Bike Touring in Douro Wine Country

Bike Touring in Douro Wine Country

Bike touring in the Douro Valley – Cycling in the first demarcated wine region of the world.
A bike touring experience designed for moderately experienced bike touring fans, by the Douro river’s demarcated wine region. Ride to the wine villages of Provesende, Pinhão, Peso da Régua and along the Douro the river, enjoying its trademark UNESCO world heritage “socalcos” or terraced vineyards and experiencing the secular traditions of this region. Visit the vineyards, wine cellars, taste some of the best port and Douro wines and discover traces of the early history of Portugal, staying two nights in the same hotel in order to get a deeper knowledge of the area.

- The sheer history of this region, starting in Porto, one of the oldest city centres in Europe, settled in the 4th century during the roman occupation when it was named Portus Cale, to the UNESCO world heritage “socalcos”, that hold the wine farms on the steep hills of the Douro river, and to its own unique traditions, architecture, port wines and cellars.

- The beautiful landscapes and vantage points over the Douro River, also a UNESCO world heritage, with its trademark "socalcos" or terraced vineyards; Visit the authentic and picturesque wine villages of Peso da Régua, Pinhão, Provesende, all close or on the riverbank of the Douro “expressway” and were historically focused on the commerce and transportation of the grapes and the wine, to and from Porto, in the traditional “Rabelo” boats that docked in their ports.

- Taste all the different wines of the Douro wine country, from the world famous and acclaimed vintage Port wines, which were recently nominated 2014’s best wines in the world to the prized red and white Douro wines. Experience the wine production system: help the farmers stomp the grapes in traditional fashion, visit the farms and the wineries and observe as the “Rabelo” boats carry the wine towards the city of Porto. Indulge in the local gastronomy, always varied and tasty, whether in Michelin starred restaurants or local “tascas”. Meat lovers won’t forget the “Posta Mirandesa” or the oven baked and smoked meats.

Tour Details

Duration
7 DAYS
Bike type
Touring bike, E-bike
Altimetry
500 › 1000 m
Distance
45 › 60 km
Level
Beginner, Intermediate
Tour type
Guided, Premium, Self Guided
Arrival Airport:
Porto
Start Location:
Porto

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Day to Day

A daily description of this bike tour

Highlights

 

Day 1: Transfer to Provesende 

Pick-up at the airport/train station in Porto. At the scheduled time, transfer to Provesende, a wine village in the heart of the demarcated wine region of the Douro (around 1h30m drive). Bike fit, private briefing and check-in at your hotel, “Morgadio da Calçada”, a XVth century manor house now converted into a charm hotel (included in the premium option) or the familiar “Quinta das Manhãs do Douro”, both located in a picturesque village overlooking the Pinhão river. Optional ride towards São Martinho da Anta, or enjoy your day relaxing or walking in some of the trails of this village.

Hotel: Quinta Manhãs do Douro or Morgadio da Calçada (premium option)

Day 2: Provesende – Ferrão – Pinhão - Provesende (25km to 65km – 300 meters to 1100 meters accumulated height) (or optional rest or walking day)

Breakfast at the hotel.Start of your ride towards Sabrosa (birthplace of Portuguese Navigator Ferdinand Magellans), and then towards São Martinho das Antas, to observe the megalithical monuments and views over the Alvão and Marão Sierras. From then on, it’s downward to the Douro, to Gouvinhas and Quinta do Crasto where you can stop to have lunch and a wine tasting (included in the premium option) in this amazing winery with commanding views over the Douro river. Head on to Ferrão for a shorter option, catching the scenic Douro train, or ride on to Pinhão, where you can get a lift back up to Provesende, or if your are feeling well, tackle the beautiful climb up to Provesende, overlooking the Pinhão river. If you prefer, take the day off the bike to relax and visit Provesende and explore one of the walking trails of the region, leading you to Pinhão and back.

