Rioja Bike Tour

Basque Country and Bilbao in Northern Spain

6 days / 5 nights Level: 2Price From: $4,995Collection: Classic

Tour Highlights

  • Visit boutique and world-renowned wineries including Bodegas Roda, Bodegas La Rioja Alta, and Bodegas Baigorri
  • Ride the Camino de Santiago to the Monastery of Yuso, a UNESCO World Heritage Site recognized as the birthplace of the Spanish language
  • Walk through 8,000 years of wine’s history with humanity at Vivanco Dinastia wine museum and grapevine gardens
  • Stay at the Frank Gehry-designed Hotel Marques de Riscal and relax with a wine-infused treatment at Spa Vinothérapie Caudalie

Eat

Tapas, Jamón Serrano, Manchego cheese, hearty Riojana stew, and wood oven-roasted lamb

Drink

Rioja Crianza, Reserva, and Gran Reserva red wine, made from Tempranillo, Garnacha, and Mazuelo grapes

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  • Day 1

    Welcome to Green Spain

    Your DuVine guides will greet you at our recommended hotels in downtown Bilbao, and then we’re off to our charming Relais & Châteaux hotel in the alpine-style village of Ezcaray. After a safety review and bike fitting, we’ll  head out on our first ride along the banks of the Rio Oja, which lends its name to this famous wine region. Enjoy a show-stopping lunch at the hotel’s gastronomic restaurant, El Portal, a momentous Michelin-starred meal created for us by Chef Francis Paniego and accompanied by a selection of excellent Rioja wines. This evening, enjoy tapas in town and do some exploring on your own.

    Meals: Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Bilbao, Ezcaray
    Accomplished: 16 miles / 25 km, elevation gain: 314 meters
    Longer Option: 32 miles / 52 km, elevation gain: 1,300 meters
    Accommodations: Hotel Echaurren

  • Day 2

    Ezcaray to Labastida and Elciego

    Our day commences with the option to visit the Valganon brothers’ boutique, a local producer of haute-couture mohair scarfs and blankets. Return to the bike and follow the Rio Oja, passing through the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage town of Santo Domingo de la Calzada. Continue to the charming 10th-century wine town of Haro for a winery visit and lunch, then hop in the van or opt to ride over rolling vineyard roads to our luxurious, iconic hotel designed by Frank O. Gehry. Tonight, our hotel’s executive chef has designed a culinary tribute to his mother’s regional cuisine, the source of inspiration for his own Michelin-star achievements.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Santo Domingo de la Calzada, Haro, Elciego
    Accomplished: 26 miles / 42 km, elevation gain: 125 meters
    Longer Option: 43 miles / 70 km, elevation gain: 517 meters
    Accommodations: Hotel Marqués de Riscal

  • Day 3

    Origins of the Spanish Language

    Today we cruise south through the town of Najera, passing pilgrims as they hike this section of the 500-mile Camino de Santiago to the 11th-century UNESCO World Heritage Monastery of Yuso. Considered the birthplace of the Spanish language, we’ll stop for a brief visit of this historic property before a barbecue lunch served on a shady terrace with a glass of fruity local Rioja wine. Choose to bike back to our hotel, or transfer by van for more relaxation time by the pool or at the spa. Dinner tonight will be at your leisure—our guides are happy to bring you to the nearby city of Logroño for an authentic tapeo along the famous Calle Laurel, lined with tapas bars.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
    Destinations: Najera, San Millan de la Cogolla
    Accomplished: 23 miles / 38 km, elevation gain: 490 meters
    Longer Option: 46 miles / 74 km, elevation gain: 710 meters
    Accommodations: Hotel Marqués de Riscal

  • Day 4

    The Medieval and the Modern

    This morning we pedal to the medieval hilltop village of Laguardia for a relaxing coffee in the Plaza Mayor, followed by a ride through vineyards skirting the Cantabrian mountains. At the ultra-modern and award-winning Baigorri winery, we’re treated to a wine-paired lunch and guided bodega tour. A short ride takes us to our boutique accommodation for the next two nights, the Cubism-inspired Hotel Viura. This evening, we shuttle into the town of Haro for our favorite wood fire-roasted lamb dinner and a chance to try some vintage Riojas.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Elciego, Laguardia, Villabuena de Álava
    Accomplished: 13 miles / 22 km, elevation gain: 360 meters
    Longer Option: 28 miles / 46 km, elevation gain: 794 meters
    Accommodations: Hotel Viura

  • Day 5

    Vivanco Dinastia

    For our final day of riding, take your pick between an easygoing or more challenging route. We’ll warm up with a ride to the Vivanco family winery, which houses the largest private wine museum in Spain and features a fascinating collection of exhibits and art dating back 8,000 years. Return to the bike and ride to the village of San Vicente for a light lunch at a tapas bar owned by cult winemaker Benjamin Romeo of Bodega Contador. From here, you may finish the ride to our hotel or kick up your heels and shuttle back in the van. This evening, we celebrate the end of our week together with a sumptuous dinner—paired with Rioja wines, of course!

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Briones, San Vicente de la Sonsierra
    Accomplished: 14 miles / 23 km, elevation gain: 355 meters
    Longer Option: 29 miles / 47 km, elevation gain: 732 meters
    Accommodations: Hotel Viura

  • Day 6

    Adios Rioja

    Bid 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

DuVine itineraries may be subject to slight route changes, hotels substitutions, and other modifications.

Arrival + Departure Details

Arrive

Airport City: Bilbao, Spain
Pick-Up Location: 9:00am at either the Hotel Gran Domine or the Hotel Miro Bilbao

Depart

Airport City: Bilbao, Spain
Drop-Off Location: 10:30 – 11:00am at the Bilbao Airport or your downtown Bilbao hotel

Any scheduled tour can be made private. Your group, your dates.     Go Private

2018Single Supplement From: $750
2019Single Supplement From: $750

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Accommodations

  • Thoughtfully selected accommodations that reveal the true character of the region
  • Luggage transfers

Meals

  • Daily breakfasts, all lunches, nutritious snacks, and après velo cocktails
  • 4 gourmet dinners at our favorite local restaurants and renowned culinary establishments
  • Carefully selected local wine, beer, or spirits with every meal

Gear

  • Top-of-the-line bicycle selection and bike helmet
  • Complimentary DuVine gear, including a custom cycling jersey, DuVine t-shirt, water bottle, and drawstring bag
  • GPS in most destinations

Support

  • Expert bilingual guides with extensive local knowledge
  • Support vehicle that follows the day’s route, distributes refreshments, and offers lifts
  • Pick-up and drop-off before and after your tour from predetermined meeting points
  • Daily bike maintenance to ensure optimal performance

Activities

  • Wine tastings and activities as outlined in the tour itinerary
  • Entrance fees to historic sites, museums, parks, and all other exclusive events
  • Gratuities for baggage, porters, and hotel service

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Synapse Carbon 105

Manufacturer: Cannondale

Type: Road

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Manufacturer: Duratec

Type: Hybrid

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