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Regua & The Rio Douro with Porto Extension

Follow the path of the Douro River as it meanders through an enchanting landscape of ever changing colours.

  • Portugal

  • 9 nights
  • Breakfast & Dinner
  • Apr

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    Sep

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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

  • Flexi Walking: make use of our carefully planned shorter routes on many of the walks.
  • Stay in a centrally located hotel with everything you need on your doorstep.
  • Discover Porto with a 2-night stay at the end of the holiday!
  • Sample delicious Portuguese wines in a local vineyard.
  • Travel by train from Regua to Pocinho along the side of the River Douro, described as one of the most beautiful rail journeys in Europe.
  • Visit the old town of Lamego, full of rich charm, history, and culture.

Follow the path of the Douro River, known as the Rio Douro in Portuguese, as it meanders through an enchanting landscape of ever-changing colours. Pass terraced vineyards carefully folded into verdant hillsides. Walk through gently rolling meadows and lush green valley’s bursting with springtime almond blossom and the sweet smell of grapes ripening in the midday sun. We follow the great Douro River in its upper reaches of Portugal.

The Douro valley was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001, in recognition of the spectacular beauty of both the natural and built landscape and the industrial heritage associated with the Port producing industry.

The 203-kilometre Douro railway line primarily transported the port wine from upcountry to the Port warehouses in Porto. It ran originally from Oporto to Barca d´Alva on the frontier of Spain. The engineering difficulties in overcoming the natural features of the valley resulted in a grand total of 26 tunnels and 30 bridges. The result is an unforgettable route through some truly impressive natural beauty.

Our week is based in Peso do Regua, also known as just Regua, located on the banks of the beautiful Douro River. It has been the centre of the port wine industry for centuries and is a conveniently located town on the scenic waterfront. 

We’ll spend the week visiting delightful traditional Portuguese towns such as Lamego and Pocinho. Our walks will take us through seas of vineyards, across rolling verdant countryside, between rows of olive trees, and through Portuguese history and culture. 

The stretch between Régua and the terminus at Pocinho along the side of the River Douro and its port wine terraces has been described as one of the most beautiful rail journeys in Europe. 

At the end of your time in Regua, you’ll transfer back to Porto with the group and bid farewell before your independent exploration of Porto begins.

  • Return flights from London to Porto
  • En suite accommodation with breakfast in Peso do Regua
  • Dinners taken in the hotel and local restaurants
  • All local transport costs
  • Port wine tasting at a local winery
  • Wine with evening meals in Peso do Regua
  • En suite accommodation with breakfast in Porto
  • Group transfer from Porto airport to Peso do Regua on arrival
  • Group transfer from Peso do Regua to Porto airport on departure
  • 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)
  • Lunches
  • Daily itinerary in Porto
  • Evening dinners in Porto
  • Transfer from the hotel in Porto to Porto airport

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.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we may unfortunately need to withdraw a tour that is currently confirmed to operate and we therefore reserve the right to cancel your booking. We would always do our utmost to give you plenty of notice should we have to do this. Selected elements of this tour, including local attractions and restaurants, may change at late notice. Please ensure you have valid insurance cover before you travel.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Regua

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

On arrival in Porto, we take a private transfer to our hotel in Regua. If there is time, your leader may take you on a short orientation of the local area.

Transfer Time = 2 hours

Day 2

Fontelo

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Our 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

    5.5 hours

  • Distance

    5.7 miles

  • Descent

    701m

Our walk starts with panoramic views of the surrounding rolling hills and verdant countryside at the hilltop of Chapel of S. Domingos. Our path descends through a sea of glorious vineyards to Fontelo. We take a break at the Quinta de Santa Eufémia winery, run by the Carvalho family (4th generation) to taste a selection of delicious port wine. We are in for a treat as the Douro Valley is the oldest wine making region in the world! 

After a relaxing break, our walk continues downhill to the shores of the tranquil River Douro. Take a moment to appreciate the natural beauty of Portugal and the Douro.

