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From Porto: Peneda-Gerês Park 4x4 Tour with Lunch

1. From Porto: Peneda-Gerês Park 4x4 Tour with Lunch

Explore one of the most unknown treasures in Portugal and discover the nature of Gerês-National Park during a small group tour. The itinerary can be altered to make the best of the weather conditions in winter and summer. Leave your accommodation in Porto in the morning and travel to the Gerês National Park in an air-conditioned Land Rover. After around 90 minutes, arrive to the heart of Gerês. Imagine fantastic green lagoons where you can swim and relax, hear the sound of the waterfalls and see amazing rainbows. Visit an old village, where you will meet the locals and enjoy a traditional Portuguese lunch with local green wine (included). Explore remote areas of the park and enjoy the breathtaking valley. During your exploration, if you're lucky, you might even see the wild horses (Garranos). End your visit to Gerês at one of the most impressive viewpoints in the region.  After a full day enjoying the best spots of Gerês National Park, relax on the trip back to your Porto accommodation, arriving in the early evening.

Peneda-Gerês National Park: Kayak & Waterfall Trek w/ Lunch

2. Peneda-Gerês National Park: Kayak & Waterfall Trek w/ Lunch

Discover one of Portugal’s hidden treasures on a full-day excursion to Gerês National Park. Experience the beauty of this unique landscape thorugh a day of of hiking, kayaking, and swimming. Savor local food with the included traditional Portuguese lunch. Enjoy the convenience of being picked up at your door in Porto and travel to the park in an air-conditioned van. Reach the lake, where you’ll begin your tour by kayaking over its calm waters. Afterwards, relax on a sandy beach and try to stand up paddle before returning to the van. Stop at a local restaurant with amazing views of Rio Cavado, and refill with mouth-watering local cuisine paired with delectable wine. In the afternoon, visit a waterfall and lagoon, where you can swim and relax. Visit the old village of Fafiao, and learn more about Portuguese lifestyle in the countryside. Return to your accommodation in Porto at the end of your tour.

Viana do Castelo: Vez River SUP with Transfer Options

3. Viana do Castelo: Vez River SUP with Transfer Options

Explore one of most beautiful natural spots along the Vez river by stand up paddleboard. Take in the views of a pollution-free valley that will allow you to enjoy nature in its most pure and relaxing state. You'll be accompanied by a professional guide, bringing all the safety and guidance necessary for beginners and professionals. Among the several routes available, the one most suitable for your experience will be selected, guaranteeing a lot of fun and safety.

