Total distance: 292 km/182 m
Shortest day: 15 k/10 m
Longest day: 79 km/49 m
Total climbing: 4469 m/14662 ft
Accommodations: Luxury (4-5 star inns).
Day 1: Meet at the airport in Porto and van transfer to Pinhão. After a light lunch we will explore the Douro river on a small boat from which we will enjoy close-up views of the Port wine vineyards planted on terraces along the river´s shores. Back in Pinhão you can go for a short warm-up ride or just relax by our inn´s outdoor pool. Quinta Nova produces high quality table wines and has a wine shop. Lodging - Quinta Nova (Pinhão).
Day 2: Pocinho - Marialva (48 km/30 miles). Before we start spinning the pedals we will take a short trip by train to the village of Pocinho using an old railway that follows the Douro river in all its beauty. On the way to Marialva – one of Portugal´s Historical Villages - we will stop for lunch in Quinta da Erva Moira and visit their Port Wine museum. Our inn has a small SPA and a beautiful outdoor swimming pool overlooking Marialva´s castle. Lodging - Casas do Coro.
Day 3: Marialva - Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo (55 km/34 miles). Today we will connect two historical villages – Marialva and Castelo Rodrigo. These two medieval walled villages will take you back in time, to when the brave inhabitants of these villages fought against the Spanish invaders. Lodging - Casa da Cisterna.
Day 4: Castelo Rodrigo - Barca de Alva (33 km/21 miles). Enjoy great views of Port Wine vineyards along the bicycle route that takes us to Barca de Alva. In Barca de Alva we will go for a kayak ride in the Douro river and have lunch on shore. If don´t feel like riding you can stay home or go for a donkey ride. Second night at Casa da Cisterna.
Day 5: Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo-Almeida (79 km/49 miles). A quite challenging day of cycling on the way to yet another historical village – Almeida. This village is one of the crown jewels of Portuguese military architecture – the hexagonal shaped walls of Almeida´s fortress were built in the XVII century. Lodging - Pousada de Almeida.
Day 6: Almeida - Trancoso (62 km/38 miles). Today we will have another intense day of bicycle riding on the way to our final destination - the town of Trancoso. Expect some serious climbing but also breathtaking views. In Trancoso, the old part of town, built inside the majestic city walls, is definitely worth a visit. Lodging - Hotel Turismo de Trancoso.
Day 7: Early morning van transfer to Porto. In Porto we will visit a Port Wine cellar, where we can taste some of Portugal´s best Port wines. The rest of the afternoon will be spent exploring this exciting and unique city. The second largest city in Portugal. Our hotel is located near the Praça da Ribeira, heart of the historical centre of Porto.
It is within a block of town houses dating from the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. This beautiful group of buildings was classified by Unesco as part of the World Heritage site which extends along the Douro River. Farewell dinner in one of Porto´s most popular restaurants. Lodging - Hotel da Bolsa.
Day 8: Morning van transfer to Porto´s airport.
- Self-guided tour does not include meals, van support or guides. It includes only accommodations, documentation and maps, GPS tracks and daily luggage transfer. Minimum 2 persons
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