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4 Reviews

  • Reviewed October 2018
    Theresa Dietrich

    A spectacular bike trip with incredible attention to detail

    Everything about this trip exceeded my expectations. The Douro Valley trip itself was great -- challenging enough without killing us but always with the option to make it more challenging. The views of the countryside and the valley were magnificent -- and we were lucky to have amazing weather. The organization of the trip was perfect. Everything happened exactly as it was supposed to -- all the meeting up and transport to different locations. The hotels selected were great as was the food. The GPS that was given to us for the route worked perfectly making it nearly impossible to get lost or off course -- unless you wanted this to happen. Overall I would highly recommend this trip to anyone who loves to cycle and is prepared to do some hills along the way.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The views of the Douro Valley itself -- when we were riding downhill for hours getting down to the river at the bottom of the valley.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    No leader -- it was self directed. Although the person who met us in Porto and transported us to the start of the trip and briefed us on all the details was excellent.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Do some training on hills. However, you can always walk up a few of the worst hills.
  • Reviewed June 2018
    SUSAN L GARETZ

    Fabulous bike trip in the Douro Valley

    My husband and I just finished a week long self guided bike trip in the Douro Valley. The arrangements were perfect and the accommodations were fabulous. What a beautiful and unspoiled place! We would highly recommend this trip for independent travelers who like to be outdoors and enjoy great food, fine wine and friendly hosts.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Staying at the lovely small guest houses and working farms. They were so beautiful and the pools were scenic and inviting after a day of cycling in the warm sunshine. The owners made us feel like part of the family!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    N/A

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Train on hilly terrain!
  • Reviewed June 2018
    SUSAN L GARETZ

    Fabulous bike trip in the Douro Valley

    My husband and I just finished a week long self guided bike trip in the Douro Valley. The arrangements were perfect and the accommodations were fabulous. What a beautiful and unspoiled place! We would highly recommend this trip for independent travelers who like to be outdoors and enjoy great food, fine wine and friendly hosts.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Staying at the lovely small guest houses and working farms. They were so beautiful and the pools were scenic and inviting after a day of cycling in the warm sunshine. The owners made us feel like part of the family!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    N/A

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Train on hilly terrain!
  • Reviewed August 2017
    J Choquette

    Terrible check-in experience. Fun trip.

    We had a terrible experience with Exodus. We signed up for a "Self-Guided Cycling in the Douro Valley" several months in advance. Our detailed contacts were asked for by Exodus, but then never communicated to the actual operator. This meant that our agreed pick-up driver never showed up (he had incorrect information) and we had to fumble with international calls and roaming charges to contact a real person on a Saturday morning. Exodus could have offered us compensation on the spot for this ordeal. The trip itself was great, although some of our bikes had small mechanical issues.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Douro valley is a must see in Portugal.

    Reply from Exodus

    Reply from Exodus

    We would like to thank Mr Choquette for his comments, although we are sincerely sorry to read that he found his experience of Exodus very disappointing. Whilst Exodus have thoroughly investigated and responded in full to Mr Choquette’s travelling companion regarding an issue with the party’s arrival transfer, we would like to apologise that Mr Choquette remains disappointed. That being said, we are very glad to read that he found the trip to be great and the Douro Valley to be inspirational. Gina Eckersley - Product Manager