Miranda do Douro to Porto
7 days, Self-Guided
3 - 4 Star Boutique/Inns
Cycle one of Portugal’s most emblematic regions, the Douro Valley. This Portuguese bike tour takes in an area in Europe renown for its wine making and Port Wine, which has carved this landscape into the photogenic stepped hillsides, alive with green vines. It is considered a UNESCO World Heritage area, as the oldest controlled wine making demarcation in the world and it has had a huge influence on the peoples and thus their culture here. The winding Douro, a river which is the source of life essence to these vines, giving the soil a richness to grow, is your companion on this bike trip as are the mighty gorges, forests, vines, olive and almond trees you pass by.
Stay in local places, all giving you an idea of the traditional customs, products, and history of the area including a special family run Quinta (wine making estate) and an olive oil press. Two meals are included in this bike tour, to really get the essence of this remarkable area.
You will relish cycling the river gorge landscape and as well, spotting the bird life of this area is diverse with kingfishers to Golden eagles.
And of course, you will enjoy trying the local produce, both the very finest wines and of course, Port Wine, a delectable way to finish your cycle ride each day!
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Day 1. Miranda do Douro
Head up the Atlantic coast to the bustling city of Porto and be welcomed onto your transfer to Miranda do Douro (included) to get on your way to enjoy this marvellous area of the Douro River and its Port Wine. It is one of high river cliffs, gorges, plateaus and of course stepped vineyards. An important place during the middle ages, Miranda’s fortress and Sé Cathedral are indicative of these times as are the higgledy piggledy little alleyways of the old part of town. Wander these cobbled streets and take in this special atmosphere.
Day 2. Miranda do Douro to Mogadouro
Moderate Ride: 47 kms - Elevation Gain: 311 m
Challenging Ride: 57 kms - Elevation Gain: 350 m
Start your cycling trip by biking through the Douro Nature Reserve, which is a quiet landscape of great wildlife both flora and fauna. If you are lucky, you might see some of the really big birds that inhabit this area, such as the Iberian Kite, Golden Eagle or even, Egyptian Vulture! Enjoy your dinner which is included tonight.
Day 3. Mogadouro to Torre de Moncorvo
Moderate Ride: 39 kms - Elevation Gain: 139 mChallenging Ride: 45 kms - Elevation Gain: 153 m
Ecopistas or Rail to Trails, are a growing phenomena here in Portugal and today you get a chance to try one of these former railway lines out! A lovely way to travel on bike, pass through forest and fields, breathing in deeply the fresh air and enjoying this naturaleza. As you come close to the attractive small medieval town of Torre de Moncorvo with its red tile roofs, round plaza and stalwart church, you will enjoy the small olive and almond groves that dot the terrain here.
Day 4. Torre de Moncorvo to Vila Flor
Moderate Ride: 29 kms - Elevation Gain: 199 mChallenging Ride: 37 kms - Elevation Gain: 297 m
You have a great highlight today, as you set eyes on the River Douro now and all the bird and plant life that comes with it. It is a very nice area of sloping hills and olive trees and is highly photogenic. Tonight, you will enjoy staying on an estate “Quinta” that produces organic olive oil, so of course your meals will feature this home-made product liberally. To really make you feel at home, you will be served dinner here too. The Portuguese are tremendous cooks, who make use of the world around them using local herbs, fruits and vegetables, and so expect a very tasty meal indeed. After dinner take a stroll to really appreciate the tranquillity of this place and the inky black velvet night.
Day 5. Vila Flôr to Sabrosa
Moderate Ride: 23 kms - Elevation Gain: 51 mChallenging Ride: 26 kms - Elevation Gain: 212 m
You are in the heart of this delicious region of wines and you are spoilt for choice either for Port Wine, or even some lovely red wines. This joyous landscape of terraced vines in their dark green neat lines, contrasting with the pale soil and made by such hard working peoples of the local area, is certainly picturesque. Now a UNESCO World Heritage area, due to its history and the sheer strength of the human transformation of these hillsides, to produce this nectar. A treat today, is when you actually get down to the Douro’s shore, you are able to load your bike onto one of the boats that has travelled this great river for years, the Rabelo boat, really part of the landscape here and float down the river to embark in Pinhão and taken to your 17th Century accommodation for the evening.
