Guided Northern Highlands of Peneda Gerês National Park
8 Days / 7 Nights / 6 Days Hiking
Description

Destination
Douro valley and North
Type
Nature Hiking Meet the locals
Days
8 days
Difficulty
Level 3

 

At the northwestern border of Portugal and Spain, the Peneda-Gerês National Park offers wild landscapes, granite peaks and ridges alternating with lakes and glacial valleys. This tour takes you on the path of the Iberian wolf, and from village to village within the park´s natural environment. The tour ends in Porto by the old district of Ribeira that preserves more than 2000 years of urban settlement, offering a remarkable testimony of the city´s rich commercial past, and greeting every visitor with a lively atmosphere.
  
This is one of our low-carbon guided tours. The hikes were designed to take you from lodge to lodge or to follow loop trails. Transfers, including the luggage transfer, will be done by a local taxi driver.
 

Itinerary

  Day   Itinerary  Overnight   Meals 
1 Welcome at Porto, Briefing and transfer to the Sanctuary of Peneda Hotel 3*  Peneda Hotel Dinner
2 Hike the Peneda Loop trail to Bouça dos Homens Hotel 3*  Peneda Hotel Breakfast - Lunch box - Dinner
3 Hike Peneda to Castro Laboreiro Village Hotel 3*  Castrum Villae (Castro Laboreiro) Breakfast - Lunch box - Dinner
4 Hike Castro Laboreiro Patelo Loop Hike Hotel 3*  Castrum Villae (Castro Laboreiro) Breakfast - Lunch box - Dinner
5 Transfer to Campos do Gerês and Hike to caldas do Gerês Town Hotel 3*  M'Ar Breakfast - Lunch box - Dinner
6 Hike the Corral loop Trail Hotel 3*  M'Ar Breakfast - Lunch box - Dinner
7 Morning transfer to Porto & Visit Porto Hotel 4*  Spot Family and suites Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
8 End of Tour    Breakfast
Day-by-Day

1: Welcome at Porto, Briefing and transfer to the Sanctuary of Peneda

Overnight: Hotel 3*  Peneda Hotel
Meals: Dinner

Welcome to Portugal! Welcome to Porto!
We will meet you at a designated location in the city of Porto, for a briefing on the tour.
For the next two nights we will be staying at Peneda-Gerês National Park. A transfer will take you to the hotel located close to the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Peneda.
 
 
Transfer 2H
 
 
 


2: Hike the Peneda Loop trail to Bouça dos Homens

Overnight: Hotel 3*  Peneda Hotel
Meals: Breakfast - Lunch box - Dinner

The first hike of the tour allows you to discover the Peneda mountain range, following ancient trails used by locals and their cattle on the annual migrations between the summer (Brandas) and winter (inverneiras) villages, and following also paths that led the pilgrims to the Peneda Sanctuary.
You will follow a circular route starting at the Peneda Sanctuary, taking the sinuous path uphill along the crag of Meadinha towards the lagoon, a beautiful spot for rest after the long ascent. The trail crosses Chã do Monte plateau towards the summer village of Bouça dos Homens. This is a typical summer village where you can still see in the summer herds and cattle roaming around. Bouça dos Homens offers an imposing and stunning landscape, with views to five mountain peaks, including Penameda at 1268m of altitude.
The trail heads back to Peneda through the Peneda river valley.
 
Hike 12,5km | 4H»5H | + 630m | - 620m


3: Hike Peneda to Castro Laboreiro Village

Overnight: Hotel 3*  Castrum Villae (Castro Laboreiro)
Meals: Breakfast - Lunch box - Dinner

Paved causeways were once the main way of traveling along the mountains. Along the stream and up the valley reach Lamas de Mouro Village and visitor center of the National Park. Learn about some features of the protected area and life around here. Instead of taking the road, a small shepherd path will guide us to Castro Laboreiro Village.
The XII century Castle is well visible from the surrounding hills and the village is nested not far from it.
We have reach one of the highest villages in Portugal.
 
 
Hike 13,8km | 5H»6H | + 650m | - 350m


4: Hike Castro Laboreiro Patelo Loop Hike

Overnight: Hotel 3*  Castrum Villae (Castro Laboreiro)
Meals: Breakfast - Lunch box - Dinner

Superb hike through the hamlets of the Castro Laboreiro region. Discover the architecture, courage and life of the people of Alto Minho on Romanesque paths and bridges, surrounded of amazing solitude and beauty. Greys, greens and blues paint this stunning day as the boulders can offer so many forms and shapes.
Visit the Castle nestle on a small ridge and learn about the Castro Laboreiro dog who helped shepherds to defend their herds from the wolfs.
 
  
 Hike 13,6km | 5H»6H | + 580m | - 580m


5: Transfer to Campos do Gerês and Hike to caldas do Gerês Town

Overnight: Hotel 3*  M'Ar
Meals: Breakfast - Lunch box - Dinner

Today´s trail starts at Campos do Gerês and is part of the new long distance hike path on the National Park. The red and white stripes will lead us to the town of Caldas do Gerês. Along the way, we will take time to stop at different viewpoints and enjoy the beautifull scenery.
 
 
Transfer to Campos do Gerês 1H30
Hike 11,7 Km | 4H»5H30 | + 440m | - 710m


6: Hike the Corral loop Trail

Overnight: Hotel 3*  M'Ar
Meals: Breakfast - Lunch box - Dinner

There is a long tradition of using the mountain as pasture for the cattle, taken into the higher land to find grazing areas from spring to the fall. The tradition is still in use, and cattle roam free on these lands. We will start hiking up to the communitarian wasteland and meadows of Vilar de Veiga. This will be an opportunity to visit some corrals above Caldas do Gerês. Up on the trail up we will reach Pedra Bela Belvedere, offering beautiful views over the valley and lake.
 
 
Hike 10,7km | 4H30»5H30 | + 650m | - 650m


7: Morning transfer to Porto & Visit Porto

Overnight: Hotel 4*  Spot Family and suites
Meals: Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner

Morning transfer to Porto where we will have the opportunity to visit this fantastic city: discover the old quarter, walk by the river and taste wine at Ribeira.
This area offers remarkable testimony of the city´s rich commercial past, and presents a lively and welcome atmosphere.
The opportunities are endless.
 
 
Transfer to Porto 1H45min
 


8: End of Tour

Overnight:   
Meals: Breakfast

The tour ends at check-out.

Dates & Prices
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Notes

Included

* English speaking guide during all tour
* Luggage transfer specified in the itinerary  
* Transfer specified in the itinerary
* Accommodations on B&B basis
* Meals specified in the itinerary
* Liability and personal accident insurance
Excluded

* Transfer to and from meeting point  
* Alcoholic beverages during meals  
* Personal expenses
* Wine tasting upgrade
* Gratuities
 
 
 



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