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Portugal: Lisbon, Évora & the Algarve

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Ride along sandy turquoise coasts and quaint seaside villages, pausing to explore ancient Moorish fortresses with VBT’s scenic Portugal bike tour across this land-meets-sea region.
Former tour name: Biking Southern Portugal: Alentejo to the Algarve

Guided Biking

  • Duration: 10 Days|
  • Daily Mileage: 11 - 37|
  • Biking: 2 - 5 hr|
  • Group Size: 22
4.3 out of 5 stars.
Activity Easy/Moderate
Easy / Moderate
E-Bikes Available
E-Bikes Available
Airplane
Air Package Available
People
Guided Group Tour

Starting From

Bike Vacation + Air Package

$4,295

Bike Vacation Only

$3,345

(per person, double occupancy)

Portugal: Lisbon, Évora & the Algarve

Golden beaches, seaside cliffs, and cork forests frame your adventure during one of the most scenic Portugal bike tours in the region. Explore ancient Moorish castles and medieval hilltop towns, savor farm-fresh meals with local hosts, and get lost in the maze of cobbled walkways that dot the villages throughout your journey. Embark on a river cruise bordering the Spanish Andalucía, where you’ll straddle two time zones. The route meanders through grape vineyards, alluring azure coasts, olive groves, and scalloped bays. Shhhhh. The Eastern Algarve and Alentejo’s high plains are Portugal’s best kept secrets—for now.

What to Expect

This tour offers a combination of rolling terrain and moderate-to-challenging hills. Our VBT support van is always available for those who need assistance. Ideal for energetic beginners and experienced cyclists.

  • Duration: 10 Days|
  • Daily Mileage: 11 - 37|
  • Biking: 2 - 5 hr|
  • Group Size: 22
Activity Easy/Moderate Easy / Moderate
Cycling
Bar Graph Beginner - Experienced
Cyclists
Vehicle Support Vehicle
Support

Tour Highlights

  • Explore the UNESCO World Heritage site of Évora and the Chapel of the Bones
  • Discover the charm of hilltop Monsaraz, a stunning castle village
  • Cycle past acres of sprawling wineries, cork tree forests, and olive groves
  • Step back in time in the ancient town of Mértola, where you’ll explore a Moorish medieval mosque
  • Follow the Guadiana River by bike and by private chartered boat cruise
  • Straddle two time zones at the border between Portugal and Spain along the Guadiana river
  • Relax in a heated pool or savor local ingredients at an elegant retreat in the scenic Algarve
  • Savor Portugal’s traditional cuisine and wines

Climate Information

Temperatures

Average High /
Low Temperature (°F):

Mar62º/46º

Apr64º/48º

May70º/52º

Sep81º/60º

Oct71º/55º

Nov62º/49º

Average
Precipitation:

Mar1.6 in

Apr2.3 in

May2.0 in

Sep1.2 in

Oct2.7 in

Nov3.0 in

What's Included

Bike Vacation + Air Package

Bike Vacation Only

Roundtrip international airfare Check
Transfers to and from international airport Check
One night in Lisbon and one night in Cascais in conveniently located hotels with breakfast included Check
6 nights in 3-, 4-, and 5-star hotels Check Check
16 meals: 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners Check Check

Tour Bikes

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Step-Through (Mixte Hybrid) Comfort Bicycle

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Road Bicycle (Aluminum alloy frame)

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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

Your Choice of VBT Branded Gear for Your Adventure

Itinerary

Mon, Mar 30 to Wed, Apr 8 - 2020

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Depart home for Portugal. The particulars of your arrival overseas are detailed with your flight itinerary and airline tickets.

Upon arrival at Lisbon’s International Airport, proceed through immigration; claim your luggage and clear customs. If your luggage is lost, fill out a PIR form before leaving the customs area; VBT representatives are not allowed into the customs area. Make certain that your VBT luggage tags are affixed to your bag so your VBT representative can identify you. After exiting customs, enter the arrival hall and look for your VBT representative holding a VBT sign. He or she will help you transfer to your Lisbon hotel in the city center. Transfer time is approximately 30-45 minutes, depending on traffic.

VBT provides you with City Information that includes information and recommendations on what to see and do in Lisbon.

Hotel: Pousada de Lisboa

Please have your luggage outside your room by 8:15 a.m. Make sure you have your VBT luggage tags on your bags. After breakfast, meet your VBT representative in the lobby of your hotel at 9:00 a.m. Please be dressed in your riding attire.

