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Road Bike Tour along the Mythical N2

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One road, one adventure but different landscapes, different traditions and a country to see top to bottom - a road cycling trip crossing Portugal, from North to South. You will follow the longest and most mythical road in Portugal - National Road 2.

It is not only a road marked by different eras and stories but also an exceptional panoramic, historical-cultural and gastronomic itinerary with all that Portugal can offer. From km 0 to the final destination, the opportunities to experience different routes are almost limitless, from scenic and water routes, religious and historical routes, oenological and gastronomic routes to cultural heritage routes.
This trip is based on an annual event that goes from Portugal from Chaves, on the mountainous northern border, to Faro, on the sunny south coast. It is a unique opportunity to challenge your senses in discovering the diversity and history of an entire country. So come and challenge yourself to a unique adventure!

6 Stages

Day 01
Arrival to Portugal​
Arrive in Porto and transfer to hotel in Chaves
Briefing.
Overnight in Chaves.
Day 02
Cycling Route 1: Chaves - Lamego (100km)
Begin your journey with some successive ups and downs without major difficulties, while you´re crossing the northern landscape of the Trás-os-Montes region. After a while, you´ll be able to cycle between the sloped terraced ground of vineyards so characteristic of the Alto Douro Vinhateiro region, considered World Heritage by UNESCO, and the oldest controlled wine region known in the world.
Your final stoppage will be Lamego, a beautiful town with narrow streets, full of history, and where you can imagine the life of those living there in the time of kings and queens.
Overnight in Lamego.
Day 03
Cycling Route 2: Lamego - Aguieira (124 km)
You’ll Leave Lamego and cycle down, with a few minor climbs, until the city of Viseu, with an amazing old historical centre of distinguished granite monuments.  Continue your trip until you hit the banks of the Mondego river after the Aguieira dam.
Overnight in Aguieira.
Day 04
Cycling Route 3: Barragem Aguieira - Sertã (112 km)
On the third day, you´ll start to cycle along the longest Portuguese river - River Mondego - until the first climb makes you leave its valley. But this climb is only the warm-up to a second, longer one, crossing the Lousã mountain. 
Sertã will be the village of your deserved rest, over the great lake of the Cabril dam.
Overnight in Sertã.
Day 05
Cycling Route 4: Sertã - Montemor-o-Novo (166 km)
After following the Zêzere river for the first kilometers, you will gradually leave the northern and central mountains of Portugal and get into the flatter landscapes of the Alentejo.
The Tejo river will deeply mark the change in the scenery that surrounds the course.
Overnight in Montemor-o-Novo.
Day 06
Cycling Route 5: Montemor-o-Novo - Castro Verde (123 km)
This stage has some of the flattest sections of all the journey. You´ll be able to easily roll to the town of Ponte de Sor, always marked by the unique Alentejo landscape.
The final destination is Castro Verde, a beautiful historic village situated in the vast Alentejo region, in an area named as “white field”, next to the lovely Caldeirão Mountain.
Overnight in Castro Verde.
Day 07
Cycling Route 6: Castro Verde - Faro (96 km)
The typical Alentejo landscape and its white painted houses still dominate the scenery of the first part of the last stage. Continue heading south and the path will enter the Algarve and, with that, another significant change will be apparent. Cycle through the Caldeirão mountain until the top at Barranco do Velho, an iconic mountain pass where many editions of the Volta ao Algarve were decided, right before the downhill to Faro, where the Trip will end.
Overnight in Faro.
Day 08
Departure
Transfer from Faro to Faro Airport.
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7 Stages

