New-Best-of-Portugal-Motorcycle-Tour

Skill Level: Advanced

Touring Roads: 30%

Challenging Roads: 70%

Scenery:

History / Culture:

Riding Time: 7 - 9 hours

Asphalt:

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10

Mountains:

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New Best of Portugal Motorcycle Tour

The little great paradise

Portugal

The only way to immerse yourself in the soul of Portugal is to travel by motorcycle and this extraordinary country has a lot to offer! Our Best of Portugal tour encompasses everything you could want to see in a country as beautiful and fascinating as the ancient Roman Lusitania: its dream beaches and vertigo cliffs, folklore and Fado music, tasty cuisine, excellent wines. Its captivating cities … its history. And, of course, an abundance of serpentine roads to for motorcycling.

Two unforgettable weeks in this little European paradise to travel the country from north to south and from east to west, to its most lost corner. Visiting historical cities like Lisbon, Porto, Guimarães or Évora; sleeping in medieval cities and tasting Portuguese specialties like Bacalhao. You’ll follow the snaking course of the Douro River through the vineyards that produce Porto sines; You’ll visit bays, magnificent mountains, lush forests and Natural Parks; and, above all, you will enjoy some of the best curvy roads you can imagine. Portugal awaits you with open arms.

* Price includes BMW G310R

IMTBike ROUTE rating

It is essential to know the different skill levels needed to participate in the IMTBIKE TOURS that are offered to you. IMTBIKE makes sure that it offers different tours for all riding styles and levels. The IMTBIKE team always works diligently in designing our routes. This is a laborious process which entails reviewing all road choices before selecting the best option for an IMTBIKE tour.

The most experienced motorcyclists looks for roads that require technical skill; narrow twisty roads with little traffic and endless curves. But these same roads would be too difficult for a less experienced rider.

The local driving habits, the amount of traffic, the asphalt quality and the radius of the curves vary considerably from country to country and even in different regions of the same country. They will also vary depending on the season of the year. All of these factors have been studied by IMTBIKE and have been taken into consideration when rating our tours.

IMTBIKE thinks it is also important to know about the different types of roads you will be enjoying on your tour. To understand the road types easier, IMTBIKE has divided them into two categories, and we have calculated an approximate percentage of each on all of our tours.

  1. TOURING ROADS: These are wider roads comprised mainly of larger radius sweepers. They are still curvy roads but not tight mountainous twisty curves. Please remember that you will ride very few straight roads on IMTBIKE tours!
  2. CHALLENGING ROADS: These are roads that are tight twisty turns which require more technical skill. Many times they will be narrower roads without a shoulder and sometimes with steep inclines or descents. Normally they will be mountainous roads accompanied by spectacular sceneries.

If you have never ridden a motorcycle outside of your country, or if you have little experience riding on mountain roads with many curves, we recommend that you choose a tour rated moderate or intermediate. If you have any questions or doubts please do not hesitate to call or email us. We are always happy to answer your questions to make sure that you choose the best tour for your riding level.

Moderate

This route offers wider sweeping turns that are easy to maneuver. This route may have some tighter turns in a few places but this will be the exception. Regardless, even on moderate tours you must be able to ride a large cylinder motorcycle in any condition. Never plan to learn how to ride a motorcycle on an IMTBIKE tour. We recommend having a minimum of 8.000 km (5.000 miles) of experience riding a large cylinder motorcycle to participate on a MODERATE rated IMTBIKE Tour and you should ride a motorcycle on a regular basis at home.

Intermediate

This route rating can have sections of very twisty curves on narrow roads with no center line to divide the road. There will also wider radius curves on these routes. Traffic conditions can be intense at times in some urban environments and the local driving habits may seem aggressive and unpredictable to you. It is imperative that you are an experienced motorcyclist. We recommend that you have a minimum of 12.000 km (7500 miles) of large cylinder motorcycle experience to participate on a INTERMEDIATE rated IMTBIKE Tour and you should ride a motorcycle on a regular basis at home.

Advanced

This route rating has long sections of technical narrow twisty roads and sometimes single lane roads. These twisty roads will often be in mountains where steep inclines and descents will be commonplace. Some riding days can be long and challenging. Traffic conditions can be intense at times in some urban environments and the local driving habits may seem aggressive and unpredictable to you. It is imperative that you are a very experienced motorcyclist on a large cylinder motorcycle. We recommend that you have a minimum of 16.000 km (10.000 miles) of large cylinder motorcycle experience on an ADVANCE rated IMTBIKE Tour and of course you should ride a motorcycle on a regular basis at home.

