Portugal and Spain make up the Iberian Peninsula and therefore, many aspects of Portuguese culture are similar to that of their neighbor’s. Portugal boasts a beautiful coastline and beaches, as well as fantastic cities like Porto and Lisbon, which feels like a European version of San Francisco.
Sea Kayaking in the Benagil Caves
Many people visit the famous Benagil Caves in the Algarve on a boat tour, but this exciting tour takes you inside these natural formations by kayak. Set off from Benagil Beach for the cave system adventure. Once you reach the grotto, you can step out of your kayak and take lots of pictures of the natural skylight, something you can’t do on a boat tour.
Wander Around Alfama
Castelo dos Mouros
The Moorish Castle is a military fortification that bears witness to the Islamic presence in the region, and was probably constructed between the eighth and ninth centuries and later expanded after the Reconquista. Overlooking the town of Sintra, it served as a watchtower, guaranteeing the protection of Lisbon and its surroundings.
Cais da Ribeira
Ribeira is one of the most popular neighbourhoods in Porto. It is one of the most authentic and picturesque parts of the city in the heart of the old town. As its name suggests, the district is situated on the riverbank (Ribeira in Portuguese stems from the word river).
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For our trip to Cuba, we could not have asked for a better experience. Working with Nate Marchand and Brad Hosey was very easy and reassuring that we were in good hands. We told them certain activities that we wanted to do on our trip and they made it happen! They took control of the challenging parts of figuring out the logistics and specifics of our trip for a large group of people and made it very easy and memorable for us!
Michigan Softball took its first-ever international trip to CUBA! The fantastic staff of Nate Marchand and Brad Hosey were well prepared, and attended to all the details. Our team had a wonderful experience and most importantly got to experience the incredible culture of the Cuban people. I would call upon Brad and Nate again in the future!
Our nine day trip was part cultural, part baseball and finally, a little down time that was needed by all. Action packed, exciting and rewarding are just a couple words that come to mind when thinking about our experience. “First Class” is what comes to mind when describing the planning and execution done by the guys from Navigo. If you’re even remotely thinking of going abroad and you haven’t called Brad or Mike from Navigo, you’ve already made your first mistake! Already looking forward to our next trip!
In many ways, a trip like this is a leap of faith and Navigo Soccer Tours exceeded all of my expectations in every aspect. From the 18 months of planning, plane reservations, last-minute cancellations and last-minute additions, your determination to adjust air reservations and flights, the meticulous planning on your end of every day and every event, meals, transportation, everything was top notch. The experience & memories of our trip will forever be part of us and your efforts to assure they are fond memories are very much appreciated. I very much look forward to discussions regarding the summer tour of Spain and Portugal. We’ve got to get busy again planning, only 24 months before we are off again!
Navigo Soccer Tours provided us with a completely customized tour of Costa Rica. We had the luxury of 24-hour assistance from our tour guides and bus driver. They were extremely knowledgeable about the culture and were flexible when unforeseen obstacles appeared! My players had the experience of a lifetime, both exploring a new country and bonding as a team. I highly recommend Navigo Soccer Tours for your next trip abroad. You will not be disappointed!
Our team had a great time exploring and enjoying all of what Costa Rica had to offer. The staff and people we worked with on our trip were very informative and did everything they could to make sure our experience was a great one. The trip was filled with various activities for us, which helped the group better understand the culture and take in all of Costa Rica. The schedule throughout the week was well balanced with activities and downtime for the group to relax and enjoy. I plan to take another trip with this group and would highly recommend them to others looking to take their team somewhere.
Our team had an amazing time and life-changing experience on our trip to Cuba! We can’t wait to travel again and will definitely be contacting Marcos to help us organize our next trip. The level of customer service and care was above and beyond what we expected from start to finish. Marcos was incredibly helpful and flexible in the pre-trip process, and all of the staff that traveled with us made our trip special. Thank you!
Our experience with Navigo Sports Tours was perfecto. When planning an intercollegiate athletic team’s trip abroad for 40 student-athletes, coaches and family, members it is difficult to know who to trust. Having the assurance of a quality experience was important to us. Navigo Sports Tours delivered far more than we expected to receive right from our first moments of arriving in Spain. The sales team did a wonderful job of working with us on a desired itinerary and finding a price that fit our budget. Their operations team was very thorough in the process of ticketing, communications with our entire group prior to our departure, local ground transportation locally and meals and lodging. Our trip leaders were experienced, hard working, flexible and personable.
I have had the opportunity to work with Navigo’s staff on two foreign trips. As a professional in sports operations, I found their work and attention to detail to be outstanding. They understand how college teams operate and are well trained and connected throughout all parts of the world, allowing them the ability to create a specialized tour for any type of team/group. Navigo are the only people I’d go to for future foreign tours!
