Vila Viçosa, Alentejo, Portugal. Photo via Flickr:Rosino

Lots of great Alentejo Portuguese wines! Photo via Flickr:airdiogo
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Alentejo Vineyards Bike Tour

Portugal Bike Tours

A cycling adventure in Portugal’s wine country

  • This is a gorgeous bike tour in the Alentejo region of Portugal, over gentle hills through unspoiled green and gold landscapes. You will visit and stay in several historical castles, palaces, monasteries, and convents, once inhabited by clergy, kings, and queens, and now converted into exquisite lodging.

    During your cycling adventure, you will discover ancient megalithic sites and traditional handcrafted arts like hand-stitched tapestries and Portuguese tiles tucked away in artisan shops. Vineyards, gnarled cork trees, and hilltop medieval villages dot the landscape.

    The foodie will delight in the many culinary delights to be enjoyed featuring exquisite local meats, fish, cheese and the best Portuguese wines. In fact, you will have the opportunity to visit a few local wineries, learn about wine production and sample the best wine in the world!

    Your cycling adventure will feature Vila Viçosa, Portugal capital of marble, considered a jewel in the treasure chest of Alentejo, and Evora, a wonderful walled town with many Roman vestiges found in its medieval architect that has earned it World Heritage status by UNESCO.

    Come and discover why Portugal has been voted one of the top ten travel destinations by Traveller's Choice on this historical Alentejo Bike Tour!

    Highlights:

    • Experiencing the charm and character of historical hotels and convents
    • Fields of cork trees, olive trees, and vineyards
    • Wineries and wine tasting
    • Arraiolos - famous for its rugs
    • Amazing white marble quarries
    • Vila Viçosa, Portugal capital of marble
    • Évora - a World Heritage town classified by UNESCO

    Re-live history itself in each stone, each glance, and each object!

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  • 2020 Season Dates & Pricing

    The weather is ideal between September and May. Departures in summertime are possible but please note temperatures can reach up to 104 degrees F in the afternoon.

    Daily Arrivals Possible:
    Low Season:
    January 1 - March 26 / November 1 - December 23
    Mid Season: March 27 - April 5 / April 13 - May 26 / September 27 - October 31
    High Season: April 6 - April 12 (Easter) / May 27 - June 26
    Peak Season: June 27 - September 26

    Self-Guided Tour

    Twin/
    Double
    Single
    Room
    Solo
    Traveler
    Low Season $ 2210 £ 1094 $ 1,910 1196 $ 2255 kr 13480 $ 1,362 $ 2947 £ 1459 $ 2,548 1595 $ 3008 kr 17977 $ 1,817 $ 3351 £ 1659 $ 2,898 1814 $ 3421 kr 20446 $ 2,066
    Mid Season $ 2376 £ 1176 $ 2,054 1286 $ 2425 kr 14495 $ 1,465 $ 3335 £ 1651 $ 2,883 1805 $ 3404 kr 20344 $ 2,056 $ 3739 £ 1851 $ 3,233 2024 $ 3817 kr 22813 $ 2,305
    High Season $ 2431 £ 1204 $ 2,102 1316 $ 2482 kr 14833 $ 1,499 $ 3409 £ 1687 $ 2,947 1845 $ 3479 kr 20795 $ 2,102 $ 3813 £ 1888 $ 3,297 2064 $ 3892 kr 23264 $ 2,351

    Peak Season

    $ 2653 £ 1313 $ 2,294 1436 $ 2708 kr 16185 $ 1,636 $ 3649 £ 1806 $ 3,155 1975 $ 3724 kr 22261 $ 2,250 $ 4053 £ 2006 $ 3,505 2194 $ 4137 kr 24729 $ 2,499

    Single Room - single traveler booked with a group
    Solo Traveler - single traveler traveling alone

    Supported Tour

    Twin/DoubleSingle Room
    *requires minimum of 6 participants
    Low Season $ 2888 £ 1429 $ 2,497 1563 $ 2948 kr 17617 $ 1,780 $ 3625 £ 1794 $ 3,134 1962 $ 3700 kr 22114 $ 2,235
    Mid Season $ 3054 £ 1512 $ 2,640 1653 $ 3117 kr 18631 $ 1,883 $ 4013 £ 1986 $ 3,469 2172 $ 4096 kr 24481 $ 2,474
    High Season $ 3109 £ 1539 $ 2,688 1683 $ 3174 kr 18969 $ 1,917 $ 4087 £ 2023 $ 3,533 2212 $ 4171 kr 24932 $ 2,520

