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LUXURY GOURMET CYCLE TOUR IN LA RIOJA – guided

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Duration

9 days, 8 nights

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

Unlimited

Languages

Dutch, English, Espanol

Overview

The Luxury Gourmet Cycle Tour is designed for the cyclist who enjoys the finer things in life.  From the historic city of Pamplona to Logroño, the capital of La Rioja in seven easy cycling days,  together with our guide, you will discover ancient villages, taste the world`s best wines, visit the stunning wine museum in Briones and  the undeground wine cellers of Laguardia, visit the world famous bodega of Marqués de Riscal and cycle part of the world famous Saint James Way.  The diverse landscapes of rolling fields and vineyards surrounded by majestic mountains are only interrupted by fine wine tasting and luxurious picnics on the way. You will be staying in ancient monasteries, small and luxurious boutique hotels and in the evening you will enjoy the best local cuisine. The route mainly runs along small asphalt backroads, rural paved roads and, occasionally, on dirt roads.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Visit to 3 wine cellers
  • La Rioja wine tasting
  • The gastronomy and fine dining
  • Pamplona and its heritage
  • Logroño and its Calle Laurel
  • Way of Saint James
  • The Wine Museum of Vivanco
  • Medieval villages and monasteries
  • Cycling among vineyards

Itinerary

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Day 1: Arrival at Pamplona
Day 1: Arrival at Pamplona

We meet at Pamplona for our welcome meeting. Our guide will explain the tour and after a “pinxos” lunch in a typical tapas bar, we visit the town with a local guide who tells us about the history, the running of the bull tradition and funny stories of Pamplona. We dine in a restaurant famous for its traditional recipes with a modern twist.
***A free transfer service can pick you up at Bilbao or Pamplona airport

Day 2: Pamplona - Estella
Day 2:  Pamplona -  Estella

El Camino de Santiago – The Way of Saint James
Distance: 48km
Our first day on the bike and we will cycle along the "Camino de Santiago" on rural backroads. We cross the enigmatic village of Puente La Reina that was built to accommodate pelgrims. We cross the ancient bridge, continue towards Muruzábal, where we take a small detour to visit the beautiful church of Santa María de Eunate. Medieval and picturesque villages are dotted along the route. After a superb picnic, we continue along the ancient Roman road crossing rolling fields and vinyeards until we arrive at the beautiful village of Estella. We stay at an ancient factory where we enjoy the excellent local cuisine.

Day 3: Estella - Viana
Day 3: Estella - Viana

Cycling in Wine Country
Distance: 40km
We leave Estella along a rural road that take us to the ancient monastery of Ayegui, where we can have a glass of wine from the “wine fountain”. We cycle along medieval fountains, ancient bridges, temples and chapels. We can feel the history as we cycle along a route that has been used be pilgrims for centuries. We will spend the night in an ancient palace in the town of Viana.

Day 4: Viana - Laguardia
Day 4: Viana - Laguardia

Tapas and wine
Distance: 35km
Today’s route will take us from Viana to the village of Laguardia, one of Spain´s most beautiful villages and known for its underground bodegas. From this point, we will enter into the characteristic landscape of La Rioja, the vineyards. Once settled in the hotel, we will go for a walk around the medieval village of Laguardia (10th Century) and we will visit the small winery “El Fabulista”, with the typical “calados” where the wines rest to get all the flavours. For dinner, we will enjoy a fabulous tasting menu.

Day 5: Laguardia - Haro
Day 5: Laguardia - Haro

A Sea of Vineyards
Distance: 32km
We cycle out of Laguardia and cycle passed the Ysios Winery, designed by the architect Calatrava and one of the insignias of La Rioja. We continue along the magnificent landscape of the Riojan vineyards, with the majestic mountains of the Basque country in the distance. We will cross rural villages with stone houses and small churches, until we reach the town of Haro, perched on a mountain edge. We will take a guided tour in the bodega of Muga. We will enjoy a typical and traditional dinner. Accommodation in the ancient monastery of Los Agustinos, dating back to 1373.

Day 6: Haro – Santo Domingo de la Calzada
Day 6: Haro – Santo Domingo de la Calzada

The Wine Museum of Briones
Distance: 34 km
From Haro to Briones, the rolling countryside is dominated by vineyards. At Briones, we visit the amazing Wine Culture Museum, created by the Vivanco Dinasty. From Briones, the landscape of vineyards makes way for endless fields. Our destination is the village of Santo Domingo de la Calzada, a village linked to the Way of Saint James from its origins back in the 11th Century. We stay at the ancient monastery and dine in a magnificent restaurant where we will enjoy the tasting menu.

Day 7: Santo Domingo de la Calzada - Nájera
Day 7:  Santo Domingo de la Calzada -  Nájera

The Way of Saint James in La Rioja
Distance: 55 km
We follow the Way of Saint James, where we will probably meet some pilgrims doing the French way. The road goes up and down following the undulating landscape of La Rioja. We head towards the Ezcaray Mountains until we reach the Monastery of San Millán. This is where the Spanish language was “born” and we will have a chance to admire the most ancient books written in Spanish. From this point we will go to the East via a beautiful ancient path between old vineyards and with stunning views of La Rioja. We continue to Najera, where we spend the night.

Día 8: Nájera - Logroño
Día 8: Nájera - Logroño

Along the mighty river Ebro
Distance: 37 km
Cycling through the majestic landscape of vineyards, fields and mountain ranges, we make our way to the village of Elciego, where we will visit one of the most famous wineries of La Rioja, Marqués de Riscal, designed by the architect Frank Gueri. We leave Elciego and cycle along the Ebro River until we reach Logroño. Accommodation in Logroño, very close to the town centre and the Calle Laurel, a street famous for its tapas and wine bars. We will go for a stroll around the town and taste the “tapas and pinchos” of the Calle Laurel. In the evening we will enjoy a last but not least dinner in a famous chef’s restaurant.

Día 9: Logroño and departure
Día 9: Logroño and departure

Free day in Logroño and transfer to the airport of Bilbao or Pamplona.

Included/Excluded

  • • Transfer from/to Bilbao or Pamplona airport
  • • All local transfers
  • • Local English speaking guide
  • • 24h support vehicle during the tour
  • • 8 nights acccommodation in 3*and 4* hotels
  • • 7 dinners with a variety of tasting menus, wine and water included
  • • 7 lunches (picnic or restaurant) – wine included
  • • 3 winery visits: El Fabulista, Muga and Marqués de Riscal
  • • Fee entrance to Vivancos Wine Museum in Briones
  • • Daily snacks, water and energy bars during the cycle route
  • • The transport of belongings between overnight stays
  • • Rental bike (supplement for ebikes)
  • • All the tourist information about the route
  • • A telephone number in case of any problems
  • • Accident insurance
  • • Flights
  • • Extra Drinks
  • • Any extra activity not detailed in the program

Durations

9 days

Languages

Dutch
English
Espanol

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