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Custom Guided Alentejo Tour – April 24, 2022

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7 days / 6 nights
Lisboa
Lisboa

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This guided bike tour in Alentejo will allow you to discover while cycling the millennial history, culture and traditions of one of the world’s best wine countries.

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Overview

This guided bike tour in Alentejo will allow you to discover while cycling the millennial history, culture and traditions of one of the world’s best wine countries.

Enjoy a week long ride in these peaceful rolling hills while exploring local wine cellars, sleeping in convents and discovering the UNESCO world heritage sites of cities like Évora, Vila Viçosa and Monsaraz.

Discover the amazing history, culture and traditions this wine region has to offer. Voted Best Wine Region of the world in 2014, Alentejo is a picturesque and charming place, where you’ll fall in love with the whitewashed villages, medieval castles, sunbathed plains and the secular traditions and lifestyle. Visit the UNESCO world heritage sites in Évora, the fortified village of Marvão, the former Palace of the Portuguese Kings and the rural lifestyle of the local homesteads;

Ride the never-ending rolling hills and the hidden trails between the fields. The car-free roads and trails of the Alentejo provide a great atmosphere for bike tours and its topography makes it a great region for beginner and intermediate riders. You’ll have plenty of time to stop and check out the “Sobreiros” and visit the “Antas” along the way.

With its trademark gastronomy, wine and amazing accommodations, the Alentejo is a great destination to experience the best of Portugal, where luxury meets tradition. You’ll get to sleep in Convents and dine in some of the world’s best restaurants, harmonizing every meal with amazing wines;

Admire the Alqueva Dark Sky Reserve, visit the Esporão Wine and Olive Oil “Herdade”, experience a boat ride in Europe’s biggest artificial lake and try an amazing array of experiences the Alentejo has to offer!

Itinerary


Day 1: Arrival in Lisbon, Transfer to Crato

Accommodation: Hotel Pousada do Crato
Restaurant: Pousada do Crato

 

Pick up from the Lisbon airport and 2 hours transfer to your hotel Pousada do Crato, a monastery built in the 14th century. Free afternoon to relax at the hotel.

Day 2: Bike tour in Alentejo – Crato – Castelo de Vide – Beirã – Marvão – Portalegre – Crato
Route: from 40 to 100 km
Accommodation: Hotel Pousada do Crato
Restaurant: Pousada do Crato

 

Breakfast at the hotel and set up of the bikes. Start of the bike tour in Alentejo, towards the medieval city and stronghold of Castelo de Vide, for a quick stop and coffee. Keep riding up to the top of the Marvão fortified village. Walk through its narrow streets, visit the 9th century castle and cistern, and admire the beautiful S. Mamede mountain range. Mid-ride stop for lunch. Ride back to Crato by the beautiful “Beirã” region. Relax at the hotel in the afternoon.

Day 3: Bike tour in Alentejo: Crato – VilaVicosa
Route: from 40 to 80 km
Accommodation: Pousada Convento Vila Viçosa
Restaurant: São Rosas

Breakfast at the hotel. We’ll take a quick (approx 15 minutes) transfer to Alter do Chão, where you will begin to ride the rolling hills of North Alentejo. You’ll pedal towards the medieval village of Estremoz, a historic city within two layers of defensive walls. From there you’ll ride on to your hotel en Vila Viçosa, located close to the historical center of Vila Viçosa and surrounded by beautiful gardens. You can visit the Bragança’s ducal palace, home of a rich art and jewelry collection.

Day 4: Bike tour in Alentejo: Vila Viçosa – Alandroal – Redondo – Monsaraz
Route: from 40 to 80 km
Accommodation: Horta da Moura
Restaurant: Sabores de Monsaraz

 

Breakfast at the hotel.  Continue your ride through the quaint villages of Alandroal, Redondo and ride all the way to Monsaraz. Perched high over the surrounding countryside, tiny Monsaraz is a charming village with a looming castle at its edge, great views over the Alqueva Dam and olive groves sprinkling the landscape. Arrival at our hotel, São Lourenço do Barrocal. The estate has its heart at the monte, an ancient small farming village, which has been brought carefully back to life as a remarkable hotel of understated luxury, surrounded by ancient holm oaks, olive groves and vineyards. 