    Peak Season

    $ 3331 £ 1649 $ 2,880 1803 $ 3400 kr 20322 $ 2,054 $ 4327 £ 2142 $ 3,741 2342 $ 4417 kr 26397 $ 2,668

    Guided Tour

    Twin/DoubleSingle Room
    *requires minimum of 6 participants
    Low Season $ 3257 £ 1612 $ 2,816 1763 $ 3325 kr 19871 $ 2,008 $ 3994 £ 1977 $ 3,453 2162 $ 4077 kr 24368 $ 2,463
    Mid Season $ 3423 £ 1695 $ 2,960 1853 $ 3494 kr 20885 $ 2,111 $ 4382 £ 2169 $ 3,789 2372 $ 4473 kr 26735 $ 2,702
    High Season $ 3479 £ 1722 $ 3,008 1883 $ 3551 kr 21224 $ 2,145 $ 4456 £ 2206 $ 3,853 2412 $ 4549 kr 27186 $ 2,747

    Peak Season

    $ 3701 £ 1832 $ 3,199 2003 $ 3777 kr 22576 $ 2,281 $ 4696 £ 2325 $ 4,060 2542 $ 4794 kr 28651 $ 2,895

    *Supported & Guided Tours require a minimum of 6 participants*

    Low Season: January 1 - March 26 / November 1 - December 23
    Mid Season: March 27 - June 26 / September 27 - October 31
    High Season: June 27 - September 26

    Self-Guided Tour

    Twin/
    Double
    Single
    Room
    Solo
    Traveler
    Low Season $ 3041 £ 1505 $ 2,629 1646 $ 3104 kr 18552 $ 1,875 $ 3963 £ 1962 $ 3,426 2145 $ 4045 kr 24177 $ 2,443 $ 4367 £ 2162 $ 3,776 2364 $ 4458 kr 26645 $ 2,693
    Mid Season $ 3263 £ 1615 $ 2,821 1766 $ 3330 kr 19905 $ 2,012 $ 4369 £ 2163 $ 3,778 2365 $ 4460 kr 26656 $ 2,694 $ 4774 £ 2363 $ 4,127 2584 $ 4873 kr 29125 $ 2,943
    High Season $ 3558 £ 1761 $ 3,076 1926 $ 3632 kr 21708 $ 2,194 $ 4776 £ 2364 $ 4,129 2585 $ 4875 kr 29136 $ 2,944 $ 5180 £ 2564 $ 4,479 2804 $ 5288 kr 31604 $ 3,194

    Single Room - single traveler booked with a group
    Solo Traveler - single traveler traveling alone

    Supported Tour

    Twin/DoubleSingle Room
    *requires minimum of 6 participants
    Low Season $ 3904 £ 1932 $ 3,375 2113 $ 3985 kr 23816 $ 2,407 $ 4826 £ 2389 $ 4,172 2612 $ 4926 kr 29440 $ 2,975
    Mid Season $ 4125 £ 2042 $ 3,567 2233 $ 4211 kr 25168 $ 2,543 $ 5232 £ 2590 $ 4,524 2832 $ 5341 kr 31920 $ 3,226
    High Season $ 4421 £ 2188 $ 3,822 2393 $ 4513 kr 26972 $ 2,726 $ 5639 £ 2791 $ 4,875 3052 $ 5755 kr 34400 $ 3,476

    Guided Tour

    Twin/DoubleSingle Room
    *requires minimum of 6 participants
    Low Season $ 4395 £ 2176 $ 3,800 2379 $ 4486 kr 26814 $ 2,710 $ 5317 £ 2632 $ 4,597 2878 $ 5427 kr 32438 $ 3,278
    Mid Season $ 4617 £ 2285 $ 3,992 2499 $ 4713 kr 28167 $ 2,846 $ 5724 £ 2833 $ 4,948 3098 $ 5842 kr 34918 $ 3,529
    High Season $ 4913 £ 2432 $ 4,247 2659 $ 5014 kr 29970 $ 3,029 $ 6130 £ 3034 $ 5,300 3318 $ 6257 kr 37398 $ 3,779

    *Supported & Guided Tours require a minimum of 6 participants*

     

    extra options

    Electric Bike Rental
    7-Day Tour: $ 185 £ 91 $ 160 100 $ 189 kr 1127 $ 114 9 Day Tour: $ 259 £ 128 $ 224 140 $ 264 kr 1578 $ 159

    Carbon Road Bike Rental
    7-Day Tour: $ 92 £ 46 $ 80 50 $ 94 kr 564 $ 57 9-Day Tour: $ 203 £ 101 $ 176 110 $ 207 kr 1240 $ 125

    please note

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

    A non-refundable admin fee of 20 Euros per person is included in the deposit amount.

