Portugal 10-day Slowcation

$3,200 – Trip cost (See below for inclusions and exclusions.)

I’m a single traveler. Will I be charged a single supplement?

There is no single supplement fee for this trip. You can upgrade your room for an additional fee.  *Please see the ‘Rooms’ tab for more information on this. All rooms are assigned on a first-come-first-served basis. If you are 2 people who are sharing a room, you can pick any room and you will not have to pay any upgrade fee.  

What is included :

  • 9 nights accommodation
  • Local Portuguese host
  • Breakfast served daily
  • 3 lunches & 1 dinner
  • All activities as noted on the itinerary
  • Airport pick-up

What is not included :

  • Most dinners & lunches
  • Optional activities
  • Gratuities
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Souvenirs
  • Airport drop-off
  • International flight
  • Supplementary insurance
  1. In the breakfast area of the boutique hotel, there will be a place for you to post announcements on. If you would like to host a happy hour before dinner one night, you can add this announcement and invite your fellow travelers. It is your choice which activities you want to participate in and you are free to plan events, host dinners or organize trips/excursions for the group or just for yourself. Also, there will be sign-up sheets for optional activities and excursions that you can join, but again, it is completely your choice.  Find out more about how our slowcations work by clicking the link below: HOW IT WORKS

  2. Each group consists of 8 – 16 travelers. We prefer boutique group travel because based on our experience, small groups are more easily able to integrate into local society and generally have more authentic contact with the locals. A small group number also means that we will receive more personal treatment by the trip host and guide who can thoroughly attend to the needs of each person. Small groups are also more mobile and flexible as travel plans can be easily altered. If the group discovers a special event or festival that they would like to attend, it is easy to organize with a smaller group.

  3. The hotel is located in Sintra, a colorful town just 30 km from Lisbon and a world away from the bustling pace of Portugal’s vibrant capital. Sintra is one of Portugal’s best-kept with wild landscapes, picturesque stacks of mansions and mountain-top castles all nestled within the green serenity of dewey forests and the glimmering blues of the Atlantic. To be in Sintra is to step into a fairytale lost in time. Sintra is Historical Sintra has witnessed nearly all periods in Portuguese history. From the Palaeolithic and Neolithic to the Bronze and Iron Ages, followed by the Roman Moorish occupations, and from the foundation of Portugal in 1154, Sintra survived the 1755 earthquake and  experienced its own golden age during the late 18th and throughout the 19th century. Easy Access to Other Cities In addition to sightseeing in Lisbon, only 40 minutes away, Sintra is a perfect place from which to visit some of the most beautiful cities of Portugal. There is so much to see and experience and Sintra is right at the heart of it all. Evora, Coimbra, Nazaré and Obidos are just some of the more recognizable places to visit in Portugal, but there are others that are truly stunning that few tourists know about. Cabo da Roca, Cascais and Estoril are some examples. The easiest and cheapest way to reach these places is by train, bus or shared taxi. Hotel Location Our hotel is a 10 minute walk into town and just steps away from a local grocery store as well as plenty of restaurants and cafes. There is a bus stop in the city from which you can visit all 12 castles in Sintra. You can also go all the way to Cascais and its beaches so if you would like to discover Sintra’s surroundings, you can easily do so by local transport.

  4. Our hotel is a 10 minute walk from Sintra’s train station, Estação de Sintra, and the bus terminal. Its central location makes it a perfect departure point to explore Portugal. Here are some other places worth visiting during your trip and the time it takes to get there by car:

    • Sintra to Lisbon: 40 min
    • Sintra to Obidos:  1 hour
    • Sintra to Santarem: 1 hour
    • Sintra to Nazaré & Fátima: 1h 25 min
    • Sintra to Coimbra: 2 hours

    There are also hop-on, hop-off buses departing from Sintra with many routes available, some around Sintra’s castles, others to the seaside cities such as Azenhas do Mar, Cascais, Praia Grande and Esteril. Here are a few examples of their itineraries:

    • Bus hopping around Sintra’s castles: 30 min
    • Bus hopping from Sintra to Cascais: 50 min
    • Bus hopping from Sintra to Azenhas do Mar: 25 min
    • Bus hopping from Sintra to Praia Grande: 35 min
    • Bus hopping from Sintra to Esteril: 30 min
  5. Past travelers have told us that the group dynamic was one of the highlights of the trip.

