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  • Private Tour - Castles & Wines
  • Private Tour - Castles & Wines
  • Private Tour - Castles & Wines
  • Private Tour - Castles & Wines

Private Tour - Castles & Wines

Lisboa 2 - 20 people 8 days
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Adult(s) 2.785,00 € / each
About the Activity
Get to know Alentejo by bike. Castles & Wine offers you exactly what the name promise!

Most nights will be passed either in a castle or in an old convent, now beautiful charming hotels. 

Along the way the great ancient city of Évora, World Heritage Site, and small hamlets will tell the stories of wars with moors and Spain. The border is right there on the other side of Alqueva, the biggest artificial lake in Europe.

The loveable Alentejo people, at first shy, the Mediterranean typical gastronomy along with the wonders of cork, marble, olive oil and other crafts will enrich your experience. And the wine… well come and judge for yourself…

All these safe backroads with some easy bits off the asphalt riding, with us by your side. 

Come cycle with us and have the opportunity to know this unique region!

Highlights:
  • Cycling through Alentejo for 8 days, starting on Lisbon;
  • Bicycle route: 257 km;
  • 7 Nights sleeping in castles, palaces and typical Alentejo estates;
  • 5 Dinners at typical Alentejo restaurants;
  • Visit to the village of Arraiolos with its tapestries;
  • Visit to 2 dairies in Arraiolos and Reguengos de Monsaraz;
  • Visit to some of the most important megalithic monuments in the region: The Dolmen of the Zambujeiro, the Cromeleque dos Almendres and the Roman ruins of Tourega;
  • Visit to a leather factory and an olive mill;
  • Visit to wineries, with several tastings of the best Alentejo wines;
  • Lunch in the wonderful Alqueva Dam, the largest artificial lake in Europe;
  • Strolling through the historical center of Évora, classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, and by the fascinating village of Reguengos de Monsaraz, built in a castle high on a hill;
  • Visit to the Ducal Palace of Vila Viçosa, to the marble museum, to the shrine of Nossa Senhora da Boa Nova and to the Nossa Sr ª dos Mártires church.
Region Alentejo
Duration 8 days
Languages Portuguese, English
Starting time 17:30 hours.
Nº of people Minimum: 2 | Maximum: 20
Meeting point Lisbon Airport
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This activity includes
Wine dinner
Accommodation with breakfast
Airport Transfer
Local guide
Outdoor Activities
Bicycles
Guided tour
Eco-friendly
Lunch
Wine tasting
Specific equipment
Entry to museums
This activity does not include
Additional hotel costs
Entrance tickets not mentioned
Personal expenses
Kid friendly
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Day 1: Arrival
Early arrival to Lisbon airport. Transfer to Arraiolos, medieval village with a beautiful castle. 
At 6:00 pm – welcome drink and first briefing of your bike tour.
Accomodation at Pousada de Arraiolos, built in a wonderful 16th century convent, with a swimming pool (charm).

Day 2: Arraiolos Route
Cycling from Arraiolos to Évora. 
The bike tour starts cycling through Arraiolos Village, famous for its carpets, pastry, and its rich historical centre. Climb to the castle, one of the few in the Iberian Peninsula built on a round plan.
Riding through secondary roads we reach a dairy at Herdade da Amendoeira, where they also produce local liqueurs. A really tasty stop!
It’s now time to visit a winery where there is a fantastic private carriage collection. We will have our lunch here. Riding through some small farms we reach the Aldeia da Terra, a gigantic cartoon made of clay instead of paper. Curious?
We reach our final destination, Évora, riding the ecotrail, green lane built on top of an old railway, traffic free, great for cycling. 
Base kms: 42 km.
Total ascent: 400 mts.
Level: medium.
Terrain: rolling terrain, some dirt roads.
Extra costs: cheese tasting – 11€ per person.
Dinner not included. 
Accommodation: Monte do Serrado de Baixo, our lovely guesthouse, with swimming pool (charm). Or in 4-star Hotel Mar de Ar Muralhas, in Évora historical center, with swimming pool (charm). 

