Porto and the Douro, even the first sight is unique and forms the perfect starting point for this bike trip. The picturesque shore line invites you to stroll, the famous bridge spans the river and the port wine cellars on the opposite side complete the cityscape. The nested old town of Porto is dominated by the baroque bishop's palace and the cathedral and beautiful pedestrian streets invite you to stroll. Here you can go on a discovery tour right on the day of arrival and indulge in the special flair of the beautiful city. From many European airports, there are inexpensive direct flights to Porto and the airport is 30 minutes by metro, directly connected to the old town.
Your day starts cozy. After a briefing, you'll be transported to the hilly hinterland of the beautiful Douro Valley to Mateus, giving you the chance to visit the “Mateus Rosé” house. Then start riding on small roads through the quiet countryside until you enter Pinhão, the heart of the Douro vineyards with the amazing and unique views.
Enjoy today's radial tour riding northwards of Pinhão, passing by the „Bread and wine“ museum in Favaios and at the end in Loivos you can visit the olive oil museum - nearby also another great viewpoint!
Today is a day of strolling between Pinhão and Peso da Régua. Wine has been grown here for 2000 years and since 2001 the area has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site! The flat cycle route always follows the panoramic road directly along the shore and offers refreshments on stylish viewing terraces. Visit the modern "Museo do Douro" in Peso da Régua, where history, cultivation and transport of port vine is explained. Enjoy a glass of port with a wonderful view over the river on the museum terrace.
Today on the program, a varied round trip through the vineyards. In the morning, slowly but steadily, we ascend to Lamego, considered the cultural capital of the region. The gothic cathedral in the town serves as a bishop's residence, the Rococo chapel with its 613-step double staircase is a major pilgrimage church and the 13th-century keep stands above the old town. After a leisurely descent, the Douro comes back into view and you cycle only half way up the hillside in the midst of the vineyards with fantastic views. Then you cycle on a small side street back to Regua along the Douro river.
You spend another day between the grapevines in the Douro Valley. From one hill to the next you cycle through terraced vineyards to the most beautiful view point in the Douro Valley, the São Leonardo da Galafura at 640 m altitude. From here you can enjoy a fantastic view over the Douro Valley, far into the Marão Mountains. After a well deserved break, you cycle past the small chapel back to the Douro and Peso da Régua.
In the morning you will be transfered by bus to Lixa. In Lixa you will get on your bikes again. Look forward to a wonderful bike ride along the Douro and a fantastic re-entrance to Porto. Take a break in one of Porto's many port wineries and join an interesting tour through the huge cellars. Let the evening fade away at the Douro in a nice restaurant and enjoy once again the good vines.
By boat, train and bicycle and with many visits and tastings you have got to know the UNESCO World Heritage Dourotal and certainly learned to love it! This unique cultural landscape of Europe will keep you in beautiful memories for a long time!
Prices / Dates
Services / Info
- Accommodation incl. breakfast
- Room with shower/bath/WC
- Luggage transport
- Personal tour information
- Shuttle from your hotel in Porto to the personal welcome and information meeting (day 2)
- Transfer Porto - Mateus (day 2)
- Transfer Régua - Lixa (day 7)
- Shuttle from the bike drop off to your hotel in Porto (day 7)
- Travel documents incl. maps
- Touristic information
- 7 days hotline service
Please find more information about the bike trip "Douro Valley - UNESCO World Heritage". If you have any further questions feel free to contact us by phone: 0049 - (0)6421 - 886890.
You spend the night in Porto at the beginning and at the end of the journey, so you can plan your arrival and departure very comfortably. In between you stay three nights in Peso da Regua and two nights in Pinhao. From there you start your bike tours without the hassle of packing bags!
Arrival by plane
Porto can be reached from many German and European airports. From the airport in Porto you will reach downtown Porto by metro (journey time approx. 30 minutes).
Condition of cycle paths
You will cycle on paved roads, bike paths or small roads. The landscape along the Douro is hilly and characterized by the vineyards. Here are many small, partly single-lane side roads without disturbing traffic. Only on some parts of the route you will cycle on expanded country roads through this sparsely populated region. During three tours you have to manage a climb of several kilometers from the river bank to the heights of the vineyards, but with a moderate increase. These climbs are in the morning at the beginning of each day. Once you have reached the height, the further stage is only slightly wavy and leads you downhill to the riverside. From Peso da Regua to Pinhao you will cycle along the river without a climb to the top. Altogether the stages are hilly but not to long and therefore feasible for many enthusiastic cyclists. If you are uncertain on the demands, you can choose an E-bike as well.
Available rental bikes
We provide hybrid bikes (females/men's) and electric bikes (unisex) with freewheel and different frame sizes. The bikes are equiped with a pannier and a lock.
Your contact person at location
In Porto we offer a reliable all-round service as well. Our english- and german- speaking, born in Porto, local partner is available daily. He welcomes you when you arrival, takes care of the rental bikes, knows all routes personally and helps if necessary, with insider tips and everyday information.
Navigation with your mobile phone
It is not difficult to find the routes on this trip, as there are not many roads in the Douro valley that could lead to confusion. Therefore our tour book with maps and directions is sufficient to get to the destination without detours.
However we can send you GPS files free of charge by email. You can save all day tours on your mobile phone to follow them easily.
On request, we will also provide a GPS device with the files on site for a rental fee (50.00 EUR). GPS device is subject to availabilty, so please contact Velociped at least 1 week before your journey starts.
A short video for handling can be found here tutorial.
Starting in March, daytime temperatures are well suited for cycling and from April on you can expect balmy evenings. From May on is high season and in June shady areas are already sought. During summer it is hot in the Douro valley, because the cooling effect of the Atlantic Ocean does not reach the interior. Only in September the temperatures are comfortable again for cyclists and October is a good month for a bike trip through Douro Valley.
Extra costs which are not inculded in the price
The ferry ride in Porto on day 7 costs approx. 3.00 EUR and has to be paid locally. A possibly applicable city tax is not part of the price and has to be paid at the hotel.
7 days hotline service
Just in case the bike chain is broken, flooding makes it impossible to continue your tour or any other nasty surprise: you can reach us seven days a week and we will do anything to help you as fast as possible.
Passport and visa requirements
For EU citizens, there are no special passport or visa requirements and no health formalities to be considered for this trip.
The tour price already includes the statutory insolvency insurance. In addition, we recommend that you take out travel cancellation insurance upon receipt of your travel confirmation in order to protect yourself against financial disadvantages in the event of travel cancellation, interruption of travel, illness or accident.
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