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Portugal Family Bike Tour - 20s & Beyond

From Lisbon to Vineyards, Castles & Beaches

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An ancient land experiencing a renaissance. Rich in history and Mediterranean beauty. Linger in stylish Lisbon. A cool laid-back city with 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
  • Bike quiet rural roads and enjoy extraordinary views from hilltop Monsaraz, considered the country's most beautiful village
  • Cycle past picturesque and distinctly Portuguese architecture and landscapes, stopping to say hi to the locals
  • Savor the freshest Mediterranean cuisine prepared by top-notch chefs, as well as the fruit of lush vineyards and olive groves
Portugal

Start/End Lisbon

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Itinerary

Day 1 Discover the allure of Lisbon, where old-world charm meets cosmopolitan culture | Spin past olive and cork trees and endless vineyards | Relish a typical Alentejo-style dinner in one of the region's most beautiful villages and luxury accommodations in Monsaraz.

Days 2-3 Admire the warm tones of terra-cotta in Portugal's pottery capital and fill up on souvenirs before picnicking at a traditional family-run herdade (farmhouse) | Ride amid a bucolic undulating landscape before reaching Évora | Discover Alentejo's spectacular capital—a World Heritage site, vibrant university town and member of the Most Ancient European Towns Network. 

Day 4 Experience dramatically different landscapes in the neighboring Algarve region | Take in majestic coastal views from the Monchique Mountains toward honey-hued limestone cliffs | Enjoy the fragrance of orange blossom flowers as you bike quiet country roads | Swing through a Moorish village before settling into our beachfront Relais & Châteaux hotel.

Days 5-6 Ride along the rugged coast near Sagres, protected by Costa Vicentina National Park | Adventure to Vasco da Gama's home port and the edge of what was once the known world | Savor regional flavors at our farewell dinner | Close out your journey with an early morning ride through a fishing village or a peaceful beachfront walk.

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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Prices

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Premiere Hotels

Sao Lourenco do Barrocal
São Lourenço do Barrocal

Monsaraz (2 nights)

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

Évora (1 night)

Bela Vista Hotel
Bela Vista Hotel & Spa

Portimão (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.

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)

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)

Bela Vista Hotel

Bela Vista Hotel & Spa

Portimão (2 nights)

Adjacent to famed Praia da Rocha, this exquisite hotel seamlessly blends traditional and modern in a uniquely Portuguese fashion. A Relais & Château 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 22 1100
2 29* 1800 42* 2400 53 2800
Walking Tour of Monsaraz (1 Hour)
3 22* 900 41* 1800 46 2100
Walking Tour of Évora (1 Hour)
4 16* 700 32* 1700 43 2500
5 24* 1400 38* 2500 56 3400
6 13 700
 

Note: 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.

* 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 may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies and other external factors.

Meals

All breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners

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.

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. Additionally, while the Premiere hotels we've chosen are some of the finest in the country, they may seem a bit simpler than the Backroads European standard. The same can be said for Portuguese cuisine, which is traditionally a celebration of local flavors but is also bit more rustic than other places we visit in Europe.

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 GPS device, preloaded with all the routes and route options for your trip. 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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Portugal Family Bike Tour - 20s & Beyond | Backroads
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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. Additionally, while the Premiere hotels we've chosen are some of the finest in the country, they may seem a bit simpler than the Backroads European standard. The same can be said for Portuguese cuisine, which is traditionally a celebration of local flavors but is also bit more rustic than other places we visit in Europe.
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