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Peneda Gerês Park Beginners Trail

5.0 (4)
days 8 days nights 7 nights
Portugal
Difficulty
Easy
Comfort
Midscale
Weight limit
85 kg / 187 lb

We welcome you to experience a unique journey amidst one of the most stunning natural landscapes, where you'll embark on horseback trips amidst the breathtaking backdrop of Peneda Gerês National Park. The itinerary for this introductory week-long tour is flexible to accommodate weather conditions or other local factors. Throughout your stay, you'll engage in a blend of half-day and full-day learning sessions. Please be aware that the itineraries provided below are examples and may not cover all possibilities.

US$ 1 897
per tourist for 8 days
Tour starts
Porto, Aeroporto Francisco Sá Carneiro
Date of Travel
Number of tourists
up to 5 tourists over 7 years old
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Photo Mariana A.
Mariana A. is the provider of this trip
The provider speaks: English
My parents and I provide horse riding tours in the Peneda Gerês National Park. Master's degree in Tourism and Nature, now I work full time with my family. I truly love what I do and hope that my energy and smile are contagious :)

The tour guides you'll probably meet as well

Photo  Pedro
Pedro
Along with my family, I will be hosting you. My wife and I are journalists who have a strong interest in horses, environmental conservation and nature. In 1999, we embarked on a project to study a family of Iberian wolves and create a documentary for Portuguese television. We offer a friendly and inviting environment and are excited to share our love for the region with our guests.

Tour highlights

Perfect for Beginners
We'll teach you how to trot and canter while you'll be enjoying the wilderness around
Medieval Villages
We'll see old churches and castles
Meet the Wild Horses
These herds are a wonderful sight to behold

Route details

Day 1
Arrival

At 3:00 p.m., transportation will be provided from the airport to Castro de Laboreiro village. 

You'll have the evening free to settle into your lodging before dinner, which will be served at the Country House.

No riding.

Day 2
First Steps
Day 3
More Practice
Day 4
Melgaço and Alvarinho Wine
Day 5
Wild Horses
Day 6
Medieval Castle and Peneda Sanctuary
Day 7
Mountain Trail
Day 8
Departure
Difficulty
Easy
Tour provider's comments

6 riding days, up to 4 hours daily.

Tack: English.

Breed: Lusitano, Árabe cross and Garrano.

horse

Accommodation

Comfort
Midscale
Hotel
7 nights

Single supplement would cost extra. Please contact us for more details.

7 nights
Our Country House

Check-in Time: 15:00
Check-out Time: 10:00

Our Country House is a classic mountain dwelling originally constructed in the early 1900s and recently renovated. While preserving its original charm, the house now boasts modern amenities for a comfortable stay. Situated in the historic village of Castro Laboreiro within the Peneda-Gerês National Park, this retreat offers a serene escape surrounded by pristine nature in Portugal. Perfect for a peaceful getaway with family, the house provides a well-deserved break from city life and serves as a great base for mountain adventures.

Guests at the Country House can enjoy discounted rates on outdoor activities offered by our team. The property features central heating, a fireplace, free Wi-Fi, cable TV and a fully equipped kitchen. 

Travel recommendations

Group meeting place
Porto, Aeroporto Francisco Sá Carneiro
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Tour conditions

Included

  • accommodation;
  • meals (wine included);
  • 6 days of riding;
  • transfer from and to Porto airport;
  • one yoga class and one meditation class.

Extras

  • flights;
  • drinks or snacks outside the meals;
  • items of a personal nature including beverages, laundry, phone calls, etc.

Group size

up to 5 tourists

Duration

8 days
7 nights

It's important to know

What kind of food will be served?

You will be provided with breakfasts, lunches (as per the daily itinerary) and dinners during your stay. The goat milk and lavender handmade soap are made from natural ingredients. The honey from our team is produced organically, along with homemade jams and marmalades that will be served at breakfast. Snacks and various drinks are available in the house on a trust system, including wine.

You can enjoy your breakfast in the garden, surrounded by a beautiful oak forest, or catch up on reading. You will be accompanied by the sounds of birds and cattle grazing nearby. Vegetarian, vegan, lactose-free and gluten-free options are always available for dinners and picnic lunches. Please inform us of any dietary restrictions when making your reservation.

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Tour reviews

5.0
Based on 4 reviews
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    Sandy
    16 Nov, 2023
    about provider
    An amazing experience! We are immensely grateful to Pedro, Marianna and Annabella for their exceptional hospitality and guidance during our recent retreat. The food was outstanding, the scenery was breathtaking and the excursions into the national park to witness the wild horses were truly spectacular. Our guests thoroughly enjoyed riding these Lusitano horses. Witnessing the wild horses on horseback was a standout moment for many. Thank you for creating such an unforgettable experience!
    16 Nov, 2023
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    Wendy
    22 Oct, 2023
    about provider
    I was incredibly impressed by the compassionate approach of the owners. All their horses are allowed to age gracefully and retire in peace. As a novice rider, I left feeling more confident and amazed by the breathtaking scenery unique to the hotel's location in Portugal. Where else can you ride among wild and untamed Garrano horses in a place that feels like your own private paradise? The food was exceptional and prepared with love, leaving our group eagerly anticipating each meal and wanting to take home the recipes. Every dish was made with the freshest, purest ingredients, including delicious homemade bread and jams. Vegetarians and vegans need not worry, as the meals were even better than those at any restaurant I've visited. I had a wonderful time capturing photos of the wild horses on a ride, guided tirelessly by Pedro to ensure we saw multiple beautiful Garrano horse families living happily and freely. Marianna, Mariella and Pedro were outstanding hosts, and I hope to return one day to witness the ongoing restoration of their village.
    22 Oct, 2023
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    Alicia
    18 Oct, 2023
    about provider
    This place easily deserves a 5-star rating. We stayed here for a week with our wonderful family and had a fantastic time. Pedro was an excellent guide and host, the food was authentic and extremely healthy and the accommodations were clean and comfortable. Marianna added to the overall experience. We plan to come back again in the future! Our tour was well-planned, organized and enjoyable.
    18 Oct, 2023

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