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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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: 26.7 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 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-eighteenth-century palace built by a king.

Meals: Breakfast / Light Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Borba, Estremoz, Bencatel, Vila Viçosa
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 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 Evora; our friend Lucia will prepare for us a sumptuous Portuguese fusion meal accompanied by boutique wines from the region.

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: Dolmens and Evora
After a short van transfer, we start our ride by the 16th century aqueduct of Évora and into the surrounding countryside. We can stop to look at the Neolithic Dolmen of Zambujeiro, the biggest on the Iberian Peninsula, before heading north along quiet country roads back to Convento do Espinheiro. Later, 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. After our visit, ride or hop in the van to relax by the pool or at the spa. Enjoy dinner on your own tonight in Évora.

Meals: Breakfast / Light Lunch
Destinations: Valverde, São Brissos, São Sebastião, Évora
Accomplished: 26.6 miles / 43.1 km, elevation gain: 538 meters
Accommodations: Convento do Espinheiro

Day Five: 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 our hotel in Évora. Our farewell dinner will take place at the hotel’s Divinus restaurant, surrounded by colonnades and gothic arches.

Meals: Breakfast / Light Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Arraiolos, Évora
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 or 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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