Portugal

Cycling Portugal's Atlantic Coast - Premium Adventure Trip Notes

Ways to Travel:
Guided Group, Premium Adventures, Private Group Adventures
Destinations:
Portugal
Programmes:
Premium Adventures, Cycling
Trip Code:
MEH
Activity Rating - Leisurely/Moderate
Leisurely / Moderate

You are reasonably fit, enjoy the outdoors and are looking for some exercise. Some previous experience is preferable for activity based trips.

9 Days Flight Inclusive
9 Days Land only
Ages: 16+

Trip Overview

Blessed with sun-kissed beaches, colourful and vibrant fishing villages and scenic routes, Portugal's Atlantic coast offers fantastic cycling opportunities. Your premium adventure starts in Porto, a UNESCO World Heritage city, with the route following relatively easy, flat or undulating cycling trails through a variety of landscapes. Riding along Portugal’s majestic Silver Coast, you’ll stop in different medieval-walled villages and towns for full immersion into the relaxed Portuguese way of life.

Notable highlights include a memorable ride through the dunes of the São Jacinto Natural Reserve, fascinating Port wine cellar tours and an overnight stay in the picture-perfect fortified village of Óbidos. After a week of cycling along some of Portugal's most outstanding coastline, a full day is dedicated to the visit of Lisbon, with an included guided experience to soak up one of the most charming capital cities in the world.

At a Glance

  • 8 nights staying in premium hotels
  • 9 days land only / flight inclusive
  • 5 days cycling with full vehicle support (limited seats)
  • 90% tarmac roads and cycle paths, 10% unpaved trails
  • A mix of flat riding and some hills throughout
  • Local bike hire included
  • E-bike hire available on request

Trip Highlights

  • The Expert Leader for the trip is: Ruben Lopes
  • Enjoy one night at The Literary Man, a dream hotel for book aficionados in the white-washed medieval village of Óbidos
  • Our included experiences encompass a guided tour of Porto’s world-famous wines cellars and a guided tour of the charismatic city of Lisbon
  • Feel invigorated as you pedal into Nazaré fishing village, home to some of the biggest waves ever recorded
  • Cycle through the wildlife-rich sand dunes of São Jacinto Natural Reserve

Is This Trip for You?

This trip is classified as Road. Average daily distance: 50 km (31 miles) No. of days cycling: 5

We mainly use cycle paths and quiet roads, and will occasionally cross or ride along busier roads. The first two rides are shorter and easier, through mainly flat terrain. Day 4 has a slightly longer ride and one challenging hill - worth it for the exquisite views over the Atlantic Ocean. On Day 6, after a short transfer, the ride starts on cycle paths by the ocean with a slow pace and plenty of possible stops, ending in the well-known fishing village of Nazaré. 

A support vehicle (with limited seats) is available throughout the trip. It will not be able to follow the group at all times, but it will meet the group at the end of cycle paths and at junctions to give route directions and allow access to any items you don’t wish to carry on the bike. This tour will require a good level of fitness, but was designed so that you can take time to enjoy this charming part of Portugal, combining enjoyable rides with good food and outstanding landscapes. 

Part of this tour include occasional steep but short ascents - if you have limited cycling experience we encourage you to request an electric bike before departure (available for a supplement), to improve your experience and ensure the trip is led at a comfortable pace for the group.

Activity Level: 2 (Leisurely/Moderate). Please see the introductory pages of the cycling brochure or our website for more important information on classification and grading. If you have any queries about the difficulty of the trip please do not hesitate to call us.

Following a review of all our trips we have categorised this trip as generally not suitable for persons of reduced mobility. However if you are a regular traveller on such trips, please contact customer services to discuss the trip and your personal condition.

Group

The group will generally be between 5 and 16 people. There will be a local cycling leader and an assistant leader driving the support vehicle.

Adult min age:
16
Min group size:
5
Max group size:
16

Itinerary

Cycling Portugal's Atlantic Coast map

Land Only

Start City:
Porto
End City:
Lisbon

Flight Inclusive

Start City:
London
End City:
London

Land Only Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Start Porto; free afternoon and welcome dinner.

