The Charming Pousadas in the North

Cycling (road) in Lisbon, Lisboa, Portugal

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ROAD BIKE TOUR
Guided or Self-Guided

«« The Charming Pousadas in the North »»

Tour Highlights
1. Accommodations in Historic Hotels in Castles,... Show more

ROAD BIKE TOUR
Guided or Self-Guided

«« The Charming Pousadas in the North »»

Tour Highlights
1. Accommodations in Historic Hotels in Castles, Palaces, Monasteries and Fortresses
2. Magnificent views over the rivers and luxuriant vegetation
3. Santa Luzia and the beautiful view over Viana
4. Churches and Manor houses everywhere
5. The rich gastronomy and the famous wine of the region: vinho verde
6. The religious city of Braga and its churches
7. Guimaraes – the birth of Portuguese nationality
8. Re-live history itself in each stone, each glance and each object
9. Peneda/Geres National Park and the amazing landscape
10. Feeling a different outstanding atmosphere in each Pousada.

Summary
This is a gorgeous Road Bike Tour (on which you can also use a Hybrid Bike) which takes you to several Manor Houses, Palaces and Monasteries; these magnificent places were once inhabited by the clergy or the Queens and Kings of Portugal and now are converted into exquisite lodgings, which we call POUSADAS. This Tour starts in Valença do Minho which is a historic village in Northern Portugal located near the Spanish border; the border line is the beautiful river Minho and the village is surrounded by walls. There is a fortress with two towers and double walls, several manor houses and small palaces and several churches too. Then we will ride to Viana do Castelo, a town founded in the 13th century and whose port was one of the main ports from which the Portuguese explorers set sail, due to the Discoveries in the 16th century. We will visit Braga, the oldest Portuguese city and one of the oldest Christian cities in the World. It was founded in the Roman times as Bracara Augusta and it has more than 2000 years of History as a city. We will cross the hills in Gerês and will stay in a 12th century Monastery converted into a charming hotel. Next stop will be in a Nature hotel located in the heart of Peneda/Gerês National Park with a breathtaking view over the river and the peaceful Caniçada dam. On our last day we will ride to Guimarães which is traditionally known as the birthplace of the Portuguese nation. You can visit the medieval historic centre, the castle and the palace nearby and feel the medieval atmosphere around you.

Technical Data
Type: Road Race Bike Tour
Class: HISTORIC TOUR
Version: Guided or Self-Guided
Region of Portugal: Minho (coast and inland)
Duration: 7 days / 6 nights / 5 days cycling
Begin: Valença (Minho)
End: Guimarães (Minho)
Difficulty level (1-5): 1 2 3 4 5 (Intermediate. You must be in good shape)
Distance: 192km (120mi)
Average: 38km/day (24mi/day)

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From
$2,060.00
(€2.000,00)
Duration
7 days

Location

Directions:

We provide transfers from and to Lisbon airport to the starting point of the PortugalBike tour, or from and to Faro airport, depending on the tour. Don’t worry! :)

City
Lisbon
State / Region
Lisboa
Zip / Postcode
Country
Portugal
38.7070186 -9.1362056

Itinerary

Programme
Day 1: Arrival – Welcome at Oporto airport. 1H00 drive to Valença followed by dinner. Lodging in a Pousada which is set on the highest place of the old fortified area of Valença, with a great view to Spanish border. *Day 2:*Cycling along the river borderline – 56km (35mi), level 3. Lodging in a Pousada set on the hill of Santa Luzia, overlooking the city and the beautiful estuary of the river Lima. *Day 3:*Towards Braga, the capital of Minho region – 54km (34mi), level 4. Lodging in a Pousada which is the result of the restoration of a late nineteenth-century palace and is the ideal base to discover the magnificent city of Braga. *Day 4:*The most typical views in Minho region – 26km (16mi), level 2. Lodging in a Pousada that is the result of the restoration of a former Cistercian Monastery. *Day 5:*Climbing the green luxuriant hills – 18km (11mi), level 2. Lodging in a nature Pousada with a unique location, right in the heart of Peneda/Gerês National Park. *Day 6:*Guimarães, the birthplace of Portugal – 38km (24mi), level 3. Lodging in a Pousada located in the medieval historical centre of Guimarães, traditionally known as the birthplace of the Portuguese nation. *Day 7:*Departure – Farewell at Oporto airport – 0H40 drive.

Dates and Prices for 2011:
May 29 – June 04:
Guided: Euro 2560 (Single Suppl. + € 340)
Self-Guided: Euro 2000 (Single Suppl. + € 340)
June 26 – July 02:
Guided: Euro 2560 (Single Suppl. + € 340)
Self-Guided: Euro 2000 (Single Suppl. + € 340)
July 24 – 30:
Guided: Euro 2640 (Single Suppl. + € 410)
Self-Guided: Euro 2080 (Single Suppl. + € 410)
August 21 – 27:
Guided: Euro 2640 (Single Suppl. + € 410)
Self-Guided: Euro 2080 (Single Suppl. + € 410)

=> Prices per person, double bedroom occupancy in Pousadas – luxury Historic Hotels.
=> If you want a different date, ask us about prices and availability.

Inclusions

The price includes: – 7-day Road Bike Tour with a Guide (*) – Road Bike rental with helmet – Transfers from and to Oporto Airport – Accommodations (6 nights in Pousadas – luxury Historic Hotels): 1 Castle, 1 Palace, 1 Monastery, 2 Historic buildings, 1 Typical building. Double bedroom occupancy – 6 Breakfasts – 5 nourishing and energetic picnics (*) – 6 Dinners (including our famous wines, our amazing cheeses and lovely desserts) (*) – Daily energy-bars and water (*) – Luggage transport from Pousada to Pousada – Documentation about PortugalBike Tour – Personal Accident Insurance – Liability Insurance – Techno-Mechanical Assistance – First-Aid assistance on location – Permanent Backup Vehicle (*)

    • Not included in Self-Guided Tours*

    Cancellation policy

    If cancelled up to 14 days before date of arrival, no fee will be charged. If cancelled later or in case of no-show, the entire activity price may be charged.

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