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Andalucia

Sun drenched Sevilla to Historic Antequera

If you've dreamt of Spain, you've dreamt of Andalucia.

This is essential Spain. It's limestone peaks, mountain passes and spectacular views. It's exquisite tapas, rich olive oils, classic Spanish wines and Jamon Ibérico. But most of all, Andalucia is the birthplace of Spanish romance, where flamenco, and a vibrant history combine into a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Picasso called this place his home. You'll call it amazing.
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Ronda, Spain | Antequera, Spain

Dates

2015
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Daily Itinerary


Day

1

Today's Ride:

Ronda to Juzcar Loop
Approximately 29 miles with 3,700 feet of climbing

Description:

You’ll start your adventure in Molino El Vinculo, a 200-year old olive oil mill, for a tour and tasting of olive oils and wine, followed by an outdoor lunch of local specialties. You’ll then get acquainted with your bike, and head for the Serrania de Ronda toward the town of Juzcar. This beautiful ride is highlighted by a most unusual feature in this small town along the route. You will climb up to a ridge road to enjoy beautiful open views of the Genal valley before arriving back to your hotel in stunning Ronda. The Hotel Catalonia Reina Victoria perches on the precipice of the Tajo valley below. Tonight, convene for drinks as your guides give you an overview of the week to come, before dining together at the hotel restaurant with fresh local specialties and an impressive view.

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Hotel:

Hotel Catalonia Reina Victoria
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Included Meals:

Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner


Day

2

Today's Ride:

Ronda to Alcala del Valle via Setenil de Las Bodegas Loop
Approximately 39 miles with 3,660 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Ronda to Alcala del Valle with Shuttle from lunch
Approximately 25 miles with 2,260 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Ronda to Alcala del Valle and Olvera Loop
Approximately 56 miles with 5,125 feet of climbing

Description:

Today's ride takes you into the hills of the Sierra de las Salinas, toward the unique town of Setenil de las Bodegas, known for its architecture built into the caves within the narrow gorge of the Trejo river. You’ll then continue to Alcalá del Valle for a tapas lunch at a celebrated restaurant focused on seasonal, creative preparations. If you feel up to it, extend your ride toward the distinctive town of Olvera before heading home. Tonight’s activities include a guided walking tour of Ronda with a local friend of Trek Travel. Dinner is yours to discover in Ronda.

Hotel:

Hotel Catalonia Reina Victoria
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Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch


Day

3

Today's Ride:

Ronda to Grazelema via Benaojan
Approximately 46 miles with 4,600 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Ronda to Grazelema with Shuttle from lunch
Approximately 25 miles with 2,500 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Ronda to Grazelema via Puerta las Palomas Loop
Approximately 55 miles with 5,820 feet of climbing

Description:

Today’s ride is a challenging, scenic route through Sierra de Grazelema Natural Park. If you’re up for an adventure, tackle the Puerto de las Palomas, a road climbing through the inside the Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park. You’ll convene in Grazelema, a town considered one of the most picturesque "pueblos blancos" of the region. Here, you’ll enjoy lunch before riding or shuttling back to the hotel for a relaxing afternoon in the spa, gym, or on your own. Tonight you’re free to sightsee and shop the streets of Ronda.

Hotel:

Hotel Catalonia Reina Victoria
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Included Meals:

Breakfast


Day

4

Today's Ride:

El Burgo to Antequera with Shuttle
Approximately 46 miles with 3,600 feet of climbing

Short Option:

El Burgo with Shuttle after lunch
Approximately 20 miles with 2,200 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Ronda to Antequera via El Burgo and El Chorro
Approximately 63 miles with 4,950 feet of climbing

Description:

Today we leave Ronda, traveling through stunning views over the Puerto del Viento toward El Burgo. The road continues through the valley, along the river through fields of grazing sheep and toward El Chorro. Here you’ll see the unbelievable Guadalhorce River gorge, made legendary by “El Camino del Rey” –look above to see the precariously-perched catwalk pinned to the gorge walls over 330 feet above the river. Stop for a local lunch before taking to the hills of the Sierra de Abdalajís toward Convento La Magdelena, once a 16th century convent, now converted to a 5-star hotel. Tonight you’ll enjoy group dinner with your guides.

Hotel:

Hotel Convento la Magdelena
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Included Meals:

Breakfast | Dinner


Day

5

Today's Ride:

El Torcal to Antequera Loop
Approximately 30 miles with 3,200 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

El Torcal National Park Climb
Approximately 33 miles with 4,050 feet of climbing

Today's Activity:

Hiking at El Torcal National Park
Approximately 1 Hour

Description:

Today you ride to El Torcal – a countryside dominated by some of Europe's most impressive limestone landscapes. Conquer the climb to the entrance of the Torcal Nature Reserve for a hike to the park’s most dramatic limestone. Then, choose to ride more or continue to 5000 year-old Antequera – a town locally known as the "heart of Andalucía" where cobblestone streets are home to churches in Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque styles. Enjoy lunch in a restaurant of your choice before returning to the hotel to relax or enjoy a round of golf at the local club.Guests wanting additional miles will be provided options from the guides. Tonight you'll toast new friends before celebrating in true Andalucían style with a private flamenco performance.

