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Portugal

Alentejo Wine Region

A visit to the Alentejo region is like stepping into the past, to a time before cities, where ages old quiet rolling countrysides of wheat, olive trees, vineyards and cork tree groves are the rule. Here the food, like the pace, is anything but fast, with tasty delicacies like aged cheeses, and ham produced from the black footed pigs that devour the acorns falling from the region’s oak trees. It's also the seat of the world's cork production, still harvested by hand at the same slow pace that's been followed for generations. We'll follow house rules and unwind at one luxurious hotel for the course of our vacation, guaranteed to put you where you want to be without a lot of work, and with a lot of relaxation. From delectable meals to Roman temples in towns like Evora, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where city walls and ruins of Roman baths still remain, this is where time stands still, and the hustle, bustle and busyness of everyday life are long forgotten.

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From:
$3899 Per Person
Duration:
6 Days & 5 Nights
Rider Type: ?
2 - Recreational Non-riders Welcome
Hotel Style: ?
Explorer
Bike Included:
Trek Domane SL 7 More options available
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Trip Wows
Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Evora and Elvas and explore their medieval history
Sample some of the delicious floral red wines and mineral whites that showcase the local terroir
Fly over the Alentejo wine region in a hot air balloon
Ride through the vineyard lined roads and quiet country lanes surrounded by olive and cork trees, and fields of wheat
Unpack and unwind at the Alentejo Marmoris Hotel and Spa, a prestigious member of the "Small Luxury Hotels of the World"
Watch the Experience
We never expected to walk away feeling that we just experienced the best vacation we have ever had. This from two people who have traveled every Continent but Australia and have had very memorable experiences. On the flight home we were already planning our trip for next year. We are hooked!
-Elyana, Trek Travel Guest

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Welcome to Portugal! You'll arrive at your luxurious retreat deep in the Alentejo Region after a two-hour shuttle ride. Settle in and make yourself at home and enjoy a light lunch at the hotel terrace highlighting the local specialties: soft, light sheep cheeses (from sheep we pass on our rides) and black ham are your introduction to the Alentejo palate. Your guides will fit and familiarize you with your bike and riding for the week. Then, it's off on our first adventure through vineyard-lined roads to Terena, a lovely small village, located in an area of quietness, close to the river and nearby the border with Spain. During the Middle Age, this village had an important defensive role, as its Castle still proves, integrating the Guadiana river defensive line. The streets of Terena are characterized by its lovely typical Alentejo’s architecture, with small colorful houses. Explore the village and enjoy picturesque views before heading back to Vila Vicoca. This evening we'll gather for a welcome drink of local Alentejo wines before dinner at the hotel's renowned restaurant, Narcissus Fernandesii, which freshens classic Portuguese dishes, like the flaky cod miga, to contemporary tastes with locally sourced ingredients.

Today's Ride:

Vila Vicosa to Castelo de Terena loop
Approximately 28 miles with 1,700 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Alentejo Marmoris Hotel and Spa

Included Meals:

Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner

This morning, sunlight streams in the windows and a bountiful breakfast of fresh fruits and sweet coffee awaits. This morning we'll take our bikes and ride through gently rolling countryside noted for producing high quality wines toward Evora, another UNESCO World Heritage Site. You'll pass by its impressive 16th century aqueduct, then take an expert-led walking tour with a local guide to the Temple of Diana, an ancient Roman temple dating back to the first century and the town’s most famous landmark. We will finish our tour at the bone chapel, perhaps one of the most memorable monuments of Evora, where the walls are lined with bones of the long-deceased, exhumed from the city's graves as the city expanded to allow further burials. Enjoy lunch on your own and take your time to explore a maze of perfectly maintained cobbled streets with traditionally painted houses. A variety of delightful shops provide a great opportunity to buy presents and souvenirs. We will shuttle back to the hotel where you can take a bit of time for a drink poolside or relax before exploring town on your own for dinner.

