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Hiking Tour in the Portuguese Schist Villages (Self-Guided)

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 8 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 10 people
Destination(s): Portugal  
Specialty Categories: Hiking & Trekking  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 650 Euro (EUR)
Maximum Per Person Price: 650 Euro (EUR)

Taste the delicious local cuisine and be surprised with the natural and cultural heritage. Stay in a restored stone house and get refreshed at the river beaches. Walk village to village passing by 10 Schist Villages and 3 fluvial beaches in one week!

An 8 days walking village to village passing by 10 Schist Villages and 3 Fluvial Beaches, a multi-day traverse of the Schist Villages of central Portugal. Our lodgings are stone houses renewed for comfy rural tourism inns, surrounded by pure nature. An unforgettable time travel experience!

Villages: Casal de São Simão, Ferraria de São João, Gondramaz, Chiqueiro, Casal Novo, Talasnal, Vaqueirinho, Catarredor, Candal and Cerdeira.

Itinerary:
Day 01. Walking Tour 1: Coimbra - Ferraria de São João. Transfer from Coimbra train station to Ferraria de São João and briefing. Optional: Walking loop or Workshop Fresh Goat Cheese. Dinner and overnight at Ferraria de São João.

Day 02. Walking Tour 2: Ferraria de São João - Casal de São Simão (11 km / 7 mi | +238 m / +781 ft). Today's walk connects Ferraria de São João and Casal São Simão, both Schist villages. Relax at Fragas fluvial beach and/or visit the village. Transfer to back to Ferraria de São João. Dinner and overnight at Ferraria de São João.

Day 03. Walking Tour 3: Ferraria de São João - Gondramaz (20 km / 12 mi | +850 m / +2789 ft). Today's walk will take you to the beautiful village of Gondramaz, passing by Louçainha Fluvial Beach. This is indeed a land of craftsmen whose skilled hands create charismatic figures that are the hallmark of the region and take the name of it's master and village beyond its borders. Dinner and overnight at Gondramaz.

Day 04. Walking Tour 4: Gondramaz - Talasnal (11.5 km / 7 mi | +705 m / +2313 ft). Today you will walk from Gondramaz to Talasnal village, passing by Chiqueiro and Casal Novo. Arriving to Talasnal you may visit two traditional olive presses moved with the strength of water. The snow was kept until the summer and wrapped in straw or fern to be carried in cars and mules to Lisbon. Transfer back to Gondramaz. Dinner and overnight at Gondramaz.

Day 05. Walking Tour 5: Talasnal - Cerdeira (10 km / 6 mi | +970 m / +3182 ft). Transfer to Talasnal. Walk from Talasnal to Cerdeira passing by Vaqueirinho, Catarredor and Candal. You will follow the ancient trails used in the past by local inhabitants to reach Lousã. Dinner and overnight at Cerdeira.

Day 06. Cerdeira. Free Day. Workshop making of Schist House Miniatures and free afternoon. Optional: workshops or hike. Cookery lesson dinner (portuguese traditional food). Overnight at Cerdeira.

Day 07. Walking Tour 6: Cerdeira | Lousã (7 km / 4 mi | +280 m / +919 ft). Walk from Cerdeira down by the Levada (waterway) to Lousã Castle and Sra. da Piedade fluvial beach. Free dinner and overnight at Cerdeira.

Day 08. Lousã - Coimbra. Transfer to Coimbra. Optional: visit to Coimbra UNESCO heritage site.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

From 650,00€/person / Min. 2 participants

Price Includes:
- 7 accommodations with breakfast
- Briefing and Debriefing
- Workshop of goat cheese
- Workshop of shanty houses
- Workshop of cookery lesson of chanfana (traditional dish of meat)
- 6 dinners
- Transfer from Coimbra to Ferraria de São João
- Transfer from Cerdeira Village to Coimbra
- Luggage transfers
- Local transfers
- Maps and GPS device with accurate routes
- 24 hours suport line
- Travel Insurance
- A2Z offer and water bottle.