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    • Travelcode: 448

    Portugal family tour

    An adventure for the whole family

    • The Minho Family biking holiday will give you an almost surrealistic Change of Scenery Experience. Starting in the upper reaches of the Vinho Verde wine region, you will cycle towards the Atlantic Ocean. This tour is also blessed by the Minho and Lima rivers, each of which will accompany you at one stage or another of your holiday. The Minho is a proud land: proud of its maritime history and of the remains of the fortifications that helped keep the Spanish well within their borders. It is the land of fine cuisine and, along the cost, of a wealth of fish and seafood dishes, best enjoyed with a glass of Vinho Verde. Best of all, this journey will put you in touch with some of the nicest Europeans. Do take every opportunity to meet the local inhabitants: fishermen and their wives, farmers, the kind lady at the local shop; listen to their stories. Enjoy biking through the North of Portugal at its most authentic.

      Tour profile/ level 1-2

      You cycle on paved roads and on non-paved trails. Elevation gain between approx. 20 and 400 m per day.

      Day 1: Moncao

      Arrival at Porto airport and meeting with Vinitur staff - Shared transfer at 15h00. Transfer to the town of Monção

      Day 2: Moncao

      Day at leisure to explore Monção by bike or hike in the region. Monção, surrounded by tall trees and magical mountain locations, contains many green parks with beaten earth paths and water fountains that invite the visitor to take invigorating walks or just stroll through the town and enjoy the excellent panoramic views over the river, across to Spain, with perfect places to sunbathe.
      In the morning, optional half-day rafting program in the Minho River, a ‘family’ river, transfer included.
      In the afternoon, optional Vinho Verde wine visit and tasting at a family wine estate, or Quinta

      Day 3: Moncao - Vila Nova de Cerveira, approx. 35 km

      Today, you will ride eastwards, along the River Minho to the Atlantic Ocean, along a cycling lane built on a former railway line. Your journey will take you through tiny villages, corn fields, and vineyards the demarcated Vinho Verde winemaking region that produce the dry white wine for which the region is famous.

      Day 4: Valenca, approx. 30 km

      Today you have two programs to choose from:
      Option 1: A cycling stage to visit the fortified town of Valença. The Valenca fortress is one of the most impressive fortifications in northern Portugal, with the entire historic centre of the town and surrounded by craggy mountains and wide rivers, above the River Minho that forms the natural border with Spain.

      Option 2: As an alternative for the day, you may prefer an active experience:
      Half-day river canoe or half-day four-wheel-drive mountain tour.

      Choose either a half-day river canoe experience will host to an active 2-hour-long program. Or, as alternative, a 3-hour-long four-wheel drive adventure tour in the mountains
      Both these activities are appropriate for children over 6 years old.

       

      Day 5: Caminha - Viana do Castelo, approx. 25 km

      River cruise transfer from Vila Nova de Cerveira to the seaside town of Caminha. Cruise for one hour down a river full of life and history as the border between Portugal and Spain.
      Cycling stage from Caminha to Viana do Castelo. Cycling along the mighty Atlantic Ocean is an extraordinary experience, especially when the ocean is at its friendliest as you ride past fishing villages that appear unchanged for centuries.

      Day 6: Barcelos

      Train from Viana do Castelo to Barcelos (30 minutes) – not included. Visit to the traditional Barcelos weekly market, every Thursday.
      Painting workshop of a Barcelos rooster (included). Organized by a local craftsman, a hands-on pottery workshop offers the entire family a chance to learn this Portuguese popular art. Return by train to Viana do Castelo and leisure time – not included

      Day 7: Viana do Castelo

      From the hotel, short walk to the Santa Luzia cable car station. Take the lift to the top of the hill and the basilica (not included). If you prefer, you can walk along a 2. 1 km path and climb the 659 steps of the monumental staircase to the church until you reach 160 metres at the top. Take time to walk around and explore the beautiful centre of Viana do Castelo, the docks and the fishing port

      Day 8: Porto

      Transfer to the Porto airport from where you will depart.
      End of the tour.

    • ARRIVAL-PARKING-DEPARTURE

      ARRIVAL BY PLANE

      Airport: Porto (OPO)

      Flights can be booked individually. For details see your final travel documents.


