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Mediterranean Retreat

On the Mediterranean just south of Barcelona lies Sitges, a beautiful sun-kissed village nestled above the sea in the heart of the Penedès wine region.

Your villa, Almiral de la Font, is an exquisite manor house surrounded by olive trees and citrus groves. This will serve as your luxurious private home for the week. You'll savor the essence of Spain and all its flavors, proud traditions and vibrant culture. From tranquil vineyards to pine-filled river valleys – this cycling vacation reveals spectacular sea views and glimpses into ancient history as you pedal past abandoned fortresses and castles. You will be rewarded with rich experiences, scenic riding, and a host of optional activities that can be tailored to suit every interest.
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Sitges, (Barcelona) Spain

Dates

2015
Oct

Daily Itinerary


Day

1

Today's Activity:

Welcome and Bike Fit

Description:

After a short shuttle, you arrive at your beautiful private villa. Settle in, make yourself at home with a glass of cava and a sumptuous picnic lunch highlighting the local specialties of Catalunya. Explore the estate's grounds including orchards, vineyards and olive groves or maybe just relax on the terrace and refresh yourself with a dip in the infinity pool. For the rest of the afternoon, your guides will fit and familiarize you with your bike for the week. Tonight we'll shuttle into the heart of Sitges where you meet our private guide for a tour of the cobblestone streets. You'll be regaled with stories of 'Los Americanos' - the locals who left this poor fishing village seeking fortune in the New World and returned to build the wedding cake style houses that line the streets of this unique Mediterranean beach town. Our final stop for the evening is a locally renowned restaurant, a stone's throw from the Mediterranean sea where you 'll be spoiled for choice with the hand picked menu.

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Hotel:

Ca l’Almiral de la Font
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Included Meals:

Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner


Day

2

Today's Ride:

Almiral to Les Cases Loop
Approximately 47 miles with 2,560 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Almiral to Cal Padri shuttle to Almiral
Approximately 23 miles with 1,200 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Almiral to Les Cases Loop with El Montmell Climb
Approximately 62 miles with 3,800 feet of climbing

Description:

This morning's ride takes you along country roads in the Foix river valley and past the medieval castle of Castellet that commands spectacular views of the pristine Foix Lake. The only sounds you'll hear are the wings of the elegant blue storks as they fish for their lunch. We'll continue through the vineyards on winding country lanes where you can choose to climb up into the national park of Montmell or take a short cut to relax at a country bistro and savor an innovative Catalan lunch. This afternoon, descend back into the valley and relax poolside at the villa with an evening cocktail as the sun sets. Meanwhile, your private master chef Gillian will be busy preparing fresh local seafood for this evening's spectacular feast.

Hotel:

Ca l’Almiral de la Font
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Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner


Day

3

Today's Ride:

Almiral to to Pares Balta Return
Approximately 33 miles with 2,200 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Short Almiral to Pares Balta, shuttle to Almiral
Approximately 18 miles with 2,000 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Almiral to to Pares Balta Return with Fonti Rubi Loop
Approximately 51 miles with 3,400 feet of climbing

Description:

Today, venture into the Penedès wine country to uncover its treasures. Your ride takes along the path less traveled along cyprus-tree lined lanes and up into the heart of this famous cava region where time appears to stand still. Your first stop is the Parés Baltà vineyard, a family-owned winery dating back to 1790, where traditional principles and cutting-edge viticulture combine to create the finest organic wines. Enjoy a private tour of the vineyard before tasting a selection of their vintages paired with a delicious tapas style lunch. This afternoon, wine lovers may linger awhile to enjoy another glass, while riders are invited to explore the Font-Rubí mountain range. Passing scattered farmhouses and chapels, you'll climb up to the small medieval village of Fonti Rubi before a descending home back through the valley to our villa. Tonight, we'll muddle our own mojitos and learn the secrets of Sitges most famous 'export' with a private tour of the Bacardi family museum. Afterwards, Sitges is yours to explore - wander the cobbled streets or stroll along the boardwalk to dine at the bistro of your choice.

