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Spain: Basque Country and Rioja Wine Region
Embark on a 6-day journey to the heart and soul of gorgeous Basque Country and Rioja wine region. Basque, or Euskadi, is the incredibly hospitable independent community in Northern Spain and Southern France, with a distinct identity of its own. Explore the bold and beautiful Rioja wine region. Ride past vibrant vineyards, Roman towns, and charming fishing villages. Enjoy the sun-soaked beaches, traditions, and pintxos culinary culture of San Sebastian and the Basque community.
- CategoryRoad Cycling
- TypeFully Guided
- Duration6 days
- Culture LevelFamiliar
- Skill Level2 - Novice
- Activity Level3 - Active
- Elevation3 - Intermediate
- Distance160.9 miles
- Avg. Daily Distance40.4 miles
After meeting up at Bilbao, visit the heart of Rioja wine country with a guided tour and tasting of the Rioja wines at the UNESCO-acclaimed Vivanco winery museum, adorned with masterworks ranging from Picasso to Warhol. Pedal through miles of vibrant vineyards, charming fishing villages and ancient Roman towns. Catch up with the Christian pilgrims walking the Camino de Santiago marked with iconic yellow arrows pointing the way. Explore the cultural and culinary capital of San Sebastian, the former playground of Spanish royalty. Ascend Mount Igueldo for panoramic views of the Atlantic coastline, winding your way to the beaches of Lekeitio and San Nicolás Island.
Basque, locally known as Euskadi or País Vasco, is an incredibly hospitable independent community in Northern Spain and Southern France, with a distinct identity of their own. Spanning from Western Pyrenees to the Bay of Biscay, this proud community of about seven hundred thousand, speak their own language of Euskara in addition to French and Spanish and follow some strict traditions including the unique culinary culture of Pintxos. The bike trip traces deep into the Basque country and into its bold and beautiful Rioja Wine Region.
A full day’s biking and ferrying between colorful fishing villages brings you to Saint-Jean-de-Luz for a taste of the French Basque country. Stroll the “big beach” and learn all about the area's corsairs history. Explore all of this while relaxing and unwinding at the two architecturally striking and luxury accommodations –Alava’s whimsically modern Hotel Viura in Rioja and San Sebastian’s majestic Hotel Maria Cristina.
**Roar Adventures customers that book a Sojourn tour will get a 5% discount if you book another Sojourn tour with us. Note that this does not apply for multiple bookings for the same departure date.