Biking past vineyards, and castles on this tour. Photo courtesy of Tour Operator.

Cobbled street in the "white gold" city of Estremoz, Alentejo, Portugal. Photo courtesy of Tour Operator.

Castles and Wine Bike Tour

Portugal Bike Tours

Cycling through Alentejo

  • This picturesque bike tour in Portugal is all about discovery on two wheels. Your itinerary showcases castles, churches, artisans, wine producers, and typical family owned cafés by day, and accommodations in palaces, convents, castles, or lovely farms by night. The landscape is diverse and varied, from olive groves, vineyards, and cork oaks to granite, schist, and marble.

    Your adventure begins in the small village of Arraiolos, famous for its embroidery (Tapetes Arraiolos) and leads you to beautiful Évora, an impressive medieval city classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. You will cycle to Monsaraz, the lovely white castled village with a panoramic view over the biggest artificial lake of Europe, and then through Terena and its impressive sanctuary.

    The perfect finish to you vacation is Estremoz, the city of the "white gold", surrounded by an old protective wall.

    Highlights:

    • Accomodations in castles, palaces and farmhouses
    • Tastings of Internationally awarded wine
    • Cycling through beautiful landscapes with vineyards, olive groves, cork oaks
    • Évora historical center, classified by UNESCO as World Heritage Site
    • Medieval villages
    • Fantastic gastronomy of Portugal and the Alentejo, always present at our wonderful gourmet picnics and selected restaurants.

    You can choose how you want to cycle; guided, supported, or self guided.

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  • Self guided Tour Standard Accommodations2 guests4 guests
    Twin room/double room $ 1544 £ 777 $ 1,348 869 $ 1600 kr 9700 $ 963 $ 1278 £ 643 $ 1,115 719 $ 1324 kr 8026 $ 796
    Self guided Tour "Charm" Accommodations2 guests4 guests
    Twin room/double room $ 1653 £ 831 $ 1,443 930 $ 1713 kr 10381 $ 1,030 $ 1402 £ 705 $ 1,224 789 $ 1453 kr 8807 $ 874
    Supported Tour Standard Accommodation2 guests4 guests
    Twin room/double room $ 3785 £ 1904 $ 3,304 2130 $ 3923 kr 23776 $ 2,359 $ 2825 £ 1421 $ 2,466 1590 $ 2928 kr 17748 $ 1,761
    Supported Tour "Charm" Accommodation2 guests4 guests
    Twin room/double room $ 3909 £ 1967 $ 3,413 2200 $ 4052 kr 24557 $ 2,437 $ 2932 £ 1475 $ 2,559 1650 $ 3039 kr 18418 $ 1,828
    Guided Tour on set dates 
    Twin room/double room, "Charm" Accommodation $ 3750 £ 1886 $ 3,273 2110 $ 3886 kr 23552 $ 2,337
    Private Guided Tour Standard Accommodations 2 guests4 guests
    Twin room/double room  $ 4611 £ 2320 $ 4,025 2595 $ 4779 kr 28966 $ 2,875 $ 3830 £ 1927 $ 3,343 2155 $ 3969 kr 24055 $ 2,387
    Private Guided Tour Charm Accommodations 2 guests4 guests
    Twin room/double room  $ 4736 £ 2382 $ 4,134 2665 $ 4908 kr 29748 $ 2,952 $ 3945 £ 1985 $ 3,444 2220 $ 4088 kr 24780 $ 2,459

    Self-guided supplements:
    High season supplement twin/double: 
    Standard: $ 92 £ 46 $ 81 52 $ 96 kr 580 $ 58 Charm: $ 121 £ 61 $ 105 68 $ 125 kr 759 $ 75 High season single supplement:
    Standard: $ 562 £ 283 $ 490 316 $ 582 kr 3527 $ 350 Charm: $ 673 £ 339 $ 588 379 $ 698 kr 4231 $ 420   Single supplement on all other dates: 
    Standard: $ 432 £ 217 $ 377 243 $ 448 kr 2712 $ 269 Charm: $ 531 £ 267 $ 464 299 $ 551 kr 3338 $ 331

    Supported and Guided supplements:
    High season supplement twin/double: 
    Standard: $ 92 £ 46 $ 81 52 $ 96 kr 580 $ 58 Charm: $ 121 £ 61 $ 105 68 $ 125 kr 759 $ 75 High season single supplement: 
    Standard: $ 562 £ 283 $ 490 316 $ 582 kr 3527 $ 350 Charm: $ 673 £ 339 $ 588 379 $ 698 kr 4231 $ 420 Single supplement on all other dates: 

    Upgrade to Pousada or 5 * Hotel in Evora (two nights):
    Upgrade for Pousada dos Loios in Evora (two nights):

    (There will be additional charge for upgrade in July and August. Please ask us.)

