Trans-Portugal

Trans-Portugal

Portugal - one of the best kept secrets in European cycling

Take the high road across this quiet country’s wondrously diverse terrain. Enjoy the magnificent scenery, historic villages and traffic-free roads – and of course it wouldn’t be Thomson terrain without a few big climbs.

Overview

Details

Next Departure

April 25th 2021

Price

USD $3,995

Duration

8 days / 7 nights

Non-Rider Friendly

No ?

Rental Bike

USD $500

Ride Program

Total Distance

Total Elevation

Daily Av. Distance

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Overview

Portugal is one of Europe’s hidden cycling gems. The country has everything for the avid road cyclist: big climbs, magnificent scenery, historic villages (complete with cobbles!), and exceptional food and wine. Combine all of the above with the quietest, traffic-free roads you’ll find anywhere in Europe, super-friendly locals and impressive historical hotels and you’ll soon understand why Portugal is a firm favourite with repeat guests and staff alike.

And who would have thought that one of Europe’s toughest climbs would be in Portugal. 30km (19 miles) in length and with a total elevation gain of 1,765m (5,800ft), the climb to the Torre ski-station in the Serra Estrela is up there with the Col du Tourmalet and other Tour de France legends.

Bring your climbing legs and get ready for some of the best cycling to be found anywhere in Europe.


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Thank you Thomson Tour for make me discover Portugal as a cycling destination. The service and support was A + as usual. Continue the good ...

Frederic Desjardins, Canada — 2019

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Portugal is an amazing place to ride and Thomson has put together an incredible route that shows just what the country has to offer for ...

Ken Cluff, USA — 2018

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Trans-Portugal is a spectacular, off the radar screen trip. The interior of the country offers beautiful, mountainous terrain on empty roads. The Torre climb lived ...

Rick Bidstrup, USA — 2017

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Itinerary

Day Description Distance Elevation Hotel
01 Welcome to Portugal! Pousada Vila Vicosa
02 Marvao via Sao Mamede Pousada Marvao
03 Portas de Almourao Hotel Pampilhosa
04 Torre! Casa das Penhas Douradas
05 The Douro Valley Hotel Vintage House
06 Senhora da Graca Agua Hotel
07 Serras da Cabreira and Geres Pousada de Amares
08 Tchau!
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Day 1

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Welcome to Portugal!

Your trip starts at Lisbon Airport where our staff will meet you before the short transfer to your hotel in the ancient Royal city of Vila Vicosa.

After lunch, orientation meeting, and bike build-up, you’ll head out on an afternoon warm-up ride through the Portuguese countryside around Vila Vicosa.

Day 2

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Marvao via Sao Mamede

Your first destination on the journey across Portugal is one of the country’s most spectacular hilltop fortified villages, Marvao. You’ll ride through the magnificent Serra da Sao Mamede Natural Park and climb to Montarecos, the highest peak in the park at just over 1,000m (3,300 ft).

Tip: make sure to save some energy for the final climb of the day. Our hotel is situated inside the medieval walls of the hill-top town of Marvao, at the end of a 5km (3 miles) climb!

Day 3

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Portas de Almourao

Staying in a hill-top village does have it’s advantages, you won’t need to pedal for the first 6km (4 miles) of today’s ride, they’re all downhill! Enjoy the spectacular views of the River Ocreza Canyon from the Portas de Almourao as you make your way north to Pampilhosa da Serra.

Tip: the majority of the climbing comes in the final 50km (31 miles) with 3 categorized climbs to contend with. Again, save something in the tank for this tough end to the ride.

