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

    1. 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.

    It was amazing, wow, started off being picked up from our hotel which was great. We had a ride of 1.5 hrs, which was still entertaining thanks to Emanuel was great, charismatic fun and informative. We got there and kayaked and paddle boarded it was so amazing peaceful and fun enjoying stunning views thanks to the know of Emanuel. We followed on to an amazing Portugese Lunch which was delicious and various, they even catered for the dietary options of the whole group some of which were gluten free and vegan. After this we went a but offroading which was fun and drove to this secret water fall swimming spot which was breathtaking. We then were driven back to our hotel in porto. All in all a big credit to this amazing experience was Emanuel he made it fun and memorable for all of us. Such a character, thank you so much Emanuel! Emma and James!

  • Peneda-Gerês National Park Full-Day Tour

    2. Peneda-Gerês National Park Full-Day Tour

    Explore the natural history, ancient heritage and beautiful nature of Peneda-Gerês National Park on a day trip from Porto, Guimarães or Braga. Following pick-up from your hotel, drive to the lush woodlands to hike through the only national park in the Norte region of Portugal. Marvel at the mountains as you hike in a small group for a more intimate experience. Walk along centuries-old paths that cut through the woods and reach amazing viewpoints along the way. Encounter the remains of ancient settlements and of the Roman Geira road from Braga to Astorga. Swim in the clear waters of the mountain waterfalls or soak in hot springs used by the Romans, depending on the weather. See newborn baby horses in the woods or marvel at the colors of the fall leaves, according to the season.

    Just an amazing day. We can only recommend it. A lot of things to learn, to discover with the guide. We were not used to take a guide, but for this time, it was very helpfull to find what to see and where to go. Just go and enjoy!

  • From Oporto: Braga and Guimarães Full-Day Tour with Lunch

    3. From Oporto: Braga and Guimarães Full-Day Tour with Lunch

    Travel back in time to discover 2 of the oldest cities in Portugal and see historic monuments existing side by side with modern-day life. Choose a guided public or private tour according to your preferences. Following pick-up from your hotel in Oporto, begin the day by visiting Braga, nicknamed the "Rome of Portugal" for its rich culture and traditions. See the emblematic squares and churches of Portugal's oldest city, along with monuments such as the Sé Cathedral, Bom Jesus Sanctuary and Sameiro Sanctuary. After visiting the monuments in Braga, delight yourself with the delicious dishes of Portugal in a typical restaurant of the city of Braga (The guide will inform you about the dishes available on the day of the visit) Then travel to the medieval city of Guimarães, considered the "Cradle of Portugal." Walk the streets of the historic district and visit the main attractions and monum...

    It was a very interesting and lovely day with our tourguide. We got all information about the cathedrales, churches, areas and more. We spend time in an original restaurant and enjoyed the meal. We absolutely recommend this tour ,it was a perfect day with our guide. It was amazing!

  • Guimarães Half-Day Tour from Porto

    4. Guimarães Half-Day Tour from Porto

    Your friendly guide will pick you up from your hotel and transport you to historic Guimarães, a 50-minute ride away. Guimarães became known as the nation’s birthplace after Portugal’s first king named it the capital in 1128. Learn about this and more ancient Portuguese history while exploring the renowned city center.  During your exploration, stop in at the 10th-century Guimarães Castle (admission included) before continuing to the Romanesque church of St Miguel. While here, visit the baptismal site of Portugal’s first king, Afonso Henriques. Stroll over to the stately Palace of the Dukes of Bragança (optional), built in the fifteenth century to house the royal family. Make your way toward the charming lower city to discover what earned this area of Guimarães its UNESCO World Heritage Site status. Meander through a sinuous maze of narrow streets, flanked by old houses decorated with s...

    Our guide, Hugo is very knowledgeable. He shared with us the historical info of Guimaraes etc and walked through the sites with us. He’s patient and at times humorous with my kids.

  • Vinho Verde Full-Day Premium Wine Tour

    5. Vinho Verde Full-Day Premium Wine Tour

    After morning pickup from your accommodation in Porto, Braga, or Guimaraes, head off on a journey into Portugal’s wine country. Discover landscapes of the “Green Region” on the way to the historical city of Amarante with its 13th-century bridge and the 16th-century church. Enjoy trying the northern regional cuisine. Then you’ll be off and running down the Romanesque Route, a trail that travels back in time through Portugal’s rich history by connecting its most famous monuments.  After seeing churches, memorials, castles, and ruins, you’ll head to the first Vinho Verde producer of the the day, learning of the unique methods used to create Portugal’s famous green wine. To cap things off, you’ll continue down the picturesque country roads to another vineyard. Taste more Vinho Verde, gathering skills to differentiate the particular grape varietals used to make each stunning...

  • Viana do Castelo: Kayak Tour at Lima River

    6. Viana do Castelo: Kayak Tour at Lima River

    Enjoy a unique experience that will allow you to explore one of the most beautiful nature routes in the water in a Kayak: the Açudes section. Discover the route that connects Ponte da Barca and Ponte de Lima. Cross safely fast dams with a low degree of difficulty, inserted in a pollution-free valley, allowing you to enjoy nature in its pure and relaxing state. During this experience, you will be accompanied by a monitor in the water and a support vehicle outside the river, bringing all the safety and guidance necessary for beginners and pros.

