Douro Cycling
8 Days / 7 Nights / 6 Days Cycling
Description

Destination
Douro valley and North
Type
Cultural Scenic Cycling Self guided
Days
8 days
Difficulty
Level 4

 

The Douro river is a unique destination in Portugal.
Nested into a mountainous region the river give birth to the oldest denomination area in the world, and forever linked to the Famous Porto Wine.
Hanging from the slopes, cycle little roads that take you to spots along the Douro and other valleys, to the top of the hills and enjoying the discovering historical villages and towns.
Along the way countless wineries inviting you to a glass of wine, Porto Wine or others.
Feel the atmosphere of a Portugal still untouched and avoid the crowds finding a diferent Portugal.
 

Itinerary

  Day   Itinerary  Overnight   Meals 
1 Welcome at Airport & Transfer to Amarante Hotel 3*  Navarras Hotel (Amarante)
2 Cycle Amarante to Caldas de Aregos Hotel 4*  Douro Marina Hotel (Caldas Aregos) Breakfast
3 Cycle Caldas de Aregos to Lamego Hotel 4*  Lamego Hotel & Life Breakfast
4 Cycle Lamego to Tabuaço Hotel 3*  Douro Inn Hotel (Tabuaço) Breakfast
5 Cycle Tabuaço to Alijó Hotel 4*  Pousada de Barão de Forrester (Alijó) Breakfast
6 Cycle Alijó to Vila Real Hotel 4*  Mira Corgo Hotel (Vila Real) Breakfast
7 Cycle Vila Real to Amarante Hotel 3*  Navarras Hotel (Amarante) Breakfast
8 Transfer to Porto & Tour's End   
Day-by-Day

1: Welcome at Airport & Transfer to Amarante

Overnight: Hotel 3*  Navarras Hotel (Amarante)
Meals:

Welcome to Portugal! You will pick you up at the airport. Make yourself comfortable in the car while driving to the Hotel.
A transfer will take you to Amarante. Beautiful city and historical center town and starting place of your tour.
Welcome briefing and handover of bicycle will be held at the Hotel.
Free time to enjoy the hold town center.
 
Enjoy Amarante old Town Center, this well preserved historical area is of imense history related events.
The São Gonçalo Church is the main atraction and why not learning about this " Saint" !
The bridge over the Tamega River was rebuild by the Saint and saw the french troops of Napoleon stopped fro several days here.
The church is still crippled with bullet halls…
Stroll around the market place and along the cobbled streets of Amarante.
 
 Transfer to Amarante 1H
 
 
 


2: Cycle Amarante to Caldas de Aregos

Overnight: Hotel 4*  Douro Marina Hotel (Caldas Aregos)
Meals: Breakfast

Leaving Amarante your path will take you to an mountain pass, in the way the typical scenery of rural north Portugal.
Small villages in a mixed scenery of vineyards and agricultural small fields and forest.
Once on top the Douro await you, terraces of fields and vineyards will become more and more present has you approach the river.
Wonderful views are in every corner. Mesão Frio will be the first real town into the Douro region.
It feels lazy and somehow stopped in time.
Now you are along the vineyards towards the river and the cycling is easy.
The day end crossing the river from the train station to the Thermal Bath of Caldas de Aregos, just by the Douro River...
 
 
 
Cycle  | 47.4 Km | 4H»5H | + 1280m | - 1490m


3: Cycle Caldas de Aregos to Lamego

Overnight: Hotel 4*  Lamego Hotel & Life
Meals: Breakfast

Ascending the Douro Valley slopes to reach Lamego you'll follow the Wine Terraces.
Along the N222, road that have being quote by Avis the "best car ride of the world" take pleasure within the scenery.
This winding road is your entry into the famous Hight Douro Vineyards and UNECSO classified region.
You are changing from the green wines of the Douro to the Reds and whites of the High Douro…
The road takes you up and once you leave the N222 you are gaining elevation to arrive at Lamego.
Lamego is a wonderful town, high in the Douro slopes and offer an amazing number of visit options.
The Castle and the town inside the walls, the Cathedral, and the Sanctuary closing this beautiful postcard.
The cycling will pass nearby all without forgetting the Lamego Museum.….
 
 
Cycle | 44.7Km | + 1450m | - 1010m  
 


4: Cycle Lamego to Tabuaço

Overnight: Hotel 3*  Douro Inn Hotel (Tabuaço)
Meals: Breakfast

The day starts following the Varosa River Valley.
Across the hilly terraces that produce sparkling wine you arrive at a river cross, Ucanha village and its medieval  toll bridge.
Not far the monastery of Salzedas another remind of the region’s history.  
The day is also of higher sceneries as you almost reach 800m… Other villages of the South Douro will be on the way.
Granja do Tedo is feeling away from modernity. Not far from the arrival Barco.
The Village is another of the Portuguese Wine villages, and offers stunning views of the terraces, just before arriving at Tabuaço….
 
