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Cycling Tour of Northern Portugal

Jun 9, 2019 - Jun 20, 2019


Maximum number of participants: 22

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/_uploads/images/branch_tours/cycling-Tour-Portugal-1.jpgThis Bicycle Tour in Northern Portugal starts in Monção which is a historic village located near the Spanish border. Then we will ride to Viana do Castelo, a town founded in the 13th century and whose port was one of the main ports from which the Portuguese explorers set sail, due to the Discoveries in the 16th century trough other fantastic Northern Portugal small village such a Ponte de Lima, a beautiful small town whose name derives from the bridge (ponte) which was the only safe way to cross Lima river. We will cycle along the rivers Minho, Lima, Vez and the Atlantic Ocean, admiring astonishing views and luxuriant vegetation.



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Kitchener, ON  N2M 3V9
Tel 519-745-3233
Email:
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Itinerary


Jun 9
– Departure out of Toronto

Jun 10 – After we arrive in Porto we will transfer to Monção where there will be a briefing about our forthcoming bicycle tour. Time in the afternoon to visit and explore this fantastic village of Monção, home of the Alvarinho, the best Vinho Verde / green wine in the World. Group dinner & overnight at 16th century Solar building

Jun 11 - We will cycle from Monção to Valença – a distance of about 24 km, an easy to moderate ride. Breakfast at hotel. We will ride along the Minho River – the border that separates Portugal from Spain. This amazing trail was once the railway track that linked these Northern Portugal villages. A day of beautiful scenery. Lunch on your own, in SPAIN. Free afternoon in Valença, a fortified village across from Spain. Group dinner & overnight at Pousada S. Teotónio in a 17th century Fortress

Jun 12 - Valença do Minho - Caminha: 30 km (easy to moderate) Breakfast at hotel. We ride along an asphalt road from Valença to Caminha which follows the Minho River. We follow the River until it flows into the Atlantic Ocean near the Santa Tecla Mountain. The views as we ride along this morning are quite unique. The villages we pass through are so typical of the historical villages of Northern Portugal. Lunch on your own. In the afternoon we will visit the center of this enchanting Caminha village. Group dinner & overnight at a 4 * hotel

Jun 13 – We ride from Caminha to Viana do Castelo - a distance of about 29 km – an easy to moderate ride. Breakfast at hotel. The road is an asphalt and cobble stones from Caminha as we follow it to Viana do Castelo on the Atlantic Ocean coast. Again, we will be close to some of the finest beaches in the Minho Region. Viana do Castelo was founded in the 13th century and again its importance lay in its sea port from which the intrepid Portuguese explorers left in their quest for the New World. Lunch on your own. Visit of downtown Viana do Castelo. Group dinner & overnight at a 4 * hotel

Jun 14 - O Monte de Santa Luzia: 19 km (moderate to difficult) Breakfast at hotel. We ride from hotel (Viana do Castelo city center) to Santa Luzia Mountain. (asphalt) depart to the top of Santa Luzia Mountain via the Santa Luzia Sanctuary and S. Mamede Chapel. The overlooking view of the city and the beautiful estuary of the river Lima. Lunch on your own. After lunch, visit the interactive chocolate museum (history & production. Rest of afternoon at leisure in Viana do Castelo. Group dinner & overnight at a 4 * hotel

Jun 15 - Viana do Castelo to Ponte de Lima. A ride of about 27 km along a track that is easy to moderate. Breakfast at hotel. After breakfast we will begin our ride to Ponte de Lima (asphalt, cobble stone & off-road) – it will be along the bank of the River Lima with farms and trees our only company. Lunch on your own. Afternoon at leisure with a visit of the medieval village of Ponte de Lima, the oldest small town of Portugal with its amazing bridge which was the only safe way to cross the Lima river until the end of Middle Age. Group dinner & overnight at a 4 * hotel

Jun 16 - Ponte de Lima to Ponte da Barca – a distance of about 17 km that is easy to moderate to ride. Breakfast at hotel. When we leave Ponte de Lima our first stop is a visit to a local winery, where we will taste the Loureiro wine. Afterwards we will ride to Ponte da Barca, along the road 203. Group dinner & overnight at a 4 * hotel

Jun 17 – Transfer from Ponte da Barca to the city of Porto. Breakfast at hotel. Lunch on your own in Porto. In the afternoon we will visit a Port Wine Winery, followed by a Port Wine tasting. Rest of afternoon free in downtown Porto. Dinner on your own & overnight at a 4 * hotel.

Jun 18 - Breakfast at hotel. Full Day Douro River Cruise with lunch. Dinner on your own & overnight at a 4 * hotel

Jun 19 – full day at leisure in Porto (sightseeing/shopping) Lunch & Dinner on your own & overnight at a 4 * hotel

Jun 20
– Breakfast at hotel. Transfer from hotel to Porto airport. Flight back to Toronto

Tour Includes: 10 - day / 6 days Hybrid Bike Tour with a Guide, Hybrid Bicycle of superior quality rented with helmet Transfers, Accommodations (10 nights): 1 Pousada (17th century Fortress), 1 four* Rural Hotel (16th century Convent), 1 four* Hotel (18th, century Solar building), 1 four* Charming Hotel (16th Solar building), 6 four* modern hotels. 9 breakfasts / 7 dinners including wine (white & red) / Portugal Bike Jersey / Daily energy bars, fruits and water Luggage transport from Hotel to Hotel / Documentation about the Bicycle tour / 1 visit to a Vinho Verde Winery with wine tasting & Port Wine Winery & Port tasting / Liability Insurance & Personal Accident Insurance / Permanent Backup Vehicle & Techno-Mechanical Assistance / 2 Bicycle Guides / 1 full day Douro River Cruise with lunch and wine (white & red) / Maritime Travel Representative for entire trip / Maximum number of participants: 22

Cost: $4,159 / person (itinerary) /Deposit of $1,500 at time of booking. Final payment Apr 9, 2019

For more details contact Maritime Travel - Kitchener