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Cycling from Castilla to La Rioja: Wine and Dine

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Biking in La Rioja will take you through vineyards and wonderful villages

Cycling from Castilla to La Rioja: Wine and Dine

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  • PriceFrom 750 euros
  • DAY7 nights / 8 days

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Description

On this week-long cycling tour, you’ll ride through and discover not one, but three Spanish regions: beginning from Burgos in the Castile, you’ll then cross over into wine-growing La Rioja and dip briefly into neighboring Basque Country. Winding by rivers, old railways, and vineyards along cycle paths and quiet roads, you’ll enjoy a variety of landscapes and routes, including a section on the famous Camino de Santiago pilgrimage way. 

Visit the birthplace of the Castilian language, marvel in awe as you pedal through the Sierra de la Demanda Natural Park, taste the superb wines of La Rioja, and admire historic architecture and lovely villages as you explore these unique regions on a bike. 

 

For travel and cycling tips to La Rioja, visit our "Travel and cycling tips" section.

Itinerary

D1Arrival in Burgos

 

Your trip begins in Burgos, capital of the Castile region and famous for its extraordinary Gothic cathedral. Your hotel is located in the city centre, allowing you easy access to exploration!

D2Burgos — Pineda de la Sierra 47 km/29 miles, 694 meters/2,277 ft of climbing

 

Get set up with your bikes in the morning, then it’s time to ride! Pedaling out of Burgos on a nice bike path, you’ll then connect with the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route. After a few kilometers, you’ll find yourself on another cycle path, following a former railway track towards the Sierra de la Demanda mountains from which coal used to be transported. It’s a leisurely cycle away from traffic and in the heart of a beautiful oak and beech woodland. You’ll overnight at the foot of the mountains, in the lovely village of Pineda de la Sierra.

D3Pineda de la Sierra — Viniegra de Abajo 61 km/38 miles, 810 meters/2,657 ft of climbing

 

Get back on the track for another stunning day of cycling in the Sierra de la Demanda Natural Park! Coming to the end of the bike path, you’ll embark along quiet roads in the countryside, following the Najerilla river downstream. Take in the spectacular landscapes around you as you wheel into Viniegra de Abajo, a beautiful and isolated mountain village.

D4Viniegra de Abajo — San Millan de la Cogolla 44 km/27 miles, 599 meters/1,965 ft of climbing

 

Cycling through small villages and mountain landscapes, you’ll once again follow the river to reach the town of San Millan de la Cogolla, site of the first written record of the Castilian language. Walk around this historical city, home also to the extraordinary twin Monasteries of Yuso and Suso.

D5San Millan de la Cogolla — San Vicente de la Sonsierra 33 km/21 miles, 350 meters/1,148 ft of climbing

 

Today the route leads you into the rich valley of the Ebro River, where the grapes that become famous Rioja wines are grown. We’re sure you’ll be stopping often for photos as you ride along beautiful rolling hills among ancient vineyards and agricultural lands Your destination is the hilltop town of San Vicente de la Sonsierra, dominated by its 12th-Century castle. You’ll spend two nights here, allowing you plenty of time to visit the town and its lovely surroundings.

D6Loop from San Vicente de la Sonsierra 32 km/20 miles, 471 meters/1,545 ft of climbing

 

If you choose to ride our optional loop from San Vicente, the route will take you to a viewpoint from where you can enjoy a spectacular panorama over the Rioja wine valley. It’s the perfect place for a picnic! You’ll then visit the historic town of Haro, capital of the wine production area and known for its annual Batalla de Vino (Wine Battle). A seemingly infinite number of vineyards along the Ebro River will lead you back to San Vicente.

D7San Vicente de la Sonsierra — Elciego 30 km/19 miles, 417 meters/1,368 ft of climbing

 

On your last day of riding, you’ll cycle to the medieval walled town of Laguardia, located just inside the Basque region. Stop for lunch and take some time to visit its beautiful buildings and enjoy some of the region’s best wines at its famous wineries. When you’ve had your fill, a short pedal will lead you to the quaint town of Elciego and your final stop on this tour.

D8Departure

 

After breakfast, depart from Elciego at your leisure.

Booking & Pricing

  • Price details
  • 5 nights in charming farmhouses, 1 night in a 3-star hotel and 1 night in a 2-star hotel

  • 750 euros per person in April and October. Single supplement is 120 euros
  • 765 euros per person in May, June and September. Single supplement is 125 euros
  • 780 euros per person in July and August. Single supplement is 130 euros

These prices include:

  • 7 nights’ accommodation (5 nights in charming farmhouses, 1 night in a 3-star hotel and 1 night in a 2-star hotel)
  • Daily breakfast
  • 1 dinner
  • Bike-fitting with our local renter
  • Luggage transfers
  • Marked maps and/or cue sheets and route notes
  • Pre-loaded GPS unit (subject to availability)
  • Tourist information
  • Assistance if necessary (you will be provided with our local rep's mobile number)
  • All tax and service charges

These prices do not include:

  • Expenses of a personal nature
  • Travel insurance
  • Bicycle rentals. Hybrid bikes are available at the rate of 115 euros per bike. E-bikes are available at the rate of 245 euros per bike (these prices include the drop-off fee for the bike's return to Burgos).

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