Secrets of Alentejo

Alentejo / Blue Coast Portugal: (IT-PGCHA3)
URL: https://www.hiddentrails.com/tour/portugal_alentejo_secrets.aspx

Introduction
Alentejo / Blue Coast Portugal
Experience the Alentejo culture, traditions, wine and local gastronomy.

Riding Pure-Bred Lusitano horses, noble animals with a proud posture, is the best way to discover this wonderful, almost forgotten in time, place in the plains of Alentejo with beautiful landscapes. 
You will be staying in a Country Club Hotel, the perfect symbiosis between wine tourism and rural tourism, with a wide range offer of activities related to nature.

Accomodation


Accommodations
This is a stationary ride so all nights are spent at the same accommodation.

Description
You will be staying at the Hotel Vila Galé Country Club. This beautiful property offers 81 rooms and suites, an outdoor pool, tennis courts and free Wi-Fi access everywhere. The architecture and decoration style are typical of the Alentejo region.
Each room included a phone, air conditioning, a cable TV, a safe, a kettle and private facilities with hair dryer and free toiletries.

The property also has its own riding school and winery

Room Occupancy
In case we are unable to find someone to share a room with you, a single supplement fee applies.


Meals
The package includes all meals with drinks. During lunch and dinner, beer and wine from local producers are also included. Drinks outside of mealtimes can be purchased at the accommodation for an extra fee.

We served typical food from the region. 
Breakfast is usually Mediterranean, but we can adapt according to the clients requirements (if they prefer something different).

Dietary Restrictions
We can cater to most dietary restrictions with advance notice.

This trip includes some wine with dinner and can accommodate special dietary requests.

Riding

This ride is aimed at intermediate riders and above who are comfortable, balanced and secure in the saddle and able to control a well-schooled horse in open country at a walk, trot and canter.

Our horses are reliable, healthy and in good physical conditions. All stops are predefined and the welfare of horses, staff and visitors ensured.

Besides the guide, the group will always be followed by one or two people in a jeep, which has a phone and first aid kit and need box, for both riders and horses.

Itinerary



Sample Itinerary - subject to changes

Day 1 (Saturday): Arrival
You are transferred from Lisbon Airport (meet around 5pm) to your Hotel in Beja just in time for your welcome dinner at the hotel’s restaurant – The Hunting Lodge. There, you will meet the team and get some information about the trail.
Meals included: Dinner
Overnight at Hotel Vila Galé


Day 2 (Sunday): Introduction
After breakfast, riders will head to the hotel’s arena where each horse will be assigned to each rider. Riders will have the opportunity to try their horse inside the arena; a good way for horse and rider to get acquainted, while enjoying the wonderful view over the countryside and preserved nature of the region.
Then, we go for our first trail around “Herdade da Figueirinha”, belonging to Hotel Vila Galé, with the opportunity to see its various productions. We will stop for a picnic lunch in a privileged location with a view over the dam – “Barragem do Roxo”. Then, we continue the riding in the fields around the farm, before making our way back to the Hotel, in time to relax before dinner at the restaurant.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Hotel Vila Galé


Day 3 (Monday): Herdade da Malhadinha Nova Ride
This morning, we make our way on horseback towards “Herdade da Malhadinha Nova”, a local rural tourism property and a Lusitano Stud Farm. We will stop for lunch there and visit the Stud facilities after our break.
In the afternoon, we ride back to the Hotel. Tonight, dinner will be served at the former bullfighting arena’s restaurant.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Hotel Vila Galé


Day 4 (Tuesday): Ride around the Farm & Wine Tasting
After breakfast, we go for a ride around the farm. We stop for a picnic lunch in the middle of the vineyards and then head back to the hotel.
Before dinner, riders will head to the wine house Santa Vitoria for a tour, followed by a wine tasting.
Dinner will be served at the “Room of the Barrels”.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Hotel Vila Galé


Day 5 (Wednesday): Herdade dos Grous Ride
Our destination for the day is “Herdade dos Grous”. There, we will enjoy a delicious lunch at the restaurant with a great view over the property. Then, it is time to ride back to the hotel.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Hotel Vila Galé


Day 6 (Thursday): Mina da Juliana Ride
After breakfast, we ride to the small village of Mina da Juliana, enjoying the landscape along the dam. We will stop for lunch at the local rural tourism “Agroturismo do Roxo” and then return to the Hotel in the afternoon.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Hotel Vila Galé


Day 7 (Friday): Departure
After breakfast, transfer to Lisbon Airport around 9 am.
Meals included: Breakfast

Non Riders
Non-riding companions are welcome to join this trip. They can relax at the pool or go take part in some of the hotel activities (biking, hot air balloon...) for an extra cost. In case they want to do some sightseeing, it is best to rent a car.


