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Portugal Bike Tour

From Lisbon to Vineyards, Villages & Castles

From $4,098 - $4,498 pp dbl. occ. | 6 days / 5 nights

(+$660 for sgl. occ.)

An ancient land experiencing a renaissance. Rich in history and Mediterranean beauty. Linger in stylish Lisbon. Cool coastal breezes. A hot new restaurant scene. Ride through peaceful Alentejo. Whitewashed villages and Moorish palaces. Olive groves and vineyards. Escape the crowds and explore southern Portugal's paradise. You too will be transformed.

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Highlights

  • Journey from the gateway city of Lisbon, Portugal's magnificent capital, where tradition and contemporary culture meet
  • Savor the freshest Mediterranean cuisine prepared by top-notch chefs, as well as the fruit of lush vineyards and olive groves
  • Enjoy extraordinary views from hilltop Monsaraz, considered the country's most beautiful village
  • Recharge at remarkable hotels, different from one another but all distinctly Portuguese
Portugal

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Itinerary

Day 1 Discover the allure of Lisbon, where old-world charm meets cosmopolitan culture | Bike through picturesque Mediterranean countryside at the heart of southern Portugal | Enjoy a quiet landscape peppered with olive and cork trees | Admire endless vineyards and taste exquisite wines | Relish a Michelin-starred dinner and luxury accommodations in beautiful Montemor-o-Novo.

Days 2-3 Visit a traditional family-run herdade (farmhouse) for a lunch from the garden | Tour the vineyards of an estate in Portugal's wine country | Explore medieval Évora, a World Heritage site and a member of the Most Ancient European Towns Network.

Day 4 Majestic castle ruins and white-washed villages with terra-cotta roofs are just part of today's scenery | Relax at Casa Agrícola winery and enjoy a picnic lunch amid a sea of olive groves | Take in the views from the village of Monsaraz.

Days 5-6 Learn about the production of terra-cotta in Corval, Portugal's pottery capital | Up for a challenge? Tackle the climb up to Monsaraz with sweeping views of Alqueva Dam, Europe's largest man-made lake | Savor the flavors of the region at our farewell dinner.

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.

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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. You can pick from the selection of dates below for your group; some dates are only available for 16 or more guests while other dates are available for 8 or more guests. If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you. Call or email us to reserve your date.

2018 Private Trip Pricing
  • 10 or more guests: from $4,098 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $4,598 pp dbl occ
  • 6 - 7 guests: from $4,998 pp dbl occ
  • 4 - 5 guests: from $5,498 pp dbl occ
  • 2 - 3 guests: from $5,998 pp dbl occ

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Prices

From $4,098 - $4,498 pp dbl. occ.
6 days / 5 nights

(+$660 for sgl. occ.)

Premiere Hotels

L'AND Vineyards Resort
L'AND Vineyards Resort

Montemor-o-Novo (2 nights)

M'AR de AR Aqueduto
M'AR De AR Aqueduto

Évora (1 night)

Sao Lourenco do Barrocal
São Lourenço do Barrocal

Monsaraz (2 nights)

Activity Level

This trip is rated Levels 2-4

What's Included

Services and equipment are included.

Why Backroads

Why Travel with Backroads in Portugal

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Premiere Hotels

Accommodations may vary based on departure date. Any difference from what is listed below can be found by clicking on your desired date on the View Scheduled Dates or Private Dates tabs.

L'AND Vineyards Resort

L'AND Vineyards Resort

Montemor-o-Novo (2 nights)

Surrounded by vineyards and a sparkling lake, this Small Luxury Hotels of the World resort is an extraordinary escape that blends modern design with elegance and simplicity. A Small Luxury Hotels of the World member. (pool, spa)

M'AR de AR Aqueduto

M'AR De AR Aqueduto

Évora (1 night)

Located in the heart of Évora's World Heritage-designated town center, this boutique hotel is housed in a historic building styled with chic contemporary details. (pool, spa)

Sao Lourenco do Barrocal

São Lourenço do Barrocal

Monsaraz (2 nights)

A luxuriously restored 200-year-old agrarian estate that offers stylish rooms, rustic charm, lush gardens and farm-to-table dining. A Small Luxury Hotels of the World member. (pool, spa)

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.

