Douro Valley, Portugal

Go back in time

Douro Valley, Portugal

Go back in time

Douro Valley, Portugal

Go back in time

Douro Valley, Portugal

Go back in time

Scroll down for details

Highlights

    • Custom start date and tour length, personal itineraries and service
    • Local expert guides who live in the area delivering superior insight
    • A UNESCO world heritage site producing wine for over 2,000 years
    • Landscapes of terraced vineyards, olive groves, and traditional villages
    • Medieval houses, grand churches, and excellent museums 
    • Ride along quiet lanes and steep-sided valleys
    • Experiences Portuguese viniculture and Port wine, the region’s cultural treasure

Seasons

Spring, Early and Late Summer, Fall

Starting / Ending City

Porto

Tour Length

3 to 8

Trip Types

◊ Self-Guided
With our Self-Guided tours an expert local guide takes care of your transfers, route briefing, luggage moves, and planned transfers. They are also available should you need mechanical assistance, help with a dinner reservation, or general questions. You have a GPS unit, maps, and a detailed guidebook to help you select your route, choose where you eat, and, generally, explore the area.

◊ Guided Group
Our Guided tours allow your group to explore a destination with an expert local guide with a dedicated support vehicle. You will also have GPS units, maps and a detailed guidebook to help learn about both the major sights and the hidden gems. Your guide takes care of both you and all the logistics – from route advice to bottle washing.

Request Itinerary
Private Douro Valley, Portugal Cycling Tours

    X

    d Design Your Tour

    Tell us about your perfect tour so that we can customize an itinerary.

    Filter Region ▼
    • All Regions
    • North America
    • Europe
    Hawaii's Big Island
    Hawaii
    Oregon
    Oregon
    San Juan Islands
    San Juan Islands
    Provence, France
    France
    Catalonia, Spain
    Catalonia, Spain
    France's Pyrenees
    France
    Holland
    Holland
    Southwest Ireland
    Ireland Coast
    Puglia, Italy
    Italy
    Tuscany, Italy
    Italy
    Douro Valley, Portugal
    Portugal
    Istrian Peninsula, Croatia
    Portugal

    Where do you want to stay?

    Budget

    Two Star Silverton Inn Suites

    Simple B&Bs and more modest hotels but all well-kept with en suite facilities

    z Select

    Classic

    Four Star accommodation

    Smaller hotels or luxurious B&Bs with very personal service often including wine tasting

    z Select

    Luxury

    Luxury accommodation

    Some of the nicest full-service hotels in the area. Typically include a pool and a good restaurant

    z Select

    When, how many days and how many in your party?

    Let us know when you would like to travel, how long you would like your tour to be and how many people might be in your party.

    Next

    What else should we know?

    Tell us more about you and what you're interested in! While completely optional, providing us with more information helps us design the perfect tour for you.

    Next

    Where should we send your custom itinerary?

    Thank you for providing us with your tour preferences. The next step will be for us to contact you with a prepared itinerary which we can further customize. We will be in touch soon!

    Thank you for your submission. We will be in contact very soon!

    Y

    Sample Itinerary

    With granite bluffs, terraced vineyards, and whitewashed villages, the Douro Valley has some of the most dramatic landscapes in Europe – and has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Our tours explore the region along quiet lanes that snake their way up and down the steep-sided valleys. Along the route, you have the chance to visit medieval houses, grand churches, quaint villages, and excellent museums. The area is also one of the oldest demarcated wine regions in the world, with wine – especially port wine – having been produced here for over 2,000 years. 

