9 days / 8 nights
Perched at the far southwest edge of Europe, Portugal is one of the continent’s last undiscovered corners… and an absolutely must-see destination of a lifetime. Blessed with a fantastic climate and packed to bursting with beauty, this small country is a magical motorcycle touring Mecca.
We’ve combined the very best destinations—from gorgeous beaches and the rolling plains of the south to the north’s verdant vineyards and a mountainous interior studded with timeless hamlets and castles. We’ll also explore Portugal’s relaxed yet wildly colorful cities. Plus, we’ll savor fulfilling regional classics, fromfeijoada and sardinhas assadas (grilled sardines) to sweet pastel de natas (custard tarts) as we circumnavigate Portugal like modern Magellans. Discovery is a word inscribed in Portuguese hearts. This unforgettable journey will teach you why. Portugal is well known for its navigators who left to travel the world, and for centuries, they connected different people and customs. A country of history, traditions, mild climate and varied cuisine, Portugal is one of the best kept secrets of the world of motorcycle tourism, with magnificent places that cannot be missed.
For this tour we will show you the beauty of the contrasts of the country: the beaches and the southern plains, the mountainsand the northern valleys, and the cosmopolitan cities with the beautiful country side. This will be an unforgettable tour that will surely fill your heart with love for our country, its culture, historyand tradition.
(Tour subject to a minimum of 8 participants)
Reception of tour participants at the airport and transfer to the hotel by Hertz Ride, welcome drink, dinner and tour presentation.
We depart the fairytale city of Lisbon for Sintra, a fantastic ancient hill town famous for its Palacio Nacional de Pena. Then on to Cabo da Roca, the westernmost tip of Europe and a study in dramatic clifftop coastal landscapes.
Next, we loop around Lisbon on one of the most beautiful coast roads in Europe, the Marginal. Then we’ll cross the Tejo river and wind up through the Serra da Arrábida on twisting made-for-motorcycling roads that deliver sensational views over the Tróia Peninsula and the fashionably chic beach resort of Tróia - our destination.
We’ll enjoy magnificent coastal vistas as we ride along the Costa Vicentina, and across the Alentejo—a poster region likened to Tuscany or Provenece - past wheatfields and cork oak forests and wildflower meadows. A highlight is ūber-photogenic Évora, a beautifully preserved Roman-era, still-cobbled city steeped in charm and antiquities.
We continue east to spiral up to Monsaraz, a sensational medieval hilltop town with one of the most beautiful castles in Portugal. We end our day in another spectacularly situated walled hilltop village, Marvão - where our hotel is perfectly perched for sublime sunrise and sunset vistas.
Thrill to twisties and sweepers as we climb past boulder-strewn alpine meadows to the summit of Serra de Estrela, Portugal’s highest mountain. We then aim for Monsanto, a quintessential Portuguese hilltop town build amid giant boulders; and Sortelha - a medieval walled village perched atop a rocky promontory and hailed as the prettiest village in Portugal.
Enjoy another fantastic day in northeast Portugal as we pass Rodrigo Castle into the heart of the Douro Valley wine district. Our route takes us past dramatic cliffs to Freixo de Espada à Cinta, perched over emerald hillside corduroyed in vines spilling down to the river. We then head west, following the river to Pinhao, a small and charming riverside wine-producing town. Its railway station is a must-see, decorated with tiles dedicated to viticulture.
We’ll spend the morning exploring the Peso de Regua district, with its tiered vineyards rising from the banks of the Douro River. Our route along the N222 was voted “Most Scenic Drive in the World”! Then head northwest via Amarante, an architecturally stunning town in the Minho region; and equally enchanting Guimarães - the “birthplace of Portugal” - with a crenellated castle fit for a Hollywood movie.
Our route through the Viana do Castelo region leads via Ponte de Lima, with its long Roman bridge, and the heartland of Portugal’s acclaimed Vinho Verde (vibrant and fruity young wine) terroire, the country’s largest wine region.
A short ride along the Atlantic - washed western shore brings us to Porto, a gorgeous city at the mouth of the Douro River. Marked by faded sophistication, this fabled estuary town (and UNESCO World Heritage Site) combines a picturesque medieval heart and a trendy contemporary buzz. We’ll end our day by the Cais de Ribeira waterfront, with its traditional barcos rebelos (flat-bottomed boats) laden with port caskets…and, across the river, the city’s hallowed port cellars.
Portugal’s identity is tied to the mighty Atlantic Ocean. The sea is our guide as we head south via Aveiro, a small coastal town crisscrossed by canals adorned with brightly painted moliceiros (traditional watercraft with upturned prows, like the gondolas of Venice), and thus known as the “Portuguese Venice.”
Next, we’ll wind inland through the Buçaco forest, then return to the coast to be awed by the rolling Atlantic swell at Nazaré. This fishing village is famous for the world’s largest surfable waves, while nearby Peniche awes with sublime seascapes. Lisbon - Europe’s sunniest capital city - beckons on the horizon to provide a memorable flourish to end this sensational trip.
We’ll spent the day enjoying a guided tour of Lisbon’s historic heart, where antique wooden trams still rumble through crooked cobbled streets, and the Baixa district is an unforgettable mélange of baroque architecture, haberdashers, and magnificent plazas. Tonight we savor our memories with a farewell dinner in a traditional restaurant.