Hotel:

Hotel Convento la Magdelena
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Included Meals:

Breakfast | Social Hour | Dinner


Day

6

Today's Ride:

Valle de Abdalajis Return
Approximately 20 miles with 2,025 feet of climbing

Description:

Take this morning to sleep in and relax, savoring a long breakfast or perhaps one final early-morning spin that winds back down toward the scenic Valle de Abdalijis. Challenge yourself with an out-and-back ride to El Torcal from the opposite side. Whichever you choose, you will enjoy your morning how you like, before taking the shuttle to central Málaga.

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Included Meals:

Breakfast



Dates & Pricing

2015


Mar
22nd - 27th / 6 days / 5 nights
$2999 / Person, $550 / Single OCC.
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Mar
29th -
Apr
3rd
/ 6 days / 5 nights
$2999 / Person, $550 / Single OCC.
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Apr
5th - 10th / 6 days / 5 nights
$2999 / Person, $550 / Single OCC.
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Apr
12th - 17th / 6 days / 5 nights
$2999 / Person, $550 / Single OCC.
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Apr
19th - 24th / 6 days / 5 nights
$2999 / Person, $550 / Single OCC.
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Apr
26th -
May
1st
/ 6 days / 5 nights
$2999 / Person, $550 / Single OCC.
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May
3rd - 8th / 6 days / 5 nights
$2999 / Person, $550 / Single OCC.
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May
10th - 15th / 6 days / 5 nights
$2999 / Person, $550 / Single OCC.
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Oct
25th - 30th / 6 days / 5 nights
$3399 / Person, $650 / Single OCC.
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Nov
1st - 6th / 6 days / 5 nights
$3399 / Person, $650 / Single OCC.
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Nov
8th - 13th / 6 days / 5 nights
$3399 / Person, $650 / Single OCC.
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Hotels

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Hotel Catalonia Reina Victoria

Ronda, Spain

The town of Ronda is a highlight in Andalucía, seeped in Moorish and Spanish history. It is dramatically situated on both sides of the El Tajo gorge, connected by an 18th century bridge spanning the chasm. Newly renovated, your hotel is centrally located in Ronda yet feels like a tranquil rural property. It is surrounded by pine forest and large gardens, and sits on the precipice of the valley, affording stunning views of the countryside below.
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Hotel Convento la Magdelena

Antequera, Spain

Originally a 16th century convent, this property has been transformed into an exceptional hotel experience featuring full spa facilities and restored original frescoes. The setting cannot be matched as it is surrounded by olive groves and the picturesque El Torcal natural park reserve and mountain range. The chef comes from the renowned culinary academy of el Bulli and provides exceptional dinner experiences, taking the traditional cuisine of Andalucía to new heights.

What's Included

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  • Gratuities for all scheduled special events, restaurants, hotels, local guides and transportation during your trip.
  • Private tours
  • Entrance fees to all group events/activities
  • All luggage transfers
  • All transportation during the trip, including private coaches
  • 5 nights of accommodation
  • In every region we travel, we uncover the area’s best, and most delightful accommodations. On our Andalucia trip, you will stay in two truly unique and scenic hotels—one perched atop a precipice overlooking the Tajo valley, a centrally located sanctuary in the heart of Ronda, the other a converted 16th century convent, surrounded by olive groves and commanding stunning views of the area's natural parks.
  • Daily breakfast, 2 lunches, 2 social hours, 3 dinners, and all snacks and drinks for each day
  • On our Andalucia trip, you will sample the finest local delicacies from a region where dining is both tradition and event! From the innovative and traditional dishes of top local chefs, to the agony of deciding which delicious tapas to try to a gourmet picnic prepared by your Trek Travel guides - you are invited to a celebration of the very best of Andalucía.
  • The knowledge, support, and camaraderie of experienced guides
  • Daily route support
  • The use of Garmin Touring Plus GPS cycling computer
  • Paper route guides also available upon request
  • All luggage transfers
  • All transportation during the trip, including private coaches
  • Comprehensive trip literature and complimentary Trek merchandise
  • The use of a Trek Domane 5.9 carbon road bike with Shimano Di2 electronic shifting, or Trek Domane 5.9 Women’s Specific Design carbon road bike with Shimano Di2 electronic shifting (limited selection), or Trek 7.6 FX Hybrid bicycle
  • The use of Garmin Touring Plus GPS cycling computer
  • Trek Travel t-shirt and cycling socks
  • The use of Trek bike helmets and other gear and equipment to make your ride comfortable
  • Trek Travel water bottles
  • $300 Discount on a 5 or 6 series Trek Domane or Madone, or Project One purchased at your local Trek retailer

Thank your Guides, by tipping

Gratuities for your Trek Travel guides are not included in your trip price. Industry standard is 5-10% of the trip price which will be divided by your guide team. Please tip your guides at your discretion, based on their level of professionalism, guest care and service.