    The minimum age on our tours is 18. Most of our travelers are in their late 30s – early 70s with many being solo female travelers. Generally, we get a good mix of diverse people and every trip is unique thanks to the energy created by the group. 
    Other than that, we only ask that you come with a positive attitude and an open mind! Unlike cruises and large travel groups, you will not be herded towards a buffet and forced to eat mediocre food or taken to tourist traps so the guide can earn a commission. Instead, you will be treated to a once-in-a-lifetime, genuine experience with memories and friends that you’ll keep for a lifetime!
  6. When most people arrive they want to ‘hit the ground running‘. We have included 3 excursions at the beginning of the trip so that you have activities to do upon arrival. These 3 excursions are included in the trip cost. Thereafter, you will have free days and you can arrange your own optional excursions at your own expense. It is completely up to you how you spend your free days. We will have sign up sheets for certain activities that might interest you (i.e. cooking class, port wine tasting, castle visits and close-by day trips, etc..) and you can choose to join based on your interests. Most of the popular places in the area are easily accessible by bus, train or taxi. If enough people sign up, you can rent a van for the day. Your tour host will be there to facilitate and arrange activities and excursions as well as make any necessary reservations. Most everything in this area does not require advanced purchase so just arrive and we will do the legwork for you! If you would like to read up on different activities and landmarks in Sintra, click the link below: Sintra Information Page

  7. The official currency of Portugal is the Euro (EUR). It should also be noted that U.S. dollars, British pounds, Australian or Canadian dollars will not be accepted for legal tender. Find out the live mid-market rate for your currency by using a currency converter online.

  8. We strongly recommend using ATMs to obtain euros while in Portugal as they usually offer the best exchange rates. The easiest way is to withdraw money from an ATM at the airport upon arrival and throughout your trip. It is always a good idea to carry some cash on you in case your bank puts a hold on your ATM card. You can find ATMs in Sintra, at almost all bank branches as well as at most large supermarkets, some petrol stations, in shopping malls, airports and some post offices. It’s important to tell your bank and/or credit card company that you’ll be using your card in Portugal. Some banks may block transactions in foreign countries or currencies if they haven’t been forewarned of your travel plans. The euro is a popular currency and most banks in your hometown/city will exchange your local currency to euros. This a very convenient way to get euros before your trip, but be aware that some banks might not have favorable exchange rates or might charge additional fees. It is best to check with your local bank branch to see what fees are associated with exchanging money.

  9. A few components of your trip have been prepaid so you will need money for most lunches and dinners as well as any optional activities you may want to participate in during your free time. If you are an avid shopper or enjoy a glass of wine in the evening, these costs will be incurred at your own expense. If you enjoy the finer things in life or like to purchase a lot of souvenirs during your travels, please budget accordingly. We suggest having access to $500 – $800 USD either in cash or by credit/debit card.

  10. Citizens of the United States, Australia and Canada traveling to Portugal for less than 90 days DO NOT need a visa. As a general rule, passports should have at least six months of validity when traveling internationally. Most countries will not permit a traveler to enter their country unless the passport is set to expire at least six months after the final day of travel.

  11. When using your phone overseas, be sure to check with your provider to get informed about data and call roaming prices. When you land in Portugal, you will usually get a message from your provider that will give you the price of data, calls and texts in that country. See the example below:

    Welcome to Portugal! Your plan gives you unlimited data at up to 2G speeds and texts at no extra cost. Calls at 20 cents/min. Want our fastest data and unlimited calls? Get an International Pass for just $5/day. 

    You may consider contacting your service provider to learn about what kind of international plans they offer for calls, texts and data. Otherwise, our hotel also offers free wifi and most restaurants and other public places will offer it as well.

  12. Adapters will be necessary to charge most electronics. Outlets are fitted for two round prongs in line, which look like this: In Portugal, the power plugs and sockets are of type C, E and F. Type C are also known as the standard “Euro” plug. This socket also works with plug E and F.

  13. Due to the high elevation and the abundance of thick forests, the Sintra Mountains have their own microclimate. It is always slightly cooler in Sintra than in the nearby Lisbon and the difference in temperature is most evident at night where it gets cool even in the summer. Due to those properties, Sintra is a great place to escape the oppressive heat of Lisbon’s summer.

  14. Below are a few things that we suggest bringing to make your trip more comfortable:

    • Sunglasses/Hat
    • Shampoo/Conditioner/Soap
    • Sunscreen (biodegradable, if possible)
    • Mosquito repellent
    • Umbrella
    • Rain jacket
    • Warm jacket/Coat/Hoodie
    • Comfortable walking/Hiking shoes
    • Small, across the shoulder day bag or small backpack
    • Any prescription medication and over the counter medicine
    • Bathing suit
    • Adapters/Converters
    • Water bottle

    The hotel will have a hairdryer in each room.

  15. Portugal does not have a strong tipping culture. In restaurants, taxis and for personal services, all tips are at your discretion and if you do decide to tip, around 10% of the total bill is appreciated.

    Tipping your tour guide: If you feel he/she did an exceptional job, then you can tip anywhere from $5 – $15 a day.

  16. Breakfast will be served daily from 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM. Maid service will come daily to clean the rooms. Beer and wine as well as some snacks will be available for purchase at the hotel. There is a grocery store that’s just 10 minutes away from the hotel so you can easily buy a few items there and bring them back to the hotel.

  17. The tap water in Portugal is generally considered safe to drink and by drinking tap water instead of bottled water, you can help alleviate the plastic waste epidemic. Many consider tap water in the Sintra region to be superior and some say that the water does not have a ‘taste’. The water is clean and fresh since it comes from the mountains. If you go to larger cities such as Lisbon, you can buy bottled water if you would like. Many travelers have said that they don’t enjoy the taste of the water in the bigger cities, but it is still safe to drink.