      Transfer

      It is considered an extra transfer every time a transfer isn’t direct. Transfer IN is from Porto airport to the starting point of the program in a car. The shared transfer will be at 3pm. If you arrive later there will be a surcharge of € 60,00 per person. Transfer OUT is from the ending point of the program to Porto airport.


      Additional Information

      Bookable optionally:

      Wine and Dine package
      Including:

      • 2 dinners in nearby restaurants in Monção and Viana do Castelo
      • Guided visit and wine tasting in a wine estate

      Please note: For children, there is a child friendly alternative to the wine tasting (example: grape juice) and activity


      Adventure Package
      Including:

      • Half-day rafting program in the Minho River, a ‘family’ river, in Monção (transfer from and to the Hotel included)
      • Half-day river canoe or half-day Four-wheel drive mountain tour, in Vila Nova de Cerveira


      Picnic
      5 Light meals to carry on bike in riding days


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

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    • Included in the price:

      • Accommodation, 6 nights BB, in double standard room
         
      •  Luggage transfer
         
      •  Transfer: Porto airport - Porto hotel depature from the airport at 3pm and Porto Hotel - Porto airport
         
      • 21-speed-bike incl. equipment (pannier rack, pannier or handlebar bag, locker, helmet and mop clip cap)
         
      • Per group/reservation: Pre-paid mobile phone (charged with 10 Euros), toolkit, first aid kit, puncture repair kit, pump, and spare inner tube
         
      • Per group/reservation: GPS loaded with the tracks and a roadbook with detailed information
         
      • maps/information material per room
    • Choose Categories

      S1 01.03. - 17.04.20 Children in same room every SAT
      S2 18.04. - 22.04.20 Children in same room every SAT
      S1 23.04. - 30.04.20 Children in same room every SAT
      S2 01.05. - 30.09.20 Children in same room every SAT
      S1 01.10. - 30.11.20 Children in same room every SAT
      S1 01.03. - 17.04.20 Children in separate room every SAT
      S2 18.04. - 22.04.20 Children in separate room every SAT
      S1 23.04. - 30.04.20 Children in separate room every SAT
      S2 01.05. - 30.09.20 Children in separate room every SAT
      S1 01.10. - 30.11.20 Children in separate room every SAT

      Extras

      Discounts extra bed in double room with 2 full paying adults
      under 3 years -100%
       
      Bicycles and equipment
      21-speed-bike incl.
      E-bike 79
      Children seat incl.
      Children bike 20" incl.
      Children trailer incl.
         
      Bookable additional services
      Wine and dine adult / child 89/61
      Adventure package adult / child 106/61
      Picnic package 61
         
      Additional nights
      Porto, season 1** (dbl/sgl) 69/127
      Porto, season 2** (dbl/sgl) 89/168

      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
    • You will be accomodated in 3-4-star hotels

      Hotelexamples:

      Moncao:
      Rural Hotel Convento dos Capuchos

      Vila Nova de Cerveira:
      Inatel Cerveira Hotel

      Viana do Castelo:
      Hotel Rali


      Please be informed that these are accomodation examples. Subject to alteration! Please see Your final accomodations on Your hotellist at booking/prior tourstart.

    • Bicycle inclusive panniers:

      For this tour we selected you 2  types of bicycles for you to choose for:

      21- Hypride bike
      Specialized hard rock sport disc 2014
      29’ wheels
      Suntour XCT front suspension
      Hybrid tires
      Adjustable height stem

      E-bike
      Cube reaction HPA 2015
      29’ wheels
      Suntour XCR front suspension
      Mtb tires or Hybrid tires
      50 to 120Km autonomy depending on energy management
      Adjustable height stem

       

      With an electric bike every bike tour is a breeze! If you had few opportunities to cycle over the last weeks or if you are not sure concerning your fitness, but also with physical disabilities, every bike ride is a treat! The shiftable, low noise electric drive of our modern electric bike relieves you of some of the work and increases the pedal force up to 3 times.

      A note to our customers: Electric bikes are a great thing! However, due to their characteristics (high weight + high speed) they should only be booked by very experienced and safe cyclists with a good sense of balance. E-bikes are not appropriate for persons who do not ride bikes frequently.

      Children equipmenal:

      Child bikes

      Child bike trailer

      Hybrid tires

      Children bike tow bar

      Child seat


      Includet 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.

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