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Bike Tour from Porto to Coimbra

Duration 7 Days
Type Self Guided
Lodging Comfort

Enjoy relaxed and easy cycling along the idyllic Atlantic coastline south of Porto. Pass by the beautiful Aveiro Lagoon nature conservation area, with great bird watching opportunities, sleep in Aveiro city, known as the Portuguese Venice and detour inland to cycle through the vineyards of Bairrada, where you will have the chance to do wine tasting. End in style in the city of Coimbra where when of oldest universities of Europe is located, recently awarded  by UNESCO. One week to connect and discover two of Portugal's most important and vibrant cities - Porto and Coimbra - riding your bike through bike lanes and flat land. 

You will begin in Porto, an intense and authentic city of an exquisite architectural and landscape value, where you will be able to visit the vital streets of the Historical Centre and admire the richness of the historical buildings classified by UNESCO. The Historic Centre of Porto was classified as Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 1996. If you set out on foot along the typical alleys, with each step you will encounter a monument of indisputable value, the well known hospitality of the city's people and a stunning panoramic view of the old houses and Douro river. Porto’s nightlife is vibrant and trendy, with lots of bars and restaurants to go out at night.

Aveiro is a  bustling city often called “the Venice of Portugal” due to its picturesque setting of scenic canals connected by charming bridges and dotted with colorful gondolas and speed boats. You can easily take a trip on a moliceiro boat to admire the beautiful pastel-coloured art nouveau houses façades that line the waterways, explore Aveiro Museum, discover important ecclesiastical buildings and sample the gastronomic delights that await at every turn.

Daily Itinerary

Day 1
Arriving at Porto
Check-in at Hotel.

Porto City
The hilly city of Porto presents a mingle of styles and eras that will enchant you. The region has been continuously inhabited since at least the 4th Century, when the Romans referred to it as Portus Calle.
Porto is renowned all over the world for its delicious fortified wine, and no trip to the city would be complete without taking part in a Port wine cellars tour. Port wine is specific to the region, and refers to grapes that have been cultivated and harvested on the designated banks of the Douro River valley, and transformed into this delicious nectar at one of the area’s many Port wine estates.

Tour orientation and bike fit.

Highlights:
- Unesco World Heritage Ribeira Historical Center
- Visit Port Wine Cellars (including wine tasting)*
- Boat ride in the traditional “Rabelo Boats”, a typical vessel  which, a long time ago,
was used to carry Port wine barrels from the heart of the Douro valley to Gaia*
- Monuments such as the Castle, São João Baptista Church, Igreja Matriz, Bolsa Palace, “Luis I” bridge, among others
- Casa da Música, cultural and music hall*
-Fundação Serralves, cultural exhibitions*
- Porto nightlife

*not included in cost. free visit or optional request.
Day 2
Cycling Tour - Porto | Espinho | Ovar | Furadouro (50 km)
Today you will ride along Douro River until its mouth. Then you will head south along the coast, mostly on bike paths, with beautiful sandy beaches on your right. During this ride you'll have plenty of places to stop and enjoy a traditional Portuguese meal or just to have a drink looking at the Atlantic Ocean! At Miramar, you will be able to see a small and intriguing little chapel built on the top of a rock situated right on the shoreline. This Chapel has amazing views both out to sea and to the white sandy beach stretching in front of it. With a hexagonal design, it’s called Senhor da Pedra (Lord of the Rock). It was built in 1686 and restored in 1996.
At Espinho, a cosmopolitan holiday resort with beaches and a Casino, you can continue on a cycling path along the pine tree forest to Furadouro beach, cycling the final 21 km. You have also the option to take the train to Ovar and there ride 6 km more to get your final destination, Ovar city.

Highlights:
- Atlantic Ocean
- Douro River Mouth
- Sandy beaches
- Chapel Senhor da Pedra (Lord of Rock) 
- Atlantic road Cycling Lane
- Pine forest
Day 3
Cycling Tour 2 - Furadouro | Aveiro (Salreu) (44km)
Head south from Furadouro along the Aveiro Lagoon conservation area (Ria de Aveiro), one of Europe's last pristine coastal marshes and a haven for many bird species including plover and sandpiper. The Ria de Aveiro is located on the coast of the Portuguese Central Region and occupies an area of about 11,000 hectares. It is considered one of the most important geological formations and it presents a high conservation value on national and international levels.
Man shaped this ecosystem in perfect harmony with nature, including the creation of salt marshes, marshes drainages and channels of small dimensions allowing navigation, thus contributing to the increase of wealth and biodiversity associated with these biotopes (habitats). You can discover more about the area visiting the BioRia Interpretation Centre near Salreu. Here you'll take a short train journey (10 mins) to Aveiro.
Hugging the country’s Atlantic Coast in Central Portugal, Aveiro is a bustling city often called “the Venice of Portugal” due to its picturesque setting of scenic canals connected by charming bridges and dotted with colorful gondolas and speed boats. You can easily take a trip on a moliceiro boat to admire the beautiful pastel-coloured art nouveau houses façades that line the waterways, explore Aveiro Museum, discover important ecclesiastical buildings and sample the gastronomic delights that await at every turn.

