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Medieval Portugal

A passage through most pivotal civilisations, discovering medieval Portugal's history, culture, and tradition. Following the trail of the Knights Templar, we'll visit some of its most fascinating monuments along the way.

  • Portugal

  • 7 nights
  • Half Board with most dinners taken in local restaurants with wine included.
  • Culture

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Walking grade

Grade 1

Overview

Holiday Highlights

  • Explore Tomar and its history.
  • Discover the Serra de Aires Natural Park and its magical limestone Santo António Caves.
  • Take a ferry across the river Tejo to the beautiful castle of Almourol.
  • Visit a number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
  • Enjoy traditional Portuguese dishes and wine in local restaurants.
  • Spend an afternoon enjoying delicious Ribatejo wines at a local winery.
  • Most dinners taken in local restaurants with wine included.

A unique walking tour based in the historical town of Tomar, located in the Ribatejo region of central Portugal. In the 13th century, Tomar was one of the most influential towns of the Iberian Peninsula and home to the Convento de Cristo or “Covent of Christ”, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and religious headquarters of the Knights Templar. This unique holiday follows the trail of the Knights Templar, visiting some of the most pivotal monuments. The area you will discover is blessed with captivating scenery, once seen, never forgotten and is designed for lovers of history, culture, and tradition. 

The Knights Templar are probably best known from the book and film “The Da Vinci Code”, but there is much more to discover about these fabled medieval warrior monks. The Templars were founded in Jerusalem in 1118. However, their heyday was connected with the founding of Portugal and the crusades against the Moors. This resulted in them being granted prime sites of castles and land primarily located around the Tomar region. Despite their fearsome, battle-hardened reputation, the Knights Templar were learned men, dedicated to protecting travellers and pilgrims of all religions, not just Christians. They were great statesmen, politically adept, economic traders and they were apparently allied with the great sailor-fraternity that had created a worldwide trading empire in Phoenician times. It should be noted that many Portuguese explorers and royalty were Knights Templar and later Masons. Many believe that the Portuguese Knights Templar were instrumental in Portugal acquiring its transatlantic colony, Brazil. 

Welcome to the Ribatejo region, a picturesque expanse of lush greenery and tranquillity. For centuries, this historical area has long been the epicentre of wine estates, wheat cultivation, and silk production, creating a timeless charm and giving it the reputation of the “wild west of Portugal”. You will enjoy an extraordinary experience of this magical and undiscovered region. Within a short distance of the hotel are wonderful abbeys, castles and other sites that link directly to the Knights Templar. The town of Tomar was the headquarters for the Order of the Knights Templar founded alongside Portugal itself. You will visit some of the most important and historical sites connected with the Knights Templar. But it will be much more than just visiting castles and abbeys. You will explore marvellous countryside and enjoy great food and wine. There is much to see but there will also be plenty of time to relax as well. 

  • Return flights from London to Lisbon
  • Airport transfers
  • En suite four star hotel accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis
  • Half board with dinners taken at local restaurants with wine included.
  • All local transport required for the itinerary by private coach/public bus/train
  • All entrances as noted in the itinerary
  • Wine tasting at a local winery
  • All local tips
  • Services of a Adagio Tour Leader
  • Entrance fees (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel Insurance

Holiday Information

Click the button below for a detailed Holiday Information Sheet containing all the particulars about this trip.

NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen

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Itinerary & Travel

Itinerary Details

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Medieval Portugal

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

Arrive in Lisbon airport where a private coach transfer takes you to Tomar to the Hotel dos Templarios. 

Transfer Time = 1 hour

Day 2

Tomar

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

The itinerary is expected to follow the daily schedule outlined below but please bear in mind that the order of the days may be amended, or walks substituted, due to weather conditions, attraction opening times, public transport timetables or changes beyond our control.

  • Time

    1 hours

  • Distance

    2 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    25/92m

For those who are feeling energetic, a walk descending back to the hotel is possible. Throughout the day, ample free time is provided for you to relish and immerse yourself in the unique atmosphere of this charming town. 

  • Time

    1 hours

  • Distance

    1.25 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    67m

Immerse yourself in the historical allure of Tomar for the day. Start the day with an introductory walk in the centre, unraveling its rich history and exploring its iconic monuments. 

After lunch make your way to the impressive Convent of Christ, a UNESCO world heritage site covering 45 hectares, founded by a master of the Knights Templar, Gualdim Pais. Continue your exploration with a visit to the remarkable Pegões Aqueduct, built in the 17th century with a total of 180 arches and 6km in length. 

