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Rioja Wine Country Self-Guided Bike Tour

Cycling in the heart of the best wine region in Spain

Set your sights on our Rioja Wine Country Self-Guided bike tour and immerse yourself in the beauty of northern Spain's scenic La Rioja region. Discover quaint villages, cycle through vineyard landscapes, and relish cultural and culinary delights. Explore the UNESCO monasteries in San Millán de Cogolla, embrace Ezcaray's traditional charm, and admire Laguardia's medieval fortifications and sweeping vistas toward the Sierra de Cantabria. Experience Spain's premier wine region and uncover hidden gems in this extraordinary cycling destination. Book your trip with confidence » Learn more about Self-Guided trips and if they're right for you »
Rioja Wine Country Self-Guided Bike Tour
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Duration:
5 Days & 4 Nights
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Trip Wows
Uncover the rich wine traditions of several centuries throughout Spain's most famous wine region
Discover Laguardia, a charming village sitting atop a maze of 300 wine cellars dating back to the Middle Ages
Explore the birthplace of the Castilian language at the 11th-century monasteries of Yuso and Suso, UNESCO World Heritage sites
Watch history unfold in Santo Domingo de la Calzada, an immensely important stop along the renowned "Camino de Santiago"
A couple in front of a scenic view of Laguardia town and mountains in the distance
This Rioja self-guided cycling journey is an unforgettable experience. Discover, at your own pace, the region's breathtaking landscapes that are the perfect backdrop for your exploration. Cycling through vineyards, you will uncover a rich cultural tapestry woven with wine, food, and art. Access to Michelin-starred cuisine showcase the culinary prowess here. Both the people and the region are among my favorites to get "lost" in and enjoy life. From pedal to palate, this trip is a sensory delight!
-Quin, Trip Designer

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Welcome to La Rioja and your self-guided biking trip! Your Trek Travel host will meet you at the Calle Mayor Hotel in Logroño at 10:00 AM. Please come dressed in your cycling clothes and ready to ride. After giving you an overview of the week ahead, your host will make sure you are fitted comfortably to your Trek bike and will share some safety tips. Then, take off on your cycling adventure through La Rioja wine country. Leaving Logroño, you'll pedal through charming streets before reaching vineyards, rolling hills, and picturesque villages that showcase the region's rich wine culture. The scenic route along country lanes immerses you in La Rioja's beauty. Your destination is San Millán de la Cogolla, with two historically significant monasteries, Yuso and Suso — both UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Explore these ancient complexes and learn about their role the development of the Spanish language, before settling into your comfortable accommodations for the night. For dinner, try a traditional Spanish meal chosen from the list of our favorite places in town.

Today's Ride:

Logroño to San Millan de Cogolla
Approximately 47 mi | 76 km and 3,740 ft | 1,140 m

Hotel:

Hostería Monasterio San Millán de Cogollo

Today's adventure takes you along the scenic route from San Millan de la Cogolla to Ezcaray, with a delightful stop in the charming town of Santo Domingo de la Calzada. Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of rolling hills, lush vineyards, and meandering rivers that create a picturesque backdrop. Along the ride, explore the rich history and cultural heritage of Santo Domingo de la Calzada, well known for its ancient cathedral and pilgrim traditions. Indulge your senses with delectable local cuisine and world-renowned wines, sampling the region's gastronomic delights. Experience the warmth of local hospitality as you uncover hidden gems, peruse traditional markets, and discover captivating landmarks, all conveniently highlighted in your Ride with GPS app. From medieval streets to the panoramic vistas of the Sierra de la Demanda, this scenic route promises an unforgettable blend of unparalleled beauty and heritage.

Today's Ride:

San Millan de Cogolla to Ezcaray
Approximately 52 mi | 83 km and 3,940 ft | 1,200 m

Hotel:

Hotel Casa Masip

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Today's cycling adventure takes you from the charming town of Ezcaray and into the surrounding picturesque landscapes. As you head north, embrace the awe-inspiring vistas and descend towards Santo Domingo de la Calzada, this time from a different perspective. Immerse yourself in the timeless beauty of the century-old vineyards lining your route. Continue your journey to Haro, renowned as the "Wine Capital of La Rioja." Uncover the region's rich heritage as you explore some of the oldest and most esteemed wineries. Pedal onward to Labastida, where a rewarding climb awaits. Reach the Mirador de la Sonsierra and the Balcon de la Rioja to bask in the breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. Continuing your route, Laguardia beckons with its enchanting allure. This captivating village, steeped in history with its pre-Roman settlement and medieval architecture, is truly one of the world's most charming destinations. You'll have plenty of opportunities to discover the town's cultural, ethnological, and gastronomic treasures, enriching your journey with authentic experiences.

