2020
Bicycle Tour through Douro valley

Bicycle Tour through Douro valley

Vineyards as far as the eye can see.

 Miranda do Douro – Peso da Régua

  • UNESCO World Heritage site Alto Douro, cruise on a rabelo boat, beautiful villages and cities.
  • Daily routes ●○○○○
  • Altitude profile ●●●○○
  • Rental bike included!

Tage
7

Ø km pro Tag
35

This one of a kind cycling trip along the Douro will lead you through the charming north of Portugal or, to be more precise, through one of the world's oldest, and largest wine-growing areas.Here, on over 40.000 hectares of man made granite and slate terraces, the award winning wine grapes for the Douro wine and the Port wine ripen in the warmth of the Portuguese sun. You won’t even notice the kilometres flying by while you’re enjoying the lovely panorama. The Douro valley, one of the most beautiful regions in Portugal, has been part of the UNESCO World Heritage since 2001. You will also get a different view of the river and the valley, by going for a ride on a traditional Rabelo boat along the Douro. You can look forward to visiting villages rich in tradition, historic sights, and eating delicious food. Let the day come to an end with a nice glass of wine and some salted almonds under the starlit sky.

Bicycle Tour through Douro valley
  • Booking Code
    ES-POMP6
  • Start / Destination
    Miranda do Douro / Peso da Régua
    The transfer from the airport in Porto to Miranda do Douro (leaving Porto at 15:00 at the latest) and from Peso de Régua back to the airport is included in the final price.
  • Duration
    7 days, 6 nights
  • Length
    approx. 175 km
    Daily routes ●○○○○
    between 25 and 50 km, Ø 35 km
    Altitude profile ●●●○○

Day 1: Individual arrival in Porto, transfer to Miranda do Douro

Your cycling tour along the Douro begins with an approximately 3 hour long transfer from the airport in Porto to the town Miranda do Douro, located right at the border to Spain. For thousands of years the Douro has been flowing through the region and has slowly carved The Douro Canyon, which is truly a sight to behold. With its over 200 m high cliffs it will surely be the highlight of your transfer. Don’t be surprised if you find bilingual signs in Miranda do Douro and the surrounding villages, the people here speak the only regional language in Portugal - Mirandés. If you get lucky, you will get to see a traditional Ball de bastons, a dance that dates back Celtic settlements in the area.

Day 2: Miranda do Douro – Mogadouro, approx. 50 km

You will start your tour along the Douro in the eastern part of the Douro national park. The peaceful landscape of the plateau is the habitat of more than 170 bird species, wild boars, egyptian vultures, and the iberian wolf. You will be staying in the small city of Mogadouro. Rock paintings dating back to the copper ages and a hillfort built in the stone age both suggest, that the area has been populated for a long time. Take your time exploring the historic city and remains of the castle built in the 12th century. Now it’s time for a nice dinner (included in the tour price) to round out the day.

Day 3: Mogadouro – Torre de Moncorvo, approx. 40 km

Today you will be riding your bike through an area packed with olive groves and almond trees. Your destination today is Torre de Moncorvo. This small city belongs to the wine-growing district Alto Douro, which is part of the UNESCO World Heritage since 2001. In the city you will find quite a few historic monuments like manor houses, stone fountains, and the Renaissance style church with a nave and two aisles built in the 16th century. In Portugal the town is called the iron capital, because even the ancient Romans already mined for iron ore near the town. But that is not the only quality product made in the region, as excellent wine, high quality olive oil, and the famous almonds are also picked in the area.

Day 4: Torre de Moncorvo – Vila Flôr, approx. 30 km

The fourth part of your cycling tour along the Douro will be rather short and you will be riding right along the river for the first time. The descent to the river will lead you through olive groves where some of the finest olives in the world are grown. Get ready to take some stunning pictures as you ride your bike through the beautiful landscape near the river. You’ll be staying in a Quinta, a portuguese winery. Your Dinner today is included in your tour, and it will include a vast array of fresh regional foods such as homemade cheese, sausages, freshly baked bread, olive oil and of course homemade wine. Once you have finished your meal you can relax under the clear starry sky.

Day 5: Vila Flôr – Sabrosa, approx. 25 km + Boat trip + Transfer

Today your journey will continue through the lush vineyards all around you. Here the award-winning Touriga grapes are cultivated and the famous port wine is made. Now it's time to relax a bit, as you will be travelling down the river on a rabelo boat. These boats were used to transport barrels of wine down stream. Today you can enjoy the view of the vine yards from a slightly different perspective. Your boat ride will end in Pinhão, a small village with around 700 inhabitants. The towns train station is decorated with 24 large tiles called Azulejos, on the tiles you will find illustrations from the bible, agriculture, and winery. From here you will be transferred to Sabrosa.

