Alentejo Bike Tour

Beyond Lisbon: Portugal's Cork Capital

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

Tour Highlights

  • 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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  • 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: 13 miles / 21 km, elevation gain: 199 meters
    Longer Option: 27 miles / 43 km, elevation gain: 277 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 keep 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, before we meet again to 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: 325 meters
    Accommodations: Alentejo Marmòris Hotel + Spa

  • Day 3

    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 Convento do Espinheiro, our luxurious hotel built around a 15th-century convent. This evening, enjoy a complimentary tour of this incredible property and an optional wine tasting hosted in the hotel’s wine cellar. Tonight, we will dine at one of our favorite restaurants in Évora; our friend Lucia will prepare for us a sumptuous Portuguese fusion meal accompanied by boutique wines from the region.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Alandroal, Redondo, Nossa Senhora de Machede, Évora
    Accomplished: 34 miles / 55 km, elevation gain: 391 meters
    Longer Option: 44 miles / 71 km, elevation gain: 318 meters
    Accommodations: Convento do Espinheiro

  • Day 4

    Dolmens and Évora

    This morning we ride through residential streets and pass under a 16th-century aqueduct that once supplied water to Évora, before emerging into the surrounding countryside. Opt to stop at a 6,000-year-old Neolithic dolmen, the largest on the Iberian Peninsula, before pedaling north along quiet country roads back to Convento do Espinheiro. After lunch at the hotel, we’ll meet up for a guided tour of this UNESCO World Heritage city. Walk through centuries-old streets and squares from the Roman Temple of Diana to the intriguing Chapel of Bones. Enjoy dinner on your own tonight in Évora.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
    Destinations: Valverde, São Brissos, São Sebastião, Évora
    Accomplished: 38 miles / 61 km, elevation gain: 445 meters
    Accommodations: Convento do Espinheiro

  • Day 5

    Arraiolos and its Tapestries

    Today’s ride takes us 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 our hotel in Évora. 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: 28 miles / 45 km, elevation gain: 303 meters
    Longer Option: 41 miles / 66 km, elevation gain: 457 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, hotels substitutions, and other modifications.

Airport Information

Arrive

Airport City: Lisbon, Portugal
Pick-Up Location: 10:30am at the Valverde Hotel (in Lisbon)

Depart

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

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

2018Single Supplement: $450

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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 wines with every meal

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

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

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