Guided walking tour in Alentejo - Heritage and Wine Country

Guided walking tour in Alentejo - Heritage and Wine Country

A Walking tour by Alentejo's wine country, exploring the heritage, gastronomy and lifestyle of this unique region.
Join this one week hiking holidays in the Alentejo region, in the interior rural aras of southern Portugal, walking by the best trails in the area. In this tour, you'll hike by vineyards, natural parks, endless plains, discovering the best flavours and culture Portugal has to offer. Based in Marvão, Monsaraz and Évora, you'll hike by identified trails and climb to the top of medieval fortresses overlooking Spain, visit UNESCO world heritage sites and traditions, get to know the production methods of the best vineyards of Monsaraz, sleep in former convents and castles and enjoy several hikes in these peaceful rolling hills, discovering Alentejo.

Discover the amazing history, culture and traditions this wine region has to offer. Voted Best Wine Region of the world in 2014, Alentejo is a picturesque and charming place, where you’ll fall in love with the whitewashed villages, medieval castles, sunbathed plains and the secular traditions and lifestyle. Visit the UNESCO world heritage sites in Évora, the fortified village of Marvão, the former Palace of the Portuguese Kings and the rural lifestyle of the local homesteads;

Hike by the never-ending rolling hills and the hidden trails between the fields. The car-free roads and trails of the Alentejo provide a great atmosphere for walking tours and its topography makes it a great region for beginner and intermediate walkers/hikers. You’ll have plenty of time to stop and check out the “Sobreiros” and visit the “Antas” along the way.

With its trademark gastronomy, wine and amazing accommodations, the Alentejo is a great destination to experience the best of Portugal, where luxury meets tradition. You’ll get to sleep in Convents and dine in some of the country's best restaurants, harmonizing every meal with amazing wines;

Admire the Alqueva Dark Sky Reserve, visit the Esporão Wine and Olive Oil “Herdade”, experience a boat ride in Europe’s biggest artificial lake and try an amazing array of experiences the Alentejo has to offer!

Challenge yourself in this walking tour, by hiking towards the viewpoints and get a privileged look at the atlantic beaches. Choose everyday between shorter or longer hikes and define your own goals and pace throughout your riding experience.

Tour Details

Arrival Airport:
Lisbon
Departure Airport:
Lisbon
Start Location:
Lisbon
Finish Location:
Lisbon
Altimetry
150 › 500 m
Daily average
Dates
Apr-Nov
Sunday to Saturday
Distance
6 › 12 km
Daily average
Duration
7 days
6 nights
Walker profile
Level
Walking / Hiking
Tour type
Walk or Hike
It's your choice!

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Mixed stages: Mostly rolling hills, with a couple of hillier stages, with some steep but manageable limbs.

Backroads and trails: Backroads, macadam trails, roman pathways.

Landscape: Plenty of variety, between the typical wine country landscape of the Alentejo, the Menhirs, olive trees, cork trees and "Montado". Historical cities with fortresses of Marvão, Monsaraz and Évora.

Day to Day

A daily description of this walking tour

Highlights

 

Day 1: Lisbon, Transfer to Marvão

Pick up at Lisbon Airport or hotel at agreed timing and transfer to your hotel in the medieval village of Marvão, inside the fortified walls at the top of at 850m high, overlooking the Alentejo plains. Tour briefing - the rest of the day is free to relax at your hotel or enjoy a walk inside Marvão's fortified walls and castle.

Hotel – Pousada do Marvão, with available upgrade to superior room ( "premium" option)

Day 2: Marvão - loop hike to Portagem ( 7km to 12km)

Breakfast at the hotel. Today you’ll start walking downhill, from Marvão towards Portagem, by the idetified trails of the area. Wlking downwards the hill towards Nossa Senhora da Estrela Convent, we'l encounter ancient roman pathways, which we'll follow towards Portagem, encountering woods, fountains, ancient roman and ancient medieval ruins along the way. Entering Portagem, you can recover by the local riverside pools and then resume your way back up to Marvão, for a short but vigorous hike back to the castle where you'll be spending the night.             

