Active Gourmet Holidays
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Alentejo, Portugal - 4 nights
Available March to November (excluding July and August)

 

Delight yourself with the diversity of the rich Southwest Alentejo and Vicentine Coast Natural Park Biodiversity. Bike around the most fantastic Portuguese beaches. This tour, along the Southern Portuguese sea coast, is like a banquet for your senses. Let us help you help you enjoy and discover the Alentejo.

 

 

Enjoy wonderful accommodations, creative cooking classes and cycling through beautiful scenery on this four night tour designed to introduce you to this great region in Portugal. You will savor the smells, sights and tastes of this special land, while indulging in great wines and delectable cuisine. Of course, we all want to "stay even" on our holidays, so why not do some cycling to work up an appetite? Your professional and knowledgeable guide knows all the best routes!



 

 

ITINERARY

 

Day one

 

AIRPORT PICK UP AND TRANSFER TO COUNTRY HOUSE IN RIBEIRA DA AZENHA

 

Arrival to Lisbon airport and VIP transfer to your first hotel, a lovely country home.

 

General briefing of the tour with your guide.

 

Enjoy a wonderful dinner and get used to your beautiful new surroundings. 

 

Day Two

 

BIKE LOOP WITH LUNCH AT A LOCAL RESTAURANT - COOKING CLASS IN THE AFTERNOON AT THE COUNTRY HOUSE – 55km/34 miles 

 

Enjoy your breakfast and then meet the team for cycling through the Vicentine Coast Natural Park. This park, with more than 100km in length, is the largest stretch of protected Portuguese coastline. You will pass by Vila Nova de Milfontes, a fishing village located in the estuary of the Mira river. 

 

You will have lunch at a local restaurant, specializing in fish and seafood. After lunch you will return to the charming country house were the Chef is waiting to give you a cooking class full of the flavors 

of the region.

 

Afterwards it’s time to share experiences with a glass of wine and regional gastronomy.    

 

 

Day Three

 

BIKE TOUR FROM RIBEIRA DA AZENHA TO COUNTRY HOUSE - LUNCH AT LOCAL RESTAURANT BY THE BEACH – 43km/27 miles

 

Following a delicious breakfast, you’ll get on your bikes and start cycling along a flat terrain stage, with spectacular views over the seashore and smooth breezes along the cliffs, overlooking the magnificent sandy beaches and estuaries. You should visit the 1883 Cabo Sardão Lighthouse, an impressive 17 meters high structure that still helps ships to navigate along the coast. Lunch will be at a local restaurant, specialiized in seafood and fish, with amazing views of the ocean.

 

Tonight’s accommodation, is another lovely Country House. The atmosphere in the herdade (estate/farm) is marked by the special attention put into the decoration, mostly in line with the traditional montes alentejanos (region’s typical houses) but never forgetting all the modern life details.   

 


Day Four

 

BIKE LOOP AND COOKING CLASS – 50km/31 miles

 

Today we explore the beautiful surroundings of the Herdade and admire the coastal views. The indigenous flora shows its beauty and the aromas are intense!

 

After lunch at a typical restaurant, it’s time to get back to the Herdade and have a special cooking class with Alentejo flavours. 

 

Dinner tonight is based on your cooking class creations. 

 

Day Five

 

Transfer to the airport after breakfast.

 

 

*The content or order of the itinerary may change depending on dates, availability of services or activities, local festivals/holidays, weather constraints, etc. 

 

 

*Menus are samples and may vary according to the season

 

 

 

GROUP SIZE

 

A minimum of 2 participants is required to run this tour and the tour is limited to a maximum of 20 participants.

 

(The number of participants refers to how many persons are required to run the tour, not to how many persons you must have in your party. Please inquire.)

 

 

 

HOW TO ARRIVE

 

Closest Airports:

 

Évora Train Station to First Accommodation – 2 hours – 93 miles

Lisbon Airport to Accommodation – 1hour 50minutes – 110miles (highway)

 
 

*These details are provided as additional information. Please check below to see if transfers are included in this tour.

 

 

 

BOOKING INFORMATION

 

2017 Fees Per Person


Double Occupancy/US$2875
Single Room Supplement/US$300

 

*Please inquire about lower pricing based on 4 or more persons

 

*Pricing may vary depending on market fluctuation

 

Deposit

After availability is confirmed, a 50% deposit per person and the completed and submitted registration form will secure your reservation. Final payment is due in full 75 days before your arrival date.

2017 Dates

March 28-April 1
May 2-6
September 26-30
October 24-28

 

Other dates may be available upon request for 2 or more persons 

Included


*Four (4) nights' accommodation (double room) in two different places
*All meals with wines (except lunch on day 1, and only breakfast is included on day 5)
*Two (2) cooking classes
*One (1) English speaking bike guide
*All equipment for the bike tour (bike, helmet, water bottle)
*Luggage transfers 
*Airport pick up and drop off
•Full Technical Support Vehicle along Tour (24h/24h)

 

Airfare and personal expenses are not included.


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CANCELLATION POLICY


 

Please contact us for cancellation policy information. Travel insurance is highly recommended.

 

 

 

CLIENT REMARKS

 

Furnished upon request.

 

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MAP*

This exciting region is depicted below. You can also access Google MapsTM by clicking HERE

 

 

*In some cases mapping may give clients a general sense of location due to changes in venue. Please inquire about specific location.

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THE FLAVOURS OF TUSCANY

"Dear Jo-Ann - We just had the most amazing week. It was everything we could have hoped for and more. We are already planning a "make your own pasta party" at our house to introduce friends to the very unique flavours we tried and made! Jo-Ann, the others who came through Active Gourmet - Ed, Cathy and Kelly were all very complimentary about the service they had received from you, as were we. I was hugely impressed with your immediate attention to every detail and I will certainly recommend friends to your website if they are considering similar trips to ours." - Joneen and Ray S., Auckland, New Zealand

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