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Cycle between architect-designed wineries, such as Ysios in Laguardia
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Highlights

  • Cycling a loop around vineyards and lesser-known parts of La Rioja.
  • Exploring Haro, birthplace of Rioja, pretty Briones, and medieval Laguardia.
  • Meeting pilgrims as you pedal along the famous Camino de Santiago.
  • Visiting the amazing architect-designed Ysios & Marques de Riscal vineyards.
  • Relaxing at unique properties—including a 12th century parador and spa hotel.

La Rioja is a wine lover’s paradise, and this loop cycle around northern Spain is full of first class vineyards and pretty winemaking villages with countless cellars and bodegas to quench your thirst. Cycle against a backdrop of the rolling Sierra de Cantabria, along the lovely Ebro river and Camino de Santiago.

At the end of rewarding days in the saddle, stay in truly special properties, hand-picked for their ambience and location, including a 12th century stone parador and a modern 4-star spa hotel, where as well as sampling a drop or two of local vino, you can indulge in relaxing olive oil and wine treatments.

Day 1: Arrive Logroño


Welcome to Logroño, the capital of La Rioja! Settle into your central hotel and go for a stroll around the town. Calle Laurel is  filled with traditional tapas restaurants where you can soak up the atmosphere and a glass or two of robust red. 



You’ll have a welcome meeting with our local guide, and if you’re hiring a bike through us then you’ll have a fitting to make sure it’s the perfect match for you. 


Download the complete tour profile (daily ascent/descent) for this tour.


Overnight: Hotel Portales***, Logroño



Hotel Portales is in Logroño’s historic centre, on Calle Portales which leads to the Plaza del Mercado. The 48 modern rooms are over six floors, and have free WiFi. There is a café, TV room, business centre and private parking garage.



Day 2: Cycle Camino de Santiago to Laguardia


Get ready for a superb first day as you cycle to the 10th century village of Laguardia, in the winelands of La Rioja Alavesa. Laguardia is bounded by the Sierra de Cantabria to the north and the Ebro river to the south.



You’ll find yourself on the pilgrim's route, the Way of St James. After a few kilometres head deep into the vine-covered landscape of La Rioja.  Reach the medieval village of Laguardia, with its cobbled streets and ramparts.  This evening, explore its celebrated ‘calados’ (cellars); such as El Fabulista or Casa Primicia wineries.


Cycle: 36 km


Overnight: Hotel Sercotel Villa de Laguardia****, Laguardia



Enjoy a relaxing stay at this 82-room modern 4 star hotel, with its fantastic spa, where you can book wine and olive oil treatments. Guests enjoy free WiFi and there are two restaurants; Medoc Alaves and El Villa Bistro.



Day 3: Cycle to Haro


Bid farewell to Laguardia and cycle towards the breath-taking Ysios winery, designed by architect Calatrava—its stunning wave-like roof is a piece of art!  Here the landscape resembles a wide ocean of vines, which changes colour to rusty golds and reds with the seasons.



Rural villages dot your path as you pedal on towards Haro. Two of La Rioja’s most famous wineries are situated here; Viña Tondonia and Muga (open weekdays).  There are a great many bodegas (wine storehouses) for you to explore!


Cycle: 32 km


Overnight: Hotel Arrope***, Haro



Ideally situated for discovering the wineries, Hotel Arrope has 21 rooms, free WiFi, a terrace, library and cafeteria/restaurant. 



Day 4: Wine Culture Museum, cycle to Santo Domingo de la Calzada


The first part of today’s cycle is flat, and you’ll be cycling through vineyards to the Wine Culture Museum at Briones, which is well worth a visit (payable locally).



From Briones, enter the hidden side of La Rioja, where the landscape appears to be more Castilian; fields of wheat interspersed with a few vineyards. Your goal today is Santo Domingo de la Calzada , intrinsically linked to the Camino Frances with its origins in the 11th century.  Arrive at your impressive traditional parador for an overnight stay.


Cycle: 34 km


Overnight: Parador de Santo Domingo de la Calzada****, Santo Domingo de la Calzada



This impressive building will take you back in time, with its stone walls and historic features. The hotel occupies a former 12th century hospital, erected next to the cathedral by Santo Domingo to welcome pilgrims.  The two restaurants are known for their fabulous food.



