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Cruising the Coast: Grandola to Sagres Along the Vicentine Coast

  • 6 nights | 40 miles/day
  • Difficulty Level: 3
  • Guided from: €3570
  • Self-guided from: €2090
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Tour description

Bike around the most fantastic Portuguese beaches. The Costa Vicentina tour, along the Southern Portuguese sea coast, is like a banquet to your senses. Experience breathtaking landscapes, dine among the Portuguese in the most typical fishing village, and sun bathe along its continuous length of golden sand!

Tempt yourself with the extraordinary Portuguese gastronomy, drink and enjoy the refinement of the Alentejo wines and all of this... near blue crystal beach.

Daily program

Day 1: Arrival
Arrival to Lisbon airport and VIP transfer to tonight's accommodation. Transfers are scheduled for 3:00pm. You'll be staying at Barradas da Serra Country House, an incredible Manor House where you'll be received like family on this welcoming farm estate. For more than a century producing cereals, including wheat, this activity has lost some significance over time, and it is now the oak forest (montado) of greater importance in the activity of the homestead. The production of cork is an investment with many years of tradition in the family, being also of great importance for the region and the country. In the evening there will be a general briefing on the tour followed by a delicious traditional dinner.

Day 2: Loop tour (36 miles/58 km)
Following breakfast we’ll start our tour with a loop stage, exploring the beautiful scenery of the region, with its cork forest and contrasting beaches, just a few kilometers apart. We’ll be stopping at the St. André Lagoon, surrounded by golden dunes and a diversified avifauna, making of this a very pleasant place, filled with peace of mind and beauty. Then it's time to head back to the enchantments of our Country House.

Day 3: Biking the Alentejo (41 miles/65 km)
Following a delicious breakfast, we continue our biking trough the Alentejo. We'll be biking on our way to the medieval city of Santiago do Cacém, passing through lovely landscapes. You'll marvel at the scenic splendor of the ocean touching the shore, majestically blending the blue of the sea and the green of the landscape.

Discover here a genuine seven heaven made up of almost only deserted beaches, cliffs and crags amidst exceptionally rich biodiversity and unique geological heritage. Among the 750 plants and 200 species of birds that have been identified throughout the area of the Natural Park, there are a few worth mentioning, like the White Stork, Bonelli’s Eagle, the Peregrine Falcon or the felines such as the Fox or the Iberian Linx.

We'll be spending the night immersed in this true masterpiece of nature, at the most welcoming cotton white Country House, where nights are spent between candle lights and admiring the stars above. A delicious homemade dinner makes us feel absolutely comforted and relaxed.

Day 4: Vicentine Coast (38 miles/60 km)
Enjoy your breakfast and then it's time for another day of great cycling through the Vicentine Coast Natural Park. This Park, with more than 100km in length, is the largest stretch of protected Portuguese coastline, and we've made a special effort to prepare the tour for your best enjoyment. Our biking takes us to the fishing village of Vila Nova de Milfontes with a strong connection to the ocean, in the estuary of the Mira river, where many centuries ago Celts, Phoenicians, Greeks, Carthaginians and, of course, Romans and Arabs passed through. Then it's time to get back to our cozy Country House and relax.

Day 5: Coastal Cycling (43 miles/68 km)
After another delicious homemade breakfast, we cycle along roling hills with spectacular views over the seashore and smooth breezes along the cliffs, overlooking the magnificent sandy beaches and estuaries. We'll take a look at the 1883 Cabo Sardão Lighthouse, an impressive 17 meters high structure that still helps ship navigate along the coast.

The views are impressive and the tracks take us to Odeceixe Beach, quite popular amongst the surfers, which straddles the border between the Algarve and Alentejo regions of Portugal and is considered one of the most beautiful of Portugal. It is situated at the mouth of the River Seixe which forms the border and lays down a lush green valley leading to the beach. For the next two nights we’ll be staying at a family luxury retreat, were friends and guests can enjoy the best that nature has to offer. Enjoy the peaceful atmosphere.

