Portugal Bike and Golf Tour – 14 Days

European Lifestyle Tour from $8798 NZD
(5/5) from 3 reviews

This Bike & Golf tour is unmissable! Portugal offers some of the world’s best-designed golf courses, with idyllic settings and a sublime climate. Golf days are interspersed with cycling, where lycra is purely optional!

The tour starts close to Faro, Portugal’s southern-most city where there’s an airport that services the Algarve coast. From here its only a 200km drive to the Spanish city of Seville.

Our route follows the stunning coastline from the south right up to the fascinating capital of Lisbon and finishes in the charming town of Porto, well known for its Port wines. We’ll visit opulent modern resort towns, a National Park and pass through charming cobblestoned villages steeped in Moorish and maritime history. Each night we’ll stay in upmarket accommodation and of course we’ll sample great local cuisine.

You can travel ‘light’ as we’ve included bike hire and club hire in the tour price. Choose between a hybrid bike, road bike or e-bike (or you can bring your own of course). E-bikes are ideal for those who do not cycle regularly. The 6 cycling days will be leisurely, with most daily distances 48km to 74km.

PLEASE NOTE: Golfers must be club members with an official handicap and dress standards will apply!

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Reviews for Portugal Bike and Golf Tour – 14 Days - Tour

A great group of people which gelled pretty well and had lots of fun.

Kate Walton July 18, 2016

Ralph and the support crew were very supportive dealing with the special and spontaneous needs of many of the participants.

Martin Moore June 30, 2016

Another great tour with Ralph and his team. I'm becoming a big fan!

Matt Lancaster, Portugal Bike & Golf New Zealand June 27, 2016

The Portugal golf / bike trip was a winner. It is a great combination. The courses were excellent - right up there with the best and the hire equipment was excellent. Great hotels, the food and service was memorable as was the destination. It went without a hitch.

Todd and Marion Heller, Portugal Bike & Golf New Zealand June 27, 2016

Faro via Lisbon to Porto

Faro Airport
  • Lifestyle
  • Grade
  • Minimum group size is 6
  • EUR 1100 single room surcharge
  • Non golfers welcome
  • This tour is invoiced in EURO
So you can travel ‘light’ we’ve included bike hire, green fees and club hire in the tour price. Hire bikes available are touring bikes or e-bikes (or you can bring your own of course). E-bikes are ideal (and recommended) for those who do not cycle regularly. The 6 cycling days will be leisurely, with most daily distances 48km to 74km. You do not need to be an experienced cyclist. Please Note: Golfers must be club members with an official handicap & dress standards will apply!

Full Itinerary

DAY 1

Arrival Day: Faro — Monte Rei Golf & Country Club

Cycling: none

Our first two nights are at the Monte Rei Golf and Country Club, located about 65km from Faro airport. This village-like resort is centred around a pool complex and is a special place, set in an unspoilt and relatively remote area of the Algarve’s eastern-most corner near the Spanish border. Around midday we’ll offer one transfer from central Faro or the airport to Monte Rei. This afternoon, relax in this beautiful setting or depending on the weather we may drive you to the beach at Vila Nova de Cacela.

Meals: No meals

DAY 2

Monte Rei Golf & Country Club

Golf: at Monte Rei Golf & Country Club

The tour begins in earnest as this morning we tee off at the top-class Monte Rei course! This is a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, set in the picturesque foothills of the Eastern Algarve, with sweeping views of the Serra do Caldeirão mountains to the north and the Atlantic Ocean to the south. The challenging and distinctive layout of the course offers golfers a truly and unforgettable experience. Each hole is a precious stone blended into this natural work of art, from its inspired shape and sculptured bunkers, to the outstanding presentation and attention to detail, making every hole as remarkable as the next. Fairways and greens are bordered by several lakes, indigenous plants, native grasses and trees, adding drama to the scenery. With 11 holes having water features, it is a visually stunning course.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 3

Monte Rei — Marina Vilamoura

Cycling: approx 55 km

After the golfing start to our tour, we spend this morning in the saddle. From Monte Rei we’ll ride to the nearby town of Tavira and then to the fishing village of Santa Luzia for a coffee stop. From here, our cycling route leads us to the small village of Santa Catariana da Fonte after about 37km. Today’s ride ends in Gorjões opposite a historic church. We’ll have a picnic lunch here before transferring to Vilamoura. You could spend the rest of the day relaxing at the hotel or instead, stroll around the Marina with its many cafes and bars.

