South of Portugal
Lisbon, Évora, Monsaraz and much more
South of Portugal
Lisbon, Évora, Monsaraz and much more
South of Portugal
Lisbon, Évora, Monsaraz and much more
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South of Portugal Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 – Landing in Lisbon for the South of Portugal Tour

An Iberactive representative will be waiting for you at the Lisbon airport and will take you to your hotel where you will have access to your room after 2:00 pm.

Anyway, your luggage can be left at the hotel and your Sounth of Portugal Tour Leader will join you for activities.

A morning and an afternoon walks, are planned for the day. Depending on your specific flight arrangements, so you will participate in both or just one of them, and the South of Portugal Tour Leader will organize how to meet you.

If you feel tired you can skip the walks and enjoy your time to rest.

Overnight: 4 stars hotel in the city center to be assigned.

Meals included: Lunch and dinner.

South of Portugal Tour - Tiles Museum, Lisbon
National Tiles Museum, Lisbon

Day 2 – Belém, Tiles Museum and central Lisbon

The day will start with a van tour to the Belém area, where the Jerónimos Monastery and the custard cakes factory are located, among many other interesting sites.

After a nice light lunch, your Tour Leader will drive you to the National Tiles Museum, in a different part of town, where you can learn about the Portuguese tiles heritage.

The afternoon will be spent either walking in central Lisbon or with other options available at the time.

Overnight: 4 stars hotel in the city center to be assigned.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

South of Portugal Tour - Pena Palace, Sintra
Located in the Sintra hills, the Park and Palace of Pena are the fruit of King Ferdinand II’s creative genius

Day 3 – Sintra, the Pena Palace, Cape Roca, and Cascais

This will be a busy day, starting with a guided visit to the Pena Palace, followed by a short walk in Sintra, the Portuguese capital of Romanticism. Lunch can happen in the village or in the surroundings.

After lunch, your South of Portugal Tour Leader will take the group for a visit to the westernmost point of Europe mainland, the Roca Cape, and right after you will be transferred to Cascais where you will have a short urban walk at this gorgeous village by the sea.

Returning to Lisbon is a lovely ride along the sea until the Tejo river mouth.

Overnight: 4 stars hotel in Lisbon city center to be assigned.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

South of Portugal Tour - Marvão
The medieval Marvão castle is located in the Alentejo region.

Day 4 – Towards the medieval village of Marvão

This is a transfer day, from Lisbon to Marvão. This long transfer will be divided into two parts.

The first stop will be at a garden created by a well know Portuguese, Joe Berardo, the Buddha Eden is the largest oriental garden in Europe. This garden with around 35 hectares of land was created as a reaction to the destruction of the Buddhas of Banyan, in which one of the greatest acts of cultural barbarity took place.

Right after we will move to a guided visit to one of the most impressive historic private houses one can visit in the Lisbon’s surrounding’s, the house of José Relvas, the gentlemen that read the speech of the establishment the Portuguese Republic in 1910.

The transfer to the hotel itself is a quite interesting drive due to the changes in the landscape. Crossing flat rice fields in the beginning and driving along the river Tejo for a while.

The group will arrive at its destination, Marvão, late afternoon but leaving some free time to rest before dinner.

Overnight: Pousada de Marvão, at Marvão.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

South of Portugal Tour - Castelo de Vide
Castelo de Vide has a very strong Jewish heritage

Day 5 – Portuguese Jewish and medieval heritage of Castelo de Vide

Marvão has a Moorish castle with a History related with a rebellion in between the Moorish troops against the Cordoba’s caliphate, during medieval times.

The village was conquered by the first Portuguese king, D. Afonso Henriques and it was kept as been Portuguese ever since.

In morning the South of Portugal Tour Leader will take you visiting the Moorish castle and walking in the walled town before heading to Castelo de Vide where the group can have lunch in a small restaurant, serving to the local folks.

