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The Charm Of The Azores

Explore a mid Atlantic European outpost; the Azores archipelago rises from the violent meeting of three continental plates and is warmed by the passing Gulf Stream.

From£2,675

  • The Azores

  • 14 nights
  • Jun

    Jul

    Aug

Moderate

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Tour codes: 26900

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Our holiday walking grades

Moderate

Grade 4

Full and half day walks at a moderate pace over hilly terrain.

Most of these holidays have an element of sightseeing as well.

Half day walks will probably involve about 3 hours of walking, with full day walks having around 5 hours. Expect ascents and descents of up to 600m.

Overview

Holiday Highlights

  • Walk amongst dormant volcanoes, along beaches of basalt and follow wild, green paths.
  • Discover rock pools and lava formations.
  • Walk through hydrangeas on the ridge of São Jorge with superb views of five islands.
  • Enjoy the subtropical gardens and hot sulphurous springs.
  • Wander through traditional vineyards amid the lava flows of Pico.
  • Sail to the nearby island of Faial to explore Horta.
  • Hike through unspoilt natural beauty.

Explore a mid Atlantic European outpost; the Azores archipelago rises from the violent meeting of three continental plates and is warmed by the passing Gulf Stream. You’ll walk amongst dormant volcanoes, along beaches of basalt and follow paths green and wild, encountering locals and the islands’ dappled cows.

Ponta Delgada is our base for the western end of São Miguel Island, where we have a superb walk above the famous green and blue crater lakes and visit the pretty seaside village of Mosteiros. We also have time to explore the charming Portuguese colonial style capital of Ponta Delgada itself, with its many gardens, narrow streets and harbourside esplanade.

We fly to São Jorge island, for some fabulous walks to enjoy fine views from the island’s mountainous spine, to descend to secret “fajas”, coastal farmland hidden below the island’s rugged cliffs, and maybe stroll through the gardens of Rosais.

We sail to Pico for delightful walks on the slopes of Pico mountain, the highest in Portugal and her islands (the summit is an above-grade optional excursion for fit walkers), and also by the coast, through the island’s unique volcanic vineyards. One day is dedicated to exploring the nearby island of Faial, a short ferry crossing away. Whale watching is another option from Pico or Faial during your free time.

Flying back to São Miguel, this time we stay in the unique volcanic spa town of Furnas, a superb base in the unspoiled eastern end of the island. Our hotel is located in exotic subtropical gardens. After a walk here we can relax in the hot volcanic springs.

This most enjoyable and leisurely tour allows time to walk and savour these beautiful and utterly peaceful islands by the best means possible, on foot!

  • Return flights from Stansted to Ponta Delgada (Ryanair) and internal flights (SATA Air Açores)
  • Airport transfers by road
  • En suite accommodation with breakfast
  • Dinners taken in hotels and local restaurants.
  • All local transport costs.
  • Entrance fees (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel Insurance (you can add this when you book)

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

Sao Miguel

Meals

In-Flight

Accommodation

We fly directly to Ponta Delgada Airport on the island of São Miguel and a short transfer takes us to our first hotel. This is situated close to the historic part of Ponta Delgada with the harbour front a short walk away.

Transfer Time = 30m

Day 2

Sao Miguel

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    4 hours

  • Distance

    6.22 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    200/730m

Our introductory walk on São Miguel takes us to the top of an enormous caldeira (an extinct volcano) with superb views of the blue and green lakes. Later we descend on paths and roads to the harbour town of Mosteiros and return by local bus to our hotel. There may be time to explore Ponta Delgada at the end of the day.

Day 3

Sao Miguel

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    4.5 hours

  • Distance

    8.2 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    760/720m

Today will be at the top of the grade but a sense of achievement will be felt when you reach the serene Lagoa do Fogo! The first hour is a gentle ascent through pine forests with tree ferns and swathes of ginger lily, we take our time, as it is a very pleasant and beautiful walk. Along the walk we will encounter different terrains from woodland and moorland with many fine views. The lake is again found in the cone of an extinct volcano and is a quiet, often misty, but memorable place to visit. On our descent we will follow a flowing levada of which the Portuguese are famous for.

