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New 2018 Tour: Cycling the Portuguese Camino de Santiago

by Jessie Beyer - Friday, July 7, 2017

Explore Northern Portugal By Bike

Coming 2018: Cycling the Portuguese Camino (Plus! Santiago)

Join us on our new itineraries to pedal along the rivers, coasts and valleys of Northern Portugal and Galicia, Spain to Santiago as you follow the Portuguese Camino de Santiago.  You will visit important coastal towns and fortified cities from Portugal’s history dating back to its founding in the 12th century. Between cycling and cruising along the Douro, Minho and Lima rivers we will take the time to taste the regions culinary specialties and to enjoy the cultural shift that comes with crossing the border into Galicia, Spain. With three wine regions along our route and a blend of fresh seafood, hearty stews and modern day gourmet there is something for all tastes. Terraced vineyards blanket the hillsides riding up out of the Alto Douro river, a UNESCO designated wine-growing region World Heritage Site.  These are some of the worlds oldest vineyards with a winemaking history over 2000 years old.

Our route criss-crosses the Portuguese Camino as we follow in the footsteps of royalty such as Queen Isabel of Portugal who did this pilgrimage in the 13th century. We’ll touch on two of the Camino’s routes: one along the coast, and the traditional interior route to reach the enthralling towns of Barcelos, Ponte de Lima and Baiona and then Pontevedra, Padron and Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, Spain. This area is worth exploring for the panoramic views alone, but pedaling through the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Coimbra, Porto, Ponte de Lima, and then Baiona and Santiago de Compostela in Spain that are equally as extraordinary.

Cycling the Portuguese Camino

This 9-day tour is a unique bicycle touring experience filled with southern European hospitality and history including the following highlights:

  • Stay in a renovated 18th century palace
  • Scenic boat ride on the Douro River into Porto
  • Spanish Oysters
  • Historic Port of Baiona, Spain (Columbus’s first port)
  • UNESCO sites: Coimbra, Porto, Ponte da Lima and Santiago, Douro, Minho and Lima River Valleys, Salt Flats of Aveiro,
  • Cycling Portugal’s Northern Coast

Cycling the Portuguese Camino Plus! Santiago

If you’ve got time for the 12-day tour, continue along the beautiful Galician coast on the Portuguese Camino as we follow in the footsteps of past pilgrims who walked, pedaled or rode horses all the way to Santiago de Compostela:

  • Scenic views of the Galician Mountains
  • Santiago, St James Cathedral
  • Pilgrim’s Mass at noon

Ready to roll? Sign up before November 15th, 2017 and save $200. Find your departure date here!

Jessie Beyer - Originally from the suburbs of Washington, D.C., Jessie headed west for college and never looked back. She earned a Journalism and Technical Communications degree from Colorado State University, and has since worked in a variety of industries including radio, sustainability, and wine tourism. Jessie combines her passion for travel, cycling, and storytelling to help people understand the unique power of exploring the world from the seat of a bike. A self-proclaimed travel junkie, Jessie has found herself on many extended adventures. She spent 2015 exploring many corners of the world including tramping through New Zealand's mountains, cycling through Europe, and hitching a boat ride down the Mekong river from Laos into Thailand. At home in Colorado you'll likely find her singing her way up mountain trails, talking to strangers, and seeking restaurants with patios and Spanish wines.

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