Bike Across Portugal Plus! the Coast

Bike Across Portugal Plus! the Coast

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, delicately framed by stunning beaches and endless blue sky. Highlights include:
  • Beautiful, serene historic hotels
  • Roman ruins, rural paradise
  • Alqueva reservoir, one of the world's best places for stargazing
  • Artisan centers of pottery, winemaking and marble work
  • Rugged coastline, surfing and the continent's most southwestern point
***Sound like a great tour but you don't have enough time to do the entire ride? Check out Bike Across Portugal tour which includes the first 8-days of this itinerary.***

Tour Dates & Prices

Date
Price
Private Room Fee
Note
Apr 20-May 1, 2019
USD$4850
USD$650
3 More to Guarantee the Departure.
May 11-22, 2019
USD$4850
USD$650
 
May 25-Jun 5, 2019
USD$4850
USD$650
 
Sep 14-25, 2019
USD$4850
USD$650
Guaranteed to Go.
Sep 28-Oct 9, 2019
USD$4850
USD$650
Guaranteed to Go!
Oct 12-23, 2019
USD$4850
USD$650
 2 More to Guarantee the Departure.

* 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.

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Trip At-A-Glance

  • Length / 12 Days
  • Total Distance / 488-632 km (301-390 miles)
  • Avg. Distance / 58 (32 miles) per riding day
  • Tour Level / 2.0
  • Countries / Portugal
  • Begin/End / Elvas / Algarve
  • Price / From USD$4850
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Tour Summary

Tour Summary

  • Highlights
    Roman cities, Undiscovered roads, A stay at one of Portugal's historic Pousada hotels, Active marble quarry, Star-gazing, The ceramics of São Pedro do Corval, Medieval town of Evora, Costa Vincentina National Park, Algarve, Bicycle to the "end of the world"

    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
    11 nights' accommodation; 11 breakfasts, 1 light lunch, 9 dinners with wine; shuttle from and back to Lisbon; 1 unique olive oil tasting; and the usual (see below).

    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.

  • Arrive / Depart
    Lisbon, Portugal - Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS)
  • Overall Tour Level
  • Daily Ride Summary

    Day

    **Distance/Gain
    mi/ftkm/m

    Terrain

    Day Level

    Notes

    1
    Test ride
    2
    32km / 446m
    Rolling hills
    difficulty level 2.0
    Longer optional ride available
    3
    56km / 530m
    Rolling hills
    difficulty level 2.0
    4
    68km / 534m
    Mostly flat
    difficulty level 2.0
    5
    57km / 373m
    Mostly flat
    difficulty level 1.5
    6
    93km / 570m
    Mostly flat
    difficulty level 2.5
    7
    74km / 702m
    Rolling hills
    difficulty level 3.0
    8
    37km / 436m
    Hilly
    difficulty level 2.5
    Today's ride is an optional loop ride
    9
    45km / 272m
    Mostly flat
    difficulty level 1.0
    Today's ride is an optional loop ride
    10
    72km / 717m
    Mostly flat
    difficulty level 2.5
    11
    48km / 547m
    Mostly flat
    difficulty level 1.5
    12
    Last day

    Tour Level Note: Gently rolling hills, some longer days but with minimal elevation gain. 3 days have shorter steep climbs.

    **We use Ride With GPS (ridewithgps.com) to calculate elevation and mileage information. Due to variance between mapping technologies, totals may differ slightly across devices and applications

Terrain Legend

Mostly flat Mostly flat

Rolling hills Rolling

Hilly Hilly

Very hilly Very hilly

Mountainous Mountainous

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.

  • Distance: 32 km (20 mi)
  • Gain: 446 m (1463 ft)
  • Terrain: Rolling hills
  • Day Level: Day Level 2.0
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Lodging:

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.

  • Distance: 93 km (58 mi)
  • Gain: 570 m (1870 ft)
  • Terrain: Mostly flat
  • Day Level: Day Level 2.5
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Lodging:

DAY 7: Bike to Vilanova de Milfontes

Highlights: Coastal Alentejo

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 modern harbor which was once famed as the birthplace of Portugal's most famous sailor - Vasco da Gama. A gentle sea breeze will be your first indicator that you are getting close to the beach and the Rio Mira confluence to the sea.