Your VBT representative will escort you by shuttle (approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes) to join your VBT trip leaders. You will depart Lisbon via the expansive Vasco de Gama Bridge, the longest bridge in Europe, spanning the mighty Tagus River. Heading east, you will arrive on the scenic plains of the Alentejo region, known for its stunning vistas and abundant cork and olive groves. You will meet your VBT trip leaders for a bike-fitting and safety session. Afterwards, get to know your fellow travelers over lunch before departing on a warm-up ride amidst this scenic region of rustic farmland and gentle hills to your hotel outside of the historic medieval town of Évora, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Your accommodation for the next two nights is in the Convento do Espinheiro, a Luxury Collection Hotel & Spa. The 15th-century convent is listed as a national monument for the many important noble figures who have met here throughout the centuries to shape Portugal’s history.

This evening, join the hotel’s sommelier in the Convent’s wine cellar to sample some of the region’s wines before enjoying a sumptuous welcome dinner in the hotel’s historic dining room.

Hotel: Convento do Espinheiro, a Luxury Collection Hotel & Spa
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today’s Ride Choice:
Évora Warm Up: – 16.8 km (10 miles)

What to Expect: After meeting your VBT trip leaders for a bike-fitting, safety session and lunch, you will become accustomed to riding your bike on an easy afternoon warm-up ride. The scenic ride on quiet, well-maintained two-lane roads winds through the scenic plains of the Alentejo region with its patchwork of cork and olive groves and stunning vistas. As you near the outskirts of Évora, you will pass through neighborhoods before arriving back at our hotel.

After breakfast, shuttle from your hotel to the white-washed town of Redondo, home to a 500-year-old Portuguese pottery tradition. From here you will begin the day’s Portugal bike tours with a picturesque ride across the plains of Alentejo, following scenic country roads bordered by cork forests. Our destination looms in the distance: hilltop Monsaraz, one of Portugal’s oldest settlements, and its imposing castle. Enthusiastic riders may enjoy the climb into town; the VBT support vehicle van will be available to shuttle you from Aldeia de Venda to Monsaraz if you need assistance or would like more time to explore Monsaraz.

With Monsaraz’s ideal hilltop location and endless vistas of the Alentejo and neighboring Spain, it has been occupied by various civilizations since pre-historic times. After the town’s Roman occupation, the Visigoths, Arabs, Mozarabs, Jews, and Christians settled here as well. As you explore its narrow warrens and admire its white-washed, red-roofed houses, you can marvel at the remarkable view of the Alqueva Dam and the second-largest artificial lake in Europe. Enjoy lunch at a local café before shuttling back to your hotel.

Later, you will venture into Évora for a visit to the São Francisco and its eerie Chapel of Bones, constructed by 16th-century Franciscan monks. Your local guide will then take you on a walking tour of the UNESCO World Heritage site of Évora, wandering atmospheric alleyways past old patrician mansions and white-washed houses with bright yellow trim. Enjoy dinner on your own in Évora this evening.

Hotel: Convento do Espinheiro, a Luxury Collection Hotel & Spa
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Today’s Ride Choice:
Morning
Redondo to Aldeia de Venda to Monsaraz: 36.5 km (23 miles)

What to Expect: Today’s ride begins in the town of Redondo, a 45-minute shuttle from our hotel. From Redondo, begin riding towards the hilltop village of Monsaraz. Our ride consists of some short inclines and rolling hills, but the VBT support vehicle will be nearby if you opt to shuttle at any point. At the end of the short option in the town of Aldeia de Venda , our bus will transfer you to our destination of Monsaraz, where you will have ample time to explore this historic village prior to lunch. The long option ride continues from Aldeia de Pais through scenic Alentejo countryside and finishes with a challenging 1.5 km climb into Monsaraz.

After breakfast, shuttle south to the small town of Castro Verde in the lower Alentejo region. Today’s rides introduce you to the arid landscapes of the Campo Branco, or White Plains territory. As you cycle, you may pass shepherds grazing their herds on wide-open spaces. For lunch, we will stop at a typical Portuguese rural café for a farm-fresh meal with warm, welcoming hosts. After, shuttle or ride to the remarkable fortified hilltop town of Mértola and your hotel.
After settling into your accommodations, join a local guide for a fascinating exploration of Mértola. This town’s history dates back to the Phoenicians, Carthaginians, and Romans. The most important remnant from the 500-year Moorish occupation is the medieval mosque, the only mosque to have survived the period in Portugal. Today it is Mértola’s main church, though it boasts many of its original Moorish features. This evening, dine at your leisure in one of the town’s restaurants.

