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Porto to Lisbon Atlantic Ride

Porto to Lisbon Atlantic Ride

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  • Holiday type
    Guided cycling
  • Duration
    7 nights
  • Accommodation
    hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • From $2099per person, tour only
  • NEW FOR 2019  
  • Departures
    Selected Sundays from 1 Sep '19 to 18 Oct '20
  • What's Included?
  • All accommodation
  • All breakfasts, 1 wine tasting and 1 dinner
  • All accommodation
  • London flights (if booking incl. flights)
  • Airport transfers for group flights
  • Local bike hire
  • Key Information
  • This holiday is operated by our sister company, Exodus
  • 7 nights 4-star hotels, all en suite 
  • 8 days land only / flight inclusive
  • 5 days cycling with full vehicle support (limited seats)
  • Group normally 6‐16, plus leader. Min age 16 yrs
  • 90% tarmac roads and cycle paths, 10% unpaved trails
  • Mix of flat riding and some hills throughout
  • Local bike hire included
  • E-bike hire available on request

Portugal: Mainland Portugal

Porto to Lisbon Atlantic Ride

  • Operated by our sister company, Exodus
  • Discover Lisbon and Porto, the two main cities of Portugal
  • Stay in premium accommodation and try delicious local cuisine
  • Enjoy gentle coastal rides and free time to relax by the sea

Blessed with sun-kissed beaches, colourful and vibrant fishing villages and scenic routes through pine forests and dunes, the Atlantic Coast of Portugal offers some fantastic cycling holiday opportunities. This tour starts in Porto, a UNESCO World Heritage city awarded best European City Destination in 2013, 2014, and again in 2017. The itinerary follows relatively easy flat or undulating cycling trails 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 Sao Jacinto Natural Reserve and an overnight in the picture-perfect fortified village of Obidos. After a week of cycling and plenty of free time to enjoy some of the best beaches and restaurants of Portugal, a full day is dedicated to the visit of Lisbon, one of the most charming capital cities in the world.



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Typical holiday itinerary



Walking information

This trip is classified as Road. Average daily distance: 52km (32miles) No. of days cycling: 5

We use mainly cycle paths and quiet roads where possible.The first three rides are shorter, mainly flat and easy and on Day 4 the ride is longer and more hilly. The ride on day 6 has the most ascent as the terrain changes, but the pace will be slow and with plenty of coffee and cake stops. A support vehicle (with limited seats) is available throughout the trip, it will not be able to follow the group at all times but it will meet you at the end of cycle paths and at junctions to give route directions and allow access to any items you don’t wish to carry on the bike.

Activity Level: 2 (Leisurely/Moderate). Please see the introductory pages of the cycling brochure or our website for more important information on classification and grading. If you have any queries about the difficulty of the trip please do not hesitate to call us.



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Day 1: Start Porto; afternoon orientation tour and guided wine tasting at a Port wine cellar.

Start in Porto. Time permitting, your leader will arrange a short orientiation tour in the historic centre. Porto is a UNESCO World Heritage city and a real historic jewel with more than 150 listed monuments. There is plenty to see and for this reason we recommend travelling a day earlier if you are interested in exploring more of its vibrant centre. Before dinner, we will enjoy a guided visit and wine tasting at a traditional Port wine cellar. Overnight at Hotel Vila Gale or Hotel Cristal. /Alternative itinerary - 22nd September 2019/Please note that on this departure date the first night will not be spent in Porto but at Furadouro Boutique Hotel Beach & Spa. After a short orientiation tour in the historic centre of Porto and a guided visit and wine tasting at a traditional Port wine cellar, there will be a group transfer to Furadouro for dinner and overnight.  Full joining instructions will be provided around three weeks before the start of your trip.

Day 2: Gentle coastal ride to the seaside town of Furadouro, renowned for its excellent fish. Free time to explore the lively town or relax at the beach.