Rates and Dates for Secrets of Alentejo

Rates include:

Accommodation, All meals with drinks, Airport transfers at set times, 5 riding days & Activities described in the program
Saddle bags are provided

Packages and Options



  • SeasonYearDescriptionEUR ~US$
    A
    20217 day trip, AP€1480$1760
The US Dollar Rate is Based on Exchange Rate of 1.19

Tax 1: 23 % * prices are per person based on double/twin occupancy
Tax: 23 %  

Transfer and Other Charges:



 DescriptionEUR~US$
2021 Transfers from/to Lisbon airport included at set times 0 $0
2021 Single supplement 330 $395
2021 Transfer from/to Lisbon airport outside set times, one-way, pp 250 $300
2021 Non-riders get 10% off (full borad) 0 $0

Season Tour Dates  Min / MaxReserve
A 2021 03/21 - 03/27 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 4 /12 Expired
A 2021 07/04 - 07/10 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 4 /12 Reserve
A 2021 09/12 - 09/18 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 4 /12 Reserve

Dates Note: Custom dates might be arranged for groups of 4+ pax

Rates do not include:

Extra drinks, Transfers outside set times & Gratuities

Note:

Due to COVID-19 Corona virus pandemic and certain travel restrictions we are applying some temporary policy changes to some of our tours.

For Secrets of Alentejo (IT-PGCHA3):
If you are unable to travel due to the pandemic (border closure or travel restrictions), it is possible to postpone your trip to a later date in 2021.

For more information please visit our COVID-19 Updates page at https://www.hiddentrails.com/article/covid19update.aspx

Other Info
Meeting: Lisbon Airport
Airport: Lisbon Airport
Transfer: Lisbon Airport

Climate:
                                                Beja area


Month

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Average High Temperature (°F)

56

59

64

68

75

84

91

90

84

73

63

57

Average Low Temperature (°F)

41

42

44

46

50

56

59

60

58

54

47

43

Average High Temperature (°C)

13

15

18

20

24

29

33

32

29

23

17

14

Average Low Temperature (°C)

5

6

7

8

10

13

15

16

15

12

8

6

Average Precipitation (days of rain)

8

7

6

7

5

2

0

0

2

7

7

9

Source: NOAA
 

Seasons
The region benefits from a typically Mediterranean, with two well-defined seasons: Winter (cold and relatively dry) and summer (hot and dry). The average annual temperature is around 15.8 degrees. But the region has registered great thermal amplitudes, with maximum levels in summer, above 43ºC, while in winter, minimum temperatures drop below 0ºC. Precipitations are irregular and may vary widely from year to year. The wettest time of the year is usually between November and March, with monthly average values of about 80 mm3. The driest time of the year is the period from June to August, with average values never exceeding 15mm3.

What To Bring:

This list is only a guideline for you

 

Travel documents and Voucher
Flight tickets
Passport
Visa (check with your consulate)

 

RIDING GEAR
Cotton shirts with long sleeves (protection against the sun!)
Riding pants or Jodhpurs (used if possible!)
Riding boots + Minichaps
Riding helmet (recommended for all trips)
Riding gloves
Hat (with chin strap) for sun protection
Rain coat

 

PERSONAL CLOTHING
Jacket or sweater for cool evenings
Comfortable T-Shirts/Shirts
Jeans
Shorts
Underwear and socks
Jogging suit / Pyjama
Light summer jacket
Comfortable shoes/sneakers
Swimsuit and towel
 
ADDITIONAL THINGS TO BRING
Personal Toiletries
Insect protection
Personal medications
Sore cream (for an emergency)
Sewing kit
Handkerchiefs
Adapter for electric appliances
Camera and enough extra films or memory cards and batteries
Small bag to buckle on (for small items needed during the ride)
Spur straps (to tie sweater or parka onto the saddle)
Sun glasses with strap
Sun tan lotion and lip balm
Flash light