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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.

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.

Viana do Castelo: Kayak Tour at Lima River

3. 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.

Viana do Castelo: Vez River SUP with Transfer Options

4. Viana do Castelo: Vez River SUP with Transfer Options

Explore one of most beautiful natural spots along the Vez river by stand up paddleboard. Take in the views of a pollution-free valley that will allow you to enjoy nature in its most pure and relaxing state. You'll be accompanied by a professional guide, bringing all the safety and guidance necessary for beginners and professionals. Among the several routes available, the one most suitable for your experience will be selected, guaranteeing a lot of fun and safety.

Peneda-Gerês National Park: Extended Mountain Hike

5. 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.

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Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 21 reviews

It was absolutely amazing getting to spend a day with Rita and Pedro. They are consummate tour guides. Rita picked us up from our lodging in Porto, and they both drove us back. It was very worth the extra fifty euros to have them pick us up and drop us off. The tour itself was really great; we were able to do a lovely hike up to a lookout point, then we ate an amazing and filling lunch, and then we did a smaller hike in the afternoon in a more foresty area. Pedro knows so much about the landscape and history of the park, and he was able to teach my sister and I about it. The park itself is so large and there are not a lot of people around, so it is good to have guidance to be able to navigate the park and make the most of your visit. We were also able to take a dip in the hot springs which was a great way to end the day. Rita and Pedro also are store owners with great products like locally made jams. Overall, it was a great experience!

If you are having second thoughts or reconsidering this trip, don't! Just do it. And if you are lucky, Diogo will be taking you. If not, ask for him. The views were amazing, the trip was adaptable to the energy of the group. Slippery rocks and steep climbs were manageable under the scorching hot weather because our guide, Amazing Diogo made great efforts to assure the safety of everyone and that we were all having a great time. We went off-road to our first location where we kayaked, then we had lunch and trekked to the waterfalls, and lastly, a visit to the village. The only thing... Just wished the time spent at the waterfalls were longer. Everything else was perfect.

My boyfriend and I were off with three other tourists plus two guides. It was an absolutely amazing experience that I can only recommend to others. Right from the kayak to the waterfall trip and everything in between was fabulous. Our guides took us by the hand all day and did everything to make us feel good. If I could, I would give the trip 6 stars.

One of the best days of my life. Diego, the tour guide, was wonderful. Very well organized, super fun, good food, beautiful waterfall, everything was incredible. Best day of our vacation.

Really great tour, totally recommended. You get a nice insight into the national park!