Portugal: Oporto + the Douro Valley Bike Tour

  • Region: Spain + Portugal
  • Destination: Portugal
  • Duration: 6 Days / 5 Nights
  • Level: Three
  • Price From: $4995
  • Single Supplement: $750
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Jun 18 - Jun 23, 2017 $4995 Book Now
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Our Oporto and the Douro Valley Bike Tour brings you into a region made famous by Port wine to discover the luscious flavors of this emblematic varietal in wine lodges, tasting rooms, and wine bars. Follow the history of Portugal’s naissance in the UNESCO-listed city of Guimarães and cycle past chestnut forests and ancient granite-built hamlets in Trás-Os-Montes. Enter the Douro Valley and let the Douro River guide you by bike and boat, then sleep on its banks in a boutique hotel. Bask in landscapes of terraced vineyards and gently flowing green waters that make a lasting imprint on your memory, sample traditional fare and gourmet meals, and glimpse into the wine revolution that is taking the country—and the world—by storm.


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Tour by Day

Day One: 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”) that 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: Light 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 Two: 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 Three: 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 / Light 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 Four: 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 Five: 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 Six: 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

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