- Level: Intermediate
- 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: Porto | Pinhão (boat ride in Douro). Meet at the airport in Porto and van transfer to Pinhão. After a light lunch you will explore the Douro river on a small boat from which you will enjoy close-up views of the Port wine vineyards planted on terraces along the river´s shores. Back in Pinhão you can just relax by your inns outdoor pool. Quinta Nova produces high quality table wines and has a wine shop. Lodging: Quinta Nova de Nossa Senhora do Carmo.
Day 2: Sabrosa | Pinhão (Warm-up ride 21 km / 13 mi). Transfer to Sabrosa. Short warm-up ride with great views of the Port wine vineyards planted on terraces that are UNESCO World Heritage. The route is mostly downhill so you can enjoy the superb views of the Douro Valley, with the vineyards and the Douro River. Enjoy the lunch at Quinta Nova and in the afternoon visit the Douro Museum in Régua. Optionally you can pedal until there (approx. 41 km / 25 mi) Lodging: Quinta Nova de Nossa Senhora do Carmo.
Day 3: Pinhão - Pocinho | Marialva (49 km / 30 mi). Before you start spinning the pedals you 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 - you will stop to visit the Côa Museum and have a picnic lunch there. Your inn has a small SPA and a beautiful outdoor swimming pool overlooking Marialva´s castle. Lodging: Casas do Côro.
Day 4: Marialva loop (42 km / 26 mi). Today you will ride on the way to the town of Trancoso, another Historical Village of Portugal. Expect some climbing but also breathtaking views. The old part of Trancoso is built inside the majestic city walls and is definitely worth a visit. In the end of the day enjoy a soft drink before delighting yourself with the gourmet dinner. Lodging: Casas do Côro.
Day 5: Marialva | Castelo Rodrigo (40 km / 25 mi). Today you 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 6: Castelo Rodrigo | Barca de Alva (35 km / 22 mi). Enjoy great views of Port Wine vineyards along the bicycle route that takes you to Barca de Alva. In Barca de Alva you will have lunch on the shore of the Douro River. If don´t feel like riding you can stay home or go for a donkey ride. In the afternoon you can visit the winery were the famous Barca Velha wine is produced. Lodging: Casa da Cisterna.
Day 7: Almeida | Porto. Transfer to Porto. On the way you will stop to visit the Historical Village of Almeida. This village is one of the crown jewels of Portuguese military architecture with the hexagonal shaped walls of it´s XVII century fortress. In Porto you will visit a Port Wine cellar, where you can taste some of Portugal´s best Port wines. In the afternoon explore this exciting and unique city. Your hotel is located near the Praça da Ribeira, heart of the historical centre of Porto and UNESCO World Heritage site, with houses dating from the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries, which extend along the Douro River. Lodging: Hotel Carris Porto Ribeira.
Day 8: Departure. Morning van transfer to Porto's airport.
Guided: (Min. 5 participants).
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