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Vuelta a España

Exploring the final of the Grand Tours

Newly redesigned Trek Travel biking trip

Your 2014 Vuelta a España cycling vacation begins in the north coast region of Asturias often referred to as "green Spain" due to its mountainous, lush terrain and breathtaking coastal scenery.

Test your legs on the epic climbs of this year's route and Vueltas past winding through the Spanish Alps as we make our way to the Galician shores. On the way discover the up and coming El Bierzo wine region and retrace by bike the famous Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route to its final destination in Santiago de Compostela. From Spain's mountains to the coast, you will discover a perfect active travel mixture of compelling culture, fabulous cuisine, and varied cycling terrain. Whether enjoying a private guided tour of Santiago’s Cathedral and its 12th century architecture, cheering on the peloton live during Stage 19 in the seaside arrival city of Cangas do Morrazo, or tasting Spanish wine and tapas, this will be your Trek Travel vacation of a lifetime.

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Oviedo, Spain | Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Dates

2014
Sep

Daily Itinerary


Day

1

Today's Ride:

Mieres del Camino to Cotobello Return
Approximately 25 miles with 1,000 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

La Manjoya to Cotobello Return
Approximately 48 miles with 4,800 feet of climbing

Description:

Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at the Oviedo Bus Station (Pepe Cosmén, 33001 Oviedo, Spain) at 10:30 AM on the first day of the trip. Arrive at our first night’s hotel for a picnic lunch and bike fitting. You’ll start the trip off with a pilgrimage to the Queen Stage of the 2010Vuelta - an epic climb ending in Cima Rubiera (or Alto de Cotobello), named in honor of Spanish pro José Luis “Chechu” Rubiera. This evening you’ll reconvene for drinks and dinner at the hotel.

Hotel:

Hotel Castillo del Bosque La Zoreda
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Day

2

Today's Ride:

La Manjoya to L’Angliru
Approximately 36 miles with 5,000 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

La Manjoya to L’Angliru Loop
Approximately 53 miles with 6,900 feet of climbing

Description:

After a hearty Spanish breakfast, we’ll ride to the start of Stage 15 in Oviedo, one of the race’s most difficult stages, with a stop at the Trek Factory Racing team bus to bid the riders good luck. Then, you can test yourself up Europe’s most challenging climb, Alto El Angliru, with pitches over 20%.We’ll head back to the Trek Factory Racing team hotel for a private tour of the team bus followed by a meet-and-greet with team officials and riders. Dinner will be at a local bistro with a sidra or cider tasting, the traditional drink of Asturias.

Hotel:

Hotel Castillo del Bosque La Zoreda
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Day

3

Today's Ride:

La Riera to La Farrapona, Lago de Somiedo
Approximately 17 miles with 5,200 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Caranga de Arriba to La Farrapona, Lago de Somiedo
Approximately 35 miles with 10,000 feet of climbing

Description:

Today is the Queen Stage of this year’s Vuelta, and we will ride like royalty up to a VIP viewing area atop the picturesque mountain finish at La Farrapona. Watch the finish in style from our VIP hospitality tent with front row seats, gourmet catering and refreshments, and a live race TV broadcast. After the excitement we’ll transfer to our next hotel in Villamartín de la Abadía, where you can rest and relax after all today’s climbing. We’ll enjoy a group dinner and wine tasting at the hotel.

Hotel:

El Tiempo Recobrado
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Day

4

Today's Ride:

Villamartín de la Abadía to Sarria
Approximately 50 miles with 4,800 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Sarria to Melide
Approximately 38 miles with 3,250 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Villamartín de la Abadía to Melide
Approximately 75 miles with 8,300 feet of climbing

Description:

After a leisurely breakfast, we’ll head towards the town of Sarria, host of the Stage 13 start in the 2011 Vuelta. Then we’ll transfer to Santiago de Compostela, capital of Galicia, a UNESCO World HeritageSite, and our home for the remainder of the trip. This afternoon, you’ll have free time to wander the grounds of this beautiful, peaceful estate. Our guides will shuttle you into town tonight to enjoy a dinner at a bistro of your choice.

