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Portugal Self Guided North Adventure

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A journey to the wildest sceneries and best preserved Natural Reserves in Northern Portugal: Douro International Nature Park and Peneda-Gerês garden. Explore land, air and water in this unforgettable trip crossing a great variety of landscapes: paddle a canoe between great cliffs, hike along rural paths and mountainous trails to the most impressive viewpoints, become a birdwatching enthusiast...

A journey to the wildest sceneries and best preserved Natural Reserves in Northern Portugal: Douro International Nature Park and Peneda-Gerês garden. Explore land, air and water in this unforgettable trip crossing a great variety of landscapes: paddle a canoe 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.

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Customizable tour itinerary

This tour idea is fully customizable

This itinerary has been crafted by our Local Agency with one idea in mind: to inspire you. Every element can be adapted to your needs and your interests, from duration to accommodation and activities.

Day 1: Portugal, Your first Impressions!

Arrival at Oporto airport (OPO) and self-drive 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. Welcome dinner in a typical restaurant.

Hotel accommodation in Oporto

Visited:
Porto

Day 2: Mountain Trekking In Penada Geres National Park

After an early breakfast, self-drive to Peneda-Gerês National Park. A true adventure only begins when we feel part of the landscape! So we start our journey with a 6-hour long hike along a magical 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

Visited:
Porto, Peneda-Gerês, Arcos de Valdevez

Day 3: Canoeing Or Self-guided Bike Ride

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, set off to Guimarães, 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

Visited:
Arcos de Valdevez, Ponte de Lima, Guimarães

Day 4: Guided City Tour In Miranda Do Douro

The day begins with a great breakfast, after which you'll have free time to explore Guimarães. At your own pace, self-drive headed towards the heart of Trás-os-Montes, the beautiful northeastern tip of Portugal. Upon arrival during the afternoon, our local guide will welcome you and take you through the historical center of Miranda do Douro, a small town contemplating the impressive surrounding landscape of Douro International Nature Park, strategically located on its cliffs allowing you the first impressions on the Arribas. Dinner will take place in a local 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.

Visited:
Guimarães, Miranda do Douro

Day 5: Environmental Cruise With Birdwatching

An early call for a rich breakfast sets the mood for the day. Get a new perspective on this unforgettable scenario: embark on an 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

Visited:
Miranda do Douro

Day 6: Canoeing And Hiking In A small Village

Breakfast comes with a decision to be made: how do you wish to spend your day? 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: You can choose to head towards Douro River for a full day Canoeing deep between the huge cliffs, following the winding course of the River on this scenario untouched by man. Half way through we recover our strengths in a picnic. (only available between July and October).

For the hikers, we invite you to explore the Nature Park on foot with us, in a full-day Hike along the most enchanting rural path on the region. Our way will cross tiny hamlets, pass by ancient chapels and churches, meet the best viewpoints over the horizon (and the river) and, when time comes, a picnic-style lunch will be served. Afterwards enjoy a special community dinner in a local village, cooked and shared with the inhabitants, accompanied by local wine.

Rural Tourism House accommodation or Camping, in Douro International Nature Park

Visited:
Miranda do Douro

Day 7: Departure From Oporto

Breakfast. Self-drive to Oporto airport (OPO) at due schedule.

Visited:
Miranda do Douro, Porto

Porto Peneda-Gerês Arcos de Valdevez Ponte de Lima Guimarães Miranda do Douro

Price details

This tour idea is fully customizable

The price reflects this specific itinerary and is designed to give you an idea of the budget required for this destination. Throughout the trip-planning process, our local agency will tailor your itinerary around your budget.

Approx. $1,100 / 7 days
Excluding international flights
2 Pax4 Pax6 Pax
Price per person, self-guided$1,090$1,010$920
Price per person, guided$1,260$1,310$1,190

Included in price:

  • 6 Night Accommodation (breakfast included)
  • Lunch and Dinner according to the program
  • Private transfer and transportation to or from activity sites
  • Permanent monitor and guides, fluent in English
  • Logistic support in all activities
  • Personal Accident Insurance for the activities
  • Access license to restrict areas of the Nature Reserve
  • Food reinforcement or energetic supplements

Not included in price:

  • 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 mentioned on the program
  • Transfers not specified on the program
  • Rental Car
  • Flights

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