Andalucia Bike Tour

  • Region: Rest of Europe
  • Destination: Spain
  • Duration: 6 Days / 5 Nights
  • Level: Active
  • Price From: $4495
  • Single Supplement: $1100
Tour Dates

Sep 28 - Oct 3,  2014 $4695 Book Now
Oct 19 - Oct 24,  2014 $4495 Book Now

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Explore charming white hilltop villages that date back to the times of the Romans, and beyond. Cycle through traffic free olive orchards and the sherry producing vineyards of Montilla Moriles. Stroll through the medieval streets of Cordoba of this incredible ancient Moorish capital. You’ll be treated to outstanding tapas in the village of Archidona, a lesson on how to make traditional Andalusian paella, and a tasting at Europe’s only truly organic freshwater sturgeon farm. On this cycling vacation in Andalucia, you’ll be charmed by the southern warmth of the locals and weather, quiet roads, rolling hills, and breathtaking vistas.


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Tour by Day

Day One: Welcome to Andalucia!
Your DuVine guides will greet you in Granada at the Palacio de los Patos, and then we’re off to La Bobadilla. We’ll toast your arrival at the hotel with some cava and begin with the basics: bike fitting and safety review. Then we’re off through the olive groves to the village of Archidona. We’ll sample a selection of outstanding tapas for lunch, then opt for a few more miles of biking or a ride in the van back to the hotel. Then, choose from a variety of optional activities including horseback riding, hiring a motor quad, or relaxing at the wonderful spa. We’ll enjoy dinner together at the hotel’s renowned restaurant, La Finca.

Meals: Light lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Granada, Archidona, Loja
Accomplished: 12 miles / 19.5 km (Optional 9.4 miles / 15.3 km ride)

Day Two: Ventorros Loop Ride
Today we’ll hop on our bikes for a beautiful loop ride that takes us up into the rolling hills. Cycle amid olive groves, passing through some of the charming white villages for which this region is known. Enjoy a spectacular view overlooking the largest man-made lake in southern Spain and the old village of Iznajar. Revel in a thrilling descent through the hamlet of Fuente del Conde before enjoying an Andalusian picnic hosted by our friend Elena in her garden. Delight in a rare treat - a caviar tasting at Europe’s only organic freshwater sturgeon farm. Later, savor a delicious meal at the traditional El Cortijo restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast / Picnic Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Salinas, Villaneuva de Tapia
Accomplished: 27.3 miles / 44 km (Optional 3.4 miles / 5.5 km)

Day Three: On the Road to Cabra
We’ll begin the day with a transfer to the town of Rute. Enthusiasts can choose to ride from the hotel, adding 19 miles of challenging, but spectacular terrain to the day. Ride across the Iznajar dam and into the pretty town of Rute, famous in Spain for its anis-flavored liqueurs and Christmas cookies. A steep but short climb takes us to the old town square where Juan is waiting with a tapas lunch. Enjoy some memorable views over the valley below before descending into the olive oil town of Cabra. Tonight we’ll start with a glass of Montilla-Moriles wine, produced on the hotel property, followed by a delicious meal in the hotel’s charming restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Bobadilla, Iznajar dam, Rute, Cabra, Montilla
Accomplished: 31.7 miles / 51 km (Optional 28.3 miles / 46 km ride) 

Day Four: Loop Ride through the Montilla Vineyards
This morning we’re off on a loop ride through the vineyards of the Montilla-Moriles wine district. Contrary to their Sherry counterpart and due to their inland location, Montilla-Moriles wines were not traditionally imported into the English market and are not, therefore, very well known outside of Spain. Here in Montilla we'll enjoy lunch in a typical taberna. After, visit a small bodega where they still make wines much in the same way as the Romans did some 2000 years ago in huge terracotta amphorae. Then don aprons and join Maria as she shares her grandmother's traditional Andalusian paella recipe with us while sipping on a selection of freshly poured wines from the bodega.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Montilla-Moriles
Accomplished: 20 miles / 32 km (Optional 6.6 miles / 10.8 km ride)

Day Five: The Moorish Empire of Al Andaluz
Today we’ll ride through sleepy towns crowned by Moorish ruins and over rolling hills of wheat swaying in the gentle breeze. Pass through the Guadalquivir River valley before cresting a hill overlooking the once mighty empire of Al-Andaluz, Cordoba. This afternoon, choose to relax at the spa or explore the shopping district and its many boutiques. Tonight we’ll celebrate our final night with a delectable feast.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Guadalquivir River valley, Castro del Rio, Cordoba
Accomplished: 50 miles /  80.5 km

Day Six: Adios Andalucia!
After a delicious breakfast, hit the medieval streets of Cordoba on a private guided tour of this incredible city, ancient capital of the Moorish empire of Al Andaluz. Visit the awe-inspiring eighth-to tenth-century mosque, La Mequita, so immense that the new Christian rulers were able to build a sixteenth-century Baroque cathedral inside. Marvel at its iconic red and white horseshoe arches. Unless you have decided to extend your stay for an extra night, your guides will transfer you at noon to Cordoba’s high-speed train station with direct connections to Madrid or Sevilla.

Meals: Breakfast

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