Jewels of Portugal Scheduled

Road Bike | Scheduled | Historic and Landscape
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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 classified as World Heritage by UNESCO , to visit Évora – a city classified as World Heritage by UNESCO and to visit Marvão – a medieval town on the top of the hill.

The overall difficulty level of this tour is 3, Intermediate (more precisely, level 3.4 between 1~5). It is recommended for enthusiast bikers and cyclists. It is supposed that you are in good shape.

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 13-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.

This tour includes the visit to several places listed on the UNESCO’s World Heritage, such as the town of Évora, 12th century Monastery of Alcobaça and 14th century Monastery of Batalha. You will also learn about cork, marble and wine in Portugal. You experience historic accommodations and visit Roman ruins. This bicycle tour finishes in Óbidos, the most well-preserved medieval town in Portugal.

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 4050
Scheduled
Tour

13
Days 

Level 3 (3.4)
Intermediate

Distance
538km/334mi
67km/42mi day
Hotels
Signature, Monument and Historic

Trails
100% asphalt 
Start | End
Évora | Óbidos
Dates

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Per Person

02 Jan – 14 Jan, 2023

Available

Euro 4050

22 Jan – 03 Feb, 2023

Available

Euro 4050

05 Mar – 17 Mar, 2023

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Euro 4340

26 Mar – 07 Apr, 2023

Available

Euro 4530

07 May – 19 May, 2023

To be Confirmed

Euro 4940

11 Jun – 23 Jun, 2023

Available

Euro 4830

10 Sep- 22 Sep, 2023

Available

Euro 4890

15 Oct- 27 Oct, 2023

Available

Euro 4700

Available: You can sign up for the bicycle tour, but we must have a minimum of 6 cyclists.

To be Confirmed: We already have some cyclists, but we need more to Confirm the bike tour.

Confirmed: We already have a minimum of 6 cyclists on the bike tour and you can still sign up.

Complete: The bicycle tour is already full.

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If you wish a different date, ask us for prices and availability.
Scheduled bike tours usually start on Sundays.

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Minimum number of people: 6
Location: Center Region, Lisboa Region, Alentejo
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WHAT’S INCLUDED

13 days / 12 nights / 8 days cycling / 3 non-cycling days

Support Level

  • Experienced knowledgeable local Guides
  • A GPS device on your handlebar with all bike tracks preloaded
  • Our comfortable support and backup vehicle van with air conditioning
  • Techno-mechanical assistance at all times
  • All transportation from airport pick-up to drop-off
  • All baggage transportation by our team
  • Documentation booklet about PortugalBike Tour
  • Personal Accident Insurance and Liability Insurance
  • First-Aid assistance on location

Accommodations

  • One 5* modern Hotel made of marble
  • Two 5* Historic Design Boutique Hotel (2 nights)
  • One Pousada – Monument Hotel (14th century former Monastery – Luxury Hotel)
  • One 4* Historic Hotel (12th century former Monastery/Convent – Museum Hotel)
  • Two 4* Hotels in the countryside
  • Three cozy 4* Hotels in towns (2 nights + 1 night)
  • Two 18th century Manor House (National Monument – 2 nights)

Meals

  • 12 Breakfasts
  • 9 Dinners (including our famous wines, cheeses and desserts)
  • 1 Lunch (including our famous wines, cheeses and desserts)
  • Daily water supply, fruits, energy-bars, nuts etc.

Gear

  • Carbon frame and superior quality road bicycles with hydraulic disc brakes and 20 speeds, tailored to your height and specifications
  • PortugalBike cycling jersey to keep
  • PortugalBike water bottles to keep
  • BBB helmets (optional)

Activities 

  • Visit to a Winery and wine tasting
  • Visit to a Cork processing plant
  • Visit to Pottery Workshop
  • Visit to a Marble Quarry
  • Visit to a Roman Ruins
  • Visit to the highest medieval village and its castle
  • Visit to a Cave with limestone formations
  • Visit to a World Heritage Monastery from 12th century

Please note:

Prices are based on a double bedroom occupancy (hotels may be different depending on availability) | Scheduled version: We require a minimum of 6 people to confirm a guided departure | Groups: Discount for Groups of 8 or more people | E-bike rental: + Euro 480 | If you wish a different date, ask us for prices and availability.

DAY BY DAY 

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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 5* Historic Design Boutique Hotel that is the result of the renovation of the old Sepulvedas Palace, a building of the 16th century. Lodging in M’Ar de Ar Aqueduto Hotel.

Day

2

Non-cycling day. Free day in Évora

Visit Évora, a city classified as World Heritage on UNESCO list. Lodging in a 5* Historic Design Boutique Hotel & SPA, located inside the city walls (the same as the night before).

Day

3

Towards the Convent within the cork-oak forest

66km (41mi), 660m total climbing (2170ft), level 3 (3.2). Alentejo is a region that keeps many secrets, many charms and many relics. Today we cycle along many cork-oak trees and vineyards. We will visit a Cork Manufacturing Plant and we will learn how this natural product is processed (guided and supported tours only). Then 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* historic hotel, with its impressive private collection of eighteenth century Portuguese tile work. Lodging in Convento de São Paulo, Museum Hotel.