Hotel:

Ca l’Almiral de la Font
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Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch


Day

4

Today's Activity:

Rest day
Enjoy your private villa

Optional Ride:

Almiral to Rat Penat to Sitges Loop
Approximately 20 miles with 3,000 feet of climbing

Optional Avid Ride:

Almiral to Rat Penat ascent to Sitges Loop
Approximately 40 miles with 5,600 feet of climbing

Description:

Choose to relax and enjoy the amenities at the villa (perhaps a massage or a day at the beach is in order). Alternatively, ride up into the massifs of the natural park of Garraf. You'll climb through this spectacular landscape dotted with enormous cacti and ancient farmhouses before a final descent of the famous Rat Penat climb, down to the azure Mediterranean Sea. Choose to turn around and tackle this short but steep ascent, a challenging 4.6km with an average 10% grade, with sections of over 20%. Finally, spin back to Sitges over the old cliff-topped coastal road and enjoy lunch in the sun on the outdoor terraces followed by a dip in the sea before the return ride to your private villa. Tonight, a culinary extravaganza awaits with with a private cooking class discovering the art of paella with chef Gillian in the state of the art kitchen back at your villa.

Hotel:

Ca l’Almiral de la Font
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Included Meals:

Breakfast | Social Hour | Dinner


Day

5

Today's Ride:

Almiral to Begues Return
Approximately 51 miles with 3,500 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Almiral to Begues shuttle to Almiral
Approximately 26 miles with 1,600 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Almiral to Begues to Gava Return
Approximately 55 miles with 4,000 feet of climbing

Description:

After a hearty breakfast, take to the country lanes and wind through the mosaic of vineyards up to the red cliffs of the village of Begues, perched high atop hills overlooking Barcelona and a spectacular view of the sea. Keen riders may choose to descend to the base of Col de Begues and then climb back up the switchbacks before rejoining the rest of the group for lunch on the terrace at an old farmhouse overlooking the bay and Barcelona. Tonight, return to your villa for a special celebration! Chef Gillian will prepare a sumptuous outdoor dinner for you to enjoy while taking in the sounds of live Cuban music! Revel in the atmosphere, sample the delicious fare and raise a glass as you dine and dance under the Spanish stars to the rhythms of Chichi Valdes! A night to celebrate the vacation of a lifetime.

Hotel:

Ca l’Almiral de la Font
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Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner


Day

6

Today's Ride:

Olivella Return
Approximately 12 miles with 750 feet of climbing

Description:

Though this morning’s ride is short, it's a great last spin through the classic Penedès countryside. Or simply linger over a ‘café con leche’ and “huevos revueltos” and enjoy a leisurely morning, soaking in the gorgeous views from the breakfast patio. Before you bid your farewells, enjoy a final dip in the pool, stroll through the grounds of this beautiful ‘masia’ and savor the picturesque, peaceful landscape of the Spanish countryside.

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Included Meals:

Breakfast



OPTIONAL BARCELONA ADD-ON PACKAGE


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Explore the city of Bareclona

3 days | 2 nights

$1099 per person

Based on double occupancy.

About:

Discover the dynamic and diverse Mediterranean city of Barcelona and get a taste of the unique culture, boutique shopping, innovative gastronomy and an avant-garde spirit of the Catalonian capital. Taste tapas on the famous Las Ramblas walking boulevard, admire the amazing works of Gaudi including the iconic La Sagrada Familia church and visit many other area attractions. Barcelona will captivate you and make you want to return again and again.

Discover Spanish cuisine with a 1/2 day cooking class that starts with an optional walking tour around the famous Boqueria market, where a chef will give you plenty of tips on picking local, seasonal products. OR ½ day city tour including skip-the-line access and guided visit to Sagrada Familia Perfect for first-time visitors, the tour will show you the city’s most iconic sights and allow you to discover some of Barcelona’s best-kept secrets. You'll enjoy skip-the-line access at La Sagrada Familia, so you can avoid the long queues at this popular attraction. You’ll also visit the hill of Montjuïc and the Gothic Quarter.

