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Self-Guided Portugal Walking Short Break
Portugal - Trip code WSSPO Walking and Trekking
Days 5
Deposit From £36
Was From £540
Now from £360
Flights not included
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Why book this trip?

Follow the Rota Vicentina along the coast from Cavaleiro to the attractive village of Odeceixe on this short break walking holiday to Portugal's unspoilt south-west. Spend three days hiking between villages, through the natural park of 'Sudoeste Alentejano e Costa Vicentina'. Walk along well-marked trail along cliff tops, amongst dunes and beside dramatic rocky shorelines. Enjoy the traditionally relaxed Portuguese lifestyle, golden beaches and sample delicious fresh seafood and wine along the way.

    • Included meals

      Breakfast: 4

    • Trip staff

      None

    • Transport

      Taxi

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      Accommodation

      4 nights standard hotel

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      Walking grade:

      Easy To Moderate

    Itinerary

    Itineraries on some departure dates may differ, please select the itinerary that you wish to explore.

    Day 1 - Trip starts in Zambujeira do Mar

    Your accommodation for the first two nights of your holiday is in the coastal village of Zambujeira do Mar. A transfer from Lisbon Airport to your accommodation is included on this holiday and takes approximately two hours. After checking-in, you may choose to spend some time exploring this charming village, set against a backdrop of wild beaches and rugged cliffs. There are several small cafes serving delicious, fresh custard tarts and coffee which you can enjoy. The cafes at the bottom of the village have wonderful views out to sea and great vantage points for sunset. This evening, we recommend enjoying a dinner of freshly-caught fish in one of the family-run restaurants in the village.

    On some days of your trip the walks are affected by tide times. Please check these in advance and plan your walks accordingly.

    Accommodation:

    Grade: Standard Hotel

    Single room available

    Meals Provided: None

    Day 2 - Walk along the 'Rota Vicentina' from Cavaleiro to Zambujeira do Mar

    This morning starts with a short taxi transfer to the village of Cavaleiro. From here, your walk takes you along a coastal section of the famous 'Rota Vicentina' footpath. Shortly after leaving Cavaleiro you reach the cliff path and the lighthouse at Cape Sardao, from here on there are fantastic coastal views for most of the day. The route follows a wide path for most of the time but there are narrower sections and one short, steep descent towards the end of the walk. You can expect today's 12 kilometre walk to take approximately five hours. If you would like a longer walk today there is the option of starting in the village of Almograve. This section begins with a wide gravel path parallel to the coast and then turns into gentle sandy dunes. For the most part you stick on the coast but a short section which winds in to a pine forest offers a beautiful complement to the coastal scenery. Starting in Almograve, the total distance walked today is 21 kilometres and will take approximately 7 hours.

    You can expect today's 12 kilometre walk to take approximately five hours. If taking the longer option the walk is 21 kilometres and will take approximately 7 hours

    Accommodation:

    Grade: Standard Hotel

    Single room available

    Meals Provided: Breakfast

    Day 3 - Walk along the coast from Zambujeira do Mar to Odeceixe

    Today's walk follows another section of the Rota Vicentina along the stunning Atlantic coast. This route alternates between rolling dunes and rocky cliff paths where storks nest, the views along the way are beautiful and there is no shortage of spots to stop for a snack and to take it all in. Following the coast, you pass pristine golden beaches and the fishing village of Azenha do Mar before reaching the mouth of the River Odeceixe. Here you turn inland and follow the river to reach the attractive, laidback village of Odeceixe, where you will spend the next two nights.

    You can expect today's 20 kilometre walk to take approximately six hours. There are two steep sections on today's walk, both are very short and covered in just a few minutes but walking poles would be useful (but not essential) for these sections.

    Accommodation:

    Grade: Standard Hotel

    Single room available

    Meals Provided: Breakfast

    Day 4 - Circular walk from Odeceixe

    On today's circular walk from Odeceixe first you follow the Rota Vicentina inland. Walk along an irrigation channel as it winds through farmed fields, then across an open landscape of heather and fragrant shrubs to the coast. Follow the fishermen's path across a beautiful natural area to the beach of Odeceixe. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon on the beach or if you prefer walk back to your accommodation and cool off in the pool.

    You can expect today's 13.5 kilometre walk to take approximately four hours.

