PT GT - Portugal Grand Tour
If you are a road cycling enthusiast and would like to know the best of Portugal in one go, this is the tour for you. You’ll explore the country form North to South, without compromise. We’ll ride along the beaches of the Atlantic coastline, climb to the highest point of Continental Portugal, explore and taste the wine countries, marvel at historical cities and villages, soak in the beauty of the natural parks and visit the most vibrant cities of Portugal – Lisboa and Porto – in a non-stop road cycling adventure, taking in the best our country has to offer. Explore the diversity of landscapes, gastronomies and wines, as well as the different types of terrain, from challenging climbs to rolling hills and flat river roads. Don’t skip anything, including a visit to the two main cities of Porto and Lisboa.
/ Discover the amazing history, culture and traditions the wine regions have to offer. Alentejo is a picturesque and charming place, where you’ll fall in love with the whitewashed villages, medieval castles, sunbathed plains and the secular traditions and lifestyle. Visit the UNESCO world heritage sites in Évora, the former Palace of the Portuguese Kings and the rural lifestyle of the local homesteads; The Douro’s beautiful landscapes and vantage points over the Douro River, also a UNESCO world heritage, with its trademark "socalcos" or terraced vineyards; The undiscovered paradise of one of the most remote areas in Portugal, the Douro International Park: never-ending olive oil and orange fields, river beaches and animal life.
/ Ride the never-ending rolling hills, the iconic mountains or the amazing scenery of the terraced vineyards or the bare and lunar mountainous landscape of the inner North. The car-free roads of inland Portugal provide you the conditions, safety and great atmosphere for cycling tours. Its varied topography will challenge you and make you a better cyclist.
/ Dine and sleep in local charming hotels, once wineries or medieval castles, but now fully equipped hotels with their very own spas and amazing amenities to make you feel comfortable. Climb aboard a boat and sail in the Douro or Alentejo to discover the region from a different perspective
/ With its trademark gastronomy, wine, and great hotels, this is the bike tour to experience the best of Portugal, where luxury meets tradition. You’ll get to sleep in castles, convents, wine farms and dine in some of the world’s best restaurants, harmonizing every meal with amazing wines;
Flat and rolling stages: Along the Douro valley and the Douro International Park. Great descending towards the big dams across the river and in the Douro International park but not technically difficult.
Mountain and hilly stages: Long climbs to the vantage points alongside the river, they make good challenges for those who wish to push themselves a little harder;
Landscape: A good mixture between the typical wine country landscape of the Douro, the rough nature and car-free roads of the Douro Valley and International park and the urban but traditional city of Porto.
Meet in Lisbon airport and transfer to your hotel, in downtown Lisbon. Bike fit and briefing will be held at your hotel and you are free to explore Lisbon’s downtown afterwards.Dinner in Lisbon.
Hotel – Pousada de Lisboa
Breakfast at the hotel. Quick transfer to Sesimbra, where we’ll start our ride to Azeitão, a small village that provides a gateway to the coastal Arrábida Park, a picturesque mountain range that ends on the Atlantic Ocean with magnificent views of the Tróia Peninsula and the Comporta Beaches. Take the transfer to Tróia by the Sado Estuary and then ride towards Comporta, where we’ll stop by the beach for a lunch packed with fresh fish. Bring your bathing suits in case you want to dive a tone of the Best beaches in the country! After lunch transfer to Évora. Free afternoon to visit Évora and its historical monuments. Dinner in one of Évora’s food temples.
Hotel – M’ar de Ar Aqueduto
Breakfast at the hotel. Start of our ride, from Évora to Monsaraz. As we leave the city and enter the farmland and vineyards that start at the edge of the city walls we’ll be slowly entering the calmness and serenity that this area offers us. The vines and olive groves dominate the scenery, and the rolling hills will take you all the way to the spectacular fortified village of Monsaraz, to where we’ll climb to admire the beauty of the Alqueva Lake from the hilltop. Lunch in Monsaraz. Short transfer to our hotel, Herdade do Barrocal, an Small Luxury Hotel, at the bottom of the hill. Wine tasting experience and dinner at Barrocal.