  • Distance: 74 km (46 mi)
  • Gain: 702 m (2303 ft)
  • Terrain: Rolling hills
  • Day Level: Day Level 3.0
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Lodging:

DAY 8: Vilanova de Milfontes

Highlights: Rest Day

Stroll, relax, cycle, or shop today – or all of the above. It’s up to you! Those who want to get on the bike can enjoy an exhilarating loop ride towards tiny Sao Luis and Porto das Barcas. We’ll recommend a spot for a delicious seafood lunch on the water. This evening we'll get together to learn more about this unique environment where the river meets the sea.

DAY 9: Bicycle the coast of Portugal

Highlights: Costa Vicentina National Park

Coastal hills separate the central Alentejo from the North Atlantic Ocean, and you'll pedal through this rugged area today. A majority of this area, including its beautiful beaches and sheer cliffs, is designated as Costa Vicentina National Park, so there are just a few roads that take you to the coast. We'll loop towards secluded beaches so there are opportunities for picnics and swimming. Or wait and hit the hotel pool, or take the walk from the hotel to the ocean.

  • Distance: 45 km (28 mi)
  • Gain: 272 m (892 ft)
  • Terrain: Mostly flat
  • Day Level: Day Level 1.0
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Lodging:

DAY 10: Bicycle the Costa Vicentina National Park

Highlights: Beaches, sand dunes, and surfers

Despite the attention given the Algarve in southern Portugal, many surfers would argue that the Costa Vicentina boasts some of the best surfing in Europe - and one of the most beautiful beaches on earth. Today you'll ride south, weaving across the main road, through little farm villages and larger towns. Our secluded hotel is surrounded by green hillsides and is located at the gateway of a serene valley. It's about a kilometer from the beach to the hotel and about 800 meters are unpaved so you might prefer to walk the last bit.

  • Distance: 72 km (45 mi)
  • Gain: 717 m (2352 ft)
  • Terrain: Mostly flat
  • Day Level: Day Level 2.5
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Lodging:

DAY 11: Bicycle to the "end of the world"

Highlights: Cabo San Vicente lighthouse, Sagres fortress, bicycle Algarve

A short ride today allows for plenty of time for one last walk on the beach, or an extra-leisurely ride to Cabo San Vicente - the famed "end of the world," when the world was thought to be flat. Europe's most southwestern point still features a lighthouse and a fortress. From there, it's just a few kilometers to the town of Sagres, the final destination of your cycling adventure in Portugal. Celebrate the spirit of the Alentejo and the Algarve with a lively group dinner and a restful night in another luxurious Pousada hotel, built on Sagres' promontory with a memorable view of the fortress and the beach.

  • Distance: 48 km (30 mi)
  • Gain: 547 m (1794 ft)
  • Terrain: Mostly flat
  • Day Level: Day Level 1.5
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Lodging:

DAY 12: Algarve

Highlights: Tour ends

Stick around and enjoy another day (or two) at the beach, or if you must head home we wish you boa viagem! We'll offer a shuttle to Lisbon this morning for anyone flying out or heading back to the capital.

  • Meals: Breakfast
Travel Information

Travel Information

Day 1: Arrival Information

Meet in Lisbon, Shuttle to Elvas

Lodging: Hotel São João de Deus

Your tour starts with a shuttle pick-up on Day 1 (your spot is already reserved on this shuttle):

Note:

As you are planning, remember that the hotels listed in our itineraries are our primary hotels and are - in rare cases - subject to change. Before you make arrangements, check with us if your tour departure is guaranteed. If your tour departure is out further than 6 months, please also check with us as there might be slight changes to the itinerary.

The below information will help you plan your arrival. For more tips or other routes, you might like Rome2Rio. The fare and timing information listed below is approximate.

We recommend flying into Lisbon Airport. (LIS)

We will be glad to arrange your pre- and post-tour stay at the Meeting Hotel for you upon request. Note that we will not sleep there as a group and the stay there is not included in the tour price.

Getting to the Meeting Hotel in Lisbon from the Lisbon Airport

  • Taxi or Uber (25 min/EUR 15-20)
  • or Aerobus (stop Tivoli Theater, right in front of the hotel) (50 min/EUR 3-4)

For more travel planning tips, including our packing lists, visit our After You Book Pages online.

