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Vuelta a España

Exploring the final of the Grand Tours

Trek Travel introduces you Tour of Spain like no other tour company in the world, set against the backdrop of the sights, sounds and heart of Spain's most romantic terrain. You will ride the same routes as the racers, soak up the excitement of the passionate Spanish fans, enjoy the beautiful Spanish scenery, and truly feel the pulse of the race during its most exciting moments. The trip begins in the north coast region of Asturias often referred to as “green Spain” due to its mountainous, lush terrain and breathtaking coastal scenery. Alongside you on the day of Asturian ride will be UCI ProTour veteran and former US Postal domestique Chechu Rubiera, riding up the climbs of stage 14 and giving you the pro's insight to La Vuelta and its magical subtleties. After the exciting stage 14 we will spend some time in the Picos de Europa, an area of immense beauty and home of Spain’s first national park. Its snow-capped limestone peaks will frame the background for the finish of Stage 15 and our ride on rest day, and provide plenty of opportunities for keepsake panoramic photographs. And that’s not all. We will then ride on the time trial course and cross the finish line. On the stage 16 we climb up to the epic finish of a new climb of La Vuelta – Monte Oiz. You’ll also have the unique opportunity to spend an evening at the Trek-Segafredo team hotel for a guided tour of the team bus before a cocktail hour and meeting with the team members. It's truly the only way to experience the Vuelta, complete with traditional Basque pinchos, Asturian sidra, new friends and first-class Trek Travel support. Our Race Trip Difference»
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Get behind the scenes with the Trek-Segafredo team
Ride on the official course of Individual time trial
Ride with José Luis “Chechu” Rubiera, a long serving UCI Pro Tour domestique
VIP race viewing of the stage 14, 15, 16 and 17
Discover Asturias, Cantabria and Basque country known as “green Spain” due to its mountainous, lush terrain and breathtaking scenery
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This was my first race trip and first Trek Travel trip, and all I can say is WOW! I can't remember when I have had that much fun. The guides, the food, the new friends and SPAIN! Perfect! It was so hard to leave, I wanted to stay way longer. With out the Trek guides we would have all been lost. They were all amazing and I couldn't imagine being on that trip with out them.
-Steven

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Bienvenidos a España! This is the heart of Northern Spain during a week when the cycling world's attention is focused on the region, the race and the riding. Your Trek Travel guides will meet you the Oviedo Bus Station at 10:30 AM on the first day of the trip. We'll take a short, private shuttle into the interior of Asturias, the traditional home of La Vuelta. Your guides will orient you to the area, the itinerary and what to expect before ensuring a comfortable fit on your on your award-winning Trek Domane. After a light lunch we will kick off the week with our first warm-up ride. You’ll start the trip off with a pilgrimage to the Queen Stage of the 2010 Vuelta - an epic climb ending in Cima Rubiera (or Alto de Cotobello), named in honor of Spanish pro José Luis “Chechu” Rubiera. This evening we'll gather for cocktails and learn about the week ahead before indulging a gourmet fresh seasonal menu in the hotel's restaurant. Get ready for the excitement of the live race action tomorrow!

Hotel:

Hotel Canzana

Included Meals:

Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner

Buenos dias! Enjoy a hearty breakfast in anticipation of an epic day on the bike. We will start on green rolling hills before we join the official Vuelta course of stage 14. Are you getting excited for the race yet? We will stop in town of Nava – home of northern Spain's famous cider – and where the riders start the final climb of the stage, Las Praeres. It’s almost a Vuelta tradition to add new unknown, little forgotten roads; roads that remind the riders and spectators that this country has teeth, and Las Praeres is this year's new addition. Today you can experience that climb, with narrow, overgrown road going up to 24% at some switchbacks. Fortunately, you'll have Spanish cycling legend and US Postal Service domestique Chechu Rubiera riding with you and offering his counsel as you grind up together. Choose to either go all the way up or just get a feel for it, talk to the local cycling fans and come back to our base in Nava to wait for riders to pass by. Grab a glass of cider, beer or wine with your Trek Travel guests at a perfectly positioned viewing spot, and enjoy this special moment. This evening we will visit the Trek-Segafredo team hotel and you will have a chance to meet team representative, talk about the race strategy and have a tour in the team bus. Get your questions ready. It's a moment you won't forget. After the exciting day, we will shuttle to our next hotel La Cepada in anticipation of another great summit finish of tomorrow’s stage!

