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Schist Villages, Nature Zen

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 5 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 16 people
Destination(s): Portugal  
Specialty Categories: Yoga & Spiritual Experience   Hiking & Trekking  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 350 Euro (EUR)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1000 Euro (EUR)

If you are looking for some quiet days in the nature, rest and relaxation activities like Shiatsu, Ayurveda, Tui Na or Yoga, this is your program. Based on a recently renewed stone cottage, with eco-efficient techniques to make the house environment friendly, this is the perfect spot to discover also local cuisine selecting the ingredients directly from the organic garden in the backyard.

Spend 5 days and 4 nights in our selected lodgings in unique places. At a very accessible price we offer you carefully chosen accommodations and the necessary support to decide the best way to use your time. Walking or cycling, alone or guided, with friends or in family, doing sports or cultural and gastronomic activities, plan your holidays in total freedom, taking advantage of the full range of options at your disposal. We will be always with you with our 24 hr support line.

- Accommodations: Eco-friendly stone cottage house at Ferraria de S. João
- Walking Activity Level: Beginner - Total distance: 16,4 km/10.2 mi; Longest day: 11,5 km/7,2 mi; Shortest day: 4,9 km/3,1 mi
- Biking Activity Level: Easy - Total distance: 20km/12,5 mi.

Lodge and surroundings:

The stone cottage house is located in a privileged position in the middle of the Schist villages territory, in Serra da Lousã, Central Portugal. Two hours distance from both major cities Porto and Lisbon (one of the most vibrant capitals in Europe) and 40 minutes from Coimbra, Ferraria de São João offers a peaceful home not only for those who want relax and are just looking for contact with nature, but also for those who search for active sports.

Not far you have several cultural and historical sites for touring and around you have all the facilities for nature sports, like the Mountain Bike Centre in the village (the first in Portugal) with more then 150 km of way marked trails. And in the summer you also have the chance to swim either in the fluvial beaches near by or in the Atlantic 1 hour away.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Ferraria de São João. Transfer from the airport to Ferraria de São João (optional). In this countryside village is still possible to be part of traditional activities that some of the 40 inhabitants keep doing. Like making the goat cheese, be a Shepherd for one day with the communitarian goatherd, pick olives or grapes. If you have a car, you can visit several castles in the region, two Roman Villages or go to Fatima’s Sanctuary, well known as a religious site.
Lodging and dinner: Stone cottage house.

Day 2: Walking - Ferraria de São João, Trilho do Rebanho (4,9 km/3,1 mi; +254 m/+833ft; -254 m/-833 ft/2h). Today we propose a walking tour, known as Trilho do Rebanho (Herds Trail). This Schist Walking Trail of Ferraria de São João shows us the beautiful surroundings of this peaceful place. The trail starts at the MTB Center and goes down to the center of the village, from where you will follow Ferrarias stream with its waterfalls and pools.

After a few miles you will start to climb the hill overlooking the village, offering a perfect position to contemplate the landscape. The natural landscape around Ferraria de São João is very diverse and welcoming, with several noble trees such as oak and cork trees. You’re going to love this walk. If you prefer to ride a bicycle, you can choose one of many trails of the Mountain Bike Center. For this day we propose one of our relaxing options, a Yoga session! Lodging and dinner: Stone cottage house

Day 3: Biking - Ferraria de São João - Cercal - Ferraria de São João (20 km/12,4 mi - +725 m/2378 ft). Today we propose a bike ride following a track in the shape of "eight", passing through the Mountain Bike Center at 8,3 km (5,15 mi), where you start your second part of your ride.
The first section follows the valley of the Ribeira das Ferrarias, passing through Cercal.

Later it goes down to the scenic village of Favacal. Climb circumventing Fraga da Lagoa with beautiful views over the valley of the Ribeira do Farelo. In the second part of the circuit, "conquer" the high scenic Chapel of S.João do Deserto and pass through Tarrasteira and its chapel. In the end of the day you’ll have, a relaxing Shiatzu massage. Lodging and dinner: Stone cottage house.

Day 4: Walking - Ferraria de São João - Casal de São Simão/Ferraria de São João (11,5 km/7,2 mi/+340 m/+1115ft/5h)
Today’s walk takes you to Casal de São Simão village that thanks to the presence of new inhabitants recently moved in is rediscovering old traditions like popular and religious fairs. The track leads you along Ribeira das Ferrarias (Ferrarias stream), where you’ll have the chance to see old water mills, until you arrive to the picturesque Casal de São João Village.

And the best comes in the end. In a hot summer day, you will have the chance to refresh yourself at the fluvial beach of Fragas de S. Simão. After visiting the village you can have an optional transfer to Ferraria de São João. If you prefer to ride a bicycle, you can choose one of many trails of the Mountain Bike Center. At the stone cottage house you can enjoy one of our optional relaxing activities: a Ayurveda Massage or a Reiki Session. Lodging and dinner: Stone cottage house

Day 5: Lisboa. Optional airport transfer

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- 4 accommodations w/breakfast
- Support phone line
- Documentation
- Maps and GPS tracks about biking and walking routes
- Shiatsu relaxation massage
- Insurance and taxes.

Optional:
- Airport transfers: 150€
- Extra Ayurveda massage: 50€
- Reiki session: 35€
- Yoga session: 25€
- Guide: 40€/day
- Dinner: 20€
- Lunch box: 8€
- Mountain Bike Rental: 25€/day
- Extra nights: 35€ (sharing double room)
- Extra night: 70€ (single room)
- Single supplement for 4 nights: 150€
- Car Rental: on request.

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