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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.

From Porto: Off-Road Buggy Adventure

2. 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

3. 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.

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 Oporto: Gerês National Park Canyoning Tour

5. 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. 

Porto: Serralves Park Entry Ticket

6. Porto: Serralves Park Entry Ticket

Learn about the biodiversity of Portugal and the country’s history of landscape gardening with an informative trip to Serralves Park. See the incredible diversity of trees and shrubs at Serralves, consituting approximately 8,000 examples of plants and representing around 230 species and varieties. See how landscape gardening changed in Portugal from the 19th and 20th centuries, right up to the present day. Serralves Park opened to the public in 1987 and was enhanced between 2001 and 2006. The aim of the project is to educate the public on the importance of protecting landscape heritage and reconciling it with the needs of contemporary society. The Park's programming is founded on the development of programming cycles intended to take place on an annual basis. Playful dimensions and learning processes underlie the main structural and complementary aspects of the programme of activities for the general public.

Peneda-Gerês National Park Full-Day Tour

7. 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.

From Porto: Gerês National Park Hike

8. 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.

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.

Viana do Castelo: Kayak Tour at Lima River

10. 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.

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4.6 / 5

based on 318 reviews

This was a great way to get out of the city and experience the natural beauty of Portugal. Miguel was a wonderful tour guide. Try to eat a good breakfast before and don’t be worried about bringing a lunch, you most likely won’t be that hungry and it is possible to stop at a cafe after the adventure for a burger or sandwich. We brought an 11 year old boy and he really enjoyed the experience too. This was awesome!

What an enjoyable day trip to the Geres National Park with Detours! Our guide Marianne/Mary Ann was awesome. She provided a lot of information about the areas we traveled through, and made the trip fun. Learning the history of the wolves and how the village protected their goats and cows was incredible. Such a commitment! We highly recommend seeing the beauty of Portugal's National Park.

Great day trip! Waterfalls were beautiful and guide was fun and knowledgeable about the area. Had lunch at a wonderful little town and the food was delicious! Highly recommend

We had a great time the skipper was knowledgeable interesting and funny. The scenery was outstanding, and we really enjoyed the cruise.

Amazing tour, the sightseeing is wonderful! Definitely worth a visit.