Portugal Guided Bike Tour – Alentejo

/Portugal Guided Bike Tour – Alentejo

Portugal Guided Bike Tour – Alentejo

Tour Dates: Dec 17-23, 2017, Mar 11-17, Apr 15-21, May 13-19, Sept 2-9, 2018

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On our Portugal Guided Bike Tours you will enjoy the warmth of the people as well as an incredible variety of breathtaking landscapes, historic fortresses, and typical and historical villages. The gastronomy is very rich thanks to the many different peoples that invaded the land. Portugal is the perfect destination for cycling.

Located south of the Targus River, the Alentejo is a sparsely populated region filled with wheat fields, rolling plains, medieval castles and white villages where time seems to stand still. The Portugal Guided Bike Tour route is on uncrowded paved roads that pass through vineyards and cork forests. April is the perfect time to ride in Portugal, with dry weather, comfortable temperatures and glorious spring wildflowers!

After transferring from the Lisbon airport, you begin your bike tour in the fortified mountaintop village of Marvao. This 13th century medieval gem is filled with whitewashed houses and has sweeping views of the surrounding countryside. Enjoy a glass of local wine at sunset and let the magic of the Alentejo begin!

During the Portugal Guided Bike Tour you will stay in some of the most charming villages of the Alentejo. Castelo de Vide, with its cobbled streets and whitewashed houses, has Portugal’s oldest synagogue in its medieval Jewish Quarter. Orange and lemon trees line the broad streets of Vila Vicosa, and the houses are made from white marble that was quarried outside the town. Arraiolos is a small town renowned for its famous tapestries and carpets that still hang on the walls of palaces and castles throughout Portugal. Estremoz is located in a famous wine region and is another of Portugal’s white marble cities. Our tour ends in the beautiful World Heritage city of Evora, a fabulous open-air museum with a wealth of ancient buildings and monuments.

2018 Price: €2,450 – €3,270 Euros
pp double occupancy

* Cost varies according to departure date

Single Supplement: €310 Euros

Price Includes:
  • Transfers from and to Lisbon and the beginning and end of the tour
  • 7-day Road Bike Tour with a Guide
  • 6 nights lodging
  • All breakfasts
  • Hybrid or Road Bike Rental
  • 4 picnic lunches and 6 dinners
  • Luggage transfers
  • Vehicle support
  • Visit to Marble Museum
  • Visit to the Winery and wine tasting
  • maps and route directions
Price Does Not Include:

International flights, Electric bike rental, beverages.

A non-refundable €500 Euro deposit per person is needed to reserve a space.

Tour Difficulty

Portugal is hilly country and each day you can expect 30 to 75 km of riding.

  • Difficulty: Moderately Hilly
  • Road Conditions: Smooth & Paved
  • Recommended Bike: Hybrid or Road

Tour Highlights

  • Breathtaking landscapes
  • historic fortresses
  • uncrowded paved roads
  • vineyards and cork forests
  • Natural Park of São Mamede Hills

Sample Itinerary

Day 1

Pick up at Lisbon airport or hotel in Lisbon for a 3 hour van transfer to Marvao where you will have a tour briefing and bike fitting and time to walk around the town. Lodging in a cozy 3* Hotel in Marvão, the highest medieval village of Portugal.

Day 2 – The beautiful village of Marvão and its castle – 49km (30mi), 800m ascent (2630ft), level 3

After breakfast we ride down from the medieval village of Marvão on the top and we ride into the Natural Park of São Mamede Hills. Here Nature and History embrace each other. It seems time has stopped! …Everything is quiet. We have our picnic at a place with a dazzling view over another medieval village. Dinner with the group. Lodging in a classic Manor House (Bed & Breakfast) that was built in the 17th century.

Day 3 – The Natural Park landscape of S. Mamede Hills – 76km (47mi), 980m ascent (3220ft), level 4

After breakfast we leave this medieval town and its castle, its churches and the Jewish quarters and we ride on into the Natural Park. We have our picnic and the day ends in a beautiful border town with its castle, walls and an aqueduct built in the 16th century. Dinner with the group. Lodging in a 4* Hotel that was built conserving the old architectonic structures of the convent.

Day 4 – The capital of marble. – 62km (39mi), 1020m ascent (3450ft), level 4

After breakfast we ride towards the capital of marble in Portugal. This is a quiet small town where even the sidewalks are made of marble. There is marble everywhere. We have our picnic in the garden and then we visit the Marble Museum where you can learn how marble was extracted in the past and how it is extracted nowadays. We also visit a pottery workshop. Lodging in an impressive Convent built in 1182 by monks, recently converted in a 4* hotel, with its impressive private collection of eighteenth century Portuguese tile work.

Day 5 – Cork trees, Olive trees and Vineyards. – 71km (44mi), 980m ascent (3220ft), level 4

After breakfast we leave the Convent where we spent the night and we ride towards another beautiful and quiet town, land of marble and wine. We have our picnic on the way and we end our day in a small town, the land of the famous rugs. Visit to a tapestry workshop. Dinner with the group. Lodging in a 16th century convent converted into a Pousada where you find the perfect harmony between the traditional and modern concepts of Portuguese architecture.

Day 6 – Towards Évora – 26km (16mi), 250m ascent (820ft), level 1

After breakfast we ride towards Évora, a city classified as World Heritage by UNESCO. We visit a winery and taste the wine and then we have the afternoon free to wander around in this historic city where we can find evidences of 2000 years of History. Dinner with the group. Lodging in a 5* Hotel with swimming-pool located in the historic center of Évora.

Day 7 – Departure

After breakfast you drive 2 hours to the Lisbon Airport. Do not schedule flights out of Lisbon before mid-afternoon.