Self-Guided (with a GPS device on your handlebar with all tracks recorded)
Supported (with a GPS device on your handlebar and a support van)
Guided Tours (with a Guide):
You will always cycle together with a guide, who will draw your attention to the historic and interesting details along the way
You can learn about Portugal, its History, people and culture, because you are with PortugalBike team
You will enjoy the daily wonderful picnics always in a beautiful spot, that we prepared especially for you (depending on the program)
You will enjoy the tasty dinners with Portuguese gastronomy, Portuguese wines and desserts, always in the best restaurants of the region, together with PortugalBike team and the rest of the group
While you are cycling in Portugal, you will have the daily support of our support van (water supply, technical and mechanical assistance, giving you a lift, etc.)
You will be supplied with an energy bar and fruits to help you on the most difficult sections of the day
You can also enjoy some specific experiences depending on the bike tour (visiting a museum, wine tasting, etc.)
On the Guided Tours you will get a PREMIUM SERVICE!
Self-Guided Tours (without a Guide):
You will have all the information to guide you. You only need to follow the arrow in your GPS device that will be on the handlebar of your bicycle
Self-Guided Bicycle Tours do not include dinners, daily picnics, energy bars and water supply during the day and some activities specific of some bike tours, as you are on your own
As you are on your own, the Guide will not be there to take care of your bicycle, this is your responsibility: you will be responsible for the good use of your bicycle and its components. You must handle your gears gently and carefully; you must park your bicycle safely in order not to make scratches on the frame and manage that it is safe and secure, using the supplied lock, to avoid theft.
You will also be responsible for the good use of all the supplied equipment: bicycle, helmet, bags with accessories, GPS device and mobile phone; all the equipment must be returned to PortugalBike as it was given to you.
When you receive the bicycle for your tour it is tuned and prepared for the tour. As you are on your own on a self-guided bicycle tour you are responsible for the bicycle during the tour and you must be able to solve any problem that may occur on your bicycle during the tour, such as a flat tire or a breaking of the chain, etc.
In order to make these bicycle tours more affordable you will meet only PortugalBike team on the first and last days; your luggage will be transferred by taxi every day
One last advantage of the self-guided tours is that you can start any day of the week. Ask us about our availability!
Supported Tours (with a support van):
This is like a Self-Guided Bicycle Tour (see above), also including the following:
Everyday there is a person on PortugalBike team who meets you at certain points of the tour and can assist you if necessary; you can have mechanical assistance (in case of a flat tire, broken chain, etc.), water supply, a lift in the van to the hotel. You can meet the person of PortugalBike team everyday at the Hotel. Ask us about our availability.
If you don’t feel comfortable repairing a flat tire, a broken chain or anything else on the rear derrailor but you still wish to do a bike tour on your own (without a guide) you should choose a Supported Bike Tour
A Supported Bike Tour is not as inexpensive as a Self-Guided Bike Tour, but it is cheaper than a Guided Bike Tour.
All multi-day PortugalBike Tours have the three bike tour versions: Guided, Supported or Self-Guided.