Portugal Randonnée Lisbon & the North

$8,450

On this week-long, point-to-point odyssey you’ll get to know Portugal, city by city, from the sea to the mountains and from the mountains to the valleys, all from the vantage point of your saddle — and the dinner table, of course, because this is inGamba.

Starting in Lisbon, the oldest city in Western Europe, you’ll head north, turning skyward and into the mountains where the real riding begins in the Serra da Estrela National Park, that boasts the highest roads in the country and some truly spectacular views. Then, you’ll find your way to the unforgettable Douro Valley, with every inch of its steep hills wrapped in precious vineyards, for some well-deserved wine-tasting before finishing in the enchanting city of Porto.

This trip will reveal Portugal’s unique landscape and culture, staying in a hand-picked selection of unique and charming properties along the way, taking you right to the heart of what we think is European cycling’s best kept secret. Expect quiet roads and hours of fun on rolling roads through beautiful countryside.

Included With Trip:

  • All lodging*
  • All food and beverages**
  • Pinarello Dogma F10 bike rental with SRAM RED eTap 11-speed WiFLi components and daily bike wash
  • One Giordana FRc custom inGamba cycling kit and one additional Giordana FRc Inline cycling kit
  • Daily post-ride massage from a professional soigneur
  • Laundry service for cycling clothing

 

*Pre/post-trip lodging is not included

**Beverages ordered by guests beyond normal amounts and away from group activities will incur additional charges

Trip at a Glance

Start Location:

Lisbon

Finish Location:

Porto

Days Riding:

8

Group Size:

8 – 12

Total Distance:

670km

Total Elevation:

11,975m

Longest Day:

Day 8. Quinta da Pacheca – Porto. 96km

Biggest Climbing Day:

Day 2. Tortosendo – Penhas Douradas. 2,500m

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Day by Day Breakdown

1

Fátima – Sertã

Bem-vindo a Portugal! We will begin with a short van transfer to the holy city of Fátima where it is said the Virgin Mary appeared in three apparitions to three shepherd children in 1917. From Fátima we head north and inland over the rolling hills of the Santarém district. Portugal is a country that still has influences from both Islam and Christianity. In fact, our home this evening, Convento da Sertã Hotel, is a modern transformation of a convent dating back to the 17th century.
2

Tortosendo – Penhas Douradas

Today we climb. Starting with a morning transfer from Sertã to Tortosendo, we will reach the foothills of the Serra da Estrela, Portugal’s highest mountain chain. From there our picturesque ride will take us through the towns of Unhais da Serra and Seia before the ascent to Penhas Douradas – a beyond-category climb of 20km with about 1,000 meters of elevation gain. After a tough day on the bike we will be welcomed into the peaceful surroundings of Casa das Penhas Douradas and the national park of Serra da Estrela.
3

Torre

Although today’s ride is a shorter loop around Serra da Estrella National Park, it has some of the most beautiful natural vistas of the entire week. The best views are from Torre, which stands at an elevation of 1993m above sea level. Of particular note here is that in 1717 the Portuguese King, João V, ordered a tower be built exactly 7m tall to reach an elevation of 2000m. From this tower you can see nearly the entire northern half of Portugal. This afternoon we will visit the local Burel factory, which makes what was once the most popular choice for fabric in Portugal due to its durability and strength.
4

Penhas Douradas – Marialva

Today we will go deep into the part of Portugal known as Beira Alta and near the birth town of João’s father, Sarzeda. We will start by riding down the glorious descent from the Serra da Estrella National Park and finish in the town of Marialva, a picturesque walled village that Literature Novel Prize novelist José Saramago describes as “...this complex of ruined buildings, and the mystery that unites them, the present memory of all those who lived here, that suddenly moves the traveller, brings a lump to his throat and tears to his eyes."
5

Pinhel Loop

Overlooking the nearby Côa River, the border town of Pinhel was originally constructed as part of the line of the newly-created state of Portugal's defenses along the frontier with Spain and served as an important deterrent against invasion. This is a tranquil region; the roads are quiet and the rolling terrain is peaceful. Farmyards, vineyards and olive groves are interspersed amongst large swaths of dry, arid chaparral. Smooth pavement and big, expansive views characterize this ride.
6

Marialva – Quinta da Pacheca

The Wine House Hotel - Quinta da Pacheca is located in one of the first Douro properties to bottle wine under its own label in 1738. Up until that point none of the vineyards had their own label. This marked an important shift for the Portuguese wine industry. Within its 51 acres full of vineyards stretching down to the banks of the Douro river, the Wine House Hotel is housed in a typical 18th century building that has been completely restored. This charming boutique hotel is entirely devoted to gastronomy and wine tourism.
7

Lamego

Today there are two options. The first is a ride into the hills on the southern flank of the Douro River valley. This a tough ride that starts climbing with very little warm up. However, the views and the descents are worth the efforts. The second option is a relaxing boat ride along a particurlarly beautiful section of the Douro River. This afternoon we will have a tour of Quinta da Pacheca to see all facets of the port wine production, and possibly even take part ourselves.
8

Quinta da Pacheca – Porto

On our last ride, we follow the course of the famous port wine. Its destination will also be ours: Porto. Porto is Portugal’s second largest metropolis and one of Europe’s most charismatic cities. At the end of the day, we’ll retire to the Yeatman Hotel, with its breathtaking views overlooking the Douro and the historic centre of Porto. Tonight we will gather for one last dinner before departing tomorrow morning on our flights home.
9

Porto

Today is a travel day with two options. If your flight is out of Porto we will arrange your transport to the airport in time for your flight. If your flight departs from Lisbon we will be transferring there to arrive around 1:00 PM.

PINARELLO DOGMA F10

FRAMESET:

Pinarello Dogma F10

COCKPIT:

ZIPP Service Course SL

GRUPPO:

SRAM RED eTap 11-speed WiFLi

PEDALS:

Speedplay Zero or your own

SADDLE:

fi’zi:k Arione, Antares, Aliante, Donna, Vesta or your own

WHEELSET:

Zipp alloy 30

TIRES:

Vittoria Corsa CX

BOTTLE CAGES:

Elite Custom Race

BIDON:

Elite Corsa Team

COMPUTER:

Garmin Edge 820