apr., sept., oct. 2019
Dátum
North Portugal
Helyszín
8 days
Időtartam
14+
Korhatár
1/5, 2/5
Nehézség
Hotel
Szállás
Individually
Utazás

The Northern Portugal Bicycle Tour is more than a simple bicycle tour abroad. It gives you an insight to the Portuguese culture, gastronomy and history as well. It includes five bicycle tours, one walking tour and one guided sightseeing tour in the Douro Litoral, Minho and Trás-Os-Montes e Alto-Douro regions. We will cycle and walk along the River Douro, Tâmega, Minho and Paiva and by the Atlantic coast as well. We will discover the beauty of the countryside, cycle on deactivated railway lines which are bike paths now, enjoy the local gastronomy and drink Portuguese wines.

Northern Portugal Bicycle Tour

Most of the routes are closed from traffic, on bicycle paths and „Eco” paths, sometimes on secondary roads with not much traffic. There are tons of opportunities to stop along the routes by the viewpoints, coffee bars or small restaurants. This is a guided bicycle tour, where a experienced native Hungarian guide takes care of you, who speaks Portuguese, English and Dutch.

When

  • September 14-21. – You can still book this tour!
  • October 12-19. – You can still book this tour!
  • November 5-12. – You can still book this tour!

Price

750 €/Person

Down payment: 150 €/Person

What can I do if the tour is sold out?

Let us know if you have an alternative date in your mind for the tour, and we do our best to make it happen for you. Are you willing to do the tour with your friends? We can organize the tour for groups on requested dates as well!

Help

Do you have some doubts or/and need more info? Call us (+351 938 076 430) or write to us to the info@wncyclotouring.pt e-mail address. Under the Contact menu you can find alternative contact information too!

Northern Portugal Bicycle Tour

The price includes

  • Accommodation in a three star hotel near Porto with breakfast and dinner included
  • Trekking bicycle
  • All transports during the tour and from the airport of Porto to the hotel and back
  • Tour guiding / supported guiding (Read the day trip overview)
  • Liability insurance and personal accident insurance according to the Portuguese law (go to the Terms and Conditions for more info)
  • One dinner in a authentic Portuguese restaurant (on Sunday)
  • Sightseeing tour in Porto + wine tasting
  • Drinking water along the cycling and walking
  • Technical support

The price excludes

  • Traveling to Portugal and/or any other traveling costs excluding the above mentioned
  • Travel, sport, luggage, sport accident insurance (Recommended)
  • Public transport costs (Train)
  • Entry fees for tourist attractions
  • Other additional or optional expenses

Bicycle

The trekking bicycles are Trek FX 7,3 with 37-40/700c tyres and equipped with V-brakes, light weight ideal for the route. Also equipped with mud guards, bell and racks. They are available in different sizes 14”-22”. The aluminum frame, rigid fork and the light weight construction makes them efficient for this tour.

There is a possibility to rent E-bikes for this tour, which is a extra cost. Please let us know at the booking if you need would like to rent an E-bike. E-bikes are very useful, they allow to do bicycle tours for those who do not cycle normally much, or their health doesn’t make it possible.

Tamega River Bicycle Tour

This tour is recommended to

  • For those who haven’t been to Portugal
  • For those who haven’t done any bicycle tour in Portugal yet
  • For those who prefer to avoid the mass tourist parts of a country and enjoy the hidden beauties and the countryside

Difficulty

1,5/5 Easy

Physical preparation: 2/5

The Northern Portugal Bicycle Tour is considered easy. The bicycle tours are mainly done on flat surface, occasionally on rolling hills. The most challenging part is the day when we cycle along the River Douro, it is 45km log and has a 445m positive elevation, with rolling hills.

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1nd day: Porto

After arriving to the airport Francisco Sá Carneiro airport, we transport you to the hotel, which takes more or less a half an hour. For the rest of the day is free time. Before the dinner the tour guide does the main briefing sums up the week ahead, introduces the program to the guests. After the briefing we dine together in the restaurant by the hotel.

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2st day: Porto

At a prearranged time we meet at the hotel, already prepared for cycling, then we go to Vila Nova de Gaia (South bank of the River Douro) by van which is a 30 minutes ride. After the bike fitting we begin our tour, cycling towards the Dom Luis I. bridge while we pass by the famous Port Wine cellars. After the bridge we continue on the north bank of the river, towards the Atlantic Ocean. Along the route we will see the historical old town of Porto and other interesting spots of the city.

