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Adventures in the Wild (5100G)

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Guided Tour Adventures In The Wild (5100G) - Adventures in the Wild
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Description

GUIDED TOUR

Multi Activity Tour in Gerês National Park

The Peneda Gerês National Park is one of the greatest natural attractions in Portugal with rare and impressive beauty, natural landscapes and its great ecological value. It comprises half of Portugal’s biggest Natural Reserve and varies from lush lowland lakes and rivers to dramatic high mountain granite ridges separating Portugal from Spain.

This tour is dedicated to adventurous activities that will give us another point of view of this amazing wild reserve so – it will be an experience to remember!

From canoeing in the crystal clear waters to riding a horse in through the ancient trails, seeing wild flowers, vines and olive trees; passing by an adventure in a Jeep trip by the ancient granite trails that take us over the mountains into high hidden valleys where one will still encounter herds of goats on their daily circuit and cowherds protecting their cattle as they slowly move from one pasture to the next, deep within the mountains until they are ready to come down in the autumn. Here, wild Garrano horses, whose ancestors inhabited these hills even before the Celts arrived, still roam free.

In the lower hills we explore ancient villages which seem to still exist in an age long since past and whose people still live in close harmony with nature and their surroundings.

A free day is included for those who want it for independent visits to Gerês town or perhaps Braga.
Itinerary

WEEK’S PROGRAM

Each day breakfast will be taken in the Hotel before leaving for the day’s program.

We will usually leave the Hotel between 9.00 am and 9.30am.

On our return to the Hotel each day we will have time to relax and change before dinner which is usually taken at 7.30pm.

Each evening the guide will give a preview of the next day’s program.

Day’s program is subject to alteration due to weather and local conditions.


DAY 1

Arrival in Porto

Transfer by road from Porto to Gerês.


DAY 2

Monte Walk

This is a scenic and varied walk with a series of fascinating villages and their field systems to walk through.

The high villages are some of the few in the north where pigs can be seen wandering free, in and around the villages.

Our descent through wooded slopes in the afternoon gives tremendous views over the mountains and lakes stretching out in front of us.

Ascent/descent 300m up, undulating on top then a descent of 600m

19.5km with opt out mid-afternoon if wished


DAY 3

Canoeing in flat water

This type of canoeing is developed in the Caniçada reservoir. In this type of tour in addition to the guide service the monitor begins by clarifying some maneuvers of the boat in the aquatic environment, accompanying all the activity thus ensuring greater safety of the practitioners.

In addition to being a kayaking activity, it is possible to observe landscapes that are only accessible on a walk along the river or the lake.


DAY 4

Jeep ride

The all-terrain rides are combined rides on tarmac roads and dirt road. We will visit the most interesting tourist spots in the region (viewpoints, traditional villages, waterfalls, etc.).

This type of tour, besides allowing you to get to know the Peneda Gerês National Park region, its villages, monuments, etc., also shows landscapes and mountain, only possible to have access in an all terrain ride.


DAY 5

Day off or Braga

With a bi-millennial history and heritage that began in Ancient Rome, when it was founded in 16 BC as Bracara Augusta in honor of the Roman emperor Augustus (27 BC-14 AD), Braga is well worth the visit.


DAY 6

Horse riding

Horse riding takes place in mountain regions where, in addition to the promenade, it allows access to unique landscapes.

The whole tour is accompanied by a guide monitor, the horses are suitable for people with no experience, thus ensuring a safe ride.


DAY 7

Vilarinho Walk

A walk through the lush Mata da Albergaria, the richest area of the park for trees and vegetation.

We crisscross the cascading Rio Homen and then enjoy the views as we stroll above the lake of Vilarinho das Furnas.

If weather permits we can enjoy a swim in the crystal clear waters.

Ascent/descent: 250m up and 300m down15.4km


DAY 8

Departure

Transfer by road from Gerês to Porto airport
The Hotels
  • Beleza Serra Guide Hotel ** (or similar)
This cozy guest house is ideally located in the picturesque Peneda-Gerês National Park, by the river. Guests will find themselves surrounded by the stunning surrounding nature and fresh, pure air.Rooms at Beleza da Serra are simply decorated and air conditioned. Each room is equipped with satellite TV and a private bathroom.The area surrounding Beleza da Serra is perfect for walking, cycling, canoeing and fishing. If time permits, guests can also enjoy a swim in the river.
What's Included

Accommodation:
  • 7 nights in a twin room (four stars hotel)
  • Single supplement applied in single rooms
Guide:
  • All guided tours
Meals:
  • 7 Dinners taken at the Hotel with drinks included. We are always able to cater for vegetarian or other special diets (Lunches can be bought from local shops)
  • 7 buffet breakfasts at the Hotel.
Transport:
  • Tranfers from Porto airport at 12 a.m on first day
  • Tranfers from the Hotel to Porto airport at 12 a.m on last day
  • All land travel (as outlined)
  • Dedicated driver and guide
Equipment:
  • All activities and equipment required
Not Included
  • Any services not listed as included
  • Flights to and from Portugal 
  • Meals, tips/gratuities, baggage or personal insurance (except as outlined)
  • Admission fees to castles & attractions or events (except as outlined)
  • Personal expenses
  • Supplements
  • Guide services inside monuments
More Info

The land only option allows you to book your own transport to and from the holiday. You will normally meet the group at the arrival airport at 12 a.m as long as you arrive there no later than the group. Similarly, on the way home you can return to the airport with the group as long as your departure time is no earlier than that of the group.

This guided tour already includes a transfer departing from Porto airport at 12 a.m on arrival and returning to Porto airport at 12 a.m on the last day.

If none of this option suits you, please add to your booking a transfer that does. You can also rent a car.

To this tour we only accept transfers departing from Porto Airport or Porto.

Departure dates:
  • ON REQUEST