Pilgrim Trails, Castle Towns, and Douro Valley Vineyards

Hiker’s Journey to Portugal

Portugal

10 Days

From $5,595

Level 3+

Moderate

Overview

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    Overview

    Exploring Portugal's gorgeous rural landscapes, our hikes bring us into the craggy Serra da Estrela mountains, through Douro wine country, across the fragrant forests of Peneda-Gerês National Park, and along part of the Camino Portugués pilgrim trail. Along the way, we'll taste wines in a family-owned quinta, explore 13th century castle towns, take an incredibly scenic train ride along the Douro River past age-old vineyards, and of course, try the velvety port wines. Our lodging is a delight, including a charming converted wine warehouse in picturesque Pinhão and a 17th century manor house where the Count of Calheiros himself welcomes us!

    Arrive: Porto, Portugal

    Depart: Porto, Portugal

    Highlights

    • Hike on the Camino Portugués, the famed medieval pilgrim trail to Santiago de Compostela
    • Meet a Douro Valley vintner, ride the Linha do Douro (Portugal's historic river-hugging train), visit medieval Guimarães, discover castle-topped towns
    • Taste delicious port wines and vinhos verdes
    • Enjoy unique lodgings, including a 17th century manor house

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      Itinerary

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      From Porto, we head to the Serra da Estrela mountains to hike the Trilhos Verdes (“green trails”) into forested glacial valleys. We'll visit the medieval Jewish Quarter in castle-topped Belmonte, take a scenic train ride to the wine town of Pinhão, then hike through vineyards in the Douro Valley, with a tasting at a family-run estate and a boat ride along the tranquil Douro.
      After a visit to the medieval gem of Guimarães, birthplace of Portugal, our hikes take us along the Lima River and up to the revered sanctuary at Peneda. On the trails of Peneda-Gerês National Park, we'll probably see no one else, except perhaps a herder and his castro laboreiro (Portuguese watchdog). One overnight is at the manor house of the Count of Calheiros, whose family has lived here for 600 years.
      Our last hike is on the Camino Portugués, which has brought pilgrims to Santiago de Compostela since medieval times. This historic path contours through forest and past orchards, and we'll enjoy a barbecue lunch along the way. We end in Porto's historic quarter, listening to soulful fado songs songs before our Farewell Dinner. Depart on Day 10.

      Dates & Pricing

      Pricing below is per person and based on double occupancy. The earlier you book, the more choice you’ll have. WT also has the most generous cancellation and transfer policies in the industry, we make it easy if you change your mind. Have a small group of your own? Take over an existing date or choose your own. You’ll have your own private guide–and the adventure–all to yourselves!

      Payment & Cancel Schedule

      $600 due at time of reservation
      90 days prior to departure: Balance

      Cancellation & Transfer Schedule

      Up to 91 days prior to departure: No Charge!
      61-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
      46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
      45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

      Included
      • Expert leadership of a Wilderness Travel Trip Leader
      • Accommodations in charming hotels
      • All meals included except 1 dinner as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      • A glass of wine or beer with dinner
      • All ground transportation and baggage handling from meeting until departure
      • All activities as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      Not Included
      • Travel to and from the arrival and departure location as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      • Additional hotel nights outside the trip's scheduled dates
      • Optional gratuities to Trip Leaders or staff
      • Optional travel insurance
      • Other expenses of a personal nature (some alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.)

      Accommodations

      Scroll through our signature accommodations for this trip below. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.

      Hotel Berne

      Manteigas, Portugal

      Days 1-2 (2 nights)

      Located at the foot of the Serra da Estrela mountain range, this small, family-run hotel overlooks the quiet town center in the pretty village of Manteigas. The staff is welcoming and the hotel's restaurant is the top place to eat in town. For cooling down after a day of hiking,...

      The Vintage House

      Pinhão, Portugal

      Days 3-4 (2 nights)

      Originally a wine warehouse, the Vintage Hotel is located right on the river in the tiny town of Pinhão. Each guestroom has its own private balcony with views of the river while the rest of the property offers beautiful public spaces both inside and out...

      Hotel Fonte Velha

      Ponte da Barca, Portugal

      Day 5 (1 night)

      Hotel Fonte Velha or “Hotel Old Fountain” is a lovely restored mansion set along the Lima River. The location is ideal—it's right in the heart of the small village of Ponte da Barca, just outside of Peneda-Gerês National Park. Each of the hotel's 16 guest rooms have private bathrooms and...

