Lisbon, Atlantic Coast, Evora, Vila Vicosa, Monsaraz
8 DAYS, Fully Guided & Supported
Luxury Historical Monument Hotels
A country of explorers, Portugal is a virtual treasure trove of finds. Discover the many quiet routes that this country offers inland in the Alentejo region as well as the cosmopolitan vibe of Lisbon. Pamper yourself in the most special collection of hotels, both luxurious and historic.
Experience the great seafaring heritage of the Portuguese capital, Lisbon before you head into the tranquillity of the countryside of the Alentejo. Still mainly rural, you will find marble quarries, cork forests, olive groves and a type of polyphonic singing, so if you care to warble a few notes while pushing the pedals, you’ll fit right in.
Explore the UNESCO city of culture, Évora and its atmosphere of medieval European and Roman ruins, the lovely towns of Estremoz and Monsaraz and their hilltop fortresses and the blue and white painted villages that lie in between. Taste the succulent red wines of the area and local specialities of the region, the fresh produce and seafood and the array of sweets to tempt any palate.
Stay in wonderful atmospheric historical monuments, now luxury Pousada hotels and including one of the Alentejo´s best hotels, the Convent do Espinheiro. This is surely a trip for those who enjoy relaxing travel on two wheels, in a varied landscape and rich fabric of past civilizations, wonderfully preserved for the visitor.
DAY 1. LISBON
Intro drinks and walking tour
Lisbon, an ancient place, which as stories hint was founded by Ulysses and harboured many famous explorers is our start Its baking red tile roofs, windows hung with washing and a maze of streets, overlooked by the battlements of the medieval castle make it a wonderful place to begin our trip. We take a private guided tour of the city with Rita & Jose, residents of this illustrious place to fully enjoy it.
DAY 2. ATLANTIC COAST
38km / 23m
We transfer out of the capital bustle to start our cycling journey near the coast. After a quick dip of the toe in the Atlantic, go through a natural reserve before heading inland to our impressive ancient castle hotel, high on a buff overlooking the pretty town of Alcacer do Sal, surrounded by… rice paddies! Yes, Portugal is one of Europe´s biggest consumers and growers of Rice. This place has been a castle for a thousand years and the crypt underneath is an excellent museum of Moorish and Roman remains. Dine in the elegant surroundings for our welcome dinner.
DAY 3. ÉVORA
Ride Day - 55km / 34m (option to ride upto 92km/57m for those who want more miles)
Roll through green lush scenery, passing farmers and town´s folk attending the local paddy fields. We head into the UNESCO heritage town of Évora with its magnificent medieval city walls before arriving at our very special place for the next 2 nights – the 15th century Convento do Espinhiero, now a 5 star luxury collection hotel and spa. Relax with a glass of wine by the pool with olive tree views.
DAY 4. ÉVORA LOOP RIDE TO ARRAIOLOS
46km / 24m Winding country roads lead us to the beautifully located village of Arraiolos. Enjoy this place where for centuries they have perfected the skill of weaving, their woollen stitched, take an afternoon private guided walking tour of the city by our friend, Maria. Venture into the chapel of Bones (if you dare!). Let your imagination run wild as you spy the huge 17th century aqueduct and Roman temple of Diana – you’ll only wish you brought your toga! Head back and enjoy time at your rural retreat, maybe trying out the spa.
DAY 5. ESTREMOZ
69km / 42m
We cycle across the taste-bud tingling Redondo wine region, try not to over indulge at our visit local vineyard´s produce! A beautiful forested pass brings us to the interesting market town of Estremoz. A most dramatic cityscape, its medieval castle (our hotel!) looms over the town’s gleaming marble cobbled streets. Take dinner in the great dining room in this most impressive building. You will feel like a king and queen staying is this once royal residence.
