Self Guided – The Douro Valley

The DouroYou would be hard pressed to find more exceptional rides than what the Douro has to offer. With excellent roads with zero traffic, our rides will take you through the most stunning landscapes with breathtaking views of this unique valley. This UNESCO heritage site owes as much to the labors of man in making the remarkable terraced vineyards as with the beauty of the valley itself. A unique micro-climate and varying solar exposure ensure that no two hillsides are alike and the result are the wonderful wines of the region, as well as turn after turn of sublime vistas. You will have the opportunity to visit the most acclaimed wineries, tour the largest array of outdoor Palaeolithic rock art, and soak in the river views from the scenic train that runs from Porto into the Douro.

The rides are as challenging as they are rewarding, with most climbs being taken on the saddle, as they wind round the contours of the slopes rather than straight up them.

Included in this holiday

• 5 night’s in a twin or double room in high quality accommodation chosen for comfort, charm and convenience
• 5 breakfasts
• entrance to Côa museum & tour of rock art on site
• choice of mens or ladys suspension touring bikes or optionally Road Touring Bike
• bikes delivered and collected directly from your hotel
• Ortlieb front bar bag with map cover
• Ortlieb Panniers 2 x 20 litres
• helmets
• brand new water bottles to keep
• spare tube, tire levers, multi tool, mini pump & lock
• handlebar mounted GPS
• GPX files uploaded to GPS
• back up support

Not included

• flights and travel to Porto
• train fares
• 5 dinners
• 5 lunches
• travel insurance
• transport of luggage (we supply panniers)

Cost per person

Late September – June: 620 euro
Single room supplement: 350 euro
Luggage transfers between hotels: 320 euro (1-2 people)

Itinerary

Day 1 – arrival and overnight in Porto

Day 2 – a glorious train journey from Porto hugging the Douro river to the town of Pinhao where you will be met and fitted to your bike. This is followed by a warm up ride up the Mendiz valley to Sabrosa (Magellans hometown) $9km. Overnight Pinhao.

Day 3 – zig zagging your way back and forth over the river, enjoy heart stopping views of the incredible terraces and wine estates that makes this valley so famous, 31km. Overnight S J Pesqueira.

The DouroDay 4 – today its breathtaking as you ride along the ridge of the valley and you start to feel more remote. The landscape gives way to more almond and olive trees and even a few fig, 42km. Overnight VN Foz Coa.

Day 5  – an amazing beautiful gentle loop through the upper Douro passing ancient castles now long abandoned that once protected the borders from Spainish incursions, 47km. Overnight VN Foz Coa.

Day 6 – this morning you swap 2 wheels for 4 for a rugged 4×4 tour of the largest collection of outdoor rock art followed by a visit to the superb museum. After lunch it’s a short ride to the train station for yet another striking train journey back to Porto, 8km.

The Douro   The Douro

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