Portugal Randonnée Lisbon & North – World Bicycle Relief

$7,450

Have you ever dreamt of riding some of the best kept secret roads of Europe with pro-tour like support? Now’s your chance. Join SRAM President, Stan Day, for an eight-day cycling tour in Portugal, October 9th-16th benefiting the work of World Bicycle Relief. You’ll join InGamba for their world-class tour of Portugal from rugged mountain tops to unblemished beaches and bustling cities to tranquil vineyards. And, you’ll do it all while riding on bicycles equipped with SRAM e-tap. Your chance for a world-class experience with Stan and other cycling insiders from the around the world is now – and it’s all to benefit the life-changing work of World Bicycle Relief.

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 through the countryside toward Porto, then turn skyward into the mountains where the real riding begins and then find your way to the Douro Valley for some well-deserved wine-tasting before finishing in the charming city of Porto.

Trip at a Glance

Start Location:

Lisbon

Finish Location:

Porto

Days Riding:

7

Group Size:

8 – 12

Total Distance:

710km

Total Elevation:

8,350m

Biggest Climbing Day:

Day 2. Tortosendo - Penhas Douradas

Longest Day:

Day 7. Quinta da Pacheca - Porto

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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 hotel 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 along the Douro River 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

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.
6

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.
7

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.
8

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 transferrin there to arrive around 1:00 PM. One of our favorite restaurants is a good stop half way though, so we might arrive later. If you need to fly from Lisbon please book your flight on Sunday.