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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 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.

Vinho Verde Full-Day Premium Wine Tour

2. 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 stunningly crisp wine. After discovering some of Portugal’s undisputed cultural gems, you’ll head back to your accommodation.

Douro Valley: Premium Full-Day Tour Experience

3. Douro Valley: Premium Full-Day Tour Experience

Relax with a pickup from your accommodation. Take in the beautiful scenery on the 1.5 hour trip into the Douro Valley. Learn about the winemaking techniques that have grown with the local communities over the centuries.  Enjoy a morning tasting of Doc and Port wines from a local producer. Enjoy a traditional lunch, celebrating the regional produce and pallet. Afterwards, take a 1-hour boat ride, and admire the surrounding landscapes. Relax by the river with a regionally-flavored cocktail, before returning back to your accommodation.

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

4. 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 moment to enjoy a traditional lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, you will be driven to Viana do Castelo, a city located between the river the ocean and the mountains. The rich history of this wonderful city will be explained while walking through medieval streets, blue-tiled churches, and traditional jewelry shops where you will find the famous heart from Viana. Enjoy one of the most beautiful panoramic views in the world - the Sanctuary of Santa Luzia. Cap off the experience with a perfectly crafted cocktail by the sea, while going over what has been learned about the history of Portugal, in the picturesque city of Viana do Castelo.

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What people are saying about Guimaraes

This trip was honestly amazing, so glad we went! We had visited Geres park a few years ago but this was such a different trip. Kayaking on the lake was really fun, lunch was delicious and getting to swim near the waterfall was fantastic! The place we swam was so secluded, no other people there just our group of 7. Would highly recommend this trip to see some beautiful natural sights! Shout out to our incredible guide Renata (probably one of the best tour guides ever). She has so much knowledge of the national park and surrounding area. The whole day was so relaxing and nothing was too much trouble for Renata, she really made the experience for us!

Our tour guide Miguel gave us a very warm welcome. Our first destination on the lake for a little kayak tour was very nice. The tour guide motivated the entire group to try the stand-up paddle board as well as the kayak. The lunch that followed was great. The food was typically Portuguese and very tasty. After lunch we drove to the waterfall. We would have to walk about 20 minutes for that (we didn't need our hiking boots). The tourist free spot by the waterfall that Miguel showed us was wonderful. Miguel went to a lot of trouble to take nice photos of all fellow travelers, which I found very attentive.

What a fabulous day out! Big thanks to Miguel who really made the trip even more memorable. He had great local knowledge, was easygoing and created a nice group dynamic. This trip was great value for money and the kayaking+ paddleboarding was the highlight. As a non-swimmer, Miguel paid extra attention to make sure I felt safe and didn't miss out on the experience. Would recommend this to anyone visiting Porto! Unfortunately we left before we could give a tip, but please accept a huge thanks from us! E&E

It was a great experience. Renata was very friendly, open and very knowledgeable about the park. So we were able to learn a lot about nature. The waterfall doesn't seem to be well known as we were there alone as a group which made the experience even better.

Beautiful day in the green with a guide, Luis, wonderful. Delicious typical meal. Swimming in a magnificent waterfall. Luis was bursting with energy and passionate about his work. Excellent driver with good music. In summary, perfect day for the 5 of us