Day 3

Lamego

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    4.5 hours

  • Distance

    3 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    171/45m

Lamego is an old picturesque town nestled amongst green hills covered with vines and olive trees. Its history can be traced back to before Roman times and has been at the centre of Portuguese history since the implementation of the fledgling kingdom. Legend has it that the first Portuguese Court was held here in 1143. 

We have some time to explore the town and its many delights. It has an impressive cathedral almost 900 years old, plus a beautiful and interesting museum. Spend some time discovering its many remarkable churches and chapels. An incredible staircase of 686 steps leads us up to the historical chapel that dominates the town, the impressive Nossa Senhora dos Remédios. This historical chapel dates back to the 18th century and is framed by intricate designs and decoration, a real masterpiece!

Our walk leads us through little Portuguese villages and traditional vineyards to Regua. 

Day 4

Free day

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Today is a free day to explore Peso da Regua, maybe take a boat trip along the Douro. Perhaps take a train ride to Porto to explore this fascinating city and return by boat along the Douro. Visit Museum do Douro, a spacious former wine warehouse located on the banks of the scenic Douro River. Your leader will be able to give you some ideas and information.

Day 5

Povoação

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    5.5 hours

  • Distance

    7.6 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    325/578m

Our walk takes us through traditional Portuguese picture-perfect villages, through vineyards and down the fresh green valleys to the tranquil River Corgo. We follow the route of the Corgo line, a narrow-gauge railway closed in 1989, with spectacular views of the Corgo valley with steep terraced vineyards either side that seem to defy gravity. We stop for some lunch before descending through more vineyards to reach the old quaint streets of Regua’s upper town.

Day 6

Train to Pocinho

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

We take the train from Régua to Pocinho, the end of the line, and classified as one of the world’s greatest railway journeys. The train runs adjacent along the river itself through some incredibly dramatic scenery, alternating between spectacular gorges & rolling hillsides sculpted into terraced vineyardsWe catch glimpses of small farms and idyllic hillside villages. 

The journey takes us through Pinhão with one of the most beautiful railway stations in the country. It is decorated with tile panels depicting workers in the vineyards, some of regional landmarks and records of the years when it won the annual "Station in Bloom" prize.

Day 7

Armamar

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    6 hours

  • Distance

    7 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    350m

This walk is a circuit in the hills around Armamar on lovely tracks through vineyards and apple orchards for which the area is justly famous. Armamar is situated in an area marked by picturesque villages and apple orchards that “paint” the landscape. It is surrounded by vineyard terraces where the Douro wines, including the famous Port Wine, are cultivated and produced. Our trail winds its way through several picturesque villages with panoramic views of the surrounding scenic rolling hills.

Day 8-10

Porto

Meals

Breakfast

Accommodation

We say goodbye to Regua and transfer with the group to Porto Airport. Bid farewell to your fellow ramblers and leader before starting your independent exploration of this magnificent city. You will be staying in the Hotel Catalonia Porto. You will need to arrange your own transportation from the Airport to your hotel and for the remainder of your holiday.

Porto is the second largest city in Portugal and is a UNESCO world heritage city. It is famous for its production of Port wine, its medieval historical centre, its ancient buildings and its narrow cobbled streets with rooftop terrace bars. Porto is rich in rail history. The city and the surrounding areas are home to trams, the metro, funicular railways and narrow gauge tracks, linking the city to so many different places in Portugal.

Maybe visit the old town and explore the historic buildings and magnificent churches that comfortably rub shoulders with the picturesque old quarters and squares. Discover the Clerigos Tower and cathedral, amongst other sites. Narrow cobbled streets open onto shady squares and the river front, a nice spot to have lunch or a coffee. There are a number of restaurants along Porto’s streets, many serving both traditional Portuguese food and international dishes.

You will need to arrange your own transportation to Porto airport for your return flight to the UK.

