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ALENTEJO & ALQUEVA (Food & Photo Tour)

Next tour dates: Available all year

Duration: 5 nights

Min.: 2 participants / Max.: 6 (+1 team leader) or 12 (+2 team leaders)

Possible meeting points: Aeroporto Francisco Sá Carneiro (Oporto) or any other location in Oporto // Lisbon Airport // Aveiro // Other location upon request

850,00 €

(booking fee + 2 partial payments)

ALENTEJO & ALQUEVA (Food & Photo Tour)

Next tour dates: Available all year

Duration: 5 nights

Min.: 2 participants / Max.: 6 (+1 team leader) or 12 (+2 team leaders)

Possible meeting points: Aeroporto Francisco Sá Carneiro (Oporto) or any other location in Oporto // Lisbon Airport // Aveiro // Other location upon request

850,00 €

(booking fee + 2 partial payments)

WHY TRAVEL WITH THE VIEWPOINT TOURS?

 

Besides experiencing a unique and extremely carefully curated itinerary, you’ll take advantage of all the guidance and experience of our team leaders. We’ve spent a lot of hours on the field (a lot!), gathering information, testing all the routes and tracks, so you won’t need to. Not all POIs are photo spots and not all photo spots are considered POIs for a “normal” travel or adventure agency.

 

Time of day is also of the essence! Compiling a strong itinerary, and combining it with a rich experience, good photo spots, and the correct time of day to approach them is something we are proud of doing well.

Contradicting what you may have heard or even experienced, you won’t spend more travelling with a company like ours than you’ll spend going solo, having to book everything, trying to find each and every spot, avoiding all the setbacks and time-pressing issues. We manage an objective motivated program, and we’ve done this a lot of times. We know you’d need more than double the time of this tour, to even get somewhere close to what we have for you.

 

Other advantages…

 

Discovering good local partners is something we know is important for your experiences. Good and reliable car rental companies with no hidden fees and strange policies, good and affordable accommodation, great equipment rentals, and a lot more.

Alentejo & Alqueva

The Alentejo is immense, and given that it has few hills it is dominated by the Alentejo plain, with pleasing landscapes to lose sight of.

Far from being as famous as it would probably deserve, the Alentejo represents a large portion of southern Portuguese territory. It occupies an area of more than 30,000 square kilometres, roughly a third of Portugal.

It is located “beyond” the Tagus river, which earned it the name of “Beyond Tejo” that roughly translates into “Além Tejo” (Alentejo).

In the middle of the immense Alentejo, the beautiful night Alqueva skies present themselves like a dark cloak painted by a tremendous mantle of stars. It is a protected area and is, in fact, an internationally certified area, registered as a Dark Sky reserve, or “Starlight Tourism Destination”, which spans an area of a very impressive 3000 square kilometres.

Having been acclaimed and recognized as a preferred site for sky observation, the municipalities around the Grande Lago de Alqueva (Great Lake of Alqueva), in which are included Alandroal, Reguengos de Monsaraz, Portel, Mourão, Moura and Barrancos, are united in an effort to preserve this special feature and, at night, public lights are lowered to a permitted minimum.

BY PHOTOGRAPHERS, FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS

 

We’ll drive you to several POIs and photo spots on the Alentejo & Alqueva tour. To these geographical spots, we added several other stops, “special” spots, as well as some additional surprises and a lot of flavour from the local gastronomy.

 

It was all rigorously designed so that your experience as a photography and outdoors lover, will be as easy as possible. We pushed away tasks like the search for roads, shortcuts, and paths from the list of your concerns.

 

We reduced to zero any stress or responsibility resulting from the need for choosing a suitable vehicle and the driving of it. You won’t need to invest your time in tasks other than photography and leisure.

ALQUEVA AND, PARTICULARLY THE AREA AROUND THE ALQUEVA ARE AMONGST THE BEST LOCATIONS FOR ASTROPHOTOGRAPHY IN THE IBERIAN PENINSULA!
Overall Physical Demand0%
35 / 100
Overall Comfort Level0%
85 / 100
Walk / Trekking Effort0%
30 / 100
Wow! Factor0%
80 / 100

Payment

  • Booking Fee: 20% of tour total ()
  • 1st payment: 40% at least 91 days before departure;
  • 2nd payment: 40% at least 61 days before departure.

