About Us

All our private tours are made to keep you off “the beaten tracks”. This means that we will take you to all the places that a traveller obviously should not miss, but at the same time away from the usual touristic hustle, sharing with you all the places, people and culture we know and love.
We do not want you to feel like a tourist on our tours, rather a fellow traveller or a friend that came to visit. We will give you time to “soak everything in”. There is no timetable to be met, or places that must be seen.

Our goal is based on a personalized and qualified service, on client satisfaction, honesty and professionalism. Therefore, we do not make tours for large groups that contribute to the mass-tourism and destruction of heritage and nature. Our private tours are designed for small groups. Tours go from 2 to 12 travellers. Only this way can we provide you with a respectable service that takes care of you.

You will always be guided by someone that has a passion and knowledge about nature, local history, customs and gastronomy and who enjoys meeting new, different and open minded people seeking new experiences. We will provide you with accurate information in order to make your time with us pleasant and satisfying.

Just choose a trip or tour and let us worry about TakingUThere!

Our Team

João Dickmann

Founder of TakingUThere, New Travel Experiences. Born in Portugal, but of German nationality, lived in different countries during his youth (England, Spain and Germany), although always having Portugal in his heart. Being an off-road driver for over 25 years, he knows Portugal and Morocco inside out, literally “off the beaten track”, making friends along the way and getting to know their culture. All this led him to organize journeys for friends and family, taking them to remote places in different countries that are not normally seen, but are of extreme beauty.

All this together with a passion for developing quality tours and journeys with focus on flexibility and professionalism led to the foundation of TakingUThere, a travel experience company that can take people to parts of Portugal and Morocco left unseen.

He and his team members put their heart and soul into each tour and journey and want to take you beyond the destination, away from the usual touristic hustle.

Ricardo Macieira-Coelho

After working for more than 20 years as Art Director at a magazine and newspaper publisher, he joins the TakingUThere, New Travel Experiences team.

Having spent a large part of his free time traveling by motorcycle through Portugal, he learned to appreciate and take great pride in what is produced in Portugal, acquiring in this way a special passion for our wine regions and beyond.

It was in the 2017 season that he took advantage of the precious knowledge of the TakingUThere team to prepare; having now, the skills needed to present to our travelers everything that Portugal (and Morocco) has to offer.

It is with great affection that he shares all his knowledge with the TakingUThere travelers, aiming at your total satisfaction in each of our tours.

Maia Horta

Born in the former Portuguese colony of East Timor, grew up in Lisbon. Later spend many years in the United States and Germany, where she pursued her arts studies.

As the homesickness (saudade) grew, she decided to move back to her beloved childhood city. Back in Lisbon since 2000 and loving it!

Lisbon is a fascinating city with all its contrasts: light and shadow, geographical ups and downs, layers of history and incredible views, having a unique light that you will never forget!

If you want a different “point of view” of this amazing city, and Portugal, she is the one to show it all to you.

Rodrigo Mendonça

Is the most traveled member of the TakingUThere, New Travel Experiences team. Born in 1975 in Canada, he lived in several countries (Canada, Portugal, Italy and Macao). Having worked as a Flight Attendant for many years, gave him the opportunity to interact with different cultures and ways of life, from North, South and Central America to Europe, Africa as well as Asia. Among other things, he has a passion for everything vintage, be it classic cars or motorcycles, books or antiques.

Paulo Levy

Born in Lisbon and son of Lisbon born parents, he is our true “Alfacinha”, although he also lived in Sweden and England. Passionate about nature and cuisine, for decades he owned 2 bars in one of Lisbon’s most typical neighborhoods, the Bairro Alto. Thanks to this and due to having worked in the tourism sector in Portugal, he knows Lisbon by heart, day and night, like no one else.

Be it visiting “typical Lisbon”, Sintra, the surrounding regions or listening to great Fado, he is the ideal person to accompany you and show you all the natural beauty and gastronomic variety of the region.

Fernando Pereira

Is a motor biker for “only” 35 years. Since ever, his passion is reconciling off-roading and traveling. For several years he organized trips in Portugal and Morocco and is an expert off-roader going beyond the “normal roads” of these two countries.

His professional career in Portugal has been linked to leading publications about motorcycles, boats and cars but also as an off-road tourism guide. His promise is to provide unforgettable trips, whatever the vehicle, to those that choose to ride with him.

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