Day 5: Cycle to Nájera


Continuing on the Camino de Santiago/Way of St James, the first stretch of your cycle crosses undulating landscapes, characterised by a mosaic of vineyards and farmers’ fields which cloak the lower slopes of the Ezcaray mountains. 



Later today you’ll reach San Millán, cradle of the Spanish language. Here, head east on beautiful rural paths between ancient vineyards and enjoy stunning views as you descend to Nájera.


Cycle: 37 km


Overnight: Hotel Duques de Nájera***, Nájera



This friendly and central property is close to the left bank of the river Najerilla, in the old part of town. The 15-room hotel occupies a 17th century building, and has a TV lounge, bar and breakfast room.



Day 6: Cycle Ebro River to Logroño


Today you’ll complete your loop cycle, as you speed towards Logroño. The ever-increasing number of vineyards herald your arrival in Elciego, where you’ll find one of the area’s most famous wineries, Marqués de Riscal, designed by architect Frank Gueri. Its stunning ribbon-like structure is remarkable and makes for fantastic photos.



Departing Elciego, meet the glistening River Ebro for a perfect final cycle back to Logroño. 


Cycle: 37 km


Overnight: Hotel Portales***, Logroño



Day 7: Onward travel


After breakfast there’s perhaps time to buy a bottle or two of local wine to take home and share with friends and family.  Make your own way to the airport or onward travel.




Accommodation

6 Nights accommodation is included in your trip, in rooms with private bathroom.



The hand-picked hotels featured on this tour offer great value and a warm welcome to cyclists—you’ll be staying in some truly unique properties, including a 17th century building and a parador whose origins date from the 12th century. The accommodation we normally use is detailed in the itinerary however is subject to availability at the time of booking; alternative properties of the same or better standard may be offered. 

You can add extra nights at any time during your trip.


Meals

6 Breakfasts are included in your arrangements. Dinners and lunches are not included and you can either stop en route, buy packed lunch from your accommodation (order the night before), or buy provisions in local shops/markets along the way. Drinks are not included but available at all overnight accommodation.


Single Rooms and Solo Cyclists

This trip is available to solo cyclists. Single rooms are available and a single supplement is payable.



 

 

 



Hotel Portales - Logrono



Hotel Portales - Logrono

Hotel Portales is in Logroño’s historic centre, on Calle Portales which leads to the Plaza del Mercado. The 48 modern rooms are over six floors, and have free WiFi. There is a café, TV room, business centre and private parking garage.


 

 

 


 

 

 



HOtel Sercotel Villa de Laguardia - Laguardia



Hotel Sercotel Villa de Laguardia

Enjoy a relaxing stay at this 82-room modern 4 star hotel, with its fantastic spa, where you can book wine and olive oil treatments. Guests enjoy free WiFi and there are two restaurants; Medoc Alaves and El Villa Bistro.


 

 

 


 

 

 



Hotel Arrope - Haro



Hotel Arrope - Haro

Ideally situated for discovering the wineries, Hotel Arrope has 21 rooms, free WiFi, a terrace, library and cafeteria/restaurant.


 

 

 


 

 

 



Parador de Santo Domingo de la Calzada - Santo Domingo de la Calzada



Parador de Santo Domingo de la Calzada

This impressive 12th century building will take you back in time, with its stone walls and historic features. The two restaurants are known for their fabulous food.


 

 

 


 

 

 



Hotel Duques de Najera - Najera



Hotel Duques de Najera - Najera

This friendly and central property is close to the left bank of the river Najerilla, in the old part of town. The 15-room hotel occupies a 17th century building, and has a TV lounge, bar and breakfast room.


 

 

 

Availability

You can start your cycle tour on any day of the week from March to November.


Grade and Terrain

This cycle tour is graded easy to moderate, as you will be cycling 34-37 km each day, with a couple of undulating sections which are manageable.  You should have a good level of fitness to make the most out of this tour. You will cycle on a combination of minor roads, rural paved roads and occasionally dirt roads. The paths are not technically difficult. The routes chosen assure that you’ll always cycle with as little traffic as possible.