 

You can make your payments by wire transfer, Paypal® (please add 4,0% for Paypal tariffs), or MB WAY®. All the necessary instructions will be available on the booking form and you will also receive all the information through a confirmation email.

Flights

Flights are not included in the tour cost.

 

Flight booking is not available for this tour. We can, of course, pick you up at Oporto or Lisbon airport.

Accommodation

  • Country houses / villas.

Food & Drink

  • Food is included! We couldn’t let you go away without trying the best of Alentejo gastronomy. You’re in our country and we want to show you the traditional and real Portugal during your photography breaks.
  • We’ll stop at several restaurants, traditional food-houses, etc.;
  • Tea, coffee, and water are provided;
  • The accommodation offers a simple yet fresh and tasty breakfast (delivered in person at the door of your villa).

 

We also have several programs for “Food & Photo Tours” that aims to give our participants, not only the best photo spots in our county, but also some of the best food spots in the territory. Soon!

Additional Notes

These tours are organized for groups of limited size. We can activate the tour for a minimum of 2 (two) participants.

 

We’ve come up with a long list of points of interest for photographers that result, from a compilation fueled by personal experiences. These POIs result from real-life field reconnaissance and were then fitted to a detailed, very demanding but tremendously rewarding itinerary.

next group will leave in…

Alentejo & Alqueva

The Alentejo is immense, and given that it has few hills it is dominated by the Alentejo plain, with pleasing landscapes to lose sight of.

Far from being as famous as it would probably deserve, the Alentejo represents a large portion of southern Portuguese territory. It occupies an area of more than 30,000 square kilometres, roughly a third of Portugal.

It is located “beyond” the Tagus river, which earned it the name of “Beyond Tejo” that roughly translates into “Além Tejo” (Alentejo).

In the middle of the immense Alentejo, the beautiful night Alqueva skies present themselves like a dark cloak painted by a tremendous mantle of stars. It is a protected area and is, in fact, an internationally certified area, registered as a Dark Sky reserve, or “Starlight Tourism Destination”, which spans an area of a very impressive 3000 square kilometres.

Having been acclaimed and recognized as a preferred site for sky observation, the municipalities around the Grande Lago de Alqueva (Great Lake of Alqueva), in which are included Alandroal, Reguengos de Monsaraz, Portel, Mourão, Moura and Barrancos, are united in an effort to preserve this special feature and, at night, public lights are lowered to a permitted minimum.

BY PHOTOGRAPHERS, FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS

 

We’ll drive you to several POIs and photo spots on the Alentejo & Alqueva tour. To these geographical spots, we added several other stops, “special” spots, as well as some additional surprises and a lot of flavour from the local gastronomy.

 

It was all rigorously designed so that your experience as a photography and outdoors lover, will be as easy as possible. We pushed away tasks like the search for roads, shortcuts, and paths from the list of your concerns.

 

We reduced to zero any stress or responsibility resulting from the need for choosing a suitable vehicle and the driving of it. You won’t need to invest your time in tasks other than photography and leisure.

ALQUEVA AND, PARTICULARLY THE AREA AROUND THE ALQUEVA ARE AMONGST THE BEST LOCATIONS FOR ASTROPHOTOGRAPHY IN THE IBERIAN PENINSULA!

TOUR CHARACTERISTICS

Overall Physical Demand0%
35 / 100
Overall Comfort Level0%
85 / 100
Walk / Trekking Effort0%
30 / 100
Wow! Factor0%
80 / 100

TOUR DETAILS / BOOKINGS

Payment

  • Booking Fee: 20% of tour total ()
  • 1st payment: 40% at least 91 days before departure;
  • 2nd payment: 40% at least 61 days before departure.

 

You can make your payments by wire transfer, Paypal® (please add 4,0% for Paypal tariffs), or MB WAY®. All the necessary instructions will be available in the booking form and you will also receive all the information through a confirmation email.

Flights

Flights are not included in the tour cost.

 

Flight booking is not available for this tour. We can, of course, pick you up at Oporto or Lisbon airport.

Accommodation

  • Country houses / villas.

