Portugal·May 28 - June 9 2023

RE:BALANCE – PORTUGAL

Find your balance on a surf journey through Southwest Portugal. Hop onboard your hotel on wheels while exploring the region's hidden gems.

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Overview

Community meets adventure on this two-week journey through the south of Portugal. During this re:balance journey, you will travel along the coastline where you can find unspoiled beaches and some of the best waves in Europe. With your hotel on wheels, there's no limit to where you can go and what you can find. Dive into the depths of yourself while participating in yoga sessions, meditation practice, slacklining, and hikes along the rugged cliffs of Portugal. This adventure will allow you to connect with the ocean through surf while improving your skills along the way. Venture with a community of like-minded travelers who will journey along with you. It's time to ditch the stress and start recharging! Take a much-needed break from the daily grind with this 13-day journey through the south of Portugal!

Highlights

Improve your surf skills and find balance

Improve your surf skills and find balance

Surf is good for the mind, body, and soul. While your skills will certainly improve as the trip progresses, the act of surfing itself will shift your present state of mind, allowing you to refocus and break away from the day-to-day, while finding balance within yourself.

Journey with a small group of likeminded adventurers

Journey with a small group of likeminded adventurers

Re:balance will bring you together with other like-minded people, to share stories and make new friends, while giving you the opportunity to disconnect from your everyday life. You'll have a shared interest of surf and will improve your skills together from the start to end of your journey.

Intentional time to recharge

Intentional time to recharge

Have you ever returned home from a vacation in need of another vacation? We surely have! This curated program provides a much-needed break from the daily grind of life back home. Intentional activities will provide the opportunity to push your limits while balancing time for relaxation, reflection, and adventure!

Itinerary

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Day 1 – Arrival to Lagos

Welcome to Southwest Portugal, a region full of hidden gems, with wild coastlines, rich history, and great waves! Today you will transfer to your home away from home and check into the surf hotel on wheels! Spend the afternoon exploring the town of Lagos depending on your arrival time. In the evening you will have a community-style BBQ to get to know your other surf mates!

Overnight: Vila do Bispo

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Dinner

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Day 2 – Lagos

Today you will start the day with a morning surf sesh after breakfast. Your patient instructors will take things slow on the first day to make sure you feel comfortable and confident before running into the refreshing surf! After lunch, your travel crew will venture to Benagil Cave -  truly a sight for the eyes! Take in your surroundings as you sit beneath a natural dome lit with light beaming through the skylight. After freshening up a bit, you will head into Lagos town where you'll have time to wander the streets and do some sightseeing before having dinner with the rest of your crew. 

Overnight: Vila do Bispo

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Breakfast & Dinner

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Lunch

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Day 3 – Sagres

Before breakfast, you'll have a morning yoga session. Then you'll have another surf lesson. Lunch at the beach or a cafe before visiting Cape S. Vincente. You'll follow the coastline during a trek taking in the beautiful views of the cliffs and the sea as far as the eyes can see. Dinner will be in the nearby city of Sagres where you will watch the sunset and have time to check out the town. 

Overnight: Vila do Bispo

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Breakfast

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Lunch & Dinner

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Day 4 – Vila do Bispo to Aljezur

Wake up in Vila do Bispo and catch the morning waves, while you're surfing your hotel on wheels will move to its next home base of Aljezur, a small market town with its narrow cobblestone streets and whitewashed houses. You'll do some sightseeing of Vila do Bispo’s Miradouro. In the late afternoon, you'll have the spectacular chance to paddle out to the infamous Lagos caves (if ocean conditions allow) or an additional surf lesson. Then you'll head to Aljezur where you'll settle in for the evening, indulging in local Portuguese food at a traditional Portuguese restaurant. YUM!

Overnight: Aljezur 

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Breakfast

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Lunch & Dinner

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Day 5 – Aljezur

More surf in the morning - you're going to get really good at this!!! In the afternoon you'll have free time where you can relax by yourself, go and explore nearby sights, or choose to add in an additional activity like horseback riding, meditation session, or longboarding class. You and your travel crew can decide to have dinner at a local restaurant, or order take-away and eat at your accommodation on wheels. 

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Breakfast

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Lunch & Dinner

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Day 6 – Aljezur

Continue to improve your surf skills during another morning session. You'll have lunch at the beach or a local cafe. In the afternoon, you'll have time to visit Aljezur town and will have time to learn some local history, window shop, or grab a drink and take in the views. In the evening you will have dinner at a local restaurant with live music. After returning to your accommodation, your group will have your first round of surf analysis videos with your surf instructors to see how you've improved and get additional tips on what you should continue working on. 

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Breakfast

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Lunch & Dinner

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Day 7 – Aljezur to Vila Nova de Milfontes

Perfect your balance on land with another yoga session before hitting the surf. You'll enjoy lunch at a beach cafe and then hop in the van to transfer to your next basecamp in Vila Nova de Milfontes. Here you'll do a bit of sightseeing of the cliffs in Arrifana and will have some time to relax on the beach. Later, you'll have dinner at a local restaurant with the rest of your travel crew and will have the remainder of the evening to relax or explore. 

