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The Alentejo Heritage
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The Alentejo Heritage

The Alentejo Heritage

Duration: 7 Days
Outdoor and adrenaline
 Local: Alentejo. Portugal
 Type: Bike and BTT

Ride through medieval castles and palaces and stand where you can view eagles flying from above.

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  • Children 0-2 Yrs (inclusive)
  • Children 3-7 yrs (inclusive)
  • Children 8-15 yrs (inclusive)
  • Adult


Ride through medieval castles and palaces and stand where you can view eagles flying from above. Delight yourself with the picturesque landscapes of Alentejo, the immense cork and olive tree meadows and the rows of traditional whitewashed houses. Stop off at a vineyard, taste the Alentejo world renowned nectar and visit the wine cellars. Ride one of the top horse breeds in the World – the Lusitanian Portuguese Horse, be enchanted by the beauty of the UNESCO city of Évora, travel back to ancient time at the Stone Circles and how the tradition of XVII century handmade tapestries is still preserved.

  • Number of weeks: 1 Week

Day 1

Arrival to Lisbon airport and transfer to the São Mamede Natural Park (3 hours driving). Get refreshed and relax in the 13th Century Charm Hotel, after your journey. In the evening there will be a general briefing on the tour followed by a fantastic dinner in this traditional medieval Portuguese village.

Day 2

Following breakfast, we’ll take a pleasant 15 minutes walk up to the clouds to visit the highest Castle in Portugal, Marvão. Heading for the São Mamede Natural Park, we will start with a very smooth downhill to the medieval city of Castelo de Vide, through a narrow, curved mountain road with trees and greens on both sides, to arrive at our paradise picnic scene. You will be astonished when entering the Knights of the Order of Malta Monastery transformed into a luxury hotel. A 14th Century Palace-Monastery of gothic structures with some 16th century Manueline details.

Day 3

After breakfast, you will leave the superb hotel-monastery of the Order of Malta. Today we are going to be heading slightly further southeast as we visit the 1748 Royal Lusitanian Horse Harass, where we will be able to visit the stables, the falconry and take part in the daily activities and practices of one of the most famous horse breeds in the world. Along a leisurely afternoon ride we will come across the Maranhão Dam, a quiet manmade lake in an area of beautiful lowlands and splendorous rugged cliffs. Put your feet up and relax when you arrive at our atmosphere hotel by the lake. A piece of modern and organic architecture, tough enough to be in the heart of nature and preserving its fine structure – its roof was designed to be like a giant leaf! Indulge yourself in a delicious Alentejo dinner, with the professional touch of the gourmet Chef.

Day 4

Today our goal is to arrive at the Portuguese city of tapestries, Arraiolos. Tapestries have been handmade in Arraiolos since the 17th Century, but a legend takes the art of weaving carpets and others pieces of art to the 12th century! Just imagine the skill and experience acquired in 10 centuries of artistic practice can convey to the hands of these Portuguese handcrafters. For lunch you will experience one of the most exclusive picnics ever. On the way to this evening’s accommodation, we will visit the dolmen-chapel, a national monument from the IV Century b.C. built of a single giant rock. It’s now time to relax in our 16th century luxury convent where you will be able to feel history while resting in a perfect symbiosis of traditional and modern concepts of Portuguese architecture.

Days 5 & 6

We’ll leave Arraiolos and head to the World Heritage UNESCO city of Évora. This day’s tour will be very different from the previous days as you are going to cycle along an ancient railroad that is out of use and has been turned into a green trail. The terrain is 100% non asphalt, but quite easy to pedal through. We’ll pass by the ancient railroad stations and marvel at the purple flowers that will escort us all the way to Évora. At the World Heritage city we will have an Alentejo regional lunch, with all the goodness of this rich gastronomy and the finest wines that you will ever savour. The rest of the day will be spent visiting the wonderful walled city’s Roman monuments, medieval buildings and churches, the aqueduct and get lost in those ancient narrow streets. The next two nights you will be lodged at the perfect accommodation for such a wonderful city, an exclusive Historic Design Hotel & Spa that dates back to the 16th Century, with dome ceilings and Manueline windows on the main facade. You will be able to enjoy gourmet dinners with the Chef’s signature. Take pleasure in this experience and loosen up!

Day 7

Following breakfast we’ll return to the Portuguese capital, to explore the City of Discoveries, Lisbon on bike. We will start with a smooth descent from the city centre to the spot where the caravels left Portugal to find new worlds. On the return we will taste the world famous pastries “pastel de nata”, by the Jerónimos Monastery. At sunset we will relinquish in memories of our tour during a live Fado music dinner – UNESCO World’s Intangible Cultural Heritage –and exquisite Portuguese gastronomy.

Program includes:

  • Breakfast
  • Luxury and Exclusive Accommodations – Palaces and historical Castles
  • Luggage transfer from Hotel-to-Hotel
  • Gourmet picnic lunches
  • Exclusive dinners with wine
  • Fado dinner on last evening
  • Specialized guides
  • Extra activities described on program (Museums, wine cellars, wine tastings, workshops, etc…)
  • Bike
  • Helmet
  • Insurance
  • Full technical support vehicle along tour (24h/24h)

Program doesn't include:

  •  Air Fares


CANCELLATIONS: 20% cancellation fee applied if cancelled 60 days prior to departure. Cancellations within 60 days are 100% non-cancelable

For the specifics on this tour operator, please contact PerfectXP directly.

  • The highest medieval city in Portugal; Royal Marvão Castle
  • Chef’s signature gourmet picnics
  • Évora – UNESCO City and Stone Circles
  • Alentejo scenic landscapes
  • Historic Palaces and Castles Hotels
  • The handmade tapestries of Arraiolos
  • Avis Castle and the Maranhão Dam
  • 1748 Royal Lusitanian Horse Estate
  • Cork and Olives trees fields
  • Wines cellars and vineyards
  • Charming Castle Village of Castelo de Vide and São Mamede Natural Park
  • Lisbon of the Discoveries Bike Tour and Fado Dinner


7 days

Average 21 miles/day

70% Tar, 30% Smooth dirt

Group size
4 - 12


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