    2018:

    Self guided Tour Charm Accommodations2 guests4 guests
    Twin room/double room $ 1706 £ 858 $ 1,489 960 $ 1768 kr 10716 $ 1,063 $ 1537 £ 773 $ 1,342 865 $ 1593 kr 9655 $ 958
    Supported Tour Charm Accommodation2 guests4 guests
    Twin room/double room $ 3918 £ 1971 $ 3,420 2205 $ 4061 kr 24613 $ 2,443 $ 3056 £ 1538 $ 2,668 1720 $ 3168 kr 19199 $ 1,905
    Guided Tour on set dates 
    Twin room/double room, "Charm" Accommodation $ 3767 £ 1895 $ 3,288 2120 $ 3904 kr 23664 $ 2,348
    Private Guided Tour 2 guests4 guests
    Twin room/double room  $ 4745 £ 2387 $ 4,142 2670 $ 4917 kr 29803 $ 2,958 $ 4034 £ 2029 $ 3,521 2270 $ 4181 kr 25338 $ 2,515

    High season supplement (July 1 to September 16): $ 96 £ 48 $ 84 54 $ 99 kr 603 $ 60 Single supplement: $ 553 £ 278 $ 482 311 $ 573 kr 3471 $ 345 High season single supplement: $ 771 £ 388 $ 673 434 $ 799 kr 4844 $ 481 Supplement for special tour start day: $ 142 £ 72 $ 124 80 $ 147 kr 893 $ 89 Solo traveler: on request

    Upgrades:

    5 star Mar de Ar Aqueduto, Evora (2 nights):
    Double/twin: $ 89 £ 45 $ 78 50 $ 92 kr 558 $ 55 Single room: $ 178 £ 89 $ 155 100 $ 184 kr 1116 $ 111 Pousada dos Lóios, Evora (2 nights):
    Regular season:
    Double/twin: $ 204 £ 103 $ 178 115 $ 212 kr 1284 $ 127 Single: $ 480 £ 241 $ 419 270 $ 497 kr 3014 $ 299 High season:
    Double/twin: $ 233 £ 117 $ 203 131 $ 241 kr 1462 $ 145 Single room: $ 480 £ 241 $ 419 270 $ 497 kr 3014 $ 299

    extra options

    2017:
    E bike: $ 178 £ 89 $ 155 100 $ 184 kr 1116 $ 111 GPS Rental: $ 89 £ 45 $ 78 50 $ 92 kr 558 $ 55 Phone Rental: $ 18 £ 9 $ 16 10 $ 18 kr 112 $ 11 2017:
    Transfers for self guided (price is per person)
    Airport to first hotel

    Groups of two: $ 178 £ 89 $ 155 100 $ 184 kr 1116 $ 111 Groups of four or more: $ 116 £ 58 $ 101 65 $ 120 kr 726 $ 72 Last hotel to Airport
    Groups of two: $ 213 £ 107 $ 186 120 $ 221 kr 1339 $ 133 Groups of four or more: $ 124 £ 63 $ 109 70 $ 129 kr 781 $ 78 2018 supplements:
    Self- guided:

    E bike: $ 178 £ 89 $ 155 100 $ 184 kr 1116 $ 111 Tour start other than Saturday: $ 142 £ 72 $ 124 80 $ 147 kr 893 $ 89 Transfers (price is per person):
    Airport to first hotel: $ 124 £ 63 $ 109 70 $ 129 kr 781 $ 78 Last hotel to Airport: $ 124 £ 63 $ 109 70 $ 129 kr 781 $ 78 GPS rental: $ 89 £ 45 $ 78 50 $ 92 kr 558 $ 55 Phone rental: $ 18 £ 9 $ 16 10 $ 18 kr 112 $ 11 Guided
    E bike: $ 355 £ 179 $ 310 200 $ 368 kr 2232 $ 222

    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.

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    We recommend purchasing bike trip insurance.

