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Northern Portugal’s Undiscovered Paradise


As a pro, Manuel Cardoso raced with some of the biggest names in cycling. He beat a few of them too. But long before he reached the professional peloton, his cycling journey began on the roads outside of Porto, where he rode as a boy and dreamed of reaching the big time. He’s ridden all over the world, but still believes that there’s nothing quite like his hometown routes, and so he designed this trip to share them with you.

Of course, it’s not just Manuel who hails from these parts. Several of our support team also call this place home, and they’ll be on hand to introduce you to a land that they hold dear to their hearts, guiding you towards all the best bits so that you can properly soak up the local culture. This special randonnée is an opportunity to share their intimate knowledge and discover one of the world’s most charming and unique destinations. We will skirt along the coastline, explore Medieval towns, and ride through the oldest village in Portugal, all while putting in plenty of miles and riding some of the most beautiful roads in Europe, embracing the “Mangia, Beve, Bici,” philosophy with a Portuguese twist.

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Included With Trip:

  • All lodging*
  • All food and beverages**
  • Pinarello Dogma F12 Disk with SRAM RED eTap AXS
  • Daily Bike Wash
  • One custom Castelli × inGamba 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:


Finish Location:


Days Riding:


Group Size:

8 – 12

Total Distance:


Total Elevation:


Longest Day:

Day 6. Geres Loop 87km

Biggest Climbing Day:

Day 6. Geres Loop 1,852m


Day by Day Breakdown


Viana do Castelo Test Ride

Bem-vindo a Portugal! To begin our adventure, we'll leave Porto with a short transfer north to our starting point in the city of Viana do Castelo. From there, it's a relaxed 46km route that should give you plenty of time to get acclimatized and make sure that everything on your bike works perfectly. The highlight of the day will be the Santa Luzia climb towards the end, known for the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus at its top and for its panoramic views.

Viana – Carmo's Boutique

We're heading towards the interior of Minho, through an area characterised by its Medieval architecture and dominated by the Lima river. Our scenic 84km-long route gets a little lumpy in the middle without ever getting really mountainous, and we'll finish at Carmo’s Boutique Hotel, a wonderfully secluded hideaway that has just a handful of rooms, situated in Portugal's oldest village.

Ponte de Lima

It's not quite relaxed enough to be deemed a coffee ride, but these 52 kilometers will be easy and fun, taking us through the historic villages of Minho, Arcos de Valdevez, Ponte da Barca and Ponte de Lima.

Carmo's – Pousada Caniçada

A decent climb begins today's ride, before a lengthy but gentle descent into rolling countryside. Towards the end, the road will tilt upwards again, as we approach our new base, on the outskirts of the Peneda Gerês natural park, a place protected by Unesco as a World Biosphere Reserve and one of the biggest natural attractions in the country.

Geres Loop

The Geres Loop is the queen stage of the week, with 1850m of altitude gain and a total of 86km, each one of them packed with brilliant roads and stunning surroundings as we wind our way through the natural park.

Amarante – Porto

Our final riding day begins with a transfer to Amarante, before we embark on 80 kilometers that runs mostly beside the rivers Tamega and Douro. There are no big climbs but expect plenty of ups and downs as we race through the spectacular Douro Valley towards the finish line in Porto.


Today we say goodbye to Porto and head for home.

YOUR Guides

Manuel Cardoso

The Quiet Crusher

Manuel Cardoso is no longer sitting on the front of the pack, pulling everyone along at what some would describe as a “brisk” pace and what others are unable to describe at all, because they're too busy gasping for breath and holding onto the wheel in front of them for dear life. Manuel is now sitting just slightly off the back of the pack. As I look back, I realize he has that look on his face. The look which struck fear in the hearts of the Pro Peleton for many years. The look which is part grin, part mischievous child and all business. He is about to start some shenanigans. Sure enough, just a few kilometers later and Manuel has picked one lucky contestant out of the pack and they are sitting-in, waiting, like predators, for the perfect moment. For Manuel, just like when he raced pro, this is when the road turns slightly up, a spot in the road where it gets tough for everyone. And he accelerates with his breakaway “partner” in tow. It is something to see. He ramps it up to a speed with which no one can latch onto the back and with such precision you have to question whether or not you actually want to try and close the gap he has created. And you can’t see it, but you just know, he is grinning from ear-to-ear.

Bruno Pires

The Mountain Goat

Bruno is inGamba’s pocket rocket for the mountains, having lost none of his snap since retiring from the World Tour. A former Portuguese national champ, he has raced Grand Tours and monuments alongside the likes of Alberto Contador, so there is no better wheel to have when the pace heats up or the road gets steep.




Pinarello Dogma F10 Disk


ZIPP Service Course SL




Speedplay (or your own)


Selle Italia


Zipp 302 Carbon Clinchers


Vittoria Corsa CX


Elite Custom Race


Elite Corsa Team


Garmin Edge 820