DAY 6. VILA VIÇOSA
50km / 32m
Journey onto Vila Viçosa, famous for its elaborate Ducal Palace, home to the last royal family of Portugal. The route takes us past pastures and cork,forests glowing marble quarries and ending in the town´s tranquil tree-lined avenues and quiet plazas. Stay beside the Palace in the elegant monastery pousada with its hidden niche chapels. Enjoy a group dinner where old and new Portuguese recipes are fused perfectly.
DAY 7. MONSARAZ
56km / 35m
Bike this peaceful area with tiny villages and their traditional tileworks and Moorish forts. Known for its brilliant coloured ceramics visit the outside stalls with their brilliant shades of pottery glazes. Arrive at Monsaraz, boasting an awesome hilltop castle and a panoramic vista of both Spain and Portugal. Admire the sunset over the two countries at the Templar Knight castle and enjoy a homecooked meal for our celebration dinner.
DAY 8. LISBON
After a leisurely breakfast wander the ramparts to view over the Portugal-Spain border. Look back at the route we´ve travelled together before going back to the hotel for a final coffee and a wave goodbye to this lovely area and each other before transferring back to Lisbon for onward afternoon connections. Boa Viagem!"
Leisure Tour - Guided
Bikes - Road / Hybrid / Ebike
Route: Lisbon, Atlantic coast, Évora, Redondo wine region, Villa Vicosa, Monsaraz
Group Size – 6 – 16
Easy Going to Moderate – Full van support enabling cyclists to cycle as little or as much as they want (Average of 50km per day). Quiet country roads and rolling countryside. Expect some climbs.
• 7 nights – (2 nights in a 5 star collection hotel, 3 nights in Luxury Pousada Hotels, 1 night in a 4 star city hotel in Lisbon, 1 night in a 4 star rural retreat)
• All bedrooms are private en-suite
• All hotels (except Lisbon) have swimming pools
15 meals – 4 Dinners, 4 picnic lunches, 7 buffet breakfasts
4 dinners – 3 courses (inc wine/beer and water) in historical hotel restaurants and fine local inns full of local character
- Stay in Lisbon and enjoy a private walking city tour with the group
- Guided tour of a vineyard including wine tasting
- Private walking tour of fascinating Evora and cathedral and not to be missed.. Chapel of Bones!
- Visit to the pottery area of the Alentejo and pick up some great souvenirs
- Hire of 24 speed Trek hybrid bike with front handlebar bag / map carrier (change to a lightweight Trek Madone Carbon road bike with compact crankset - 160 Euros, or Electric assist bike - 175 Euros)
- Complimentary custom Cycling Country Portugal cycling jersey
- Complimentary Cycling Country Tee Shirt
- Complimentary Cycling Country water bottle
- Tour guide book of your route
- Route notes and maps
- Experienced guides
- Daily snacks (museli bars, fruit, etc and drinks)
Transfers back to Lisbon designated center Hotel on tour end date from Monsaraz included
2 leaders with full van support, provide refreshments, provide directional signs where required, transfer luggage and provide on-road assistance. 1 leader cycles with the group
The start point of the tour is Portugal´s capital city LISBON accessible by most airlines domestically and internationally and train / bus connections from destinations throughout Portugal.
The hotels on this tour are so truly historic and bound to make such an impression, that it is hard to just highlight two!
Enjoy the magnificent setting of Estremoz, with its incredible banquet hall, before relaxing poolside in the gardens of the royal convent at Vila Vicosa beside the Durcal Palace. The finest accommodation awaits. If you aren´t in the arms of Morpheus in the darkened hours with visions of opulence and majesty, you´ll need to work harder on the bike!
One of Portugal´s best hotels, a 5 Star luxury heaven, is our hotel in Evora, with views of the quiet countryside from the piety of this enchanting 17th century convent, its chapel testimony to Portuguese tile makers’ talents with a visit over to Evora where a Roman temple is only feet away. Relax in its outdoor pool or interior Spa.
