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Portugal's Douro River Cruise Bike Tour

Splendid Salamanca to Historic Porto

  • Behold Porto's colorful history, with its splendid plazas, churches and houses adorned with brilliantly tiled façades
  • Bike amid terraced vineyards across the river valley's undulating landscape, famous for its wine production
  • Savor rich aromatic port and learn about its provenance in its birthplace, the Douro wine region
  • Experience wistful Fado music and discover the rich history of Portuguese music

The Douro River Valley—an idyllic place to venture off the beaten track. From Spain to Portugal, discover old-world Europe along this enchanting river. Jumbled hillside villages and sun-soaked vineyards. Churches clad in gleaming azulejos. Port wine in Porto. Experience one of Europe's best-kept secrets with us.

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Itinerary

Day 1 From Salamanca, a World Heritage site, venture to the sleepy village of Lumbrales | Savor sweeping views as you bike into the Douro Valley and arrive at our ship.

Day 2 Pedal in a vast natural park amid high plateaus and plunging gorges | Cycle to a fortified hilltop village for epic vistas into Portugal and Spain.

Day 3 View the dazzling tiles in Pinhão, a mecca for wine lovers | Ride through the Alto Douro region, a World Heritage site.

Day 4 Ride along the river with a lovely backdrop of terraced vineyards | Enjoy lunch at a family-run quinta (winery) while admiring views of the riverside scenery | Visit Lamego, home of one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Portugal.

Day 5 A scenic ride takes you to small Portuguese hilltop towns before descending back to the river | Savor deckside views from aboard our ship.

Day 6 Bike and cruise the final stretch of the Douro into Porto, where a private guided walking tour awaits | This alluring World Heritage city will charm you with its splendid architecture, winding alleyways and ever-changing views.

Days 7-8 Bike along a wildlife-rich estuary, pine forests and the Atlantic Ocean | Arrive back at our ship with superb vistas of Porto.

Please note: Due to the multiple stateroom options available on this trip, reservations can only be made by contacting one of our Trip Consultants at 800-462-2848 or via email.

Trip was wonderful exploring Portugal and experiencing the local flavors. The trip guides and support staff were superb.
Paul - Atlanta, GA

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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 & Group Size

The ships we sail on are your floating luxury hotel for the entire trip, letting you visit a new city or country each day without having to unpack and pack up your bags! These 50- to 150-passenger ships are custom‐designed with a variety of inviting common spaces so you'll have plenty of room for both relaxing and socializing.

Due to the unique nature of our active River Cruise trips, we welcome more guests (up to 60) on each departure than on our land-based trips, which are limited to 20 guests for Walking & Hiking and 26 guests for Biking and Multi-Adventure trips. This allows us to create our own robust active community with that special Backroads camaraderie during our week-long journey. Sometimes walkers and bikers—and occasionally families—will travel aboard the same ship, but participate in separate activities with their own dedicated leaders.

With our usual choice of fantastic route options each day, rest assured that you'll have plenty of like-minded travelers with whom to ride, hike or enjoy cultural interests. Our unique logistics model—which includes both onboard and onshore Backroads staff, plus additional leaders and vans—allows for meals and shore activities to be organized into smaller groups, ensuring the same unparalleled support and service as on any other Backroads trip.

Itinerary Flexibility: Going with the Flow

Our daily itinerary is based on scheduled sailing and port arrival times and as a result some days have more opportunities for exploring on land while other days have more sailing time. Every river has its own unique temperament and for centuries water levels have shifted due to rain, temperature and agriculture. High water levels may mean the ship cannot pass under a bridge, low water levels result in slower sailing, and a disabled lock can also lead to some extra cruising time. Should any unforeseen change happen during your river cruise, we will work closely with AmaWaterways' captain and staff, who are very experienced in going with the flow.

Stateroom Categories

In contrast to our usual land-based trips, which have similar room categories, the AmaWaterways ships offer a wide range of stateroom categories. The top-tier staterooms often fill fast so book as early as possible if this is important to you.
$6,198 - $8,598
pp dbl. occ.
(+$3,100 to $4,300 for sgl. occ.)
Plus $168 pp port fees.

