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Cycling in the Douro Valley

Cycling in the Douro Valley

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  • Holiday type
    Self-guided cycling
  • Duration
    6 nights
  • Accommodation
    hotel-to-hotel
    , and
  • Activity level
  • From £1199per person, tour only

    Flight inclusive prices from £1389 per person
  • NEW FOR 2021  
  • Departures
    Saturdays from 3 Apr '21 to 23 Oct '21
  • What your holiday price includes
  • 6 nights hotel-to-hotel accommodation in a mix of , and hotels
  • All breakfasts and one evening meal.
  • Management by your local Headwater-appointed agent
  • GPS route directions and maps
  • RideWithGPS navigation app
  • High quality bikes
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Vist and wine tasting on day 6
  • Optional Upgrades
  • Flights from Gatwick to Porto with TAP Air Portugal
  • Other flights, including regional departures
  • Business/club/first class fares on request
  • Electric bikes available
  • Suitable for
  • Solo travellers
  • Couples
  • Excellent choice for
  • Wine lovers, flora & fauna, lake & river routes

Portugal: Mainland Portugal

Self-Guided Cycling in the Douro Valley

  • World-class wines of the Douro Valley
  • Guided visit and wine tasting (3 wines) at Quinta do Tedo
  • Delicious cuisine, prepared with local and seasonal produce
  • Cycle terraced vineyards
  • Unique, handpicked accommodation

This self-guided cycling holiday in the Douro will acquaint you with fascinating and magical surroundings, delicious cuisine and some of the world's finest wines (including, of course Port Wine, for which the region is famous). The ride begins in Castelo Rodrigo, a medieval village close to where Portugal borders Spain, and home to an ancient castle and arched palace gates. Your cycling heads across the highland plain to the Spanish border and on through historical villages to the River Douro. You'll cycle through uniquely terraced vineyards and take in the typical towns and villages of the region, including Pinhao, where many of the famous Port wine estates are located. The accommodation is all chosen with the greatest care and you'll stay in different types, from delightful rural houses to 3 and 4 star hotels.



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Day-by-day itinerary



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Day 1: Arrive and transfer to Castelo Rodrigo

Pick up a shared transfer from Porto airport (included at 14.20) to the easternmost point of your holiday; Castelo Rodrigo. Enjoy the beautiful landscape and scenery that unfolds along the way, entering the fascinating landscape of the Douro River Canyon and its 200 metre high cliffs. The historical village of Castelo Rodrigo deserves an exploratory walk, with its cobbled streets, palace ruins, old walls and ogival arched gates, 16th century pillory and medieval church. Your hotel is located in Castelo Rodrigo with great views over the surrounding plains, mountains and all the way to the border with Spain.
You stay at Casa de Cisterna (Breakfast and Evening meal included)

Day 2: Cycle across high plains to Almeida and Escarigo on the Spanish border

The first day of cycling takes you across high plains to the historical village of Almeida, one of the most important strongholds in Portugal's history. Although it had been occupied by humans since the Palaeolithic era, it was only during the Arabic period that the name of the village came about - Al Meda meaning 'the table'. There is an ancient tale that a sumptuous table embedded with precious stones once stood in this spot. However, Almeida's military importance was yet to come...taken and re-taken many times during battles between the Portuguese and the Castilians, in 1296 a new castle was built by the Portuguese, then in 1640 an enormous star-shaped fortress was built around the town to defend against Spanish and French attacks. Eventually falling to Napoleon's armies it was later used by the Portuguese as a political prison. Also visit the village of Vilar Torpim, with it's chapel and manor house, and Escarigo, right on the Spanish border. Return to Castelo Rodrigo for your overnight.
Distance covered: 53 km / 33 miles

Day 3: Cycle to Aldeia do Juizo along backroads with beautiful landscapes

At the beginning of the day, cycle around the Serra da Marofa mountain range. Experience stunning views over the Iberian Plateau and from the top you can also see the Douro river system (which, beyond this river, includes Coa and Agueda rivers), to the East. Continue on to Aldeia do Juizo, a rural village with 2 chapels, several wineries and a community oven that is surrounded by vineyards, olive groves and almond orchards. On the banks of the river, there are vegetable-gardens, where the locals produce a wide variety of agricultural products. Stay in a delightful village house, part of a rural tourism complex of restored houses, all with private bathroom facilities.
Distance covered: 30 km / 19 miles