    Start in Porto. The day is free for you to settle into your accommodation or explore the city, before enjoying a welcome dinner with the group.

    Porto is a UNESCO World Heritage city and a real historic jewel with more than 150 listed monuments. Continuously inhabited since the 4th century, the hilly city is a melting pot of architectural styles.

    Premium accommodation: Neya Hotel, Porto (4 star)

    Meals included:
    Dinner
  • Day 2

    Full day in Porto: guided tour; wine tasting, boat trip on the Douro River.

    Porto is renowned all over the world for its delicious, fortified wine, and no trip to the city would be complete without taking part in a Port wine cellar tour. Port wine is specific to the region, and refers to grapes that have been cultivated and harvested on the designated banks of the Douro River valley, and transformed into this delicious nectar at one of the area’s many Port wine estates.

    Embark on a guided walking tour through the historic centre of Porto, ending with a wine tasting in a Port wine cellar. Then take a scenic boat ride on the Douro River in a traditional 'rabelo' boat, a vessel once used to carry Port wine barrels from the heart of the Douro Valley to Gaia. Afterwards, we will have lunch together at a local restaurant and the remainder of the day is free for extra sightseeing.

    Premium accommodation: Neya Hotel, Porto (4 star)

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch
  • Day 3

    Gentle coastal ride to the bustling seaside town of Furadouro.

    This morning, we leave the hustle and bustle of the city behind and immerse ourselves in the more peaceful atmosphere of the Atlantic shore. Starting from Porto, we will ride along the Douro River until we meet the estuary. We then follow the coast south, mostly on cycling paths, while enjoying some inspiring views of beautiful sandy beaches along the way. During this ride, there will be opportunities to stop for drinks or local snacks such as pão com chouriço (pork sausage and bread rolls) or pastel de feijão (a sweet pastry tart filled with white beans and ground almonds) in traditional Portuguese cafés, right by the Atlantic Ocean. 

    At Miramar, we will be able to see a small and intriguing little chapel built on the top of a rock, situated right on the shoreline. This chapel has amazing views both out to sea and to the white sandy beach stretching in front of it. The chapel has a distinctive hexagonal design and is known as "Senhor da Pedra" (Lord of the Rock). It was built in 1686 and restored in 1996.

    At Espinho, a cosmopolitan holiday resort with beaches and a casino, we continue on a cycling path through a pine tree forest to Furadouro beach, cycling the final 21 km.

    Premium accommodation: Furadouro Boutique Hotel, Furadouro (4 star)

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch
    Distance covered: 40 km / 25 miles
    Total ascent (m):
    249
    Total descent (m):
    238
  • Day 4

    Cycle to Mira via the protected Natural Reserve of the São Jacinto dunes; en route visit the pretty coastal town of Costa Nova.

    Today's ride follows the Aveiro lagoon and the nature reserve of Sao Jacinto, one of Europe's last remaining untouched coastal marshlands and habitat of numerous bird species, including the diving duck and crested tit. We pedal through a scenery of sandy beaches, marshland and rolling dunes peppered with grasses and creepers. This is home to a plethora of birds, insects, small animals and unusual flowers and plants. After a short transfer by ferry, we leave the lagoon and continue cycling to the small town of Costa Nova, a picturesque village characterised by multi-coloured striped houses. Our ride ends in the seaside town of Mira, known for its infinitely long beach and rated as one of the best in Portugal. 

    Premium accommodation: Maçarico Beach Hotel, Mira (4 star)

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch
    Distance covered: 60 km / 37 miles
    Total ascent (m):
    195
    Total descent (m):
    195
  • Day 5

    Follow the Portuguese Silver Coast and ride to Figueira da Foz.

    Today's ride takes us through one of the biggest dune systems in the area covered in pine tree forest. The route is mainly flat or undulating and the roads quiet and peaceful making the cycling very pleasant. There is a final short but relatively steep climb up the beautiful Serra da Boa Viagem for panoramic views from the Miradouro da Vela, before descending to the lighthouse of Cape Mondego. On arrival in Figueira da Foz, we will take part in a local wine tasting, then there is free time to enjoy this lively seaside town.

