Spain

Costa Brava

Recreational

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Costa Brava

Explore the Catalonian Coast and Girona

On the alluring Mediterranean shoreline where the mountains meet the sea, somewhere between the real and the surreal, warm sunshine, winding roads, panoramic views, and Catalan charm combine to create a truly unique bicycle vacation.

From nights in a seaside Iberian villa to days spent biking the Empordà plain and exploring the mystical musings of Salvador Dalí, this Mediterranean paradise offers a perfect active travel mixture of lively culture, fabulous cuisine, and varied cycling terrain. Are you ready to expand your definition of luxury along the enchanting coast of Spain?

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$4299PP

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Recreational

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Luxury

 

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Duration

6 days | 5 nights
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Start | End

Madremanya, Spain (Girona) | S’Agaró, Spain (Girona)

Dates

2015
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Daily Itinerary


Day

1

Today's Ride:

Sant Martí d'Empúries to Madremanya
Approximately 22 miles with 970 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Sant Martí d'Empúries to Ullastret
Approximately 15 miles with 400 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Sant Martí d'Empúries to Puig Alta to Madremanya
Approximately 30 miles with 1,935 feet of climbing

Description:

Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at the Girona Train Station at 11:00 AM on the first day of your trip. After a 45-minute shuttle, you’ll arrive in the 12th century village of Sant Martí d'Empúries for a delicious lunch of tapas on the shores of the Mediterranean, where your guides will ensure you a perfect fit with your bike and familiarize you with its features. After lunch you take to the road for a short warm-up ride on a gently undulating route to the perfectly preserved medieval village of Ullastret aswell as a fascinating Iberian archeological site that was inhabited continually from 7BC until its mysterious abandonment in the late 17th century . This evening, you’ll reconvene for drinks with your traveling companions as your guides fill you in on the details of the adventures of the week to come, before dining together at a gourmet restaurant set in a beautifully restored 14th century farmhouse.

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Hotel:

La Plaça de Madremanya
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Included Meals:

Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner


Day

2

Today's Ride:

Madremanya to Pals Loop
Approximately 35 miles with 1,350 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Madremanya to Pals
Approximately 20 miles with 600 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Madremanya to Pals to Santa Pellaia Loop
Approximately 52 miles with 2,570 feet of climbing

Description:

Today make sure to pack your camera, as you’ll have the chance to explore and capture the stunning countryside, ancient villages, and castles of the Empordà plain. With good visibility, you’ll be able to enjoy extraordinary panoramic views that encompass the easternmost mountains of the Pyrenean range and the towering Montgrí massif that rises above the countryside of the Baix Empordà. Stop at the medieval village of Pals, where you can wander the cobblestone streets before enjoying a gourmet picnic lunch of local delicacies specially prepared by your guides. This afternoon, wind your way back through charming hamlets and green pastures decked with abundant sprays of wildflowers. Tonight you’ll learn about the history of medieval Peratallada on a private walking tour, before enjoying a dinner at one of the colorful bistros in this beautifully preserved and truly enchanting town.

Hotel:

La Plaça de Madremanya
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Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner


Day

3

Today's Ride:

Madremanya to Calonge to s’Agaro
Approximately 32 miles with 1,220 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Madremanya to Calonge
Approximately 23 miles with 900 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Madremanya to Calonge to Romanya de la Selva to s’Agaró
Approximately 54 miles with 2,420 feet of climbing

Description:

Today you ride from the plains to the sea through Les Gavarres. The Gavarres mountains have been inhabited since prehistoric times and are largely protected as a nature reserve, dotted with a few farmhouses and hamlets. One of the great features of today is the Castell de Dalí, a gift from Costa Brava-born artist Salvador Dalí to his wife, Gala. The castle was transformed into a museum, showcasing the lives and art of the Dalís. Before lunch, you'll take a private tour of Mas Ponsjoan, a family-run vineyard, where age-old traditions have been handed down through generations to preserve the natural methods used on the farm, before a lunch that pairs their organic wines with local specialties on the vineyard grounds. To finish, there is a final gentle descent to sea level and your home for the next three nights, the decadent Hostal de la Gavina. There will be plenty of time to take in the seaside pool or a massage before dinner on the terrace, overlooking the crystalline Mediterranean.

Hotel:

Hostal de la Gavina
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Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner


Day

4

Today's Activity:

Sailboat Cruise in the Mediterranean Sea

Today’s Ride:

S'Agaro to Santa Pellaia Loop
Approximately 56 miles with 4,015 feet of climbing

Description:

Admire Costa Brava’s dramatic coastline today from the tranquil calm of the Mediterranean Sea! Spend the morning on calm, crystal waters aboard our private sailboat, cruising past secluded rocky coves and powder sand beaches. With a picnic lunch on the boat and plenty of time to relax, take the opportunity to take a dip, maybe go snorkeling or simply lie back and soak in the sun and scenery! The sail boat is always a favorite with our guests – but if you prefer more time in the saddle we can also offer some additional riding options to explore further inland. This afternoon is yours to enjoy as you wish – maybe with a stroll on the beach, some time enjoying the hotel’s luxurious facilities, or perhaps with a trip into Platja d’Aro to explore the many shopping opportunities and attractions before deciding which of the many fantastic restaurants to visit for dinner. Sleep soundly tonight after a day of fresh sea air, great food and excellent local wines!