Hotel: Hotel Museu
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Today’s Ride Choices:
Cumulative Distance Range: 23.9 – 45 km (15 – 28 miles)
Morning
Geraldos to Pinilhos: 23.9 km (15 miles)
Afternoon
Pinilhos to Mértola 21.1 km (13 miles)

What to Expect: After a two-hour morning shuttle south, those preferring a leisurely pace will bike from the short option start in Penilhos. The ride across the Campo Branco plains is on narrow, paved country roads with very little traffic and mostly level easy riding, but promises an excellent workout if there is a breeze. After lunch, The VBT support vehicle will shuttle short option riders back to the hotel. Those looking for a longer ride will begin in Geraldos. Today’s ride introduces you to the arid and beautiful landscape of the Campo Branco, or White Plains. You may pass shepherds grazing their herds. After lunch in a farm café in Sao Joao dos Caldeiros, you will continue your afternoon’s ride onto the main road to Mértola where the traffic increases as we near our destination.

This morning begin your ride cycling from your hotel. If you prefer a shorter option, you may shuttle 15 minutes to the starting point of today’s ride. Enjoy your morning cycling through the Guadiana Valley Natural Park, one of 30 areas in Portugal officially protected by the government. You will wind your way through small towns of well-preserved traditional architecture and coast to the banks of the Guadiana River. The river’s small port village of Pomarão was specially constructed for the nearby mining operations. Here you may straddle the Portugal / Spain border with a foot in each country and half your body in Spain’s later time zone! Savor lunch in a riverside café overlooking the marina. Then embark a privately chartered boat for a relaxing afternoon on the River Guadiana. Your cruise delivers you right to our hotel dock in Mértola. Those seeking a longer ride and challenging option after lunch may forfeit the boat excursion and cycle back to the hotel.

This evening, enjoy dinner at your hotel overlooking the Guadiana River, weather permitting.

Hotel: Hotel Museu
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today’s Ride Choices:
Cumulative Distance Range: 15.9 – 44.1 km (10 – 27 miles)
Morning
Corvos to Pomarao: 15.9 km (10 miles)
Mértola to Pomarao: 24.6 km (15 miles)
Afternoon
Pomarao to Hotel Museu (¬no river cruise): 19.5 km (12 miles)

What to Expect: Choose the longer ride option from the hotel or shuttle approximately 15 minutes where your trip leaders will have your bikes ready. The morning ride takes you on small paved country roads through the less-traveled Guadiana Valley Natural Park. Although the morning ride is shorter than other days, you will have some rolling hills to contend with and a rather steep decline for the last two kilometers to the Guadiana River. The VBT support vehicle is available for anyone interested in shuttling the last part of the ride. The longer ride involves a steady climb in the beginning on a national road with some potentially fast-moving traffic and trucks. After lunch, if you opt to ride back to the hotel and forfeit the boat excursion please keep in mind the ride begins with a challenging two-kilometer climb. Your reward is bragging rights and stunning views. The last five kilometers are on a national road into Mértola so take caution as there are fast-moving traffic and trucks.

After breakfast, shuttle southward to the Algarve and the banks of the Guadiana River. The Guadiana is the fourth longest river on the Iberian Peninsula and serves as the natural border between Spain’s Andalucía region and Portugal’s Alentejo and Algarve regions. Today’s lovely ride traces the scenic banks on the Portugal side while providing distant views across the river towards Spain. Those looking for more mileage today may extend their morning ride. At the end of your ride, savor a tasty picnic lunch served by your trip leaders.

After, we shuttle (approximately one hour) to our lovely accommodations in the Algarve, the Vila Monte Farm House, and settle in to one of breezy, elegant suites. Enjoy an authentic Algarvian countryside experience, removed from the bustle of coastal resorts and embraced by a distinctly Portuguese beauty and tranquility.

Enjoy delicious regional Algarve cuisine made with the freshest of ingredients during your dinner here this evening.

