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Douro-Valley

Along the golden river Portugal

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Route

Tour profile/ level 2-3:

The cycling routes require a basic level of fitness, which you should have acquired by steady cycling. The routes can reach an altitude of 100 to 800 meters. The daily routes, of 35 - 60 km, cover hilly and mountainous terrain and can be completed without time constraints. The roads are mostly asphalted but there are also trails in this tour included. You can decide every day for yourself, whether you would like to cycle individually using the maps provided, or join one of the tour guides (or other individual participants).

Day 1: Miranda do Douro

The start of your journey. Departure from the airport is at 2pm (if you arrive after 3pm there will be a surcharge). On your way from Porto airport to the eastern most point of your holiday - Miranda do Douro, enjoy the beautiful landscape and scenery that unfold along the way like a painting of green trees and grey and brown rocks, hills and mountains, crowned by a blue sky. The Douro River Canyon and it’s over 200 meter-high cliffs also offers a fascinating landscape. The small town of Miranda do Douro, with it’s typical whitewashed houses, it’s Roman origins and narrow cobbled streets, deserves an exploratory walk.

Day 2: Miranda do Douro – Sendim, approx. 42 km

The first stage of your biking holiday takes you through the International Douro Nature Reserve, a gentle highland plateau known for its wilderness and landscapes. The stretch you shall cycle will take you across a quiet land, populated by over 170 species of birds, wild boar, and the occasional Iberian wolf. Even the goats and cattle make little noise. In the sky overhead, you may see a rare Golden Eagle or an Egyptian vulture.

Day 3: Sendim – Torre de Moncorvo, approx. 38 - 48 km

Today’s tour takes you along a former railway line. The eco trail runs past forests, across fields, a typical agricultural landscape, and a few scattered woods. Although the shepherds you meet may not speak your language, they are extremely friendly and happy to pose for photos. Continue along olive and almond groves until you reach medieval Torre de Moncorvo, the Capital of the Almond Blossom Festival. You will be warmly greeted by your host at an elegant town house where you may have the chance to sample her homemade liqueurs, which go beautifully with the locally grown Moncorvo almonds.

Day 4: Torre de Moncorvo – Vila Flôr, approx. 29 - 38 km

On day 4, you will cycle alongside the River Douro for the first time. Prepare yourself for stunning views and a magical landscape. The descent down to the river takes you through olive groves that produce some of the best olive oil in the world. That night, you will stay on a quinta, or farming estate, producing traditional and organic olive oil. For dinner, you will be served some of the finest local cuisine – homemade cheeses, sausages, baked bread and olive oil, home-grown oranges and of course, homemade wine. Apparently in the middle of nowhere, it is so quiet, the night sky is so clear, that stargazing walk after dinner is an absolute must.

Day 5: Vila Flôr – Sabrosa, approx. 29 - 31 km

The Alto Douro Winemaking Region is famous for their wines. First and foremost is Port Wine, but the region also produces world-famous red wines from the Touriga grape. The terraced vineyards, so typical of the region that is listed as a Unesco World Heritage Property, are a delight to the eye. The neatly-kept wine estates, or quintas, rise proudly amidst the vineyards, their names clearly visible to everyone who passes. You will enjoy arriving at the river’s edge and putting your bike on a Rabelo boat that in earlier days transported barrels of wine downriver to Porto. As you relax in the sun and photograph the surrounding landscape, the Douro region will once again enfold you in it’s magic. Pinhão, where most of the famous Port wine estates are located, is the next stop. Don’t forget to visit the beautiful train station. The seventeenth-century house, where you will spend the night, is located on the hillside, above the town.

Day 6: Sabrosa – Peso da Régua, approx. 31 km

It will not be easy for you to say goodbye to your kind landlady. First, the biking route will take you through the back roads of the Douro, then you will cycle gently back to the riverside. The views are nothing less than breathtaking, as if the Douro Valley, knowing that it is the last stage of your biking holiday, wants to ensure that you will never forget their magical beauty.

At the end of this beautiful day, you will arrive in Peso da Régua, the International Capital of Wine and Vineyards, at the centre of the Port wine-growing region.

