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Douro Cycling Retreat: A 3-day bike tour in the heart of the wine country

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Douro River, Porto
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Start location:
Porto
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Price from:
690€ per guest
Explore Douro's wine country on a 3-day bike tour. Pedal through breathtaking landscapes and savor the essence of Portugal's Douro Valley.
Duration
3 days
Altimetry
600 › 1200 m, daily average
Distance
45 › 90 km, daily average
Bike type
Road bike, E-bike
Level
Intermediate, Experienced

Highlights:

This tour in a nutshell

Embark on a captivating 3-day Douro Cycling Retreat based in Pinhão, the jewel of Portugal's wine country. Pedal along the Douro River, framed by UNESCO-listed terraced vineyards known as 'socalcos,' capturing breathtaking views of this historic wine region.

Discover the rich history rooted in Porto, a city settled in the 4th century, and witness the centuries-old winemaking traditions that have shaped the landscape. Immerse yourself in the world of Douro wines, from the acclaimed Port wines to exquisite red and white varieties. Experience the wine production process firsthand, from stomping grapes in traditional fashion to visiting farms and wineries.

In this bike tour, you'll explore authentic villages like Peso da Régua and Pinhão, once vital ports for trading grapes and wine via the traditional 'Rabelo' boats. Immerse yourself in the world of Douro wines, from the acclaimed Port wines to exquisite red and white varieties. Experience the wine production process firsthand, from stomping grapes in traditional fashion to visiting farms and wineries.

Indulge in the diverse and delectable local gastronomy, whether dining in Michelin-starred restaurants or charming 'tascas.' From the famed 'Posta Mirandesa' to oven-baked and smoked meats, savor the flavors of the Douro Valley.

Retreat to your charm hotel, once wineries or medieval castles, now offering modern amenities and spas. Glide along the Douro on a boat, gaining a unique perspective of the region. Climb lookouts for privileged views of the world's most beautiful wine-growing landscape.

Customize your adventure with shorter or longer rides each day, setting your own pace and destinations, with the option to extend your stay for another night in the Douro. This Douro bike tour promises an unforgettable blend of cycling, cultural immersion, and the extraordinary beauty of Portugal's Douro Valley.

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Beautiful self guided tour in the Douro valley!

I really enjoyed my 3 day Douro valley ride. They have a great app and well maintained bikes. They were also ...

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Day to Day:

What you'll be experiencing everyday

Day 1: Arrival in Porto - Transfer from Porto hotel/airport to your hotel in Pinhão. Optional fternoon ride: Pinhão - Casal de Loivos - Alijó - Favaios - Pinhão (40 km, 800 metres of accumulated climbing).

Private morning transfer from Porto airport/hotel to Pinhão, for check-in at your local hotel. Briefing and bike fit provided by our local guide. During the afternoon, you can opt for a ride embarking on a scenic route along the picturesque river Pinhão, a tributary of the Douro. Ascend to the breathtaking "Casal dos Loivos" viewpoint before continuing your journey to Alijó, where you can explore the wine and olive oil cooperative. From there, pedal to the charming town of Favaios, renowned for its delectable liqueur wine.

Return to Pinhão, reaching your hotel by the river. In the afternoon, unwind by the pool and have dinner at a local restaurant in the Douro river marina.

You will stay either at the Quinta de La Rosa or the Vintage House Douro, a 5-star hotel on the Douro River.
Hotel: Quinta de La Rosa or Vintage House Douro (Premium option)

Day 2: Douro Bike Tour - Pinhão to Tabuaço - Adorigo - Peso da Régua - Pinhão (41 to 70km, 765 to 1100 meters of accumulated climbing)

Start your day with a delightful breakfast at the hotel. Embark on a captivating loop along the N222, renowned as one of the world's most scenic roads. Ascend towards Tabuaço, tracing the Távora River and relishing panoramic views of the picturesque vineyards. Pause in Tabuaço to explore the charming town center before descending to Adorigo and Peso da Régua.

Return to the tranquil riverside, cycling back to your hotel in Pinhão to complete the loop. In the afternoon, indulge in a visit to the Quinta do Seixo winery and cellar, where you can savor some of Sandeman's finest ports. Alternatively, opt for a serene Douro river cruise, appreciating the enchanting beauty of the river.

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

Day 3: Douro bike tour: Pinhão -Provesende - Gouvinhas - Pinhão (51 km, 1200 metres of accumulated climbing). Transfer to Porto

After breakfast at your hotel, embark on a morning of cycling bliss from Pinhão, setting the stage for an unforgettable experience. The journey takes a delightful turn as you ascend to Provesende, a charming village with ancient landmarks and picturesque manor houses, showcasing the region's rich history and economic strength. Venture westward, climbing to the highest point of the day and unveiling hidden backroads leading to Paradaela de Guiães - navigate the winding roads with a fabulous descent toward the Douro, a 20 km stretch of sheer cycling pleasure, culminating near the Ferrão train station. Upon reaching the Douro, embrace a 5 km challenging climb, marvelling at Quinta Nova's entrance. Continue the ascent to the quaint village of Covas do Douro, followed by an exhilarating downhill ride towards Pinhão, tracing the enchanting "Vale do Inferno" —a perfect ending to a tour filled with scenic wonders and cycling delights.