    Premium accommodation: Universal Boutique Hotel, Figueira da Foz (4 star)

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch
    Distance covered: 61 km / 38 miles
    Total ascent (m):
    482
    Total descent (m):
    470
  • Day 6

    Transfer to Praia da Vieira to enjoy the beach, cycle to Nazaré fishing village.

    This morning, we take a transfer (approx. 1 hour) to the picturesque beaches of São Pedro de Moel and Praia da Vieira. Backed by dunes covered in pine forests, São Pedro de Moel's large beach is sheltered from the wind, making it ideal for watersports including diving and windsurfing.

    Getting back in the saddle, we will continue the journey south to Nazaré, a traditional fishing village and perfect spot to try fresh seafood. The cycle path to Nazaré hugs the Atlantic coastline and takes in some of Portugal's most impressive beaches. It is also along this stretch of water that Garrett McNamara broke the record for the largest wave ever surfed (30 metres/100 feet) in 2013. While in Nazaré, there will be time to visit the lighthouse, which offers the best views of the waves crashing to shore, and the interesting surf museum to learn about the underwater Nazaré Canyon, which produces such dramatic waves.

    Premium accommodation: Hotel Praia, Nazaré (4 star)

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch
    Distance covered: 38 km / 24 miles
    Total ascent (m):
    284
    Total descent (m):
    285
  • Day 7

    Cycle to the beach of Foz do Arelho, transfer to Óbidos, a picturesque and beautifully preserved medieval town and fortress.

    Today we ride to Foz do Arelho, on the confluence between the Óbidos Lagoon and the sea. After free time to enjoy the beach, we take a transfer to the charming medieval town of Óbidos that seems to have been frozen in time. It has been carefully preserved by its inhabitants who take real pride in maintaining the architectural image of the village and is characterised by narrow winding streets, white-washed houses and trailing bougainvillea and honeysuckle. This evening, we will share a farewell dinner then stay at the quirky and characterful hotel, The Literary Man, located next to Óbidos Castle. This premium accommodation was once a former convent and is now one of the biggest literary hotels in the world. According to the owner, the hotel currently holds more than 45,000 books!

    Premium accommodation: The Literary Man, Óbidos (4 star)

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
    Distance covered: 50 km / 31 miles
    Total ascent (m):
    297
    Total descent (m):
    302
  • Day 8

    Private transfer to Lisbon, guided tour and free afternoon for sightseeing.

    A morning private transfer (approx. 1 hour) takes us to the great capital city of Lisbon, our final stop on this tour of Portugal's Atlantic coast. A guided city tour will take you to some of the city's most recognisable locations and monuments, while you will have free time in the afternoon for individual exploration. Please note that your leader will depart after the guided tour and the remainder of the trip will be self-guided, but you will be provided with plenty of tips, maps and directions to make the most of your time in Lisbon.

    Premium accommodation: Marquês de Pombal, Lisbon (4 star)

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 9

    End Lisbon.

    End Lisbon

    Meals included:
    Breakfast

Accommodation

Premium Hotels

Swimming pool at Hotel Praia, Nazaré

This tour uses a selection of carefully selected properties in key locations along our route on Portugal's Atlantic coast, many offering quick access to a beach or the local cafés and restaurants. Each has its own style and character to offer something a little different for your stay in Portugal. 

The Literary Man (4 star), Óbidos - 1 night

Dining room at the Literary Man, Obidos

  • Enjoy an enchanting stay at a former convent on the cobbled streets just outside the impressive city walls of medieval Óbidos
  • With echo-chic rooms, the furnishings are made from reused materials including iron beds, as well as rooms in the old wing, known as the "Nuns' cells"
  • This hotel is perfect for bibliophiles as it houses over 45,000 books from floor to ceiling, with each room featuring different novels from all over the world
  • The Literary Man also has a beautiful, rustic dining room, high ceilings with antique flooring and a quirky Gin Bar.

