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Algarve Bike Tour

Scenic Cycling on Portugal’s Southern Atlantic Coast

6 days / 5 nights Level: 2Price From: $4,995Collection: Classic

Tour Highlights

  • Taste award-winning olive oil and estate wines during a cooking class at a family-owned farm
  • Boat out to the oyster beds of Ria Formosa for an onboard tasting paired with local wine
  • Enjoy a guided visit in the market town of Loulé and connect with local craftsmen
  • Meet Octavío, a larger-than-life personality and cork surfboard shaper to the pros
  • Relax on your own private beach and sip poolside cocktails while gazing over the Atlantic

Eat

Seafood and fish cataplana, local sardines grilled with a pinch of salt, red-wine stewed octopus from Santa Luzia, fresh oysters from Ria Formosa, and black pork raised in the Algarve’s cork forests

Drink

Medronho liqueur from wild arbutus fruit, local craft and national beers, crisp white wines made from Verdelho, and fruit-forward reds made from Aragonez and Alicante Bouschet

Print Itinerary
  • Pre-tour

    Faro Pre-Tour Package

    Welcome to Faro! Spend the day exploring this culturally rich and historic city, then get settled in downtown Faro at the luxurious 3HB Faro. At sunset, find your way to the hotel’s rooftop for stunning views of the city and the Ria Formosa nature park. For dinner, choose from the hotel’s two dining options: a gourmet rooftop restaurant or a more relaxed setting serving Italian-inspired dishes. In the morning, breakfast will be included at 3HB before your DuVine tour begins. Pricing is based on double occupancy.

    Accommodations: 3HB Faro

    Price Per Person: $175

    To reserve call +1 888 396 5383

  • Day 1

    Say Olá with Oysters

    Meet your guides in Faro, then transfer to the gorgeous farmhouse hotel that we’ll call home for the next three nights. Our adventure begins as we board a motor-launch boat bound for the deserted tip of Culatra Island, which separates the tidal estuary of Ría de Formosa natural park and the Atlantic Ocean. Then it’s onto the island of Armona: on a rooftop terrace with ocean views, enjoy a seafood lunch—including oysters—fresh from the Ría. As we head back to shore (and depending on the tides), our skipper will show us the oyster beds and share everything he knows about oyster cultivation. After, bike or transfer back to our hotel and squeeze in some time by the pool or stroll the property gardens. Tonight, we toast the week ahead with a fabulous meal at the hotel restaurant.

    Meals: Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Moncarapacho, Olhão
    Accomplished: 8 miles / 13 km, elevation gain: 285 feet / 87 meters
    Longer Option: 23 miles / 37 km, elevation gain: 784 feet / 239 meters
    Accommodations: Vila Monte or Pousada Palácio de Estoi

  • Day 2

    Surf and Sip

    Fuel up with a hearty breakfast and a steaming cup of coffee before we begin today’s climb inland to the town of São Brás de Alportel. Portugal’s legendary surfing spots have recently piqued the public interest, and our friend Octávio’s trade is one of the most unique in Portugal—or anywhere. We’ll visit the workshop where he custom-shapes cork and other sustainable surfboards for renowned professional surfers like Alex Botelho. Back on our bikes, we continue riding on spectacular country roads to a tiny hamlet where we stop for a local-style lunch. Head back to the hotel before we spend the evening at a nearby family-owned winery: a tasting of their full-bodied wine is first, followed by a cooking class, and finally our dinner of typical Algarve dishes paired with estate wines.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: São Brás de Alportel, Moncarapacho
    Accomplished: 21 miles / 34 km, elevation gain: 1,456 feet / 444 meters
    Longer Option: 33 miles / 54 km, elevation gain: 2,440 feet / 744 meters
    Accommodations: Vila Monte or Pousada Palácio de Estoi

  • Day 3

    The Artisans of Loulé

    Get an early start with our morning ride to the market town of Loulé. Inhabited since the late Paleolithic period, Loulé became an important trading post for the Phoenicians and Carthaginians before the arrival of the Romans. Later, the Moors made it their stronghold until the 13th century, when it was conquered by the king of Portugal. Today, Loulé’s history is on full display: our local guide João will take us on a tour of the town’s medieval streets and ancient ramparts, visiting the lively indoor market and artisan handcraft producers that have gravitated to Loulé over the years. After lunch, hope in the van or ride the rest of the way back to our hotel. Dinner tonight is in the town of Tavira—known as Venice of the Algarve, its famous bridge lends the town a little medieval romance.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Loulé, Tavira
    Accomplished: 35 miles / 56 km, elevation gain: 2,707 feet / 825 meters
    Longer Option: 38 miles / 61 km, elevation gain: 2,792 feet / 851 meters
    Accommodations: Vila Monte or Pousada Palácio de Estoi

