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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.
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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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
After breakfast, depart from Elciego at your leisure.
4 nights in charming farmhouses, 1 night in a 3-star hotel, and 2 nights in a 2-star hotel