Hotel: Quinta Manhãs do Douro or Morgadio da Calçada (premium option)

Day 3: Provesende –Favaios – Pinhão (54km, 600 meters accumulated height)

Breakfast at the hotel. Start your ride going north, towards Sabrosa and then to Parada do Pinhão, on a beautiful plateau overlooking Pinhão river. Turn east, towards Favaios, for a quick pitstop to taste the famous local fortified wine (ask for a “Favaíto” with your espresso) and then turn south towards Pinhão, on one of the most epic descents of the region. Reaching Pinhão, check in at “The Vintage House” Douro (included in the premium option), a 5 star scenic hotel by the riverside in the center of Pinhão or at the charming Quinta de La Rosa, on the famous “Vale do Inferno”.

Hotel: Quinta de La Rosa or Vintage House Douro ( upgrade included in the premium option)

Day 4: Pinhão – Casal de Loivos – Alijó – Foz do Tua – Pinhão (35km, 850 meters accumulated height or optional rest day)

Breakfast at the hotel. Start riding north, on a steep uphill towards “Casal de Loivos”, a viewpoint overlooking the Douro river on a small village that’s really worth the climb! Keep riding east, towards Alijó, and then descend back to the Tua river. When the Tua meets the Douro, there are some nice lunch options, after which you can choose to ride back to Pinhão or even catch the scenic Douro train or boat (included in the premium option) back to Pinhão.

Hotel: Quinta de La Rosa or Vintage House Douro (premium option)

Day 5: Pinhão – Tabuaço – Peso da Régua (optional ride, from 35km to 55km and 300 to 800 meters accumulated height)

Breakfast at the hotel. Start of the ride by the N222. This is a flat stretch of road that connects the 2 riverside villages of Régua and Pinhão. You’ll be able to cruise along the river enjoying the scenery and getting yourself acquainted with this wine region. We’ll turn left to climb towards Tabuaço along the Távora River, checking the amazing views over the vineyards. Stop in Tabuaço to visit this small village, old city centre and start descending towards Adorigo and the river. Ride back to your hotel in Régua, Quinta da Pacheca (included in the premium option), a restored manor house with beautiful vineyards or “Casa do Relógio do Sol”.

Hotel: Casa do Relógio do Sol or Quinta da Pacheca( upgrade included in the "premium" option)

Day 6: Régua – Lamego – Régua (28km, with 650 meters of accumulated height or optional rest day)

Breakfast at the hotel. Ride to Lamego, a city connected to the birth of the nation and where Afonso Henriques we declared by the noblemen of the land as the first king of Portugal. At the top of the hill and commanding over the town is the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remédios, with its majestic staircase connecting to the city centre. In the afternoon, you can visit Quinta da Pacheca wine farm and wine cellar and taste some of their best Port, red and white wines (included in the premium option).

Hotel: Casa do Relógio do Sol or Quinta da Pacheca (upgrade included in the "premium" option)

Day 7: Free day – Transfer to Porto – End of tour

Breakfast at the hotel. Check-out and, at the scheduled time, private transfer to Porto Airport/ train station. End of tour.

 

Options and Prices

Choose how you want to experience this tour

Included

Self-guided

Starts at any date; private tour, minimum of 2 guests

Guided

Starts at any date; private tour, minimum of 4 guests

Premium

Starts at any date; private tour, minimum of 4 guests
Transfer in from arrival airport to start of the tour and transfer out from end of the tour to departure airport
6 nights in charm 4 star hotels, in double/twin bedroom with breakfast included
Upgrade to 6 nights in charm 5 star hotels ( or superior rooms), in double/twin bedroom with breakfast included
Rental of a Road, Touring or MTB bike (Scott Addict 20 or Scott Aspect 930), helmet and spares;
Detailed briefing, bike fit and routebook provided before the tour by a local guide
Personal guide accompanying your group, providing restaurant reservations, booking of local experiences and all passenger transfers throughout the tour;
Support vehicle (SAG Wagon) throughout all the rides
Ride along guide
Luggage transfer between hotels
Nutrition, hydration and snacks during our rides;
Garmin GPS with preloaded daily tracks
Access to the Live Love Ride app, that you can use to navigate and explore the best this tour has to offer
Personal accidents insurance during our tour
Portuguese mobile cellphone for contact with your local guide
Live Love Ride Jersey
Live Love Ride full cycling kit ( jersey, bib short, cap and Scicon rain bag
Visit to wineries, museums and other select experiences during the tour