Day 4

Sao Jorge

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

After breakfast it is back to Ponta Delgada Airport for a short domestic flight to Sao Jorge. Upon arrival we will transfer to our hotel and later we can explore the small town. In the afternoon there is a short walk to the top of the adjacent hill to look down on the town and its harbour. Not surprisingly, this hill is also an extinct volcanic cone.

Day 5

Sao Jorge

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    5.5 hours

  • Distance

    7.46 miles

  • Descent

    700m

One of the best walks of the holiday! We head from Piquinho Da Urze to Faja Des Cubres. The walk begins with short visit to a church engulfed by lava and then our coach takes us up to nearly 700m. The well-defined path, steep in parts, descends through an enormous, impressive green valley past fields hedged with blue hydrangeas and scattered with contented cattle. We will have several stops to admire the views as we descend towards the sea. After lunch by another small church the walk follows an undulating coastal path.

Day 6

Sao Jorge

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    5 hours

  • Distance

    8.7 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    450/700m

A walk on the central ridge of Sao Jorge is the plan today. The walk today takes us along crushed lava tracks that cross grassy mountains to the ‘Peak of Hope’, a superb walk! On clear days, distant views of neighbouring islands such as Graciosa, Terceira, Pico and Faial will keep us company. We descend on very gentle pathways to a bar above the rocky harbour of Ouvidor.

Day 7

Sao Jorge

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    5 hours

  • Distance

    6.22 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    600m

This cliff top and coastal walk from Faja Dos Vimes to Faja De S. Joao starts at the only coffee plantation in Europe and ends at a bar. This delightful but tough walk is something a little different. The area is well known for its vines, fruit and vegetables but it is not all farmland. Our route will take us across three streams with an exciting section, picking our way across boulders and smaller rocks adds a new experience to the tour.

Day 8

Pico

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    2.5 hours

  • Distance

    5.16 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    120m

We wave goodbye to Sao Jorge as we leave the harbour during our ferry journey taking us to the third island on our exploration. The first thing you will notice about Pico is its very distinct mountain. On arrival into Pico harbour we will transfer to our hotel. After settling in to the hotel Caravelas in Madelana we can arrange transport to Calhau and walk back to town along the coast path, through the volcanic landscape past windmills and vineyards and black rock.

Day 9

Pico

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    3.5 hours

  • Distance

    3.73 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    130m

Today is a ‘free day’. In the past clients have chosen to take to the narrow lanes of Pico on rented cycles, watched wales from a local boat, hired a guide to ascend Pico itself, or just relaxed by the pool. Additionally, your leader may well offer a walk of the old vineyards of Lajido. This is a short circular walk offering great views of not only the coast but Pico Summit. Along the route there are opportunities to visit a traditional wine cellar and distillery with time to relax at the end of the walk at a nice café for a refreshing drink.

Day 10

Pico

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    4 hours

  • Distance

    6.84 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    360/370m

Today takes in Santa Cruz and Lajes through two waterside villages finishing up in Lajes famous for its whaling museum. Lajes was the first settlement on Pico to go on to became the most important town in the Azores for whaling. An industry no longer continued in the islands.

Day 11

Pico

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Your leader takes you back to the sea today as we take the local ferry for a day trip to the island of Faial. There is a good choice of walks and activities to do on Faial and your leader will make the best choice based on the weather. This could include visiting the engulfed lighthouse at the point where the last major eruption in the Azores took place just fifty years ago. Or maybe take a short walk through Horta and Lomba to the Botanic gardens or take a taxi to the Caldeira Rim for a circular walk and a picnic. There is so much to choose from!

Day 12

Sao Miguel

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Our final inter-island flight of the holiday will whisk us from Pico Airport back to Ponta Delgada where we will transfer by road (watching out for the tea estates on the route) to the dramatic village of Furnas with its very local volcanic activity. Spend the afternoon exploring the extensive botanical gardens of the Hotel Terra Nostra and possibly enjoy the delights of the geothermal outdoor pool.

