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Rioja to Basque Coast Bike Tour

From landscapes to seascapes

From: $6180

DAYS

6 days /5 nights

LEVEL

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Small Group
Private Group

COLLECTIONS

The Wine Regions
The Basque Lands
Kingdoms of Navarra

Biking La Rioja to the Basque Coast

Dive deep into the part of Spain where ancient routes cross golden fields and wind through medieval cities. Cycle from Rioja, through rolling vineyards, on parts of the legendary Camino de Santiago, skirting the foothills of the Navarran Pyrenees, and on to the Basque Coast and the town of San Sebastian on the sparkling blue sea.  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

Highlights

  • Cycle from vineyard to forest and on to the Cantabrian Sea.
  • Visit award-winning Rioja wineries from the 16th century.
  • Relax and enjoy the Frank Gehry designed Marques de Riscal Hotel and spa.
  • Enjoy a Navarran wine tasting in a 12th century castle.
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Small Groups
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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.

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Itinerary
Bilbao - Haro - El Ciego - Ezcaray - Pamplona - San Sebastián

Day 1Welcome to Legendary Spain

Your Northern Spain Travel guides will welcome you in Bilbao. From there we travel to La Rioja where we will fit the bikes to perfection and ready ourselves for the journey ahead. Our first ride begins at the gates of the Rioja wine region on an epic Rioja trail with sweeping views of the region before stopping for lunch in the majestic heritage hotel Los Agustinos in Haro, the “capital del Rioja”. In the heart of the wine region, our afternoon pleasures consists of private visits and wine-tastings in two of the most authentic and oldest wineries of the Rioja Alta.

Food: Lunch and dinner
Travel: Bilbao / Haro
Sleep: Hotel Los Agustinos ****
How far: 16 miles / 25 km, elevation gain: 314 meters
Even farther: 32 miles / 52 km, elevation gain: 1,300 meters

Day 2Medieval Roadway

Today we are off on the Camino de Santiago to the twin 11th-century monasteries, Yuso and Suso, in San Millan de la Cogolla. After stopping on the decent for an informal lunch in a nearby village we coast down to our final destination, ElCiego. Regardless of how you get there, you will relax and enjoy yourselves at the Marques de Riscal Spa. You may opt for a dinner-trip on your own to sample the local pintxos at the medieval town of Laguardia, which is perched on top of 300 cellars carved out of the rock.

Food: Breakfast / Lunch
Travel: Najera / San Millan de la Cogolla / El Ciego
Sleep: Hotel Marqués de Riscal ****
How far: 23 miles / 38 km, elevation gain: 490 meters
Even farther: 46 miles / 74 km, elevation gain: 710 meters

Day 3Luxury and Fine Dining

Leaving Marques de Riscal, we cycle to the mountain town of Ezcaray, where we dine at the two-Michelin star restaurant and enjoy the Rioja mountain air. Take time to explore the hotel or the town. Later, browse the local tapas bars for dinner at your leisure.

Food: Breakfast / Lunch
Travel: El Ciego / Samaniego / Ezcaray
Sleep: Hotel Echaurren Relais & Chateaux ****
How far: 20 miles / 32 km, elevation gain: 440 meters
Even farther: 45 milles / 72 km, elevation gain:680 meters

Day 4Castle and Wine

This morning we transfer to Viana to begin our ride from this Medieval walled town, home of Kings and Princes who protected the southwestern border of Navarra, land of castles and wines. Our cycling route ends as we reach the Castle of Villamayor de Monjardin which is an important monument for the Kingdom of Navarra, and the Bodega Castillo de Monjardin, a12th-century winery. Here we sample Navarran crianza and reserva wines and aperitifs. This evening, explore the city before we regroup for dinner together in a private gastronomy club in the heart of the historic quarter.

Food: Breakfast / Lunch
Travel: Pamplona
Sleep: Hotel Muga de Beloso ****
How far: 34 miles / 55km, elevation gain: 540 meters
Even farther: 52 miles / 85 km, elevation gain: 723 meters

Day 5The Holy Grail of Cycling

Our last day together we coast to the Cantabrian Sea. We cycle along side the ancient train route that once connected Pamplona with San Sebastian, taking us through green landscapes, over mountain passes and gentle slopes. Riding to the ocean gives a sense of completion to our route and the perfect way to complete a week of road biking this magnificent region. Take time to explore the hotel or San Sebastian then re-group for dinner. We venture out to sample the world-renowned pintxos paired with spectacular wines and to revel in the lively and exciting atmosphere – good-byes do not get better than this.

Food: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Travel: Pamplona / Leitza / San Sebastián
Sleep: Hotel de Londres ****
How far: 34 miles / 55 km, elevation gain: 220 meters
Even farther: 50 miles / 80 km, elevation gain: 495 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: San Sebastián

* 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, 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
  • 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 Los Agustinos ****

    Steeped in History

    Steeped in history, this majestic hotel in in the capital of Rioja Wine, Haro. Since 1373, the lifetime of this historic hotel is intriguing. It was once a convent, a military garrison, a jail and a hospital. Since 1989, the building is a magnificent 4-star hotel. In the evening, the magnificent cloister of the Hotel Los Agustinos is where we enjoy fabulous food and wine.

  • 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.

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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