"Amazing Trans Iberian Cycling Tour! My wife and I just completed the Trans Iberian ride from Lisbon to Granada with a few days in Sevilla. It was a great trip, interesting and well organised. Amazing landscapes and villages. We are glad we chose to go with Cycling Country, who are based in southern Spain after being set up by Geoff and Maggi 13 years ago. Great local guides ( thanks Geoff, Maggi, Javier, Dani and Balbino) with a professionally run operation. Accommodation was also great and in many cases the same ( or more interesting) than more expensive tour options. If you are interested in cycling in Spain or Portugal I'd thoroughly recommend Cycling Country. Visited May 2017"
A & L. Hood - Australia - May 2017
"Maggi & Geoff,
What a delight to meet you and be included in this memorable bike tour. Flexible was certainly the key word and you two epitomized that word. Loved getting to know you and we wish you and your daughter the best."
D & D. Crawford - CA, USA - April 2016
"Thanks so much for a super time! Despite the soggy conditions you made the trip fun and full of lovely surprises. You are very accommodating and kind and it was a pleasure to travel with you. Would love to do France in the future! Meanwhile, Happy Riding and be Well!"
J. Logan - NY, USA - May 2016
"Dear Maggi, Dean and David,
Thanks so much for sending these Portugal photos along! I'm sorry I didn't meet you, Maggi, but I really enjoyed meeting Dean and David and want to let you know what a fine job they did during our trip. Always cheerful, always helpful and always going the extra mile or kilometer to keep everyone happy."
J. Bremner - WA, USA
"My spouse and I are experienced cyclists and have been on a number of very good bike tours (self guided and group) over the years. The Cycling Country - Alentejo Tour was the best we've ever done. Highly recommended."
J & L - Calgary, Canada
"We really enjoyed this wonderful tour. The accommodation was just incredible, the route and well thought out stops made for great cycling days, but meeting you all and riding with Cycling Country will be my lasting memories. Thanks again for such a fantastic trip through Portugal."
Susan Trutor - Adelaide - Australia
"This was my 3rd. trip with this small company (Cycling Country) and all 3 have been exceptional.
The company provides top quality rental bikes and the trip is fully supported; meaning 2 vans and a third guide on a bike to take care of all needs on the road.
The route is on quiet country roads and the accommodations were all 4 & 5 star in renovated convents and monasteries. Guided tours of Lisbon and Evora were provided as well as visits to a winery, marble quarry and pottery exhibits.
This is a great trip for any level of cyclist who wants to experience some of the diverse culture and history of Portugal. Great value for a first rate bike tour.
I can't say enough about this excellent tour with Cycling Country"
Ian Taylor - October 2014
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START & FINISH
CUSTOM DATES: if booking with a private group of 6 +
Continue on into Spain with the Enchanted Andalucía tour starting on 07 May 2018, 08 October 2018 and 10 April 2019 to make a Trans Iberian adventure – transfers and accommodation for 2 nights in Seville at the 4 star tour hotel included and a 5% combined trip discount!
Price includes all local taxes. Please note we transact in Euros.
- Included night in Lisbon with her cosmopolitan charms
- Stay in historic luxury Pousada hotels, converted monasteries and castles where kings and queens once lived
- Guided tour of Evora UNESCO heritage city with its Roman temple, aqueduct and mysterious Chapel of Bones
- Medieval towns of Estremoz and eagles nest Monsarez
- Local wine tasting and savour local desserts
- Relax and enjoy the afternoon with a spa and massage treatment at our 5 star Convent Esphinero hotel
- See Megalithic stone burial mounds and marble quarries
- Achieve cycling right across the country from Sea to Spain!
THE CC ADVANTAGE
10 years of running this wonderful tour and still love doing it. Every time is different!
Unbelievable Value for a tour packed with experiences and unmissable unique luxury hotels
For a small country, Portugal has phenomenal food to try
My spouse and I are experienced cyclists and have been on a number of very good bike tours (self guided and group) over the years. The Cycling Country - Alentejo Tour was the best we've ever done. Highly recommended.J & L
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