IMTBIKE Average Daily Riding Hours

5 to 7 hours
6 to 8 hours
7 to 9 hours

How many hours a day you ride on a tour is important information in helping you decide on the right IMTBIKE tour for you. Some tour members want to ride as many hours as possible everyday, while others prefer to stop more frequently and dedicate more time to enjoying the scenery, visiting cultural sights and arrive at the hotel earlier to relax before dinner. The daily riding hours are calculated including the coffee breaks and photo stops but they do not include the time taken for lunch.

Normally we’ll start our riding day at 9:30am and we will take about a one hour lunch break sometime between 1pm and 2pm. So if the daily riding hours for a given tour are 5-7, then you will arrive at the hotel between 3:30pm- 5:30pm depending on the average speed of the group.

Tour Facts

  • Start / End Lisbon
    Total Distance 1,755 miles / 2,825 km
  • Total Time 15 Days
    Riding Days 13 Days
  • Rest Days 2 Porto, Eastern Algarve
    Breakfast 14 Included Breakfasts
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    Daily Mileage 160-220 miles / 250-350 km
  • Hotel Overnights 14 Nights
    Riding Season Spring, Autumn
  • Highlights:  Cascáis, Sintra, Lisbon, Porto, Guimarães, Óbidos, Serra da Estrela, Algarve, Atlantic Coast
    Accommodations:  Awesome hotels. First-class historical Pousadas and Paradors. Pousadas and Paradors are Castles, Palaces & Fortresses converted into motorcycle-friendly hotels.
    *All IMTBIKE lodgings are hand-picked for their quality of service, local charm and strategic locations.

Daily Itinerary

  • Day 1: Arrival in Lisbon, safety instructions and welcome dinner
  • Day 2: Lisbon - Tomar
  • Day 3: Tomar – Coimbra
  • Day 4: Coimbra - Porto
  • Day 5: Porto - rest day
  • Day 6: Porto – Guimarães
  • Day 7: Guimarães – Alto Douro
  • Day 8: Alto Douro - Serra da Estrela (North)
  • Day 9: Serra da Estrela (North) – Serra da Estrela (South)
  • Day 10: Serra da Estrela (South) - Alentejo
  • Day 11: Alentejo – Eastern Algarve
  • Day 12: Eastern Algarve - rest day
  • Day 13: Eastern Algarve - Western Algarve
  • Day 14: Western Algarve - Lisbon
  • Day 15: Flight Back home
  • Day 1: Arrival in Lisbon, safety instructions and welcome dinner

    Arrival in Lisbon, safety instructions and welcome dinner

    Transfer included from the airport to the hotel. You’ll have time to rest and visit the city before meeting with the group for a welcome briefing in the evening. Afterwards we’ll all eat dinner together in a traditional restaurant. The first and last day of the itinerary correspond to your arrival and departure days. Depending on which country you are from, you might have to leave a day early. Please make your airline reservations accordingly.

  • Day 2: Lisbon - Tomar

    Lisbon - Tomar

    Lisbon is an incredible city, but we’ll have no trouble saying goodbye knowing what lies ahead. We’ll be visiting Cascais, Estoril (Portuguese Monaco) and Cabo da Roca, (the westernmost point in Europe) while riding our very first Portuguese roads of the trip. Leaving the city we’ll follow the coastline on a road frequented by motorcyclists and surfers’ vans heading out to the beaches. Next we’ll visit the extraordinary walled medieval city of Óbidos. We’ll finish the day in Tomar, an attractive small town famous its history with the Knights Templar.

  • Day 3: Tomar – Coimbra

    Tomar – Coimbra

    Today we’ll explore the beautiful mountains and lonely roads of the interior. We’ll experience the most rural part of the country and see with our own eyes how the locals live in this part of the world. The way of life hasn’t changed much in years! We’ll ride the Serra da Lousã Mountains on some fun, twisty roads through a thick forest. We’ll end the day in the lively university town of Coimbra.

  • Day 4: Coimbra - Porto

    Coimbra - Porto

    Another day of great motorcycling awaits us with more curves and mountain roads through the Central Portuguese mountains. We’ll link up one small road after another through beautiful villages and incredible landscapes all the way to the steep, vineyard covered banks of the Douro River. The last part of the day will bring us along the river to the beautiful city of Porto, world famous for its delicious wines.