    Information to read before you book.

    We recommend purchasing bike trip insurance.

    Please see our FAQ.

  • Travel

    Fly into Lisbon Airport

    Local Travel

    Airport transfers are included in the tour price

    Climate

    Always check the internet for the most up to date information regarding regional weather conditions. A good website to use to explore average high/low temperatures, average rainfall, and more weather-related facts can be found on weatherbase.com.

    Remarks

    A carbon road bike can be rented for this tour that includes helmet, tool kit, pump, lock, handlebar bag. Electric bikes available as well!

    Documents:

    Before you travel, please check your country's passport and visa requirements and the passport and visa requirements of the country/countries you plan to visit. For US citizens, the US Department of State website is a good source of information. The Country Information tab in the International Travel section provides details about passport validity, blank passport pages required, etc. For our other international clients, please be sure that you research your own country's travel requirements. It is each traveler's responsibility to ensure proper documentation.

    *Important note: Beginning July 1, 2021, additional documentation from the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) will be required to visit any of the 26 Schengen-member countries for tourism, business, medical, or transit. This is an additional check on security rather than a visa.


Tour Dates

Daily arrivals possible for all tour types.
See pricing section for seasons.
Supported & Guided tours require a minimum of 6 participants.

The weather is ideal between September and May. Departures in summertime are possible but please note temperatures can reach up to 104 degrees F in the afternoon.

Skill Level

This is an easy to moderate tour on mostly flat terrain with some rolling hills (max 500-meter gradient) on 100% paved roads. This tour will suit those who have some experience and average fitness through regular exercise. Be prepared to cycle at least 4 hours. Be sure to check out the distances of each day’s route and elevation information below in the Day to Day details.

Where You’ll Stay

Superior 4* Hotels (see itinerary for sample hotels)

What’s Included

All Tour Types Include:

  • 6 or 8 Nights Accommodations in 4* Hotels
  • Breakfasts
  • Hybrid Bicycle Rental (Focus 24-Speed)
  • Bike Equipment: helmet, water bottle, tool kit, pump, tube repair kit, lock, handlebar bag, rear rack and pannier, and flat/spd pedals
  • Luggage Transport
  • Transfer Day 1: Lisbon airport/city center to hotel (1 hour, 45 min)
  • Transfer Day 7 or 9: Hotel to Lisbon Airport
  • Welcome Briefing at first hotel (English)
  • Route Information & Tour Packet (maps, daily descriptions)
  • Mobile Telephone for emergencies (free to call our local tour operator 24h/day)
  • Liability & Personal Accident Insurance

Self-Guided Tour Also Includes

  • GPS Device
  • GPS Tracks (to download to your own device/phone)

Supported Tour Also Includes

  • GPS Device
  • GPS Tracks (to download to your own device/phone)
  • Support Vehicle (up to 8 people)

Guided Tour Also Includes

  • Tour Guide
  • Support Vehicle (up to 8 people)

What’s Not Included

TourBike
TypeBoth
SkillEasy–Moderate
Length7–9 days
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Day-To-Day Itinerary

Alentejo Vineyards Map

Day 1: Arrival in Lisbon, transfer to Estremoz
Day 2: Estremoz - Vila Viçosa, 16 or 41 mi. (26 or 66 km)
Day 3: Roundtrip around Vila Viçosa, 29 or 41 mi. (47 km or 65 km)
Day 4: Vila Viçosa -  Redondo, 25 mi. (40 km)
Day 5: Redondo - Évora, 30 mi. (48 km) 
Day 6: Roundtrip around Évora, 29 or 43 mi. (46 km or 68 km)
Day 7: Transfer to Lisbon

All distances are approximate.

