Guided and unguided cycling tours Portugal

8 Days | 7 Nights
4/5 Moderate to hard
270 Km

Douro Valley Wine bicycle Tour

A demarcated and classified wine region



The Douro valley is one of the ultimate wonders of nature. It is the culmination of the effort and energy of men and women, who through their labour gave shape to an already astonishing landscape. Travelling Douro is enjoying its convents and churches, meeting its rustic crafts, tasting the genuine cuisine and witnessing the Portuguese folklore traditions.

Port Wine is undoubtedly the most famous product of this region. Douro comes to life during the summer and beginning of Autumn, with the several holidays and wine celebrations that happen at this time of the year. The harvest of the grapes is most likely the biggest and liveliest event of this region.

Route description:

  • Mostly steep. Up and down route.
  • 100 % paved roads with very low traffic.
  • 4435 meters of cumulative ascents.


Itinerary:

Day1: Porto – Pinhão (110 km, transfer de comboio)

Day 2: Pinhão – Vila Nova de Foz Côa (74 km)

Day 3: Vila Nova de Foz Côa – Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo (42 km)

Day 4: Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo – Marialva (60 km)

Day 5: Marialva – Penedono (27 km)

Day 6: Penedono loop (40 km)

Day 7: Penedono – Régua (52 km)

Day 8: Transfer by train to Porto

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Day 1: Reception at Porto
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Day 2: Pinhão – Vila Nova de Foz Côa (74 km)
Starting in Pinhão, you will begin your journey by heading towards Ervedosa do Douro and continuing to São João da Pesqueira, where you can visit a wine museum. The day will end with an accommodation in Vila Nova de Foz Côa, very well known site for its World Heritage Paleolithic paintings.
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Day 3: Vila Nova de Foz Côa – Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo (42 km)
Pedaling towards Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo, will pass through Castelo Melhor, Algodres and Vilar de Amargo. Once in your final destination, you will be able to visit its Northern plateau, a preserved village with a medieval castle which overlooks the highest point of Portugal. Between February and March, in Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo, this natural landscape provides a beautiful scenery of almond blossoms.
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Day 4: Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo – Marialva (60 km)
Continuing your cycling journey in the heart of Douro, you will now be heading to Marialva. The day will start with the following of the course of the Côa River, which will go up to Pinhel. Marialva is connected to a nobility title of Marquis, created after the Portuguese Restoration, in 1640, as well as connected to the equestrian art of the 18th Century.
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Day 5: Marialva – Penedono (27 km)
EspExpect some challenges as you will pass by Mêda and Ranhados, the highest points of this route. From this stage on, we will enjoy the unique mountain carved landscapes, that which portraits the inhabitants of Douro, where vineyards stand the test of time.ere alguns desafios a medida que passará por Mêda e Ranhados, os pontos mais elevado deste percurso. Desde estes pontos, poderá desfrutar das paisagens únicas das montanhas, que transborda o retrato dos habitantes durienses, onde os vinhares resistem ao teste do tempo.
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Day 6: Penedono loop (40 km)
Enjoy a free day, or cycle a loop, to get to know surrounding villages. In case you opt for cycling, you will leave Penedono and find yourself in the middle of traditional farmlands. The landscape is dominated by vineyards and chestnuts, so much so that "Sernancelhe" area is known has the chestnut county. You will understand how much chestnut the region actually produces on the road side scenery. With the river Távora by your side you can enjoy the wonderful geography, with mountains and valleys, which is a trademark image of this part of the country. If you have the time, take a visit to the XIIth century church.
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Dia 7: Penedono – Régua (52 km)
From Penedono we will once again ride along the Douro River. Régua is the last frontier to overcome on your way to Porto.
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Day 8: Transfer to Porto
Accommodations W/ Breakfast
Luggage shuttling
Porto Airport Transfers
Trains or Bus Tickets
Van Support
GPS With route per booking
Bike rent
Guide
Mechanical Assistance
6 lunches
6 Dinners
Personal Accident Insurance
Liability Insurance
Min. Participants
7 Nights / 8 Days
* Low season
* Regular season
* High Season
* Summer Season
Self Guided bike tour
1464
Accommodations W/ Breakfast
Yes (4 stars, farms or rural houses)
Luggage shuttling
Yes
Porto Airport Transfers
Yes
Trains or Bus Tickets
Yes
Van Support
No
GPS With route per booking
Yes
Bike rent
+150 € carbon road bike
Guide
No
Mechanical Assistance
No
6 lunches
No
6 Dinners
No
Personal Accident Insurance
No
Liability Insurance
No
Min. Participants
1
7 Nights / 8 Days
Price per person
* Low season
1.464€
* Regular season
1.564€
* High Season
1.664€
* Summer Season
1.714€
Guided bike tour
1845
Accommodations W/ Breakfast
Yes (4 stars, farms or rural houses)
Luggage shuttling
Yes
Porto Airport Transfers
Yes
Trains or Bus Tickets
Yes
Van Support
minimum 8 pax
GPS With route per booking
-
Bike rent
+150 € carbon road bike
Guide
Yes
Mechanical Assistance
Yes
6 lunches
No
6 Dinners
No
Personal Accident Insurance
Yes
Liability Insurance
Yes
Min. Participants
4
7 Nights / 8 Days
Price per person
* Low season
1.845€
* Regular season
1.945€
* High Season
2.045€
* Summer Season
2.095€
Guided bike tour Plus*
2456
Accommodations W/ Breakfast
Yes (4 stars, farms or rural houses)
Luggage shuttling
Yes
Porto Airport Transfers
Yes
Trains or Bus Tickets
Yes
Van Support
Yes
GPS With route per booking
-
Bike rent
+150 € carbon road bike
Guide
Yes
Mechanical Assistance
Yes
6 lunches
Yes
6 Dinners
Yes
Personal Accident Insurance
Yes
Liability Insurance
Yes
Min. Participants
4
7 Nights / 8 Days
Price per person
* Low season
2.456€
* Regular season
2.556€
* High Season
2.656€
* Summer Season
2.706€