      Hotel MiraCastro

      Castro Laboreiro, Portugal

      Days 6-7 (2 nights)

      Perched on a hilltop with spectacular mountain and valley views, each room at the MiraCastro has a private balcony—ideal for taking in the scenery. The restaurant serves local cuisine such as breaded codfish and smoked meats, and there's a bar and lounge area for gathering with other travelers. But the...

      Paço de Calheiros

      Ponte de Lima, Portugal

      Day 8 (1 night)

      The Count of Calheiros will welcome us at this gem of a 17th century palace that he is pleased to call home. Each room in the palace is unique, with antique furnishings, and we can wander anywhere in the house. A must-see is the vast stone-floored...

      Pestana Vintage Porto

      Porto, Portugal

      Day 9 (1 night)

      The Pestana Porto, set in the heart of Porto's Old Town, occupies part of a block of 16th, 17th, and 18th century former wine warehouses that is recognized as a World Heritage Site. Spacious guestrooms have French-style windows and doors with views across the waterfront to the Port wine warehouses....

      Trip Leaders

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      What the Trip is Like

      This trip is rated a Level 3+, Moderate, according to our trip grading system. You will need to be comfortable hiking 8.5 miles a day and being on your feet for up to 7 hours a day. Trail conditions, weather, and the group's level of fitness can affect hiking times and pacing.

      Average Hiking Day
      • 6 miles
      • 3-4 hours
      • 1,100-1,200 feet gain/loss
      Challenge Day
      • Day 4 - 8.5 miles, 5 hours, and 2,000 feet gain/loss
      Review Trip Level Details
      Despite its small size, Portugal packs in a lot of varied scenery and rich history. Our hikes guide us through picturesque slate villages in the Serra da Lousã, the scenic Zêzere Valley, pilgrimage routes in the Peneda-Gerês National Park, and vineyards of the famous Douro Valley. Some trails have wide, gravely paths with moderate elevation change and some have steep, narrow, and uneven terrain involving downhill sections over loose scree.
      Temperatures are generally mild in Portugal, reaching the mid-70s°F during the day in most locations on the trip. When we are in the mountains, daytime temperatures can be slightly cooler, and nighttime temperatures are typically in the 50s°F. April is the start of the dry season, but rain and cool weather are always a possibility, so raingear and warm layers are necessary items to carry with you on every hike.
      The hotels we've chosen are charming, well located, and comfortable, and include a hotel with a spa, a converted pilgrimage hostel, a revamped wine warehouse, and an 18th century manor house. Since they are in historic buildings, the rooms are not always of uniform or international size. Our leaders do their best to assign rooms in a fair way so that all participants experience an equal advantage throughout the trip as a whole. Single rooms can be requested but are not always available, due to the limited space in the hotels. If you prefer a single room, please make your request as early as possible.
      Portugal has excellent cuisine. Portuguese specialties include locally-caught octopus, sardines, bacalhau (salted cod, said to be prepared in 365 different ways!), and vinho verde (green wine). Lunches are taken at local restaurants or hotels or served picnic-style during one of our hikes. Dinners will be at the hotel or a local restaurant and are accompanied by local wines, and we'll become connoisseurs and ambassadors of Portugal's distinguished products! Please note that in Europe, the dinner hour is considerably later than what it is in the US. We do our best to secure early reservations for our groups, but most often the evening meal will be at 7:30 pm.
      Our van will transport the group's luggage, so you only need to carry a daypack for items you need during the day (rain gear, sweater, camera, water bottle, etc.). Trip members are always free to skip a day's hike and travel to the next destination in the support vehicle (or remain at the hotel if we are not transferring that day).

      Client Testimonials

      "This was a very enjoyable trip that provided interesting cultural features as well as a good range of challenging hikes."

      Allan C.

      Chapel Hill, NC

      "The perfect amount of hiking, cultural immersion, and comfort—having a bus whenever tired feet needed it was great!"

      Anna K.

      Northfield, IL

      "Portugal is a lovely destination and we very much enjoyed the trip."

      Becky Z.

      Northfield, MN

      "This is a comprehensive, well-designed, and expertly executed journey through Portugal. It provides beautiful hikes, unique experiences, and interesting insights into this enchanting country."

      Diana R.

      Laguna Beach, CA

      "It was a very satisfying blend of substantive hiking in interesting, off-beat locales and cultural activities that provided a glimpse into the people and life of the country."

      Ellen R.

