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Portugal Bike Tour, 9 days

We start in Lisbon with a city tour. From Lisbon we make a day trip to the beautifully situated Sintra. We ride south on the Costa da Caparica with its sandy beaches. The coastline in the Parque Natural de Arrabida between Sesimbra and Setubal is a beautiful area with deserted bays. Finally, we cycle through the Alentejo to the monumental city of Évora. In 1986 the city was named to the UNESCO World Heritage List. From Évora we ride the bus back to Lisbon where our Portugal cycling tour concludes.  

Itinerary

  1. Lisbon
  2. Lisbon; city tour
  3. Lisbon; bike tour Sintra
  4. Lisbon – Zambujal – Sesimbra
  5. Sesimbra – Setúbal
  6. Setúbal – Troia – Alcácer do Sal
  7. Alcácer do Sal – Évora
  8. Évora
  9. Évora – Lisbon


Land program begins: Lisbon 11:00 AM
Land program ends: Lisbon 3:30 PM

Subject to change

Day by day

On the Road with Djoser

Djoser's active journeys offer an ideal balance of guidance and freedom. Our guide-assisted adventures cover the globe and feature wildlife, beautiful natural settings, historic sights and authentic cultural experiences. During Djoser travels, the daily schedule is not rigidly set.

The day to day descriptions describe the anticipated, or possible daily activities. Our travel days are obviously fixed, but each day the program may deviate depending on the preferences of the group, in consultation with the tour leader. The tour guide offers a program daily, with planned excursions. You are never obligated to participate. Those who desire more freedom may go out exploring or may dine on their own. Your tour leader can offer suggestions for safe explorations and fun restaurants. You will find that Djoser participants will take advantage of this flexibility. We believe a sense of discovery is an integral element of a great trip.

We offer the land program only. Below, you will find the day to day description days numbered to correspond with that of the Dutch participants (which includes their transit days from/to Amsterdam). This is so that when you are traveling and refer to this day to day description, all travelers will be “on the same page” or the same day number.

During Djoser bike tours we begin our bike trips from the residence or make a multi-day bike ride. Our itineraries are not rigidly set in stone. On rest days you can make extra bike rides or you may do other things on your own. The tour leader you can always offer tips and suggestions. You are not obligated to participate. Those who wish to explore independently have the freedom to do so. By the nature of our trips and local conditions there may be unexpected situations. Therefore it may be necessary to adjust a certain bike ride or activity.We travel in groups of 16 and up to 20 people.

Lisbon

Day 1 - Lisbon
Day 2 Lisbon city tour
Day 3 Lisbon, Sintra bike ride

We fly to the capital, Lisbon, built on seven hills along the Tagus River. You can move around the city best by metro, tram and 'elevadores' (elevators) that connect the lower town with the upper town.
In Lisbon, we make a city tour where we make use of the tram line 28 through the Bairro Alto. The district is home to numerous bars, where the melancholic sounds of fado resound.
For the first bike tour we take the train to the beautiful town of Sintra. The city lies on the northern slope of the Serra in a country setting. For the kings of Portugal, this has always been a popular holiday resort. Sintra is rich in historical palaces and villas. During the ride of about 24.8 miles in the area we visit some of these fairy-tale palaces. At the end of the day we take the train back to Lisbon.

Distance: 16.7 miles

Costa Caparica, Sesimbra
Day 4 Lisbon - Zambujal - Sesimbra

We leave our hotel in Lisbon and bike from the hotel to the Belém district which lies at the mouth of the Tagus River. A visit to the impressive Jerónimos Monastery Manuel I with its ornate pillars should not be missed here. You will soon discover the wealth of the age of exploration here. After a brief visit to the Belem Tower, the starting point of the fleet of Vasco da Gama, we cross with the bike on the ferry across the Tagus. Through the Costa da Caparica with its beautiful beaches and surfing center Lagoa de Albufeira, we cycle to the picturesque Cabo Epichel on the Atlantic Ocean. Because of the strong wind in this exposed place, it can be quite brisk. The cliffs disappear right into the sea at this windswept cliff. After the bike ride of about 40 miles we drive to our hotel in the busy fishing village of Sesimbra.