Today's Ride:

Vila Vicosa to Evora
Approximately 38 miles with 2,000 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Alentejo Marmoris Hotel and Spa

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Today, quiet country roads lead us east to the border town of Elvas, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tour one of the greatest fortified frontier towns in Europe, with military fortifications that are among the most sophisticated and best preserved on the continent. Be sure to peek into the local ceramics shop in search of the roncas, traditional musical instruments from the town of Elvas. Then marvel at the towering Amoreira Aqueduct, 4.5 miles in length and built over a century's time. With a total of 843 arches, rising to over 100 ft, it still brings water to the town. Enjoy lunch on your own in Elvas, we have a few places where you can find the fresh and tangy refreshment of Portuguese gazpacho, a perfect mid-ride meal to keep you fresh and nourished for the rest of your ride to back to Vila Vicosa. Tonight we shuttle to the town of Estremoz to sample some of Alentejo cuisine at Mercearia Gadanha. Start with an iron pan of delectable shrimp gratin with light cheese from local producers, followed by a fresh tuna seared and stacked on a bed of fresh greens highlighted by a mustard sauce for extra pizzazz. Or maybe you're after a fresh rack of lamb, accompanied by migas, which are bread crumbs in their most royal posture, accompanied by asparagus into a light cake. If you haven’t had your fill, complete your meal with a fierce espresso and chocolate fondue.

Today's Ride:

Vila Vicosa to Elvas Loop
Approximately 49 miles with 2,800 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Vila vicosa to Elvas with Shuttle
Approximately 20 miles with 1,200 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Alentejo Marmoris Hotel and Spa

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Dinner

We'll head south today, following the Spanish border all the way to the picture-perfect village of Monsaraz with its whitewashed walls and cobbled streets. You'll quickly fall in love and surely have something to bring home with its many craft and souvenir shops. Monsaraz is located near one of the largest pottery producing towns in Portugal, so be sure to peruse the local handpainted dishes before you head to the town's main attraction, its castle, where you'll be rewarded again with some of the most spectacular views of the town and across the Alentejo. Your guides will take you to the locals' favorite Taverna "Os Templarios". Enjoy a glass of wine with and fresh Portuguese cuisine on the restaurant terrace with the views on the town. Choose to ride back this afternoon, or hop in the van for a calming cruise back home. The afternoon is yours to spend meandering the quiet, rural roads to Vila Vicosa, relaxing with a luxurious spa treatment at the Stone Spa or reading your book by the pool. Tonight dinner is on your leisure at the restaurant of your choice the town.

Today's Ride:

Vila Vicosa to Monsaraz with Shuttle
Approximately 35 miles with 2,000 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Reguengos to Monsaraz with Shuttle
Approximately 11 miles with 700 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Monsaraz Loop
Approximately 70 miles with 3,800 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Alentejo Marmoris Hotel and Spa

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch

Today we'll discover the town of Estremoz and its glowing 13th-century palace, 500 meters above the surrounding landscape. We'll peer out over the Alentejo plains of twisted cork trees, fields of wheat and olive trees. This magnificent marbled, hilltop town has plenty to offer and today we experience the local flavors first-hand. We will stop in the village of Redondo where you can visit the local pottery museum and discover the 500 year–old pottery tradition that only a handful of crafters still continue today. In Estremoz you will have time to wander and enjoy lunch on one of the square terraces. On our way back we will stop in Borba: a small town of beautiful white houses, renowned for its excellent wines and olive oil and we won’t miss the opportunity to visit local winery Adega de Borba for a private tours followed by tasting the local treasures. Tonight we shuttle back to Estremoz where we will enjoy a drink as we watch the sunset and say good night to the vineyards and marble quarries. Drinks are to be followed by a meal cooked in traditional Alentejo style paired with only the finest local wines.

Today's Ride:

Vila Vicosa to Estremoz with Shuttle
Approximately 30 miles with 2,000 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Estremoz to Vila Vicosa with Shuttle
Approximately 15 miles with 600 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Estremoz Loop
Approximately 46 miles with 2,600 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Alentejo Marmoris Hotel and Spa

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Social Hour | Dinner

Today we get up before the sunrise to head out for our next unique experience. Float through the sky in a hot air balloon and treat yourself to a bird’s eye view of wonderfully diverse landscape of Portugal. See the intriguing towns with its labyrinth of streets, the whitewashed villages nestled amongst orchards of olive and orange trees. The gentle pace of a balloon ride gives you time to take in the full beauty of the country below you, to take magnificent photos and to just unwind. Relax and enjoy the spectacular views and exhilarating sensation of flying. At the end of the flight, there's still time to enjoy a glass of champagne with the balloon team. Your Trek Travel guides will be waiting for you to celebrate the adventure of your lifetime and bid their farewells before shuttling back to Lisbon.

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Hotels

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Alentejo Marmoris Hotel and Spa

Vila Vicosa, Portugal

Small Luxury Hotels of the World A marble palace set in the historic village of Vila Vicosa. Alentejo Marmoris is a prestigious member of the "Small Luxury Hotels of the World" and a shining, glimmering example of luxuriousness in the marble region for which Vila Vicosa is known. From its gourmet restaurant, focusing on local ingredients and contemporary surprises, to its luxurious spa located in an old olive mill, Alentejo Marmoris is where all travelers come to relax, unwind and sample the very best.