      New York, NY

      "This trip was amazing! One of the best. The varied hikes, accommodations and foods was like having a new surprise around every corner!"

      Joni H.

      Evergreen, CO

      "This was one of the best designed WT trips I have ever taken, with a great balance of hiking and cultural experiences."

      Kitty L.

      Chicago, IL

      "Another wonderful Wilderness Travel trip, with hidden gems in the rural countryside and well thought out touches at every turn. Full of pleasant surprises!"

      Michael M.

      Madison, NJ

      "This was my first Wilderness Travel adventure and what a rich, enlightening, varied, educational, fun experience it was. Every aspect was managed to the detail and the trip was perfectly balanced with an emphasis on hiking but so many additional learning, cultural, and historical opportunities. It was one of the best trips of my lifetime and I have been on ~20 active, adventure trips with other organizations. I am a huge fan of Wilderness Travel. I especially enjoyed and appreciated the quality and challenge of the hikes and in particular our guide David. Great job! Great company! Amazing experience."

      Pam F.

      Hermosa Beach, CA

      "A good variety of experiences—cultural, social, culinary, nature—that allowed an excellent introduction to northern Portugal."

      Patricia M.

      Asheville, NC

      "Really good trip with a nice balance of hiking and culture."

      Polly V.

      Chapel Hill, NC

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      Trip Levels

      With more than 200 different adventures to choose from, we want to help you find the trip that’s right for you. Our Trip Level system ranks each trip in two ways: a number rating from 1 to 6 according to the activity, and general travel rigors. 1 is the easiest and 6+ the most difficult—see descriptions below for explanations of each number. A plus (+) sign means the trip is a bit more strenuous than other trips of that level. The detailed explanation of each trip—below the bar with the number rating—is perhaps more important, specifying activities, altitudes, hiking, and travel conditions. The Detailed Itinerary, available by download or mail, gives further information. Our Area Managers can also answer questions and guide you to the trip that best suits your interests.

      Level 1 – Easiest

      Non-camping journeys, optional walks, little elevation gain or loss.

      Level 2 – Easy to Moderate

      Hotel nights and/or safari-style camping, hikes of two to four hours on some days. Other physical activities are sometimes included, such as optional sea kayaking.

       

      Level 3 – Moderate

      Half- to full-day hikes (3-6 hours) over rolling countryside on most days, occasional steep trails. Many of our hotel-based walking tours are in this category, as are our snorkeling adventures.

      Level 4 – Moderate to Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (4-6 hours), mountainous terrain, significant elevation gains and losses (hiking up or down as much as 3,000 feet) on many days. Altitudes no greater than about 10,000 feet.

       

      Level 5 – Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (4-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Trips with hiking at average altitudes of 10,000 to 12,000 feet are in this category.

      Level 6 – Very Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (5-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Most hikes take place at altitudes above 10,000 feet, with some days ascending as high as 18,000 feet.

