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Alentejo

Cycle the slower pace of life

Cycle the slower pace of life in Alentejo.

Known as the country’s culinary and cultural capital, Alentejo offers some of Portugal’s finest food and wine as well as being home to two UNESCO World Heritage sites.

You’ll cycle past Roman ruins, marble quarries and endless rows of cork trees, all while winding along down the banks of the Tagus river.

Journey through sleepy, artisan villages and sample local delicacies such as presunto ham and Cartaxo wines, the perfect way to treat yourself after a day’s cycling.

The vast, unspoiled countryside and quiet routes make for peaceful pedalling and a relaxing holiday you’ll never forget.

Tour Highlights

  • Luxury accommodation
  • Excellent cuisine
  • Fine Portuguese wines
  • Lusitano horse stud
  • Handmade tapestries of Arraiolos
  • Vineyards, cork and olive fields
  • Medieval village of Monsaraz
  • UNESCO World Heritage City – Évora

Price

Starting at:

$4,750pp Single Supplement: $650

Good to Know

  • Duration:
    • 8 Days / 7 nights (6 days cycling)
  • Start and End:
    • Lisbon / Montemor o Novo
  • Rider Level:
    • Moderate with Energetic options
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Average Weather

APR 2016, OCT 2016

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Schedule

APR 2016, OCT 2016

Current Tour:

Oct

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Itinerary

Day 1

  • Travel:
    • Arrive in Lisbon
  • Food & Drink:
    • Dinner
  • Accommodation:
    • Porto Bay Liberdade

Day 1 | Arrival in Lisbon.

We will all meet at the Porto Bay Liberdade hotel in Lisbon, which will be our accommodation for the first night. At approximately 4pm we will hold a brief introductory get together over refreshments, during which you will have the chance to meet your fellow riders and guides and ask any questions. Before dinner we will meet our city guide who will take us on a 2-3 hour walking tour of one of Europe’s most fascinating and historic cities. Then it’s back to the hotel for dinner and a good night’s sleep.

Day 2

  • Travel:
    • Lisbon to Avis
  • Food & Drink:
    • Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
  • Accommodation:
    • Herdade da Cortesia
  • Destinations:
    • Lisbon
    • Mora
    • Pavia
    • Maranhão
    • Avis
  • Distance:
    • 22 miles (36km)

Day 2 | Lisbon to Avis.

Following breakfast we will drive for about 90 minutes to meet our bikes at Mora and head off east at a leisurely pace into the countryside through woodland, much of which is made up by a celebrated forest of pine trees known locally as the “pinhal”, part of the national forest of Portugal. We will travel through the village of Pavia and stop briefly to look at the Dolmen Chapel, built in the 4th century BC from a huge single rock and turned into a chapel in the 1600s.

After this we’ll head north to Maranhão, cross the river and follow the direction of the river and lakes towards our hotel for the night. We will be staying at the Herdade da Cortesia, a beautiful piece of modern architecture on the edge of a lake. Here you can relax by the outdoor pool, stroll by the lake, or if you’re still feeling energetic take in a spot of water-skiing or rowing, or maybe catch a glimpse of the international rowing crews that regularly train on the lake. In the evening we’ll enjoy dinner on the outdoor terrace and watch the sun set over the lake.

Day 3

  • Travel:
    • Avis to Crato
  • Food & Drink:
    • Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
  • Accommodation:
    • Pousada do Crato
  • Destinations:
    • Avis
    • Alter do Chão
    • Crato
  • Distance:
    • Before lunch: 20.5 miles (33km)
    • Post lunch: 8.5 miles (14km)

Day 3 | Avis to Crato.

After a relaxed breakfast on the terrace we will leave the hotel by bike and head north towards the 16th century village of Avis. Leaving Avis we’ll turn east, cross the River Grande and then head north to Alter do Chão where we will stop to visit the Coudelaria de Alter do Chão, a stud farm occupying eight hundred hectares of wonderful countryside and dedicated to the nobility of the Lusitanian horse, one of the most famous breeds in the world. After a tour of the stables and the museum we’ll have a picnic lunch and those who wish will be able to leave their bikes and be transported to our hotel for the night, the magnificent Pousada do Crato a former 14th century monastery.

For those that want that extra little bit of exercise there’s the alternative of getting back in the saddle for a 8.5 mile (14km) ride to the hotel with a few slightly more challenging climbs on the way. This evening we will dine in the hotel.

Day 4

  • Travel:
    • Crato to Vila Viçosa
  • Food & Drink:
    • Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
  • Accommodation:
    • Alentejo Marmoris Hotel
  • Destinations:
    • Crato
    • Monforte
    • Vila Viçosa
  • Distance:
    • 25 miles (40km)

Day 4 | Crato to Vila Viçosa.

