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Family Shepherd’s Way

Cycling from fairytale woods to wonderland desert

Next Tour: September 6, 2021

From: 2,000€

DAYS

7 days / 6 nights

LEVEL

Active

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TYPE

Small Group
Private Group

REGION

Kingdoms of Navarra

NAVARRA BIKE TOUR

Each year, Pyrenean shepherds herd thousands of sheep down the slopes of the Navarran Pyrenees to graze in the desert for the winter. The family shepherd’s way is a journey pays homage to this ancient culture of nomadic pastoralism and follows the shepherds seasonal route. Taking you from the lush mountain woods of the Irati Forest to the stark plains of the desert below, we follow the nomads; route on two wheels, venturing deep into the history, culture, and gastronomy of the region along the way.

Best Time to Visit

April, May, June, September, October, November, December

 

Highlights

  • Visit medieval monasteries and castles that transport you to another era.
  • Join in on part of a cultural festival to witness the Danzantes de Ochagavia.
  • Ride through the Pyrenees mountains on the original pilgrimage route.
  • Cycle across the Navarra’s UNESCO wonderland desert.
  • Enjoy the produce of the acclaimed ‘Land of the Vegetable’ in southern Navarra.
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Day 1Pamplona

Our family shepherd’s way electrified begins with a meet and greet welcome, a chance to size up your bikes to fit and take you for a spin in direction the Navarra Pyrenees. Our cycling journey begins with a gastronomic experience of show cooking in a private gastronomy club where we learn how to make, and then enjoy, traditional Navarran dishes.

Food: Aperitif and dinner
Travel: Pamplona
Sleep: Heart of Pamplona Apartments
How far: 4,3 miles / 7 km
Afternoon Pleasures: Culinary Evening at our private gastro cultural club

Day 2Through the Foothills of the Pyrenees

Today, we cycle the family shepherd’s way from the hotel and begin winding our way up through the gorgeous Navarran foothills, crossing the Lizoain Valley, travelling eastward to where the Pyrenees begin. The trails in this region connect quaint Navarran villages and hamlets. Riding on ancient Roman roads, we go to where the Spanish section of the Camino de Santiago trail starts at the French border, all the while passing through numerous picturesque towns.

Food: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Travel: The best portion of Pamplona to Burguete
Sleep: Heart of Pamplona Apartments
How far: 16 miles / 25 km, elevation gain: 814 meters
Afternoon Pleasures: Visit of the Roncesvalles Colegiata where the Camino de Santiago commences

Day 3Traversing 5 villas

We head to the site where many numerous and dramatic historical events occurred over the centuries. From there we leave behind the green hills and pastures cycling into one of the most important beech forests in Europe. There is a magical atmosphere that permeates the dense forests and meadows we are surrounded by pure nature of the Pyrenees. The Romanesque Sanctuary of Muskilda is a stopping place on our great descent to the picture perfect village of Ochagavía. For more than 300 years, on September 8, this sanctuary has witnessed the primitive dances of the Danzantes de Ochagavia, one of the most emblematic and ethnographically important dances in Navarra. Dinner is a culinary classic in an authentic cider house, a meal of outstanding cuisine with chorizo, salt-cod with peppers, char-grilled steaks, and unlimited glasses of wheat-coloured cider.

Food: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Travel: The best portion of Roncesvalles to Ochagavia
Sleep: Rural Boutique
How far: 16 miles / 35 km, elevation gain: 714 meters
Afternoon Pleasures: Visit of the Muskila and take part in the 300 year dance tradition of the Danzantes de Ochagavia

Day 4Into The Medieval Ages

Upon reaching the intermediate stage of our trip, we pedal from the mountains to the central region of Navarra, offering a subtle transformation of contrasting landscapes and colors. Riding through historic trails, monuments from past eras, as well as notable contemporary sites. We enter the most medieval Navarra region, where kings and queens fought for dominance over the territories of Spain. We see some of the most impressive examples of regional medieval architecture, including a visit to the beautiful Monastery of Leyre cradle of kings formation we will visit the well preserved underground crypts of Navarra royalty.

Food: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Travel: The best portions of Ochagavia to Monasterio de Leyre
Sleep: Authentic Monastery Hotel
How far: 16 miles / 25 km, elevation gain: 514 meters
Afternoon Pleasures: Enjoy the Gregorian chants mass and take a journey through the history of Navarra, reflected in this monumental complex that holds many of the secrets of the Old Kingdom.

