Portugal Bike Tour

  • Region: Rest of Europe
  • Destination: Portugal
  • Duration: 6 Days / 5 Nights
  • Level: Weekend
  • Price From: $4295
  • Single Supplement: $600
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Mar 27 - Apr 1, 2016 $4295 Book Now
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Best of the World LogoCycle over gentle hills through unspoiled green and gold landscapes. Explore winding vineyards, rows of gnarled cork trees, and ancient villages perched on hilltops. Marvel at the sights in Vila Viçosa, the marble capital of Portugal and site of the glorious Ducal Palace. Journey through the ages with a stay at the Convento do Espinheiro, a converted fifteenth-century convent. Discover quaint pottery shops in Redondo and hand-stitched tapestries in Arraiolos. Culinary delights abound on this bike tour through the breadbasket of Portugal, with grand meals, exquisite local meats and cheeses, and a complete exploration of the region’s staggeringly diverse wines.

Alentejo, Portugal​, was named one of National Geographic’s Best of the World travel experiences for 2014. The list reflects what’s authentic, culturally rich, sustainable and superlative in the world of travel today.


Tour by Day

Day One: Welcome to Portugal’s Alentejo!
Your guides will greet you in Lisbon at the Sofitel or the airport and whisk you away to the countryside. They will transfer you to the Alentejo region, a stark and welcome contrast to the bustling metropolis. Rolling hills of gold and green, dotted with cork trees, olive groves, and flocks of sheep mark the landscape. We’ll start our adventure in the town of Vila Viçosa with a delicious lunch at our luxury hotel. Ride to Juromenha, a picturesque village overlooking the Spanish border. Opt to cycle back to the hotel or hop in the van for a short transfer and refresh at the hotel’s excellent spa or outdoor pool. Tonight we dine in the delightful hotel restaurant.

Meals: Light Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Lisbon, Vila Viçosa, Juromenha
Accomplished: 14 miles / 22 km (optional additional 14 miles / 22 km)
Accommodations: Alentejo Marmoris Hotel + Spa

Day Two: Marble Palaces and Saintly Queens
A gourmet breakfast preps us for a gentle stroll past marble quarries and olive trees, through the wine village of Borba and on to Estremoz. Here we’ll see a marvelous marble keep that was built to survey the countryside in case of sudden invasion from neighboring Spain. Learn of the miracle of Saint Queen Isabel who transformed bread into a cascade of fresh roses. After we’ll enjoy a light lunch of local specialties and wines before returning to our hotel. We’ll enjoy some free time at the spa or in the town of Vila Viçosa. Tonight, sample the estate wines and dine like royalty as our friend Isabel invites us into her family home, a 17th century palace built by a king as a gift to his lover.

Meals: Breakfast / Light Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Borba, Estremoz, Bencatel
Accomplished: 29 miles / 46 km
Accommodations: Alentejo Marmoris Hotel + Spa

Day Three: Past Ceramists, Cork Trees and Vineyards
As we leave behind Vila Vicosa we’ll glimpse again at marble quarries responsible for the splendor and style of the region. Admire the artwork and skill of a talented potter in the village of Redondo. Ride past rows of gnarly cork trees and pristine vineyards, through pastoral countryside dotted by abandoned castles, and onto the village of Nossa Senhora de Machede. Here we’ll stop to eat tangy cheeses, freshly cured green olives, and local smoked meats. End the day at the Convento de Espinheiro, a historic monument and now a luxurious hotel. Tonight enjoy a tour of this incredible property before indulging in food and wine in the hotel’s ancient wine cellar and Divinus restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast / Light Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Alandroal, Redondo, Nossa Senhora de Machede, Evora
Accomplished: 34 miles / 55 km, elevation gain: 433 meters
(optional additional 10 miles / 16 km)
Accommodations: Convento do Espinheiro

Day Four: Arraiolos Loop
Start the day cycling through pastoral fields, where the only sounds are birds chirping and the jangling bells of flocking sheep. We’ll arrive in Arraiolos, noted for its colorful and hand-stitched woolen tapestries. Peek into a couple of the shops to see villagers stitching and chatting together. We’ll then stop in at a local restaurant in Arraiolos to delight in some typical countryside fare before transferring back to Evora for a guided visit of this historic city. Dine at your leisure tonight in the city of Evora; your guides will be happy to point you in the right direction.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
Destinations: Evora, Arraiolos
Accomplished: 28 miles / 45 km, elevation gain: 475 meters
(optional additional 13 miles / 21 km)
Accommodations: Convento do Espinheiro

Day Five: This L’AND is my Land
We’ll head further westbound, closer to Lisbon but still deep in the country. Enjoy the routes that rarely see more than a few cars but rather more bicycles and wanderers. Your guides will explain processes and history of the cork industry so you understand the significance of painted numbers on trees. Arrive at the property of the L’AND hotel where you can be sure to enjoy many of its offerings: the luxury Caudalie SPA, its fine wines and vineyards, and its Michelin starred restaurant. Finish your Alentejo tour in style at this new and very modern property that you definitely write home about. Saúde!

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Graça do Divor, Santiago do Escoural, Sao Cristóvão, Montemor-o-Novo
Accomplished: 32.5 miles / 52 km (optional additional 11 miles / 18 km)
Accommodations: L’AND Hotel

Day Six: Adeus to the Alentejo
Relax this morning over a well-deserved gourmet breakfast before our drive back to Lisbon, where your guides will see you off.

Meals: Breakfast
Destinations: Lisbon