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Vuelta a España

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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 the Asturian ride will be UCI Pro Tour 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'll 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, plus provide plenty of opportunities for keepsake panoramic photos. We then ride on the time trial course, crossing the finish line, and climb to the epic finish of a new climb in La Vuelta–Monte Oiz in Stage 16. 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 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.

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Today's Ride:

Cotobello Warm-Up / "Chechu climb"

Description:

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 at 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 in a gourmet fresh seasonal menu in the hotel's restaurant. Get ready for the excitement of the live race action tomorrow!

Hotel:

Hotel Canzana
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Today's Stage:

Stage 13: Candás. Carreño / Valle de Sabero / La Camperona

Included Meals:

Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner


Day
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Day
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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

Description:

Buenos dias! Enjoy a hearty breakfast in anticipation of an epic day on the bike. We'll start on green rolling hills before we join the official Vuelta course of Stage 14. Are you getting excited for the race yet? We'll stop in the 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 roads 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'll have a chance to meet a 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'll shuttle to our next hotel La Cepada in anticipation of another great summit finish of tomorrow’s stage!

Hotel:

La Cepada
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Today's Stage:

Stage 14: Cistierna / Les Praeres / Nava

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner


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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

Description:

"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'll ride through Cangas de Onis, our home for the next two nights and also located at the foot of the last climb. Today’s finish is at Lagos de Covadonga, a Vuelta classic, featured 20 times as a summit finish. 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 on the beautiful slopes with two blue lakes at the top, but it's also been the site of victories by Pedro Delgado, Laurent Jalabert and Luis Herrera. Today we will enjoy a VIP official Vuelta viewing before we descend back to our hotel La Cepada.

Hotel:

La Cepada
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Today's Stage:

Stage 15: Ribera de Arriba / Lagos de Covadonga

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner


Day
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Day
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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

Description:

Today is a rest day for the pros, which affords us time to enjoy the great riding this region offers. It's 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'll have the opportunity to tackle a number of climbs in the Picos de Europa range, offering spectacular views and the opportunity to test your legs as much as you'd like. We'll ride through Ponga Natural park and climb up to the Puerto del Pontón, before stopping for a local lunch. Then you can choose to ride back to the hotel or knock out some additional miles. This afternoon enjoy a glass of Rioja at the hotel terrace or explore the town. Tonight you can enjoy dinner of your choice at one of the quaint local restaurants.

Hotel:

La Cepada
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Today's Stage:

Rest Day

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch


Day
5
Day
5

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

Description:

It's back to the heat of the race with a very special day of riding and viewing. This morning we'll 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 that runs along unspoiled coastline and beaches and leads us to the charming medieval village of Santillana del Mar, the start village of the individual time trial. After checking out the village we'll join the official course ourselves just a 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'll 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'll shuttle toward Bilbao in anticipation of another great summit finish of tomorrow’s stage!

Hotel:

Palacio Urgoiti Hotel & Golf
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Today's Stage:

Stage 16: Santillana del Mar / Torrelavega

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner


Day
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Day
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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

Description:

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'll ride on the course of Stage 17 to the town of Munitibar, where the riders go by twice. From there we start an 8.5 mile ascent with a part asphalt, part concrete surface and gradients of up to 17%. It's one of the highest points in the region 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 one last time with our fellow travelers and recount the thrilling and challenging week of La Vuelta 2018!

Hotel:

Palacio Urgoiti Hotel & Golf
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Today's Stage:

Stage 17: Getxo / Balcón de Bizkaia

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner


Day
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Day
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Today's Ride:

Departure

Description:

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


Dates & Pricing

The earlier you book, the greater the rewards

We reward our guests with lower pricing and more dates to choose from the earlier you book. Rest assured, once you book, your price is guaranteed.

2018


Sep
7th - 13th / 7 days / 6 nights
$4699 / Person, $600 / Single Occupancy

What is Single Occupancy?

Sometimes it’s more convenient and comfortable to have your own room while on vacation. We understand and that’s why we offer a Single Occupancy option. The additional price guarantees a private room all to yourself.

Hotels

Stay at Hotel Canzana in Spain on a Trek Travel bike tour at the Vuelta a Espana

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 at the foot of the Redes Natural Park and provides a true insider's view of the area.
Stay at Hotel Cepada on Trek Travel bike tour in Spain

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.
Stay at Palacio Utgoiti on a Vuelta a Espana bike tour with Trek Travel

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.

