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Portugal Walking & Hiking Tour

Lisbon, Porto & the Douro River Valley

From $4,199 - $4,298 pp dbl. occ. | 6 days / 5 nights

(+$790 to $820 for sgl. occ.)

Lindeza. It means “prettiness” in Portuguese. And it's the best way to describe what you'll see as you hike through Sintra and into the Douro River Valley. Breathtaking natural beauty. Green hills rolling down to the dazzling Atlantic coast. Moorish castles and pastel palaces. Richly colored red wines and the champagne hues of vinho verde. From Lisbon to Porto. Que lindeza. What prettiness.   

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Highlights

  • Explore vibrant culture, cobbled streets and old-world architecture in Lisbon, Sintra, Almarante and Porto
  • Walk through picturesque countryside, where verdant landscapes enfold quiet villages and ancient Roman towns
  • Wander through the spectacular and colorfully painted Pena Palace, perched high on a hilltop, and its grand gardens
  • Enjoy the best cuisine and wine—straight from the sources—that Portugal has to offer
Portugal

Start Lisbon / End Porto

Portugal walking tour map

Itinerary

Days 1-2 Start your journey in Lisbon, an ancient city experiencing a renaissance | Hike past whitewashed houses adorned with blue tile and red terra-cotta | Discover Sintra's fairy-tale landscape and architectural highlights on an epic hike | Trek to Cabo da Roca‌, a beautiful windswept cape and the most westerly spot in mainland Europe | Complete the day with flavorful Portuguese cuisine and wines.

Days 3-4 Explore famed Pena Palace on foot | Journey to the Porto District, where a sensational experience awaits at our vineyard-ensconced hotel and spa | Hike quiet paths across Roman bridges, along a river and through peaceful forest | Discover storybook scenery while hiking along the Route of Water Mills | Get to know the Minho town of Amarante, named for its fabled history as a romantic getaway.

Days 5-6 Wake up with a morning stroll in the awe-inspiring Douro Valley | Hike along an ancient railway and be welcomed like family for lunch and wine tasting at a traditional quinta (winery) | Admire terraced vineyards amid a vast green landscape nurtured by the famous Douro River | Raise a toast to an incredible adventure before a Michelin-starred dinner at Casa da Calçada | Extend your stay in Porto, a World Heritage city with splendid architecture and a rich history.

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2019 Private Trip Pricing
  • 10 or more guests: from $4,199 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $4,899 pp dbl occ
  • 6 - 7 guests: from $6,299 pp dbl occ
  • 4 - 5 guests: from $7,399 pp dbl occ
  • 2 - 3 guests: from $9,199 pp dbl occ

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Prices

From $4,199 - $4,298 pp dbl. occ.
6 days / 5 nights

(+$790 to $820 for sgl. occ.)

Premiere Hotels

Tivoli Palacio de Satais
Tivoli Palácio de Seteais

Sintra (2 nights)

Monverde Wine Experience Hotel
Monverde Wine Experience Hotel

Telões (1 night)

Casa Calcada
Casa da Calçada

Amarante (2 nights)

Activity Level

This trip is rated Levels 1-3

What's Included

Services and equipment are included.

Why Backroads

Why Travel with Backroads in Portugal

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Tivoli Palacio de Satais

Tivoli Palácio de Seteais

Sintra (2 nights)

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)

Monverde Wine Experience Hotel

Monverde Wine Experience Hotel

Telões (1 night)

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

Casa Calcada

Casa da Calçada

Amarante (2 nights)

This beautiful property in the Douro Valley is housed in a historic building of baroque design and grandeur with a 100-year-old garden and a private vineyard. A Relais & Châteaux member. (pool, spa)

This Trip Is Rated Levels 1-3

Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next—and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.

Daily Route Options (drag to see full )

Daily Route Options
Day EASYGOING ACTIVE AVID
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 4 800 6 1400
2 4* 300 6* 600 8 700
3 3* 100 4 200
4 5* 1300 8* 1200 9* 1500
Walking Tour of Amarante (30 Minutes)
5 4* 100 7* 300 10 400
6 4* 600
 

Note: 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.

* Includes shuttle.

Learn more about how we determine our activity level and fully support a range of abilities and interests.

Please note that our distance and elevation figures come from Ride with GPS. Other sources may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies and other external factors.

Meals

All breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners

Also Included

  • 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

Get the Straight Talk about This Trip

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.

Why Travel with Backroads in Portugal

The Best Leaders in Portugal

Backroads has the best-qualified people to lead your trip in Portugal, and our guests back that up, rating our Trip Leaders an average of 9.75 out of 10 for all-around quality of performance. Get the facts (and no fluff) on how we recruit and develop the very best people for your trip.

A Variety of Routes Each Day

In Portugal you head off each morning after choosing among several expertly designed routes—all with detailed directions, mileage and shuttle options. Unlike trips with one fixed daily route (or worse, one guide that everyone's obliged to follow), you're free to enjoy the best of the region at your pace, stopping wherever you want to explore further.

Everyone at Their Own Pace

We design and support our Portugal trips to suit mixed abilities and varied interests—so you can set your own pace, then change things up as the day unfolds. And all guests are free to do the same, traveling together or apart, with no one cramping anyone else's style. Which sounds easy in theory, but it's hard to pull off. Here's more on how we do it.

Choose Your Fellow Travelers

With Backroads you won't end up with kids on what you thought was an adult trip; we have exclusive departures for families, so they're off having their own adventures. As you browse our unrivaled selection of trips and dates, you can count on finding a trip in Portugal that's geared exclusively to your choice of traveling companions.

Only the Best Hotels

On this trip featuring Premiere Hotels, you can count on the best lodgings Portugal has to offer. In fact, the hotels we've chosen in this region have higher retail room rates than those offered by any other active travel company—even when their trips cost more.

In Europe Since 1988

Backroads has been welcoming active travelers to Europe since before the Berlin Wall came down. Today it's virtually our second home. We know the perfect roads and trails, the most scenic valleys and hilltop towns, the hidden churches and gem-like museums, the up-and-coming vintners and celebrated chefs—and, of course, all the best places to stay.

We've Set the Standard

For nearly four decades we've worked to earn and maintain our right to call Backroads the world's #1 active travel company. In pursuing that vision on behalf of our guests, we believe we've set the standard for our industry—captured in the Backroads Quality Guide, which clearly sets out the benchmarks of excellence, choice and support that we live by

We Speak the Language

If we told you many companies' leaders can't actually speak the language where they lead trips, you'd say incroyable... ridicolo... không the tha thú. At Backroads, fluency in the local language is a given. Find out more on the best leader recruitment, training and development in the business. (And by the way, that was "unforgivable" in Vietnamese.)

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