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A Moveable Feast Bike Tour

Outstanding road biking through the prettiest landscapes of Navarra

From: $5270

DAYS

8 days /7 nights

LEVEL

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Small Group
Private Group

REGION

Kingdom of Navarra
The Basque Lands

Road Bike the prettiest landscapes of Navarra and the Basque Coast

We combine the very best of road biking and gastronomy to create a sophisticated tour through Navarra’s diverse landscapes. Our Moveable Feast by bike is a journey that will take you off the beaten track to enjoy outstanding road biking, discover culinary delights and magnificent northern Spain landscapes on two wheels. The backdrop is one of the most magical and culturally rich areas of Spain, encompassing medieval castles, fantastic wineries, and rustic villages.

Best Time to Visit

May, June, August, September, October, November

Highlights

  • Visit exclusive Navarran wineries, such as Pagos de Araiz and Bodegas Unsi.
  • Ride along the original pilgrimage route of the Camino de Santiago.
  • Luxuriate at a Navarran mountain hotel and spa and top it off with a massage.
  • Stay in a 10th century castle hotel with gorgeous views of the French coast.
  • Sail the Cantabrian coast on an antique wooden schooner while sipping sparkling cava.
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the moveable feast

 

A Moveable Feast

We combine the very best of road biking and gastronomy to create a sophisticated tour through Navarra’s diverse landscapes. Our Moveable Feast by bike is a journey that will take you off the beaten track to enjoy outstanding road biking, discover culinary delights and magnificent northern Spain landscapes.

 

Best Time to Visit

May, June, July, August, September, October, November

 

 

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Itinerary
Pamplona - Olite - Elgorriaga - Hondarribia - San Sebastian - Roncesvalles - Viana - Pamplona

* NST itineraries may be subject to slight route changes, hotel substitutions, and other modifications.

Day 1Pamplona

We begin with a meet and greet welcome, a chance to size up your bikes to fit and take you for a spin in the direction of the Navarra Pyrenees. Our journey begins with a cooking demonstration in a private gastronomy club. First we learn how to make and then to enjoy delicious local dishes.

Food: Breakfast and lunch
Travel: Pamplona 
Sleep: Hotel Guendulain ****

Day 2Cycling South

We ride south into medieval Navarra reaching a pilgrim’s crossroad with a stop on an iconic 11th century bridge, then visit the high defensive walls and towers of medieval Artajona. Our last stop takes us to the natural defensive church-fortress village, voted Navarra’s most beautiful village in 2018. The cobblestone roads take us up to sample the local specialty migas de pastor. Our fairy tale castle accommodation awaits us, along with a private visit through its courtyards, royal chambers and towers. We follow this with a private visit and wine tasting at an exclusive Navarra winery.

Food: Breakfast and lunch
Travel: Pamplona, Artajona, Ujué, Olite
Sleep: Hotel Parador de Olite****
How far: 40 miles / 65 km, elevation gain: 780 meters
Even farther: 47 miles / 77 km, elevation gain: 1,080 meters

Day 3The Beautiful Baztan Valley

We do an early morning transfer our start point in Irurzun and begin our day cycling northward bound through the Baztan Valley, considered by many to be the most beautiful region of the north. We cycle through a magical beech forest and pass by grazing cattle and latxa sheep. The route climbs a slowly rising, winding mountain pass that culminates in an idyllic landscape of picturesque white-washed Basque farm houses. An afternoon of bliss awaits in the salty hot springs spa and an early dinner in a Michelin recommended fusion cuisine restaurant.

