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Spain & Portugal: Coastal Camino de Santiago

Cycle Spanish Galicia and Portugal’s northern coast into a diverse array of landscapes and charming medieval centers. This stunning, sea-kissed corner of Iberia is laced with gentle rivers, sweeping estuaries, scenic valleys, and rolling vineyards. You’ll ride into a breathtaking world, tracing the sacred Portuguese Coastal Camino de Santiago on this bike tour. Visit the magnificent Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, taste the region’s celebrated wines and the freshest seafood, and share meals at a luxurious estate and at a local family’s home. Your seaside route is varied, too, as you embark private small boats, trace the famed Wine Road of Rías Baixas, and follow the beloved Camellia Route to lavish gardens. Historic paradores host you along the way, elegant properties rich in cultural heritage.

Tour Highlights

  • Tour two historic treasures of Santiago de Compostela—the Hostal dos Reis Católicos and the splendidly ornate cathedral, the city’s revered pilgrimage site.
  • Cycle the scenic Portuguese Coastal Camino de Santiago, perhaps passing pilgrims along the way.
  • Taste the most prestigious wines of the region: Spain’s albariño in Rías Baixas and Portugal’s vinho verde.
  • Enjoy lunch as honored guests at a Portuguese Count’s elegant manor house and sample his vinho verde wines.
  • Savor delightful company and a delicious home-prepared Portuguese dinner as guests of a local family.

What to Expect

This tour offers a combination of easy terrain and moderate hills and is ideal for beginning and experienced cyclists. Our VBT support vehicle is always available for those who would like assistance with the hills.

  • Daily Mileage: 11 - 40|
  • Biking: 1 - 4 hr|
Activity Easy Easy
Cycling
Bar Graph Beginner - Experienced
Cyclists
Vehicle Support Vehicle
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Average High /
Low Temperature (°F):

Apr60º/42º

May64º/47º

Jun70º/51º

Jul75º/55º

Aug76º/55º

Sep72º/53º

Oct64º/48º

Average
Precipitation:

Apr5.5 in

May5.8 in

Jun3.2 in

Jul1.5 in

Aug2.2 in

Sep5.0 in

Oct7.6 in

Air Package

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One night in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, at a 5-star historic parador and one additional night in the 4-star Feel Viana Sport Hotel near Viana do Castelo, Portugal, with daily breakfast Check
6 nights in 4-star hotels, including historic Spanish paradores and a Portuguese seaside hotel Check Check
15 meals: 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners Check Check

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Biking Packages Include:

Custom VBT Bike and Helmet

Two Local, Bilingual Trip Leaders

Vehicle Support

Luggage Transfers

Ride with GPS and Daily Route Notes

Welcome Reception

Facilitated Cultural Experiences

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All you have to do is get to the airport. On our Air Packages, we’ll take care of the rest, handling all the logistics, so you can travel with peace of mind. Spend your first night aloft and arrive refreshed for an unforgettable trip.

Start off your first day in Santiago de Compostela right by having a VBT representative greet you at the airport. A complimentary car service will whisk you to your centrally located hotel. From here, you are perfectly positioned to explore this charming city at your leisure.

Your discoveries of this fascinating city begin immediately as your VBT local guide explains the historic significance of the Parador de Santiago de Compostela, also known as the Hostal dos Reis Católicos, during a brief tour of the complex. This remarkable property, opened in 1499 on Obradoiro Square to serve the pilgrims coming to Santiago along the Way of St. James, boasts a rich heritage and long history. Next, follow your guide to the revered Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, burial site of the apostle James and the destination of countless pilgrims still today. After time to take in its ornate façade and sweeping plaza, you learn more about the pilgrimage as you journey to the town of Padrón, where the bones of St. James are said to have first arrived in Spain by boat.

You meet your VBT trip leaders in Padrón for introductions and a safety and bike-fitting session. Your warm-up ride follows the banks of the Ulla River, occasionally overlapping with the Portuguese Way of St. James. On your way, you may see little boats, typically used by pilgrims (weather permitting) for a downriver float on the Ulla into the sweeping seascapes of the Ría de Arousa—the largest of Galicia’s estuaries and producer of some of Europe’s best seafood. After an included lunch in Padrón, you will be shuttled aboard a private coach to the port town of Cambados and its charming parador—a stately 17th-century Galician manor house and your home for the next two nights.

This evening, gather for a welcome cocktail and reception, followed by a dinner featuring a tasting menu with some of the parador’s local Galician specialties.