Today we’ll be heading south towards the marble town of Vila Viçosa. We will start after breakfast with a 45 minute drive to meet our bikes at Monforte. We will then ride through rolling countryside past cork and olive fields, across rivers and then up past the strange white towering heaps of marble and into Vila Viçosa, where we will stay at the wonderful Alentejo Marmoris Hotel. Here you’ll have the opportunity to take a swim in the indoor/outdoor pool or enjoy a treatment in the fabulous spa. There is also a selection of historical attractions and a marble museum to visit in the town. In the evening we will dine in the hotel, around the pool, and sample some of the best modern cuisine available in Portugal using only local and unusual ingredients.

Day 5

  • Travel:
    • Vila Viçosa to Pedrógão
  • Food & Drink:
    • Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
  • Accommodation:
    • Herdade do Sobroso
  • Destinations:
    • Vila Viçosa
    • Alandroal
    • Monsaraz
    • Pedrógão
  • Distance:
    • Morning ride: 26 miles (42km)
    • Ride to Monsaraz: 0.6 miles (1km)

Day 5 | Vila Viçosa to Pedrógão.

After breakfast at the hotel we’ll drive 15 minutes out of Vila Viçosa to meet our bikes at Alandroal. Here we will head south for one of our longer rides to the beautiful fortified hilltop village of Monsaraz. On this ride we’ll come our closest to the Spanish border (less than 3 miles (5km)) before veering away towards Monsaraz. This ancient settlement has changed hands several times over the centuries between the Arabs, the Romans and the Portuguese. It occupies a prominent position overlooking lakes and plains with stunning vistas in all directions. Our route heads into the base of the hill where our transport will be waiting to take us up to the village.

For those that want the exhilaration of riding right into the village, the road winds its way right up to the top of the hill involving an energetic climb in the final mile.
Once up in the village we will take cold refreshments before having time to look around the castle, visit the craft shops and have lunch. After this our transport will be waiting to take us to our hotel for the night, the Herdade do Sobroso wine estate approximately a 60 minute drive southeast from Monsaraz. The estate covers over 120 acres of vineyards in perfect isolation. It’s a great place to unwind, taste the locally produced wine and dine on traditional regional dishes.

Day 6

  • Travel:
    • Pedrógão to Évora
  • Food & Drink:
    • Breakfast / Lunch
  • Accommodation:
    • M’Ar De Ar Aqueduto Hotel
  • Destinations:
    • Pedrógão
    • Portel
    • Évora
  • Distance:
    • 24 miles (39km)

Day 6 | Pedrógão to Évora.

We will leave the tranquil wine estate after breakfast and take a 25 minute drive to meet our bikes in the small village of Portel. From there we will head east and then north towards the UNESCO World Heritage City of Évora, riding through gently rolling countryside noted for producing high quality wines. For those who would prefer a longer route to Évora there will be an option to ride along the cobbled streets and right into the hotel, but usually we find that people want to get into town to explore the Roman monuments, the churches and the aqueduct.

Our hotel for the night will be the splendid M’Ar De Ar Aqueduto Hotel, where there are spa facilities available and a beautiful outdoor pool and terrace. This will be your free night – your chance to explore and do your own thing. We will provide you with some dining recommendations in town, or you can choose to dine in the excellent hotel restaurant.

Day 7

  • Travel:
    • Évora to Montemor o Novo
  • Food & Drink:
    • Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
  • Accommodation:
    • L’AND Vineyards Resort
  • Destinations:
    • Évora
    • Arraiolos
    • Montemor o Novo
  • Distance:
    • 29 miles (47km)

Day 7 | Évora to Montemor o Novo.

After breakfast we’ll start our final day of riding, heading north for 12.5 miles (20km) to the hilltop town of Arraiolos. Here we will stop for refreshments and take in the architecture and history of this town, which for centuries has produced magnificent woven and embroidered rugs and tapestries. At Arraiolos you will have the opportunity to browse some more, leave your bike and be driven to our final hotel.

Our destination is the wonderful L’And Vineyards Resort at Montemor o Novo. A modern architectural gem designed by a world renowned architect, L’And is set in its own vineyards and offers spa treatments and an exquisite Michelin starred restaurant. Here we will enjoy our last dinner together and reminisce about our adventures.

For those wanting a final few miles there will be the option to ride a further 17 (27km) through the bustling little town and right into the resort.

Day 8

  • Travel:
    • Depart Montemor o Novo
  • Food & Drink:
    • Breakfast

Day 8 | Depart for Home.

After a leisurely breakfast we say our farewells and head our separate ways. For those needing assistance with transfers back into Lisbon we’ll be happy to help.

