SECRETS OF PORTUGAL ADVENTURE
Best time to travel
April - October
Away from the crowds
Serra da Estrela Nature Park
Authentic Culture and Nature in the Douro Internacional Nature Parl
Peneda-Geres National Park
beautiful historic mountain villages in Eastern Portugal
Take your time on this wonderful trip taking you to discover some of the scenic and cultural highlights of central and Northern Portugal. You will travel from Lisbon to the traditional Alentejo region with beautiful Evora and some beautiful historic villages before making your way North to the Serra da Estrela Nature Park and the stunning Douro Valley wine region outside Porto and returning to Lisbon via Coimbra and the Atlantic Coast.
DAY 1 - WELCOME TO PORTUGAL (D)
Welcome to Portugal. You will transfer to a unique rural hotel on the doorstep of the Serra da Estrela in the central Portugal, where you will spend the next couple of nights. A sumptouos dinner awaits you in the evening, made from local produce and accompanied by wines grown and produced at the vineyard. Overnight in the Serra da Estrela area.
DAY 2 - HIKING IN THE SERRA DA ESTRELA - CHEESE AND WINE TASTING (B, L)
Today you will experience some of the most scenic areas of the Serra da Estrela on a guided hiking tour. The mountain range is home to Portugal's highest mountain Torre and you will follow through picturesque mountain villages and beautiful glacial crossed by some major Portuguese rivers. You will return to the quinta in the afternoon, where you will enjoy a tutored tasting of the world famous locally produced cheeses and the wines grown on the vineyard. Overnight in the Serra da Estrela area.
DAY 3 - SERRA DA ESTRELA (B, D)
You can chose today to either explore more of the beautiful Serra da Estrela scenery on a hiking tour or alternatively, you will head to the neighbouring Caramulo mountains for a mountain biking adventure through the magnificent and varied landscape. Overnight in the Serra da Estrela area.
DAY 4 - WILDERNESS OF THE DOURO INTERNACIONAL NATURE PARK (B, L)
You will travel to Douro Internacional Nature Park, where the Portuguese meets the Spanish border. Over thousands of years, the waters of the Douro river have carved a deep canyon into the rock, which is covered by local flora and populated by various bird species, making the nature park a paradise for bird watching and unspoiled nature lovers alike. You will get to experience the canyon in all its wild beauty on an ecological cruise, where you get to admire the impressive steep cliff walls and to observe some of the local flora and fauna. Overnight in Miranda do Douro.
DAY 5 - HIKING IN THE DOURO INTERNACIONAL NATURE PARK (B)
A guided hiking tour through the Nature Park is waiting for you today. Pass through small villages, discover ancient ruins and walk along the beautiful canyon on a rural path while learning about history and local traditions, enjoying the local wildlife and the stunning views over the river and the steep cliffs. Overnight in Miranda do Douro.
DAY 6 - A DAY IN THE DOURO VALLEY (B, L, D)
Enjoy the magnificent views over the UNESCO listed Douro valley as you travel along the Douro river to Pinhao. Enjoy a delicious brunch and fantastic views over the river valley on an exclusive boat trip taking you from Pinhao over the Douro along farms, vineyards green hills. You will visit a traditional quinta in the afternoon, where you will learn more about the Douro wines and their history and get to taste some ports, red wines and olive oil. Overnight in the Douro Valley.
DAY 7 - DOURO VALLEY - PENEDA-GERES NATIONAL PARK (B, D)
Spend the morning relaxing, enjoying a leisurely cycle around the area or kayaking on the calm waters of the Douro. Transfer to the Peneda-Geres National Park in Northern Portugal, the only protected area in Portugal classified as such. The breath-taking landscape with mountain ranges, a lush vegetation and blue rivers and streams makes for an outdoor paradise and you will enjoy the beautiful nature on a scenic hike taking you to various viewpoints overlooking the beautiful Cavado River valley. Enjoy dinner in a traditional local restaurant before settling for the night. Overnight around the Canicada Dam area.
DAY 8 - HIGHLIGHTS OF THE PENEDA-GERES NATIONAL PARK (B, L)
A guided private jeep tour will take you through the most beautiful parts of the National Park today, where you will discover traditional Portuguese villages, cultural traditions, beautiful waterfalls and untouched natural areas. Enjoy fantastic views over the park from selected viewpoints and take in the national park with all its unspoiled beauty. Overnight around the Canicada Dam area,
DAY 9 - ALONG THE RIVERBED (B, D)
This morning you will get to experience the beautiful rivers in the National Park on a canyoning adventure. Climb, swim, jump and walk in the crystal clear waters as you progress along the river overcoming natural obstacles in a truly enjoyable way. If you prefer to explore the waters in a quieter way, you can also opt for an aquatic walk in a streambed instead. Either way, you will experience the fantastic natural environment in a fun and unique way. You will have the afternoon to relax before enjoying a delicious dinner in a local restaurant. Overnight around the Canicada Dam area.
DAY 10 - DEPARTURE (B)
Transfer to the airport and departure.
OUR SERVICE FOR YOU
The itinerary is flexible and we have plenty of adventure in store, so should you wish to make minor changes to the suggested itinerary or extend your stay, we will be happy to help you plan.
Good middle-class hotels and guesthouses
Private transfers or car hire
Breakfasts (B), Lunches (L) and Dinners (D) as outlined
Activities, tours & visits as outlined
Qualified, English speaking guide on all tours, activities and experiences
Expert travel planning, trip preparation and on tour support
Taxes and insurances for the activities