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The narrowly vented sides of the stores allow for airflow through the grain and maize, drying the crop, preventing mold, and keeping vermin away from the village&apos;s precious larder. Each roof is crowned with a small stone cross, making the whole site appear like a raised necropolis. Our hike follows a pilgrimage route that is used to this day by the Portuguese, primarily in the first week of September to join major festivities at the splendid Santu&aacute;rio da Nossa Senhora da Peneda. Fortunately, we&apos;ll be traveling at a quieter moment! We ascend out of Soajo to the Alto de Tibo where, at 3,000 feet, the views of the surrounding wilderness areas and small traditional villages are breathtaking. Our track dates back to medieval times, and in places the original granite pavements still survive. Descending into the valley, we pass many long-horned cattle grazing the hillsides unattended. They instinctively saunter back home to be milked as evening falls. Just before our arrival at the Sanctuary, we glimpse the white 19th century church tucked below a soaring granite rock face. To approach, we&apos;ll mount the &ldquo;staircase of virtues,&rdquo; which extends for 1,000 feet, lined on either side by chapels. Overnight at hotel in Parque Nacional da Peneda-Ger&ecirc;s.\r\nHiking Details: 6.5-7.5 hours, 9.5 miles, elevation gain 3,000 feet, elevation loss 1,500 feet \/ Driving Details: 30 minutes (Note: There is an option to make the hike less strenuous by doing a portion of it. 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After Rome and Jerusalem, Santiago was the third holiest city in the Christian world. We start out by hearing the story of Saint James inside the tiny, picturesque chapel of Our Lady of the Snows. From there, we follow the many painted yellow arrows and the scallop shell motifs, the symbol of St. James, that dot the trail as we ascend through the Labruja Valley to a high pass with fabulous views back into the Lima Valley and on to the Coura Valley. We journey through forest, past orchards, and alongside fields of grazing animals to finish our journey in Agualonga, enjoying a barbecue lunch along the way. In the afternoon, we drive back to Porto. Set at the mouth of the Rio Douro, this UNESCO World Heritage Site houses acres of port wine warehouses. In the early evening, we&apos;ll meet for our Farewell Dinner in a small nearby restaurant, where we&apos;ll be entertained by fado singers. 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Life continues to be an adventure for Skye, who has recently taken up bee-keeping, wild-water swimming, and scuba diving.","BioLong":" Skye McDonald lives in Scotland&apos;s Highland capital, Inverness. She has worked as a Trip Leader in 35 countries since the millennium and lived in Germany, France, and Tanzania. &ldquo;Bringing understanding between peoples of very different cultures and backgrounds is one of the joys of being a Trip Leader, and of course, the chance to make friends around the world.&rdquo; Closer to home, she delights in sharing the glories of her native Scotland, and says that a good day scaling some of the beautiful Scottish mountains is hard to beat. Skye speaks German, French, beginners' Portuguese, and unusually, a smattering of Swahili from earlier years as a volunteer agricultural officer in Tanzania. Life continues to be an adventure for Skye, who has recently taken up bee-keeping, wild-water swimming, and scuba diving."},{"GuideID":851138,"First_Name":"David","Last_Name":"Monteiro","BioShort":"David Monteiro was born in Mindelo, Cape Verde, an archipelago on the west coast of Africa, and moved to Portugal with his family when he was a child. After working as a CPA for more than 20 years, he felt the need for a change and began to lead hiking, mountain biking, and rock-climbing trips, all sports he had enjoyed since his childhood. When not guiding, David indulges in his passion for photography, literature, and history.","BioLong":"David Monteiro was born in Mindelo, Cape Verde, an archipelago on the west coast of Africa, and moved to Portugal with his family when he was a child. After working as a CPA for more than 20 years, he felt the need for a change and began to lead hiking, mountain biking, and rock climbing trips, all sports he had enjoyed since his childhood. When not guiding, David indulges in his passion for photography, literature, and history."},{"GuideID":850737,"First_Name":"Patricia","Last_Name":"Raczkowski","BioShort":"Patricia Raczkowski was born in Canada of a Spanish mother and Polish father and has lived in Spain since she was ten months old. Her first taste of the mountains came in high school, when she went on monthly hikes with the nuns from her school in Madrid, and she spent her senior year as an exchange student in Washington State, living with an American family. After going to veterinary college in Madrid and practicing as a veterinary nurse in England, her love of nature pulled her back to Spain. You can often find Patricia engaging with the locals along the trail and in towns, as she often she knows everyone along the way, from hotel and restaurant staff to local guides. She lives in the south of Spain in the high mountains of Granada (Sierra Nevada), and when not guiding, she heads out on her own adventures, hiking and traveling around the world. ","BioLong":"Patricia Raczkowski was born in Canada of a Spanish mother and Polish father and has lived in Spain since she was ten months old. Her first taste of the mountains came in high school, when she went on monthly hikes with the nuns from her school in Madrid, and she spent her senior year as an exchange student in Washington State, living with an American family. After going to veterinary college in Madrid and practicing as a veterinary nurse in England, her love of nature pulled her back to Spain. You can often find Patricia engaging with the locals along the trail and in towns, as she often she knows everyone along the way, from hotel and restaurant staff to local guides. She lives in the south of Spain in the high mountains of Granada (Sierra Nevada), and when not guiding, she heads out on her own adventures, hiking and traveling around the world. "}],"guestreviews":[{"GuestNames":"Allan C.","GuestLocation":"Chapel Hill, NC","GuestReview":"This was a very enjoyable trip that provided interesting cultural features as well as a good range of challenging hikes."