What's Included

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Every moment of a Trek Travel bike trip has more than you could have ever dreamed. More romance. More scenery. More choice. It's the little additions to every Trek Travel cycling vacation that make it truly special. And that's how we help you create more memories.

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Trek Domane SL 7

Trek’s latest innovation has led to the best bike on the road—a light weight, stable and technologically advanced machine to make even the hardest roads seem easy. Ride confidently, comfortably and longer in the most beautiful destinations around the world. Upgrade your bike with carbon wheels for only $200.

Starting in 2019, we’re upgrading our fleet to feature the award-winning Domane SL 7 with Shimano Ultegra Disc brakes. Because when you combine the lightweight stability and comfort of the Domane with the superior safety and stopping power of disc brakes, you get a match made in cycling heaven. Upgrade your bike with carbon wheels for only $200. Learn More

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Trek Electric-Assist XM700+

It’s lightweight and equipped with an adjustable pedal-assist motor that helps riders of all skill levels stay together, play together and make some great memories together. Included at no additional cost, these bikes will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, so reserve yours when you book today. Learn More

Trek 7.6 FX Hybrid

Trek 7.6 FX Hybrid
is also available on this trip

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • 5 nights of accommodation at handpicked hotels
  • Two experienced guides to provide local knowledge, support, and camaraderie
  • Daily route support with both guides and our support van
  • Daily breakfast, 2 lunches and 3 dinners
  • 2 social hours of drinks and hors d'oeuvres
  • Ride a Trek Domane SL 7, Trek's newest Electric-Assist, or a Trek 7.6 FX Hybrid
  • Up to three daily route options on riding days
  • Snacks and drinks for each day's ride
  • Trek Travel Bontrager cycling jersey to keep
  • Trek Travel water bottles to keep
  • Each bike is equipped with a Garmin Edge 1030 GPS computer, flat pack, front and rear Bontrager Flare R lights, a Bontrager saddle and pedals (Shimano clipless road pedals, Shimano clipless mountain pedals, caged or flat pedals)
  • All gratuities for drivers, local experts and hospitality staff
  • All luggage transfers and transportation during your trip
  • A personalized photobook of your trip
  • Entrance fees for all activities, private tours and events

GEAR

  • Trek Domane SL 7 carbon road bike with Shimano Di2 electronic shifting or Trek 7.6 FX Hybrid bike
  • Trek Electric Assist XM700+ also available in a limited quantity
  • Trek Travel Bontrager cycling jersey to keep
  • Trek Travel water bottles to keep
  • Shimano clipless road pedals, Shimano clipless mountain pedals, caged or flat pedals
  • Bontrager helmet and saddle
  • Bontrager front and rear Flare R lights and a flat pack
  • Garmin Edge 1030 GPS computer
  • Upgrade your bike to include carbon wheels (+$200)
  • Coupon valued up to $500 off a new Trek Bicycle. Your coupon will be delivered via email prior to your trip.
  • You may bring your own pedals and saddle on the trip. Your guides will install your gear on the first day during your bike fit.

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Gratuities for your Trek Travel guides are not included in your trip price. We recommend tipping 7.5-10% of your trip price for the guide team. Local currency is preferred and unless you want to tip separately, guides will divide tips amongst themselves. Please tip your guides at your discretion, based on their level of professionalism, guest care and service.
  • Airfare and transportation to and from the trip pick-up/drop-off locations
  • Lodging before and after the trip
  • Personal items purchased during the trip
  • Optional activities not scheduled by Trek Travel
  • On select trips some meals are not included. On these trips, Trek Travel invites you to explore the local cuisine at your leisure.

More Information

Rider Level: 2 - Recreational?

AVERAGE DAILY MILEAGE:
30 miles
TOTAL MILES:
182 miles
AVERAGE DAILY ELEVATION:
1,800 feet
TOTAL ELEVATION:
10,800 feet
TERRAIN: UNDULATING
The terrain of the Alentejo region is a vast area of gently rolling hills. Portugal is best suited for our Type 2 Riders. Our Trek Travel guides can also easily accommodate Type 1 Riders, who seek less mileage or fewer uphills, with a boost in the van. Those who wish to ride every mile but are concerned about their physical ability may want to try our electric bike option—you still get a workout but can climb alongside even the strongest rider. Type 3 Riders will enjoy the extra mileage the avid route options offer.
NON-RIDING ACTIVITIES:
On most Trek Travel trips, we offer non-riding options for riders who want to take the afternoon off, or travel companions who want to spend little or no time in the saddle. Some of these options may need to be scheduled before your trip–please contact one of our Trip Consultants for more information. Expenses and/or related transportation to these activities may not be included in the trip price. Some non-riding options on this trip are:
  • Wine tasting
  • Winery tour
  • Marble tour
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Historical and cultural walking tours
  • Spa