  • Airfare and transportation to and from the trip pick-up/drop-off locations
  • Lodging before and after the trip
  • Personal items purchased during the trip
  • Optional activities not scheduled by Trek Travel
  • On select trips some meals are not included. On these trips, Trek Travel invites you to explore the local cuisine at your leisure.
  • Gratuities for your Trek Travel Guides may be given at your discretion in response to their professionalism and leadership.Industry standard is for each individual guest to tip the guide team 5-10% of the trip price.

FAQs

Trip Changes

Our itineraries are an approximation of our trips. Trek Travel strives to offer each and every guest a vacation of a lifetime on every trip. At times routes, hotels, activities, etc. listed here may change at the discretion of the trip designer or guides to improve the trip experience.

The springtime brings pleasant temperatures in the daytime (60F-80F) from March to May with cool evening temperatures dropping after sunset by 15-20 degrees. From September on, temperatures average from 80F-60F. Outside of the summer months, rain is always a possibility. Warm layers and rain gear for the bike and also for the evenings in town are recommended.

  • Rider Type | 3
  • Average Daily Mileage | 38
  • Terrain | Hilly
  • Average Daily Elevation | 3,700

On all of our vacations, Trek Travel strives to find quiet, paved secondary roads or bike paths to experience a region; busy roads are avoided as much as possible. Andalucia is best suited for our Type 3 Riders. Our Trek Travel guides can also easily accommodate Type 2 Riders, who seek less mileage or fewer uphills, with a boost in the van. Those who wish to ride every mile but are concerned about their physical ability may want to try our electric bike option—you still get a workout but can climb alongside even the strongest rider. Type 4+ Riders will enjoy the extra mileage the avid route options offer. The terrain is varied with some mountainous areas and occasional steep climbs. Some days the hills are short and rolling while others include sustained climbing. See Itinerary for specific daily ride distance and elevation options.

On most Trek Travel trips, we offer non-riding options for riders who want to take the afternoon off, or travel companions who want to spend little or no time in the saddle. Some of these options may need to be scheduled before your trip–please contact one of our Trip Consultants for more information. Expenses and/or related transportation to these activities may not be included in the trip price. See Included In The Trip Price for more information. Some non-riding options on this trip are:

  • Hike at stunning El Torcal National Park
  • Visit a 200 year old functioning olive oil press and taste local varieties
  • Enjoy a walking tour of historic Ronda and learn about the Roman and Moorish history
  • Taste Iberian ham and tapas
  • Take Flamenco dancing lessons

For an additional fee you may request to upgrade to the brand new Trek Emonda SLR with Shimano Di2 electronic shifting for the ultimate riding experience. Upgrades to Bontrager Aeolus carbon wheels and Trek Ride Plus electric assist bicycle are also available. Contact our trip consultants for more details.

We understand things happen in life and sometimes you have to cancel or change your bike tour. We want to make it as easy as possible to do so and below you will find our timeline. If you ever have a question, just give us a call, 866 464 8735. Read our cancellation policy.

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Travel Services

How to get there

We suggest that you arrive at least one day prior to the trip start, which will enable you to adjust to the time zone and minimize the risk of missing the trip start due to flight-related delays. We recommend that you fly into Sevilla (SVQ) and then take a taxi or the public bus outside the arrivals level and transfer to Sevilla Santa Justa Station.

Alternatively, you can fly into Madrid (MAD) or Málaga (AGP) and take the AVE train to Sevilla Santa Justa station (approximately 2-2.5 hours) which runs regularly. Tickets can be purchased in advance through Rail Europe at raileurope.com. For detailed train schedules, consult www.renfe.com/EN/viajeros/horarios.html

Sevilla Santa Justa Train Station | Sevilla, Spain

Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at the Sevilla Santa Justa Train Station (Avenida Kansas City, S/N, 41007 Sevilla, Spain) at 9:30 AM on the first day of the trip. You'll then shuttle 1.5 hours to Zahara de la Sierra, to a 200-year old olive oil mill (molino) where you will enjoy an outdoor lunch with local specialties along with a tour and tasting. Please have your first day cycling clothes and riding gear easily accessible, separate from your luggage. After lunch your guides will do personal bike fittings then start your day’s ride along the reservoir, overlooking the Sierra de Grazelema towards Ronda.

