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Organizing a truly special nature tour is not an easy task. It takes time and requires much persistence - hours and hours of trial and error, often under rough conditions and facing the exhaustion typical of whole days spent in the countryside. After this work is done, one must then assess the challenges presented by the geography, the season of the year, and the specific weather conditions in each of these locations, in every visit. And then there are the logistical issues, such as the search and choice of restaurant or the right lodging, just to name a few examples. It is precisely this - the local knowledge, the personalised care, the good experiences - what we seek to offer in our Bétula Tours Programmes. So that you get to know the best places, in the best possible way, making the best use of the available time. In Northeast Portugal and the neighbouring territories of Castilla and León, winter is an especially magic season. Not only for the snow, but also because it’s still possible to find a wild environment here, harsh and remote, inviting long incursions into nature and stimulating the most primal sensations: The cold air in the morning, the crystal clear mountain light, the whisper of the wind through the vast woods. So we invite you to venture into one of these programmes - or any other tailored to your needs - and involve your family or friends in the quest. Whenever you want it, and however you want it, we will be here.

António Sá Ana Pedrosa

cover photograph: birch trees in the fog, Montesinho Natural Park, Portugal


BETWEEN TWO MOUNTAINS

Start your day in the higher zones of Serra de Montesinho (1486m), among meadows and granite formations, where it is not uncommon to spot deer, roe deer and foxes. Then, move to the dense and mysterious woods of Serra da Nogueira (1319m), a scenery worthy of the Grimm Brothers’ tales. In between, the guarantee of the best landscapes along the trip. Duration: 1 day | minimum number of participants: 2 | maximum number of participants: 4 Includes: orientation by photographer António Sá, transportation from Bragança, insurance. 75€/person

............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... THE NEW BEAR TERRITORY

Birch woods, sheer rivers, mountains that surpass 2000 meters of altitude, and scarce human presence, are the hallmarks of La Cabrera-Carballeda region, which recently witnessed the return of the brown bear. Discover this scenery reclaimed by nature. Duration: 2 days | minimum number of participants: 2 | maximum number of participants: 4 Includes: orientation by António Sá, transportation from Bragança, insurance, 1 night accommodation with breakfast. 210€/person

............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... IN THE SHADOW OF THE WOLF

This route takes place entirely in Sierra de la Culebra, one of the most important wolf sanctuaries in Europe. In a landscape of extensive scots pine woods and peculiar rocky ridges, you will visit forgotten villages, some of them so quiet that even red deer dare to wander in full daylight! Duration: 1 day | minimum number of participants: 2 | maximum number of participants: 4 Includes: orientation by photographer António Sá, transportation from Bragança, insurance. 75€/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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Bétula Tours - winter programms  

Guided tours that takes place in natural spaces, designed in a personalized way for small groups - couples, families or friends - lovers of...

Bétula Tours - winter programms  

Guided tours that takes place in natural spaces, designed in a personalized way for small groups - couples, families or friends - lovers of...

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