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 about two euro or get the daily pass, which allows you to use the metro, bus, trams and trains for six euros. More info can be found here: http://metro.transporteslisboa.pt/eng/ Alternatively, taxis are plentiful and cost approximately €15 to €25 to Lisbon center.
We suggest that you spend a couple of days before the trip in Évora, the capital city of the Alentejo, where you will meet your Trek Travel host on the first day of your self-guided bike tour. The most comfortable way to get to there from Lisbon is by private shuttle. We suggest you contact our local driver ahead of time to arrange the transfer. Our Trip Consultants can provide you with our recommended local contact information. The trip takes approximately 80 minutes and costs about €100. Payment by credit card is accepted, except American Express.
There are four daily trains that run from central Lisbon to Evora, leaving from the Gare do Oriente station (on the red metro line). The trip is about one hour and a half and costs about €16 for first class. The Évora train station is a 20-minute walk (or quick taxi ride) from Praça do Giraldo in the historic centre. Find schedule and ticket purchase information here:www.cp.pt/passageiros/en
Alternatively there are regular buses throughout the day between Lisbon and Évora. The trip will take about one hour and 45 minutes and a one-way ticket costs about €12. The service is carried out by Rede Expressos / Renex. In Lisbon, catch the bus at Sete Rios Bus Terminal (metro‘s blue line). Évora Bus Terminal is a 10-minute walk from Praça do Giraldo in the historic centre. Please, book your ticket as early as possible here: www.rede-expressos.pt
Your Trek Travel host will meet you at the hotel Albergaria Do Calvário in Évora (Travessa dos Lagares, 3, 7000-565 Évora, Portugal) at 11:00 AM on the first day of the trip. Together you will shuttle 30 minutes to the ride start start in Évoramonte, where you will enjoy lunch together at a local cafe and be given a brief orientation of the week ahead. After lunch you may change into your cycling gear where you will be fitted to your Trek bike ensuring you will be comfortable for the week. After a safety talk, saddle up to begin the day's ride at your own pace on the roads of Alentejo.
If you will be late for the meeting or are going to miss it altogether, please inform your host. You will receive an email a week before the trip start with their name and contact details. If you cannot reach them, please call our first hotel, Pousada Castelo de Estremoz (+351 268 332 075), and leave a message with your expected arrival time and contact details.
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Your Trek Travel host will meet you at 11:00 AM at São Lourenço do Barrocal to take your bike and equipment and say farewell before your departure.
We recommend to contact our local driver to arrange any transfer to Lisbon or other destinations. Our Trip Consultants can provide you with our recommended local contact information. A transfer to Lisbon takes approximately two hours and costs about €200. Please allow adequate connection time for any ongoing travel to accommodate possible traffic delays. View our post hotel recommendations