Northern Portugal

Uncork this little-seen side of Portugal.

Portugal’s northernmost reaches lie well off the well-worn tourist pathways, which makes this region ideally suited for a cycling tour in the Ciclismo style!

Ride though fabulous landscapes and far-reaching history starting from Spain and crossing the border with Portugal, to enter Lima and Douro River valleys with experienced leaders pointing out the “local’s Portugal” that you’d otherwise miss. And throughout your itinerary, you can look forward to sampling the wines of this beautiful land, from vinho verde, to the nation’s signature tipple, port.

You can also indulge on the locally-harvested cod, sardines, octopus and seafood cooked following traditional and simple recipes that emphasize the freshness of the ingredients or savor the numerous dishes featuring different type of meats: lamb, goat, quail, beef, chicken and game like venison or wild boar.

On our way to Porto we’ll explore the town of Guimaraes, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Porto is one of the highlights of the tour and the best place to end our unforgettable discovery of Portugal. It’s located along the Douro River estuary and was an outpost of the Roman Empire, It was also registered as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1996. It represents the Portuguese spirit that will surprise you with its colors, art, nightlife and modern infrastructures: Bem-vindo a Portugal!

Highlights

  • Explore towns and villages where centuries-old traditions endure
  • Spend a day exploring the national park in the mountains of Serra do Marão
  • Sample the different varieties of Portuguese wines and learn importance from a local grower
  • Learn about an archaeological site with settlements extending from the Bronze Age to the Middle Ages
  • Discover hidden corners of Portugal with your knowledgeable guides
  • Visit Porto and Guimarães, two UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Savor the best seafood and meat with locally-sourced fresh vegetables

Trip Details

Price
$4,895
Single Supplement
$800
Length
8 days / 7 nights
Level
Intermediate
Total Mileage
231 miles
Daily Average
33 miles
Terrain
Rolling
Start/End Locations
Baiona, Spain/Porto, Portugal
Trip Dates
09/02/17 - 09/09/17
06/24/18 - 07/01/18
07/29/18 - 08/05/18
09/02/18 - 09/09/18

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Itinerary

Baiona, Spain warm-up ride

Welcome to Spain! Today we meet in the hotel lobby at 12:30 p.m. for a light lunch and introductions. In the afternoon we enjoy a quick warm-up ride to get acquainted with your bicicleta, starting from this side of town with a scenic landscape and a spectacular, historic castle.

Baiona to Monçao, Portugal

Welcome to Portugal! Today we cross the border to officially enter Portugal. This part of the country is famous for the local wineries and the tiny villages situated along the Minho River. Monção is a lively town and the capital of the best Portuguese white wine, the ‘Alvarinho,’ which we’ll discover either during one of our dinners or one of our wine tastings.

Monçao to Canicada

On today’s ride we leave the Minho Valley, heading south towards the Lima Valley. Here, the landscape is smooth and full of forests and vineyards. Also, there are well-preserved villages scattered throughout our ride, and we encourage you to stop and take in their beauty. Our final destination is a modern hotel which features a spa, the perfect place to soothe your tired legs and relax!

Canicada to Guimarães

Today we continue southward to Guimarães and have a guided tour of the city. Guimarães is an ancient city that retains much of its medieval history— it’s also a UNESCO World Heritage Site and often called “the birthplace of the Portuguese nationality.”

Guimarães loop to Penha

oday we hike up to the beautiful site of Penha on the top of a mountain above the city. From there, it’s possible to hike down on marked trails and enjoy the amazing view of the valley underneath. For those of you who prefer to ride, you can reach the top of the mount by bike.

Guimarães to Amarante

Amarante was born from the prehistoric tribes that inhabited the Serra da Aboboreira as early as the Stone Age. However, it became more significant only after the arrival of Saint Gonçalo of Amarante in the 12th century. The construction of the stone bridge across the Tâmega River is credited to him. Over the next two days, allow some time to enjoy the cafes and restaurants near the river, which flows through the town and is near our hotel.

Porto and Douro Valley

Located along the Douro River estuary in northern Portugal, Porto is one of the oldest European cities and was registered as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1996. Today we explore the Douro Valley on our way to Porto, where we can enjoy a lecture on Porto wine with a local expert, followed by a wine tasting and a toast to our tour together!

Adeus!

The tour ends in the morning after breakfast, when you can either extend your stay in the area and enjoy more of the city or catch a 20-minute taxi or subway to the airport.

What's Included

Trip Planning

  • Use of a carbon road bike equipped with a Garmin Edge Touring GPS
  • Informative tour leaders throughout the program
  • Ciclismo jersey and water bottle

On The Tour

  • Van support
  • Hike to the mount above Guimarães and visit of the town with a local guide
  • 2 wine tastings

Accomodations & Meals

  • All accommodations
  • All breakfasts
  • 2 lunches
  • 6 dinners

Meet the Guides