Day 12: Departure Information

Algarve

We spend our last night of the tour in Sagres, about 200 miles from Lisbon. If you wish to stay in Sagres, where the tour ends, or head to other locations, note that Sagres is poorly connected by public transportation. The best option is to rent a car and the hotel can assist with this option. Buses are available but seasonal schedules apply and most schedules are restricted to morning hours as opposed to the afternoon. 

The tour ends on the final day with an ExperiencePlus! shuttle drop-off at either

Shuttle reservations 30 days prior to the tour start are required. Reserve by emailing us. If you can't make the shuttle, you will be responsible for your own transportation.

*Note: Book your flight out of LIS after 4:30 p.m.

What's Included

For a full list of what's included before, during and after your bike tour, visit our What's Included page.

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.

Pre-Trip Planning Checklist

To do right after you booked!

6 to 3 Months Prior to Tour Start Date

  • Check the online itinerary of your trip and review the arrival and departure information under the "Travel Information" tab to see meeting place and time, if a reservation on a complimentary ExperiencePlus! Shuttle (if applicable) is required, and other important information to help you plan your arrival and departure.
  • Reserve your flights after you know you have a confirmed tour departure. Please check with our office if you do not know if your trip is confirmed.
  • Book your pre and post-tour hotel nights.
  • 12 weeks before your tour begin your training program: https://www.experienceplus.com/blog/travel-planning/bicycle-tour-training/
  • Final payment is due 90 days prior to the tour start. Please refer to your Deposit Payment Invoice and the Final Payment Reminder e-mail you have received for detailed instructions.

6 to 2 Weeks Prior to Tour Start Date

Day of Your Flight

Get as much sleep on the plane as you can. Pack your one day of cycling gear in your carry-on. See you soon!

What to Expect on Tour

Bicycles

Your bike will be equipped with: a men's or women's saddle, a quick release style seat post adjustment, rear rack and expandable pack, pump, patch kit, spare tube, cable lock, cyclometer, rear lights, a water bottle cage (or two) and a water bottle (or two) and in some cases a bell. If you would like to bring your own pedals and shoes we recommend doing so—your tour leaders will install them during the bike fitting. We have flat pedals with or without cages available. For safety and hygiene reasons you are responsible for bringing a helmet.

Daysheets

Each day you'll receive a daysheet with information on the day's activities, meals and ride. These also include Tour Leader phone numbers, hotel information and interesting historical and cultural information about sites that you may want to stop and see along the route. Your Tour Leaders will also post daily announcements in the hotel lobby with information about sightseeing in town or restaurant recommendations for dinners on your own as well as important information about breakfast, luggage down and "arrows down" time.

Navigating on Tour

Each day we will provide you with a route map with the day's ride highlighted route. Of course, we also mark the route every day with our signature chalk dust arrows. Our arrows make navigating very easy—you may never need to look at the map! The arrows also allow you to ride at your own pace. There is no need to "keep up" with the group—this is your ride!

But what if it rains? What happens to the arrows? In a light rain, the arrows actually "set up" and become more permanent. In a heavy rain, they do wash away. If that happens, we'll re-group to cycle together for those who want to continue cycling while those who prefer to stay dry can shuttle.

For the tech-loving riders out there we offer the opportunity to download GPS tracks of most tour routes to your personal GPS device using RideWithGPS.com. Tracks are available upon request approximately three to four weeks prior to the departure.

Van Support

The van carries luggage and supports cyclists. It also has water, fruit and snacks. Though the van has snacks, we encourage you to stop and enjoy markets and find your own favorite local specialty.

Hotels

We have carefully chosen all of our accommodations for their charm and location. They are typically small, family run hotels that offer you a glimpse into the local culture.

We prefer hotels near interesting sites in the center of town located along the best cycling route in the area. Because many of the hotels are small not all of the rooms will be exactly the same. We keep this in mind and do our best to distribute rooms fairly by the end of the tour. Our itinerary lists our primary hotels. On rare occasions, listed hotels are subject to change.

Meals and Restaurants

Breakfasts: we work hard to arrange complete breakfasts but some hotels still serve continental style breakfasts; cycling is energy intensive so we do recommend you plan for a morning or mid-morning snack on the road at a local café or market.

