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Portugal: Secrets of the Alentejo

Group Tour

8 Days From $2,975

Overview

Portugal’s Alentejo region stretches from the Rio Tejo in the south, to the northern mountains of the Algarve. Vast in its scope, it covers around a third of the country and is home to spectacular coastlines, Roman ruins and Crusader castles. This is Portugal’s garden country, blanketed in extensive fields of olives, vineyards and cork trees. It is also blessed with some of the finest coastal walking anywhere on the continent.  ...

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HIGHLIGHTS

At a glance

MEALS

7 x Breakfasts
7 x Lunches
5 x Dinners

TRANSPORT

On this tour we will use minibuses or coaster buses depending on group size, and our own two feet!

GROUP SIZE

Maximum: 12

CARBON CONTRIBUTIONS

A carbon-offsetting contribution to Eco Act for all bookings

EXPERT TEAM

The full services of a Wild Frontiers Tour Leader with local guides where appropriate

ACCOMMODATION

All accommodation as outlined in the itinerary

ACCOMMODATION

As an overall ethos, wherever possible we aim to use characterful accommodation that enhances the overall travel experience, not just offers a bed for the night. This can obviously vary dramatically from country to country and from trip to trip. On this particular trip we will be in good quality tourist hotels with plenty of charm and local character . Please note that the accommodation mentioned in the itinerary is intended as a guide only and is always subject to availability.

ENTRANCE FEES

All entrance fees for sights mentioned in the itinerary

FITNESS RATING

Moderate / High

FITNESS RATING

LOW: You should be comfortable walking around towns and cultural sites. May include some optional walks (typically 1-2hrs).

LOW/MODERATE: May be of a long duration and/or involve numerous border-crossings. May include easy/moderate day walks (up to 2-3hrs/day). You should be relatively fit and lead a generally active lifestyle.

MODERATE: May include several easy/moderate day walks (up to 2-5hrs/day) possibly at altitude. You should be relatively fit and lead a generally active lifestyle. Previous experience of similar trips helpful.

MODERATE/HIGH: May involve several days of moderate hiking (up to 3-6 hrs/day) possibly at altitude. You must be a fit and active traveller with appropriate trekking experience.

VERY HIGH: May involve several days of moderate/strenuous trekking (up to 4-7 hrs/day) possibly at altitude. You must be a very fit and active traveller with appropriate trekking experience.

Map & Itinerary

Individual departures may vary so please refer to the information in the tour specific links in the Dates and Prices section below

Portugal: Secrets of the Alentejo
EXPAND ALL ITINERARY DAYS
COLLAPSE ALL ITINERARY DAYS

DAY 1: TOUR STARTS IN ÉVORA

DAY 1: TOUR STARTS IN ÉVORA

Arriving in the Portuguese capital we depart the city and head east, towards the historic city of Évora. With a cultural pedigree dating back some five millennia, Évora’s rich heritage has seen it inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage list, and later today we’ll enjoy a walk through its wonderfully preserved old town. Founded by the Romans, conquered by the Moors and favoured by the Portuguese kings of the Christian reconquest, the town’s medieval alleyways and squares are blessed with a stunning collection of palaces, churches and charming cafes.

Mar d’ar Muralhas Hotel or similar
Lunch, Dinner

DAY 2: ÉVORA - HERDADE DO CONVENTO DE SÃO PAULO - ÉVORA

DAY 2: ÉVORA - HERDADE DO CONVENTO DE SÃO PAULO - ÉVORA

A short drive to the nearby setting of the Hotel do Convento de São Paulo this morning affords us an opportunity to learn something about the traditional production of locally made cork and tiles, as we enjoy a walk through the surrounding countryside. Lunch will be taken either at the restaurant or amongst the beautiful woodlands of this charming 14th century convent. On our return to Evora, we will take a small detour to visit Cromeleque dos Almendres, Portugal’s very own Stonehenge.

