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.
The trip begins in Hondarribia, Spain. We recommend that you fly into Bilbao International airport, Spain (BIO). Bilbao is 60 miles away from Hondarribia. The drive will take one hour and a half and the taxi price will vary between €85 and 120€. Alternatively, you could take a flight to San Sebastian (EAS) that has direct flights from Barcelona (BCN), Madrid (MAD), or London (LGW). From San Sebastian airport, it is a five-minute taxi to Hondarribia. For train information check www.renfe.com/es/en.
As the trip ends in the Costa Brava region of Spain, with a shuttle drop-off in Girona, we recommend booking your return flight from Barcelona Airport (BCN). There are hourly trains from Girona to the downtown Barcelona Sants Station, and the trip takes about an hour. From the station, you can connect to the airport by a 20-minute train ride. For further information, consult www.renfe.com/es/en.
Your room at Hotel Parador de Hondarribia (Plaza de Armas, 14, 20280 Hondarribia, Guipúzcoa) will be ready for check-in from 3:00 PM the afternoon prior to the first day of your trip. Your Trek Travel guides will be on hand to welcome you and get you fitted on your Trek bike between 4:00 PM and 6:00 PM. This pre-bike fitting is not mandatory but highly recommended if your travel schedule allows. Please bring your cycling shoes plus your helmet, pedals, and saddle if you plan to use your own. In case you want to ride after the fitting, you can bring your riding gear for a self-guided warm-up ride. The bike fitting is located in the courtyard. Once you arrive at the hotel, please ask the reception to direct you to the rear parking area. If you can't make this pre-bike fitting, you will be fit to your bike on the first day of the trip at 8:30 AM. Please have your cycling gear handy and separate from your other luggage to facilitate the bike fitting and ride on the first riding's day.
If you are going to be late for the bike fit or are going to miss the meeting 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 in Saint-Palais, Hôtel de la Paix (+33) 5 59 65 73 15, and leave a message with your expected arrival time and contact details. You could arrange a taxi from San Sebastian (62 miles) to Saint-Palais. The journey will take one hour and a half and approximately 200€. You also could take the train but it will require at least three transfers.
Please note: One night stay at the Hotel Parador de Hondarribia the day before the trip starts is included in the trip price. There is also an optional self-guided warm-up ride this day that will help ensure that your bike is well adjusted and your legs are ready to go! View our pre hotel recommendations