Not too far from Marvão, Castelo de Vide has a deep Jewish heritage and a local guide will lead the group to share some of the daily life stories of almost forgotten times.

There are more to see and to learn about Castelo de Vide than details related to Jewish history.

The group will return to Marvão where you will have some free time before dinner.

Overnight: Pousada de Marvão, at Marvão

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

South of Portugal Tour - Stud Farm of Alter do Chão
The Alter Stud Farm was created in 1748 as part of a new stud policy, begun in 1708 by King D. João V, a consequence of European fashion.

Day 6 – The Portuguese horses at Alter do Chão

The day will start with a short transfer to the Alter Stud Farm (Coudelaria de Alter) where the group will visit the premises, the horses and will have an opportunity for Q&A’s.

This farm dates from 1736 and is probably the most prestigious Portuguese stud farm.

After lunch, a short transfer will take you to Elvas where a guided walk in town will introduce the group to the background of its military monuments, the biggest of its kind.

In the UNESCO’s website, you can read: “The site, extensively fortified from the 17th to 19th centuries, represents the largest bulwarked dry ditch system in the world. Within its walls, the town contains barracks and other military buildings as well as churches and monasteries. While Elvas contains remains dating back to the 10th-century AD, its fortification began when Portugal regained independence in 1640. ”

From Elvas to Évora is a short transfer and you will arrive still in time for a guided visit to your hotel.

Overnight: Convento do Espinheiro, at Évora.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

South of Portugal Tour - Roman ruins of Évora
Also popularly known as Templo de Diana (Diana Temple), it was probably a place of worship to the Roman emperor of the time it was built.

Day 7 – Évora in Roman times and the Almendres Cromlech

Évora has an impressive medieval heritage as well as a Roman heritage. In town, after a guided walk to introduce you to the several monuments in Évora and before tasting the local food, you can decide for a free visit to one of the several sites.

After lunch, it will be time for a special visit, to the Almendres Cromlech also called the Portuguese Stonehenge. Although not very known, this megalithic site is more than two thousand years older than Stonehenge, can you imagine?

Having some rest and enjoying the lovely Convento do Espinheiro, is also part of the afternoon before leaving for dinner in a local restaurant in town.

In town, there are several restaurants where the local gastronomy can be tasted. The gastronomy from Alentejo, the region, is known and very appreciated by most Portuguese people. You will tell us your opinion later.

Overnight: Convento do Espinheiro, at Évora.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Herdade do Freixo, Alentejo
You can find in the Herdade do Freixo’s website: “Our highest ambition is preservation of the rural landscape and for our wines to embody the heart of our Land, our vines and the terroir.”

Day 8 – Alentejo wine, some fine examples

This will be a day dedicated to wine, visiting two quite different wineries but both remarkable.

Recently, the Herdade do Freixo, built a phenomenal new wine cellar, an award-winning architectural project. Wonderful building with amazing wines, what else can one asks for?

Lunch will be at Monsaraz. This very well preserved medieval village looks like a Christmas representation with its white houses and narrows streets.

From its castle, you can see the Alqueva dam, the largest water reservoir in the Iberic Peninsula.

Herdade do Esporão is probably the most well-known Alentejo wine in Portugal and its brand is also a sign of quality. With more than 1700 acres of vineyards, where they plant around 40 kinds of grapes, but you can also find olive trees in their estate and their olive oil is also to die for.

Overnight: Horta da Moura, at Monsaraz.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Monsaraz, Portugal
Monsaraz, a medieval village and castle in the less known region of Alentejo

Day 9 – From the high grounds of the castle to the cupric pyrite mines

Your South of Portugal Tour Leader will take for a final visit to Monsaraz before starting the next transfer will give you the opportunity for some morning photos.

The position of the sun during the morning, if the weather allows it, lights the area with a very characteristic warm yellow light.

Minas de São Domingos is an old mining complex dating from Roman times but with quite of remarkable recent History. Here was constructed the second Portuguese railway and, at a certain time, this place held the biggest Portuguese mining complex.