    Amazing Canoe Tour with more than kind people!! It was a pleasure, ask for Ricardo ;)

  • Peneda-Gerês National Park: Extended Mountain Hike

    7. Peneda-Gerês National Park: Extended Mountain Hike

    Step inside wolf territory to experience the joys of nature at its very best. Depending on the season and your interests the tour guides can suggest a number of different and varied routes. In all cases, they guarantee you will reach a mountain summit and enjoy the many spectacular views across the wild open landscapes. Discover a variety of landscapes of the Peneda-Gerês National Park, from steep valleys to smooth plateaus and from rocky summits to serene meadows. Explore the far reaches of the area far from the crowds, with increased chances of seeing the wildlife in their natural habitat. Discover several landmarks of traditional communitarian shepherding which has been practiced for thousands of years. Challenge yourself and be rewarded with this magnificently gratifying day.

  • Braga & Guimarães: Premium Day Tour

    8. Braga & Guimarães: Premium Day Tour

    Your premium day tour of Braga and Guimarães begins with a pickup in a comfortable and air-conditioned vehicle by your certified guide. You will be led through the streets of Braga, to the busy commercial street of Souto. Along the way, you'll have the chance to gaze at the city's exquisite Baroque facades as well as its beautiful gardens, including the Santa Bárbara Garden.

    Visit Braga's cathedral, the Sanctuary of Sameiro, and the UNESCO Sanctuary of Bom Jesus do Monte, a Baroque masterpiece and a famous pilgrimage site. Afterward, pause and enjoy a delicious lunch at a local restaurant.  Visit the medieval city of Guimarães where your friendly guide will lead you through the Palace of the Dukes of Bragança. Listen as they recount historical events from Portugal's past, including the history of the country's independence. Continue the tour by discovering the medieval streets...

  • Ponte de Lima & Viana do Castelo: All-Inclusive Private Tour

    9. Ponte de Lima & Viana do Castelo: All-Inclusive Private Tour

    The day starts with a meeting at your hotel in Oporto, Braga, or Guimarães and you’ll head towards the beautiful green area of Portugal, a title given to this region due to the fertility of its soils that confers a vivid green color to the landscape as far as your eyes can reach. Onboard a comfortable air-conditioned minibus, head towards Ponte de Lima, considered the oldest town in Portugal. Here, you will be guided through the picturesque streets, narrow alleys, and the ancient bridge of Ponte de Lima. Nearby this town you will have a relaxing moment with one of the treasures of the region, the green wine (Vinho Verde). This guided visit takes place inside a baroque palace that dates from the XVII century, where you will find a hospitable wine producer that will explain the uniqueness of this wine while you taste as well some local cheese and smoked sausage. This will also be the mome...

  • Porto: Braga & Guimarães FD Tour

    10. Porto: Braga & Guimarães FD Tour

    You will be picked you up at your hotel in the morning and follow in a air-conditioned minivan towards "Bracara Augusta" (Braga). In Braga will begin the visit to the sanctuary of Bom Jesus where you will get there in a water-powered funicular built in 1882. From the top of the hill you will sight the entire city to where you will continue soon after. Reaching the center of Braga, still on the outside of the old medieval wall where you will visit the church of Congregados and then continue towards its most imposing monument, the Sé cathedral (optional visit) built in Romanesque style with finishing in Gothic style. Braga being the city of the archbishops its cathedral is indeed one of the most spectacular. Still you will remain some churches to visit, so the old castle tower or a the new avenue designed in the early twentieth century where the famous Teatro Circo is. You will end the vis...

    George was very knowledgeable on the history of Portugal and the Braga. Guimaraes area. He also knew much about the Roman occupation and governance. Braga is a beautiful city. The Bom Jesus church is stunning. I would have loved to spend more time there and less free time wondering the town. This being said we had a treat it was Braga Roman week. A period in which the Roman roots of the town were celebrated. Lunch was unique as it was in the festival. Boy were we stuffed! Thank you for your knowledge George.

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What people are saying about Guimaraes

It was amazing, wow, started off being picked up from our hotel which was great. We had a ride of 1.5 hrs, which was still entertaining thanks to Emanuel was great, charismatic fun and informative. We got there and kayaked and paddle boarded it was so amazing peaceful and fun enjoying stunning views thanks to the know of Emanuel. We followed on to an amazing Portugese Lunch which was delicious and various, they even catered for the dietary options of the whole group some of which were gluten free and vegan. After this we went a but offroading which was fun and drove to this secret water fall swimming spot which was breathtaking. We then were driven back to our hotel in porto. All in all a big credit to this amazing experience was Emanuel he made it fun and memorable for all of us. Such a character, thank you so much Emanuel! Emma and James!

Great day spent in the Peneda-Gêres National Park. An excursion that lived up to our expectations. Hiking for several kilometers, 4x4 tour, typical regional lunch. Swimming under a waterfall was a real plus. My mom had no trouble keeping up with the pace and really enjoyed it. Our guide Pedro was particularly warm. He takes great pleasure in showing us around his region and passing on his knowledge to us. I highly recommend !

Pedro is a fantastic guide. He showed us the quiet places and was so nice for the children! We had a wonderful journey which we will always remember !

I had a amazing time. The experience was beter than expected. We have seen and swim in nice lakes with waterfalls.

Verry Nice day,verry good guide Pedro Nice company ,good weather and Nice swim