Day 3

Serra de Aires Natural Park

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    1.5 hours

  • Distance

    3 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    89/74m

Visit the Serra de Aires Natural Park, a range of limestone hills, home to fantastic Santo António Caves, a geological wonder discovered in the 1950’s. Immerse yourself in the wonders of these impressive caves during your visit. 

In the afternoon, trace a scenic trail descending to the valley below the caves. This path meanders through charming villages, shaded pathways, and stunning scenery, offering a delightful experience as the valley unfolds before you.

Day 4

Tejo Valley

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    1 hours

  • Distance

    4 miles

Today is dedicated to the magnificent Tejo Valley, one of the most fertile regions of Portugal and known for its delicious wine. Begin by taking a traditional boat across the River Tejo to visit Almourol Castle, a fortified castle located on an enigmatic island. Here, indulge in some of the week's most breathtaking panoramic views! 

Upon returning to dry land, follow Tanco’s shoreline towards the delightful town of Vila Nova da Barquinha, celebrated for its incredible lush greenery and fertile land. Conclude your walk at the village’s public garden, a captivating open-air gallery showcasing modern sculptures!  Finish the day with a visit the Templar Interpretation Centre.  

Day 5

Batalha and Alcobaça

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Take a trip to Batalha Abbey, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Europe’s greatest gothic masterpieces born out of a promise of gratitude for a battle that granted Portugal its independence.

Following lunch, your exploration continues with a visit to the 12th-century Abbey of Alcobaça, another UNESCO World Heritage Site. Originally gifted to St. Bernard of Clairvaux, the founder of the Knights Templar, this abbey serves as the final resting place for Portugal's most famous royal lovers, Pedro I and Ines de Castro. It's a captivating chapter of history awaiting your discovery.

Day 6

North of Tomar

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    2 hours

  • Distance

    4 miles

Embark on a morning stroll along the picturesque River Nabão, named after the ancient goddess of rivers and water. As you trace the river's edges north of Tomar, discover moments when our path aligns with the famous Portuguese Caminho de Santiago.

Afterward, treat yourself to a rejuvenating visit to a nearby winery, where you can savor the delightful flavors of Ribatejo wines. It's a perfect opportunity to indulge in the rich and delicious offerings of this winemaking region.

Day 7

Ourém

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Today visit Ourém, a remarkable hilltop village enclosed by ancient walls crowned with a dramatic castle whose origins date back to Moorish times. Delve into the village's history and wander through the castle, immersing yourself in its captivating stories. Explore the village and castle, after which you have time to unwind in a local café and enjoy the views over the immense panoramic landscapes below. It's a perfect moment to relax and appreciate the beauty that surrounds you. 

Day 8

Final day

Meals

Breakfast

Say your goodbyes to Tomar and head to Lisbon airport for your return flight back to the UK.

Departure dates for your selected tour

21st Apr 2024 - 28th Apr 2024 (7 Nights)

5th May 2024 - 12th May 2024 (7 Nights)

16th Jun 2024 - 23rd Jun 2024 (7 Nights)

7th Jul 2024 - 14th Jul 2024 (7 Nights)

6th Oct 2024 - 13th Oct 2024 (7 Nights)

17th Nov 2024 - 24th Nov 2024 (7 Nights)

Travel Details

Return flights between London to Lisbon. 

Transfers are by private transfer to The Hotel dos Templarios, which will take approximately 1 hour. During the week travel by road, boat and on foot.

Accommodation

Accommodation information

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each night's accommodation for each departure date.

Hotel dos Templarios

Tomar is a charming town located on the banks of the River Nabão. This quaint town has a pedestrian-friendly historic centre, quiet cobbled streets, a scenic riverside park, and is surrounded by the rural green landscapes of the Seven Hills National Forest. There are several grocery shops, a bank, post office and several ATM’s. There is also a tourist office, bakery, post office, supermarket and train/bus stations within a 15 minute walk from the hotel. Tomar’s local bars are within walking distance and enjoyable to visit in the evening after dinner, though the hotel is a lovely place to relax. During the winter season, the town can be a little quieter as there may be less tourists and you may find some shops have shorter opening hours. 

We stay in the elegant four star Hotel dos Templarios sited in its own gardens with spa, swimming pool and fabulous views over the city of Tomar and the River Nabão. It is the ideal setting and is situated only a few minutes walk from the historic centre of the town and its amenities. The hotel is sophisticated with bright classical décor and marble flooring. Hotel facilities include lobby bar, restaurant, spa, and swimming pool. 

