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Basque Coast to Rioja Bike Journey

From seascapes to winescapes

From: 3,070€


6 days /5 nights




Semi guided

Fully guided


The Basque Lands
Kingdoms of Navarra
The Wine Regions

Biking the Basque Coast to La Rioja

Commencing in the town of San Sebastian on the sparkling blue sea on the Basque Coast, we road bike inland to the wine province of Northern Spain. We cycle through the French Basquelands, skirting the foothills of the Navarran Pyrenees, on parts of the legendary Camino de Santiago, through rolling vineyards.  The North of Spain is full of sensory pleasure and authentic local experiences. The Michelin-starred restaurants and rustic farm-fresh meals, and the food and wine of the region are unparalleled.

Best Time to Visit

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


  • Cycle from the Cantabrian Sea through forests and vineyards. 
  • Overnight in one of the oldest and most prestigious wineries in Navarra.
  • Visit award-winning Rioja wineries from the 16th century.
  • Relax and enjoy the Frank Gehry designed Marques de Riscal Hotel and spa.
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Semi Guided
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Basque Coast to Rioja Bike Tour – Dates and Availability

This enchanting territory and our immersive adventure tours are well worth the discovery, but if you really want to find out how to make your vacations unique, special and memorable, you will have to join us on one.

Best Time to Visit

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



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September 1 – September 6 | 20233,500€

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Bilbao - San Sebastián - Pamplona - Arinzano - El Ciego - Ezcaray - Bilbao

Day 1Welcome to Northern Spain

Your Northern Spain Travel guide will transfer you from Bilbao to San Sebastian. Hotel check in at your San Sebastian hotel where we will fit the bikes to size and ready ourselves for the journey ahead. We do a Basque coast ride to warm up motors. Afternoon pleasures include a pintxo (tapa) and wine tour ino the historic quarter of San Sebastian to sample the world-renowned pintxos paired with spectacular wines and to revel in the lively and exciting atmosphere.

Food: Dinner of pintxos (tapas) and wine in San Sebastian
Ride the best portion: San Sebastian to Saint Jean de Luz
Sleep: Four Star Hotel ****
How far: 45 kms / 27 miles – 720 ms + 570 meters

Day 2French Basque lands and Navarre Pre Pyrenees

Riding in one direction gives a sense of completion to our route. We coast to the Cantabrian Sea, then we cycle through the French Basque lands, then skirt the Navarre pre Pyrenees. Get ready for enchanting landscapes of rolling hills, grazing sheep and potoka horses. Our ride ends at a Michelin Recommended restaurant with time to shower and change and then for a sit down meal. We transfer to your final destination is Pamplona, one of the top cities in Spain for gourmet eating. This dinner is a NST group dinner event, where you join us food-lovers as we cook up a storm. After dinner, stroll through the charming cobbled streets in the heart of the historic quarter of Pamplona to discover 2000 years of history and culture. Learn about the running of the bulls, Hemingway’s history with this town, visit the Cathedral and other historic spots.

Food: Breakfast / lunch / dinner
Ride the best portion: San Sebastian / Zugarramurdi-Otsondo / Pamplona
Sleep: Four Star Hotel ****
How far: 82 kms / 51 miles – 1.420 ms+ 1.270 meters

Day 3Cycle to an exclusive winery in Navarra

We cycle out of our hotel along a portion of the Camino de Santiago to our next destination, which is one of the most prestigious wineries in Navarra, where you enjoy your outside-the-box accommodation. Afternoon pleasures include a welcoming lunch with their exclusive wines, berian hams and local cheese, an afternoon visit by 4x4ing into the vineyards + wine tasting, then a premium dinner on the premises.

Food: Breakfast / lunch / dinner
Ride the best portion: Pamplona / Navarre Zona Media
Sleep: Exclusive winery grounds
How far: 73 kms / 45 miles – 1.120 ms+ 1.115 meters
Even farther: 80 kms / 48 miles – 1.080 ms+ 1.195 meters

Day 4Bordering Navarra and into Rioja

This morning we will transfer to Viana, which is on the provincial border of Navarra and Rioja to begin a ride along the best portion of country roads and vineyard terrain that will bring you directly to your ever-so-famous Frank Gehry hotel. Afternoon pleasures include wine-tasting in a top winery, one of Hemingway’s stops. Here we visit their underground cellar and we will taste a Gran Reserva, among other wines, paired with delicious Iberian ham. “Wine is one of the most civilised things in the world…” Hemingway wrote in Death in the Afternoon. Dinner can be in your hotel or you may opt for a dinner-trip on your own the mediaeval town of Laguardia, which is perched on top of 300 cellars carved out of the rock. *This dinner is not included in the package.

