that bike requests are subject to availability and prioritized based on the date they're submitted.

Backroads Performance Road Bike
Backroads Performance Road Bike
Performance Road Bike

Included in your trip price

This custom-designed titanium bike is lightweight and responsive, featuring Shimano Ultegra Di2 electronic shifting, 11-speed compact gearing, a premium Mavic Ksyrium Pro wheelset and a full carbon fork. 

Backroads Touring Bike
Backroads Touring Bike
Touring Bike

Included in your trip price

A proven classic, our most popular custom-designed titanium bike is suited for a wide range of cyclists. It features a comfortable ergonomic seat and a long wheel base that add to the bike’s control and stability.

Backroads Electric-Assist Bike
Backroads Electric-Assist Bike
Electric-Assist Bike

Included in your trip price

Keep pace or zip ahead, pedaling with an electric boost. This bike provides plenty of power to flatten the hills and more than enough battery range to cover the distance.
Min. age to ride e-bike: 16+

Child's Bike
Child's Bike
Kids' Bikes

Included in your trip price

Backroads is the only travel company to manufacture its own line of kid's bikes. While the wheels might be small, the performance is big—it's the perfect choice for kids. On our Family Trips, you'll find 20" and 24" bikes.

Burley Kazoo Trailer Bike
Burley Kazoo Trailer Bike
Trailer Bike

Included in your trip price

The Burley Kazoo trailer bike, for children up to 85 pounds, attaches to an adult bike with your child providing some of the pedal power for a real team effort! It's ideal for kids who aren't yet ready for bike touring. 

Also Included

  • All breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Expertise and services of our experienced Trip Leaders
  • Snacks and beverages between meals
  • Additional guides and experts from the region on many trips
  • Van shuttles to support a variety of route options
  • Comprehensive Travel Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at museums, historic sites, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the Travel Planner
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Special events, including wine tastings and other select attractions as mentioned in the Travel Planner
  • On biking and multi-adventure trips, use of fully equipped Backroads titanium bike plus helmet and accessories
  • Trailercycles, carriers, and kid-sized helmets for Family Trips
  • Equipment and experienced guides for kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, sailing and canoeing as described
  • Park and other entry fees
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the Travel Planner
  • Select coach transfers
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Straight talk

We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Accommodations & Service Standards

The slower pace, relaxed approach to life and old-world qualities in Portugal are some of the highlights of this spectacular region and are reflected in the hotels and restaurants on this trip. That said, service can lack a sense of urgency when compared with the service found in other parts of Europe. Additionally, while the Premiere hotels we've chosen are some of the finest in the country, they may seem a bit simpler than the Backroads European standard. The same can be said for Portuguese cuisine, which is traditionally a celebration of local flavors but is also bit more rustic than other places we visit in Europe.

Weather & Activities

Due to variable ocean tides and weather conditions, the day and time of activities may vary somewhat by departure.

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