We stay in twin and double bedded rooms. Single rooms are usually double or twin bedded for sole use rooms. Rooms are elegantly decorated with wooden furnishings and include:

  • En suite bathrooms
  • Balcony or terrace
  • Air conditioning
  • Satellite TV
  • Mini-fridge
  • Telephone
  • Free WIFI
  • Hairdryer
  • Safe

There are no tea/coffee making facilities in rooms. 

Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

A relaxing way to explore, where we’ve perfected the art of taking our time. You don’t need to be a seasoned walker or fit enough to walk for miles to join these itineraries. All trips at this grade are in our Adagio Collection where our focus is on quality time. We encourage everyone to pause and take in their surroundings, strolling on foot at a leisurely pace. 

Usual daily walks - Distance: 3 miles; Ascent/Descent 50m; Terrain: good paths and tracks; Time: Over the duration of a day. 

Walks & Excursions

We use a mix of privately hired vehicles, taxis, and public transport which gives us some flexibility in our itinerary. We have a wonderful programme of walking, sightseeing and visits planned to let you fully experience the area along with opportunities to relax at our wonderful hotel and enjoy your surroundings.

Local Costs

Holiday Budgeting

As you plan your holiday budget, it's essential to account for expenses such as drinks, meals not covered in the holiday price, entrance fees not included, optional local excursions, and any souvenirs or additional services like laundry. For a rough estimate, budgeting around £10-£20 per person per day for lunches and drinks is a helpful guideline.

Local Transport Costs

In the holiday cost, we've included all local transport expenses related to the advertised activity program for your convenience. If there are additional visits or excursions to enrich your experience, you can choose to participate and cover the costs locally. Depending on the itinerary, local transport may involve a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses, and ferries.

Tipping

In your holiday price, we've included tipping for our local suppliers, covering hotel and restaurant staff, local guides, and drivers. Should you wish to make an extra contribution for a specific service, this should be given directly to the recipient at your discretion.

Your Group

Your Leader

Your tour leader plays a crucial role in enhancing your holiday experience, and they share your passion for exploring the world on foot. In addition to being resourceful and organized they are also well-travelled and deeply enthusiastic about showing you new destinations. Your tour leader takes care of all the local, ensuring you can fully enjoy your holiday without worrying about the logistics. While leading group holidays, they always keep in mind that each group is composed of individuals. Each tour leader brings their unique style, talents, and professional background to the table. Rest assured, they are all trained, qualified, experienced, and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting, and inspiring as possible. Remember, your leader, while on holiday, is your first port of call for any issues, ensuring a smooth and worry-free experience for you.

Leaders Evening Briefing

Each evening, your tour leader will meet with you to review the program for the next day. This is your chance to discuss details and ensure that the planned activities align with your walking ability. If you have any concerns about clothing or equipment, feel free to bring them up during this discussion. If, for any reason, you prefer not to participate in the organized group program, please inform your leader. Your preferences are important, and your leader is there to make sure your experience aligns with your expectations.

Local Guides

Visiting historical sites, churches or museums are much more rewarding with a local guide. They give an insight to the local culture, language and traditions and can bring a destination alive. Many of our Adagio holidays include a knowledgeable English speaking guide on at least one of the days. Please refer to your daily itinerary to see where a guide is included.

Group Size

We believe that the best things come in small packages, and our Adagio holidays prove just that. We limit our groups to a maximum of 18 persons, plus the Adagio Leader, so that everyone has the opportunity to mix, share their love of travel and return home with new friendships. Small groups also have less detrimental local impact, allows us to use public transport on some days, eat at small local restaurants and, we believe, offers a better experience.

Travel Plans

Getting to your Holiday

Fly between London to Lisbon. A private transfer will take you to The Hotel dos Templarios, which will take approximately 1 hour. 

On some dates regional flights to Lisbon are offered, and one private transfer will be provided so there may be a wait at Lisbon airport on arrival and/or departure. 

During the week you'll travel by road, boat and on foot. 

If you intend joining and leaving the party in Tomar, we assume, unless you have advised us otherwise, that you will meet and leave the party at our hotel. If this is not your intention, please let us know in writing at least 5 weeks before departure.