    Accommodation:

    Grade: Standard Hotel

    Single room available

    Meals Provided: Breakfast

    Day 5 - Trip ends Odeceixe

    After breakfast, the organised part of your holiday comes to an end.

    Meals Provided: Breakfast

    Trip information

    Country information

    Portugal

    Climate

    Overall, spring, early summer and autumn are ideal times for a trip to Portugal - though the weather varies enormously from region to region. The northern high plains has both extremes, stiflingly hot in summer, bitterly cold and swept by freezing winds in winter. The Atlantic coast, in contrast, has a tendency to damp and mist, and a relatively brief, humid summer. The Mediterranean south is warm virtually all year round. The islands have very different weather patterns due to their positioning and can have sudden rain falls throughout the year so waterproofs are recommended even in the summer.

    Time difference to GMT

    0

    Plugs

    2 Pin Round

    Religion

    Roman Catholic

    Language

    Portuguese

    Budgeting and packing

    Clothing

    Light rainwear may be needed at any time of year, and a warm fleece/jacket is recommended for cooler evenings and nights early and late in the season.

    Footwear

    We recommend well worn, sturdy walking boots with good ankle support. Some people prefer to complete the walks in trainers or sandals as some of the walks are on beaches. Sandals and trainers are recommended for relaxing in the evenings.

    Luggage

    20kg

    Luggage: On tour

    Bring one main piece of baggage as per your airline luggage allowance, maximum 20 kg per person. Remember you are expected to carry your own luggage during transfers by public transport so don't overload yourself. Luggage transfers between hotels are normally arranged by the hoteliers. Mark your bags clearly and leave them at the place and time arranged with them. When travelling on public transport you should always take your luggage with you.

    Luggage transfer

    Included between each hotel.

    Equipment

    A water bottle, sunhat and sunscreen are all essential and you may wish to bring a light torch. Walking poles recommended.

    Maps - Along with the destination manual and route notes you will be sent a set of maps that have been created specifically for this trip to help you navigate. The route is marked on each map together with a series of numbered waypoints which correspond with instructions in the route notes. Should you wish to purchase a more detailed commercially produced map we recommend the following:-



    General Map
    Grupo Anaya, Portugal, Madeira y Azores, 1:340.000 (2008)

    Topographic Map
    Rota Vicentina Mapa / Map, 1:55.000 (2013)

    Portugal

    Food and drink

    The costs for meals may vary depending upon location, type of restaurant and number of courses eaten and so the prices given are an average guide. Local restaurants located off the beaten track may be less expensive, whereas an upmarket restaurant located in the centre of a major city may charge more.


    Dinner price
    £15
    Beer price
    £2.00 - 3.00 depending on your location, well touristed areas are usually slightly more expensive.
    Water price
    £1.4
    Foreign Exchange
    Local currency
    Euro.
    Recommended Currency For Exchange
    Take the majority of your spending money in Euros cash.
    Where To Exchange
    We recommend that you change any currency into Euros prior to arrival. Bureau de Change are generally only found in major cities and large airports.
    ATM Availability
    Cash-point machines are available in all major towns. Bankcards with the Cirrus logo are accepted.
    Credit Card Acceptance
    Visa and Mastercard are generally accepted in larger restaurants and some shops.
    Travellers Cheques
    Travellers cheques can be exchanged in all major towns but are not recommended due to the high rate of commission.
    Transport, Accommodation & Meals

    Transport Information

    Taxi

    Recommended airport

    Faro or Lisbon

    Flying to your destination

    We'd recommend flying into and out of Lisbon. Lisbon is served by the following airlines; Easyjet, Ryanair and British Airways and TAP.

    Arrival and departure information

    At the start of your trip a private transfer is included from Lisbon Airport to the first nights' accommodation.

    Departing By public transport from Odeceixe to Lisbon airport

    From Odeceixe there is a direct bus to Lisbon every morning at 09:20 hrs and arrives at Lisbon bus station at 12.50 (3.5 hrs and costs approx. 20 Euros). This bus needs to be booked in advance, you can't buy tickets on the bus. Tickets can be bought from http://www.rede-expressos.pt/ you either need to print tickets or show them on your phone when you get on. Alternatively you can book a private transfer through Explore.

    Essential Information

    FCO Advice

    We strongly recommend that you check your government's travel advisory for up-to-date information and advice about your destination: safety and security, entry requirements, health, local laws and customs. For UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office advice click here.

