Gerês National Park: Adventures in the Wild – 5100G

Small Group Multi Activity

Duration: 8 Days / 7 Nights

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.

  • Groups accepted with a minimum of 6 pax

Groups accepted with a minimum of 6 pax.

 

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

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 Caniçad 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 down 15.4km

 

Day 8 – Departure

Transfer by road from Gerês to Porto airport

What's included

Accommodation

  • 7 nights in a twin standard room for two pax
  • Shared ensuite room with a travelling companion of the same sex
  • Single supplement available with a surcharge
  • Extra nights available on request

Meals

  • 7 buffet breakfasts at the Hotel
  • 7 Dinners with drinks included

Transport

  • Meet & Greet Airport Transfer to the hotel on the first day – group transfer
  • Transfer from the hotel to the Airport on last day – group transfer
  • All transports for activities and equipment required (as outlined) with dedicated driver and vehicle
  • Additional transfers available on request at an extra cost

Activities

  • Activities according to program

Tour Leaders

  • Dedicated English speaking local tour leader
    The tour leader will assist and guide the group throughout the holidays, handle all the arrangements and other needs that might arise, making sure that you don’t have to worry about planning your days and you can enjoy your holiday
    Each evening, your tour leader will discuss the details and program for the following day

Exclusions

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

Insurance

You must be adequately insured to join our Guided and Self-Guided holidays. We do not insist that you insure with us but we require that you are adequately insured for the nature of your holiday.

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