Today's Ride:

Ezcaray to Laguardia
Approximately 53 mi | 85 km and 3,770 ft | 1,150 m

Hotel:

Hotel Silken Laguardia

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Awaken to the captivating allure of Laguardia, a perfect starting point for today's adventure — an exhilarating ride through the scenic wonders of Parque Natural de Izki. Immerse yourself in the region's splendor, as your ride takes you through the landscapes of three distinct regions: La Rioja, Basque Country, and Navarra. Weave through lush woodlands, idyllic valleys, and undulating hills, connecting with the peaceful ambiance and diverse flora and fauna along the way. Absorb the tranquility of nature and uncover the treasures of this extraordinary place. From sweeping vistas at Puerto de la Aldea to the allure of Chabola de La Hechicera (House of the Sorcerer), cherish the serenity, beauty, and adventure that await at every turn.

Today's Ride:

Parque Natural de Izki Loop
Approximately 48 mi | 77 km and 4,770 ft | 1,650 m

Hotel:

Hotel Silken Laguardia

Included Meals:

Breakfast

On your final day, take an early morning loop ride starting from Laguardia. Today's ride once again traverses the three distinct Spanish regions: Basque Country, Navarra, and La Rioja, all integral parts of the Rioja Wines denomination. Enjoy this relatively short yet occasionally challenging ride, as the picturesque vineyards fully immerse you in the essence of Rioja DOP wines. Pedal through the charming villages of Elciego and Lanciego, soaking in the scenic beauty of Rioja wine country. Your Trek Travel host will meet you at 12:00 noon to collect your bike and equipment, bidding you hasta luego (see you again soon) before you depart for your next adventures.

Today's Ride:

Laguardia Loop
Approximately 18 mi | 29 km and 1,310 ft | 400 m

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Hotels

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Hosteria Monesterio San Millan de la Cogolla

San Millán, Spain

Explorer Accommodation | Experience a one-of-a-kind stay in San Millán de la Cogolla, nestled within the historic Monastery of Yuso. Discover the UNESCO World Heritage Monasteries of San Millán de la Cogolla, where the Spanish language was born. Immerse yourself in the rich history and traditions that adorn the walls, creating an authentic and unforgettable experience. Let the perfect blend of gastronomy, wine tourism, history, and nature in La Rioja captivate you during your stay.
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Casa Masip

Ezcaray, Spain

Explorer Accommodation | Discover Casa Masip, where heritage meets modern comfort in the heart of Ezcaray. With a history spanning over 150 years, this rustic yet elegant house offers en-suite rooms, free Wi-Fi, a beautiful garden, and an ambient dining terrace. Savor culinary delights at two restaurants - Restaurante Casa Masip, blending tradition and modernity with a fine wine selection, and El Caserio, specializing in La Rioja's grilled delicacies. Experience cozy rooms, complimentary breakfast, and the famed tapas at the traditional bar. Welcome to Casa Masip, where history and comfort harmonize.
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Silken Villa de Laguardia Hotel

Laguardia, Spain

Explorer Accommodation | Hotel Silken Villa de Laguardia sits in the heart of Rioja's wine region. Luxurious accommodations, a serene spa, and exquisite wine tastings await. Explore the beautiful walled village of Laguardia and savor scenic views. Enjoy upscale rooms with Wi-Fi, satellite TV, and minibars. Indulge in refined dining, a wine bar, gym, and pool. Ideal for those seeking relaxation in nature, amidst vineyards and the best wine tourism routes.

What's Included

For us, the details matter most

Every moment of a Trek Travel self-guided bike trip has more than you could have ever dreamed. More experiences. 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.

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Trek Domane SL 7 Disc Gen 2

It isn’t the cycling vacation of a lifetime unless you have the industry’s best bike to match. Our trips feature the award-winning Domane SL 7 with Shimano Ultegra Disc brakes. Because when you combine the lightweight stability and comfort of the Domane with the superior safety and stopping power of disc brakes, you get a match made in cycling heaven. And the best part? It’s included in the trip price. Ride confidently, comfortably and longer in the most beautiful destinations around the world with the Domane SL 7. Learn More

