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Vuelta a España

Exploring the final of the Grand Tours

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This year's Vuelta a España calls those who love to climb.

A total of 10 mountaintop finishes signal the challenge, and we'll have front row seats to a few of its biggest ascents, including VIP access atop the Picos de Europa on Stage 10. We will also visit legendary rides from previous years. Get ready to topple the Spanish giant, the Alto de l'Angrilu, known as the hardest climb in Spain. But fear not: Alongside you on the day of our biggest ride will be UCI ProTour veteran and former US Postal domestique Chechu Rubiera, riding alongside you up the climb and giving you the pro's insight to La Vuelta and its magical subtleties.

This trip traverses the greenest countrysides in Spain, samples the finest northern Spanish cuisines, and lets you catch the race action in Asturias and Cantabria. Don't miss this chance to spend an evening at the Trek- Segafredo racing team hotel to tour of the team bus, meet the mechanics, and have a photo session with team officials and riders. The 2016 Vuelta a España promises to be this year's grandest Grand Tour of them all.

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Oviedo, Spain | Santander, Spain

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2016Aug

Daily Itinerary


Day

1

Today's Ride:

Chechu's Climb Loop
Approximately 39 miles with 3,300 feet of climbing

Description:

Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at the Oviedo Bus Station at 10:30 AM on the first day of the trip. We'll have a short shuttle into the Asturian countryside where we'll have a gourmet lunch and your guides will orient you to your Vuelta experience and ensure a comfortable fit on your Trek bike. We begin our first ride winding our way toward the Puerto de Cotobello, a Category 1 climb better known as the Cima Chechu Rubiera, named after the eponymous rider who introduced it to the Vuelta in 2010 and who will join us on our next ride! Take a few photos at the top before we cruise down to the Hotel Castillo del Bosque La Zoreda, our home for the next few days. Tonight we'll grab drinks at the hotel to toast the week's long and beautiful miles ahead, and savor a meal of Asturian delight.

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Hotel:

Hotel Castillo del Bosque La Zoreda
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Included Meals:

Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner


Day

2

Today's Ride:

La Manjoya to L’Angliru Loop
Approximately 27 miles with 3,900 feet of climbing

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La Manjoya to L’Angliru Loop with the climb
Approximately 38 miles with 6,800 feet of climbing

Description:

Hope you packed your climbing legs, because today we tackle Alto de l'Angliru, the hardest climb in Spain. Fortunately, you'll have Spanish cycling legend and US Postal Service domestique Chechu Rubiera wheeling with you up the +20% pitches, offering his counsel as you grind up together. L'Angliru was last featured in the 2013 Vuelta, when Vincenzo Nibali and Chris Horner battled each other into the clouds, with Horner emerging from the mist as the stage victor. You'll count yourself a champion just for making it up. Afterward, we'll toast our weary legs at a local bistro with cider, sidra, the traditional Asturian dop.

Hotel:

Hotel Castillo del Bosque La Zoreda
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Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner


Day

3

Today's Ride:

Villaviciosa to Lagos de Covandoga
Approximately 44 miles with 7,000 feet of climbing

Today's Activity:

VIP Race Access Passes
Ride across the finish line and witness the summit finish of Stage 10 at Lagos de Covadonga

Description:

Start today with a good breakfast, because you'll end the day like a pro, summiting the Stage 10 mountaintop finish with the waiting throngs before the racers blast through. After a quick morning shuttle, we'll attack our climb called Lagos de Covadonga, a 16km-favorite regularly featured in La Vuelta since the early 1980s. Its grade, length, and spectacular mountain vistas earn comparisons with Alpe d'Huez, the famed climb in the French Alps. At the top, relax at a fully catered Trek Travel VIP stage finish viewing with live race coverage on TV. After the race, we'll descend down into the valley and the town of Cangas de Onís, our home for next two nights, known for its breathtaking views upon the Picos de Europa. Tonight, you'll have a chance to discover local culture and explore the town on your own for dinner.

Hotel:

Hotel La Cepada
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Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch


Day

4

Today's Ride:

Cangas de Onís to Llanes Loop
Approximately 58 miles with 5,600 feet of climbing

Description:

Today, while the pros rest, we will head toward the coastal town Llanes – part of tomorrow’s stage. Llanes' carbonated rocks beg a quick detour and visit to the Bufones (blowholes) de Villanueva de Pria. If the tide is high and the sea a bit rough, water geysers jet through the bufones' apertures to make Ol' Faithful green with envy. Afterward, we can take a little dip at an inland beach in the middle of a field - Playa de Gulpiyuri. Tonight enjoy a typical Asturian dinner at the hotel and get ready for tomorrow’s race excitement.

