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Cycling in the Douro Valley Ref. : PT5

  • Douro Valley

    Douro Valley vinitur

  • Douro Valley

    Douro Valley vinitur

  • Douro Valley

    Douro Valley vinitur

  • Douro Valley

    Douro Valley vinitur

  • Douro Valley

    Douro Valley vinitur

  • Douro Valley

    Douro Valley vinitur

  • Douro Valley

    Douro Valley vinitur

  • 1225 € / person on the minimum basis of 2 pers.
  • Circuit :
    • Linear trips
    • Electric bike
  • Difficulty : difficult
  • Duration : 7 days | 5 days riding
  • Departure : from March 2018 to November 2018
    on Saturday
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Your biking holiday in the Douro will acquaint you with fascinating, magical natural surroundings, the best cuisine and some of the world’s finest wines including, of course, Port Wine for which the region is famous.
Throughout your journey, the River Douro will envelop you with its magic, whether you are enjoying a breath-taking view from on high, cycling alongside it, or even riding on a boat. The unique terraced vineyards, so typical of the region that is listed as a Unesco World Heritage Property, are a delight to the eye. Visit Pinhão, around which most of the famous Port wine estates are located, and Peso da Régua, the International Capital of Wine and Vineyards.

Your cycling in the Douro Valley:

Day 1: Arrival at Porto airport. Transfer to Miranda do Douro

On your way from Porto airport to Miranda do Douro, enjoy the beautiful landscape and scenery that unfold along the way. The Douro River Canyon and its over 200-meter-high cliffs also offers a fascinating landscape. The small town of Miranda do Douro, with its typical whitewashed houses, its Roman origins and narrow cobbled streets, deserves an exploratory walk.

Day 2 : Miranda do Douro - Mogadouro  | 47 km or 57 km

The first stage of your biking holiday takes you through some of the eastern parts of the International Douro Nature Reserve. Wilderness and radiant landscapes are its most striking characteristics. The stretch you shall cycle along is a gentle one, across a highland plateau. This is a quiet land, populated by over 170 species of birds, wild boars. Study the skies to see an Egyptian vulture or a Bonelli’s eagle.
Arrived  at café Montanha, transfer to your accommodation.

Day 3: Mogadouro - Torre de Moncorvo | 39 km or 45 km

Transfer to Lagoaça, your cycling stage starting point.
Today you will gently follow the path of a former railway track. The ecotrail takes you accross forests and typical agricultural landscapes. You will cycle along olive and almond groves until you reach medieval Torre de Moncorvo, the Capital of Blossoming Almond Trees. In Torre de Moncorvo, you will be warmly greeted by your host at an elegant town house.

Day 4 : Torre de Moncorvo - Vila Flor | 29 km or 37 km

You will cycle alongside the River Douro. 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 in a farming estate, producing traditional and organic olive oil.

Day 5: Vila Flôr - Sabrosa | 24 km or 26 km

Transfer to Samões, your cycling stage starting point.
The Alto Douro vineyards Region is famous for its wines. 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. 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.
Transfer from Pinhão train station to your accommodation.

Day 6: Sabrosa - Peso da Régua | 32 km or 36 km

First, the biking route will take you through the back roads of the Douro, then you will cycle gently back to the riverside. 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. Here, the owner of one of the quintas will welcome you with a fine wine on the terrace

Day 7: Transfer from Peso da Régua to Porto

Transfer to Porto airport during the day.

Rates

> Departure on Saturdays

> From 1 to 4 people: departure possible other than Saturday considering a supplement of € 175 / pers.

> More than 4 people, departure at your convenience without supplement.