Today's Ride:

Pola de Lavia to Nava Loop
Approximately 46 miles with 4,900 feet of climbing

Today's Race Access:

Live race viewing of Stage 14

Today's Team Access:

Behind-the-scenes with Trek-Segafredo and cocktail hour

Hotel:

La Cepada

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner

"Savor your morning cafe con leche and enjoy morning sunlight on the hotel's terrace before we will make our way to the climb of Mirador del Fito. The pros climb it two times but we will save our legs and climb it only once. The top offers a wide view over the Picos de Europa and the coastline of the Cantabrian Sea. Snap a few photos and congratulate yourself on the achievement, but then it's back on the bike for more adventure. We will ride through Cangas de Onis, hour home for next two nights and also the foot of the last climb. Today’s finish is at Lagos de Covadonga, a Vuelta classic, featured 20 times as a summit finish at Vuelta. It’s one of the Spanish classic climbs and no wonder - the scenery is spectacular and the pavement is smooth as butter. There is only one route to ascend Lagos de Covadonga, with a kicker at the end as the route ramps up to 17.5% in the last 200 meters.Two years ago Columbian climbing champion Nairo Quintana climbed to victory at the beautiful slopes with two blue lakes on the top, but it's also been the site of victories by Pedro Delgado, Laurent Jalabert and Luis Herrera. Today we will enjoy VIP official Vuelta viewing before we descend back to our hotel La Cepada.

Today's Ride:

Mirador del Fito with Lagos de Covadonga Loop
Approximately 40 miles with 6000 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Cangas de Onis to Lagos de Covadonga
Approximately 15 miles with 3400 feet of climbing

Today's Race Access:

Ride on the Stage 15 Official Race Course | VIP race finish viewing

Hotel:

La Cepada

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Today is a rest day for the pros, which affords us time to enjoy the great riding this region offers. It is thought that the Picos de Europa, literally meaning “the Peaks of Europe," got their name because they were the first mountains seen by sailors returning from the Americas. You will have the opportunity to tackle a number of climbs in the Picos de Europa range, offering spectacular views and test your legs as much as you'd like. We will ride through Ponga Natural park and climb up to the Puerto del Pontón, before stopping for local lunch. Then you can choose to ride back to the hotel or go for some additional miles of adventure. This afternoon enjoy a glass of Rioja at the hotel terrace or explore the town. Tonight you can enjoy a dinner of your choice at one of the quaint local restaurants.

Today's Ride:

Picos de Europa Loop
Approximately 52 miles with 6,700 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Cangas de Onis to Ponga Natural Parque
Approximately 36 miles with 3,500 feet of climbing

Hotel:

La Cepada

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch

It's back to the heat of the race with a very special day of riding and viewing. This morning we will board a short shuttle to the coast and ride through the fishing village of San Vicente de Baraques on our way to a small road along unspoiled coastline and beaches leading us to the charming medieval village of Santillana del Mar, the start village of the individual time trial. After checking out the village we will join the official course ourselves just few hours before the pros and get a true insiders' view of the finish line and podium! In Trek Travel style, we'll go behind the velvet rope for an up-close experience with the race infrastructure, including the podium itself! We will then have a VIP viewing at the finish line in Torrevalega and witness this stage, which promises to make some interesting changes in the race. Afterward, we will shuttle toward Bilbao in anticipation of another great summit finish of tomorrow’s stage!