 

Maçarico Beach Hotel (4 star), Mira - 1 night

Maçarico Beach Hotel pool

  • Enjoy a relaxing stay at this contemporary seafront hotel
  • Unwind for the evening with a refreshing drink at the Bik Bik Bar
  • Take advantage of the fantastic spa and fitness centre, or head upstairs to the top floor jacuzzi and pool to admire the spectacular sea views 

 

Furadouro Boutique Hotel, Ovar (4 star), 1 night

Sea-view room at Furadouro Boutique hotel

  • Situated just in front the Furadouro beach in Ovar, you can enjoy sunset walks on the beach in the evenings during your stay
  • With the hotel’s light, spacious and contemporary design, your accommodation also comes with an indoor heated swimming pool and relaxing spa area
  • The sophisticated and elegant Furadouro Boutique Hotel offers beautiful sea-view rooms

 

The full hotel list comprises:

  • Neya Hotel, Porto (2 nights)
  • Furadouro Boutique Hotel, Ovar (1 night)
  • Maçarico Beah Hotel, Mira (1 night)
  • Universal Boutique Hotel, Figueira da Foz (1 night)
  • Hotel Praia, Nazaré (1 night)
  • The Literary Man, Óbidos (1 night)
  • Marquês de Pombal, Lisbon (1 night)

 

The accommodation shown has been booked and agreed in advance, however we may need to change to a property of similar or higher standard after you have booked. While we will endeavour to inform you of any changes in advance, this could, on rare occasions, be at late notice. Bookings within 30 days are subject to availability and may incur a supplement of approximately £145 per person (based on a twin share).

Where a single supplement is available, paying for a single will only guarantee a room for single use. It does not necessarily mean a twin or double room will be provided for sole occupancy.

Please note that a member of the group may be allocated a single room by default if the make-up of the group means there isn’t anyone for them to share with. Paying the supplement in advance is the only way to guarantee a single room.

Single supplements cannot be refunded retrospectively.

Single supplement from £380.00

Food & Transport

Eating & Drinking

8 breakfasts, 6 picnic lunches, 2 wine tastings and 2 dinners are included.

A typical hotel breakfast consists of toast/bread with jam, or honey, cheese and ham, served with coffee, tea, milk, orange juice, fruit, cake and yoghurt. Eggs are usually available and there are frequently other cooked options; the breakfasts on this trip are always plentiful and perfect to set us up for a day of cycling.

Portuguese people are very proud of their cuisine, and the deliciously fresh seafood is a real highlight. You will find fresh fish on most menus, usually sardines, sea bream, hake, sea bass and sole, cooked in a variety of ways.

Bacalhau (cured codfish) is a national dish although it can vary depending on the region - there are up to 365 recipes to cook it! Caldo verde (green soup) is made with potatoes, olive oil and salt, sometimes with garlic and onion, and is typical in the northern region of Portugal.

For meat lovers, the barrosã meat (steak) is often served grilled and roasted just to its naturally delicious flavour. Francesinha is an iconic dish originating from Porto and involves layers of different meats (usually beef, ham, grilled pork, linguiça (smoke-cured pork sausage) and sausage), between two slices of bread, covered by melted cheese and immersed in a spicy tomato sauce, often topped with a fried egg and surrounded by chips. It is not for the faint-hearted!

To drink you will find plenty of the local Sagres and Superbock beer. Vinho Verde is available from the supermarket and directly from the producers. It is a young, medium-strength white wine with an almost carbonated quality. Port needs no introduction and a glass (or two) of the fortified wine will generally follow a hearty Portuguese meal!

There is an incredible range of desserts available and if you have a sweet tooth it will be possible to try a different one each day! Local favourites include bolo de bolacha (cookie cake), leite creme (cream eggs and sugar), pão de lo (sponge cake made with lots of eggs), arroz doce (a traditional rice pudding) and of course, the famous pastel de nata, which you will find at most cafés on your route.

Transportation

Transfers to and from the airport will be by private vehicle (normally minibus). Whilst cycling the vehicle will carry your baggage and be on hand with assistance or if you choose to 'sit out' a section of the ride (seats are limited). A guide cycles with the group.