Hotel: Vila Monte Farm House
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today’s Ride Choices:
Cumulative Distance Range: 22.6 – 44.4 km (14 – 27 miles)
Morning
Corte Tabelão to Foz de Odeleite: 22.6 km (14 miles)
Corte Tabelão to Foz de Odeleite Loop: 44.4 km (27 miles)

What to Expect: Our ride in the Algarve undulates with beautiful vistas of the Guadiana River valley and Spain’s Andalucia region in the distance. Enjoy a brief stop in the port of Alcoutim before continuing on a quiet country road along the Guadiana River. After a picnic lunch, you could take an afternoon siesta or double your mileage with more challenging cycling on a hilly, inland loop ride with scenic views of the Guadiana River.

Later, enjoy a fireside farewell reception and delightful dinner with local wines.

After a sumptuous breakfast, enjoy a leisurely reel through the surrounding Algarve countryside with vistas of the sea in the distance. Our destination is the lovely whitewashed village of Cacela-a-Velha, perched on top of a hill with a view to the easternmost lagoon of the Formosa River. The village is home to the Fortaleza de Cacela located on the site of the original castle constructed during the Muslim period. Spend time exploring the village before enjoying lunch at one of the lively cafés. Alternately, you may have the hotel pack a picnic for you so as to enjoy lunch on the beach. In the afternoon cycle back or shuttle to your resort for an afternoon at leisure, taking advantage of the property’s pools or spa.

This evening, join your fellow travelers and trip leaders to reminisce about your Portugal bike tours and adventures during a fireside farewell reception, followed by a delightful dinner with local wines.

Hotel: Vila Monte Farm House
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Today’s Ride Choices:
Cumulative Distance Range: 33 – 66.4 (20 – 40 miles)
Morning
Vila Monte to Cacela-a-Velha: 33 km (20 miles)
Afternoon
Cacela-a-Velha to Vila Monte: 33.4 km (20 miles)

What to Expect: Today’s short option ride starts at our hotel. You will cycle on less-traveled lanes through the Algarve countryside past lovely citrus and avocado groves. As we near the Algarve coast you will see the Atlantic Ocean in the distance before arriving at the seaside village of Cacela-a-Velha. Today’s ride is less challenging with slightly rolling hills, however the added distance will provide a wonderful, all-day riding experience for long option riders. After our morning ride to Cacela-a-Velha you will have the option in the afternoon to cycle back to the hotel on another scenic route through the Algarve countryside.

VBT Air Package guests: Our morning journey to Cascais will take approximately 4 hours. You will have the remainder of the afternoon and evening to explore the seaside town of Cascais. You will spend tonight at the Cidadela Cascais Pousada & Art District overlooking the marina and Atlantic Ocean. The city is a pleasure to explore by foot. You will receive City Information in your Final Travel Booklet, with recommendations for transportation options, cafés, museums, and restaurants.

VBT Post-trip Extension Guests: Our morning journey to Cascais will take approximately four hours. You will have the remainder of the afternoon and evening to explore the seaside town of Cascais. You will spend tonight at the Cidadela Cascais Pousada & Art District overlooking the marina and Atlantic Ocean. The city is a pleasure to explore by foot. You will receive City Information in your Final Travel Booklet, with recommendations for transportation options, cafés, museums and restaurants.

Air Package Hotel: Cidadela Cascais Pousada & Art District
Post-trip Extension Hotel: Cidadela Cascais Pousada & Art District
Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast,* transfer to the Lisbon International airport (approximately 45-60 minutes) for your departing flight.** Please note: Ensure that you are ready in the hotel reception area at the designated time.
* Please note: For guests with early-morning departures, breakfast at the hotel may not be available. Please check with the Front Desk to verify the times that breakfast is served.

** Please note: VBT transfer times and departure points are finalized in advance and cannot be modified for individual guests. If you extend your stay beyond the scheduled program dates, return transportation to the airport will be at your own expense.

Meals: Breakfast

Wed, Apr 1 to Tue, Apr 7 - 2020

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Meet your VBT representative at the Pousada de Lisboa at 9:00 a.m. The hotel is located at Praça do Comércio, 31-34, 1100-148 Lisbon and the phone number is +351 21 040 7640 (Alternate hotel – Fontecruz Lisboa Autograph Collection). Please be dressed in your riding attire. If you are so delayed that you will miss the morning transfer from here, then we suggest you take a train to Évora at your own expense. There are direct trains departing from Lisbon’s Estação do Oriente train station and the cost is approximately 13 euros – journey time is 1 hour and 30 minutes. From the Évora train station you may take a taxi (approximately 20 minutes) to your hotel outside of Évora. Cost of the taxi is approximately 20 euros. Please contact the Lisbon hotel to advise them of any travel delays or changes so the staff can pass the message on to your VBT trip leaders.