Hotel – Herdade São Lourenço do Barrocal
Breakfast at the hotel. Start of the ride and leaving the hotel we’ll ride the quiet roads that take us north to the Upper Alentejo. Initially we’ll ride similar rolling hills until we reach Redondo, from there we’ll have our first long climb to the top of Serra D’Ossa, a small mountain range that stands just before our destination, Estremoz. Being a fortified village it dominates the landscape from the top of a tall hill. We’ll climb to the top to enjoy the brilliant view and have lunch in Estremoz. After lunch, we’ll transfer to Flor da Rosa – Crato where another Small Luxury Hotel -Convent awaits us. Dinner in Crato.
Hotel – Pousada Flor da Rosa – Crato
Breakfast at the hotel. Start of the ride to the São Mamede mountain range and national park where 2 medieval villages take all the attentions, Marvão and Castelo de Vide. Starting from Crato we’ll ride along the flat roads and rolling hills of the region and start climbing as we approach the natural park. Here we’ll face the first climb that will get us to Aramenha and from there we ride down to Portagem and then face the longer climb to Marvão, a must see fortified village beautifully preserved and really unique. From the top, we roll down to Castelo de Vide to visit the city centre and castle area and to have lunch. After lunch, we’ll transfer to Unhais da Serra, at the edge of the tallest mountain range in continental Portugal, the Estrela mountain range – explore your hotel’s water treatments and pools to prepare for tomorrow’s big stretch. Dinner in Unhais da Serra.
Hotel – H2Otel and Medical Spa
Breakfast at the hotel. Start of most challenging ride of the tour! Today we’ll climb to Torre, sitting at 2000m (6561ft) it’s the highest point in Continental Portugal. Starting from Unhais da Serra we’ll climb all the way to Torre, this is a long climb of more than 20km long so we’ll pace ourselves. Once at the top and after admiring the views we’ll roll downhill along the spectacular glacier valley that we’ll take us to Manteigas, where we’ll stop at a local food temple for lunch. Afterwards, we’ll trnasfer you to Marialva, one of 12 historical villages od Portugal, where we’ll rest in one the most charming hotels in Portugal, Casas do Côro
Hotel – Casas do Côro
Breakfast at the hotel. Start of another amazing ride along this beautiful and still untouched region of Portugal, towards the national park of Faia Brava, by the Coa River. Ride on car-free roads up to the small town of Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo and then enjoy the amazing 13km descent from Escalhão to Barca D’Alva, on the frontier with Spain. Transfer back to Casas do Côro. If you feel you deserve a rest from yesterday’s tough climbs, take the time to Relax at the hotel and join our sunset boat ride in the late afternoon, lounging in an untouched beach by the Douro River. Dinner at Casas do Côro.
Hotel – Casas do Côro
Breakfast at the hotel. Start of the ride that connect the Douro International to the Douro Wine Country. We’ll leave Marialva and straight away start climbing to Mêda. From there we have a long downhill section before the next climb, a longer one with 6km. From there we’ll roll downhill to São João da Pesqueira and then again, a long 14km downhill section all the way to Pinhão where our hotel is located. Lunch followed by wine tasting at Quinta de la Rosa. Dinner in Folgosa do Douro.
Hotel – Vintage House Douro
Breakfast at the hotel. This is a glorious ride along the south and north banks of the Douro river. We’ll start by leaving Pinhão and climbing to Tabuaço a 12km climb. When we reach the top, we’ll be able to admire the magnificent views of the river as we go down to Adorigo. Arriving riverside, we’ll cross the river in Régua and make our way up to Galafura, another 12km up. Once at the top we’ll ride in north bank’s plateau until Guiães where we’ll start the glorious downhill section to Ferrão. Fully recovered we’ll climb the steep 2km section to Quinta Nova for a well-deserved lunch and wine tasting. After lunch and wine tasting, transfer to Porto, to The Yeatman Hotel, a Relaix and Chateau hotel located by the Douro riverside with the best view of the city of Porto.
Hotel – The Yeatman
Breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast, we’ll go on a relaxed loop ride alongside the margins of the Douro river, soaking in the beautiful architecture of the city – or IF you prefer, join a walking tour to get to know Porto’s A celebratory lunche will served at Vinum, overlooking the city of Porto. After lunch, we’ll transfer you to Lisbon, to end of your tour.