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Portugal Biking: From Vintage Porto to Douro Valley Vineyards
|from $3,998* per person||6 Days||May, September, October|
|Luxury accommodations||Exertion level: 5|
|Operator: Backroads||26 people max|
- Porto, portugal
- Active & Adventure trips
- Roman ruins, Baroque manors and medieval castles
- Glide on quiet roads in the Douro Valley with river views
- Dine, lodge and dance with Count Francisco at his home
- Gerês National Park, where a tableau of pine, heather, granite and water stretch to the horizon
- Guimarães, a World Heritage site-town considered the birthplace of the nation
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Day 1 Dine, lodge and dance with Count Francisco at his distinguished manor home Ride past lush gardens, vineyards and quaint stone homes, perhaps sharing the road with horse-drawn carts Saúde! Toast with a glass of vinho verde, a sparkling wine.
Day 2 Descend into the beautiful market town of Ponte de Lima, crossing a 14th-century arched bridge Gentle farmland makes way for winding climbs en route to Caldelas, the first of the spa towns in the Penedes-Gerês region Smooth and spicy? Nutty and complex? A private tasting reveals the finer nuances of port.
Day 3 Gerês National Park, where a tableau of pine, granite and water stretches to the horizon Keeping eyes on the road is tough when views of the blue lake and heather-clad mountains are so sublime In the little spa town of Gerês, shop for herbal teas and pottery Explore majestic Guimarães, a World Heritage site considered the birthplace of the nation.
Days 4-6 Glide on quiet roads in the Douro Valley with river views Amarante, a hamlet founded by Romans in 360 B.C., invites exploration Spin past vine-laden slopes and almond orchards in the Alto Douro wine region, where grapes have been cultivated for millennia Stop to sample or keep on biking? It's up to you A scenic river cruise carries you through port wine country.