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Imagine if you could ride across the Douro Valley, off the highways, in a brand new KTM adventure bike, in a tailored route created by ex-riders, and with several off-road alternatives that you can choose along the way. This is the premise of this on-road Porto and Douro tour. A tour for the adventurous type, that loves riding through exciting and beautiful landscapes in a powerful bike that handles gravel roads just as well as motorways.
Accommodation will be in four or five-star hotels. Freeride Spirit tours are not just about motorcycles. They planned their tours to be family friendly. Bring your family and friends to share in the experiences they have created for the rider's travel companions. If you wish to prolong your stay, extra nights are available. Rates for travel companions, extra nights and accommodation in single rooms are available on demand.
Discover why Porto and Douro are the must-visit Portuguese destinations of the moment, without having to deal with tourist crowds or boring meddling tour guides. Book this 6-days motorcycle tour and enjoy a lifetime, very exclusive and private, travel experience. Unveil both Porto and Douro’s best-kept secrets and hidden wonders, like Porto's historic center - where the ideal balance between historic heritage and new and trendy will truly fascinate you - or charming landmark locations like Pinhão with its notable historic train station or Vila Nova de Foz Côa, and with its arkeological findings that have granted it an UNESCO world heritage site distinction
On the 1st day you will explore Douro’s riverbanks, then taking a detour into the interior where you will find challenging but beautiful mountainous paths and typical remote villages, with picturesque houses, where time seems to have stood still a long time ago. Portuguese are known for excellent food and meat lovers will certainly enjoy the famous, delicious, and protected Arouquesa meat. If you opt for the off-road, you will be unveiling the astonishing mountain range of Serra da Freita, and visiting its schist and slate villages and terraced plantations. This area is also a Geopark habitat for several species of birds of prey. You will also visit granite villages and enter Medieval, Gothic worlds while discovering the 12th century (XII) patrimony. After riding some of the highest roads in Portugal you’ll later re-encounter the Douro, for a remarkable Port wine tasting experience.
Starting the 2nd day at Peso da Régua - a city that owes its origin and fame to the relevant role it had in the development of the region and in the history of Port wine – you will be taking the road Régua – Pinhão, considered by experts as the best road in the world, in an index that combines the types of curves and the surrounding landscape. Arriving in Pinhão, you will be visiting vineyards of the noblest grape varieties in the world, enjoying unique bucolic sceneries, and exploring castles that belonged to Muslims a long time ago. %Opting by the off-road alternative, you will discover traces of Palaeolithic, Mesolithic, and Neolithic civilizations, and appreciate figures dated from 22,000 to 10,000 years B.C. in the Foz Côa area. At the end of the day, you will have the chance to relax quietly in a hotel where serenity is the absolute keyword.
The third day starts with the crossing of the Brava Beach Reserve, which is the first private protected area in the country, and, also currently pilot of the European project “Rewilding Europe”. This project aims to protect wild horses, Iberian wolves, and a lot of other endangered species that inhabit the area. Next, you will be visiting strategically positioned castles that were built at almost 1000 meters of altitudes, by order of D. Afonso Henriques the founder and first king of Portugal. All the great viewpoints and sights along the way and the delicious traditional cuisine from Trás-os- Montes will surely delight you. Ridding along beautiful olive groves and almond tree fields that turn the road completely pink wondering anyone that passes by will also be an unforgettable experience.
The fourth day will start amongst the astonishing plains and cliffs alongside Douro River, most particularly, discovering the dramatic beautiful curves of a section of the river that is called International Douro - as this is the natural border between Portugal and Spain. Ridding from a great viewpoint to another, in some points, you will feel like you are leaning above the vast and stunning sights of Douro’s river valley. Then, after all this, you will still have the chance to visit some of the first river dams ever built in Portugal and to cross the river, setting foot on Spanish soil, where the Douro river is born.
Start the fifth day by visiting outstanding Portuguese architectural heritage while leaving Douro’s high plains. As you descend towards the Douro River, you will have the opportunity to enjoy a stage that Freeride Spirit Team unanimously has elected as the most beautiful and fun to ride. Later on, you will be exploring the area near the Mouth of the river Tua, one of the Douro River’s tributaries on its right bank. And then you will be immersing yourself in history and feeling as a romantic novel’s character while getting to know some of the houses and farms of a few main and unique characters in the History of Douro Region and its countless years of wine production.
On the last day of this amazing motorbike adventure, Freeride Spirit hopes you enjoy the number of curves you will have to make while leaving the oldest demarcated wine region in the world towards Porto. As you move forward you will notice that the landscape will change progressively, from agglomerates of small villages until you reach more developed urban clusters. Arriving Porto city center, you will be truly glad you have the rest of the day to explore the second most large Portuguese city. Porto is not only historically relevant but also a cultural hotspot buzzing with fresh new experiences for everyone.
João Roxo is well known in the world of motorsports for the trophies and experience he collected over two decades. With many years as an Enduro professional rider under his belt, Joao Roxo knows each trail like the back of his hand. His passion for offroad sports and for this region led him to create Freeride Spirit, in which he also has a role as a technical and sports manager. The creation of Freeride Spirit marks the beginning of a new chapter in João Roxo’s career; it now focuses on sharing his passion for the offroad sport.
Ricardo is the youngest member of Freeride Spirit's team. He brings a special inspiration and energy to their adventure tours. Driven by a passion for motorsport, Ricardo is an enthusiastic, outgoing person who enjoys sharing his knowledge with the riders.
In this tour you will get the opportunity to discover the historical city of Porto, known by the Port wine, its hospitality, the worldwide famous riverbank views, the exciting cultural and nightlife scene, and of course the gastronomy. Also, you will explore one of the world's most famous travel destinations, the Douro Valley.
One of the most ancient wine regions in the world and UNESCO World Heritage Site, Douro's unmatched natural beauty is the perfect fit for your motorbike adventure. The scenic trails and views, the secret places where some of the world’s most famous wines are made, and of course the secret roads to ride, will make this an experience to remember and enjoy. It's also a way to discover typical villages and towns, that are usually off the charts.
Breakfast / dinner are provided.
Francisco de Sá Carneiro Airport
Please book your flight to arrive at Francisco de Sá Carneiro Airport (OPO). Transfer from and to the airport is included.
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