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Bike Tour in the Portuguese Historical Villages

Duration 7 Days
Type Self Guided
distance 248 km
Lodging Comfort

A2Z challenges you to discover the history of the oldest European border.

Find twelve villages spread in the Center of Portugal, each one more surprising than the one before. Crossing mesmerizing landscapes you will find these castle villages at the end of the day, after going trough perfect desert roads or ancient trails that lead to the top of the hill.

Daily Itinerary

Day 01
Arrival to Portugal
Get the Train/Bus to Guarda.
Transfer from Lisbon/Porto to Guarda (optional).
Briefing with an A2Z Guide/delivery of Bikes.
Overnight in Guarda.
Day 02
Bike Tour 1: Guarda | Belmonte (distance: 35 km | climbing: +720 m)
Leaving Guarda behind you´ll cross some typical villages until arrive to The Historical Village of Belmonte. The town of Belmonte in Cova da Beira commands a broad view of the eastern slopes of the Serra da Estrela mountains and fully justifies its name. Tradition has it that the name Belmonte comes from its location (beautiful hill). Some say, however, that it comes from 'belli monte', the hill of war. A sunny place, with good people, endless vistas and centuries-old history.
Overnight in Belmonte.
Day 03
Bike Tour 2: Belmonte | Sabugal (distance: 40 km | climbing: +900 m)
Today's ride is very interesting: beautiful landscapes where you´ll be able to explore the History, the traditions, the colors, the smells and the tastes of such a diverse territory.
The last stoppage is the Village of Sabugal, that has one of Portugal’s best-kept Portuguese castles, rising at the top of a mount surrounded by river Côa. Prior to the foundation of Portugal, this castle was occupied in 1296 by King D. Dinis. The Portuguese borders were only set one year later by the Treaty of Alcanizes.
Overnight in Sabugal.
Day 04
Bike Tour 3: Sabugal | Almeida (distance: 75 km | climbing: +820 m)
The pleasure of ending the day with the greetings of an ancient local inhabitant, still reflecting in is facing the hardness and the happiness of a life lived in harmony with the strengths of nature, is one of those moments that will make you smile of joy and gratitude. This can happen in the last stopage in the Historical Village of Almeida.
Almeida is one of the crown jewels of Portuguese military architecture – the hexagonal shaped walls of Almeida's fortress were built in the XVII Century.
Overnight in Almeida.
Day 05
Bike Tour 4: Almeida | Trancoso (distance: 58 km | climbing: +1228 m)
This will be the longest day, but we assure you´ll enjoy every moment on this journey. This will be an adventure that one can only take on under the commitment of a slow journey and the award of achieving it through your effort. You´ll arrive at The Historical Village of Trancoso. Today's peace and quiet in its centuries-old castle contrast with the alarms and fears experienced by people of other times. It was a border town, the stage for fights and battles that were decisive to the formation and independence of the kingdom. 
Overnight in Trancoso.
Day 06
Bike Tour 5: Trancoso | Guarda (distance: 40 km | climbing: +850 m)
Leaving Trancoso behind, today will be your last ride of this amazing journey in such an idyllic region, full of History and traditions.
You´ll arrive at Guarda again, that was built into the mountain landscape of Serra da Estrela, and that was one of the most important strongholds in a set of fortifications which defended the Portuguese border against Castile and León during the Middle Ages.
Overnight in Guarda.
Day 07
After breakfast end of services.
Get the Train/Bus from Guarda to Lisbon/Porto.
Transfer from Guarda to Lisbon/Porto (optional).
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Dates & Prices

From 895.00€/person  |  Min. 2 participants

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6 accommodations with breakfast (sharing a double room)
Briefing with an A2Z Guide
Luggage transfers 1 bag per person - up to 20kg/bag
Maps and documentation
GPS tracks (using the app "Ride with GPS" on your phone)  
Hybrid Bike rental
24H support line 
A2Z offer

*For more information about lodgings please contact us!

Extra Services

Extra Night in Lisbon / Porto / Guarda: on request
Single room (supplement): 170€
Package 6 diners: 175€ (alcoholic drinks not included)
Transfers to and from airports: On request

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