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Adventurous Portugal

City tour in a tiny car? A stay on a houseboat? A ride aboard a hot air balloon? Experience the adventurous side of Portugal on this 9-day journey! Explore nature parks and reserves through outdoor activities that combine physical exercise and local culture all in one. 

Begin your trip in Lisbon, the Portuguese capital, soaking in its vibrant culture before travelling to the regions of Alentejo and the Algarve, the country’s southern coast, for some exciting activities and excursions!

Location:

  • Lisbon, Portugal (LIS)
  • Évora, Portugal
  • Tavira, Algarve, Portugal
  • Lagos, Algarve, Portugal
9  Days | 7  nights
Call to book: 1-866-529-2079
Travelling as a group of 10 or more? Request a group quote.

INCLUSIONS

  • Round-trip flights to Lisbon (if flight and hotel package option is chosen)
  • 7 nights of accommodation 
  • 6-day car rental with Europcar in selected category
  • Private airport transfer in Lisbon 
  • 7 breakfasts and 1 lunch
  • 6 More Moments activities included:
    • Half-day city tour of Lisbon by GoCar (approx. 3 hours)
    •  Private full-day excursion to Tejo Islands by deluxe minivan, including lunch and a river boat tour
    • Guided walking tour in Évora 
    • Hot air balloon ride
    • Cross-border ziplining from Portugal to Spain
    • Guided kayak tour in Lagos
  • Earn Aeroplan® points        

ITINERARY

Day 1

Depart Canada

Fly to Lisbon.

Adventurous Portugal

Day 2

Welcome to Lisbon

Upon arrival, meet your driver and head for your hotel to check in. Enjoy the afternoon in Lisbon aboard the GoCar!

More Moments Activities Included:
Lisbon by GoCar:
  • Discover emblematic places and monuments in the Portuguese capital following the GPS audio guide. Choose your 3-hour route and experience the city your way.
Accommodation:
(1 night)
Adventurous Portugal

Day 3

Lisbon

After breakfast, enjoy a full-day private tour along the Tagus River to experience Ribatejo region and its traditions.   

More Moments Activities Included:
Tejo Islands & Wild Horses:
  • Begin with a visit the small village of Salvaterra de Magos, where Portuguese royalty lived during the 18th century. Visit the Royal Falconry to appreciate birds of prey and understand how they were used in royal hunts. Next, enjoy a traditional lunch before heading to the banks of the Tagus. Go on a small boat tour and explore calm waters amid a stunning scenery of islands where many bird species live.  See the famous Portuguese Lusitano horse, which runs freely along the Tagus River.
Meal(s): Breakfast
Accommodation:
(1 night)
Adventurous Portugal

Day 4

Lisbon – Évora (approx. 133 km)

After breakfast pick up your car at the rental centre. Leave Lisbon and travel through the Alentejo region towards Évora.

More Moments Activities Included:
Guided Walking Tour of Évora and Hot Air Balloon Ride:
  •  A 90-minute walk through narrow, century-old streets.  Discover the magical places of Évora where the stones come to life, visiting the main attractions: Giraldo Square, the Roman Temple of Évora, the Cathedral of Évora and the Church of São Francisco.
  • Fly through the skies over Évora and Alentejo! See the city and the fields from up above and bring the tranquility of the Alentejo countryside to the skies, where only the birds and the wind can be heard.
Meal(s): Breakfast
Accommodation:
(1 night)
Adventurous Portugal

Day 5

Évora – Monsaraz – Alqueva Lake (approx. 60 km)

After breakfast, drive to the medieval walled town of Monsaraz, see the castle, the church and admire breathtaking views. Continue to Alqueva, the largest artificial lake in Europe. Take part of the many activities offered, from water skiing and wakeboarding to canoeing and stand up paddle. Visit nearby places on foot or by bicycle and see some of the region’s tourist spots.

Sleep on-board a floating house, no sailor’s license or previous experience needed (only a brief training session on the day of the rental). 

Meal(s): Breakfast
Adventurous Portugal

Day 6

Alqueva – Moura – Mértola – Alcoutim - Tavira (approx. 227 km)

Wake up to a peaceful and unique Alentejo landscape. Sail along the Alqueva and discover many lakeside villages. Moor your boat easily and explore more of the region’s attractions before leaving Alqueva. Arrive in Moura and stroll through the town before continuing your drive south through Alentejo’s fields of cork and olive trees. Visit Mértola, nicknamed the museum-village, a peaceful riverside walled town located on a cliff. 

Drive towards the Algarve region and stop at Alcoutim, where you’ll take a 5-minute ferry ($) to Sanlúcar de Guadiana and experience the world’s only cross-border zipline.  End your day by heading east and staying overnight in Tavira.