This morning we leave the hustle and bustle of the city behind and immerse ourselves in the more peaceful atmosphere of the Atlantic shore. Starting from Porto, we will ride along the Douro River until its estuary. We then follow the coast, mostly on cycling paths, enjoying some inspiring views of beautiful sandy beaches along the way. During this ride there will be plenty of opportunities to stop for drinks or snacks in traditional Portuguese cafes, right by the Atlantic Ocean! After following a cycling path which crosses a pine tree forest, we reach lively Furadouro, a seaside town renowned for its excellent fish. Free time for a swim (seasonal), relax in the hotel's spa or enjoy a deserved drink in one of the several cafes and restaurants in town. Overnight at Furadouro Boutique Hotel Beach & Spa or similar.Alternative itinerary - 22nd September 2019 Depending on wind conditions, the group travelling on the 22nd September 2019 departure will either start their ride in Furadouro and end it in Porto, followed by a transfer back to Furadouro - or, viceversa, start their day with a transfer to Porto in the morning and ride back to Furadouro as per original programme. A second night will be spent at the comfortable 4-star hotel in Furadouro. 

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.

Today's ride follows the Aveiro lagoon and the nature reserve of Sao Jacinto, one of Europe's last remaining untouched coastal marshland and habitat of numerous bird species. We pedal through a scenery of sandy beaches, marshland and rolling dunes peppered with grasses and creepers. This is home to a plethora of birds, insects, small animals and unusual flowers and plants. After a short transfer by ferry, we leave the lagoon and continue cycling to the small town of Costa Nova, a picturesque village characterised by multi-coloured striped houses. Our ride ends in the seaside town of Mira, known for its infinitely long beach rated as one of the best in Portugal. Overnight at Macarico Beach Hotel or similar.

Day 4: Follow the Portuguese Silver Coast and ride to Figuera da Foz through a peaceful pine forest.

Today's ride takes us through one of the biggest dune systems in the area covered in a scenic pine tree forest. The route is mainly flat and the roads quiet and peaceful making the cycling very pleasant and relaxing. We aim to arrive in the lively town of Figuera da Foz in the early afternoon. The rest of the day is free to explore the town of Figuera da Foz and its extensive beach (nicknamed 'Rainha das Praias' - Queen of beaches) - there are lots of lovely cafes and bars to enjoy a pre-dinner drink, and some excellent restaurants. Overnight at Universal Boutique Hotel or similar.

Day 5: Coastal ride to the village of Sao Pedro do Moel; free time to relax by the beach or explore the town.

Today we enter the Portuguese Silver Coast and ride a cycleway that follows the Estrada Atlântica (Atlantic Road). We’ll be riding mainly through a vast pine forest, which was originally planted in the 15th Century with the aim of supplying naval construction during the Portuguese Discoveries. We reach the picturesque town of São Pedro de Moel in the afternoon, and enjoy some time to relax at the beach or at the comfortable hotel with sea-view. Overnight at Mar & Sol Hotel or similar.

Day 6: Transfer to the famous town of Nazaré, where some of the highest waves in the world are recorded annually; pedal to Óbidos, a stunning fortified mediaeval village.

Today starts with a transfer to Nazaré, one of the most famous fishing towns in Portugal. Here fisherwomen still wear seven colourful layers of skirts, as well as wooden clogs and a traditional black headscarf. There will be the opportunity to enjoy some spectacular ocean views from the popular panoramic terrace. It was in Nazaré's Praia Norte that the world record for the largest wave ever surfed was set, an estimated 30m high! From here we ride all the way to Obidos, a charming small fortified town which resembles a medieval film set. It has been carefully preserved by its inhabitants who take real pride in maintaining the architectural image of the village characterised by narrow winding streets and white-washed houses.

Day 7: Private transfer to Lisbon. Free day for individual sightseeing and optional Fado dinner.

A morning private transfer (approx. 1hr) takes us to the great capital city of Lisbon; here we enjoy a full free day for independent sightseeing. Begin with the two landmark monuments, the Tower of Belém and the Monastery of Jerónimos, both of which have been designated UNESCO World Heritage status. For some great views, head up the Monument to the Discoveries and in the afternoon consider catching one of the traditional yellow trams for a panoramic ride through old Lisbon and conclude the trip with an enjoyable Portuguese dinner accompanied by traditional Fado music (optional). Overnight at Turim Europa Hotel or similar.

Day 8: End Lisbon.

End Lisbon

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.

To find out more call our sales team on 1-800-267-3347, use our live webchat or email usa@exodustravels.com

Premium Hotels

We use a selection of comfortable 4-star hotels. All hotels are high quality and individual and have been selected for their location, comfort and character. All rooms are en suite and some hotels have a swimming pool or a sea view.