Water is OK in almost all hotels and in country fountains; if there is a problem, we will advise you.

We'll recommend lunch locations en route and most itineraries include a few group picnics. We limit the number of picnics so you don't feel pressured to be at a certain place in the middle of your ride.

Dinners together are often pre-planned and pre-ordered. We'll ask you prior to your trip if you have special dietary requirements. Preplanned meals allow us to provide a variety of regional specialties and facilitate efficient service. Water, wine and beer are included.

Tipping Your Tour Leader Team

If you feel your tour leader team has demonstrated great expertise and service, common practice within the travel industry is to tip. Tipping is voluntary and greatly appreciated, and gratuity amounts vary widely. Should you decide to leave a tip, as a guideline, we suggest 5% of the tour cost per traveler – this for the entire tour leader team, not each Tour Leader. If you’d like to show your gratitude for your Tour Leaders’ excellent service you can give the tip to any member of the tour leader team, as they share it evenly. In order to avoid social tensions, we encourage you to tip as individuals and not as a group. If you feel your Tour Leaders did not quite meet your expectations, then we would like to know about it. You will also have the opportunity to leave your comments in our evaluation survey which we email to you after your trip.

Photos

By reserving space on tour, you agree that ExperiencePlus! Bicycle Tours may use, re-use and reproduce any images, photos or videos that you send to us, or that are taken by our guides and/or other travelers of you individually or in a group, in any medium, including but not limited to print, electronic media, or Internet, free of charge and without your right to inspection, for promoting and publicizing our travel products and services worldwide. If you do not want us to use any images of you that are taken by us or other participants during the tour, you must inform us or your tour leader in writing at the start of the tour.

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Reviews

Reviews

  • An excellent trip into rural Portugal exploring inland and coastal villages less affected by tourism than the Algarve. This was our 14th trip with Experience Plus and we are looking forward to our 15th! We would not consider another company, which speaks for itself!

    Heather B., Kirkcaldy, Scotland - May 2018
  • How would you describe this tour to a friend? - beyond amazing in terms of ability to ride without stress, everything taken care of and enough and the greatest food of any trip I''ve been on!!!

    Estelle K., Aurora, CO - May 2018
  • Overall we had a great trip and will be back for (many) more.

    Carol O., Menlo Park, CA - October 2018
  • Wonderful food with delicious wine and olive oil. The people were friendly, the guides awesome, and the cost of expenses very reasonable. Thanks!

    Kevin M., Salt Lake City, UT - October 2018
  • I loved exploring a new part of the world with knowledgeable and fun guides. Excellent!

    Margaret M., Salt Lake City, UT - October 2018
  • How would you describe this tour to a friend? Awesome. Have been talking about it since I returned.

    Patricia S., Alexandria, VA - April 2017
  • A pleasant trip through beautiful country. Be sure to go in the spring, the wildflowers are awesome.

    Chris H., Huntington Beach, CA
  • How would you describe this tour to a friend? Fun, interesting, easy. Great group and great leaders.

    Scott W., Williamsburg, VA - May 2018
  • It''s a ride through beautiful scenery on perfect biking roads with no traffic. The daily distances are very comfortable and you never have to worry about getting lost. And the people you meet are consistently friendly and interesting.

    Steve I., Aurora, CO
  • Beautiful country - rolling hills/wine country to spectacular beach and seaside cliff scenery; moderately difficult ride; fabulous guides; very friendly, welcoming people; amazing food and wine. Exceptional trip.

    Deena B., Incline Village, NV- May 2017
  • Excellent route, neat country, beautiful, great beer and wine prices. Really impressed with the bike set-up.

    Sonny L., Aurora, CO
  • Another great trip from Experience Plus!

    Jeff C., Pace FL - October 2018
  • Elvas! Monsaraz! Vila Viscosa - all were delightful hill towns with interesting features. The beach towns - Porto Covo, Touril, Sagres - and rides were great.

    Sandra S., Sacramento, CA
  • I loved this trip! Loved Portugal! Hotels were varied and wonderful! Food was amazing, wine was outstanding and the guides were over the top!!!

