Portugal Guided Bike Tour – Alentejo

2020 Tour Dates: Apr 26 – May 3

On our Portugal Guided Bike Tours you will enjoy the warmth of the people as well as an incredible variety of breathtaking landscapes, historic fortresses, and typical and historical villages. The gastronomy is very rich thanks to the many different peoples that invaded the land. Portugal is the perfect destination for cycling.

Located south of the Targus River, the Alentejo is a sparsely populated region filled with wheat fields, rolling plains, medieval castles and white villages where time seems to stand still. The Portugal Guided Bike Tour route is on uncrowded paved roads that pass through vineyards and cork forests. Spring is the perfect time to ride in Portugal, with dry weather, comfortable temperatures and glorious spring wildflowers!

After transferring from the Lisbon, you begin your bike tour in the beautiful little town of Estremoz, which contains some fascinating monuments. Estremoz is located in a famous wine region and is another of Portugal’s white marble cities. It is this marble that gives the town a pinky glow.

During the Portugal Guided Bike Tour you will stay in some of the most charming villages of the Alentejo. Our tour ends in the beautiful World Heritage city of Evora, a fabulous open-air museum with a wealth of ancient buildings and monuments.

2020 Price: €2,500 per person double occupancy

Single Supplement: €580 Euros

Price Includes:
  • 8-day Road Bike Tour with a Guide
  • 7 nights lodging
  • 7 breakfasts, 7 dinners, some picnic lunches
  • Luggage transfers
  • Vehicle support and local cycling guide
  • maps and route directions

Price Does Not Include:
Beverages, tips for local staff, bike rentals

Bike Rental Price:
€160 Euros hybrid bike / €225 Euros per road bike /€ 300 euros per electric bike

Tour Difficulty

Portugal is hilly country and each day you can expect 30 to 70 km of riding.

  • Difficulty: Moderately Hilly
  • Road Conditions: Smooth & Paved
  • Recommended Bike: Hybrids, Road bikes and Electric bikes will all work well in this region.

Tour Highlights

  • Breathtaking landscapes
  • historic fortresses
  • uncrowded paved roads
  • vineyards and cork forests

Itinerary

Day 1: ARRIVAL IN LISBON

Transfer on your own to our hotel lodging in Lisbon. Early evening tour introduction and dinner.

Day 2: Afternoon Transfer (around 2 hours) Estremoz.
An old town where you might feel a Queen or King spending the night at the Castle. This is a historical building converted into a hotel from where you can admire a superb view over Estremoz and the vast Alentejo plain. When we arrive we’ll have a bike fitting before dinner.

Day 3 – ESTREMOZ LOOP RIDE BIKE | 71 km, climb 700 m
A very beautiful  first ride, will take us cycling by pastoral fields, where the only sounds are the jangling bells of flocking sheep chirping. The landscape is rural and you will be passing some villages with the typical Alentejo whitewashed homes outlined in blue and ochre trim.

Day 4 – ESTREMOZ to VILA VIÇOSA BIKE | 66 km, climb 700 m

After a delicious breakfast you will cycle through villages and historical landscapes. Stage of battles, conquers, old communities and great people. Towards Vila Viçosa, the capital of marble in Portugal you can visit the Ducal Palace, built in the 16th and 17th centuries on the remains of Roman and Moorish buildings. We’ll arrive in plenty of time to walk around and enjoy the charm of the streets at the center.

Day 5 – VILA VIÇOSA to MONSARAZ BIKE | 55 km, climb 600 m
It is time to leave Vila Viçosa and ride south passing the village of Alandroal. On the way you will delight in seeing the oleander flowers, shrubs and trees, whose wood was used by local artisans. Arriving in Monsaraz, notice that ancient cultures and medieval architecture is close by. This village was occupied since the prehistoric era and megalithic monuments are a physical evidence of that.

Day 6 – MONSARAZ to ÉVORA BIKE | 50 km, climb 550 m
A beautiful day riding rolling hills of gold and green, through cork trees, pristine vineyards and pastoral countryside dotted by abandoned castles. Today’s landscape is highlighting with rolling hills, old world heritage, modern local cultures and wineries. Today you will arrive at the most beautiful historical city of the country and gather all this experiences in just one place.

Day 7 – ÉVORA LOOP BIKE | 65 km, climb 600 m
Évora is classified in UNESCO’s International Heritage and has 2000 years of history. After a late breakfast, it is time to explore the surroundings. Soon you will arrive in Arraiolos noted for its colorful, hand-stitched woolen tapestries. There must be one fitting in you living room back home! This is the last day riding so you have the opportunity to celebrate with Portuguese wine. Saúde!

Day 8 – Departure
After breakfast we will transfer back to Lisbon to the airport or hotels in the city. The drive time to the Lisbon Airport takes around 2 hours. Do not schedule flights out of Lisbon before mid-afternoon.