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spring 2018


Spring is upon us. After the snow, the rain and the cold weather which are trademarks of winter in the North of the Iberian Peninsula, the rivers now run strong, and the woods gradually reacquire their green mantle. From birds to mammals, from amphibians to reptiles, from oak woods to meadows, everything is joyful, everything is vibrant - and we ourselves feel the urge to put on our trekking boots and be part of all this energy. The sites and programmes we propose for this season include a wide variety of landscapes, providing very different experiences, but always imbued with the spirit of spring. From the high mountains of Leรณn to the deep cliffs of Douro, we promise unique nooks and well spent days, with all the convenience of transport and information included, which will allow you to experience this territory in the best possible way, making you wish to return again and again throughout the year. Whether you accept our proposals or prefer a tailor made one, come with your family or friends... Because good experiences are the best investment in life.

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Cover photograph: Butterfly Aporia crataegi, Montesinho Natural Park, Portugal


THE SPLENDOUR OF THE MEADOWS

The natural meadows that cover the valleys of Trás-os-Montes are at their best during spring. A fresh green landscape, gently scented by different wild flowers, where it feels good to rest bare footed. This tour goes through the splendid meadows of Montesinho Natural Park, with incursions into the the oak woods and rivers along the way. Duration: 1 day | minimum number of participants: 2 | maximum number of participants: 4 Includes: orientation by photographer António Sá, transportation from Bragança, insurance. Price: 75€/person

............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... GLIDING WITH THE BIG BIRDS

The deep cliffs of Douro abruptly interrupt the plains of the Iberian Meseta, forming the most impressive canyon of the Iberian Peninsula. In this outing, we will stroll along the edge of this vertical world, between the flight of eagles and vultures and the distant horizons of the Plateau. Without a doubt, the best time to see the region guided by those who know it well. Duration: 1 day | minimum number of participants: 2 | maximum number of participants: 4 Includes: orientation by photographer António Sá, transportation from Bragança or Miranda do Douro, insurance. Price: 75€/person

............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... VALLEY OF SILENCE

A mountain road scraping the skies leads us to the unknown landscapes of the Aquilian Mountains, to meet a beautiful and mystical valley. A scenery of leafy woods of oak and wild chestnut trees, rivers of crystal clear waters and villages that seem out of a medieval tale... Follow the path of hermits and roe deers and listen to the fascinating tales that these places still inspire. Duration: 2 days | minimum number of participants: 2 | maximum number of participants: 4 Includes: orientation by photographer António Sá, transportation from Bragança, insurance, 1 night accommodation with breakfast. Price: 200€/person


bétula tours... know the best places, save time, and have new experiences WHAT IS IT? It is a guided tour service that takes place in natural spaces, designed in a personalized way for small groups - couples, families or friends - lovers of nature, photography and wildlife, a walk in the snow or a simple dip in clear waters. It provides a more enriching experience, framed by the identity of the region, which also allows reaching truly special places. In addition to the seasonal programs, we accept specific ideas that the participants want to accomplish. WHICH ARE THE REGIONS COVERED? These tours take place on the territory of the Meseta Ibérica Biosphere Reserve (Spain/Portugal), including the protected areas that comprise it: Montesinho, Douro Internacional, Albufeira do Azibo, Sierra de la Culebra, and Sanabria. Per request, some longer tours may be organized, in order to include the Alto Douro Wine Region, the Montes Aquilianos, or the Natural Reserve of Lagunas de Villafáfila, for example. DATES AND SCHEDULES The tours take place throughout the year, each being adapted to the season. The minimum length is half a day. Several tours can be scheduled on successive or alternate days, as well as a tour of several days. PRICES The standard programme price is 75 €/day/person. It includes expert guidance by photographer António Sá, transportation within a radius of 100 km from Bragança and insurance. A 4-hour tour has the price of 45€. The minimum number of participants is 2. Specific programmes may have a different price. In programmes that include overnight stay, the price indicated assumes accommodation in a double room with breakfast; the single room option is subject to an additional fee. RESERVATIONS To secure a reservation, a deposit of 50% of the total amount is mandatory. The remaining amount must be paid at the start of the activity. CANCELLATIONS If the participants find themselves unable to comply with the scheduled tour, they should communicate this situation by email or phone as soon as possible. In the impossibility of performing the guided tour due to unforeseen reasons, the whole entry fee will be returned. DISCOUNTS Children up to 2 years old, free; 2 to 11 years, 50%; 12 to 15 years, 25%. In the activities that include accommodation, discounts will be calculated in a case by case basis. CONDUCT AND GOOD PRACTICES Since these activities take place in the natural environment, including protected areas, the code of conduct and good practice established by ICNF applies.

............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... Information and reservations: info@antoniosa.com | (+351) 967 356 665 | (+351) 273 326 290 | www.antoniosa.com

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