Day 6: Onward to Sagres (41 miles/66 km)
As we come close to the end of tour, you will realize that we have saved the best for last. From here, we will be heading for Sagres, the southernmost point in Portugal, where the Portuguese sailors learned how to sail the Caravel in the 15th Century, and discovered new Worlds.

We continue cycling to the village of Aljezur located in a lush, green valley, well known for its sweet potatoes. We'll continue to Sagres Village, all the way to St. Vincent Lighthouse – with lovely panoramic views onto the Atlantic Ocean… one of the best sunsets in the world!

Day 7: Departure
Today is departure day. During the morning we'll transfer to the airport.

Daily program

Day 1: Arrival
Arrival to Lisbon airport and VIP transfer to tonight's accommodation. Transfers are scheduled for 3:00pm. You'll be staying at Barradas da Serra Country House, an incredible Manor House where you'll be received like family on this welcoming farm estate.

For more than a century producing cereals, including wheat, this activity has lost some significance over time, and it is now the oak forest (montado) of greater importance in the activity of the homestead. The production of cork is an investment with many years of tradition in the family, being also of great importance for the region and the country. In the evening there will be a general briefing on the tour.

Day 2: Loop tour (36 miles/58 km)
Following breakfast we’ll start our tour with a loop stage, exploring the beautiful scenery of the region, with its cork forest and contrasting beaches, just a few kilometers apart. We’ll be stopping at the St. André Lagoon, surrounded by golden dunes and a diversified avifauna, making of this a very pleasant place, filled with peace of mind and beauty. Then it's time to head back to the enchantments of our Country House.

Day 3: Ocean Views (41 miles/65 km)
Following a delicious breakfast, we continue our biking trough the Alentejo. We'll be biking on our way to the medieval city of Santiago do Cacém, passing through lovely landscapes. You'll marvel at the scenic splendor of the ocean touching the shore, majestically blending the blue of the sea and the green of the landscape.

Discover a genuine seven heaven made up of almost only deserted beaches, cliffs and crags amidst exceptionally rich biodiversity and unique geological heritage. Among the 750 plants and 200 species of birds that have been identified throughout the area of the Natural Park, there are a few worth mentioning, like the White Stork, Bonelli’s Eagle, the Peregrine Falcon or the felines such as the Fox or the Iberian Linx.

We'll be spending the night immersed in this true masterpiece of nature, at the most welcoming cotton white Country House, where nights are spent between candle lights and admiring the stars above.

Day 4: Vicentine Coast (38 miles/60 km)
Enjoy your breakfast and then it's time for another day of great cycling through the Vicentine Coast Natural Park. This Park, with more than 100km in length, is the largest stretch of protected Portuguese coastline, and we've made a special effort to prepare the tour for your best enjoyment. Our biking takes us to the fishing village of Vila Nova de Milfontes with a strong connection to the ocean, in the estuary of the Mira river, where many centuries ago Celts, Phoenicians, Greeks, Carthaginians and, of course, Romans and Arabs passed through. Then it's time to get back to our cozy Country House and relax.

Day 5: Coastal Cycling (43 miles/68 km)
After another delicious homemade breakfast, we cycle along rolling hills, with spectacular views over the seashore and smooth breezes along the cliffs, overlooking the magnificent sandy beaches and estuaries. We'll take a look at the 1883 Cabo Sardão Lighthouse, an impressive 17 meters high structure that still helps ship navigate along the coast.

The views are impressive and the tracks take us to Odeceixe Beach, quite popular amongst the surfers, which straddles the border between the Algarve and Alentejo regions of Portugal and is considered one of the most beautiful of Portugal. It is situated at the mouth of the River Seixe which forms the border and lays down a lush green valley leading to the beach. For the next two nights we’ll be staying at a family luxury retreat, were friends and guests can enjoy the best that nature has to offer. Enjoy the peaceful atmosphere.

Day 6: Onward to Sagres (41 miles/66 km)
As we come close to the end of tour, you will realize that we have saved the best for last. From here, we will be heading for Sagres, the southernmost point in Portugal, where the Portuguese sailors learned how to sail the Caravel in the 15th Century, and discovered new Worlds.

