Marble, Wine & Heritage Self-Guided

Hybrid Bike | Self-Guided | Historic
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Alentejo is the perfect set for riding a bicycle in Portugal and experiencing an unforgettable adventure.

One of the most typical sights in this region is a vast field with some cork oak trees here and there (the so-called Montado) and the herds (sometimes sheep, sometimes pigs or cows) usually enjoying the shade of the trees. The villages with their whitewashed one-floor houses are a picturesque landscape in Alentejo.

The people here in Alentejo region are very proud of their heritage and they preserve the ancient buildings and also the ancient practices. This is a region that has a very rich handicraft tradition – pottery, embroideries, hand-painted furniture, wrought-iron works, etc. The local gastronomy is varied and quite tasty and perfectly matches the famous local wines.

This bicycle tour in Portugal starts in Elvas, an old border town which is classified as World Heritage by UNESCO.

The overall difficulty level of this tour is 2, Moderate (more precisely, level 1.8 between 1~5). It is recommended for enthusiast bikers.

Biking in this region of Portugal you visit the capital of marble, and you can see marble everywhere, even the sidewalks are made of marble.

The bicycle tour continues along quarries, vineyards and cork trees. The roads are quiet, the landscape is amazing! You cycle surrounded by natural beauty and you feel alone within this peaceful environment!

This bike tour in Portugal ends in a Convent which was converted into a Charm Hotel and that is located within a cork tree forest. This is the perfect place to end our cycling adventure in Portugal!

From
Euro 1110
Self-Guided
Tour

7
Days 

Level 2 (1.8)
Moderate

Distance
152km/94mi
Average
30km/19mi day
Trails
99% asphalt+1% dirt-roads
Start | End
Elvas | Redondo
Dates

Start-End

Availability

Booking

Price

Per Person

Sep, 2017

Available

Euro 1450

Out, 2017

Available

Euro 1400

Nov, 2017

Available

Euro 1110

Dec, 2017

Available

Euro 1110

January, 2018

Available

Euro 1180

February, 2018

Available

Euro 1180

March, 2018

Available

Euro 1280

April, 2018

Available

Euro 1470

May, 2018

Available

Euro 1490

June, 2018

Available

Euro 1490

July, 2018

Available

Euro 1420

August, 2018

Available

Euro 1420

September, 2018

Available

Euro 1560

October, 2018

Available

Euro 1490

November, 2018

Available

Euro 1180

December, 2018

Available

Euro 1180

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Minimum number of people: 2
Location: Alentejo
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Price includes:
7-day Road Bike Tour with a GPS device | Superior quality bicycle rental | Transfers from and to Lisbon Airport | Accommodations (6 nights): 2 nights in a five* Hotel made of marble, 2 nights in a Pousada (a 14th century Palace), 2 four* Historic Hotels) | Double bedroom occupancy | 6 Breakfasts | Luggage transport from Hotel to Hotel | Documentation about PortugalBike Tour | One winery – guided visit and wine tasting | Personal Accident Insurance and Liability Insurance.

Please note:
Self-Guided version: We require a minimum of 2 people to confirm a Self-Guided departure | Longer tour: You can join two PortugalBike Tours and have a 2-week program (10% discount on the second tour) | Groups: Discount for Groups of 4 or more people | E-Bike rental: + Euro 100 | On Self-Guided tours we can offer you any date, depending on our availability. If the tour starts and ends in different months the price will be adjusted accordingly, depending on how many days in each month.

DAY BY DAY 

Day

1

Arrival   

Welcome at Lisbon airport. Two-hour drive to Elvas, briefing about the tour. Lodging in a 4* Historic Hotel with a pool.

Day

2

The capital of marble in Portugal

30km (19mi), level 2 (2.0), total climbing 550m (1800ft).
After breakfast we cycle towards the capital of marble along fields covered with wild flowers. Lodging in a 5* Hotel made of marble.

Day

3

Marble, the white gold of Alentejo

29km (18mi), level 2 (1.6), total climbing 380m (1250ft).
After breakfast we ride along the quiet roads in Alentejo and marble quarries. Lodging in a 5* hotel made of marble (the same hotel of the night before).

Day

4

Alentejo, the land of wine and marble

24km (15mi), level 1 (1.3), total climbing 340m (1120ft).
We ride along vineyards and quarries. Lodging in a Historic Pousada with a pool, former Castle and Palace.

