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Cycling Alentejo Vineyards, Portugal (9 Days)

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 9 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 14 people
Destination(s): Portugal  
Specialty Categories: Bicycle Touring   Cultural Journey  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 1399 Euro (EUR)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1669 Euro (EUR)

Cycling Alentejo Vineyards is a gorgeous road bike over gentle hills through unspoiled green and golden landscapes. Visit and stay on several Castles, Palaces, Monasteries and Convents; these magnificent places were once inhabited by the clergy or the Queens and Kings of Portugal and now are converted into exquisite historical lodging. Discover ancient megalithic sites. Find traditional hand craft arts like Portuguese tiles, pottery shops and hand-stitched tapestries. Discover vineyards, rows of gnarled cork trees and medieval villages perched on hilltops. Taste great culinary delights on the breadbasket of Portugal, with grand meals, exquisite local meats and cheeses and the best Portuguese wines. Visit Wineries, learn about wine production and try some of the best wine in the world! Explore Évora, a wonderful walled town with many Roman vestiges, medieval churches and buildings, fountains, the aqueduct, charming streets, classified as World Heritage by UNESCO. All this and much more on this Historical Alentejo Bike Tour!

Day 1: Arrival - Welcome at Lisbon Airport
Transfer from Lisbon to Estremoz (02h00). Lodging in a castle converted into an Historical Hotel from where you can admire a superb view over the city of Estremoz and the vast Alentejo plain.

Day 2: Estremoz Loop (44km, +350m), Optional (71km, +700m)
Start this tour cycling by pastoral fields where the only sounds are the jangling bells of flocking sheep chirping. Continue rolling through the natural landscape and pass some villages with the typical Alentejo white-washed homes outlined in blue and ochre trim. Visit a Winery with possible wine tasting.

Day 3: Bike Estremoz to Vila Viçosa (26km, +300m), Optional (66km, +700m)
Today you will have a leisure day to enjoy. Leave Historical Estremoz and ride to another historical place – Vila Viçosa, the capital of marble in Portugal. Here you can visit the Ducal Palace. Built in the 16th and 17th centuries on the remains of Moorish, possibly even Roman buildings, for centuries it hosted a brilliant court and was a hub of intellectual life. In 1640 João IV was the first of the Dukes of Bragança to ascend the Portuguese throne. Although Lisbon then became the seat of the monarchy, João IV and his successors continued making frequent visits to Vila Viçosa.

Day 4: Vila Viçosa Loop Day (47km, +700m), Optional (65km, 1100m)
A gorgeous day! You will ride towards Spain by a landscape of cork trees, olive groves and flocks of sheep! Admire the Guadiana river, separating Portugal from Spain and make a stop to visit Juromenha, a picturesque village overlooking Spain. On this day you have to go up for a while to return to Vila Viçosa.

Day 5: Bike Vila Viçosa to Redondo (40km, +500m)
Leave Vila Viçosa riding on an old road and passing through a cork forest. At Alandroal village, contemplate the town’s medieval castle while enjoying a delicious coffee and pastry in the main square. Continue riding through quiet and tranquil roads, crossing small villages and going to a hillier region – “Serra da Ossa”. Pass by the village of Redondo where you can visit a pottery workshop or the wine museum “Enoteca”, and try some of the best Alentejo Wine. Go up the hills surrounding the village and arrive at a beautiful Convent on the Hills – São Paulo – where you will stay on this night. Secluded in the quietness and isolation of the western slopes of the Serra d’Ossa mountain, the Monastery of São Paulo was built in 1182 by hermit monks seeking the ideal place to live and pray in peace and quiet.

Day 6: Bike Redondo to Évora (48km, +450m)
A beautiful day riding rolling hills of gold and green, dotted with cork trees, olive groves, and flocks of sheep. Pass by typical Alentejo villages of white-washed homes outlined in blue and yellow trim. Ride nice roads viewing cork trees and pristine vineyards, through pastoral countryside dotted by abandoned castles, to the village of São Miguel de Machede. End of day in Évora which is classified in UNESCO’s International Heritage list. Here you can find evidence of over 2000 years of History and there are many interesting points to visit in Évora. Évora is considered as one of the most beautiful cities in Portugal since the ancient times.

Day 7: Évora Loop (46km, +350m), Optional (68km, +600m)
After breakfast ride to Arraiolos, noted for its colorful, hand-stitched woolen tapestries. In the afternoon possible to stop during the ride and visit a winery. Return to Évora passing by small typical villages. Close to the end of this day it’s possible to have a wine tasting in a typical winery!

Day 8: Bike Évora to Montemor (44km, +450m)
Last riding day crossing to Montemor where you will stay at L'AND Vineyards. This is a new hotel by the vineyards on a scenic countryside. It is in an architectural gem featuring rooms with opening ceilings to sleep under the stars. Their restaurant has just achieved one Michelin star – Enjoy regional gourmet delicacies prepared with locally-sourced ingredients. Food is matched with full flavored wines, produced naturally at the renowned in-house winery.

Day 9: Departure - Farewell at Lisbon Airport
Relax this morning over a well-deserved and long breakfast. Transfer from Évora to Lisbon at your preference time (01h15).

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- 8 Nights Lodging on Historical Accommodation. Breakfast included
- Transfer on day of arrival from Airport LIS to the Hotel, followed by Tour briefing
- Luggage Transfers from Hotel to Hotel every day of the Tour
- Transfer from last Hotel to Airport LIS
- Liability and Personal Accidents Insurance
- Pre Departure Information Pack
- Tour Information
- Information Book (includes Maps, Daily Information, Daily Maps, GPS Device Quick Manual) delivered at departure day at location
- GPS Track and Device
- Mobile Telephone (free to call us 24h / day)

- Low Season » Individual Room Sup +459€
- Medium Season (Apr, May, Jun and Out) » Individual Room Sup +539€
- High Season (Jul, Aug and Sep) » Individual Room Sup +649€
- Easter Week » High Season Supplement Applies (per person on a double occupancy room)

- Guided Tour (please inquire)

Bike Rental:
- Carbon Road Bike: +210€
(per person, bike equipment included)

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Location: Portugal
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