Hotel – Pousada do Marvão, with available upgrade to superior room ( "premium" option)

Day 3: Marvão -  Hike to Castelo de Vide (12km) - Transfer to Monsaraz

Breakfast and check-out at your hotel, and start of your hike towards Castelo de Vide, by the reagion of Beirã. Walking by the rolling hills of Beirã's countryside roads, you'll be able to see schist walls, ruins, cattle and olive trees tat makr the area. As we approach Castelo de Vide, you'll seee it's imponent fortress. Entering the city, we'll pass by the Judiaria towards the Castle and stop for a coffee at it's city center, and even lunch. At the scheduled time you’ll be transferred form Castelo de Vide to Monsaraz, overlooking the Alqueva lake. 

Hotel – Horta da Moura or Herdade São Lourenço do Barrocal

Day 4: Alqueva lake loop ( 8.3km to 17km)

Breakfast at the hotel. Start of your hike in Mourão, discovering the living heritage of this quaint village by the Alqueva lake. Strongly marked by the Guadiana River, Marvão has an idyllic setting with waters as far as the eye can see and old paths and roads immersing themselves in the placid blue of the calm waters. The hills and old walls now make amazing cut-outs for walking and discovering new landscapes at every moment, topped off by a beautifully preserved historic centre and a castle that takes us back in time.

Hotel – Horta da Moura or Herdade São Lourenço do Barrocal

Day 5: Hike in Monsaraz  (7km to 13km) - visit to Adega do Esporão - Transfer to Évora

Breakfast at the hotel. Start of your hike, in Monsaraz. High on top of its more than three hundred metre altitude, it dominates the surrounding plain and ensures the best views of Lake Alqueva, which almost reaches the base of its rock mass. A location of great landscapes, this village was throughout time chosen by different peoples as a place of dwelling and defence, giving rise to a walled set that marks the skyline and defines the history of the region. Visit to Esporão's winery, with wine tasting included. At the end of the day, transfer to your hotel in Évora.

Hotel – M'ar D'ar Muralhas or M'ar D'ar Aqueduto

Day 6: Évora - Almendres Cromelech hike ( 4km hike) and historical center walk ( 7km)

Breakfast at the hotel. The day starts with a quick and short hike, towards the Almendres Cromelech, a megalithic complex located near the village of Nossa Senhora de Guadalupe - the largest existing group of structured menhirs in the Iberian Peninsula, dated up to 6000 before christ. After that hike, we'll take on Évora's city center, discovering this UNESCO world heritage site's roman ruins, medieval fortresses, aqueducts, manuelin style architecture, ancient churces and some of the most preserved traditions in Portugal.  

Hotel – M'ar D'ar Muralhas or M'ar D'ar Aqueduto

Day 7: Transfer to Lisbon - End of tour

Breakfast at the hotel. At the scheduled time you’ll be transferred to Lisbon airport and/or hotel. End of tour.

Options and Prices

Choose how you want to experience this tour

Included

Guided

Premium

Transfer in from arrival airport to start of the tour and transfer out from end of the tour to departure airport
6 nights in charm 4 star hotels, in double/twin bedroom with breakfast included
Upgrade to 6 nights in charm 5 star hotels, in double/twin bedroom with breakfast included
Personal guide accompanying your group, providing daily guided tours, restaurant reservations, booking of local experiences and all passenger transfers throughout the tour
Second guide accompanying, hiking alongside the group an all daily guided walking tours, always adapted to your pace;*
Support vehicle (SAG Wagon) throughout all the hikes;
Daily picnic bag for all hiking / walking experiences
Garmin GPS with preloaded daily tracks
Luggage transfer between hotels
Personal accidents insurance during our tour
Live Love Hike t-shirt, buff, water bottle and other gear
Detailed briefing and routebook provided before the tour by a local guide
Portuguese mobile cellphone for contact with your local guide
Visit to wineries, museums and other select experiences;

Prices

Guided

Premium

Minimum of four guests -Private tour, starts any date
1890€ per guest
2790€ per guest
High season supplement (1st May to 31st October)
100€
100€
Single room supplement (mandatory for solo hikers)
500€
500€
Premium hotel upgrade supplement
300€

Add-ons

Guided

Premium

Half-Board - All dinners at the hotel (6 meals)
270€, drinks not included
340€, drinks not included
Extra nights available before or after this tour
on demand
on demand

Private tours and dates

If you have a group and want to make this a private tour, or want to schedule a different date than the ones listed above, we are available to customize this and other experiences to better suit your needs and availability. Please contact us at ricardo.costa@livelovehike.pt for more information.