Daily Route Options (drag to see full )

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 17 800
2 24* 1500 38 2500 43 2900
3 26* 1600 44 2300
Walking Tour of Évora (1 Hour)
4 25* 1000 35* 1400 42 1600
5 29* 1700 42* 2400 52 2800
6 18 600
 

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* Includes shuttle.

Learn more about how we determine our activity level 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.

Meals

All breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners

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 your available bike options for this trip or view our full bike fleet in further detail.

Backroads Titanium Bikes (Included in your trip price)

Our custom-built titanium bikes are specially designed for you—and we offer different models for varied terrain so your bike is ideally suited to the region. Our custom-made bikes are included in your trip price.

Touring Bike (Included)

Road Bike (Included)

For trips departing before 4/15/18, please see available bike options here.

Backroads Custom Electric-Assist Bike (Included in your trip price)

Wishing for a little extra assistance up those hills? Our custom Backroads Electric-Assist Bike lets you experience the thrill of exploring on two wheels while providing a boost when you want it. We've modified a selection of our great Titanium Bikes with the intuitive BionX "pedal-assist" system.

Backroads Custom Electric-Assist Bike (Included)

Specialized S-Works Roubaix & Ruby ($400 rental fee)

Ride like a pro with the new top-of-the-line S-Works bike featuring ultrasmooth Shimano Di2 electronic shifting. Faster and smoother than any other bike out there, this race-ready carbon machine delivers phenomenal acceleration and handling in an ultralight, ultrapowerful package—perfect for experienced riders. The Specialized S-Works Ruby is a light, agile speed machine precisely designed for women. You can upgrade to a Specialized S-Works Roubaix or Ruby on your trip.

Specialized S-Works Roubaix (Upgrade)

Specialized S-Works Ruby (Upgrade)

Co-Motion Torpedo Tandem ($400 rental fee)

Do you prefer to spin in tandem with your partner? You'll love the Co-Motion Periscope Torpedo tandem on your Backroads trip. You can upgrade to a Co-Motion Torpedo Tandem on your trip.

Co-Motion Torpedo Tandem (Upgrade)

Also Included

  • 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

Get the Straight Talk about This Trip

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.

Why Travel with Backroads in Portugal

Everyone at Their Own Pace

We design and support our Portugal trips to suit mixed abilities and varied interests—so you can set your own pace, then change things up as the day unfolds. And all guests are free to do the same, traveling together or apart, with no one cramping anyone else's style. Which sounds easy in theory, but it's hard to pull off. Here's more on how we do it.

More Leaders to Support You

On our Portugal trips we have an extra leader supporting you along the road—for a total of three, 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.

Navigate Your Way in Portugal

Your ride comes equipped with a Garmin Edge Explore 1000, the best bike-touring GPS device on the market. This is a Backroads exclusive, and it's included with your bike in Portugal. If you prefer to bring your own device, we also have downloadable GPS files and of course, our good old paper directions are always available. Read more on why our navigation options are the best.

Quality You Can Measure

Since 1979, Backroads Founder and President Tom Hale has shown that staying #1 means constantly evaluating our performance using the best possible source of information: our guests. As we systematically analyze your feedback on our trip consultants, leaders, hotels, meals and on-trip activities, we never stop working to make a great company even better.

Only the Best Hotels

On this trip featuring Premiere Hotels, you can count on the best lodgings Portugal has to offer. In fact, the hotels we've chosen in this region have higher retail room rates than those offered by any other active travel company—even when their trips cost more.

A Second Van When You Need It

Backroads is the only active travel company providing two support vans in 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.

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