What's Included

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  • 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
  • Exclusive Pro Team Access—get behind the scenes with the Trek-Segafredo team
  • Ride on the official race course of the Stages 14, 15, 16 and 17
  • Official VIP race access passes to the finish of Stage 14, 15, 16 and 17
  • Ride on the official Individual Time Trial course
  • 6 nights of accommodation
  • In every region we travel, we uncover the area’s best and most delightful accommodations. On our Vuelta a España trip, you will enjoy a variety of four star and three star unique accommodations, perfectly located close to the official race course and allowing us to get the most out of the race.
  • Daily breakfast, 6 lunches, 3 social hours, 5 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 España trip we will taste traditional dishes like the fabada asturiana, a stew of fabas with a compendium of smoked meats and sausages. Then comes the rest of the repertoire: fritos de pixín (deep-fried monkfish pieces), vegetable menestra (stew), empanada (a flat savory pie with a thick crust) and torto de maíz (maize-flour flatbread). Once we move to Basque Country we will do as the locals do and try all kinds of different pinchos (pinchos are small finger foods served at bars and taverns throughout the Basque Country). 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.
  • The knowledge, support, and camaraderie of experienced guides
  • Daily route support
  • Paper route guides also available upon request
  • Comprehensive trip literature
  • The use of a Trek Domane SL 7 carbon road bike with Shimano Di2 electronic shifting, or Trek 7.6 FX Hybrid bicycle
  • The use of 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
  • 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. 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.
  • 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 7.5-10% 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 | 3/4
  • Average Daily Mileage | 45
  • Terrain | Mountainous
  • Average Daily Elevation | 5,200 ft.

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 is best suited for our Type 3 and 4 Riders. Our Trek Travel guides can also accommodate lower type of riders, who seek less mileage and uphill, with a boost in the van. The terrain is challenging, with steep climbs followed by long descents. See itinerary for specific daily ride distance and elevation options.

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, 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 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

Please review our packing list page for more details.

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.

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.

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 Asturias Airport of Santander (OVD), or you can also take a train from Madrid, which takes 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.

Oviedo Bus Station | Oviedo, Spain

Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at 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.

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.

Palacio Urgoiti Hotel | Mungia, Spain

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 Train station, arriving at approximately 11:00 AM. Please allow adequate connection time for any ongoing travel to accommodate possible 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:

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.marriott.com/hotels/travel/ovdfo-ac-hotel-oviedo-forum | ~$100

Barcelo Oviedo Cervantes

Barcelo Oviedo Cervantes is located right in Oviedo’s city center and nearby the cities most prestigious theater, the Campoamor Theatre.

Cervantes, 13, 33004 Oviedo | + 34 985 255 000 | www.barcelo.com/en-us/hotels/spain/oviedo/barcelo-oviedo-cervantes/ | $120

Hotel Castillo del Bosque La Zoreda

Located in the Zoreda oak and chestnut forest near 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.

Bosque de La Zoreda, S/N, La Manjo | +34 985 96 33 33 | www.castillodelbosquelazoreda.com/EN/hotel.html | 150 USD

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 was once 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 that 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 leads up to a hill where you can admire the beautiful views of the city. We recommend the following accommodations for your post trip hotel:

Gran Hotel Domine

The hotel is situated right across the spectacular Guggenheim Museum, on the banks of Nervion River. This five stars hotel is a leisurely walk from the charming streets of the historical centrum and Plaza Mayor. Bilbao Airport is a 10-minute drive away and the port is around 15 minutes away.

Alameda Mazarredo, 61 | 00 34 944 253 300 | www.hoteldominebilbao.com | $130

Miro Hotel Bilbao

This boutique hotel, created by the famous designer Antonio Miró, is located opposite the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao.

Alameda Mazarredo, 77 | 00 34 94 661 18 80 | www.mirohotelbilbao.com/en | $110

Barceló Bilbao Nervión

This four star hotel is within close proximity of Parroquia de San Vicente Martir de Abando and Funicular de Artxanda. This hotel is new, spacious and very comfortable.

Paseo Campo Volantín, 11 | 00 34 94 445 4700 | www.barcelo.com/en-us/hotels/spain/bilbao/barcelo-bilbao-nervion | $100


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

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Our Bikes

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Our Guides

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Our vacations are built to deliver the ultimate in flexibility, from extreme relaxers to hard-core roadies. You pick your mileage, itinerary and experiences. We take care of the rest.