Day 5A Changing Landscape

The changes in the landscape that we see along the family shepherd’s way electrified become more dramatic as we glide from lush green woods and hills to the warm golden plains of southern Navarra. Continuing on, we enter an even more arid terrain which is rich in medieval history. We visit the 10th century Castillo de Javier, where Navarra’s patron saint, St. Francis Xavier, was born and lived in the 16th century. From there, we enter the Bardenas Reales, one of Europe’s only deserts and its truly spectacular, almost surreal landscape. Your hotel is winner of six architecture and interior design awards.

Food: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Travel: The best portions of Leyre to the Bardenas Reales UNESCO park
Sleep: Four Star Hotel ****
How far: 13 miles / 22 km, elevation gain: 284 meters
Afternoon Pleasures: A trillion stars desert walk

Day 6Across the Desert

The Bardenas desert boasts unique formations and abruptly changing landscapes, forming canyons and plateaus molded by a famous dry wind called the cierzo. The many layers of reds, golds, oranges and white reveal the erosion of clay, chalk and sandstone over many geological eras. We finish our journey in Tudela. Take time to explore the hotel or the beautiful old town, which was once the medieval crossroads of Christianity, Islam and Judaism in Spain. The theme of the afternoon is all things southern, and our meal is no exception—we’ll dine on Navarra’s prize produce of the south: vegetables grown in the hotel’s organic garden and from nearby Tudela. Growing outstanding fresh produce is the pride of this region and its gastronomy.

Food: Breakfast, on-the-road lunch, dinner
Travel: Cross the Bardenas Reales UNESCO park to Tudela
Sleep: Four Star Hotel ****
How far: 21 miles / 35 km, elevation gain: 284 meters
Afternoon Pleasures: Visit this historic city that has been inhabited from the paleolithic to the times of Muslims, Jewish, Mozuarabe and Cristians.

Day 7Morning to Relax and Say Farewell

After a fine breakfast, you will be transferred to Pamplona city center. We’ll assist in arranging your transportation to the nearest airport or train station for your onward travels.

Food: Breakfast
Travel:Tudela to Pamplona

Itinerary
Pamplona – Burguete – Ochagavía – Leyre – Bardenas – Tudela – Pamplona

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

Inclusions

Hotels

  • Select hotels that reflect the uniqueness of each destination

Food

  • Daily breakfasts, all lunches, dinners stated in the itinerary
  • Energy food and nutritious snacks
  • Gourmet dinners at our hand-picked restaurants and culinary events
  • Select wines, or beer with every meal

Support

  • NST local guides
  • Transportation during the tour
  • Support vehicle that follows the day’s route
  • Pick-up and drop-off before and after your tour from predetermined meeting points

Gear for Cycling

  • Electric mountain bicycle
  • Bike helmet
  • Complimentary cycling jersey, t-shirt, water bottle

Activities

  • 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 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.

  • AC Hotel Ciudad de Tudela ****

    To the Land of Vegetables

    AC Hotel Ciudad de Tudela is in part an 18th century historic building once called Casa de Beneficencia. This hotel is in the historic quarter of charming Tudela. We are in walking distance to the Muñoz Sola Modern Art Museum and a visit to the Marqués de San Adrián Palace. After a great ride, the sauna and Turkish bath hits the stop.

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    Hotel Aire Bardenas ****

    Luxury in the Desert

    This exquisite and very unique hotel is within the National Park Bardenas Reales which is Navarra’s wonderland desert. This is an oasis from the desert terrain with a chance to lean back, relax and watch a zillion stars, a brighter moon and the spectacular Architecture of this outstanding hotel.

  • Hotel Monasterio de Leyre ***

    This charming hotel is within an authentic Benedictine monastery and forms part of a complex that is a remarkable example of Romanesque architecture and art. The Monasterio de Leyre is one of the most important monuments in Navarra. It is an outstanding out-of-the-box destination and one of the treasures of our adventure into the Kingdoms of the North.

  • Heart of Pamplona Apartments

    Apartments Heart of Pamplona

    Apartments Heart of Pamplona

    Located in the center of the capital of the province of Navarra, Heart of Pamplona Apartments are ideal for visitors to Pamplona, Silent corners in the middle of lively streets. In the most popular areas of restaurants and bars.

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”.

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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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