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Portugal – Deluxe Pousadas and Wine Bicycle Tour
From Lisbon venture into the royal history of Portugal with visits and stays in castles, palaces, monasteries and convents; these magnificent places were once inhabited by the clergy or the Queens and Kings of Portugal and now are converted into exquisite historical lodging known as Pousadas. In addition the wine, the region is gastronomical experience of sorts with cheese specialities to pair with your wine and many culinary delights, specifically Portuguese! Discover ancient megalithic sites, find traditional hand craft arts like tiles, pottery shops and hand-stitched tapestries. Discover vineyards, rows of gnarled cork trees and medieval villages perched on hilltops. We include a few grand meals, but you can go out some nights too and find exquisite local meats and cheeses, and the best Portuguese wines. While cycling each day you can enjoy the gorgeous scenery and stop to learn about the wine production locally; later taste some of the best wine in the world! You finish in a big way at Evora, a wonderful walled town with many Roman vestiges, medieval churches and buildings, fountains, the aqueduct, charming streets, classified as World Heritage site by UNESCO.
+ Itinerary

Day 1 | Arrival Day

Day 1 | Arrival Day

Transfer from the airport to Convent S.Paulo close to the village of Redondo in the countryside not far from Spain. (travel time 2:00h) Your lodging is in a beautiful Convent on the Hills –São Paulo. Secluded in the quietness and isolation of the western slopes of the Serra d’Ossa mountain, the Monastery of São Paulo was built in 1182 by hermit monks seeking the ideal place to live and pray in peace and quiet. Lodging in a historical Hotel: Convento São Paulo. Dinner included tonight. We will do an orientation upon arrival and get you outfitted on bikes and cover the days ahead!

Convent of Sao Paulo

near Redondo

Convent of Sao PauloKeen to appreciate its uniqueness, the Convento de Sao Paulo invest in a new form of status in relation to his location. Housed in a 600 hectare estate, our first bet is on the rural surrounds. Already with a wide range of programs of agricultural activities, as well as two walking or mountain biking trails, the Hotel is now preparing a series of new products that allow our guests a rural experience. Secluded in the quietness and isolation of the western slopes of the Serra d'Ossa mountain, the Monastery of Sao Paulo was built in 1182 by hermit monks seeking the ideal place to live and pray in peace and quiet. In the heart of the Alentejo province, halfway between the town of Estremoz and the village of Redondo, it is now a comfortable and refined Hotel. Several historical accounts confirm that the convent has lodged, over the centuries, some prominent figures of Portugal's history like King D. Sebastiao, King D. Joao IV and D. Catarina de Braganca who, in 1661, married the English King Charles II. The library of the Convent still holds a canvas depicting King D. Sebastiao's stay at the convent, in 1577, on his way to Northern Africa where he died in the battle of Alcacer Quibir. These and other tales and stories are just some of several different reasons that make the Hotel Convento de S. Paulo a marvellous and exciting place to stay.

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Swimming Pool Air Conditioning Open Parking Non-Smoking Rooms Handicap Accessible Seminar Room Tennis Internet Access Cable TV Hair Dryer Mini-Bar Hotel Lounge/Bar Safe in Room Room Service Restaurant

Day 2 l Bike to Estremoz (44 km, +700 m, road)

Day 2 l Bike to Estremoz (44 km, +700 m, road)

Start the trip coming down from the hills of“Serra da Ossa”. Pass by the village of Redondo where you can visit a pottery workshop or the wine museum “Enoteca”, and try some of the best Alentejo Wine. Continue rolling through the natural landscape and pass some villages with the typical Alentejo white-washed homes outlined in blue and ochre trim. At arrival to Estremoz we recommend that you visit the famous winery with excellent wines and a rich gastronomy; info included in your documentation. Lodging in a castle converted into a Historical Hotel from where you can admire a superb view over the city of Estremoz and the vast Alentejo plain. Lodging in a historical Hotel: Pousada Rainha Santa Isabel. Dinner on your own tonight. (B)

Pousada of Estremoz, Rainha Santa Isabel

Estremoz

Pousada of Estremoz, Rainha Santa IsabelThe Pousada of Estremoz is situated in a privileged place, as is the Castle Estremoz. It is an authentic museum which has a range of antic furniture, wall tapestries, iron decorative pieces and porcelain from other times. D. Dinis ordered the construction of this building for his wife the queen Santa Isabel, which has given its name to the Pousada. Placed in the old city, this was the stage of battles, love and treason. This luxury hotel in Estremoz offers from its gardens and pool, a magnificent panoramic view of Estremoz and the Alentejo plain. The Pousada's 29 rooms are spacious and worthy of royalty with beautiful canopy beds which invite you to stay for a relaxing night.