Today’s Ride Choice:

Afternoon: Warm-up – 23 km (14 miles)

What to Expect: The warm-up ride will give you the opportunity to become familiar with your bike as you ride country roads with little traffic. The ride is fairly level, mostly through lovely forests and farmlands and following the banks of the Ulla River.

Cumulative Distance Range: 23 km (14 miles)
Accommodation: Parador de Cambados, Cambados, Spain
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning, if weather permits, experience local seafaring traditions firsthand as you sail with Captain Isidro on his beautifully preserved, historic boat Chasula. You’ll also learn how the sea is valued and how seafood is collected in this culture with our guide from the association of the “Sea Woman.”

Today’s included lunch is prepared by your parador’s talented chef. Afterward, set out from your parador on your bike and cycle along the waterfront of Cambados and the Camino de Santiago. Your route traces the gently rolling coastal vineyards and velvety pine groves of the Rías Baixas, the name given to the four pristine estuaries along Galicia’s Atlantic coast. (It is pronounced “Ree-ass By-Shass.”) This stunning region, which you traverse along the wine road known as the Ruta do Viño Rías Baixas, is renowned for its white wine grapes introduced here in the 12th century by Cistercian monks. Following narrow country lanes, you arrive at the causeway connecting Spain’s mainland to the island of A Illa de Arousa. Cross over, then circumnavigate the island on picturesque bike paths and typical small-town streets, perhaps spotting some of the herons that reside on this island municipality in the middle of the Ría de Arousa, the largest estuary in Galicia.

This evening, meet your trip leaders for a walk through the neighboring historic district, a spectacular cluster of mansions that has been declared a Site of Cultural Interest by the Spanish government. Perhaps pause at one of the traditional cafés for a glass of local wine such as a refreshing glass of albariño, known locally as the “wine of the sea” for the coastal vineyards that produce it and for its compatibility with seafood. After, enjoy dinner on your own at one of the numerous restaurants in the Old Town—your trip leaders will give you recommendations.

Today’s Ride Choice:

Afternoon: Parador de Cambados to island loop – 42 km (25 miles)

What to Expect: Today’s ride is easy with most of the cycling on quaint country roads and bike paths. You might experience some heavier traffic on the island of A Illa de Arousa and in Cambados at the beginning and end of your afternoon ride. You cross the causeway bridge on a pedestrian/cycle path; during the summer months there could be heavier bike traffic and more pedestrians. As always, the VBT support vehicle will be readily available if you prefer to shuttle across the causeway to the island.

Cumulative Distance Range: 42 km (25 miles)
Accommodation: Parador de Cambados, Cambados, Spain
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

The flower of Galicia is the camellia, and today’s route is a testament to its revered status. You begin with a spin along part of the Ruta de la Camelia, a beautiful ride connecting various historic gardens. Even though you will not see camellias in bloom due to the month of your visit, you are sure to find the botanic gardens impressive any time of year.

You cycle out of Cambados via neighboring hills and vineyards, following narrow country lanes to the vineyards and gardens of the 18th-century Pazo de Rubianes (Palace of Rubianes). This grand villa boasts a splendid example of Galicia’s horticultural beauty. Savor a sumptuous lunch and tasting of the estate’s unique regional albariño wine before a guided walk through its impressive botanical gardens, a lavish display of century-old camellias, magnolias, and more than 800 other floral species.

Later, you shuttle (approximately 1 hour) to Baiona, scenically set on Vigo Bay. This pretty port town is known as Villa de la Arribada, meaning “port of entry,” as it was the first in Europe to learn of the discovery of America when Columbus’ ship the Pinta arrived on its shores after its overseas voyage. Here, you’ll check into your next parador, located within a beautiful 14th-century fortress on the peninsula of Montereal opposite the Vigo estuary. Enjoy sweeping sea views throughout your stay.

This evening, savor a leisurely dinner in the parador’s dining room.

Today’s Ride Choices:

Morning: Parador to Vineyards – 22 km (14 miles) | Vineyards to Pazo de Rubianes – 21 km (13 miles)

What to Expect: Today’s ride includes some elevation gain, leading you into the foothills and vineyards surrounding Cambados and providing a great workout. Most of the cycling is on country roads with some occasional traffic as you depart Cambados. The ride from the vineyards to Pazo de Rubianes has additional elevation gains and some roads with traffic. Guests may opt to shuttle to Pazo de Rubianes from the vineyards.