Day 4: Cycle through the historical villages of Marialva, Meda and on to Penedono

On the ride today you cycle through two historical villages, Marialva and Meda before your approach to Penedono, with views of its almost hexagon castle, perched on an outcrop. After the first 10 km you will be able to see the Castle of Marialva. When you reach the village, explore the streets, lined with buildings that have stood the test of time and which lead to the citadel surrounded by ancient walls. The next highlight is Meda - in medieval times this village was essentially a border town and the setting for hard-fought skirmishes between Christians and Muslims. The watchtower was one of the most important strategic defence points in the region and combined with the castles of Marialva and Longroiva. Today the village is quiet and the main activity is farming and wine-making. Continue on to Penedono and its medieval castle, a unique example of military architecture that dominates the surrounding countryside.
Distance covered: 39 km / 24 miles

Day 5: Ride to the UNESCO World Heritage listed vineyards of the Douro Valley

The Alto Douro winemaking region is most famous for its Port wine, but the region also produces world-famous wines from the Touriga grape. The terraced vineyards are so typical of the region that they are listed a UNESCO World Heritage site and are a delight to behold. The neatly-kept wine estates rise proudly amidst the vineyards, their names clearly visible to everyone who passes. In the afternoon enjoy a boat trip (payable locally) on a 'Rabelo', a traditional 'gondola-shaped' boat that in earlier days transported up to 50 barrels of wine at a time, downriver, to Porto. The Port wine town of Pinhao is your next stop, with its exquisite train station, the ceiling covered in azulejos (traditional Portuguese blue ceramic tiles). You spend the night in Pinhao.
Distance covered: 40 km / 25 miles

Day 6: Pinhao Loop cycling along the Douro River

The route today takes you along the magnificent and enchanting Douro Valley. The views are nothing less than breathtaking, as if the Douro Valley is ensuring that you will never forget its magical beauty! Head along the riverside and enjoy a guided visit of an 18th century wine estate, at the confluence of the Douro and Tedo rivers, and a wine tasting at Quinta do Tedo. At the end of today's cycle you will arrive back in Pinhao.
Distance covered: 40.5 km / 25 miles

Day 7: Transfer back to the airport, or choose to spend extra time in the cosmopolitan city of Porto

This morning you check out from your hotel and are transferred back to Porto; here you can choose to spend some time in this cosmopolitan city, or go straight back to the airport for your flight home. Extra nights in Porto can be requested at the time of booking.

Where you stay

During your holiday you stay at the following hotels. If you'd like to extend your time at any of these or, if you'd like to enhance your stay with an upgraded room, just let us know at the time of booking. If you'd like to keep your bikes with you for any extra nights we can arrange this for you for just £ per adult per day and £ per child per day.

To find out more call our sales team on 01606 720199, use our live webchat (we open again 9am Monday) or email sales@headwater.com


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Casa da Cisterna, Castelo Rodrigo

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For the most of us, living in a luxury condominium means living within a modern infrastructure with a selected and closed environment that should include a swimming pool. But for Ana and António, two biologists who came from Lisboa fascinated by the rural charms, the luxury condominium concept is a bit different: in Castelo Rodrigo, the beautiful fortified village they live in, the walls have centuries of history and are opened to whoever wants to come in. The people in the neighbourhood always stand a smile and the swimming pool is a monument – the ancient cistern that once served as water reservoir for the village and now gives name to Casa da Cisterna. Different perspectives, different rhythms of life...


Extra nights: Please contact us for details.


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Casas do Juizo, Aldeia Do Juizo

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Located in the centre of the village of Juizo, Casas do Juízo - Turismo Rural is a rural tourism complex of 8 rustic houses. Houses have been fully recovered maintaining their original characteristics and each can accommodate 1 to 8 people. Each feature private bathroom facilities and are equipped with flat-screen TV with 30 channels, sofas, fireplace, wardrobe and dining areas. Guests staying at Casas do Juízo - Turismo Rural will be able to prepare their own meals since each house includes a fully equipped kitchen. In addition Taberna do Juiz can serve meals upon previous request. The complex where Casas do Juízo - Turismo Rural are set includes a greenhouse, a vegetable garden, fruit trees, werehouses, garages, a glass-covered terrace, 2 fountains and a waterwell. Guests can enjoy the tranquillity and unique landscapes of Beira Alta.