 
Cycle | 51Km | 5H»6H | + 1240m | - 1190m  


5: Cycle Tabuaço to Alijó

Overnight: Hotel 4*  Pousada de Barão de Forrester (Alijó)
Meals: Breakfast

Starting with a long descent to the Douro, this journey will take you back to northern shore of the River.  
The landscape is of terraces as far as the horizon. Every slope is of vineyards!!!
Take the ride down as once arrived at Pinhão, the center of High Douro.
The ride is up once again, rising from the Douro. Stop at a known belvedere to enjoy one of the best views over the river and vineyards.
Now is leisure as you bike along the ridge and borther of the valley.
Overlooking the new water reservoir of river Tua Dam, São Mamede de Ribatua is a peaceful village that once again maintain the regions characteristics.
Alijó nearby  is looking for you with a glass of Favaios wine….
 
 
Cycle | 43,9Km | 4H»5H | + 1160m | - 1110m  


6: Cycle Alijó to Vila Real

Overnight: Hotel 4*  Mira Corgo Hotel (Vila Real)
Meals: Breakfast

Favaios is your first stop of the day. The little wine village of Portugal is home of old bakeries that still make bread as hundreds years ago.
The place is also known for it famous wine, in Portugal, The Favaios is from the vineyards around pay a visit to the museum and know a litle more and have a taste.
The Pinhão valley is of stunning beauty and the major challenge of the day.
Back on top Sabrosa home town of the biggest sailor of the world Ferdinand Magelland, his house is still here.
Vineyards are now leaving the route and reappear near Vila Real.
Casa de Mateus and the Mateus Rosé are just at the city entrance. It is a well worth visit.
Vila Real is waiting, the biggest urban area of all the Douro region still have lot to offer by the historical center….
 
 
Cycle | 40Km | 4H»4H30 | + 820m | - 990m  


7: Cycle Vila Real to Amarante

Overnight: Hotel 3*  Navarras Hotel (Amarante)
Meals: Breakfast

To finish this amazing tour around terraces, vineyards, towns and villages from the Douro.
It is time to present you the mountain massif that allow the climate in the High Douro.
The Marão massif that you are crossing into to reach Amarante.
Nowadays a huge tunnel offers fastness to reach each side.
You are taking the old N15 (national road) that snakes up and down this range.
Going thru the villages now almost empty, that from one and the other side are perched.
The terraces are now field, from grazing, or vegetable culture… The vineyards stayed behind….
The uphill is slow but the long descent will be enjoyable into Amarante…
The historical center and São Gonçalo Church are welcoming you back….
 
  
Cycle | 48Km | 4H»5H |+ 910m | - 1250m  


8: Transfer to Porto & Tour's End

Overnight:   
Meals:

On this departure day a transfer will take you back to Porto, the airport or other lodging in the City.
Transfer will meet your flight schedules.
You can ask for a latter transfer if you are staying in Porto, please inform us to check our availability.
END OF TOUR ONCE IN PORTO.

Dates & Prices
Dates Prices

 
Notes

Included

* Welcome transfer at Porto Airport or train Station to Amarante Hotel. (other please inquire)
* Briefing at the Hotel with handover of documentation and Gps Device for navigation.
* Gps For Navigation (How to use tuition at briefing).
* Booklet with detailed information for your tour, including maps.
* Handhover of all bicycles and Bike fitting.  
* Luggage transfer during cycling days, Hotel to Hotel (2 Piece per person)
* Phone assistance during all journey.
* Portuguese phone for assistance 24/7 .
* 7 nights lodging on Comfort (2*/3*) or Superior (3*/ 4*) accommodations on BB basis.
* Final Transfer from Hotel in Amarante to Porto Airport , Train Station or Hotel
* Liability and personal accident insurance.
 
Excluded

* Lunch and diners.
* River Douro Crossing D2 (2€ per Person & Bike regular crossing or 10€ on demand crossing)
* Extra days for rest or visits.
* Personal expenses.
* Taxi transfer (not specified).
* Support vehicle during Cycling tour.
* Bicycle Rent.
 
Bike Rental

* 6 Day Cycling trekking Bike rent (120€ per Bike )
* 6 Day Cycling  E-Bike Rent (150€ per E-Bike)
Bike rental includes Helmet, handlebar bag + small rear bag, pump, extra inner tube, toolkit and locks
 
This tour presents demanding slopes and have huge height differences it is advisable to have na E-Bike
Optional services

* Extra days for rest or Visits
* Support vehicle (ask quotation)
* Hybrid bike or E-Bike rental ( see Bike Rental)
 



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