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Minho and Porto by bike : from the mountains to the sea Ref. : PT3

  •  Minho and Porto

    Minho and Porto vinitur

  • Castro Laboreiro

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  •  Minho and Porto

    Minho and Porto vinitur

  • Minho and Porto

    Minho and Porto Município de Caminha

  • Minho and Porto

    Minho and Porto vinitur

  • Minho and Porto

    Minho and Porto vinitur

  • Minho and Porto

    Minho and Porto vinitur

  • Porto

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  • Minho and Porto

    Minho and Porto vinitur

  • Minho and Porto

    Minho and Porto vinitur

  • Minho and Porto

    Minho and Porto Município de Caminha

  • Minho and Porto

    Minho and Porto vinitur

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The Minho and Porto biking holiday will give you an almost surrealistic “change of scenery” experience. Starting high in the mountains area, you will literally cycle down to the Atlantic Ocean stretching before you as far as you can see. This land is also blessed by the Minho, Lima and Douro rivers, each of which will accompany you at one stage or another of your ride.

This 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 mountain cuisine and, along the cost, a wealth of fish and seafood dishes, best enjoyed with a glass of Vinho Verde.

Cycle across the ancient Roman bridge at Ponte de Lima, famous for its beauty and its importance to medieval pilgrims as they made their way from Porto to Santiago de Compostela. Enjoy biking through the North of Portugal at its most authentic.

 NEW TOUR 2017 

Your cycling tour from Minho to Porto:

Day 1: Arrival in Porto airport. Transfer to Castro Laboreiro.

Transfer by car from Porto airport to Castro Laboreiro, inside the Gerês National Park. As you are driven across the hills and mountains of the countryside, past extensive vineyards, you will observe small villages dotted here and there, like pieces of mosaic, on the distant hills. This is a tiny hamlet with beautiful wind and watermills.

Day 2 : Castro Laboreiro – Monção | 46 km or 57 km

The first stage is exceptionally beautiful, a pleasant downhill journey past the Spanish border, past a landscape of stark granite outcrops and few trees, across the northern regions of the Gerês National Park and into the land of the Serra de Peneda mountain range.  Then you arrive in Monção, the fortified town on the River Minho, you will understand why the Portuguese are so proud of the fact that the Spanish were never able to conquer them.

Day 3 : Monção – Caminha  | 48 km or 59 km

Today, ride along the River Minho to the Atlantic Ocean. Your journey will take you through the demarcated Vinho Verde winemaking region and the vineyards that produce the dry white wine for which it is famous. Enjoy the elegant Brejoeira Palace which is still inhabited by the family. Along the route, you will cycle past landmarks of the battles between Portugal and Spain, especially the impressive 17th century stronghold at Valença and the Vila Nova de Cerveira fort. Stay in Caminha, an elegant town strategically located at the estuary of the River Minho.

Day 4:  Caminha – Ponte de Lima | 53 km or 63 km

Cycling along the Atlantic Ocean and ride past fishing villages that appear unchanged for centuries. Arrive in Viana do Castelo, a lively city at the estuary of the River Lima. From here you will cycle inland again, following the River Lima until Ponte de Lima. The oldest village in Portugal, it is famous for its beautiful 24-arch Roman bridge.

Day 5: Ponte de Lima – Barcelos | 32 km or 41 km

Bike ride through cornfields and vineyards to the city of Barcelos on the River Cavado, the centre of the pottery industry. You must visit the 13th century Mother Church. Every hour on the hour, you will hear the pealing of the church bells of the many parishes for which the city is famous.

Day 6: Barcelos – Vila do Conde | 36 km or 42 km

Today you cycle back to the Atlantic until Vila do Conde, famous for its shipbuilding past, as we can see by the replica of a ship used during the Discoveries and built here. The city centre is dominated by gracious manors and small palaces. Enjoy a wonderful sardine or other fresh fish dinner in town.

Day 7: Vila do Conde – Porto | 34 km or 48 km

This last stage will take you on quiet cycle paths along the coast, through a sea bird reserve, along dunes and across fishing villages. You are approaching Porto and you will soon enter the city via the estuary of the River Douro. This city, famous for Port Wine past and present, is considered one of the most beautiful cities in Europe.

Day 8: – Departure during the day

Transfer to Porto airport during the day.

Rates

> Departure on Sunday

> From 1 to 4 people: departure possible other than Sunday considering a supplement of € 90 / pers.

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

 

Prices per person :
  • From March 28th 2017 to April 13th 2017 810,00 €
    Single room supplement : 240,00 €
    Bike discount : - 60,00 € (If you bring your own bike)
  • From April 14th 2017 to April 16th 2017 885,00 €
    Single room supplement : 240,00 €
    Bike discount : - 60,00 € (If you bring your own bike)
  • From April 17th 2017 to June 30th 2017 810,00 €
    Single room supplement : 240,00 €
    Bike discount : - 60,00 € (If you bring your own bike)
  • From July 1st 2017 to September 20th 2017 885,00 €
    Single room supplement : 240,00 €
    Bike discount : - 60,00 € (If you bring your own bike)
  • From September 21st 2017 to November 30th 2017 810,00 €
    Single room supplement : 240,00 €
    Bike discount : - 60,00 € (If you bring your own bike)
This price includes :
  • 7 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)
  • 7 'buffet' or 'continental' breakfasts
  • Luggage transfer during the day
  • Porto airport transfers : to the start (Day 1) and from the ending points of the programs (Day 8) in a car, van or minibus
  • Equipped cycle rental for 6 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 / Dinners / Drinks
  • Tickets to attractions, tours of attractions, tasting
  • Optional insurances (Cancellation Insurance OR Tranquility Insurance)
  • Single room supplement (7 nights included)
Option(s)
Prices per person :
  • Picnic lunches

    Possibility to plan 6 picnic lunches for riding days, delivered to you every morning.

    Supplement : 
    + 95.00 €
  • Supplement for departure other than Sunday
    Supplement : 
    + 90.00 €   (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 :  +115 €
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On Day 1: transfer by motorcoach at 3:00 pm from Porto "Sá Carneiro" airport to Castro Laboreiro.

. If you arrive after 3:00 pm, a private transfer to reach Castro Laboreiro 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 Castro Laboreiro.

 

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 Castro Laboreiro). 

> 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 Castro Laboreiro).

> by metro (about 2.10€)

> by taxi (about 30€)

 

 

> At the end of the tour:
. Leave your bike rental at your hotel in Porto. We take care of its repatriation.
. Coach transfer 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.