    For more information from Explore about travel advice, click here
     

    Under 18 immigration guidance

    Please note that some countries require proof of parental consent when travelling overseas with under 18s. Please check requirements with the relevant embassy or consular office well in advance of travel if this applies to your party.

    Price Guarantee

    Once your booking has been confirmed we guarantee the price will not increase, whatever the circumstances. Before booking please ensure you have read our important tour pricing information.Booking Conditions

    Booking conditions

    Before booking your Explore trip, please ensure that you read both our Essential Information and Booking Conditions.

    Transfers

    Find out more about Trip Transfer Terms and Conditions before you book.

    Booking a land only package with Explore

    Customers who have chosen to book on the ‘Land Only’ arrangements of our tour, please ensure that you have checked your tour specific ‘Joining Instructions’ prior to booking your own travel arrangements. Your joining instructions can be found below in the dates and prices information. 

    You may also be eligible for the Free Explore Transfer.


    Joining Tour Abroad

    Customers booked on the ‘Land Only’ arrangements will now receive a Free Transfer, provided you arrive and depart on the tour only itinerary start and end dates. The transfers will be from the Explore designated airport or train station to the joining point of your tour, and then back from the ending point to the designated airport or train station. The exception to this rule is customers who are booked on a tour where the joining and ending point is at the designated airport or train station.  

    Free transfers are not available for Self-Guided, Polar, Tailormade or Tours for Churches customers.

    If you are not eligible for the Free Transfer then you will need to make your own way through to the joining and ending point. On a majority of our tours Explore will be able to provide a private transfer at an additional cost. Please ask for a quote at the time of booking.  


    For more information regarding the Explore Free Transfer click here

    Insurance

    It is a condition of booking with Explore that you have adequate valid travel insurance. It is your responsibility to arrange appropriate travel insurance and ensure you have read and understood the full terms and conditions of your travel insurance policy to ensure that you are covered for all activities you intend to undertake whilst on the tour, including all optional activities. Your Insurance Policy must fully cover you for medical expenses and emergency repatriation to your home country. Please ensure your policy includes medical emergency helicopter evacuation in the event of illness or injury and covers the entire duration of your holiday. If you are trekking at altitude please ensure that there is no upper altitude limit which may limit or exclude cover for your trip. The cost of many of our Polar Voyages will exceed the capped amount covered by standard insurance premiums and you will be required to pay an additional premium to cover the full value of your trip. Please ensure that you are covered for the full amount of your holiday cost, as insufficient cover could invalidate a claim under the policy. Medical and repatriation insurance cover is not mandatory for UK residents who are travelling on trips within the United Kingdom.
    Read more information about what travel insurance is required.

    Flight information

    Explore offers a wide range of flexible flying options to make joining and leaving our trips easy. Read more about them here.


    Flight Information

    You are able to book this tour on a 'land only' basis or as a ‘flight inclusive’ package. Your flight inclusive package will be fully protected by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) ATOL protection scheme.

      

    Booking a flight inclusive package with Explore

    We have a good selection of flights not only from London but from many regional airports around the UK allowing us to compare fares between scheduled carriers as well as low cost and charter airlines. Our dedicated flights team will match the best flight options to your arrival and departure airport.

    On our website we display a UK flight inclusive package guide price which is generally based on a London departure. To avoid paying supplements or to secure your preferred flight option, we recommend booking as early as possible, especially for peak travel dates.

    Maximum altitude (m)

    145

    Portugal

    Vaccinations

    Nothing compulsory but Tetanus is usually recommended as a precaution. Please check the latest requirements with your travel clinic or doctor prior to departure. The above is not an exhaustive list. Further information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found by following the NHS and NaTHNaC links at Explore Travel Health and from your local healthcare provider. Visa and vaccination requirements are subject to change and should be confirmed by you before travelling.

