Jewels of Portugal Guided

Road Bike | Guided | Historic
 x

This bicycle trip in Portugal is longer than the others, however it is not a difficult bike tour and everyone can do it: you can see the altitude gain per day and the climbing profiles.

This program includes 3 non-cycling days; it was intentionally designed that way to give you some time off the bicycle to visit an impressive 14th century Monastery, Évora and Sintra – two cities classified as World Heritage by UNESCO.

The overall difficulty level of this tour is 4, Advanced (more precisely, level 3.7 between 1~5). It is recommended for enthusiast cyclists. It is supposed that you are fit and in good shape.

This bicycle tour in Portugal allows you to know some Jewels of Portugal that you can do on a bicycle.

Portugal is a small country, but very diverse. You can find many evidences of the many peoples that were here in the past and also the influence of our Discovery Journeys (15th and 16th centuries) that showed the world new worlds. Everything is mingled in our culture, our architecture, our landscape, our gastronomy, etc. In Portugal everything is near. You start riding in the morning and you admire the landscape; you ride some km and you can admire a completely different scenery!

On this 14-day bicycle trip in Portugal you will ride along beautiful and quiet roads, you will visit many typical small towns and villages of Portugal, you will experience the atmosphere of kings and queens, you will have a close contact with our History and you will admire the vast landscapes inland and along our long coast. There would be other wonderful places to visit in Portugal, but it would not be as pleasant on a bicycle. We designed this bicycle tour in Portugal selecting interesting places and roads, avoiding crowds and traffic. Cycling in Portugal is safe.

At the end of this tour you will stay 2 nights in Sintra, to relax and enjoy the romantic environment of Sintra, classified as World Heritage by UNESCO.
On this bicycle tour in Portugal history and landscape are intertwined in an amazing way! This is the perfect bicycle trip in Portugal for you, …without stress!

From
Euro 3070
Guided
Tour

14
Days 

Level 4 (3.7)
Advanced

Distance
633km/393mi
Average
70km/44mi day
Trails
100% asphalt 
Start | End
Évora | Sintra
Dates

Start-End

Availability

Booking

Price

Per Person

11 Mar- 24 Mar, 2018

Available

Euro 3500

27 May – 09 Jun, 2018

Available

Euro 3870

28 Oct – 10 Nov, 2018

Available

Euro 3440

Looking for another Guided tour date?

See all Confirmed Departures

RESERVE THE TRIP OF A LIFETIME

Ready to book? Select tour date.

Available dates:

Available
Not Available
Selected
Minimum number of people: 4
Location: Alentejo, Center Region, Lisboa Region
Price per person:
Single room supplement:
Pick-Up Date:
Drop-Off Date:
Adults:

Price includes:
14-day road bike tour with a Guide | Superior quality bicycle rental | Transfers from and to Lisbon Airport | Accommodations for 13 nights (1 five-star hotel made of marble, one 14th century Monastery, 2 four-star historic hotels, 8 four-star hotels and 1 cozy three-star hotel) | Double bedroom occupancy | 14 Breakfasts | 10 Dinners (including our famous wines, our cheeses and lovely desserts) | Daily energy-bars and water | Luggage transport from hotel to hotel | Documentation about PortugalBike Tour | Personal Accident Insurance and Liability Insurance | First-Aid assistance on location | TechnoMechanical Assistance | Permanent Backup Vehicle | Visit to a Pottery Workshop | Visit to a winery and wine tasting | Visit to a Marble Quarry | Visit to Roman Ruins | Visit to a cave with limestone formations.

Please note:

Guided version: We require a minimum of 4 people to confirm a guided departure | Groups: Discount for Groups of 6 or more people | E-bike rental: + Euro 180 | If you wish a different date, ask us for prices and availability.

DAY BY DAY 

Day

1

Arrival at Lisbon  

Welcome at Lisbon airport. 1h30m drive to Évora, the capital of Alentejo region, followed by a briefing about the tour. Lodging in a 4* Hotel.

Day

2

Free day in Évora

Visit Évora, a city classified as World Heritage on UNESCO list. Lodging in a 4* Hotel located inside the city walls (the same as the night before).