Our long-term partnership with Navigo has helped us transform our program from a bottom-half conference team to a top 25 National competitor. Fostering opportunities for your team to have international experiences and gain cultural competency is worth every penny. Traveling as a team not only opens up educational and interactive moments for your group, but it also enables the team to build new relationships and deepen existing ones. Nothing creates a coherent feeling like shared experience and Navigo facilitates the prime stage for this endeavor. Through carefully curated meals, tours and competition, our itinerary was both dynamic and engaging. When you book Navigo, you realize the most powerful recruiting tool—highlight appealing offerings to prospective student-athletes and their parents alike.
This was our first international trip with Navigo, and I would highly recommend them to any coach looking to take their team abroad. The predeparture staff was only outdone by the in country guides we met when we landed in Europe. Navigo took all of the headache out of planning a 10 day trip for 30 people to 3 European countries. Our players and staff were able to focus on our goals of cultural exploration, international cooperation, growing the game abroad, and team bonding while Navigo took care of the details. The team was easy to work with to make adjustments to the schedule making sure that we got exactly what we wanted out of our trip. We are looking forward to working with Navigo on our next trip in 4 years!
Our softball team traveled to Italy and we can say everything about the trip exceeded our expectations. We traveled with students and families and our goal for the trip was a combination of competition and culture and Navigo was excellent working with us and in handling all the details of both of those goals. Our international softball hosts were so welcoming. Our student-athletes had an experience they will never forget. The cultural aspects of the trip were also excellent. Our experiences everyplace we traveled were engaging, exciting, and surprising—from exploring all the sights of Rome, to a trip on the fast train to Milan, to a bike tour in Milan, to a trip to Lake Garda (and a beautiful town the whole group was charmed by), to a gondola ride in Venice—just to name a few. Navigo handled all the details of travel, competition, meals, hotels, and tours. Michael and Nadina, our tour guides, were so knowledgeable, patient, calm, and accommodating. When the details of the trip are handled so smoothly and communicated so well, the whole group can enjoy the planned activities and the free time without much stress. This was our second international trip with Navigo. For both, Navigo worked with us to develop the trips and activities that best suited the teams’ needs. We hope for more international experiences and highly recommend Navigo.
Our program’s trip to the Netherlands and Belgium was a career highlight for me as a coach. Our team, staff, and family members all had an incredible time experiencing local history and culture and playing competitive volleyball matches. I was really impressed with how easy it was to work with Navigo in the planning phase as well as on the actual trip. Their flexibility in creating an itinerary that worked for our group and intentionality in making connections and meeting needs while on the ground were highlights for us. We plan to travel again and will use Navigo again in the future.
I cannot express enough gratitude to the incredible team at Navigo Sports Tours for planning an unforgettable international tour for our collegiate athletics team. From the moment we reached out to them with our ambitious vision, they took charge with utmost professionalism and expertise.
The planning process was seamless, and they took the time to understand our team’s specific needs and preferences. They curated a well-rounded itinerary that combined competitive sports events with cultural experiences, making the trip educational and fun for our student-athletes.
Throughout our journey, the level of organization and attention to detail was impeccable. Travel logistics, accommodations, and transportation were all managed flawlessly, allowing us to focus solely on our training and competitions. Their local contacts and guides at each destination were incredibly knowledgeable, providing us with valuable insights into the local culture and history.
One of the highlights of the tour was a friendly match against a local team, which gave our athletes a unique opportunity to interact with international players and exchange skills and experiences. The exposure to different playing styles broadened our team’s perspective and improved their performance.
Thanks to the efforts of Navigo Sports Tours and John, our athletes came back not only as better players but also as more culturally aware individuals. The memories created during this trip will stay with us forever, and we are immensely grateful to the whole team for making it all possible.
If you are considering an international tour for your collegiate athletics team, I highly recommend Navigo Sports Tours. They will go above and beyond to create an exceptional and enriching experience for your athletes, leaving a lasting impact on your team’s development.
This was our first experience with Navigo and the experience was simply fantastic. John (Czifrik) and the Navigo team set up an amazing trip for us into Switzerland and France this past August (2023). They were attentive and responsive during the organization process, and continued to check-in following our return. The level of hockey and atmospheres for our competitions were amazing and the places we visited (Geneva, Chamonix, Gap, Antibes, Nice, Monaco) were incredible. Our tour directors, Lucy & Javi, were top-notch and did an exceptional job adjusting on the fly when we experienced inclement weather. With minimal travel experience within our group, they managed to provide us with a nice balance of comfortable accommodations, and genuine local cultural experiences. Everything ran incredibly smoothly whether we were on the tour bus, or traveling via public transport. We set out to provide our student-athletes an opportunity to play some hockey while experiencing some unfamiliar cultures and we could not be more pleased with how this trip went. Thank you, John, Lucy, Javi & the Navigo team!
The trip exceeded expectations. The price was fair and our hosts (tour guides) were fantastic. There was a great balance between our training goals and the goals of seeing some of the amazing history of Italy. To see the history of Rome and Pompeii along with seeing the beauty of the Amalfi Coast was unbelievable. As a team we grew so much closer because of having to rely on each other to navigate a foreign transit system and ways of communicating. We will go abroad again when we can.