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Four nights of accommodation at one handpicked hotel
  • Daily breakfast
  • Daily lunch and dinner recommendations
  • Ride a Trek Domane SL 7 Gen 2
  • Up to three daily route options on riding days
  • Trek Travel water bottles to keep
  • Each bike is equipped with a Garmin GPS computer, a flat pack containing one tube, two tire levers, CO2 cartridge with inflator, and a patch kit (the flat pack is only large enough for these items so if additional gear is needed, please plan to bring your own bar bag or small backpack for daily rides)
  • A mini frame pump, front and rear lights
  • Bontrager helmet (optional if you do not bring your own)
  • Bontrager saddle (we suggest you bring your own for the most comfortable fit)
  • Shimano clipless pedals or flat pedals (optional if you do not bring your own)
  • A bike lock, all necessary chargers and a floor pump
  • Bike fit on the first day to help you find your optimal riding position
  • Ride With GPS Experience on your phone to get all the information you need on your self-guided adventure

GEAR

  • Trek Domane SL 7 Gen 2
  • Garmin GPS computer with mount
  • Trek Travel water bottles to keep
  • Shimano clipless road pedals, Shimano clipless mountain pedals, or flat pedals (optional if you do not bring your own)
  • Bontrager helmet (optional if you do not bring your own)
  • Bontrager men's and women's specific saddles
  • Bontrager front and rear Flare R lights
  • Each bike is equipped with a flat pack containing one tube, two tire levers, CO2 cartridge with inflator, and a patch kit (the flat pack is only large enough for these items so if additional gear is needed, please plan to bring your own bar bag or small backpack for daily rides)
  • A mini frame pump
  • A bike lock, all necessary chargers, and a floor pump
  • Coupon valued up to $500 off a new Trek Bicycle. Your coupon will be delivered via email prior to your trip.
  • For the most comfortable ride, you may choose to bring your own pedals, saddle, and helmet on the trip. Your Trek Travel host will install your gear on the first day during your bike fit.

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

For self-guided trips you are welcome to thank your host with a gratuity based on your level of service.
  • Airfare and transportation to and from the trip meeting/departing locations
  • Lodging before and after the trip
  • Personal items purchased during the trip
  • Optional activities not scheduled by Trek Travel
  • While we provide daily breakfast, the other meals are not included. On self-guided trips, Trek Travel provides restaurant recommendations and invites you to explore the local cuisine at your leisure.

More Information

Rider Level: 2 / 3 - Recreational / Active?

AVERAGE DAILY MILEAGE:
73 kilometers / 45 miles
TOTAL MILES:
365 kilometers / 226 miles
AVERAGE DAILY ELEVATION:
1,200 meters / 3,930 feet
TOTAL ELEVATION:
6,000 meters / 19,685 feet
TERRAIN: UNDULATING
The terrain throughout Rioja is undulating with long, rolling hills through vineyards and farmland. Some days the hills are short and rolling, while others include sustained climbing. Rioja is best suited for our Type 3 Riders. Type 2 Riders will enjoy the rides if they pace themselves and feel comfortable riding unsupported on some of the longer days traveling between hotels.
NON-RIDING ACTIVITIES:
There are a variety of non-riding options on this trip for riders who want to take the afternoon off or travel companions who want to spend little or no time in the saddle. Non-riders can enjoy many interesting things in each village or town we stay in but due to the point-to-point nature of the first three days, any non-rider would be responsible to secure their own transportation between hotels (hotel reception desks could assist with that). Taxi costs could vary between 25-40€ approximately (35-50 minutes driving). Except as specified in the itinerary, expenses and transportation to these activities are not included in the trip price. Some non-riding options on this trip are:
  • Visit the Monasteries of Yuso and Suso: UNESCO World Heritage sites with historic manuscripts that trace the origins of the Spanish language
  • Experience ancient melodies of the Gregorian Chants in the monasteries
  • Enjoy hiking options in Ezcaray area through Sierra de la Demanda, finished with a great meal in town
  • Visit and enjoy wine tastings at any of the century-old wineries in the Rioja region
  • Visit some of the underground cellars in Laguardia
  • Indulge yourself with an amazing meal at any of the renowned restaurants in the area

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 Trek Travel's local experts to improve the trip experience.

Averages and totals are calculated from our "Today’s Ride" options.