Food & Drink

  • Food is included! We couldn’t let you go away without trying the best of Alentejo gastronomy. You’re in our country and we want to show you the traditional and real Portugal during your photography breaks.
  • We’ll stop at several restaurants, traditional food-houses, etc.;
  • Tea, coffee, and water are provided;
  • The accommodation offers a simple yet fresh and tasty breakfast (delivered in person at the door of your villa).

 

We also have several programs for “Food & Photo Tours” that aims to give our participants, not only the best photo spots in our county, but also some of the best food spots in the territory. Soon!

Additional Notes

These tours are organized for groups of limited size. We can activate the tour for a minimum of 2 (two) participants.

 

We’ve come up with a long list of points of interest for photographers that result, from a compilation fueled by personal experiences. These POIs result from real-life field reconnaissance and were then fitted to a detailed, very demanding but tremendously rewarding itinerary.

next group will leave in…

Vehicle, Insurance & Fuel

Includes well equipped and modern vehicles. All road taxes are also included.

Each vehicle will accommodate a maximum of 4 people (1 driver and 3 participants)i.e. one less than the vehicle full capacity. If you come across the need to rest while we drive, you can do it comfortably.

 

Our offer includes the full insurance bundle for all vehicles.

It also includes all the fuel and mileage you’ll ever need. Our participants, among many other things, enjoy unlimited mileage which, for us photographers, is absolutely vital.

Accommodation

Accommodation will be provided on country houses, villas or rural hotels. Depending on the group and its requirements, each house may accommodate from 2 to 4 participants. We’ll let you chose in advance.

 

  • Includes daily breakfast service;
  • Changed linen at every 2 days
  • Daily cleaning;
  • Well equipped kitchens;
  • Air-conditioned;
  • Free Wi-Fi;
  • Cable TV;
  • Radiant floor;

 

Pets not allowed!

Food & Drinks

Food is very much included… and you’ll love it. 

 

We also have several programs for “Food & Photo Tours” that aims to give our participants, not only the best photo spots in our county, but also some of the best food spots in the territory. Soon!

 

We’ll also include coffee (or decaffeinated), tea, and water.

We do not include soft drinks, alcoholic beverages, etc. The only drinks included are water, tea, and coffee (or decaf).

Internet Access & Power

(outside your villa)

You’ll have Wi-Fi Internet access. The vehicles will be equipped with a Wi-Fi router.

 

It won’t be enough for you to watch your favourite movies and series online, but for tasks such as browsing and sharing content on social networks (which we strongly encourage), reading emails, or even calling home through WhatsApp, that’s more than enough!

 

We also include current inverters in every vehicle!

Other perks…

  • Instalment plan (booking + 2 partials) – You can pay for your tour in a 1+2 payment plan; A booking fee to reserve your seat aboard the adventure, a second payment 91 days before the tour data, and a final payment 61 days before the tour date;

 

  • Discount for group booking (2 or +) – We normally have special prices for bookings for 2 or more seats, depending on the tour in question. Same booking fees but lower total cost. Get in touch via info@theviewpointtours.com for more info;

 

  • Photo Gear Rental Program available – All tour participants can take advantage of our photo gear rental program (limited to availability) More info at the Photo Gear Rental page;

 

  • Pre-travel support – We always take great care of our participants! We provide you with all the needed information and support so your experience can go as smooth as possible;

 

  • 20,00 EUR voucher by Coloreffects to use on any buy of 100,00 EUR or more;

 

  • 5% rebate on future tours – Booking this tour gets you 5% off on any future tour, even on a more expensive one. This means that if you book a 480,00 EUR tour you can get a 5% discount on a 3000,00 EUR tour, that corresponds to 150,00 EUR.

Terms and Conditions

 

  • You should only book your flights after the tour is confirmed. We cannot be held responsible for any losses (financial or other) if you book your flights more than 45 days prior to departure and the tour does not take place;

 

  • Although we design alternatives to every POI in our itineraries, due to natural disasters or road traffic restriction imposed by the local authorities, for example, we cannot be held liable for unforeseen events and consequences;

 

  • We will not be able to directly take responsibility for problems that originate from an unsatisfactory service provided by the third parties on which we depend on these trips (car rental, accommodations, restaurants, supermarkets, etc.);

 

  • We do not include any alcoholic beverage or soda. Also, in relation to alcoholic beverages, we strongly advise you not to consume alcohol unless it’s the last meal of the day. Safety should be your first concern!