Booking Your Own Travel Arrangements

If you prefer to arrange your own flights from a non-UK or regional airport or travel to your holiday destination by rail or car, you may qualify for 'land only' reductions, and we can provide details upon request. Feel free to reach out to us for more information.

Before finalizing any independent travel arrangements, especially if you're doing so 12 weeks or more before your intended travel date, please check with us first to ensure your holiday has been cleared to operate. If you plan to join your holiday locally, kindly inform us at least 14 weeks in advance.

If you're joining and leaving your holiday overseas, we assume, unless you specify otherwise, that you will join and leave the holiday at your hotel.

Although airport transfers are not included for those making independent travel arrangements, you may have the option to join the group at the overseas airport, depending on your flight arrival time. If interested, contact us at least 5 weeks before departure for more details.

Please be aware that your flight must arrive within 30 minutes of the group flight to be eligible for the group transfer. Additionally, we'll need your flight number, arrival time, and departure point to ensure the group leader can meet up with you. If you have a mobile, please ensure we have the number, and it is turned on while you are traveling for effective communication.

Hotel Transfers

The currency in Portugal is the euro. You may wish to take some euro cash with you until you reach an ATM. Credit cards may not be accepted in smaller towns and rural areas.

Luggage Allowance & Tickets

If you're booking a flight or rail inclusive holiday, rest assured that details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be clearly outlined in your 'Final Travel Documents'. These will be sent to you approximately 10 days before your departure, ensuring you have all the necessary information for a smooth and well-prepared journey.

Personal Details Check

To ensure the accurate administration of your holiday arrangements, kindly verify that the personal details we have for you are current and correct. Confirm that you've given us all the necessary information for securing your travel and accommodation. Please review your passport details, date of birth, and any other pertinent information crucial for the management of your holiday.

Additionally, please make us aware of any dietary allergies or intolerances you may have. Your well-being is important to us, and this information will help us make appropriate arrangements for your meals during the trip.

You can access and update the provided information or add missing details through the "Manage My Booking" feature on our website at www.rambleworldwide.co.uk. Alternatively, reach out to our Sales and Reservations team at +44 (0)1707 331133. Upon receiving your booking confirmation, promptly check the details. Your cooperation ensures a seamless and enjoyable holiday experience.

Passport Information

General Passport Advice

It is a good idea to carry photocopies of the personal details pages of your passport page (with your photo on). Should you lose your passport, this may assist with the issue of replacement documents and your return to your home country. Passport and visa requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements. 

General travel and destination advice for UK nationals is available from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office at www.fco.gov.uk/travel and at www.gov.uk/travelaware.

Brexit Passport Advice

If you are planning to travel to an EU country (except Ireland), or Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino or Vatican City, you must meet the Schengen area rules.

Your passport must meet 2 requirements. It must be:

  • less than 10 years old on the day you enter (check the ‘date of issue’)
  • valid for at least 3 months after the day you plan to leave (check the ‘expiry date’)

Your passport may need to be less than 10 years old during your whole visit, and the 3 months at the end of your visit may need to be within 10 years of your passport’s issue date.

Check both the issue date and the expiry date in your passport. If you renewed your passport early, extra months may have been added to its expiry date. This could affect the requirement for your passport to be less than 10 years old.

Non British Passport holders should consult the host country’s embassy for applicable passport and visa entry requirements.

Meals

Breakfasts and dinners are included in the holiday cost. You'll enjoy buffet breakfasts at the hotel, usually in the Terrace dining room.

Dinners are taken in local restaurants, a perfect way to discover the Ribatejo area. The local restaurants chosen are usually smaller and family run, serving traditional Portuguese food and used by locals. Local restaurants can be simple but allow you to enjoy an authentic experience and sometimes lively atmosphere in a traditional Portuguese restaurant along with local diners and the Portuguese hospitality. Portuguese dishes are usually created using locally sourced fresh ingredients, and usually consist of soup, meat or fish, vegetables and potatoes. Portugal is famous for its seafood and fresh fish and usually it is caught, cooked and eaten the same day! During the quieter winter months, many local restaurants close for the season. Therefore, you may eat in the hotel more and you may eat in the same restaurant more than once as availability of open restaurants could be limited.

Vegetarian options are available if we are advised in advance so please contact our Sales & Reservations department. However please be aware that Portuguese food mostly consists of meat and fish. We do make suggestions on what ingredients to consider to produce a well-balanced and tasty meat and fish free meal, however vegetarian and vegan options can sometimes lack protein and carbohydrates.  You can, however, guarantee that ingredients will be fresh and locally sourced.

