Taste of Portugal Adventure for Women

ADVENTURE DETAILS
TRIP DATES:
October 11-19, 2024
LOCATION: Portugal, Europe
PRICE: $4,595

Taste your way through a sunny autumn adventure in Portugal…

Portugal, a southern European country on the Iberian Peninsula, borders Spain. Its location on the Atlantic Ocean has influenced many aspects of its culture: salt cod and grilled sardines are national dishes, the Algarve’s beaches are a major destination and much of the nation’s architecture dates to the 1500s–1800s, when Portugal had a powerful maritime empire. We like it here in the Fall when the sun is still shining, the weather is warm, and many of the crowds have dispersed.  If your idea of good travel includes friendly locals who generally speak English, a rich culture, a thriving urban scene, seaside resort towns, exotic architecture, windswept castles, and fresh seafood with chilled wine on a beach at sunset…you’ve chosen the right destination! We’ll hike, discover wonderful sites, enjoy a cooking class with the locals, experience an e-bike ride through a lovely town, kayak in Obidos, and of course enjoy the fabulous food & wines of this luscious region. A visit to Portugal isn’t complete without an iconic dinner with FADO.. of course we’ll do that too! Join us on this active trip with a lean towards tasting our way through our favorite slice of Europe.

Taste of Portugal Activities at a Glance

  • Explore castles & monuments

  • Cooking class with locals

  • Kayak in Obidos lagoon

  • Superior accommodations

  • Hike in Serra dos Candeeiros

  • Ebike & hike seaside by Sintra

  • Fado performance with dinner

  • Photographer’s delight

Taste of Portugal Itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Lisbon! Our local guide will pick us up at the airport and transfer us to our lovely hotel. We’ll get you checked into your rooms and have a group meet up for introductions. Next we’re off to our welcome dinner and the beginning of a wonderful week together.  Overnight Lisbon.

Day 2

After a delicious breakfast, we’ll explore Lisbon’s World Heritage area on a guided tour that unveils the city’s rich history and cultural treasures. Wander through the charming streets of Alfama, the oldest district, where narrow alleys lead to historic landmarks like São Jorge Castle. Discover the architectural wonders of Belém, home to the iconic Tower of Belém and the Jerónimos Monastery. We’ll enjoy lunch as we immerse ourselves in the unique atmosphere while learning about Lisbon’s maritime past, architectural marvels, and vibrant traditions. We’ll transfer to the beautiful town of Cascais and get checked into our lodging where we’ll enjoy a beautiful sunset and dinner! Overnight Cascais.

 Day 3

We start our day with a delicious breakfast and begin with a lovely ride along the sea on an e-bike. We’ll have full instructions on how to use them – they’re easy and fun! This 9 to 10 mile ride affords beautiful views and we’ll stop for a picnic lunch by the Atlantic ocean. After that we are transferred to Sintra (about 30 minutes drive time) to visit the Monserrate Palace, a fairy-tale castle perched atop the Sintra Mountains, blending Moorish and Romantic architectural styles. With its whimsical turrets, intricate carvings, and vibrant colors, the palace stands as a symbol of 19th-century Romanticism. Surrounded by lush gardens, the palace offers breathtaking panoramic views of Sintra. We’ll enjoy a short hike to Peninha, a breathtaking vantage point atop the Serra de Sintra mountains, offering panoramic views that encompass the Atlantic Ocean, Sintra’s lush forests, and the picturesque coastline. Another photographer’s delight moment as we enjoy the serene and peaceful atmosphere while taking in the beauty of the natural surroundings. After this full day, we’ll transfer back to Cascais to relax and have dinner. Overnight Cascais.

Day 4

After breakfast, we’re heading back to the area of Sintra to embark on a captivating hike of between 4 to 5 miles in the Sintra Mountains. The trail takes us through lush forests and scenic landscapes, offering a combination of nature and history. As we ascend, enjoy panoramic views of Sintra and the surrounding coastline. Upon reaching the Moorish Castle, explore its ancient walls and towers, dating back to the 8th and 9th centuries. The castle provides not only a glimpse into Portugal’s Moorish past but also spectacular vistas of the Sintra region. It’s a rewarding and immersive experience for both hiking enthusiasts and history buffs alike. After lunch we are transferred  (about an hour drive time) to Obidos.  Here we’ll enjoy a guided walking tour of the city and her highlights, then check into our cool, unique hotel. We’ll regroup for another wonderful dinner. Overnight Obidos.