Today's Ride:

San Vicente de Barquera to Time trial course
Approximately 40 miles with 3,300 feet of climbing

Today's Race Access:

Ride on the Official Time Trial Course | Live race viewing of Stage 16

Hotel:

Palacio Urgoiti Hotel & Golf

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Egun on! Good morning from Basque country and our last day of the race! As a grand finale we'll experience another new addition to the race - Monte Oiz - a steep and challenging climb in the heart of the Basque Country. We will ride on the course of Stage 17 to the town of Munitibar, where the riders goes by twice. From there we start this 8.5 mile ascent with a part asphalt, part concrete surface and gradients of up to 17%. It is one of the highest points in the region and was one of the historically important communication towers used by the local government. The road is also named The Balcony of Bizkaia, because it's considered the best spot to observe Basque Country. It's here that you'll enjoy another epic climb accompanied by cheering crowds and full-on race excitement. On the top, it’s time to relax, sit back and enjoy the accomplishments of all your riding achievements of this week. Tonight, we'll raise our glass once last time with our fellow travelers and recount the thrilling and challenging week of La Vuelta 2018!

Today's Ride:

Monte Oiz Loop
Approximately 37 miles with 4600 feet of climbing

Today's Race Access:

Official VIP Race Access Passes - Exclusive hospitality zone at the finish line of Stage 17

Hotel:

Palacio Urgoiti Hotel & Golf

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner

It's hard to imagine, but your Spanish race tour has come to a close. Choose to sleep in today or enjoy a relaxing breakfast at the hotel as you contemplate the lasting memories you've made during your La Vuelta vacation. You'll say adios to your guides at 10:00 AM at the hotel and then shuttle 45 minutes to Bilbao, arriving at approximately 11:00 AM. Please allow adequate connection time for any ongoing travel to accommodate possible delays.

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Hotels

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Hotel Canzana

Pola de Laviana, Spain

Hotel Canzana is an excellent four-star Hotel, which combines tradition and quality and provides incredible views of the northern Spanish countryside. It is located on the foot of the Redes Natural Park and provides a true insider's view of the area.
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La Cepada

Cangas de Onis, Spain

The Hotel La Cepada is a 4-star hotel located in the quaint town of Cangas de Onis. With the Picos de Europa as a backdrop, this hotel serves as an excellent base for spectacular riding.
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Palacio Urgoiti Hotel & Golf

Mungia, Spain

Palacio Urgioti Hotel & Golf is a boutique hotel in the Basque Country. Standing in tranquility amid stunning surroundings, this classic hotel is close to the town of Mungia, 12km from the center of Bilbao. Bilbao Airport is just a short journey away.

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WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • 6 nights of accommodation at handpicked hotels
  • Two experienced guides to provide local knowledge, support, and camaraderie
  • Daily route support with both guides and our support van
  • Daily breakfast, 6 lunches and 5 dinners
  • 2 social hours of drinks and hors d'oeuvres
  • Ride a Trek Domane SL 7
  • Up to three daily route options on riding days
  • Snacks and drinks for each day's ride
  • Trek Travel Bontrager cycling jersey to keep
  • Trek-Segafredo pro team kit to keep
  • Customized Road ID
  • Trek Travel water bottles to keep
  • Shimano clipless road pedals, Shimano clipless mountain pedals, caged or flat pedals
  • All gratuities for drivers, local experts and hospitality staff
  • All luggage transfers and transportation during your trip
  • A personalized photobook of your trip
  • Entrance fees for all activities, private tours and events

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  • Trek Domane SL 7 carbon road bike with Shimano Di2 electronic shifting
  • Trek Travel Bontrager cycling jersey to keep
  • Trek-Segafredo pro team kit to keep
  • Trek Travel water bottles to keep
  • Shimano clipless road pedals, Shimano clipless mountain pedals, caged or flat pedals
  • Bontrager helmet and saddle
  • Bontrager front and rear Flare R lights and a flat pack
  • Garmin Edge 1030 GPS computer
  • Upgrade your bike to include carbon wheels (+$200)
  • Coupon valued up to $500 off a new Trek Bicycle. Your coupon will be delivered via email.
  • You may bring your own pedals and saddle on the trip. Your guides will install your gear on the first day during your bike fit.

