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Aveiro: Traditional Moliceiro Boat Tour

1. Aveiro: Traditional Moliceiro Boat Tour

Cruise through the city of Aveiro on a boat ride onboard a traditional Moliceiro boat. Start along the Central Canal of the lagoon, the Ria de Aveiro. Traverse the center of the city, from the garden of Rossio to the old building of the Capitania of the Port of Aveiro. Follow another canal that formerly served as a waterway to the Antonio Maria Campos brick factory, where the Aveiro Cultural and Congress Center was established along with other public services. Then, cruise down Canal das Pirâmides (the pyramids canal), which was built at the beginning of the 19th century and stretches from the old fish market to the central canal. During the summer, enjoy a beautiful landscape made up of hundreds of small white pyramids of salt that represent one of the most characteristic features of this region.

From Porto: Serras do Porto Natural Park Quad Bike Tour

2. From Porto: Serras do Porto Natural Park Quad Bike Tour

Get some all-terrain action in Serras do Porto Natural Park and conquer its rugged terrain on an ATV on a day trip from Porto with hotel transfers included. Follow a guide on your ATV along a diverse route where waterfalls, mountain peaks, and sweeping views abound. After a pickup from your hotel or apartment in Porto, be driven to Baltar for the start of the activity. Receive a safety briefing before your quad bike adventure. Get familiar with your vehicle before you head out. Explore the terrain of the Serra do Porto Natural Park, absorbing the natural scenery that surrounds you. Stop to capture the landscape with your camera. At the end of the ride, return to the facility and be taken back to Porto.

Nazaré: 4x4 Buggy Tour with Guide

3. Nazaré: 4x4 Buggy Tour with Guide

Meet your guide in central Nazaré and embark on an off-road buggy adventure between two different routes. Enjoy the fantastic views of the natural landscape as you drive your own buggy along the trails. Choose between two different routes: Buggy Tour Pinhal Enjoy an adventurous, primarily off road-route as you drive through pine forests and rugged trails through the countryside. Sāo Martinho Buggy Tour Discover the western coast of Portugal and be dazzled by the views of Sāo Martinho Bay. This route is a combination of paved road and off-road paths.

From Fátima: Private Tour with a Local Guide

4. From Fátima: Private Tour with a Local Guide

Learn the story of the apparitions of Fátima on a private tour of the sanctuary, and get insights from a local guide. Visit the Chapel of Apparitions, where Our Lady appeared to the 3 shepherd children in 1917. Then, enter the Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary to see the tombs of Sister Lúcia, St. Francisco and St. Jacinta. Admire the modern Basilica of the Most Holy Trinity, consecrated in 2007 as part of the 90th anniversary of the apparitions. Continue to the village of Aljustrel to explore the homes of the children, and the Parish church where they were baptized. Visit the sites of the apparitions of the Angel of Peace and the 4th apparition site of Our Lady at Valinhos.

Coimbra: Mondego River Kayaking Tour

5. Coimbra: Mondego River Kayaking Tour

After meeting your tour guide in the morning, you will be transported to Penacova and provided with the kayaking equipment and some instructions. Then, set off from the Carvoeira dam on a kayaking tour with a total length of 18 km (11 miles).  You'll be kayaking through the natural Mondego river valley, surrounded by extensive forests. As you travel downriver, you will pass by the small villages of Ronqueira, Rebordosa, Louredo, Foz do Caneiro and Casal. This part of the river is full of small beaches where you can stop for a picnic or go to go for a swim. On the river beach of Palheiros, you'll find a small bar where you can buy an ice cream or a cold beer. The river usually has a light current, which makes the kayaking easy and accessible to all ages. Finish in Torres do Mondego, after 3-4 hours of kayaking and breaks along the way. Expect to arrive between 15.00 and 17.00 pm.

Tour Obidos Nazaré e Mafra

6. Tour Obidos Nazaré e Mafra

Explore with us some rural towns in Portugal. Start from Praça dos Restauradores in front of Padaria Portuguesa and with our Italian guide going to the first place. We will arrive in Obidos along the " Atlantica " highway after about 1 hour of travel. We will visit the old Medieval Castle and its historical centre, stopping to experience of " Ginginha " typical liquor. Soon after we will leave the ancient village towards the Lagoon of Obidos, the largest salt lake in Portugal with flows directly to ocean sea. We will continue our journey to Nazaré, a very welcoming fishing village. There will be visit the upper part of the city with its Sanctuary, dedicated to Virgin of Nazaré to whom the miracle of flowers is attribuited. In the main square you bill able to see the stalls selling dried fruit where the woman wear a typical and ancient clothes. The breathaking view from this square where you admire the large fisherman's beach. Nearby we can instead begin our descend towards the Nazaré Lighthouse when we can admire the "Canyon" wich, 60 km long, forms biggest waves in the World where every year surfer from all over world come to challenge each other amazing acrobatics on the sea. Upon returning to the city of Lisbon, we will stop in Mafra.