Hotel:

Hotel Spa Relais & Chateaux A Quinta da Auga
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Day

5

Today's Ride:

Santiago de Compostela to Cambados
Approximately 40 miles with 2,500 feet of climbing

Description:

Today we discover the beauty of Galician wine country at harvest, with a ride southwest into the Ribeiro and Albariño wine regions for a picnic followed by a private winery tour and tasting. Choose to ride back to the hotel or take the shuttle and enjoy a free afternoon to relax in the spa or take a traditional Spanish siesta before we meet up this evening for dinner at a local Galician bistro.

Hotel:

Hotel Spa Relais & Chateaux A Quinta da Auga
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Day

6

Today's Ride:

Santiago de Compostela to Ponte Maceira Return
Approximately 25 miles with 2,000 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Noia Loop
Approximately 60 miles with 4,100 feet of climbing

Description:

After breakfast, we’ll take a short ride to Ponte Maceira and enjoy light snacks by this charming waterfall and 13th century bridge before heading back to the hotel. Lunch will be on your own followed by another ride option or private guided walking tour of Santiago de Compostela, through the ancient streets and open- air market of Plaza de Los Abastos. Afterward, treat yourself to some well-deserved pampering in the hotel spa to prepare for tomorrow’s lastVuelta stage of the trip.Tonight will be yours to enjoy at your leisure on Spanish time.

Hotel:

Hotel Spa Relais & Chateaux A Quinta da Auga
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Day

7

Today's Ride:

Vigo to Cangas do Morrazo
Approximately 28 miles with 2,300 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Vigo to Cangas do Morrazo
Approximately 45 miles with 4,000 feet of climbing

Description:

This morning we shuttle from the hotel to the coastal city ofVigo and ride the stage 19 route along the flatter coastline or over the category 1 climb of Alto do Morrazo.We’ll beat the pros to the finish host city of Cangas do Morrazo and enjoy lunch to await the peloton.After the stage finish, we may visit the Trek Factory Racing team bus for a final farewell.We’ll transfer back to the hotel for a farewell dinner to celebrate the triumphs of the day and the trip.

Hotel:

Hotel Spa Relais & Chateaux A Quinta da Auga
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Day

8


Description:

You’ll say farewell to your guides at 10:00 AM at the Hotel Spa Relais & Chateaux A Quinta da Auga. You’ll then shuttle 30 minutes to the Santiago de Compostela Airport (SCQ), arriving at approximately 10:30 AM. Please allow adequate connection time to accommodate possible traffic delays.




Dates & Pricing

CURRENT PRICING AVAILABLE UNTIL OCTOBER 1ST

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.

2014


Sep
6th - 13th / 8 days / 7 nights
$3999 / Person, $500 / Single OCC.
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Hotels

Hotel Castillo del Bosque La Zoreda on Trek Travel Vuelta Bike Tour

HOTEL CASTILLO DEL BOSQUE LA ZOREDA

OVIEDO, SPAIN

Located in the Zoreda oak and chestnut forest 4km from Oviedo, this 5 star hotel is a carefully restored early 20th century villa. Built in 1930, this elegant, classical-style hotel boasts a beautiful location in the Asturian countryside, with great views of the mountains.The interior of Castillo Del Bosque La Zoreda is luxurious and stylish. Each of the hotels rooms is spacious and boasts plenty of natural light. They are tranquil spaces, where you can truly unwind and enjoy a peaceful nights sleep.Enjoy breakfast in the hotel in the morning then head out to stroll through the lovely surrounding landscape.
El Tiempo Recobrado Vuelta Bike Tour

EL TIEMPO RECOBRADO

VILLAMARTÍN DE LA ABADÍA, SPAIN

This small charming hotel in the centre of the town of Villamartin de la Abadia offers tranquility and stylish design. The hotel offers a gastronomic restaurant specializing in local cuisine and wines. Guests will enjoy the hotel's large garden and terrace to rest their legs after a long-day of amazing Spanish cycling.
Hotel Spa Relais & Chateaux A Quinta da Auga Trek Travel Vuelta Bike Tour

HOTEL SPA RELAIS & CHATEAUX A QUINTA DA AUGA

SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA, SPAIN

Relais & Chateaux LogoImmerse yourself in luxury, charm and beauty of this Relais & Chateaux Spa Hotel, ideally located in a XVIII century building on a 10,000m2 estate just outside the World Heritage city of Santiago de Compostela. Ideally situated in the residential area of ​​the city for people looking for more peace and privacy, the hotel offers rooms and amenities combining the charm old world and modern elegance. Whether you decide to explore the world-class on-site spa or wander the exquisite grounds, you will enjoy a real treat for the senses.

