Rioja and Ribera del Duero Bike Tour

  • Region: Rest of Europe
  • Destination: Spain
  • Duration: 6 Days / 5 Nights
  • Level: Active
  • Price From: $4995
  • Single Supplement: $ 750
Tour Dates

Sep 21 - Sep 26,  2014 $4995 Book Now
Oct 5 - Oct 10,  2014 $4995 Book Now
Apr 26 - May 1,  2015 $5195 Book Now
May 24 - May 29,  2015 $5195 Book Now
Jul 12 - Jul 17,  2015 $5195 Book Now

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Ride along the banks of the Ebro River, the lifeline of the Rioja wine region, through rolling hills and medieval hilltop towns on this bike tour in Spain. Explore the walled city of Laguardia famous for its tapas restaurants. Visit one of the best wines museums in the world, the Museo Dinastia Vivanco. Cycle through stunning wheat fields and Segovian towns and delight in the famous Rioja and Ribera del Duero wines. You’ll never forget the climb up to the fortress town of Pedraza de la Sierra, your picnic at the castle of Peñaranda with its scenic overlook, or the Caudalie spa at the Marques di Riscal on this Rioja bike tour.


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Tour by Day

Day One: Welcome to the Rioja!
Your guides will meet you at your hotel in Bilbao, and then we’re off for a tapas lunch in the town of Elciego. We’ll transfer an hour south through the beautiful Basque countryside and into the Rioja wine region to your hotel, the Marques de Riscal, designed by award-winning architect Frank Gehry. After going over the essentials, a map review and bike fitting, we’ll take off on a short introductory ride through a seemingly endless stretch of vineyards. Enjoy a pre-dinner cocktail tonight followed by a bistro-style meal.

Meals: Light Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Bilbao, Elciego
Accomplished: 10.6 miles / 17 km
Accommodations: Marques de Riscal

Day Two: Riding the Banks of the Ebro River
Today we’ll ride along the banks of the Ebro River—the lifeline of the Rioja wine region—through the towns of Elciego and Villabuena de Alava to Samaniego. Visit the Arabarte winery for a tasting and a traditional Rioja-style lunch. After lunch, we’ll hop on our bikes and follow the scenic rolling hills back to the Marques de Riscal hotel. Take some time to enjoy the Caudalie spa at the hotel before we drive into Laguardia, the medieval walled city famous for its tapas restaurants. Tonight, the city of Laguardia is yours to explore on your own.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
Destinations: Elciego, Villabuena de Alava, Samaniego, Abalos, Laguardia
Accomplished: 27.9 miles / 45 km
Accommodations: Marques de Riscal

Day Three: Ride to the Monastery of San Millan de la Cogolla
Begin the day with a ride through the picturesque towns of Briones to see the Museo Dinastia Vivanco, one of the best wine museums in the world, before we continue through Azofre. We’ll cross the thousand-year-old Camino de Santiago (Saint James Way), and stop at the monastery of San Millan de la Cogolla for lunch. This is the birthplace of the Spanish (Castilian) and Basque languages. Later this afternoon, we’ll drive to the fortress town of Lerma where we’ll have dinner and stay the night in the town’s Parador—once the Duke of Lerma’s private residence, established as a retreat for King Felipe III.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Briones, Azofre, Lerma (1.5 hour transfer to Lerma)
Accomplished: 23.5 miles / 38 km
Accommodations: Parador Lerma

Day Four: Through the Ribera del Duero
Today we’ll take a short drive to Santo Domingo de Silos to visit the monastery that made Gregorian chanting famous. From here, we’ll bike one of the most scenic rides of the week to Peñaranda del Duero. Cycle through Ribera del Duero wine region and visit the Yecla Gorge. Stop for a picnic at the castle of Peñaranda and enjoy sweeping views of the stunning landscape below. After lunch, continue riding to Hotel Torremilanos and enjoy a private tour of one of the oldest family wineries in the area. Savor the best of traditional Duero cooking in the private library of the hotel this evening.

Meals: Breakfast / Gourmet Picnic / Dinner
Destinations: Santo Domingo de Silos, Yecla Gorge, Ribera del Duero, Peñaranda del Duero 
Accomplished: 29.1 miles / 47 km
Accommodations: Hotel Torremilanos

Day Five: On the Road to Pedraza
Start with a transfer to the hillside town of Sepúlveda, dramatically situated on the edge of the Duratón Canyon Nature Reserve. Wander the streets and visit its Romanesque monuments before we hop on our bikes for a ride through wheat fields and Segovian towns to the Casla River. Climb up to the fortress town of Pedraza de la Sierra, a relic of the Renaissance. Walk around the narrow cobblestone streets where the center square was perfectly designed to host yearly bullfights in the shadow of the castle that looms above. We’ll dine here in the square at our favorite restaurant, feasting on dishes using only local ingredients.

Meals: Breakfast / Gourmet Picnic / Dinner
Destinations: Sepúlveda, Pedraza
Accomplished: 23.5 miles / 38 km
Accommodations: Hospederia de Santo Domingo

Day Six: Adios to Castilla y León
This morning your guides will transfer you to Madrid, stopping along the way to visit Segovia, an exquisite town filled with stunning architecture and fabulous shopping. Once back in Madrid don’t miss one of the authentic Flamenco music demonstrations in the back streets of this architecturally impressive Spanish capital. Your guides will know just where to go. Before you head for home after your time on the Rioja Bike Tour, we'll take a moment to celebrate the unforgettable week with a toast.

Meal: Breakfast
Destination: Segovia, Madrid

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