What's Included:

  • 2 Nights Accommodation at a 4 star property in downtown Barcelona
  • 1 Arranged dinner reservation at a hand-picked, unique tapas bistro
  • 1 Scheduled cultural activity (choice of ½ day cooking class or city tour with Sagrada Familia visit)
  • Ground transportation arranged accordingly from Barcelona to your Trek Travel trip start or from your Trek Travel trip-end location to Barcelona
  • Detailed list of our recommended area attractions and restaurants
  • Dedicated travel coordinator to assist with connections and reservations for your entire Trek Travel trip at no additional fee ($200 value)

How to get there

Choose the Barcelona add-on package before or after your Costa Brava, Mallorca Beach, Pyrenees Sea to Sea or Mallorca Ride Camp trip package. Rail tickets either to the Trek Travel meeting location or from the Trek Travel meeting location are included with your package.

Suggested Area Attractions:

  • La Sagrada Familia
  • Magic Fountain
  • Van Gogh Museum
  • Mirc Museum
  • Las Ramblas
  • Playa de Catalunya
  • Park G ell



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Travel Coordinator Services:

Barcelona, Spain

Description:

As your dedicated travel coordinator I’ll make sure your travel arrangements are seamless. Assistance with arranging flights and full advisory services are included with your add on package. Once booked, you will receive a confirmation with exact dates, hotel and restaurant details along with a detailed list of suggested attractions & city guide.

Lindsay Juley

Please note: Gratuity is not included for any part of the package. Please tip at your own discretion.




Dates & Pricing

2015


Oct
11th - 16th / 6 days / 5 nights
$4999 / Person, $950 / Single OCC. / Suite upgrades available for $500 per room
Oct
18th - 23rd / 6 days / 5 nights
$4999 / Person, $950 / Single OCC. / Suite upgrades available for $500 per room

Hotels

ba-almiral

Ca l’Almiral de la Font

Avinguda Olesa de Bonesvalls

Ca l’Almiral de la Font is an exquisite, private villa situated among olive trees and vineyards in the Penedès wine country just 10 minutes from the Mediterranean coast. This traditional ‘masia’ (manor house) has been lovingly renovated and lavishly refurbished to maintain the original building’s historic charm, while also affording guests every possible luxury – inside and out!

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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
  • Your own Private Chef
  • Private Guided Wine Tour & Tasting
  • Private Guided Walking Tour of Sitges
  • 5 nights of accommodation
  • In every region we travel, we uncover the area’s best, and most delightful accommodations. On our Barcelona trip, you will stay in Almiral de la Font, an exquisite private villa situated among olive trees and citrus groves in the Penedès wine country 10 minutes from the Mediterranean coast. This traditional manor house has been lovingly renovated and lavishly refurbished to maintain the original building’s historic charm, while also affording guests every possible luxury – inside and out!
  • Daily breakfast, 4 lunches, 3 social hours, 4 dinners, and all snacks and drinks for each day
  • On our Barcelona trip, you will enjoy your own private chef who will prepare a bounty of local specialties and give a lesson in making the traditional Spanish dish 'paella.' You'll try Spain's famous tapas and also dine in delightful local bistros to enjoy the eclectic tastes of Catalunya!
  • 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 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 Bontrager RL jersey 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.

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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 spring season brings greener hills, with pleasant daytime temperatures (70F-80F) and evening temperatures 10-15 degrees cooler. The fall is drier and warmer with daytime temperatures reaching the mid 80s. Being close to the Pyrenees mountains there is always the chance of the odd cold spell or rain shower. Light layers and a waterproof shell are recommended.

  • Rider Type | 3
  • Average Daily Mileage | 45
  • Terrain | Hilly
  • Average Daily Elevation | 2,800

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. Barcelona Villa 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 hilly inland valleys and coastline. Hills generally are short, but can be steep in places.

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:

  • Explore the beautifully preserved medieval town of Sitges
  • Take a private painting or yoga class
  • Tour a local vineyard and taste the famous "Penedès" wines
  • Learn how to cook authentic Paella at a private cooking class at your villa
  • Swim in the crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean
  • Spend the day on the beaches of Barcelona

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.

Didn't find what you were looking for? Check out our General FAQs section. You will find answers to all the most common questions that don't necessarily pertain to a specific trip.

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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 Barcelona (BCN) and then transfer by bus or train to Sitges.

Outside Terminal 1, buses depart every 20 minutes for the center of Barcelona and the Barcelona Sants train station. Alternatively, taxis are plentiful and operate 24 hours a day. The trip to the city center takes 20-30 minutes and costs around 25 euros. Trains depart for Sitges every 20 minutes from the Barcelona Sants or Estació de França stations. For more information, consult www.renfe.com.

