Portugal Bike Tours

Douro & Port Wine Country

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Our nothern Portugal bike tour explores the famed Douro Valley, hallowed ground for Port wine, and a destination “ripe with possibilities” for cyclists. Start at the top (literally), with a downhill ride through the Serra da Estrela, Portugal’s highest mountain. Climb through ancient stone villages guarded by granite-toothed mountains. Reaching the Rio Douro (“Golden River”), spin along its banks and zigzag up its slopes to birds-eye views of countless terraced vineyards, a UNESCO-recognized treasure. End each day at a stylish wine hotel, from Modernist Design to family-owned quinta. And yes, you'll have a chance to participate in Port-making the traditional way, treading the grapes underfoot (great cross-training!). You’re sure to return home with cycling memories that will age as well as the Port wine.
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  • What's Included
  • Hilly yet spectacular biking through a wide variety of Douro landscapes
  • Serra da Estrela Natural Park, mainland Portugal’s highest mountain and largest conservation area
  • The Upper Douro Valley, the first designated wine region in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Sparkling schist stone villages built by Portugal’s earliest kings
  • The largest region of prehistoric rock art in Europe in the Côa Valley
  • Douro cruise and lunch aboard a traditional rabelo river boat
  • Tour a traditional olive oil mill
  • Pedal through the historic vineyards of Quinta do Vesúvio, established by the Ferreira family 280 years ago
  • Boutique hotels in spectacular settings– a mountaintop resort, a fortress-turned-spa, and historic wine estates

Day 1: Noon transfer from Covilhã train station to alpine Penhas Douradas, set at 5000’ in the Serra da Estrela Natural Park. Downhill warm-up ride through the glacial Zézere Valley, then tour the reinvented Burel Factory for the latest in wool creations. Welcome dinner and accommodations at Casa das Penhas Douradas, a mountain lodge retreat. (12 or 19 mi.)

Day 2: Zip past juniper forests, cascading mountain streams, and schist boulders on a 20-mile descent through the Natural Park. Tinkling sheep bells remind us to brake for lunch - the local Queijo da Serra cheese is renowned throughout the country and on Easy Rider picnics! Climb or shuttle to historic Trancoso to visit its 12th century castle, Medieval necropolis, and statue of a singing shoemaker-turned-prophet. End at the Casas do Coro, a stylish wine hotel-spa situated within the fortress walls of Marialva. (55 mi.)

Day 3: Welcome to the Douro Valley! Challenging terrain leads to mountain villages and vistas of stepped vineyards cascading down the slopes. Descend to the river for a ride along its banks before a final climb to Vila Nova de Foz Côa. Visit (and dine at) an award-winning cliff-top museum illustrating the Paleolithic rock art proliferating the valley below. (32 or 43 mi.)

Day 4: Leave the Côa Valley via a winding climb through almond and olive orchards, then enjoy a five-mile descent through the Quinta do Vesúvio, a beautiful 280 year-old Port estate overlooking the Douro. End with a leisurely river cruise and lunch aboard a rabelo, a traditional Douro boat used for centuries to transport wine to Oporto. Disembark at Quinta de la Rosa in Pinhão for a two-night stay on a family-owned wine estate. (20 or 24 mi.)

Day 5: A challenging but spectacular loop ride into the epicenter of port wine country! A corkscrew climb winds up the steep valley sides for picture-postcard miradouros (overlooks) of the terraces below. Sample the local muscatel in Favaois, tour a traditional olive oil mill in Casal dos Loivos, and coast back to the Douro on a 1200’ descent. Back at the quinta, tour the winery and enjoy a glass of its award-winning Port on the riverfront terrace. (26 mi.)

Day 6: Bike along the winding Douro for painterly reflections of passing boats and graceful quintas. Optional visit to the Casa do Douro wine museum. End with a Portuguese cooking lesson and farewell celebration at a country wine estate overlooking Peso da Régua (the Quinta da Pecheca or Quinta do Casaldronho). (18 mi.)

Day 7: Morning transfer to Peso da Régua for train connections to Oporto or Lisbon.

”Our guides Vitor and Gonçalo have worked together for over 10 years and it shows in complementary way they seamlessly coordinate the tour, paying attention to everyone’s needs and enjoyment, with humor, history and trivia thrown in.”
– R.B., New York

“Wine has been produced by traditional landholders in the Alto Douro region for some 2,000 years. Since the 18th century, its main product, port wine, has been world famous for its quality. This long tradition of viticulture has produced a cultural landscape of outstanding beauty that reflects its technological, social and economic evolution.”
- UNESCO World Heritage inscription

"The biggest open air site of Palaeolithic rock art in Europe, if not the world."
- Dr. Jean Clottes, Prehistory Archaeologist, on the Côa Valley

  • 6 nights accommodations in wine estates, a mountain lodge, and a historic manor house (double occupancy, private bath)
  • 5 dinners with wine, 2 picnics, farewell lunch, and all breakfasts
  • Use of a top-quality 27-speed Marin bicycle
  • Detailed maps, written directions, and background information
  • Choice of mileage options on most days; total mileage of 153 to 185 miles, average daily elevation gain of 2558’
  • Two experienced, multilingual Portuguese guides
  • Support van to carry luggage, provide snacks, and offer assistance and lifts
  • Selected winery tours and tastings
  • Traditional olive oil press tour
  • Transfers to and from train stations at specified times
  • Gratuities for all accommodations and group meals
  • Comprehensive tour preparation information and training tips
  • Easy Rider cycling jersey
  • Airfare is not included.
2017 Dates
Jun 03 - Jun 09
Sep 10 - Sep 16

Price: $2995 for 7 days/6 nights. Single supplement: $500.

Arrive/Depart
Arrive Lisbon+train to Covihã / Depart Train from Peso da Régua to Porto or Lisbon

Activity Level: 2 (with occasional van support), 3, 4. Hilly terrain with some great descents.