Portugal Bike and Golf Tour – 14 Days

European Lifestyle Tour from $8694 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.

So you can travel ‘light’ we’ve included bike hire, green fees and club hire in the tour price. Bikes will be either touring bikes or e-bikes (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 daily distances 49km to 80km.

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

14 Days
  • 2019
  • 2020
  • Best time to travel: May - August
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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
  • 30th June 2020 tour runs in reverse direction (Porto to Faro)
  • Minimum group size applies
  • 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 daily distances 49km to 80km. 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: up to 40 km

Welcome to Portugal’s famous Algarve Coast! Our first night is 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. Its championship Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course offers sweeping views to the Serra do Caldeirão mountains in the north and to the Atlantic Ocean in the south. This afternoon, test your bikes and meet your fellow travellers before our group meeting. Relax in this beautiful location or stretch your legs with a short bike ride if there is time. Dinner tonight is own arrangements.

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 course in Monte Rei! The Monte Rei Golf Course, a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, is 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 ever hole as remarkable as the next; fairways and greens are bordered by several lakes, indigenous plants, native grasses and trees add drama to the scenery.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 3

Monte Rei — Marina Vilamoura

Cycling: approx 55 km

We spend today in the saddle. From Monte Rei we all ride to the nearby town of Tavira and then to the fishing village of Santa Luzia (first coffee stop). We’ll circumnavigate Faro, Portugal’s southernmost city to avoid busy roads. After 37km we pass through the small village of Santa Catariana da Fonte (optional bakery stop). The ride ends in Gorjões at a well-known restaurant opposite a historic church. We’ll have a picnic here or you may like to visit the local deli in the restaurant (optional), before transferring to Loulé where there will be time to see the sights.

Meals: Breakfast, 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 49 km

Today we start with a 2 hour transfer to Praia de Alomgrave. The beach here is one of the best along the rocky coast line. There is enough time for a quick dip into the water before reaching Vila Nova de Milfontes, where we have lunch. We ride into the SW Alentejo Natural Park, one of the most well preserved coastlines in Europe. After visiting the fishing village of Porto Covo and admiring the wonderful beaches, we continue to Sines.

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: 50 km

It’s a tough decision!! Lisbon has so much to offer, but our optional half-day bike tour is to the Cabo Espichel, 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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch (cyclists only)

DAY 8

Lisbon — Óbidos

Cycling: 52 km

After a 65km transfer the cycle route begins at the long sandy beach of Santa Cruz and continues a short distance from the coast as far as Vimeiro. Carrying on northwards it arrives in Santa Bárbara. From here the route hugs the coast, crossing Lourinhã. This region combines beautiful beaches with agricultural landscapes and even vestiges of dinosaurs. To the north it reaches the district of Peniche, located on a peninsula and well known for its beaches. We take a shortcut in order to reach the stunning Royal Obidos Spa and Golf Resort. In the late afternoon we board a shuttle to take us to the nearby hilltop town of Obidos where there are plenty of dinner options.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 9

Golf at Royal Óbidos Golf Course — Lisbon

Golf:Royal Óbidos Golf Course

Here is what the owners have to say about the course: “The course layout spans approximately 7,300 yards from the back tees and represents a true test of golf for players of all levels. The first hole, a generous right handed dogleg, heads north, setting up a spectacular combination of holes overlooking the lagoon (Lagoa de Óbidos). The feature hole of the front nine is the 3rd, a 144m par-3 off the yellow tees to an island green, with the stunning Óbidos lagoon in the background. The second nine holes overlook the Atlantic Ocean. The clubhouse offers a restaurant with a variety of menus available, two bars, lounge, pro-shop, and bag storage area. Sitting out on the generous terrace, visitors to Royal Óbidos have spectacular views of the golf course and the cascading lakes and streams, ”and some truly wonderful sunsets” over the Atlantic Ocean. You can guess from the course description that the area surrounding the hotel is simply stunning. 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. The ruins of the Roman town, Eburobrittium, are only about a kilometre north and are worth a visit.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 10

Óbidos — Ílhavo

Cycling: 52 km

After a transfer, our cycling route starts in the city of Figueira da Foz and continues towards the vast stretch of white sand of Mira Beach. Many varying landscapes can be admired in the surrounding area such as the pine grove, the lagoon and its unspoilt dunes. In the afternoon there’s enough time to visit the Sea Museum and/or the 170 year old Vista Alegre porcelain factory and its museum.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 11

Ílhavo — Porto

Cycling: 85 km

We cycle through Aveiro, known as the “Portuguese Venice”, with canals surrounded by Art Nouveau buildings. We keep riding on flat coastal roads (mostly bike lanes) until we cross the famous Luis bridge, built by Gustav Eifel. At 172 m, its the longest of its type in the world.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 12

Porto

Golf: 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 beautiful sand dunes along the Minho coast, providing breath-taking views over the Atlantic Ocean. Situated near the lively summer resort of Póvoa de Varzim and only 30 minutes from the city of 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 the beauty of the course, which can become quite challenging in windy conditions. Inaccurate drives are severely punished by landing in the sand dunes and, on almost every occasion that a ball lands off the fairway, there is little chance of players reaching the green with their second shot. 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 13

Porto

Oporto Golf Club

The origin of this course dates back to 1890, when it was founded by the British residents in Porto, which makes it the second oldest golf course in mainland Europe. If one had to try and describe the Oporto Golf Club in a single word, there would be no doubt about which one to use: 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 nonetheless has a number of obstacles. Its narrow fairways and strong northerly wind can cause players some difficulty. The most challenging holes are number 4 (the most difficult on the course) and number 11 (a 494-metre par 5). However, as if to balance out the difficulties of these earlier holes, each of the course’s two halves ends with a fairly accessible par 5, which frequently provides some exciting finishes at the end of tournaments. 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 14

Porto Departure Day

No cycling or golf

At approximately 9am, we offer a group transfer to Porto’s railway station or airport. Or you may choose to extend your stay in Portugal.

Meals: Breakfast

Tour Inclusions and Exclusions:

Tour Includes:

  • 13 nights in 4-5 star hotels (double or twin share rooms)
  • Meals included are: breakfast (13), picnic lunch on cycling days
  • Group arrival transfer (day 1) from Faro airport to Monte Rei hotel
  • Group departure transfer (day 14) to Porto airport
  • 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 (touring bike or e-bike)
  • 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
  • Optional activity costs
  • Personal expenses and drinks (except water while cycling)
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips for guide(s) and support crew