At the mouth of the river we cycle by the São João da Foz fortress and we can walk to the lighthouses as well if the ocean is calm. From this point we cycle by the ocean to the north. Sandy and rocky beaches, restaurants and bars will be along the way, where we can chill out whenever feels good. Our halfway distance is at the Miradouro da Boa Nova viewpoint in Matosinhos, which is a chapel built on cliff by the Atlantic Ocean.

Here we turn around, and with some minor changes we do the same route back until we reach the van. After returning to the hotel we define the time schedule for the daily briefing (15min) and the dinner. The rest of the day is free time.

Our goal is to get to know Porto a little bit better and to have a nice lunch somewhere along the route. Consider as a warming up tour.

  • Difficulty: 1/5
  • Distance: 36 km
  • Tour type: Loop
  • Positive elevation: 167 m
  • Est. cycling time: 3 h (without stops)
  • Guiding: By bicycle, with the group
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3rd day: Porto to Furaduoro

At a prearranged time we meet at the hotel, already prepared for cycling, then we go to Vila Nova de Gaia (South bank of the River Douro) by van which is a 30 minutes ride. Our tour begins on the south bank of the River Douro towards the Atlantic Ocean. Before reaching the river mouth we cycle through a typical Portuguese fisher village called Afurada, where a lot of inhabitants make a living out of fishing.

After cycling by the river mouth we keep the ocean on our right side and pedal towards the south. Until we reach the city of Espinho, we will encounter lots of beaches bars and a famous chapel called Sr. da Pedra built on a rock surrounded by the ocean. Espinho can be a nice spot for lunch. Leaving Espinho we cycle towards Esmoriz, sometimes on bike lane, sometimes on secondary roads. From Esmoriz the scenery changes, we leave the ocean front and we cycle through a pine forest until Furadouro.

We can spend some time in Furadouro, take a coffee break and enjoy the views. After leaving Furadouro we do a short ride until Over, where we hop on the train and go back together to Vila Nova de Gaia.  We head back to the hotel with van, and we decide when shall we do the briefing and when to dinner. The rest of the day is free time.

  • Difficulty: 2/5
  • Distance: 40 km
  • Tour type: Point to point
  • Positive elevation: 320 m
  • Est. cycling time: 4,5 h (without stops)
  • Guiding: By bicycle, with the group
4

4th day: From Moncao to Caminha

At a prearranged time we meet at the hotel, already prepared for cycling, then we go to Monção by van, which takes more or less 1,5h. The bicycle tour takes the whole day counting the transports as well. The tour starts from the center of the village and than connects the bike path along the River Minho. This route is a deactivated railway line which was transformed into a cycling and walking path. This bicycle path leads to Valença and along the way you can se the old stations buildings and other accessories of the railway still. In Valença we do a short detour by the fortress of the city.

After looking around in Valença  we continue our journey and the next stop will be in Vila Nova de Cerveira. A small town with a beautiful historical center. The village simbol is the stag, the region is also called as the land of the stag. This fact is proudly represented by the big stag statue on top of the mountain on the southern side of the village. There is a possibility to go cycle up to the statue, but only if all members of the group votes for it. A steep climb leads to the statue, 5,2km ascent with an average of 8-10% elevation, and some spots even 20%.

The last third of the tour leads to Caminha, the northern tip of Portugal by the Atlantic Ocean. On the Spanish side we can see already from a distance the Monte Guarda mountain.

After concluding the bicycle tour, we go back to the hotel by van, which takes more or less 1,5h. At the hotel we decide when to do the briefing and to dinner.

  • Difficulty: 1/5
  • Distance: 47 km (+10 km detour to the statue in Vila Nova de Cerveira)
  • Tour type: Point to point
  • Positive elevation 316 m (Detour data: 343 m positive elevation)
  • Est. cycling time: 4,5 h (without stops)
  • Guiding: By bicycle, with the group
5

5th day: River Douro tour

At a prearranged time we meet at the hotel, already prepared for cycling, then we go to Porto by van, which takes 30 minutes. The tour begins here, and goes along the River Douro until the end point in Torrão nearby Entre-Os-Rios. On this the route is not as flat as the days before, it has rolling hills, and mainly done on secondary roads. At some point there are some ascents of 2-4% elevation.