If you will be late for the pick-up or are going to miss it altogether, please inform your guides. You will receive an email a week before the trip start with their names and contact details. If you cannot reach them, please call our first hotel, Hotel Catalonia Reina Victoria (+34 952 871 240), and leave a message with your expected arrival time and contact details. A taxi from Sevilla Santa Justa train station to your ride start or first hotel will take about 1.5 to 2 hours and will cost around 175 Euros.

Málaga Train Station | Málaga, Spain

You will say farewell to your guides at 11:00 AM at the Hotel Convento la Magdelena. You'll shuttle 1 hour to the central Málaga Train station, arriving at approximately 12:00 PM. Please allow adequate connection time for any ongoing travel to accommodate possible traffic delays.

We recommend that you fly out of Málaga (AGP). From Málaga Maria Zambrano train station, there is a regular train to the airport that arrives across from the Terminal 3 arrivals area, which takes only 8 minutes. For more information, consult http://www.renfe.com/viajeros/cercanias/Málaga/index.html

Before: SEVILLA, SPAIN

The capital of Andalucía is beautiful Sevilla, a thriving city full of historical significance and modern life. The grand Cathedral and the exquisite Real Alcázar Palace are not to be missed. Visit the Museo del Baile Flamenco to learn the history of this gorgeous and popular music and dance. Enjoy an endless choice of tapas bars, making sure to hit the Santa Cruz and Alfalfa neighborhoods. Be sure to take a stroll along the top of the Parasol Metropol at sunset, a contemporary sculptural building within the old city where you can take in the views from above as well as seeing archeological finds below. We recommend the following accommodations for your pre-trip hotel:

Corral del Rey

Treat yourself to this very intimate boutique hotel—wonderfully hidden in the attractive Alfalfa district yet only five minutes walk from Sevilla’s famous Cathedral and Alcázar Palace. The mix of design elements from Roman marble columns and wood beams to the clean linens and rain showers make this such a enticing stay, you might not want to leave your room to explore the city.

Corral del Rey, 12 | +34 954 227 116 | www.CorraldelRey.com | ~$390

Hospes Las Casas del Rey Baeza

Mixing elements of Arabic and European styles makes this hotel pure Andalucía. Tucked away in the desirable Santa Cruz district, you can enjoy the fresh interiors of your room or go up to the rooftop patio to enjoy the lounge area by the pool, before heading out your door to a great variety of restaurants, bars and city sights, all close to the hotel.

Plaza Jesus De La Redención, 2 | +34 954 561 496 | www.Hospes.com | ~$210

Hotel Amadeus

Amadeus is a unique, musically-themed hotel set within an 18th-century manor house in the central Santa Cruz neighborhood. Although recently refurbished, the hotel has retained much of its original charm while adding modern touches. All rooms are uniquely decorated and the property also features a rooftop patio with views of practically the entire historical center. Feel free to try out any of the instruments available or listen to one of the hosted concerts. Or retreat, undisturbed, to the comforts of your room.

c/ Farnesio 6 | +34 954 501 443 | www.HotelAmadeusSevilla.com | ~$130

After: MÁLAGA, SPAIN

The end of the trip brings you to the vibrant coastal city of Málaga, coined the capital of the Costa del Sol. Filled with great restaurants and bars, it is also making its mark as an art and cultural destination with many museums, contemporary art galleries, and significant historical monuments. Be sure to see the magnificent Cathedral, the Moorish castle Alcazaba and the remains of a Roman amphitheater. There are 2 museums dedicated one of the most famous artists of the 20th century, Málaga-born Pablo Picasso. Consider using Málaga as a hub from which to take day trips to Granada, Gibraltar, nearby coastal towns and perhaps even Morocco. We recommend the following accommodations for your post-trip hotel:

Room Mate Lola

This highly recommended boutique hotel located in the old city center is just 10 minutes walk from the Picasso museum. Built in 2006 and designed by Lorenzo Castillo, it offers rooms of various types, incorporating both modern and antique elements.

c/ Casas de Campos, 17 | +34 952 579 300www.Lola.com | ~$110

Hotel Molina Lario

Opposite the cathedral of Málaga and close to the city’s top museums and attractions, this well-appointed 4 star hotel is a set of three buildings joined together, two of them dating back to the nineteenth century. Relax in beautifully designed rooms or enjoy a cocktail on the rooftop terrace with its stellar views!

Hotel Vincci Málaga

If the Mediterranean seaside is calling you, and you prefer beachfront properties to the city center, this clean, modern hotel is a perfect solution. Located just a few miles west of the historical district, it offers you an easy beach getaway. All rooms are bright and well-appointed but be sure to ask for a room with a view of the sea!


* Hotels listed above are local properties we love. We do not have special rates available.

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