Bike Across Portugal

Bike Across Portugal

Explore Portugal's south-central lands and west coast with undulating wheat fields, cork and eucalyptus trees, olive orchards and vineyards. As the western outpost of continental Europe, this region harmonizes centuries of ancient, Roman, Arabic, Medieval and Renaissance influences. Highlights include:

  • Beautiful, serene historic hotels.
  • Roman ruins, rural paradise and one of the most ancient towns in Europe
  • Alqueva reservoir, one of the world's best places for stargazing
  • Artisan centers of pottery, wine making and marble work
***Extend this trip by 4 days and with our Bike Across Portugal Plus! the Coast tour.***

Tour Dates & Prices

Date
Price
Private Room Fee
Note
Sep 15-22, 2018
USD$3695
USD$550
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Oct 13-20, 2018
USD$3695
USD$550
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Apr 20-27, 2019
USD$3695
USD$550
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May 11-18, 2019
USD$3695
USD$550
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May 25-Jun 1, 2019
USD$3695
USD$550
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Sep 14-21, 2019
USD$3695
USD$550
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Sep 28-Oct 5, 2019
USD$3695
USD$550
Book by November 15th and Save $200, per person.
Oct 12-19, 2019
USD$3695
USD$550
Book by November 15th and Save $200, per person.

* We are happy to match solo travelers who would like to share a room with someone of the same gender. If no match exists, due to hotel pricing, we will charge 50% of the private room charge. This charge will be collected at the time of the final payment. If a roommate assignment is available it will be refunded at the conclusion of the tour.

Trip At-A-Glance

  • Length / 8 Days
  • Avg. Distance / 63 km (38 miles) per riding day
  • Difficulty / 201
  • Countries / Portugal
  • Price / From USD$3695
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Tour Summary

Daily Ride Summary

Distance

1 No cycling today.
2 20-31 mi / 32-50 km
3 34 mi / 55 km
4 43 mi / 68 km
5 36 mi / 57 km
6 58 mi / 93 km
7 46 mi / 74 km
8 No cycling today.
  • Highlights
    Roman cities, Undiscovered roads, Wine tasting, Portugal's historic Pousada luxury hotels, Active marble quarry, The ceramics of São Pedro do Corval, Medieval town of Evora

    Keep in Mind: We work hard to maintain consistency across all of our tours, but some trips have unique differences. Here are some things to keep in mind about this tour.

    This is a rural region and on some days there will be fewer towns throughout the ride than other regions in Europe.
  • Includes
    7 nights' accommodation; 7 breakfasts, 1 picnic,5 dinners with wine; shuttle from and back to Lisbon; 2 wine and 1 olive oil tasting; two to three bilingual tour leaders; van support

    The Usual (Included with every ExperiencePlus! tour)

    • Superb tour leaders who are fun, bilingual and avid cyclists.
    • Help with flights, trains and pre/post tour hotels.
    • Comfortable lodging in 3-4 star hotels. 
    • All breakfasts and at least half of your dinners.
    • Use of a high quality 27-30 speed bike.
    • Full van support to carry luggage – and tired cyclists, too! 
    • Special events like wine tastings, cultural visits and chocolatiers.
    • All tips and gratuities at tour hotels and group meals.
    • Unique routes, marked with our famous chalk dust arrows.
    • Daily mileage options.
    • Detailed route map and free use of our traveling resource library.

    What's not included:

    • Transportation to and from the bicycling tour including airfare, or train travel
    • Helmets - we ask that you bring your own to ensure the best fit
    • Meals not listed in the itinerary
    • Tour Leader gratuity

    See the complete list of what's included with every ExperiencePlus! Tour.

  • Countries
    Portugal
  • Begin/End
    Elvas / Lisbon
  • Arrive / Depart
    Lisbon, Portugal - Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS).
  • Total Distance
    420 - 438 km (259 - 270 miles)
  • Avg. Distance
    63 km (38 miles) per riding day
  • Difficulty
    201
    Flat and gently rolling hills with 30 - 40 mile days. Two short steep climbs on two days.
  • Terms
Daily Itinerary

DAY 1: Meet in Lisbon, Shuttle to Elvas

Highlights: Elvas and its medieval walls

After arriving in Lisbon, you'll take our morning shuttle east to Elvas, a fortified city just a stone's through from the Spanish border. After a light lunch along the way, the tour leaders will fit bicycles, and lead a safety briefing, then it's off on a short loop ride around Elvas' impressive Roman Aqueduct, its well preserved 16th century walls, and its other fortifications. Tonight's hotel is built into the city's walls, and has a beautiful pool-a great spot to relax before or after your sumptuous welcome dinner.

