Biking among the vineyard terraces of the Douro Valley, Portugal. Photo via Flickr:mat's eye

Old town of Porto, Portugal. Photo via Flickr:Lily

Douro Valley Wine Tour

Portugal Bike Tours

A breathtaking bike tour through Portugal wine country

  • We know that you will fall in love with biking in Portugal as we already have. What an amazing country! On this bike tour in the Douro Valley, you will combine visits to the traditional wineries with fulfilling bike rides through the vineyards and olive groves.

    The Douro valley has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage region with its endless olive groves and orange fields, vineyards, river beaches, and abundance of wildlife. The Portuguese people and others claim it is the most beautiful wine region in the world. Walls of schist support the climbing, gravity-defying vineyards, constructed over the centuries, each stone laid by hand, creating an astonishing and unique landscape.

    Still today, there is a focus on the handmade. It is common to find local estates where grapes are still harvested by hand and crushed with bare feet.

    Highlights:

    • Porto
    • Côa Valley Rock Art and Museum in Vila Nova de Foz Côa
    • Rustic crafts
    • Cistercian monasteries and Romanesque churches
    • Wine culture
    • Warmth and hospitality of the Portuguese people

    For the first time in her cycling career, Hennie used an electric bike for this tour. Using an electric bike totally changes the difficulty level. Ask Hennie!

    Don’t forget that Tripsite provides many amazing bicycle tours in Portugal along with 100s of other bike tours in Europe.

  • 2019

    Guided tour: £ 2227 $ 4,488 2576 NOK 24687 kr 22788 $ 2,962 Supported tour: £ 1699 $ 3,424 1965 NOK 18831 kr 17383 $ 2,260 Self-guided tour: £ 1391 $ 2,804 1609 NOK 15420 kr 14233 $ 1,850 Single supplement: £ 284 $ 573 329 NOK 3153 kr 2910 $ 378 July, August, and September supplement: £ 86 $ 174 100 NOK 958 kr 885 $ 115

     

    extra options

    E-bike: £ 173 $ 348 200 NOK 1917 kr 1769 $ 230 Boat from Porto to Régua: £ 95 $ 192 110 NOK 1054 kr 973 $ 127 Extra nights: on request

    please note

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

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    We recommend purchasing bike trip insurance.

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  • Travel

    Fly to Porto Airport or Lisbon

    Local Travel

    Airport transfers from and to Porto airport are included in your tour price. If you fly to Lisbon, the airport is located quite close to Lisbon center. You can take a taxi or train into the city. Lisbon airport is now connected directly to Lisbon center (Saldahna) by underground metro. If you are continuing onward from the Lisbon airport to Porto, you can take the Airport metro to Orient station and from there, train to Porto with 0 transfers.

    Climate

    Please check local conditions before your arrival. A good web site to use to research regional weather conditions is weatherbase.com. Here you will find average high/low temperatures and average rainfall as well.

    Remarks

    We highly recommend booking an extra night in Porto!


Where You’ll Stay

The accommodations for this tour are boutique level hotels. We can send you a sample hotel list. Just ask.

What’s Included

  • Fully Guided
  • 7 nights accommodations
  • Breakfast
  • Transportation from/to Porto airport to tour start and end
  • Bike rental (24 speed trekking)
  • Cycling guide
  • Route descriptions and maps
  • Luggage transfer
  • Support vehicle
  • 5 lunches
  • 5 dinners
  • Supported
  • 7 nights accommodations
  • Breakfast
  • Transportation from/to Porto airport to tour start and end
  • Bike rental (24 speed trekking)
  • Route descriptions and maps
  • Luggage transfer
  • Cycling guide
  • Van support with minimum of 8 people
  • Self-guided
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Breakfast
  • Airport transfers from Oporto
  • Bike rental
  • GPS
  • Route descriptions and maps
  • Luggage transfer
  • Train ticket from Santiago to Porto or Lisbon

What’s Not Included

  • Guided and supported
  • Beverages
  • Meals other than what is indicated as included
  • Tips for your guide
  • Self-guided
  • Meals and beverages, other than breakfast
  • Guide and support
  • Either version: Tourist tax in Porto, approx. €2 per night
  • Bicycle Protection
  • Travel Insurance
TourBike
TypeBoth
SkillModerate
Length8 days
From1609 Rates
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Tour Dates

2019 Dates

Guided: Any day possible for minimum of 4 people
Supported: Any day possible for minimum of 4 people
Self-guided: Any day possible for  minimum of 2 people

Skill Level

This tour is rated moderate with a total cycling distance of 270 and 4435 m (1.89%) of cumulative ascents.

