- Discover Porto and Lisbon, two of the most charming cities in Europe
- Cycle through pine forests and along coastal routes
- Medieval, whitewashed town of Óbidos
Blessed with sun-kissed beaches, colourful and vibrant fishing villages and scenic routes, the Atlantic coast of Portugal offers some fantastic cycling holiday opportunities. This tour starts in Porto, a UNESCO World Heritage city, and the itinerary follows relatively easy flat or undulating cycling trails through a variety of landscapes and along the stunning coastline, with stops in different villages and towns for a full immersion in the relaxed Portuguese way of life. Highlights include a scenic ride through the dunes of the São Jacinto Natural Reserve and an overnight stay in the picture-perfect fortified village of Óbidos. After a week of cycling along some of the best coastline of Portugal, a full day is dedicated to the visit of Lisbon, one of the most charming capital cities in the world.
Day 1: Start Porto; afternoon orientation tour and guided wine tasting at a Port
Day 2: Gentle coastal ride to historic Ovar via the lively seaside town of
Day 3: Cycle to Mira via the protected Natural Reserve of the São Jacinto dunes; en
route visit to the pretty coastal town of Costa Nova.
Day 4: Follow the Portuguese Silver Coast and ride to Figueira da Foz.
Day 5: Forest and coastal ride to the village of São Pedro de Moel; free time to
relax by the beach or explore the town.
Day 6: Cycle to the famous town of Nazaré, where some of the highest waves in the
world are recorded annually; pedal to Óbidos, a stunning fortified medieval
Day 7: Private transfer to Lisbon. Free day for individual sightseeing.
Day 8: The tour ends in Lisbon.
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- Local city taxes (approx. €10)
- E-bike hire supplement
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this Porto to Lisbon Atlantic Ride 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
Porto to Lisbon Atlantic Ride 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 Porto to Lisbon Atlantic Ride 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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