Cumulative Distance Range: 22 – 43 km (14 – 27 miles)
Accommodation: Parador de Baiona, Baiona, Spain
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, cycle directly from the parador. This morning’s route follows the coast, often following the Portuguese Coastal Camino de Santiago and passing pilgrims on their spiritual journey. You steer off the main bike route into the shade of the forested foothills, where spectacular seaside views unfold as you ride. Descend back to the coast and the small seaside village of Oia. Here, you tour the historic Royal Monastery of Santa Maria de Oia. This 12th-century treasure has been a monastery, a palace, and a school—and was even a jail during the tumultuous Spanish Civil War. You might stop by a nearby restaurant for a delicious lunch overlooking the sea. Or enjoy free time to further explore Oia at your leisure before cycling or shuttling back to the parador.

Those looking for a longer ride may spend the remainder of the afternoon riding routes provided by your trip leaders. Alternately, spend time exploring the sites of Baiona, stroll the parador’s historic fortress grounds, or take a dip in the large swimming pool.

In the evening, walk with your trip leaders to the medieval town center of Baiona, where they recommend restaurants for your dinner at leisure.

Today’s Ride Choices:

Morning: Parador to Oia – 21 km (13 miles)
Afternoon: Oia to Parador – 19 km (12 miles) | Long option Oia to lighthouse and La Vuelta hill plus challenge – 40 km (25 miles)

What to Expect: Today’s ride features gently rolling hills with scenic sea views. Most of the cycling is on the Portuguese Coastal Way of St. James, which follows a main roadway. You may be sharing the Camino de Santiago with pilgrims; the path can become crowded in the summer months. Your ride will also follow narrow hillside roads with little traffic. The afternoon return ride could have coastal headwinds. The VBT support vehicle will be available for anyone wishing to shuttle back to the parador. The longer option—an afternoon ride from Oia—offers elevation gain and longer distances for those looking for a more challenging workout.

Cumulative Distance Range: 21 – 61 km (13 – 38 miles)
Accommodation: Parador de Baiona, Baiona, Spain
Included Meals: Breakfast

Today you bid farewell to Spain as you cycle the Portuguese Coastal Way of St. James into Portugal. This morning you have two cycling options. You may either cycle directly from the parador, a longer option, or shuttle to Oia to begin biking as you follow the spiritual Camino again past amazing coastal vistas for most of your ride. Around midday, you arrive at Spain and Portugal’s natural border—the Minho River. Here, you embark a private little boat for your crossing to Portugal. A delicious, included lunch will welcome you on Portuguese soil, before you continue your coastal cycle journey on a scenic bike route or shuttle to your seaside accommodations, located outside the Portuguese town of Viana do Castelo.

This evening, join your trip leaders and one of the hotel’s management staff for a sunset cocktail at the hotel’s beach bar overlooking the sea. Learn about the hotel’s unique philosophy that embraces the active lifestyle of its guests, from surfers and paddleboarders to cyclists and yogis. After getting acquainted with the hotel’s amenities, enjoy an included dinner in the hotel’s restaurant.

Today’s Ride Choices:

Morning: Oia to Minho River ferry – 17 km (11 miles) OR Parador de Baiona to Minho River ferry – 37 km (23 miles)
Afternoon: Minho River ferry to Viana do Castelo – 28 km (17 miles)

What to Expect: Most of today’s cycling is on the Portuguese Coastal Way of St. James along a designated path next to the main road to Portugal. You may be sharing the Camino de Santiago with pilgrims; the path can become crowded in the summer months. The afternoon ride follows designated bike paths along the Portuguese coast, with some short segments on busy roads and city streets as you approach Viana do Castelo.

Cumulative Distance Range:17 – 65 km (11 – 40 miles)
Accommodation: FeelViana Sport Hotel, Viana do Castelo, Portugal
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After a lavish breakfast buffet, cycle directly from the resort, following the Lima River through lush vineyards and quaint Portuguese villages. Your first destination is Ponte de Lima, the oldest chartered town in Portugal, where you might decide to board our private coach or continue cycling to gain some extra miles. This pretty riverside town was named for the long medieval bridge that spans the Lima River. You cross the historic bridge, then pedal into a bucolic farming landscape draped with hillside vineyards and dotted with beautiful manor houses known as paços, small country palaces that once served as rest stops for kings during their travels through the countryside.