Sierra de Arrábida

Day 5 Sesimbra - Setúbal
Day 6 Setúbal - Troia - Alcacer do Sal

The bike tour continues through the spectacular 'Parque Natural da Arrábida' between Sesimbra and Setúbal. The park was established to protect the beautiful, wild landscape and abundance of birds and wildlife. The sheltered slopes are covered with vineyards. If we bike along the coast, we pass by beautiful beaches and coves where we can stop for a swim in the water. After a cycle of about 24.8 miles, we arrive in Setúbal. In the old town with pedestrian streets you can relax at end of the day on one of the squares.

With the ferry we cross over to the Troia peninsula. We get back on our bikes for a trip of about 34 miles east to the beautiful beach at Comporta. Today's destination is the old city Alcacer do Sal. The peaceful town is on the north bank of the River Sado and has some interesting historic churches. The riverside promenade is inviting for a snack and drink at the end of the day.

Evora
Day 7 Alcacer do Sal - Evora
Day 8 Evora Da
Day 9 Évora - Lisbon

The last bike ride of this journey is also the longest. We cycle a journey of about 26.7 miles Alcácer to the university city of Évora. It will be a bike ride that you will long remember. We cycle through the Alentejo, a region with many vineyards, golden wheat fields, cork oak forests and olive groves. We pass medieval castles and chalk white houses.

Évora is situated in the heart of the Alentejo. The walled city has many monuments from the Roman period. In 1986 it was named by UNESCO to the World Heritage List. You have the whole day to walk through the historic streets and soak up the cozy atmosphere of the city. The really energetic can bike more around the area. End your trip at one of the wonderful restaurants in the city. After breakfast the next day we board the bus for the return trip from Evora to Lisbon where the trip ends.

Dates and prices

Departure dates 2017

Land Begins Land Ends Price Availability  
May-13-17
Guaranteed leave
May-21-17$1,6408 seatsbook now >
Sep-09-17
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Sep-17-17$1,5808 seatsbook now >
Sep-23-17
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Oct-01-17$1,58012 seatsbook now >
Oct-07-17
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Oct-15-17$1,58018 seatsbook now >

Departure dates 2018

Land Begins Land Ends Price Availability  
Apr-21-18
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Apr-29-18$1,64018 seatsbook now >
Apr-28-18
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May-06-18$1,64018 seatsbook now >
May-12-18
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May-20-18$1,64018 seatsbook now >

Conditions "Guaranteed leave"

Price includes

Land program beginning and ending at hotels, transportation, bike rental, hotel accommodation with breakfast, excursions according to program, Netherlands speaking local tour guide.

Price excludes

International flights from/to North America, travel insurance, other meals, entrance fees, optional excursions, gratuities, personal expenses.

Cost Overview

Land price from

$1,630
Single accommodations $250
   
Extension hotel city #1 Lagos
Double room per person $63
Single room $63
   
Estimated out-of-pocket, weekly $300
   
Deposit due upon booking $500
  * Deposit based on 20% of minimum land price, or $500 minimum
  * Balance due 60 days prior to departure. 

Practical information

Accommodations & Meals

Accommodations - We stay in hotels where the rooms are always equipped with private shower and toilet.

Some examples of our usual hotels (subject to change)

Lisbon Hotel Italia Lisboa
Setubal Hotel Arangues
Alcacer do Sal Residencial Cegonha


Single room -
Djoser is single friendly! If you are traveling solo, we will match you with a same-sex roommate. If we cannot match you, there will be no additional room charge. For a reasonable charge, you may request single accommodations, subject to availability. Just indicate this preference on your booking form. You will find pricing for single accommodations on "Dates & Prices" page.

Hotel extensions - It is always great to be well-rested when you begin a journey such as this. If you would like to book an extension hotel night upon arrival in the city where the land program begins, let us know on your booking form. You will find the prices for extension nights listed in the '"Dates & Prices" page. The cost of a hotel extension does not include transfers to or from the airports.

