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Portugal - Vineyards of the Douro Valley - Guided Road Cycling Holiday

Holiday Highlights

  • 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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Day Description Distance Ascent Meals
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

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Holiday Information

The Douro region is intrinsically linked to its wines. All these wines come from the terraces that surround the River Douro and its tributaries, where walls made of schist support the vineyards full of white and red grapes. As such, the landscape is not only moulded and sculpted to the production of wine but also the pace of life of the Douro. If the winter is marked by the calm and quietness, which seems to be reflected in the bare vines, the transition from the summer to the autumn brings the bustle of the harvest with a fall and rise of baskets and pruning shears, on the slopes populated by workers. The slopes, the vast rows of vines and the Douro River, are all part of this unique landscape. These slopes are accompanied by a network of secondary roads linking tiny villages on both sides of the river and these are the roads our tour takes on during our journey upstream with lots of ups and downs along the way. You will enjoy finding your rhythm on some long, but generally forgiving climbs.
The middle part of our tour is run on a plateau between the Douro Valley and the mountains where we have the opportunity to visit some of the most charismatic historic villages in Europe.
Finally we reach the Serra da Estrela Natural Park with its highest point in Torre. Serra da Estrela is an area of rare landscape beauty, with striking mountain drops where an 18km long climb will take us to the top at 2,000m..
There is no doubt that this is a challenging tour but it is one which is filled with fantastic rewards; such as our outstanding hotels, where you can relax and reflect at the end of the ride and sample the very best of the Portuguese genuine gastronomy.

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Last Updated: 24/05/2016