Day 1: ARRIVAL IN LISBON
We’ll arrange airport transfers and hotel lodging in Lisbon. Early evening tour introduction and dinner.
Day 2: Morning 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 and time for a short loop ride around Estremoz. The landscape is rural and you will be passing some villages with the typical Alentejo whitewashed homes outlined in blue and ochre trim.
Day 3 – 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 4 – VILA VIÇOSA LOOP BIKE | 65 km, climb 700 m
A gorgeous day is awaiting you! You will ride towards Spain through a landscape of cork trees, olive groves and flocks of sheep! Admire the beautiful Guadiana River, that separates Portugal from Spain and make a stop to visit Juromenha, a picturesque village overlooking Spain. On this day you must face some up hills upon return to Vila Viçosa, but your efforts will be reward with a delicious meal in the night.
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 REDONDO BIKE | 50 km, climb 500
Today we’ll cycle the golden landscape to Redondo. Arriving to the hotel-museum you will find an impressive collection of tiles, remarkable ceramic work during centuries of Alentejo cultural style. This building was a convent and you might feel fascinated knowing that Kings were sleeping there since 1500. To finish the day challenge your taste and learn a bit more about Portuguese wine at Wine museum in center.
Day 7 – REDONDO to ÉVORA BIKE | 48 km, climb 450 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 8 – 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 9 – 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.