Pousada of Estremoz, Rainha Santa IsabelPousada of Estremoz, Rainha Santa IsabelPousada of Estremoz, Rainha Santa Isabel

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Swimming Pool Air Conditioning Open Parking Non-Smoking Rooms Handicap Accessible Seminar Room Internet Access Cable TV Hair Dryer Mini-Bar Hotel Lounge/Bar Room Service Restaurant

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Day 3 l Bike from Estremoz to Vila Viçosa (26 km, +300 m) or (66 km, +700 m)

Day 3 l Bike from Estremoz to Vila Viçosa (26 km, +300 m) or (66 km, +700 m)

After breakfast at your leisure, you will have time to make it a relaxing day of riding and visiting. Leave the historical Estremoz and ride to another historical place –Vila Viçosa, the capital of marble in Portugal. Here you can visit the Ducal Palace. Built in the 16th and 17th centuries on the remains of Moorish, possibly even Roman buildings, the palace for centuries hosted a brilliant court and was a hub of intellectual life. In 1640 Joao IV was the first of the Dukes of Bragança to ascend the Portuguese throne. Although Lisbon then became the seat of the monarchy Joao IV and his successors continued making frequent visits to Vila Viçosa. Lodging in a historical Hotel: Pousada D.João IV; dinner on your own. (B)

Pousada D. João V

Vila Vicosa

Pousada D. João VThe Pousada de Vila Viçosa, opened in 1996, is installed in the historical centre of this Alentejo city. The Pousada is found in the old Convento Real das Chagas de Cristo (The Royal Convent of Stigmas of Christ) ordered built by D. Jaime, the forth Duke of Bragança in the sixteenth century. D. Jaime ordered the building of this religious house to serve as Pantheon for the Ladies of the House and to welcome his daughters from his second marriage who could not decently marry.

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Swimming Pool Air Conditioning Non-Smoking Rooms Seminar Room Internet Access Cable TV Hair Dryer Mini-Bar Safe in Room Restaurant

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Day 4 l Bike from Vila Viçosa to Monsaraz (66 km, +600 m)

Day 4 l Bike from Vila Viçosa to Monsaraz (66 km, +600 m)

Leave Vila Viçosa riding on an old road and passing through a cork forest. At the village of Alandroal, you can contemplate the town’s medieval castle while enjoying a delicious coffee and pastry in the main square. Continue riding through quiet and tranquil roads, crossing small villages and passing close to “Alqueva” lake. In the region are Iron Age dolmens and menhirs - ancient stone constructions - which were the sites of fertility rites. You can visit The Menhir of Outeiro, 3km north of Monsaraz, and one of the tallest ever discovered (5.6m/18ft). Monsaraz is a tiny fairytale walled village that maintains a delightful medieval atmosphere. It was originally fortified by the Knights Templar, and today its 150 or so permanent residents live in ancient white houses with outdoor staircases and wrought-iron balconies. Lodging at a 4* Hotel: Horta da Moura; dinner included tonight. (B,D).

Hotel Horta da Moura

Monsaraz

Hotel Horta da MouraHorta da Moura emerges over the banks of the river Alqueva, with the imposing walls of the medieval village of Monsaraz lurking in a spectacular landscape and environmental framework. A rural hotel of excellence; it is a place full of history.

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Swimming Pool Air Conditioning Open Parking Pets Allowed Non-Smoking Rooms Handicap Accessible Internet Access Cable TV Hair Dryer Mini-Bar Hotel Lounge/Bar Safe in Room Room Service Restaurant

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Day 5 l Bike from Monsaraz to Évora (40 km, +800 m)

Day 5 l Bike from Monsaraz to Évora (40 km, +800 m)

A beautiful day riding rolling hills of gold and green, dotted with cork trees, olive groves, and flocks of sheep. Pass by typical Alentejo villages of white-washed homes outlined in blue and yellow trim. Ride nice roads viewing cork trees and pristine vineyards, through pastoral countryside dotted by abandoned castles, to the village of Nossa Senhora de Machede. End of day in Évora which is classified in UNESCO’s International Heritage list. Here you can find evidence of 2000 years of history and there are many interesting points to visit in Évora. This town is considered one of the most beautiful cities in Portugal since ancient times and is also rich in top quality restaurants and gastronomical delights. Lodging in a historical Hotel: Pousada dos Lóios. (B)

Pousada dos Lóios

Evora

Pousada dos LóiosStaying the night at the Pousada de Évora, the Loios Convent, means visiting a long distant passed having the privilege of reliving the history of every stone, every object including the simple and rudimental cubicles of the old Canon Regulars’ dormitories, which today have been converted into bedrooms with affable decoration. The walls of the city of Évora which have been classified as a Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO hide in their interiors one of most beautiful Pousadas of Portugal. This luxurious hotel in Évora is found in the historical center of the city, between the Gothic Cathedral of Évora and the Temple of Diana. Here you will find that the history, the finesse and the luxury are the vectors that gave rise to this majestic hotel.

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Swimming Pool Air Conditioning Open Parking Non-Smoking Rooms Internet Access Cable TV Hair Dryer Mini-Bar Safe in Room Restaurant

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Day 6 l Departure Day

Day 6 l Departure Day

Relax this morning over a well-deserved and long breakfast. Transfer to Lisbon at your preference time. (1:15h drive to Lisbon). If time allows, we will pass by a local artisan well known for their authentic Portuguese crafts.

