Portugal: Lisbon & the North

$7,950

On this week-long, point-to-point odyssey we’ll explore Portugal, 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 Estrella 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 F12 Disk with SRAM RED eTap AXS
  • Daily Bike Wash
  • One Giordana FRc custom 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:

Lisbon

Finish Location:

Porto

Days Riding:

7

Group Size:

8 – 12

Total Distance:

607km

Total Elevation:

10,844m

Biggest Climbing Day:

Day 2. Tortosendo – Penhas Douradas. 2,566m

Longest Day:

Day 7. Quinta da Pacheca – Porto. 115km

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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. Expect plenty of empty, smooth roads, gentle terrain, and stunning views.
6

Marialva – Quinta da Pacheca

The Quinta da Pacheca is located in one of the first Douro properties to bottle wine under its own label, way back in 1738. Today, this charming boutique hotel is entirely devoted to gastronomy and wine tourism. The first 50km of this route is on rolling terrain with a few easy climbs, while the last 30km follows the banks of the river into the town of Cambres.
7

Quinta da Pacheca – Porto

The terrain today will be undulating from start to finish, with a couple of medium climbs in the first half of the course, as we follow the Duoro River down into the city of Porto. Once there, there’ll be plenty of time to celebrate our trip with one final dinner together.
8

Airport transfers

Transport to the airport will be provided.

YOUR Guides

Joao Correia

The Boss

João Correia is Portuguese. He spent his formative years in New York. And he lives in California. He is not defined by any of this, but this diversity informs all he does. He loves his refurbished ‘69 VW camper. He lives to make a deal. And his favorite lunch is a giant pot filled with chicken cooked in its own blood. The one defining factor in João’s life is the importance of family. He’s fiercely loyal and you can take his word straight to the bank. It’s his bond. Which explains why you will see very little turnover within the staff at inGamba. We’re family, and like a family we look to the head of our table for inspiration, encouragement and direction. He carries this burden as the don with passion and pride.

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.

BIKE OPTION

PINARELLO DOGMA F12 DISK

FRAMESET:

Pinarello Dogma F12 Disk

COCKPIT:

ZIPP Service Course SL

GRUPPO:

SRAM RED eTap AXS

PEDALS:

Speedplay (or your own)

SADDLE:

Selle Italia

WHEELSET:

Zipp 302 Carbon Clinchers

TIRES:

Vittoria Corsa CX

BOTTLE CAGES:

Elite Custom Race

BIDON:

Elite Corsa Team

COMPUTER:

Garmin Edge 820