Portugal bicycle tour with Pousada deluxe hotel stays
Portugal bicycle tour with Pousada deluxe hotel stays
Portugal bicycle tour with Pousada deluxe hotel stays
Portugal bicycle tour with Pousada deluxe hotel stays
Portugal bicycle tour with Pousada deluxe hotel stays
Portugal bicycle tour with Pousada deluxe hotel stays
Portugal bicycle tour with Pousada deluxe hotel stays
Portugal bicycle tour with Pousada deluxe hotel stays
Portugal bicycle tour with Pousada deluxe hotel stays
Portugal bicycle tour with Pousada deluxe hotel stays

Portugal – Deluxe Pousadas and Wine Bicycle Tour

from €1,371

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, ... Read More

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  • Difficulty
    Fit: 3/5
  • Tour Type
    Self Guided Hybrid Cycling Level 3
  • Availability
    January to June and September to December
  • Duration
    5 Nights / 6 Days
  • Distance
    48km/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. We will do an orientation upon arrival and a simple wine tasting and get you outfitted on bikes and cover the days ahead! Dinner included tonight! (D)

Convent of Sao Paulo


near Redondo

Convent of Sao Paulo

Keen 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.

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 ';
Portugal bicycle tour with Pousada deluxe hotel stays

Portugal bicycle tour with Pousada deluxe hotel stays

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Day 2 l Bike to Estremoz (55 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. 55km Lodging in a historical Hotel: Pousada Castelo de Estremoz. Dinner on your own tonight. (B)

Pousada of Estremoz, Rainha Santa Isabel


Estremoz

Pousada of Estremoz, Rainha Santa Isabel

The 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.

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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Portugal bicycle tour with Pousada deluxe hotel stays

Portugal bicycle tour with Pousada deluxe hotel stays

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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. 26km or 66km Lodging in a historical Hotel: Pousada Convento Villa Vicosa; dinner on your own. (B)

Pousada D. João V


Vila Vicosa

Pousada D. João V

The 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.

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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Portugal bicycle tour with Pousada deluxe hotel stays

Portugal bicycle tour with Pousada deluxe hotel stays

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Day 4 l Bike from Vila Viçosa to Monsaraz (55km, +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. Dinner Included Tonight! Lodging at a 4* Hotel: S. Lourenco Barrocal; (B, D).

Hotel Horta da Moura


Monsaraz

Hotel Horta da Moura

Horta 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.

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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Portugal bicycle tour with Pousada deluxe hotel stays

Portugal bicycle tour with Pousada deluxe hotel stays

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Day 5 l Bike from Monsaraz to Évora (69 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.- 69km Lodging in a historical Hotel: Pousada Convento de Evora. (B)

Pousada dos Lóios


Evora

Pousada dos Lóios

Staying 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.

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

Relax this morning over a well-deserved and long breakfast. Transfer to Lisbon included 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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Portugal bicycle tour with Pousada deluxe hotel stays

Portugal bicycle tour with Pousada deluxe hotel stays

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The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.

- 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
 
***** Please see Itinerary tab for images, details. *****
Prices
Portugal Pousadas - 5 nights / Rates from November to 31 March
Double Occupancy 2 persons:
1371 €/person
Double Occupancy 4 persons:
1302 €/person
Double Occupancy 6 persons:
1234 €/person
Single Supplement:
517 €/person
Portugal Pousadas - 5 nights / Rates for April - June, Oct, Exc Easter
Double Occupancy 2 persons:
1409 €/person
Double Occupancy 4 persons:
1338 €/person
Double Occupancy 6 persons:
1268 €/person
Single Supplement:
601 €/person
Portugal Pousadas - 5 nights / Rates for July - September, Easter
Double Occupancy 2 persons:
1455 €/person
Double Occupancy 4 persons:
1382 €/person
Double Occupancy 6 persons:
1309 €/person
Single Supplement:
610€/person


Hybrid, Road Bike, E-bike Rentals are are available for a supplement of 104, 156, and 166 euros, please see the Bike information below for details.

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

    Filipe Gomes (guide) Hello, there! As we say in our country, Olá! My name is Filipe, but I don’t mind to be called Philip. I was born 40 years ago after the carnation revolution in Portugal, making me a product of the democratic Portugal. I’m a language graduate and I used to work as a teacher in the Portuguese schooling system. I used to work as a nature guide in my free time off school until I decided to change permanently to become a guide in full time. I’ve always been an outdoor enthusiast and because of that I feel that my experience can help you to get to know the best spots in Portugal. I’m sure you will be delighted and will want to come back soon!

    António Gavinho Although I started to get a degree as a Chemical Engineer and worked in management for almost 20 years, my great passion have always been cycling, hiking and exploring great places! That’s what I do now and that’s why I’m so happy with my life and enjoying receiving people in Portugal and help them to discover the hidden treasures of Portugal! We are always looking for the perfect ride. We want to show the most beautiful places of Portugal, but especially and with our knowledge and expertise, we want to show the parts of Portugal off the beaten track! Then we look to every detail to give our clients the best experience ever – accommodations chosen by their genuine character, service and charm. Good and well-maintained bikes. The best and the most genuine places to eat! Come to Portugal, we are ready to receive you!

    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:  104 Euros. Road bike rental rate: 156 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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