Your VBT representative will escort you by shuttle (approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes) to join your VBT trip leaders. You will depart Lisbon via the expansive Vasco de Gama Bridge, the longest bridge in Europe, spanning the mighty Tagus River. Heading east, you will arrive on the scenic plains of the Alentejo region, known for its stunning vistas and abundant cork and olive groves. You will meet your VBT trip leaders for a bike-fitting and safety session. Afterwards, get to know your fellow travelers over lunch before departing on a warm-up ride amidst this scenic region of rustic farmland and gentle hills to your hotel outside of the historic medieval town of Évora, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Your accommodation for the next two nights is in the Convento do Espinheiro, a Luxury Collection Hotel & Spa. The 15th-century convent is listed as a national monument for the many important noble figures who have met here throughout the centuries to shape Portugal’s history.

This evening, join the hotel’s sommelier in the Convent’s wine cellar to sample some of the region’s wines before enjoying a sumptuous welcome dinner in the hotel’s historic dining room.

Hotel: Convento do Espinheiro, a Luxury Collection Hotel & Spa
Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Today’s Ride Choice:
Évora Warm Up: – 16.8 km (10 miles)

What to Expect: After meeting your VBT trip leaders for a bike-fitting, safety session and lunch, you will become accustomed to riding your bike on an easy afternoon warm-up ride. The scenic ride on quiet, well-maintained two-lane roads winds through the scenic plains of the Alentejo region with its patchwork of cork and olive groves and stunning vistas. As you near the outskirts of Évora, you will pass through neighborhoods before arriving back at our hotel.

After breakfast, shuttle from your hotel to the white-washed town of Redondo, home to a 500-year-old Portuguese pottery tradition. From here you will begin the day’s Portugal bike tours with a picturesque ride across the plains of Alentejo, following scenic country roads bordered by cork forests. Our destination looms in the distance: hilltop Monsaraz, one of Portugal’s oldest settlements, and its imposing castle. Enthusiastic riders may enjoy the climb into town; the VBT support vehicle van will be available to shuttle you from Aldeia de Venda to Monsaraz if you need assistance or would like more time to explore Monsaraz.

With Monsaraz’s ideal hilltop location and endless vistas of the Alentejo and neighboring Spain, it has been occupied by various civilizations since pre-historic times. After the town’s Roman occupation, the Visigoths, Arabs, Mozarabs, Jews, and Christians settled here as well. As you explore its narrow warrens and admire its white-washed, red-roofed houses, you can marvel at the remarkable view of the Alqueva Dam and the second-largest artificial lake in Europe. Enjoy lunch at a local café before shuttling back to your hotel.

Later, you will venture into Évora for a visit to the São Francisco and its eerie Chapel of Bones, constructed by 16th-century Franciscan monks. Your local guide will then take you on a walking tour of the UNESCO World Heritage site of Évora, wandering atmospheric alleyways past old patrician mansions and white-washed houses with bright yellow trim. Enjoy dinner on your own in Évora this evening.

Hotel: Convento do Espinheiro, a Luxury Collection Hotel & Spa
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Today’s Ride Choice:
Morning
Redondo to Aldeia de Venda to Monsaraz: 36.5 km (23 miles)

What to Expect: Today’s ride begins in the town of Redondo, a 45-minute shuttle from our hotel. From Redondo, begin riding towards the hilltop village of Monsaraz. Our ride consists of some short inclines and rolling hills, but the VBT support vehicle will be nearby if you opt to shuttle at any point. At the end of the short option in the town of Aldeia de Venda , our bus will transfer you to our destination of Monsaraz, where you will have ample time to explore this historic village prior to lunch. The long option ride continues from Aldeia de Pais through scenic Alentejo countryside and finishes with a challenging 1.5 km climb into Monsaraz.

