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Pinhão: Rabelo Boat 1-Hour Guided Tour

1. Pinhão: Rabelo Boat 1-Hour Guided Tour

Navigate on a unique river, in the heart of the oldest wine demarcated region in the world and also a UNESCO world heritage site. You start from Pinhão, pass under the Eiffel iron bridge going up stream until the Roncão area where you turn around and return to Pinhão. Along the way you’ll see hills of terraced vineyards until the river, with no national roads or traffic in sight. Although you do the same stretch up and down, it could very well be a different one, because seeing it in one direction and then on the other creates two completely different points of view and sights. The traditional rabelo boats have open and closed areas, so navigation can be comfortably made in all kinds of weather, all year long.

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 10-hour excursion to Gerês National Park. Enjoy a day of hiking, kayaking and savoring local food. The itinerary can be altered to make the best of the weather conditions in winter and summer. Travel to the park in an air-conditioned van. After around 90 minutes, you’ll reach the lake, where you’ll begin your tour by kayaking in the it‘s calm waters. Afterwards, relax on a sandy beach and try to stand up paddle before returning to your vehicle. Stop at a local restaurant with amazing views of Rio Cavado, where you will taste local food and wine. In the afternoon you will find 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.

From Oporto: Gerês National Park Canyoning Tour

3. From Oporto: Gerês National Park Canyoning Tour

Experience one of the most challenging and adrenaline-filled experiences you can have on the Portuguese mainland. After being picked up from your accommodation in Oporto, set off for the Gerês National Park to start your adventure. Get kitted up with all the necessary safety gear including specially-designed canyoning shoes and a wetsuit. Start to navigate your way downstream including splashing through natural pools, chutes, and waterfalls carved out by the powerful river. Make the most of zip-lines ending on the water, small and medium nice abseiling, guided abseiling, and several possibilities of jumping into the water. At the end of your 3-hour experience, take advantage of a convenient return transport back to your accommodation in Oporto. 

From Porto: Off-Road Buggy Adventure

4. From Porto: Off-Road Buggy Adventure

Your journey will begin with the Rally de Portugal Shakedown, where you will ride a buggy for a fascinating and delightful 3-hour ride. You will explore every corner of our magnificent mountains. The first stop is a visit to Castromil's gold mines. The next stop will be in the Roman ruins of Castro Mozinho, where you can absorb and understand a little more of the history of Portugal. To top it off, nothing like a visit to the ever surrounding Quintandona Preserved Village, a place where all buildings are in shale.

From Porto: Small Group Day Tour of Geres National Park

5. From Porto: Small Group Day Tour of Geres National Park

Explore the only national park in Portugal. You will be picked up from your accommodation at approximately 09:00 before heading toward Gerês. During the tour, discover the most amazing spots in Gerês, including the famous Tahiti Waterfalls, where you can enjoy a refreshing swim and the Pedra Bela viewpoint, where you can enjoy an incredible view of the surrounding landscape. Your guides have local knowledge and will take you on a safe trip deep inside this natural paradise. Enjoy a picnic in a remote idyllic location before heading back to your hotel.

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

6. 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). Continue to one of the most beautiful and unknown lagoons in Gerês National Park: the blue lagoon. 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.

From Porto: Gerês National Park Hike

7. From Porto: Gerês National Park Hike

Depart from the convenient meeting point in Porto and head to the Peneda-Gerês National Park, the only national park in Portugal and the best place to go for a hike. Travel around 1.5 hours from Porto along with your experienced guide as you head to the heart of the park to a trail designed to be a bit tougher but much better than other trails. Embark on an 11km circular track with 700m elevation gain (350m uphill and 350m downhill) on an uneven terrain, something much more challenging than a normal hiking trail. Take in views of the national park’s lagoons, the Cascata do Arado waterfall, and villages as you go. Midway through the trail, stop for a well-deserved picnic in a fantastic spot with stunning views of the surrounding scenery. Afterwards, begin the ascent and end the trip with a drop-off back in Porto.

From Porto: Hiking and Swimming in Gerês National Park

8. From Porto: Hiking and Swimming in Gerês National Park

Head to Gerês National Park on this 10-hour excursion from Porto. Stop for coffee along the way, before arriving at the park. From June to September, enjoy an 8-kilometer hike that takes you past 10 magnificent natural pools (from November to May, the hike will be 10 kilometers long). Stop to enjoy a refreshing swim along the way. Once you reach the heart of the Park, enjoy a picnic as you admire the stunning views around you. A small picnic will be provided, but if everyone brings something to share, it will be more of a feast.  After taking in the views and fresh air, you’ll return to Porto.

Pinhão: Private Rabelo Boat Tour along the River Douro

9. Pinhão: Private Rabelo Boat Tour along the River Douro

Starting from Pinhão, pass under the iron bridge designed by Gustave Eiffel. Continue along the River Douro, admiring hills of terraced vineyards with no cars in sight. Take in the scenic views of the oldest wine region in the world, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Once you reach the Roncão area, you will turn around and start the return journey to Pinhão. Although you will do the same stretch of the river on the way back, you will have a different point of view of the sights along the way. The traditional Rabelo boats have open and closed areas, so navigation can be comfortably made in all kinds of weather, all year long.

Peneda-Gerês National Park Tour

10. Peneda-Gerês National Park Tour

After a pick-up from your hotel in the morning, you will travel in a climate-controlled minivan towards the amazing Peneda-Gerês National Park. Arrive at the foot of the mountains and catch a glimpse of the wonderful Albufeira da Caniçada, where the beautiful Cávado River lies. Then, start your way up into the mountains while admiring the surrounding nature.  Enjoy the journey and admire the local fauna and flora, stop at the amazing old village, Vilarinho das Furnas, now submersed in water. Then, head to Mata da Albergaria, the most protected area in the park, for a easy hike to view some wonderful lagoons. Near Gerês village, it is time to feast on a delicious picnic lunch. Eating in one of the many available locations is a way of taking advantage of the beautiful nature.  Be amazed with the Pedra Bela viewpoint, situated 800 meters above sea level. From this height, you'll have the chance to take in the mountains, the Caniçada Dam, the rivers that snake through the hills and the confluence of the Cávado River. Hike to the Tahiti waterfall to reach the lagoons and, if the weather allows, you can bath in the fresh crystal clear waters. Here, relax, enjoy the sun and swim in the therapeutic cold waters. Finally, enjoy your journey back to Porto.

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What people are saying about Norte Region

Booked this trip as a suprise for my wifes birthday while in braga...absolutely brilliant from start to finnish..pedro our guide couldnt have been more of a hit if he tried, and also ritas few snacks thrown in,the lunch included also is second to none in a local craftshop and restaurant that made the trip stand out, questions we asked or information he told us with such knowledge, obviously clear he loves what he does, finnished the day with hot springs across the boarder which was sensational, do not think twice about booking this trip..you will not be dissapointed...ken + lisa

Picked up in time, pleasant journey there, well briefed at quad buggies garage, and easantly welcomed, attires into suitable clothing.

It was a very pleasant tour. Very calm, beutifule scens and afterwards we got off at a very nice area and places to eat..

We enjoyed the 50-minite tour, it was an enjoyable way to see a section of the Douro River and valley!

Professional and friendly team..a must do when you get to Porto.