Weather & Seasonality

Weather Information

Porto and Lisbon have a temperate maritime climate with a strong Mediterranean influence. The climate here is long, warm summers and mild winters, with most rain falling in the winter months, but possible in all other months. Seasons are marked, with pleasant temperatures in the spring, in the summer, and in the autumn. Heatwaves can push up temperatures between mid-June and September.

Coastal areas of Portugal can be known to be quite windy, but we are fortunate that this tends to be from north to south; which gives us an extra push whilst cycling!

Weather Charts

Joining Instructions

Travelling flight inclusive from London: 8 days

The group flight from London is a daytime flight departing on Day 1 of the itinerary.

Flights from London

We normally use the scheduled services of TAP (depending on availability). As flight timings and schedules change regularly we recommend you call one of our specialist sales staff or your agent to confirm up‐to‐date timings. Please note timings may change at a later date and cannot be confirmed until approximately two weeks before departure.

Travelling land only: 8 days starting in Porto and ending in Lisbon

Your trip normally starts at our accommodation in Porto in the afternoon of Day 1 of the itinerary. Details of how to reach the start point are provided in the Final Joining Instructions ‐ sent approximately two weeks before departure.

Regional Flights

The Flight Inclusive price is based on a London departure, but we are happy to tailor this to your local or regional airport. Please ask about flights from local or regional airports.

If booking regional flights other than with Exodus, you must allow a minimum connecting time (in addition to the international check-in time) of 1 hour at Gatwick, and 1.5 hours at Heathrow; this is longer than the official minimum, but baggage handling is known to be subject to delays.

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers will be sent to you as part of our Final Joining Instructions. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

Transfers Details

Airport transfers are included for those on the group flights. 

If you require airport transfers, you may (by prior arrangement only) be able to join the group transfer. Transfers are arranged to coincide with the arrival time of the group flight - please check the group flight details 2 weeks before departure. If you do not take this transfer, or miss it, you must make your own way to the joining point at your own expense.

The start hotel is located approximately 15km from Porto airport. It is possible to reach the start hotel by public transport although taxis are generally easier and reasonably priced.

Location start:
Porto
Location end:
Lisbon

What to Take

Essential Equipment

Cycling helmet (compulsory on this trip)

Gloves and shorts

Waterproof jacket

Sun cream and lip salve

Sunglasses/eye protection

Sun hat

Water bottle (bikes provided have a bottle cage for easy storage while cycling)

Small daypack (bikes provided have a handlebar bag large enough to store a wallet, phone and other small essentials; your daypack can be stored in the support vehicle while cycling)

Warm jumper or jacket for evenings

Favourite energy snacks

Mosquito repellent

Optional Equipment

Swimming costume

Beach towel

 

Equipment Hire

Local Bike Details: Trek Dual Sport 3

A quality local hire bike is now included in the overall price of our cycling holidays (excluding UK trips). At the time of booking we will take your height in order to reserve equipment. If you have a preferred bike size then please request this at the time of booking otherwise we will assign a bike based on your height. There may on occasions be insufficient bikes available in the correct size; we will endeavour to find suitable alternative equipment but this cannot be guaranteed. We will tell you before you book whether suitably sized bikes are available.

Conditions

1. The equipment remains the property of the supplier and you may not sell, hire out or part possession with the equipment.

2. You must not misuse the equipment and must return it in the same condition as when received (ordinary wear and tear excepted). The supplier is entitled to charge for any damage caused to the equipment during the period of hire.

3. You must ensure that the equipment is adequately secured when not in use. In the event of the equipment being lost or stolen, you may be liable for the replacement value of the equipment

4. You must not use the equipment whilst under the influence of drink or drugs and should immediately notify the Supplier in the event of breakdown or loss.

Extra Bike Bits

You may like to bring your own pedals and saddle (excluding the seat post) or gel saddle cover to fit to the hire bikes. We encourage this, if it is your preference. However, please note that you are responsible for your own equipment, and removing your saddle/pedals at the end of the trip. We cannot guarantee the return of any bike parts left behind.