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Gratuities for your Trek Travel guides are not included in your trip price. We recommend tipping 7.5-10% of your trip price for the guide team. Local currency is preferred and unless you want to tip separately, guides will divide tips amongst themselves. 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.

More Information

Rider Level: 3/4 - Active/Avid?

AVERAGE DAILY MILEAGE:
31 miles miles
TOTAL MILES:
215 miles miles
AVERAGE DAILY ELEVATION:
3,643 feet
TOTAL ELEVATION:
25,500 feet
TERRAIN: MOUNTAINOUS
The terrain is challenging, with steep climbs followed by long descents. La Vuelta is best suited for our Type 3 and 4 Riders. Our Trek Travel guides can also easily accommodate Type 3 Riders, who seek less mileage or fewer uphills, with a boost in the van.
NON-RIDING ACTIVITIES:
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 tastings and 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
  • Barcelona Villa
  • Costa Brava

See itinerary for specific daily ride distances and elevation options. 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. 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 "Avid Ride" options.

Travel Details

How to Get There

FLY INTO:
Madrid Barajas International Airport (MAD)
MEETING TIME:
10:30 AM
MEETING LOCATION:
Oviedo Bus Station, Oviedo, Spain

Say Farewell

FLY OUT OF:
Madrid Barajas International Airport (MAD)
DEPARTING TIME:
11:00 AM
DEPARTING LOCATION:
Bilbao Train station, Bilbao, Spain

Arriving

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 Asturias Airport of Santander (OVD), or you can also take a train from Madrid, which take around five hours. More information can be found on renfe.com. The Asturias Airport is located approximately 30 miles north of Oviedo and there are regular coach services between the two. The buses depart from the airport every hour between 7:00 AM-9:20 PM. The last bus leaves at 11:30 PM. More information can be found at www.alsa.es. Taxis leave from outside the terminal building and it takes approximately 45 minutes to Oviedo.

Your Trek Travel guides will meet you the Oviedo Bus Station (Pepe Cosmén, 33001 Oviedo, Spain) at 10:30 AM on the first day of the trip. We'll take a short, private shuttle into Asturias, the traditional home of La Vuelta. You'll arrive at our lunch location and your guides will ensure a comfortable fit on your on your Trek Domane before a light lunch. After lunch we will kick off the week with our first warm-up ride. Please have your first day’s riding gear handy and separate from your other luggage to facilitate the bike fitting and ride.

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 Canzana (+34 985 60 03 20), and leave a message with your expected arrival time and contact details.

View our pre hotel recommendations

Leaving

You will say farewell to your guides at 10:00 AM at Palacio Urgoiti Hotel & Golf. You’ll then travel by shuttle to Bilbao Train station, arriving at around 11:00 AM. Please allow adequate connection time for any ongoing travel to accommodate possible delays.

View our post hotel recommendations

Planning For Your Trip

Packing and Weather

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. Packing List»

Before and After Your Trip

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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:

after

After: Bilbao, Spain

Bilbao is not only the largest city in the Basque country, it is also the most important one on an economic level and has the main port in the region. In recent years, the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao has achieved such worldwide fame that a visit to this attractive city is frequently linked to this museum. However Bilbao has many attractions, like for example Mercado de la Ribera, popularly called "la Plaza", is the largest covered market in Europe. This beautiful building, which was built in 1929 on what had once been an open-air market is the heart and soul of the city. Stroll through its many stalls where we find the most delicious fish, vegetables and delicacies make us understand why the gastronomy of this city has such a reputation. While in Bilbao one can not miss the "pintxos go" or the "pintxopoteo", what the people of Bilbao call to drink wine. The Pintxos, are small tapas or snacks that usually come on bread and that are presented in the most imaginative and delicious combinations of flavors. Another not to miss attraction is Artxanda Funicular, which takes up to a hill where you can admire the beautiful views of the city. We recommend the following accommodations for your post trip hotel:

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