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Portugal End to End

Portugal End to End

£1345 per person

Grade 3 Cycle TourIntroduction

Our Portugal End to End cycle tour travels along the N2, one of Portugals’ most famous roads. Cycle down the backbone of Portugal (north to south) crossing 4 mountains ranges, 11 rivers and 29 municipalities.

Cycling

You’ll definitely be challenged with an overall distance of 729km and almost 10,000m of climbing needed to reach our end goal at the resort of Faro. We designed the tour to be achievable for most regular cyclists, however hill training and consecutive days in the saddle beforehand is essential. Throughout the tour our cycling guide will be on hand to offer guidance and encouragement when needed. Also our support van be available at convenient points along each route to provide assistance

Highlights

  • Cycle North to South of Portugal
  • Ride across 4 mountain ranges, 11 rivers and 29 municipalities
  • Free bike transfers from the UK
  • Celebrate final night in Faro
  • Small group size we limit the numbers to 12

Accommodation

Your accommodation is located as close as possible to the planned route on a bed and breakfast basis.

The trip is costed on a twin share basis, although single rooms may be available on payment of a £250 single supplement.

Meals

The hotels will provide breakfast whilst the support team will provide a pack-up lunch.

​You will need to purchase your own evening meals, which are usually eaten communally although of course you are free to opt out if you wish.

We will carry emergency energy gels and bars in the support van but you are advised to bring along your own preferred sports nutrition to fuel your ride.

In the Tour Plan, (B, L, D) refers to meals included in the trip cost i.e. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Arrival / Departure Transfers

We are offering transfers from Porto to Chaves, some 150km away. Porto provides flight options from several UK airports. Our transfer bus will leave no later than 1pm for the 2 hour journey to our starting point at Chaves, so your flight will need to arrive at least 1 hour before then.

For anyone travelling with their bike, depending on the numbers, there may be an extra charge if we need a vehicle with a trailer.

Bike Transfers

We will happily transport your bike to Chaves and back from Faro at no extra charge. If you drop your bike off at our Sheffield office up to four days before departure we will carefully pack it in the support van, drive it to the start and then return it to Sheffield ready for you to collect.

If that isn’t convenient then depending where you live we may be able to collect your bike on our journey from Sheffield to Dover. Please get in touch with us to discuss arrangements.

Tour Plan

The route of this tour is flexible and should be seen as a guide only. Local conditions, weather or fitness could lead to changes in our daily plans. All times and distances are approximate.

7 days of cycling
Approx 450 miles Age
  • Destination
  • Depart from
    Chaves, Portugal (via Porto Airport)
  • Return from
    Faro, Portugal
  • Road surfaces
    Lots of hills. Tarmac (conditions can vary).
  • Bike Type
    Road bike
  • Included
    Portugal End to End
    Accommodation
    Lunch
    Cycling guide
    GPX files
    Vehicle support
    Baggage transfer
    Airport transfers
  • Not Included
    Evening meals (unless specified)
    Bike hire
    Travel to start & from finish
    International flights
    Travel insurance
    Visas
1
Arrival Day
Arrive at Porto and transfer to Chaves. After settling into your rooms, we'll have an evening briefing, offering the riders and leaders the opportunity to get together and discuss the preparations for the week ahead.
2
Cycle from Chaves to Peso da Ragua
89km with around 1,200m of ascent
We spend our first day in the saddle crossing the hills and valleys of the stunning Douro region. (B,L)
3
Cycle from Peso da Ragua to Viseu
84km with around 1,580m of ascent
A memorable day in the saddle as we cycle south through the Douro wine growing region, ending in the historic city of Viseu. (B,L)
4
Cycle from Viseu to Pedrogao Pequeno
145-157 km with around 2,355m of ascent
This is our toughest day in the saddle as we tackle numerous ascents, including a long but gentle climb out of Lamego. But what a day with some many splendid views of some of Portugal’s best nature parks and the surrounding landscape. The N2 can be fairly busy as it leaves Viseu, however, there is the beautiful "Ecopista Do Dao" to ride on instead. This 32km cycle path takes us completely away from the traffic all the way from Viseu to Santa Comba Dao. (B,L)
5
Cycle from Pedrogao Pequeno to Abrantes
70 km with around 1,105m of ascent
Today’s ride will take us through a number of the country’s provinces to the town of Abrantes. Along our route we will experience some fantastic rolling hills and lovely scenery as we continue down the spine of this picturesque country. (B,L)
6
Cycle from Abrantes to Montemor-o-Novo
121 km with around 995m of ascent
Today starts with an undulating ride through the wine region of Montemor O Novo. (B,L)
7
Cycle from Montemor-o-Novo to Castro Verde
127 km with around 1,085m of ascent
Today we get the opportunity to pass olive plantations, cork oaks and rolling countryside as we make our way to our overnight stay in Castro Verde. (B,L)
8
Cycle from Castro Verde to Faro
99 km with around 985m-1,175m of ascent*
Our last day’s cycling is a joy with some twisty road sections, pine forests and fantastic views as we approach the end of this epic journey. The last 15km of the N2 can get busy with traffic, and so we have planned an optional alternative route into the city of Faro which takes you up over the hills, on almost traffic-free roads, to provide you with a wonderful view of the Mediterranean before you drop down into the city of Faro. * This increases the ascent for the day from around 985m to 1,175m. We plan to have a group, celebratory meal in Faro. (B,L)
9
Departure Day
Making your own arrangements, you will depart the hotel for the airport and your return flight. Or why not stay on and enjoy a day or so in the Algarve. Meanwhile your bikes will start their journey back home with our crew. (B)

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