Cycling in the Douro Valley

Cycling in the Douro Valley

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Cycling in the Douro Valley

7 Days Starting in Castelo Rodrigo and ending in Porto

Visiting: Porto, Castelo Rodrigo, Almeida, Portugal, Escarigo, Casas do Juizo, Penedono, Alto Douro Wine Region (UNESCO), Pinhão

Tour operator:

Exodus

Tour code:

C06DV

Group Type:

Independent

Guide Type:

Self Guided

Physical rating:

Moderate / Challenging

Age range:

14 to 99

Special diets catered:

Please inform Exodus of specific dietary requirements

Tour operated in:
English
Interests:

Cultural, History

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Tour Overview

This cycling holiday in the Douro will acquaint you with fascinating and magical surroundings, delicious cuisine and some of the world's finest wines (including, of course Port Wine, for which the region is famous). The ride begins in Castelo Rodrigo, a medieval village close to where Portugal borders Spain, and home to an ancient castle and arched palace gates. Your cycling heads across the highland plain to the Spanish border and on through historical villages to the River Douro. You'll cycle through uniquely terraced vineyards and take in the typical towns and villages of the region, including Pinhao, where many of the famous Port wine estates are located. The accommodation is all chosen with the greatest care and you'll stay in different types, from delightful rural houses to 3 and 4 star hotels.

Highlights

  • Guided visit and wine tasting (3 wines) at Quinta do Tedo

  • World-class wines of the Douro Valley

  • Delicious cuisine, prepared with local and seasonal produce

  • Cycle terraced vineyards

  • Unique, handpicked accommodation

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Start Porto Airport; Transfer Approx. 3 Hours To Castelo Rodrigo, Not Far From The Spanish Border.
Location: Porto, Castelo Rodrigo
Meals Included: No Meals

Pick up a shared transfer from Porto airport (included at 14:20) to the
easternmost point of your holiday; Castelo Rodrigo. Enjoy the beautiful
landscape and scenery that unfolds along the way, entering the fascinating
landscape of the Douro River Canyon and its 200 metre high cliffs. The
historical village of Castelo Rodrigo deserves an exploratory walk, with its
cobbled streets, palace ruins, old walls and ogival arched gates, 16th
century pillory and medieval church. Your hotel is located in Castelo Rodrigo
with great views over the surrounding plains, mountains and all the way to
the border with Spain.

Day 2 : Cycle Across High Plains To Almeida And Escarigo On The Spanish Border
Location: Almeida, Portugal, Escarigo, Castelo Rodrigo
Meals Included: Breakfast

The first day of cycling takes you across high plains to the historical
village of Almeida, one of the most important strongholds in Portugal's
history. Although it had been occupied by humans since the Palaeolithic era,
it was only during the Arabic period that the name of the village came about
- Al Meda meaning "the table". There is an ancient tale that a sumptuous
table embedded with precious stones once stood in this spot. However,
Almeida's military importance was yet to come...taken and re-taken many times
during battles between the Portuguese and the Castilians, in 1296 a new
castle was built by the Portuguese, then in 1640 an enormous star-shaped
fortress was built around the town to defend against Spanish and French
attacks. Eventually falling to Napoleon's armies it was later used by the
Portuguese as a political prison. Also visit the village of Vilar Torpim,
with it's chapel and manor house, and Escarigo, right on the Spanish border.
Return to Castelo Rodrigo for your overnight.

Day 3 : Cycle To Aldeia Do Juízo Along Backroads With Beautiful Landscapes
Location: Casas do Juizo
Meals Included: Breakfast

At the beginning of the day, cycle around the Serra da Marofa mountain range.
Experience stunning views over the Iberian Plateau and from the top you can
also see the Douro river system (which, beyond this river, includes Côa and
Águeda rivers), to the East. Continue on to Aldeia do Juizo, a rural village
with 2 chapels, several wineries and a community oven that is surrounded by
vineyards, olive groves and almond orchards. On the banks of the river, there
are vegetable-gardens, where the locals produce a wide variety of
agricultural products. Stay in a delightful village house, part of a rural
tourism complex of restored houses, all with private bathroom facilities.

Day 4 : Cycle Through The Historical Villages Of Marialva, Meda And On To Penedono
Location: Penedono
Meals Included: Breakfast

On the ride today you cycle through two historical villages, Marialva and
Meda before your approach to Penedono, with views of its almost hexagon
castle, perched on an outcrop. After the first 10 km you will be able to see
the Castle of Marialva. When you reach the village, explore the streets,
lined with buildings that have stood the test of time and which lead to the
citadel surrounded by ancient walls. The next highlight is Meda - in medieval
times this village was essentially a border town and the setting for
hard-fought skirmishes between Christians and Muslims. The watchtower was one
of the most important strategic defence points in the region and combined
with the castles of Marialva and Longroiva. Today the village is quiet and
the main activity is farming and wine-making. Continue on to Penedono and its
medieval castle, a unique example of military architecture that dominates the
surrounding countryside.

Day 5 :  Ride To The Unesco World Heritage Listed Vineyards Of The Douro Valley
Location: Alto Douro Wine Region (UNESCO), Pinhão
Meals Included: Breakfast

The Alto Douro winemaking region is most famous for its Port wine, but the
region also produces world-famous wines from the Touriga grape. The terraced
vineyards are so typical of the region that they are listed a UNESCO World
Heritage site and are a delight to behold. The neatly-kept wine estates rise
proudly amidst the vineyards, their names clearly visible to everyone who
passes. In the afternoon enjoy a boat trip on a 'Rabelo', a traditional
'gondola-shaped' boat that in earlier days transported up to 50 barrels of
wine at a time, downriver, to Porto. The Port wine town of Pinhao is your
next stop, with its exquisite train station, the ceiling covered in azulejos
(traditional Portuguese blue ceramic tiles). You spend the night in Pinhao.

