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The Ups of the Basque Country

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The Ups of the Basque Country

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With its breathtaking landscape, stunning coastline, and challenging mountain passes, the Basque Country is a paradise for cyclists seeking both scenic beauty and thrilling adventure. Bursting with vibrant culture, diverse terrain and mouth-watering cuisine, this hidden Spanish gem cannot be ignored. The rocky terrain, well-maintained roads and cycling-friendly infrastructure of the Basque region make it an ideal destination for avid cyclists.

The foodies among you will be pleased to hear that the Basque country has one of the highest number of Michelin Star restaurants per capita, making it a magnet for gourmets from all four corners of the world. Its proximity to the mountains and the sea allows for an eclectic and distinctive gastronomy. Think hearty seasonal stews, delicate cured meats, and unique desserts (a slice of Burnt Basque Cheesecake is the perfect way to treat yourself after a day of cycling!) and you’ll have an idea of the rich variety of dishes on offer in the area.

Equally affected by the isolation of surrounding areas is the language. The language of the Basque country, also known as Euskera, has no links to any other language in the world and it is home to one of the oldest surviving ethnic groups in the world, which only adds to the Basque region’s mystique and distinctiveness.

If you’re more interested in art than food and linguistics, don’t fret! There is a myriad of galleries and museums dedicated to the local history and artistic talent of the Basque Country, such as the Bilbao Guggenheim museum, which contains over 250 contemporary art pieces. Furthermore, the stunning natural parks (such as the Natural Park of Izki), are a perfect complement to this cycling tour across the Pyrenees.

Wherever your interests lie, you’ll be sure to find something to tickle your fancy in the cycling haven that is the Basque Country!

Starting in Vitoria-Gasteiz and ending in San Sebastian, you'll journey through the picturesque Basque countryside and experience its wonders. Along the way, you'll come across charming villages, beautiful farmland, and untouched expanses! Don't miss the chance to visit cultural sites that have stood the test of time when overnighting in Vittoria-Gasteiz, San Sebastian, and Pamplona.

If you're concerned that this tour might be a bit challenging, no worries! We also offer easier options like the "Rural and Coastal Basque Country" tour. So take your pick and get ready for an unforgettable adventure!


D1Arrival in Vitoria-Gasteiz.

Our trip starts from Vitoria-Gasteiz, a short train ride (2 hours) from San Sebastian.  Arrive at the time of your choice, but make sure you arrive early enough to explore the medieval quarter (one of the best preserved in the country!). Among other sites, be sure to visit the 14th-century Cathedrale Santa Maria, which houses a museum dedicated to the city's history. To end the day on a high note, indulge in a relaxed dinner before heading back to your hotel.

D2Vitoria-Gasteiz to Maestu 82 km/51 miles, 940 meters/3,085 ft of climbing

If you’ve rented bikes from us, be assured that you’ll have plenty of time to get to grips before the big climb.  It doesn’t come until the very last part of the ride. Before then enjoy the scenery of farmlands, small villages, and lakes. There will be opportunities to stop for a coffee or a lunch break.  Your destination is Maestu, the gateway to the Natural Park of Izki. Enjoy a leisurely evening and experience the warm Basque hospitality.

D3Maestu to Estella 82 km/51 miles, 1,000 meters /3,280 ft of climbing

Following quiet secondary roads, you’ll pedal through the Natural Park of Izki.  Although the area is peaceful and calm, rest assured that there are plenty of opportunities to stop in the small villages along the way, for a cup of coffee and a local pastry. Make time to capture some memorable pictures and videos that will sure make your friends back home envious! Your destination is Estella , a popular stop for pilgrims on the way to Santiago.  Estella offers a perfect combination of art, history, and Basque heritage. 

D4Estella to Pamplona 81 km/50 miles, 1,330 meters/4,365 ft of climbing

Some tough riding ahead! With rewards!  You will be cycling through a spectacular protected area (Peña de Etxauri)Visitors travel to this area for its abundant wildlife and natural beauty.  Words can hardly capture its true essence, but your pictures will hopefully do it justice! You will finish up in Pamplona, a not-to-be missed vibrant and lively city, which has historically been an important stop on the way to SantiagoWhile you're in the medieval city, make sure to treat yourself to some of the region's innovative and mouthwatering dishes.

D5Pamplona to Lekunberri 62 km/39 miles, 990 metes/3,250 ft of climbing

As this will be the shortest ride of the week, there’s no need to rush. Take your time and enjoy a relaxed breakfast! Your next destination is Lekunberri. Conveniently situated to explore the region's rich history and stunning landscapes, Lekunberri has been honored as one of the "Best Tourism Village" in 2021 by the World Tourism Organization. After your stop in busy Pamplona, shift gears and savor your time in Lekunberri.  Experience firsthand why this village has earned its place on this prestigious list.

D6Lekunberri to San Sebastian 106 km/66 miles/ 1,900 meters/6,235 ft of climbing

Although you will be climbing an impressive 1,900 meters today, you’ll descend more than you’ll climb! There’s something today for everyone... whether you like to climb or descend, whether you enjoy quiet country surroundings, or the busy urban life!  Those who prefer quiet will delight in the natural beauty of the first part of this ride. And for those who crave the vibrant energy of the city, the urban San Sebastian and its nightlife are sure to bring you happiness! 


Feel free to depart at the time of your choice.   Don’t leave before exploring San Sebastian, though!  The Miramar Palace, the Ondarreta beach, and the Basilica de Santa Maria del Coro are among the popular attractions we recommend that you visit before your departure. 

Booking & Prices

  • Price details
  • 6 nights in comfortable rural hotels and 3- and 4-star "city" hotels 

  • 995 euros per person in April and October. Single supplement is 470 euros
  • 1,015 euros per person in May, June and September. Single supplement is 485 euros
  • 1,045 euros per person in July and August. Single supplement is 505 euros

These prices include:

  • 6 nights' accommodation as described above
  • Daily breakfast
  • Luggage transfers
  • Roadbook provided as an app (when used as a GPS, no data plan is necessary)
  • Tourist information (provided as part of the app)
  • Assistance if necessary (you will be provided with our local rep’s mobile number)
  • Service charges and most taxes

These prices do not include:

  • Local hotel taxes (to be paid directly at each hotel)
  • Expenses of a personal nature
  • Travel insurance
  • Bicycle rentals. Hybrid bikes are available at the rate of 145 euros per bike. Full-carbon racing bikes
    are available at the rate of 210 euros.

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