Rioja Bike Tour

Basque Country and Bilbao in Northern Spain

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

Tour Highlights

  • Visit a family-run mohair producer for a private shopping experience
  • Ride 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 patatas a la Riojana, and roasted lamb

Drink

Gran Reservas and the eponymous Rioja wine, made from Tempranillo grapes

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  • Day 1

    Welcome to Green Spain

    Your DuVine guides will greet you at either of our recommended hotels in downtown Bilbao, and then we’re off to our charming Relais & Châteaux hotel in the delightful village of Ezcaray. We’ll cycle to the Valganon family boutique to admire and acquire a few of their haute-couture mohair scarfs, and then we’ll ride along the banks of the Rio Oja. Enjoy lunch at the hotel’s gastronomic restaurant, El Portal, for 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: 175 meters
    Accommodations: Hotel Echaurren

  • Day 2

    Ezcaray to Labastida and Elciego

    Today we follow the Rio Oja, passing through the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage town of Santo Domingo de la Calzada before continuing to the charming 10th-century town of Haro, home to some of the world’s best known Rioja wine houses. This afternoon we’ll visit an authentic Riojan personality for a private visit and tasting. Hop in the van or opt to ride over rolling vineyard roads with amazing vistas to our unique and luxurious hotel designed by Frank O. Gehry. Your guides will drive you to the nearby city of Logroño for an authentic tapas experience at your leisure.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
    Destinations: Santo Domingo de la Calzada, Haro, Elciego
    Accomplished: 28 miles / 45 km, elevation gain: 101 meters
    Longer Option: 44 miles / 71 km, elevation gain: 265 meters
    Accommodations: Hotel Marqués de Riscal

  • Day 3

    Origins of the Spanish Language

    Today we’ll cruise south through the town of Najera, following the Camino pilgrimage route to the 11th-century UNESCO World Heritage Site Monastery of Yuso. After a quick visit to the monastery, we’ll enjoy a traditional lunch and a glass of delicious fruity house wine. Choose to bike back to our hotel, or transfer by van for more relaxation time by the pool or spa. Tonight, our hotel’s executive chef has designed for us a gastronomic tribute to his mother and the traditional cuisine of La Rioja that inspired his own Michelin-starred greatness.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Najera, San Millan de la Cogolla
    Accomplished: 23 miles / 37 km, elevation gain: 377 meters
    Longer Option: 45 miles / 72 km, elevation gain: 391 meters
    Accommodations: Hotel Marqués de Riscal

  • Day 4

    The Medieval and the Modern

    This morning we pedal to the 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, award-winning Baigorri winery, we’re treated to a tasting lunch and 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: 16 miles / 25 km, elevation gain: 305 meters
    Longer Option: 25 miles / 40 km, elevation gain: 329 meters
    Accommodations: Hotel Viura

  • Day 5

    Vivanco Dinastia

    We’ll fire up the day with a ride to visit the Vivanco Dinastia, the largest private wine museum in the world, before a cycling to the village of San Vicente. Here, enjoy a light lunch at a tapas bar owned by cult winemaker Benjamin Romeo of Bodega Contador. Our journey continues to the highly acclaimed Remelluri winery, one of the oldest wine estates in continuous production, for a visit and tasting. Opt to ride to our hotel or shuttle back in the van. This evening, we celebrate the end of our week together with a sumptuous dinner and Rioja wine pairing.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Briones, San Vicente de la Sonsierra, Rivas de Tereso
    Accomplished: 19 miles / 31 km, elevation gain: 350 meters
    Longer Option: 29 miles / 47 km, elevation gain: 373 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.

Airport Information

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

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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 wines 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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