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  • Travel

    Fly to Lisbon.

    Local Travel

    From Lisbon airport, take a taxi to the bus station, Sete Rios, or the train station, Oriente. A taxi from departures (not arrivals) is recommended for better service. From the bus station, travel to Alvito is approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes. From the train station, travel to Alvito is approximately 2 hours with one change in Casa Branca. A private transfer may be included and if not can also be arranged at an additional cost. Please see pricing.

    Climate

    Check local conditions prior to arrival. Average high/low temperature for the area in degrees Fahrenheit: May 70/52º, June 79/58º, September 81/60º, and October 71/54º.


Tour Dates

2017:
*Guided: 
 November 11, 2017
Private guided dates are available for groups of two or more.
**Supported: Arrival possible any day for groups of two or more people 
Self-Guided: Arrival possible any day for groups of two or more people 
(July and August is not recommended as it is very hot!)
2018:
Self guided and Van supported: Every Saturday with minimum of 2 people. Special tour start day can be arranged for a supplement. See pricing.
Guided: March 17, April 7, May 5, and October 20, 2018. Private dates can be arranged for minimum of 2. See pricing.
*Guided tours: Accompanied by one or two cycling guides and support vehicle. Driver will prepare picnic lunches, transfer luggage, and be available for support if needed.
**Supported tours: Driver (who will also serve as guide) and van will be available at all times for support. The guide will stop at important and interesting places to give explanation or provide some history but will not cycle with group.

Skill Level

This is a moderate bike tour on slightly undulating, mostly paved roads. Average daily distances cycling between 22 and 35 miles (35 and 57 km).

What’s Included

  • Self-guided:
  • 7 nights' accommodations in charming hotels (some castles, convents, or palaces) including breakfasts
  • Bike rental with front bag, back rack, pannier, and tool kit
  • Luggage transfers
  • Route descriptions and maps including notes of historical interest
  • Transfer from the farm to Megalithic tour (if you sleep at the farm in Evora)
  • 24 hour emergency contact
  • Souvenir
  • Gastronomic surprises each day
  • Personal accident insurance
  • VAT tax
  • Supported tour
  • All of the above
  • Transfer on private bus from Lisbon’s airport to Arraiolos
  • Transfer on private bus from Estremoz to Lisbon’s airport
  • Support Vehicle during 6 cycling days
  • Guide who drives the vehicle and provides interesting information
  • Water and fruit for the day
  • 2 picnic lunches per person
  • 1 "petisco's"/snack lunch
  • 3 lunches at regional restaurants
  • 5 dinners with wine
  • 2 wine tastings at wineries
  • Entrance fee at Bones chapel, in Évora
  • Entrance fee at Évora's cathedral
  • Entrance fee at Vila Viçosa's Ducal Palace
  • Portugal Best Cycling jersey
  • GUIDED TOUR ONLY
  • All the above
  • Cycling guide

What’s Not Included

  • Lunches (Self-guided tour)
  • Dinners (Self-guided tour)
  • Transfer from Lisbon airport to Arraiolos (Self-guided tour)
  • Transfer from Estremoz to Lisbon airport (Self-guided tour)
  • Entrance fees (Self-guided tour)
  • Bicycle Protection
  • 2 dinners (Guided and supported tour)
  • Travel Insurance
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Length8 days
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Day-To-Day Itinerary

Castles and Wine Map

Day 1: Individual arrival and transfer to Arraiolos
Day 2: Arraiolos - Evora,  22 or 26 miles (35 or 42 km)
Day 3: Cycling around Evora or Arraiolos to Evora, 28 miles (45 km)
Day 4: Evora - Reguengos de Monsarez, 31 or 35 miles (50 or 57 km)
Day 5: Reguengos to Monsaraz, 22 miles (35 km)
Day 6: Monsaraz to Vila Viçosa, 31 miles (50 km)
Day 7: Vila Viçosa to Estemoz, 22 miles (35 km)
Day 8: Departure 

*All distances are approximate.

Day 1: Individual arrival and transfer to Arraiolos
Upon arrival to the airport, you will be transferred to Arraiolos, a lovely medieval village with a gorgeous castle. At 6 pm, you will have a tour briefing. For those who have booked a supported or guided tour, you will enjoy a welcome drink and dinner. Accommodations this evening in Pousada de Arraiolos built in a lovely 16th century convent.