Food: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Travel: Irurzun / Leiza / Ituren / Elgorriaga
Sleep: Elgorriaga Hotel + Spa ***
How far: 37 miles / 60 km, elevation gain: 600 meters / 1000 decline 
Even farther: 49 miles / 80 km, elevation gain: 9,00 meters / 1000 decline 

Day 4Ride to the Atlantic Coast

Today our journey takes us to the lush green landscape of the French Basque coast. We climb a spectacular mountain pass in the serenity of a quiet winding road shaded by enormous trees where we ride over the border to France. The reward is reaching the summit with views of the long coast from France to Spain. We travel down to the French Basque coast and into the narrow streets of St. Jean de Luz. The seaside route takes us along the coast with a pitstop for fresh oysters and mussels and some refreshing sparkling white before we take a little boat across the channel to Hondarribia. Take time to explore the hotel or the town of Hondarribia or simply exchange your bike for a beach towel, then re-group for dinner. We sit down for a seafood feast and toast with a glass of local txakoli, the local sparkling wine.

Food: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Travel: Elgorriaga /Sare / St. Jean de Luz / Hondarribia
Sleep: Hotel Parador de Hondarribia ****
How far: 31 miles / 50 km, elevation gain: 400 meters up / 500 m descent
Even farther: 21 miles / 80 km, elevation gain: 1200 meters up /1300 descent

Day 5Sail on the Coast

Today is a semi-rest day. We cycle out of the hotel and along the coast until we reach a pretty fishing port where we stop for a light lunch and then jump on a beautiful sailboat and sail west from the port of Hondarribia to the Concha Bay in San Sebastian. San Sebastian with its elegant French architecture and picture-perfect beach is a city that still retains its aristocratic feel of a bygone era. Feel free to indulge in a swim in the salty Cantabrian or a snooze on the beach. Once we dock in San Sebastian. Take time to explore the city and enjoy on your own the notorious pintxos and wine in San Sebastian’s historic quarter – We regroup for a cooking demonstration in a private gastronomy club withour local hero Chef Montxo. First we learn how to make and then to enjoy delicious local dishes.

Food: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Travel:Hondarribia / San Sebastian
Sleep: Hotel de Londres ****
How far: 11 miles / 18 km, elevation gain: 500 meters

Day 6Hemingway in the Pyrenees

We transfer into the nearby Pyrenees to begin along excellent tertiary roads, which meander through charming Basque villages, along the Irati River. Ernest Hemingway would go for dips in these waters, which he described as “clear as light.” We follow his trail to where he loved to go spend the afternoons trout fishing, while cycling through parts of the Camino de Santiago. We visit the small hotel and the very room where the Nobel laureate slept, which the family has kept the same for all these years. Stay to enjoy an authentic Hemingway-style lunch. We transfer to Pamplona. Take time to explore the hotel or venture with us to sample the world-renowned pintxos paired with spectacular wines and revel in the lively and exciting atmosphere; good-byes do not get better than this.

Food: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Travel:  Elizondo / Roncesvalles / Burguete 
Sleep: Hotel Muga de Beloso ****
How far: 32 miles / 52 km, elevation gain: 1105 meters
Even farther: 42 miles / 68 km, elevation gain: 1,600 meters

Day 7A Taste of Saint James Way

Our ride begins along the pilgrimage route that dates back to the 12th century. Along the way we stop at a castle winery for a wine tasting experience. Cycling through undulating vineyards and olive groves, we head to Viana, the last town in Navarra on the pilgrimage route, and a defensive stronghold during the Middle Ages. Lunch is a classic Navarra meal in an asador where they specialize in grilling T-bone steaks over wood fires. Afternoon pleasures include a a spectacular wine experience that you likely never forget, followed by pintxo dinner out on the town of Logroño in their well known Calle de Laurel.

Food: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Travel: Puente de la Reina / Estella / Viana
Sleep: Hotel Palacio Pujadas ***
How far: 43 miles / 70 km, elevation gain: 700 meters
Even farther: 50 miles / 82 km, elevation gain: 1,000 meters

Day 8Morning to Relax and Say Farewell

After a leisurely breakfast we transfer back to Pamplona. We will help you organize your transportation to the nearest airport or train station for your ongoing trip.