From (GBP)£1,579

Departure dates for your selected tour

27th May 2022 - 5th Jun 2022 (9 Nights)

16th Sep 2022 - 25th Sep 2022 (9 Nights)

21st Apr 2023 - 30th Apr 2023 (9 Nights)

9th Jun 2023 - 18th Jun 2023 (9 Nights)

30th Jun 2023 - 9th Jul 2023 (9 Nights)

15th Sep 2023 - 24th Sep 2023 (9 Nights)

Travel Details

We have return flights from London to Porto Airport. The flight takes approximately 2 hours 30 minutes. On arrival we will take a private transfer to Peso da Regua which will take approximately 2 hours. Transfers throughout the holiday will be by train, local buses and taxis.

You will be transferred by private coach back to Porto airport with the group, ready for their departure flight. You will be required to arrange your own transportation from Porto airport to your hotel, your own itinerary and dinner, and your own transportation from the hotel to Porto airport ready for your self check in for your return flight home.

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 Regua

Peso do Regua, or Regua as its mostly known as, is located on the banks of the beautiful Douro River. It is a conveniently located town on the scenic waterfront with buildings decorated by vines growing along the terraced slopes and through its cobbled streets. The old town is very quaint and only a short walk uphill, definitely worth a visit! There are plenty of shops, restaurants and cafes. There is also a post office and a bank with ATM’s.

Set right on the banks of the Douro River and with panoramic views of the unspoilt rolling green hills beyond, the Hotel Regua has everything you need for a great stay in the famous wine country and really does have the best location in town. After a days walking, enjoy a cool off in the outdoor pool (open from June - September) or a drink at the bar and lounge.

Bedrooms are cosy and modern with the following facilities

  • En suite facilities
  • TV
  • Free WIFI
  • Mini Fridge
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hairdryer
  • Telephone
  • Balcony with city or river views.

There are no tea or coffee making facilities in the hotel rooms. There is not an in room safe but valuables can be stored at reception.

Hotel Catalonia Porto

Porto is the second largest city in Portugal and is a UNESCO world heritage city. It is famous for its production of Port wine, its medieval historical centre, its ancient buildings and its narrow cobbled streets with rooftop terrace bars. Porto is rich in rail history. The city and the surrounding areas are home to trams, funicular railways and narrow gauge tracks, linking the city with the beautiful Douro Valley. 

You'll stay in the modern four star Hotel Catalonia Porto, located close to the Batalha Square, the main centre of Porto and the Sao Bento Railway Station. Sit back and relax in the jacuzzi and pool. Maybe spend some time unwinding in the gym and spa (treatments are available at an additional price). Enjoy a well deserved beverage in the bar or garden and terrace area. 

We stay in modern standard double, twin and single bedded rooms. Facilities include:

  • Bath or shower
  • Air conditioning
  • Heating
  • Sound proofing
  • TV
  • WIFI
  • Safe
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • Minibar
  • Telephone

Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

This Grade 4 walking holiday with full and half day walks at a moderate pace over hilly terrain. Walking is at the lower end of grade 4 and most days will include full days of walking up for 4 hours and between 3-6 miles of walking. Some days will include 3-4 hours of walking with a chance for sightseeing in the towns we visit. We will be walking along well marked paths, through vineyards, along the valleys and in towns. Expect ascents and descents of up to 650m. The maximum altitude reached on this holiday is 730m. See the 'Proposed Itinerary' section for more information. 

FLEXI-Walking Our walking programme is carefully designed to offer an optional shorter route on many of the walks, giving you the flexibility of walking either the planned route or choosing a shorter distance and catching up with the group later in the day. Please see the itinerary section for more information.

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 have return flights from London to Porto. The flight takes approximately 2 hours 30 minutes. On arrival we will take a private transfer to Peso da Regua which will take approximately 2 hours. Transfers throughout the holiday will be by train, local buses and taxis. 

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

You will be transferred by private coach back to Porto airport with the group, ready for their departure flight. You will be required to arrange your own transportation from Porto airport to your hotel, arrange your own itinerary and evening dinners, and your own transportation from the hotel to Porto airport ready for your self check in for your return flight home.

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.

Entry Requirements

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 passport advice for UK nationals on the UK Government website.

