Walking Vacation in Portugal

Discover authentic Portugal touring its beautiful coastline, back roads, and bairros.
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Dates:
     June 16 – 22, 2025 (SOLD OUT)
    August 31 – September 6, 2025

 

Duration: 7 days / 6 nights
Start: Setúbal, Portugal
End: Setúbal, Portugal
Visit: Setúbal, Lisbon, Sintra, Évora
Cost: from $2595 based on double occupancy
Single Supplement: from $595
All prices in US dollars, land only. Solo traveler roomshares available.

Leisurely Walking Vacation in Portugal

Rich culture, stunning natural beauty, and a friendly, laid back lifestyle. What’s not to love about Portugal? We will spend a week based in the beachside, harbor town of Setúbal. From there we will explore the nearby trails and beaches of Arrábida Natural Park, considered some of the most beautiful beaches in Europe. Then, Lisbon’s dynamic art scene will come to life through a tour with a local street artist and a passionate fado show. Next the palaces and countryside of Sintra await. In the area in and around Setúbal, we will visit local artisans, enjoy locally produced cuisine, and visit an award-winning, family owned winery. Half-day walks and excursions still leave time for you to discover on your own. Our completely unique itineraries will reveal a less-traveled view of Portugal, far from the tourist crowds. You’ll return home refreshed, renewed, and inspired.

What to Expect

Walking Vacation in Portugal

Setúbal is located just 30 minutes south of Lisbon airport. Here, you will discover the warmth, beauty, and charm that has made Portugal one of Europe’s top destinations. Our leisurely walking vacation features slow travel and soft adventure. Every half-day walk follows a leisurely pace and has options for more or less walking. During the walks, we will take in our surroundings and stop often for photos. A combination of local trains, buses, and private vans will shuttle our small group to each day’s walk. Our select, boutique hotel in the historic center will welcome you home after a day of discovery.

What are the Walks Like?

The Blue Walk Portugal walking vacation features a variety of routes. Daily, we will enjoy trail walks along rustic gravel or dirt paths and urban strolls along paved sidewalks and cobbled streets.

Typical days average between 2-3 hours of walking including stops and breaks. To best enjoy our walks you should feel comfortable walking at least 2 miles in an hour. While Setubal’s center is wonderfully flat, most of the region is hilly. Be prepared for stairs and lots of them.

Moreover, walking on the coastal paths and strolling through beach-side promenades is a great way to enjoy leisurely conversations, rub elbows with local residents, and just appreciate being in the moment. 

What You’ll Love

Walking Vacation in Portugal

1. Small groups

With no more than 12 guests, it feels like traveling with a fun group of friends

2. Immersive experiences

Step away from your everyday life and fully experience the landscape, culture, and warmth of Portugal

3. Planning with Care

We take care of the details. You enjoy your vacation!

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What’s Included

Walking Vacation in Portugal

  • Six nights at our centrally located boutique hotel in Setúbal, Portugal minutes to the beach and in the historic center
  • Full buffet breakfast daily
  • Welcome dinner
  • Farewell dinner
  • Gelato! and Pastel de Nata
  • Visit Lisbon and the towns of Sintra, Évora, and Azeitão
  • Admission to the Park and Palace Monserrate in Sintra
  • Private Lisbon street art tour with local artist
  • Walk Lisbon’s Baixa, Alfama, and Graça neighborhoods
  • Fado show 
  • Guided walks along coastal paths and through rolling countryside 
  • Winery tour and tasting
  • Visit ceramic studio to learn about azulejos tiles
  • All transfers per the intinerary
  • Daily customized itineraries
  • Your English speaking guide
  • Fully hosted and escorted
  • All hotel taxes and service fees

Example Itinerary.

Walking Vacation in Portugal

Actual daily schedules may differ.

 

Colorful Buildings in Setubal Portugal walking vacation (1)

Day 1

Start our walking vacation at our centrally located hotel in colorful Setúbal, Portugal. It’s in the historic center and only blocks away from the Sado riverfront. After a meet-and-greet and program overview, we will set out for an orientation walk along the calçada portuguesa, Portugal’s intricate mosaic pavement.  walking vacation in Portugal

Walker overlooking Arrabida Portugal beach

Day 2

Begin the day with a walk along the Arrábida Natural Park coastline. You’ll view some of the most beautiful beaches in Europe while walking fragrant trails surrounded by wild rosemary, thyme, and cedar. After a beachside lunch you’ll have freetime to explore Setúbal. In the evening we will gather for a delicous welcome dinner of local specialties.

Fado singer street art walking vacation Lisbon Portugal

Day 3

After breakfast our small group will travel to Lisbon by train and ferry. Then, after an orientation tour of the Baxia, you’ll have time to explore on your own. Later in the afternoon we will gather for a walking tour of the Graçia and Alfama neighborhoods led by a local street artist. Finally, in the evening experience the beautiful melancholy of Fado, Portugal’s famous traditional music.

