Rioja Bike Tour

Basque Country and Bilbao in Northern Spain

6 days / 5 nights Level: 1Price From: $4,895Collection: Classic

Tour Highlights

  • Visit boutique and world-renowned wineries including Bodegas Roda and Bodegas La Rioja Alta
  • Ride the Camino de Santiago to the Monastery of Yuso, a UNESCO World Heritage Site recognized as the birthplace of the Spanish language
  • Sample Riojana and Basque dishes during a wine-paired lunch at the award-winning Baigorri winery
  • 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 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 two-Michelin-star restaurant, El Portal, created for us by Chef Francis Paniego and accompanied by a selection of excellent Rioja wines. This evening, we’ll have tapas in town with some time for 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

    Heritage Wineries of Haro

    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, where we’ll visit one of the Barrio de la Estación’s classic wineries and be treated to a tasty lunch. Hop in the van or keep riding on rolling vineyard roads to our luxurious, iconic hotel designed by Frank O. Gehry. Tonight, we’ll enjoy a relaxed dinner in town with our local friends Gabriela and Jorge.

    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 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 property for a brief visit before a barbecue lunch served in a shady garden and paired with 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. This evening, we shuttle into the town of Haro for a wood fire-roasted lamb dinner and a chance to try some vintage Riojas at one of the town’s oldest restaurants.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    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 Prehistoric and the Modern

    This morning’s ride is a relaxed route through gently rolling vineyards in the southern reaches of the Cantabrian Range, a unique micro-climate for vine growing. This part of northern Spain is also peppered with Neolithic monuments and pre-Roman settlements—a striking contrast to the ultra-modern, award-winning Baigorri winery, where we’ll for a guided tour and wine-paired lunch of locally inspired Basque and Riojana dishes. After lunch, it’s an easy ride back to our hotel. 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 del Laurel. Try out the tradition of hopping between several tapas bars, sampling different interpretations of appetizer-sized bites.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
    Destinations: Elciego, Samaniego
    Accomplished: 20 miles / 32 km, elevation gain: 440 meters
    Shorter Option: 15 miles / 23 km, elevation gain: 320 meters
    Accommodations: Hotel Marqués de Riscal

  • Day 5

    The City of Cellars

    For our final day of riding, take your pick between an easygoing or more challenging route. We’ll start with a ride east of Elciego and through the town of Lapuebla de Labarca, gaining a little elevation as we meet the Ebro river. Our destination is the medieval town of Laguardia, which sits upon a warren of 300 cellars carved from rock in the Middle Ages. At one time, these cellars—called calados—were hideaways to protect townspeople in turmoil, but they’ve since been repurposed as subterranean wine storage. Today, there are just a handful of wineries still producing within Laguardia’s walls. After lunch in the center of the village, head back to the hotel for dinner. The 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: Lapuebla de Labarca, Vilar, Laguardia
    Accomplished: 21 miles / 34 km, elevation gain: 540 meters
    Longer Option: 27 miles / 43 km, elevation gain: 723 meters
    Accommodations: Hotel Marqués de Riscal

  • 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 Miro Bilbao Pick-Up Time: 9:00 am
Departure Details

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

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

2019Single Supplement From: $1,200

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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 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
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