Like royalty of old, you too will use one as a rest stop—the Paço de Calheiros, owned and operated by the family of Count Calheiros since medieval times. The present-day family home was built in the 17th century. Its stalwart structures and three-foot granite wall have stood the test of time. You may stroll the grounds and admire breathtaking views of the Lima Valley. If the day is clear, you might also glimpse the Atlantic Ocean. Get to know your host, Count Calheiros, over a lunch accompanied by vinho verde wines harvested from his vineyards. After this reinvigorating respite, shuttle back to your hotel.

This evening, join your fellow riders and your trip leaders on a short stroll through the hotel’s surrounding neighborhood. Tonight, you are the special guests at a local family’s home for a festive farewell reception and dinner.

Today’s Ride Choices:

Morning: FeelViana Hotel to Ponte de Lima – 38 km (24 miles) | Ponte de Lima to Paço de Calheiros – 12 km (7 miles)

What to Expect: Today’s rides will follow a variety of bike paths, narrow rural roads with limited traffic, and country roads with varied levels of traffic. Some of the rural town streets are cobbled and can be slippery when wet. Though you spend most of today on easy flat terrain, the last couple of miles from Ponte de Lima to the Paço de Calheiros feature some elevation gain.

Cumulative Distance Range: 38 – 50 km (24 – 31 miles)
Accommodation: FeelViana Sport Hotel, Viana do Castelo, Portugal
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Your last day is at leisure. Enjoy the various activities offered by the FeelViana Sport Hotel. You may use one of the resort’s bicycles to get in more miles, or try kitesurfing, windsurfing, or surfing at the hotel’s beach—some of the best surfing in Europe. Alternately, enjoy stand-up paddle boarding and wakeboarding on the waters of the River Lima, a short walk from the hotel. Or pamper yourself with spa treatments or a yoga class. Prior to your vacation, you might want to review the resort’s website (https://www.feelviana.com/en/groups/sports-center) for additional information about your many options.

Alternately, explore the town of Viana do Castelo. Or join the guests ending their VBT Bicycling Vacation today on their complimentary morning transportation to Porto. Spend the day delving into this historic and atmospheric city on the Douro River at your leisure and return to the hotel either by taxi or train (at an additional cost) later. The hotel’s reception can assist you with your return transportation arrangements and advise you of the costs.

Accommodation: FeelViana Sport Hotel, Viana do Castelo, Portugal
Included Meals: Breakfast

After an included breakfast this morning, transportation to the Porto airport will be provided (an approximately 45 to 60 minute drive, depending on traffic) for your departing flight.

Included Meals: Breakfast

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Your discoveries of this fascinating city begin immediately as your VBT local guide explains the historic significance of the Parador de Santiago de Compostela, also known as the Hostal dos Reis Católicos, during a brief tour of the complex. This remarkable property, opened in 1499 on Obradoiro Square to serve the pilgrims coming to Santiago along the Way of St. James, boasts a rich heritage and long history. Next, follow your guide to the revered Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, burial site of the apostle James and the destination of countless pilgrims still today. After time to take in its ornate façade and sweeping plaza, you learn more about the pilgrimage as you journey to the town of Padrón, where the bones of St. James are said to have first arrived in Spain by boat.

You meet your VBT trip leaders in Padrón for introductions and a safety and bike-fitting session. Your warm-up ride follows the banks of the Ulla River, occasionally overlapping with the Portuguese Way of St. James. On your way, you may see little boats, typically used by pilgrims (weather permitting) for a downriver float on the Ulla into the sweeping seascapes of the Ría de Arousa—the largest of Galicia’s estuaries and producer of some of Europe’s best seafood. After an included lunch in Padrón, you will be shuttled aboard a private coach to the port town of Cambados and its charming parador—a stately 17th-century Galician manor house and your home for the next two nights.

This evening, gather for a welcome cocktail and reception, followed by a dinner featuring a tasting menu with some of the parador’s local Galician specialties.

Today’s Ride Choice:

Afternoon: Warm-up – 23 km (14 miles)

What to Expect: The warm-up ride will give you the opportunity to become familiar with your bike as you ride country roads with little traffic. The ride is fairly level, mostly through lovely forests and farmlands and following the banks of the Ulla River.

Cumulative Distance Range: 23 km (14 miles)
Accommodation: Parador de Cambados, Cambados, Spain
Included Meals: Lunch, Dinner

This morning, if weather permits, experience local seafaring traditions firsthand as you sail with Captain Isidro on his beautifully preserved, historic boat Chasula. You’ll also learn how the sea is valued and how seafood is collected in this culture with our guide from the association of the “Sea Woman.”