Day 7: Peso da Régua

Departure or extension.

Services

  • 6 nights, shower/WC

  • Daily breakfast, 5x packed lunch, 1x dinner

  • Luggage transfer

  • Transfers from Porto airport to the start hotel in Miranda de Douro (departure airport 14:00) and from Peso da Régua to Porto airport directly before/after the tour

  • Per person: 21-speed rental bike, pannier, handlebar bag and lock (one each for two bikes) and helmet.

  • Per group / booking: GPS device loaded with the tracks, repair kit, first aid kit, pump

  • Digital travel documents in English and login data for cycle tour app (route information, navigation,...)

Dates & Prices

Dates

Merkmale

    Season / Period
    Type
      01.03. - 30.11.24

    Extras

    Discounts extra bed in double room with 2 full paying adults
    children 0-2,99 years -100%
    children 3-11,99 years -20%
    12 - 17,99 years -10%
     
    Bicycles and equipment
    21-speed-bike incl.
    E-bike 158
    Children bike, trailer, seat incl. on request
       
    Bookable additional services
    Wine and olive oil experience 67
    Premium Service Paket 400
       
    Additional nights*
    Porto, season 1 (dbl/sgl) 89/168
    Porto, season 2 (dbl/sgl) 100/189

     

    *S1: 01.03.-30.04. + 01.10.-30.11.
     S2: 01.05.-30.09.


    Best - Price - Guarantee

    If you would verifiably receive better conditions and/or prices from another tour operator at the time of booking we guarantee at least the same conditions PLUS 1 handlebar bag for FREE!
    All prices per person in EUR

    Accommodation

    Hotel samples

    Lodging in 3* or 4* hotels (or equivalent category guest houses); small hotels in most cases. Not all of these lodgings have swimming pool, bar and meals services.


    Miranda do Douro: Hotel Parador Santa Catarina * * * *
    Mogadouro: Rural Guest House Casa das Quintas
    Torre de Moncorvo: Manor House Casa da Avó
    Vila Flor: Rural Hotel Quinta do Barracão da Vilariça
    Sabrosa: Manor House Casa de Vilarinho de São Romão
    Cambres: Wine & Farm House Quinta de Tourais


    Note: Please be informed that these are hotel samples and therefore subject to alteration! Find Your final hotel bookings at Your hotel list after/at booking.

    Bicycle

    Bicycle inclusive panniers

    Included in this tour are cargo rack, Pannier bike bag or handlebar bag, helmet, bike tool kit for quick repairs, first aid kit, pre-paid mobile phone and GPS garmin Dakota 10 with android basesd software.

    The following bikes are available for rent:

    • 21- Hypride bike
    • E-Bikes
    • Children's equipment: Child bikes, Child bike trailer, Children bike tow bar, Child seat

    E-Bikes | Electric bikes | Pedelecs

    This makes every bike tour a breeze! If you perhaps had little opportunity to cycle in the last few weeks before the bike tour, if you are not quite sure of your strength, but also with physical limitations, every bike tour will be a pleasure for you! The switchable, almost silent electric drive of our modern bike takes some of the work off you, and amplifies the pedal power 3 times.

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    Arrival / Departure

    Arrival by plane

    Airport: Porto (OPO)
    Flights can be booked individually. For details see your final travel documents. Transfer at the arrival is from the airport at 2 pm. If you arrive after 2 pm there will be surcharge of € 55,- per person.

    Arrival by train

    Train station: Porto

    Transfer

    Transfer at the arrival is included from the airport at 2 pm. For departure it is included at 10 am. For other times there will be surcharge of € 55,- per person.


    Additional Information

    Supplement solo traveler: on request
    Supplement arrival Monday-Firday and Sunday : € 289,-
    (only possible by booking of more than 2 people)

    Bookable optionally:

    • Wine and olive oil experience featuring 2 visits and tastings on day 5 and 6: per person € 67,-
    • Premium package including: private transfer, tour briefing, private reception, daily debriefing, breakdown service € 400,-

    Note: all Tastings and Wine & Dine experiences will happen after the day of riding.

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    5.5 08.09.2019 | Sara F. Douro-Valley

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