Day 5: Bike tour in Alentejo: Monsaraz – Mourão – Herdade do Esporão – Évora
Route: from 40 to 110 km
Accommodation: M’ar de Ar Aqueduto Hotel
Restaurant: Herdade do Esporão (Reguengos de Monsaraz), Luar de Janeiro (Évora)

 

Breakfast at the hotel. Start of the bike tour, towards Mourão, where we’ll be able to have a privileged look at the Alqueva and Herdade do Esporão, one of the iconic wine and olive oil producers in Alentejo. Visit to the Herdade and optional lunch at the restaurant. After lunch you’ll be transferred to Évora to check in at the hotel Convento do Espinheiro, an amazing 5 star historically renovated hotel. You’ll have a free afternoon to visit Évora before dinner at Luar de Janeiro, another opportunity to taste the majestically prepared local gastronomy.

Day 6: Bike tour in Alentejo: Évora – Arraiolos – Évora
Route: from 0 to 50km
Accommodation: M’ar de Ar Aqueduto Hotel
Restaurant: Fialho (Évora)

 

Breakfast at the hotel. Start of today’s optional bike tour, a morning loop towards Arraiolos, an amazing white washed fortification on the outskirts of Évora, famous for its woolen carpets with intricate and traditional motifs. Ride by the central plains of Alentejo enjoying the views of the cork and olive trees, the bulls and cattle that roam free in the big properties of the region, here called Herdades. Lunch in Évora. Free afternoon for visiting and shopping in Évora and its amazing monuments. 

Day 7: Bike tour in Alentejo:Departure to Lisbon
Breakfast at the hotel and check out. Transfer to Lisbon (airport or hotel) or extended stay in Évora.

Hotel

Pousada Mosteiro Crato

Discover the traditional and rich region of Alentejo from this castellated monastery.

The Monastery of Santa Maria de Flor da Rosa, where the classic and the contemporary merge into a remarkable work that welcomes you with a degree of comfort and sophistication difficult to overcome.

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Pousada Convento Vila Viçosa

During your stay you can enjoy the outdoor swimming pool, have fun in the games room and relax in the drawing room that also has a piano. For your meals, we have a restaurant and a bar.

The Pousada Convento de Vila Viçosa, located in the region of Alto Alentejo, is located close to the historical centre of Vila Viçosa and is surrounded by beautiful gardens. Situated between Elvas, Borba and Redondo, Vila Viçosa is a quaint village, rich with history. The Pousada is located in the former Convent of the Chagas de Cristo, built on the orders of Jaime IV, Duke of Bragança, in the 16th century.

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São Lourenço do Barrocal

During your stay you can enjoy the outdoor swimming pool, have fun in the games room and relax in the drawing room that also has a piano. For your meals, we have a restaurant and a bar.

The Pousada Convento de Vila Viçosa, located in the region of Alto Alentejo, is located close to the historical centre of Vila Viçosa and is surrounded by beautiful gardens. Situated between Elvas, Borba and Redondo, Vila Viçosa is a quaint village, rich with history. The Pousada is located in the former Convent of the Chagas de Cristo, built on the orders of Jaime IV, Duke of Bragança, in the 16th century.

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What’s included

Included

  • 7 Day/6 night accommodation in 5* star hotels with breakfast included
  • Transfer from the airport/hotel in Lisbon at the beginning and end of the tour
  • Daily guided tours by experienced local cyclists, always adapted to your pace
  • 6 Lunches and 5 dinners
  • Nutrition and hydration during our rides
  • Specialized Sirrus touring bike rental
  • Support vehicle and mechanical support throughout all the rides
  • Luggage transportation between hotels
  • Personal Accidents Insurance during our tour

Not Included

  • Flights
  • Meals, except when specified (optional)
  • Single room supplement - 490€
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities. Gratuities for our guides are much appreciated to thank them for exceptional service, support, and expertise. The industry standard for each individual guest is 7.5-10% tip of the trip price at the end of the tour. Unless you want to tip separately, guides will divide tips among themselves. Local currency is preferred.

Options

  • Extra nights: Extra night in Lisbon before or after the tour

Group Discounts

  • More than 6 riders - 5% discount INCLUDED

Our bikes

  • Specialized SIRRUS hybrid
  • All our bikes are perfectly maintained and are fitted to every rider on your first experience with us. If you have a special bicycle request, please feel free to contact us. We also have an E-bike fleet available.

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Custom Guided Alentejo Tour – April 24, 2022

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