Easygoing Walking Tour Portugal
Easygoing Walking Tour Portugal
Easygoing Walking Tour Portugal
Easygoing Walking Tour Portugal
Portugeuse cuisine - Portugal Walking and Hiking Tour
Portugal Walking and Hiking Tour
Portugal Walking and Hiking Tour
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Portugal Easygoing Walking Tour

Dolce Tempo Journey from Lisbon to Porto

Couples, Friends & Solos

6 days 5 nights

Activity Level: 1-2

Premiere Hotels

From: $4,999 - $5,399 pp dbl occ

($850 for sgl occ)

The earth is generous in Portugal. It's a land of lush forests and fertile farmland, of stunning Moorish castles and placid rivers rolling toward the Atlantic. Come see the Portuguese Riviera and the Douro River Valley. Explore the heart of the Iberian Peninsula, where people have thousands of years of practice at living well. This ancient land is extending an invitation. All you have to say is obrigado—thank you.   

Portugal Easygoing Walking Tour map
Portugal Easygoing Walking Tour map


Start Lisbon / End Porto

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


Refreshingly Active Adventures
Stroll iconic footpaths through verdant landscapes with incredible vistas, from the opulent estates of Sintra on the Portuguese Riviera to the lush vineyards and winding waterways of the Douro River Valley.

Immersive Travel
Learn about Portugal's fascinating culture through wine tastings, guided tours, stops in local villages, and explorations of World Heritage sites, including the university town of Coimbra and the romantic historic center of Porto.

Unique Hotels & Delectable Dining
Relax in luxury at our collection of premiere hotels—from former palaces to working wineries—and savor incredible fusions of contemporary and traditional gastronomy.


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

Begin your Portuguese adventure in lively Lisbon | Stop by a beautiful Franciscan convent, carved into the rock bed and built partially from local cork oak | Discover stunning Sintra and the unforgettable Palácio Monserrate | Follow a winding trail to Cabo da Roca, the westernmost site in mainland Europe | Experience the aristocratic past of the region on a guided tour of Pena Palace | End the day at our regal old-world hotel with a glass of local wine and an unforgettable meal of classic Portuguese cuisine.

Aerial view of Tivoli Palacio de Seteais
Tivoli Palácio de Seteais
| Premiere Hotel

A former 18th-century palace, this elegant old-world hotel offers a resplendent atmosphere and views of the Sintra mountains and the Castle of the Moors. Massage services available. (pool)

Day 3

Explore the riverside charm of the village of Candal | Hike through misty forested hills pausing for a picnic lunch in the fairytale town of Talasnal | Our afternoon route winds its way to Lousã Castle, a medieval fortress with stone towers rising into the sky | Soak up the opulent atmosphere of our hotel and perhaps indulge in a spa treatment | Take a guided tour of the World Heritage site of Coimbra, known for its historic and hallowed university.

Exterior view of hotel Quinta das Lágrimas at night.
Quinta das Lágrimas
| Premiere Hotel

Relax at this palatial Small Luxury Hotels of the World member where, according to medieval lore, an epic love once flourished. (pool, spa)

Days 4-6

Stroll trails hemmed in by fields of wine grapes | Explore the ruins of a towering parish church and take-in views of vineyards, tiny stone-walled villages and farms | Enjoy lunch at a traditional Portuguese tavern | Wander along a section of trail that highlights Portugal's best preserved historic watermills | Spend an afternoon at the spa or pool, nestled in a landscape of rolling vineyards | Sample wines made from grapes grown on our hotel's grounds | Experience a guided tour of Porto, a World Heritage city with splendid architecture and a rich history.


Monverde Wine Experience Hotel
Monverde Wine Experience Hotel
| Premiere Hotel

Appropriately named and with impeccable hospitality, this beautiful hotel is designed to engage all your senses in Portugal's spectacular wine country. (pool, spa)

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.

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October 2023
Oct 17 - Oct 22
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Activity Level: 1-2

Our Dolce Tempo walking activities allow you to leisurely explore local hidden gems and to get away from the crowds, experiencing the essence of your location on your own terms and at your own pace. Easier than our other trips, but still wonderfully active, route options typically include 2-3 hours of walking per day. Your trip is fully supported with dedicated Trip Leaders, vans, meticulously selected routes and downloadable GPS files available for use on your own device.

Route notes

The terrain on this trip varies from relatively level to rolling hills with some steeper climbs and descents on dirt and paved pathways, cobblestones, wooden walkways and occasionally, stairs. We are likely to encounter sections of uneven footing in the form of rocks, roots and possibly mud.

Daily Activity Options

* Includes shuttle.
Day 1
Level 1 | 3 miles* | 100 ft. gain
Level 2 | 4 miles | 300 ft. gain
Day 2
Level 1 | 3 miles* | 200 ft. gain
Level 2 | 6 miles* | 500 ft. gain
Level 3 | 8 miles | 600 ft. gain
Private Guided Tour of Pena Palace (1 Hour)
Day 3
Level 2 | 4 miles | 1700 ft. gain
Guided Tour of Coimbra (1 Hour)
Day 4
Level 1 | 4 miles* | 1000 ft. gain
Level 2 | 5 miles* | 1400 ft. gain
Day 5
Level 1 | 3 miles* | 200 ft. gain
Level 3 | 7 miles* | 1000 ft. gain
Day 6
Guided Tour of Porto (1½ Hours)

What's Included

  • All breakfasts, 5 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. 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.

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