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SCHIST VILLAGES 3 Days

Duration
3 days
Period
January to December
Geographic area
  • centroCenter
Level of effort
  • 1
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Participants
Min: 4Max: 12
Accommodation type
  • HotelHotel
  • Rural Tourism UnitRural Tourism Unit
Interest
  • NatureNature
  • CultureCulture
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In a mix of both History and Nature, we invite you to explore the mystical region of Central Portugal.

Set off through the mountains to come accross the unique Schist Villages, medieval castles narrating tails of kings and queens and convents once inhabited by monks and hermits, listen to the legends revealing sacred secrets.

And if what the eyes can see, the body can feel, hike with us to idyllic places, wander through forests of exotic and ancient trees and chase rivers, discovering new sounds, new scents, new silences.

Program

  • Day1
    • > SCHIST VILLAGES HIKE or DEER WATCHING >
    • Pick up at your hotel in Oporto and private transfer to Serra da Lousã (approx. 2h).
    • After a light picnic-style lunch, we set off to discover the unforgettable Schist Villages (Aldeias de Xisto).
    • This mountainous hike alternates between the green vegetation and the brown stone. Travel back in time and discover almost deserted villages, which still preserve and cherish their ancient traditions. If you rather catch a glimpse of wildlife, between September and November, it is possible to make a deer spotting activity during mating season.
    • Dinner in a typical restaurant serving traditional, regional food.
    • Rural Tourism House Accommodation.
  • Day2
    • > HIKE or CANYONING >
    • Breakfast.
    • The second day begins with an exciting hike along the river and just like the water, we cross fields and villages, caressing the flowers and the forest. If you prefer something more adventurous, you can choose to make turn this hike into a Canyoning activity.
    • If the contact with Nature whets your appetite, we have a delicious regional picnic waiting for you.
    • The path, being the same for both activities, ends in a fantastic waterfall - if the weather is inviting, there you can refresh yourself and relax.
    • The rest of the afternoon is free for you to rest or stroll.
    • Dinner in a typical restaurant serving traditional Portuguese food.
    • Rural Tourism House Accommodation.
  • Day3
    • > HIKE & GUIDED VISIT TO BUSSACO NATIONAL FOREST AND CONVENT >
    • After an invigorating breakfast, we head towards Luso (approx. 1h 10min).
    • In a contemplation mood, we invite you to visit the Convent and the Bussaco National Forest - awake your senses in a mystical journey to the age of monks and hermits. The green surrounding the Convent houses a thick magical forest of huge, centennial trees, intense perfumes, chapels, lakes and fountains.
    • On the way back North, we make a last stop for a delicious and typical lunch.
    • Return trip to Oporto and drop-off at the hotel (approx. 1h).
    • End of our services.

Included in the Tour

2-Night Accommodation with breakfast

Lunch and Dinner according to the program

Private transfer and transportation to/from activity sites

Permanent assistant and expert guides, fluent in English

Personal Accident Insurance for the activities

Logistic support in all activities

Food reinforcement / energetic supplements

Not included in the Tour

Day 3 dinner

Food and beverages not specified on the program

Transfers not mentioned on the program

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