Meals: Breakfast, Picnic lunch

DAY 4

Vilamoura — Oceânico Golf Club

Golf: at Oceânico Millennium Golf Course

An exhilarating day awaits. Back in your golf attire you’ll tee off at one of the areas well known courses. Alternatively, or for the non-golfers, there are many marine activities on offer in this lavish resort town. The golfers will have the unforgettable experience at the Oceanico Millenium Course in the heart of Vilamoura. This par 72 course opened in the year 2000, although the original back nine was formerly part of the 27 hole Laguna Course which was considerably refurbished and upgraded in 1999. The renovated 9 holes were combined with a new 9 hole loop, forming an exciting layout including both wooded and open landscapes. The arrival of this new course made Vilamoura one of the main – if not the main – European golf destinations.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5

Vilamoura — Sines

Cycling: approx 48 km

Today we start with a 2 hour transfer to Praia de Alomgrave where the beach is one of the best along this rocky coastline. Its located within the Southwest Alentejo Natural Park which incorporates one of the most well-preserved coastlines in Europe. We’ll have enough time for a quick swim before cycling to Vila Nova de Milfontes where we’ll have lunch. Back on our bikes we’ll ride to the fishing village of Porto Covo and finally to Sines, today’s destination.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 6

Sines — Lisbon

Golf:Tróia Golf Championship Course

After an hour’s transfer we arrive at the Tróia Golf Championship Course. A golfer’s paradise, Tróia Golf boasts a scenic location at the mouth of the Sado Estuary Natural Reserve. Flanked by magnificent pine forests on the inland side, golfers enjoy breathtaking ocean views beyond the sand dunes. Regarded as one of the most fascinating and difficult golf courses in Portugal, the narrow fairways and small greens demand precision and accuracy in order to score well. Tróia Golf is managed sustainably and has met stringent environmental requirements to receive the Eco-Golf certification from TÜV Rheinland. After our prize giving we'll drive for 1.5 hours to Lisbon.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7

Lisbon — Rest day or optional bike ride

Cycling: approx 20 km

Portugal’s coastal and hilly capital city of Lisbon has so much to offer. Join us for a 2 hour guided cycling tour of the city in the morning, or spend the day exploring on your own. Sights include a monastery and a historic lighthouse perched high on the cliffs above the Atlantic – a truly spectacular place. Whatever you choose it will be a great day. However a tram ride on the # 28 is a must.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8

Lisbon — Óbidos

Cycling: approx 54 km

Its a one hour transfer to Maxial, then we’ll switch to our bikes and cycle into the beautiful Serra de Montejunto National Park. Our 40km ride leads to Obidos, a charming town with narrow cobbled streets, traditional painted houses and an imposing medieval castle. You’ll have a couple of hours here to explore and have lunch. Then its just another 14km to the Royal Obidos Spa & Golf Resort where we’ll stay for the next 2 nights. Dinner tonight is included.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9

Golf at Royal Óbidos Golf Course — Lisbon

Golf:Royal Óbidos Golf Course

The owners say this about the course: “The course layout spans approximately 7,300 yards from the back tees and represents a true test for players of all levels. The feature hole of the front nine is the 3rd, a 144m par-3 off the yellow tees to an island green. The second nine holes overlook the Atlantic Ocean. The clubhouse offers a restaurant, two bars, lounge, pro-shop, and bag storage area. From the terrace, visitors have spectacular views of the golf course and the cascading lakes and streams, ”and some truly wonderful sunsets” over the Atlantic Ocean. The beautiful location of Óbidos is immersed in history offering the Manueline-style castle and ancient defensive walls which encircle narrow cobbled streets lined with whitewashed, bougainvillea-draped houses.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 10