Don’t forget that electric bikes are available for rental which completely changes the difficulty level.

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Douro Valley Wine Tour Map

Day 1: Porto – Pinhão (Train transfer, 110 km)
Day 2: Pinhão – Vila Nova de Foz Côa, 46 mi. (74 km)
Day 3: Vila Nova de Foz Côa – Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo, 26 mi. (42 km)
Day 4: Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo – Marialva, 38 mi. (60 km)
Day 5: Marialva – Penedono, 17 mi.  (27 km)
Day 6: Penedono loop, 25 mi.  (40 km)
Day 7: Penedono – Régua, 32 mi (52 km)
Day 8: Transfer by train to Porto

Day 1: Arrival to Porto
Upon arrival, you will be met by our local representatives at the airport ( Porto Airport, also known as  Francisco de Sá Carneiro). Régua is the start of the Alto Douro Wine Region, a UNESCO World Heritage site.  You will enjoy a lovely train transfer, following the coastal waterfront of the Douro River. It’s a 2 hour trip through lovely landscapes, passing traditional small villages. As you near Régua you will start to see the climbing vineyards. Bicycles will be waiting at the hotel’s reception and  you will enjoy enough free time to visit the Douro Museum.

Day 2: Pinhão – Vila Nova de Foz Côa, 46 mi. (74 km)
This is the land where the cave paintings are classified as World Heritage and also the region that produces the famous Douro wine.
The route begins heading towards Ervedosa do Douro and continues to São João da Pesqueira so that you can truly enjoy the river.

Elevation:
Min: 37 m
Max: 736 m
Ascent: 1266 m
Descent: 1507 m

Today you will travel on shared roads. During busy hours, exiting or entering towns, you may encounter moderate traffic.

Day 3: Vila Nova de Foz Côa – Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo, 26 mi. (42 km)
Pedaling towards Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo, you will visit the Northern plateau of Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo, a preserved village with its medieval castle, overlooking the highest point of Portugal. You will pass through Castelo Melhor, Algodres, and Vilar de Amargo. Between February and March, this natural landscape is scented and colored by almond blossoms.

Elevation:
Min: 164 m
Max: 642 m
Ascent: 919 m
Descent: 594 m

Today you will cycle on secondary roads only used by locals to access their homes or farms.

Day 4: Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo – Marialva, 38 mi. (60 km)
Today you follow the  course of the Côa River, which leads to Pinhel. Slowly, the route ascends to Marialva. You can visit the castle of four towers and the incredible church of Santiago. Marialva once was a border settlement and is now one of Portugal’s Aldeias Historicas (Historical Villages).

Elevation:
Min: 354 m
Max: 741 m
Ascent: 1289 m
Descent: 1322 m

On this day, you will again travel on secondary roads but always keep in mind that when entering and exiting towns, some traffic is unavoidable.

Day 5: Marialva – Penedono, 17 mi.  (27 km)
Mêda and Ranhados are the  highest points of this route. From this stage we will enjoy the unique landscapes of the vineyards, that portrait the inhabitants of Douro and the vine carving in the mountains.

Elevation: 
Min: 572 m
Max: 407 m
Ascent: 913 m
Descent: 225 m

Secondary roads but always keep in mind that when entering and exiting towns, some traffic is unavoidable.

Day 6: Penedono loop or free day, 25 mi. (40 km)
Enjoy a rest day or, if you prefer to be on the bike, you can cycle a loop, through neighboring villages.  It will not be an easy ride. Leaving Penedono, you will find yourself in the middle of traditional farmlands, dominated by vineyards and chestnuts. The Sernacelhe area is known as chestnut country. Cycling alongside the Távora River, you can enjoy the wonderful geography with the mountains and valleys so typical of this part of the country. If you have the time, be sure to visit the 12th century church.

Elevation:
Min: 553 m
Max: 913 m
Ascent: 759 m
Descent: 755 m

Secondary roads but always keep in mind that when entering and exiting towns, some traffic is unavoidable.

Day 7: Penedono - Régua, 32 mi (52 km)
From here, You will ride along the Douro River. Régua is the last frontier of the Douro wine on the way to Porto.

Elevation:
Min: 78 m
Max: 759 m
Ascent: 921 m
Descent: 1437 m

Secondary roads but always keep in mind that when entering and exiting towns, some traffic is unavoidable.

Day 8: Train transfer from Régua to Porto

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