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7 Days North Portugal Motorcycle Tour

Lisbon - Coimbra - Porto - Alfandega da Fe - Braganca - Moncao, Portugal

Exciting BMW Motorbike Tour Portugal

In Portugal, they call the North their father land, the place where the country was born. Here, the small thousand-year-old villages still remind us of this long heritage, along with their traditions and people. Join the North tour and discover the most remote and forgotten region of Portugal, which happens to be also the one with the most friendly people and arguably the best food!

Key information

  • Bike: rental bike (BMW)
  • Mileage: 1,945 kilometers / 1,209 miles
  • Daily rides: 210 - 484 kilometers / 130.5 - 301 miles
  • Riding gear: not included, but available upon request at an additional cost
  • Meals: breakfasts, 7 lunches, and 1 dinner

Meet the guides

Miguel
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Highlights

  • Starts and ends in Lisbon
  • Ride through the Atlantic road
  • Explore the local villages and their culture
  • Discover the mountain range of Peneda, Soajo, Amarela, and Gerês
  • BMW GS 1200 motorcycle rental
  • Well-experienced tour guide
  • 6 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner

Styles


6 riding days
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Accommodation

You will stay at four-star hotels throughout your journey.

Program

Day 1: Arrival

It’s your arrival day with a welcome dinner and the first contact with the motorcycles which will lead you along the most beautiful landscapes!

Day 2: Lisbon to Coimbra (363 kilometers / 226 miles)

The adventure begins in Lisbon. You will ride from Belém to Cascais by the riverside on the way to Cabo da Roca, the western most extent of mainland Portugal and continental Europe, and the romantic Sintra often referred to as the city of love.

North is your first direction, as you hit the back roads of the Center-West Atlantic coast, passing through fishermen and surfers villages (Peniche and Nazaré) and vast fruit orchards. Until Coimbra where you finish your first riding day, you’ll pass on one of the most beautiful sea side roads called the Atlantic road, where you have the ocean always with you!

Day 3: Coimbra to Porto (210 kilometers / 130.5 miles)

This day is dedicated to the Europe’s next food and wine mecca, Porto. It will be a small ride by the sea side and then a very tasty tour! You will be sure to taste all the delicacies prepared by the little eateries and small restaurants that make up the Porto food scene.

Day 4: Porto to Alfandega da Fe (235 kilometers / 146 miles)

You make your way up the Douro Valley following every turn of the river in a discovery of the world’s oldest and certainly most beautiful wine region in the world. Adding to this landscape, ride the Portuguese national road number 222 (Régua to Pinhão) that has been recognized by a number of travel and motorcycle rental companies as the best riding road of the world.

Studies say that the road has the perfect value 10-1, which means every 10 seconds spent in a straight line are followed by 1 second in a turn. The mirror-like surface of the Douro and the corrugated lush green hills will be the backdrop to one of the most beautiful rides of your life!

Day 5: Alfandega da Fe to Braganca (362 kilometers / 225 miles)

You are at the end of the Douro, right next to the border with Spain, you continue your trip to the north, to the forgotten, and unexplored Portugal of Trás-os-Montes (literally translated as behind the mountains). Here, you will travel through a Portugal that stood still in time for decades. You will feel your motorcycle winding up between this nature as pure as it can be. This journey of pure air ends in Bragança and its castle and you will feel ten years younger!

Day 6: Braganca to Moncao (291 kilometers / 181 miles)

Today, you will have a magic ride through the national park of Peneda-Gerês, then extend from the plateau of Castro Laboreiro to the plateau of Mourela, covering the mountain ranges of Peneda, Soajo, Amarela, and Gerês. Discover this vast amphitheater sculptured by geological formations, winds, and water.

From the ride on the mountain, you’ll see the effects of the last glaciation, find the locals in the traditional village, and indulge in the local cuisine. The natural resources of this privileged landscape are set in the mountainous areas in northeast Portugal. The soil, water, flora, and fauna have all been preserved.

Day 7: Moncao to Lisbon (484 kilometers / 301 miles)

The return to the seaside is going to be your last day and meet Viana do Castelo, the Atlantic city further north in Portugal. The presence of the river, mountain, and sea makes this city with the best landscapes. The streets and alleys attract your attention for their characteristic facades with mosaics that are an important feature of the Portuguese architecture.

Your last lunch will be in the historic city of Barcelos, with its important Gothic medieval bridge, dating back to the fourteenth century and the rooster of Barcelos as an element that identifies both this region and the entire nation of Portugal! Then, you will head back to Lisbon where this epic tour ends!

Notes: You need to be minimum of 26 years old and have an international driver license for joining the tour.

Skill level:

Beginner

  • can ride for two to three hours
  • minimal riding experience
  • assistance required
  • comfortable with curves and leans
  • basic experience with unsurfaced roads
  • short distance ascents and descents

Guides

Miguel Oliveira

Location

The ride will begin and finish in Lisbon and your journey will cover several places in Portugal including Coimbra, Crato, Alfandega da Fe, Braganca, and Moncao.

Food

Upon arrival, you will be provided with a welcome dinner. Also, you will be served breakfasts at the hotels and lunches throughout the tour.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 6 nights accommodation
  • BMW GS 1200 rental (other brand or model available upon request)
  • Delicious breakfasts and lunches
  • Legal insurance for motorcycle
  • Tour guide
  • Welcome dinner

What's not included

  • Additional driver
  • Riding gear
  • Collision damage insurance excess
  • Dinners (except the welcome dinner)
  • Drinks, snacks, and other meals
  • Fees
  • Flights to Portugal
  • Gas
  • Personal accident insurance
  • Police fines
  • Souvenirs
  • Theft insurance excess
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Travel insurance

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS).

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 60 days before arrival.
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Pricing information

This tour requires 2 booked bikes. If a single rider wishes to join, please be advised that the price will be slightly higher. Kindly send an inquiry for an accurate offer.

 
Availability

The tour is available from March to October. Please select an arrival date below.

Thursday June 25, 2020
(7 days / 6 nights)

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