Rioja & Basque Cycling Holiday
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RIOJA & BASQUE COUNTRY

Guided Cycling Holiday

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Rioja & Basque Country
Guided Cycling Tour
Length: 7 Days
Level: Difficulty Easy to Medium
Price: €1,540
On this guided cycling holiday in Northern Spain we visit the wine regions of Rioja and the Basque Country. We cycle through vineyards and alongside the gently rolling valley of the River Ebro.

Starting in the Medieval village of Laguardia, we ride between historic towns, while visiting UNESCO World Heritage sites and some of the region's best wineries. We also stay in incredible boutique hotels, all housed in a range of stunning buildings, and we indulge in the best of the local gastronomy.

This tour is designed as a leisurely cycling holiday and is suitable for riders of all levels, with different route options depending on how far you wish to ride. Below you can find a detailed itinerary, and click on the tabs to see more highlights, as well as all the practical information about the holiday.

We also run a self-guided tour in the Rioja region.
Rioja Cycling Tour Map


Tour Availability


J F M A M J J A S O N D

Current Dates


16th - 22nd September 2023



Day 1 - Laguardia

We pick you up from Logroño airport, train or bus station and transfer you to your boutique hotel in the small town of Laguardia. Perched on top of a hill, overlooking the surrounding vineyards, Laguardia has a beautiful Medieval center, packed with fine historic buildings.

Here we do the bike fitting and, depending on your arrival time, there is the possibility of doing a short circular ride around the town. In the evening we visit an excellent local restaurant, sampling the local pintxos and tapas that are traditional in the region.
Laguardia
Laguardia Castle

Day 2 - Haro

The first full day in the saddle crosses the rolling vineyards that are so characteristic of Rioja. We ride along quiet country lanes and back roads, almost completely emtpy of traffic. Along the route you pass an imposing 13th century castle and ride along the banks of the impressive Ebro River, near which we stop for lunch.

The day finishes in the charming town of Haro - the wine capital of the province. Many of the best vineyards are based in the town and can be visited for a tasting of the local produce!

Cycle Routes:


Shorter Route: 35km (20 miles)

Longer Route: 54km (33 miles)
San Vicente Castle
San Vicente Castle

Day 3 - Santo Domingo de la Calzada

The ride today begins by crossing a well preserved Roman bridge before riding through scenic open farmland. Rioja was one of the first regions of Spain to be conquered by the Romans, who, unsurprisingly used the area to plant a lot of vineyards! The route continues through vineyards and open scenery as you follow quiet country lanes through the picturesque landscape of the Sierra Demanda Natural Park.

The destination is the town of Santo Domingo de la Calzada. Dating to the 12th century, Santo Domingo was originally built as a stopping point for pilgrims who were walking the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route. Today the narrow streets of the old town are fun to explore, and you stay in one of the town's most impressive buildings - a hotel housed in a former 16th century convent.

After lunch, the longer route continues into the scenic foothills of the Sierra de la Demanda mountains, enjoying imposing views of the surrounding peaks.

Cycle Routes:


Shorter Route: 29km (18 miles)

Longer Route: 47km (30 miles)
Santo Domingo de la Calzada
Santo Domingo de la Calzada

Day 4 - San Millán de la Cogolla

We leave Santo Domingo riding through rolling countryside which crosses vineyards and arable farmland. As always, we stick to quiet country lanes away from traffic, and enjoy the calmness and serenity of rural Rioja. The destination for today is the village of San Millán de la Cogolla.

San Millán is home to the UNESCO World Heritage listed Yuso and Suso monasteries. These are superb examples of Medieval and Visigothic architecture, which were constructed between the 6th and 11th centuries. They are known as being the birthplace of the Spanish language/

You will have plenty of time to look around the monasteries, because your impressive hotel for the night is housed inside one of them, making for a truly unique stay.

Cycle Routes:


Shorter Route: 28km (17 miles)

Longer Route: 48km (31 miles)
Empuries
The picturesque Ebro Valley

Day 5 - Eguren Ugarte Winery

The day begins with a long and gentle downhill, as we ride along a short section of the Camino de Santiago route. The route crosses the River Ebro and continue along quiet lanes through the vineyards, until reaching the small village of Paganos.

