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

This tour is rated difficult on a regular bike but we encougage you to not overlook this tour due to the difficulty level. For the first time in her cycling career, Hennie used an electric bike for this tour and she was glad she did! This is a spectacular tour that is rated easy to moderate on an electric bike. Ask Hennie.

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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
  • Airport transfers from Oporto
  • Bike rental (road bike)
  • Route descriptions and maps
  • Luggage transfer
  • Train ticket from Porto to Douro and from Douro to Porto (or Van transfer if available)
  • Support vehicle
  • 6 lunches
  • 6 dinners
  • Personal accident insurance
  • Liability insurance
  • Self-guided
  • 7 nights accommodations
  • 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
  • Beverages
  • Tips for your guide
  • Self-guided
  • Meals and beverages, other than breakfast
  • Guide and support
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Length8 days
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Tour Dates

Guided: May 7 and September 3, 2017 (minimum of 4). Other dates possible for minimum of 4 people.
Self-guided: Arrival possible any day.

 

Skill Level

This is a guided or self-guided bike tour that is rated difficult with 279 km total cycling distance with 4000 m of climbing. 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 - Régua, 69 mi. (110 km) train or van transfer or, for supplement, boat transfer
Day 2: Régua - Pinhão, 34 mi. (55 km)
Day 3: Pinhão - Penedono, 31 mi. (50 km)
Day 4: Penedono - Loop, 29 mi.  (47 km)
Day 5: Penedono - Marialva, 19 mi. (30 Km)
Day 6: Marialva - Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo, 29 mi. (46 km)
Day 7: Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo - Vila Nova de Foz Côa, 27 mi. (43 Km)
Day 8: Departure

All distances are approximate.

Day 1: Porto – Régua
Régua is the entry to the Alto Douro Wine Region, a UNESCO World Heritage site. There are two options for your transfer.  By train or van, depending on your group size, you will follow 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. Another option, is to go by boat (not included in tour price.) Bicycles will be waiting at the hotel’s reception and  you will enjoy enough free time to visit the Douro Museum. 

You will have one night in Régua at the Quinta do Vallado.

 Day 2: Régua - Lamego - Pinhão, 34 mi. (55 km)
Your day will start with a climb to the elegant city of Lamego, whose Porta dos Figos gateway arch leads into the narrow streets of the inner town. There is a graceful sanctuary dedicated to Our Lady of Remedies that overlooks the town and the center is graced with 17th and 18th-century mansions. After Lamego you will have a long descent with an incredible view of the Douro River, passing through the famous Douro Valley World Heritage landscapes. You’ll cross Régua again, but  this time, on the south side of the river, cyclingtowa rds Pinhão, a small, picturesque village by the river, in the heart of Douro, surrounded by vineyards.  Be sure to visit the historic train station, adorned with the gorgeous blue and white Azulejo tiles that depict a variety of Portuguese scenes. 

 Day 3: Pinhão – Penedono, 31 mi. (50 km)
Your cycling journey continues through the outstanding vineyard landscape of this region. From Pinhão, you head to Tabuaço but first must master a difficult climb. Don't be discouraged, however. You can always walk for a bit and look forward to the vista that awaits. You then turn inland to Penedono, where the landscape changes to rough and rocky and the vineyards are replaced by chestnut, cherry, and olive tree fields.  The castle here dates from the year 900. You can explore Sírigo, as well, which offers a loop ride, taking you through neighboring villages, such as Ferronha and A-do-Bispo.

 Day 4: Penedono Loop (or free day)
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. 

 Day 5: Penedono – Marialva
Your route departs from Penedono heading south toward Marialva. During this cycling stage, you will start by cycling to Mêda passing by the Ranhados dam towards Marialva. The landscape here is more arid and the roadside is dotted with cork trees. The white number you will find painted on the trunks represents the year of the harvest. 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).

 Day 6: Marialva – Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo
Todya's destination is Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo, a preserved village with a medieval castle overlooking the highest point of Portugal, Serra da Estrela. The fields are full of olive trees, almond trees, and vineyards an the people who live in these villages still cultivate their own food, growing vegetables and raising livestock animal (cows, goats, and sheep).

Day 7: Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo – Vila Nova de Foz Côa
During this cycling stage, you will pass through Castelo Melhor, Algodres, and Vilar de Amargo. Between February and March, in Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo, the landscape is dotted with almond blossoms. The route slowly approaches the Douro River. To arrive to to the day's destination, you will face one last climb, finishing your tour with one of the best views of the Douro Valley. Your last accommodations will be at Vila Nova de Foz Côa, a very well-known site for its pre-historic paintings.

Day 8: Departure
End of tour or extension of stay, Transfer back to Porto is included either by van or for larger groups, by train.

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