Prices

Self-guided

Guided

Premium

Per guest
1390€ per guest
1990€ per guest
2890€ per guest
High season supplement (1st May to 31st October)
150€
150€
150€
Single room supplement (mandatory for solo riders)
500€
500€
750€
Premium hotel upgrade supplement
300€
300€
Already included in price

Add-ons

Self-guided

Guided

Premium

Half-Board - 6 dinners (at the hotel in the "self-guided" option, drinks not included)
270€
(at your hotel)
270€
270€
Full-Board - lunch and dinner at select restaurants (drinks not included)
Not available
540€
540€
Upgrade to E-bike
150€
150€
150€
Ride along guide
2100€ (per group)
2100€ (per group)

Discounts

Self-guided

Guided

Premium

For non cycling guests ( does not apply to add-ons)
not available
20% discount
20% discount
Children up to 10 y/old
35% discount
35% discount
35% discount
Children from 10 to 14 y/old
25% discount
35% discount
35% discount
children from 14 to 17 y/old
20% discount
35% discount
35% discount

Private tours and dates

If you have a group and want to make this a private tour, or want to schedule a different date than the ones listed above, we are available to customize this and other experiences to better suit your needs and availability. Please contact us at ricardo.costa@liveloveride.pt for more information.

Additional information

All prices include VAT and may be subject to change. The information in this program is valid up to 31/12/2019, and may suffer from additional changes, due to the availability of the hotels and activities listed in the program. Does not dispense confirmation of this information by Live Love Ride.

Group Tours

Join this tour on a group with other riders, on the following dates:
- Guaranteed departures -
- No minimum of guests required -

October

25/10/20i

Why Live Love Ride?

GO PRIVATE OR CUSTOMIZE THIS RIDE
EXPERTLY GUIDED CYCLING HOLIDAYS
HIGH-END BIKES AND GEAR
MECHANICAL ASSISTANCE, TRANSFER & VEHICLE SUPPORT
RELAX AND VISIT AT YOUR OWN PACE
ADAPTED TO EVERY RIDER TYPE AND NEED
DISCOUNTS ON ALL OPEN DATES
Private rides:

If you are looking for a different, exclusive experience, you can make this ride private for your group. Just choose any open trip date, get your group together and contact us to know the private trip listing.

Customized rides

If you represent a group and want to schedule a different date than the ones listed, we are available to customize this and other experiences to better suit your needs and availability. Please contact us for more information.
AT YOUR SERVICE

Our team is composed of portuguese tourist guides and bike riders, in love with our country and proud to present the best landscapes, gastronomy, history, culture and experiences to anyone who chooses to ride in Portugal.

For the last five years, our team has been involved in the making of over 200 bike-related events in Portugal, from Granfondos to casual mountain bike rides, throughout the country. We are seasoned travelers and riders, able to tap into our local knowledge to provide great experiences to our guests.

Our team is composed of dedicated guides and riders. We make sure our guests’ cycling holidays run smoothly and exceed their expectations.
We operate with high end bicycles, be it road or mountain bikes. All our bikes are in excellent condition, of the current year and regularly reviewed by our mechanics. Our road bike and mountain bike fleet for 2015 is composed of carbon frame bicycles of the top-notch brand Scott.