    TOUR LENGTH

    6 Days / 5 Nights

    ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS

    Budget  

    Classic  

    Luxury  

    START & END

    Porto

    SERVICE HIGHLIGHTS

    • Private transfer from Porto with bike set up and route briefing at the start of your ride
    • Bilingual guides delivering superior service
    • Handpicked accommodations with breakfast
    • On-call roadside assistance and guide available via phone
    • Luggage moved between lodgings and optional participant transfers along the routes
    • GPS units, maps, directions and a comprehensive guidebook
    • Private transfer back to Porto at the end of your tour

    OPTIONAL EXTRAS

    • Alternative start/end location at Porto Airport
    • Cooking classes
    • Train rides along the valley

    BIKE AVAILABILITY

    DAY-BY-DAY FLOW

    Day 1: Porto to Vidago

    Day 2: Vidago to Vila Real

    Day 3: Vila Real to Pinhão

    Day 4: Pinhão Loop Day

    Day 5: Pinhão to Peso da Régua

    Day 6: Peso da Régua Loop Day

    a

    Day One - Porto to Vidago

    The Intermediate ride starts with a van transfer to Lagoa do Alvão, a lake just outside Vila Pouca de Aguiar. The first section of the ride is flat through open, rocky fields with wide-open vistas. After 6 km, the route descends through pine forests – typical of Northern Portugal – as it passes the Pedras Salgadas Nature Park. Soon after the park, a short climb brings you to a long, rolling descent into Vidago. The route is punctuated with small stone hamlets with cobbled streets.

    Leisure riders will be transferred to the Pedras Salgadas Nature Park where they join the Intermediate ride, described above.

    The Challenge route begins in Ribeira de Pena – at one of the many beautiful Baroque churches in the area. A descent from the town takes you to forested roads and then on to an open, steep ten-kilometer climb with expansive views. The route joins the Intermediate route shortly before the Pedras Salgadas Nature Park.

    Ride across open vistas on quiet lanes punctuated with ancient stone hamlets

    RIDE OPTIONS

    Leisure

    10 miles with 750 feet of climbing

    Intermediate
    25 miles with 1,200 feet of climbing

    Challenge
    30 miles with 3,400 feet of climbing

    OVERNIGHT TOWN

    Vidago

    Vidago is a small spa town famed for its miraculous springs with medicinal carbonated waters. In the 19th century, the spa was popular with the royal court and became the most visited spa in Portugal. The waters here have been bottled since 1873.

    a

    Day Two - Vidago to Vila Real

    Today’s routes head south through scenic and remote countryside.

    The Intermediate ride follows a bike path. The views are typical for north Portugal with rocky outcrops, ferns and forested sections. Riders exit the bike path in Vila Pouca de Aguiar for lunch and then rejoin it for a long, straight section through flat farmland. The route joins the road for the final descent into Vila Real.

    Leisure riders take a van transfer to Vila Pouca de Aguiar where they join the Intermediate route.

    The Challenge route heads west from Vidago before turning south and climbing up through forests and past vineyards and olives groves. The first climb is dotted with houses and villages. The second is more remote and steeper with multiple hairpins. A smooth descent takes you to Vila Pouca de Aguiar for lunch, after which riders follow a modified version of the Intermediate route (avoiding a section of gravel) described above.

    Pass through countryside typical of northern Portugal: rocky outcrops, ferns, forests, vineyards and olive groves

     

    RIDE OPTIONS

    Leisure
    20 miles with 600 feet of climbing

    Intermediate
    30 miles with 2,100 feet of climbing

    Challenge
    40 miles with 4,000 feet of climbing

    OVERNIGHT TOWN

    Vila Real

    Vila Real is a compact, university town on the Corgo River. As the name suggests, the city has a royal heritage with many grand palaces from the 16th and 17th centuries. There are also interesting museums, churches, and gardens. The river here runs through a steep-sided gorge that has scenic walking trails along the riverbank.

    a

    Day Three - Vila Real to Pinhão

    Today’s ride to Pinhão takes riders into the heart of the Alto Douro; an area that has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2001. The area is visually spectacular and has a rich history in wine growing, dating back over 2,000 years.

    After an initial climb from Vila Real, the Intermediate route winds through small country roads, passing by small villages, farms, and rugged forests. The final seven miles of the route is a twisting descent into the pretty little town of Pinhão where riders get their first sight of the magnificent Douro River.

    The Leisure route starts with a transfer to the village of São Martinho de Anta where it joins the intermediate route.

    The Challenge ride winds deeper into the rugged countryside to the east of Vila Real before turning south to the pretty medieval villages of Sabrosa and Provesende. The route joins the Intermediate route for the final section into Pinhão.