Hotel:

Hostal de la Gavina
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Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch


Day

5

Today's Ride:

S’Agaro to Tossa de Mar Return
Approximately 32 miles with 2,850 feet of climbing

Short Option:

S’Agaro to Tossa de Mar
Approximately 16 miles with 1,600 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

S'Agaro to Ermita de St Grau to Tossa de Mar Loop
Approximately 40 miles with 3,950 feet of climbing

Description:

This morning the journey is the destination as you ride along quiet winding roads which follow the extraordinary Costa Brava coastline - reminiscent of California’s Big Sur – but with many more cyclists than cars! Stop for a lunch of your choice in the medieval walled town of Tossa de Mar and ride back to the hotel along the same spectacular route, or maybe spend the afternoon exploring the old town and castle or relax on the beach and watch the world go by. This evening, relax and savor authentic Catalan cuisine with a twist as the chef at our favorite Michelin starred restaurant serves up innovative dishes featuring the finest seasonal, local produce. Raise a glass and toast to an incredible week of riding, culinary treats and newfound friends.

Hotel:

Hostal de la Gavina
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Included Meals:

Breakfast | Dinner


Day

6

Today's Ride:

S'Agaro to Romanya de la Selva Loop
Approximately 21 miles with 1,520 feet of climbing

Description:

Although this morning’s ride is shorter, it offers spectacular views of the Gavarres Mountains. The rolling hills take you into ancient farmland, where you can also stop off to explore a mystical grove containing a prehistoric burial site with some of the best preserved dolmens in Europe. Alternatively, squeeze in some shopping in town, time at the beach, or simply sleep in before boarding your shuttle, all the while contemplating where your next Trek Travel adventure will take you. You will say farewell to your guides at 12:00 PM at Hostal de la Gavina.

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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

CURRENT PRICING AVAILABLE UNTIL JANUARY 7TH

We reward our guests with lower pricing and more dates to choose from the earlier you book. Rest assured, once you book your price and date are guaranteed.

2015


May
24th - 29th / 6 days / 5 nights
$4299 / Person, $850 / Single OCC.
Guaranteed *
May
31st -
Jun
5th
/ 6 days / 5 nights
$4299 / Person, $850 / Single OCC.
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Jun
7th - 12th / 6 days / 5 nights
$4299 / Person, $850 / Single OCC.
Guaranteed *
Jun
14th - 19th / 6 days / 5 nights
$4299 / Person, $850 / Single OCC.
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Jun
21st - 26th / 6 days / 5 nights
$4299 / Person, $850 / Single OCC.
Guaranteed *
Jun
28th -
Jul
3rd
/ 6 days / 5 nights
$4299 / Person, $850 / Single OCC.
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Sep
6th - 11th / 6 days / 5 nights
$4399 / Person, $850 / Single OCC.
Guaranteed *
Sep
13th - 18th / 6 days / 5 nights
$4399 / Person, $850 / Single OCC.
Guaranteed *
Sep
20th - 25th / 6 days / 5 nights
$4399 / Person, $850 / Single OCC.
Guaranteed *
Sep
27th -
Oct
2nd
/ 6 days / 5 nights
$4399 / Person, $850 / Single OCC.
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Oct
4th - 9th / 6 days / 5 nights
$4399 / Person, $850 / Single OCC.
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Hotels

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La Plaça de Madremanya

Madremanya, Spain (Girona)

Madremanya is a beautiful medieval walled village with traditionally restored buildings set amidst the lush rolling farmlands of the Empordà plains. Your home will be at La Plaça, a 14th century stone farmhouse with a warm interior. The gourmet restaurant serves the freshest local ingredients in a style fusing tradition and innovation.
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Hostal de la Gavina

S’Agaró, Spain (Girona)

This hotel is situated on a cliff, overlooking the Sant Pol beach on the Mediterranean Sea, and for decades has been a popular retreat for many stars, such as Frank Sinatra, John Wayne, and Sean Connery. Rich cultural heritage is evident throughout the hotel in the Flemish tapestries, 17th century furniture, Romanesque carvings, Murano lamps, and 18th-century Sèvres vases. The outdoor swimming pool, beautiful gardens, and spa all add to the enjoyment of this quiet, scenic and magnificent Mediterranean property.

What's Included

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Every moment of a Trek Travel bike trip has more than you could have ever dreamed. More romance. More scenery. More choice. It's the little additions to every Trek Travel cycling vacation that make it truly special. And that’s how we help you create more memories. See more

  • 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 Costa Brava trip, you will stay in two beautifully balanced hotels—an impeccably restored country house with its own kitchen garden in a medieval village and a grand classical estate on the Mediterranean.
  • Daily breakfast, 4 lunches, 4 social hours, 4 dinners, and all snacks and drinks for each day
  • On our Costa Brava trip, lunches include a bounty of local specialties: dine on a "tapas" style lunch and also enjoy some homegrown delicacies served in a vineyard. Dinner is a more formal affair and traditionally eaten later than you may be used to, typically starting at around 8:30 PM. You will visit some delightful local bistros and enjoy fine gourmet dining Catalan style!
  • 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
  • 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.

