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HIDDEN GEM

Duration-Eat-Sleep-Cycle-European-Bike-Vacation

6 NIGHTS

LUXURY

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LEVEL 1-2

Distance-Eat-Sleep-Cycle-European-Bike-Tour

119 – 269 KM

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2,370 – 4,890 M

BASQUE COUNTRY & LA RIOJA CYCLE TOUR

Begin the tour in the Basque city of Bilbao and take a tour of the iconic Guggenheim museum, located just outside our first hotel.

The next morning we head south to La Rioja and check-in to the gorgeous Viura hotel. From here take in a warm-up ride around the vineyards & visit the historic village of Laguardia. Spend the evening at the Eguren Ugarte family vineyard for wine tasting and a traditional meal. Our final day in Rioja is spent cycling to the town of Haro and exploring the River Ebro.

All too soon it’s time to head north to the coast and the beachside city of San Sebastian. Enjoy an optional ride to Monte Igeldo and take in breathtaking views of the city. Get to know the food scene with a pintxos tour by our local guides. The next two days of riding enjoy a spin along the Costa Verde & finish the week with an ascent of the Jaizkibel – a climb featured in the annual Clasica San Sebastian bike race.

Celebrate the end of the tour with a glass of cava on the exclusive terrace at Lasala Plaza.

CYCLING ITINERARY

Day 1:

Arrival in Bilbao
Afternoon culture: Visit Frank Gehry’s Guggenheim musem

Day 2:

Transfer from Bilbao to La Rioja
Leisure ride: Laguardia & Elitziego, 30 km, 600 m
Intermediate ride: Laguardia & the Balcony of La Rioja, 69 km, 1,400 m

Day 3:

Haro
Leisure ride: Rivas de Tereso & Haro, 30 km, 420 m, shuttle home
Intermediate ride: Rivas de Tereso, Haro & Briones, 74 km, 940 m

Day 4:

Transfer from La Rioja to San Sebastian
Optional ride: La Concha bay & Monte Igeldo, 9km, 150 m
Afternoon culture: Enjoy the flavours of San Sebastian on a world-class pintxos tour by Mimo

Day 5:

The Costa Verde
Leisure ride: Monte Igeldo & Getaria, 30 km, 600m
Intermediate ride: Enjoy a loop home after lunch in Getaria, 62 km, 1,300 m

Day 6:

The Jaizkibel – homage to the Clasica San Sebastian
Leisure: Climb one side to Hondarriba & take a transfer home, 29 km, 600 m
Intermediate: Enjoy two ascents of the Jaizkibel, 55 km, 1,100 m

Day 7:

Departure from San Sebastian

IS THIS TOUR FOR ME?

Our luxury tour of La Rioja & Pais Vasco is for Leisure & Intermediate riders. It’s a fully supported experience which is tailored to each and every guest. This is an itinerary which is great for those who prefer not to cycle, with exquisite hotels to enjoy as well as a wealth of activities to choose from (think hot air balloon rides, vineyard tours & exploring the historic villages of Laguardia, Logroño & Haro in La Rioja & shopping, beach days & cooking classes in San Sebastian).

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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • VISIT THE GUGGENHEIM
  • WINE TASTING AT THE MARQUIS DE RISCAL
  • LAGUARDIA, HARO & LOGROÑO
  • TRY BASQUE PINTXOS IN SAN SEBASTIAN
  • EXPERIENCE PETRITEGI CIDER HOUSE
  • MONTE IGELGO, LA CONCHA BEACH, THE JAIZKIBEL

BASQUE COUNTRY TOUR INFORMATION

RIDE SUPPORT

Full Support

The ride is fully-supported by an Eat Sleep Cycle staff crew, guiding you on the road and in an Eat Sleep Cycle vehicle.

Our support staff are experienced professionals from all walks of life united by a love of cycling. They’ll take care of everything; keeping you and your bike in tip top condition throughout the tour.

All you have to do is Eat, Sleep, Cycle.

Quick Facts
  • THE BASQUE LANGUAGE HAS 7 DIFFERENT DIALECTS
  • THERE ARE NEARLY  40 MICHELIN STAR RESTAURANTS IN THE BASQUE COUNTRY
  • THE CLÁSICA SAN SEBASTIAN IS A WORLD TOUR BIKE RACE WHICH STARTED IN 1981

FOOD & ACCOMMODATION

Wolrd Class Gastronomy

The basque country is synonymous with excellent food.