Day 13

Sao Miguel

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    4 hours

  • Distance

    5.72 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    350m

We start with a tour of Furnas town and see just how close we are to geothermal activity. Our main walk will take us up to Furnas Lake which is largely level, but there will be some short sharp ascents and descents. At the lake, if we judge the time correctly, we can see the local cooks removing the packaged meals from the hot springs. Circular walk round the lake will bring us back to our lovely Art Deco hotel.

Day 14

Sao Miguel

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    3.5 hours

  • Distance

    5.59 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    500m

Our final walk in the Azores is from Ribiera Quente to Povoacao. A coastal walk with some long ascents through lush vegetation and some corresponding descents, mainly through farmland. This walk will give us one last chance to stretch our legs. There will be beautiful coastal views from the high cliffs. Our route finishes at the very attractive town of Povoacao with a beach and harbour waiting for exploration at the end of our walking holiday.

Day 15

Sao Miguel

Meals

Breakfast

It is time to bid farewell to these extraordinary group of islands as we transfer back to Ponta Delgada Airport by coach, ready to fly back to the UK.

From (GBP)£2,675

Departure dates for your selected tour

4th Jul 2020 - 18th Jul 2020 (14 Nights)

29th Aug 2020 - 12th Sep 2020 (14 Nights)

12th Jun 2021 - 26th Jun 2021 (14 Nights)

10th Jul 2021 - 24th Jul 2021 (14 Nights)

Travel Details

  • Return flights from Stansted to Ponta Delgada (Ryanair) and internal flights (SATA Air Açores)
  • Airport transfers by road c. 30 minutes
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights this may be Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Most low-cost carriers also have extra legroom seats.
  • If direct regional flights are not available, we can often offer add-on flights to a London airport at a competitive rate. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.

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 Vila Nova

Our first Centre on Sao Miguel is Ponta Delgada, the capital of the island. It is a simple but picturesque fishing city with manor houses, a beautiful harbour, churches and mosaic floors. Our hotel is close to many of the attractions in the area. A walk along the promenade and harbour front of less than 5 minutes will have you at the centre of Ponta Delgada. Perfect for a wander into town in the evenings. The attractive and lively old Portugese colonial city and the new port complex are close to our hotel, only a short 10 minute walk away. In July, the Holy Spirit festival takes place where musical bands from many vilages process to the town centre from Largo do S.Francisco. There are many mini supermarkets, shops and bakeries in close walking distance to the town.

The three star Hotel Vila Nova is one of the larger hotels on this holiday, with its 102 rooms, but its location is ideal. The hotel was built in the 1930's and retains much of its art-deco character. There is a gym plus an indoor and outdoor pool but we cannot always guarantee these will be in use. Rooms include en suite facilities, free WIFI, air conditioning, telephone, television and a hairdryer.

Hotel Sao Jorge

We stay in the three star Hotel Sao Jorge, located next to the coast with great views across the island, the ocean and to Pico mountain, the highest point of the islands. It is near the harbour and within easy walking distance of the town of Velas, with its restaurants, ferry port and other amenities. The hotel has an outdoor saltwater swimming pool (not always in use) that you can cool off in after a day of hiking the trails. Or you can relax on the terrace that overlooks the grounds or take a drink in the bar and lounge. Extensive buffet breakfasts are served every morning. The hotel has no restaurant and so dinners are taken in nearby local restaurants. All rooms have a bathroom (bath & shower), TV, telephone, balcony with ocean view and air conditioning. There is complimentary Wi-Fi at reception.

Hotel Caravelas

Madalena is an attractive village and very pleasant to explore. It has a variety of shops, cafes and also has a wine museum! There are also many rockpools which are used for swimming by the locals. Our hotel is located a short walking distance from many small and large supermarkets, cafes and bakeries. 

The hotel is well located only 100 meters from the harbour front and with wonderful views to Faial Island. The hotel is well equipped with a bar, 24 hour front desk, elevator and gym. You can unwind in the games room, or the seasonal outdoor swimming pool (please be aware this may not be open during your holiday). Rooms come with air conditioning, satellite TV, telephone and internet via ADSL (which can be patchy), en suite bathroom, hairdryer and mini bar.