Lunches are not included but are usually taken as picnics brought from local shops, bakeries or cafes.

Footwear & Kit List

Footwear

Comfortable, broken in, walking boots or shoes with a good sole are recommended for this holiday. Walking shoes or other comfortable footwear will be suitable for sightseeing days.

General Kit List

Outdoor activities are always safer and more enjoyable if you are prepared.

If you have not travelled with us before the following list might be of use:

  • Waterproof jacket (Goretex or similar) and trousers
  • Fleece or jumper
  • Sun hat, sunglasses, lip salve and sun screen
  • Swimwear (if appropriate)
  • Day sack (this should be able to carry all you would need for the days activity)
  • Water bottle - at least 1 litre capacity
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Reusable Lunchbox
  • Walking poles (should you find them useful)

This list is not exhaustive and every traveller is different and may have their own preference.

Water To Go

Opting for filtered water from a reusable bottle with its built-in water filter, like the Water-to-go bottle available at www.watertogo.eu, is a sustainable alternative to single-use sealed water bottles. Simply refill it from any water source and contribute to saving the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

Exciting news: Water-to-go has introduced two new bottles to their collection. The Active bottle is designed to fit bike water bottle holders, and the Sugarcane bottle is an even more planet-friendly option. Crafted from fibrous cane, a by-product of liquid extraction, it undergoes a process to create plant-based plastic. Explore the details on the Water-to-Go website for this innovative new range.

As a token of appreciation for your commitment to the environment, we've secured an exclusive 15% discount with Water-to-Go for you. Visit www.watertogo.eu and use the code RWH17 during your order.                        

Note: If you're booked on a long-haul holiday departing after November 1, 2023, you'll receive a complimentary Water to Go bottle, sent to your home address 2 or 3 weeks before your holiday. Thank you for being a part of our sustainable journey!

Travel Document Checklist

To ensure your holiday gets off to a good start, please make sure that you bring the following documents and information with you:

  • Passport (make sure it's yours and valid)
  • Your travel tickets or e-ticket itinerary
  • Any visa or electronic travel authorisation (if required)
  • Holiday currency
  • Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
  • Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
  • Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
  • Your holiday Booking Confirmation document
  • Your travel insurance details
  • Alternative form of identification (such as a driving licence)
  • Photocopy of the personal details pages of your passport
  • A valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) if relevant
  • Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about

Electricity in Portugal

Electricity is supplied at 220 Volts. If you wish to use electrical equipment you will need a European two pin adaptor with round pins. More information can be found at https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/

Maps & Guidebooks

Ideal Maps & Guidebooks

Many local libraries stock a selection of travel guides and books which may offer you more information. Apart from any books available in local libraries, the internet is now an excellent resource for information about holiday destinations. You may find the below websites, books and programmes useful. 

Maps of the areas we visit (1:200 000 scale) are available locally and at specialist map shops in the UK. 

Visit Portugal

Visit the Ribatejo region

The Portugal Centro Tourist Office’s website offers further information on Tomar and other towns in the area. 

The Rough Guide to Portugal has several pages on Tomar and Lisbon plus lots of other in-depth information about the country. 

The Knights Templar

First Templar Nation by Freddy Silva

Buried: The Knights Templar and the Holy Grail Documentary

For anyone particularly interested in maps, more details of these maps can be found at www.igeoe.pt.

The Map Shop

If you cannot find the maps or books locally we recommend:

The Map Shop
5 High Street
Upton upon Severn, Worcs
WR8 0HJ
England

Tel: 01684 593 146
Website: www.themapshop.co.uk
E-mail: themapshop@btinternet.com

If you key many of the local places mentioned in this holiday fact sheet into YouTube, you will find a vast array of spectacular footage of the area.

Staying Healthy on Holiday

Health Advice for Portugal

No compulsory immunisations are required for visits to Portugal. 

You should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended in the UK. 

You may wish to consider immunisations against Tetanus. 

Dengue fever exists in Portugal; please take normal precautions against mosquito bites.

Further Health Advice

For further advice please visit:

You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.

Travel Insurance

GHIC / EHIC Cards

Starting January 1st, 2021, you, as a UK traveller, can continue using your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) throughout its valid five-year period, granting you access to medical assistance during your holiday until its expiry date. Be aware, though, that this coverage will no longer extend to Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, or Switzerland. In case you don't have a valid EHIC, you can apply for a new UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC), which will replace the EHIC as it gets phased out.

