Portugal Bike Tour

  • Region: Spain + Portugal
  • Destination: Portugal
  • Duration: 6 Days / 5 Nights
  • Level: Two
  • Price From: $4495
  • Single Supplement: $500
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May 22 - May 27, 2016 $4495 Call to book
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Cycle through unspoiled green and gold pastoral landscapes in eastern Portugal. Ride past Touriga, Aragonés, or Arinto vineyards and fields of gnarly cork trees. Marvel at the marble in Vila Viçosa and the medieval castle of Estremoz. Journey through the ages as we visit the UNESCO city of Evora and stay at a converted fifteenth-century convent that was built for a king. You’ll never forget a visit to the palatial home of our friend Isabel for a traditional dinner and tasting of her outstanding family wines. Enjoy culinary delights at grand gourmet meals and a complete exploration of the region’s wonderful and staggeringly diverse wines.


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Tour by Day

Day One: Welcome to Portugal’s Alentejo
Your guides will greet you in Lisbon and drive east to the Spanish border. The Alentejo region is a stark contrast to the bustling metropolis of Lisbon, with its unhurried pace of life, rolling hills of gold and green, cork tree quintas, hundred-year-old olive groves, and flocks of sheep that roam the meadows. We’ll start our adventure in the town of Vila Viçosa with a delicious lunch before riding to the picturesque village of Juromenha. Cycle back to the hotel or hop in the van and head back to refresh at the hotel’s spa or pool. Tonight we dine in the delightful hotel restaurant.

Meals: Light Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Lisbon, Vila Viçosa, Juromenha
Accomplished: 13.4 miles / 21.6 km, elevation gain: 199 meters (Longer option: 16.6 miles / 42.9 km, elevation gain: 579 meters)
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. A short but energetic climb takes us to the citadel and a marvelous marble keep that was built to survey the countryside. After, we ride back to Vila Viçosa where we’ll enjoy a light lunch of local specialties with a glass of wine or a crisp beer. After some free time in the afternoon to relax or explore, dine like royalty as our friend Isabel invites us into her ancestral home, a mid-eighteenth-century palace built by a king.

Meals: Breakfast / Light Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Borba, Estremoz, Bencatel
Accomplished: 29.7 miles / 47.8 km, elevation gain: 477 meters
Accommodations: Alentejo Marmoris Hotel + Spa

Day Three: Past Ceramists, Cork Trees and Vineyards
Ride past rows of gnarly olive trees and pristine vineyards, through pastoral countryside filled with ochre and dotted with whitewashed farms. Following a light lunch in the pottery town of Redondo, we’ll stop for a cold drink in Nossa Senhora de Machede. Finally, we’ll end our day’s ride at our luxurious hotel, Convento de Espinheiro, a historic monument built by kings. This evening, enjoy a complimentary tour of this incredible property and an optional wine tasting hosted in the hotel’s wine cellar. Tonight, we dine at the hotel’s Divinus restaurant, surrounded by colonnades and gothic arches.

Meals: Breakfast / Light Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Alandroal, Redondo, Nossa Senhora de Machede, Evora
Accomplished: 33.6 miles / 54.1 km, elevation gain: 488 meters (Longer option: 44.1 miles / 71 km, elevation gain: 668 meters)
Accommodations: Convento do Espinheiro

Day Four: Arraiolos and Its Tapestries
This morning, we ride through pastoral fields, vineyards, and oak trees, where the only sounds are the chirping of birds and the jangling bells of flocking sheep. We’ll arrive in Arraiolos, revered for its colorful and hand-stitched woolen floor tapestries. We’ll relax on the terrace of a local restaurant to delight in some typical countryside fare before shuttling in the van or cycling 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: 28.3 miles / 45.5 km, elevation gain: 433 meters (Longer option: 41.2 miles / 66.3 km, elevation gain: 578 meters)
Accommodations: Convento do Espinheiro

Day Five: This L’AND is my Land
Today enjoy routes that rarely see more than a few cars as we pass some beautifully contorted cork trees. After refreshments, you can choose to test yourself on a more challenging route back to the hotel, or hop in the van at any point along the way. Our triumphant arrival at the design L’AND hotel will be celebrated with a delicious light lunch on a secluded terrace. The luxury Caudalie wine SPA and the hotel’s black slate infinity pool beckon this afternoon. Tonight we dine on a fusion of organic Alentejo fare with a touch of orient at the hotel’s restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Graça do Divor, Santiago do Escoural, Montemor-o-Novo
Accomplished: 32.4 miles / 52.2 km, elevation gain: 641 meters
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 take you to your hotel or the airport.

Meals: Breakfast
Destinations: Lisbon

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