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Bering Travel Surf, SUP & Yoga Retreat 2019
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Bering Travel Surf, SUP & Yoga Retreat 2019

Group holiday

This tour is a group holiday, which we run all summer long and every week we have room for 12 guests in The Mansions. Each week there are three days of surfing, two days of Stand Up Paddle and four mornings of yoga. You can participate in as many activities as you wish.

All weeks are guaranteed and in 2018 all weeks except for one were sold out!

You should expect a social experience, where you meet and have fun with new people while you learn to surf (or improve), stand up paddle and do yoga.

Breakfast is included every day, lunch is served on the beach when we go surfing (not SUP) and two evenings pr. week, the cook Rachel serves delicious dinners. The other evenings we usually go out together in various restaurants (great ones!).

The average age varies from week to week, but is typically around 30-35 years. However, we often have guests who are both younger and much older than this - and everyone is welcome. It is usually about half of the group, who are solo travelers.

Lagos in the Algarve is an amazing town. Here you will find everything you could want from an active holiday, such as amazing surf spots, beautiful beaches, great yoga shala, excellent restaurants, a great place to stay, and of course the great weather and happy people. Here you will find everything you want regardless if you are looking for relaxation or if you want to have fun in the evenings.

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The Mansions

We simply couldn't find a better place to stay in Lagos. The Mansions are located on one of the small narrow streets in the old part of the town. From here you have everything at your fingertips. The property consists of two apartments with two rooms each and two external rooms (12 beds in total). All of this is connected by a small courtyard, where we eat breakfast, relax and have fun. All rooms are double rooms of which three have twin beds and three have double beds. Four of the six rooms have their own shower / toilet and the last two rooms share a shower / toilet. In the ground floor of each apartment there is a fully equipped kitchen

Day 1 Arrival in Lagos

You arrive in Lagos and are shown to your room. Then you have time to meet your group for the week and look around.
In the evening, there is an optional welcome dinner at Casa Mae with a 3-course menu (you must register before arrival so we can reserve seats).

Note: We have included free shuttle transport every Saturday. These are at fixed times - please read the practical information further down to see the departure times.





Day 2 Surf & Yoga

The day starts with Yoga at 07.30 am and breakfast at 08.30 am. At 09.30 am we walk to the Surf house (250m from the mansions), where the instructors are waiting for us to give us wetsuits and surfboards before we drive to the surf spot. Usually we go to the west coast in summer because there is not enough swell on the south-coast. The drive lasts about 30 min and takes us through the beautiful Portuguese landscape.
When we arrive at the beach, we warm up then surf for 1,5h, then we have a delicious healthy lunch, and then do another 1,5h of surfing.

We are back at The Mansions at around 5-5.30pm, so you can relax and grab a shower before dinner.

During this week there are two dinners included, where we eat amazing food at the surf house together with the other surfers. On the other nights we can eat together (if you'd like to) in one of the many amazing restaurants in Lagos.





Dag 3 Surf & Yoga

The day starts with Yoga at 07.30 am and breakfast at 08.30 am. At 09.30 am we walk to the Surf house (250m from the mansions) and drive to the surf spot. When we arrive at the beach, we warm up and surf for 2h, have lunch, and then do another 2h of surf training. 

You'll also get time to relax and enjoy the beach and the wildly beautiful landscape along the west coast of Portugal.

We are back at The Mansions at around 5-5.30pm, so you can wind down and grab a shower before dinner.

There are two group dinners included during the week. On the other nights we announce a restaurant and everyone, who wants to eat together can join. Lagos is filled with excellent dining options that suit all tastes.





Day 4 Surfing

The day starts with breakfast at 08.30 am. At 09.30 am we walk to the Surf house (250m from the mansions) and drive to the surf spot. When we arrive at the beach, we warm up and surf for 2h, have lunch, and then do another 2h of surf training. 

You'll also get time to relax and enjoy the beach and the wildly beautiful landscape along the west coast of Portugal.

We are back at The Mansions at around 5-5.30pm, so you can wind down and grab a shower before dinner.

