• Dates: May 14 - 20 2018
  • Trip Length: 7 days, 6 nights
  • Activities: Hiking
  • Guides: Kris and Francisco

Other Info:

“Drinking good wine with good food in good company is one of life’s most civilized pleasures.”  – Michael Broadbent

Believers of fate and inventors of port wine – what’s not to love about the people of Portugal? This country is famous for many of its distinct characteristics, but it is most well-known for its superbly crafted wine. Portuguese wines have unique personalities which make it easy for even the most casual wine drinker to see why they have been heavily exported and traded for hundreds of years. What makes for such refined wine? The land, of course! Portugal has that magical combination of the right soil, with the right climate, and the right grapes.
From gorgeous palaces to faded manors to lush gardens to breathtaking cliffs to pristine sandy beaches, join us as we meander our way from historically charming Lisbon to sun-kissed Lagos, hiking in national parks, vineyards, historic sites and coastlines, and stopping to sample cheese, olive oil, seafood, and of course, wine!
Check out our guide, Kerry’s, blog post where she explains why you need to explore Portugal: The Living Embodiment of a Dream Come True.

Daily Itinerary

DAY 1: Welcome to Portugal! We meet this morning, ready for hiking with our day packs prepped and our minds open as we head into the living fantasy that is Sintra.  This UNESCO World heritage site contains a stunning diversity of landscapes – from lakes and forests to sand dunes and beaches. This area is a testament to the …SEE FULL ITINERARY

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Trip Highlights

>> Hike through Portugal’s stunning landscape, from lakes and forests to sand dunes and beaches.

>> Explore delicious Portuguese wines at several winery visits and wine-paired meals.

>> Enjoy incredible cuisine including fresh seafood and delectable olive oil.

Trip Accommodations

Night 1 >> Sintra Boutique Hotel / Sintra

This hotel is centrally located and offers contemporary comfort and quiet seclusion, making it a perfect spot to relax after a long day of hiking.

Night 2 >> Pousada de Palmela / Palmela

This pousada (in Portugal this term refers to luxury accommodation in restored historical buildings) offers comfortable accommodations and sits on top of a majestic hilltop, providing impressive panoramic views of the area.

Night 3 >> Mar d'Ar Aqueduto / Evora

This 5-star hotel was once a sixteenth century palace and is located in the heart of a World Heritage UNESCO site.

Night 4 >> Estalagem de Monsaraz / Monsaraz

We love the beautiful gardens and outdoor pool here in the quiet town of Monsaraz. Traditionally decorated rooms provide beautiful views of vineyards for miles and miles.

Nights 5 & 6 >> Hotel Marina Rio / Lagos

The perfect place to end our trip! This four-star boutique hotel is close to both the beach and to historic old town Lagos. If you don't feel like walking, you can relax in their rooftop pool!

Travel Details

We meet you in Sintra (30 minutes west of Lisbon) in the morning, on the first day of the trip. We recommend arriving the day prior to explore Lisbon (the wonderful capital city) or Sintra and cushion any potential travel delays. The main airport in Lisbon (airport code LIS) is located only 15 minutes from downtown. Our tour ends in Lagos.
From here, you can return by train to Lisbon, or extend your travels. We will provide more information on transportation in the Pre-Departure Packet.

What's Included

>> A Zephyr guide accompanies each trip, with a second added as necessary.
>> Double occupancy lodging is included. If you are traveling solo, we will match you with another traveler of the same gender. However, you may pay a single supplement to have your own room.
>> All dinners (except one night), one lunch, and all breakfasts are included. Gratuity for these meals is also included. In general, we leave one dinner and most lunches open so that you have time to explore and enjoy the local flavors en route.
>> All your transportation is included once you meet your guides on the first day.
>> All group activities are included, including wine tastings and entrance fees.
>> NOT INCLUDED One dinner, beverages, desserts, most lunches, gratuities to your guides, personal expenses, and travel to and from the destination.