Biking the Douro Valley

Biking the Douro Valley

Biking the Douro Valley

Prices

From $1,195USD

Difficulty

Self-guided

Hotel, Guesthouses

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Highlights

Explore the beautiful wine region of the Douro Valley by bike

Cycle through tranquil vineyards, stunning river valleys, and nature reserves in lovely northern Portugal.

Sample locally-grown olive oil, almonds, wine, handmade cheese, sausage, and fresh baked goods while you explore the region.

Enjoy the peaceful farm life when you stay at authentic rural guesthouses in between rides.

Cook with a local quinta proprietor to learn about regional cuisine and traditions.

There are few places more fit for an exciting cycling tour than the stunning Douro Valley, an area famous for its gorgeous scenery and fantastic wines. You can spend the day cruising through lush green valleys under the Portuguese sun and evenings tasting incredible wine and food from the comfort of your historic guesthouses.

Tailor your rides to suit your energy level, lingering where the scenery is just right. You’ll pass the farms and groves where local olive oil, almonds, and wine are made while you ride. Then, ride through Douro Natural Park, teeming with wildlife. Park your bike for a while to appreciate the UNESCO-recognized wine region from the best vantage points along the route. Wine, food, cycling- what more could the Biking the Douro Valley tour offer?

Biking the Douro Valley Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Porto

On arrival day, you’ll be driven from Porto to Miranda do Douro, where you’ll begin your trip. Take in the lovely scenery on the way and then spend the evening taking a stroll through town.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Miranda do Douro
Distance
None
Meals
None

Day 2 Quiet Ride through Douro Nature Reserve

Your first bike ride of the trip will take you across the plateau of the International Douro Nature Reserve. The peace of the wilderness will likely only be disturbed by the occasional wildlife. Residents of the park include wild boar, goats, cattle, over 170 species of birds, and the rare Iberian wolf! In some cases, if there's no availability for accommodation in Mogadouro, you might stay Casa das Quintas or Sendim.

Overnight Location
Guesthouse in Mogadouro
Distance
3 hours, 47 km, 311m of total ascent
Meals
Breakfast

Day 3 Cycle to Ancient Torre de Moncorvo

The trail today follows an old railway line through forests and across agricultural fields. Ride through olive groves and almond trees into the medieval town of Torre de Moncorvo.

Challenging option: 3 hours, 48 km, 414m of total ascent

Overnight Location
Guesthouse in Torre de Moncorvo
Distance
Medium option: 2.5 hours, 38.1 km, 180m of total ascent
Meals
Breakfast

Day 4 Cycle the Douro River

Today you’ll be cycling along the magnificent Douro River. You’ll enjoy beautiful views and a peaceful ride through the olive groves.

Challenging option: 2.5 hours, 37.6 km, 401m of total ascent

Overnight Location
Guesthouse in Vila Flor
Distance
Medium option: 2 hours, 28.7 km, 271m of total ascent
Meals
Breakfast, dinner

Day 5 Ride through Wine Country and Rabelo Ride to Pinhão

Set out on your bike to explore the Alto Douro wine region. This area is famous for producing port wine and wines from the Touriga grape. Notice the incredible man-made vine-covered terraces and wine estates along your route.

Challenging option: 2 hours, 30.7 km, 212m of total ascent

Overnight Location
Guesthouse in Sabrosa
Distance
Medium option: 2 hours, 28.7 km, 98m of total ascent
Meals
Breakfast

Day 6 Ride the River Valley to Peso da Régua

Today will sadly be the last ride of your biking adventure. You’ll follow the country roads back into the Douro Valley, enjoying the gorgeous scenery one last time. You’ll finish up your ride at another quinta in Peso da Régua.

Tonight, you have the option to share a cooking experience with your host, followed by a celebration glass of wine on the terrace.

Overnight Location
Guesthouse in Cambres
Distance
2 hours, 30.8 km, 295m of total ascent
Meals
Breakfast

Day 7 Return to Porto

Goodbye, Portugal! This morning you’ll meet your transfer for the return trip to Porto Airport.

Overnight Location
None
Distance
None
Meals
Breakfast

Biking the Douro Valley Price and Dates

This self-guided cycling tour of the Douro Valley is always run as a private tour for your group only and the price depends on the size of your group. Please note that the prices might increase during public holidays.

The standard departure day is Saturday before 3 pm, but you can pay a supplement of $295USD per person to depart a different day of the week or at later time on Saturday. This surcharge only applies to groups of 2-3 people. Larger groups can depart any day of the without any additional costs. Prices below are per person:

  • Self-guided groups of 2-5: $1,325USD per person
  • Self-guided groups of 6-10: $1,195USD per person

Note: You can also upgrade your tour for $525USD per person to include additional services. Please see Included for more information.

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Accommodation on Biking the Douro Valley

This tour is based in 3-star hotels and authentic rural guesthouses. The private rooms are based on double occupancy.

In some cases, the accommodation listed below may need to be substituted for other, comparable accommodations. The hotel list will be sent to you with your confirmation but will be reconfirmed 31 days prior to your arrival.

Single Rooms and Solo Travelers
If you prefer to have a private room while travelling with your group you can pay a supplement of $295USD.

Parador Santa Catraina in Miranda do Douro

Take in the spectacular views from this hotel overlooking the Douro River. Explore the surrounding area or relax in front of the lounge fireplace.

Casa das Quintas in Mogadouro

This charming property is a small collection of traditional rural buildings with cozy authentic rooms.

Casa da Avó in Torre de Moncorvo

Stay in a beautiful 150-year-old manor house right in the center of town. The accommodations are simple but are filled with romantic old-world charm.

Quinta do Barracão da Vilariça in Vila Flor

This original farm estate has been converted into a welcoming guesthouse. You can also learn about the eco-friendly olive oil production on site.