Meals -
Breakfast is included in the fare. The other meals are not included in the price. In Portugal there are plenty of opportunities to eat delicious meals. For seafood lovers ortugal is a paradise. But if you prefer to eat meat or are vegetarian, you can also eat well. In Lisbon there are many cheap cafes and luxury restaurants. In Tasca you can go for a simple meal. A casa de pasto serves an inexpensive three-course meal in a restaurant or you can go for a slightly more formal and extensive menu. In Portugal, they like to drink a small cup of strong coffee, uma Bica.

Flights & Transportation


Land program begins: Lisbon 11:00 AM
Land program ends: Lisbon 3:30 PM

Subject to change

Booking your international flight - We provide the land package and transportation within the program as described. We do not arrange international flights from or to the United States or Canada. The land program will begin approximately two hours after the arrival of the Netherlands (NL) participants who will be arriving from Amsterdam. The land program will end about 4 hours prior to their scheduled departure time, which allows for time to get to the airport. The proposed flights for the Dutch participants and the Land Begin and End times are listed below. They are subject to change based on flight delays or changes. We will keep you posted of any flight changes that we are aware of prior to the trip. When scheduling your flights, keep the following times in mind.

Dutch participants' proposed flights: (subject to change)
Airline: Transavia
NL participants arrive: Lisbon 08:55
NL participants depart: Lisbon 19:25

Before you book your flight - To avoid flight change or cancellation costs get email confirmation from our office that the trip has enough participants to be a “GO”.
Verify the spelling of your name-within 24 hours - When you book your flights, double check your flight records to confirm that your name is spelled on your ticket exactly as it appears on your passport. Some companies (for example, ORBITZ) will only allow a 24 hour window to correct any errors without penalty. You may incur heavy fees for changes, forfeiture of your flight ticket, or even worse, you could be denied entry to a border upon arrival.
Send us a copy of your flight itinerary - We will forward to the tour leader so they will know when to expect you at the hotel and when you will be departing.
Keep in mind hotel extensions - If the Dutch travelers arrive early in the morning, we recommend that you arrange to fly in the day or night before so you will be meet the group. Some trips involve an immediate transfer from airport to the next town so make sure you will arrive before the others so you don’t miss the first meeting or transfer to the next location. We can arrange an extension hotel night for you. Prices for hotel extensions can be found in the "Dates & Prices" section
If the Dutch participants arrive in the late evening - Should they arrive very late in the evening, the group will have their first meeting in the morning in the hotel lobby. You can check in earlier and relax or explore on your own.
Airport transfer to/from hotel (not Included) - If you will be arriving and or departing on the same flight as the Dutch travelers let us know. Then you can join them on the bus for the group transfer at no additional charge. Notify us in advance so we can alert the tour leader. If you schedule your flight at the same time as theirs, or later, you can join them on the group transfer to the airport at no additional charge. Otherwise, you can take an authorized taxi to the first hotel on the list we have provided for you. Private airport transfers can be very costly . If your flight is delayed, they are difficult to reschedule or cancel. With a taxi, you are not charged for waiting time or cancellations.

Useful Links for booking your flights
Orbitz.com
Expedia.com
Kaykak.com

Local transportation - During the tour we use a private bus, equipped with air and heating. We are free to stop for a photo or to stretch our legs.

Cycling - The trip includes the use of a hybrid bike with 24 gears. We cycle between 24 and 43 miles a day on good terrain.

Bus / Train - We cover portions of the journey by bus, train or taxi. The transfer on arrival at Lisbon is with specially reserved taxis. Also on day 4 we take a taxi for the last leg of the trip. On day 2 we go by train from Lisbon to Sintra. In addition, during the bike tours on day 4, 5, 7 and 8 there is a van for luggage transport and to carry spare parts. You can also get a ride in the van, if you are unable to cycle at any given time. The bus is driven by the tour leader. On day 3 and 4 there is an additional driver.
 

Money Matters

A summary of all trip costs can be found on our 'Dates & Prices' page. Prices may fluctuate throughout the year depending on currency exchange, gas costs, etc.


Included in price

  • Land package (begins & ends at hotel)
  • Transportation
  • Bike rental
  • Hotel accommodation with breakfast
  • Excursions according to program
  • Dutch speaking local tour guide.
     