FCDO Travel Advice

You must ensure you check all entry requirements in good time by reviewing the official FCDO advice for your destination. Please take time to read and regularly check this website for changes to the entry requirements and any local restrictions.

Proof of Covid-19 Vaccination

You may be required to provide proof that you have been fully vaccinated when travelling or in your destination. Proof of vaccination can either be digital via the NHS app or a printed copy via NHS Hard Copy. We recommend allowing seven working days for your printed copy to arrive. Please note both the NHS app and printed copy are only valid for 30 days.

We anticipate that all travellers will need to be fully vaccinated including the booster jab and to carry proof of this with them at all times. Some indoor venues require, and may ask for proof of vaccination, as well as masks becoming mandatory for indoor public spaces, and we ask you to be prepared for this.

Face Masks

Some airlines or destinations are requiring the wearing of FFP2, FFP3, KN95 or N95 masks without a valve. You should check the FCDO advice for your destination and with your airline before you travel, although you may wish to have one of these masks on hand just in case.

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’)

The guidance for Schengen border guards may not be updated until the spring of 2022. Until then, for some Schengen countries 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

Breakfast and dinners are included in the price of the holiday. Buffet breakfasts are taken in the hotel. Some dinners are taken in the hotel’s restaurant where we can sample the local cuisine cooked with fresh locally sourced ingredients, with incredible panoramic windows displaying views of the vast countryside and the tranquil Douro.

Some dinners are taken in local restaurants to sample the excellent Portuguese cuisine and wines. We'll 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 fresh fish and usually it is caught, cooked and eaten the same day!

Lunches are not included and these can be taken as picnics or in a local cafe. 

Dinners are not included during your extended stay in Porto. The Catalonia Porto Hotel has a bar area with a selection of classic dishes and tapas. Room service is also available with a variety of Portuguese and Mediterranean dishes. Porto has a number of wonderful restaurants serving international cuisine and both traditional and modern Portuguese dishes.

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. 

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

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 holidays 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. 

‘The Rough Guide to Portugal’ - Mark Ellingham, John Fisher, Graham Kenyon, Mathew Hancock and Jules Brown.

‘Portugal - A Travellers Guide’ - Susan Loundes (Thornton Cox)

‘Blue Guide: Portugal’ - Ian Robertson

Portugal Official Tourism Website

Portugal National Tourist office 

Cruising with Jane McDonald - Series 5 Episode 2 see's Jane cruise along the River Douro

BBC's Getaway Series 10 sees Mairead Ronan and Tommy Bowe visit Porto and cruise along the River Douro. 

Travel Man: 48 Hours in Porto (series 8)

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.

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

It is a condition of booking with Ramblers Walking Holidays that you have adequate valid travel insurance. It is your responsibility to arrange appropriate travel insurance and ensure you have read and understood the full terms and conditions of your travel insurance policy to ensure that you are covered for all activities you intend to undertake whilst on the trip, including all optional activities.

Your travel insurance policy must fully cover you for medical expenses and emergency repatriation. Please ensure your policy covers the entire duration of your holiday. If you are walking at altitude please ensure that there is no upper altitude limit which may limit or exclude cover for your trip. Medical and repatriation insurance cover are not mandatory for UK residents who are travelling on trips within the United Kingdom.

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.

Covid-19 Cover

If you should have symptoms and test positive for Covid-19 whilst abroad, you may need to stay where you are until you test negative and you may have to seek treatment. We strongly recommend that you take out an insurance policy that covers you for this eventuality.

Looking for travel insurance?

If you have not already arranged cover, please visit SunWorld who offer travel insurance.

SunWorld policies include cover for COVID-19, subject to applicable terms and conditions.

EHIC & GHIC Cards

From January 1st, 2021 UK travellers can continue to use their European Heath Insurance Card (EHIC) – which can last up to five years, until its expiry date, to gain access to medical assistance during your holiday. However, you will no longer be covered in Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland. Travellers without a valid EHIC can apply for a new UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC), which will replaces the EHIC once it has been phased out. Please note however that the EHIC/GHIC should not be considered a substitute for medical or travel insurance.

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

Personal Safety

The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development 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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