Around here life moves with its own pace … slow … very slow.

A nice walk along the mining area can be a memorable experience full of photo opportunities.

Mértola is a stop before driving to Tavira, the day’s destination. For a long time, this village belonged to a Moorish lord that became friends with Portugal’s first king, a Catholic.

Overnight: Pousada do Convento de Tavira, at Tavira.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Tavira, the less known part of Algarve
Tavira, the less known part of Algarve

Day 10 – Tavira, the tuna fish catch and the salt mines

The day will star with a walking tour in Tavira. This town is probably the best-preserved town of the Algarve, having quite some tourists during the summer but not many people offseason.

The Tavira vegetable and fish market is one of the highlights of town as well as its castle from where you can have a wide-open view over the surroundings.

From the castle, your walk will take you along salt mines to access the beach area where a little lovely boat will be used to take you to walk on the sand island, will be a memorable experience.

The tuna fish catch is part of the History of Tavira as well as the unique way its population used to live together in fishing communities called “Arraial”.

There will be an opportunity to visit one “Arraial” now turned into a hotel with a nice museum.

A late drink from a rooftop bar will make a significant change in the tour’s pace. Downhill from this bar until the town’s center to dinner will be the perfect appetizer before tasting the local gastronomy.

Overnight: Pousada do Convento de Tavira, at Tavira.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Mirobriga's roman ruins
Mirobriga’s roman ruins

Day 11 – Mirobriga and its hippodrome

There are so many interesting locations to visit during this transfer day that the difficulty was to select which one to visit.

The first stop will take us to the Iron Age, visiting a Phoenician or Carthaginian site. Castro da Cola does not receive many visitors, however, is an interesting location do understand the first settlements on the territory we nowadays call Portugal.

From there the group will continue driving north but this time towards the ruins of Mirobriga, where you will find the only roman hippodrome in Portugal.
In both sites, you will have short walks while visiting the areas.

After a light lunch, it will be time to drive to the next hotel at Alcácer do Sal. The hotel stands on top of a hill, looking to extensive rice fields and, after checking in, we will explore this lovely town and its surroundings.

Overnight: Pousada do Castelo de Alcácer do Sal, at Alcácer do Sal.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Palmela's Castle
Palmela’s Castle

Day 12 – Palmela and Arrábida, the wine, the cheese, and handcraft

The day will start with a very short transfer to the atelier where you will learn about the local pottery and where you will have the chance to produce something yourself.

Lunch will happen in a small restaurant where you can taste the local pastries, the Torta de Azeitão, with the local purple Moscatel wine and, at a walkable distance, you will find the most charming old wine cellar where you will be told about the fascinating story about the wine you just had.

Overnight: Quinta da Conceição, at Azeitão.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

South of POrugal Tour - Arrabida Natural Park
South of POrugal Tour – Arrabida Natural Park

Day 13 – Setúbal and the Portuguese Riviera

Not too far from your hotel, the Espichel Cape will be where we will do the first walk of the day. From here, depending on the weather conditions, you can see Lisbon up north and a long line of many miles of white sand to the south.

Dinosaurs footprints and legends with a lady and a donkey will be in between the several talks we will have.

Lunch will happen in a bay facing south, looking to calm and crystal clear waters of the protected area of Portinho da Arrábida.

After visiting the viewpoint you can see on the photo of this section, and during an urban walk at Setúbal, the South of Portugal Tour Leader will share some information about the importance of this town during Roman times and also learn about the history of a famous Portuguese writer and a singer that lived here.

Overnight: Quinta da Conceição, at Azeitão.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Sanctuary of Christ the King, Almada
The Sanctuary of Christ the King (Portuguese: Santuário de Cristo Rei) is a Catholic monument and shrine dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ overlooking the city of Lisbon.