When you book a trip

  • 20% of minimum land package price (or minimum of $500) due upon booking to hold your place (See “Prices & Dates” section for deposit amount for your trip
  • Balance is due 60 days prior to departure date
  • Payments by charge card or check are accepted
     

While you are traveling

Local Currency:  Euro
ATMS:  Found many places
Other Currency Accepted: Euro
Credit cards: Often accepted 



Tipping - 
It is customary to tip for services rendered. The tour leader will organize a tip jar at the beginning of the trip, from which tips to drivers, guides, hotel staff are paid. Depending on the size of the group, each participant will be asked to contribute $40 to $50. This does not include a tip for your tour leader. Tipping the tour leader is appreciated and the amount up to your discretion.

** You will find a list of all trip costs in the "Dates & Prices" section, including your estimated out of pocket costs.

Excursions

Freedom and choice are important elements of a Djoser trip. In addition to scheduled group activities, wherever possible, you may decide which attractions you wish to visit, and with whom. Unless otherwise indicated, entrance fees are not included in the price, so you have the freedom to make your own choices. One person may prefer to stroll through the market in search of bargains, while someone else may want to relax by the pool, go to a museum, or take a bike ride. Join the guide or break off with others in the group to explore on foot or with the local transport. Some attractions should not be missed, or they are not easily accessible, or are en route to our next overnight location and are therefore built into the program. In the "Dates & Prices" section you will find the estimated out-of-pocket, weekly expenses that have calculated in typical entry fees in addition to meals and other costs.

Travel Documents

When you book a trip we will provide you with more details about necessary documents. Passports should be current and valid for at least 6 months beyond your departure date. If a visa is required, you may need extra pages in your passport for your stamps. Check all visa requirements carefully and leave yourself plenty of time to send and receive documents before your trip.

VISA NEEDED? NO

Visa & Passport Expeditor – For an extra fee, you can hire an expediting service to process your visa application. They will look over your paperwork and they can offer a faster return of your visa or passport. We recommend TRAVISA.

Health Issues & Insurance

Health - Check for the Center for Disease Control – Travelers information for recommendations. Keep in mind that they may recommend an inoculation or medication such as malaria pills, which may be necessary for one specific part of a country but not another, or for a particular season. Shots are expensive. Make sure to get only what is needed. We recommend asking your doctor for a prescription to combat a more serious intestinal disorder.

When you book a trip we will provide you with information regarding the usual recommendations for the region we will visit. You will be responsible to check with your travel clinic or physician to review your plans and to find out the most up-to-date recommendations and needs for your particular situation. Plan to get your inoculations four to six weeks in advance of your trip. Some offices may need to preorder the medicines so call in advance. It is wise to pay careful attention to what you eat. Also, we recommend you bring medicines such as pain-killer and for remedy for intestinal disorders (such as Immodium) Bring a small first aid kit. Tweezers, band-aids, antiseptic cream, insect repellant, salt rehydration tablets. The tour leader will have a first aid kit.
Climate and altitude changes can sometimes cause illness. Be sure to drink plenty of water. Bottled water is readily available. Excessive alcohol intake contributes to dehydration and makes you more vulnerable to illness. Make sure that you get plenty of rest and enough food and drink during the trip.

Usual vaccinations & medications recommended for this trip - None recommended

The bike tours are suitable for anyone who in in good health, has a good condition, and bikes regularly. We have arranged the trips according to challenge level. This takes into account the heights to which we cycle, the distance that we cover and the duration of the cycling. This of course is only an estimate. Plus, your personal experience and other factors such as weather conditions and your physical condition will determine your own difficulty levels.

The trips cover flat and hilly terrain. When we bike on steep mountainous terrain typically the bus drops us at the top and then we descend by bike. Those up to the challenge may ascend on their own. On each bike journey a bus accompanies us, so you can interrupt any ride. On many trips shorten or lengthen a ride, depending on the preference of the group, on the spot.

During the bicycle trip in Portugal, we bike rides of 24 and 43 miles a day. Elevation changes occur during this trip. On day 3, there is a height difference of 1,148 ft, this is the day with the most vertical drop. On other heights range between 328 and 820 ft. Should you find a particular route too strenuous, you can always ride in the bus, with the exception of day 3 when we travel by train. Generally, this trip is suitable for anyone in a good condition.