There are two group dinners included during the week. On the other nights we announce a restaurant and everyone, who wants to eat together can join. Lagos is filled with excellent dining options that suit all tastes.





Day 5 Relaxation and yoga

Today there is no program – just Yoga in the afternoon at 16.30. You can spend the day on a fishing trip with a local guide, dolphin watching, wakeboarding, hiking, see the end of the world (Sagres) or just relaxing on the most beautiful beaches in the Algarve. There are lots of options. We'd be happy to give you suggestions. 





Day 6 SUP

Today we have our first SUP-lesson. This is a sunrise tour in the grottos of Lagos. It is an early departure to the beach, but it is worth it. In the summer there is usually no wind in the morning and there are no crowds/ boats or people in the water. We get picked up at around 6.40am and breakfast will be served when we return at around 10am. We suggest eating some fruit or nuts before and bringing a bottle of water along on the tour.

The rest of the day is free for you to explore the area on your own.

In the evening we have a BBQ dinner at the Surf House at 7.30pm. 

Note: This tour depends on the weather conditions! We might have to cancel the sunrise tour if there are waves on the south-coast (however, this happens extremely rarely).





Day 7 SUP & Yoga

Today we start with yoga at 7:30am, followed by breakfast at 8:30am. We'll get picked up for the SUP river tour (depending on the tide) at around 12-1pm and the tour will last approx. 3h. 





Day 8 Return

Unfortunately, the week is over. We have arranged a free shuttle back to Faro Airport, which leaves at two fixed times (see practical info).

Note: Even if you have a late flight departure, you'll need to check out of the room before Noon. You're welcome to leave your things at The Mansions for as long as you need to. 





Price Includes
  • 7 nights in fantastic double room (single rooms are possible)
  • Breakfast every day
  • Lunch on surf-days (Sun, Mon, Tue)
  • 2 dinners incl. free homemade sangria (prepared at The Mansions)
  • 3 days of surfing incl. training, equipment, and transportation
  • 2 days of SUP incl. training, equipment, and transportation
  • 4 days of yoga with a skilled instructor (4 sessions in total)
  • Transportation to/from the Faro airport (arrival-day at 11.00 and 19.15; Departure day at 06.30 and 16.00)
Not included
  • Flights to/from Faro, Portugal
  • Travel insurance
General Information

This tour starts every Saturday from the 29th of June until the 24th of August 2019. The camp closes on the 31st of August.

As the activities we do also depend on the weather and the wind, it may be necessary to adjust the program from day to day.

This trip is extremely suitable if you are travelling alone and want to meet other people.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here we write the questions and answers that we often get in connection to this trip. The list is updated continuously.

- Can I stay longer than a week?
Yes it is certainly possible. You decide yourself, how long you wish to be there. At the top of this page you can choose, how many weeks you wish to spend on this tour.

- I can't come on a Saturday. Can I arrive on another day?
Arrival dates are fixed. If, for example, you can only arrive on a Tuesday, then you will be able to participate until the following Saturday (and possibly spend another week there). There is no discount for the days when you are not able to be there.

- I'd like to bring children along. Is it possible?
Participants on this trip must be at least 16 years old.

- I'd like to come on this trip, but I'm not sure, whether I want to do activities every day. Do I need to participate all the time?
No, you are by no means forced to do anything. Our tours are about having fun and enjoying life. If on some days you prefer reading a book, going for a walk by the beach or doing something else - then it is absolutely fine. It's your vacation, so you decide.

- I have read that The Mansions are located in Lagos' old town. Is there a lot of noise in the at night?
No, there is not. Even though we have everything within a few hundred meters from us, The Mansions are still on a very quiet little street. We have used the property for several years now and have not experienced any noise disturbance of any kind. 

- I have special dietary requirements. Can I still get something to eat?
Yes you can. You just have to let us know about your requirements / preferences, and we'll take care of it. It is quite common for us to have guests, who are either vegetarians, vegans, who can not eat gluten or tolerate lactose and so on.