Day 6: Sabrosa – Peso de Régua, approx. 30 km

Your last day at the Douro has come. At first you will be cycling through the area surrounding the river and later on your path will lead you along the river towards Peso de Régua, the most important city of the port wine-growing district. Embedded between hills covered in soft green vineyards it is safe to say, that the city is absolutely beautiful, and the perfect place to end your cycling tour. Visit the Museo de Douro, where you can find all sorts of information regarding the region and its history. As this is the last day of your tour you still have the chance to try some more local specialties and drink a glass of port wine with them.

Day 7: Transfer from Peso de Régua to Porto and individual departure

After breakfast your bicycle tour along the Douro comes to an end. From here you will be brought to the airport in Porto and you can start your individual journey back home.

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Season times and prices 2020

Arrival on Saturdays from 07.03.2020 to 19.09.2020

Bookable dates are shown in the booking form. The season is dictated by the arrival date.

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Basic Price

Season A

07.03. - 28.03.
01.11. - 28.11.

Season B

29.03. - 25.04.
27.09. - 31.10.

Season C

26.04. - 26.09.

Single room supplement 199

All prices per person in a double room, without Additional Services
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Services

  • 6 nights incl. breakfast, national 3*/4* level and typical pensions
  • 2 x dinner (Mogadouro, Vila Flor)
  • Luggage transport from hotel to hotel to Peso da Régua
  • Transfer Porto airport – Miranda do Douro
  • Boat tour on the Douro river incl. bike
  • Transfer Pinhão – Sabrosa incl. bike
  • Transfer Peso da Régua – Porto airport
  • Rental bike (27 gear mountain bike), e-bike with supplement
  • Pre-paid mobile phone, charged with 10 Euros (1 x per booking)
  • GPS device with all daily tours available on request
  • Cycle route description with maps (1 x per room)
  • 7 day Service Hotline
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Not inlcuded is the city or visitor's tax (if payable).

Minimum number of participants per booking: 2 people

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For our younger cyclists

Due to the altitude profile we don't recommend this tour for children.

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Additional bookable services

All prices are per person

Additional fee single room

199 €

Rental Bikes

Free child seat. All prices per person in double bike, except Rental Bikes Rental Bikes
Rental Bike
Rental Bike
0 €
E-Bike
E-Bike
89 €

Insurance

The GuteFahrt protection includes the following benefits (without deductibles): travel cancellation insurance, health assistance, travel assistance, premature termination insurance, rebooking fee protection and luggage insurance.

These insurance policies are available for different durations of travel and can be booked directly via our online booking form. The costs per person are shown accordingly.

Important information: Authoritative for insurance protection are the general terms and conditions of insurance of AGA International S.A. The complete product and consumer information and terms and conditions of insurance can be found at www.allianz-assistance.de/pib or call: +49 89 - 624 24 - 460 to order a copy. We reserve the right to make changes to the benefits and premiums.

Note: the insurance policies are only available in German!

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Rental Bikes

Rental Bike
Rental Bike
0 €
E-Bike
E-Bike
89 €

Types of rental bikes

  • 27-gear touring bike
  • Electric bike
Fittings

Pannier, handlebar bag (per double room), helmet, GPS device (per booking), prepaid mobile phone with € 10 credit (per booking), bike lock (per double room), pump (per booking), repair kit (per booking), first aid kit (per booking)

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Rental Bikes

Touring bike, 27 gear

free

Electric bike

89 €

Bicycle Tour through Douro valley
  • Booking Code
    ES-POMP6
  • Start / Destination
    Miranda do Douro / Peso da Régua
    The transfer from the airport in Porto to Miranda do Douro (leaving Porto at 15:00 at the latest) and from Peso de Régua back to the airport is included in the final price.
  • Duration
    7 days, 6 nights
  • Length
    approx. 175 km
    Daily routes ●○○○○
    between 25 and 50 km, Ø 35 km
    Altitude profile ●●●○○
  • Tour difficulty and road conditions
    The tour mostly consists of small hills with minimal inclines, but from time to time there will be a larger hill to conquer. The tour follows narrow roads through the vineyards or other small roads. Most of these roads are paved and only some of them are gravel roads.
  • Minimum number of participants per booking
    2 people
  • Own bikes
    If you do not need a rental bike, please indicate in the booking form, whether you arrive with your own bike or your own E-Bike.
  • Tour operated by
    Local cooperation partner
  • Mobility note
    This holiday is suitable to only a limited extent for people with restricted mobility.
    Please contact us if you have individual requirements.

Travel Insurance

A lot can still happen before the start of your cycling holiday, so we recommend that you take out travel cancellation insurance, for example with our partner Allianz.

Tage
7

Ø km pro Tag
35