Alentejo Bike Tour

Beyond Lisbon: Portugal's Cork Capital

6 days / 5 nights Level: 2Price From: $4,495Collection: Classic

Tour Highlights

  • Pedal on traffic-free roads through Portugal’s compelling countryside, sprawled with fields of poppies and countless cork trees
  • Visit magnificent Vila Viçosa and its famous marble quarries
  • Stay in Convento do Espinheiro, a gorgeously renovated 15th-century convent
  • Explore the Roman temples and Gothic cathedrals in Évora, a UNESCO World Heritage city
  • Accept a private invitation to dine with the owners of an 18th-century royal palace in the countryside

Eat

Smoked meats, sheep’s milk cheese, gazpacho, bacalhau (dried salt cod), lamb and beef, and pasteis de nata (egg custard tarts)

Drink

Silky, harmonious, full-bodied Tinto Alentejo wines and crisp, tropical, white Branco Alentejo wines

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  • Pre-tour

    Lisbon Pre-Tour Package

    Spend a day in Portugal’s coastal capital city of Lisbon. A private airport transfer will deliver you to your luxurious, centrally located hotel. Take a moment to freshen up, then head out and meet your local guide to explore this charming city on foot. Choose to tour the Bairro Alto, stopping at the Sao Pedro de Alcantara for breathtaking panoramic views of the city, or stroll through Alfama—the oldest part of Lisbon—and visit the Cathedral and St. Jorge castle. This afternoon and evening are yours to further explore Lisbon and enjoy a restful night before your bicycle tour begins tomorrow.

    Accommodations: Valverde Hotel

    Price Per Person: $475

    To reserve call +1 888 396 5383

  • Day 1

    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: Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Lisbon, Vila Viçosa, Juromenha
    Accomplished: 16 miles / 26 km, elevation gain: 247 meters
    Longer Option: 30 miles / 48 km, elevation gain: 420 meters
    Accommodations: Alentejo Marmòris Hotel + Spa

  • Day 2

    Marble Palaces and Saintly Queens

    A gourmet breakfast preps us for an easy ride 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 castle that was built to survey the countryside. After a light lunch in Estremoz, we ride back to Vila Viçosa where you will have some free time to relax or explore. Tonight, we dine like royalty as our friend Isabel invites us into her ancestral home, a mid-18th-century palace built by a king.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Borba, Estremoz, Bencatel, Vila Viçosa
    Accomplished: 30 miles / 48 km, elevation gain: 420 meters
    Accommodations: Alentejo Marmòris Hotel + Spa

  • Day 3

    Past Ceramists, Cork Trees, and Vineyards

    Today’s ride is one of the week’s most challenging as we pedal past rows of gnarly olive trees, pristine vineyards, and whitewashed farms. After a light lunch in the pottery town of Redondo, we’ll continue to work our way through the rolling countryside towards a cold drink in Nossa Senhora de Machede. End the day with a ride all the way to Convento do Espinheiro, our luxurious hotel built around a 15th-century convent, or hitch a ride in the van. This evening, enjoy a complimentary tour of this incredible property and an optional wine tasting hosted in the hotel’s wine cellar. Dinner is at your discretion: your guides can happily suggest some of their favorite Évora eateries, or you may prefer to stay on the terrace of your room with a bottle of wine and some local cheese.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
    Destinations: Alandroal, Redondo, Nossa Senhora de Machede, Évora
    Accomplished: 33 miles / 54 km, elevation gain: 425 meters
    Longer Option: 44 miles / 71 km, elevation gain: 590 meters
    Accommodations: Convento do Espinheiro

  • Day 4

    Évora and Country Cooking

    This morning, start riding from the hotel to a 16th-century convent or skip this section and let the van give you a lift. We’ll then pedal all together on tranquil country roads, passing sleepy villages, cattle pastures, and fragrant eucalyptus trees before today’s main climb. Pause for a mid-morning espresso in a village cafe, then spin back to Convento do Espinheiro. After lunch at the hotel, meet up for a guided tour of the UNESCO World Heritage city of Évora. Stroll through centuries-old streets and squares from the Roman Temple of Diana to the intriguing Chapel of Bones. Tonight, we’ll design our own dinner at the pretty country home of our friend Susana. Learn to prepare a selection of Alentejano dishes and enjoy them with some of Susana’s favorite local wines.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Valverde, São Brissos, São Sebastião, Évora
    Accomplished: 27 miles / 44 km, elevation gain: 481 meters
    Longer Option: 38 miles / 61 km, elevation gain: 570 meters
    Accommodations: Convento do Espinheiro

  • Day 5

    Arraiolos and its Tapestries

    Our first stop this morning is a local cork producer to learn about harvesting and processing this ubiquitous crop. Afterwards, spin through pastures, vineyards, and oak groves, 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—and lunch on some provincial fare at a family restaurant before shuttling in the van or cycling back to our hotel. Our farewell dinner will take place at the hotel’s Divinus restaurant, surrounded by colonnades and gothic arches.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Arraiolos, Évora
    Accomplished: 37 miles / 60 km, elevation gain: 546 meters
    Longer Option: 51 miles / 82 km, elevation gain: 660 meters
    Accommodations: Convento do Espinheiro

  • Day 6

    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

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



Arrival Details

Airport City: Lisbon, Portugal Pick-Up Location: Recommended Lisbon hotels Pick-Up Time: 10:30 am
Departure Details

Airport City: Lisbon, Portugal Drop-Off Location: Lisbon airport or a downtown hotel Drop-Off Time: 11:00 am

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

2019Single Supplement From: $650

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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 and 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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