Additional information

All prices include VAT and may be subject to change. The information in this program is valid up to 31/12/2019, and may suffer from additional changes, due to the availability of the hotels and activities listed in the program. Does not dispense confirmation of this information by Live Love Hike.

Open Dates

Join this tour on a group with other riders, on the following dates:
- Guaranteed departures -
- No minimum of guests required -

February

23/02/20i

April

26/04/20i

September

13/09/20i

Why choose Live Love Hike

EXPERTLY GUIDED WALKING HOLIDAYS
RELAX AND VISIT AT YOUR OWN PACE
ADAPTED TO EVERY TYPE OF HIKER
GROUP DISCOUNTS
AT YOUR SERVICE

Our team is composed of Portuguese tourist guides ans walking enthusiasts, in love with our country and proud to present the best landscapes, gastronomy, history, culture and experiences to anyone who chooses to ride in Portugal.

We are seasoned travelers and love the proximity and timeless feeling of exploring new turns, mountains, beaches and viewpoints on foot. Our passion is to share these feelings with you, so that you fall in love with Portugal as much as we are too.

Our team is composed of dedicated guides, making sure our guests’ walking holidays run smoothly and exceed their expectations.
After a great day outdoors, it's time to relax

We work with the best hotels and SPA's, to guarantee you full-access to great relaxing experiences and a good night's sleep after your hiking is done.

/ Access to the best SPAs;

/ Free time for sightseeing;

/ Experience adapted to your own pace and holiday style;

We strive to provide our guests with time to relax and immerse into the atmosphere, providing a balance between great activities and well deserved “me time” on your walking holidays Portugal!
WALKING HOLIDAYS FOR EVERY TYPE OF RIDER

While planning your holidays, our staff will contact you to ask for further details to better design a tour more suited to you. However, all our tours are built to adapt to groups with different hiking experience, having shorter and longer options. For "expert" hikers, we provide additional challenges. Or you are welsome to take a day off; we invite all our guests on our guided tours to simply hop into our vans if they want to enjoy a recovery day.

RIDER TYPES:

1 BEGINNER

/ I walk/hike on a regular basis, for fitness. I prefer rolling terrain but enjoy reaching my goals and enjoy an active lifestyle. I like to overcome some challenges, but mostly enjoy the landscapes and atmosphere, going out on hikes up to 2 or three hours.

You will get to hike at your own pace, in moderate distances and hop on our van if you so desire or challenge yourself when you feel comfortable! You’ll get to walk in a group with like-minded people and accompanied by our guides, discovering the best of Portugal

2 INTERMEDIATE

/ Hiking is a great part of my life, and I walk regularly. I am comfortable with hikes of 3 to 4 hours, or even more at a relatively strong pace. I like to be challenged and to surpass obstacles, so that I can explore more and discover the most beautiful places.

You will get to explore different riding experiences, from tougher climbs to walking along in great company. You’ll have time to enjoy the great landscapes, but also enjoy the descents and push yourself climbing those tough hills. You’ll enjoy the variety of terrain, and pushing a little harder to get off the beaten path.

3 EXPERT

/ I am an explorer by nature and understand I have to push myself to get to the top of the summit. I love to climb, hike, do trail running and tackle big climbs to long, technical descents, especially the ones that allow me to push my limits and make long lasting memories. I love to spend the full day walking or even trail running.

You’ll get to hike or run the best Portuguese trails and push yourself as hard as you can, as at the end of the day, you know you’ll be able to rest and relax. Lead the pack and take on the special extra-challenges we have in store for you – try to keep up with our guides as you go for the extra mile just before your well deserved rest and massage at the hotel!

Walking holidays Portugal for all.
/ From 5 to 8 guests, 5% discount for guests;

/ From 9 to 12 guests, 7.5% discount for guests;

/ From 12 riders to 20 guests, 10% discount for guests;

Contact us by e-mail, skype or telephone for more information.

