Rioja Wine Tour
- Guided 6 Nights
- Arrival - Haro (Bilbao)*
- Departure - San Sebastian*
- Difficulty - Easy-Medium
- Price - €1455
- Dates - April - October
This marquee guided cycling holiday visits the best of the Rioja province - one of the premier wine regions in the world, as well as visiting the stunning cities of Pamplona and San Sebastian.
The tour offers superb cycling routes through vineyards and along very quiet and picturesque country lanes which are suitable for riders of all levels. This is one of our favourite areas of Spain to cycle, with beautiful historic villages dotted along stunning scenery throughout the rides.
u But the cycling only forms part of the trip. We also visit great historic sites, including Roman remains and Medieval castles. And we sample the excellent food and wine from Spain's best gastronomic region.
The accommodation is among the finest in the area and includes a 15th century convent, a UNESCO World Heritage listed monastery and a first class winery, providing a diverse and memorable experience.
We also have a wine tour and tasting in one of Rioja's classic vineyards, and enjoy tasting menus, pintxos and tapas in great restaurants.
Day 1 - HaroThe holidau begins in the charming town of Haro, home to many of the most iconic wineries in the Rioja region. Here we stay in a stunning 15th century former convent situated in the heart of the town.
In the evening we visit
Day 2 – San Millian (UNESCO)Roman Bridge Camino San Millan
Distance: 35km (plus optional extensions)
Day 3 – Rioja VineyardsDay 3 - Haro Vineyards Tasting Menu Eguren
Distance: 37km (plus optional extensions)
Day 4 – LogronoLa Guardia Logrono
Day 5 – PamplonaEstella Navarra Pamplona
Day 6 - San SebastianCycle Route Cider Menu San Sebastian
Day 7 – DepartureAt the end of the tour we will transfer you to Logroño in time for your onward connection. We are also able to provide transfers to the city of Bilbao upon request.
Prices & Dates
Maximum group size: 10
|Price (per person)*||Single Supplement||Bike Hire|
|15th - 21st September 2019||Fully Booked||Fully Booked||Fully Booked|
|21st - 27th September 2019||€1355||€280||Included|
|2nd - 8th June 2020||€1355||€280||Included|
|Other Dates||contact us|
*Based on two people sharing a double or twin room. If you would prefer to stay in a single room, the single supplement is applicable.
Guided TourGroups of six people or more contact us to arrange a private guided tour starting on any date.
The following is included in the tour:
- Six nights accommodation in double, twin or single room with en-suite. Please see price list for details of single supplement.
- Transfer to and from the arrival/departure points
- Continental breakfast every day
- 6 x lunches in excellent local restaurants (including one six course tasting menu, one typical Basque cider menu and 4 x three course menus)
- Two vineyard tours and wine tastings
- Luggage transferred between hotels
- A support vehicle along the route
- A guide leading the route on bike
- Route extensions every day for those of you who wish to cycle
- Hire of bicycles - we recommend hybrid bikes for this tour, but can also provide road bikes (see here for details)
The following are optional extras available for an additional charge:
- Tour Extensions
The following is not included in the tour
- Any transfers not stated above
- Travel Insurance
- Entry to any attractions (e.g. museums, churches) except were explicitly stated
Frequently Asked Questions
Please browse through some of the frequently asked questions about this cycling tour. If you have any further questions, or would like any more information, please contact us and we will answer by email.
How far do I cycle each day on this tour?
The basic route is 30-50km each day. The longer days have more downhill than uphill though and so the rides are of a fairly similar level each day.
The routes are rolling. There are no long climbs, but the days are also not completely flat. After all, you have to do some climbing to get the best views and earn your lunch!
For those of you who wish to cycle further or do more challenging routes, there are plenty of optional extensions.
Most of the routes are on fully asphalted roads, with some short optional sections on a gravel trail.
How difficult is this tour?