Day 01
Arrival to Portugal​
Arrive in Porto and transfer to the hotel in Chaves.
The hilly city of Porto presents a mingle of styles and eras that will enchant you. Porto is renowned all over the world for its delicious fortified wine, its strong people and gorgeous Ribeira. After a quick transfer, get to know the beautiful city of Chaves. Enigmatic for its thermal baths and the Roman bridge of Trajan, today you can rest and can walk through this small city and its historic centre, climb its tower and admire the colourful balconies while eating a pastel of Chaves.
Briefing.
Overnight in Chaves.
Day 02
Cycling Route 1: Chaves – Régua (90Km)
Begin your journey without major difficulties, going up and down the mountains as you cross the northern landscape of the Trás-os-Montes region and head into the breathtaking Douro Valley. The entrance to the Alto Douro Wine Region is drawn in twisted contours, modelled by man and with the noble distinction of World Heritage by UNESCO. Here you will travel through small villages and cross slopes of vineyards and orchards. After crossing the Douro River into the city of Peso da Régua, you will strive towards the Mézio summit, with its 1000m of elevation, a challenging high point. In Régua, don’t forget to visit the Douro Museum to learn more about the history of this beautiful region, before you go out to dinner and try the local cuisine, accompanied by amazing wine.
Overnight in Régua.
Day 03
Cycling Route 2: Régua – Tondela (108Km)
Today you will continue south, visiting the historical town of Viseu, quiet and rich in historical Portuguese treasures, keeper of sacred art and religious architecture - as seen in the numerous churches that fill its historical centre. Maybe consider a stop to visit its cathedral and try their famous sweets, like the “Viriato” – a V-shaped cake made with special dough, filled with egg candy and layered with granulated sugar. Leaving the vineyards behind, eucalyptus and pine trees dominate the landscape, which gives you a gorgeous lookout filled with beauty and peace of mind. Stop to rest in Tondela, an ancient city of the Dão wine region, where you can try the fresh wines while exploring its gorgeous historical centre.
Overnight in Tondela.
Day 04
Cycling Route 3: Tondela – Pedrógão Pequeno (122Km)
A day filled with nature as you follow the Mondego and ride through the Lousã Mountain Range. Don’t miss the “Library of Mondego”, a self-describing fantastic geological phenomenon. Although there are two of the harder climbs of this journey during today’s ride, it is all worth it in order to marvel at the beauty that Lousã has to show you. Deeply wrinkled by water lines, a land of rich biodiversity and beautiful landscapes, it is a work of nature where, just a few kilometres from civilization, you can find deer, wild boar and roe deer that happily wander among the cork oaks, oaks and pines that protect them.
You also pass through Pedrógão Grande, one of the regions in the country where natural beauty, customs and popular traditions, combined with the purity of the air and water, are maintained. It’s where the “warriors” will have their deserved rest over the great lake of the Cabril dam, which is one of the biggest dams in Portugal. The finish line of the day will lead you to Pedrógão Pequeno.
Overnight in Pedrogão Pequeno.
Day 05
Cycling Route 4: Pedrogao Pequeno – Montargil (130Km)
Following another river, the Zêzere, for these first few kilometres, you will leave the northern and central mountains of Portugal and get into the flatter landscapes of the Alentejo. But before that, you will pass through Vila Real, a sleepy university town set in a sea of rural tranquillity. This city is filled with Gothic churches, a former holiday palace of the Portuguese Royal Family, and the geodetic centre of Portugal, the Picoto da Melriça. The Tejo river will deeply mark the change in the scenery, to one of peaceful countryside with olive groves, cork and oak trees, dams full of biodiversity and small whitewashed villages, that are enriched by the alternating and colourful contours of doors and windows.