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Salamanca, Spain/Porto or Lisbon, Portugal

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All breakfasts, 8 lunches, 7 dinners included

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AmaVida (7 nights)

This beautiful ship envelops you in luxury, whether you're soaking up views from the balcony of your plush and spacious stateroom, relaxing with a massage or enjoying fine cuisine alfresco with new friends. (pool)

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There's no better way to find out about Backroads than by hearing it from the people who have traveled with us. For more about the Backroads Experience, read our Guest Testimonials.

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What a wonderful trip.

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Trip was wonderful exploring Portugal and experiencing the local flavors. The trip guides and support staff were superb.

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Fabulous trip to Spain and Portugal!

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from Louisville, KY

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Wonderful way to see the incredible sights along the Douro River! Loved having a "home base" on the boat and the biking was great! Challenging routes but always options to take the van ! Great stops along the way- fabulous dining experiences in special spots- our leaders and support staff were always there to help and so much fun!

 
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This was my first Backroads trip and the experience was wonderful. My early telephone conversations regarding questions were handled professionally. And the trip more than lived up to my expectations. It was a trip where we truly were riding the back roads of Portugal and were treated to wonderful food, scenery, conversations, and a cultural education. Would definitely take another Backroads trip.

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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.

Please click on a date below for specific pricing and possible itinerary variations.

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This Trip Is Rated Levels 2-4

Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next—and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.

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Daily Route Options
Day EASYGOING ACTIVE AVID
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 23* 1100 44 1700
2 25* 1100 33 2800
3 30* 1700 47 2900
4 20* 1500 40 3700
5 27 2700 42 4300
6 Porto Guided Walking Tour (2 Hours)
7 17 600 53 1200
8 Disembarkation in Porto, transfer to Lisbon
 

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* Includes shuttle.

Learn more about how we determine our activity levels and fully support a range of abilities and interests.

Please note that our distance and elevation figures come from Ride with GPS. Other sources (such as Map My Ride and Garmin devices) may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies. Readings from a Garmin or a smart phone are influenced by other factors such as air pressure.

Why Travel with Backroads in Portugal

Perfect Biking Trip - Just Add Water

We've been bringing Backroads guests to Spain and Portugal for more than 20 years and know all the ingredients of a great biking trip – including the deep local connections required to craft the best possible routes and arrange the most fascinating personal encounters. And now we've succeeded in creating an experience no one else offers: an ideal blend of luxury cruising and explorations by bike along the historic Douro River.

A Variety of Routes Each Day

On our Douro River trip you head off each morning after choosing among several expertly designed routes—all with detailed directions, mileage and shuttle options. Unlike trips with one fixed daily route (or worse, one guide that everyone's obliged to follow), you're free to enjoy the best of the region at your pace, stopping wherever you want to explore further.

More Leaders to Support You

On our Douro River Cruise Biking trips we have two extra leaders supporting you along the road—for a total of four, compared to the industry standard two. So we can be in more places at once, giving personal attention to guests traveling at their own pace. Here's more on our Trip Leaders.

A Second Van When You Need It

Backroads is the only active travel company providing two support vans in Spain and Portugal—because we know it's essential to ensure a truly great travel experience. It doubles our ability to be there when you need us to offer hydration, lighten your load or give you a lift if it's time to take a break. Read more on why two vans make all the difference.

We Reinvented the River Cruise

Backroads pioneered the active river trip, partnering with AmaWaterways, the leader in river cruising, to create a new kind of travel experience featuring biking and walking explorations from an elegant floating hotel. Read more about this ideal way to discover the heart of a region.

In Europe Since 1988

Backroads has been welcoming active travelers to Europe since before the Berlin Wall came down. Today it's virtually our second home. We know the perfect roads and trails, the most scenic valleys and hilltop towns, the hidden churches and gem-like museums, the up-and-coming vintners and celebrated chefs—and, of course, all the best places to stay.

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Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a ready-to-book Private Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities. Call or email us to reserve your date.

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