- Discovering by bike the small villages and pilgrimage sites along the Camino Portugués
- Exploring the fascinating cities of Lisbon and Porto
- Sampling the culinary delights of the area
- Enjoying the hospitality of family run hotels
Take the central route by bike along the Portuguese Camino between Lisbon and Porto. The Portuguese Road, or Caminho Portugués, is considered by many as the most spiritually connected pilgrimage route. Following the path St James' body took to its resting place at the site of Santiago de Compostela in Spain, the quieter Portuguese path offers a wealth of history and delightful landscapes to discover. While the Caminho Portugués is traditionally walked by pilgrims, it is now possible to enjoy the route by bike. Starting in the historic capital city of Lisbon you will cycle through countryside towns to the lively Coimbra, and then continue on to the romantic Porto, located on the Douro River.
Day 1 : Arrive Lisbon
Day 2 : Cycle to Vila Franca de Xira (40km/25mi)
Day 3 : On to Santarem (52km/32mi)
Day 4 : Continue to Tomar (64km/40mi)
Day 5 : To Alvorge (56km/35mi)
Day 6 : Cycle to the lively town of Coimbra (38km/23.5mi)
Day 7 : Continue to Agueda (48km/30mi)
Day 8 : To Olveira de Azemeis (36km/22mi)
Day 9 : Cycle into Porto (43km/26.5mi)
Day 10 : Trip concludes
- 9 nights in a combination of 3-4 star hotels & farmhouse B&Bs on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities
- 9 breakfasts. Breakfasts are usually continental inclusive of breads, cheese, ham, tea, coffee & juices.
- Mountain bike rental (standard model, or hybrid touring bike on request) with repair kit, lock, panniers, water bottle & pump (gel saddle, toe clips, SPD pedals, electric e-MTB or e-touring bike and Advanced model MTB available - supplement applies)
- Luggage transfer (1 bag of 20kg max pp - additional bags and excess weight will attract a surcharge)
- Information pack including route notes & maps per room booked
- Emergency hotline
- Pilgrim's Passport
- Travel to Lisbon and from Porto
- Lunches, drinks, and dinners
- Items of a personal nature
- Entrance fees
- Tour guide – this is a self guided cycling trip
- Transfers (an optional transfer is available between Lisbon and Villa Franca de Xira - additional costs apply)
- Travel insurance
- Excess baggage charges - please advise us if you will have more than one bag weighing a max of 20kgs as extra charges will apply for additional pieces of luggage. Please do not tie smaller bags onto your main luggage as we only include one bag and they will be charged as an extra bag. Charges will be higher if not paid when final balance for your trip is due.
- Helmet rental. Helmets are available for purchase or bring your own.
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this Portuguese Way Cycle - Lisbon to Porto tour. You can cancel the tour up to 72 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 71 days of departure.Payment
For any tour departures within 15 December 2022, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 15 December 2022, a deposit of 286 USD is required to confirm the tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 71 days before trip departure.Travel Insurance
Portuguese Way Cycle - Lisbon to Porto tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.Visa
For this Portuguese Way Cycle - Lisbon to Porto tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are traveling to, as part of this itinerary.For Solo Travelers
A twin share room may not always be available for solo travelers as it depends on the final number of people on the tour. If you have picked twin share room while booking, and that option is not available, we will get back to you after booking. A single room might then be available against an additional fee.COVID-19 Safety Measures
This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:
- Rigorous hygiene safety measures will be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
- All travellers 18 years and older will be required to be fully vaccinated atleast 14 days prior to departure.
How many days are enough for Europe?
You can spend a couple of months exploring Europe and still feel like you have not seen everything. Generally speaking, a two-week Europe trip should be just enough if you are looking to cover its major highlights. However, if you want a comprehensive travel experience within this duration, it is better that you focus on a region or a few countries rather than traveling all over the continent.
Choose a single country or schedule your trip around a handful of cities in different countries. While larger European cities may require three to four days to explore, you can get around smaller destinations in a day or two. Planning your trip around a particular region will cut down your travel time and save your time in transit.
How many miles do we ride each day on this cycling tour?
The approximate kilometers cycled each day are as follows:
Day 1: No cycling.
Day 2: Cycle to Vila Franca de Xira (40km/25mi).
Day 3: On to Santarem (52km/32mi).
Day 4: Continue to Tomar (64km/40mi).
Day 5: To Alvorge (56km/35mi).
Day 6: Cycle to the lively town of Coimbra (38km/23.5mi).
Day 7: Continue to Agueda (48km/30mi).
Day 8: To Olveira de Azemeis (36km/22mi).
Day 9: Cycle into Porto (43km/26.5mi).
Day 10: Trip concluded, no cycling.
How do I plan a 15-day trip to Europe?
If you are planning to visit multiple countries, you should prepare a tentative list of destinations you are interested in. If it is your first trip, stick to major cities and cultural centers for the sake of simplicity and convenience. Also, be flexible and optimize your travel time and budget. Be open to changing your itinerary depending on schedules and ticket prices.
Where to travel in Europe?
Europe has swathes of spectacular landscapes, a rich history, and vibrant cultures. Therefore, deciding on the best travel destinations on the continent can be difficult. However, you can narrow down on highlights by choosing one overarching theme for your trip.
If you are looking forward to immersing yourself in art and history, then Italy, Spain, and France should be on the top of your list. Head for Switzerland, Norway, or Croatia if nature is what you love the most. For beaches and water sports, you will be hard-pressed to find better destinations than Greece, Portugal, and Montenegro.
Having said that, you can also diversify your itinerary by mixing and matching different elements of the same country. Italy tops the charts not just for its medieval monuments and Renaissance art but also for coastal scenery and sun-soaked beaches. Similarly, Spain is a foodie paradise as much as it is an architectural hotspot.
How to travel around Europe cheap?
Bus services like FlixBus and BusAbout offer a convenient means of transport if you wish to move from one city to another within the same country. Although these services do travel between countries, they might not be the best choice due to a longer travel time.
Budget airlines are another great way to get around Europe’s major cities, especially when you want to cut down on travel time between two countries. Keep an eye out and you might be able to snag tickets at unbelievable rates. Services like Skyscanner can be of help. Some of the largest budget airlines in the continent are Ryanair, WizzAir, Eurowings, and EasyJet.
Ridesharing services are a godsend for those wishing to immerse themselves in local culture as they offer you the chance to catch a ride with locals along the way. BlaBlaCar is the largest one. The only downside is that it is not always as easy to book a rideshare service as it is to catch a bus or hop on a budget flight.