Óbidos — Ílhavo

Cycling: approx 74 km

We start the day with a 1.5 hour transfer to the coastal city of Figueira da Foz. This area has many varying landscapes such as pine forests, lagoons and unspoilt dunes. From Figueira da Foz we cycle north, firstly to Mira Beach with its vast stretch of white sand, before continuing to our hotel in Ílhavo. The Vista Alegre old porcelain factory is part of our stunning hotel, so a visit is an absolute must.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 11

Ílhavo — Porto

Cycling: approx 59 km

From our hotel its a 10km ride to the mouth of the Aveiro Lagoon where a short ferry ride takes us to São Jacinto. Now on a small coastal Peninsula we continue meandering north until we reach Praia de Paramos, about 28km south of Porto. We’ll have lunch at a seaside restaurant and maybe take a dip in the Atlantic before transferring to our hotel in Porto, passing the Oporto Golf Club on the way. Later today we’ll take you on a tour of the city.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 12

Porto

Golf: Oporto Golf Club

The origin of this course dates back to 1890, when it was founded by the British residents in Porto, making it the second oldest golf course in mainland Europe. If describing the Oporto Golf Club in a single word, it would be 'tradition'. In fact, situated close to the beautiful beaches of Espinho, 17 kilometres to the south of Porto, this is a genuine links course. Although it is not very long, it has a number of obstacles including narrow fairways and exposure to strong northerly winds. The most challenging holes are number 4 and number 11. However, each of the course’s two halves ends with a fairly accessible par 5, which frequently provides some exciting finishes. The course’s historical flavour is enhanced by the holding of the Skeffington Cup - a tournament that has been played here since 1891 without any interruptions!

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 13

Porto

Estela Golf Course

This prestigious Links course is considered one of the top 10 courses in Portugal and will be a great test for any golfer. The Estela course was built over three kilometres of sand dunes along the Minho coast overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Situated near the lively summer resort of Póvoa de Varzim and only 30 minutes from Porto, this course was designed by the Portuguese architect Duarte Sottomayor and is a typical Links course in the best Scottish traditions, apart from its use of Bermuda grass. Two large lakes add to its beauty, but the course can become quite challenging in windy conditions. Estela was voted the seventh best Portuguese course in the biennial poll organised by the European Golf magazine and has already hosted two European Tour events: the Portuguese Open in 1991 and the Atlântico/Vinho Verde Open in 1990.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 14

Porto Departure Day

No cycling or golf

After breakfast its time to say goodbye, or as they say in Portugal, Adeus or Tchao! Please make your own way to Porto’s railway station or airport as a departure transfer is not included. If you choose to extend your stay in Porto, a wine cellar visit is highly recommended

Meals: Breakfast

Tour Inclusions and Exclusions:

Tour Includes:

  • 13 nights in 3-5 star hotels (double or twin share rooms)
  • Meals as listed in the daily itinerary
  • Group arrival transfer (day 1) from Faro airport to Monte Rei hotel
  • Support vehicle(s) and luggage transport
  • Experienced cycling guide(s)
  • Drinking water while cycling
  • All green fees and club hire on 6 x golf days
  • Bike Hire (hybrid bike or e-bike)
  • Guided city tours in Lisbon & Porto
  • Travel documents including maps and detailed itinerary

Tour Excludes:

  • International and domestic flights or airport taxes
  • Passport and travel visa (if required)
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary
  • Departure transfer (day 14) to Porto airport
  • Optional activity costs
  • Personal expenses and drinks (except water while cycling)
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips for guide(s) and support crew