New Tour

Douro Valley Bike Tour

Oporto and Northern Portugal's World Heritage Wine Region

6 days / 5 nights Level: 3Price from: $4,995Collection: Classic

Tour Highlights

  • Visit UNESCO World Heritage-listed treasures including the town of Guimarães, cradle of a nation, and the Douro Valley, one of the most exceptional wine regions
  • Cycle the lush valleys and verdant pastures of the Trás-Os-Montes region
  • Meet the vintner of a premier Douro winery during a private visit and dinner
  • Glide down the placid waters of the Douro River on a morning boat cruise
  • Stay at a Belle Époque palace built for the last king of Portugal

Eat

Smoked meats, wild boar, fresh sheep’s milk cheese, salted cod, hearty stews, suckling pig, and pasteis de nata (egg custard tarts)

Drink

Dark, luscious Ports with flavors of stone fruit and licorice, and a new generation of full-bodied and fruity Douro table wine

As featured in:
Print Itinerary
  • Day 1

    From the Coast to the Interior

    Welcome to Portugal! Your guides will meet you in Oporto for a transfer to the UNESCO town of Guimarães. On a guided tour, learn about the major events that took place here in the 12th century and lead to the birth of an independent nation, as evidenced by the inscription “Aqui nasceu Portugal” (“Portugal was born here”), which can still be seen in the city’s old wall. Then it’s off to our hotel for a light lunch followed by a bike fitting and safety talk. Our first ride will take us through Vidago’s verdant countryside before we return to the hotel for dinner in the Grand Ballroom restaurant.

    Meals: Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Oporto, Guimarães, Vidago
    Accomplished: 9 miles / 14 km, elevation gain: 181 meters
    Longer Option: 15 miles / 24 km, elevation gain: 348 meters
    Accommodations: Vidago Palace Hotel

  • Day 2

    Taking It Up a Notch to Chaves

    Breakfast will power us up for today’s ride to the town of Chaves, just south of the Spanish Galicia border. Pedal into the heart of Trás-Os-Montes, which translates to “Behind the Mountains”—an area that was long isolated from the rest of Portugal, and as a result, remains largely undiscovered. Today, Trás-Os-Montes is beginning to share the success of nearby Douro’s new generation of micro-wineries and olive oil producers. Ride past small valley hamlets surrounded by family farm plots, then begin a gentle climb shaded by century-old sycamore trees. We descend finally into Chaves, once the frontline for the Portuguese defense against Spanish incursion. Enjoy lunch in the city’s historic downtown, then ride or shuttle back to our hotel. The afternoon is yours to sprawl out by the pool or enjoy the spa. Tonight we dine at an authentic family taberna where most of the ingredients are produced right on the property.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Loivos, Chaves, Souto Velho
    Accomplished: 14 miles / 23 km, elevation gain: 258 meters
    Longer Option: 27 miles / 43 km, elevation gain: 586 meters
    Accommodations: Vidago Palace Hotel

  • Day 3

    From Behind the Mountains to the River Below

    Today we ride south towards the Douro Valley and our destination in the riverside wine town of Pinhão. We set out from the mineral-water village of Pedras Salgadas and follow a rail trail to Casa de Mateus, a baroque 18th-century palace that is famously depicted on bottles of locally produced rosé wine of the same name. After lunch, hop in the van or continue riding along a road that snakes downhill between terraced vineyards and astonishing views, then arrive on the banks of the Douro River where our hotel is perched. Spend the afternoon exploring the property or tasting wines at a nearby estate in the epicenter of this region renowned for its Port. This evening we meet Cristiano Van Zeller, one of the five “Douro Boys” who started a cult wine revolution, and dine with his family at their marvelous estate, Quinta Vale Dona Maria.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Pedras Salgadas, Casa de Mateus, Pinhão
    Accomplished: 30 miles / 48 km, elevation gain: 605 meters
    Longer Option: 49 miles / 77 km, elevation gain: 880 meters
    Accommodations: Vintage House Douro

  • Day 4

    Let the Douro Lead the Way

    This morning we step straight from our hotel grounds aboard an elegant motor boat and embark on a river cruise up the Douro. Mother nature has done her part in this UNESCO-protected valley, providing an exceptional climate for ideal winegrowing conditions. But the human element of engineering is impossible to ignore, with vineyards hand-carved out of the schist over hundreds of years. After lunch in Pinhão, it’s time for an easy afternoon ride along the riverbanks to the town of Peso da Régua and our hotel for the next two nights. This evening you’re free to dine on your own; choose a trendy wine bar or a Michelin-starred restaurant, depending on your mood.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
    Destinations: Pinhão, Peso da Régua
    Accomplished: 17 miles / 27 km, elevation gain: 254 meters
    Longer Option: 32 miles / 51 km, elevation gain: 996 meters
    Accommodations: Six Senses Douro Valley

  • Day 5

    The Making of a King

    Begin the day pedaling to the town of Lamego, winding between terraced vineyards and dramatic views of the valley and river below. After a light lunch above the town, we’ll stop at Our Lady of Remedios to climb its zig-zagging staircases that mirror the region’s twisting vineyards and visit Portugal’s oldest cathedral, Our Lady of Assumption. Despite its beautiful monuments, Lamego’s claim to fame is its role in the 1139 appointment of Afonso Henriques, the first King of Portugal. We return to our hotel for some free time to enjoy a wine tasting with the resident sommelier or a spa treatment. Our final dinner together takes place at the hotel, complete with crisp white Port wine and a gastronomic feast designed for us by Ljubomir Stanisic, known as a revolutionary among Portuguese chefs.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Lamego
    Accomplished: 18 miles / 29 km, elevation gain: 461 meters
    Longer Option: 30 miles / 48 km, elevation gain: 587 meters
    Accommodations: Six Senses Douro Valley

  • Day 6

    Obrigado for Everything, Oporto!

    Our adventure has come to an end. Extend your journey a little longer with a night or two downriver in Oporto, or continue on your way once our guides transfer you to the Oporto airport.

    Meals: Breakfast
    Destinations: Oporto

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

Airport Information

Arrive

Airport City: Oporto, Portugal
Pick-Up Location: 9:00am in Oporto at either the Intercontinental Palacio das Cardosas or Pestana Vintage.

Depart

Airport City: Oporto, Portugal
Drop-Off Location: 12:00pm in Oporto at the airport or your downtown hotel

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

2018Single Supplement: $850

See our cancellation policy

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

Not Included

Have more questions?

See our FAQs page for answers to common questions.

See FAQs

Synapse Carbon 105

Manufacturer: Cannondale

Type: Road

Custom DuVine Hybrid

Manufacturer: Duratec

Type: Hybrid

E-Wheel

Type: E-wheel

E-Bike

Type: E-Bike