This is an excellent place to stop for lunch, before continuing the short distance to the hotel, which is housed in a winery amidst spectacular surroundings. Here you can enjoy a wine tasting and tour of the charming wine cellars underneath the hotel, and relax in its impressive gardens.

Cycle Routes:


Shorter Route: 31km (19 miles)

Longer Route: 43km (27 miles)
Desserts on Tasting Menu
Rioja is home to some of the finest gastronomy in Spain

Day 6 - Logroño

On the final day in the saddle we follow a rolling route on narrow lanes through the heart of the vineyards. The scenery is beautiful here and as we also pass fruit orchards where the trees are brimming with apples, pears, peaches, pommegranates and much more.

You can taste the fresh figs growing on wild trees and admire the tranquility of the Iregua river, which we follow into Logroño - our destination for the day.

Logroño is the capital of the Rioja region, and one of the most historic cities in northern Spain. It also has a fine gastronomic tradition, and is famous for its pintxos and tapas bars. Of course, as you would expect from the capital of Rioja, there are also many delightful bodegas where you can sample the local wine!

Cycle Route:


Shorter Route: 27km (17 miles)

Longer Route: 50km (32 miles)
Riding through the vineyards
Riding through the Vineyards

Day 7 - Departure / Extensions

After breakfast, the cycling holiday comes to an end. We can help to arrange extra nights for you to stay in Rioja to discover even more about this great region.

If you prefer not to extend your stay, we will transfer you to Logroño airport or train station in time for your onward journey.

To find out more information about this holiday; including practical information, prices, dates and more tour highlights; return to the top of the page and click on the various tabs.

Wine tour and tasting
Extend your stay in the Rioja region or elsewhere

This tour explores the best of the Rioja wine region. We ride through beautiful scenery on quiet country lanes; surrounded by vineyards and picturesque farmland.

On the routes we ride through delightful villages, we ride past ancient monuments and we explore the history and culture of the region. We stay in hotels housed in stunning historic buildings, and we sample some of the finest wine and gastronomy in this charming part of Spain.

Included
  • 6 Nights Accommodation (see the Hotels section for more details)
  • 14 meals: 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches & 1 evening meals (all with drinks and tips inlcuded)
  • Bicycle Hire (Hybrid, road or e-bike) (see below for details)
  • Transfers to and from the arrival and departure points (see below for details)
  • Luggage transferred between hotels
  • Vehicle Support on the routes
  • Guide cycling the routes
  • Detailed information pack
  • Two visits to wineries with tastings
Not Included:

Bicycles
Bicycle hire is included in the cost of the holiday. We recommend our lightweight hybrid bikes or e-bikes for this tour. If you prefer we can also provide road bikes, although the routes do change slightly for these to avoid a couple of gravel sections.

More details about our bikes can be found on our bicycles page. All of our bikes come with helmets and handlebar bags if required, as well as a Cycle Fiesta water bottle.
Hybrid Bicycle Our lightweight hybrid bikes

Difficulty Level & Roads
We rate this tour as mostly easy level if you ride the shorter routes. They are gently rolling with no long or very steep climbs. The ride on day 4 is slightly longer and is closer to medium level, but is still not overly strenuous.

The longer routes have a few more hills and we classify these as being a medium level. You can choose whether to do the shorter or longer ride on any given day. In any case, the route lengths are more suggestions than strict guidlines: the tour is fully supported so you can get in the van whenever you feel like it!

This is a leisurely tour where we stop frequently to check out places of interest, and we encourage everyone to ride at their own pace.

We hate cycling alongside traffic, and so ride on a combination of quiet paved roads and cycling greenways. The majority of the route is paved, but there are some light gravel sections. These can be avoided if you are on a road bike or prefer to stay entirely on paved roads.

Find out more about our tour difficulty levels.

Arrival and Departure
The arrival and departure points are Logroño, which is the capital of the Rioja region and has very good train and bus connections to both Madrid and Bilbao. It also has a small airport, with mostly domestic flights (Madrid and Barcelona).

We can pick you up from the airport or train station. If you would prefer to be transferred from Bilbao, please let us know and we can arrange that for you.

Also contact us if you would like any advice or more information regarding getting to and from the region.
Girona Arrivals and Departure Map

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.


