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Villages & Trails of the Peneda Gerês Mountains


Itinerary for Villages & Trails of the Peneda Gerês Mountains




Sample Itinerary - subject to changes

Note: Please note, the following itinerary description might change due to the weather or other conditions.

Day 1 (Sunday): Arrival 
Transfers from the airport to the village of Castro Laboreiro, where our guesthouse is located. Welcome dinner.
Meals included: Dinner
Overnight at Guesthouse


Day 2 (Monday): Discover Peneda Gerês National Park
This morning, we match horses and riders and go for our first ride in the beautiful pathways of the Peneda Mountain. We stop for lunch in a typical local restaurant.
In the afternoon, visit of the reception center of the National Park for better knowledge about the region and the biodiversity of this natural area.
In the evening, we will go for a sunset ride to track and follow a wild Garrano horses herd.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Guesthouse


Day 3 (Tuesday): Laboreiro Valley Ride
We start our ride from the top of the mountain where the horses are stabled and we ride in the direction of the valley where the spring of the Laboreiro River can be found. We will pass by Rodeiro village, a typical mountain village of the region, on our way to the valley. After reaching the beautiful valley of Laboreiro, we will explore the South side of the mountain and make our way downhill, passing several abandoned hamlets on the way. We will then cross the Laboreiro river, already a large mountain creek at this point, using a old and beautiful bridge from the 18th century.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Guesthouse


Day 4 (Wednesday): Historic Ride & Wine Tasting
Morning ride in the winter valley, surrounded by the Oak forest. This ride will lead us from hamlet to hamlet, riding on old Roman paths allowing us to discover a truly fantastic region with unique historical characteristics and the way of life of its inhabitants. Our lunch break is taken in a local restaurant.
In the afternoon, we visit the historical Melgaço village with its castle and old churches. On the way back to the stables, we stop in Alvarinho presentation center to try out their wonderful fresh local white wine.
A typical Portuguese wine, the Alvarinho cast is both one of the most important varieties of the Tart Wine Region and one of the most internationally prized.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Guesthouse


Day 5 (Thursday): Ride to Castro Laboreiro
Today, we leave the winter valley behind and make our way back to Castro Laboreiro village, passing by Barreiro lake. It will be a ride full of fantastic views over the mountains and the oak forest. After lunch, our climb continues. We have chances of spotting birds of prey.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Guesthouse

Day 6 (Friday): Ride to the border
Our goal for the day is the border with Spain. We should spot some herds of wild Garrano horses as well as some megalithic monuments which constitute the largest megalithic necropolis of the Iberian Peninsula. We will stop for our lunch break in the mountain. We should have some opportunities for long canters.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Guesthouse


Day 7 (Saturday): Valley of the Wolves Ride
Our trail for the day leads us towards the fabulous Valley of the Wolves. During our ride, we will discover one of the most beautiful valleys of the mountain. Full of biodiversity, this area is rich in rare sightings of wild animals. In this valley, we can also spot some herds of wild Garrano horses.
We will stop for our lunch break in the mountain.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Guesthouse


Day 8 (Sunday): Departure
Transfer to the airport.
Meals included: Breakfast
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Villages & Trails of the Peneda Gerês Mountains
Tour Code: IT-PTPGVT
8 days / 7 nights ~$1,870.00
Dates : Apr-Nov

Difficulty : Riding Level
Riding Level Explained
ABeginner
Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
BNovice
Novice A rider who is capable of mounting and dismounting unassisted, capable of applying basic aids, comfortable and in control at the walk, moderate length posting trots, and short canters.
CIntermediate
Intermediate A rider who has a firm seat, is confident and in control at all paces (including posting trots, two point canters and gallops), but does not ride regularly.
D Strong Intermediate
Strong Intermediate An intermediate rider who is currently riding regularly and is comfortable in the saddle for at least 6 hours per day.
EAdvanced
All of the above, plus an independent seat, soft hands, and capable of handlinga spirited horse in open country.
Lodging: Standard
Lodging Level Explained
   
= Facilities in lodges, estancias, haciendas, resorts, etc.
   
Basic lodging - some with shared bathroom facilities, usually no AC or room service.
Regular standard room - usually with private bath.
 Accommodations with superior comforts.
   
 = Trips with nights in tent camps. Sometimes the first and last night are in hotels.
   
Basic tent camping - everyone helps out with camp chores.
Regular standard with some camp amenities and camp cook.
Camping facilities with superior comforts like camp shower, bathroom facility..
   
 = Trips that combine nights in hotels and camping.
   
Basic accommodation and basic camping facilities can be expected.
Regular standard with some nicer amenities.
Only assigned to hotel and camping facilities with superior comforts.

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Tack: English
Horses: Lusitano and Garrano horses
Pace: Approx 2 to 4 hours per riding day
Walk, Trot, Canter, Gallop,
Airport: Porto
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