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Bicycle Tour in Portugal

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 8 day(s)
Group Size: 1 - 10 people
Destination(s): Portugal  
Specialty Categories: Bicycle Touring  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 699 Euro (EUR)
Maximum Per Person Price: 739 Euro (EUR)

Cycle the Portuguese Camino to Santiago de Compostela and enjoy an ancient pilgrimage route that provides unforgettable experiences for those who travel along it. Pass by old bridges and paths that remain from Roman times. Visit the most important pilgrimage landmarks of Santiago and be amazed by the 800 years old Santiago de Compostela Cathedral.

The tracks and paths go gently north along ancient routes and cross historic cities, woodlands, churches, medieval bridges, stone altars or little water courses. Admire the beautiful estuaries of Vigo and Pontevedra, enjoy the town of Caldas de Reis and discover the history of Padron and its stone treasure. Enter Santiago de Compostela's Cathedral and embrace the spiritual enrichment of Saint James. Visit the historic city center of Santiago de Compostela and be enchanted by its traditions and its typical cuisine.

Itinerary:
Day 01: Arrival to Porto. The richness of its monumental and artistic patrimony, the Port Wine cellars, the many spots dedicated to leisure and culture are only some of the reasons that invite you to visit Porto. The hotel is located in Porto down-town, near the Douro river, in a walking distance of the famous wine cellars. Overnight in Porto.

Day 02: Cycling Tour 1. Porto - Barcelos (56 km).
Cycle from the cobbled market square in Mosteiro to avoid trudging through Porto’s urban spraw. You will cross several impressive Romanesque bridges including the one in Barcelinhos, into the historical Barcelos, a small city full of interesting architecture and crafts.
Overnight in Barcelos.

Day 03: Cycling Tour 2. Barcelos – Ponte de Lima (33 km). Leave Barcelos towards Ponte de Lima and you´ll see a more rural landscape, painted of small villages traditional agricultural landscapes. As you go through the Neiva and Lima valleys you’ll see the Padela, Nora and d’Arga mountains as well as the more distant Corno do Bico. Enter the delightful town of Ponte de Lima along the river. Overnight in Ponte de Lima.

Day 04: Cycling Tour 3. Ponte de Lima - Valença (38 km). Leave Ponte de Lima, crossing the amazing Romanesque-Gothic bridge over the Lima river and enter into a challenging Labruja Mountain, with some steep climbs, but also filled with yet more beautiful countryside with ancient bridges, hamlets and woodland waterfalls. After the mountain of Labruja you will admire the impressive Romanesque church at Rubiães and continue on to Cossourado then head downhill to cross the Romanesque bridge over the River Pedreira. From here, it’s downhill, through several small villages until you get to the fortress town of Valença. Overnight in Valença.

Day 05: Cycling Tour 4. Valença – Pontevedra (52 km). On the Spanish side, after crossing the river Minho through the metallic international bridge, you will find the atmospheric town of Tui with its fortified cathedral. Once past the rather industrial town of O Porriño, cycle through a series of villages and the Chan das Pipas pine forest. An ancient stone road takes you up through the forest before you hit tarmac again as you ride into the center of Pontevedra. Overnight in Pontevedra.

Day 06: Cycling Tour 5. Pontevedra – Padron (43 km).
Although fairly long, the pedal to Padron is relatively hill-free and you’ll spend the day surrounded by pleasant countryside. Bathe your feet in the hot spring in the center of Caldas de Reis then climb gradually through a series of hamlets and a delightful stretch of woodland. Take some time to explore medieval Padrón and discover its deep connection to St. James as well as its tasty green peppers. Overnight in Padron.

Day 07: Cycling Tour 6. Padron - Santiago (23 km).
Leave Padron for the final pedal day of your Camino. Cycle through a series of Galician hamlets with traditional cottages and barns as well as the imposing sanctuary of Nossa Señora da Escravitute. After a delightful wooded area you’ll begin to wend your way through the outskirts of Santiago and into the city centre.
Pass through a series of Galician villages and the magnificent sanctuary of Nossa Señora da Escravitute. Enter the medieval streets that lead to Santiago Cathedral where your journey ends. Overnight in Santiago.

Day 08: Departure. After breakfast – end of our services.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

From 739,00€/person: July 01 to September 15
From 699,00€/person: March 15 to June 30 and September 16 to October 31

Price Includes:
- 7 Nights of accommodation with breakfast included;
- 6 days Bike rental – Bike 27 V, wheel 29”, with pannier bags;
- Luggage transfer between accommodations – 1 bag per person – up to 15kg/bag;
- Telephone support for emergencies;
- Pilgrim passport (Credencial);
- Road book of the way (in English);
- Journey documentation;
- Travel insurance.

Extra equipment for bike:
- Travel bag for the handlebar: 3€/day
- Gel pad for the saddle: 1,5€/day
- GPS device with the route: 4 €/day
- Helment (buy): 25€/person

Extra Services:
- Dinners at the hotels during the way (5 dinners): 110€ per person
- Extra night in Oporto (Hotel 3*): 45€ per person in double bedroom
- Extra night in Santiago (Hotel 3*): 45€ per person in double bedroom
- Extra night in Oporto (Hotel 3*): 75€ per person in single bedroom
- Extra night in Santiago (Hotel 3*): 75€ per person in single bedroom
- Private Transfer Porto Airport – City Center (up to 4 persons) – 35€
- Upgrade to electric bike: 130€/bike
- Single supplement: 198€ (July 01 to September 15) / 187€ (March 15 to June 30 / September 16 to October 31)

Note: Other dates available on request! Please contact us for further information.