Hello and welcome,
I am José Almeida, 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 skills, both as an advanced driver and as an instructor with Land Rover Experience. In addition to the technical and driving qualifications, I also have a First Aid Certificate awarded by the Portuguese Red Cross.
Nature conservation has been an enduring passion and priority in my life, hence my involvment with various environmental organisations. 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, so I invite you to join me in of our next trips!
The dream of travelling overland started while preparing the first trip for Land Rover Owner magazine to Portugal back in 2011. We became a fully registered tour operating company in 2014 and we base our activity on the values of legal compliance, nature protection and sustainability . We operate according to the Portuguese legislation, which determines that only people (local or foreign) accredited by the local authorities can do off-road and overland trips in the country. We have a special environmental 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 adhere to the programme. Following the recent pandemic we got our Clean & Safe seal from the Tourism Authority signifying our compliance with the official health requirements.
Our trips are much more than just going from A to B and we distinguish ourselves for having a higher purpose: the knowledge and promotion of the historical, cultural and environmental heritage of Portugal, so that in the end our guests will have lots of stories to tell. 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.
Our offer is based on a personalised service with tailor-made trips meeting the personal interests of our guests. To give you a truly memorable experience, we are constantly exploring and spending countless days on the ground in contact with the local people and organisations in search for the best places of interest and the best routes. As a result of this research, we have acquired a deep knowledge of the whole country which allows us to give our guests 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…”.
During our events we privilege the contact with nature in a legal and 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 many autoctonous trees in an effort to turn Dream Overland into a carbon-neutral company, an action that our customers can support and 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.