Day 3: Megalithic Route
Cycling around Évora.
In this day we will visit some of the most important megalithic monuments of this region. 
The landscapes are beautiful, surrounded with cork and holm oaks. We will visit the biggest dolmen and one of the most important cromeleques in Europe with over 5000 years of history. 
The ride finishes in Évora, where you will have a chance to wander around and get immersed in this ancient pre-roman settlement. Plus, we will visit a 13th century bone chapel. 
Base kms: 45 km.
Total ascent: 500 mts.
Level: easy +.
Terrain: flat terrain, some dirt roads. 
Dinner not included. 
Accommodation in the same hotel. 

Day 4: The valley of the Degebe river
Cycling from Évora to Reguengos de Monsaraz.
On this bike tour day ride between olive groves to reach a small and traditional Village of Nossa Senhora de Machede.
After a pause for a cold drink or a coffee, we’ll visit an old working leather factory. After lunch the mysterious castle of Valongo will unveil its roman past.
Before dinner, we will visit a local and well-known winery, where the scent of the brewing clay pots fills the air with the ancient knowledge that makes great wines. Dinner is an unexpected surprise. 
Base kms: 57 km.
Total ascent: 500 meters.
Level: easy +.
Terrain: undulating roads. 
Accommodation at Solar de Alqueva with swimming pool. 

Day 5: Conquest of the Castle of Monsaraz
Cycling from Reguengos de Monsaraz.
We will ride to the fortified village of Monsaraz, an important stronghold in the defense of our nation just by the border with Spain. On the way, we will visit the famous pottery village of S.Pedro de Corval, where you can see the man making magic with the clay, transforming it into beautiful pots and plates, and the ladies painting them with flowers in an impressive speed.
Then with Spain in sight lunch by the biggest artificial lake in Europe, the Alqueva dam reservoir. Then it’s time to conquer the castle, use all your energy to climb up to Monsaraz before going down to the relaxing country hotel to cool off and dine.
Base Kms: 35 km.
Total ascent: 380 meters.
Level: easy except the climb to Monsaraz.
Terrain: flat roads, with one ascent to the castle.
Accommodation: Estalagem de Monsaraz, a charming hotel with swimming pool. 

Day 6: The Sanctuary Route
Cycling from Monsaraz to Vila Viçosa. 
We start the visit to the impressive Nossa Srª da Boa Nova Sanctuary and the flowered Terena village. Then we will pass by Bencatel marble quarries, where is extracted the “white gold”, used in wide streets and high buildings of Estremoz and Borba. 
We will arrive at Vila Viçosa, one of the best resting-places for kings and nobles. 
Dinner at a local restaurant. 
Base Kms: 50 km.
Total ascent: 680 meters.
Level: medium.
Terrain: undulating, with some climbing.
Accommodation at Pousada D.João IV, built in a convent, with swimming pool (charm).

Day 7: Marble Route
Cycling from Vila Viçosa to Estremoz.
We will start the day by the Palácio Ducal de Vila Viçosa and the marble museum. 
In Borba, we’ll know some typical taverns, where are produced the traditional craft wine in clay pots. 
We will cycle through villages and we stop for lunch. We’ll arrive to Glória, where we will see the Igreja de Nossa Srª dos Mártires, a gothic marbel church. 
In Estremoz, you will admire the beautiful architecture and the castle tower, where you will sleep. 
Base Kms: 35 kms.
Total ascent: 680 meters.
Level: medium.
Terrain: undulating, with some climbing.
Accommodation at Pousada Raínha Santa Isabel, built in a palace, with swimming pool (charm).

Day 8: Departure
Transfer to Lisbon airport.
Cancellation policy
Cancellation up to 56 days before the experience: refund of the payment, with a deduction of 50€ for booking costs.
Cancellation between 55 and 42 days before: you can choose between 70% refund or choose another date or program.
Cancellation less than 41 days before the experience: there will be no refund.
No show up on the date and time of the experience implies no refund.
Notes
On guided tours the groups are accompanied by one or two cycling guides, plus a guide who takes the support car, prepares the picnics and carries your luggage. The lunches are with traditional foods from the region where we stopped. Sometimes they may also be in local restaurants.

Our guides are all Portuguese and know the Alentejo very well. They are very attentive and most of them have worked with us for many years. They are bikers and they practice cycling regularly, and they already know what to expect from them!
Organized by: Turaventur
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