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Hotel Medieval de Penedono, Penedono

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Located in the heart of one of the most beautiful and traditional villages of Portugal, Hotel Medieval® de Penedono**** offers you an elegant and cozy atmosphere with a stunning view of Penedono’s Castle. It is this combination of modern and traditional that gives the hotel its identity and unique charm. Housed in a historic building whose original facade was maintained, Hotel Medieval® de Penedono**** invites you to discover the beauty of this historical region where Douro meets Beira Alta.


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LBV House Hotel, Pinhao

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LBV House Hotel, a Hotel wrapped in nature, located in the Pinhão Village (Alijó). This villa enjoys a privileged location on the right bank of the Douro River. The Pinhão is the center of the demarcated region of the Port Wine and where are located the most famous Farm Houses producers of Port Wine. In this environment is born the LBV House Hotel Project, which aims to provide its guests a quality and excellence service, combined with a unique surrounding landscape, the landscape of Pinhão, classified by UNESCO as Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Despite the contemporary design and features of a modern hotel, the LBV House Hotel doesn't loose the charm and identity of its location, being part of the terraced vineyards and the landscape with its schist walls. It harmoniously fits in an area with privileged views of the Douro and its slopes.


Extra nights: Please contact us for details.

Travel

Our aim is to provide holidays that are unbeatable for choice and flexibility. We've listed our most popular travel options below, however you aren't limited to these - we can tailor-make virtually any holiday to suit.

To find out more about the travel options available call our sales team on 01606 720199, use our live webchat (we open again 9am Monday) or email sales@headwater.com

Air

Air prices include our standard flights/transfers
Out: TAP Air Portugal Gatwick to Porto 12:00/14:20 then transfer to hotel 3 hours. Return: Transfer to airport 1 hour 45 mins then TAP Air Portugal to Gatwick 17:50/20:05.

Business/club/first class seats are available on request.

Alternative travel

Alternative Air Travel
Alternative flights, onward rail to your holiday area, and connecting private transfers can be arranged from most UK airports. If you would like to use one of the many 'low cost' airlines, we can book these on your behalf. We can also book UK shuttles to connect with your onward flight, please call for details and prices.

Popular alternative routes for this holiday include:

FromToAirline(s)
BristolPortoEasyjet
LiverpoolPortoRyanair
London GatwickPortoEasyjet
London LutonPortoEasyjet
London StanstedPortoRyanair
ManchesterPortoEasyjet
Other UK AirportsPortoVarious Airlines

Tour only

Standard transfers
Standard transfers can be arranged for all flights arriving before 14:20. Standard transfer on the return can be arranged for all flight departures after 14:00.

Alternative transfers
If you require alternative transfers (because you will be arriving at a different time to our standard flights), then we can usually arrange these for you (there may be an additional charge).

Holiday extras

Should you require overnight airport accommodation, airport parking or even a uniformed chauffeur to take your car from your departure terminal and park it for you, we can arrange this for you through Holiday Extras. You can book airport parking, airport hotels and executive lounges directly through their website - or call us on 01606 720199 for further details of all the services on offer. Early booking is recommended to obtain the best availability and prices.

Reviews

Here at Headwater we thrive on feedback from our customers. It's the only way we can continue to develop, and where necessary improve, our services and ensure our holidays continue to be the best they can be. However, as this is a relatively new holiday, we don't yet have any customer reviews available.

Dates and prices

You can be confident that our pricing includes all the standard requirements of your holiday and many additional extras. Always ensure that you are comparing like for like when booking your holiday.

This 6 night self-guided cycling holiday includes:

Hotel-to-hotel accommodation in a mix of , and hotels

All breakfasts and one evening meal.