Mar d’ar Muralhas Hotel or similar
Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 3: ÉVORA - MONSARAZ. ARRABALDES DE MONSARAZ HIKE

DAY 3: ÉVORA - MONSARAZ. ARRABALDES DE MONSARAZ HIKE

To the southeast of Évora lies the charming medieval town of Monsaraz, one of the oldest in Portugal. Dominated by its 14th century castle, its white-washed houses and narrow streets overlook the waters of the Alqueva Dam and provide a spectacular starting point for today’s 10 kilometre hike around the Arrabaldes de Monsaraz. Steeped in traditional charm and scattered with olive groves and historical monuments, our hike takes us across a landscape filled with stories of Romans, Moors and the crusading Knights Templar. *(Walking distance approx 10 kms)*

Estalagem de Monsaraz Hotel or similar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4: MONSARAZ - ALQUEVA - MONSARAZ

DAY 4: MONSARAZ - ALQUEVA - MONSARAZ

The Alqueva Dam straddles the waters of the largest man-made lake in Europe. Covering some 250 square kilometres the lake, when filled to capacity, encompasses nearly 1200 kilometres of shoreline and reaches a depth of some 100 metres. It also provides us with a spectacular backdrop for today’s excursion, as we enjoy a boat ride and a hike around the lake shore. This evening we then make the most of this region’s unique ‘Dark Sky’ status with some unforgettable stargazing (weather dependent). * (Walking distance approx 12km)*

Estalagem de Monsaraz Hotel or similar
Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 5: MONSARAZ - MINAS DE SÃO DOMINGOS - MÉRTOLA

DAY 5: MONSARAZ - MINAS DE SÃO DOMINGOS - MÉRTOLA

Part of the Iberian Pyrite Belt, the São Domingos Mine has been mined for gold and silver since Roman times. Closed in the 1960s, since then its open-cast pit and mine buildings have been cultivating a rich vein of tourists instead. Today’s fascinating hike takes us through a landscape that evokes the history and lives of the old mine workings, and the miners who worked them. Afterwards we then drive on to the fortified village of Mértola, where we have some free time before dinner. *(Walking distance approx 14kms)*

Hotel Museu or similar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6: MÉRTOLA - ALMOGRAVE - VILA NOVA DE MILFONTES. HIKE PART OF THE FISHERMAN’S TRAIL

DAY 6: MÉRTOLA - ALMOGRAVE - VILA NOVA DE MILFONTES. HIKE PART OF THE FISHERMAN’S TRAIL

A drive to Vila Nova de Milfontes this morning takes us by way of a small, family style cheese ‘factory’ in Odemira. From here we then continue to Almograve, to hike part of Portugal’s famous ‘Fisherman’s Trail’. Part of the Rota Vicentina, it is considered one of the most beautiful coastal walks in the world and today we’ll enjoy exploring the section that takes us from Almograve, along the Atlantic coastline and across the Mira River. Overnight in Vila Nova de Milfontes. *(Walking distance approx 10-12kms)*

HS Milfontes Hotel or similar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7: VILA NOVA DE MILFONTES - ZAMBUJEIRA DO MAR - AZENHAS DO MAR - VILA NOVA DE MILFONTES

DAY 7: VILA NOVA DE MILFONTES - ZAMBUJEIRA DO MAR - AZENHAS DO MAR - VILA NOVA DE MILFONTES

A second full day in the area affords an opportunity to do another part of the Fisherman’s Trail, this time between Zambujeira do Mar and fishing harbour at Azenhas do Mar. Covering just under 10 kilometres, the hike takes us past the beaches of Carvalhal and Amália and along a coastline that is home to an array of carnivorous mammals including Egyptian mongoose, beech martens and otters. On arrival in Azenhas do Mar we then drive back to Vila Nova de Milfontes for our final evening. *(Walking distance approx 10kms)*

HS Milfontes Hotel or similar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8: VILA NOVA DE MILFONTES - FARO AIRPORT. TOUR ENDS

DAY 8: VILA NOVA DE MILFONTES - FARO AIRPORT. TOUR ENDS

The tour ends after breakfast. Depending on the group flight timings you may have some free time before transferring to Faro.