    Walking and Trekking information
    Walking grade
    Easy to moderate
    Trek details
    On this journey you walk 45 km over 3 days (an average of 15 km per day). The walks are mainly on unsurfaced tracks, coastal trails and footpaths. We have graded this trip as easy but there is an option on day 2 for a longer moderate grade walk.
    Max walking altitude (m)
    145
    Additional Information

    Dates, prices and booking

    All holidays are subject to availability and prices are subject to change
    Thu 1 Nov 2018 - Fri 21 Dec 2018 Your trip can depart anytime between the above dates. Contact us for triple room requests and solo traveller prices.
    WSSPO_2018
    Price from £360
    Save was
    Single room option +£180
    All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

    These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
    For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
    Joining Point
    Town
    Zambujeira do Mar
    Time and place
    00:00 at Hotel reception
    Ending Point
    Town
    Odeceixe
    Time
    23:59
    If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
    Sat 22 Dec 2018 - Mon 31 Dec 2018 Your trip can depart anytime between the above dates. Contact us for triple room requests and solo traveller prices.
    WSSPO_2018
    Price from £390
    Save was
    Single room option +£205
    All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

    These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
    For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
    Joining Point
    Town
    Zambujeira do Mar
    Time and place
    00:00 at Hotel reception
    Ending Point
    Town
    Odeceixe
    Time
    23:59
    If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
    Tue 1 Jan 2019 - Fri 31 May 2019 Your trip can depart anytime between the above dates. Contact us for triple room requests and solo traveller prices.
    WSSPO_2019
    Price from £399
    Save was
    Single room option +£226
    All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

    These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
    For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
    Joining Point
    Town
    Zambujeira do Mar
    Time and place
    00:00 at Hotel reception
    Ending Point
    Town
    Odeceixe
    Time
    23:59
    If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
    Sat 1 Jun 2019 - Sun 30 Jun 2019 Your trip can depart anytime between the above dates. Contact us for triple room requests and solo traveller prices.
    WSSPO_2019
    Price from £429
    Save was
    Single room option +£246
    All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

    These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
    For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
    Joining Point
    Town
    Zambujeira do Mar
    Time and place
    00:00 at Hotel reception
    Ending Point
    Town
    Odeceixe
    Time
    23:59
    If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
    Mon 1 Jul 2019 - Wed 31 Jul 2019 Your trip can depart anytime between the above dates. Contact us for triple room requests and solo traveller prices.
    WSSPO_2019
    Price from £450
    Save was
    Single room option +£275
    All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

    These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
    For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
    Joining Point
    Town
    Zambujeira do Mar
    Time and place
    00:00 at Hotel reception
    Ending Point
    Town
    Odeceixe
    Time
    23:59
    If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
    Thu 1 Aug 2019 - Sat 31 Aug 2019 Your trip can depart anytime between the above dates. Contact us for triple room requests and solo traveller prices.
    WSSPO_2019
    Price from £479
    Save was
    Single room option +£296
    All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

    These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
    For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
    Joining Point
    Town
    Zambujeira do Mar
    Time and place
    00:00 at Hotel reception
    Ending Point
    Town
    Odeceixe
    Time
    23:59
    If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
    Sun 1 Sep 2019 - Mon 30 Sep 2019 Your trip can depart anytime between the above dates. Contact us for triple room requests and solo traveller prices.
    WSSPO_2019
    Price from £450
    Save was
    Single room option +£275
    All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

    These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
    For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
    Joining Point
    Town
    Zambujeira do Mar
    Time and place
    00:00 at Hotel reception
    Ending Point
    Town
    Odeceixe
    Time
    23:59
    If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
    Tue 1 Oct 2019 - Thu 31 Oct 2019 Your trip can depart anytime between the above dates. Contact us for triple room requests and solo traveller prices.
    WSSPO_2019
    Price from £399
    Save was
    Single room option +£226
    All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

    These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
    For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
    Joining Point
    Town
    Zambujeira do Mar
    Time and place
    00:00 at Hotel reception
    Ending Point
    Town
    Odeceixe
    Time
    23:59
    If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
    Fri 1 Nov 2019 - Sat 21 Dec 2019 Your trip can depart anytime between the above dates. Contact us for triple room requests and solo traveller prices.
    WSSPO_2019
    Price from £399
    Save was
    Single room option +£226
    All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

    These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
    For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
    Joining Point
    Town
    Zambujeira do Mar
    Time and place
    00:00 at Hotel reception
    Ending Point
    Town
    Odeceixe
    Time
    23:59
    If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
    Sun 22 Dec 2019 - Tue 31 Dec 2019 Your trip can depart anytime between the above dates. Contact us for triple room requests and solo traveller prices.
    WSSPO_2019
    Price from £429
    Save was
    Single room option +£246
    All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

    These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
    For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
    Joining Point
    Town
    Zambujeira do Mar
    Time and place
    00:00 at Hotel reception
    Ending Point
    Town
    Odeceixe
    Time
    23:59
    If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
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