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
  • Trek Factory Racing team access event—meet team members for Q&A, autographs, and photos
  • Live Race Viewings at Stage 15 Oviedo to Lagos de Covadonga, at Stage 16 San Martín del Rey Aurelio to La Farrapona and at Stage 19 Salvaterra de Miño to Cangas do Morrazo
  • VIP Passes to the Stage 16 finish hospitality tent at La Farrapona
  • 50 minute sport massage
  • 7 nights of accommodation
  • In every region we travel, we uncover the area’s best, and most delightful accommodations. On our Vuelta a España trip, you will enjoy a variety of five and four-star unique accommodations, including a carefully restored early 20th century villa, a Relais & Chateaux Spa Hotel, ideally located in a XVIII century building on a large estate just outside of Santiago de Compostela, and a restored wine and tobacco farm now home
  • Daily breakfast, 5 lunches, 4 social hours, 5 dinners, and all snacks and drinks for each day
  • On our Vuelta a España trip, the cuisine is fresh and lively, much like the people themselves. Our dinners will range from casual tapas to multi-course dinners. Breakfast is served each morning at the hotel. Lunches will offer a bounty of local specialities, from fabulous picnics to local fare at quaint bistros. Travelers should have minimal problems with vegetarian diets in Spain, as all of our restaurants can prepare special meals if necessary.
  • 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
  • The use of Trek bike helmets and other gear and equipment to make your ride comfortable
  • Trek Factory Racing team kit, and customized Road ID
  • 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 | 3-4
  • Average Daily Mileage | 33
  • Terrain | Hilly
  • Average Daily Elevation | 3,600

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. Vuelta a España is best suited for our Type 3-4 Riders. Type 4 Riders will enjoy the extra mileage the avid route options offer. The terrain is challenging. The trip rides through mountainous terrain, for several days. Climbs can range from 3-12 miles (5-20km) in length at a variety of gradients. See Itinerary for specific daily ride distance and elevation options.

Early fall is a great time to be in the Asturias and Galicia regions of Spain. Days are sunny and mild, with temperatures ranging from the mid 70s to the mid 80s. Nights can be cooler, dropping to the mid 50s to mid 60s. Pack a warm jacket or sweater for the evenings. Our journey will take us over high mountain peaks where weather will be unpredictable. It is best to be prepared for variable conditions as weather can change very quickly. There is always the chance of precipitation. We recommend always traveling with raingear and breathable layers to provide warmth and protection when the temperature drops.

This destination is best suited to guests who want to cycle every day. Because of the terrain and/or remoteness of the hotels and riding routes, there are few, if any, non-riding options available. If a non-rider wants to accompany a rider guest on this trip, they would need to spend many hours in the van and/or at the hotels on the trip. Due to this, we strongly discourage non-riders from this destination.As an alternative, call a Trek Travel Trip Consultant at 866.464.8735 for trip suggestions where more non-rider activities are available, such as:

  • Mallorca Beach
  • Costa Brava
  • Tuscany Luxury

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.

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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 flying into Madrid Barajas International Airport (MAD) and then taking a separate flight to the Airport of Asturias (OVD). From the Airport of Asturias, the fastest and easiest way to get to Oviedo is by bus. Travel time is approximately 45 minutes and the bus tickets cost $11 one-way for the Alsa bus that leaves from the airport every hour and brings you to the center of Oviedo. Please consult www.alsa.es for sched- ules and tickets. Taxis from the airport to center of Oviedo cost approximately $50.

Oviedo Bus Station | Oviedo, Spain

Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at the Oviedo Bus Station (Pepe Cosmén, 33001 Oviedo, Spain) at 10:30 AM on the first day of the trip.We’ll then shuttle 15 minutes to our first night’s hotel. Please have your cycling clothes and riding gear easily accessible, separate from your luggage.After a gourmet picnic lunch at our hotel, we’ll fit you to your bike and begin our day’s ride up the final 2010 Vuelta Stage 16 Category 1 climb to the mountain top finish of Cotobello.

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 Castillo del Bosque La Zoreda (+34 985 96 33 33), and leave a message with your expected arrival time and contact details.A taxi from the Oviedo bus station to the ride start at our first night’s hotel will take about 15 minutes and cost $30.