Day 5

After breakfast, we’ll start our day with a kayaking adventure in the Óbidos Lagoon, Portugal. We’ll have our introduction and safety basics, and board our kayaks. Paddle through the serene waters surrounded by the natural beauty of the lagoon and its diverse ecosystem. The experience offers a perfect blend of tranquility and excitement as you navigate through the scenic landscapes, salt marshes, and sandy beaches. Suitable for all skill levels, this kayaking experience allows us to connect with nature, spot local wildlife, and enjoy stunning views of the surrounding coastal area. It’s a unique and active way to explore the natural wonders of Obidos Lagoon. We’ll have lunch and enjoy some free time this afternoon. This evening, we’ll discover the essence of Portuguese cuisine as we participate in a cooking class while surrounded by the picturesque and historic setting of Obidos. The local produce is fresh and delicious we cook together and then eat what we have prepared for dinner. Yum!  Overnight Obidos.

Day 6

After breakfast, we are hiking at São Martinho do Porto, a coastal trail that combines natural beauty with cultural exploration. The journey of 4 to 5 miles takes us through picturesque landscapes, including rolling hills, coastal cliffs, and sandy shores. A photographer’s delight as we enjoy panoramic views and discover charming villages along the way. The trail allows us to experience the diverse terrain of the Silver Coast, offering a perfect blend of outdoor adventure and cultural discovery. After lunch we visit Nazare beach, a world-renowned coastal gem famous for its dramatic scenery and towering waves. Beyond its natural beauty, Nazare is globally recognized for its colossal waves, attracting surfers seeking a thrilling challenge. The town itself exudes a laid-back charm, offering seaside cafes, vibrant markets, and traditional fishing boats. A lovely place to explore on foot. We’ll check into our seaside hotel and have another delicious dinner.  Overnight Nazare.

Day 7

After breakfast, we’ll enjoy another beautiful hike in Serra dos Candeeiros, where rugged limestone landscapes meet breathtaking views. We’ll take the 3 to 4 mile trail that winds through this mountain range, offering panoramic views of valleys, limestone formations, and lush greenery. We’ll visit an ancient cave, and marvel at the unique geological features. The Serra dos Candeeiros hike provides a serene escape into nature, with diverse flora and fauna adding to the scenic allure. Later that day we have about a one hour drive time transfer to Tomar. Here we’ll visit the Convent of Christ, originally a Templar stronghold, and a UNESCO World Heritage site, that stands as a masterpiece of Manueline architecture. It boasts intricate detailing, and is a symbol of Portugal’s rich history, showcasing both Templar and Renaissance influences. We’ll check into our boutique hotel and enjoy dinner. Overnight Tomar.

Day 8

After breakfast, we say farewell to the Portuguese countryside and are transferred to Lisbon (approximately 1.5 hours drive time). Here we will have a chance to enjoy a free afternoon exploring the city’s diverse offerings at your own pace.  Stroll through historic neighborhoods where narrow streets lead to charming cafes to have lunch. Visit iconic landmarks or take a tram ride through the picturesque streets. Alternatively, spend time shopping in trendy districts like Baixa or Chiado, where boutiques and markets offer a variety of unique finds. We’ll meet back up at a set time and get checked into our hotel to relax and get ready for our very special evening. As we indulge in a delicious meal at a traditional Portuguese restaurant, we’ll be serenaded by the melancholic and heartfelt tunes of Fado music and singing. Our farewell dinner with this iconic music genre, characterized by its emotional vocals and expressive guitar accompaniment, provides a captivating experience. Wow, what a way to bring this amazing week to a close. Overnight Lisbon.

Day 9

After breakfast we’ll have a hotel to airport transfer depending on the group’s flight departure times – or stay and play in luscious Lisbon or points beyond!

What’s Included:

  • 9 days / 8 nights fully guided tour with an English speaking local guide and a US Canyon Calling Rep
  • All transportation as outlined in the itinerary
  • All accommodations, double occupancy (single occupancy available)
  • All meals from dinner on Day 1 through breakfast on Day 9 (exception: 1 lunch)
  • All activities and gear as outlined in the itinerary
  • All activity guides, and activity guide gratuities
  • All entrance fees, permits, and taxes

What’s Not Included:

  • Round-trip transport to/from Lisbon, Portugal
  • Alcoholic beverages and other items of a personal nature
  • Gratuity to your local Guide at the end of the tour

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