Overnight in Montargil.
Day 06
Cycling Route 5: Montargil – Odivelas (Alentejo) (122Km)
Welcome to the flattest section of the entire journey! These will be the easiest days, with straight roads and flat terrains ahead of you. It is a chance to see the gorgeous landscape of Alentejo. populated with small villages like Ciborro, filled with picturesque tiny white houses. Observe a “Montado” area, filled with ancient and huge Sobreiros - coak oak trees. 
You will also have the chance to visit Montemor-o-Novo! This town is known for its heroes, whose mark in Portuguese history was won in the battles for the nation's freedom, and for its traditional dishes that fill the senses and delight the taste buds, while its wines warm even the coldest soul. Its ex-libris, an ancient castle built over a moor fortress, was home to several historical moments such as the final planning for the sea crossing to India, by Vasco da Gama in 1496. Stay the night at the typical “alentejana” village of Odivelas, which has a unique feeling of calm, tranquillity and comfort to those who visit it.
Overnight in Odivelas.
Day 07
Cycling Route 6: Odivelas – Almodovar (70Km)
On these endless roads of tranquillity, take a look up once in a while and scan the skies for the amazing birdlife of the region. Today you will ride what is known as “White Field”, a tone of colour acquired during the summer months - from Owls, to Red Kites, Common Buzzards and even Storks! Pass through the mining village of Aljustrel before reaching the gorgeous plains of Castro Verde. This city boasts a Unesco Biosphere Reserve for its golden (cereal grain) fields, natural grasslands and endemic bird species, including the Iberian Imperial eagle, one of the most endangered birds of prey in the world. These plains are also home to wintering northern European bird species, so it is a true bird watching paradise all year round.
Almodóvar is your stop tonight. A small village with pretty streets filled with traditional white buildings marked by the colourful edges of its doors and windows, a traditional Portuguese style.
Overnight in Almodovar.
Day 08
Cycling Route 7: Almodovar – Faro (80Km)
As you leave the Alentejo and cycle to enter the Algarve, you will see the significant change in landscape, as mountains are back to challenge you one last time. You will climb through the Caldeirão Mountain range, which is of critical climatic importance as a barrier for the northern cold winds, contributing to the famous nice weather of the Algarve. Throughout it, you can find water mills, dams, windmills, barns and other symbols of an ancestral rural lifestyle. You will also pass at the “Barranco do Velho”, an iconic mountain pass where many editions of the “Volta ao Algarve” were decided. On the last leg of this adventure, which was kilometres and kilometres of pure beauty, incredible landscapes, unique heritage and opportunities to taste rich gastronomy, you will start heading towards Faro. Often overlooked, the district capital has nevertheless managed to maintain its peaceful atmosphere and traditional charm within the walls of its ancient city. Known mainly for its historical monuments, such as the gothic cathedral and Episcopal palace, as well as its marina, it also provides easy access to other cities, such as Loulé, Albufeira and Olhão, allowing you to diversify the end of your trip. 
Overnight in Faro.
Day 09
Departure
Transfer from Faro to Faro Airport.
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8 Stages