Breakfast is included every day at the hotel. Lunches are also included and we focus on light meals to keep you energized for the rest of the day. These are either a nutritious picnic served by your support team in beautiful locations or at our favourite terraces & bars along our ride routes.

Evening meals are to be savoured & are selected to showcase the best locations & variety of food on offer in the region. 4 very special food experiences are included & guests are free to explore the diverse cusine on offer for two evenings in San Sebastian – we recommend making reservations in advance (we can help with this!)

Basque Hospitality

We’ve hand-picked the best 4* & 5* hotels in the region, each with a unique identity, exemplary service & attention to detail.

Gran Hotel Domine, Bilbao * * * * *

A five star hotel located in front of the Guggenheim museum this hotel is a magnet for art & culture lovers and features a stunning rooftop terrace.

Hotel Viura, La Rioja * * * *

A stylish design hotel perfectly located for exploring the vineyards.

Lasala Plaza Hotel, San Sebastián * * * *

A gorgeous hotel overlooking La Concha bay in the heart of San Sebastian.

BIKE HIRE

Bike Hire

Benefit from a 10% discount on any Eat Sleep Cycle bike hire as part of this package.

Choose from a Ridley, designed in cycling’s heartland of Belgium, or a state-of-the-art Factor bike.  All our bikes are supplied with compact 50-34 chainsets & 11-32 cassettes. 

Our Bikes

FACTOR O2

  • State-of-the-art lightweight frameset
  • Black Inc. carbon wheels & finishing kit
  • Shimano Ultegra Di2

RIDLEY FENIX SL 105

  • Carbon Frame
  • Shimano 105 11-speed
  • Forza RC23 wheelset

RIDLEY FENIX DISC

  • Disc Brake Road Bike
  • Carbon Frame
  • Shimano Ultegra 11-speed
  • Hydraulic disc brakes
  • DTSwiss R24 DB wheelset.

RIDLEY HELIUM X

  • Carbon Frame
  • Shimano Ultegra 11-speed
  • Forza RC23 wheelset

TRIP SUMMARY

Classic Climbs of the Alps Tour Dates

2020 Trip Dates

12th – 17th July 2020

On demand for groups

Available as a custom tour 

Classic Climbs of the Alps Cycling Tour Pricing

Price Per Head

€3,699*

Single Supplement €699

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Travel Logistics

Meet point: Meet at Bilbao train station on Day 1 of the tour at 12 noon or make your own way to the hotel to meet at 13:00.

Departure: Plan your onward travel from San Sebastian. We can book your transfers for you.

What's Included?

Cycling: Fully guided and supported.
Accommodation: 6 nights, 5* & 4* Hotels
Food: Breakfast, Lunch & 4 evening meals
Bike Hire: Optional
Transfers: Available

Group Bookings

Groups of 6 or more riders: can opt to make a tour private and choose their own dates.
Groups of 8 or more riders: can benefit from a 5% discount.

Payment

Deposit: a 50% deposit will secure your place on the tour.
Balance: the outstanding balance is due 2 months in advance of the tour.

The team at Eat Sleep Cycle (ESC) are hands down the best in Spain that I've worked with! I've been on around 10 trips with different tour organizers, and ESC's have been the best organized, most fun, most challenging trips I've experienced. Their attitude really encourages everyone to have a great time, regardless of level or experience, and their support and equipment are top notch.

Rich

I loved traveling with ESC and would book another trip with them - for sure! The emphasis was about having fun and achieving our goals as a group. The guides were safe, easy to get to know and encouraging throughout the rides. The support was amazing! We had plenty of food, snacks and drinks along the ride and Lee and his team were totally accommodating to riders of all levels. The hotels were great and meals excellent.

C.S

WHY EAT SLEEP CYCLE?

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EXCELLENT LOCATION

Our home in Girona, Spain, gives us unique access to remarkable people and places, allowing us to create world class cycling tours.

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EXPERT GUIDES

Our guides are experts in cycling, travel & hosting world class tours. We recruit professionals from all walks of life who love to ride.

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98% of our guests say they’ll come back to Eat Sleep Cycle for another tour.

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LOCAL KNOWLEDGE

Ride with Eat Sleep Cycle and enjoy the best roads, landscapes & cultural experiences thanks to our knowledge.

GO PRIVATE

Want to make this a trip of a lifetime for your loved ones? Go private & we’ll tailor the itinerary & dates just for you.

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