Portugal - Vineyards of the Douro Valley - Guided Road Cycling Holiday
- Travelling along the Douro through the immense vineyards on the terraced slopes
- Staying in the charismatic lodgings of the wine farms, where we visit the Port wine cellars with their port and wine tasting on offer
- Riding on the N222, once considered the most beautiful road in the world
- The historic fortified village of Almeida
- Tackling the challenging climb to Torre, the highest point of Portugal
- The final hotel at Unhais da Serra, the unexpected oasis at the end of the ride
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|1||Arrival: Porto Airport||Non Riding Day|
|2||Cidadelhe to Lamego||44 Miles / 70 Kms Approx.||1,450 Metres Approx.||B L|
|3||Lamego to Folgosa||47 Miles / 76 Kms Approx.||1,550 Metres Approx.||B L|
|4||Folgosa to Almeida||79 Miles / 127 Kms Approx.||2,200 Metres Approx.||B L|
|5||Almeida to Cro||52 Miles / 84 Kms Approx.||1,000 Metres Approx.||B L|
|6||Cro to Penhas Douradas||51 Miles / 81 Kms Approx.||1,650 Metres Approx.||B L|
|7||Penhas Douradas to Unhais da Serra||34 Miles / 55 Kms Approx.||1,150 Metres Approx.||B L|
|8||Departure: Lisbon Airport||Non Riding Day||B|
Meals: B = Breakfast L = Lunch D = Dinner | Please keep in mind the distances and ascent information provided are intended to be indicative and may vary from the actuals due to accommodation changes or when compared on different GPS devices and software
For more information download our trip notes
For more information download our trip notes
A fabulous holiday...
We had a fabulous time, thanks to our wonderful team of guides and support. Antonio is probably the MOST organised and detailed guide I have ever encountered. And every rider in our group were wonderful people. No arguments, no ego, all just want to have a great experience. I am already looking at trips for next year!
Sungwon, New York, USA
Thank you for a fantastic trip!...
Every day of the trip was fantastic, with the long day to Almeida a personal favourite and another highlight the climb and descent of Estrella! I would recommend this holiday to anyone, due to the rides, the support, the team and Portugal as a whole. Thank you again for a fantastic trip!
You have received a lot of very positive feedback on Antonio and we can only heartily endorse this- friendly, very organised, enthusiastic and humorous!! Antonio’s family were absolutely superb and contributed to a fantastically fed and supported tour. Thank you Tiago for the guiding on the road and to the recent history of Portugal, Rui for van support, laundry and more, Berta and Martha for awesome lunches. The best crew!
Richard, Queenstown, New Zealand
We love Skedaddle holidays...
This trip to Portugal was excellent. Overall the accommodation was of a very high standard and that really added to the enjoyment of the holiday. It was lovely to have so many hotels that had character and fantastic staff who provided excellent service. This is one of the factors why we love Skedaddle holidays.
The days were all so different. I thought the routes provided a good variety of rides and made it very interesting. It was good to see different areas of Portugal. I really found it helpful and reassuring that we were provided with Garmin devices with the route to follow. Every evening we were given a helpful briefing on the following days ride and throughout each day Antonio talked us through the ride with exact distance to junctions and stops. I found this so helpful and reassuring, please say thank you to Antonio for being an excellent leader. The other guides were very supportive and kind – always patient and helpful. Tiago was a very important part of the team and was very knowledgeable about the trip. He worked really well with the others and treated everyone equally.
Sheena, Aberdeen, UK
One of the prettiest climbs I've ever done...
Excellent lunches and service from Skedaddle. Great communication from the office and nice offer of pick up in Porto from our apartment ahead of the ride. The climb on day 5 to Penhas Douradas was exceptional – among the prettiest and nicest climbs I have done. I’ve already booked another holiday with Skedaddle as usual!
David, Calgary, Canada
Worth the money!
On arrival, our tour leader gave us a very detailed dossier on the ride, the history of the area, the terrain of the region and maps of each days ride. It is the best set of information that I have been given and a wonderful memento to keep of the trip. The hotels were so good and it was worth the money paid – the best that we have had on any bike tour that we have taken. The coffee stops were good especially considering how remote some of areas that we went to. Lunches were ready on arrival and were excellent with lots of choice. I enjoyed every day equally. Our tour leader was an excellent guide and very painstaking in trying to ensure that a good time was had by all. Even though I was the slowest rider I was not made to feel under any pressure and issuing gamins to those without ensured that I could find my way without holding up the fast members of the group. Our other guide was very friendly and helpful and and would have been around if I had needed his help during the day. He worked hard to collect and deliver our bags often leaving them in our rooms for our arrival.
Day 5 was my favourite but every day was really good. Overall it’s an excellent route. The service provided by the tour leader was exceptional.
Simon, Herefordshire, UK
The best-organised tour I've done.
This was probably the best-organised tour I’ve done. Our tour leader’s tour dossier was outstanding; and everyone agreed that having GPSs really made things less stressful and more fun. My favourite day was probably the second day of riding, from Lamego to Folgosa—fun descents. Lunches were great, and the level of the hotels was high!
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