More Moments Activities Included:
Cross-border Zipline Spain-Portugal:
Meal(s): Breakfast
Accommodation:
(1 night)
Adventurous Portugal

Day 7

Tavira – Faro - Lagos (approx. 115 km)

After breakfast, enjoy your time in Tavira with its beautiful gardens and open-air cafes. See the Church of Misericordia, among a multitude of churches spread throughout the town.

Drive to Faro and take some time in the capital of the Algarve. Walk to the old town, crossing the Arco da Vila, and admire Bishops’ Palace in Largo da Sé square. 

Continue to Lagos and visit this ancient city. Stroll through narrow streets and the historic centre and visit churches and museums of sacred art and archaeology. 

Meal(s): Breakfast
Accommodation:
(1 night)
Adventurous Portugal

Day 8

Lagos – Sagres – Vicentine Coast - Lisbon (approx. 302 km)

After breakfast, take an adventurous guided kayak tour in Lagos. In the afternoon, travel back to Lisbon and drive through Sagres and Cape St. Vincent, the 2 most southwestern points in Europe.  See the lighthouse and the promontory that housed a famous nautical school founded in the 15th century. Continue along the Vicentine Coast, over 100km of natural habitat with a vast variety of beaches.  Stop to try a surf lesson ($) on Arrifana or Amado beach before heading back to Lisbon.

Meal(s): Breakfast
Accommodation:
(1 night)
Adventurous Portugal

Day 9

Lisbon – Return to Canada

After breakfast, return your car rental at the Lisbon airport and board your flight back to Canada.

Meal(s): Breakfast
Adventurous Portugal

ACCOMMODATIONS

WHERE YOU'LL STAY

The hotels listed below are presented as examples for your reference only. Where “or similar” is indicated, guests will stay at a hotel of the same star rating. The hotel accommodations will be communicated to the consumer or travel agent prior to departure.

LOCATION
HOTEL
Lisbon, Portugal (LIS)
Mundial(or similar)
Évora, Portugal
VG Évora (or similar)
Houseboat on Alqueva Lake(or similar)
Tavira, Algarve, Portugal
VG Tavira (or similar)
Lagos, Algarve, Portugal
Vila Branca (or similar)

Room Specifications

Unless otherwise indicated, guests will stay in a standard room at all hotels during the trip.
Room occupancy: Maximum 3

IMPORTANT INFO

AGE REQUIREMENT

Minimum 16 years old

DEPARTURE DATES

Daily from April 1st to October 31, 2021

MORE TO KNOW

Not included                         

  • Gratuities, attraction or museum entrances, road tolls                   
  • Local City Tax, payable to the hotels at destination                       
  • Hotel parking fees, if applicable      
  • Car pick up surcharge, if applicable 

HOTEL CHECK-IN/OUT

Houseboat always subject to confirmation, alternative accommodation in Évora or Monsaraz. 

CITY TAXES

City taxes are applicable for hotel stays in Lisbon and Porto and are payable in local currency. Rate of 2 EUR is calculated per person, per night. Rates are subject to change without notice.

TRANSPORTATION

GoCar: Compulsory driver's license and a deposit of 100 euros in cash or credit card is required.

 CAR RENTAL

Inclusion:

Unlimited Mileage, LDW (CDW Collision Damage Waiver + TW Theft Waiver), LAF (Vehicle Licensee Fee), AD (Additional Driver) & Tax.  Grace period of 29 minutes.       

Exclusion:

Gasoline, Airport Service Charge ASC (25 EUR plus 23% tax per rental), Hotel delivery (during office hours) charged to driver; On request basis only and subjected on previous confirmation. Inside city limits where exists an EC station - 10€; Up to 30Km - 20€; Above 30Km - 20€ + 0,80€ per Km.,  Personal Accident Insurance (PAI), Glass & Tires protection (WWI), Roadside assistance cover (RSA), Refueling charges, Navigation system, Baby seats, Luggage rack, Toll management device, Extra Additional Drivers (third person & above). All extra fees payable at rental counter in local currency. Anything not specifically noted in the inclusions. Upon arrival at the rental location, the passenger will be asked to leave a deposit for the rental. The deposit amount varies based on rental rate, minimum 300 EUR; this will be authorized on your credit card but not debited from your account. The deposit is intended to cover additional rental costs.

Minimum age for car rental is 23 with a prepaid voucher. A driver's license from country of origin valid for minimum 1 year must be presented at time of rental pickup.

Pricing display

Prices take into account taxes and are rounded to the nearest full dollar. Full details on taxes and fees are on the booking page.