Day

3

Towards the Convent within the cork-oak forest

50km (31mi), 550m total climbing (1800ft), level 3 (2.7). Alentejo is a region that keeps many secrets, many charms and many relics. Today we cycle along many olive-trees, cork-oak trees and vineyards. This is the land of olives, cork and wine. We will find another hidden treasure at the end of the day. Lodging in an impressive Convent built in 1182 by monks, recently converted into a 4* hotel, with its impressive private collection of eighteenth century Portuguese tile work.

Day

4

Marble, the white gold of Alentejo

47km (29mi), 690m total climbing (2260ft), level 3 (2.9). Today we will see the region of marble in Alentejo region and the quarries and marble everywhere. We will stay in the capital of marble. Lodging in 5* Hotel made of marble.

Day

5

Experiencing Portuguese History

84km (52mi), 1110m total climbing (3640ft), level 4 (4.1). Today we will cross a wide farm landscape with some small villages here and there. We will continue until we get to a 14th century Monastery which is in the middle of nowhere in the plain. Lodging in a Pousada that manages to combine the genuine characteristics of the former monastery with modern luxury.

Day

6

Cycling towards the border with Spain

54km (34mi), 1010m total climbing (3310ft), level 4 (3.5). We will cycle along quiet roads admiring the fields and the day ends with the climb to a medieval small town on the top of the hill, to defend our borders from the Spanish invaders. Visit to a Roman ruins (guided tours only). Lodging in a cozy 3* Hotel in the highest medieval small town of Portugal.

Day

7

Leaving the border area to the center of Portugal

116km (72mi), 1390m total climbing (4560ft), level 5 (4.8). Today is the longest day of the tour and you will see the diference of the environment and landscape in Alentejo region and the center of Portugal. Lodging in a 4* hotel located in a rural area where you can enjoy the quietness of water and nature.

Day

8

The Sanctuary and the Limestone Caves

68km (42mi), 1120m total climbing (3680ft), level 4 (3.9). Our way is always very diverse and we get to a sacred place, a place of many pilgrimages and prayers; several Popes have visited it several times. This is one more Jewel of Portugal. Visit a limestone cave. Lodging in 4* hotel.

Day

9

Free day: The impressive Monastery – the culture day

Visit an impressive 14th century Monastery and several museums around it. Lodging in a 4* Hotel located very close to the monastery (the same as the night before).

Day

10

Towards the most well-preserved medieval town

80km (50mi), 1110m total climbing (3640ft), level 4 (4.0). We continue cycling towards the coast until we get to the most typical beach in Portugal where the fishermen work their nets and dry the fish under the sun. The tour continues with gorgeous sea sceneries and then we get to the most well-preserved medieval town, another Jewel of Portugal, with its narrow and winding roads and its whitewashed houses and the castle at the top. Lodging in a charming 4* hotel whose building is dated from the 14th century.

Day

11

The Silver Coast and the peninsula 

51km (32mi), 720m total climbing (2360ft), level 3 (3.0). This long coast north of Lisbon is called the Silver Coast because of the reflection of the sun on the sea water. You will see the wonderful view when you cycle around a small peninsula. Lodging in a 4* hotel near the beach.

Day

12

The rural area near the coast

83km (52mi), 1270m total climbing (4170ft), level 4 (4.3). We continue towards south and closer to Lisbon. We will see more traffic and some originally fishermen villages that are now the place where many people spend their holidays close to Lisbon. The tour continues ending in Sintra. Lodging in a 4* hotel in the center of the village, to relax and enjoy the romantic environment of Sintra, classified as World Heritage by UNESCO.

Day

13

Free day in Sintra: The luxuriant vegetation and romantic environment

The most important Jewel of Portugal – Sintra, the place where Kings and Queens spent their vacations. Visit this special romantic place in the forest with a castle and several palaces. Lodging in a 4* hotel in the center of the village, to relax and enjoy the romantic environment of Sintra, classified as World Heritage by UNESCO (the same as the night before).

Day

14

Departure

After breakfast we leave to Lisbon airport – 30min drive.

Total distance  633km (393mi) | Average 70km/day (44mi/day) | 100% asphalt

YOU MAY ALSO LIKE

All our Multi-Day Bike Tours have three versions: Guided, Supported or Self-Guided. If you prefer a different version of the current tour, please select below.