    Jennifer R., Longmont, CO
  • What was your favorite experience on this trip? Too hard to pick! A typical excellent ExperiencePlus! trip, with an exceptionally congenial group. Group meals were a lot of fun. Arrows are the best!

    Susan C., Berkeley, CA - April 2017
  • How would you describe this tour to a friend? Lovely rides that are not super challenging, great hotels, meals, and guides.

    Steve M., Boulder, CO - October 2017
  • How would you describe this tour to a friend? Ride is through a lot of pretty countryside, with some interesting towns, plus a few days along the Atlantic coast which was spectacular. We also learned a lot about the culture and history of Portugal.

    Phil C., Centennial, CO - October 2017
  • Great guides, great route, good hotels, good food and drink, beautiful scenery, and excellent camaraderie among the riders.

    Brad H., Falls Church, VA - May 2017
  • Cuisine, culture all while cycling!

    Barbara P., Lafayette, CA - April 2017
  • How would you describe this tour to a friend? In a word... Peaceful. The countryside is gorgeous, the people are friendly, the food/wine are YUM, the shoreline is breathtaking, and traffic is minimal and courteous. Make it last forever :)

    Jarmila G., Idledale, CO - May 2017
  • How would you describe this tour to a friend? Nice road surface, varied scenery, friendly people, beautiful ocean, wonderful food and great guides. I loved all of it.

    Betsy I., Boulder, CO - May 2017
  • The food, hotels, country roads, villages, beaches, cycling, sunny weather every day of the tour, learning more about the history and culture of Portugal were all great experiences; but I think the people were fantastic and such a relief from my "everyday" life.

    Lynne P., Darcut, MA - September 2018
  • It was fantastic. We rode through the flower-filled countryside, ate local food and drank local wines. The route was great with just enough ups and downs.

    John H., Colorado Springs, CO
  • Portugal is a must-see and no better way to see it than on bike.

    Jane C., Lucca, Italy
  • Great guides. The (navigational) arrows make the tour much more enjoyable. I enjoyed having the "ridewithgps" maps on my Garmin. We plan to ride again next fall.

    Joe V., Boulder, CO
  • We''ve done self guided and self supported bicycle tours and felt very pampered on this one. Hotels and meals were exceptional in comfort, and more importantly for me, in their variety and display of Portuguese culture. Tour leaders superb, both as personailties and in their conveyance of info on local culture, activities. Very well done.

    Hans J., Lafayette, CO - September 2017
  • Yet another great ExperiencePlus! tour. What did I enjoy most? The final dinner as it reflected the culmination of great cycling in an historic country, an experience shared by a collegial group and the great food and wine consumed en route.

    Diane C., Gabriola Island, BC
  • A great ride.

    Lyndon J., Trafalgar, Victoria, Australia
  • Wonderful scenery, good roads, and friendly people. Tour leaders went beyond expectations to ensure a safe trip and an enjoyable vacation.

    Dave G., Denver, CO
  • I appreciated the amount of cycling. Your competitors shuttle people frequently, where we cycled the whole distance. We had some favorite hotels, the Herdade do Touril and the Memmo(in Sagres) were fantastic. It''s a real cycling tour full of great experiences and the best leaders.

    Marty S., Princeton, NJ - May 2018
  • How would you describe this tour to a friend? Wonderful! Do it! Experience Plus! is the best! All of the guides were extraordinary.

    Linda W., Triadelphia, WV - October 2017
  • Fabulous introduction to a beautiful part of Portugal. The landscape was rugged and pristine, and the people were proud and welcoming.

    Sari R., Glastonbury, CT
  • This was one of the most enjoyable tours we''ve done - a perfect combination of beautiful scenery, culture, terrain, and the way how it''s run.

    Dana S., Fairport, NY - May 2017
  • A good sampling of the southern region of Portugal and the western coastline. Learn about Portugal''s long history, sample its delicious food, stay in interesting hotels, enjoy pristine beaches, and learn about cork and marble.

    Linda M., Livermore, CA
  • As always the tour guides were wonderful and the planning always exceptional.

    Valerie H., Pace, FL - October 2018
  • Don''t change a thing. Will remember the trip, tour members and guides very fondly.