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.

  • Rider Type | 2
  • Average Daily Mileage | 35
  • Terrain | Hilly
  • Average Daily Elevation | 2,400

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. Costa Brava is best suited for our Type 2 Riders. Our Trek Travel guides can also easily accommodate Type 1 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 3 Riders will enjoy the extra mileage the avid route options offer. The terrain is varied with rolling plains and mountainous coastline. Hills generally are short, but can be steep in places. See Itinerary for specific daily ride distance and elevation options.

The springtime 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. Costa Brava's northern location means that it can be hit with the odd cold spell or rain shower. Light layers and a waterproof shell are recommended.

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 a beautifully preserved medieval town known for its ceramics
  • Visit Salvador Dalí’s castle, a gift to his wife Gala
  • Tour a local vineyard and taste the famous "Catalan" wines
  • Discover ancient ruins
  • Swim in the crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean
  • Walk on the beach

For an additional fee you may request to upgrade to a race-proven Trek Madone 6.5 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.

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 Barcelona (BCN) and then take a train to Girona. Outside Terminal 2, trains depart for Barcelona Sants, and from outside Terminal 1, buses depart every 30 minutes for Barcelona Sants (6:00 AM-11:45 PM). Alternatively, taxis are plentiful and operate 24 hours a day. The journey to the train station in the city center will take 20-30 minutes and cost around 35 euros. From Barcelona Sants and Estació de França, trains depart hourly for Girona. For more information, consult www.renfe.com.

Girona Train Station | Girona, Spain

Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at the Girona Train Station (Pl. Espanya, s/n, 17004, Girona) at 11:00 AM on the first day of the trip. You'll shuttle 45 minutes to Sant Martí d'Empúries, a 12th century village to enjoy a gourmet lunch of "tapas" next to the Mediterranean. Please have your first day cycling clothes and riding gear easily accessible, separate from your luggage. After lunch, your guides will do a bike fit before you begin your day’s ride through the Empordà countryside.

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, La Plaça de Madremanya (+34 972 49 04 87), and leave a message with your expected arrival time and contact details. A taxi from the Girona train station to the ride start or first hotel will take about 45 minutes and cost around 60 Euros.

Girona Train Station | Girona, Spain

You will say farewell to your guides at 12:00 PM at the Hostal de la Gavina. You’ll then shuttle 1 hour to the Girona Train Station, arriving at approximately 1:00 PM. Please allow adequate connection time for any ongoing travel to accommodate possible traffic delays.

Before: 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 Gaudí, 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 for a slice of local life.We recommend the following accommodations for your pre-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.

GranVia 389-391 | +34 932 52 52 85 | www.BHotel.com | ~$210

After: GIRONA, Spain

Girona has long enjoyed the reputation for being the richest town in Spain. Founded in the first century BC, it soon became the most important point on the SpanishVia Augusta. Enjoy the reflections of the colorful pastel row houses on the River Onyar before crossing the river and wandering the narrow cobblestone streets of the medieval Jewish quarter.Admire the cathedral from below and then enjoy a 15-minute walk atop the old town walls to get great views of the town. Search out Café Viaugusta in the old quarter, where professional cyclists training in Girona sometimes stop for coffee. We recommend the following accommodations for your post-trip hotel:

Hotel Ciutat de Girona

This hotel was built in 2003 in a quiet corner, not far from the river. Each room is modern and comfortable. Located in the heart of Girona, this makes a great base from which to explore the town and the surrounding countryside.

c/ Nord, 2 | +34 972 48 30 38 | www.Hotel-CiutatDeGirona.com | ~$200

Hotel Historic

This charming stone building is in the heart of Girona’s old town. It’s in a very peaceful area and close to the cathedral, museums, and other main attractions of the town. Inside it’s modern and comfortable. You can also choose between a hotel room or apartment-style accommodations.

c/ Bellmirall, 4A | +34 972 22 35 83 | www.HotelHistoric.com | ~$425

Hotel Llegendes

This small 4 star hotel is well located close to the cathedral and historical center of Girona. Each of the 15 rooms has a unique charm providing an ideal blend of past, present and future.

Portal de la Barca, 4 | +34 972 22 09 05 | www.LlegendesHotel.com | ~$180


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

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Our unrivaled selection of Trek Bikes sets the bar for quality and comfort. From the full-carbon, ultra smooth Trek Domane 5.9, to the comfortable Trek 7.6 FX Hybrid–both included in the trip cost, to our numerous upgrade options, you deserve the best ride on your vacation.

Our Guides

Our guides are trained to make your trip magical. They aren't just experts in riding; they're trained in delivering uncompromising service in ways you won't believe. We know that it's the unexpected surprises that make a trip magical. That's why our guides pride themselves on anticipating your needs before you ask.

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Our vacations are built to deliver the ultimate in flexibility, from extreme relaxers to hard-core roadies. You pick your mileage, itinerary and experiences. We take care of the rest.