DAY 2: Bicycle to Vila Vicosa

Highlights: Historic hotel

Consider today's short ride down to the river a warm-up for the excitement of the days ahead! You'll pedal with views into Spain before turning west, riding toward Vila Vicosa through wheat fields and olive orchard dotted with cork-oak trees. This semi-arid region is one of the country's least populated, and is known for its agricultural production, though today's short climb ends at a town famed for its marble. The beautiful rose-colored Vila Vicosa marble can be seen everywhere in town-including the street pavers! This afternoon, you can log extra mileage, visit the marble museum where we learn about the history of production and extraction, or give yourself in to poolside relaxation at your historic Pousada hotel, once a 16th-century convent.

DAY 3: Bicycle to Monsaraz

Highlights: Alqueva reservoir, castles and fortified town of Monsaraz, marble area

Departing the rose-colored city, we'll stop to visit an active marble quarry to learn more about its properties, history and extraction process. Our ride heads south to the castle town of Monsaraz, which overlooks the Alqueva reservoir. The largest reservoir in Europe, this body of water straddles the Spanish-Portuguese border, and was designated in 2012 as one of the first Starlight Tourism Destinations for its ideal star-gazing conditions and exceptionally low light pollution. Enjoy dinner together tonight, then bask in the inky night sky.

DAY 4: Bicycle to Evora

Highlights: Ceramic town, medieval Evora, wine tasting

Today's ride to Evora includes a pleasant stop in São Pedro do Corval, a well-known pottery town where you'll have the opportunity to browse several workshops and visit with the artists who run them. Upon your arrival in beautiful Evora, notice how its Roman aqueducts and ruins blend with the Medieval walls and Renaissance churches. Inhabited for more than 2000 years, Evora is on the roster of most ancient towns in Europe and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You'll spend two-nights here which will allow you to take in some of its most notable sights.

DAY 5: Evora - rest day or optional ride

Highlights: Visit Evora, or take a loop ride to Azaruja

Today's optional ride leaves Evora along a towering aqueduct into the heart of the Portuguese cork industry. We'll visit the factory where cork is transformed beyond bottle stoppers; you'll see purses, dresses, and business cards created from this amazing bark. This evening you'll enjoy a guided walk through the old part of Evora.

DAY 6: Bicycle Evora to Central Alentejo

Highlights: Rolling hills of the Alentejo, cheese tasting

As you leave the city you'll pass through several small towns and the ancient castles that safeguarded them during the 13th century. Your rural destination for tonight is an expansive farm, raising goats and cork. As we get closer to the coast, the wide-open spaces become dotted with sea pines revealing the varied character of the Alentejo. Get ready for a hearty Alentejo dinner.

DAY 7: Bike to Vilanova de Milfontes

Highlights: The beach and a boat ride

We leave rural Alentejo for coastal Alentejo today. As you get to the coast, you'll see signs of more recent Portuguese development including Sines and its industrial harbor which was once famed as the birthplace of Portugal's most famous sailor - Vasco da Gama. At Vilanova da Milfontes, our destination, you'll enjoy views of its amazing beach and the Rio Mira confluence to the sea. We'll enjoy a river boat trip this afternoon.

  • Distance: 46 mi / 74 km
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Lodging:

DAY 8: Tour Ends

Highlights: Transfer to Lisbon

Meals: B

Your bicycling adventure ends today. We'll shuttle you back to Lisbon (schedule flights after 2:00P.M.). Boa viagem!

  • Meals: Breakfast
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Reviews

  • Thanks for a great tour and fun memories

    Angela D., Telluride, CO
  • How would you describe this tour to a friend? Fascinating, beautiful, fun, fabulous biking. Superb trip and cannot wait to plan the next one! Thank you to all!

    Deborah S., Ossining, NY
  • My thanks and congratulations to EexperiencePlus! for planning a great tour, hiring spectacular guides and - where did you find so many intelligent, accomplished, sociable, sophisticated bikers to join this tour? The selection could not have been merely random.

    Jeffrey W., Sherman, CT
  • It was a great experience! This was our 4th tour with EP. We look forward to our 5th.

    Connie K., Houston, TX
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