RIOJA & BASQUE COUNTRY
Guided Cycling Holiday
Starting in Bilbao, we ride between charming villages and 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.
Day 1 - Bilbao
After check-in, you are free to explore the city - the largest in the Basque Country. Highlights include the world famous Guggenheim museum and the bustling streets of the old town.
Bilbao also has a fine tradition in gastronomy. For dinner, we enjoy a great selection of local pintxos: the Basque version of tapas.
Guggenheim Museum - Bilbao
Day 2 - Haro
We visit a 13th century castle and cross the stunning Ebro river before stopping for a three course lunch in an excellent local restaurant.
On our return to Haro we visit one of the best wineries in the town for a tasting.
Shorter Route: 33km (20 miles)
Longer Route: 45km (28 miles)
San Vicente Castle
Day 3 - San Millán de Cogolla
From Santo Domingo we head south to the edge of the Sierra de la Demanda Natural Park. Our destination is the San Millán de la Cogolla, a small village which is home to two UNESCO World Heritage listed monasteries.
After lunch, you will have plenty of time to look around the Medieval monasteries, because our hotel for the night is housed within one of them.
Shorter Route: 32km (20 miles)
Longer Route: 50km (32 miles)
Santo Domingo de la Calzada
Day 4 - Laguardia
Set on a hill top overlooking the Ebro Valley, Laguardia has a beautiful fortified center with various buildings dating back to the Middle Ages. The fortified nature of the town hints at its strategic importance throughout history - situated on the border between the Medieval kingdoms of Castille and Navarre.
After lunch we visit the Marques de Riscal winery. Housed in a spectacular building designed by architect Frank Gehry, they produce some of the best selling high class wines in Spain. We will taste three of them on a tour of their holdings.
Shorter Route: 39km (24 miles)
Longer Route: 56km (35 miles)
The picturesque Ebro Valley
Day 5 - Eguren Ugarte Winery
In Paganos we stop for lunch in one of the finest restaurants in the region, enjoying a spectacular seven course tasting menu, before continuing the very short distance to our hotel.
The boutique hotel is an independent winery with stunning views over the Ebro River valley. Here we will also enjoy a wine tasting and tour of the charming wine cellars underneath the hotel.
Shorter Route: 31km (19 miles)
Longer Route: 43km (27 miles)
Delicious Desserts from our Tasting Menu
Day 6 - Logroño
Our destination is the city of Logroño, the capital of the Rioja region, and one of the most historic cities in northern Spain.
Logroño 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!
Shorter Route: 27km (17 miles)
Longer Route: 50km (32 miles)
Riding through the Vineyards
Day 7 - Departure / Extensions
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.
Extend your stay in the Rioja region or elsewhere
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.
- ✔ 6 Nights Accommodation (see the Hotels section for more details)
- ✔ 14 meals: 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches & 2 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
- ✔ Three visits to wineries with tastings
- ❌ Flights
- ❌ Tour Extensions
- ❌ Travel Insurance
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.
Difficulty Level & Roads
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
If you can not get a direct flight to Bilbao, there are also regular trains and buses running there from San Sebastian, Madrid and Barcelona. We will collect you from the airport, train station or another hotel in Bilbao at the start of the tour.
The departure is from Logroño, which is the capital of the Rioja region and has very good train connections to both Madrid and Bilbao. It also has a small airport, with mostly domestic flights (Madrid and Barcelona).
Please contact us if you would like any advice or more information regarding getting to and from the region.
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.
What is your policy regarding Covid travel restrictions?
*Updated Covid Policy 2022*
In response to the Covid Pandemic we have made some temporary alterations to our standard terms and conditions.
Reservations made in 2021 and 2022 (for holidays taking place in 2022) can be postponed for any time in the following year, without penalty, if you are unable to travel as a result of travel restrictions or other uncertainty. Notification of the postponement must be made at least ten days before the start of the tour.
Before the balance of the invoice has been paid, the deposit of €150 is also refundable in full for reservations made in 2021 or 2022, if holidays are cancelled because of Covid related travel restrictions.
For reservations not made in 2021, the normal terms and conditions regarding cancellation apply.
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?
It's ideally situated on the edge of the old quarter and just a ten minute walk from the Guggenheim Museum.
San Millán Monastery Hotel
Hotel Mayor de Migueloa
Hotel Calle Mayor
|Date||Price (per person)¹||Single Supplement||Bike Hire|
|10th - 16th September 2022||€1,390 EUR||€370 EUR||Included|
|18th - 24th June 2023||€1,390 EUR||€370 EUR||Included|
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.