We continue cycling to the village of Aljezur located in a lush, green valley, well known for its sweet potatoes. We'll continue to Sagres Village, all the way to St. Vincent Lighthouse – with lovely panoramic views onto the Atlantic Ocean… one of the best sunsets in the world!

Day 7: Departure
Today is departure day. During the morning we'll transfer to the airport.

Dates

Mar 18, May 13, Oct 21, 2018 (minimum 4 participants)

Prices

Tour package
Per person, double occupancy
€3570
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
€480
Discounts
Child, ages 0-2 sharing room with 2 full paying adults (on base package price)
100%
Child, ages 3-7 sharing room with 2 full paying adults (on base package price)
50%
Child, ages 8-15 sharing room with 2 full paying adults (on base package price)
25%

Dates

Daily: Jan 1-May 31, Oct 1-31, 2018 (minimum 2 persons; subject to availability in May)

Prices

Tour package
Per person, double occupancy
€2090
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
€480
Discounts
Child, ages 0-2 sharing room with 2 full paying adults (on base package price)
100%
Child, ages 3-7 sharing room with 2 full paying adults (on base package price)
50%
Child, ages 8-15 sharing room with 2 full paying adults (on base package price)
25%
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  • Lower cost: You pay local tour company prices—less than what big American companies charge
  • Variety: Choose from more than 200 tours offered by local operators in 35 countries.
  • Advice: Our informed advisors help you choose the trip that's right for you.
  • Great exchange rates: Pay low rates thanks to the millions of dollars in foreign currency we buy each year. Or pay in euros!
  • Convenience: We handle the full booking and payment process.
  • Support: We’re your advocates from initial planning through final pedal stroke.
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Bike Tours Portugal Terms and Conditions

CANCELLATION/ANNULMENT POLICY
As we are a company that develops outdoor activities, the tour operator is subject to weather conditions at the time of the activity. Therefore, the tour operator reserves itself the right to change routes or tour plans in the event that weather conditions may endanger the safety of our Clients. The following are examples of weather/environmental conditions that might influence itinerary plans: landslide, trees blown off/fallen, cyclonic wind, earthquakes, heavy rains, rushing streams of water, fire or risk of fire.

If you have made a reservation or a full payment of a Tour and for some reasons of your own change your mind about the service that you’ve acquired with the tour operator a refund will be provided only under the following conditions:

  • The total amount paid (minus a Cancellation Fee of Euro 250 per person) if the cancellation is written communicated to the tour operator 50 days in advance
  • 50% of the total amount paid (plus a Cancellation Fee of Euro 250 per person) if the cancellation is written communicated to the tour operator 40 days in advance
  • 25% of the total amount paid (plus a Cancellation Fee of Euro 250 per person) if the cancellation is written communicated to the tour operator 20 days in advance
  • Cancellations received by the tour operator with less than 20 days’ notice do not qualify for any refund.

In case of Cancellation, 40% of the funds can be used toward another one of our tours within that same calendar year unless cancellation took place within the 3 weeks prior to start date. Cancellations should be submitted in writing by either national or international mail to the tour operator. Cancellation will be valid from date received by the tour operator.

The tour operator is not responsible for refunding paid services that are not used by the Client.

The tour operator reserves the right to cancel any tour or related activity. In the rare event of a cancellation, a full refund will be awarded and this shall serve as agreement of any transaction between all parties involved.

All accommodations and activities including tours and any other social activity or aspect of such activities, written, graphic, and promotional material are hereby subject to change in appearance, aspect, date and thematic attribute by the tour operator at any time before during or after any tours and or activity or program.

Any cancellation of the reservations that originates from the breach of this contract is the entire responsibility of the client. In case of any contradiction in the interpretation of these rates and conditions from those proposed by the client, the above rates and conditions will always prevail. For any questions derived from the interpretation and execution of these rates and conditions, both parties will submit themselves to the courts of law of Lagos. In any case, the Portuguese Tourism Legislation applies.