After leaving Porto, we cycle through the city of Gondomar, than at the village of Quintas we cycle over the River Sousa. The bridge over this river is a smaller scale copy of the Arrabida Bridge, which you can see in porto, and it is very famous. Not far from this point we pedal by the Lever-Crestuma hydroelectric dam, than we take a pit stop at the town of Melres. Here we can observe the horseshoe bend of the River Douro. During the second half of the bicycle tour we follow the river until Torrão to the mouth of the River Tâmega.

This bicycle tour is self guided, but supported. The guide will follow the group and meet with them at many points, which will be indicated on the gps and also be told at the briefing on the day before. After the tour we return to the hotel by van, which takes more or less an hour and can be done on a scenic road. When we arrive to the hotel, we schedule the briefing and the dinner.The rest of the day is free time.

  • Difficulty: 3/5
  • Distance: 42 km
  • Tour type: Point to point
  • Positive elevation: 445 m
  • Est. cycling time: 4 h (without stops)
  • Guiding: Self-guided, supported
6

6th day: River Tamega Bicycle tour

At a prearranged time we meet at the hotel, already prepared for cycling, then we go to the city of Amarante which takes more or less an hour by van. The bicycle tour takes the whole day counting the transports as well. After arriving, we unpack and the tour begins. The route is 100% on the old Amarante – Arco de Baúlhe railway line, which was transformed into a cycling and walking path.

After 17 years since it was decommissioned (1990) the „Eco” path was created. Many infrastructures of the railway was renewed, including stations. Some of them was transformed into a hostel or a coffee bar. It is a scenic bicycle path which has splendid views to the valley of the River Tâmega and the surrounding green wine vineyards. At some point you can see the „Alto de Sra. da Graça” cone shaped mountain peak, on of the classic finishes of the Tour of Portugal.

After the bicycle tour we visit the „Alto de Sra. da Graça” mountain by van, which has a 360o view to the region, and has a shrine on top of it. On our way back to the hotel we drive through the Alvão Natural Park, where we can do a pit stop at one of Europe’s biggest consecutive waterfalls, called „Fisgas do Ermelo”.

When we arrive to the hotel we schedule the briefing. After the briefing, we dine together in a authentic Portuguese not far away from the hotel, where we go by van.

  • Difficulty: 1,5/5
  • Distance: 39 km
  • Tour type: Point to point
  • Positive elevation: 225 m
  • Est. cycling time: 3 h (without stops)
  • Guiding: By bicycle, with the group
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7th day: Passadicos Do Paiva hike

At a prearranged time we meet at the hotel, already prepared for hiking, then we go to the small village called Espiunca, which takes 1,5h by van. The „Passadiços Do Paiva” walkway is a 100% wooden built walkway within the valley of the River Paiva.

The first part of the hike doesn’t have any technical challenges, occassionally some steps and some minor ups and downs. At the 4th kilometer there is a suspended bridge, which goes over the river, and connects to another walking path which is under development. At this point there is a small bufe where we can by some basic food and drink if needed.

At the second half of the hike comes the challenging part, which includes an ascent of 450 steps and a descent of 310 steps on the other side of the ridge. The view from the top is worth all the effort!

After concluding the walk, the guide goes back to the van with a cab to grab the van, until the group relaxing in a coffee bar. hen we return to the hotel by van. The rest of the day is free time, and we decide as well when to do the briefing and when to have dinner.

  • Difficulty: 3/5
  • Distance: 8,7 km
  • Tour type: Point to point
  • Positive elevation: 541 m
  • Est. walking time: 2,5 h (without stops)
  • Guiding: Hiking with the group
8

8th day: Sightseeing in Porto, wine tasting

At a prearranged time we meet at the hotel, prepared for a leisure walk, then we go to the city center of Porto by van, which takes more or less 20 minutes. After we arrived, we begin our walk through the city and passing by the highlights of Porto. We do a few stops, and the guide will speak a little bit about the history of each spot.

After finishing our walk, we go for a wine tasting in one of the Port Wine cellars in Vila Nova de Gaia. the wine tasting includes a short guided visit in the wine cellar, so you can learn more about Port Wine. After the wine tasting we go back to the hotel by van, and we schedule the transport to the airport. The tour ends here.

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