Hotel:

Hotel La Cepada
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Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner


Day

5

Today's Ride:

San Vicente de Baraques to Peña Cabarga
Approximately 45 miles with 5,100 feet of climbing

Today's Activity:

VIP Race Access Passes
Ride on the race course and experience a live viewing of Stage 11

Description:

This morning we will shuttle to join the Stage 11 course at San Vicente de Baraques, which runs along the Asturian coastline through tricky, constantly undulating terrain. We will continue toward another summit finish - Peña Cabarga, scene of Chris Froome’s memorable duel against 2011 Vuelta winner and local rider Juan Jose Cobo. The climb is only 6km long, but its steep pitches make it deceptively hard. At the top, take your place on the roadside to cheer on the peloton as it races past. Tonight, we will head to the Trek-Segafredo team hotel for a private tour of the team bus followed by a meet-and-greet with team officials and riders. Talk race strategy first-hand, autographs and pictures for an experience you will never forget!

Hotel:

Castilla Termal Balneario de Solares
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Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner


Day

6

Today's Ride:

Solares to Puerto de Alisas Loop
Approximately 40 miles with 4,300 feet of climbing

Today's Activity:

Fly by Viewing of Stage 12

Description:

Today we wind along the first half of Stage 12, which ultimately leads the pros into Basque country. You'll get to warm up your climbing muscles on the rolling hills that lead to the final big climb of our tour, Puerto de Alisas. Upon reaching the top enjoy the view because, on a clear day, much of the eastern part of Cantabria is observable. Today, we may even get to see the Picos de Europa! We'll wait for the the racers fly by and soak up the last vibrations of this year’s Vuelta tour. This evening, meet up with your travel companions one last time for a farewell dinner and a toast new friends, stellar riding and the ultimate Vuelta a España experience!

Hotel:

Castilla Termal Balneario de Solares
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Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner


Day

7

Today's Ride:

Solares to the Coast Loop
Approximately 17 miles with 920 feet of climbing

Description:

This morning is a chance to sleep in or take a final spin toward the coast. Enjoy a relaxing breakfast with a cortado while taking in the views before you bid this region adios! You’ll say farewell to your guides at 11:00 AM at the Castilla Termal Balneario de Solares. You’ll then shuttle 20 minutes to the Santander Train Station. Please allow adequate connection time for any ongoing travel to accommodate possible traffic delays.

Included Meals:

Breakfast



Dates & Pricing

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2016


Aug
27th -
Sep
2nd
/ 7 days / 6 nights
$3999 / Person, $750 / Single OCC.

Hotels

Stay at Hotel Castillo del Bosque on a Trek Travel bike trip in Spain

Hotel Castillo del Bosque La Zoreda

La Manjoya, Oviedo, Spain

Trip Advisor Traveler's Choice hotel winnerLocated 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 with spacious rooms that boast plenty of natural light. Enjoy breakfast in the hotel in the morning then head out to stroll through the lovely surrounding landscape.
Stay at Hotel Cepada on Trek Travel bike trip in Spain

La Cepada Hotel

Cangas de Onis, Asturias, Spain

Every mountain has a refuge, and for the Picos de Europa that place is La Cepada Hotel. Its warm, welcoming nooks and parlors are there for the literate contemplative moments that come at the foot of majestic peaks. The restaurant, however, carries the bold banner that promises its Asturian cuisine to be the best in Spain. After a long day at of riding under the shadow of big, formidable mountains, La Cepada will be a warm and welcome place to feast, rest, and recover.
Stay at Hotel Castilla Termal Balneario de Solares on a Trek Travel bike trip in Spain

Castilla Termal Balneario de Solares

Solares, Cantabria, Spain

Which feels best after a long day on the bike? The neck jet at the spa? The bed of bubbles? These aquatic spa offerings are there for you to enjoy on your last few nights chasing the pros around Spain at La Castilla Termal Balneario de Solares. For nearly 100 years it has been a respite for the aching and the weary to come and relax in its thermal embrace.

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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
  • 6 nights of accommodation
  • In every region we travel, we uncover the area’s best, and most delightful accommodations. On our Vuelta a Espana trip, you will enjoy a variety of four and three-star unique accommodations, including a carefully restored early 20th century villa, a four-star refuge at the base of the Picos de Europa, and an exquisite thermal spa that has been the place to recuperate after wearying travels for more than 100 years.
  • Daily breakfast, 4 lunches, 3 social hours, 4 dinners, and all snacks and drinks for each day
  • Trek Travel scopes out unique and delicious dining locations, and we usually leave at least one meal for you to explore on your own. If you have any special dietary preferences, be sure that you have informed your Trek Travel Trip Consultant before you leave for your trip.We will do our best to accommodate your dietary requests. On our Vuelta a Espana 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 specialties at quaint bistros and our other favorite spots. 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
  • 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 Bontrager bike helmets and other gear and equipment to make your ride comfortable
  • Trek Travel water bottles
  • Coupon valued up to $500 off a new Trek Bicycle. Contact us for details.
  • Trek Travel Bontrager RL jersey and cycling socks
  • Trek-Segafredo team kit and customized Road ID

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 | 4
  • Average Daily Mileage | 40
  • Terrain | Mountainous
  • Average Daily Elevation | 4,700

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. La Vuelta trip is best suited for Level 4 riders.