Travel Details

How to Get There

FLY INTO:
Bilbao (BIO)
MEETING TIME:
10:00 AM
MEETING LOCATION:
Sercotel Hotel Calle Mayor, Logroño, Spain

Say Farewell

FLY OUT OF:
Bilbao (BIO)
DEPARTING TIME:
12:00 PM Noon
DEPARTING LOCATION:
Silken Villa de Laguardia Hotel, Laguardia, Spain

Arriving

We suggest that you arrive at least one day prior to the start of your Rioja Wine Country Self-Guided bike tour. This 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 Bilbao International Airport (BIO). From there, you can either take a taxi or a direct bus to Bilbao center, and then a train from there to Logroño. The fastest easier option will be taking a Taxi either to go to Bilbao train station in 15 minutes for a cost of 25€ or direct to Logroño in one hour and a half for approximately 150€ (Please note that taxi prices may vary).

Alternatively, you can fly into Madrid Barajas Airport (MAD) and take a train to Logroño. The journey takes approximately three hours and 20 minutes and costs around €70. Logroño (RJL) also has a small airport with some local and European flights. (Note that trains are popular, convenient, and enjoyable way to travel in Europe, offering scenic views of the landscapes).

Your Trek Travel host will meet you at Hotel Sercotel Calle Mayor, Logroño (Calle Marqués de San Nicolás, 71, 26001 Logroño, La Rioja) at 10:00 AM on the first day of the trip. Depending on the number of guests booked for your departure date, it is possible we will ask you to shift your meeting time by approximately 30 minutes. Please come dressed in your cycling clothes and bring a separate bag with any personal cycling equipment such as your personal pedals and saddle (if you wish to bring your own), snacks, layers, and anything else you may need for your ride. All your luggage will be transferred to the first hotel by your host. You will be fitted to your Trek bike ensuring you will be comfortable for the week. Following a safety talk and a review of the details of the route, you'll then begin the day's ride to San Millan de la Cogolla.

If you will be late for the pick-up or are going to miss it altogether, please inform your host. You will receive an email a week before the trip starts with their name and contact details. If you cannot reach them, please call your meeting hotel, Hotel Sercotel Calle Mayor, Logroño (+34 941 232 368) and leave a message with your expected arrival time and contact details.

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Leaving

Your Trek Travel host will meet you at the Hotel Silken Laguardia at 12:00 PM to collect your bike and equipment and say farewell before your departure. If you wish to take a private shuttle to Logroño or Bilbao, we recommend reaching out to the hotel front desk or asking your local host for assistance in advance. Our Trip Consultant can provide you with the preferred local contact information. Payments by credit card are accepted, except for American Express. The journey to Logroño takes approximately 15 minutes by car and costs €30 (Please note: Bus and train options are also available). The ride to Bilbao takes approximately one hour and 15 minutes, and is priced at €130 (Bus options are also available). Please allow adequate connection time for any ongoing travel to accommodate possible traffic delays.

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Planning For Your Trip

Packing and Weather

The best time of the year to visit Rioja for outdoor activities is July and August. July is the sunniest and driest month of the year. August days can be hot but it does cool off in the evenings. In general, this region enjoys more comfortable temperatures than most of interior Spain with daily averages in the daytime ranging from 75F-80F (24C-27C) and highs reaching up to 88F (31C) with evening temperatures dropping after sunset by about 10 degrees (around 21C). 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 Self-Guided bike tour. Packing List

Before and After Your Trip

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Before: Logroño, Spain

Discover the captivating city of Logroño, a treasure trove of history and traditions dating back to the Middle Ages. Immerse yourself in its rich heritage, shaped by the iconic Pilgrim's Route to Santiago de Compostela. Wander through charming cobbled streets and explore significant landmarks like the Santiago Matamoros church and the historic Cathedral of Santa María la Redonda. Don't miss the enchanting river Ebro and its picturesque bridges, including the iconic Puente de Piedra. Stroll the vibrant Paseo del Espolón, a hub of local life, and marvel at Logroño's Gothic spires, Mudejar towers, and baroque palaces. With churches, museums, and lively squares like Market Square, Logroño promises a delightful blend of history, architecture, and vibrant street culture. We recommend the following accommodations for your pre-trip hotel:

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After: Bilbao, Spain

If you are planning on extending your Rioja vacation and exploring the dynamic city of Bilbao, there are a number of must-sees. The capital of the Basque country is a major city with a small city feel. It is surrounded by vast green mountains, a perfect combination of modern and natural elements 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. Make 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, take the funicular to appreciate the views, 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 post-trip hotel:

Why Trek Travel

Our Bikes

Our unrivaled selection of Trek Bikes sets the bar for quality and comfort. From the ultra-smooth Trek Domane SL 7 to the Trek Electric-Assist Verve+, you deserve the best ride on your vacation. Plus, we offer a range upgrade options to take you the extra mile.

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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