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MTB - Historical Villages Trail (Guided or Self - Guided)

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 7 - 9 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 16 people
Destination(s): Portugal  
Specialty Categories: Bicycle Touring   Cultural Journey  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 1030 Euro (EUR)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1410 Euro (EUR)

This is one of the most challenging mountain bike rides in Portugal. It links ten remote 12th Century Historical Villages, now with new sections for its 10th anniversary. Ride, inn to inn, on Roman paths, enjoy awesome single tracks and test your fitness going up some long up hills. We also offer a short version of this trip, where you cover on average 40 km a day, that is better suited for people that want more time to appreciate history and culture.

- Level: Advanced. Total distance: 533 k/331 m or 271 k/168 m. (SV) Shortest day: 62 k/39 m or 22 k/14 m. Longest day: 90 k/56 m or 44 k/27 m
- Accommodations: Value (2-3 star inns).

Day 1: Castelo Novo- Idanha-a-Velha-Monsanto (62 km/39 miles). On our first day of serious mountain biking we will connect two historical villages - Castelo Novo and Monsanto. Idanha-a-Velha is a very picturesque village that hosts a interesting collection of archaeological remains from a Roman city established in the 1st Century B.C. This is an easy stage with no big climbs... except the Roman path just before Monsanto.
- Short Version: 44.3 km/27.5 mi
- Lodging - Monsanto

Day 2: Monsanto-Sortelha (68 km/42 miles). Sortelha is an Historical Village, which dates back to the 12th Century. It´s castle is a national monument. Monsanto was once considered the most Portuguese village of Portugal. From the top of its promontory you can glimpse all the country surrounding Idanha and the large properties of the area. Don´t expect big hills on this stage.
- Short Version: 52 km/32.3 mi
- Lodging - Sortelha.

Day 3: Sortelha-Castelo Mendo-Almeida (90 km/56 miles). Today´s mountain bike ride is very interesting; the surface varies a lot, with loose rock, roman cobblestone paths and several river crossings. We will also have to do some serious climbs. The hardest one is just outside Almeida, after we cross a roman bridge. Almeida is one of the crown jewels of Portuguese military architecture – the hexagonal shaped walls of Almeida´s fortress were built in the XVII century.
- Short Version: 43.2 km/26.8 mi
- Lodging - Almeida.

Day 4: Almeida-Castelo Rodrigo-Marialva (72 km/45 miles). Today´s ride takes us to the Douro River International Natural Park. The landscape is beautiful and we will be riding our mountain bikes on part of an ancient pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela. Castelo Rodrigo was once a very important settlement due to its proximity to the Spanish border. On the way to Marialva we will have to cross the Côa river -expect some serious climbing.
- Short Version: 37.8 km/23.5 mi
- Lodging - Marialva

Day 5: Marialva-Linhares da Beira (65 km/41 miles). Marialva is a medieval walled village that will take you back in time, to when the brave inhabitants of Marialva fought against the Spanish invaders. Our final destination is Linhares da Beira, the capital of para-gliding in Portugal. Linhares has a very interesting castle that is worth visiting. Rocky sections and ancient cobblestone paths are on today´s menu.
- Short Version: 39.4 km/24.5 mi
- Lodging - Celorico da Beira.

Day 6: Linhares da Beira-Piodão (88 km/55 miles). Big climbs and long descents on a very hard day of mountain biking. We are riding near three mountains - Açor, Lousã and Estrela. The terrain is rocky and tough. Fun!
Our final destination is Piodão, a beautiful village were the houses blend perfectly with the natural environment. Lodging - Piodão. Short Version: 32.9 km/19.9 mi.

Day 7: Piodão-Castelo Novo (88 km/55 miles). Back to Castelo Novo expect a pretty intense day of riding. 60 miles with a lot of climbing and plenty of loose rocks. Great mountain biking! Short Version: 22 km/13.7 mi.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Guided tour includes: All accommodations, 5 dinners, daily snacks, 2 guides, van support, transfers, maps, documentation, GPS tracks, complimentary t-shirt and water bottle, personal insurance, all taxes.

Supported tour includes: All accommodations, daily snacks, van support, transfers, maps, documentation, GPS tracks, complimentary t-shirt and water bottle, personal insurance, all taxes. (it does not include dinners and guides as in guided tours)

Self-guided tour does not include meals, van support or guides. It includes only accommodations, documentation and maps, GPS tracks and daily luggage transfer, personal insurance and all taxes. (departures every Sunday)

- Single supplement: 150€.

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