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ActivityBikingBoatCooking WorkshopTastingTourWine tourDouro & Estrela Mountains: 8 Days Bike Tour

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Cycle one of the most stunning cycling routes in Europe, between Port wine valley and high lands, and learn about Portugal's history while tasting the best food and drinks the Douro has to offer.

Highlights

One of the most stunning cycling routes in Europe
Ride one of the longest downhills in Portugal
Learn how Burel wool is produced by visiting the old factory in Manteigas
Get to ride from an alpine landscape to the UNESCO Douro wine region
Bake bread in a century old wood-fired oven
Taste Portugal’s culinary heritage in foods like Polvo à lagareiro, roast octopus in olive oil

Description




Day 1: Warm up ride at the top of Portugal
Following the meeting with your guides in Lisbon, you will transfer to Casa das Penhas Douradas in Serra da Estrela, the highest mountain in mainland Portugal.
After a light lunch and a historical introduction to the country, it’s time for the individual bike fitting and to take off for your first ride – a relaxing 8km loop in alpine landscape.

Meals: Dinner
Destination: Penhas Douradas, Serra da Estrela
Accomplished: 8km, elevation gain: 150 meters
Accomodations: Casa das Penhas Douradas



Day 2: Down the glacial valley
Today’s ride includes the descent of the Serra da Estrela from the highest point of mainland Portugal, sitting at 1,993 meters.
The serpentine descent through the glacial valley of the Zêzere for 20km is difficult to match, only the Burel factory, and what they produce there, would make you stop.
Here they reinvented what was once the main industry in the region: Burel – the best use one can make of wool. The old machines went back to work and now they create contemporary and stylish items (they have a shop).
After a light lunch in Manteigas you return by van to your Spa Hotel in Penhas Douradas or ride the challenging climb back through a scenic pine forest.

Meals: Breakfast / Dinner
Destination: Penhas Douradas, Serra da Estrela
Accomplished: 21 km, elevation gain: 80 meters
Longer option: 34 km, elevation gain: 860 meters
Accomodations: Casa das Penhas Douradas



Day 3: From an alpine landscape to the historical villages
Along the 32 km descent, you will pass through juniper forests, small waterfalls and photogenic granite blocks.
This is the queen ride when it comes to downhill! You are in the heart of Beira Alta, land of the famous warrior Viriato, who used this remote region as an advantage to confront the Romans.
Later, when Portugal became a nation, many of these villages near the Spanish border built their castles, most surviving to this day. There are, however, Castles previous to the Crusades, one of them being the Castle of Trancoso.
After lunch in the historic village of Trancoso, choose to van transfer or to ride, both will take you to the award-winning Spa Hotel Casas do Côro, an excellent example of how to revitalize a sleepy historical village that’s off the beaten track.
Dinner at Casas do Côro, local hearty food.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Destination: Marialva
Accomplished: 67 km, elevation gain: 750 meters
Longer option: 88 km, elevation gain: 1100 meters
Accomodations: Hotel Spa das Casas do Côro



Day 4: Welcome to douro!
After a delicious breakfast of locally grown fruits, homemade bread and cakes you’ll be properly fueled for your ride out to Douro.
A challenging and diverse route takes you to mountain villages and terraced vineyard landscapes down the slopes.
Today’s destination is not only a UNESCO World Heritage site, Foz Côa Valley is considered “the most important open-air Palaeolithic rock art site”.
You will visit and dine at the award winning Côa Museum, at the top of the hill with a spectacular panoramic view!

Meals: Breakfast / Dinner
Destination: Vila Nova de Foz Côa
Accomplished: 62 km, elevation gain: 1000 meters
Longer option: 69 km, elevation gain: 1100 meters
Accomodations: Casa Vermelha



Day 5: Cycling and sailing in douro river
You’ll leave the Côa valley on a corkscrew road along almond and olive trees, only to enjoy the 8km downhill to Quinta do Vesuvio, a magnificent 280 years old Port Wine producer.
From the small pier of Quinta do Vesuvio you will descend the river using a rabelo, the traditional vessel to transport the wine barrels to the city of Porto, landing in Pinhão, where you will stay at the stunning Hotel Vintage House on the river bank of the Douro.
An extra riding option takes you up to Sabrosa, the birthplace village of our most famous navigator: Ferdinand Magellan. You can ́t get lost on this one!

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
Destination: Pinhão
Accomplished: 33 km, elevation gain: 500 meters
Long option: 49 km, elevation gain: 1060 meters
Accomodations: Vintage House



Day 6: Muscat and olive oil
A challenging but spectacular loop takes you to the epicenter of Port Wine production!
You start with a corkscrew climb where there are no shortage of photo opportunities over the UNESCO World Heritage landscaped terraces produced by several generations of Port-producing families.
A brief stop in the village of Favaios to taste the sweet muscat, as this is where Moscatel, a fortified wine is produced, followed by a visit to a family owned olive oil producer where we sample the Origem oils before coasting down to the Douro and the terrace of our Hotel to taste an award-winning Port.
Is it possible to overdose on regional products? Never!

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
Destination: Pinhão
Accomplished: 42 km, elevation gain: 990 meters
Accomodations: Vintage House



Day 7: Coasting along the river
Today you roll along one of the flattest road in the Douro region, the N222 road, from Pinhão to Peso da Régua.
The rabelos and the vineyard reflections in the river would inspire any painter and follow you to Quinta da Pacheca, an active wine producer surrounded by vineyards and a stone’s throw from the city of Peso da Régua.
In the afternoon you have to choose between a wine tour of the Hotel / Cellar or a scenic loop of 27 km that will create an appetite for a fine dining experience at Quinta da Pacheca.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Destination: Cambres, Peso da Régua
Accomplished: 31 km, elevation gain: 300 meters
Long option adds: 62 km, elevation gain: 580 meters
Accomodations: Quinta da Pacheca



Day 8: Adeus Douro!
Relax this morning over a well-deserved gourmet breakfast before your drive back to Porto, where your guides will take you to your hotel or the airport.
Meals: Breakfast

Included:
✓ 7 nights in Hotel
✓Casa das Penhas Douradas Hotel Design and Spa, the highest hotel in the country, and Casas do Côro are good examples of blending the traditional and local with modern design. Other inns range from a family house hotel, a wine hotel that recently won “Best of Wine Tourism” and a rural luxury hotel in the heart of Douro river
✓ Luggage transfers
✓ Daily breakfasts, nutritious snacks
✓ 5 gourmet dinners at our favorite local restaurants
✓ 4 delicious picnics/lunches including a selection of local products
✓ Carefully selected wine or beer with every meal
✓ Activities as outlined in the tour itinerary
✓ Entrance fees to historic sites, museums, parks, and all other events
✓ Gratuities for restaurants and hotel service
✓ High quality bicycle selection
✓ Bike helmet
✓ Complimentary Olive Cycling t-shirt, water bottle
✓ Experienced local bilingual guides with vast knowledge of the country and the region
✓ Support vehicle that follows the day’s route, distributes water and snacks, and offers lifts when you need a break from the saddle
✓ Pick-up and drop-off before and after your tour from predetermined meeting points
✓ Daily bike maintenance
✓ E-bike

Not Included:
✓ Flights / personal expenses / Tips
✓ Single Supplement: 400€

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