After breakfast, shuttle south to the small town of Castro Verde in the lower Alentejo region. Today’s rides introduce you to the arid landscapes of the Campo Branco, or White Plains territory. As you cycle, you may pass shepherds grazing their herds on wide-open spaces. For lunch, we will stop at a typical Portuguese rural café for a farm-fresh meal with warm, welcoming hosts. After, shuttle or ride to the remarkable fortified hilltop town of Mértola and your hotel.
After settling into your accommodations, join a local guide for a fascinating exploration of Mértola. This town’s history dates back to the Phoenicians, Carthaginians, and Romans. The most important remnant from the 500-year Moorish occupation is the medieval mosque, the only mosque to have survived the period in Portugal. Today it is Mértola’s main church, though it boasts many of its original Moorish features. This evening, dine at your leisure in one of the town’s restaurants.

Hotel: Hotel Museu
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Today’s Ride Choices:
Cumulative Distance Range: 23.9 – 45 km (15 – 28 miles)
Morning
Geraldos to Pinilhos: 23.9 km (15 miles)
Afternoon
Pinilhos to Mértola 21.1 km (13 miles)

What to Expect: After a two-hour morning shuttle south, those preferring a leisurely pace will bike from the short option start in Penilhos. The ride across the Campo Branco plains is on narrow, paved country roads with very little traffic and mostly level easy riding, but promises an excellent workout if there is a breeze. After lunch, The VBT support vehicle will shuttle short option riders back to the hotel. Those looking for a longer ride will begin in Geraldos. Today’s ride introduces you to the arid and beautiful landscape of the Campo Branco, or White Plains. You may pass shepherds grazing their herds. After lunch in a farm café in Sao Joao dos Caldeiros, you will continue your afternoon’s ride onto the main road to Mértola where the traffic increases as we near our destination.

This morning begin your ride cycling from your hotel. If you prefer a shorter option, you may shuttle 15 minutes to the starting point of today’s ride. Enjoy your morning cycling through the Guadiana Valley Natural Park, one of 30 areas in Portugal officially protected by the government. You will wind your way through small towns of well-preserved traditional architecture and coast to the banks of the Guadiana River. The river’s small port village of Pomarão was specially constructed for the nearby mining operations. Here you may straddle the Portugal / Spain border with a foot in each country and half your body in Spain’s later time zone! Savor lunch in a riverside café overlooking the marina. Then embark a privately chartered boat for a relaxing afternoon on the River Guadiana. Your cruise delivers you right to our hotel dock in Mértola. Those seeking a longer ride and challenging option after lunch may forfeit the boat excursion and cycle back to the hotel.

This evening, enjoy dinner at your hotel overlooking the Guadiana River, weather permitting.

Hotel: Hotel Museu
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today’s Ride Choices:
Cumulative Distance Range: 15.9 – 44.1 km (10 – 27 miles)
Morning
Corvos to Pomarao: 15.9 km (10 miles)
Mértola to Pomarao: 24.6 km (15 miles)
Afternoon
Pomarao to Hotel Museu (¬no river cruise): 19.5 km (12 miles)

What to Expect: Choose the longer ride option from the hotel or shuttle approximately 15 minutes where your trip leaders will have your bikes ready. The morning ride takes you on small paved country roads through the less-traveled Guadiana Valley Natural Park. Although the morning ride is shorter than other days, you will have some rolling hills to contend with and a rather steep decline for the last two kilometers to the Guadiana River. The VBT support vehicle is available for anyone interested in shuttling the last part of the ride. The longer ride involves a steady climb in the beginning on a national road with some potentially fast-moving traffic and trucks. After lunch, if you opt to ride back to the hotel and forfeit the boat excursion please keep in mind the ride begins with a challenging two-kilometer climb. Your reward is bragging rights and stunning views. The last five kilometers are on a national road into Mértola so take caution as there are fast-moving traffic and trucks.

After breakfast, shuttle southward to the Algarve and the banks of the Guadiana River. The Guadiana is the fourth longest river on the Iberian Peninsula and serves as the natural border between Spain’s Andalucía region and Portugal’s Alentejo and Algarve regions. Today’s lovely ride traces the scenic banks on the Portugal side while providing distant views across the river towards Spain. Those looking for more mileage today may extend their morning ride. At the end of your ride, savor a tasty picnic lunch served by your trip leaders.

After, we shuttle (approximately one hour) to our lovely accommodations in the Algarve, the Vila Monte Farm House, and settle in to one of breezy, elegant suites. Enjoy an authentic Algarvian countryside experience, removed from the bustle of coastal resorts and embraced by a distinctly Portuguese beauty and tranquility.