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Prices

Portugal Pousadas - 5 nights / Rates from November to 26 March

Double Occupancy 2 persons:

1269 €/person

Double Occupancy 4 persons:

1206 €/person

Double Occupancy 6 persons:

1142 €/person

Single Supplement:

377 €/person

Portugal Pousadas - 5 nights / Rates for 27 March-26 June, Oct, Exc Easter

Double Occupancy 2 persons:

1314 €/person

Double Occupancy 4 persons:

1248 €/person

Double Occupancy 6 persons:

1183 €/person

Single Supplement:

419 €/person

Portugal Pousadas - 5 nights / Rates for 27 June-28 Sept, Easter

Double Occupancy 2 persons:

1393 €/person

Double Occupancy 4 persons:

1323 €/person

Double Occupancy 6 persons:

1254 €/person

Single Supplement:

519 €/person



*Electronic payments save on tour prices!

Hybrid, Road Bike, E-bike Rentals are are available for a supplement of 85, 125, and 166 euros, please see the Bike information below for details.


+ What's Included?

- 5 nights in deluxe Pousadas - historical palaces and/or monasteries and convents
- Breakfast daily
- Dinner nights 1 and 4 (no drinks incl)
- Luggage transfers from hotel to hotel
- Local Lisbon based emergency support by phone
- Cell phone (for local calls only)
- Personalized Lisbon transfer by vehicle to first hotel
- Personalized departure transfer from Evora to Lisbon
- GPS Garmin for navigation (1 per 2 travelers)
- Orientation on Day 1 at wine museum with gift bottle of wine, or cafe with pastry
- Wine tasting on D2 at Joao Portugal Ramos Winery (3 wines 1 cheese)
- Riding routes with maps and cue sheets
- Suggestions for visitation and dining
- All trip planning and onward travel services
- Pre trip documents including GPX files for personal device if requested
- Customer incentives & post trip offers


Lodging

Accommodations: Stay in different Pousadas all nights but 1; 1 night in 4 star hotel in Monsaraz. All lodging included is deluxe category, room category upgrades possible. Copious breakfast available and included each morning before riding; and 2 dinners included at Convento de Sao Paulo and Horta da Moura; other nights open but dining in possible. Each property offers history and full amenities.
- Convento de São Paulo
- Pousada Rainha Santa Isabel
-Pousada D. João V
Horta da Moura****
- Pousada dos Lóios
 
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+ Tour Highlights

Tour Details

Tour Highlights:

- Accommodations in Historic Hotels, Castles, Palaces, Monasteries and Convents
- Wine country - lots of local producers where tasting is often available
- Evora - a World Heritage town classified by UNESCO

Need to Know:

- This trip is really a wine theme trip and coupled with the historically important pousadas lodgings, this is a more deluxe experience into the history of Portugal.
- Arrival transfer included with 2 hour drive to start point; an extra night before in Lisbon is recommended

Duration
6 days & 5 nights

Dates:
March through June and September through November; Summer months of July and August can be extremely hot. Also possible during winter.
Any date subject to hotel availability 2 person minimum.

Level 3+
Fit rating, Average 48-60km/day riding with some climbing, options on some days.

Other Highlights

Fields of cork trees, olive trees and vineyards
The biggest lake of Europe - Alqueva
Visit to a winery and wine tasting
Arraiolos - famous for its rugs
Amazing white marble quarries
Re-live history itself in each stone, each glance and each object

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    Local Coordinator

    Antonio is our on site expert, he lives in Lisbon and cycle all over the country! Antonio will meet you for orientation on arrival day as well as provide emergency support throughout your trip.  

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    Bikes Available on This Tour:

    Focus brand hybrids or road bikes:

    For more information and details on this bike, see these links:

    Focus Hybrid - male frame and female/mixte

    Focus Road Bike

    Hybrid Bike rental rate:  85 Euros. Road bike rental rate: 125 Euros or E-bikes at 166 Euros.

    Included are:

  • Helmets, (one size fits all).
  • Cell Phone for local calling
  • GPS navigation (1 per couple or group)
  • Handlebar bag with map reader
  • 1 bottle cage/hybrid bike and 2 bottle cages/road bike with bottles (2 per person)
  • Puncture kit: Tire levers, spare inner tube, patch kit included
  • Lock included
  • Frame pump and floor pump included
  • Note: Hybrid bikes can also be equipped with a cantilevered rear rack and top mount bag as shown. This must be requested in advance, no supplement if requested.

    This trip is on 100% paved surface and can be done on any bike.

    Pedals: flat pedal provided, or SPD road if requested. Travelers may bring their own clipless pedals to install.

     
     
     
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    Portugal – Deluxe Pousadas and Wine Bicycle Tour

    Tour Type: Self Guided Hybrid Cycling Level 3
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    Distance: 48km/day
    Duration: 5 Nights / 6 Days
    Availability: January to June and September to December
    Cost: Starting at €1269





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