    The Epic route takes a much longer loop to the southwest, following the Douro River to the east into Pinhão.

    Ride into the heart of the Alto Douro; an area so spectacular that is designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site

     

    RIDE OPTIONS

    Leisure
    15 miles with 650 feet of climbing

    Intermediate
    30 miles with 2,300 feet of climbing

    Challenge
    35 miles with 3,100 feet of climbing

    Epic

    50 miles with 5,000 feet of climbing

    OVERNIGHT TOWN

    Pinhão

    Known as the home of port wine, Pinhão sits on a picturesque bend of the Douro River. Wine is the key attraction and there are many quintas to visit where you can tour and taste port as well as many other regional wines. There are also boat and train tours out of this attractive little town.

    a

    Day Four -Pinhão Loops

    All today’s routes start by climbing the steep hill out of Pinhão to the village of Casal de Loivos where riders can take a short detour to the viewpoint that is claimed to be one of the most beautiful views in the world.

    The Leisure ride is a simple out-and-back ride to the viewpoint.

    After the viewpoint, the Intermediate route continues to climb through wine country to the pretty village of Alijó – a great option for lunch. After Alijó, the ride is a relatively easy cruise downhill, back to Pinhão.

    The Challenge route continues west from Alijó past terraced vineyards before descending into Sabrosa – another stunningly pretty village and another great option for lunch. After Sabrosa, the route turns south and passes quinta after quinta before descending back to Pinhão.

    The Epic route follows the Challenge route to Alijó where it heads southeast to begin a challenging loop that takes in the riverside town of Tua as well as some spectacular mountain passes on both sides of the Douro River.

    A viewpoint with what is claimed to be one of the most beautiful views in the world

    RIDE OPTIONS

    Leisure
    10 miles with 1,400 feet of climbing

    Intermediate
    25 miles with 2,800 feet of climbing

    Challenge
    35 miles with 3,900 feet of climbing

    Epic

    55 miles with 6,500 feet of climbing

    OVERNIGHT TOWN

    Pinhão

    Known as the home of port wine, Pinhão sits on a picturesque bend of the Douro River. Wine is the key attraction and there are many quintas to visit where you can tour and taste port as well as many other regional wines. There are also boat and train tours out of this attractive little town.

    a

    Day Five -Pinhão to Peso da Régua

    The Leisure route starts with a train ride from Pinhão to Covelinhas. In Covelinhas, it is a steep climb out of the train station but the views over the river and the surrounding landscape are spectacular. The route then parallels the Douro River into Peso da Régua.

    Note that there is no Intermediate route available today.

    The Challenge route begins with a tough 7-mile climb to the northwest of Pinhão, passing through vineyards as well as rugged, wild countryside. At the top of the climb, you begin a long, rolling cruise past vineyards, cobbled villages, and olive groves. The final descent to Peso da Régua is fast and technical.

    The Epic route heads into the hills south of the Douro River. There are three big climbs, and each winding climb gives front row seats to the colossal landscape of the Douro valley. The village of Armamar, at the bottom of the second climb, makes a great lunch stop. The descent to Peso da Régua is 9 miles on smooth roads with more outstanding views.

    Ride through vineyards as well as rugged, wild countryside with spectacular views across the valley

     

    RIDE OPTIONS

    Leisure
    10 miles with 650 feet of climbing

    Intermediate
    None

    Challenge
    30 miles with 3,000 feet of climbing

    Epic

    40 miles with 4,700 feet of climbing

    OVERNIGHT TOWN

    Peso da Régua

    Situated in the heart of the Douro Valley, Peso da Régua has a rich history dating back to Roman times. In the 18th century, the town became the main trading post for port wine and is now home to some of the best restaurants in the area as well as being the starting point for scenic train rides and river cruises.

    a

    Day Six - Peso da Régua Loops - Last Day

    Today’s rides head across the car-free bridge to the south bank of the Douro River.

    The Leisure ride is an out-and-back ride on small lanes alongside the river. The roads are rolling with fine views of vineyards, their quintas and, of course, the river.

