Peneda-Gerês NP Active

A compact, active package in self-drive formula. This package can be booked by itself to fit in your personal schedule. We are also more than happy to assist in customizing or extending your stay in the NP, at the beach or in the city.

Duration: 
5 days/4 nights
Country: 
Activity: 

Highlights

  • Soajo Village and "espigueros" (granite granaries)
  • Canyoning experience
  • Lima Valley bike or kayak
  • Exploring the mountain villages and ancient wolf trap
  • Chance to see the wild Garrano horses

Please note that this itinerary is made for travelers in possession of a (rental) car. In general, it is cheaper to fly to Porto airport and rent a car then it is to organize all transfers. Normally, the car will also be the most economic option as public transportation is almost non-existent in the region. However, this is part of its charm and remoteness. Prices for rental cars are often surpisingly cheap and the car gives you extra freedom to move around in between activities. Roads are generally not busy, except for the occasional cows, sheep and maybe a Garrano horse passing by.

Itinerary

Experience the region of Peneda-Gerês National Park to the fullest! Hike where horses run free, bike or kayak, go canyoning, explore the mountain villages in the Amarela Mountain with their rich cultural heritage and find out what an ancient wolf trap looks like. You can book this self-drive itinerary by itself, or we can customize or extend to your personal preferences.

DAY 1 Arrival in Soajo village

Welcome to Soajo! This small mountain village is the perfect place to set base for a few days of adventure at Peneda-Gerês National Park. From the traditional "espigueros" to the rustic stone houses, Soajo has many charming corners to explore.Our local representative will come and meet you to explain all details of this itinerary.

Accommodation:

Double or twin room in Casa do Adro, a rural house, constructed in the 18th century and converted into a small B&B with only 6 rooms.

 

 

 

DAY 2 Canyoning experience

CanyoningThe clear water of the rivers and lagoons in this NP make it an ideal destination for canyoning. You do not need to be an expert, any person who has the basic skills of walking can attend. You will descend canyons or gorges following the course of a small river and using various techniques, depending on the situation, and the characteristics of the chosen river. Your guide will look after your safety.

The only restrictions are:

Minimum weight 25 kg I minimum height 130 cm - Maximum weight 115 kg I maximum height 210 cm

Rural accommodation in Soajo village, same as on day 1, breakfast included

DAY 3 Lima Valley bike or kayak

Today you can choose: water or land! Explore the beautiful Lima river by kayak or by bike. Surrounded by green fields and forests the journey through the valley is full of diversity.  You can choose a kayak tour or a guided biking tour. 

Rural accommodation in Soajo, same as on day 1 & 2. Breakfast included.

DAY 4 Exploring the mountain villages

Serra Amarela is home to some of the most authentic mountain villages of the National Park. This rural heritage forms a mirror of the resistance and perseverance of men over natural elements. From the village Fojo and an ancient wolf trap, to the amazing Garranos (wild horses) that can be spotted running free in the mountains, this hike has all special ingredients for a wonderful first impression of Peneda-Gerês NP.

Approx. 9 km | level: easy.

Accommodation: you will spent your last night in rural accommodation in Soajo village, same as on the previous days, breakfast included.

DAY 5 Departure day or extension

This sample itinerary ends today. However, we can customize any way you like and add extensions any way you desire. Please have a look at the tab prices and options to get inspired in case you have some days left or you like to make changes to this itinerary.

Beach extensions in Viana do Castelo or an extension in vibrant Porto city are also possible. Please contact YŪGEN tours so we can create your ideal itinerary together.

The price for this sample itinerary, VAT included, and based on a minimum of 2 persons in a double room, is 445 EUR per person. The price goes down per person if you are 3 or 4 persons. E.g. for this itinerary 4 persons would pay 345 EUR per person.

This price is indicative and subject to availability. It can vary according to personal wishes, extra services, changes in the itinerary, amount of participants, accommodation (camping, bungalow, rural house, hotel, B&B), high or low season, and so on. Only the confirmed price on your definite order form is valid. Please contact YŪGEN tours to request a personalized itinerary and quote according to your personal wishes. 