Best of Portugal 11-Day Package Tour

4. Best of Portugal 11-Day Package Tour

Day 1: Lisbon - Óbidos - Alcobaça - Nazaré - Batalha - Fátima Discover a landscape rich with windmills and fruit trees in Óbidos, a scenic village surrounded by medieval walls. Admire the harmony of the architecture, and the diversity of the handicrafts, and taste the famous ginginha (bitter cherry liqueur). Continue to Alcobaça to see the largest Gothic church in Portugal. Next, stop in the typical fishing village of Nazaré and learn about its legends. Continue to the Monastery of Santa Maria de Victoria in Batalha, where you can find the tomb of Henry the Navigator, promoter of Portugal’s maritime discoveries. Follow in the footsteps of Catholic pilgrims as you make your way to the Fátima Marian Shrine. There may be the chance to see the candlelit procession at Fátima, before you check into your hotel accommodation for the night. Day 2: Fátima - Coimbra - Aveiro - Porto Following breakfast at your hotel, continue your journey towards Coimbra. Discover the world’s oldest university with its magnificent Baroque library and unique atmosphere characterized by ancient traditions, such as the students’ black capes and the melancholic fado music. Stop at St. Clara Church to see the tomb of Queen St. Isabel, protagonist of the “Miracle of the Roses.” Marvel at the famous ceramics of Coimbra, before going to the canal city of Aveiro, known as the “Portuguese Venice.” Watch the graceful boats known as “moliceiros”, and taste the sweet, local ovos moles. Continue to Porto to check into your hotel for the night. Day 3: Porto – Guimarães - Braga - Porto Today you will explore Portugal’s 2nd largest city, and discover a living amphitheater of riverside houses, palaces, churches, and Port wine bars. Next, head into the sparkling “green wine” region of Minho. Discover the cradle of the nation (and the birthplace of the 1st king of Portugal) at Guimarães. Stroll through the historic center, and travel back to medieval times. Go to Sacred Hill, crowned by the castle, and Palace of the Dukes of Bragança. Then, drive to Braga to discover the "Portuguese Rome." See the oldest cathedral in Portugal, and the Bom Jesus do Monte Sanctuary with its famous Baroque stairway and gardens. Return to Porto - hotel accommodation. Day 4: Braga - Santiago de Compostela - Porto Enjoy breakfast at your hotel, before heading to Santiago de Compostela, capital of Galicia and the center of pilgrimage at the end of the Santiago Way. Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1985, Santiago de Compostela is a fascinating city, and you will have the entire day free to explore. Wander its historic streets, and learn about its most extraordinary monuments before sampling some of the traditional local dishes. Return to Porto to check into your hotel for the night. Day 5: Porto - Amarante - Vila Real - Vale do Douro - Lamego - Urgeiriça Depart Porto after breakfast, and head towards the Douro Valley, stopping en route at the pretty town of Amarante. See the monastery of São Gonçalo, and marvel at the houses facing the river, along with the bustling market where you can find fruit, vegetables, chickens, clothes, and much more. Next, go to Vila Real to see the gardens of Mateus, well-known for its depiction on bottles of Portuguese rosé wine. Enter the Port wine region of Portugal, travelling through vineyards and the breathtaking landscapes of the Douro Valley. Stop in Lamego, overlooked by one of Portugal's most important shrines, the N. S. Remédios, with its magnificent Baroque style staircase. Try some of the local delicacies, such as the typical ham or famous Bola de Lamego (a loaf baked in the oven with smoked ham). Continue to the mountainous hinterland of Viseu, center of the Dão Vineyards, and connected with Portugal´s oldest hero, the Lusitanian chief, Viriato. Stroll the narrow streets to see doorways with coats of arms carved in granite. Continue to Urgeiriça to check into your hotel for the night. Day 6: Urgeiriça - Bussaco - Tomar - Lisbon Drive through the heart of Portugal to the luxuriant forests of Bussaco. Continue to Tomar to explore the city of the “Order of the Templars.” Hear how they received the lands in 1159 as a reward for the assistance they gave Dom Afonso Henriques (the 1st King of Portugal) in the Christian re-conquest. See the stunning castle and Convent of Christ built by Dom Gualdim Pais, the first Grand Master of the Order in Portugal. Continue to Lisbon to check into your hotel for the night. Day 7: Lisbon - Sintra - Cabo Da Roca - Cascais - Estoril - Lisbon Spend the day exploring the beautiful towns and resorts of the Estoril Coast, starting with the whimsical castles and palaces of Sintra. Admire the extraordinary mix of architectural styles of the buildings and gardens of Sintra Natural Park. Then, go to Cabo da Roca to stand at continental Europe’s westernmost point. Pass one of Portugal’s most famous surfing beaches, and see the Boca do Inferno before going to cosmopolitan Cascais and the gardens of Estoril Casino. Return to Lisbon for the night. Day 8: Lisbon - Évora Today you will spend the entire day exploring the university town of Évora, known for its rich tapestry of culture, history, and traditions. Depart Lisbon and cross the Tagus River, passing through a bucolic landscape of olive trees, cork oak trees, and vineyards. Upon arrival at Évora, wander the narrow streets of the whitewashed town, and see some of its most famous monuments, such as the Roman Temple, Romanesque-Gothic Cathedral, and ossuary (“Bones Chapel”) at St. Francis Church. Go to the market to see, smell, and taste some of the local produce. Admire local handicrafts of cork, ceramics, and copper ware. The afternoon will be free for you to explore at leisure, and taste more of the local wines, cheeses, and gourmet olive oils. Check into your Évora hotel for your overnight accommodation. Day 9: Évora - Beja - Silves - Lagos Depart Évora after breakfast, and drive south past Beja, site of the highest tower from the Portuguese Middle Ages. Cross small mountains to enter the famous Algarve. Drive past orchards of orange trees en route to Silves, known for its red sandstone castle dating back to Moorish times. Continue to the golden sands of the Algarve, passing Praia da Rocha to check into your hotel in Lagos. Day 10: Lagos - Ponta da Piedade - Sagres - Cabo de São Vicente Discover the scenic beauty of the Algarve, and learn about the part it played in the discovery of the New World. Go to Ponta da Piedade for a magnificent view of the Atlantic Ocean, and see cliffs that have been sculpted into curious shapes by the erosion of the sea. Next, go to the small fishing port of Sagres, and visit the fortress to learn about the mythical “Navigation School” of Prince Henry the Navigator. Continue along the cliffs to Cabo São Vincente to reach the southwestern most point in Europe. Return to Lagos to experience the cosmopolitan vibe of the town and marina. Taste delicious Algarve dishes, such as fish and shellfish cooked in a copper pan (cataplana). Indulge your sweet tooth with some of the local marzipans, almond, and fig cakes. Return to your hotel and enjoy an afternoon at leisure. Take a dip in the warm sea. Day 11: Lagos - Setúbal - Serra da Arrábida - Lisbon Say farewell to the Algarve with one last look at the sea. The return trip to Lisbon will take you via the city of Setubal, a major port and industrial center on the north bank of the Sado Estuary. Continue over the Arrábida Mountain Range, preserved as a Natural Park with an amazing scenery and unique vegetation. Savor the sweeping views of the Tróia Peninsula, before you cross the bridge over the Tagus River to arrive back in Lisbon.

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Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 21 reviews

This tour was full of pulse-pounding moments for me: the anxiety of being driven along a narrow path along a steep mountain, the shock of jumping into a frigid lagoon beneath a waterfall, the hike back up the trail. Less "exciting" but still totally worth it were exploring the small town of Fafião, having a delicious lunch, and getting to know the other passengers on our tour. Miguel and Katarina were fantastic guides. Even though the afternoon was rainy, it was still a great experience overall, and one I'd recommend.

it was really good experience, to explore the national park in winter. we were lucky with the weather and one of the best guides (Renate). Renate was very knowledgeable as well as very enthusiastic in sharing the information. I'd really recommend the tour to everyone who wants to see the natural beauty of Portugal

Fantastic day to Peneda Gerês Park. The kids for sure enjoyed the swims and jumping from the clifs into the water :-) Nice combination of scenic views, history and fun time.

Excellent trip into the beautiful national park. Renata was a great guide and very knowledgable. I would highly recommend the tour

I really enjoyed the day. We had the best guide and food was delicious. I was tired in the evening but happy