},{"GuestNames":"Anna K.","GuestLocation":"Northfield, IL","GuestReview":"The perfect amount of hiking, cultural immersion, and comfort&#8212;having a bus whenever tired feet needed it was great!"},{"GuestNames":"Becky Z.","GuestLocation":"Northfield, MN","GuestReview":"Portugal is a lovely destination and we very much enjoyed the trip."},{"GuestNames":"Diana R.","GuestLocation":"Laguna Beach, CA","GuestReview":"This is a comprehensive, well-designed, and expertly executed journey through Portugal. It provides beautiful hikes, unique experiences, and interesting insights into this enchanting country."},{"GuestNames":"Ellen R.","GuestLocation":"New York, NY","GuestReview":"It was a very satisfying blend of substantive hiking in interesting, off-beat locales and cultural activities that provided a glimpse into the people and life of the country."},{"GuestNames":"Joni H.","GuestLocation":"Evergreen, CO","GuestReview":"This trip was amazing! One of the best. The varied hikes, accommodations and foods was like having a new surprise around every corner!"},{"GuestNames":"Kitty L.","GuestLocation":"Chicago, IL","GuestReview":"This was one of the best designed WT trips I have ever taken, with a great balance of hiking and cultural experiences."},{"GuestNames":"Michael M.","GuestLocation":"Madison, NJ","GuestReview":"Another wonderful Wilderness Travel trip, with hidden gems in the rural countryside and well thought out touches at every turn. Full of pleasant surprises!"},{"GuestNames":"Pam F.","GuestLocation":"Hermosa Beach, CA","GuestReview":"This was my first Wilderness Travel adventure and what a rich, enlightening, varied, educational, fun experience it was. Every aspect was managed to the detail and the trip was perfectly balanced with an emphasis on hiking but so many additional learning, cultural, and historical opportunities. It was one of the best trips of my lifetime and I have been on &#126;20 active, adventure trips with other organizations. I am a huge fan of Wilderness Travel. I especially enjoyed and appreciated the quality and challenge of the hikes and in particular our guide David. Great job! Great company! 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We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please call Wilderness Travel at 1-800-368-2794 or email us at <a href=\"mailto:\/\/info@wildernesstravel.com\">info@wildernesstravel.com<\/a>.<\/p>","System_References":"<p>We&rsquo;d be happy to put you in touch with a past client that has traveled with us on this trip.<\/p>","System_Visit_Our_Website":"<p>At <a href=\"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/\">saito8.com<\/a>, you can book your trip online or find out about added departures, last-minute deals, and one-time Limited Edition adventures that aren&rsquo;t listed in our catalog. 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Activities are described in the itinerary but they can vary, sometimes considerably, depending on weather conditions, the group, and other factors.","System_About_Private_Journeys":"<p>Wilderness Travel Private Journeys are designed for people who want to travel with their own small private group, but who still want to experience the same superb itinerary design, great accommodations, and signature quality of Wilderness Travel's escorted group trips. These Private Journeys allow you to choose your own dates and your traveling companions&mdash;and enjoy the WT touch on all aspects of the journey.<\/p>","System_Limited_Edition_Adventures":"This is a Limited Edition adventure&mdash;which means a unique trip we've never run before or offer only every few years. Led by our most experienced Trip Leaders, these journeys often take place in remote destinations with only the most basic infrastructure for tourism. If you see a Limited Edition trip scheduled for this year, now is the time to sign up, as spaces fill very early and the trip may not be back for a while! Planned daily activities and actual timings may vary due to local conditions or the discretion of your Trip Leader&mdash;it is important to bring your spirit of adventure for these special exploratory journeys!","System_Social_Media":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:33:43 --><p><strong>SOCIAL MEDIA:<\/strong> We invite you to share your adventure with us on social media. Tag @wildernesstravel and we may even feature your content on our pages!<\/p>","System_If_You_Miss_Your_Flight":"<p><strong>IF YOU MISS YOUR FLIGHT<\/strong><br>If you miss your flight or are otherwise delayed, contact our Wilderness Travel office, as well as our local partners, with your new flight information. 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If you have not purchased Travelex insurance already, you have the option to do so up to 24 hours prior to your departure.<\/p>","System_Covid-19_Travel_Requirements":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-04-19T13:27:44 --><p><strong>COVID-19 TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS:<\/strong> Please double-check COVID-19 entry requirements for any countries you may be traveling to or transiting through, on this website: <a href=\"apply.joinsherpa.com\/travel-restrictions\">apply.joinsherpa.com\/travel-restrictions<\/a><\/p>","System_Pre-Trip_Safety":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:37:06 --><p><strong>PRE-TRIP SAFETY:<\/strong> In the next weeks, we encourage you to do everything possible to stay healthy. 