CYCLING 2016-17 p088-089

exodus Cycling2016

Cycling in Portugal: Mountains to the Sea 6 7 1 2 3 In the far north of Portugal, on the border with Spain, lies the Minho region: a wild, rugged area of historical and cultural significance. Starting from the Geres National Park, cycle downhill through small villages and extensive vineyards, following the River Minho towards the Atlantic Ocean. The scenery is a stunning combination of high mountains, rolling river scenes, historic towns and dramatic coastal landscape. You will stay in authentic accommodation offering friendly Portuguese hospitality and delicious regional cuisine. There is plenty of opportunity to relax and enjoy the golden stretches of beach you cycle past, maybe accompanied by a glass of the local Vinho Verde (white wine) for which the region is well known. The ride finishes in Porto, named best European City Destination in both 2013 and 2014. Dates & Price Guide Dates and prices correct at time of publication (see page 13). Prices are £ Sterling per person. P Premium F departure S Polo FdeparturPe F Family departure Call SELF-GUIDED • PORTUGAL 89 8 days land only from £799 Porto from across the river Portugal Activity Level LEISURELY/MODERATE Trip Code LRB At a Glance Itinerary - Day by Day 1 Transfer from Porto to Castro Laboreiro; spend the night in a small hotel in a mountain village. 2 Cycle downhill towards Moncao, looking out for deer and wild horses. 3 Follow the River Minho towards the mediaeval town of Caminha; sample some of the local Vinho Verde that the region is famous for. 4 Cycle along the coast, with an option to stop to admire the Santa Luzia church overlooking Viana; pedal inland towards Ponte de Lima. 5 Follow in the tracks of the ancient Santiago de Compostela route, cycle through cornfields and vineyards to Barcelos. 6 Enjoy an easy ride today back towards the Atlantic Ocean; finish in the seaside town of Vila do Conde, famous for its shipbuilding past. 7 Pedal along the coast on quiet cycle paths, approaching the UNESCO World Heritage City of Porto. 8 End Porto Mountain villages with ancient traditions l Coastal cycling along golden beaches l Discover Porto • 6 days cycling with luggage transfers • 86% paved, 14% unpaved • Mainly flat or downhill roads with some gentle hills • Self-guided holiday. Min age 14 yrs • 7 nights hotels and guesthouses • All breakfasts included Moncao Minho Douro Porto SPAIN Castro Laboreiro PORTUGAL Caminha Viana Barcelos North Atlantic Ocean Vila do Conde Ponte de Lima • Start any Sunday from 27 March to 06 November 2016 • 2017 dates and prices available online • Other start dates available on request for a supplement • 27 March, and 15 July to 20 September £829 • All other dates £799 • Prices are land only and do not include travel from London • Compulsory single supplement £180 • Low cost flights to Porto available with BA, TAP Portugal, Easyjet & Ryanair • Land only start Castro Laboreiro day 1, end Porto day 8 • Insurance: please see page 106 ACCOMMODATION 7 nights in comfortable hotels and guesthouses, handpicked for their location and character; some with pools. Highlights include a manor house dating back to the 17th Century set in extensive vineyards, and a modern conversion of a historic heritage property with an excellent spa. Daily Distance (km) 2 46 3 48 4 53 5 33 6 36 7 34 0845 863 9626 or visit www.exodus.co.uk and enter the three letter trip code Bike details • Specialized hybrid bike with front suspension, included in the trip price • Discount for bringing your own bike £90 NEW BIKE HIRE NOW INCLUDED SEE PAGE 10


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