Examples of hotels used:

Porto: Cristal Hotel or Vila Gale - 4 star

Ovar: Furadouro Boutique Hotel Beach & Spa. 4-star, beach front hotel with a contemporary design

Praia de Mira: Maçarico Beach Hotel. 4-star, located in front of the Mira beach with a contemporary design with an incredible rooftop pool

Figuera da Foz: Universal Boutique Hotel. 4-star, charming style, central and beach side location

Sao Pedro do Moel: Mar & Sol Hotel. 4-star, seafront location, modern style, spa and rooftop deck

Obidos: Literary Man Hote l. 4-star, uniqueliterary hotel and the biggest in the world of its kind. Former convent converted into a hotel in 1965 with traditional decoration and an eco and modern style. Offersgin bar and a lounge with an antique fireplace.

Lisbon: Sana Malhoa / Hotel Czar / Olaias Park - 4 star hotels

Please note some hotels might change on certain departures. For more up-to-date information about the hotels used, please contact our Customer Operations Team closer to your travel date.


Meals

All breakfasts, 1 wine tasting and 1 dinner included.

A typical hotel breakfast consists of toast/bread with jam, or honey, cheese and ham, served with coffee, tea, milk, orange juice, fruit, cake and yoghurt. Eggs are usually available and there are frequently other cooked options; the breakfasts on this trip are always plentiful and perfect to set us up for a day of cycling.

Portuguese people are very proud of their cuisine, and the deliciously fresh seafood is a real highlight. You will find fresh fish on most menus, usually sardines, sea bream, hake, sea bass and sole, cooked in a variety of ways.

Bacalhau (cured codfish) is a national dish although it can vary depending on the region - there are up to 365 recipes to cook it! Caldo Verde (green soup) is made with potatoes, olive oil and salt, sometimes with garlic and onion, and is typical in the northern region of Portugal.

For meat lovers the barrosã meat (steak) is often served grilled and roasted just to its naturally delicious flavour. 'Francesinha' is an iconic dish originating from Porto and involves layers of different meats (usually beef, ham, grilled pork, linguiça (smoke cured pork sausage) and sausage), between two slices of bread, covered by melted cheese and immersed in a spicy beer and tomato sauce, often topped with a fried egg and surrounded by chips. It is not for the faint hearted!

To drink you will find plenty of the local Sagres and Superbock beer. Vinho Verde is available from the supermarket and directly from the producers. It is a young, medium strength white wine with an almost carbonated quality. Port needs no introduction and a glass (or two) of the fortified wine will generally follow a hearty Portuguese meal!

There are an incredible amount of different desserts available and if you have a sweet tooth it will be possible to try a different one each day! Local favourites include bolo de bolacha (cookie cake), leite creme (cream eggs and sugar), pao de lo (sponge cake made with lots of eggs), arroz doce (a traditional rice pudding) and of course, the famous pastel de nata, which you will find at most cafes on your route!

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 1-800-267-3347, use our live webchat or email usa@exodustravels.com

Transfers

Airport transfers are included for those on the group flights.

If you require airport transfers, you may (by prior arrangement only) be able to join the group transfer. Transfers are arranged to coincide with the arrival time of the group flight - please check the group flight details 2 weeks before departure. If you do not take this transfer, or miss it, you must make your own way to the joining point at your own expense.

The start hotel is located approximately 15km from Porto airport. It is possible to reach the start hotel by public transport although taxis are generally easier and resonably priced.

Transportation

Transfers to and from the airport will be by private vehicle (normally minibus). Whilst cycling the vehicle will carry your baggage and be on hand with assistance or if you choose to 'sit out' a section of the ride (seats are limited). A guide cycles with the group.

Joining Instructions

Travelling flight inclusive from London: 8 days
The group flight from London is a daytime flight departing on Day 1 of the itinerary.

Flights from London
We normally use the scheduled services of TAP (depending on availability). As flight timings and schedules change regularly we recommend you call one of our specialist sales staff or your agent to confirm up‐to‐date timings. Please note timings may change at a later date and cannot be confirmed until approximately two weeks before departure.

Travelling land only: 8 days starting in Porto and ending in Lisbon
Your trip normally starts at our accommodation in Porto in the afternoon of Day 1 of the itinerary. Details of how to reach the start point are provided in the Final Joining Instructions ‐ sent approximately two weeks before departure.