Food: Breakfast
Travel: Pamplona 

Inclusions

 

Hotels

  • Select hotels that reflect the uniqueness of each destination

Food

  • Daily breakfasts, all lunches, nutritious snacks, and cocktail hour
  • Gourmet dinners at our hand-picked restaurants and culinary events
  • Unlimited local wine, or beer with every meal

Support

  • NST local guides
  • Support vehicle that follows the day’s route, distributes refreshments, and offers lifts
  • Pick-up and drop-off before and after your tour from predetermined meeting points
  • Always accompanied by an assistance vehicle, we customize our routes so that the difficulty and distances are tailored to your abilities and personal challenges

Gear for Cycling

  • Top-of-the-line bicycle selection
  • Bike helmet
  • Complimentary cycling jersey, t-shirt, water bottle

Activities

  • Wine tastings and activities as indicated in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees to historic sites, museums, parks, and all other exclusive events

Not Included

  • Airfare
  • Travel Insurance
  • Dinners on free evenings
  • Gratuities for guides
  • Extra services not outlined in the itinerary
  • Parador de Olite ****

    Delightfully Gothic

    This hotel is located within the majestic Palace-Castle of Olite, declared a national monument. The interior offers beautiful stained glass windows, arcades and other characteristic medieval features. The palace is the most significant example of Gothic non-ecclesiastical architecture in Navarra, and one of the most outstanding examples in Europe.

  • Hotel Elgorriaga Hotel & Spa ***

    Mountain spa getaway

    This hotel is located in the cinco villas region, surrounded by valleys and mountains, it is nestled in one of Navarra’s prettiest landscapes. Their mantra is Water, Nature and Silence, making this hotel the perfect reward after a morning of exercise. Its natural springs contain with the highest salinity in Europe and the thermal circuit and massage hit the spot.

  • Hotel Roncesvalles ***

    Where the Camino Begins

    At the gates of the Irati forest, the second largest beech tree forest in Europe, this quaint pre Pyrenee hotel is in the heart of the commencement of the Camino de Santiago. It is a charming oasis from the cities and town and an excellent base from which to visit numerous attractions in the Orreaga-Roncesvalles valley.

  • Hotel Alma Pamplona ****

    Oasis from the City Hub Bub

    This active travel friendly hotel is modern and avant-garde, has its own personality, which seeks to surprise. This quiet enclave is where we luxuriate in the Spa and Treatment center, and chill at the gastro bar after a morning of activity.

  • Hotel Palacio de Pujadas ***

    This quaint palace combines the historical building charm of the 16th century and the comfort of a modern hotel. It is located within the town of Viana (Navarre), at the foot of the Camino de Santiago pilgrim route in the historical part of the town.

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Tour Designers

 
stephanie mutsaerts

Stephanie Mutsaerts

Founder of Northern Spain Travel & Heart of Pamplona

Stephanie, the dynamo of our organization, is a Canadian who has fallen in love with northern Spain. She is enterprising, innovative and has an endless amount of energy to design unique outstanding travel plans, making her passion her profession. She has the firm conviction that until the product standards are exceptional, they should not be offered.

“Our goals are two; one is to bedazzle our visitors and another is to share with them what we find so extremely enchanting about this region of Spain”.

oliver blazquez

Oliver Blazquez

Product Manager & Public Relations

Oliver is our public relations ambassador of Pamplona. Oliver has it all; charm, conversation and more knowledge than anyone about Pamplona. You will feel like you’ve made a new friend during one of his energetic tours. Oliver is always on the beat searching for the perfect pintxo and exciting out of the box experiences. He is dedicated to designing the most exclusive events for our guest always with our added value, like Hemingway escape to the Basque coast, or a walking tour of the Running of the Bulls course with an international runner, as well as destinations and activities off the beaten cultural track and many more.

“ This is our essential hallmark that sets us apart from any other events agency”.

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