Rioja Bike Tour

  • Region: Rest of Europe
  • Destination: Spain
  • Duration: 6 Days / 5 Nights
  • Level: Occasional
  • Price From: $4995
  • Single Supplement: $600
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Jul 12 - Jul 17, 2015 $5195 Book Now
Aug 16 - Aug 21, 2015 $5195 Book Now
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Join us on our Rioja bike tour as we ride through medieval towns, over rolling vineyard paths, along quiet country plains, ancient pilgrimage routes, and Roman roads. See the birthplace of the Spanish language, visit one of the greatest wine museums in the world, and pick up a few items at an exclusive producer of cashmere and Mohair scarves. Our accommodations feature an aristocratic mansion, a Relais & Château town house, and a modern five-star iconic masterpiece designed by Frank Gehry. Dining will be a diverse feast of traditional bistros, Tapas bars, and Michelin restaurants accompanied by the great wines of Rioja. Welcome to the real Spain, the birthplace of its culture, the cradle of its gastronomy, and home to its wonderful people.


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Tour by Day

Day One: Welcome to Green Spain
Your DuVine guides will greet you at our recommended hotel in downtown Bilbao, and then we’re off to our charming  Relais & Château in the delightful town of Ezcaray. After a bike fitting and safety review, we’ll ride along the banks of the Rio Oja with a stop at the Valganon family Mantas de Ezcaray boutique to admire and acquire a few of their exquisite mohair, cashmere or alpaca scarfs and blankets at factory prices. Spin back to the hotel and after a quick change, we reconvene at the hotel’s gastronomic restaurant, El Portal for a two-star Michelin meal created for us by Chef Francis Paniego and accompanied by a selection of fine Rioja wines. This evening, you’re free to walk around this picturesque town and enjoy some tapas before we retire to our rooms for a good night’s sleep.

Meals: Late Lunch / Tapas Dinner
Destinations: Bilbao, Ezcaray
Accomplished: 13 miles / 21 km, elevation gain: 180 meters
Accommodations: Hotel Echaurren

Day Two: Ezcaray to Briñas
Today we ride downstream following the Rio Oja, passing through the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage town of Santo Domingo de la Calzada before continuing to our lunch stop in the charming tenth-century town of Haro. Haro, known for being home to some of the most enigmatic wine brands such as Roda, Muga, Lopez de Heredía among others. After lunch, we have a short ride before arriving at our charming seventeenth-century boutique hotel for the next two nights. Later, we will visit an iconic 150-year-old winery and taste a selection of their excellent wines before dining at Las Duelas, a converted monastery and a local favorite of ours in Haro.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Santo Domingo de la Calzada, Haro, Briñas
Accomplished: 26 miles / 42.5 km, elevation gain: 140 meters
Accommodations: Hospedería Señorio de Briñas

Day Three: Vivanco Dinastia
We’ll get the day started with a breakfast highlighting local produce before our visit to Vivanco Dinastia, the largest wine museum in the world, showcasing an enlightened view of the history of wine in the Rioja and Spain. This educational visit can be enjoyed by wine novices and experts alike! We will enjoy a delightful lunch at Vivanco before continuing back by van through Haro and to our hotel. You can also opt to continue riding on this hilly yet rewarding route through the vineyards. Relax back at the hotel before we reconvene for the evening. Tonight, we dine on succulent local lamb cooked on a traditional wood fire oven, paired with delicious local wines.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Briones, Haro, Bastida
Accomplished: 27 miles / 43 km, elevation gain: 435 meters (optional additional 7.5 miles / 12 km)
Accommodations: Hospedería Señorio de Briñas

Day Four: The Medieval and the Modern
We bid farewell to Briñas this morning and ride to the much revered Remelluri winery where wine has been made here by the Hieronymite monks since at least the fourteenth century. Here we’ll enjoy a visit and tasting before we cruise down to the village of San Vicente for tapas at the wine bar owned by the iconic Contador winery. Our ride continues over rolling vineyard roads with amazing vistas to our unique and luxurious hotel designed by Frank O. Gehry. We recommend spending some time at the Caudalie Spa this afternoon. Tonight, we transfer you to the hilltop town of Laguardia where we’ll have an exclusive wine tasting at one of the oldest wineries in the area. Afterwards, dinner is on your own with recommendations from your guides.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
Destinations: San Vicente de la Sonsierra, Elciego, Laguardia
Accomplished: 19 miles / 31 km, elevation gain: 453 meters
Accommodations: Hotel Marques de Riscal or Hotel Viura

Day Five: Origins of the Spanish Language
Wake up early to indulge in a breakfast of epic proportions before we cruise southward following the Camino pilgrimage routes through the town of Najera. We’ll arrive at the eleventh-century Monastery of Yuso dedicated to the hermit Saint Millan, a UNESCO world heritage site since 1997. After we do a quick visit of the monetary, we’ll have a traditional lunch consisting of typical local fare and a glass or two of some local wines. Choose to ride or shuttle back to our hotel where we have time to relax by the pool. Tonight, we close our week in the Rioja with a cocktail and then dinner at the hotel’s own Michelin-starred gastronomic restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Najera, San Millan de la Cogolla
Accomplished: 23.5 miles / 37.8 km, elevation gain: 539 meters (optional additional 22 miles / 34 km)
Accommodations: Hotel Marques de Riscal or Hotel Viura

Day Six: Adios Rioja
Farewell to La Rioja, its wines, medieval architecture, sumptuous gastronomy, and stunning landscapes. We transfer back to Bilbao where your trip leaders will take you to your post-trip hotel or Bilbao airport.

Meal: Breakfast

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