Day 2: Arraiolos - Evora,  22 or 26 mi. (35 or 42 km)
Your destination today will be Arraiolos village, with its rich historical center and famous for its carpets and the delicious Pastéis de Toucinho. There will be an opportunity to visit a cheese farm and a winery for lunch. Riding past small farms through idyllic landscapes you will reach your final destination, finally riding in the ecotrail, a green lane built on top of an old railway.  From the hilltop castle in Evora,  you can see for miles! There are two possibilities for accommodations this evening. One is in a lovely guesthouse outside of Evora. Distance then will be 35 km. Another possibilities is a 4 star hotel in the historical center of Evora. Cycling distance will then be 42 km. Total ascent, 400 m. Upgrade possible to Hotel Mar de Ar Aqueduto or Pousada dos Loios.

Day 3: Cycling around Evora, 28 miles (45 km)
Today you will have the opportunity to visit some of the most important megalithic monuments of the region. The landscape is lovely and filled with holm oak and cork trees. You will learn about the cork extraction and about the people that inhabited the region more than 5,000 years ago. Also, visit the Dolmen of Zambugeiro, one of the largest stone tombs in Europe. Also among the highlights are the Cromlech of Almendres and the roman ruins of Tourega. In the afternoon you cycle in the city of Évora and discover the amazing history of this beautiful city. You can visit the surreal Bone’s chapel and the impressive cathedral, originally from the 13th century. End the day with wine tasting in the Évora Wine Tour Shop. If your accommodations are the guesthouse, you will have a transfer in the beginning of the day. Total ascent, 500 m.

Day 4: Evora - Reguengos de Monsarez, 31 or 35 miles (50 or 57 km)
Cycle along olive groves to reach the small and traditional village of Nossa Srª de Machede. Here you should stop at a local café for a drink, visit the leather factory and an when in season, an olive mill to see how olive oil is made. Also cycle past Castle of Valongo and visit a cheese factory in Reguengos de Monsaraz. Arriving to Reguengos de Monsaraz, you still have plenty of time for some wine tasting in a gorgeous traditional winery where they still store their wine in old clay pots. If accommodations are the guesthouse, distance will be 57 km. Total ascent, 500 m. Accommodations in Solar de Alqueva with swimming pool.

Day 5: Reguengos to Monsaraz, 22 miles (35 km)
Today, visit the famous pottery village of S. Pedro do Corval. Here, you can see the men working the clay, transforming it into beautiful pots and plates, and the ladies painting them with flowers. Conquer the climb to the gorgeous village of Monsaraz, built in a castle on top of a hill. Monsaraz a beautiful view over the lake of the Alqueva dam, the largest artificial lake of Europe. After a hard climb, you can relax by the lake and enjoy lunch. Total ascent, 380 m. Accommodation in Hotel Rural Horta da Moura, 4*, a charming hotel with swimming pool.

Day 6: Monsaraz to Vila Viçosa, 31 miles (50 km)
Today you leave behind the schist land and discover the marble kingdom. The route begins with a gentle rolling hills. Along the way, visit the impressive sanctuary of Nossa Srª da Boa Nova and the flowery village of Terena. You will pass the marble quarries of Bencatel area with its moon-like landscape. From here, the white gold was extracted to build gorgeous cities such as Estremoz and Borba. We arrive at Vila Viçosa, a favorite resting place for many kings whose noble subjuects built beautiful manor houses in the area. Total ascent, 680 m. Accommodation in Pousada D. João IV,  built in a convent, with swimming pool.

Day 7: Vila Viçosa to Estremoz, 22 miles (35 km)
The day begins with a visit to the marble museum in Vila Viçosa, and the ducal palace, followed by pedaling to Borba. In Borba, you can visit one of those typical local cafés where the wine served is produced in the clay pots that also decorate the space. All of the wine served is locally produced. You will ride through some typical villages where you can stop for traditional "petiscos" (local snacks) for lunch. The route then leads to Gloria, where you will visit the Church of Nossa Srª dos Martires, a marble gothic church. Arriving to Estremoz, you will be impressed by the beautiful architecture and the imposing tower of the castle which will be your accommodation for the night! Theres is a possibility to eliminate some of these climbs by paying a small supplement fee. Total ascent, 680 m. Accommodations in Pousada Rainha St Isabel. 

Day 8: Departure 

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