Hotels

Photograph of the Porto Bay Liberdade entrance

Porto Bay Liberdade

Situated in Rua Rosa Araújo, Porto Bay Liberdade is just 30 metres from Avenida da Liberdade, the most luxurious avenue in Portugal and right in the city centre. Built by Architect Frederico Valsassina, the hotel still features the historic façade of the palaces of Lisbon from the turn of the 20th Century.

  • Day 1
Photograph of the Herdade de Cortesia hotel

Herdade da Cortesia

Situated near Maranhão Lake, Herdade de Cortesia is spectacularly designed, paying homage to the nature that surrounds it. Relax by the outdoor pool, stroll by the lake, or take in a spot of water-skiing or rowing. You might even catch a glimpse of the international rowing crews that regularly train there.

  • Day 2
Photograph of the Pousada do Crato rooftop terrace

Pousada do Crato

Experience Portugal’s medieval heritage at Pousada Mosteiro do Crato. In this castellated monastery, the classic and the contemporary merge into a remarkable work carefully crafted by Portuguese architect, Carillho da Graça.

  • Day 3
Photograph of the Alentejo Marmoris Hotel & Spa entrance

Alentejo Marmòris Hotel & Spa

Situated in the heart of the Alentejo region, the Marmòris Hotel & Spa is one of the most luxurious new hotels of Portugal. Owned by a family that for generations has worked in the marble industry, the hotel is a museum dedicated to the trade and a symbol of the local history.

  • Day 4
Photograph of the Herdade do Sobroso hotel pool area

Herdade do Sobroso

A rich land in a harmonious landscape, Herdade do Sobroso is bordered by the Serra de Mendro to the north, by the River Guadiana to the east and to the south by a vast plain that extends until the eye can see.

  • Day 5
Photograph of the M’Ar De Ar Aqueduto Hotel pool area

M`AR De AR Aqueduto Hotel

M`AR De AR Aqueduto is the five star hotel of Évora, a city classified by UNESCO as World Heritage. The building, previously known as the Sepulveda Palace, is a magnificent construction of the 16th century, and still keeps a beautiful chapel, dome ceilings and a set of three Manueline windows on the main façade.

  • Day 6
Photograph of L'And Vineyards at night

L’and Vineyards Resort

Set in a unique landscape defined by vineyards and a lake, L’AND Vineyards is an exclusive country club integrating modern architecture with nature, whilst providing an atmosphere of understated luxury, natural beauty, peace and tranquillity.

  • Day 7

What's Included

What's Included

What's Included:

  • Breakfast
  • Luxury and exclusive accommodations
  • Luggage transfer between hotels
  • Lunches
  • Exclusive dinners with wine
  • Specialist guides
  • Extra activities described on program (monuments, wine tastings, etc.)
  • Bike
  • Helmet
  • Full technical support vehicle along tour
What's Included

What's Not Included:

  • Air Fares
  • Transfers from airport to first hotel
  • Transfers from final hotel to airport
  • Personal medical
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities for guides
  • Personal expenses
  • Alcoholic beverages other than those served with meals and at other scheduled activities on the tour

Prices & Dates

Go Private

If you'd prefer to have us all to yourself we offer private tours to each of our destinations. Wherever you want to go, whenever you want to go, let us know and we'll work with you to make it happen!

Alternate dates and prices

Below is a selection of alternate dates and prices for our Alentejo tour. Once our tours are advertised, they're confirmed.

Alentejo

October 22 2017 - October 29 2017

$4,750 / $650

Rider Levels

Gentle

Moderate

Energetic

If you're in any doubt about whether a trip is right for you, contact us and we'll call you back to talk it through.

Bikes

Bikes

Bikes used on the tour.

On day one we’ll introduce you to your bike, make sure you’re familiar with its features and operation, and make any adjustments that are required to suit your personal riding preferences. If you ride with cleats and would like to bring your own pedals along we’ll fit them for you and return them to you at the end of the tour. If you’d like a rear view mirror fitted let us know and we’ll attach one for you. If your saddle isn’t quite as comfortable as you’re used to, tell us and we’ll offer you an alternative.

Every morning while you’re enjoying breakfast and loosening up for the ride ahead at least one of us will be checking your bikes to ensure they’re in tip-top condition for the ride ahead.

Hopefully not required, but nice to know they’re available, an extensive range of tools and spares with be travelling along with you, out of sight and at a discreet distance so we can quickly get you back in the saddle in the event of a problem. Should you have a problem that takes a little longer to fix, don’t worry we’ll also be carrying a couple of spare bikes that we can adjust to your preferences and get you riding again in a matter of minutes.

For more information on the bikes we use click here.

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