Day

4

Marble, the white gold of Alentejo

47km (29mi), 670m total climbing (2200ft), level 3 (2.8). Today we will see the region of marble in Alentejo region and the quarries and marble everywhere. This region is also known as the “wine region of Alentejo”: we will visit a winery (guided and supported tours only). Today we will stay in the capital of marble. Lodging in a beautiful 5* Hotel made of marble. Lodging in Alentejo Marmòris Hotel & SPA.

Day

5

Experiencing Portuguese History

84km (52mi), 1040m total climbing (3410ft), level 4 (4.1). Today we will cross a wide farm landscape with many vineyards and 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 14th century Monastery with modern luxury. Lodging in Pousada Mosteiro do Crato, Monument Hotel – Luxury Hotel.

Day

6

Cycling towards the border with Spain

59km (37mi), 980m total climbing (3220ft), level 4 (3.6). We will cycle along quiet roads admiring the fields and the day ends with the climb to small chapel on the top with a great view over the landscape and the small medieval town where we are going to stay. Lodging in a 18th century Manor House. Lodging in Casa Amarela (National Monument).

Day

7

Non-cycling day

Visit to Marvão, the highest medieval village in Portugal, and its castle, to defend our borders from the Spanish invaders (guided and supported tours only).

Visit to a Roman ruins site (guided and supported tours only)

Day

8

Leaving the border area to the center of Portugal

94km (58mi), 940m total climbing (3080ft), level 4 (4.1). Today is the longest day of the tour but very “rolling”, and you will see the diference of the environment and landscape in Alentejo region and the center of Portugal. Lodging in a 4* hotel on the top with a great view over an immense landscape where you can enjoy the quietness of this place. Lodging in Luna Hotel Turismo Abrantes.

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9

The Sanctuary and the Limestone Caves

80km (50mi), 1140m total climbing (3740ft), level 4 (4.1). 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 another Jewel of Portugal. Visit a limestone cave (guided and supported tours only). Lodging in a cozy 4* hotel in the town. Lodging in Hotel Lis Batalha.

Day

10

Non-cycling 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

11

The beautiful Atlantic Coast and the Monastery

57km (35mi), 410m total climbing (1350ft), level 3 (2.5). Today you ride towards the sea and the most typical fishing village in Portugal where the fishermen work their nets at the beach and dry the fish under the sun. This is also the place of the big-wave surfers. Your day finishes near another Monastery classified as World Heritage by UNESCO. Lodging in a 4* hotel located in the country side with a pool and SPA. Lodging in Your Hotel & Spa Alcobaça.

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12

Towards the most well-preserved medieval town

51km (32mi), 620m total climbing (2030ft), level 3 (2.9). You ride towards the Portuguese Atlantic coast again and the day includes gorgeous sea sceneries and beautiful beaches. Finally, you 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 near the historic center. Lodging in Josefa d’Óbidos Hotel.

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13

Departure

After breakfast we leave to Lisbon airport – 1h15min drive.

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Total distance  538km (334mi) | Average 67km/day (42mi/day) | 100% asphalt

ACCOMMODATIONS

Accommodations for this tour include Signature Hotels (the best charming Hotel of the region, usually stylish 4-star hotels or 5-star properties), as well as Monument and Historic Hotels (gorgeous Castles, Palaces, Monasteries and Convents once inhabited by the clergy or the Queens and Kings and now converted into exquisite lodgings)

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TESTIMONIALS

“The Jewels of Portugal is a stunning tour  through the Alentejo region and along the Atlantic Coast of Portugal. You will cycle along quiet rural roads, small towns, villages and learn about World Heritage sites described by your guide, José. José and Cristina are the PortugalBike team who ensure that your cycling tour will be a fantastic adventure of recreation, cultural, and historical discovery.

My husband and I were looking for a trip to “get away” from the woes of the world. We knew exactly where to look-PortugalBike! We selected the guided tour because we knew everything would be taken care of: excellent equipment, outstanding accommodations, interesting stops at cultural sites, delicious breakfasts, dinners and logistical support along the route including snacks, fresh fruit, and water. We also wanted at least 7 days of cycling and an average of 35-40 miles per day.

You can travel and enjoy an amazing cycling adventure during this unusual time in our world. José and Cristina, your guides, are the epitome of knowledge, logistics as well as being genuinely wonderful people.  Go for it!”

Sue White, 66 – Bend, OR , United States

“Without a doubt this was the best organised tour led by the most charming people.
Jose, Christina and Ricardo treated us like family. Every detail was taken care of. Although I rode in the support vehicle with two other women, we chose not to ride the bikes, we had the best time.
Christina was a delightful and a very knowledgeable guide and excellent driver. The bike riders were well pleased with the bikes provided. Three women rode assisted bikes and were very happy with them. We kept in close contact with the riders and stopped with them along the way. We generally arrived at our well chosen destinations early enough giving us time to explore. The food was great, often regional and delicious as was the wine.
Highly recommended.”

Letty Wilson – Sydney, Australia

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
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With the culmination of carbon frame technology, this bike is all the proof you need that comfort and high performance aren’t mutually exclusive. With a brand new Fulcrum Racing 66 disc wheelset and a complete complement of new Shimano’s superb Ultegra components – with technology borrowed from the range-topping Dura Ace – this is a no-compromise speed machine that’ll flatter any rider’s best efforts.

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SCOTT SPORTSTER

COMFORT AND CONVENIENCE

Sporster 20 Solution emphasizes 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. On this Road Bike tour you will ride with thinner tires (700×28).

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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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