Hotel Terra Nostra

We stay in the well reviewed and award winning Hotel Terra Nostra, a sleek and stylish modern hotel located in the Terra Nostra Botanical Park and surrounding verdant gardens. Furnas is a dramatic place to stay with its bubbling calderas’ and there are not many hotels in the world where you can have breakfast and stroll out into the garden for a dip in their own geothermic pool. The hotel's interior design is influenced by Art Deco style, with combined contemporary elements as well, creating comfort and exclusivity perfectly integrated with the lush Terra Nostra Garden (which you have free unlimited access to). The spacious hotel also has a reading room, games room, gift shop and indoor heated pool (seasonal and may not be available during your holiday). All rooms have air conditioning, phone, flat screen TV, mini-bar and hair dryer. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the entire hotel. 

Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

The lush, green volcanic backdrop that is the Azores offers us the perfect Grade 4 terrain. Typically we will have full and half day walks during our stay at a moderate pace over hilly ground. We walk on tracks, roads and paths; some will be stony, some grass and some steep in places. We spend days rambling by lakes and along the coast where the ascent is minimal. Other days see us exploring the volcanic craters from which descents can be steep at times. Our walks will also take in elements of sightseeing for example on Pico you may visit the Gruta das Torres lava tubes, and possibly also the impressive underground volcano interpretative centre on Faial. Half day walking will probably include about 3 hours of walking, with full days having around 5 hours. Expect ascents and descents of up to about 600m but a couple of walks that are possible may see slightly longer descents of up to 900m. The maximum altitude we reach on this holiday is 1,020m.

Walks & Excursions

Local Transport Costs

All local transport costs in conjunction with the advertised activity programme are included in the holiday cost. There may be occasions where additional visits or excursions are added to enrich your experience, these will be paid for locally by you if you choose to participate. Local transport can be a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses and ferries depending on the itinerary.

Optional Excursions

A range of local excursions and activities may be available to book at your destination through a local operator. We have no involvement in such activities or excursions which are not run, supervised or controlled in any way by us. Your contract will be with the local activity supplier and we accept no responsibility for their actions or omissions.

Spending Money

Holiday Budgeting

When budgeting for your holiday, you will need to consider drinks, any meals not included in the holiday price, non-included entrance fees, optional excursions you may choose to participate in locally and any souvenirs or additional services such as laundry. A general guideline for lunches and drinks is £10-£20 per person per day.

Currency in Portugal

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.

Tipping

Although entirely at your own discretion, tipping is an important aspect of tourism and hospitality life and expectations are fairly high. In order to simplify tipping, we strongly recommend that you allow your leader to take care of making sure tips are given to hotel and restaurant staff and to local guides and drivers. This will be done using some funds provided by us together with, if you wish, a contribution from you, which he/she will collect during the holiday.

Tour Leaders & Local Guides

Tour Leaders

Your tour leader makes the world of difference to your holiday and ours are as passionate about discovering the world on foot as you are. They're resourceful, organised and widely travelled. They will handle all the local administration and other needs that might arise to ensure that you don't have to worry about planning your days and you can enjoy your holiday. Although leading group holidays, they won't forget that every group is made up of individuals. Each tour leader has their own individual style, talents and professional backgrounds and all are trained, qualified, experienced and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting and inspiring as possible.

Leader's Evening Briefing

Each evening, your tour leader will discuss with you the programme for the following day. This will be your opportunity to discuss the details and ensure the planned activities suit your walking ability. If you have concerns on clothing or equipment, this can be discussed then also. If you do not wish to join the organised group programme, please let the leader know.

Your Travel Details

We fly from London Gatwick to Ponta Delgada and return with SATA International.  Inter-Island flights are operated by SATA Air Acores.

The transfer from Ponta Delgada Airport to our first Hotel in Ponta Delgada will take approximately 20 minutes whereas our return transfer to Ponta Delgada Airport from Furnas will take approximately one hour.

Travel in the Azores is by road, air and sea, as shown in the itinerary.  All transfers to and from hotels and inter-island flights are included.

Due to the number of internal flights between islands during this holiday we are unable to accept 'Land Only' bookings.

Booking Your Own Travel Arrangements?