Both contracting parties declare to have the power and authority to represent both contracting companies, stated below. Both contracting parties declare to acknowledge and accept the terms and conditions of the present contract on the date stated below.

EQUIPMENT RENTAL POLICY
When a tour is bought, bicycle and helmet are included as a rental part of the service. Each one of our clients is held responsible, in financial and moral and terms, for their equipment during its use. Knowing that we will use bicycles in off-road terrains in some occasions, any type of excessive wear in our equipment will be evaluated by the tour operator and if needed ask for responsibilities to the Client. If some type of excessive damage is observed in the bicycle, Client will have to pay for parts replacements or for repairs – degree of damage to be evaluated by the tour operator. Always follow the tour operator guides instructions for the equipment sake, and above all, for your personal safety!

SAFETY POLICY
The tour operator main concern during its tours, is to provide maximum leisure and fun moments to their Clients. Safety will always be paired to our main concern. Always follow the tour operator guides instructions for your personal, and group, safety.

I agree to wear a bicycle helmet at all times as well as any other required safety equipments. Should I fail to do so I forfeit any liability of the tour operator and their staff as well as accept any injury or harm that may befall my person due to such negligent action.

I accept and acknowledge that I am taking part in an outdoor activity which requires both travel and physical activity conditions, within surroundings that might be foreign or unfamiliar to my person. I further agree that by participating in activities offered by the tour operator I’m assuming the legal responsibility for risks involved with any dangers associated with the acts of travel in general, with any outdoor or recreational activity and assume liability for injury, illness, or death incurred by the participation in activities related to the exercise of public transportations, transferences, roadways, highways and sea faring methods of transportation.

I agree to follow all instructions provided by any member of the tour operator either provided me in a written or oral way. If I do not follow these directions and safety guidelines/orientations, I give up of my rights to assert responsibility and liability against the tour operator (as well as their staff). Also, if I do not follow the directions and safety guidelines/orientations, the service provider has the right to terminate my participation in any or all activities related to the tour in question. In the case of a the tour operator staff member terminate any or all activities related to the tour in question, issuing the fail in follow the safety directions/guidelines/orientations, I lose the right to claim any type of money already paid in the past to the tour operator.

WAIVER/DISCLAMER POLICY
I accept the terms as put forward by the tour operator and agree to all risks and dangers related with such outdoor physical activities. I am further aware of the risks and dangers to my own physical well being and recognize that I have both taken liability and consulted a licensed physician about any and all concerns and or pre-existing medical conditions that I have and am aware of, in order to safely ride a bicycle, or any other recreational/social activity, during the tour operator tours.

The tour operator is not responsible for and will not grant refunds for: problems with accommodations or travel/ transportation not included in our tour, arrival or departure changes in flights, or any other service issued which is not included on our tours. In addition to these, medical dietary, hospitalization, travel insurance, natural disaster, international terrorism threat or act of civil/international violence/unrest. Above all, the company is not responsible for any unforeseen circumstance out of the control of the tour operator.

It is of my acknowledgement and I give full right to the tour operator to use any photographic or other audiovisual recorded material taken during my participation in their event, for any promotional, commercial and marketing purpose in the future.

INSURANCE POLICY
The tour operator is insured according to the Portuguese law in force for its activity. All participants on our tours will be insured for Personal Accidents in the amount of €3.500 for medical expenses/medical treatment and €20.000 in case of death or permanent disability. We also have limited liability insurance in the amount of €50.000.

The tour operator is not responsible for any expenses incurred to my person or any member of my participating or associated party due to travel related or any other reason for expense outside of the covered conditions of the tours offered.

ACCEPTANCE OF TERMS
I have read all information provided by the tour operator regarding the tour and activity information, reservation deposit policy, cancellation/annulment policy, equipment rental policy, safety policy, waiver/disclaimer policy, insurance policy and agree to all terms and understand them completely. In case of having any type of doubts regarding this contract I have the right to contact the tour operator at any time. I acknowledge that this is a signed contract between me and the tour operator and I sign the contract under my own agreement and will.

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