Exodus Policy on Cycling Helmets

Wearing a helmet is mandatory for anyone taking part in any guided Exodus cycling holiday. Group members must bring their own helmets, as they are not available for hire, even if they are hiring a bike from Exodus.

For self-guided cycling holidays wearing a helmet is highly recommended. Customers who choose to ignore our advice do so entirely at their own risk and on the understanding that it may affect the validity of their travel insurance. It should also be noted that in some countries we travel to wearing a helmet is already a legal requirement.

Cycling of all kinds has its dangers and accidents can happen from time to time. Please ensure that you are properly prepared for the riding you are going to undertake.

Recommended Cycling Clothing

Padded cycling shorts (with loose 'over-shorts' where recommended), breathable clothing, and a lightweight waterproof/windproof top. Shoes with relatively stiff soles are better for biking, but are not essential unless you are cycling long distances. Most people want to carry certain items with them during the day while cycling, for this we recommend a large bum-bag or small close-fitting daysack.

E-Bikes Available

Electric bikes offer all the thrills and healthy exercise of a regular bike, but with one crucial difference - power! A tiny electric motor (capped at 25mph) assists your pedalling, allowing you to make molehills out of mountains. Cycle further, see more, have more fun. They are just perfect if you want to try a trip with companions of differing fitness level - or a trip at a slightly harder grade - and want to know there’s a bit of motor power available if you need it.

Porto Old Town

Practical Information

Passport

Portugal

All nationalities require a full passport that must be valid beyond the intended length of stay. It is your responsibility to have the correct personal documents and to obtain your own visa, if one is necessary, in accordance with the regulations of the country you are to visit. The information offered below is to help you with that process. We are not responsible for the actions of local immigration and customs officials, whether at points of entry or otherwise, and any subsequent effects.

Passports: check if you need to renew

You may need to renew your British passport earlier if you’re travelling from 1 January 2021.

On the day you travel, you’ll need your passport to both:

  • have at least 3 months left after the day you plan to leave the country (check the 'expiry date')
  • be less than 10 years old (even if it has 6 months or more left - check the 'date of issue')

Certain European nationalities may be able to travel within Europe on their national identity card. Check carefully with the relevant authorities if you intend to do this.

Visa

Portugal

Visa regulations can change without notice: please check the current regulations in good time to obtain a visa if one is required.

There are no specific health risks on this trip.

Vaccination

Portugal

There are no specific health risks.

Travel health can often be something people forget about before going away, but a little preparation and knowledge can go a long way to help you stay fit and healthy while abroad.

As we are not qualified to answer all your questions about travel health we strongly recommend you contact your Medical Professional or a Travel Health Clinic at least 8 weeks prior to departure for up-to-date information. Please note: vaccinations that are routinely recommended to residents of the UK, North America or Australasia are not considered to form part of the travel health advice, and you should ensure these are kept up to date where necessary.

For additional information please visit: https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/countries

Insurance - are you adequately covered?

It is a condition of joining any of our holidays that you must be fully insured against medical and personal accident risks (to include repatriation costs and air ambulance or helicopter rescue services where appropriate). On arrival in destination for your trip, you will be asked to present details to your leader or local representative of your policy.

If you are resident in the UK we strongly recommend the Exodus travel insurance policy, this is specifically designed to cover all activities on your trip. If arranging your own policy please ensure that you are covered for all activities that are part of the trip, optional activities that you intend to take part in and/or on high altitude itineraries, that you are covered up to the maximum altitude of the trip.

UK-issued European Health Insurance Cards (EHICs) are still valid and offer the same cover as GHICs in the EU. This gives you medical care at a reduced cost, and in some cases for free, in many European countries, but should not be considered a substitute for adequate insurance. Once your EHIC has expired, you’ll be able to replace it with a GHIC.

Local Time

Portugal's Timezone:
Europe/Lisbon WEST (GMT +01:00)

Electricity

Portugal's Electricity:

European 2-pin plug. 

Standard European 2-pin adapter required.