Day 1: Arrival and Transfer to Estremoz
You will be welcomed at  Lisbon airport and transferred to Estremoz (2h). Lodging this evening is in a castle converted into a historical hotel, Pousada Rainha Santa Isabel, from where you can admire a superb view over the city of Estremoz and the vast Alentejo plain.
Hotel: Pousada Estremoz 

Day 2: Bike from Estremoz to Vila Viçosa, 16 or 41 mi. (26 or 66 km)
Today you can choose a leisurely ride or a slightly more difficult one; it is up to you! Upon departing historical Estremoz, the ride leads 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, Joao IV was the first of the Dukes of Bragança to ascend the Portuguese throne. Although Lisbon then became the seat of the monarchy, Joao IV and his successors continued making frequent visits to Vila Viçosa. (330 m or 700 m elevation change)
Hotel: Pousada Vila Viçosa

Day 3: Roundtrip around Vila Viçosa, 29 or 41 mi. (47 km or 65 km)
You are in for a gorgeous day! You will ride towards Spain through a landscape of cork trees, olive groves, and flocks of sheep! Following the loop of the Guadiana river, you make a stop in Juromenha, a picturesque village overlooking Spain. Returning to Vila Viçosa, you do have some climbing to do but can opt for an easier route. (700 m or 1100 m elevation change)
Hotel: Pousada Vila Viçosa

Day 4: Vila Viçosa -  Redondo, 25 mi. (40 km)
Upon departing from Vila Viçosa, you will cycle on an old country road leading through a cork forest. In Alandroal village, the town’s medieval castle will entice you to take a break, or perhaps the opportunity to enjoy a delicious coffee and pastry in the main square will be enough. Back on the saddle, your ride continues on quiet and tranquil roads, through small villages and leading to a hillier region, the “Serra da Ossa”.  In the village of Redondo, you can visit a pottery workshop or the wine museum “Enoteca”, and try some of the best Alentejo Wine. Your accommodations this evening is a beautiful convent on the hill, São Paulo, situated in the quiet isolation of the western slopes of the Serra d’Ossa mountain. The Monastery of São Paulo was built in 1182 by monks seeking the ideal place to live and pray in peace and quiet. (500 m elevation change)
Hotel: Convento São Paulo

Day 5: Redondo - Évora, 30 mi. (48 km) 
The  riding today is simply beautiful, on rolling hills of gold and green dotted with cork trees, olive groves, and flocks of sheep, through typical Alentejo villages of white-washed homes outlined in blue and yellow trim. As you pedal through cork groves, vineyards, and pastoral countryside dotted by abandoned castles, you will appreciate the Portugal of the old and the new. You will end your day in Évora which is classified in UNESCO’s International Heritage list, with its legacy of 2000 years of history. Évora is considered one of the most beautiful cities in Portugal since ancient times. (450 m elevation change)
Hotel: Pousada Évora

Day 6: Roundtrip around Évora, 29 or 43 mi. (46 km or 68 km)
What better place to have either a rest day or opportunity for you to decide to have a short ride or longer ride! If you decide to ride, and you probably will, the route leads to Arraiolos, noted for its colorful hand-stitched woolen tapestries. In the afternoon, cycling through small typical villages, you will have the opportunity to stop at a local winery for a tasting. (350 m or 600 m elevation change)
Accommodation: Pousada Évora

Day 7: Transfer to Lisbon
You have earned the chance to sleep in and then linger over breakfast.  The included 1 hour and 15-minute transfer to Lisbon can be arranged at the time that you prefer.

Day 1: Arrival and welcome at Lisbon airport
Day 2: Estremoz, round trip (44 km, + 350 m, road) or (71 km + 700 m)
Day 3: Bike from Estremoz to Vila Viçosa, (26 km, + 300 m) or (66 km, + 700 m)
Day 4: Loop Day - Vila Viçosa, (47 km, +700 m) or (65 km, +1100 m)
Day 5: Bike from Vila Viçosa to Monsaraz, (55 km, + 600 m)
Day 6: Bike from Monsaraz to Redondo (62 km, +700 m) or (46 km + 500 m)
Day 7: Bike from Redondo to Évora (48 km, +450 m)
Day 8: Loop Day – Évora, (46 km, +350 m) or (68 km, + 600 m)
Day 9: Lisbon

All distances are approximate.