Road - Scott Addict

On the road, you will be riding a Addict - a lightweight and comfortable carbon bike, designed to help you on the climbs and keep. Our Addict bikes come equipped with a full Shimano Ultegra kit, for great performance.
Scott Addict
Mountain or touring - Scott Aspect or Spark 930

On our mountain bike tours in Portugal, you'll be riding a Scott Aspect 930 or a Spark ( depending on availability and if terrain conditions require so). These all-rounder, 29 inch wheel size bikes come equipped with front suspension with suspension lock, for better raction and comfort. They are perfect for short or long distance rides and even for technical trails, and come equipped with Shimano components for the best cycling experience. For touring bikes, we change the MTB tires of the Scott Aspect 930 for more rolling, thinner bike tires, to make it more adjustable to the terrain you'd be riding in.
Scott Aspect or Spark 930
E-bikes -Scott E-Scale 930

As an option, you might require an E-bike to assist on your tour. Our E-bike fleet is composed of E-Scale 930 bike model, equipped with 500W Bosch batteries, that will allow you to go great distances and with 250W Bosch motors, to assist you during the toughest climbs! These aluminum framed Scott bikes come equiped with front suspension with lockout. Optionally, they can be equipped with touring tires, in case it's better adepted to your tour of choice.
Scott E-Scale 930
The models of the bikes for your tour might not be the ones here depicted, according to availability. All our bikes are perfectly maintained and are fitted to every rider on your first experience with us. If you have a special bicycle request, please feel free to contact us.We also have an E-bike fleet available, if you or your family members feel the need for extra-assistance during the rides.

In our bike trips, you’ll also get to use our Garmin Edge 510 GPS device, so you can record and upload all your rides.
RIDE SUPPORT AVAILABLE AT ALL TIMES

In our cycling holidays, you’ll be accompanied by our always present staff and vehicles. They will provide for all the services you need for the best biking experience in Portugal.

At your service, you’ll have a fleet of premium equipped vehicles with several amenities for your comfort.

/Mechanical assistance during the bike tours;
/Luggage and bike transfer between hotels;
/Transfer to and from hotels/airports;
/Premium passenger transport and assistance during the rides, at your disposal;

Bike touring at it's best!
AFTER A GREAT DAY IN THE SADDLE, IT'S TIME TO RELAX.

We work with the best hotels and SPA's, to guarantee you full-access to great relaxing experiences and a good night's sleep after your bike tour.

/ Acess to the best SPAs;
/ Free time for sightseeing;
/ Experience adapted to your own pace and holiday style;

We strive to provide our guests with time to relax and immerse into the atmosphere, providing a balance between great activities and well deserved “me time” on your cycling holidays Portugal!
CYCLING HOLIDAYS FOR EVERY TYPE OF RIDER

While planning your cycling holidays, our staff may contact you to ask for further details to better design a bike tour more suited to you. However, all our tours are built to adapt to groups with different riding experience, having shorter and longer options. For "expert" riders, we provide additional cycling challenges. On the other hand we invite all our guests to simply hop into our premium equipped vans if they feel so or just enjoy a recovery day without using their bike.

RIDER TYPES:

1 BEGINNER

/ I ride my bike on a regular basis, for fitness, commuting or out with friends. I prefer rolling terrain but enjoy reaching my goals and enjoy an active lifestyle. I like to overcome some challenges on my bike, but mostly enjoy the landscapes and atmosphere during group rides.
You will get to ride at your own pace, in moderate distances and hop on our premium van if you so desire or, you can challenge yourself when you feel comfortable! You’ll get to ride in a peloton with like-minded people and always accompanied by our guides. If you want an extra "help" on your rides, you can also request an e-bike.

2 INTERMEDIATE

/ Riding is a great part of my life, and I ride my bike regularly with my friends. I am comfortable with rides of 2 to 3 hours, or even more at a relatively strong pace. I like to be challenged and to surpass obstacles or just ride smoothly in a peloton.
You will get to feel different riding experiences, from tougher climbs to rolling along in great company. You’ll have time to enjoy the great landscapes, gain speed in the descents and also push yourself and climb those tough hills. You’ll enjoy the variety of terrain, riding in a peloton and pushing a little harder just before the stop at the café.

3 EXPERT

/ I ride my bike an average of 100 kilometres or more per week and enjoy a fast paced ride for an extended period of time. I love to train, improve and be challenged by other riders. I enjoy all riding experiences, from big climbs to long, technical descents, especially the ones that allow me to push my limits and make long lasting memories.
You’ll get to ride in a peloton along with your peers but also challenge them on the long climbs. Lead the pack and take on the special extra-challenges we have in store for you – try to keep up with our guides as you go for the extra mile just before your well deserved rest and massage at the hotel!