Guided

Minimum of four guests
Private tour, starts any date
from 1890€ per person
click to see what's includedMORE INFO

Premium

Minimum of four guests
Private tour, starts any date
from 2790€ per person
click to see what's includedMORE INFO

Open Dates

Join this tour on a group with other riders, on the following dates:
- Guaranteed departures -
- No minimum of guests required -

February

23/02/20i

April

26/04/20i

September

13/09/20i

Why choose Live Love Hike

EXPERTLY GUIDED WALKING HOLIDAYS

AT YOUR SERVICE

Our team is composed of Portuguese tourist guides ans walking enthusiasts, in love with our country and proud to present the best landscapes, gastronomy, history, culture and experiences to anyone who chooses to ride in Portugal.

We are seasoned travelers and love the proximity and timeless feeling of exploring new turns, mountains, beaches and viewpoints on foot. Our passion is to share these feelings with you, so that you fall in love with Portugal as much as we are too.

Our team is composed of dedicated guides, making sure our guests’ walking holidays run smoothly and exceed their expectations.

RELAX AND VISIT AT YOUR OWN PACE

After a great day outdoors, it's time to relax

We work with the best hotels and SPA's, to guarantee you full-access to great relaxing experiences and a good night's sleep after your hiking is done.

/ Access to the best SPAs;

/ Free time for sightseeing;

/ Experience adapted to your own pace and holiday style;

We strive to provide our guests with time to relax and immerse into the atmosphere, providing a balance between great activities and well deserved “me time” on your walking holidays Portugal!

ADAPTED TO EVERY TYPE OF HIKER

WALKING HOLIDAYS FOR EVERY TYPE OF RIDER

While planning your holidays, our staff will contact you to ask for further details to better design a tour more suited to you. However, all our tours are built to adapt to groups with different hiking experience, having shorter and longer options. For "expert" hikers, we provide additional challenges. Or you are welsome to take a day off; we invite all our guests on our guided tours to simply hop into our vans if they want to enjoy a recovery day.

RIDER TYPES:

1 BEGINNER

/ I walk/hike on a regular basis, for fitness. I prefer rolling terrain but enjoy reaching my goals and enjoy an active lifestyle. I like to overcome some challenges, but mostly enjoy the landscapes and atmosphere, going out on hikes up to 2 or three hours.

You will get to hike at your own pace, in moderate distances and hop on our van if you so desire or challenge yourself when you feel comfortable! You’ll get to walk in a group with like-minded people and accompanied by our guides, discovering the best of Portugal

2 INTERMEDIATE

/ Hiking is a great part of my life, and I walk regularly. I am comfortable with hikes of 3 to 4 hours, or even more at a relatively strong pace. I like to be challenged and to surpass obstacles, so that I can explore more and discover the most beautiful places.

You will get to explore different riding experiences, from tougher climbs to walking along in great company. You’ll have time to enjoy the great landscapes, but also enjoy the descents and push yourself climbing those tough hills. You’ll enjoy the variety of terrain, and pushing a little harder to get off the beaten path.

3 EXPERT

/ I am an explorer by nature and understand I have to push myself to get to the top of the summit. I love to climb, hike, do trail running and tackle big climbs to long, technical descents, especially the ones that allow me to push my limits and make long lasting memories. I love to spend the full day walking or even trail running.

You’ll get to hike or run the best Portuguese trails and push yourself as hard as you can, as at the end of the day, you know you’ll be able to rest and relax. Lead the pack and take on the special extra-challenges we have in store for you – try to keep up with our guides as you go for the extra mile just before your well deserved rest and massage at the hotel!

Walking holidays Portugal for all.

GROUP DISCOUNTS

/ From 5 to 8 guests, 5% discount for guests;

/ From 9 to 12 guests, 7.5% discount for guests;

/ From 12 riders to 20 guests, 10% discount for guests;
Contact us by e-mail, skype or telephone for more information.

European Offices

Live Love Hike
Avenida Infante D. Henrique, 311
1950-421
Lisbon - Portugal

Monday to Friday
09AM to 06PM
Telephone: 00351 217 590 365
Email: hikewithus @ livelovehike.pt 

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