- Varied cycling routes: beaches, sand dunes, lighthouses, colorful marinas and charming cities
- Porto's famous wine cellars; Aveiro's Venetian canals, Coimbra's UNESCO recognized heritage
- Coastal and lagoon wildlife: pink flamingo, purple heron, kingfisher and sandpiper
- 4-star hotels throughout in beachfront, town and country locations
- Option to rent electric bikes
On this nine-night, self-guided cycling holiday you'll enjoy wonderful, relaxed cycling along the idyllic coastline south of Porto and the beautiful Aveiro Lagoon, discovering two of Portugal's most important cities - Porto and Coimbra - and sampling some of the country's signature wines.
You begin in UNESCO-recognized Porto, a beautiful mix of winding, medieval streets, impressive architecture and the serene Douro River, packed with brightly colored rabelo sailing boats - it's also home to some world-famous wine cellars and we've included a port tasting for you in the afternoon. From here you'll head south, past sandy bays and beaches, to your luxury hotel in Furadouro right on the beachfront, before heading via the Aveiro Lagoon, to 'Portugal's Venice', Aveiro. Here, the latticework canals are overlooked by grand buildings and inviting restaurants, while pretty moliceiro
boats sail leisurely along the water. Returning to the ocean you'll pass high sand dunes and fragrant pine and acacia forest, on your way to Praia de Mira, before heading inland to the Spa town of Curia in the Bairrada wine region, the home of Portugal's best Champagne-style wine - be sure to stop for a tasting! From Curia your final stretch takes you to Coimbra, Portugal's former capital and now a cosmopolitan university city. Explore its charming cobbled alleyways, bustling markets and wonderful architecture such as the C16 aqueduct and the university's sublime Baroque library, perhaps rounding off with a traditional fado evening in one of the local bars.
We've picked some rather special accommodation for you including luxury 4-star hotels in art-deco and historic buildings in Porto and Aveiro respectively; a design hotel in Praia de Mira with a rooftop pool boasting fabulous ocean views, stylish spa hotels in Furadouro and Coimbra and a restored Belle Epoque hotel in Curio, set in 14 acres of private gardens and parkland. We've included five evening meals for you on this holiday and you're free to choose from some great local restaurants in Porto (night two), and also in Aveiro and Coimbra.
This tour is rated '1 bike+' indicating that some small sections of the route are slightly more challenging than an overall rating of '1 bike'.
Please note: Cycling helmets are a legal requirement in Portugal for anyone using an e-bike.
Additional Tour Details
||Continental breakfast and 5 evening meals.
||Porto airport pick up at 14:10 (transfer to hotel, 20 mins, provided).
||Coimbra railway station, taxi (pay locally, approx 6 Euro).
||Coimbra to Porto Campanha 13:32/14:36.
||Inquire for prices.
||Add $59 per night, except Jul & Aug departures when $68 per night.
||This holiday is unsuitable for children under 12. E-bike supplement: Add USD$161 per person, subject to availability. Add 5 euro for local trains taken during the holiday.