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Self-Guided Cycling in the Douro Valley

from $1,699.00

Cycle along the River Douro, enjoy delicious cuisine and some of the world’s
finest wine.

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    Self-guided
  • Activity Level Moderate
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All about the Self-Guided Cycling in the Douro Valley.

This cycling holiday in the Douro will acquaint you with fascinating and magical surroundings, delicious cuisine and some of the world’s finest wines (including, of course Port Wine, for which the region is famous). The ride begins in the Douro River Canyon where Portugal borders Spain, home to an ancestral way of life and even it’s own language; Mirandese. You start your cycling across the highland plateau of the International Douro Nature Reserve, cycling along former railway tracks, through vast forests and almond groves. You follow the River Douro through uniquely terraced vineyards and take in the typical towns and villages of the region, including Pinhao, where many of the famous Port wine estates are located. The accommodation is all chosen with the greatest care and offers you a real taste of local life and customs.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

* All breakfasts and 2 dinners
* 1 hotel night and 5 nights in farms and guesthouses (see accommodation
section)
* Luggage transfers
* Local bike hire

  1. Day 1 Start Porto airport; transfer approx. 3.5 hours to Miranda do Douro, on the Spanish border

    Pick up a shared transfer from Porto airport (included) to the easternmost
    point of your holiday; Miranda do Douro. Enjoy the beautiful landscape and
    scenery that unfolds along the way, entering the fascinating landscape of the
    Douro River Canyon and its 200 metre high cliffs. The small town of Miranda
    do Douro has typical whitewashed houses, Roman origins and narrow cobbled
    streets and definitely deserves an exploratory walk. If you have time, take
    the river cruise into the Douro National Park that lies in the canyon between
    the border of Portugal and Spain; looking out for otters, vultures and
    eagles. Your hotel is located in the heart of the natural park and offers
    magnificent views over the Douro Valley, the mountains and river all the way
    to the border with Spain.

  2. Day 2 Cycle through the Douro Nature Reserve to Mogadouro. Look out for birds of prey,such as the Egyptian Vulture or Bonelli's Eagle

    The first stage of your cycling today takes you through some of the eastern
    parts of the International Douro Nature Reserve. The feeling of wilderness
    really envelops you as you cycle along the highland plateau. This is a quiet
    land, populated by over 170 species of birds, wild boar and the occasional
    Iberian wolf! Even the farmers shepherd their goats and cattle in silence.
    Keep your eyes peeled for Egyptian vultures or Bonelli’s eagles. Your
    accommodation tonight is a rural guest house; an ensemble of houses carefully
    restored to maintain their typical charm and surrounded by gardens and an
    outdoor swimming pool.
    Dinner tonight is included and you will be asked to make your choice from a
    selection of dishes before you depart.

  3. Day 3 Follow the gentle path of a former railway track through olive and almond grove to your accommodation in Torre de Moncorvo

    Today’s ride follows the gentle path of a former railway track, which is now
    converted into an ‘ecotrail’ (known locally as ecopista). The delightful
    cycling takes you across a typical agricultural landscape and through
    scattered woods. The shepherds that you come across may not be able to
    understand you however they are extremely friendly and usually very happy to
    pose for photos. Cycling along olive and almond groves you eventually reach
    the mediaeval Torre de Moncorvo; the ‘Capital of Blossoming Almond Trees’.
    Here you will be warmly greeted by your host at the elegant Mogadouro town
    house, your accommodation for the night. If you are lucky you may get a
    chance to try her homemade liquors, which go beautifully with the
    locally-grown Moncorvo almonds.

  4. Day 4 Cycle alongside the River Douro for the first time, and enjoy the stunning views and magical landscape. Tonight's stay is on a quinta (farming estate)

    On the ride today you will cycle alongside the River Douro for the first
    time. Prepare yourself for stunning views and a really magical landscape. The
    descent down to the river takes you through olive groves which arguably
    produce some of the best olive oil in the world. Tonight you stay on a quinta
    (farming estate), which produces its own traditional organic oil. If you
    choose to have dinner here, you will be served some of the finest local
    cuisine; homemade cheese, sausages, baked bread with olive oil, served with
    home-grown oranges and of course, home-made wine. After dinner, a stargazing
    walk is a must to appreciate the regions crystal clear skies!

    Dinner is included tonight where you will be served some of the finest
    regional cuisine using organic local and seasonal produce. 

  5. Day 5 Ride though the UNESCO World Heritage listed vineyards of the Douro Valley, before taking a boat to Pinhao; transfer to Sabrosa

    The Alto Douro winemaking region is most famous for its Port wine, but the
    region also produces world-famous wines from the Touriga grape. The terraced
    vineyards, so typical of the region that they are listed a UNESCO World
    Heritage Property, are a delight to the eye. The neatly-kept wine estates
    rise proudly amidst the vineyards, their names clearly visible to everyone
    who passes. In the afternoon enjoy arriving at the rivers edge and joining a
    ‘Rabelo’ (traditional boat) transfer that in the earlier days transported
    barrels of wine downriver to Porto. As you relax in the sun, the Douro region
    will once again enfold you in its magic. The Port wine town of Pinhao is your
    next stop, with it’s exquisite train station. From here it is a short road
    transfer to the 17th Century house on the hillside where you will spend the
    night.

  6. Day 6 Enjoy the final cycling day through the back roads of the Douro, finally arriving in Peso da Regua: the International Capital of Wine and Vineyards

    This morning it will not be easy for you to say goodbye to your kind host.
    The route today will first take you through the back roads of the Douro, then
    you will cycle gently back to the riverside. The views are nothing less than
    breathtaking, as if the Douro Valley is ensuring that you will never forget
    its magical beauty. At the end of today you will arrive in Peso da Regua; the
    ‘International Capital of Wine and Vineyards’, at the centre of the Port
    wine-growing region. 

  7. Day 7 Transfer back to the airport, or choose to spend extra time in the cosmopolitan city of Porto. 

    This morning you check out from your hotel and are transferred back to Porto;
    here you can choose to spend some time in this cosmopolitan city, or go
    straight back to the airport for your flight home. Extra nights in Porto can
    be requested at the time of booking.

Package Confirmed Dates Trip Status Trip Status Price (PP) Excluding Flights Price (PP) Including Flights  
September 21, 2019
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$1,699.00
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September 28, 2019
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$1,699.00
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