Day 01
Arrival to Portugal​
Arrive in Porto and transfer to a hotel in Chaves.
The hilly city of Porto presents a mingle of styles and eras that will enchant you. Porto is renowned all over the world for its delicious fortified wine, its strong people and gorgeous Ribeira. After a quick transfer, visit the beautiful city of Chaves. Enigmatic for its thermal baths and the Roman bridge of Trajan, today you can rest and walk through this small city and its historic centre, climb its tower and admire the colourful balconies while eating a pastel of Chaves.
Briefing.
Overnight in Chaves.
Day 02
Cycling Route 1: Chaves – Lamego (97.5Km)
Begin your journey with some successive ups and downs without major difficulties, while crossing the northern landscape of the Trás-os-Montes region. After a while, you´ll be cycling between the sloped terraced ground of vineyards so characteristic of the Alto Douro Vinhateiro region, considered World Heritage by UNESCO, and the oldest controlled wine region known in the world.
Your final destination will be Lamego, a beautiful town with narrow streets, full of history, and where you can imagine the life of those living there in the time of kings and queens.
Overnight in Lamego.
Day 03
Cycling Route 2: Lamego – Tondela (98Km)
Today you will continue south, visiting the historical town of Viseu, quiet and rich in historical Portuguese treasures, keeper of sacred art and religious architecture - as seen in the numerous churches that fill its historical centre. Maybe make a stop to visit its cathedral and try their famous sweets, like the “Viriato” – a V-shaped cake made with special dough, filled with egg candy and layered with granulated sugar. Leaving the vineyards behind, eucalyptus and pine trees dominate the landscape, which gives you a gorgeous lookout filled with beauty and peace of mind. Stop to rest in Tondela, an ancient city of the Dão wine region, where you can try fresh wines while exploring its gorgeous historical centre.
Overnight in Tondela.
Day 04
Cycling Route 3: Tondela – Góis (73KM)
A day filled with nature as you follow the Mondego while you ride through the Lousã Mountain Range. Don’t miss the “Library of Mondego”, a self-describing fantastic geological phenomenon. Although there are two of the harder climbs of this journey during today’s ride, it is all worth it to marvel at the beauty that Lousã has to show you. Deeply wrinkled by water lines, a land of rich biodiversity and beautiful landscapes, it is a work of nature where, just a few kilometres from civilization, you can find deer, wild boar and roe deer that happily wander among the cork oaks, oaks and pines that protect them.
You´ll cycle until Góis, a smaller but beautiful upcoming tourist destination that is worth a visit. You will be surprised by some of the unique things to do and places you can explore at this hidden destination.
Overnight in Góis.
Day 05
Cycling Route 4: Góis – Vila de Rei  (87Km)
Leave Góis behind and immediately start climbing the mountain range of Lousã until Pedrógão Grande, one of the regions in the country where natural beauty, customs and popular traditions, combined with the purity of the air and water, are maintained.
You'll arrive at Vila de Rei, situated right in the geodesic centre of the country, a fact that is marked on a peak of a geodesic pyramid in the Serra de Melriça, a point that is also an excellent viewpoint of the region.
Overnight in Vila de Rei.
Day 06
Cycling Route 5: Vila de Rei – Mora (101Km)
Following another river, the Zêzere, for these first few kilometres, you will leave the northern and central mountains of Portugal and get into the flatter landscapes of the Alentejo. But before, you will pass through Vila Real, a sleepy university town set in a sea of rural tranquillity, filled with Gothic churches and a former holiday palace of the Portuguese Royal Family.  It is also home to the geodesic centre of Portugal, the Picoto da Melriça. The Tejo river will deeply mark the change in the scenery, to one of peaceful countryside with olive groves, cork and oak trees, dams full of biodiversity and small whitewashed villages, that are enriched by the alternating and colourful contours of doors and windows.
Your end of the day will be at the village of Mora, a beautiful small village in Alentejo like many others, located on heathlands decorated by cork oak trees. It represents the charm, peace, and quiet so characteristic of these lands and, of course, its people.
Overnight in Mora.
Day 07
Cycling Route 6: Mora – Odivelas (102Km)
Welcome to the flattest section of the entire journey! These will be the easiest days, with straight roads and flat terrains ahead of you. It is a chance to see the gorgeous landscape of Alentejo populated with small villages like Ciborro, filled with picturesque tiny white houses. Observe a “Montado” area, filled with ancient and huge Sobreiros - coak oak trees. 
You will also have the chance to visit Montemor-o-Novo! This town is known for its heroes, whose mark in Portuguese history was won in the battles for the nation's freedom, and whose traditional dishes fill the senses and delight the taste buds while its wines warm even the coldest soul. Its ex-libris, an ancient castle built over a moor fortification, was the set of several historical moments in the history of Portugal, such as the final planning for the sea crossing to India, done by Vasco da Gama in 1496. Stay the night at the typical “alentejana” village of Odivelas, which has a unique feeling of calm, tranquillity and comfort to those who visit it.
Overnight in Odivelas.
Day 08
Cycling Route 7: Odivelas – Almodovar (70Km)
On these endless roads of tranquillity, take a look up once in a while and scan the skies for the amazing birdlife of the region. Today you will ride on a fantastic region for birdwatching, known as the “White Field”, a tone of colour acquired during the summer months - from Owls, Red Kites, Common Buzzards and even Storks! Pass through the mining village of Aljustrel, before reaching the gorgeous plains of Castro Verde. This city boasts a Unesco Biosphere Reserve for its golden (cereal grain) fields, natural grasslands and endemic bird species, including the Iberian Imperial eagle, one of the most endangered birds of prey in the world. These plains are also home to wintering northern European bird species, so it is a true bird watching paradise all year round.
Almodóvar is your stop tonight. A small village with pretty streets filled with traditional white buildings marked by the colourful edges of its doors and windows, a traditional Portuguese style.
Overnight in Almodovar.
 