Included:

  • Welcome meeting with local rep
  • 4 nights in rural accommodation as per itinerary
  • 4 x breakfast
  • Canyoning with guide
  • Kayaking or biking with guide
  • All necessary equipment for canyoning, bike and kayaking activities
  • Travel Roadbook (with hiking maps, road directions, itinerary and points of interest)
  • GPS tracks for the walking tour
  • National Park Topographic map
  • 24 hour tour assistance (phone number)

Not included:

  • Flights
  • Own car or car rental or transfers between stages if you do not have a car at your disposal
  • Lunch, dinners and drinks
  • Personal expenses and everything not described as included 

Possible options:

Our tours in Northern Portugal are very flexible and can be customized in any way. Examples which you can use as inspiration are:

  • Optional guided walking tours (English speaking guide) in:
  • Peneda-Gerês mountain villages (Amarela mountain)
  • the Peneda granite mountain
  • exploring the Wolf territory in Sistelo (includes local products degustation)
  • shepherd for one day in Sistelo (includes local products degustation)

Optional activities:

  • Horse-riding in Gerês full day (for experienced riders)
  • Horse-riding in Gerês 2 hours 
  • Biking in Northern Portugal
  • Hiking in Northern Portugal (outside the NP)
  • All activities offered from Viana (please check our description of Viana do Castelo on the country page for all possible water and land activities)

Other services on request:

  • mountain pic-nics (pic-nic box or catering)

Optional extensions in Northern Portugal:

  • extra days in the NP or surroundings
  • extension at the beach in Viana do Castelo or surroundings (please check our description of Viana for all possible activities)
  • extension in Porto City
Other accommodation types as described in the itinerary are possible (camping, bungalow, rural house rental and so on).

Please contact YŪGEN tours in order to create your personalized adventure in Northern Portugal. 

 

 

Important information

Best time to travel

This tour is available from March to October. Best time to travel is spring and September as the weather is normally excellent. During summer months it may get hot and crowdy, especially in August.

Travel insurance

  • It is aways recommend to take out a travel insurance, covering for cancellation and curtailment, medical situations, baggage, emergency evacuation. Always check the specific conditions and coverage of your insurance policy, especially when participating in more adventurous activities.
  • YŪGEN tours does not provide travel insurance.

Medical Precautions

  • Check with your local immunization authority, travel clinic, public health facility or personal physician.
  • Visit the WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION website for up to date information www.who.int

Travel documentation

  • If you do not have the Belgian nationality, you should inquire at the embassy in your country. The following is valid for people with Belgian nationality:
  • A valid Belgian identity card or an international passport. 
  • A visa is not required.
  • Children need their own identity card. Within the Schengen Zone it is recommended to bring a copy of the passport of the parent which does not accompany the other parent and the minor during the trip, as well as a document of consent of the non-traveling parent. This can prevent delays.
  • Belgian citizens should consult the website of the Federal government for all travel related advise: diplomatie.belgium.be/nl/Diensten/Op_reis_in_het_buitenland/reisadviezen/portugal

Flights

  • Flights are not included in the price of the tour. You are free to choose your flight dates, route, price and airline company if you wish to fly to Portugal.
  • If you opt for flights with a stopover or transfer in the United States of America, please note that you must complete a VISA WAIVER. You can do this up to a minimum of 72 hours before arrival, and this on the website of ESTA (link is external). The permission is valid for 2 years and costs approximately 14 USD per person.
  • Before booking your flights, please contact YŪGEN tours first to check if our local partners are not fully booked on the desired dates.
  • The closest international airport to our suggested trips is Porto's Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport.

Drive and self-drive tours

If you do not have the Belgian nationality, you should inquire in your country of nationality. Travelers from the Netherlands can consult the website of ANWB. The following is valid for people with Belgian nationality:

  • Your identity card and drivers license should be sufficient. In case of renting a car, do check the specific regulations of the rental company. Often a credit card is required to be able to rent a car and you need to be in possession of a drivers license during a certain amount of time already and/or a minimum age may apply.
  • More information on driving in Portugal and regulations can be found here: www.vab.be/nl/info-en-diensten/wegeninfo/europa/portugal
  • Please note that there are several toll roads in Portugal. Rental companies offer different solutions. On some highways you can pay in cash, but some are fully electronic and you need a special device to use them. Car rental companies can provide the device against an additional cost. Dutch speaking travelers can consult https://www.vab.be/nl/info-en-diensten/wegeninfo/europa/portugal. In case of renting a car always consult the car rental company.
  • Several car rental companies are present at Porto Airport. Cars can also be rented in Viana do Castelo, according to availability.

Feel free to contact YŪGEN tours for more information and assistance. We will be more than happy to assist.