This tour is rated as easy. The routes are mostly gently rolling and the daily distances are quite low. Because it is a guided tour there is also vehicle support at any point if you find the tour too challenging, or just feel like having a bit of a rest!
However, please be aware that the tour is not completely flat throughout (like for example the Danube river route).
What is a single supplement?
Our prices are based on two people sharing a hotel room (in a double or twin room). For cyclists that wish to stay in their own room, the single supplement is payable.
The cost is made up of the extra cost of accommodation when the room is single occupancy and also the greater cost of the transfers (luggage and people) when it is not split between two or more cyclists. We have made every effort to keep this to a minimum wherever possible.
What are the arrival and departure points?
The starting point of this tour is the town of Haro. Haro can be reached by bus and train connections from several parts of Spain. However, because it is not particularly easy to get to, we can also pick you up from Bilbao (airport or a hotel in the city if you spend some nights there before hand) or Logroño, the largest city of the Rioja region.
The departure point is San Sebastian.
How busy are the roads?
The vast majority of this tour is on narrow country lanes and quiet routes through the vineyards. Between Pamplona and San Sebastian we follow a cycling green way (an old railway line converted into a cycle route) for much of the day.
There is little traffic on all of the the roads that we use.
Can non-cyclists come on the trip?
Absolutely! Non-cyclists are more than welcome and will be fully involved in all aspects of the tour, except the cycling!
Non-cyclists have the option of following the group in the support vehicle, or spending longer exploring the towns and cities where we are based, before being transfered separately in the afternoon.
What type of bikes do you hire?
Both road bikes and hybrids are available for this tour. However, we generally recommend hybrids as the distances are quite low and the more upright position will allow you to fully appreciate the scenery.
Please see our bicycles page for further details.
When can I do this tour?
We run this tour between May and October each year. In the winter and early spring it can be quite cool (and sometimes wet) in the Rioja region, so we try to take advantage of the best weather! Groups of more than six people please contact us to arrange the dates for a private tour.
What do the meals consist of on this tour?
All breakfasts and lunches are included, as well as three evening meals.
Breakfast is taken in the hotel each day and is a continental buffet style, with plenty of options to suit all tastes.
Lunch is taken in excellent local restaurants. On most days we enjoy a three course menu, but we also have one six course tasting menu, and one traditional cider house menu (which might sound a little strange, but trust us, it is one of the highlights of the trip!)
Two of the evening meals are also taken in local restaurants and consist of tapas, with lots of interesting sharing plates. The other evening meal is a cheese and wine tasting.
We believe that the hotels that you stay in are just as important as the towns that you visit and the scenery that you ride through. On this tour we have chosen accommodation that is of a high quality and is typical to the area - with several hotels also operating as wineries.
HaroIn Haro we stay in a beautiful **** hotel in the old town. Situated in a converted 14th century convent, this is a delightful and luxurious place to stay.
San MillanIn San Millan we stay in an 11th century former monastery. This incredible building is a UNESCO World Heritage site and offers charming rooms in a truly unique and special location.
LaguardiaIn the heart of the Rioja region we stay in a stunning winery close to the town of Laguardia. With large rooms, boasting stunning views, and delightful grounds for exploring, this is one of our favourite hotels to stay in from all of our tours!
LogroñoIn Logroño, we stay in an elegant **** hotel in the heart of the old town, just a short walk from the cathedral.
San SebastianIn San Sebastian we stay in a *** hotel superbly located just 100m from the beach and a short walk from the old town, home to the legendary pintxo bars. This is a great location for exploring what is arguably the gastronomic capital of the world.
To find out more about how we select our hotels, please see our accommodation page.
To reserve a place on the tour, please follow the link below to continue to our reservation form.
Once we have received the form, we will be in contact to confirm the booking and to arrange for the payment of the deposit.
If you would like to do this tour in a group of more than six people as a guided tour, please contact us and we can arrange a private guided tour.