Today’s included lunch is prepared by your parador’s talented chef. Afterward, set out from your parador on your bike and cycle along the waterfront of Cambados and the Camino de Santiago. Your route traces the gently rolling coastal vineyards and velvety pine groves of the Rías Baixas, the name given to the four pristine estuaries along Galicia’s Atlantic coast. (It is pronounced “Ree-ass By-Shass.”) This stunning region, which you traverse along the wine road known as the Ruta do Viño Rías Baixas, is renowned for its white wine grapes introduced here in the 12th century by Cistercian monks. Following narrow country lanes, you arrive at the causeway connecting Spain’s mainland to the island of A Illa de Arousa. Cross over, then circumnavigate the island on picturesque bike paths and typical small-town streets, perhaps spotting some of the herons that reside on this island municipality in the middle of the Ría de Arousa, the largest estuary in Galicia.

This evening, meet your trip leaders for a walk through the neighboring historic district, a spectacular cluster of mansions that has been declared a Site of Cultural Interest by the Spanish government. Perhaps pause at one of the traditional cafés for a glass of local wine such as a refreshing glass of albariño, known locally as the “wine of the sea” for the coastal vineyards that produce it and for its compatibility with seafood. After, enjoy dinner on your own at one of the numerous restaurants in the Old Town—your trip leaders will give you recommendations.

Today’s Ride Choice:

Afternoon: Parador de Cambados to island loop – 42 km (25 miles)

What to Expect: Today’s ride is easy with most of the cycling on quaint country roads and bike paths. You might experience some heavier traffic on the island of A Illa de Arousa and in Cambados at the beginning and end of your afternoon ride. You cross the causeway bridge on a pedestrian/cycle path; during the summer months there could be heavier bike traffic and more pedestrians. As always, the VBT support vehicle will be readily available if you prefer to shuttle across the causeway to the island.

Cumulative Distance Range: 42 km (25 miles)
Accommodation: Parador de Cambados, Cambados, Spain
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

The flower of Galicia is the camellia, and today’s route is a testament to its revered status. You begin with a spin along part of the Ruta de la Camelia, a beautiful ride connecting various historic gardens. Even though you will not see camellias in bloom due to the month of your visit, you are sure to find the botanic gardens impressive any time of year.

You cycle out of Cambados via neighboring hills and vineyards, following narrow country lanes to the vineyards and gardens of the 18th-century Pazo de Rubianes (Palace of Rubianes). This grand villa boasts a splendid example of Galicia’s horticultural beauty. Savor a sumptuous lunch and tasting of the estate’s unique regional albariño wine before a guided walk through its impressive botanical gardens, a lavish display of century-old camellias, magnolias, and more than 800 other floral species.

Later, you shuttle (approximately 1 hour) to Baiona, scenically set on Vigo Bay. This pretty port town is known as Villa de la Arribada, meaning “port of entry,” as it was the first in Europe to learn of the discovery of America when Columbus’ ship the Pinta arrived on its shores after its overseas voyage. Here, you’ll check into your next parador, located within a beautiful 14th-century fortress on the peninsula of Montereal opposite the Vigo estuary. Enjoy sweeping sea views throughout your stay.

This evening, savor a leisurely dinner in the parador’s dining room.

Today’s Ride Choices:

Morning: Parador to Vineyards – 22 km (14 miles) | Vineyards to Pazo de Rubianes – 21 km (13 miles)

What to Expect: Today’s ride includes some elevation gain, leading you into the foothills and vineyards surrounding Cambados and providing a great workout. Most of the cycling is on country roads with some occasional traffic as you depart Cambados. The ride from the vineyards to Pazo de Rubianes has additional elevation gains and some roads with traffic. Guests may opt to shuttle to Pazo de Rubianes from the vineyards.

Cumulative Distance Range: 22 – 43 km (14 – 27 miles)
Accommodation: Parador de Baiona, Baiona, Spain
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, cycle directly from the parador. This morning’s route follows the coast, often following the Portuguese Coastal Camino de Santiago and passing pilgrims on their spiritual journey. You steer off the main bike route into the shade of the forested foothills, where spectacular seaside views unfold as you ride. Descend back to the coast and the small seaside village of Oia. Here, you tour the historic Royal Monastery of Santa Maria de Oia. This 12th-century treasure has been a monastery, a palace, and a school—and was even a jail during the tumultuous Spanish Civil War. You might stop by a nearby restaurant for a delicious lunch overlooking the sea. Or enjoy free time to further explore Oia at your leisure before cycling or shuttling back to the parador.