Map & Profile

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from Rio Zezere
5.3% 2
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Climbs

Day 01
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Day 03
Day 04
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Climbs

Category Climb Day Difficulty Length Ele. Gain Av. Grade
2 Sao Mamede (from Alegrete) 02 52 4.8%
3 Marvao (from Portagem) 02 37 5.4%
1 Serra de Alvelos (from Alvito da Beira) 03 56 4.8%
3 Serra Vermelha (from Oleiros) 03 38 5.9%
2 Alto Maria Gomes (from Rio Zezere) 03 45 5.3%
2 Soeirinho (from Pampilhosa da Serra) 04 54 5.6%
1 Alto da Castanheira (from Pte de Fajao) 04 81 8.8%
HC Torre (from Vide) 04 128 5.9%
1 Penhas Douradas (from Manteigas) 04 51 4.3%
3 Fornos de Algodres (from Rio Mondego) 05 31 3.7%
1 Vilarinho (from Pinhao) 06 55 4.6%
1 Barragem do Alvao (from Queiro) 06 75 7%
1 Senhora da Graca (from Pedravedra) 06 71 7%
3 Leiradas (from Esturrado) 07 36 4.6%
2 Torrinheiras (from Cabeceiras) 07 62 5.8%
2 Cabeco da Calcedonia (from Vilar da Veiga) 07 61 5.7%
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Dates & Prices

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2021
Apr 25 - May 2
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USD $3,995
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Oct 10 - Oct 17
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    Trip Hotels

    Pousada Vila Vicosa

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    Pousada Marvao

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    Hotel Pampilhosa

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    Casa das Penhas Douradas

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    Hotel Vintage House

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    Agua Hotel

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    Pousada de Amares

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    What's Included

    What's Included What's Not Included
      Accommodations & Meals arrow
    • 8 days / 7 nights fully accompanied trip
    • All accommodations
    • All breakfasts
    • All dinners
    • Sit-down lunch on Day 1
    • Picnic lunches during the rides
    • Transportation arrow
    • Pick-up at Lisbon Airport
    • Drop-off at Porto Airport
    • All transportation during the trip
    • All luggage & bike box transfers
    • Cycling Support arrow
    • 1 x Support Van & 1 x Ride Leader per 8 guests (approx.)
    • Experienced bike mechanic
    • Park Tools Toolkit
    • Daily ride gpx files provided
    • Nutrition during the ride arrow
    • Energy bars, gels and sports drink
    • Variety of snacks and local specialties for picnic lunches
    • Bottled water
    • Post-ride recovery food
    • Airfare
    • Travel and personal insurance
    • Additional hotel expenses i.e. phone charges, mini-bar, gratuities
    • Staff gratuities
    What's Included
      Accommodations & Meals arrow
    • 8 days / 7 nights fully accompanied trip
    • All accommodations
    • All breakfasts
    • All dinners
    • Sit-down lunch on Day 1
    • Picnic lunches during the rides
    • Transportation arrow
    • Pick-up at Lisbon Airport
    • Drop-off at Porto Airport
    • All transportation during the trip
    • All luggage & bike box transfers
    • Cycling Support arrow
    • 1 x Support Van & 1 x Ride Leader per 8 guests (approx.)
    • Experienced bike mechanic
    • Park Tools Toolkit
    • Daily ride gpx files provided
    • Nutrition during the ride arrow
    • Energy bars, gels and sports drink
    • Variety of snacks and local specialties for picnic lunches
    • Bottled water
    • Post-ride recovery food
    What's Not Included
    • Airfare
    • Travel and personal insurance
    • Additional hotel expenses i.e. phone charges, mini-bar, gratuities
    • Staff gratuities

    Travel details - airport departures

    Travel Details

    Arrival

    Pickup Location Meeting Time

    Lisbon Airport

    9:30am

    OR

    Radisson Blu Hotel Lisbon

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    9:30am

    Departure

    Drop Off Location Arrival Time

    Porto Airport

    8:00am


    Rental Bikes

    Made by hand in Italy, the Basso Bikes Diamante is exactly what a fine, authentic, Italian road bike should be. The classic lines, flawless geometry and rounded tube shapes offer performance and ultimate versatility.

    Frame

    Basso Diamante

    Groupset

    Shimano Ultegra R8070 Di2 (Electronic Shifting)

    Weight

    8kg (size 53)

    Wheels

    Microtech MR38 Disc Carbon Clincher

    Chainrings

    50x34

    Cassette

    11-32

    Sizes

    45, 48, 51, 53, 56, 58, 61

    Price

    USD $500

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    Basso Bikes Diamante Opal White with Disc brakes


    Trans-Portugal

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