Splendid Evasion

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NORTH ADVENTURE7 DAYS

Duration
7 days
Period
January to December
Geographic area
  • norteNorth
Level of effort
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
Participants
Min: 2Max: 12
Accommodation type
  • HotelHotel
  • Rural Tourism UnitRural Tourism Unit
  • CampingCamping
Interest
  • NatureNature
  • AdventureAdventure
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A journey to the wildest scenarios and best preserved Natural Reserves in Northern Portugal: Douro International Nature Park and Peneda-Gerês National Park.

Explore land, air and water in ths unforgettable trip crossing a great variety of landscapes: paddle a kayak between great cliffs, hike along rural paths and mountainous trails to the most impressive viewpoints, become a Birdwatching enthusiast as you observe the species that nest and migrate through the Arribas... Seek the authenticity of this stunning region: in the villagers, their music, in the flavours and historic cities.

Program

  • Day1
    • > FREE TIME IN OPORTO >
    • Meet and greet at Oporto Airport (OPO) and private transfer to the hotel.
    • After checking-in, enjoy the free time before dinner to walk in Oporto downtown, where Culture unfolds itself in history and modernity.
    • Dinner in a typical restaurant, serving traditional Portuguese food.
    • Hotel accommodation in the city.
  • Day2
    • > MOUNTAIN TREKKING in Peneda-Gerês National Park (full day) >
    • After an early breakfast, private transportation to Peneda-Gerês National Park (approx. 2h).
    • A true adventure only begins when we feel part of the lanscape! So we start our journey with a 6-hour long hike along amagical surrounding of majestic mountains and the colors of the National Park. As we move further on this enchanted route, we cross our steps with the steps of shepherds, their cattle and the stories of this special place. We salute the natural heritage from the top of the mountains and move along through the foothills.
    • Meanwhile, we will make a stop on our way to quietly breathe in, contemplate this amazing scenario and restore the energies with a picnic made from carefully selected regional products.
    • Hotel accommodation in Arcos de Valdevez.
  • Day3
    • > CANOEING or SELF-GUIDED BIKE RIDE + FREE TIME in Ponte de Lima or Natural Lagoons + FREE TIME in Guimarães >
    • Breakfast.
    • This morning is of your complete choice and will, so you can enjoy it as you prefer: grab your kayak and paddles and join us for River Canoeing or follow the course of river on a self-guided bike trail.
    • As the afternoon approaches we must say goodbye to the region - no rush though! There\'s still time for one last stop before our next destination: if you are an History fan, take the time off to conquer Ponte de Lima - stroll along its landmarks, tiny alleys and the bridge that is nowadays one of the major icons of Minho region... On the other hand, if you are more into relaxation, then choose to spend this free time having a swim and sun bathing in the natural lagoons within the Park\'s limits.
    • Later on, we set off to Guimarães (approx. 1h30min), proud birthplace of Portugal - where the picture-perfect medieval center is worth a visit, as it lives up to its legacy.
    • Hotel accommodation in Guimarães.
  • Day4
    • > GUIDED CITY TOUR >
    • The day begins with a great breakfast, after which we head to the heart of Trás-os-Montes (approx. 3h), the beautiful northeastern tip of Portugal.
    • Upon arrival, we begin by walking with our guide through the historical center of Miranda do Douro, a town contemplating the impressive surrounding landscape of Douro International Nature Park, strategically located on its cliffs.
    • Later on, dinner will take place in a restaurant serving the best regional food.
    • Afterwards you can decide where to stay overnight: you can sleep in a Rural Tourism House or go camping in an exclusive location of the Nature Reserve.
  • Day5
    • > PRIVATE ENVIRONMENTAL CRUISE + BIRDWATCHING + FREE TIME >
    • In the morning, get a new perspective on this unforgettable scenario: embark on a private environmental cruise along the quiet, dark green waters of Douro River that tears the impressive cliffs. With the help of our expert, combine this amazing ride with a Birdwatching activity, as you find yourself in one of the best spots for this practice. Sit back, relax and top it all with a Wine Tasting of local produce.
    • Lunch at a regional restaurant.
    • Afterwards, take the time off to enjoy it as you prefer.
    • Rural Tourism House accommodation or Camping, in Douro International Nature Park.
  • Day6
    • > OPTIONAL HALF-DAY ACTIVITIES + FREE AFTERNOON + COMMUNITY DINNER in small village >
    • Breakfast.
    • . Devoted to Nature: we want you to feel what really makes this Nature Park a really impressive one offering you the chance to explore it on the water or on the ground; it is up to you to decide the morning activity:
    • OPTION 1) Kayaking in the Nature Park on Douro River between the cliffs (from July to October);
    • OPTION 2) Birdwatching on the Nature Park, this time on land and different spots;
    • OPTION 3) Guided hike on the rural paths of the Nature Park.
    • In every case a picnic style lunch will be served, followed by an activity-free afternoon.
    • Afterwards enjoy a special community dinner in a local village, cooked and shared with the inhabitants, accompanied by local wine (only available for groups above 6 people: if the group is smaller, dinner will take place at a restaurant).
    • Rural Tourism House accommodation or Camping, in Douro International Nature Park.
  • Day7
    • > Departure >
    • Breakfast.
    • Private transfer to Oporto Airport (OPO) at due schedule (approx. 3h).
    • End of our services.

Included in the Tour

6-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

Access licenses to restricted areas of Nature Reserves and National Park

Personal Accident Insurance for the activities

Logistic support in all activities

Food reinforcement / energetic supplements

Not included in the Tour

Lunch on day 1 and day 4

Dinner on day 2 and day 5

Both lunch and dinner on day 3 and day 7

Food and beverages not specified on the program

Transfers not mentioned on the program

OTHER EXPERIENCES YOU MAY INCLUDE

. SELF-DRIVE VERSION ALSO AVAILABLE!

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Testimonies

  • Excellent tour! "Excellent tour group. Made our experience very interesting."
    Marjorie & Angus Fulton (USA) - April 2016
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