If you wish to organise your own flights from a non-UK or provincial airport or travel by rail or car to your holiday destination, 'land only' reductions are often available. Please contact us for details.

Before finalising any independent travel arrangements, please check with us first - especially if doing so 12 weeks or more before your intended date of travel. If you do intend to join your holiday locally please do tell us at least 14 weeks in advance.

If you are joining and leaving your holiday overseas we assume, unless you advise us otherwise, that you will join and leave the holiday at your hotel.

Although airport transfers are not included for those making their own independent travel arrangements, if you wish to join the group at the overseas airport, depending on your flight arrival time, you may be able to be included on the group's transfer. Please contact us at least 5 weeks before departure for more details. 

Please note that your flight must arrive within 30 minutes of the group flight to be able to join the group transfer. We also need your flight number, arrival time and departure point so that the group leader is able to meet up with you.

Luggage Allowance & Travel Documents

For all those booking a flight or rail inclusive holiday, details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be confirmed in your travel documents, sent to you approximately 10 days prior to departure.

Personal Details Check

To ensure that we can accurately administer your holiday arrangements, please confirm that the personal details we hold for you are up to date and that you have provided the information we need to secure your holiday travel and accommodation arrangements. Please check your passport details, date of birth and any other important details necessary for us to properly manage your holiday booking. You can view and update information already provided, and add details not yet asked for, by using the Manage My Booking facility on our website www.ramblersholidays.co.uk, or by calling our Sales and Reservations team on +44 (0)1707 331133. When you receive your booking confirmation please check the details as soon as possible.

Passports and Visas

General Passport Advice

It is a good idea to carry photocopies of the personal details pages of your passport. 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

You should have at least 6 months validity left on your passport from your date of arrival.

If you renewed a 10 year passport before it expired, extra months may have been added to your passport’s expiry date. These extra months will not count, so you should ensure that your passport is not older than 9 years and 6 months from the date of issue at the time of travel.

You may wish to renew your passport sooner rather than later, in order to make sure you have it in time for your holiday or travel plans.

Please ensure to regularly check the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website for updates on passport requirements leading up to and after Brexit or contact us for more assistance. 

UK Government Brexit Information for Passports can be found at www.gov.uk/guidance/passport-rules-for-travel-to-europe-after-Brexit.

The UK Government has published a website tool to check the validity of your passport under these rules  which can be found at www.passport.service.gov.uk/check-a-passport.

In the event the UK leaves the EU without a deal, UK citizens will be able to visit the EU for up to 90 days within a 180-day period without a visa. The UK Government also has information for travellers available at gov.uk/EUexit

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

Meals

Breakfast and 13 dinners are included in the holiday charge. Breakfasts are taken at our hotels and are usually continental style buffet breakfasts. Due to our late flight arrival on day 1, dinner will not be included on the first night. We take dinners in our local restaurants where we enjoy a la carte local cuisine dishes, a great way to explore the areas we stay in and immerse ourselves in the culture! We dine in the hotel during our stay in Furnas where we can enjoy many traditional delicacies. The hotel is famous for its Furnas stew and its other stewed dishes, cooked underground by the natural volcanic steam of Furnas Lake! Lunches are not included in the holiday price but these can be taken as picnics or in local cafes.

Footwear & Kit List

Footwear

Lightweight waterproof walking boots with a good moulded sole (such as Vibram or similar) and a deep tread and which provide ankle support are strongly recommended and may be essential for some walks. 

Footwear As Hand Luggage

We recommend that you either wear your walking boots or shoes or pack them and some waterproofs in your hand luggage as in the unlikely event that your hold luggage is delayed, you will still be able to participate in the holiday programme.