 

Prices per person :
  • From September 1st 2017 to November 30th 2017 1 225,00 €
    Single room supplement : 190,00 €
    Bike discount : - 60,00 € (If you bring your own bike)
  • From March 1st 2018 to November 30th 2018 1 225,00 €
    Single room supplement : 190,00 €
    Bike discount : - 60,00 € (If you bring your own bike)
This price includes :
  • 6 nights’ accommodation in 3-star / 4-star hotels (or equivalent category guest houses) accommodation in a two-person bedroom (Many of these lodgings have swimming pools)
  • 6 'buffet' or 'continental' breakfasts
  • 2 dinners (drinks not included)
  • Luggage transfer during the day
  • Transfer from Café Montanha to Mogadouro (Accommodation - Day 2)
  • Transfer from Mogadouro to Lagoaça (starting point - Day 3)
  • Transfer from Sabrosa to Samões (starting point - Day 5)
  • Rabelo Boat transfer to Pinhão (Day 5)
  • Transfer from Pinhão to Sabrosa (Accommodation - Day 5)
  • Porto airport transfers : to the start (Day 1) and from the ending points of the programs (Day 7) in a car, van or minibus
  • Equipped cycle rental for 5 days and repatriation
  • Pre-paid mobile phone (charged with 10 Euros)
  • 1 roadbook with detailed information (1 per booking)
  • 1 GPS device loaded with the tracks (1 per booking)
  • Hotline 7 days a week
This price does not include :
  • Lunches / 4 dinners / Drinks
  • Tickets to attractions, tours of attractions, tasting
  • Optional insurances (Cancellation Insurance OR Tranquility Insurance)
  • Single room supplement (6 nights included)
Option(s)
Prices per person :
  • Picnic lunches

    Possibility to plan 5 picnic lunches for riding days, delivered to you every morning.

    Supplement : 
    + 95.00 €
  • Supplement for departure other than Saturday
    Supplement : 
    + 175.00 €  (only from 1 to 4 people)
  • Extra night in Porto

    3-star / 4-star category hotel (or equivalent category guest houses) - bedroom and breakfast basis

    50.00 €  per person (accommodation in a two-person bedroom)
    Single room supplement : 
    + 35.00 €
Bike(s) supplement(s) :
  • Electric assistance :  +100 €
Map

More info

On Day 1: transfer by motorcoach at 3:00 pm from Porto "Sá Carneiro" airport to Miranda Do Douro.

. If you arrive after 3:00 pm, a private transfer to reach Miranda Do Douro is possible (please consult us).

. If you arrive before 3:00 pm, an additionnal transfer before 3:00 pm could be provided (please consult us).

 

> Your arrival in Porto :  

 

If you arrive by PLANE:

• Porto "Sá Carneiro" airport.

Take in charge at 3:00 pm and transfer to Miranda Do Douro.

 

If you arrive by CAR:

• Possibility to park your car at Porto airport - Parking Low Cost : www.lowcostparking.pt

 

• Possibility to park your car in Porto town center (contact us for more information).

Then you have to go to Porto airport by your own (then take in charge at 3:00 pm and transfer to Miranda Do Douro). 

> by metro (about 2.10€)

> by taxi (about 30€)

 

If you arrive by TRAIN :

From Porto station, reach Porto airport by your own (then take in charge at 3:00 pm and transfer to Miranda Do Douro).

> by metro (about 2.10€)

> by taxi (about 30€)

 

 

> At the end of the tour:
. Leave your bike rental at your hotel in Peso da Régua. We take care of its repatriation.
. Coach transfer from Peso da Régua to Porto airport is included in your package.

 


 

> Your rental bike:

SPECIALIZED "Rockhopper" VTC bike

Equipped with : 1 rear pannier (saddlebag), 1 front pannier with map holder (1 per 2 bikes), 1 repair kit, 1 lock (1 per 2 bikes).

Helmet included.

 

> You can rent an electric assistance bike!

CUBE " Reaction" VTC bike

Equipped with : 1 rear pannier (saddlebag), 1 front pannier with map holder (1 per 2 bikes), 1 repair kit, 1 lock (1 per 2 bikes).

Helmet included.

 

 

 

See the FAQ for more information on the rental bikes.

 

Testimonials
  • Katherine M. (UK) - 08/06/2017

    ""The Douro valley is spectacular and we were so happy to be there on our bikes! I feel like i can remember every turn, every view, every hill [downhill and uphill!] The scenery is simply breathtaking and unforgettable. The wines we tasted [and brought home] are world class. We were the only cyclists on the road [not many cars either] It seems that the Douro valley is a well kept secret and so is the quality and diversity of the wines from this region. All in all one of the best trips that we have done with rando Velo [trip 3 and counting]!""