New 2018 Tour: Cycling the Portuguese Camino de Santiagoby Jessie Beyer - Friday, July 7, 2017
Explore Northern Portugal By Bike
Coming 2018: Cycling the Portuguese Camino (Plus! Santiago)
Join us on our new itineraries to pedal along the rivers, coasts and valleys of Northern Portugal and Galicia, Spain to Santiago as you follow the Portuguese Camino de Santiago. You will visit important coastal towns and fortified cities from Portugal’s history dating back to its founding in the 12th century. Between cycling and cruising along the Douro, Minho and Lima rivers we will take the time to taste the regions culinary specialties and to enjoy the cultural shift that comes with crossing the border into Galicia, Spain. With three wine regions along our route and a blend of fresh seafood, hearty stews and modern day gourmet there is something for all tastes. Terraced vineyards blanket the hillsides riding up out of the Alto Douro river, a UNESCO designated wine-growing region World Heritage Site. These are some of the worlds oldest vineyards with a winemaking history over 2000 years old.
Our route criss-crosses the Portuguese Camino as we follow in the footsteps of royalty such as Queen Isabel of Portugal who did this pilgrimage in the 13th century. We’ll touch on two of the Camino’s routes: one along the coast, and the traditional interior route to reach the enthralling towns of Barcelos, Ponte de Lima and Baiona and then Pontevedra, Padron and Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, Spain. This area is worth exploring for the panoramic views alone, but pedaling through the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Coimbra, Porto, Ponte de Lima, and then Baiona and Santiago de Compostela in Spain that are equally as extraordinary.
This 9-day tour is a unique bicycle touring experience filled with southern European hospitality and history including the following highlights:
- Stay in a renovated 18th century palace
- Scenic boat ride on the Douro River into Porto
- Spanish Oysters
- Historic Port of Baiona, Spain (Columbus’s first port)
- UNESCO sites: Coimbra, Porto, Ponte da Lima and Santiago, Douro, Minho and Lima River Valleys, Salt Flats of Aveiro,
- Cycling Portugal’s Northern Coast
If you’ve got time for the 12-day tour, continue along the beautiful Galician coast on the Portuguese Camino as we follow in the footsteps of past pilgrims who walked, pedaled or rode horses all the way to Santiago de Compostela:
- Scenic views of the Galician Mountains
- Santiago, St James Cathedral
- Pilgrim’s Mass at noon
Ready to roll? Sign up before November 15th, 2017 and save $200. Find your departure date here!