Casa dos Barros in Sabrosa

Enjoy a comfortable night at this stately 18th-century manor house. Take in the spectacular vineyard views from the poolside.

Quinta de Tourais in Cambres

Quinta de Tourais is the perfect place to soak in the gorgeous Douro landscape. Enjoy traditional hospitality and a view that takes your breath away.

Hotels on Standard Tour

What’s Included in Biking the Douro Valley?

Meals

6 breakfasts and 1 dinner is included in this tour. There are optional meal or tasting packages that may be added to your tour.

Accommodations

Accommodations for 6 nights are included.

Transportation during the Tour

This tour includes transfers to and from Porto Airport and your hotels as well as transportation for your luggage throughout the tour.

Also Included

  • Welcome meeting
  • Hybrid bicycle, cargo rack, pannier bike bag, bike lock (one per two bicycles), and helmet
  • Tool kit, first aid kit, puncture repair kit, pump, spare inner tube, and pre-paid mobile phone
  • Overnight storage of bicycles at the hotel
  • Emergency support between 8 am and 8 pm
  • Access to route mobile app

Please note that it is advised that travellers bring their own helmets, however previously used helmets are provided. You may also opt to purchase a new one for €55 EUR. Please request this option at the time of booking.

Not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Flights to and from Porto
  • Meals, drinks, or snacks not previously mentioned
  • Tourist taxes if applicable
  • Visas if required
  • Personal equipment
  • Fees not mentioned as ‘included’
  • Gratuities for hotel staff, servers, or drivers

Optional Extras

  • Upgrade tour to Premium services: $525USD per person to include additional services, such as:
    • Private transfers at the start and end of your tour
    • Full route briefing and 30-minutes bike fitting
    • On-call roadside assistance
    • Private reception in Portugal
    • Daily post-ride messages
  • Guide: You can book this itinerary as a guided tour, prices available on request
  • Wine and Olive Oil experiences: $50USD per person, includes visit and tasting at an organic olive oil estate in Régua on Day 6 and local wine tasting in Régua on Day 6
  • Wine & Dine Package with 2 dinners: $125USD per person, includes traditional 3-course meal and wine at a manor house in Sabrosa on Day 5 and special 3-course meal with wine at a wine estate on Day 6
  • Cooking Experience: $50USD per person, available for groups of 6 to 10 people, includes cooking experience at a wine estate on Day 6
  • Picnic lunch: $125USD per person, includes 5 light picnic lunches for you to carry on your bike.
  • E-Bike supplement: $125USD per bicycle (subject to availability)
  • Extra transfers between Porto Airport and city center: $75USD up to 3 people, $95USD up to 7 people

Frequenty Asked Questions about Biking the Douro Valley

How hard is the Biking the Douro Valley tour?

We rate this tour as a 3 / 5. The rides on this tour are 2 to 4 hours in length on mostly paved paths. You’ll have the choice between medium or challenging routes on most days. The medium difficulty routes are appropriate for riders with some cycling experience who are comfortable with some hills and moderate climbs. The challenging option is for a more experienced rider who is looking for longer rides with steeper inclines.

Do I need internet access for the app during my rides on the Biking the Douro Valley tour?

You will need to download the included guide app before you begin any of your rides. This way you will be able to access the maps and route guides on your device when it’s offline.

Do I need a visa to travel to Portugal?

Check with your local country about visa requirements. You could also try this website, though you should verify with your government.

Are meals included on the Biking the Douro Valley tour?

6 breakfasts and 1 dinner is included in this tour. There are optional meal or tasting packages that may be added to your tour.

Do I need insurance?

Yes, it is mandatory to have health and medical insurance to join this trip, and your insurance should cover cycling. Get your Travel Insurance.

How do I get to Porto to start this tour?

You can fly into Porto Airport (OPO), where you will be picked up to begin the tour.

Is the Biking the Douro Valley tour guided?

No, this is a self-guided tour. You will have access to a route guide on an included app. Let us know if you prefer to book this as a guided tour.

Where does the Biking the Douro Valley tour end?

This tour begins and ends at Porto Airport (OPO).

Is my bike rental included?

Yes, your bike and equipment is included. This tour includes a hybrid bicycle, cargo rack, pannier bike bag, bike lock (one per two bicycles), and helmet. A tool kit, first aid kit, puncture repair kit, pump, spare inner tube, and pre-paid mobile phone are also included. Please bring any additional equipment desired.

Is my helmet rental included?

Yes, a previously used helmet will be provided. It is recommended that you bring your own helmet if you prefer. You may also opt to purchase a new one for €55 EUR, please request this option at the time of booking.

Can I rent a child seat or trailer?

Yes, you can rent a child seat or bike trailer for children older than 9 months and up to 4 or 5 years old. Please request at time of booking for pricing and availability.

Do I need special vaccines to travel to Portugal?

Check with your family doctor.

Are there any travel restrictions for Portugal?

Please check with your local government about travel restrictions before you book your tour. This map from the US Department of State provides an overview of the current status in countries around the globe. The UK‘s Foreign Office and Government of Canada also provide advice on foreign travel. Note that the travel advice may change depending on your nationality.

When is the best time to travel to Portugal for this tour?

The best time to visit the Douro Valley for cycling is early summer (June) and early fall (September) when the weather is pleasant but not too hot.

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Tour Difficulty

We rate this tour as a 3 / 5. The rides on this tour are 2 to 4 hours in length on mostly paved paths. You’ll have the choice between medium or challenging routes on most days. The medium difficulty routes are appropriate for riders with some cycling experience who are comfortable with some hills and moderate climbs. The challenging option is for a more experienced rider who is looking for longer rides with steeper inclines.


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