Money

Portugal's Currency

The national currency of Portugal is the Euro (EUR), with an exchange rate at the time of publication of approximately 1.2 to the UK£ and 0.9 to the US$.

Exchange rates are correct at the time of publication.

ATM Availability

ATMs are available in most of the towns we visit, although you may also like to take some Euros with you to facilitate the first few days of your trip. Cash is usually preferred in small restaurants, cafes, and shops.

Extra Expenses & Spending Money

Allow €10-15 for lunch (taken in a local café or picnic, depending on the cycling route and timings). You will also need some extra cash for drinks or ice creams in cafés or bars during the day. Typically a beer or coffee will cost around €0.7 and a reasonable bottle of wine at dinner about €8. The average price for dinner is also very reasonable and ranges from €15-25 depending on the level of restaurant chosen.

Tipping

On all Exodus Premium Adventures, tipping for any local support staff is included and will normally be taken care of via your tour leader (or in some cases through our local partner), so there is no need for any tipping kitty contributions or to give your own tips during the trip.

Our ‘included tips’ will normally be distributed amongst drivers, local specialist guides, certain hotel staff and serving staff for included meals. Amounts will be in line with the local standard. Of course, if you wish to make a further tip for extra special service you may do so.

Tips for the tour leader are not included. Whether to tip at all and the amount is entirely at your own discretion, but as a starting point we suggest around €15-20 per person per week. 

Cycling along the Atlantic coast

Responsible Tourism

We work hard to create trips which improve life for the people and places we visit, and look after the planet we explore. Find out more about our sustainable travel ethos and practice here, and find out about the work of the Exodus Travels Foundation here.

Some sustainable travel highlights of this trip include:

People: How this trip helps improve life for local communities.

  • As much as possible, we use hotels that are locally owned and employ local staff.
  • Cycling tours actively encourages the group to chat with the locals to discover what life is like in this part of Portugal and purchase local produce, gifts and crafts.

Places: How this trip helps protect and conserve local landscapes and nature.

  • This trip uses established cycling routes that have been created with the conservation of local landscapes in mind.
  • Our philosophy is to show you authentic Portugal in the most sustainable way possible, helping to conserve rural lifestyle and contributing to the overall sustainable development of the area.
  • We are dedicated to promoting authentic experiences and supporting the enjoyment of Portugal’s natural and cultural heritage while simultaneously encouraging their protection through raising awareness of environmental issues.
  • We only work with small groups of travelers and promote the maintenance of a social, economic, and environmental system that meets the needs of the current generation, without compromising the resources of future generations. Furthermore, local people (be it from restaurants, accommodations or residents) teach us how to care for and protect these destinations, knowledge that is useful not only in this context but globally. 

Planet: How we seek to keep the carbon footprint of this trip low.

  • When meals are provided, ingredients used are locally sourced wherever possible. When meals are not provided, our local guides will recommend and encourage clients to visit local restaurants and cafés to try specialties from the area.
  • Cycling trips have very little detrimental impact on the environment. Rides on this trip are point to point, hence transport is barely needed during the week, further reducing our carbon footprint.
  • We encourage people to bring a re-usable water bottle and drink tap water on this trip.
  • Our partners take active steps to ensure our groups have a minimal environmental impact, such as sticking to established trails, not leaving rubbish behind and not removing any plants. Our operator also aims to minimise environmental damage by using eco engines on vehicles.
  • After the 2017 fires, reforestation and protection projects were implemented in the Centre of Portugal. Municipalities are still developing the best ways to protect and reforest these affected areas, and we believe we have an important role in spreading this information to tourists. These reforestation and protection projects are based on “firefighting trees”, native trees such as chestnut and cork oak trees, as opposed to the eucalyptus that was previously planted. We aim to allow each client to help in these reforestation efforts, as an effective and useful way of increasing awareness of the importance of native species in maintaining the local ecosystem.