Enjoy delicious regional Algarve cuisine made with the freshest of ingredients during your dinner here this evening.

Hotel: Vila Monte Farm House
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today’s Ride Choices:
Cumulative Distance Range: 22.6 – 44.4 km (14 – 27 miles)
Morning
Corte Tabelão to Foz de Odeleite: 22.6 km (14 miles)
Corte Tabelão to Foz de Odeleite Loop: 44.4 km (27 miles)

What to Expect: Our ride in the Algarve undulates with beautiful vistas of the Guadiana River valley and Spain’s Andalucia region in the distance. Enjoy a brief stop in the port of Alcoutim before continuing on a quiet country road along the Guadiana River. After a picnic lunch, you could take an afternoon siesta or double your mileage with more challenging cycling on a hilly, inland loop ride with scenic views of the Guadiana River.

Later, enjoy a fireside farewell reception and delightful dinner with local wines.

After a sumptuous breakfast, enjoy a leisurely reel through the surrounding Algarve countryside with vistas of the sea in the distance. Our destination is the lovely whitewashed village of Cacela-a-Velha, perched on top of a hill with a view to the easternmost lagoon of the Formosa River. The village is home to the Fortaleza de Cacela located on the site of the original castle constructed during the Muslim period. Spend time exploring the village before enjoying lunch at one of the lively cafés. Alternately, you may have the hotel pack a picnic for you so as to enjoy lunch on the beach. In the afternoon cycle back or shuttle to your resort for an afternoon at leisure, taking advantage of the property’s pools or spa.

This evening, join your fellow travelers and trip leaders to reminisce about your Portugal bike tours and adventures during a fireside farewell reception, followed by a delightful dinner with local wines.

Hotel: Vila Monte Farm House
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Today’s Ride Choices:
Cumulative Distance Range: 33 – 66.4 (20 – 40 miles)
Morning
Vila Monte to Cacela-a-Velha: 33 km (20 miles)
Afternoon
Cacela-a-Velha to Vila Monte: 33.4 km (20 miles)

What to Expect: Today’s short option ride starts at our hotel. You will cycle on less-traveled lanes through the Algarve countryside past lovely citrus and avocado groves. As we near the Algarve coast you will see the Atlantic Ocean in the distance before arriving at the seaside village of Cacela-a-Velha. Today’s ride is less challenging with slightly rolling hills, however the added distance will provide a wonderful, all-day riding experience for long option riders. After our morning ride to Cacela-a-Velha you will have the option in the afternoon to cycle back to the hotel on another scenic route through the Algarve countryside.

Enjoy breakfast before your transfer to Cascais (approximately 4 hours). Your tour concludes at approximately 1:00 p.m. at the Cidadela Cascais Pousada & Art District hotel in Cascais. Taxis are available at the Cascais hotel to take you to central Lisbon hotels, the Lisbon train station, or to the Lisbon airport – approximately 30-45 minutes depending upon traffic.

Important: Flight departures from Lisbon prior to 4:00 p.m. are not recommended. If you depart earlier, you are responsible for your own transfer arrangements from the last hotel in the Algarve to Lisbon’s airport.

Meals: Breakfast

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  • Two nights at the Pousada de Lisboa
  • Daily Breakfast
  • City Information
  • Airport transfers

Depart home for Portugal. The particulars of your arrival overseas are detailed in your flight itinerary and airline tickets.

Upon arrival at Lisbon’s International Airport, proceed through immigration; claim your luggage, and clear customs. If your luggage is lost, fill out a PIR form before leaving the customs area; VBT representatives are not allowed into the customs area. Make certain your VBT luggage tags are affixed to your bag so your VBT representative can identify you. After exiting customs, enter the arrival hall and look for your VBT representative, who will be holding a VBT sign. He or she will help you transfer to your Lisbon hotel in the city center. Transfer time is approximately 30-45 minutes, depending on traffic.

VBT provides you with City Information that includes information and recommendations on what to see and do in Lisbon. You have the rest of the day to relax or begin your exploration of the city.

