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Welcome to beautiful northern Spain! This often overlooked region is ripe with discoveries, including great food, wine, and most importantly, riding! After an hour long shuttle we will arrive at the Hotel Eurostarts Los Agustinos where you'll get acquainted with the group and get fitted to your Trek bikes for the week. A light and delicious picnic with fresh and local delicacies will be available for you during the bike fit. Once we are all comfortable with our position on the bike, your guides will talk about safety on the road and the historical significance of the highlights of our route. Then, you're off on your adventure! The highlight of our route today is a perfectly preserved Roman bridge in Cihuri, dating back 2000 years, to 1 B.C. It's not often that we get to ride over 2000 years of history! Once back at the hotel there will be some time to unwind, unpack, and prepare for our welcome dinner as a group at the hotel's restaurant.
Haro to Cihuri Loop
Approximately 14 miles with 700 feet of climbing
Eurostars los Agustinos
Lunch | Dinner
Today, after breakfast at the hotel, you'll head out to the east, pedaling through Tempranillo grape vineyards and toward the Basque province. You'll just touch this unique corner of the world as you head toward the medieval town of Laguardia, also knowns as the city of cellars. On the way, left and right, you’ll encounter numerous wineries and fragrant vineyards, as you'd expect in Spain’s most popular wine region. Laguardia is a fascinating city, sitting atop a maze of 300 cellars, called “calados,” that were carved in rock back in the middle ages and were intended both for protection and storage of the town's most valuable wines. Lunch is on your own today in Laguardia so you are free to wander around to explore town and find your perfect Riojano restaurant. On the way back, you'll cross over Rio Ebro back into La Rioja. You'll pedal through Eltziego and other beautiful villages with a rich tradition in wine, including San Vincente de la Sonsierra which features numerous wineries and an overarching medieval castle dating back to the 11th century. The hike up is worth the effort, as you will be rewarded with amazing views of the entire countryside, its vineyards, and the Ebro River. Enjoy the stunning views of Bastida before you arrive back in Haro. Dinner is on your own tonight, offering a great opportunity to explore town.
Haro to Laguardia Loop
Approximately 43 miles with 3,800 feet of climbing
Haro to Bilar Loop
Approximately 55 miles with 4,700 feet of climbing
Eurostars los Agustinos
Our plans today include a ride through the history of walking. You'll head toward the renowned town of Santo Domingo de la Calzada, a medieval village constructed specifically for the needs of the pilgrims who were walking the Camino the Santiago. You can still spot them today, traversing the grueling 500 kilometer course toward Santiago de Compostella. You'll stop here for a sandwich packed by your guides, and then avid riders can choose to head to Ezcaray, a quaint local village just up the road that is well worth a visit. In Ezacay there will be plenty of opportunities for a café cortado and perhaps some pintxo (local tapas), before heading back all the way to Haro. Dinner is again yours to discover Haro’s best restaurants. Your guides will be happy to point you in the direction of their favorite local spots.
Haro to Santo Domingo de la Calzada Loop
Approximately 29 miles with 1,000 feet of climbing
Haro to Santo Domingo de la Calzada to Ezacay Loop
Approximately 46 miles with 1,800 feet of climbing
Eurostars los Agustinos
Breakfast | Lunch
This morning our ride takes you to two monasteries of great historical significance, both considered to be the birthplace of the Spanish language. You'll pedal through golden wheat fields and the foothills of stunning topaz mountains until you reach the 11th century monasteries of Yuso and Suso, which are UNESCO World Heritage sites. Spend some time here to explore the place where the first words of the Castilian language were ever recorded, and soak in the historical significance of this unique moment captured in stone. Your guides have sourced the most fresh and local packed lunch for you today, to be enjoyed whenever you need it. The ride back is as beautiful as it was to get there, always accompanied by the gorgeous mountains in the horizon. Tonight we will dine together as a group in celebration of a great vacation of riding and discovering one of Spain’s cultural gems!
San Millan de la Cogolla Loop
Approximately 48 miles with 2,900 feet of climbing
Eurostars los Agustinos
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
Sadly, it's time for us to bid adios to this center of Spanish wine culture. Enjoy a final spin through the green planes and turquoise mountains of this gorgeous region. The town of Bastida couldn't be more picturesque, bathed in the morning light of the slowly rising sun. Return to the hotel for a shower and late breakfast before you wave farewell to your guides and newfound friends. Although we prefer to use "hasta la proxima"- until next time!
Rivas del Teso Loop
Approximately 14 miles with 1,200 feet of climbing
Eurostars los Agustinos
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See itinerary for specific daily ride distances and elevation options. On all of our vacations, Trek Travel seeks to find quiet, paved secondary roads or bike paths to experience a region; busy roads are avoided as much as possible. Our itineraries are an approximation of our trips. Trek Travel strives to offer 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.
Averages and totals are calculated from our "Today's Ride" options.
We suggest that you arrive at least one day prior to the start of your Rioja bike tour, 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 Bilbao Airport (BIO) and then take a direct Bus to Bilbao centre. Please consult www.renfe.com to book your tickets.
Alternatively, you may fly into Madrid Barajas airport (MAD) and take a train to Bilbao. Logroño (RJL) also has a small airport with few local and European flights. Train schedules are available and tickets can be booked directly online at www.renfe.com. (Please note the train schedule may change frequently. Please consult the www.renfe.com site for the most up-to-date schedule.)View our pre hotel recommendations
You will say farewell to your guides at 10:30 AM at the Hotel Eurostars los Agustinos. After saying goodbye to your guides, you will take a private coach to the Bilbao Abando Railway Station (approximately 60 minute shuttle). From there you can take a train to Madrid or any other destination. Please do not book any train before 12:30 PM to accommodate possible delays due to traffic.View our post hotel recommendations
May, June, and September in Rioja usually bring clear, warm, and pleasant days with fresh evenings. April and October comes with occasional showers and cooler evenings so please make sure to pack appropriately. August days can be hot, as can the beginning of September, but it does cool off in the evenings. While less likely in the summer months, rain is always a possibility so be prepared with the proper rain gear in order to best enjoy your Rioja bike tour.Packing List
If you are planning on extending your Rioja vacation and exploring Bilbao, there are a number of must-sees. The de-facto capital of the Basque country is a major city with a skyscraper lined downtown, surrounded by vast green mountains, a perfect combination of modern and natural with a buzzing energy and a ton of fun things to do. Don't miss out the Palacio Euskalduna, the town's concert hall, and the imposing Cathedral of Bilbao with its gothic beauty. The Fine Arts museum and the Basque Museum are also a must-do for those who have appreciation for art, but more than anything, make some time to marvel the works of the Guggenheim Museum. Designed by Frank Gehry, this architectural marvel is as interesting on the outside as it is on the inside. For the remainder of your time in Bilbao, make sure you enjoy as many pinxto bars as possible, walk the narrow, winding streets of Casco Viejo, and have a drink in the cosmopolitan Plaza Nueva. We recommend the following accommodations for your pre-trip hotel:
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