Cycle Douro Valley, the oldest demarcated wine region in the world and taste the famous Port wine. Stay in quality boutique hotels and wine estates, visiting the 12th century historical villages of Portugal. During the week, you will sample many different kinds of Port Wine, visit the old cellars in Porto and also discover the regions historical villages. Another highlight of this trip is the boat ride on the Douro River, which floats you close to the terraces covered with vineyards.
£1750 per person
Day 1: Porto - Régua - Pinhão (Douro Boat Ride)
Van transfer from Porto airport to Régua whjere you can visit the Douro Museum. After the museum you can explore the Douro river by boat from which you will enjoy close-up views of the Port wine vineyards planted on terraces along the river´s shores. At the hotel, you can just relax by the outdoor pool or enjoy some high quality wines that are produced in the estate.
Day 2: Quinta Nova - Provezende and Paradela de Guiães (38 km / 23.6 mi)
Today you will ride with great views of the Port wine vineyards planted on terraces that are UNESCO World Heritage. The ride is amazing and and will take you to some villages along the way. Provezende and Paradela de Guiães are some of this villages. You will also have great views of the Douro river.
Day 3: Pinhão - Pocinho - Marialva (52 km / 32 mi)
Before you start spinning the pedals you will take a trip by train to the village of Pocinho using an old railway that follows the Douro river in all its beauty. On the way to Marialva – one of Portugal´s Historical Villages – you will stop to visit the Côa Museum. Your inn has a small spa and a beautiful outdoor swimming pool overlooking Marialva´s castle.
Day 4: Marialva - Trancoso (49 km / 30 mi)
Today you will ride on the way to the town of Trancoso, another Historical Village of Portugal. Expect some climbing but also breathtaking views, passing by Moreira de Rei with its castle. The old part of Trancoso is built inside the majestic city walls and is definitely worth a visit. On the way back pass by Souto Maior or Ribeira do Freixo and several small typical villages.
Day 5: Marialva - Castelo Rodrigo (55 km / 34 mi)
Today you will connect two Historical Villages – Marialva and Castelo Rodrigo. These two medieval walled villages will take you back in time, to when the brave inhabitants of these villages fought against the Spanish invaders.
Day 6: Castelo Rodrigo - Barca de Alva (35 km / 22 mi)
Enjoy great views of Port Wine vineyards and the most amazing Olive groves along the route that takes you to Barca de Alva. In Barca de Alva you will have lunch on the shore of the Douro River. If don´t feel like riding you can stay home or go for a donkey ride. In the afternoon you can visit the winery were the famous Barca Velha wine is produced.
Day 7: Castelo Rodrigo - Almeida - Porto
Early morning van transfer to Porto with a short spot in the Portuguese Historical Village of Almeida. In Porto you can visit a Port Wine cellar, where you can taste some of Portugal ́s best Port wines. The rest of the aernoon will be spent exploring this ex- cing and unique city, the second largest city in Portugal. Your hotel is located near the Praça da Ribeira, heart of the historical centre of Porto. It is within a block of town houses dang from the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. This beauful group of build- ings was classified by UNESCO as part of the World Heritage site which extends along the Douro River.
Day 8: Porto Departure
Morning departure to Porto airport for your homeward journey.
All services, accommodation (double/twin room), transfers and meals as detailed above