Cycling holidays Portugal for all.
Enjoy discounts on all our guided, open date tours*

/ From 1 to 4 riders, 5% discount for guests;

/ From 5 to 8 riders, 7.5% discount for guests;

/ For more than 9 riders, 10% discount for guests;

Join a guided tour with other riders on our open dates and enjoy these special discounts

* discounts are not accumulated with other discounts, or tour supplements.
Contact us by e-mail, skype or telephone for more information.

Self-guided

Starts at any date; private tour, minimum of 2 guests
from 1390€ per person
click to see what's included

Guided

Starts at any date; private tour, minimum of 4 guests
from 1990€ per person
click to see what's included

Premium

Starts at any date; private tour, minimum of 4 guests
from 2890€ per person
click to see what's included

Open Dates

Join this tour on a group with other riders, on the following dates:
- Guaranteed departures -
- No minimum of guests required -
25/10/20i

Why Live Love Ride?

GO PRIVATE OR CUSTOMIZE THIS RIDE

Private rides:

If you are looking for a different, exclusive experience, you can make this ride private for your group. Just choose any open trip date, get your group together and contact us to know the private trip listing.

Customized rides

If you represent a group and want to schedule a different date than the ones listed, we are available to customize this and other experiences to better suit your needs and availability. Please contact us for more information.

EXPERTLY GUIDED CYCLING HOLIDAYS

AT YOUR SERVICE

Our team is composed of portuguese tourist guides and bike riders, in love with our country and proud to present the best landscapes, gastronomy, history, culture and experiences to anyone who chooses to ride in Portugal.

For the last five years, our team has been involved in the making of over 200 bike-related events in Portugal, from Granfondos to casual mountain bike rides, throughout the country. We are seasoned travelers and riders, able to tap into our local knowledge to provide great experiences to our guests.

Our team is composed of dedicated guides and riders. We make sure our guests’ cycling holidays run smoothly and exceed their expectations.

HIGH-END BIKES AND GEAR

We operate with high end bicycles, be it road or mountain bikes. All our bikes are in excellent condition, of the current year and regularly reviewed by our mechanics. Our road bike and mountain bike fleet for 2015 is composed of carbon frame bicycles of the top-notch brand Scott.

Road - Scott Addict

On the road, you will be riding a Addict - a lightweight and comfortable carbon bike, designed to help you on the climbs and keep. Our Addict bikes come equipped with a full Shimano Ultegra kit, for great performance.
Scott Addict
Mountain or touring - Scott Aspect or Spark 930

On our mountain bike tours in Portugal, you'll be riding a Scott Aspect 930 or a Spark ( depending on availability and if terrain conditions require so). These all-rounder, 29 inch wheel size bikes come equipped with front suspension with suspension lock, for better raction and comfort. They are perfect for short or long distance rides and even for technical trails, and come equipped with Shimano components for the best cycling experience. For touring bikes, we change the MTB tires of the Scott Aspect 930 for more rolling, thinner bike tires, to make it more adjustable to the terrain you'd be riding in.
Scott Aspect or Spark 930
E-bikes -Scott E-Scale 930

As an option, you might require an E-bike to assist on your tour. Our E-bike fleet is composed of E-Scale 930 bike model, equipped with 500W Bosch batteries, that will allow you to go great distances and with 250W Bosch motors, to assist you during the toughest climbs! These aluminum framed Scott bikes come equiped with front suspension with lockout. Optionally, they can be equipped with touring tires, in case it's better adepted to your tour of choice.
Scott E-Scale 930
The models of the bikes for your tour might not be the ones here depicted, according to availability. All our bikes are perfectly maintained and are fitted to every rider on your first experience with us. If you have a special bicycle request, please feel free to contact us.We also have an E-bike fleet available, if you or your family members feel the need for extra-assistance during the rides.

