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SELF-GUIDED TOURS

Basque Country & Rioja

SPANISH & FRENCH BASQUE COUNTRY

Amazing cycling, culinary excellence and world-class wines await!

Embark on an extraordinary cycling journey through the picturesque landscapes of the Basque Country and Rioja. These stunning regions cater to riders of all levels, offering a diverse array of scenic routes that showcase the natural beauty and cultural richness of northern Spain. Imagine pedaling through coastal vistas where the azure waves meet rugged cliffs, navigating vineyard-covered hills that stretch as far as the eye can see, and exploring the charming cities of Bilbao and San Sebastián with their vibrant architecture, rich history, and world-renowned cuisine.
Join us for an exhilarating cycling adventure in this dynamic region.

Highlights

  • Basque scenery; verdant valleys, rugged coastlines, medieval
    castles and fishing villages.
  • World-class cycling for all levels. Rolling hills at La Rioja and thrilling climbs of Jaizkibel and Puerto Herrera, classics of La Vuelta.
  • Discover the vibrant Bilbao, plenty of hill-top towns in Rioja, picturesque Pays Basque towns and the splendid coastal gem of the region, San Sebastian.
  • Distinctive, Unique Stays. Relish your stay at a manor house, a private palace and a castle on the banks of a lake.
  • Highlights for Foodies: Savor exquisite Basque cuisine with its mouth-watering pintxos, tour renowned wineries, and dine at memorable venues.
Day 1: Welcome to Bilbao!

Landing in Bilbao (BIO), a Foodie Cycling representative will meet you at the airport. Then, we will drive you to your hotel (20 minutes). We encourage you to explore the vibrant city of Bilbao and its many highlights. 

* If you would like more time to explore Bilbao, we can easily extend your stay in this captivating city.

 

Day 2: LA RIOJA LOOP
A private transfer will pick you up at your hotel in Bilbao and drive you to La Rioja, where our cycling adventure begins. We will meet you in person to go over the details for the week, and then you’ll be on your way! Choose from our three available loops, each one taking you through picturesque vineyards and hill-top medieval towns.

Today’s options:

Sweet: San Vicente Loop. 41 km 600 m elevation
Salty: Haro Loop. 66 km 900 m elevation
Spicy: Lapuebla Challenge. 83 km 1200 m elevation

 

Day 3: CANTABRIA MOUNTAINS
Today, we’ll witness a dramatic shift in scenery as we move from gentle terrain to the awe-inspiring Cantabrian Mountain Range, conquering the Vuelta classic Herrera Pass and visiting the quaint Riojan towns of Laguardia and El ciego.

Today’s options:

Sweet:Elvillar Loop. 49 km 800 m elevation
Salty: Rioja’s Balcony. 67 km 1400 m elevation
Spicy: Navarra Challenge. 83 km 1700 m elevation

 

Day 4: BASQUE COASTLINE
We change scenery from Rioja to the stunning Basque coastline, a private 2-hour shuttle away. Today, you will revel in the magnificent views of the Basque Coastline and the charming towns of Zumaia and Getaria. The sight of Txacoli vineyards and the unique geology of the Flysch rock formations by the coast is simply stunning.

Sweet: Orio Route. 54 km 1100 m elevation
Salty: Motrico Route 67 km 1500 m elevation 
Spicy: Aia Challenge 70 km 1800 m elevation

 

Day 5: SAN SEBASTIAN AND JAIZKIBEL

Today, we will start our ride through San Sebastian, the jewel of Basque Country. Our ride today takes you towards Mount Jaizkibel, offering stunning coastal views all the way to the border of France. The ride features spectacular vistas of the rugged coastline and the Bay of Biscay.

Today’s options: 

Sweet: Hondarribia Loop. 49 km. 900 m elevation
Salty: Castillo del inglés challenge. 66 km. 1500 m elevation

 

Day 6: Adios, Agur!

At the agreed time, a private shuttle will seamlessly transfer you to the airport or your next hotel if you choose to extend your trip in the Basque Country. If your schedule and energy allow, we encourage you to explore the wonderful city of San Sebastián and its many restaurants, ensuring a delicious conclusion to our cycling trip through the beautiful regions of Basque Country and Rioja.

* Distances and elevation might differ slightly depending on your hotel choices.

** If you would like more time to explore San Sebastián, we can easily extend your stay in this captivating city.

 

Dates & Prices

Your choice of dates and length of the trip.

Below you may download our standard self-guided tour for Basque Country & La Rioja

Download Boutique Hotels, 5 nights from 3200€ per person

Download Premium Hotels, 5 nights from 4300€ per person

    What is included?
    • 5 nights accommodation with breakfast
    • Arrival and departure private transfer to the airport
    • Luggage transfer between hotels
    • 4 days bike rental. Choose between a top range road bike or e-bike.
    • GPX tracks and GPS device
    • A package with a basic tool kit, spare tubes, levers and pump.
    • Foodie Cycling planning fees and in-person host support.
    • A detailed list of carefully selected recommendations for restaurants, cultural highlights and shopping.                We can make bookings for you.
    • Tourist tax and 21% VAT
    What is not included?
    • Travel to the Basque Country
    • Meals, except for breakfast. 
    • Ticket to monuments or others. 
    • Travel & Health Insurance. 
    • Extra services such as shuttles, massages, or any other extra.
    • Anything not specified as included.
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