- Boat cruise and transfer to your accommodation tonight is included
Day 6. Sabrosa to Peso da Régua
Moderate Ride: 32 kms - Elevation Gain: 241 mChallenging Ride: 36 kms - Elevation Gain: 270 m
Start out with some quiet back roads which bring you back to the great river’s edge, where you cycle and take in this awesome vista.Arrive in Peso da Régua, which is attractively set on the river and which is the centre of the Port wine-growing region. The air is almost infused with the smell. Take time to amble into town and perhaps visit the very good Museu of Wine and sit in their café, have a glass of wine, and watch the river go by. Go on you deserve it!
Day 7. Peso da Régua to Porto
We are hope you had a wonderful trip and your transfer to Porto airport (included) awaits.Boa Viagem!
Leisure Cycling Tour - Self-Guided
Bikes - Hybrid or e-bike
Route: Miranda do Douro, Mogadouro, Torre de Moncorvo, Vila Flor, Sabrosa, Peso da Régua, Porto
Group Size - minimum 2 people
Departures: Saturday Departs (prior 15h00), Other days upon Request
Easy to Moderate: Daily average of 60 km over flat /rolling terrain. The tour is suitable for moderate leisure cyclists of all ages who have a good level of fitness and enjoy leisure biking. Quiet country roads with some unpaved trail riding on this tour.
6 nights in 4 Stars Boutique / Inns Hotels - all bedrooms are en-suite
2 Dinners (Drinks not included)
- Pre-tour information & Travel help
- Personal CC guide book & helmet bag
- Luggage moved on daily
- Toolkit, first aid kit, puncture repair kit, pump, and spare inner tube and Pre-paid mobile phone
- GPS loaded with the tracks and a road book with detailed information
- Good Quality Bike Hire - Specialized Hybrid Bike (or similar): 90 Eur
- CUBE Reaction HPAebike (or similar): 125 Eur
- Meals, wine experiences and cooking experience
- Personal expenses & any Museum entrances
- Olive oil experience featuring 1 visit and tasting: 35 Euros per person. Option:
▪ Day 6 - 1 organic olive oil visit and tasting at an olive oil estate in Régua
- Special Wine and Dine package with 2 dinners: 110 Euros per person. It includes:
▪ Day 5 - Dinner at a typical manor house, three courses menu & wine in Sabrosa
▪ Day 6 - Special dinner at wine estate, three courses menu & wines in Régua
- Extra nights
Good quality bike hire can be arranged with the unpaved terrain taken into consideration and so Trek Specialized hard rock sport disc or similar (90 Euros) is provided or Ebikes are CUBE reaction HPA (125 Euros) or similar specifications.
From Porto airport on the first day and back to the airport on last day.
Casa das Quintas, located near the Douro Natural Park are pretty buildings and have been carefully restored to maintain their traditional charm. Enjoy the quiet movement of village life and the pretty natural surroundings of the region.
The Casa dos Barros, is a formidable historic manor which was built in the 18th century. Located in the centre of the quiet village of Sabrosa (about 15km from Pinao), its attractive gardens and elegant facade gives hints at its noble heritage.
Testimonials from previous cyclists are always available and we enjoy receiving the feedback after tours. It helps us improve our services and offer you an even better experience. Please feel free to contact us if you would like a reference to talk to. Others have also posted reviews on the independent travel website .
DATES & RATES
DOURO VALLEY CYCLING
7 DAYS/ 6 NIGHTS
Single supp. €195
Minimum 2 people
Price includes all local taxes. Please note we transact in Euros.
- Explore the Douro Wine making Region, a UNESCO world heritage Area
- Cruise down the Douro river canyon on a local boat
- Spend the night on a family run Olive oil Estate
- Pass through typical villages in a terraced landscape
- Relish traditional local food & natural products like wine & olive oil
- Discover Peso da Régua, a Capital of Wine at the heart of the Douro wine region
THE CC ADVANTAGE
We've have a personal connection to Portugal and absolutely love exploring it on 2 wheels!
Enjoy as we do, the fascinating history and culture of this country that once ruled the world and read up on it in your personal CC guidebook.
Ride this wine region on a comfortable hybrid or an Electric assist bike.
This turned into the best vacation we've ever had, at any price. They treated us as royalty, immediately corrected problems (which were few), threw in jerseys, bikes that made us happy, inns that were simply marvelous, food to die for, and, tours of historical interest at every turn.John Hymes
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