  18. Yes, we offer private tours to Portugal. The itinerary can be entirely tailored to your needs while you will enjoy a personalized experience with our guides and your friends and family. Please contact us at info@globe-drifters.com for more information.

Visa

Nationals of Australia, Canada and the United States do not need a visa for a stay of up to 90 days. Your passport should be valid for at least six months after the date you plan to exit Portugal or the Schengen Area. If you are not a citizen of one of the above-mentioned countries, please check with your nearest embassy or consulate for information on visas and travel to Portugal.

Flights

Your arrival and departure city are Lisbon (LIS). Please do not book any flights until you receive a confirmation from us.

Once the summer home of a wealthy family from Lisbon, this grand country house has been converted into a hotel and dates back to the 19th century. It’s surrounded by gorgeous, lush gardens and a lap pool. The house itself has been painted a pale pink with wrought-iron balconies and decorative stone rooftop edges. There are many peaceful spots to relax in throughout the grounds; whether beside the long lap pool or at a secluded table in the gardens. It’s a traditional house that has kept many of its original features; from the parquet floors to the large fireplaces. The serene location appeals to many as a peaceful base to explore the beautiful area of Sintra.

Hotel Exterior

Hotel Pool

Hotel Interior

Room Description There are 15 bedrooms in this 150-year-old residence that has been converted into a boutique hotel. All of the rooms are simply, yet uniquely decorated with soft colors and wooden floors to make you feel at home during your trip. Each room has wifi, an ensuite bathroom, a hairdryer, a TV, heating, a wardrobe, a fan and can be fitted with either 2 twin beds or 1 full bed. There are 5 room categories with rooms on the ground and first floors. The rooms in each category are all approximately the same size. When you book, you can select your preference of room category and floor. There is no elevator on the property so please keep this in mind when making your room selection. Please read the description of each room category below before making your room selection. The sooner you book the better chance you have of getting the room you prefer. Room selection is on a first-come, first-served basis. *There is no upgrade fee for 2 people who are sharing any room.

The Obidos Room - First Floor

There is 1 Obidos first floor room. The room and bathroom are smaller in size. It has a small sitting area and can be fitted with a full-sized bed or 2 twin beds. This room has no upgrade fee.

The Evora Rooms - Ground Floor

There are 3 Evora ground floor rooms. There are 4 small steps from the bathroom to the bedroom. Each room has a small sitting area and can be fitted with a full-sized bed or 2 twin beds. Upgrade fee: $100

The Evora Rooms - First Floor

There are 3 Evora first floor rooms. Each room has a small sitting area and can be fitted with a full-sized bed or 2 twin beds. Upgrade fee: $100

The Porto Rooms - Ground Floor

There are 2 Porto ground floor rooms. Each room has a sitting area and can be fitted with a full-sized bed or 2 twin beds. Upgrade fee: $150

The Porto Rooms - First Floor

There are 2 Porto first floor rooms. Each room has a sitting area and can be fitted with a full-sized bed or 2 twin beds. Upgrade fee: $150

The Lisbon Room - Ground Floor

There is 1 Lisbon ground floor room. It has a larger bedroom and bathroom and has a sitting area. This room can be fitted with a full-sized bed or 2 twin beds. Upgrade fee: $150

The Lisbon Room - First Floor

There is 1 Lisbon first floor room. It has a larger bedroom and bathroom and has a sitting area. This room can be fitted with a full-sized bed or 2 twin beds. Upgrade fee: $150

The Sintra Room - Ground Floor

There is 1 Sintra ground floor room. It has a larger bedroom and bathroom and has a sitting area. This room can be fitted with a full-sized bed or 2 twin beds. The doors lead out directly to the terrace. The Sintra rooms are the largest rooms on the property. Upgrade fee: $200

The Sintra Room - First Floor

There is 1 Sintra first floor room. It has a larger bedroom and bathroom and has a sitting area. This room can be fitted with a full-sized bed or 2 twin beds. This room has the best views and is the nicest room on the property. Upgrade fee: $250

We recommend that you purchase trip/travel insurance for your trip. We work with Travelex which offers travel protection plans to help protect you and your travel investment against the unexpected. Travel protection plans include coverage for Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption, Emergency Medical and Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation, Trip Delay, Baggage Delay and more. Otherwise, you are welcome to shop around online for a provider and policy that best suits your needs. For more information on the recommended plans or to enroll, click on the image below or contact Travelex Insurance Services at 800-228-9792. Globe Drifters’ reference location number is 09-0984. Trip insurance get a quote travelex The product descriptions provided here are only brief summaries. The full coverage terms and details, including limitations and exclusions, are contained in the insurance policy. Travelex CA Agency License #0D10209. All products listed are underwritten by, Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Company, NAIC #22276. 11.17 E7N