Hello there and welcome!
We are a Portuguese company, passionate about our country, its landscapes and historical heritage, delicious cuisine and the centuries-old traditions. We have a spirit of adventure that inspires us to go out, explore and discover previously unknown places. For us an overland trip is about exploring new locations, meeting local people and living unique experiences in a responsible manner, respecting the environment and the local regulations.
Our trips are much more than just going from A to B and we distinguish ourselves for having a higher purpose: the knowledge and preservation of the historical, cultural and environmental heritage of Portugal, so that in the end our guests will have a story to tell and memories to relish. In each new journey through some of the most beautiful and remotest places in mainland Portugal, we discover a unique, authentic and truly surprising country with a sense of adventure and discovery that enriches us as human beings.
During our events we privilege the contact with nature in a responsible manner, with the aim to reduce the impact of our passage, by working with official entities and other environmental organisations. Every year we plant autoctonous trees in an effort to turn Dream Overland into a carbon-neutral company, an action that our customers support and can partake in. With our trips we contribute to the social cohesion and economic sustainability of local communities, through the knowledge and promotion of their traditions, handicrafts, produce and local heritage.
Being a local company with a deep knowledge of the country, we base our activity on the values of nature protection, sustainable development and legal compliance. We follow our own Code of Conduct, aligned with the requirements of the Portuguese Institute of Nature Conservation and Forests. As a registered tour operator we comply with the Portuguese legislation, which determines that only people (local or foreign) accredited by the Tourism Authority can do off-road and overland trips in the country. We have a special accreditation from the Institute of Nature Conservation and Forests allowing us to drive inside Nature Parks and other protected areas (where permitted), and we are members of the Natural.pt brand (www.natural.pt), reserved for companies who comply with its official requirements.
Our offer is based on a personalised service with tailored-made trips reflecting the personal interests of each guest. To give you a truly memorable experience, we are constantly exploring, spending countless days on the ground in contact with the local people and organisations in search for the best places of interest, the most beautiful landscapes and the best routes. As a result, we have acquired a deep knowledge of the whole country allowing us to diversify our offer and ensure a renewed level of novelty and differentiation in each event. As a client from New Zealand, now a good friend of ours, told us one day, “… on an adventure trip to a country other than yours, nothing replaces local knowledge…”.
Hi! I am José, the person who started Dream Overland a few years ago.
My love for the outdoors and my connection with “cars” began early in my childhood. Over of the years, my passion for nature and travelling became increasingly bigger. Having started as a simple enthusiast I became a member of clubs and organisations both in Portugal and the UK. Since 2011 I became the correspondent of Land Rover Owner International magazine (lro.com), and more recently I started working with Overland Journal Europe magazine (overlandjournal.eu).
Over the years I’ve acquired some specialised training and skills, both as an advanced driver and an instructor with Land Rover Experience. In addition to the technical and driving qualifications, I also have a First Aid Certificate awarded by St. John’s Ambulance in England.
Nature conservation has been an enduring passion and priority in my life, hence my involvment with various environmental organisations and conservation projects. One project very dear to me, is the piece of woodland I own in the high mountains of Portugal, where I aim to re-establish the natural habitats once destroyed by wildfires.
In all these years worth of experience, I have lived some unforgettable moments in many parts of the world and I’ve been able to do some of the things I like the most: traveling, enjoying the wonders of nature and contacting with new people in remote places. Being so lucky to live in a wonderful country such as Portugal, I am always looking for new magical places to discover the best and most authentic things the country has to offer.