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.