Hotel: Pousada de Lisboa

Lisbon is a treasure trove of ornate and soaring architecture that celebrates the city’s past in mapping the world and opening lucrative trade routes with far-flung nations and newly discovered lands. The vast Monument of the Discoveries gazing across the Tagus River is a powerful memorial to the early explorers. Nearby, the Belém Tower and Jerónimos Monastery pay tribute to the ornate, late-Gothic Manueline style of architecture, named for King Manuel I. The city is a pleasure to explore by foot. Wander the atmospheric streets of Bairro Alto, the Alfama, and the Baixa, pausing in a charming square to sip coffee or a glass of vinho verde or port wine for which Portugal is famous. This evening, you might head to local restaurant or plaza to catch the sounds of fado, Portugal’s famous wistful and melancholic style of music.

Hotel: Pousada de Lisboa
Meals: Breakfast

Continue your independent exploration of Lisbon and its surroundings today. If you wish, explore the quaint narrow streets and red-roofed houses of Obidos, the pastel-hued Penais Palace of Sintra, or the revered cathedral at Fatima. VBT Air Package guests arrive throughout the day.

Hotel: Pousada de Lisboa
Meals: Breakfast

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2019 Post-Trip Extension - Cascais

  • Two nights at the Cidadela Cascais Pousada & Art District OR Grande Real Villa Italia
  • Daily Breakfast
  • City Information
  • Airport transfer

Enjoy a day exploring the lovely shop-lined streets of Cascais as well as strolling through the town’s lovely park just minutes from your hotel. You may want to take time to visit the ruins of the Cascais Castle as well as the art and sea museum. Your hotel’s location makes it convenient to enjoy the waterside walkway to the marina with its yachts, boutique shops, and open-air restaurants.

Hotel: Cidadela Cascais Pousada & Art District
Alternate Hotel: Grande Real Villa Italia

Meals: Breakfast

Continue your exploration of Cascais today. For a more active day rent a bicycle and ride the scenic ocean view bike route to Guincho Beach—one of Portugal’s best wind and kite-surfing beaches. Alternatively visit Boca do Inferno, the Mouth of Hell—a picturesque natural rock formation set amongst enormous cliffs and crashing waves. You may also opt for a day-trip tour to nearby Sintra and Estoril or travel further to the medieval village of Obidos.

Hotel: Cidadela Cascais Pousada & Art District
Alternate Hotel: Grande Real Villa Italia

Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast,* transfer to the Lisbon International airport (approximately 45 – 60 minutes) for your departing flight.** Please note: Ensure that you are ready in the hotel reception area at the designated time.

*Please note: For guests with early-morning departures, breakfast at the hotel may not be available. Please check with the Front Desk to verify the times that breakfast is served.

**Please note: VBT transfer times and departure points are finalized in advance and cannot be modified for individual guests. If you extend your stay beyond the scheduled program dates, return transportation to the airport will be at your own expense.

Meals: Breakfast

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2020 Post-Trip Extension - Cascais

2 Nights From $245 per person, double occupancy
Single Supplement: From $145

  • Two nights at the Cidadela Cascais Pousada & Art District
  • Daily Breakfast
  • City Information
  • Airport transfer

Enjoy a day exploring the lovely shop-lined streets of Cascais, as well as strolling through the town’s lovely park just minutes from your hotel. You may want to take time to visit the ruins of the Cascais Castle as well as the art and sea museum. Your hotel’s location makes it convenient to enjoy the waterside walkway to the marina with its yachts, boutique shops, and open-air restaurants.

Hotel: Cidadela Cascais Pousada & Art District
Meals: Breakfast

Continue your exploration of Cascais today. For a more active day rent a bicycle and ride the scenic ocean view bike route to Guincho Beach—one of Portugal’s best wind and kite-surfing beaches. Alternatively visit Boca do Inferno, the Mouth of Hell—a picturesque natural rock formation set amongst enormous cliffs and crashing waves. You may also opt for a day-trip tour to nearby Sintra and Estoril or travel further to the medieval village of Obidos.

Hotel: Cidadela Cascais Pousada & Art District
Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast,* transfer to the Lisbon International airport (approximately 45 – 60 minutes) for your departing flight.** Please note: Ensure that you are ready in the hotel reception area at the designated time.

* Please note: For guests with early-morning departures, breakfast at the hotel may not be available. Please check with the Front Desk to verify the times that breakfast is served.

** Please note: VBT transfer times and departure points are finalized in advance and cannot be modified for individual guests. If you extend your stay beyond the scheduled program dates, return transportation to the airport will be at your own expense.

Meals: Breakfast

Reviews

Guest Reviews 17 out of 21 (81%) of reviewers recommend this tour

4.3 out of 5 stars.

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