Portugal's Porto & Douro Valley Bike Tour

Couples, Friends & Solos

Small Group Adventures for:

Couples, Friends & Solos Adults 18+

Women's Adventures Women 18+

Families with Young Adults 20s & Beyond Best for ages 20+ (min. age 18)

Families with Older Teens & 20s Best for ages 17-23 (min. age 14)

Families with Teens & Kids Best for ages 9-17 (min. age 4)

From $4,099 - $4,349 /person

6 days

5 nights

Activity Levels 3-5

We categorize our trips based on a range of activity levels from leisurely (1) to avid (5) with plenty of options in between.

Casual Hotels

Premiere Hotels - From lavish luxury to on-trend boutique, offering experiences as unique as the regions we explore.

Casual Plus Hotels - A step above Casual but not quite Premiere.

Casual Hotels - Known for their character, charm and proximity to outdoor adventures and Backroads activities.

Small Luxury Ships - Unpack once and cover more distance on an intimate ship with spacious staterooms and superb amenities.

Portugal's Porto & Douro Valley Bike Tour

Couples, Friends & Solos

Small Group Adventures for:

Couples, Friends & Solos Adults 18+

Women's Adventures Women 18+

Families with Young Adults 20s & Beyond Best for ages 20+ (min. age 18)

Families with Older Teens & 20s Best for ages 17-23 (min. age 14)

Families with Teens & Kids Best for ages 9-17 (min. age 4)

6 days

5 nights

Activity Levels 3-5

We categorize our trips based on a range of activity levels from leisurely (1) to avid (5) with plenty of options in between.

Casual Hotels

Premiere Hotels - From lavish luxury to on-trend boutique, offering experiences as unique as the regions we explore.

Casual Plus Hotels - A step above Casual but not quite Premiere.

Casual Hotels - Known for their character, charm and proximity to outdoor adventures and Backroads activities.

Small Luxury Ships - Unpack once and cover more distance on an intimate ship with spacious staterooms and superb amenities.

2024: Sep-Oct

From $4,099 - $4,349 /person

Ancient Villages, Rugged Mountains & Valley Vineyards

It’s the heart of the country and always was. A place of profound cultural wealth and extraordinary scenery. Bike from the mountains of Peneda-Gerês National Park to the the banks of the Douro River Valley. See history come alive in Porto, Braga and Guimarães. Linger over haunting fado music and perfected port wine. Then rest your head in an ancient monastery. Let Northern Portugal capture your heart.

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Highlights

  • Rejuvenate in Portuguese pousadas—stunning and welcoming hotels housed in historic monasteries, palaces and nature retreats
  • Discover the unparalleled World Heritage cities of Braga and Guimarães, and cycle magnificent Peneda-Gerês, the country’s singular national park
  • Pause to savor exquisite wine and cuisine as you pedal among picturesque vineyards and dazzling river views in the Douro River Valley
  • Bike superb routes that wind through historic landscapes, where ancient hermitages, charming quintas and breathtaking mountain vistas await
Portugal Porto & Douro Valley Bike Tour map

Portugal

Start/End Porto

Airports & Travel details*

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Itinerary

Day 1

Description

Kick off your adventure in spectacular Porto, a World Heritage city with a flourishing cultural scene With granite massifs, open shrubland and oak forest, Peneda-Gerês National Park offers an incredible backdrop for your first bike ride Rub elbows with the locals with lunch in a local taverna Wild horses, herds of cows and an abundance of flora dot the landscape Pedal to our 12th-century Cistercian Monastery where a refreshing drink and fabulous surroundings await.

Accommodations

Night 1

Pousada Santa Maria do Bouro-Amares
Amares
Casual Hotel

Surrounded by green hills and classified as a National Heritage site, this 12th-century monastery was masterfully restored and converted into an intimate hotel by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Eduardo Souto de Moura. (pool)

Hotels may vary based on departure. Any variations will be displayed when selecting a departure under Dates & Prices.

Days 2-3

Description

Ride from the mountains of Peneda-Gerês to the historic town of Guimarães, considered the “birthplace of Portugal” Explore its exceptionally well-preserved medieval center, a World Heritage site and feast for your eyes In Braga, an opulent Baroque stairway leads to Bom Jesus do Monte, a notable Catholic shrine and pilgrimage site Continue biking for a visit to the Citânia de Briteiros, an ancient Castro hill fort with scenic stone ruins and lovely views Be serenaded by the haunting notes of traditional Portuguese fado music Spin along quiet roads in the Serra da Cabreira mountains, where age-old stone buildings, waterfalls and ever-changing scenery abound Savor local flavors with lunch at a friendly quinta (farm estate) A guided walking tour of Guimarães' centro historico is sure to delight.