Day 1: Arrival and welcome at Lisbon airport.
After arriving at Lisbon Airport, you'll be welcomed and transferred to Estremoz (approximately 2-hour drive). Tonight's lodging is in a castle converted into a historical hotel that offers a superb view over the city of Estremoz and the vast Alentejo plain.
Accommodation: Pousada Castelo de Estremoz 

Day 2: Estremoz, round trip (44 km, + 350 m, road) or (71 km + 700 m)
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.
Accommodation: Pousada Castelo de Estremoz 

Day 3: Bike from Estremoz to Vila Viçosa, (26 km, + 300 m) or (66 km, + 700 m)
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 Joao IV was the first of the Dukes of Bragança to ascend the Portuguese throne. Although Lisbon then became the seat of the monarchy Joao IV and his successors continued making frequent visits to Vila Viçosa.
Accommodation: Pousada Convento de Vila Viçosa

Day 4: Loop Day - Vila Viçosa, (47 km, +700 m) or (65 km, +1100 m)
Today offers a gorgeous ride! You will cycle towards Spain by a landscape of cork trees, olive groves, and flocks of sheep! Admire Guadiana river, separating Portugal from Spain and make a stop to visit Juromenha, a picturesque village overlooking Spain. You have to cycle uphill towards the end to return to Vila Viçosa.
Accommodation: Pousada Convento de Vila Viçosa

Day 5: Bike from Vila Viçosa to Monsaraz, (55 km, + 600 m)
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 passing close to “Alqueva” big lake.  In the region are Iron Age dolmens and menhirs, which were the sites of fertility rites. You can visit The Menhir of Outeiro, 3km north of Monsaraz, and one of the tallest ever discovered (5.6m/18ft).

Monsaraz is a tiny fairytale walled village that maintains a delightful medieval atmosphere. It was originally fortified by the Knights Templar, and todayit'ss 150 or so permanent residents live in ancient white houses with outdoor staircases and wrought-iron balconies.
Accommodation: Monte Alerta

Day 6: Bike from Monsaraz to Redondo (62 km, +700 m) or (46 km + 500 m)
A day passing by lost villages and going to Redondo village. Possible visit to a wine museum at Redondo. 
Accommodation: S.Paulo Convent

Day 7: Bike from Redondo to Évora (48 km, +450 m)
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 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.
Accommodation: Pousada Convento Évora

Day 8: Loop Day – Évora, (46 km, +350 m) or (68 km, + 600 m)
After breakfast, ride to Arraiolos, noted for its colorful, hand-stitched woolen tapestries. In the afternoon, it is possible to stop during your ride to visit a winery. Return to Évora passing by small typical villages. Wine tasting in a typical winery is a possibility today!
Accommodation: Pousada Convento Évora

Day 9: Lisbon
Relax this morning over a well-deserved and long breakfast. Transfer to Lisbon at your preference time. (approximately 1:15 h drive)

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Tour Reviews

  • Peter F. 5 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    The layers of history in a Unesco World Heritage site spanning Neolithic megaliths, Roman temples, Moorish sites, and Christian Cathedrals provides a fascinating backdrop to this tour. The added luxury of staying in 12th - 16th century restored hotels with beautiful grounds really made the tour special. And of course peddling through the vineyards, cork groves, marble sites, makes for a truly unique experience. Sampling the local wines and food provides many unique memories.

  • Joseph White 1 year ago     Verified Reviewer

    We had a fantastic trip with some of the best vistas and sites. Roads were quiet one your got off the cobble stone and marble streets of the towns. Hotels were exceptional and a great part of the trip.
    The hills are longer than we had expected but it was not a problem. Error on the side of using electric if in doubt
    All around great trip with new GPS and Kickstands.

  • J. Sheldrick 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    The accommodation was excellent! (although we weren't very please with the location of our room in Evora at the Pousada Convento dos Loios as we were right next to the eating area which was occupied by diners from 7 am for breakfast and up to 10 pm for dinner)

    However, there are two things something that could easily have made the trip more enjoyable: putting kick stands on the bikes and improving the maps and written directions.
    It was incredibly annoying not to be able to stand the bikes up as we stopped frequently for pictures and most of the time, there wasn't anything to lean the bikes against. Having to lay them down on the ground sometimes resulted in the rear pannier getting knocked off centre which then meant readjusting it.

    Even though a gps was provided and was invaluable, we found the maps to be very poor most of the time, one time even the local tourist office couldn't help us! It would be very helpful if simple written directions were Read more… included on how to best leave the hotel and / or town to start the day's journey.

    We were impressed with the care and attention given to the safety aspect with the tools and equipment provided including a phone. We very much appreciated being picked up by Francisco at the train station in Pinhal Novo and also by Sofia who drove us from Evora to our hotel in Sintra. Thanks again!

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