    The Intermediate ride follows the Leisure ride for five miles before heading uphill to the historic town of Lamego with its castle, cathedral, sanctuary, and iconic stairway. After enjoying lunch in Lamego, you descend quickly back to Peso da Régua.

    The Challenge route follows the Intermediate route for the most part but adds in more riding west, alongside the Douro River.

    The Epic route is the same as the Challenge route with an additional loop south from Lamego. This additional loop climbs through remote villages, fruit orchards, and pretty countryside. At the top of the climb the route changes to pine forests and riders enjoy a fast descent back to Lamego, where they rejoin the Intermediate route back to Peso da Régua.

    Head uphill to the historic town of Lamego with its castle, cathedral, sanctuary and iconic stairway

    RIDE OPTIONS

    Leisure
    15 miles with 1,300 feet of climbing

    Intermediate
    20 miles with 2,000 feet of climbing

    Challenge
    30 miles with 2,900 feet of climbing

    Epic

    40 miles with 4,400 feet of climbing

    OVERNIGHT TOWN

    None

    As this is the last day of your tour, there is no overnight accommodation unless explicitly requested on booking.

    Vidago:

    Primavera Perfume Hotel
    This simple and modern hotel is located on the outskirts of Vidago. The rooms lack character but are spacious and clean. There are pools and a basic spa on the property but you are also just a short walk from the Vidago Palace with its luxurious spa and multiple restaurants.

    Vila Real:

    Hotel Mira Corgo
    This property is in the center of town close to the historic sites, restaurants, and shops. This is a modern hotel that is a little dated and functional but the staff is helpful and friendly. The hotel has an indoor pool and a fitness center. While the breakfasts are simple, there are also other good eating options nearby.

    Pinhão:

    LBV House 

    The LBV (Late Bottled Vintage) Hotel is perched on the hill above Pinhão with breathtaking views over the valley. The rooms lack character but are spacious and comfortable. There is an outdoor pool with great views. NOTE: The property does not have a restaurant and is a 15-minute walk from the center of Pinhão.

    Peso da Régua

    Original Douro Hotel

    Aptly named, this was the first hotel in Peso da Régua. The hotel is in the center of the town, close to restaurants, the Douro River and the Douro Museum. The rooms are stylish and have been recently renovated. The stylish bar serves local sausages, regional bread, and Douro wines. Breakfast is plentiful and varied.

    Holland budget hotel features

    ACCOMMODATION NOTES

    Properties in our Budget category are typically simpler B&Bs and more modest inns or hotels. However, all the properties are well-kept with en suite facilities.

    Mix & Match
    You can choose accommodation in different categories in different towns. Please ask for prices.

    Vidago:

    Primavera Perfume Hotel
    This simple and modern hotel is located on the outskirts of Vidago. The rooms lack character but are spacious and clean. There are pools and a basic spa on the property but you are also just a short walk from the Vidago Palace with its luxurious spa and multiple restaurants.

    Vila Real:

    Borralha Hotel & Spa
    A charming and welcoming hotel located on the outskirts of Vila Real with comfortable and stylish guest rooms. It is a 20- to 30-minute walk to most restaurants but the hotel also has a decent restaurant on-site. The hotel also has a spa, a good-sized pool and pleasant outdoor areas.

    Pinhão:

    Quinta de la Rosa
    This family-owned, working winery is located on the steep banks of the Douro River and is surrounded by vineyard terraces. The hotel rooms are elegantly decorated and scattered around the estate. There is a beautiful pool overlooking the river and most rooms have river views. The hotel also has a good restaurant.

    Peso da Régua:

    Delfim Douro Hotel
    This family-owned, working winery is located on the steep banks of the Douro River and is surrounded by vineyard terraces. The hotel rooms are elegantly decorated and scattered around the estate. There is a beautiful pool overlooking the river and most rooms have river views. The hotel also has a good restaurant.

    Holland classic hotel features

    ACCOMMODATION NOTES

    Properties in the Classic category are typically smaller hotels or luxurious B&Bs with very personal service sometimes including wine tasting or evening hors d’oeuvres.