*Season:

  • LS - Low season: Nov 01 to Mar 25
  • RS - Regular season: Mar 26 to 25 Jun and Set 26 to 31 Oct
  • HS - High Season: Set 01 to 25 Set
  • SS - Summer Season: Jun 26 to August 30

Observations:

  • Prices are based for 2 people sharing the same room;
  • Prices can suffer updates due high season, holidays or weekends
  • Beverages are not included at lunch and dinner when included in the package
  • If in a triple room with parents Children up to 10 years old - 35% discount. Children from 11 to 14 years old - 20% discount. Children from 15 to 17 years old - 15% discount.

Extras

  • Electric bicycles price: 175€
  • Supplement for single room: LS: 300€, RS: 329€, HS: 360€, SS.390€
  • Solo traveler: 280 €
  • Extra nights: on request

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What People Are Saying

Sergio arranged a really great 5 day (6 nights) tour for me with breathtaking views of Douro valley, interesting and challenging off roads, quite and tranquil back countries, and comfortable and quaint accommodations to relax in at the end of each day. Sergio took great care of us (there were another couple whose tour dates were the same as mine), checked from time to time to see how we are doing, any questions or problems we might have, and shared with us much information on the local culture. His other staff are also great, friendly and knowledgeable about their city. Sergio arranged for a free walking tour of Porto as part of the package, and when we were at Pinhao he took us to a vineyard for port wine tasting. We were equipped with GPS with turn by turn instructions, no way to get lost. Douro valley is a beautiful and serene place to cycle, sometimes you feel like you have the whole place just to yourself. The villages and towns along the way are not touristy at all, very much maintained its local way of life. A great way to see beautiful nature and way of life in the wine country of Portugal. Really recommend a visit to the archeological site of Foz Coa to see the rock art our ancestor left us over 20,000 years ago and hear about the fascinating history of how it was discovered and the fight to preserve an important part of human heritage. Miss the nature, the sun and tranquility of Douro wine valley. Fold'n and Visit is the company to go with when you want to book tours in Porto or the countryside around it. Really recommend it for their service, care, attention to details and hospitality.

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Wagabonne, Beijing, China,

My family recently did a 7 day bike tour through the Duoro Valley with Sergio (driving the van) and Henrique (our guide). We had the most fabulous week! The route chosen by Sergio was perfect and the scenery was different every day. We stayed at beautiful Quinta's each night where we either ate dinner with the family (which was very traditional) or went out to great local restaurants. We also got to have unique experiences with the families (port tasting, olive oil visits, palaeontology visits etc). Henrique was the best guide we could have wanted. He was very friendly and enthusiastic and provided us with a wealth of information about every city, church, region, etc. Both Sergio and Henrique were extremely professional and went above and beyond to make our week the best it could be! We wouldn't have changed one thing! Thanks Sergio and Henrique!!

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Katherine, Melbourne, Australia,
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