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
  • Lightweight quick-drying trousers
  • Walking T-shirt/shirts
  • Walking socks
  • Fleece or jumper
  • Sun hat, sunglasses, lip salve and sun block
  • Warm hat and gloves (if appropriate)
  • Swimwear (if appropriate)
  • Day sack (this should be able to carry all you would need for the day's activity)
  • Day sack liner
  • Water bottle - at least 1 litre capacity (more than 1 bottle may be required)
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Lunchbox
  • Walking poles (should you find them useful)
  • Sit mat

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

Travel Documents Checklist

Documents and Information to take 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 money
  • 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/

Water To Go

An alternative to bottled water from single-use sealed water bottles is filtered water from a refillable bottle containing its own water filter such as a Water-to-go bottle available from www.watertogo.eu. Just fill up from any water source and save the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

We have negotiated an exclusive 15% discount with our partners Water-to-Go for you as a thank you for helping the environment. Please go to their website at www.watertogo.eu and enter the code RWH17 when ordering. In addition, Water-to-Go will match the discount with a donation to our charity, Heart & Sole, which will allow us to continue to make a difference in the countries you visit on our holidays.

Maps, Guidebooks & Other Information

Maps, Guidebooks & More

The Map Shop

Maps and guidebooks relating to the areas you will be walking in may be bought before your holiday from The Map Shop at www.themapshop.co.uk

Weather

Visit the following websites for an idea of the climate in your destination:

Staying Healthy On Holiday

Health 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 at least 6 to 8 weeks before departure. Advice on vaccinations is available from your GP.

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 Travel 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

You must be adequately insured to join our holidays. We do not insist that you insure with us but we require that you are adequately insured for the nature of your holiday. You will be unable to participate in our local walking and other activity programmes without being able to demonstrate that you have valid travel insurance.

Please ensure that as a minimum your travel insurance policy covers you for travel to your holiday destinations (country and geographical region) and for medical expenses, mountain rescue (including helicopter rescue) and emergency repatriation to your home country in the event of illness or injury. Your policy should also provide adequate cover for the activities, included and optional, you are likely to participate in during your holiday.

See our brochure or website for further advice regarding holiday insurance.

Whoever you insure with, please ensure that you take full details, and ideally the policy itself, with you on holiday and provide our tour leader with your insurer's name, the policy number and emergency assistance contact numbers.

Please note that it is very difficult to obtain travel insurance once your holiday arrangements have started.

EHIC Cards

Please take your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) with you; it will help you in the event of you needing medical assistance during your holiday. Please note that the EHIC has an expiry date, so please check that your card is valid for the duration of your holiday. Please note however the EHIC should not be considered a substitute for medical or travel insurance. 

For more information please visit ehic.org.uk.

Personal Safety

The UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office provides up to date information on security and local laws for travellers, together with current passport and visa information, at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Please take a few minutes to look at the current advice on your planned destination.

Please be aware of what's going on around you, take sensible precautions with your credit cards and passport and avoid displays of wealth such as wearing expensive jewellery or watches. Do not carry more cash on you than you will need for each day, and we recommend that a money belt is used.

Cultural Awareness

Responsible Travel

We're committed to ethical tourism in all our destinations. Our holidays are designed for you to discover the essence of the country you are visiting. Travelling in small groups not only gives you an up close and personal experience of your destination, but minimises your impact on the immediate environment. We feel that the most important starting point to protect the environment is to be out in it. For more details visit our website.

The Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust

Unlike many tour operators we have our own trust through which RWH Travel’s profits are channelled back into a variety of outdoor, walking-related or environmental conservation projects in the UK. The focus of the Trust’s financial support is Britain’s leading walking charity, The Ramblers, and their role in promoting the benefits and importance of walking to the British public. In addition the Trust welcomes applications for small grants from local organisations in the UK who need support for walking-orientated activities. This includes the establishment of footpaths and bridleways, funding for rebuilding bridges and renovating huts, as well as bursary funding for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for children who could not otherwise afford to do it. Please visit the ‘About Us’ section of our website and click on the Charitable Trust link for more details.

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. See our website for more information and details of some of the projects we support.

Staying In Touch

Mobile Phones

Please do provide us with a mobile phone contact number. We will only use this to contact you with important information relating to your holiday arrangements. 

Do keep your mobile phones switched on and readily available when travelling to the airport or if delayed in transit so that we can contact you with any last minute information relating to your travel arrangements.  

As a matter of courtesy, please switch off your mobile phone during walks, or endeavour to minimise its use. Please also try to minimise the use of mobile devices during group meals.

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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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