Be Prepared! - Make sure you are well prepared to travel. Spend the months leading up to your trip working out and getting preapred for your bike trip. This will help you to get the most enjoyment from your journey.

TRAVEL INSURANCE IS REQUIRED FOR THIS TRIP.

Insurance - For peace of mind, we recommend that you procure travel insurance. In the event of an illness or injury, an emergency evacuation can be incredibly expensive and you would want access to the best possible facility. Also, lost baggage or missed flights can mean added expenses. Even events at home may prevent you from taking a trip, such as a lost job or ailing family member. It is important to get travel insurance immediately after booking. Most companies have a brief window (within 10 days of booking) for coverage for a preexisting condition. You will be asked to provide us with travel insurance contact information before your departure.
You are free to choose your own provider. Over the years, we have recommended TRAVELEX. They offer a variety of plans and most importantly, they are responsive. Should you choose to go with TRAVELEX, you will contact them directly and the cost of your coverage will depend on the plan you choose. The cost will be based over the total cost of your trip and flights, and the amount is also subject to your age. Ask about the TRAVEL PLUS plan and the more economical TRAVEL LITE plan. * Arrange for insurance immediately after booking your trip so that you are covered for any pre-existing situation. TRAVELEX 1-800-228-9792

Group Composition

Minimum group size: 10 
Maximum group size: 16

What to expect when traveling with an international group – Our group trips are arranged in cooperation with Djoser, B.V. in the Netherlands. Because they cater to the voracious travel appetites of the Dutch, we can offer a vast number of programs around the world with hard-to-find itineraries, with numerous departure dates. 
Djoser travelers are active, enthusiastic travelers of all ages. You will find couples and singles on our trips. Join our international groups with travelers from the Netherlands, Belgium and North America. There are rarely more four North Americans per group. The international make-up of our groups is the attraction for many regular and this adds another cultural element to the trip. Feel free to call us if you wish to know the demographic make-up of a particular trip (number of singles and age range.
You will find that almost all of your fellow travelers have an excellent command of English and most are very willing to socialize. It’s a great idea to extend an invitation to a few travel mates for coffee or a drink early in the trip. They will appreciate your effort and this is a great way to break the ice. It will be easier for them to test out their English skills in a quiet, one-on-one setting. Group members tend to warm up to one another in a day or two. As with every tour group, compatibility has most to do with individual personalities.
The Dutch are experienced and hearty travelers. We attract travelers of all ages and we enjoy the mix! You will find our participants welcome opportunities for independent explorations in addition to group activities. No matter their age, Djoser travelers expect, and are up to lots of walking, hiking, biking, or whatever comes our way. The Dutch and Belgian travelers will fly as a group from Amsterdam. Unless otherwise indicated, you will meet the group and tour leader at the hotel where you will begin the land program with the group.

Tour Leaders & Support Staff

The group is accompanied by a local guide who assists the group throughout the journey. The tour leader controls the accompanying bus and provides practical information about the bike rides and routes. In addition, the tour leader can tell you something about daily life and the different habits of the country and provides information about the optional activities during rest days. However, the tour guide is not a lecturer. For any questions, comments or concerns you can always contact the tour leader. The tour guides are enthusiastic cyclists and do everything to make a success of your cycling trip.

Our experienced land representatives are situated in the destination country you will visit. We work closely with them and they function as the liaison between our office, the guide, drivers and hotels. They are also available in the case of an emergency and their number will be provided on your emergency contact list.

Climate & Geography

The weather is dominated by the Gulf Stream in Lisbon making warm winters and cool summers. The temperatures are never too extreme here and it rarely freezes and summer rarely exceeds 95 F. In the interior, at Evora, the temperatures in the summer months of July and August rise. This trip is offered in the spring and autumn. Generally you can expect pleasant temperatures.

Our trips are organized with weather conditions in mind. On our website, we will provide you with a weather summary of the region: Check temperature and rainfall for specific cities on your trip, during your month of travel at worldweather.org

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Highlights

  • International group, all ages
  • Breakfast included

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