Rating in Portugal
$ 1262

Self-Guided Cycling in Portugal: Mountains to the Sea

Self-guided cycling
Self-guided cycling
min $ 1262
Per person
Tour details
Destinations: Porto
Guide language: English
Price: min $ 1262
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  • At a glance
  • Itinerary
  • What's included
  • Dates & prices

At a glance

Your chance to
See mountain villages with ancient traditions
At a glance
6 days cycling with luggage transfers
Explore Portugal on two wheels
In the far north of Portugal, on the border with Spain, lies the Minho region: a wild, rugged area of historical and cultural significance. Starting from the Geres National Park, you cycle downhill through small villages and extensive vineyards, following the River Minho towards the Atlantic Ocean. The scenery is a stunning combination of high mountains, rolling river scenes, historic towns and dramatic coastal landscape. You will stay in authentic accommodation offering friendly Portuguese hospitality and delicious regional cuisine. There is plenty of opportunity to relax and enjoy the golden stretches of beach you cycle past, maybe accompanied by a glass of the local Vinho Verde (white wine) for which the region is well known. The ride finishes in Porto, named best European City Destination in both 2013 and 2014.
Cycling profile
Daily distance in km/miles:

Day 2 46.0km/28.6miles
Day 3 48.0km/29.8miles
Day 4 53.0km/32.9miles
Day 5 33.0km/20.5miles
Day 6 36.0km/22.4miles
Day 7 34.0km/21.1miles


Number of days cycling:
6
Pace:
42 km (26 miles) average daily distance. There is also the opportunity to increase the daily distance by taking the slightly harder option - you can decide this on the day.
Terrain:
Mostly on paved cycle paths or roads. The route is mainly flat or downhill with the occasional small climb.

Itinerary

Itinerary
1
Day 1
Transfer from Porto to Castro Laboreiro; spend the night in a small hotel in a mountain village.

2
Day 2
Cycle downhill towards Moncao, looking out for deer and wild horses.

3
Day 3
Follow the River Minho towards the mediaeval town of Caminha; sample some of the local Vinho Verde that the region is famous for.

4
Day 4
Cycle along the coast, with an option to stop to admire the Santa Luzia Church overlooking Viana; pedal inland towards Ponte de Lima.

5
Day 5
Follow in the tracks of the ancient Santiago de Compostela route, cycle through cornfields and vineyards to Barcelos.

6
Day 6
Enjoy an easy ride today back towards the Atlantic Ocean; finish in the seaside town of Vila do Conde, famous for its shipbuilding past.

7
Day 7
Pedal along the coast on quiet cycle paths, approaching the UNESCO World Heritage City of Porto.

8
Day 8
End Porto

Self-guided
Why not enjoy some independence, with the flexibility of a self-guided holiday? You'll benefit from our quality research and support, but you can pace your holidays as you wish.
Activity level
You are reasonably fit, enjoy the outdoors and are looking for some exercise. Some previous experience is preferable for activity based trips.

What's included

What's included
All breakfasts
What's not included
Travel insurance

Dates & prices

These are ‘land only’ prices which require you to book your own flights and join the rest of the group on Day 1 of the trip. For more information please see Trip Notes

Date Price excl. flights (pp) from
Sat 06 Aug 16 - Sat 13 Aug 16

 

Price excl. flights (pp) from EUR €1,205
Sun 07 Aug 16 - Sun 14 Aug 16

 

Price excl. flights (pp) from EUR €1,205
Sun 14 Aug 16 - Sun 21 Aug 16

 

Price excl. flights (pp) from EUR €1,205
Sun 21 Aug 16 - Sun 28 Aug 16

 

Price excl. flights (pp) from EUR €1,205
Sun 28 Aug 16 - Sun 04 Sep 16

 

Price excl. flights (pp) from EUR €1,205
Sun 04 Sep 16 - Sun 11 Sep 16

 

Price excl. flights (pp) from EUR €1,205
Sun 11 Sep 16 - Sun 18 Sep 16

 

Price excl. flights (pp) from EUR €1,205
Sun 18 Sep 16 - Sun 25 Sep 16

 

Price excl. flights (pp) from EUR €1,205
Tue 20 Sep 16 - Tue 27 Sep 16

 

Price excl. flights (pp) from EUR €1,285
Sun 25 Sep 16 - Sun 02 Oct 16

 

Price excl. flights (pp) from EUR €1,155
All tour descriptions and conditions are given in accordance with the information of Exodus
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