What to Expect
This epic tour will lead you to the heart of the famous Douro Valley wine region where you will embark on your culinary adventure, the world’s first demarcated wine region in the world. If vineyards and wine tickle your fancy then this is the ultimate experience in Europe.
Over a week long cycling tour you can enjoy some of the regions finest wines and food on offer. The tour starts with a night in the vibrant hill town of Porto where you can sample the local Port and Petisos culture. The town is a UNESCO world heritage site and worth an extra night at the end of your trip if you want more time to explore the history.
You will make your way to the centre of the Douro region by train where we will have your bike waiting for you. If you head into the mountains and away from the river the roads can be challenging so we offer an alternative cycling option for those who want to push themselves. The views are amazing all along the route. From terraced vineyards to charming villages, this region has it all. As we are fruit and food lovers we love visiting and tasting the olive groves, almonds and cherries in the region too.
Day 1: Arrival at Porto airport. Transfer to Miranda do Douro
On your way from Porto airport to Miranda do Douro, enjoy the beautiful landscape and scenery that unfold along the way. The Douro River Canyon and its over 200-meter-high cliffs also offers a fascinating landscape. The small town of Miranda do Douro, with its typical whitewashed houses, its Roman origins and narrow cobbled streets, deserves an exploratory walk.
Day 2 : Miranda do Douro – Mogadouro | 47 km or 57 km
The first stage of your biking holiday takes you through some of the eastern parts of the International Douro Nature Reserve. Wilderness and radiant landscapes are its most striking characteristics. The stretch you shall cycle along is a gentle one, across a highland plateau. This is a quiet land, populated by over 170 species of birds, wild boars. Study the skies to see an Egyptian vulture or a Bonelli’s eagle.
Arrived at café Montanha, transfer to your accommodation.
Day 3: Mogadouro – Torre de Moncorvo | 39 km or 45 km
Transfer to Lagoaça, your cycling stage starting point.
Today you will gently follow the path of a former railway track. The ecotrail takes you accross forests and typical agricultural landscapes. You will cycle along olive and almond groves until you reach medieval Torre de Moncorvo, the Capital of Blossoming Almond Trees. In Torre de Moncorvo, you will be warmly greeted by your host at an elegant town house.
Day 4 : Torre de Moncorvo – Vila Flor | 29 km or 37 km
You will cycle alongside the River Douro. Prepare yourself for stunning views and a magical landscape! The descent down to the river takes you through olive groves that produce some of the best olive oil in the world. That night, you will stay in a farming estate, producing traditional and organic olive oil.
Day 5: Vila Flôr – Sabrosa | 24 km or 26 km
Transfer to Samões, your cycling stage starting point.
The Alto Douro vineyards Region is famous for its wines. The terraced vineyards, so typical of the region that is listed as a Unesco World Heritage Property, are a delight to the eye. The neatly-kept wine estates, or quintas rise proudly amidst the vineyards, their names clearly visible to everyone who passes. You will enjoy arriving at the river’s edge and putting your bike on a Rabelo boat that in earlier days transported barrels of wine downriver to Porto. Pinhão, where most of the famous Port wine estates are located, is the next stop. Don’t forget to visit the beautiful train station. The seventeenth-century house where you will spend the night is located on the hillside, above the town.
Transfer from Pinhão train station to your accommodation.
Day 6: Sabrosa – Peso da Régua | 32 km or 36 km
First, the biking route will take you through the back roads of the Douro, then you will cycle gently back to the riverside. At the end of this beautiful day, you will arrive in Peso da Régua, the International Capital of Wine and Vineyards, at the centre of the Port wine-growing region. Here, the owner of one of the quintas will welcome you with a fine wine on the terrace
Day 7: Transfer from Peso da Régua to Porto
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