Guided Tours

2017-18 Schedule 

Further tours will be added as time goes by. Please contact me using the form at the bottom of this page if you want to advance book particular tours.

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Eastern Frontier – September 2016

Pedal With The Experts

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Yours truly – checking out a back road in the Alentejo

Over the last six years, Pedal Portugal has become the number one information source for cyclists interested in this gem of a destination.

After years providing advice for other riders, I began running my own biking tours of Portugal in 2016.

Scroll down for more details of individual tours.

Pedal Portugal’s guided cycling holidays involve my wife and I taking small groups (maximum 10 people) on bike tours through some of our favourite parts of this great country.

We’ll help you discover back roads most tourists never see and show you some of the country’s best scenery and sights. 

Along the way, you’ll stay in a range of places – from rustic to swish – and eat at restaurants where you can sample a wide range of typical Portuguese dishes.

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Lunch stop on the Eastern Frontier

“Pedal Portugal will spoil you for any other bike tour. Huw and Carolyn have created something really unique and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to anyone.” Maureen Kirkpatrick – Eastern Frontier Tour (Sept 2016)

Bespoke tours & reviews

As well as the tours listed above, I’m also open to suggestions for other routes, including setting up bespoke bicycle holidays for individuals and groups. (For self-guided biking tours please see the Route Planning Page.)  

Click on the Reviews page to see what previous riders thought of our cycle tours.

You can see pictures from previous tours on the Pedal Portugal Facebook page. You might also want to look at the blog for other bits and pieces about our bicycling experiences!Guided - group 04

Following the coast to Lagos on our Algarve cycling tour

Riding For Pleasure

The aim of all my tours is always to enjoy the ride – the scenery, the sights along the way, the people, the cakes and wine, etc. After all, it’s a cycling holiday not a competition!

We won’t be racing, we’ll be taking in the view, with no deadline to get from one place to another. The biking is important but the idea will be to see some of the best parts of Portugal from a bicycle saddle, not clocking up kilometres just for the sake of it. 

However, it is important riders are able to capable of riding the distances shown for each tour and cycling on consecutive days.

“Best trip ever! Such lovely guides, such a beautiful country.” Debbie Kinnear – Algarve Winter Tour (Jan 2016).

The idea is also to make the tour a sociable experience, riding in a group and hopefully making new friends along the way – and discussing the day’s ride over dinner and a glass of wine or two.

Breakfast and evening meals* are included in the price. We also organise picnic lunches (optional) for the main days of riding so we can be flexible and have lunch when and where suits the group.

*Vegetarian and other special diet options are limited – please seek our advice before booking.

“We loved the Border Castles trip…The rides through lovely cork tree ‘parks’, rolling hills of the Alentejo, the medieval castles, low-traffic roads, and the super pleasant guides, Huw and Carolyn, made the days go far too quickly.” Dave and Marcy VanLandingham – Border Castles Tour (Apr 2016)

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Typical Alentejo road on the Border Castles Tour

Tour Selection

The Eastern Frontier Tour involves bicycling on a fairly tough north-south route through three different regions of Portugal over 12 days, from the northern end of the Serra da Estrela mountains all the way to the Gulf of Cadiz. (September 2017 and May and September 2018 departures)

The Algarve Winter Tour is a 9-day biking trip that takes in some of the most scenic scenery of Europe’s south-west corner, including spectacular Cabo São Vicente. (December 2017 and February and December 2018 departures)

*NEW* The Rota Vicentina South West Tour is a one-week trip exploring some of the best coastal and rural scenery in the far south-west corner of mainland Europe, following close to the route of one of the country’s most popular hiking trails. (October 2017 and February and November 2018 departures)

*NEW* The Southern Explorer Tour gives you a head start on spring with a 10-day guided biking trip that will take you from the rolling landscape of the Alentejo to the coast of the southern Algarve. (March, April and October 2018 departures)

The Border Castles Tour is a moderate 10-day holiday exploring the north-east Alentejo, riding across the region’s rolling farmland, visiting ancient towns and a string of frontier fortresses – see the blog for images from April’s Border Castles Tour. (April and October 2018 departures)

See below or click on the links above for more details.

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Remote coffee stop in the wilds of the northern Algarve

“I hugely recommend Pedal Portugal’s guided tour. Lovely guides with a vast amount of experience and knowledge that they were more than happy to pass on.” John Harris – Algarve Winter Tour (Jan 2016)

Prices and further details

The prices of these cycling holidays are based on staying in a selection of small hotels and guest houses, eating in decent but not Michelin-starred restaurants.

Please see each tour page for individual prices, more information about distances, meals (Portuguese restaurants rarely have vegetarian options) and what you will see along the way. If you have any other dietary requirements please tell us and ask for advice before booking.

The price for tours will normally include:

  • airport transfers on the start/finish days of the tour if required
  • carefully chosen routes for each day of bicycling
  • ideas for side-trips/visits along the way
  • luggage transfer
  • hotel accommodation for each night
  • breakfast and evening meals (including wine/beer)
  • guide to ride with you (myself or my wife)

Please see the individual tour description for further details of what is included for each tour.

1600x300_bnrIf you are not bringing your own bike, I can also organise hire through Cycling Rentals, a company based near Lisbon but able to deliver anywhere in Portugal. However, you will have to pay for this separately. 

You will also be responsible for all personal insurance, medical cover etc. Please see our full terms and conditions before making any booking.

The quayside in Viana do Castelo - end point for the Northern Portugal trip

The quayside in Viana do Castelo – the first stop on the Northern Frontier Tour (a possible future trip!)

Supporting a worthy cause

We’ve both been long-term supporters of the disaster relief organisation ShelterBox and we’ll be donating £15 to the charity for every rider who joins one of our tours.

(To learn more about why we believe in ShelterBox, please see this blog post.)

Help shape future trips

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Our current tours are mostly 10-12 days but we may try introducing some shorter trips in the future – help us decide by completing the poll below (or there’s a slightly longer questionnaire at the bottom of the page, which also lets you register for future updates, offers etc.)

To help us develop the best trips for the future, it would be really helpful if you could complete the short questionnaire below.

If you want to join our mailing list and be kept informed about future biking tours, dates, availability, special discounts etc., please include your name and an email address – these will not be used for any other marketing purposes or passed on to third parties. (If you don’t want to join the list, simply leave the email box empty!)

If you have any questions about the tours already planned or other possible trips, please get in touch via pedalportugal@gmail.com

I look forward to hearing from you.

Huw Thomas

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