Santiago de Compostela Airport (SCQ) | Santiago de Compostela, Spain

You will say farewell to your guides at 10:00 AM at the Hotel Spa Relais & Chateaux A Quinta da Auga. You’ll then shuttle 30 minutes to the Santiago de Compostela Airport (SCQ), arriving at approximately 10:30 AM. Please allow adequate connection time to accommodate possible traffic delays.

Before: OVIEDO, Spain

Asturias is often referred to as “green Spain” due to its mountainous, lush terrain and breathtaking coastal scenery. Oviedo, Spain is the capital city and acts as the administrative and commercial hub of the region.The central area of the city is at a height of 227 meters above the sea-level and Mount Naranco acts as a shield for the region against the North winds.The Southern part is fenced by the Aramo Range. Since its inception the region it has been an integral part of the Asturian Monarchy, and is perhaps the best departure point for scrutinizing the pre-Romanesque style of art unique to the land.We recommend the following accommodations for your pre trip hotel.We recommend the following accommodations for your pre-trip hotel:

AC Forum Oviedo by Marriot

In the commercial heart of the city, between its two main stations and just five minutes from the historic center, this 155-room hotel is an essential reference point for business, culture and pleasure.

Plaza de los Ferroviarios, 1 | +34 985 96 54 88 www.espanol.marriott.com/hotels/travel/ovdfo-ac-hotel-oviedo-forum | ~$100

Barcelo Oviedo Cervantes

The hotel is located right in Oviedo’s city center, in the administrative and business centre, and just 200 meters away from the Campoamor Theatre.

Cervantes, 13 | +34 985 25 50 00 www.Barcelo.com/BarceloHotels/enGB/Hotels/Spain/Oviedo/OviedoCervantes/Home.htm | ~$125

Hotel Castillo del Bosque La Zoreda

Located in the Zoreda oak and chestnut forest 4km from Oviedo, this five-star hotel is a carefully restored early 20th century villa. Built in 1930, this elegant, classical-style hotel boasts a beautiful location in the Asturian countryside, with great views of the mountains.The interior of Castillo Del Bosque La Zoreda is luxurious and stylish. Each of the hotels rooms is spacious and boasts plenty of natural light.They are tranquil spaces, where you can truly unwind and enjoy a peaceful nights sleep.Enjoy breakfast in the hotel in the morning then head out to stroll through the lovely surrounding landscape.

Bosque de La Zoreda, S/N, La Manjoya +34 985 96 33 33 | www.castillodelbosquelazoreda.com | ~$150

After: Madrid, Spain

Madrid is definitely one of those cities with “mucha marcha” (loosely translated as “lively spirit” and meaning having lots to do). See football team Real Madrid in their famous Santiago Bernabeu stadium. Experience some live flamenco or see a bullfight.Take an open-top bus tour or walking tour around the city, or visit one of the many first-class museums such as the Prado Museum, the Thyssen Museum, or the Reina Sofia.Visit one of the capital’s stunning monuments or simply take a stroll in one of its beautiful parks. And afterwards, sit down and enjoy some mouth-watering Spanish food in one of the marvelous Madrid restaurants.The city’s nightlife is world famous, so be prepared to enjoy Madrid almost 24 hours a day.We recommend the following accommodations for your post trip hotel. We recommend the following accommodations for your post-trip hotel:

Hotel NH Nacional

A cozy four-star hotel located right across plaza from the Atocha station in Madrid, its convenient location provides easy excursions for visiting museums, restaurants, and shopping. Each room is comfortably decorated, and comes with standard amenities.

Paseo del Prado 48 | +34 914 29 66 29 www.nh-hotels.com/nh/en/hotels/spain/madrid/nh-nacional.html | ~$120

Palacio San Martín

The Palacio San Martin is a comfortable four-star hotel tucked away on a quiet plaza in the heart of the commercial district.The original 14th century building was fully restored in 2001.Its beautiful lobby with an old-fashioned lift give way to well decorated and spacious rooms, some with a small balcony overlooking the plaza.

Plaza de San Martin 5 | +34 917 01 50 00 www.hotelpalaciosanmartin.es | ~$140

Hotel Villa Real

This five-star hotel is beautifully restored and each room is adorned with an original piece of artwork or antique.Accommodations are spacious and grand, and each room has a view of the plaza.The hotel is only minutes from the Paseo del Prado.

Plaza de las Cortes 10 | +34 914 20 37 67 www.derbyhotels.com/en/hotel-villa-real | ~$200


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

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