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SPLENDID GERÊS NATURAL PARK5 DAYS

Duration
5 days
Period
January to December
Geographic area
  • norteNorth
Level of effort
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
Participants
Min: 2Max: 12
Accommodation type
  • Rural Tourism UnitRural Tourism Unit
Interest
  • NatureNature
  • CultureCulture
  • Wine & GastronomyWine & Gastronomy
Prices from
574 EUR
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This trip will take you on a 4-night/5-day tour exploring the Gerês National Park in the North Region of Portugal Mainland. Being developed for those who seek these particular region for its natural wonders and outdoor activities, during these days you will have the opportunity to enjoy the native fauna and flora of the amazing Gerês Natural Park and discover its natural sculptured geological formations and water paths.

Program

  • Day1
    • ARRIVAL DAY + GERÊS NATIONAL PARK
    • Meet and greet at Porto Airport with a member of our team, rental car pick-up at Porto International Airport and self-drive to Gerês National Park (ca. 106 km - 1h06).
    • Free time to settle down and take the opportunity to breathe this pure air and feel this unique way of being and Culture!
    • Accommodation at a Boutique Hotel or Exclusive Countryside House in the Gerês Region.
  • Day2
    • GET TO KNOW PENEDA-GERÊS NATIONAL PARK
    • Let s start to explore! For this day we suggest you to choose one of the following activities:
    • OPTION 1) We invite you to come across Peneda-Gerês National Park which is perhaps the most exciting destination in Portugal, especially for nature lovers. The park was created in 1971 with an area of 70 000 hectares and since then it has been the only one of its kind in our country. More recently, in 2009, it was declared a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO, a status that reinforced the protection measures taken to keep the beauty and natural importance of the region. All of these characteristics ensure that it has many hidden gems and picturesque locations to explore in this full-day hike that we have prepared for you that can be totally adapted in terms of the level of effort if necessary. We will pick you up at your accommodation and take you through a trip deep inside this natural paradise while details about the local traditions, flora and fauna are given by our guides. Along the day you will be able to hike in the mountains and visit several landmarks of the park, such as historical villages lost in time and stunning waterfalls where you can enjoy a refreshing swim. Enjoy a traditional picnic style lunch in one of Gerês’ most iconic viewpoints while you rest with the mountain at your feet and admire the gorgeous surrounding scenery.
    • OPTION 2) For those seeking adrenaline, we offer the opportunity to go all the way around and try an unforgettable Canyoning experience, Gerês definitely has some of the most beautiful rivers for the practice of this sport, its natural setting offers unique moments given its wild characteristics, with almost untouched scenarios where man’s intervention is barely notice, which will end with a well-deserved (and desired!) regional products tasting.. (only available between March and October).
    • OPTION 3) We invite you for a full-day jeep tour to explore Portugal’s wild landscape of Peneda-Gerês National Park. Our guide will pick you up at your accommodation and take you deep into the Park, enjoying its mountains, local fauna and flora, stopping at some amazing viewpoints and to see some waterfalls. If the weather allows, you can swim in the therapeutic cold waters of the Park.
    • Accommodation at a Boutique Hotel or Exclusive Countryside House in the Gerês Region.
  • Day3
    • PENEDA-GERÊS, HIKE OR BIKE OR SIMPLY RELAX
    • One more beautiful day for you to explore Gerês:
    • OPTION 1) Free day for you to explore the region at your own pace we can always give you additional suggestions like visiting Ponte de Lima and its historical city center or the typical stone granaries at Soajo.
    • OPTION 2) Bike ride at Arcos de Valdevez and Ponte de Lima. The route will start in Arcos de Valdevez Ecotrail in which you will have the opportunity to cycle side by side with Vez River at the point where it converges with Lima River and you will change to Ponte de Lima Ecotrail to follow this track until you reach the most ancient village of Portugal – Ponte de Lima. This is a bike path that connects Ponte de Lima to some lagoons and other places with fascinating landscapes, witness the historical and cultural heritage of this area, always breathing fresh air and enjoying this natural ride. The total extension of this trail is around 20kms however this distance can be adapted if necessary.
    • OPTION 3) Half-day hike along Peneda-Gerês National Park. From Soajo and Peneda mountains to Sistelo’s terraces (known as “Small Portuguese Tibet”) you can cross Arcos de Valdevez on foot by choosing one of the available rails. Immerse yourself by the pure mountain air, spread yourself by the thrill of years and years of History and cultures that cross through generations, get to know the agricultural methods of local people as well as the geological past of the county.
    • Accommodation at a Boutique Hotel or Exclusive Countryside House in the Gerês Region.
  • Day4
    • PENEDA-GERÊS 4X4 or CANYONING EXPERIENCE
    • For this day you will have once again one of the following suggested activities:
    • OPTION1) We invite you to come across Peneda-Gerês National Park which is perhaps the most exciting destination in Portugal, especially for nature lovers. The park was created in 1971 with an area of 70 000 hectares and since then it has been the only one of its kind in our country. More recently, in 2009, it was declared a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO, a status that reinforced the protection measures taken to keep the beauty and natural importance of the region. All of these characteristics ensure that it has many hidden gems and picturesque locations to explore in this full-day hike that we have prepared for you that can be totally adapted in terms of the level of effort if necessary. We will pick you up at your accommodation and take you through a trip deep inside this natural paradise while details about the local traditions, flora and fauna are given by our guides. Along the day you will be able to hike in the mountains and visit several landmarks of the park, such as historical villages lost in time and stunning waterfalls where you can enjoy a refreshing swim. Enjoy a traditional picnic style lunch in one of Gerês’ most iconic viewpoints while you rest with the mountain at your feet and admire the gorgeous surrounding scenery.
    • OPTION2) for those seeking adrenaline, we offer the opportunity to go all the way around and try an unforgettable Canyoning experience, Gerês definitely has some of the most beautiful rivers for the practice of this sport, its natural setting offers unique moments given its wild characteristics, with almost untouched scenarios where man’s intervention is barely notice. (only available between March and October).
    • OPTION3) We invite you for a full-day jeep tour to explore Portugal’s wild landscape of Peneda-Gerês National Park. Our guide will pick you up at your accommodation and take you deep into the Park, enjoying its mountains, local fauna and flora, stopping at some amazing viewpoints and to see some waterfalls. If the weather allows, you can swim in the therapeutic cold waters of the Park.
    • Accommodation at a Boutique Hotel or Exclusive Countryside House in the Gerês Region.
  • Day5
    • Drive to Porto airport at due schedule for rental car drop-off and departure.

Included in the Tour

4 - Night accommodation as described on each day
Meals as follow: Breakfast

Activities as mentioned on the program, namely:

@ GERÊS: Private full-day activity of your choice (Hiking/Canyoning/Jeep tour)
@ GERÊS: Free Day with Splendid Tip’s to explore or half day activity of your choice (Hiking/Bike)
@ GERÊS: Private full-day activity of your choice

Personal Accident Insurance for the guided activities

Personal travel journal developed by our team with all the route and coordinates required for the trip (contacts, names, suggestions, etc).

Welcome reception by a member of our team

Permanent local assistance

Not included in the Tour

Meals not specified as included

Any transportation not refered as included on the program

Flights

Personal Expenses

Rental Car

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