At the end of your morning ride, transfer from your hotel in Pinhão to Porto's airport or hotel -  or opt for an extension of this tour for an additional day to explore more of the Douro valley.

EXTENDED STAY IN PORTO or PINHÃO: If you want to enjoy the region for longer and space out these rides, you can add additional nights in Pinhão, on request

Map:

Where you'll be riding

Tour options:

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
Group transfer in from Porto hotel/airport to start of the tour in Pinhão; and group transfer from the end of the tour in Pinhão to Porto hotel/airport
2 nights in charm 4 star hotels, in double/twin bedroom with breakfast included
Upgrade to 2 nights in charm 5 star hotels (or superior rooms), in double/twin bedroom with breakfast included
Rental of a Road bike (Scott Addict 10 or similar), 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
Sports nutrition, hydration, fruits 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
Remote contact to your dedicated tour guide, throughout your tour
Live Love Ride Jersey
Live Love Ride full cycling kit (jersey, bib shorts and cap)
Visit to wineries, museums and other select experiences during the tour
Selected aprés-vélo experiences, with post ride drinks and snacks

Prices:

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Prices

Self-guided

Guided

Premium

Per guest
690€ per guest
1200€ per guest
1700€ per guest
High season supplement (1st May to 31st October, holidays and festivities)
150€
150€
250€
Single room supplement (mandatory for solo riders)
250€
250€
300€
Premium hotel upgrade supplement
200€
200€

Add-ons

Half-board - 2 dinners at handpicked restaurants (selected drinks and spirits included)
150€
(at your hotel)
150€
Full-board - 1 lunch and 2 dinners at handpicked restaurants (selected drinks and spirits included)
Not available
550€
Upgrade to E-bike
150€
150€
150€
Ride along guide (1 guide for every 6 persons)
Not available

Discounts

Join a Scheduled Group Tour from our Calendar
not available
Contact us
not available
Non cycling guests and children
not available
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Tour options:

Choose how you want to experience this tour

Self-guided

Starts at any date; private tour, minimum of 2 guests
from 690€ per person
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Guided

Starts at any date; private tour, minimum of 4 guests
from 1200€ per person
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Premium

Starts at any date; private tour, minimum of 4 guests
from 1700€ per person
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Group Tours:

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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
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 is composed of carbon and aluminium frame bicycles of the top-notch brand Scott.

Road - Scott Addict or Scott Addict Disc

On the road, you will be riding a Addict - a lightweight and comfortable carbon bike, designed to help you on the climbs and keep your speed on flat sections. Our Addict bikes come equipped with a full Shimano Ultegra kit, for great performance.
Scott Addict


MTB Mountain bikes - Scott Aspect 910

On our mountain bike tours in Portugal, you'll be riding a Scott Aspect 910. These all-rounder, 29 inch wheel size bikes come equipped with front suspension with suspension lock, for better reaction 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.
Scott Aspect or Spark 930


Touring - Scott Sub-Cross

For mixed terrain, we equip our Scott Sub-Cross fleet with touring tires, so that you’ll roll easily by the countryside backroads and macadam trails alike. These bikes are equiped with a front suspension remote lock-out and handle bar bags, making them the perfect option for touring enthusiasts
Scott Aspect or Spark 930


E-bikes -Scott E-Scale 930 or Scott E-Ride

Our E-bike fleet is composed of the Scott E-Scale 930 and Scott E-Ride bike models, 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.
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.

In our bike trips, you’ll also get to use our Garmin Edge 820 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.

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 is composed of carbon and aluminium frame bicycles of the top-notch brand Scott.

Road - Scott Addict or Scott Addict Disc

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


MTB Mountain bikes - Scott Aspect 910

On our mountain bike tours in Portugal, you'll be riding a Scott Aspect 910. These all-rounder, 29 inch wheel size bikes come equipped with front suspension with suspension lock, for better reaction 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.
Scott Aspect or Spark 930


Touring - Scott Sub-Cross

For mixed terrain, we equip our Scott Sub-Cross fleet with touring tires, so that you’ll roll easily by the countryside backroads and macadam trails alike. These bikes are equiped with a front suspension remote lock-out and handle bar bags, making them the perfect option for touring enthusiasts
Scott E-Scale 930


E-bikes -Scott E-Scale 930 or Scott E-Ride

Our E-bike fleet is composed of the Scott E-Scale 930 and Scott E-Ride bike models, 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.
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.

In our bike trips, you’ll also get to use our Garmin Edge 820 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.
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Lisbon - Portugal

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Telephone: 00351 217 590 365 (Call to the Portuguese national fixed network)
Email: ridewithus @ liveloveride.pt 

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