During this luxury safari, you will experience the dynamic mix of culture, cuisine, nature and local people, and it will have you coming back for more. Explore undiscovered regions of Portugal, vast natural areas and new exciting tourism experiences in the Coa Valley.
Explore the nearby nature reserve of Faia Brava, under the guidance of Fernando Romao - guide and wildlife photographer. As the sun sets, a dramatic backdrop of stars set the scene for a visit to the ancient rock engravings and art in the Coa Valley.
A private tour to a famed local vineyard will evoke fascination before you dine out under the stars at the one-of-a-kind Fly Camp, overlooking the dramatic Coa and Douro rivers. The setting is enhanced by a five-course meal with wine pairing, before you rest your head in this traditional, "Hemingway-style" camp.
A day exploring the city of Porto will allow you to reconnect and review all the previous day's experiences, with a little urban luxury at the BoaVista Eco Luxury house.
Day 1:. Arrival in Porto. Overnight at Boavista Eco Luxury House in the middle of Porto
Day 2: Breakfast at Boavista Eco Luxury House. Departure to Castelo Rodrigo (self-drive - 3 hrs), check in at Casa da Cisterna. Half day hiking or 4x4 safari in Faia Brava area in the afternoon with Fernando Romao. For dinner, feel free to explore Castelo Rodrigo. Overnight at Casa da Cisterna
Day 3: Breakfast at Casa da Cisterna. Morning experience in the vulture hide with Fernando Romao, followed by a picnic lunch and a 4x4 safari in Douro Natural Park. Dinner at Casa da Cisterna.
Visit to UNESCO world heritage site to see the rock engravings (late evening). Overnight at Casa da Cisterna
Day 4: Breakfast at Casa da Cisterna. Departure for a private tour of a family owned wine estate, including a wine tasting.
Check in at Fly Camp. Five course dinner with wine pairing under the stars. Overnight at Fly Camp.
Day 5: Breakfast at Fly Camp. Slowly make your way back to Porto. Overnight at Boavista Eco Luxury House in the middle of Porto
Day 6: Breakfast at Boavista Eco Luxury House and departure.
€1490 per person
The cost includes: Two nights incl breakfast and dinner in Casa da Cisterna. Two nights incl breakfast in Boavista Eco Luxury House. One night in Fly Camp incl wine paired 5 course dinner and breakfast. Picnic lunch.
Guided visit to Coa Valley rock engravings. Full day guided hiking or 4x4 trip though Faia Brava. Half day guided vulture hide experience. Private tour of family owned wine estate including wine tasting. 5% rewilding levy.
The cost does not include: Flights. Transfers to/from the airport or train station. Internal transfers between accommodations. Lunches except for picnic lunch on day 3. Dinners in Porto - we highly recommend the vegan restaurant downstairs from Boavista Eco Luxury House
What to bring: We recommend you to dress in layers. Hiking shoes, sun hat, water bottle, daypack, long pants, hat and gloves, jacket, raincoat or poncho, sun protection cream, non smelling mosquito/tick repellent and camp shoes (sandals). Binoculars, personal toiletries/medicines and a sense of adventure!
Rewilding Europe Levy: 5% of your booking sum goes to the local Rewilding Europe organization.
As a result of rural depopulation and associated land abandonment across much of the Mediterranean, grazing livestock numbers have plummeted, leading to a very significant increase of landscapes without any form of grazing.
As a result, many landscapes are now covered by young, often monotonous forest or dense scrub.
By bringing back grazing – this time not with livestock but with (semi-) wild herbivores such as wild horses and Tauros – Rewilding Europe and its local partners can significantly reduce the risk of fire in the Western Iberia rewilding area. Reintroducing such herbivores will also improve conditions for populations of roe deer and Iberian ibex. Natural grazing by these species leads to the creation of more diverse mosaic landscapes, with open spaces that act as effective firebreaks.
Supporting local enterprises: Through financial loans and expert business advice, Rewilding Europe Capital (REC) is helping a growing number of local entrepreneurs create rewilding-focused enterprises across our operational areas. Star Camp, Casa da Cisterna, our guide Fernando Romao from Wildlife Portugal and Fly Camp are all pioneering nature-based tourism models which are helping to reinforce the rewilding agenda here. Rewilding Europe promotes these enterprises through the increasingly popular European Safari Company.
Fernando Romão is a nature guide and photographer and has spent the last 20 years developing is skills, knowledge and passion for nature.
Guiding professionally allowed him to create unique interpretive tours; including bird watching, hiking and nature photography and transfer his love and passion for nature.
Working in a variety of areas including Faia Brava's private reserve, the Serra da Estrela Natural Park and the Duoro and Tejo International Natural Park respectively.
With training in Outdoor and Adventure activities as well as Tourism and Nature interpretation, Fernando is the perfect combination for a nature based tour in the area. With his own nature tourism and photography business he strives to always bring the best of the area and its experiences to his guests.
When he isn't guiding or glued to the view finder on his camera, Fernando is working on an editorial project for travel guides for the interior of Portugal.