It's essential to emphasize that the EHIC/GHIC, while valuable, should not be regarded as a substitute for comprehensive medical or travel insurance. For your peace of mind and comprehensive coverage, considering additional insurance is highly recommended.

For more information, please visit www.nhs.uk/ehic

Travel Insurance

It’s a condition of booking that you obtain adequate travel insurance, from a reputable provider, to undertake the holiday, including UK trips chiefly due to the cancellation element of cover.

The policy must cover the period from the date of booking to the last day of your trip and should include, as a minimum, cover for: medical expenses (including the consequences of a Covid positive test result), mountain rescue including helicopter rescue, death, repatriation, cancellation and curtailment and shall not have exclusion clauses limiting cover for the activities you will partake in on your trip, including altitudes reached in the holiday arrangement. It is your responsibility to check that your policy is adequate for the nature and destination of the holiday booked.

Once you have obtained your travel insurance, please provide us with the name of your travel insurer, the policy number and the insurer’s 24 hour emergency assistance number.

In the event that you fail to obtain suitable Travel Insurance we shall not be liable for any costs incurred or claims made against us due to your failure to comply with this term.

If travelling outside the UK you must carry proof of insurance with you and produce it if reasonably requested to do so by RWH Travel staff, tour leaders or suppliers. No refunds will be made should you be excluded from the walking programme through being uninsured or you being unable to demonstrate that you are insured.

Our house broker MPI should be considered for whom we are an affiliate and contact information is on our website and will be referred to in your booking confirmation.

If you are travelling to an EU country or Switzerland please also ensure that you have either an existing valid EU EHIC card (European Health Insurance Card) or a valid UK GHIC (Global Health Insurance Card). You can apply for a UK GHIC free of charge on the NHS website at https://services.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/cra/start.

Height

It is important to ensure while purchasing insurance that you are insured for guided walking upto 1000m.

Our Ethos

Responsible Travel

We are dedicated to promoting responsible travel practices that prioritize the well-being of both the environment and local communities. We believe in the transformative power of travel and aim to minimize our ecological footprint by selecting eco-friendly accommodations, encouraging waste reduction, and supporting sustainable transportation options where possible. Our walking tours are designed to immerse participants in the local culture, fostering meaningful connections with the communities we visit. We strive to leave a positive impact by engaging in responsible tourism activities, respecting local customs, and contributing to the preservation of natural landscapes. Through our commitment to responsible travel, we aim to create enriching experiences for our guests while actively contributing to the conservation of the destinations we explore.

Heart and Sole

We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. 

The Ramble Worldwide Outdoor Trust

Unlike many other tour operators, we take pride in our unique approach. Ramble Worldwide channels its surplus profits back into various outdoor, walking-related, or environmental conservation projects in the UK through our own trust. When you choose us, you contribute to this impactful initiative.

The primary focus of our Trust's financial support is directed towards Britain's premier walking charity, The Ramblers. They play a crucial role in advocating the benefits and significance of walking to the British public. Additionally, our Trust invites applications for small grants from local organizations in the UK that require support for walking-oriented activities. This encompasses initiatives such as establishing footpaths and bridleways, funding for the reconstruction of bridges and refurbishing huts, and bursary funding for organisations that support individuals to enjoy the beauty of the great outdoors..

For more comprehensive details, please visit the 'About' section on our website and click on the Charitable Trust link. Your choice to travel with us goes beyond a memorable vacation; it contributes to meaningful projects that have a positive impact on our community and environment.

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Portugal

  • Capital

    Lisbon

  • Currency

    Euro

  • Language

    Portuguese

  • Time Difference

    UTC, UTC +01:00

  • Flight duration

    3hrs from UK

Visas and Passports

No Visa Required

Average weather

  • January

    11°C

    Avg. Rain: 109mm

  • February

    12°C

    Avg. Rain: 93mm

  • March

    13°C

    Avg. Rain: 75mm

  • April

    14°C

    Avg. Rain: 66mm

  • May

    16°C

    Avg. Rain: 52mm

  • June

    19°C

    Avg. Rain: 26mm

  • July

    21°C

    Avg. Rain: 12mm

  • August

    22°C

    Avg. Rain: 16mm

  • September

    20°C

    Avg. Rain: 44mm

  • October

    17°C

    Avg. Rain: 91mm

  • November

    14°C

    Avg. Rain: 111mm

  • December

    12°C

    Avg. Rain: 120mm

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