Portugal & Spain Bike Tour

Minho Grape Escape

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Shared by Portugal and Spain, the lush countryside of the Minho river valley stretches all the way to the Atlantic coast. Our first rides explore Portugal’s wine country, where terraced hillsides strung sky-high with grapevines are interspersed with sleepy red-tile-roofed villages and colorful market towns. Spinning north into Spain, our route leads through the Galician countryside to the seaside resort of Baiona and on to the medieval magnificence of Santiago de Compostela. We’ll spend our nights in Spanish paradors and Portuguese manor houses, including an award-winning wine estate. All along the way, we’ll toast our travels with tasty local wines, including the Minho’s own crisp vinho verde. Saúde! Salud! Cheers!

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  • Highlights
  • Itinerary
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  • What's Included
  • Spectacular rural biking though scenic wine country
  • Equal time in Portugal and Spain
  • Seaside cycling along the Galician coast
  • Historic accommodations in Portuguese manor houses and Spanish paradors
  • Ancient terraced landscape of the Vez valley
  • Tour and dinner in a vinho verde winery
  • Celtic ruins at Monte Santa Tecla
  • Paella feast in Baiona
  • Bike the "Camino Portugues" into Santiago de Compostela
  • Private guided tour of Santiago's 1100-year-old cathedral, the tomb of Saint James

Day 1: Morning transfer from Oporto to an 18th-century country manor house in Arcos de Valdevez, Portugal. Our pastoral warm-up ride through the Rio Lima valley passes Romanesque churches and Roman bridges en route to historic Ponte de Lima. The long option adds a challenging climb to “Castle Rock” for commanding valley views. Relax with an aprčs-ride swim, or stroll into town along the Rio Vez. (0, 16 or 28 mi.)

Day 2: Rewarding vistas of terraced valleys as we follow the Rio Vez to its mountain headwaters near Sistelo. (Sistelo’s sky-high terraced landscape was recently nominated for one of the New Wonders of the World in Portugal!). A wonderful descent swoops downhill to the town of Monçăo, on the Rio Minho and Spanish border, or take our super-challenging route into the mountains! On Monçăo’s main square, look for the statue of local heroine Deu-la-Deu Martins, whose baking skills saved the besieged town from the Spanish in 1368. Our country estate boasts its own award-winning winery, where we’ll tour, taste, and dine this evening. (32 or 56 mi.)

Day 3: Visit the colorful street market in Valença do Minho or tour the Gothic cathedral in Tui, Spain, just across the Eiffel-designed international bridge. A climb through Mount Aloia Nature Reserve leads to a picnic lunch with bird’s-eye views of the Atlantic. Descend to the coast for a paella feast and two-night stay in Baiona, Spain, where our luxurious parador looks out to sea from the heights of Monterreal Fortress. (33 mi.)

Day 4: Layover day: Take a day off from the saddle to explore Baiona’s harborfront and beaches, or bike a spectacular loop ride: Shuttle or bike to the forested heights of Chan de Lagoa nature reserve, for a ten-mile descent through the emerald green fields and the wine estates of O Rosal, Spain’s best-known vinho verde. At Monte Santa Tecla, picnic with a view from its mystical Celtic ruins high above the Atlantic. Our return route to Baiona hugs the wild coastline, or shuttle back with time to shop or relax on the beach (0, 26, or 50 mi.)

Day 5: Bike through the forested Galician countryside following the final miles of an ancient medieval pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela. The afternoon is free to tour, shop, and absorb the ambiance of its magnificent Old Quarter. Before dinner, join our guided tour of the Cathedral, built a millennium ago to venerate the tomb of Saint James. Farewell celebration and overnight at Spain’s most famous parador, the five-star Hostal de Los Reyes Católicos, dating from 1492. (21 mi.)

Day 6: Morning transfer back to Oporto Airport for afternoon flights and to Oporto’s Old Quarter for those extending their stay through the weekend.

"The thing that sets Easy Rider Tours apart from the rest is the careful attention to local history and culture."
- S.D., Washington

“Most striking about our trip was the thoughtfulness with which routes, side trips, and accommodations were selected. Easy Rider’s generosity was abundant—particularly with respect to the tasty and much-enjoyed wines!”
– M.R. & N.C., New York

“The manor houses gave the feeling of going back in time. Each had its own charm and personality.”
– K.P., Colorado

“My first cycling holiday shared with my family has been a most wonderful experience. Portugal, with its Old World charm, awed us at every turn.”
– A.W., Australia

“The scenery and cycling were incredible, and the food and accommodations first-rate—a fabulous adventure!"
– C.K., Georgia

  • 5 nights accommodations in Portuguese manor houses and Spanish paradors (double occupancy, private bath)
  • 4 dinners with wine, 2 picnic lunches, and all breakfasts
  • Use of a top-quality 27-speed Marin hybrid bicycle
  • Detailed maps, written directions, and background information
  • Choice of mileage options on most days; total mileage of 128 to 188 miles
  • Two experienced, multilingual Portuguese guides
  • Support van to carry luggage, provide snacks, and offer assistance and lifts
  • Private guided tour of the Cathedral in Santiago
  • Transfers from Oporto Airport and to Oporto and Santiago Airports at specified times
  • Gratuities for all accommodations and group meals
  • Comprehensive tour preparation information and training tips
  • Easy Rider cycling jersey and water bottle
  • Airfare is not included.
2017 Dates
Sep 18 - Sep 24

Price: Sept: US $3350 for 7 day/6 night. Please see Vineyards & Castles Itinerary
Single supp: $600

Arrive/Depart
Oporto Airport/ Santiago or Oporto Airport

Activity Level: 2, 3, 4. Moderate to hilly terrain. Spectacular options for stronger riders.

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