Day 09
Cycling Route 7: Almodovar – Faro (80Km)
As you leave the Alentejo and enter the Algarve, you will see the significant change in landscape, as mountains are back to challenge you for one last time. You will climb through the Caldeirão Mountain range, which is of critical climatic importance. As the barrier for the northern cold winds, it contributes to the famous nice weather of the Algarve. Throughout it, you can find water mills, dams, windmills, barns and other symbols of an ancestral rural lifestyle. You will also pass the “Barranco do Velho”, an iconic mountain pass where many editions of the “Volta ao Algarve” were decided. On the last leg of this adventure, which was kilometres and kilometres of pure beauty, incredible landscapes, unique heritage and opportunities to taste rich gastronomy, you will start heading towards Faro. Often overlooked, the district capital has nevertheless managed to maintain its peaceful atmosphere and traditional charm within the walls of its ancient city. Known mainly for its historical monuments, such as the gothic cathedral and Episcopal palace, as well as its marina, it also provides easy access to other cities, such as Loulé, Albufeira and Olhão, allowing you to diversify the end of your trip. 
Overnight in Faro.
Day 10
Departure
Transfer from Faro to Faro Airport.
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Dates & Prices


6 STAGES
From 1395.00€/person | Min. 4 participants
Single Supplement: 195,00€

This Package Base program includes:
  • 7 nights with breakfast on selected accommodations;
  • Driver guide and van support during all stages
  • Briefing with an A2Z Guide
  • Transfers from Porto Airport  to Chaves (day 1)
  • Transfer from Hotel in Faro to Faro Airport (day 8)
  • Luggage transfers – 1 bag per person – up to 15kg/bag;
  • Personal accident insurance
  • 24 hours support line
  • Pit Stops during all stages
 

7 STAGES
From 1745.00€/person | Min. 4 participants
Single Supplement: 275,00€

This Package Base program includes:
  • 8 nights with breakfast on selected accommodations;
  • Driver guide and van support during all stages
  • Briefing with an A2Z Guide
  • Transfers from Porto Airport  to Chaves (day 1)
  • Transfer from Hotel in Faro to Faro Airport (day 9)
  • Luggage transfers – 1 bag per person – up to 15kg/bag;
  • Personal accident insurance
  • 24 hours support line
  • Pit Stops during all stages
 

8 STAGES
From 1569.00€/person | Min. 4 participants
Single Supplement: 235,00€

This Package Base program includes:
  • 9 nights with breakfast on selected accommodations;
  • Driver guide and van support during all stages
  • Briefing with an A2Z Guide
  • Transfers from Porto Airport  to Chaves (day 1)
  • Transfer from Hotel in Faro to Faro Airport (day 10)
  • Luggage transfers – 1 bag per person – up to 15kg/bag;
  • Personal accident insurance
  • 24 hours support line
  • Pit Stops during all stages
 

EXTRA SERVICES
  • Road Bike Rental (Aluminium): 135€/person
  • Road Bike Rental (Carbon): 210€/person
  • E-Bike Rental: 210€/person
  • Non-standard transfer Porto - Chaves (up to 4 pax + bikes): 280€/car
  • Transfer from Faro to Lisboa/Porto: on demand

NOT INCLUDED:
  • Dinners and Lunches;
  • Museum and Monuments fees;
  • Personal equipment;
  • Other personal expenses;
  • Touristic taxes;
  • All items not mentioned in “included”

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