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You can learn more about the policy on our <a href=\"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/toucan\/travel-insurance\">website<\/a>.<\/p>","System_Purchased_Insurance":"Please remember to bring a copy of your Travelex Confirmation of Coverage and State Specific Policy with you on your trip. You should have received an email directly from Travelex with these documents. If you need this email to be re-sent, please contact Travelex's Customer Solutions team at 844-877-1885 or e-mail customersolutions@travelexinsurance.com. <br><br><br>","System_Photography":"<strong>Camera Recommendations<\/strong><br>With the many advances in digital technology, a simple compact digital camera or even your smartphone is capable of taking pictures suitable for the needs of most people. For higher quality images and the ability to use long lenses for closer wildlife pictures, a DSLR camera is well worthwhile, though heavier. Most digital cameras and phones have good video options, but you may want to consider a GoPro for a lightweight, waterproof option. Always practice ahead of time with new equipment and bring your manual with you. You may want to consider renting camera equipment for your trip from places such as <a href=\"https:\/\/www.borrowlenses.com\/\">borrowlenses.com<\/a>. This is an especially good idea for renting large zoom lenses that you may need for just one trip. Adding their extra insurance fee to cover expensive equipment is recommended. <br><strong><br>Camera Accessories<\/strong><br>We recommend bringing at least two large capacity memory cards or a small digital storage unit (or tablet) to back up your photos, freeing space on your memory cards. Don't forget to bring a battery charger and a backup battery so one is always charged and ready to use. For trips where you may be away from power sources for multiple days, consider looking into a solar-powered battery charger or buying additional backup batteries, and check that you have the appropriate adapter for the electrical outlets in your destination.<br><strong><br>Sharing Your Images<\/strong><br>We would love for you to share photos from your trip, and with your permission, may even use your photos in our marketing materials or on our photo blog. We request that you send us a small sample of your best images. Please email your photos to wtphotoblog@gmail.com or tag us @WildernessTravel on social media.<br><strong><br>Photography Etiquette<\/strong><br>When taking pictures of local people, be aware of cultural considerations. Approaching people with a warm smile and using polite gestures or simple phrases to ask permission to photograph them usually works well. It is always recommended to engage people in conversation before asking to photograph them, but if people do not wish to have their photo taken, please honor their requests. We urge travelers to avoid giving money in exchange for photo opportunities, which makes it harder for future travelers to have a meaningful personal interaction with local people. Please always heed your Trip Leader's guidelines for what is appropriate. 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Please note that Wilderness Travel staff, or guests of Wilderness Travel such as travel writers, photographers, or leaders-in-training, are not included in the tier pricing count.","System_Travel_Insurance":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-01-27T07:58:05 --><p>We highly recommend you purchase travel insurance. You can take advantage of a comprehensive Travel Protection Plan designed for Wilderness Travel by Travelex, or purchase other insurance on your own. See our website for details: <a href=\"http:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/insurance\">saito8.com\/insurance<\/a><\/p>","System_Make_it_Your_Trip":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:44:18 --><p>The prices above are for the ready-to-book adventure outlined in this Detailed Itinerary, a popular option that has been handcrafted by our Area Specialists to include the best of every destination. While many travelers choose to book this tour as is, our Area Specialists are also happy to work with you to customize this Private Journey to suit your specific interests and style of travel. We can arrange for longer or shorter stays, offer hotel upgrades (see below for sample costs), or add an extension to additional places of interest. We can even add special activities or customize excursions depending on your interests. We invite you to contact us to discuss your options!<\/p>","System_Signing_up_for_a_Trip":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:44:42 --><p>Early reservations are recommended since accommodations often sell out far in advance. Please call 1-800-368-2794 and ask for our [Africa Manager] or email us at [africa@ wildernesstravel.com] with any questions that you may have about this trip. To reserve your Private Journey, we will need to know your preferred dates of travel. We will then check availability and send you a proposed itinerary with exact pricing for your adventure. We can typically hold a provisional booking for one week. At that time, we must collect your initial deposit or accommodations will be released. We accept Visa, Mastercard, or American Express card. Upon receipt of your deposit, we will send you a Welcome Packet that includes a letter of confirmation, Detailed Itinerary, Trip Application, Medical Form, and Pre-Departure Information Booklet with information to help you prepare for your adventure. Please see our Cancellations and Transfer Fee Schedule for specific payment information.<\/p>","System_Trip_Leaders":"<p>Wilderness Travel Trip Leaders have a passion and a joy for creating an unforgettable journey. We are extremely proud of them and the incredible travel experiences they make possible. 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