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Breakfast

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Lunch & Dinner

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Day 8 – Vila Nova de Milfontes

Today you'll have a community breakfast in the morning, followed by a surf session. Around 1PM you'll head to the sleepy seaside village of Zambujeira do Mar which is set within the Costa Vicentina and Sudoeste Alentejano Nature Park towards the southern end. Here you'll take a little hike along the coastline taking in all the incredible views. You can choose to add on option activities like an e-bike adventure or waterfall tour if you're up for it! The rest of the day is free to do as you want. Choose to practice your surf skills, slackline, watch an outdoor movie or play some games.

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Breakfast

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Lunch & Dinner

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Day 9 – Vila Nova de Milfontes

Another surf lesson in the morning today, but if you need a day off that's fine too! Remember, practice makes perfect! Today lunch will be served at the truck before another optional afternoon surf sesh. In the evening you'll have a cinema night with the rest of your crew as well as some other activities like games and slacklining.

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Breakfast

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Lunch & Dinner

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Day 10 – Vila Nova de Milfontes to Porto Covo

Enjoy a breakfast buffet before grabbing your surfboard and heading into the sea to find your balance. You will then jump on the van for a trip to Potro Covo where you'll have lunch and can spend some time exploring the village. You can also choose to go horseback riding or have a relaxing massage.  Dinner will be at your accommodation today, where you can choose to order in or cook together. After, you'll enjoy the evening with your second surf video analysis where your instructors will provide feedback and tips on becoming an even better surfer. You'll also have time to check out the other photos and videos that have been taken during your adventure. 

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Breakfast

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Lunch & Dinner

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Day 11 – Porto Covo to Sines

Another day, another breakfast buffet before heading out to catch some waves. Lunch today will be at the beach. After lunch, you'll head out for a relaxing hike along the coastline to explore some of the caves of Porto Covo. Dinner will be held in Sines historical center where you'll have some time to walk around and explore the winding streets. 

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Breakfast

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Lunch & Dinner

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Day 12 – Sines

Start the day with a morning surf session (but not too early)! Around 1PM you'll have lunch at the beach before heading off to a wine tasting in a vineyard. During your tour you'll gain a better understanding of the production of wine along with a local food tasting. In the evening, you'll have a final goodbye dinner at a local restaurant in Porto Covo to celebrate the journey you've had with the rest of your travel crew. 

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Breakfast

Not Included

Lunch & Dinner

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Day 13 – Departure from Sines

Enjoy your final breakfast with your new friends and gather to watch the videos and view the photos from your journey. In the afternoon you'll be transferred to the Porto Covi bus station or the Grandola train station where you will head home or onwards to your next destination with new surf skills, friendships and memories that will last for years to come. 

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Breakfast

What's Included

What's Included

Daily breakfast

Accommodation

24/7 Staff assistance

Free wifi

Daily surf lessons

Surf equipment

2 Surf video analysis

3 Yoga sessions

Wine tasting and vineyard tour

Visiting historical sites along the route

Benagil Cave tour

City & village tours along the route

Optional hikes

Transfer on arrival and departure

Welcome and goodbye community dinner

Transportation to the starting location

Transportation from the ending location

Meals not outlined in the itinerary

Personal travel insurance

Your Stay

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RE:BALANCE – Standard

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FROM$1845$1,969.12/pp

Where you'll be staying

A stay on wheels

Your home away from home is a hotel on wheels, literally. Cozy up in the converted Mercedes Actros that transforms into a double-decker space when parked. This innovative mobile hotel is fully equipped and sure to give you an unforgettable adventure, as you move along the coastlines in search of the best waves. The first floor is home to the living room, kitchen, a cozy sitting area, and a table big enough for guests to bond over an evening meal. Here you'll also find a projector to watch films or review your day's surf footage. Upstairs you'll have access to five rooms where your rest after days full of exciting activities. 


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FAQs

You are responsible for getting yourself to the Lagos train/bus station on the first day of your trip. You will then be transferred to the Truck Surf Hotel for a welcome BBQ and briefing. The closest airport to your starting location is Faro (FAO) airport, which is approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes from Lagos via train. Alternatively, you can choose to fly into Lisboa and take the train down south to Lagos. In for an adventure? Choose to start a little earlier and use train to get yourself from your home country all the way to Portugal for your re:discover journey!

Your journey will come to an end at the Poroto Covo bus station or the Grandola train station, whatever is easier for your group's onward journey! A journey on the train from the Grandola train station to Lisboa should take under 1 hour and 40 minutes. 

Your home away from home is a hotel on wheels, literally. Cozy up in the converted Mercedes Actros that transforms into a double-decker stay on wheels. Each traveler will have their own comfortable bed to collapse into at the end of the night.

On RE:DISCOVER journeys, we like to keep groups small. This helps you better assimilate into the local communities you'll be visiting, and gives space for you to truly connect and get to know your fellow travel mates. There will be 8 participants in total on this journey.

No expertise is needed! Whether you're a beginner, have a bit of surf experience under your wing, or already know how to catch a wave this adventure is for everyone! Your surf instructors will coach you according to your surf level.

  • Backpack;
  • Flip-flops/Surf boots;
  • Shorts/bikini/beach towel
  • Summer clothes but also warm clothes (at night it can be a bit chilly outside)
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen (SPF 30+)
  • Memory stick to save your photos
  • Documents: passport or ID + photocopy; insurance policy photocopy, airplane ticket, credit card, any necessary COVID-19 documentation
  • Mobile phone
RE:BALANCE – PORTUGAL

Portugal· May 28 - June 9 2023· 12 nights

FROM$1845/pp$1969/pp