    Ken H., Hurricane, UT - May 2018
  • Trip of a lifetime. Cultural, beautiful, very nice people, courteous drivers towards bikers. This was my 4th trip with ExperiencePlus and I hope to continue to do more trips. Thank you, once again, for a fabulous vacation.

    Elaine L., Ayer, MA - September 2018
  • Thanks for the memories!

    Steve S., Pasadena, CA - April 2017
  • How would you describe this tour to a friend? An interesting experience; Portugal still seems "old world". Interesting culture, diverse scenery and delicious food and wine. Another great ExperiencePlus Tour! Thank you!

    Ann G., Fort Collins, CO - May 2018
  • Loved the landscape, quiet roads and wild flowers.... very pastoral... good variety of riding.

    Marilyn H., Vancouver, BC
  • This trip was a fun trip with a really good group of people. The guides were great , informative and helpful. The scenery was beautiful and varied from countryside to seaside. I learned lots about Portugals'''' wines, food, olives and cork trees/industry

    Deb D., Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada
  • What was your favorite experience on this trip? A favorite is hard to select. Everyday had some special moments. I did enjoy the stay at Herdade do Touril where we helped with dinner, sang, drank, and then listened to Fado. My favorite bike ride was the 48 miles to Alentejo. So much fun! We will be coming back. Thank you for your wonderful service.

    Betty H., Hurricane, UT - May 2018
  • Well worth it! And Portugal did not disappoint!

    Carol S., Pasadena, CA - April 2017
  • How would you describe this tour to a friend? Beautiful country with diverse scenery. Wonderful history, culture and people. Scenic, low traffic bike routes on good roads. Hotels, food and wine were all very good.

    Anne K., Portsmouth, RI
  • Wonderful trip. The amount of cycling is enough, but still leaves plenty of time to enjoy the town at the end of the day. Food was amazing with plenty of variety at both breakfasts and dinners. The arrows provide a seamless ride, so no need to stop and examine a map. The coast is an area not to be missed!

    Margaret V., Boulder, CO
  • How would you describe this tour to a friend? Experience the real Portugal before it is over run with more tourists. It will happen in the near future.

    Peter P., Tacoma, WA - October 2017
  • I loved everything about this trip, and cannot think of a way in which it could be improved. Best cycling I''ve done on a bike tour. Great food all along the way. Thank you for such an amazing cycling trip.

    Jona S., Ukiah, CA - May 2018
  • Thank you for making my first bicycle tour experience one that I will never forget.

    Anne M., Lancaster, SC - September 2018
  • How would you describe this tour to a friend? Wonderful. We fell in love with Portugal and hope to do the Northern Portugal trip sometime in 2018.

    Jim B., Incline Village, NV - May 2017
  • What was your favorite experience on this trip? Being out in the countryside, away from heavy traffic and seeing the beautiful views. Once we got to the coast I looked forward to every opportunity to see the high, rocky coastline. I loved learning about marble industry and seeing where it comes from as well as learning about cork, where it comes from and seeing how it is processed. So easy to follow the route with the chalk marks that I love! Beautiful scenery, lovely and comfortable accommodations.

    Caroline C., Chapel Hill, NC - May 2018
  • We had full days with great food and wine and leaders that always went above and beyond to please.

    Scott B., Hatfield, PA
  • What was your favorite experience on this trip? The beginning , middle and everything in between. Superb trip and the guides were very special. You will love it---just follow the chalk (arrows).

    Joey A., Charlotte, NC - May 2018
  • As my first experience I can only say that the trip was wonderful. The people I met and the support given for me to achieve each day''s ride was so encouraging. The bikes and support were outstanding the hotels mostly luxurious and the additional cultural aspects additional bonuses.

    Jan R., Mt Waverly Victoria
  • Lovely countryside, lovely people. Even my wife, the non-biker, has brought up the idea of another tour!

    Tom H., Concord, MA - September 2018
  • Well organized, Fun, great learning experience. Guides were so good about sharing their country - I loved it.

    Joan M., Lafayette, CO - September 2017
  • I had a great time!

    Susan B., Groveport, OH
  • Great rides, beautiful countryside and a wonderful coast with spectacular beaches.

    Britt S., Calgary, Alberta, Canada - September 201
  • Great riding, even better guides, good food, great group.

    Ron C., Berkeley, CA - April 2017
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