Breakfast

PRIVATE HOLIDAYS: DATES DON’T FIT?

All group tours can be taken on a private basis.

Additional Details

Responsible Travel

Responsible travel and sustainable tourism are fundamental ideas that Wild Frontiers has been committed to since our birth. It is our strong belief that these words should not be simply ‘tagged on’ to itineraries and websites but should be at the very core of each trip, and our adventures are therefore designed with the local people, culture and eco-system in mind. We believe that a successful trip not only delivers a unique and unsurpassable journey for our clients, but that it also benefits the peoples whose lands we are privileged to visit. For more information, please see our responsible travel page.

Getting There

If you would like us to send you a quote for the suggested tour flights or on any alternative flight that may suit you better, please let us know, noting that for our US clients, we will most likely refer you to one of our preferred partners. For this trip our suggested flights from the UK (subject to change) are shown below.

If you wish to arrange your own flights you are completely free to do so and in this case we can arrange any transfers or supplementary accommodation that you may require. However please note that if you are planning on making your own flight arrangements, we recommend that you first check with us to see if the trip is guaranteed. We then suggest that you purchase flights that are flexible and ideally refundable as due to the nature of adventure travel, itineraries and destination accessibility can change at any time. For more information, please refer to our booking conditions.
 

Flight Code Departing Arriving
BA 500 London Heathrow (LHR) 07:30 Lisbon Airport (LIS) 10:15
BA 509 Faro Airport (FAO) 17:05 London Heathrow (LHR) 19:45

Visas

Visas are necessary for many of the destinations we travel to and while we aim to provide you with the most up-to-date information, requirements frequently change and as such for the latest advice we advise that you check with the relevant embassies or contact our recommended visa agency, Travcour www.travcour.com 

For this tour UK passport holders currently do not require a visa for Portugal.

Non-UK passport holders or non-UK residents should contact the relevant embassies for individual requirements.

Further details will be sent out to you on booking, however ensuring that correct and valid visas are obtained remains the sole responsibility of the client.

Extensions

If you have more time available, why not arrive early to adjust to a new time zone or just to get a feel for the country before your tour starts? Or alternatively you might choose to allow a few extra days after the tour to relax or to undertake some further exploration.

The choice is completely yours and we can usually arrange anything from simply additional accommodation and transfers to full tailor-made itineraries.

Below is just a small sample of what you could do. Please contact the office for more details and to discuss your individual requirements.

Lisbon

Why not take a few days to discover Lisbon. Set on hilly terrain it provides with you quirky mixture of history set against the vibrancy of a modern city. Navigation around the city is easy with a system of ancient trams and funiculars, or stroll through the cobbled historic bairros. Stop off for a coffee and pasteis de Nata in one of the many traditional cafes. Allow 2-3 days

Lagos

Extend your time in the Algarve's most attractive historic town. Wander through the old town enclosed in walls dating back to the 14th century. Take some time to chill out and stroll around the marina or along some of the sweeping beaches. Allow 2-3 days

Governmental Travel Advice

Many governments issue advice which highlights potential hazards their citizens might experience when travelling abroad. We strongly suggest you refer to your country’s particular advisory site before booking and contact us if you have any queries or concerns. Click to follow links to the advice of the British Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) or the US State Department.

Non-UK citizens should consult the travel advice of their respective governments.

Key Information

CLIMATE

The climate and weather in Portugal is usually excellent, generally being neither too hot nor too cold. Portugal has a diverse climate from north to south and the weather varies considerably from one region to another, but in general Portugal offers warm and sunny summers, mild winters, and autumn and spring are normally warm however with some wind and rainfall. The winter in Portugal generally starts in late November and lasts till February. March, April and October are normally very mild and the summer period is a nice long period from May to September.

