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Your dates. Your group. Our expertly-designed itinerary.
Tailored to your interests, a bespoke travel experience.
Combines the hallmarks of any B&R itinerary (excellent hotels and beautiful routes) with the freedom of pacing each day exactly the way you like.
Throughout the day, a knowledgeable local guide provides insider access and expert tips. At night, you can explore and dine on your own.
Our B&R guides are with you throughout, anticipating needs, translating languages, providing advice and—above all—facilitating fun.
We use premium hotels that are unique expressions of the region. Often they’ve had a previous life as a monastery or a castle, but in every case they offer an exceptionally comfortable stay.
These are stylish 4-star properties that offer a casual and comfortable stay. Often without a 24-hour concierge or room service, they tend to be smaller family-run hotels that are perfect for the region.
“I can’t say I really ‘work out,’ but I’m in good shape and am relatively active.”
“I enjoy a good walk or ride, and feel comfortable while on the move.”
“I get moving at least once a week, and don’t mind a little sweat.”
“I get moving a few times per week and enjoy some exertion.”
“I want to feel invigorated each day and going hard is how I like to do that.”
East of Lisbon, across the Tagus River, sprawls Alentejo, one of Portugal’s largest regions. Overshadowed by its more famous neighbours to the north and south (the Douro and the Algarve), Alentejo is in fact the breadbasket of the country, and in many ways its culinary and cultural heartland, where sleepy villages dot a landscape of farmland, cork forests, olive groves, vineyards, and sinewy man-made lakes. The fact that it also offers superb cycling is a bonus, and we’ll use our bikes to explore its myriad aspects, from the placid waters of dammed Lake Maranhão to the cobbled streets of UNESCO-recognized Evora. In the late 20th century, when B&R first offered biking here, it was still somewhat rough around the edges, befitting its history as desolate frontier territory. Two decades later, we are thrilled to find the region refined and welcoming with a lingering touch of rustic, and we invite you to come (re)discover it with us!
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Day by Day
Rendezvous in Lisbon and cross the bridge toward Alentejo. Begin your mid-morning ride pedalling through the olive groves en route to our first lunch in tiny San Antonio de Alcórrego. From lunch, it’s a short ride through the herdades, or ranches, to our hotel overlooking Lake Maranhão.
Embark on a delightful morning ride through the countryside and the amazing setting we have chosen for your picnic lunch. This afternoon we’ll journey around the lake to meet a local farmer and learn the intricacies of cork farming. They just happen to create great wines and olive oils as well.
Ride from the Maranhão south to Evora where you'll be surrounded by vineyards. We’ll pause for lunch at a winery, sampling the local vintages along with our private, catered meal.
Today, discover a UNESCO Heritage site and city that offers a bit of everything. After lunch, embark on an expert-led walking tour featuring the Chapel of Bones within the Church of St. Francis. In the evening we’ll meet up to visit Cartuxa, one of Alentejo’s finest wineries.
Enjoy the perfumed air of the Alentejano countryside on your final ride which culminates at a delightful family-run casual restaurant in the hamlet of Santiago de Escoural. Dinner this evening is served in the hotel’s restaurant. Bom apetite!
We’ll depart the hotel this morning on the 90-minute transfer to Lisbon airport. For travelers wishing to stay on in the capital, taxis are readily available for the short drive into the city centre.
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Herdade da Cortesia, Avis
This high-design property is the brainchild of an architect and an economist. Slung low in a leaf-shape overlooking Lake Maranhão, the hotel combines refined décor with personable service. Amenities include California King beds, separate tub and shower, and small private terraces in every room; the setting of its infinity pool is inspiring, particularly at sunset. View hotel website »
Convento do Espinheiro, Evora
Housed in a stunning ex-monastery named for a hawthorn bush, Espinheiro leaves guests wanting for nothing. Its hallowed walls harbour two swimming pools, a spa, spacious and comfortable common areas, and rooms with views across olive groves and gardens. The fully consecrated church just off reception may not be of practical use to us, but it is a wonder to behold. View hotel website »
L'AND Resort, Montemor-o-Novo
A cluster of avant-garde buildings nestled among the vines, L’AND delivers comfort and service of the highest calibre. If there’s a chill in the evening air – or even if there is not! – ask the concierge to prepare a fire in your personal fireplace on the terrace of your suite. View hotel website »
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What’s included? Everything you need. Plus everything you’d
want. Plus a few things you never knew you wanted ‘til you got them.
In a word: everything. In ninety words? Signature B&R guides; local experts; unique, unforgettable biking and walking routes; private tours; authentic local cuisine; lessons and demonstrations; local artisanal wines; wine tastings; all victuals and libations; all the endorphins you can handle; new insight; interesting, fun and like-minded travel companions; a feeling of total freedom. In short: an extraordinary, hassle-free journey of discovery.
You can’t enjoy a great biking trip without a really great bike. On this trip you’ll be riding a customized hybrid or a racing bike with drop bars. We also equip you with handlebar bag, helmet and water bottle.
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