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Bike Tour in La Rioja & Basque Country

Bike Tour in La Rioja & Basque Country

Basque Country, La Rioja
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Spain

In this 8-day tour we invite you to discover La Rioja and the Basque Country by bicycle.

First visit Spain's most famous wine region and its world-class wineries, picturesque villages and fantastic scenery. Then cycle through the coastal landscape of the Basque Country - a region with its own identity and charismatic history. Stay in the best hotels of both regions and delight yourself with local cuisine in its awarded restaurants, with up to 3 Michelin stars.

Starting from Bilbao, you will cycle through the spectacular landscapes of La Rioja, immersed in a sea of ​​vineyards that is lost on the horizon. Stop at the local "bodegas" to enjoy the region's bold red wines, visit world heritage monuments or even cycle through a small section of the Camino Francés de Santiago. Rest and recover at a wine therapy spa, before leaving for the Basque Country and its magnificent coastal city of San Sebastián (or Donostia, in Basque).

Set at a natural amphitheater facing the sea and protected by mountains, enjoy its beach and gastronomy - after all, Donostia has the highest concentration of Michelin starred restaurants in the world per square meter, with a total of 11. From this privileged location,you'll get to ride along the rugged coastline of the Basque country and its lovely fishing villages that seem to be taken from a fairy tale, until you arrive at Bilbao.

Tour Details

Arrival Airport:
Bilbao
Departure Airport:
Bilbao
Start Location:
Bilbao
Finish Location:
Bilbao
Altimetry
950m daily average
Terrain Type
Road
Distance
55km daily average
Duration
8 days
Rider Type
Intermediate
Bike Type
E-Bike, Touring Bike

Tour Gallery

Cycling Rioja Pic7 1
Cycling Rioja Pic1
Cycling Rioja Palacio Tondon
Cycling Rioja Palacio Tondon Cellar
Cycling Rioja Palacio Tondon Room2
Bike Touring Basque Country Hotel Lasala Plaza 5
Bike Touring Basque Country San Sebastian 3
Bike Touring Basque Country San Sebastian 31
Bike Touring Basque Country San Sebastian 30
Bike Touring Basque Country Lekeitio 6
Bike Touring Basque Country San Sebastian 39
Bike Touring Basque Country San Sebastian 84
Bike Touring Basque Country San Sebastian 80
Cycling Rioja Pic7 1
Cycling Rioja Pic1
Cycling Rioja Palacio Tondon
Cycling Rioja Palacio Tondon Cellar
Cycling Rioja Palacio Tondon Room2
Bike Touring Basque Country Hotel Lasala Plaza 5
Bike Touring Basque Country San Sebastian 3
Bike Touring Basque Country San Sebastian 31
Bike Touring Basque Country San Sebastian 30
Bike Touring Basque Country Lekeitio 6
Bike Touring Basque Country San Sebastian 39
Bike Touring Basque Country San Sebastian 84
Bike Touring Basque Country San Sebastian 80
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Bike Touring Basque Country Hotel Lasala Plaza 5
Bike Touring Basque Country San Sebastian 3
Bike Touring Basque Country San Sebastian 31
Bike Touring Basque Country San Sebastian 30
Bike Touring Basque Country Lekeitio 6
Bike Touring Basque Country San Sebastian 39
Bike Touring Basque Country San Sebastian 84
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Tour Map

Type of Terrain: Rolling/mixed with mountainous areas. Perfect for bike touring on a road or touring bike.

Rolling stages: Flat and rolling stages in the backroads and almost car-free roads of this region.

Hilly stages: Mountainous sections.

Landscape: Extremely varied.

Day to Day

A daily description of this bike tour

Day 1: Pick up from the airport/train station of Bilbao and private transfer to Haro (La Rioja) and your hotel for the night.

Tour briefing and bike setup.

Hotel - Eurostars Los Agustinos or Palacio Tondón ("Premium" option)

 

Day 2: Loop Ride from Haro - 58,7km and 422m of total climbing

Breakfast at your hotel;

Today you'll have a very scenic and relaxed loop ride, through the hills and small pueblos alongside the River Ebro. You'll be riding on secondary roads, on a mostly flat route until Miranda de Ebro, after which you'll begin facing a long climb of 12 km. The first half is steady and not very steep, having the last kms a bit more accentuated steepness. After the peak at 657mts altitude, you'll be riding down for the last 24 kms of today's ride, all the way to your hotel.

