Day 1: Arrival in Lisbon, Transfer to hotel, for briefing and bike fit
Meet in Lisbon airport and transfer to your hotel, in downtown Lisbon. Bike fit and briefing will be held at your hotel and you are free to explore Lisbon’s downtown afterwards.Dinner in Lisbon.
Hotel – Pousada de Lisboa
Day 2: Azeitão - Portinho Arrábida (45km – 693 meters accumulated height) – Tróia – Composta - Transfer Évora (1h30m)
Breakfast at the hotel. Quick transfer to Sesimbra, where we’ll start our ride to Azeitão, a small village that provides a gateway to the coastal Arrábida Park, a picturesque mountain range that ends on the Atlantic Ocean with magnificent views of the Tróia Peninsula and the Comporta Beaches. Take the transfer to Tróia by the Sado Estuary and then ride towards Comporta, where we’ll stop by the beach for a lunch packed with fresh fish. Bring your bathing suits in case you want to dive a tone of the Best beaches in the country! After lunch transfer to Évora. Free afternoon to visit Évora and its historical monuments. Dinner in one of Évora’s food temples.
Hotel – M’ar de Ar Aqueduto
Day 3: Évora – Monsaraz (64km – 624 meters accumulated height)
Breakfast at the hotel. Start of our ride, from Évora to Monsaraz. As we leave the city and enter the farmland and vineyards that start at the edge of the city walls we’ll be slowly entering the calmness and serenity that this area offers us. The vines and olive groves dominate the scenery, and the rolling hills will take you all the way to the spectacular fortified village of Monsaraz, to where we’ll climb to admire the beauty of the Alqueva Lake from the hilltop. Lunch in Monsaraz. Short transfer to our hotel, Herdade do Barrocal, an Small Luxury Hotel, at the bottom of the hill. Wine tasting experience and dinner at Barrocal.
Hotel – Herdade São Lourenço do Barrocal
Day 4: Monsaraz – Estremoz (57km – 842 meters accumulated height) - Transfer to Crato (1h00m)
Breakfast at the hotel. Start of the ride and leaving the hotel we’ll ride the quiet roads that take us north to the Upper Alentejo. Initially we’ll ride similar rolling hills until we reach Redondo, from there we’ll have our first long climb to the top of Serra D’Ossa, a small mountain range that stands just before our destination, Estremoz. Being a fortified village it dominates the landscape from the top of a tall hill. We’ll climb to the top to enjoy the brilliant view and have lunch in Estremoz. After lunch, we’ll transfer to Flor da Rosa – Crato where another Small Luxury Hotel -Convent awaits us. Dinner in Crato.
Hotel – Pousada Flor da Rosa – Crato
Day 5: Crato – Marvão – Castelo de Vide – (57km – 1156 meters accumulated height) - Transfer to Unhais Serra (1h50m)
Breakfast at the hotel. Start of the ride to the São Mamede mountain range and national park where 2 medieval villages take all the attentions, Marvão and Castelo de Vide. Starting from Crato we’ll ride along the flat roads and rolling hills of the region and start climbing as we approach the natural park. Here we’ll face the first climb that will get us to Aramenha and from there we ride down to Portagem and then face the longer climb to Marvão, a must see fortified village beautifully preserved and really unique. From the top, we roll down to Castelo de Vide to visit the city centre and castle area and to have lunch. After lunch, we’ll transfer to Unhais da Serra, at the edge of the tallest mountain range in continental Portugal, the Estrela mountain range – explore your hotel’s water treatments and pools to prepare for tomorrow’s big stretch. Dinner in Unhais da Serra.
Hotel – H2Otel and Medical Spa
Day 6: Unhais da Serra – Torre – Manteigas (55km – 1900 meters accumulated height)
Breakfast at the hotel. Start of most challenging ride of the tour! Today we’ll climb to Torre, sitting at 2000m (6561ft) it’s the highest point in Continental Portugal. Starting from Unhais da Serra we’ll climb all the way to Torre, this is a long climb of more than 20km long so we’ll pace ourselves. Once at the top and after admiring the views we’ll roll downhill along the spectacular glacier valley that we’ll take us to Manteigas, where we’ll stop at a local food temple for lunch. Afterwards, we’ll trnasfer you to Marialva, one of 12 historical villages od Portugal, where we’ll rest in one the most charming hotels in Portugal, Casas do Côro
Hotel – Casas do Côro
Day 7: Marialva – Faia Brava – Barca D’Alva (40km to 63km options ) or optional rest day
Breakfast at the hotel. Start of another amazing ride along this beautiful and still untouched region of Portugal, towards the national park of Faia Brava, by the Coa River. Ride on car-free roads up to the small town of Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo and then enjoy the amazing 13km descent from Escalhão to Barca D’Alva, on the frontier with Spain. Transfer back to Casas do Côro. If you feel you deserve a rest from yesterday’s tough climbs, take the time to Relax at the hotel and join our sunset boat ride in the late afternoon, lounging in an untouched beach by the Douro River. Dinner at Casas do Côro.
Hotel – Casas do Côro
Day 08: Marialva – Pinhão (68km – meters accumulated height) or optional rest day
Breakfast at the hotel. Start of the ride that connect the Douro International to the Douro Wine Country. We’ll leave Marialva and straight away start climbing to Mêda. From there we have a long downhill section before the next climb, a longer one with 6km. From there we’ll roll downhill to São João da Pesqueira and then again, a long 14km downhill section all the way to Pinhão where our hotel is located. Lunch followed by wine tasting at Quinta de la Rosa. Dinner in Folgosa do Douro.
Hotel – Vintage House Douro
Day 09: Pinhão – Tabuaço – Qta. Nova – Transfer to Porto (95km – 2000 meters accumulated height)
Breakfast at the hotel. This is a glorious ride along the south and north banks of the Douro river. We’ll start by leaving Pinhão and climbing to Tabuaço a 12km climb. When we reach the top, we’ll be able to admire the magnificent views of the river as we go down to Adorigo. Arriving riverside, we’ll cross the river in Régua and make our way up to Galafura, another 12km up. Once at the top we’ll ride in north bank’s plateau until Guiães where we’ll start the glorious downhill section to Ferrão. Fully recovered we’ll climb the steep 2km section to Quinta Nova for a well-deserved lunch and wine tasting. After lunch and wine tasting, transfer to Porto, to The Yeatman Hotel, a Relaix and Chateau hotel located by the Douro riverside with the best view of the city of Porto.
Hotel – The Yeatman
Day 10: Porto – Morning loop ride or Walking tour by the historical city center
Breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast, we’ll go on a relaxed loop ride alongside the margins of the Douro river, soaking in the beautiful architecture of the city – or IF you prefer, join a walking tour to get to know Porto’s A celebratory lunche will served at Vinum, overlooking the city of Porto. After lunch, we’ll transfer you to Lisbon, to end of your tour.