Itinerary

Day 1 of 5

Day 1 (one) includes:

  • Meeting you;
  • Drive to the Alqueva region in Alentejo;
  • Check-in at the accommodation;
  • Leave for the first POI;
  • Back to accommodation for dinner, briefing for day 2 and to rest;
Day 2 of 5

Day 2 (two) includes:

  • Light snack before 5:20;
  • Leave for first POI before 5:45;
  • Get back to the accommodation for breakfast;
  • Day includes 4 POIS;
  • Dinner and briefing for the following day.
Day 3 of 5

Day 3 (three) includes:

  • Light snack before 5:20;
  • Leave for first POI before 5:45;
  • Get back to the accommodation for breakfast;
  • Day includes 4 POIS;
  • Dinner and briefing for the following day.
Day 4 of 5

Day 4 (four) includes:

  • Light snack before 5:20;
  • Leave for first POI before 5:45;
  • Get back to the accommodation for breakfast;
  • Day includes 4 POIS;
  • Dinner and briefing for the following day.
Day 5 of 5

Day 5 (five) includes:

  • Light snack before 5:20;
  • Leave for first POI before 5:45;
  • Get back to the accommodation for breakfast and check-out;
  • Day includes 2 POIS;
  • Drive to your drop-off point.

FAQs

How can I pay for my booking fee?

Payments may be made through wire transfer, Paypal® (please add 4,0% for Paypal tariffs) or MB WAY®

 

All the necessary instructions will be available on the booking form and you will also receive all the information through a confirmation email.

Do you have a schedule/plan for payments?

Our plan of payments for the Alentejo & Alqueva tour is as follows:

 

  • Booking Fee: 20% of trip total (this tour is )
  • Midway Payment: 40% of the tour total at least 91 days before departure;
  • Final payment: 40% of the tour total at least 61 days before departure.
Are the flights included in the cost?

No!

Can you book my flights?

No! Not for the Alentejo & Alqueva tour.

Is food included?

Yes! Food is very much included… and you’ll love it.

Is water or other drinks included?

Yes! Water, coffee, and tea are included.

Itinerary

Day 1 of 5

Day 1 (one) includes:

  • Meeting you;
  • Drive to the Alqueva region in Alentejo;
  • Check-in at the accommodation;
  • Leave for the first POI;
  • Back to accommodation for dinner, briefing for day 2 and to rest;
Day 2 of 5

Day 2 (two) includes:

  • Light snack before 5:20;
  • Leave for first POI before 5:45;
  • Get back to the accommodation for breakfast;
  • Day includes 4 POIS;
  • Dinner and briefing for the following day.
Day 3 of 5

Day 3 (three) includes:

  • Light snack before 5:20;
  • Leave for first POI before 5:45;
  • Get back to the accommodation for breakfast;
  • Day includes 4 POIS;
  • Dinner and briefing for the following day.
Day 4 of 5

Day 4 (four) includes:

  • Light snack before 5:20;
  • Leave for first POI before 5:45;
  • Get back to the accommodation for breakfast;
  • Day includes 4 POIS;
  • Dinner and briefing for the following day.
Day 5 of 5

Day 5 (five) includes:

  • Light snack before 5:20;
  • Leave for first POI before 5:45;
  • Get back to the accommodation for breakfast and check-out;
  • Day includes 2 POIS;
  • Drive to your drop-off point.

FAQs

How can I pay for my booking fee?

Payments may be made through wire transfer, Paypal® (please add 4,0% for Paypal tariffs) or MB WAY®

 

All the necessary instructions will be available in the booking form and you will also receive all the information through a confirmation email.

Do you have a schedule/plan for payments?

Our plan of payments for the Alentejo & Alqueva tour is as follows:

 

  • Booking Fee: 20% of trip total (this tour is )
  • Midway Payment: 40% of the tour total at least 91 days before departure;
  • Final payment: 40% of the tour total at least 61 days before departure.
Are the flights included in the cost?

No!

Can you book my flights?

No! Not for the Alentejo & Alqueva tour.

Is food included?

Yes! Food is very much included… and you’ll love it.

Is water or other drinks included?

Yes! Water, coffee, and tea are included.