8 days (Bike: 6 days)
338 km (~56km per day)
Image by Carabo from Pixabay
La Rioja and la Ribera del Duero, located in the north of the Iberian peninsula, are Spain’s famous wine country.
Over the course of their history they have also been land of passage, borders, crossing of Caminos, battleground, and meeting place of various peoples, cultures and civilizations. In La Rioja many sites have been uncovered that are significant to paleontology, in fact it’s one of the most important places in the world for archaeological sites and dinosaur remains. Ribera del Duero has spectacular landscapes and provides the opportunity to visit historic castles in Castilla y León (Castile). The Rioja Wine Guided Route features a unique cuisine specializing in exquisite simplicity.
The cuisine in La Rioja is made up of top quality products grown or produced in the region. Local vegetables include: peppers, garlic, onions, artichoke, asparagus, lettuce, chard and borage. What visitor could resist tasting its great stews, made with fava beans or caparrón beans? Each day we’ll work up an appetite, later exporing the gastronomy the city or town has to offer. The pig also has its place at the Spanish table, always having lived side by side with the people of La Rioja, either wild or as farm animals. Riojans have a great taste for lamb, and in addition to these extremely popular meat options, fish is also a big part of the diet. Local favorites include bonito, cod, hake, red bream and mackerel. You also must be sure to try the sweet black pudding and the Riojan chorizo, made in the mountains.
As the home to the oldest traditions of wine making, this is the perfect holiday for wine connoisseurs! The regions of La Rioja and Ribera del Duero have been producing wine since antiquity. The Rioja Wine Guided Route traverses gorgeous countryside, rolling plains, and quaint villages. UNESCO has recognized the monasteries of Yuso and Suso in San Millán de la Cogolla as World Heritage Sites in 1997. For centuries, the regions of La Rioja and Ribera del Duero were Spain’s best-kept secret. You’ll marvel at the fairytale landscapes and enjoy sumptuous meals accompanied by world-class wines. Nowadays, the regions have finally been given the recognition they deserve and, using the latest methods, are at the forefront of modern wine production. You’ll be staying in luxury accommodation, we’ll stop off at wineries and bodegas along the way to sample the huge range of red, white, and rosé wines, and exquisite local cuisine on offer. There are different culinary specialties at every stop. Each region has its own unique gastronomy, and we include all the food / wine tips you’ll need in our Bravo Bike La Rioja Wine Route Guide.
€ 2435 Guided
Discounts available for large groups
- 7 nights accommodation in 4* hotels and parador
- All transfers beginning the first day in Madrid and ending the last day, back in Madrid; daily luggage transport between hotels
- Includes trip from Madrid to Burgos, and return voyage from Valladolid to Madrid in our comfortable cruising VW minibus
- Reinforced continental and buffet breakfasts
- 6 x sitting lunches with traditional Spanish set menu, including drinks
- 3 x 3-course dinners, including a drink, extra drinks payable on site
- Admission fees to museum (Peñafiel), visiting wineries and wine tasting in the different wine regions
- Bilingual tour guide / local expert, speaking Spanish, English and also available in French and German
- Support vehicle with trailer, driver providing technical support
- Snacks and beverages along the route, including water, juice, cereal bars and fresh fruit
- Rental bicycle, mountain bike or hybrid style
- Equipped with rear rack and panniers (12kg | 26lbs cap. each), front handlebar bag
- Includes tube repair kit, spare tube, pump, multitool, Bravo Bike water bottle, locks, helmet [we recommend you bring your own helmet to ensure proper fit]
- Welcome pack and gift, maps and hundreds of photos to browse through when you’ve finished the tour (we’ll be documenting everything from the moment we start the road trip from Madrid together)
- Our 3 Hour Madrid City Bike Tour
- All applicable taxes
- All lunches and dinners not mentioned above and any personal expenses
- Health insurance and travel insurance (ask us about the plans we offer!)
- Transfers to and from the airport, bus stations or train stations
- Deposit required for week-long bike rental, 150€ (cash or credit card hold)
- Electric bicycles and road bikes available at an additional charge
- 15€ per day additional bike hire after trip (65€ per week)
We do recommend that you travel between the beginning of April and the end of October due to weather conditions. Bear in mind that in the months of July and August temperatures are higher.