Management by your local Headwater-appointed agent

GPS route directions and maps

RideWithGPS navigation app

High quality bikes

Luggage transfers between hotels

Vist and wine tasting on day 6


How to book:

For further details, or to check availability, speak to our sales team on 01606 720199 (we open again 9am Monday) or complete our holiday enquiry form (we'll contact you at a time that's most convenient for you).

Complete our holiday enquiry form - we'll get in touch when it's most convenient for you
Speak to our sales team on 01606 720199 - we open again 9am Monday
Use our live chat to ask us a question

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3rd Apr 2021 £1199 £1389 Tour only: £1199
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24th Apr 2021 £1199 £1389 Tour only: £1199
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1st May 2021 £1199 £1389 Tour only: £1199
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8th May 2021 £1199 £1389 Tour only: £1199
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15th May 2021 £1199 £1389 Tour only: £1199
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22nd May 2021 £1199 £1389 Tour only: £1199
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29th May 2021 £1199 £1389 Tour only: £1199
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5th Jun 2021 £1359 £1549 Tour only: £1359
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12th Jun 2021 £1359 £1549 Tour only: £1359
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19th Jun 2021 £1359 £1549 Tour only: £1359
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3rd Jul 2021 £1359 £1549 Tour only: £1359
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10th Jul 2021 £1359 £1549 Tour only: £1359
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17th Jul 2021 £1359 £1549 Tour only: £1359
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31st Jul 2021 £1359 £1549 Tour only: £1359
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7th Aug 2021 £1359 £1549 Tour only: £1359
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14th Aug 2021 £1359 £1549 Tour only: £1359
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21st Aug 2021 £1359 £1549 Tour only: £1359
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4th Sep 2021 £1359 £1549 Tour only: £1359
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11th Sep 2021 £1359 £1549 Tour only: £1359
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18th Sep 2021 £1359 £1549 Tour only: £1359
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25th Sep 2021 £1359 £1549 Tour only: £1359
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2nd Oct 2021 £1199 £1389 Tour only: £1199
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9th Oct 2021 £1199 £1389 Tour only: £1199
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16th Oct 2021 £1199 £1389 Tour only: £1199
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23rd Oct 2021 £1199 £1389 Tour only: £1199
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The prices quoted for each individual departure supercede those published in our current brochures. Air prices are subject to change and we advise early booking to obtain the best prices. Please see our Planning your holiday and What's included in the price? pages for additional information.

Holiday details

Singles
Add £198 single supplement Apr, May and Oct and £288 Jun-Sept

Children
This holiday is unsuitable for children.

Holiday type
Self-guided cycling Managed locally by Headwater appointed agent.

Departures
Saturdays from 3rd Apr 2021 to 23rd Oct 2021, for 6 nights. All dates are subject to availability, please contact us to check.

Meals
All breakfasts and one evening meal.

Electric bikes
It is possible to hire electric bikes for this holiday at a supplement of £122 per person. As these are available on a first come first served basis, we recommend early booking to avoid disappointment.

Tailor-made travel

The above prices include our standard flights/transfers
Out: TAP Air Portugal Gatwick to Porto 12:00/14:20 then transfer to hotel 3 hours. Return: Transfer to airport 1 hour 45 mins then TAP Air Portugal to Gatwick 17:50/20:05.

Alternative Air
Flights can be arranged from most UK airports, with connecting transfers as required, prices and details on request.

Upgraded air travel
Business/club/first class fares on request.

Tour only
Standard transfers can be arranged for all flights arriving before 14:20. Standard transfer on the return can be arranged for all flight departures after 14:00.

How to book

For further details, or to check availability, speak to our sales team on 01606 720199 (we open again 9am Monday) or complete our holiday enquiry form (we'll contact you at a time that's most convenient for you).

Complete our holiday enquiry form - we'll get in touch when it's most convenient for you
Speak to our sales team on 01606 720199 - we open again 9am Monday
Use our live chat to ask us a question

Please note: The prices and travel options shown are provided for customers based in, and travelling from/to, the UK. We are happy to arrange holidays for non-UK customers however, if you are travelling from USA, Canada, Australia or New Zealand, we recommend that you contact your local agent as they can provide appropriate transport options and advice.



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