- Cycle through rugged scenery and mountain villages
- Enjoy mouthwateringly fresh fish and seafood
- Taste the local Vinho Verde directly from the vineyards
- Relax on miles of golden sand along the Atlantic Ocean
- Stay in delightful, handpicked accommodation
In the far north of Portugal, on the border with Spain, lies the Minho region: a wild, rugged area of historical and cultural significance. You cycle through small villages and extensive vineyards, following the River Minho towards the Atlantic Ocean. The scenery is a stunning combination of high mountains, rolling river scenes, historic towns and dramatic coastal landscape. You will stay in authentic accommodation offering friendly Portuguese hospitality and delicious regional cuisine. There is plenty of opportunity to relax and enjoy the golden stretches of beach you cycle past, maybe accompanied by a glass of the local Vinho Verde (white wine) for which the region is well known. The ride finishes in Porto, named best European City Destination in 2013, 2014, and again for 2017.
Day 1: An airport transfer is included to pick you up from Porto Airport (please
ensure you arrive before 2.10pm)
Day 2: On this stage you pedal westwards, along the River Minho to the Atlantic
Day 3: Today you spend the morning cycling along the dramatic Atlantic Ocean
Day 4: Cycle along the Lima river to Ponte da Barca.
Day 5: The ride today follows the ancient Portuguese route used by pilgrim's on
their way to Santiago de Compostela.
Day 6: The ride back to the Atlantic today is a short stage.
Day 7: The last stage of your holiday takes you on quiet cycle paths along the coast
Day 8: Finish your trip in Porto and take a transfer back to the airport.
- Luggage transfers between hotels
- All breakfasts and 2 wine tastings
- High Quality Bikes
- Travel insurance
- Single accommodation (available on request - compulsory supplement)
- Solo traveller supplement (where only one person is travelling on a departure date)
- Visas or vaccinations
- Flights from London (available on request)
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this Cycling in Portugal: From the Mountains to the Sea tour. You can cancel the tour up to 71 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 70 days of departure.Payment
For any tour departures within 13 December 2022, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 13 December 2022, a deposit of 15% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 70 days before trip departure.Travel Insurance
Cycling in Portugal: From the Mountains to the Sea 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 Cycling in Portugal: From the Mountains to the Sea 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.COVID-19 Safety Measures
This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:
- This tour has received the World Travel and Tourism Council’s ‘Safe Travels’ stamp, which provides travellers with assurance that COVID-19 health and hygiene protocols have been adhered to.
- Group sizes are kept small to maintain a low risk ‘small group bubble’, with an average of 10 guests in each group.
- Hygiene safety measures and distancing will be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
- Several COVID-19 distancing measures have been adopted on this package tour to keep travellers safe.
- All travellers will be required to be fully vaccinated no less than two weeks prior to travel.
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