Those looking for a longer ride may spend the remainder of the afternoon riding routes provided by your trip leaders. Alternately, spend time exploring the sites of Baiona, stroll the parador’s historic fortress grounds, or take a dip in the large swimming pool.

In the evening, walk with your trip leaders to the medieval town center of Baiona, where they recommend restaurants for your dinner at leisure.

Today’s Ride Choices:

Morning: Parador to Oia – 21 km (13 miles)
Afternoon: Oia to Parador – 19 km (12 miles) | Long option Oia to lighthouse and La Vuelta hill plus challenge – 40 km (25 miles)

What to Expect: Today’s ride features gently rolling hills with scenic sea views. Most of the cycling is on the Portuguese Coastal Way of St. James, which follows a main roadway. You may be sharing the Camino de Santiago with pilgrims; the path can become crowded in the summer months. Your ride will also follow narrow hillside roads with little traffic. The afternoon return ride could have coastal headwinds. The VBT support vehicle will be available for anyone wishing to shuttle back to the parador. The longer option—an afternoon ride from Oia—offers elevation gain and longer distances for those looking for a more challenging workout.

Cumulative Distance Range: 21 – 61 km (13 – 38 miles)
Accommodation: Parador de Baiona, Baiona, Spain
Included Meals: Breakfast

Today you bid farewell to Spain as you cycle the Portuguese Coastal Way of St. James into Portugal. This morning you have two cycling options. You may either cycle directly from the parador, a longer option, or shuttle to Oia to begin biking as you follow the spiritual Camino again past amazing coastal vistas for most of your ride. Around midday, you arrive at Spain and Portugal’s natural border—the Minho River. Here, you embark a private little boat for your crossing to Portugal. A delicious, included lunch will welcome you on Portuguese soil, before you continue your coastal cycle journey on a scenic bike route or shuttle to your seaside accommodations, located outside the Portuguese town of Viana do Castelo.

This evening, join your trip leaders and one of the hotel’s management staff for a sunset cocktail at the hotel’s beach bar overlooking the sea. Learn about the hotel’s unique philosophy that embraces the active lifestyle of its guests, from surfers and paddleboarders to cyclists and yogis. After getting acquainted with the hotel’s amenities, enjoy an included dinner in the hotel’s restaurant.

Today’s Ride Choices:

Morning: Oia to Minho River ferry – 17 km (11 miles) OR Parador de Baiona to Minho River ferry – 37 km (23 miles)
Afternoon: Minho River ferry to Viana do Castelo – 28 km (17 miles)

What to Expect: Most of today’s cycling is on the Portuguese Coastal Way of St. James along a designated path next to the main road to Portugal. You may be sharing the Camino de Santiago with pilgrims; the path can become crowded in the summer months. The afternoon ride follows designated bike paths along the Portuguese coast, with some short segments on busy roads and city streets as you approach Viana do Castelo.

Cumulative Distance Range:17 – 65 km (11 – 40 miles)
Accommodation: FeelViana Sport Hotel, Viana do Castelo, Portugal
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After a lavish breakfast buffet, cycle directly from the resort, following the Lima River through lush vineyards and quaint Portuguese villages. Your first destination is Ponte de Lima, the oldest chartered town in Portugal, where you might decide to board our private coach or continue cycling to gain some extra miles. This pretty riverside town was named for the long medieval bridge that spans the Lima River. You cross the historic bridge, then pedal into a bucolic farming landscape draped with hillside vineyards and dotted with beautiful manor houses known as paços, small country palaces that once served as rest stops for kings during their travels through the countryside.

Like royalty of old, you too will use one as a rest stop—the Paço de Calheiros, owned and operated by the family of Count Calheiros since medieval times. The present-day family home was built in the 17th century. Its stalwart structures and three-foot granite wall have stood the test of time. You may stroll the grounds and admire breathtaking views of the Lima Valley. If the day is clear, you might also glimpse the Atlantic Ocean. Get to know your host, Count Calheiros, over a lunch accompanied by vinho verde wines harvested from his vineyards. After this reinvigorating respite, shuttle back to your hotel.