Day

5

Alentejo, the land of cork trees and vineyards

39km (24mi), level 2 (2.3), total climbing 480m (1580ft).
After breakfast we ride to another town and we visit a winery with wine tasting. Lodging in a Historic Pousada with a pool, former Castle and Palace (the same hotel of the night before).

Day

6

Towards the Convent

30km (19mi), level 2 (1.8), total climbing 440m (1440ft).
After a visit to another winery with wine tasting, we ride towards a hidden treasure within a cork tree forest. Lodging in a 4* Historic Hotel with a pool, former 12th century Convent.

Day

7

Departure

After breakfast transfer to Lisbon airport  (1-hour and 40-min drive to Lisbon).

Total distance  152km (94mi) | Average 30km/day (19mi/day) | 99% asphalt + 1% dirt-roads

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TESTIMONIALS

“We went on an 8-day biking tour arranged by Portugal Bike — through the Alentejo area of Portugal. The bikes were excellent hybrids, and we never had any problems/flats whatsoever. We were two couples in our mid-60’s, and we preferred to bike without a guide. Portugal Bike gave us the route, arranged our accommodations, and transported our luggage from hotel to hotel. The weather was perfect for biking — and we were on a paved but lightly used roads. We biked through olive groves, vineyards, cork oak groves, small villages, past marble quarries. We asked for (and got) an easy ride — about 20 miles per day, very few hills. The accommodations were amazing — including an elegant Pousada and a beautiful old convent. Great equipment, great advice. Now we want to bike in southern Portugal along the coast — and we’ll definitely use Portugal Bike.”

Peter Eisner, 68 – Tucson AZ, United States

“Our group of two couples just completed the Marble, Wine and Heritage hybrid tour. Cristina and Jose were wonderful hosts, the hotels were great, and the food so delicious, I gained a few pounds. The bike rides were varied and enjoyable, and our non-riding friend was able to join us in the included activities like wine tasting and the Marble Museum. I could not recommend a tour company more highly, and wish they guided tours throughout Europe, so I’ve could join them every year.”

Helen Smith, 69 – New Jersey, United States

“A group of friends “discovered Portugal” with Portugal Bike, on their wonderful “Marble, Wine and Heritage” adventure. And while we have cycled many parts of Europe and beyond, this bike tour was by far the best. Guides and owners, Cristina and Jose, an extremely organized, knowledgeable, and personable couple, guided us through the Alentejo region of Portugal. The hybrid bikes were in top notch condition, the day’s itinerary and highlights were reviewed each morning, literature detailing the towns, the history, technical data, sights, and accommodation was provided. We visited marble quarries, vineyards, olive and cork orchards, enjoyed the local cuisine and excellent wines, and stayed in comfortable and intriguing hotels, monasteries and castles. I highly recommend Portugal Bike and would happily cycle with them again and again.”

Gai Ward, 68 – Calgary, Canada

“My wife and I just completed the Marble, Wine & Heritage Tour and had a fantastic experience. It was everything and more that we hoped for. I rode a regular hybrid bike and she rode an E-assist bike which was perfect for her and allowed her to complete the trip, as well as pass me on the hills. I can’t say enough about our guides, Jose and Christina, who were fun to be with, incredibly generous and exposed us to the culture and language of Portugal. The hotels we stayed in were fabulous and the side trips to wineries and marble quarries made this so much more than a bike trip. I would return for another trip in an instant if we had the opportunity.”

Abraham Brietstein, 69 – Knoxville TN, United States

TOUR GEAR

On this tour you can ride with one of these bicycles
Hybrid Bike Scott Sportster

SCOTT SPORTSTER

COMFORT AND CONVENIENCE

Sporster 20 Solution emphasises comfort and convenience for touring and transportation. Equipped with a lockout fork and Syncros components, the Sportster is set up perfectly for your excursions with a more vertical and comfortable position.

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BOSCH SYSTEM 

E-BIKE

Now you don’t have any excuse for not participating on a Portugal Bike Tour! Don’t be afraid of not being able to keep up with the group. Now you can ride an e-bike without feeling too exhausted! The system works as if someone is pushing at your back! The more you pedal, the more electric assistance you have.

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CANNONDALE TANDEM 29 Bike

CANNONDALE TANDEM

TANDEM BIKE

Riding a Tandem bike is fun and is something that is not usual. People always smile to you and  wave. Your partner (stoker) don’t need to know how to ride a bicycle. However we highly recommend to ride this kind of bicycle if you already are used with it at your home.

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