Hotel – Eurostars Los Agustinos or Palacio Tondón ("Premium" option)

 

Day 3: Ride from Haro to Villabuena de Álava - 56,1km and 1115m of total climbing

Breakfast and check-out at your hotel;

Start riding east on the roads towards San Vicente de la Sonsierra, and its church standing out on the top of the hill. From here we follow the GR-99, which runs along asphalt and some dirt and with continuous ups and downs, admiring the spectacular vineyards that accompany us throughout the trip. We go through Baños de Ebro and leave the GR-99 in the vicinity of Elciego where we can admire at the entrance of the town the modern architecture of the winery of the heirs of Marqués de Riscal. Continuing towards Laguardia, we'll be climbing 200mts throughout the next 7km - your hardest climb of the day. Ride atop a small plateau halfway to the peaks of the Sierra de Cantabria for around 8kms to start descending towards Villabuena de Álava and your hotel for the day.

Hotel – Hotel Eguren Ugarte or Hotel Viura ("Premium" option)

 

Day 4: Ride from Villabuena de Álava to Ezcaray - 72,7km and 1251m of total climbing

Breakfast and check-out at your hotel;

Today's ride will have a very smooth but continuous positive slope, for the majority of the route. Ride out of your hotel towards south and across the river Ebro, headed for San Millan de la Cogolla and its two UNESCO World Heritage Monasteries, at km 36. Set at the foot of the Demanda Mountains, this village is 728 metres above sea level on the banks of the River Cárdenas. You'll probably meet some pilgrims visiting the monasteries, taking a small detour from the Way. From here you'll head to Santo Domingo de La Calzada, with a short (4km) but rewarding descent, before a smooth and steady climb of 14km on a cycle path up until Ezacaray.

Hotel - Hotel Pura Vida or Echaurren Hotel Gastronómico ("Premium" option)

 

Day 5: Optional Loop Ride from San Sebastián - 34km and 700mts

Breakfast and check-out at your hotel; Transfer from Ezacaray to San Sebastián - 2h private transfer

After breakfast and check-out, you'll be transferred to San Sebastián and to your hotel for the day. After check-in we have a small Loop ride prepared for you, in case you want to do a small reconnaissance lap. If not, just indulge into San Sebastián's many pleasures: it's bay and beaches, or one of the 11 Michelin-starred restaurants.

Hotel - LaSala Plaza Hotel or Akelarre Relais & Châteaux ("Premium" option)

 

Day 6: Ride from San Sebastián to Lekeitio - 73,7km and 1252m of total climbing

Breakfast and check-out at your hotel;

Today's ride will send you along the Basque country coastline, amidst its green woods and atop the cliffs that overlook the sea. Start by facing your toughest climb of the day, up until km7, followed by the corresponding descent and a plain section until the magnificent beach of Zumaia. Being the rest of the route mostly flat, you'll still have to face two climbs this stage reserves for you. One right after Zumaia and the other up to Lekeitio and your hotel for the day.

Hotel - Hotel Zubieta (upgrade to superior room in "Premium" option)

 

Day 7: Ride from Lekeitio to Bilbao - 65,2km and 784m of total climbing

Breakfast and check-out at your hotel;

Start by facing your toughest climb of the day, up until km 13. Then descend towards Guernica and its magical Oma woods. The rest of the day will be flat, except for two sharp but short climbing sections, until you arrive back at Bilbao.

Hotel - Hotel Carlton or Gran Hotel Domine ("Premium" option)

 

Day 8: Breakfast and check-out at your hotel;

At the scheduled time transfer to Bilbao Airport.

Options and Prices

Choose how you want to experience this tour

Self Guided

Private tour, starts any day
Minimum of 2 guests
from 1990€ per guest

Guided

Private tour, starts any day
Minimum of 4 guests
from 2890€ per guest

Premium

Private tour, starts any day
Minimum of 4 guests
from 3900€ per guest

Open Dates

Join this tour on a group with other riders, on the following dates:
- Guaranteed departures -
- No minimum of guests required -
from 2890€ per guest

Self Guided

1990€ per person

Guided

2890€ per person

Premium

3900€ per person

Open Dates

Join a guided tour with other fellow cyclists on the following open dates:
2890€ per person

Dates

Choose the starting date on your preferred tour option

Why choose Live Love Ride

What can you expect in this tour:

Bikes you'll be using in this tour:

A brand new bike fleet, with the best gear and equipment for you to enjoy this tour

You'll also be enjoying:

Authentic experiences to showcase the best of this region

This tour is better suited for:

Tours designed for different types of riders

We'll support you on this tour

All our guided and premium options include:

Trip Leader

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