TESTIMONIALS

Are you looking for an exceptional bike tour? This tour and the company that runs this tour are very likely to exceed your expectations. The Jewels of Portugal tour offers a very well planned route, amazing sights, well-tuned bicycles, informative tour guides, good food and local wine and comfortable and unique four-star lodging. But let’s not stop there: The tour leader, van driver and sweep rider are pleasant, funny, exceptionally caring, watchful for everyone’s safety and enjoyment and just delightful people. This PortugalBike tour has all this and more, including great route documentation with sights not to miss, activities along the way, route profile info and riding tips. On top of all this, this owner-operated tour company manages all the logistics exceptionally well. And I don’t say this lightly or often (I am an international management consultant specializing in logistics and transportation who is extremely demanding on these points). PortugalBike’s team manages the pickup/drop-off coordination, luggage handling, and other elements incredibly well. (…) At the end of the tour, you will have a great appreciation of all that Portugal has to offer, have made some new friends and realize that PortugalBike has managed to raise the bar against which all bike touring companies are measured. After taking ten trips with five different bike tour companies across North America and Europe, I can easily say that PortugalBike was clearly the best and offered the most enjoyable experience.

Todd Burger, 62 – Lexington MA, United States

As a person of little bike experience, I have to say my two week tour of Portugal was truly rewarding. I travelled with my husband who is a competent rider, but the company provided me with an excellent hybrid electric bike which compensated. I was amazed how well I managed and it was through the assistance of the team at Portugal Bike who met the needs of everyone with their encouragement, good breaks along the way, excellent accommodation and attention to safety and every other detail that made it so outstanding. We both learnt so much about Portugal with the team’s descriptions on the way and visits to unique Portuguese sites of interest. We gathered together as a family at the end having shared a lovely adventure. Thank you Jose, Cristina and Ricardo.

Gena Evens, 69 – Melbourne, Australia

My wife and I just finished Portugal Bike’s two week tour through the center of Portugal (Alentejo and the coast) with a group of 14 cyclists guided by José, Cristina and Ricardo. This was a very well organized and executed cycling trip. The route was exciting, through the cork and olive groves, across rolling landscapes, past vineyards and marble quarries and limestone caves, out to the central coast north of Lisbon. (…) Cristina and José (and Ricardo) are seasoned, patient and adaptable guides; they know their routes, they organize great lodging and meals, and they provide a context and passion which frankly you might miss on a self-guided trip. We’ve participated in a number of Backroads (and other) adventures in the past; Portugal Bike is every bit as good, at a fraction of the cost. Maybe the peak moment: staring down from the walls of the Marvao castello, over valleys settled by the Romans, shaded by grand chestnuts, contemplating a dinner of pork and clams steamed in a copper cataplana. Go for it!

Boyd Lyon, 63 – Corvalls OR, United States

If you think you would enjoy some moderately challenging riding through gorgeous, varied country with guided exposure to some of the prime cultural sites of this amazing nation, Portugal, this trip if for you. The guides, Jose, Cristina and Ricardo are warm, welcoming, accommodating and do everything in their power to make the trip a rich experience. There are a couple of long riding days, but there are plenty of breaks to give riders a chance to refuel and catch their breath. These are balanced with shorter days and rest days in towns with great cultural attractions. Food and accommodation are both very good, considering the price of the trip. The bicycles were first rate carbon road bikes with an option for an electric bike. But most impressive was the dedication and quiet passion of our guides to make it a safe and memorable trip. “Jewels of Portugal”, a great ride in every way!

John Meigs, 75 – Philadelphia PA, United States

TOUR GEAR

On this tour you can ride with one of these bicycles
New Scott CR1

SCOTT CR1 COMPETITION

ULTRA LIGHT AND FAST

The SCOTT CR1 20’s IMP Carbon frame offers the perfect balance of performance and comfort. Designed to save the rider from shock and vibration, the CR1 is the ideal choice for the enthusiast who wants to enjoy long rides but doesn’t want to feel beat up at the end of the day. Providing the perfect balance of stiffness and weight, Scott CR1 is so precise, elegant and advanced that you’ll have a tough time going back to anything less.

SEE MORE

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.

SEE MORE

e Bike Bosch System

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.

SEE MORE

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.

SEE MORE

error: Content is protected !!