Aveiro: Tuka-Tuka Tourist Sightseeing Train

7. Aveiro: Tuka-Tuka Tourist Sightseeing Train

Get to know the city of Aveiro and its rich history while onboard an exciting sightseeing train. Hop on Tuka-Tuka and see the city's picturesque buildings in a unique experience. Spend 45 minutes getting to know some of Aveiro's main sights, buildings and canals. Pass through important places like the Campus of the University of Aveiro, Aveiro Salt Pans, and much more.

Peniche: Dolphin Route Boat Trip

8. Peniche: Dolphin Route Boat Trip

Enjoy a tour departing from Peniche Marina that will take you around the coast. Along the way, you’ll spot a variety of sea life that may include sharks, seabirds, and dolphins. The most commonly spotted dolphin is the Roaz Corvineiro, also known as the common bottlenose dolphin. As you travel along the west coast by boat, you’ll be able to see dolphins in their natural habitat. In this region, the dolphins can reach 4-meters in length and be up to 45-years old. The boat tour can take between 1 and 2 hours

From Lisbon: Van Tour to Fatima, Nazare and Obidos

9. From Lisbon: Van Tour to Fatima, Nazare and Obidos

After the pickup at your hotel or at the meeting point in Lisbon, travel to Fátima in a comfortable van with air-conditioning, and hear insights from your guide about the region and culture. Spend the morning in the sanctuary of Our Lady of Fátima, one of the most important and biggest Catholic pilgrimage sites in the world, with more than 9 million visitors in 2017. Hear the stories of the 100 years passed since the apparitions of Virgin Mary to three shepherds Lúcia, Francisco and Jacinta. During the break for lunch, relax in the picturesque village of Nazaré, known for the world’s largest waves. There is a strong culture of fishing in the village that has resulted in unique living and tasty restaurants. Alcobaça and Batalha are located in the same central region of Portugal and you may also visit them on this tour. On the way back to Lisbon, see the fascinating Óbidos, a romantic medieval village famous for its sinuous streets, whitewashed houses covered with flowers, vases, and tiles. All this within the walls of a magnificent 12-century castle. Also, take the opportunity to taste the local liqueur of “ginginha” before making the return journey to your hotel or the meeting point.

North Madeira & Wine Tour 4x4 Jipe Tour

10. North Madeira & Wine Tour 4x4 Jipe Tour

We leave from Funchal to the village of Santa Cruz for a short stop. Then, we start the trip to Porto da Cruz, where we visit the Sugarcane Mill where there is the possibility to taste the famous and typical regional drink “Poncha”, made with sugarcane brandy. We continue until we reach Santana, along dirt roads and winding through the green of the Laurissilva that will take us to the parish of Ilha and S. Jorge where we can appreciate the natural beauty, passing by the viewpoint of Boca das Voltas with a magnificent view. From here we head towards Arco de S. Jorge, already by the sea, for lunch. After this break, we continue along the north coast, passing through Boaventura, Ponta Delgada and São Vicente, where we will stop at Quinta do Barbusano, to visit the property and taste the wines produced there. In the wine tasting you can taste red, white and rosé wines. In the late afternoon we return to Funchal.

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Best experience! The tour guide was very professional and knew all the currents and speeds of different parts in the river. This was my first time kayaking on my own and I had the best help and guidance. Also the rapid parts were very easy for me, the instructions really helped a lot. I’m ready for level 2! We went there in October and the view was amazing. It was quiet so a lot of wildlife and rare bird species appeared. This was very special to see. Although we brought our own lunch there is a beach club almost at the end of the tour, they have amazing pork sandwiches you should try those during the lunchbreak. I would definitely recommend them! These experts know the river very well and guided us during the 18 km journey.

Very well organized tour with nice guides in a beautiful landscape. The river is suitable for beginners/inexperienced kayakers. When the weather is nice, there are plenty of opportunities to take a dip in the river. Overall, we really enjoyed the peace and quiet while paddling through the river.

Excellent tour guide on the boat. He made sure to explain things to us in English as we were the only English speaking people on the tour, it felt like we had our own private tour!

We loved it. The guide is a great professional giving all the exact information about the history of his city. We will return again to do the same circuit. We found it perfect

Knowledgeable. Calm and laid back. Respectful of our needs and interests.