Day 14 – Cristo Rei and Lisbon

It’s time to return to Lisbon but not before visiting the “Cristo Rei”, a tall statue of Christ standing in front of Lisbon, on the south bank of the river Tejo. From the top of this monument, the view over the city is astonishing.

The group will arrive in Lisbon at lunchtime and after a light lunch, you will have some free time for your personal doings. Because you will be lodged at the Lisbon city center, you will be at a walkable distance from many interesting stores, monuments, and interesting sites.

A farewell dinner will be prepared where you will say goodbye to your South of Portugal Tour Leader.

Overnight: 4 stars hotel in Lisbon city center to be assigned.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

The Graça viewpoint, Lisbon
The Graça viewpoint, one of the most beautiful viewpoints of Lisbon

Day 15 – Departure

An Iberactive’s representative will take you to the airport at a scheduled hour depending on your flight arrangements.

Meals included: Breakfast.

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Tour Leader

David Monteiro – Tour Leader

Hello dear guest,

I’m David Monteiro and I will be your Tour Leader.

I was a CPA in Portugal for more than 20 years, having managerial positions in several multinational companies when in 2005 I decided to change gear and stop for a sabbatical year.

After that, nothing was the same again. In the meantime, I found a new dream: tourism.

Easier to dream about it than actually doing it, I had to struggle for a few years to move this project ahead.

In 2007, the first brand was created, “Montes e Vales” (meaning “Hills and Valleys”) started providing tours for individuals and team-building events for corporations. In this context and since the startup, we’ve been intensely providing walking and hiking tours in Portugal and Spain, and providing team-building events for big Portuguese and international companies in Portugal.

In 2010, to complement the above-mentioned business, a few weeks per year, I start guiding walking tour in Portugal and Spain for US-based companies and also providing other kinds of support services to active tours, and the Iberactive brand started.

I’m passionate about History, photography, arts, culture, and gastronomy.

Please call me in case you have any doubt. I’m here to help you make this program one of the best tours you ever had.

Hope to see you soon,
David Monteiro
david.monteiro@iberactive.com
+351 914 794 553

South of Portugal Tour - Monsaraz

South of Portugal Tour in a nutshell

A guided active tour in Portugal by Iberactive.com

Tour dates: select 15 consecutive days and we will check the availability

If you have your own group, independently of its size, please let us know and we will organize a private tour for you.

Tour Price: 5.500USD per person.

Including: 14 overnights sharing a standard double room, 14 breakfasts, 14 lunches, all transfers in the tour, all guided tours of the program and so much more.

Single room supplement: 800USD

Accommodations: All the hotels and other accommodations mentioned, are considering their availability at reservation time. In case the referred hotel is not available, a same level or higher hotel/accommodation will be selected.

Due to high demand for Lisbon, the hotel to be used is not referred but it will be selected in between modern 4 stars hotels in the city center.

Breakfast: to be served by the hotel.

Lunches and dinners: The included options, for dishes and wines, are those to be mentioned at the respective time by the Tour Leader.

Flights not included. To better organize your flights, please consider the Lisbon Airport, landing on tour’s Day 1 and departure also from Lisbon Airport at tour’s Day 15.
There will be an Iberactive’s representative to meet you at the Lisbon Airport at your arrival on tour’s Day 1and to take to the Lisbon Airport at your departure on Day 15.

Reservation

500USD at any time to guarantee your place.
Balance 90 days before the 1st Tour Day.

Cancellation

The costs of cancellation are as follows:
90 days before 1st Tour Day – 0% of reservation
89-60 days before 1st Tour Day – 25% of reservation
59-45 days before 1st Tour Day – 50% of reservation
44-30 days before 1st Tour Day – 75% of reservation
29 days or less before 1st Tour Day – 100% of reservation

Information and reservations

info@iberactive.com +351 914 794 553

Legal information

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Operating with the following licenses: RNAVT: 6246 and RNAAT 338/2016 of the Portuguese Tourism Authorities, Certified as “Turismo de Natureza” by ICNF

Iberactive operation in Portugal

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