    Mix & Match
    You can choose accommodation in different categories in different towns. Please ask for prices.

    Vidago:

    Vidago Palace Hotel
    Commissioned by King Carlos I as a luxury spa resort that was to equal the finest in Europe. The hotel originally opened in 1910 but was fully renovated and reopened in 2010. The property is situated in a vast park and boasts several excellent restaurants, a golf course, several pools, and a thermal spa.

    Vila Real:

    MW Douro Wine & Spa
    This luxurious retreat is set amid the rolling hills of the Douro Valley with breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside. There is a full-service spa and multiple pools. The hotel also has an excellent restaurant and a good wine bar with an extensive selection of wines from the Douro region. Note this hotel is out of town at the end of a steep climb.

    Pinhão:

    The Vintage House Hotel
    This elegant hotel is located in beautiful gardens, by the river in the center of Pinhão. The rooms are spacious and exquisitely decorated. The hotel’s restaurant is excellent, specializing in local cuisine with seating indoors or on the riverside terrace. The views of the river from the terraces – and some rooms – are magnificent.

    Peso da Régua:

    Quinta da Pacheca
    This quinta or country estate is set in a vineyard on the opposite riverbank from Peso da Régua. The guest rooms are beautifully-appointed, each with its own distinct character and style. The property offers wine tastings, tours of the vineyards, and cooking classes. There is also a gourmet restaurant.

    Peso da Régua – Upgrade:

    Six Senses Douro Valley
    Once a 19th-century manor, this luxurious hotel overlooks the terraced vineyards of the Douro valley. There is a spa with two swimming pools as well as yoga and wellness classes. While the hotel is outside Peso da Régua, there are several dining options on the property. They also offer tours of their organic gardens and well-stocked wine cellar.

    Holland luxury hotel features

    ACCOMMODATION NOTES

    Properties in our Luxury category are some of the nicest full-service hotels in the area. They typically include spa facilities and a good restaurant.

    Mix & Match

    You can choose accommodation in different categories in different towns. Please ask for prices.

    A hotel upgrade is available in Peso da Régua to the Six Senses Douro Valley for $1,040 per room per night. See description opposite.

    BIKE CHOICES

    Hybrids bikes, a cross between a mountain bike and a road bike

    Hybrids bikes are a cross between a mountain bike and a road bike. They have a relaxed riding position and are great for beginners and intermediate riders. A typical model is the Trek 7.3 FX with Shimano components and high-pressure road tires for better cycling efficiency than your typical hybrid.

    Road bikes, a racing style bike with drop handlebars

    Our road bikes are a racing style bike with drop handlebars. The road bikes are faster bikes than the hybrids with less upright riding position. A typical model is the Émonda ALR 5 with aluminum frame, carbon forks, and Shimano 105 components. (NOTE: Some of the smaller roads in Puglia can be a little rough making a hybrid bikes a better choice for some riders.)

    eBikes, designed to give you a little extra assistance when climbing hills

    Our eBikes are designed to give you a little extra assistance when climbing hills. The ride position is very similar to our hybrids. We typically rent Scott E-Sub equipped with a 250W E-drive Bosch motor. If one rider in a couple is stronger than the other, an eBike can be a great choice for the less-strong rider.

    Your Own Bike, if you have a favorite bike, we can help you get it to your destination as well as set it up once it is there

    If you have a favorite bike, we can help you get it to your destination as well as set it up once it is there. Please ask about options for bike shipping and assembly.

    group of cyclists

    OPTIONAL EXTRAS

    Receiving & Assembly
    per bike charge to receive bike from shipper, assemble the bike and repack it and deliver it to a shipper at the end of the tour.

    Bike Boxes 
    a per box charge for the extra logistics needed to handle bike boxes during a tour. Note: this fee can be avoided if you leave your box with your start/end hotel.

    Tandem Bike 
    a per bike fee for the extra logistics to handle a tandem bike that is brought by a guest.

    Reviews and Ratings

    Facebook Review image and link   Google Review image and link