See itinerary for specific daily ride distances and elevation options. On all of our vacations, Trek Travel strives to find quiet, paved secondary roads or bike paths to experience a region; busy roads are avoided as much as possible. Our itineraries are an approximation of our trips. Trek Travel strives to offer every guest a vacation of a lifetime on every trip. At times routes, hotels, activities, etc. listed here may change at the discretion of the trip designer or guides to improve the trip experience.

Averages and totals are calculated from our "Today’s Ride" options.

Travel Details

How to Get There

FLY INTO:
Lisbon Portola Airport (LIS)
MEETING TIME:
11:00 AM
MEETING LOCATION:
Valverde Hotel, Lisbon, Portugal

Say Farewell

FLY OUT OF:
Lisbon Portola Airport (LIS)
DEPARTING TIME:
1:00 PM
DEPARTING LOCATION:
Lisbon Portola Airport, Lisbon, Portugal

Arriving

We suggest that you arrive at least one day prior to the trip start, which will enable you to adjust to the time zone (GMT -6) and minimize the risk of missing the trip start due to flight-related delays. We recommend that you fly into Lisbon Portola Airport (LIS). Public transportation is inexpensive and easy to use from the airport. You can take the Metro with a one-way ticket for 1.90€ or the daily pass (which allows you to use the metro, bus, trams and trains) for 6€. More info can be found here: http://metro.transporteslisboa.pt/eng/ Alternatively, taxis are plentiful and cost approximately 15 to 25 Euros to Lisbon center.

Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at the Valverde Hotel (Avenida da Liberdade 164, 1250-146 Lisbon, Portugal) at 11:00 AM on the first day of the trip. You'll then shuttle approximately two hours to your retreat oasis for the week. After a light lunch of local delights on the patio of the hotel, your guides will fit and familiarize you with your bike for the week and speak to the specifics of cycling in the area before taking to the roads of Alentejo.

If you will be late for the pick-up or are going to miss it altogether, please inform your guides. You will receive an email a week before the trip start with their names and contact details. If you cannot reach them, please call our first hotel, Alentejo Marmoris Hotel and Spa (+351 268 887 010), and leave a message with your expected arrival time and contact details.

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Leaving

You will say farewell to your guides at 11:00 AM at the Alentejo Marmoris Hotel and Spa in Vila Vicosa, Portugal. You will shuttle approximately 2 hours to the Lisbon Portola Airport to arrive around 1:00 PM. Please do not schedule a flight out before 2:30 PM on the last day of the trip to allow plenty of time for any unforeseen delays.

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Planning For Your Trip

Packing and Weather

The south central region of Alentejo sees favorable temperatures year round, but spring is the best time to visit with average mid-70 degree highs and lows of 50 -55 degrees. With only an average of 6 -8 days of rain, there is always a chance for a spring shower, so rain gear is recommended. Packing List

Before and After Your Trip

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Before & After: Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon, known as the city of 7 hills, is the capital city of Portugal overflowing with great café culture, music, art, and gratuitous history. You'll be enchanted by the narrow, cobbled streets and white washed walls, ochre roofs and colorful splashes of ceramic tiles. Be sure to walk the streets of some of the many storied neighborhoods and certainly don't pass up a pastéis de nata, Portugal's mouthwatering custard tart. We recommend the following accommodations for your pre and post-trip hotel:

Why Trek Travel

Our Bikes

Our unrivaled selection of Trek Bikes sets the bar for quality and comfort. From the all-new, ultra smooth Trek Domane SL 7, to the new Trek Electric-Assist XM700+ and the comfortable Trek 7.6 FX Hybrid, to our numerous upgrade options, you deserve the best ride on your vacation.

Our Guides

Our guides are trained to make your trip magical. They aren't just experts in riding; they're trained in delivering uncompromising service in ways you won't believe. We know that it's the unexpected surprises that make a trip magical. That's why our guides pride themselves on anticipating your needs before you ask.

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Our vacations are built to deliver the ultimate in flexibility, from extreme relaxers to hard-core roadies. You pick your mileage, itinerary and experiences. We take care of the rest.

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