Should I have experience with surfing to come on this trip?
No, you don't need any experience to join. At the beach you are divided by levels, so the beginners practice in the smaller waves and the more experienced surfers can go out back to catch the big waves. During the day you can take as much rest as you want.

Should I have experience with Stand Up Paddleboarding to join?
No. The SUP tours are done at a quiet pace, so that everyone will be able to follow.

How old are the other participants on the trip?
This varies a lot from week to week. We expect that most of the participants are somewhere between 25 and 45 years, and with some, who are younger and older (there are certainly a few of them).

Can I come on this trip even though I travel alone?
This tour is perfect for solo travellers because you just become a part of a group and get to know the other participants. There will be many others, who come here alone and either share a room with another participant or live in a single room.

How long are Yoga classes and are they outdoors?
Even though the video shows yoga outdoors, it will usually take place indoors. Each Yoga class lasts for about one hour.

Food & Beverage

Daily breakfast is included in the price and lunch is included with all surf-trips (not SUP). That means that lunch is included on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays. Our good friend, chef Rachel prepares us two amazing dinners at the Surf House, where we eat together with the other surfers, and have some free home made sangria. On the other evenings, everyone who wants to, goes together to a recommended great restaurant. Expect that an evening meal incl. drinks costs around 20-25 euros. It is no problem if you are vegan, vegetarian or have any other dietary preferences or requirements. 

Transportation / Flights

Please note that transportation to and from Faro, Portugal is NOT included in the package, and that you have to make sure to book your own flight that matches the holiday start- and end date. This is easily done online via a flight booking engine such as Momondo or Skyscanner, or by contacting us for an offer on mail@beringtravel.com.

Important: We recommend that you book the trip with us before you buy your plane tickets.

Transfer from/to Faro Airport
Every Saturday there are two free transfers to/from Faro Airport. If you need a transfer at a different time, the price is 90 euros per person one way.

From Faro to Lagos
Departure at 11am
Departure at 7:15pm

Please note that the departure times may vary from time to time depending on when the guests arrive.

From Lagos to Faro
Departure at 6:30am
Departure at 4pm

Please note that the departure times may vary from time to time depending on when the guests arrive.

Accommodation

The Mansions are located on one of the small narrow streets in the old part of Lagos. 

The property consists of two apartments with two rooms each and two external rooms (12 beds in total). All rooms are double rooms of which three have twin beds and three have double beds. Four of the six rooms have their own shower / toilet and the last two rooms share a shower / toilet.

You can mark your preferences in the booking form. If your desired choice is not available, we will contact you. In addition, the double beds are quite large, so we believe that a couple of friends will be able to share a bed easily. 

Stand Up Paddle

There will be two days of Stand Up Paddling. The first tour starts at around 6.40 am and takes you to the grottos around Lagos. The second tour takes place on rivers and canals in the Algarve.

Note that the times of the tours may change if necessary.

Do you need to be in good shape?

Surfing can be hard because you go back and forth a lot with the board. This can be physically challenging, but it is quite OK to take all the breaks you need. There is no requirement for you to do anything. This is a holiday, so it's about having fun :).

Surfing

There are three days of surfing each week. The tours start at 9am and you can expect to be back in Lagos at around 5pm. All surfing days start with a drive to the west coast (probably), a warm-up, and two hours of surf training. Then you have a luncbreak and some time to soak up some sun, which will be followed by another 2 hours of surfing before we return to Lagos. 

Travel insurance

We recommend that you are covered by a good travel insurance covering at least Medical Expenses, Illness, Personal Accident, Baggage and Repatriation. The customer is responsible to take the necessary travel insurance that covers these costs. Bering Travel, or our local partners, do not have any responsibility for our customers not being covered by a necessary travel insurance. You have to arrange your insurance in your home country.

Cancellation Insurance
Cancellation Insurance is the customer's own responsibility. When you book a trip with us, you should consider whether you want to take out cancellation insurance against sudden illness, or whether you are already covered. You have to arrange the cancellation insurance in your home country.

Climate

It can be difficult to plan your trip according to the weather, but here is the average statistics of the climate in Lagos, as shown on www.yr.no:

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