This evening, join your fellow riders and your trip leaders on a short stroll through the hotel’s surrounding neighborhood. Tonight, you are the special guests at a local family’s home for a festive farewell reception and dinner.

Today’s Ride Choices:

Morning: FeelViana Hotel to Ponte de Lima – 38 km (24 miles) | Ponte de Lima to Paço de Calheiros – 12 km (7 miles)

What to Expect: Today’s rides will follow a variety of bike paths, narrow rural roads with limited traffic, and country roads with varied levels of traffic. Some of the rural town streets are cobbled and can be slippery when wet. Though you spend most of today on easy flat terrain, the last couple of miles from Ponte de Lima to the Paço de Calheiros feature some elevation gain.

Cumulative Distance Range: 38 – 50 km (24 – 31 miles)
Accommodation: FeelViana Sport Hotel, Viana do Castelo, Portugal
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Enjoy an included breakfast before you board our private coach for your journey (approximately one hour, depending on traffic) to Porto. Your tour concludes at approximately 10:00 a.m. at the Pestana Vintage Hotel.

Important: Flight departures from Porto prior to 1:00 p.m. are not recommended. If you depart earlier, you are responsible for your own transportation arrangements from the FeelViana Sport Hotel to Porto’s airport (approximately 45-60 minutes).

Accommodation: FeelViana Sport Hotel, Viana do Castelo, Portugal
Included Meals: Breakfast

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Start off your first day in Santiago de Compostela right by having a VBT representative greet you at the airport. A complimentary car service will whisk you to your centrally located hotel. From here, you are perfectly positioned to explore this charming city at your leisure.

Accommodation: Parador De Santiago De Compostela (Hostal Dos Reis Católicos)

After a delicious included breakfast at your hotel, you are free to explore on your own, using our included city information packet to guide your discoveries.

Accommodation: Parador de Santiago de Compostela (Hostal dos Reis Católicos)
Included Meals: Breakfast

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  • Daily breakfast
  • Transfers to Douro River and Porto
  • Douro River cruise, lunch and port wine tasting
  • Airport transfers

After breakfast, travel (approximately two hours) from Viana do Castelo to the heart of Portugal’s Douro Valley wine region and the small town of Pinhão. Many of the most renowned wine producers in the valley operate quintas, or wine estates, in and around this scenic town. Get your exploration under way during a privately chartered boat cruise on the Douro River. You pass through one of the most breathtaking stretches of the Douro—steeply terraced vineyards rising up the river’s banks around you—and cross the Douro’s Ferrão Lock. During your scenic cruise, enjoy an included lunch of local specialties and a port wine tasting. You disembark right at the waterfront of the historic Vintage House Hotel*, where you enjoy spectacular views of the Douro River Valley. Just steps away, you can explore the small shops and restaurants of the small town of Pinhão.

This evening, enjoy dinner in your lovely hotel or stroll into Pinhão to find a special spot.

*Note: Select departures feature the Quinta Nova Nossa Senhora do Carmo, located in the Quinta Nova vineyards. The small boutique hotel offers stunning views of the Douro River Valley’s vineyards. From the riverside, it is a short drive to the hotel. The Quinta Nova has a small dining room; dinner reservations should be made at check-in. It is approximately 25 minutes from the town of Pinhão.

Accommodation: The Vintage House Hotel, Pinhao, Portugal
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

This morning, you travel from the Douro wine region to the city of Porto, the hub of Portugal’s wine production and a cultural capital dripping with authentic charm. Your hotel—the Pestana Vintage Porto—is built within the walls of 16th- and 18th-century buildings. You’ll enjoy its location directly on the banks of the Douro River in the heart of the historic district, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Step out onto the Praça da Ribeira square next to the quayside of the Cais da Estiva. Here, wonderful outdoor cafés line the riverfront. This afternoon, explore the city’s magnificent neoclassical architecture and admire the traditional rabelos barcos on the river that once transported wine here from the valley.

Accommodation: Pestana Vintage Porto Hotel, Porto, Portugal
Included Meals: Breakfast

After a delicious included breakfast at your hotel, you are free to continue exploring on your own, using our included city information packet to guide your discoveries.

Accommodation: Pestana Vintage Porto Hotel, Porto, Portugal
Included Meals: Breakfast

After an included breakfast this morning, transportation to the Porto airport will be provided (an approximately 45 to 60 minute drive, depending on traffic) for your departing flight.

Included Meals: Breakfast

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