In our bike trips, you’ll also get to use our Garmin Edge 510 GPS device, so you can record and upload all your rides.

MECHANICAL ASSISTANCE, TRANSFER & VEHICLE SUPPORT

RIDE SUPPORT AVAILABLE AT ALL TIMES

In our cycling holidays, you’ll be accompanied by our always present staff and vehicles. They will provide for all the services you need for the best biking experience in Portugal.

At your service, you’ll have a fleet of premium equipped vehicles with several amenities for your comfort.

/Mechanical assistance during the bike tours;
/Luggage and bike transfer between hotels;
/Transfer to and from hotels/airports;
/Premium passenger transport and assistance during the rides, at your disposal;

Bike touring at it's best!

RELAX AND VISIT AT YOUR OWN PACE

After a great day outdoors, it's time to relax

We work with the best hotels and SPA's, to guarantee you full-access to great relaxing experiences and a good night's sleep after your hiking is done.

/ Access to the best SPAs;

/ Free time for sightseeing;

/ Experience adapted to your own pace and holiday style;

We strive to provide our guests with time to relax and immerse into the atmosphere, providing a balance between great activities and well deserved “me time” on your walking holidays Portugal!

ADAPTED TO EVERY RIDER TYPE AND NEED

CYCLING HOLIDAYS FOR EVERY TYPE OF RIDER

While planning your cycling holidays, our staff may contact you to ask for further details to better design a bike tour more suited to you. However, all our tours are built to adapt to groups with different riding experience, having shorter and longer options. For "expert" riders, we provide additional cycling challenges. On the other hand we invite all our guests to simply hop into our premium equipped vans if they feel so or just enjoy a recovery day without using their bike.

RIDER TYPES:

1 BEGINNER

/ I ride my bike on a regular basis, for fitness, commuting or out with friends. I prefer rolling terrain but enjoy reaching my goals and enjoy an active lifestyle. I like to overcome some challenges on my bike, but mostly enjoy the landscapes and atmosphere during group rides.
You will get to ride at your own pace, in moderate distances and hop on our premium van if you so desire or, you can challenge yourself when you feel comfortable! You’ll get to ride in a peloton with like-minded people and always accompanied by our guides. If you want an extra "help" on your rides, you can also request an e-bike.

2 INTERMEDIATE

/ Riding is a great part of my life, and I ride my bike regularly with my friends. I am comfortable with rides of 2 to 3 hours, or even more at a relatively strong pace. I like to be challenged and to surpass obstacles or just ride smoothly in a peloton.
You will get to feel different riding experiences, from tougher climbs to rolling along in great company. You’ll have time to enjoy the great landscapes, gain speed in the descents and also push yourself and climb those tough hills. You’ll enjoy the variety of terrain, riding in a peloton and pushing a little harder just before the stop at the café.

3 EXPERT

/ I ride my bike an average of 100 kilometres or more per week and enjoy a fast paced ride for an extended period of time. I love to train, improve and be challenged by other riders. I enjoy all riding experiences, from big climbs to long, technical descents, especially the ones that allow me to push my limits and make long lasting memories.
You’ll get to ride in a peloton along with your peers but also challenge them on the long climbs. Lead the pack and take on the special extra-challenges we have in store for you – try to keep up with our guides as you go for the extra mile just before your well deserved rest and massage at the hotel!

Cycling holidays Portugal for all.

DISCOUNTS ON ALL OPEN DATES

Enjoy discounts on all our guided, open date tours*

/ From 1 to 4 riders, 5% discount for guests;

/ From 5 to 8 riders, 7.5% discount for guests;

/ For more than 9 riders, 10% discount for guests;

Join a guided tour with other riders on our open dates and enjoy these special discounts

* discounts are not accumulated with other discounts, or tour supplements.
Contact us by e-mail, skype or telephone for more information.

European Offices

Live Love Ride
Avenida Infante D. Henrique, 311
1950-421
Lisbon - Portugal

Monday to Friday
09AM to 06PM
Telephone: 00351 217 590 365
Email: ridewithus @ liveloveride.pt 

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