When is the weather best to go on this tour?

We run this tour in late spring and early autumn each year; the weather is usually warm and dry at this time without being too hot.

In the winter and early spring it can be quite cool and wet in the Rioja region, so it's not the ideal time to visit.

Groups of more than six people please contact us to arrange the dates for a private tour.

Can non-cyclists come on the trip?

Absolutely! Non-cyclists are more than welcome.

Although cycling is a big part of the holiday, we also do a lot off the bike. Usually non-cyclists ride in the support vehicle and can explore the various towns and villages along the route.

How big are the groups on your tour?

We usually limit the groups to a maximum of 10 people. We find that if there are many more than that, it can become a bit unwieldly. We think that smaller groups also provide for a more personal experience, as well as enabling to book more easily in some of our favourite restaurants.

Who is leading the tour?

All of our guided tours are led personally by the founders of Cycle Fiesta - Ian & Lucia.

See our about us page for more information.

Can I extend the tour?

Yes, we would be happy to arrange any tour extensions for you. If you would like to spend more time in Rioja, the Basque Country, or elsewhere in Spain, we can help you with the bookings and transport.

Can I do this as a private guided tour?

Yes, we can run this as a private tour for groups of six or more people. Please get in contact with us to discuss dates and any changes you would like to make

Why book with us?

We are a small and independent company who are locally based, which offers several advantages:

- We have a lot personal experience of all of our tours, which have been refined over many years. We believe we are genuine experts in the regions where we run tours, and we are also close at hand to offer support and a personalized service.

- We are flexible and can tailor our itineraries to suit your requirements.

- We have low overheads. We don't spend money on advertising and don't use third party agents. We only sell our tours through this website.

By cutting out the middle man, you can be sure that more of what you pay is being spent on the important things: like hotels, equipment and other services.

- We are a registered and fully bonded tour operator in accordance with EU regulations.

What is your cancellation policy?

The full cancellation policy can be found in our terms and conditions.

Where can I find more information about the region?

We have plenty more detailed information on the website.

Check out our pages on Bilbao

And we also have some more indpeth articles looking at the fascinating history and culture of Rioja:



Hotel Mayor de Migueloa
Hotel Mayor de Migueloa
This boutique 3-star hotel is right in the heart of Laguardia, inside the Medieval walls. It is housed in a 17th century palace that is a listed monument. It has elegant rooms and its own wine cellars that you can explore beneath the building.
Los Agustinos
Hotel Agustinos - Haro
In Haro we stay in this 4-star hotel, housed in a beautiful former 14th century convent in the town center. The rooms are set around a large central cloister that oozes with history and charm.
Hotel Parador Santo Domingo
Parador Hotel - Santo Domingo
Another beautiful hotel housed in a historic building. This Parador hotel is housed in a former 16th century convent in Santo Domingo, just a short walk from the historic center. It has large rooms and is a nice building to explore.
San Millán Monastery Hotel
Hotel Monasterio - San millan
This 4-star hotel is housed within the Yuso Monastery - a UNESCO World Heritage Site, that is famed for being the home of the Spanish language. The large rooms combine modern comforts with the rich history of the building.
Eguren Ugarte
Eguren Ugarte
This boutique hotel is part of a local winery. The large rooms look out over the expansive vineyards and the hotel is housed in a stylish modern building. On the tour of the vineyard you can explore the unique cellars and tasting rooms of this charming hotel.
Hotel Calle Mayor
Hotel Calle Mayor
A 4-star hotel in the historic center of Logroño. It is housed in a 16th century mansion and is just a short walk from the city's cathedral and lively calle Laurel district. The large rooms are beautifully decorated.
To find out more about how we select our hotels, please see our accommodation page.


Date Price (per person)¹ Single Supplement Bike Hire
16th - 22nd September 2023 €1,540 EUR €370 EUR Included
Other Dates² - - -


¹Price is 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.

To reserve a place on the tour, click the button above and complete the reservation form. We will then get back to you within 24 hours to confirm the reservation, and to arrange for payment of the deposit.

For more details on the booking process, please check out our Reservations page.


²Other Dates
Groups of six people or more contact us to arrange a private guided tour starting on any date.

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