Tips for sustainable travel on this trip

  • Leave no trace: We do all we can to ensure we leave no rubbish behind in the wild and beautiful places we visit; we ask that you do the same.
  • Plastic waste reduction: Please bring your own re-usable water bottle on this trip; filtered water will be provided where tap water is not drinkable.
  • Take the train: Consider taking the train to this trip. Not only will it significantly reduce the carbon footprint of your holiday vs. flying, it also extends your adventure! Read more about which train journeys we can book, or how to book your own, here.

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Don't forget to visit the Community area on our website. You can view the range of Exodus videos and podcasts, read trip write-ups which have featured in the national media and take advantage of some special deals on travel gear and equipment.

In the Community Travel Forum you'll find the Departure Lounge where you can discuss your trip with fellow travellers before you depart. When you get back from your holiday remember to upload your images to the relevant trip page on our website. This helps other people see what our holidays are really like and you'll be entered automatically into our monthly photo competition.

To make full use of the Community you'll need to join My Exodus. It's free, registration is simple and easy, so what are you waiting for?

Important Information

On all guided trips

Although our leaders are well trained to deal with different capabilities, if they have any concerns about someone’s ability to safely partake in an activity, or their impact on other people’s enjoyment, we authorise them to take necessary action which, in some circumstances, may involve asking someone to miss that activity.

Although rarely enforced, by booking this trip you agree to section 14 of our Booking Conditions which clearly states that our leaders have the authority to do this. In these circumstances we will ensure anyone sitting out is safely provided for and offered alternative options where possible. Refunds will not be provided for activities missed and customers may be liable for additional costs incurred.

On all trips

In booking this trip you should be confident in your ability to participate in all activities described in these Trip Notes. If you have any doubt about your suitability you should call the Exodus office and ask to speak to one of the experts on this itinerary.

 

Every time that you travel abroad you should take the time to read the warnings in the essential information in the brochure.

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers, and details of how to reach the start point, will be sent to you approximately 2 to 3 weeks prior to departure. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

The information in these Trip Notes is given in good faith. Where differences exist between the Trip Notes and our current brochure or website, the Trip Notes supersede the brochure and website. All holidays can be subject to unexpected changes; in order to enjoy them you should be prepared to be flexible where necessary. Occasionally, as stated in our brochure, it may not be possible to follow the itinerary as planned. This may be for a variety of reasons - climatic, political, physical or other. In these circumstances we will make the best possible alternative arrangements that maintain the integrity of the original itinerary.

As fuel prices, airport taxes and exchange rates fluctuate, and airlines manage their rates to match demand, it is proving harder than ever to guarantee our Flight Inclusive prices. Although we endeavour to keep our website as accurate as possible, daily fluctuations mean that our Flight Inclusive price may be out of date. For accurate prices we recommend that you contact one of our Travel Experts, or your Travel Agent.

TRAVEL AWARE – STAY SAFE & HEALTHY ABROAD

 

The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office and the NHS have up-to-date advice on staying safe and healthy abroad. For more on security, local laws, plus passport and visa information, see https://travelaware.campaign.gov.uk/

Keep informed of current travel health news by visiting https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/

Advice can change so check regularly for updates.

For all latest travel information about your holiday, please visit our Travel Safety Advice page.

How to Book

1. Check availability

Go online to check availability, or contact us by phone or email.

2. Secure your place

You can provisionally hold a place on this trip, usually for between three and seven days.

3. Complete your booking and payment

When you're ready to book, go to our website for online bookings, book over the phone or you can complete a booking form (available online or on request by calling us). We accept all major credit and debit cards, or you can pay be cheque. Book with confidence: Exodus is fully licensed and bonded as a tour operator. We hold Air Traffic Organisers Licence (ATOL) number 2582 issued and bonded with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). We are also bonded to the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and we are members of the Federation of Tour Operators (FTO) and ABTA ‐ The Travel Association. This means you can book your Exodus holiday with confidence, as all monies paid to us for your trip are fully protected.

TRIP NOTE VALIDITY

These Trip Notes are valid from the "Current as" date on page one. They will occasionally be updated post booking and pre-departure; if there are any updates that significantly impact the inclusions or itinerary bookers will be written to separately. All customers will also receive a link to the most up-to-date version of the Trip Notes with their Final Joining Instructions pre-travel.