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

1. 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). 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: Small Group Day Tour of Geres National Park

2. 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 in the morning 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 (or a local meal at a typical restaurant, depending on the weather conditions) before heading back to your hotel. The itinerary may be adapted by the guide to ensure that the best experience possible is provided. Factors like the weather, amount of people in the park, or the characteristics of the group will be taken into account by the guide throughout the day.

From Oporto: Gerês National Park Canyoning Tour

3. From Oporto: Gerês National Park Canyoning Tour

Explore the wonders of Gerês National Park on a thrilling canyoning adventure with this tour from Porto. Splash your way through the Park's streams, waterfalls, and boulder formations with high-quality canyoning gear. Enjoy pickup and drop-off in a climate-controlled van.  Be picked up from the comfort of your accommodation in Porto, set off for the Gerês National Park. Get kitted up with all the necessary safety gear including specially-designed canyoning shoes and a wetsuit. Follow your guide into the Park and begin your canyoning experience.  Navigate downstream by swimming and sliding through natural pools, waterfalls, and chutes that have been shaped by the powerful river. Soar with zip-lines ending on the water, try abseiling, and several have the chance to jump from rocks into the water. At the end of your tour, take advantage of a convenient return transport back to your accommodation in Porto. 

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

4. 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.

From Porto: Serras do Porto Natural Park Quad Bike Tour

5. 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.

Canyoning Tour in Portugal

6. Canyoning Tour in Portugal

Are you tired of the day-to-day? Are you looking for a burst of adrenaline? This is the ideal activity for you! Canyoning Adventure is one of the most challenging experiences you can have on the Portuguese mainland! This is where your emotions will be brought to the red, with up to 60 meter rappels, guided rappels to 30 meters in height and more than 40 meters long, with optional jumps that can surpass 11 meters. Find all of this in the longer canyoning routes from mainland Portugal. To accomplish this canyoning, for security reasons, it is a prerequisite to have done the Tobogã Canyoning Middle Level at least once and be considered by the Guidelines as "ready" to the next level of difficulty.

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.

Serra da Estrela Private Tour

8. Serra da Estrela Private Tour

After being picked up in a minivan from your hotel in Porto or Vila Nova de Gaia, begin your tour to one of the biggest mountains in continental Portugal. Enjoy the magnificent views, valleys, rivers, and lagoons. Discover the region which is also rich in tradition, history, culture, and gastronomy. Visit the Serra da Estrela cheese factory which produces a creamy scented cheese that is appreciated across the country. Enjoy a tour of the factory and taste some cheese for yourself. Make a stop at the Bread Museum and learn about the traditional bread of the region called Seia bread. Learn about bread making tradition and try some samples. After this, enjoy free time to explore the mountains, ride the chairlift, and participate in snow activities in the winter.

Peneda-Gerês National Park Tour

9. 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.

Porto: Private Gêres National Park Tour

10. Porto: Private Gêres National Park Tour

Walk through several sites, valleys, waterfalls, fauna and flora. Join this tour and visit the country’s most northern park, Peneda Gerês, and fall in love with Vila do Gerês. On this tour you will receive an introduction to the Peneda–Gerês National Park, which is perhaps the most exciting destination for local and international tourists and specifically nature lovers. The park was created in 1971, and since then has been the only one of its kind in the country. In 2009, it was declared a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO, a status that reinforced the protection measures taken to keep the beauty and natural importance of the region. This full-day tour is perfect to connect with nature and to escape the busy city environment.

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What people are saying about Norte Region

This tour was full of pulse-pounding moments for me: the anxiety of being driven along a narrow path along a steep mountain, the shock of jumping into a frigid lagoon beneath a waterfall, the hike back up the trail. Less "exciting" but still totally worth it were exploring the small town of Fafião, having a delicious lunch, and getting to know the other passengers on our tour. Miguel and Katarina were fantastic guides. Even though the afternoon was rainy, it was still a great experience overall, and one I'd recommend.

it was really good experience, to explore the national park in winter. we were lucky with the weather and one of the best guides (Renate). Renate was very knowledgeable as well as very enthusiastic in sharing the information. I'd really recommend the tour to everyone who wants to see the natural beauty of Portugal

Miguel was a fantastic tour guide, he was friendly and informative and had a great sense of humour. Even though the weather wasn’t great it was still worth the trip and would recommend this for anyone.

Fantastic day to Peneda Gerês Park. The kids for sure enjoyed the swims and jumping from the clifs into the water :-) Nice combination of scenic views, history and fun time.

What an experience, loved every second of it. Highly recommended!