Accommodations

Nights 2-3

Pousada Mosteiro de Guimarães
Guimarães
Casual Hotel

Built in the 12th century as a monastery and later expanded into a palace, this regal hotel offers both character and luxury in a parklike setting. A Small Luxury Hotels of the World member. (pool)    

Hotels may vary based on departure. Any variations will be displayed when selecting a departure under Dates & Prices.

Days 4-6

Description

Get a taste for the renowned Camino de Santiago—or Way of Saint James—with a bike ride along some of its pilgrimage roads Pedal toward the lush Douro River Valley, breaking for lunch in the age-old town of Amarante Superb ambiance and regional specialties reign at tonight's restaurant, housed in a traditional stone building Terraced vineyards set the stage for today's picturesque bike ride in the Douro River Valley At an organic winery, relax over a sumptuous picnic lunch Taste superb wines of the Douro Valley, the oldest demarcated winegrowing region in the world Relish a special farewell dinner overlooking the undulating countryside Enjoy a beautiful morning spin along the Douro River Top off your trip with time in Porto, where resplendent bridges, azulejo tiles and winding alleyways beckon.

Accommodations

Nights 4-5

Lavandeira Douro Nature & Wellness
Ancede
Casual Plus Hotel

Rural charm abounds at this historic manor house, set on a family-run winemaking quinta (farm estate) in the heart of the Douro River Valley. (pool, spa)

Hotels may vary based on departure. Any variations will be displayed when selecting a departure under Dates & Prices.

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Accommodations & Service Standards

The slower pace, relaxed approach to life and old-world qualities in Portugal are some of the highlights of this spectacular region and are reflected in the hotels and restaurants on this trip. This said, service can lack a sense of urgency when compared with the service found in other parts of Europe.

From $4,099 - $4,349 /person

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Hotels

Adventure-Ready Hotels

Ideally located with ready access to trip activities, our Casual hotels are also known for their character and charm.

Hotels may vary based on departure. Any variations will be displayed when selecting a departure under Dates & Prices.

Night 1

Pousada Santa Maria do Bouro-Amares
Amares

Casual Hotel

Surrounded by green hills and classified as a National Heritage site, this 12th-century monastery was masterfully restored and converted into an intimate hotel by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Eduardo Souto de Moura. (pool)

Nights 2-3

Pousada Mosteiro de Guimarães
Guimarães

Casual Hotel

Built in the 12th century as a monastery and later expanded into a palace, this regal hotel offers both character and luxury in a parklike setting. A Small Luxury Hotels of the World member. (pool)    

Nights 4-5

Lavandeira Douro Nature & Wellness
Ancede

Casual Plus Hotel

Rural charm abounds at this historic manor house, set on a family-run winemaking quinta (farm estate) in the heart of the Douro River Valley. (pool, spa)

From $4,099 - $4,349 /person

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Bikes

Choose Your Perfect Bike

Our bikes are designed and built with specific cyclists and riding styles in mind, so we can always offer you a perfect ride. Please note that bike requests are subject to availability and prioritized based on the date they're submitted.

Backroads Performance Racer 2.0
Backroads Next Generation Performance Road Bike

Included in your trip price

  • Ideal for avid cyclists
  • Redesigned for 2024
  • Next gen titanium frame with carbon wheels
  • Responsive, efficient and comfortable
  • Drop handlebars only
Backroads Touring Bike
Backroads Touring Bike

Included in your trip price

  • Suited for a wide range of cyclists
  • Comfortable ergonomic seat
  • Long wheel base adds to the bike's control and stability
  • Upright handlebars only
Backroads Electric-Assist Bike
Backroads Electric-Assist Bike

Included in your trip price

  • One of the lightest e-bikes available
  • Provides plenty of power and more than enough battery
  • Lower top tubes for easier mounting and dismounting
  • Upright handlebars only

Min. age to ride e-bike: 16+

Cannondale Synapse Pro Carbon Bike
Carbon Bike
  • $650 rental fee; subject to availability
  • Ride like a pro with the top-of-the-line carbon Cannondale Synapse Hi-Mod Red ETAP AXS
  • Delivering phenomenal acceleration and handling in a light and powerful package
  • Built for hard-core riders
Co-Motion Torpedo Tandem Bike
Tandem Bike
  • $400 rental fee
  • Hand-built frame features Co-Motion's custom-designed Cro-Moly steel tubeset, powerful Avid disc brakes, Shimano Ultegra drive train
  • Custom upgraded wheelset
  • Best for riders with some tandem experience.

From $4,099 - $4,349 /person

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