  • Day 5: Porto - rest day

    Porto - rest day

    Today you’ll have an opportunity to explore Porto. Don’t miss your chance to visit one of the famous wine cellars on the other side of the river in Vila Nova de Gaia. You can also head towards the beach and eat freshly grilled sardines or even hop on your motorcycle and ride north along the Atlantic coast, the choice is yours!

  • Day 6: Porto – Guimarães

    Porto – Guimarães

    On this day we will follow the course of the Douro River inland, where we can admire the terroirs arranged on terraces where the vines grow to make the delicious Porto wine. Also some of the Quintas where the wine begins to be made. Then we will go north to know the lands where the famous Portuguese Vinho Verde is made, to end up arriving in the beautiful city of Guimarães, considered as the cradle of Portugal.

  • Day 7: Guimarães – Alto Douro

    Guimarães – Alto Douro

    Route to the north of the country, where we will visit little known and unpopulated areas, but of great beauty. Our path runs near the border with Spain, lands with a long history in tow due to always being between two powerful kingdoms. The roads that run through it will make us enjoy the beautiful, with a fun route and no traffic. We will finish the journey near our beloved Douro River, in the area where it crosses the border between Spain and Portugal.

  • Day 8: Alto Douro - Serra da Estrela (North)

    Alto Douro - Serra da Estrela (North)

    We totally change course with respect to the first days of the tour, turning south through the interior of the country. We will follow the course of the Douro River in its first kilometers in Portugal, in the area called Alto Douro. Then we will continue on lonely local roads in rural areas until we reach the first mountains of the imposing Serra da Estrela, where we will rest and gather strength for tomorrow.

  • Day 9: Serra da Estrela (North) – Serra da Estrela (South)

    Serra da Estrela (North) – Serra da Estrela (South)

    We could spend weeks carving up the marvelous, solitary mountain roads of this region but we have condensed them into one fantastic day for your motorcycling pleasure. A few hundred kilometers of perfect asphalt, beautiful views, and infinite curves…what else can we say? Today is a day of motorcycling Nirvana!

  • Day 10: Serra da Estrela (South) - Alentejo

    Serra da Estrela (South) - Alentejo

    We still have a bit more riding to do in the Serra da Estrela as we explore the Sao Mamede Natural Park before finally heading northwest towards the mighty Tajo River, which we’ll cross more than once. Next we’ll head south, little by little entering into another wine growing region, the Alentejo. We’ll finish our day inside an impressive and perfectly conserved walled city.

  • Day 11: Alentejo – Eastern Algarve

    Alentejo – Eastern Algarve

    Today we have to say "see you soon" to the interior of Portugal, to its kind people and the serene beauty of its landscapes. But our sadness will be short-lived as we return to the blue waters of the Atlantic on the coast of the Eastern Algarve. To get there we will follow the waters of the Guadiana River, the river that forms the natural border with Spain. On your way south we will cross the Guadiana Natural Park and pass through towns with as much history and beauty.

  • Day 12: Eastern Algarve - rest day

    Eastern Algarve - rest day

    A magnificent day to rest next to the blue waters of the Portuguese south coast and recharge batteries for the last two intense days of the route. The Portuguese Algarve is a place to visit tourists from all over the world for the quality of its beaches, its mild climate, its rich cuisine, its beautiful fishing villages and its friendly people. Today you have a day at your disposal to enjoy all that.

  • Day 13: Eastern Algarve - Western Algarve

    Eastern Algarve - Western Algarve

    The roads and highways that follow the coastline of the Portuguese Algarve are packed with traffic. We’ll escape from the chaos by heading up into the mountains on winding roads that only locals know. These roads will take us to the beautiful Sierra de Monchique with its spectacular views. After a fantastic day on a motorcycle we’ll descend to the shores of the Atlantic again, at the foot of the westernmost part of the Algarve.

  • Day 14: Western Algarve - Lisbon

    Western Algarve - Lisbon

    Today we have a long ride north along the Atlantic coast in search of the Tajo River. We’ll cross it near the coast on one of the most famous bridges of the city. Along the way we’ll visit lighthouses hanging on impressive steep cliffs, very important in maritime history for its strategic location. After riding the entire length of the picturesque southern coast, the marvelous city of Lisbon will welcome us again with open arms.

  • Day 15: Flight Back home

    Flight Back home

    Today you will say your goodbyes to the guides and the other tour members (now your new friends) as you make your way to the airport to fly home. We’ll see you again on our next motorcycle adventure together!

* Price includes BMW G310R