  • Day 4

    Coasts and Rivers: Between Spain and Portugal

    Today we’ll bike east, loosely following the Atlantic coast towards Spain and the Guadiana River that separates the two countries. As we pass back through the town of Tavira, we’ll have our chance to pedal across the iconic bridge before a break in the picturesque coastal village of Cacela Velha. Fill your lungs with some sea air, then continue eastward to Vila Real-Santo Antonio, a town situated right where the river meets the sea. Our well-deserved lunch is served at the charming Beach Club, a breezy bohemian spot with unobstructed views across the river to Spain. Our next hotel is just a short ride away, a Belle Epoque Grand Dame right on the water. This evening, enjoy dinner on your own at one of the countless restaurants in town.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
    Destinations: Santa Luiza, Tavira, Cacela Velha, Vila Real-Santo Antonio
    Accomplished: 31 miles / 51 km, elevation gain: 892 feet / 272 meters
    Longer Option: 34 miles / 54 km, elevation gain: 1,201 feet / 366 meters
    Accommodations: Grand House Hotel

  • Day 5

    Cruising the Guadiana

    If you’re eager to add some extra miles to our final day of cycling, stretch your legs and head for the hills by bike. Otherwise, we’ll meet for a boat cruise up the Guadiana River to the fortified Moorish town of Alcoutim. A coffee awaits us, enjoyed on the shaded terrace of a café with striking views all the way to Spain. Then, mount up and bike back downstream, passing whitewashed hamlets and spinning through the tranquil town of Castro Marim. Roll back into Vila Real for a light lunch in the city’s 18th-century plaza, then spend your afternoon on the hotel’s private beach or browsing the downtown shops. Tonight, we toast our week together at the rooftop bar, then head down for an elegant meal in the hotel’s Grand Salon.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Alcoutim, Castro Marim, Vila Real de Santo Antonio
    Accomplished: 27 miles / 43 km, elevation gain: 1,745 feet / 532 meters
    Longer Option: 44 miles / 71 km, elevation gain: 3,609 feet / 1,100 meters
    Accommodations: Grand House Hotel

  • Day 6

    Adeus, Algarve!

    After a final gourmet breakfast, choose to extend your stay at our final hotel or catch a ride with your guides back to Faro for your journey home.

    Meals: Breakfast
    Destinations: Faro

DuVine itineraries may be subject to slight route changes, hotel substitutions, and other modifications.



Arrival Details

Airport City: Faro, Portugal Pick-Up Location: Hotel 3HB Faro Pick-Up Time: 9:00 am
Departure Details

Airport City: Faro, Portugal Drop-Off Location: Downtown Faro or your post-tour hotel Drop-Off Time: 9:30 am

Any scheduled tour can be made private. Your group, your dates. Go Private

2022Single Supplement From: $750

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Accommodations

  • Thoughtfully selected accommodations that reveal the true character of the region
  • Luggage transfers

Meals

  • Daily breakfasts, all lunches, nutritious snacks, and après velo cocktails
  • 4 gourmet dinners at our favorite local restaurants and renowned culinary establishments
  • Carefully selected local wine, beer, or spirits with every meal

Activities

  • Wine tastings and activities as outlined in the tour itinerary
  • Entrance fees to historic sites, museums, parks, and all other exclusive events
  • Gratuities for baggage, porters, and hotel service

Gear

  • Top-of-the-line bicycle selection
  • Bike helmet
  • Complimentary DuVine gear, including a custom cycling jersey, DuVine t-shirt, water bottle, and drawstring bag
  • GPS in most destinations

Support

  • Expert bilingual guides with extensive local knowledge
  • Support vehicle that follows the day’s route, distributes refreshments, and offers lifts
  • Pick-up and drop-off before and after your tour from predetermined meeting points
  • Daily bike maintenance to ensure optimal performance
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Type: Road

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Type: Hybrid

Quick Neo

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