IS THIS TRIP FOR ME?

It may sound obvious but Wild Frontiers tours are not always for everyone and it is important to us that the tour you choose is the most suitable. All our tours have a fitness rating as a guideline but you should check the day-by-day itinerary carefully. In certain instances we may ask you to complete a travel questionnaire before confirming your booking in order to ensure your suitability. Should you have any concerns about your ability to partake in any aspect of the tour then please contact the office.

KEY ASPECTS TO CONSIDER

Anyone in a reasonable state of health, with an open mind and a sense of adventure should be perfectly able to cope with this tour. However, please note that there are some day walks included in the itinerary and these will require a reasonable level of fitness. Vegetarian food is available but may offer limited options.

THE NATURE OF ADVENTURE TRAVEL

We feel that it’s worth pointing out that while we will always strive to stick as close to the stated itinerary as possible, it may be necessary from time to time to make changes to our itineraries or services (due to weather, political and religious influences etc.) and this can happen with little or no notice. This unpredictability can be one of the most exciting aspects of adventure travel and for many of our clients often leads to unexpected highlights as the tour-leader necessarily adapts the tour to the changing conditions. However we are aware that this lack of assuredness may not suit everyone. As such, with the greatest respect, if you are someone who needs to know that everything will happen exactly as planned, we would kindly suggest that perhaps our tours are not for you. Adventure travel can be infectious and once you’ve caught the bug, it is likely to never leave you, but especially if this is your first such tour we would strongly urge you to give us a call if you have any concerns whatsoever about your suitability for this trip.

TRAVELLING SOLO AND SINGLE SUPPLEMENTS

As a company approximately 70% of our clients are solo travellers, so it’s very unlikely you’ll be alone!

Our prices are typically based on twin-share accommodation but single supplements are not compulsory for any Wild Frontiers tour. If you prefer not to pay a single supplement we’ll pair you with someone else of the same sex for you to share with throughout the trip. On this trip, if you do opt to pay for a single supplement then please note that it will cover you for all nights of the tour.

Please note that paying a single supplement entitles you to lone occupancy of a single room. In many cases these rooms will be of the same size as a double/twin room, but in some cases they may be smaller.
 

INSURANCE

Insurance that provides cover for emergency repatriation in case of a medical emergency is compulsory for all tours. You should be aware that due to some of the geographical areas visited and some of the activities included on certain of our trips some standard insurance policies may not always provide adequate cover. As such we strongly recommend that you purchase a policy that adequately covers your trip. If you choose to purchase the Wild Frontiers bespoke policy through Travel & General (currently available to UK residents only) then please note for this trip the minimum required level of cover will be the Standard policy. Please see the Insurance section for more details.

General Information

TOUR PRICE

All our tours are priced on a land-only basis, giving you maximum flexibility when deciding how to get to and from your tour.

DEPOSIT

A £200 (or equivalent) deposit is required to confirm your booking.

PROTECTION FOR YOUR MONEY

For further details please see our travelling with peace of mind page

WILD MILES

This tour will earn you 1970 Wild Miles

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

We believe in a completely transparent approach to pricing with no hidden extras. As such, please note that the following are not included in the cost of the tour.

Visas & Travel Insurance: Visas will always be tour/nationality dependent but travel insurance is mandatory
Tips: Always optional but some guidance will be given in the pre-departure information documents
International Flights: Please ask us for an obligation-free quote for flights which originate in the UK
Beverages & any costs of a personal nature: This will include items such as laundry and souvenirs

WILD FRONTIERS COMMUNITY

If you’re still not sure if this trip is right or just want to see get some different perspectives, then why not have a look at the wide variety of resources we have on our website? Browse our community section to read our blogs, watch videos and find out about our events. 

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