Rioja Bike Tour

Basque Country, Bilbao, and the Camino de Santiago in Northern Spain

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

Tour Highlights

  • Visit world-renowned wineries like award-winning Bodegas Baigorri, plus a few of our favorite boutique bodegas
  • Ride a section of the Camino de Santiago to the Monastery of Yuso, a UNESCO World Heritage Site recognized as the birthplace of the Spanish language
  • Sample family-style Riojana and Basque dishes during an exclusive wine-paired lunch
  • 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 lamb barbecued over grapewood

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 in downtown Bilbao, and then we’re off to our luxurious hotel designed by iconic architect Frank O. Gehry. After a safety review and bike fitting, we’ll head out on our first ride through the Tempranillo vineyards of La Rioja before returning to Elciego for lunch with our friends Gaby and Jorge. Tonight we’ll get to know each other over an apéritif, then kick off the week with a Michelin meal at the hotel’s gastronomic restaurant.

    Meals: Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Bilbao, Elciego
    Accomplished: 13 miles / 21 km, elevation gain: 1,043 feet / 318 meters
    Accommodations: Hotel Marqués de Riscal

  • Day 2

    The City of Cellars

    Today, take your pick between an easygoing or more challenging route. We’ll ride out of Elciego along a ridge high above the vineyards, then meet the Ebro river after descending through the town of Lapuebla de Labarca. Our destination is the medieval town of Laguardia, which sits upon a warren of 300 cellars carved from rock in the Middle Ages. These cellars—called calados—were once hideaways to protect townspeople in times of turmoil, but they’ve since been re-purposed as subterranean wine storage. The ancient calados are a striking contrast to the ultra-modern, award-winning Baigorri winery, which will host us for a guided tour and wine-paired lunch of locally inspired Basque and Riojana dishes. Tonight, meet a charming mother-daughter duo, Irene and Tania, and join them for a homemade dinner at their family winery.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Lapuebla de Labarca, Laguardia, Elciego
    Accomplished: 21 miles / 34 km, elevation gain: 1,850 feet / 564 meters
    Longer Option: 33 miles / 54 km, elevation gain: 2,909 feet / 887 meters
    Accommodations: Hotel Marqués de Riscal

  • Day 3

    Origins of the Spanish Language

    Today we cruise south to the 11th-century UNESCO World Heritage Monastery of Yuso, passing pilgrims as they hike this section of the 500-mile Camino de Santiago. Considered the birthplace of the Spanish language, we’ll stop at this historic monument for a visit before a barbecue lunch served in a shady garden and paired with fruity local Rioja wine (or an ice-cold cerveza). 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 escort you to the nearby city of Logroño for an authentic tapeo along the famous Calle del Laurel. Try out the local tradition of hopping between the 50-plus tapas bars, sampling different interpretations of appetizer-sized bites.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
    Destinations: Najera, San Millan de la Cogolla
    Accomplished: 23 miles / 37 km, elevation gain: 1,594 feet / 486 meters
    Longer Option: 46 miles / 73 km, elevation gain: 2,316 feet / 706 meters
    Accommodations: Hotel Marqués de Riscal

  • Day 4

    Vivanco Dinastia

    The day begins with a ride to Bodegas Vivanco, a family winery that’s also the country’s largest private museum of wine accouterments and art. Back on the bikes, we’ll pedal to the village of San Vicente and stop for lunch at a tapas bar owned by cult winemaker Benjamin Romeo of Bodega Contador. Afterwards, opt to complete the ride to our next hotel or take it easy with a van transfer. Join us for a pre-dinner wine tasting if you wish, then dine at the hotel: Chef David Mosquera’s modern cuisine incorporates seasonal, local ingredients and delights the palate with a contrast of flavors.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Briones, San Vicente de la Sonsierra, Briñas
    Accomplished: 21 miles / 34 km, elevation gain: 1,863 feet / 568 meters
    Longer Option: 30 miles / 48 km, elevation gain: 2,558 feet / 780 meters
    Accommodations: Palacio Tondón

  • Day 5

    To the Source

    Bid farewell to the charming village of Briñas as we bike through the wine town of Haro and into the open countryside. We’ll encounter a 2,000-year-old Roman bridge en route to a winery where we’ll be treated to an exclusive tasting of some classic (and vintage!) Rioja wines. After a light lunch, we’ll follow the Rio Oja—the river which gives this region its name—and pass through the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage town of Santo Domingo de la Calzada. After checking in to our Relais & Châteaux hotel, choose to keep riding into the hills beyond the hotel or take a pre-dinner stroll through the village of Ezcaray. Tonight, enjoy a show-stopping dinner at the hotel’s two-Michelin-star restaurant, El Portal, created for us by Chef Francis Paniego and accompanied by a selection of excellent Rioja wines.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Haro, Ezcaray
    Accomplished: 29 miles / 47 km, elevation gain: 1,692 feet / 516 meters
    Longer Option: 44 miles / 71 km, elevation gain: 2,788 feet / 850 meters
    Accommodations: Hotel Echaurren

  • 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 guides will take you to your post-trip hotel or Bilbao airport.

    Meal: Breakfast

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



Arrival Details

Airport City: Bilbao, Spain Pick-Up Location: Hotel Gran Domine or Hotel Miró Bilbao Pick-Up Time: 9:15 am
Departure Details

Airport City: Bilbao, Spain Drop-Off Location: Bilbao Airport or your downtown Bilbao hotel Drop-Off Time: 11:00 am

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2020Single Supplement From: $1,100

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Weather by Month
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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

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

Gear

  • Top-of-the-line bicycle selection
  • 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
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