Sept 30 -Oct 6
Private and self-guided trips available also.
7 days/ 6 nights
Daily distance average 52k/31miles.
This region is a mix of rolling terrain and flats. Elevation gains are as follows: D1: 200m; D2: 535m; D3:535m; D4: 220m; D5: 350m; D6: 685m
The majority of the riding follows river valleys and is quite flat with occasional moderate climbs.
Land Cost (current year):
Includes all meals except 2 lunches, 1 dinner
Single Supp: US $100
Includes 2 nights at a 4-star hotel with breakfast daily, 2 1/2 day guided visit of the city and Insider's Guide to Lisbon with recommendations on what to see, where to eat etc.
Trips by Destination
Slap bang in the heart of southern Portugal, stretching over one third
of the country, from the Atlantic coast to the Spanish border and from
the south bank of the Tagus down to the Algarve, lies sleepy Alentejo.
Its coastal region is a long stretch of wild cliffs and untouched
beaches, its undulating hinterlands an undiscovered territory of empty
roads, white villages, cork-tree forests, vineyards and olive groves.
Its evocative hilltop castles are reminders of the many battles and
conquests of yore. The patios and gardens bear witness to the rich
influence of the North African Arabs, roots that shaped the people and
the nature of this sultry region.
The herbs and spices grown in the Alentejo countryside season, (and the wines tendered on the hillsides accompany), the medley of fish caught on its coastal waters – intimately connecting the land and sea to its people. And so, we arrive at Alentejo’s principal vices: food and wine. The stoic farmers of Alentejo are proud advocates for the richness of their gastronomic products. Here you’ll taste the much-loved and traditionally-tilled land in its pork and ham, seafood, cheese and olive oil, black pigs, lamb and hearty red wines.
From Moorish villages, Roman structures and Portugese kings, this region oozes big history, but Alentejo also offers incredible natural treasures. And, we think, much of the beauty of this region is encompassed in this tour. So, come along and join us on this journey around an unpretensiously sumptuous region; slow down with us to Alentejo's very seductive, lost-in-time pace of life.
Pousada dos Loios, Évora
The tranquil and luxurious atmosphere of this hotel suits that of its town, evocative Évora. The 15th Century building has been lovingly restored to its former glory and enjoys a central location in town. You’ll enjoy the redone monks living quarters along with a good restaurant and bar, relaxing swimming pool and sunny terrace.
Pousada Rainha Santa Isabel, Estremoz
This historic pousada, set in the Estremoz Castle, was built for Queen Santa Isabel. From the gardens and pool of this magnificent hotel, you’ll enjoy unparalleled panoramic views of Estremoz and the Alentejo plain. You’ll feel like a royalty in the four-poster beds.
Pousada do Crato, Flor da Rosa
You’ll find this historic gem within the walls of the Santa Maria de Flor da Rosa Monastery. Thanks to much careful and respectful restoration, the peace and tranquility of its monastic past is one of the hotel’s defining features today, as is its medley of influences; Gothic, Renaissance and Arabic.
Pousada de Santa Maria, Marvão
One of Marvão’s original hotels, this supreme hotel is now one of the best pousadas of the region, offering the best panoramic views from its lofty position. Tucked into one of the cobbled streets of steeped, Medieval Marvão you’ll find your little piece of heaven.
Map of the Area
What's Included in the Cost of Your Trip?
- Services of one or more experienced Great Explorations guides and support vehicle
- 6 nights lodging
- All meals except 2 lunches and 1 dinner
- Entrance fees for selected historical sites and museums
- Detailed map and route instructions
- All baggage transportation
- All transportation from initial meeting point to final drop-off (see arrive/depart cities)
Please note: Final itinerary is subject to revision; any changes made are done so in an attempt to provide the best possible trip given route conditions and available services. Due to the nature of our business and exchange rates, prices are subject to change. All prices quoted are U.S. dollars but we gladly accept payment in Canadian dollars also. Due to cancellations and waiting lists, trip availability fluctuates daily. If you have any questions or would like to confirm space on this trip before making your reservation, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at 604.730.1247
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