Day 6 : Pinhao Loop Cycling Along The Douro River
Location: Alto Douro Wine Region (UNESCO)
Meals Included: Breakfast

The route today takes you along the magnificent and enchanting Douro Valley.
The views are nothing less than breathtaking, as if the Douro Valley is
ensuring that you will never forget its magical beauty! Head along the
riverside and enjoy a guided visit of an 18th century wine estate, at the
confluence of the Douro and Tedo rivers, and a wine tasting at Quinta do
Tedo. At the end of today's cycle you will arrive back in Pinhao.

Day 7 : Transfer Back To The Airport, Or Choose To Spend Extra Time In The Cosmopolitan City Of Porto. 
Location: Alto Douro Wine Region (UNESCO), Porto
Meals Included: Breakfast

This morning you check out from your hotel and are transferred back to Porto
at 10am; here you can choose to spend some time in this cosmopolitan city, or
go straight back to the airport for your flight home. Extra nights in Porto
can be requested at the time of booking.

What's Included

  • Local bike hire

  • All breakfasts and 1 dinners

  • 6 nights in hotels, guesthouses and rural tourism houses (see accommodation section)

  • Luggage transfers

  • Meals

    6 breakfasts, 0 lunches, 0 dinners.

  • Airport Transfers at Destination

What's Not Included

  • Flights from London (available on request)

  • Travel insurance

  • Electric bikes (available at a supplement)

  • Single accommodation (compulsory supplement applicable)

  • Visas or vaccinations

  • Solo traveller supplement (where only one person is travelling on a departure date)

Food

A typical hotel breakfast consists of: cake, toast/bread with jam,or honey, cheese and ham, served with coffee, tea, milk, orange juice, fruit, cake and yoghurt. The Douro region is well-known for an endless number of meat dishes, which include the famous roasted baby goat with rice and potatoes, wild boar stew, posta mirandesa (veal steak), cozido à portuguesa (boiled meat, sausages and cabbages), partridge on a skewer, arroz de cabidela (chicken or rabbit with rice) and feijoada à trasmontana (bean stew). The region’s fish is caught in the Douro river and its tributaries, and is served fried or marinated. The codfish is also a famous alternative to meat dishes. The typical desserts include traditional pastries such as the peixinhos de chila or the biscoito da Teixeira are famous in the region. The region is also known for the delicious pão-de-ló (sponge cake) and the bolo-rei (fruit cake), manly eaten during local celebrations. The rice pudding and the aletria (vermicelli with cinnamon) are also some of the region’s specialties. Most of the time, meals in Portugal are served with bread. If you visit the Douro region, you must try the traditional breads made with meat or olive oil. Normal bread can be savoured with regional honey or home-made jams. Regional cheeses and smoked sausages can also be eaten at any time of the day, either by themselves or with a piece of bread. There is also a wide variety of fruit in the region, which are picked in different seasons. Cherries, almonds and apples are the most abundant fruits. Roasted chestnuts, nuts, diospyros kaki (persimmon) and tangerines are typical of the colder months. Olives and grapes are the main fruits in the region, even though they are used more to make olive oil and wine than for direct consumption. Olive oil is used in most dishes, whether to cook the dish or as seasoning. Every dish is seasoned with salt, or it can be replaced by herbs, which are plentiful in the region. Rosemary, parsley and bay leaves are some of the most commonly used herbs, mainly to cook meat. There is nothing better than starting a meal by drinking a glass of Port wine to open your appetite. The Favaios wine is also served as an aperitif, while the Douro wines are served with the main course. The liqueurs produced in the region, which are the result of the mixture of spirits and fruits, such as the arbutus, blackberries or cherries, are served as digestifs, replacing the international scotch. For those who do not appreciate alcoholic beverages, fruit juices and herbal teas are always a treat, especially because these juices and teas are made with fresh and crystalline water from the several springs in the Douro region.

Accommodation

The accommodation on this trip is chosen with the greatest care and varies from one stop to the next. You stay in guesthouses, rural village houses, giving you a feel for the local community  and 4 star hotels. Some of the properties have swimming pools for you to relax in after a day of cycling.

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  • Are vaccinations required for this tour?

    There are no specific health risks.

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    14+ age people can go on this tour

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    Only Luggage transfers.

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes

  • What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

    If you wish to make any changes to your booking, particularly if you need to alter any flights booked through us, please let us know as soon as possible. There is a booking or flight amendment fee of £40 per change and flight amendments often incur extra airline costs depending on the changes to be made and if the ticket has been issued or not.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Exodus has been trading since 1974

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    Your final joining instructions and flight details, if booked with us, will then be sent out 2 to 3 weeks before departure. If you would like a hard copy posted, or if you require these any earlier, please contact the customer operations team. We advise that if you are booking connecting travel before receiving these, please ensure you leave plenty of time.

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    Travellers are welcome to opt to share a room with a tour member of the same gender for no additional charge. If you'd like your own room, we can request a single supplement so that you will have your own room throughout.

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    You are welcome to meet the group after the tour has departed however there is no reduction in rate for joining a tour after the departure date.

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