Navigation, Route Notes & Maps


We supply you with with a GPS unit which is loaded with the tracks, so you will be able to easily follow the route. You will be provided with daily maps and information about the area. You will have a welcome meeting with a local guide on arrival at your first hotel, and they will be able to show you how to use the GPS unit and are there to talk you through the route and assist you with any questions you may have.     


Baggage Transfers


Baggage transfers included in your arrangements. Your luggage will be transferred between your accommodation each night (please limit your bags to up to 20kg per person).


Rental Bikes (Not included)

You can hire a hybrid rental bike for the tour (optional extra, supplement payable). Bikes have 27 gears and disc brakes. They are Ghost models, full-equipped with pannier, kilometre counter and a tool kit.


 


Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you
have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and
emergency evacuation and hospital care.


General Information

The distances and ascent/descents are
approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing
all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants),
sun hat and sun screen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment
list which includes standard cycling gear such as good cycling footwear, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and
lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack

Getting to and from Logrono

By Air:  Bilbao or Zaragoza are the best airports for the tour. There are many carriers flying into Bilbao Airport in particular, including scheduled and low cost airlines. 


From Bilbao there are around 4 buses a day to Logroño, duration approx. 3h30.


From Zaragoza there are around 6 buses a day to Logroño, duration approx. 3hrs. 


Alternatively, both are around 1h30 mins by car — please contact us for a transfer quotation.


Further public transportation information will be given in your pre-departure information pack.

Included

  • 6 Nights in 3* and 4* hotels
  • 6 Breakfasts
  • Baggage transfers
  • Welcome meeting with a local guide
  • GPS with daily tracks and maps, local area information
  • 24/7 support from our UK office and local partner

Excluded

  • Travel insurance
  • Travel to and from Logrono
  • Lunches and Dinners
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Personal equipment
  • Bike Hire (available at a supplement)
  • Entrance fees to cellars, wineries and museums (payable locally).

Extras

  • Additional nights before, during or after the cycle
  • Rental bike (hybrid)
  • Single room/solo cyclist supplement if required

We are often asked the following questions and I hope that you will find the answers useful. Don't hesitate to contact one of our Italy specialists if you have any further queries.

When is the best time of year?

This tour is available from March to November. The summer months of July and August are the hottest in northern Spain. December, January and February are quite cool in the mountains, some facilities may be closed, and the weather is not ideal for cycling.

How fit do I need to be?

This cycle tour is graded easy to moderate, as you will be cycling 34-37 km each day, with a couple of undulating sections which are manageable.  You should have a good level of fitness to make the most out of this tour. You will cycle on a combination of minor roads, rural paved roads and occasionally dirt roads. The paths are not technically difficult. The routes chosen assure that you’ll always cycle with as little traffic as possible.  

How does it work with the baggage transfers?

You'll be given luggage labels to attach to your bags, and they will be transferred each day between accommodations, so that you only cycle with the essential things you need during the day.  We suggest that you limit your luggage to up to 20kg per person.

What are the cycle paths like?

You will cycle on a combination of minor roads, rural paved roads and occasionally dirt roads. The paths are not technically difficult. The routes chosen assure that you’ll always cycle with as little traffic as possible. 

What happens if I have a problem with my bike?

You are expected to be able to take care of minor repairs and punctures. In the case of a major mechanical problem we would send our representative to assist, or you would be directed/assisted to the nearest bike shop.

How far in advance do I need to book?

We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised as this area is popular, particularly during the summer months.

What personal equipment do I need?

You will need normal cycling clothes, waterproof jacket and trousers and warm clothes in the early or late summer. A detailed kit list will be provided in your information pack.

Which is the best airport?

Bilbao or Zaragoza are the best airports for the tour. There are many carriers flying into Bilbao Airport in particular, including scheduled and low cost airlines.  From Bilbao there are around 4 buses a day to Logroño, duration approx. 3h30.
From Zaragoza there are around 6 buses a day to Logroño, duration approx. 3hrs. 
Alternatively, both are around 1h30 mins by car — please contact us for a transfer quotation.  Further public transportation information will be given in your pre-departure information pack.

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