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PRIVATE TOURS

Basque Country & Rioja

SPANISH & FRENCH BASQUE COUNTRY

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

Embark on an extraordinary open group cycling journey through the picturesque landscapes of Basque Country and Rioja, where you’ll pedal through two countries, Spain and France, while immersing yourself in a rich tapestry of culture. These regions are a cyclist’s paradise, offering an array of routes for riders of all skill levels. Discover its breathtaking coastal vistas, where rugged cliffs meet the sparkling sea, and venture into the vineyard-covered hills of Rioja, where you’ll experience the heart and soul of Spain’s wine culture. Additionally, we’ll delve into the charming French Basque Country, adding a delightful twist to our adventure. Join us in discovering why this dynamic trio of destinations is renowned for its top-notch cuisine, breathtaking scenery, and exhilarating road biking experiences.

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!
This vibrant port city is widely known for its impressive mix of art, food, and culture, and we are looking forward to showcasing that to you! Arriving in Bilbao airport, make your way to the brand new Palacio Arriluce. We will gather at the hotel for aperitivo followed by dinner.

Accommodation: Palacio Arriluce

 

Day 2: Coastal Ride

Vizcaya’s coastal treasures await us! We will discover picturesque fishing villages like Plentzia and Bakio as we journey along this remarkable coastline all the way to San Juan de Gaztelugatxe church, perched dramatically by the sea, offering breathtaking views. We’ll savor the essence of Basque culture with a txakolí wine tasting at a local winery, relishing the renowned Basque white wine.

Sweet – Txakolí Winery – 42 km – Elevation 850m
Salty – Getxo loop – 76 km – Elevation 1150m
Spicy – Chapel extension – 83 km – Elevation 1300m

Accommodation: Palacio Arriluce

 

Day 3: Vuelta classic climb

Today we will experience a transition in the landscape as we journey from gentle terrain to the majestic Cantabrian Mountain Range. Upon conquering the Vuelta classic Herrera Pass, we will step into La Rioja, a globally renowned region celebrated for its exceptional wines. As we progress, the scenery will undergo a striking transformation, revealing a distinctive wine country characterized by endless rolling hills, captivating medieval towns and unique architectural wineries.
Our midday stop will be in the enchanting Laguardia, where you can also look forward to an immersive winery visit.

*1h shuttle in the morning to the ride start

Sweet – Laguardia lunch – 49 km – Elevation 900m
Salty – Samaniego Palace – 69 km – Elevation 1500m
Spicy – Elciego extensión – 85 km – Elevation 1600m

Accommodation: Palacio Samaniego

 

Day 4: La Rioja, salud!

A memorable day of cycling in the beautiful Rioja Alavesa region! We’ll take you through famous towns like Elciego and Labastida, offering multiple route options suitable for various skill levels. As we pedal through scenic vineyards and rolling hills, you’ll be captivated by the breathtaking landscapes. In the evening, we will visit the most famous winery of the area, Marques de Riscal, built by Frank Gehry.

Sweet – Labastida lunch – 45 km – Elevation 800m
Salty – Rioja loop – 73 km – Elevation 1200m
Spicy – Lanciego extensión – 86 km – Elevation 1500m

Accommodation: Palacio Samaniego

 

Day 5: Bonjour La France!

Today, we’ll transition from the Spanish Basque Country to the French side, Le Pays Basque. Our ride kicks off at Jaizkibel mount, bidding Spain farewell with a coffee break in charming Hondarribia. Crossing into France, you’ll feel the different atmosphere. Enjoy lunch in Saint-Jean-de-Luz, and in the evening, explore the vibrant town of Biarritz. This journey offers a seamless blend of cultures and a delightful taste of both Spanish and French Basque charm.

*2h shuttle in the morning to the ride start

Sweet – St. Jean de Luz Lunch – 40 km – Elevation 800m
Salty – Brindos – 60 km – Elevation 1100

Accommodation: Brindos, Lac & Château

 

Day 6: Le Pays Basque

Today we will discover the enchanting Basque towns of Espelette, renowned for its vibrant red peppers, Ainhoa, a picturesque village with traditional Basque houses, and Sare, nestled in the foothills of the Pyrenees. For those seeking a more extensive route, there’s the option to briefly cross into Spain before returning to Brindos.
As the day concludes, enjoy a delightful farewell dinner by the serene lakeside, surrounded by the natural beauty of the region.

Sweet – Sare Route – 45 km – Elevation 800m
Salty – Brindos loop – 68 km – Elevation 1250m
Spicy – Bordier challenge – 87 km Elevation 1700m

Accommodation: Brindos, Lac & Château

 

Day 7: Adios, Au Revoir, Agur!

After breakfast, we’ll check out and travel together to San Sebastian. There, we’ll enjoy a city tour, followed by a delightful farewell Pintxos lunch. 

 

Dates & Prices

Your choice of dates
(7 days/6 nights) – 5 full riding days

What is included?
  • Accommodation for 6 nights with breakfast. Lunches and dinners can be added.
  • Top range road bike or e-bike.
  • All meals with the exception of one lunch and one dinner.
  • Expertise and service from local Leaders.
  • Van support along the route.
  • 3 to 4 daily route options.
  • Local snacks, foodie treats, and beverages on the rides.
  • All baggage transportation.
  • A reusable Foodie Cycling water bottle.
  • All gratuities for baggage, porters, restaurants, and hotel service.
  • A GPS device
  • A selection of local wines and beer on each meal
What is not included?
  • Travel to Bilbao
  • Lunches and dinners, but can be added
  • Travel & Health insurance
  • Gratuities for local trip leaders
  • Anything not specified as included
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