Food: Breakfast / lunch / wine tasting
Ride the best portion: Viana to El Ciego
Sleep: Four Star Hotel ****
How far: 66 kms / 41 miles – 1.080 ms+ 1.085 meters
Even farther: 75 kms / 47 miles – 1.270 ms+ 1.275 meters

Day 5Historic Rioja

This morning we will cycle out of the hotel and stop to admire the twin 11th-century monasteries, Yuso and Suso, in San Millan de la Cogolla. Our ride ends at a Michelin Recommended restaurant, La Vieja Bodega, with time to shower and change and then for a sit down meal. We transfer to Ezcaray and shop and stroll this quaint mountainous town. Dinner can be in your hotel or you may opt for a dinner-trip on your own the mediaeval town of Ezcaray. *This dinner is not included in the package.

Food: Breakfast / lunch
Ride the best portion: Elciego / Casalarreina / Ezcaray
Sleep: Four Star Hotel ****
How far: 71 kms – 700 ms+ 630 meters

Day 6Morning to Relax and Say Farewell

After a fine breakfast, we will assist in arranging your transportation to the nearest airport or train station for your onward travels.

Food: Breakfast
Travel: Ezcaray to Bilbao or Pamplona

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




  • Select hotels that reflect the uniqueness of each destination


  • Daily breakfasts, all lunches, nutritious snacks, and cocktail hour
  • Hand-picked restaurants and culinary events
  • While we bring you our favourite options for lunches and dinners, they are not always included in the package, which is for your convenience. That way you have more freedom to decide what you feel like most, at that particular time. View the itienrary for details on what meals are not included.


  • 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 and cycling shorts, water bottle


  • 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
  • Hotel de Londres ****

    Back to the Belle Epoque

    The Hotel de Londres is a pretty boutique hotel in San Sebastián with a La Belle Epoque feel. It has views to the Concha Bay and the city center. Luxury, modern facilities and a high level service make this historic building one of the best hotels in San Sebastián.

  • Hotel Relais & Châteaux Echaurren ****

    A 19th Century Stage Post

    Since 1898, this remodeled stagecoach post is family establishment passed from parents to children, making Echaurren a centenary building. The hotel has widened their culinary and experiential offer, which includes a traditional cuisine bistro and a two Michelin stars restaurant, which is among the best in Spain.

  • Hotel Marqués de Riscal *****

    Visionary Architecture. Vintage Experiences.

    Designed by internationally renowned architect Frank Gehry, this 5-star hotel is truly an adventure of a lifetime. Prepare to savor a one-of-a-kind experience including a Vinothérapie spa session and Michelin-starred meal overseen by Chef Francis Paniego. The hotel has exceptional designer touches and enviable views of the countryside, medieval town of Elciego or the striking architecture.

  • Hotel Alma Pamplona *****

    Oasis from the City Hub Bub

    Alma Pamplona is an active travel friendly hotel. 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.

  • Outstanding accommodation

    Propriedad de Arinzano

    Sleep on the Arinzano Estate

    Señorío de Arínzano is one of the oldest wineries in Spain, but is also one of our favorite accommodations for walking, cycling and food and wine visits.

Tour Designers

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 this region of 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 dazzle our visitors and another is to share with them what we find so extremely enchanting about this region of Spain”.

Oliver Blazquez

Product Manager & Public Relations

Oliver is our greatest ambassador of Pamplona. Oliver has it all: charm, conversation and deep knowledge of his Basque culture. 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, outside-the-box experiences. He is dedicated to designing the most exclusive events for our guests, such as the Hemingway to the Basque Coast tour, or a walking tour of the Running of the Bulls course with an international bull runner.  He knows the all the best destinations and activities on the off-the-beaten cultural track.

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

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