Guided Tours

Details of when, where & how for our guided bike tours of Portugal.

2019 Schedule

  • 17th – 28th Feb – Algarve Coast & Countrysorry, tour full
  • 28th Apr-9th May – custom tour for closed group
  • 29th Sept – 10th Oct – Border Castles – 10 days – €1,420 one place remaining
  • 20th – 31st Oct – Southern Explorer – 10 days, €1,420

2020 schedule

  • 1st-12th Mar – Southern Explorer – 10 days / €1,420
  • 22nd Mar-4th Apr – Border Castles – 10 days / €1,420
  • 19th Apr-1st May – custom tour for closed group
  • 10th-22nd May – Historic Heartland – 10 days / €1,490 sorry – tour full
  • 27th Sept-9th Oct – Eastern Frontier – 10 days / €1,460
  • 18th-29th Oct – Border Castles – 10 days / €1,420

Please contact us if you want to advance book/request particular tours. We can also put together a limited number of custom tours for anyone wanting a tailor-made trip for a closed group.

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Ready to ride – leaving Evora on the Border Castles tour

“Huw and Carolyn did a truly wonderful job shepherding us through Southern Portugal.

“We had gorgeous rides on quiet backroads, tasty lunches and comfortable/clean accommodations. 2 thumbs up for Pedal Portugal.” Matt Ogburn, custom tour

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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Early spring in the Alentejo – on our Southern Explorer tour

“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

Custom tours & reviews

As well as the tours listed above, I’m also open to suggestions for other routes, including setting up customized 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 guided 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 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 Tour 

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. Picnic lunches are also included on the main riding days as this helps us be flexible and have lunch when and where it suits us.

*Vegetarian and other special diet options are possible but please seek our advice when 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 made the days go far too quickly.” Dave and Marcy VanLandingham – Border Castles

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The wild landscapes of the Beira region feature on the Eastern Frontier

Our Guided Cycle Tours

The Southern Explorer Tour explores the hills, rolling plains and historic towns of the southern Alentejo before crossing into the Algarve and on to the south coast. We visit better known tourist sights, as well as heading off the beaten track to places that get few other visitors. (Oct 2019 and March 2020 departures)

The Border Castles Tour explores the north-east Alentejo, riding across the region’s rolling farmland, visiting ancient towns and a string of frontier fortresses and ruined castles, plus Neolithic tombs and a rugged natural park on the Spanish border.  (Mar 2019, Sept 2019, Mar 2020 and Oct 2020 departures)

The Historic Heartland Tour provides a chance to explore some of the highlights of central Portugal, from the hill country near the Spanish border to the pine trees and sandy beaches of the Atlantic coast. (May 2020 departure.)

The Eastern Frontier Tour is our toughest bike trip, involving a fairly strenuous route starting from the northern end of the Serra da Estrela mountains, going up towards the Douro valley and then south along the Portuguese-Spanish border to the frontier fortress city of Elvas. (Sept 2020 departure)

The Algarve Coast & Country takes in some of the most scenic scenery of Europe’s south-west corner, including spectacular Cabo São Vicente. 

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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 Tour

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 and what you will see along the way. 

The price for tours will include:

  • transfers (normally by train/bus) on the start/finish days of the tour 
  • carefully chosen routes for each day of bicycling
  • daily luggage transfer
  • hotel accommodation for each night
  • breakfast and evening meals (including wine/beer) and picnic lunch on riding days
  • experienced 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_bnrWe work with Cycling Rentals, a company based near Lisbon but able to deliver anywhere in Portugal. This cost is extra and you will be responsible for any bicycles hired – although riders on our tours get a 15% discount on the company’s normal prices.

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

“We’re going back again for another Pedal Portugal trip because we had such a great experience. Thank you Huw and Carolyn for introducing us to the wonders that Portugal has to offer.” Tilly Jensen, Eastern Frontier

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Searching for the quietest back roads in Portugal

Supporting a worthy cause

We’ve both been long-term supporters of the disaster relief organisation ShelterBox and we donate £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.)

For more information

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If you have general or specific questions, please free to email pedalportugal@gmail.com

You can also join our mailing list using the form below if you want to be kept informed about future biking tours, dates, availability etc..

We look forward to hearing from you.

Huw  and Carolyn Thomas

 

 

 

 

 

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