Sitges Train Station | Sitges, (Barcelona) Spain

Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at the Sitges Train Station (Carrer Hort Gran, 08870, Sitges, Barcelona) at 12:00 PM on the first day of the trip. You'll then shuttle 15 minutes to Almiral de la Font, your private villa retreat for the week. After a sumptuous picnic of local delights, your guides will spend the rest of the afternoon making sure you have the perfect fit to your bike.

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. A taxi from the Sitges train station to your villa will take about 15 minutes and cost around 30 Euros.

Barcelona Sants Train Station | Barcelona, Spain

You will say farewell to your guides at 11:00 AM at the Almiral de la Font. You'll then shuttle 45 minutes to the Barcelona Sants Train Station, arriving at approximately 12:00 PM. Please allow adequate connection time for any further travel to accommodate possible traffic delays.

Before: SITGES, SPAIN

On the Mediterranean coast just south of Barcelona lies the charming and beautifully preserved former fishing village of Sitges - long a favorite destination for sun worshippers looking for a peaceful relaxing hideaway. Boasting 17 golden sandy beaches, a wealth of cosmopolitan bars, restaurants and clubs, great shopping, museums, and the idyllic myriad white walled cobblestone streets of the old town – Sitges is a destination with something for everybody. We recommend the following accommodations for your pre-trip hotel:

San Sebastian Playa Hotel

This 4 star hotel has a great location in a beautiful little bay on the San Sebastián beach. It enjoys stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea, while being only 100 yards from the historical city center. All rooms have a private balcony on which you can enjoy your breakfast or a glass of cava under a starlit sky.

c/ Port Alegre, 53 | www.HotelSanSebastian.com | ~$200

Davallada

Built in 1878 this boutique hotel has only 4 luxury suites, but each one has been lovingly restored and redecorated keeping all the original features. The hotel is located in the heart of the old town of Sitges and enjoys absolutely stunning views of Sitges and the Mediterranean from its terraces.

Carrer de la Davallada 9 | +34 635 765 090 | www.Davallada.com | ~$250

Alenti Hotel

A brand new 4 star, 9 room boutique hotel located in the center of downtown. Designed by world renowned architect Carlos Ferrater Lambarri and Lucía Ferrater, the Alenti Hotel is truly unique.

Calle Primero de mayo de 1838, 19 | +34 938 114 790 | www.HotelAlenti.com | ~$200

After: BARCELONA, Spain

The Catalonian capital of Barcelona boasts a beautiful coastline, a great diversity of culture, leisure and shopping, creative, innovative gastronomy, and an avant-garde spirit. Be sure to check out some of the fantastic architecture and art of Antonio Gaudi, such as Sagrada Familia or Parc Guell. The Gothic quarter is the heart of Barcelona’s old town, with narrow cobblestone streets on which Picasso and Miró lived long ago. Las Ramblas is a long tree-lined shoppers’ paradise that leads to the sea. Be sure not to miss the fascinating Boqueria market as well. We recommend the following accommodations for your post-trip hotel:

Hotel Arts

Opened in 1994, Hotel Arts Barcelona has a unique location on the seafront in the city’s Olympic Village area. It’s the tallest building in Barcelona, with contemporary interiors and a showcase of a 20th century collection of specially commissioned works of Catalan and Spanish artists.

Marina 19-21 | +34 932 21 10 00 | www.HotelArtsBarcelona.com | ~$525

Casa Camper

A 19th century building converted into a cozy 25-room hotel. In the multicultural neighborhood of El Raval, just a few steps from the famous La Boqueria market, Casa Camper is the perfect location to indulge in Barcelona’s vibrant nightlife. You can do this actively by using one of the Casa Camper’s bicycles, or by enjoying the spectacular view across the city from the rooftop terrace.

Carrer Elisabets 11 | +34 933 42 62 80 | www.CasaCamper.com | ~$350

B Hotel

An innovative minimalist hotel fusing modern design with state of the art technology. Roof terrace has magnificent panoramic views of the city. Close to many major tourist attractions and enjoys excellent connections with the airport and metro system.

Gran Via 389-391 | +34 932 52 52 85 | www.B-Hotel.com | ~$210


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

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