Monserrate Palace Portugal Art Vacation

Day 4

In the morning our private vans will carry our small group to Sintra, a longtime royal sanctuary and resort. Together, we will tour the Park and Palace Monserrat. After time to walk the grounds and enjoy Sintra we will return via Europe’s western most point, Cabo da Roca. The dramatic coastline is a perfect place to stretch our legs and take in the beautiful views. walking vacation in Portugal

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Day 5

Begin the day with a walk in the rolling Alentejo countryside. Along the way we’ll pass through cork oak forests, open fields, and sprawling vineyards. Then, visit a ceramic studio to learn about the art of azulejos, Portugal’s beautiful, iconic tiles. Finally, near the village of Azeitão, enjoy a tour and tasting at a family-run winery with award winning wines. Later, you might see pink flamingos during an optional private tour of the Sado River estuary.

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Day 6

After breakfast our private vans take us to a trailhead in the country side of Évora and a leisurely walk to the monoliths of Almendres Cromlech. At over 7,000 years old, it is one of the oldest pre-historic sites in Europe. Then, after an orientation walk, you’ll have time to enjoy Évora. In the evening, once our walking vacation in Portugal has returned to Setúbal, we will gather for a festive farewell dinner to celebrate the adventures we’ve shared.  

Lisbon Portugal cable car

Day 7

Finally it is time to say adeus to your walking vacation friends. Breakfast is included on this day, but there are no group activities planned. You may depart at any time. The hotel will hold your bags if you plan to depart after checkout time. 

Leisurely Walks, Unique Locations, and Authentic Experiences

Jeannette and Suzy Lisbon Portugal

Where in the World?

Located in southwestern Europe on the Iberian Peninsula, Portugal is bordered by Spain to the north and east and by the Atlantic Ocean to the south and west. The city of Setúbal, where our walking vacation is based, is in central Portugal near the Atlantic coast at the mouth of the Sado River. Lisbon, the country’s capital, is 30-60 minutes north of Setúbal depending upon traffic.

Setubal is connected to Lisbon by excellent public transport which includes express buses and regular train service. Trips by public transport will cost less than 10€ and take about an hour. An Uber or private driver will be about 50-60€. The drive is about 35 minutes if there is not traffic.

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Airport

There is one international airport in Lisbon, the Humberto Delgado Airport (LIS). It is located about 5 miles north of the city center. LIS has two terminal buildings, situated a 1 km distance from each other. In general terms, terminal 1 is the major terminal of the airport, housing the vast majority of services and amenities and handling the bulk of flights. T2 supports low-cost european air carriers, such as Ryanair and EasyJet. If you’re flying from the US, even if you’ve passed through customs in another European airport, you’ll likely be landing in Terminal 1.

The other major airports in Portugal are the Faro International Airport (FAO) in the south and Porto’s Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport (OPO) in the north.

(For information on how to get from the Lisbon Airport to the Lisbon City Center, please refer to the Lisbon International Airport website.)

Important Notes

Walking Vacation in Portugal

Deposits

Your place on a tour is secured once we have received and confirmed your deposit payment. Before the final payment date, a non-refundable deposit of $500 for walking vacations and $750 for art vacation workshops is required. After the final payment date, the entire tour amount must be received to hold a space on a program. 

You may cancel for any reason up to 90 days prior to departure and your non-refundable deposit may be forwarded to a future tour. Any balance on your account will be returned. For complete details please see our Terms and Conditions.

Solo travelers and single supplements

For our guests who are traveling solo... We offer a single supplement for an additional fee if you wish to guarantee a private room.

If you do not request a private room, you will share a twin room with another trip participant of the same sex (Roomshare). When you sign up, if no Roomshare is available, a 50% single supplement will be included on your invoice and is due at final payment. However, if a roommate is found before your trip departs, you will be matched and the single supplement will be removed or refunded.

A single supplement guarantees a private room. Whenever possible singles will be placed in the same room type as our double or twin rooms.

Twin / Double Rooms

Please be aware twin beds in Europe may have very little or no space between beds. Also, for double beds, instead of a king or queen mattress, double beds are often two adjoining twin mattresses secured together and made with double bedding.

Fitness

Walking is a part of this program. It is both a means of visiting locations and a way to immerse yourself in a place. Our scheduled walks are usually 1-2 hours long at a casual pace. We provide a general description of our walks here. It is your responsibility to know your own physical and medical condition with respect to the advisability of participating in a chosen trip. We suggest you prepare by doing at least 1 hour of walking several times per week, and a longer walk at least once per week. Ideally, include walks with elevation change and stairs. (There are always stairs.)

As with any exercise program, we recommend you consult with your physician prior to your arrival regarding the suitability of a walking tour.

Some of our guests find trekking poles helpful on steep or uneven terrain. In Europe they are quite common. Before using them on a vacation, please practice at home. We strongly advise you get comfortable using trekking  poles on familiar paths first.

 

For additional information on these topics and more, please see our FAQ page.

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