La Rioja Descent

Hotel & Bike 7 nights

VISITING: Spain

Why we love this tour

"Follow the Ebro river downstream from its source in the Cantabrian Mountains of Northern Spain. The route is remote and rural, but stunningly beautiful. Authentic evening meals and local wine in family run hotels and guesthouses are a great way to finish a day cycling."

Dramatic canyons, green valleys, rich forests and blue reservoirs

Wild mountains home to vultures and eagles

Monasteries, iconic churches, stone castles and mountain villages

Easy-going rides with adventurous detours or shorter cycles

Guiding
Self-Guided
Distance
176miles/283km
Level
Moderate
Standard
Superior
Departs
Sun
Runs
Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
Code
SP003
Fly to
Santander
Good for
Foodies, Solo
Return
Bilbao

Discover the parts of Spain other tourists rarely see as you follow the country’s longest river from its source in the wild Cantabrian Mountains to the La Rioja wine region. Take your pick of the monasteries, ancient churches and stone castles to stop off at along the way and choose additional detours or shorter cycles to suit your ability.

Wide river canyons, dramatic valleys and limestone mountains are a firm feature of this tour and, as you ride through the green pastures of Cantabria and pedal alongside the River Ebro, you’ll trace the shores of a reservoir and cycle through rich Mediterranean forests. Stop off for tapas and look forward to tasting some of Spain’s finest wines when you ride into La Rioja, a region of vast vineyards, ancient villages and welcoming wine cellars known locally as bodegas.

Accommodation

2, 3 & 4* Hotels

We use a pool of 2, 3 & 4 star hotels to maximise our availability for this tour, so regardless of the time of year we do our best to secure your dates of choice. The accommodation often has a lovely local flair, with a chance to experience local life with an authentic flavour of your destination.

A mix of 2, 3* & 4* hotels

Breakfast plus five evenings meals and wine included

Secure bike storage

Luggage transferred each day

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What's included

Price includes

7 nights accommodation: 2, 3 & 4 star hotels

Board basis: 7 x breakfasts and 5 x evening meals (Days 1 to 5 - wine included)

Luggage transportation

Maps and route information - GPS tracks available

Group transfer from/to Bilbao or Santander at start and finish of tour

Price excludes

Flights

Bike hire

Bike hire and extras

Bike hire

Pannier, handlebar bag, repair kit, inner tube, pump and lock all included at no extra cost when you hire a bike

Hybrid Bike

24 gears 

£103

E Bike

£165

Tandem Bike

£165

Carbon road bike

£147

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Frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions about this tour. Simply click on a question to reveal the answer.

How do I get there?

Fly to Santander or Bilbao . On Day 1 a transfer is provided from Santander to Campoo, please enquire if flying in to Bilbao. Please note that different arrival times may require some flexibility. A Train service (Renfe) is available from both cities to Campo.

How do I get back?

On Day 8 a transfer is provided from Laguardia to Bilbao leaving at 9am. Fly from Bilbao or Santander. Train (Renfe) is available to both cities from Laguardia.

What is a ‘Moderate’ cycle holiday?

Moderate cycling holidays are ideal for regular cyclists as the bike routes require a moderate degree of fitness, which you should have acquired by regular cycling.

We are always on hand to offer advice, so please give us a call if you wish to chat about the tour’s grading.

 

Why are the hotels not listed in the itinerary?

We use a pool of hotels to maximise availability for you.

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