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. As this is a relatively new holiday, we don't yet have any customer reviews available from our customers, but here are the comments that have been received from previous Exodus travellers.

Good cycling beside the Atlantic Ocean. Blue sky and sunshine with wind behind us. Lovely hotels, great beaches and lots of surf. Nice bikes, and fun cycling.

Lucky that we had a late Oct ride with 25 C temperatures.Great guides and well working bikes.The mostly flat terrain was pleasant and interesting.The meals were excellent, like a gastronomic tour!

We had an excellent cycling holiday with great leaders and a very sociable group of fellow travellers.

Great ride. Most is on mostly flat, well maintained, paved bike paths, with little riding on roads. Going in late October meant that when we were on roads they were almost traffic-free and the lovely coastal villages and beaches en route were tourist-free. This summer Portugal experienced many forest fires and a day of cycling through charred forests was unavoidable. It was interesting to see, first-hand, the unfortunate devastation that we had all read about in the news. Regeneration will begin quickly, I'm sure. Marco was an excellent guide and we were fortunate to learn a lot as a result of his excellent knowledge of the history of Portugal. The picnic lunches were a highlight, the group was great and I had a wonderful holiday.

This was my 7th cycling trip and biking was a great way to see this region of Portugal. The route is mostly flat with the occasional steep but short hill.. The views while cycling along the coast were beautiful. Our cycling group was a lot of fun and the pace was perfect such that we enjoyed a relaxing time at coffee stops (always near a beach) and got into the next town/city in time to explore a bit. The weather was perfect for cycling and we had no rain on the trip.

This was our 6th cycling trip and one of the best,we usually do moderate but this time did leisurely to moderate,thought it might be to easy but there was a couple of challenging hills,hotels were very good,trindade hotel in Porto advertised a rooftop bar but there wasn't one,another hotel had a rooftop bar but was closed for the season bit early I thought. Our guide Pedro and our driver jaun were excellent nothing was too much trouble ,super trip .

A fantastic week riding through beautiful coastal scenery, with fantastic accommodation and excellent food.

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.

Find out about The Headwater Price Promise to ensure you're getting the very best value for money.

This 7 night guided cycling holiday includes:

All accommodation

All breakfasts, 1 wine tasting and 1 dinner

All accommodation

London flights (if booking incl. flights)

Airport transfers for group flights

Local bike hire


How to book:

For further details, or to check availability, speak to our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 or complete our holiday enquiry form (we'll contact you at a time that's most convenient for you).

To enquire about this holiday, or for further information, call our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 or complete our holiday enquiry form.

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Key information

This holiday is operated by our sister company, Exodus

7 nights 4-star hotels, all en suite 

8 days land only / flight inclusive

5 days cycling with full vehicle support (limited seats)

Group normally 6‐16, plus leader. Min age 16 yrs

90% tarmac roads and cycle paths, 10% unpaved trails

Mix of flat riding and some hills throughout

Local bike hire included

E-bike hire available on request

Transfers

Airport transfers are included for those on the group flights.

If you require airport transfers, you may (by prior arrangement only) be able to join the group transfer. Transfers are arranged to coincide with the arrival time of the group flight - please check the group flight details 2 weeks before departure. If you do not take this transfer, or miss it, you must make your own way to the joining point at your own expense.

The start hotel is located approximately 15km from Porto airport. It is possible to reach the start hotel by public transport although taxis are generally easier and resonably priced.

Transportation

Transfers to and from the airport will be by private vehicle (normally minibus). Whilst cycling the vehicle will carry your baggage and be on hand with assistance or if you choose to 'sit out' a section of the ride (seats are limited). A guide cycles with the group.

Joining instructions

Travelling flight inclusive from London: 8 days
The group flight from London is a daytime flight departing on Day 1 of the itinerary.

Flights from London
We normally use the scheduled services of TAP (depending on availability). As flight timings and schedules change regularly we recommend you call one of our specialist sales staff or your agent to confirm up‐to‐date timings. Please note timings may change at a later date and cannot be confirmed until approximately two weeks before departure.

Travelling land only: 8 days starting in Porto and ending in Lisbon
Your trip normally starts at our accommodation in Porto in the afternoon of Day 1 of the itinerary. Details of how to reach the start point are provided in the Final Joining Instructions ‐ sent approximately two weeks before departure.



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