Baroque stairway to Bom Jesus do Monte sanctuary near Braga, Portugal
Two bikers resting along the river in Portugal
Bottles of wine in Portugal
Hillside Vineyards above Portugal's Douro River
Local Portugese Fruits and Vegetables - Backroads Portugal Douro Valley Bike Tour
The seaside city of Porto, Portugal
Biker riding among olive trees in Portugal
Historic buildings in Portugal
Bright yellow pastries traditionally found in Portugal
The castle of Guimaraes in autumn, Portugal
Buildings in Porto, Portugal
Aerial view of Peneda-Gerês National Park
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Portugal’s Douro Valley Bike Tour

Ancient Towns & World-Class Wines

Couples, Friends & Solos

6 days 5 nights

Activity Levels 2-5

Casual Hotels

From: $3,899 - $4,099 pp dbl occ

($550 for sgl occ)

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.

Portugal's Dour Valley Bike Tour
Portugal's Dour Valley Bike Tour

Portugal

Start/End Porto

Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.

Highlights

  • Rejuvenate in genuinely 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
  • Savor exquisite Northern Portuguese wine and cuisine, and 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
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Accommodations may vary based on departure date.
6 Days Casual Hotels
Accommodations may vary based on departure.
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 hilltop hotel, where a refreshing drink and fabulous views over the valley await.

Accommodations
Aerial view of hotel on hillside
Pousada Caniçada-Gerês
Caniçada-Gerês
| Casual Hotel

Soaring views surround this cozy wood-and-stone lodge nestled in the pines above Peneda-Gerês National Park. (pool)

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
Exterior view of Pousada-Mosteiro-de-Guimarães a former church
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)    

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
Exterior view of hotel and courtyard
Casa da Lavand’eira
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)

Dates & Prices

The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind — you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due. View cancellation policy

Click on dates for pricing, itinerary variations and to book your trip. Price is per person, double occupancy.

Activity Level: 2-5

Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. Several routes and a range of levels are offered each day so you can choose how much or how little activity you want to do. Learn more about how we determine activity levels.

Route notes

Northern Portugal's landscape is characterized by constant rises and valleys, and the continuously rolling terrain, as well as high heat in the summer months, can make routes feel more challenging than the mileage may suggest.

Daily Route Options

* Includes shuttle.
Day 1
Biking
Level 2 | 20 miles | 1100 ft. gain
Day 2
Biking
Level 2 | 26 miles* | 2400 ft. gain
Level 3 | 40 miles | 3700 ft. gain
Level 4 | 50 miles | 4800 ft. gain
Day 3
Biking
Level 2 | 30 miles* | 3100 ft. gain
Level 3 | 38 miles* | 3500 ft. gain
Level 4 | 45 miles | 4600 ft. gain
Day 4
Biking
Level 2 | 26 miles* | 1900 ft. gain
Level 4 | 48 miles* | 4200 ft. gain
Day 5
Biking
Level 3 | 31 miles* | 2700 ft. gain
Level 4 | 40 miles | 3700 ft. gain
Day 6
Biking
Level 1 | 14 miles | 1700 ft. gain

What's Included

Available Bike Options

The key to a stellar day's ride is a bike that's perfectly in tune with your cycling style… Backroads has you covered with the best bike fleet in the world! Read on for bike options specific to this trip (click the arrow to see more). Please note that bike requests are subject to availability and prioritized based on the date they're submitted.

Backroads Performance Road Bike
Backroads Performance Road Bike
Performance Road Bike

Included in your trip price

This custom-designed titanium bike is lightweight and responsive, featuring Shimano Ultegra Di2 electronic shifting, 11-speed compact gearing, a premium Mavic Ksyrium Pro wheelset and a full carbon fork. 

Backroads Touring Bike
Backroads Touring Bike
Touring Bike

Included in your trip price

A proven classic, our most popular custom-designed titanium bike is suited for a wide range of cyclists. It features a comfortable ergonomic seat and a long wheel base that add to the bike’s control and stability.

Backroads Electric-Assist Bike
Backroads Electric-Assist Bike
Electric-Assist Bike

Included in your trip price

Keep pace or zip ahead, pedaling with an electric boost. This bike provides plenty of power to flatten the hills and more than enough battery range to cover the distance.
Min. age to ride e-bike: 16+

Cannondale Synapse Pro Carbon Bike
Cannondale Synapse Pro Carbon Bike
Carbon Bike

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.
$400 rental fee; subject to availability

Co-Motion Torpedo Tandem Bike
Co-Motion Torpedo Tandem Bike
Tandem Bike

This hand-built frame features Co-Motion's custom-designed cro-moly steel tubeset, powerful Avid disc brakes, Shimano Ultegra drive train, and a custom, upgraded wheelset. For experienced tandem riders.
$400 rental fee

Also Included

  • All breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Expertise and services of our experienced Trip Leaders
  • Snacks and beverages between meals
  • Additional guides and experts from the region on many trips
  • Van shuttles to support a variety of route options
  • Comprehensive Travel Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at museums, historic sites, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the Travel Planner
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Special events, including wine tastings and other select attractions as mentioned in the Travel Planner
  • On biking and multi-adventure trips, use of fully equipped Backroads titanium bike plus helmet and accessories
  • Trailercycles, carriers, and kid-sized helmets for Family Trips
  • Equipment and experienced guides for kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, sailing and canoeing as described
  • Park and other entry fees
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the Travel Planner
  • Select coach transfers
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Straight talk

We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

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.

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