Highlights:
- Aveiro Lagoon
- Bird Species
- BioRia Interpretation Centre
- good fish restaurants
- Aveiro city
Day 4
Cycling Tour 3 - Aveiro | Praia de Mira (51km)
Cycle southwards to Ilhavo today and visit the Marine museum to check some of the traditional boats still used today at the Aveiro lagoon. Also in Ilhavo you can visit the factory and museum of Vista Alegre, Portugal's oldest fine porcelain producer,, before crossing the Aveiro Lagoon to meet the ocean again in Vagueira.
From here you can do a little detour to visit Costa Nova, home to a lovely sandy beach lined by colourful candy-striped houses, before cycling back to Vagueira and along the coast. Turning inland, you'll make your way to your hotel at Praia de Mira.
Praia de Mira, with the dunes and Atlantic on one side, and the peaceful lagoon of Barrinha de Mira on the other, is a pretty fishing village developing as a resort. High-prowed fishing boats are still drawn up the spectacular beach by oxen, but leisure craft now cruise the shore and the inland waterways, and the fishermen´s stripped palheiros, popular as seaside cottages, are fast vanishing amid shops, bars and cafés.

Highlights:
- Marine Museum*
- Museum of Vista Alegre*
- Vagueira
- Costa Nova  candy-striped houses and beaches
- Mira beach
- Barrinha de Mira lagoon

*not included in cost. free visit or optional request.
Day 5
Cycling Tour 4 - Praia de Mira | Curia | (42 km)
Before leaving the coast behind you can still visit the Museu Etnográfico of Mira, in an original and traditional barn and features the fishing activities of the central Portuguese area.
You will follow a cycle path inland through acacia forest, before passing farms and small villages on your way to the vineyards of the Bairrada region, which is in the western part of the Beiras, between the mountainous Dão region and the surf-washed Atlantic beaches. Flat in the west, the region rises in the east into small hills, intensively farmed and sometimes wooded. This is also the land of leitão, the delicious roast suckling pig.
Today you have the chance to stop for a spot of wine tasting at the Quinta do Encontro before a short ride brings you to Curia and to your lodging.

Highlights:
- Museu Etnográfico of Mira*
- Bairrada Vineyards
- Bairrada Region
- “Quinta do Enconro” wine producer*
- Curia

*ticket not included in cost. free visit or optional request.
Day 6
Cycling Tour 5 - Curia | Coimbra (37,5 km)
Your final day takes you through vineyards to the Mondego River Valley. You'll cycle alongside farms and rice fields, following the river, with a final stretch through the Choupal National Forest to arrive in Coimbra.
The Choupal National Forest or Mata Nacional do Choupal, located just a few kilometres from Coimbra’s city centre, was planted to stem the Mondego River. 
In Coimbra, take time to enjoy the city including the markets, and lively fado bars, as well as passing by through it´s UNESCO university. Situated on a hill overlooking the city, the University of Coimbra-Alta and Sofia has grown and evolved over more than seven centuries to form its own well-defined urban area of two components within the old town of Coimbra. Coimbra University is an exceptional example of a university city, which illustrates the interdependence between city and university and in which the city’s architectural language reflects the university’s institutional functions.

Highlights:
- Vineyards
- UNESCO heritage site of University of Coimbra*
- Mondego river
- Choupal National Forest
- Fado Bars*
- Coimbra lifestyle

*ticket not included in cost. free visit or optional request.
Day 7
Return to Porto /Lisbon
You can make your own way by train or bus from Coimbra to Porto / Lisbon.
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Dates & Prices

From 735.00€/person  |  Min. 2 participants

Low season (15th January to 31st March; 01st November to 30th December): 735€/person
Mid-Season (01st April to 31st May; 01st October to 30 October): 755€/person
High Season (01st June to 30th September): 805€/person

Single Supplement:
Low season: 255€
Mid-Season: 265€
High Season: 315€

Supplement applies if the minimum number of participants is not reached:
supplement per person (3 participants): 70€ 
supplement per person (2 participants): 150€ 

This tour is also possible Guided. Ask us for more information.

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Included

6 accommodations with breakfast (based on 4* lodgings or similar)
Briefing with an A2Z Guide in Porto
5 bike rides
Luggage transfers 1 bag per person – up to 20kg/bag
Hybrid bike rental
Maps and documentation
GPS tracks (using the app "Ride with GPS" on your phone)
24H support line
Personal Insurance
A2Z water bottle


Extra Services:

Extra night in Oporto: on request
Extra night in Coimbra: On request
Dinners at the hotels during the way (5 dinners): 135€/person
Upgrade to electric bike: plus 148€/person
Helmet rental: 20 €/person
Helmet (buy): 90 €/person
Gel pad for the saddle: 1,5€/day
GPS device rental: 50€
Powerbank rental: 15€
pack Handle bag and pannier bag rental: 12€/person (the trip includes one of this pieces)

 
Not included

Flights
meals not mentioned in the program
A2Z  riding guide
Driver
Airport transfers
Other not specified in included

 

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