Northern Spain is greener and rainier than the typical Spanish description would have you believe. Average temperatures in August range between 60-80F. Our route will take us along the coast and into the mountains, drastically increasing the range of weather we could experience. Dress in layers to be prepared for shifts between daytime and evening and make sure to bring wet-weather gear in order to best enjoy your vacation.

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. There are non-riding options such hiking, walking, sightseeing, sidra tasting or visiting the coast. Non-riding options need to be scheduled before your trip and expenses and/or related transportation to these activities are not included in the trip price. Please contact one of our Trip Consultants at 866.464.8735 for more information and for trip suggestions where more non-rider activities are available, such as:

  • Tour de France
  • Andalucia
  • Cinque Terre

For an additional fee you may request to upgrade to the Trek Emonda SLR with Shimano Di2 electronic shifting or Bontrager Aeolus carbon wheels for the ultimate riding experience. 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.

When a trip is booked, a guest confirmation letter is immediately sent out. One week prior to the trip start you will receive an email containing a trip start meeting location reminder and any last minute information that you will need to know before your trip. Once you arrive at your destination Trek Travel staff will brief you on the day-to-day plan for the trip and provide you with daily route guides and a detailed map allowing you to ride with complete confidence and independence.

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.

Want to learn more about our race trip difference? Check out our Race FAQs section. You will find answers to all the most common questions that pertain to our race trips.

Meeting & Departing

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 schedules 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 Cosmen, 33001 Oviedo, Spain) at 10:30 AM on the first day of the trip. We'll have a short shuttle to the ride start. Please have your cycling clothes and riding gear easily accessible, separate from your luggage. After we fit you to your bike, we'll begin our day’s ride up the final 2010 Vuelta Stage 16 Category 1 climb up the Cima Chechu Rubiera.

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.

Castilla Termal Balneario de Solares | Santander, Spain

You will say farewell to your guides at 11:00 AM at the Castilla Termal Balneario de Solares. You’ll then shuttle 20 minutes to the Santander Train Station. Please allow adequate connection time for any ongoing travel 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 center and just 200 meters away from the Campoamor Theatre.

Cervantes, 13 | +34 985 25 50 00 | www.Barcelo.com/BarceloHotels/en-GB/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 night's 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: Oviedo, Spain

It was the not-long-ago vacation destination for Spanish Royals, but now Santander is a hipper, beachier place to finish off your travel shopping or sip that last cider of your time in Northern Spain. Renfe trains run daily to Madrid, Oviedo, and San Sebastien. Or, if you prefer you can jet-set from the airport just 5km away. But, if you're not in a hurry, then stay and take in the sites: the belle-époque architecture or the resplendent Catedral de la Asunción will be sure to grab your eye.

Hotel Bahia Santander

This four-star hotel offers views of the ocean or the cathedral, making it an easy place to park yourself between visits in town or to the beach. It's modern style and comforts are meant to welcome you with clean lines and the expectation that everything is calibrated exactly right for you to enjoy your stay. The concierge can help you find the best places to eat in town, or you can stay in and dine in your room.

Calle Cádiz, 22 | +34 902 57 06 27 | www.hotelbahiasantander.com | ~$135

Gran Hotel Sardinero

If you crave the sand, waves, and ocean air after your time in the Picos de Europa, then the Gran Hotel Sardinero has the ideal location for your stay in Santander. It right on the beach, but also within striking distance of the Magdalena Palace. While there, you'll find company amongst the locals enjoying is great terrace bar looking out upon the water.

Plaza de Italia, 1 | +34 942 94 97 95 | www.hotelsardinero.es | ~$180

Gran Hotel Victoria

If you're here for golf, the beach, or to explore the city, then you can triangulate the best place to stay here, the Gran Hotel Victoria. Or you can sit and enjoy a Spanish cortado in the gardens to rest easily. The hotel offers all the amenities of a four-star hotel designed to meet all your needs.

Calle de María Luisa Pelayo, 38 | +34 942 291 100 | www.granhotelvictoria.com | ~$150


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

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