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  • 7 nights | 27 miles/day
  • Difficulty Level: 3
  • Guided from: €1950
  • Self-guided from: €1450
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Tours using road, hybrid or touring bikes:

  1. Mostly flat
  2. Flat with some gentle slopes
  3. Rolling, hilly terrain
  4. Some long and/or steep climbs
  5. Extensive climbing

Tours using mountain bikes:

  1. Mostly flat, wide trails
  2. Some gentle slopes, wide trails
  3. Rolling, hilly terrain and/or narrow trails
  4. Some long and/or steep climbs and/or technical trails
  5. Extensive climbing and/or highly technical trails
  1. Variety: Choose from more than 200 tours offered by local operators in 35 countries.
  2. Advice: Our informed advisors help you choose the trip that's right for you.
  3. Lower cost: You pay local tour company prices—less than what big American companies charge.
  4. Great exchange rates: Pay low rates thanks to the millions of dollars in foreign currency we buy each year.
  5. Convenience: We handle the full booking and payment process.
  6. Support: We’re your advocates from initial planning through final pedal stroke.

Tour description

This is a 8 day/7 night cycling tour that includes cycling the "Carrilet," the converted railway that runs for 135km from Ripoll in the Pyrenees to Sant Feliu de Guixols on the Mediterranean Sea.

The riding starts in the mountain town of Ripoll cycling along the 'Ruta del Ferro' to the village of Sant Joan de les Abadesses. Once we have passed through the town we climb up and over the beautiful mountain pass of the 'Col de Santigosa' before descending into Olot, which is the capital city of the volcanic region of 'La Garrotxa.'

From Olot to Girona the riding takes place on the converted railway that is known as "The Carrilet." It is a gentle descent for about 60 km into Girona through stunning scenery. The following day’s section of the Carrilet between Girona and Sant Feliu de Guixols is approximately 40 km and covers a diverse range of scenery from the undulating farmland around Girona to the Pine and Cork forests of the coastal region. A truly beautiful ride.

The itinerary then heads north along the beautiful Costa Brava coastline exploring the many gems of this coastline. Your hotel is located overlooking the stunning bay of Llafranc. A second day in Llafranc is included in the itinerary to further explore the iconic Costa Brava bays of Tamariu and Calella de Palafrugell.

The last two days of the tour are spent following the Baix Emporda Cycling Network cycling routes that head inland through the timeless Medieval Villages of the region. Your base for two nights is a beautifully restored 4 star Hotel situated in one of the best preserved Medieval Villages. On your second day exploring the medieval villages your cycling route takes you to the village of Pubol, where Salvador Dali’s 'Castle Museum' is located with many of his great works are on display.

On your final day, you will be transferred to Girona train station to return to Barcelona by train after a fantastic 8 days of exploring the very best of the cycling on offer in this part of Catalonia.

NOTE: If you wish, you may extend this program. If you book during the months of July or August, the program must be extended by one night due to hotel restrictions. Please contact us if you wish to book for these months.

Daily Program

Please note this tour begins and ends on cycling days.  We recommend adding additional nights before/after your tour.

Day 1: Ripoll – Olot (25 miles/40 km)
Morning arrival by train from Barcelona to the Pyrenees mountain town of Ripoll. After the tour briefing and bike setup, you will cycle to Olot over the mountain pass of the 'Coll de Santigosa.'
Overnight in Olot.

Day 2: Olot – Girona (37 miles/60 km)
Cycle along the "Carrilet" (converted railway line) from Olot to Girona, cycling through the beautiful "La Garrotxa" volcanic region.
Overnight in Girona.

Day 3: Girona – Sant Feliu de Guixols (25 miles/40 km)
Continue along the "Carrilet" to Sant Feliu de Guixols on the Mediterranean Sea. The converted railway line snakes it's way down from the plain of Girona to the pine forests of the coast.
Overnight in Sant Feliu de Guixols.

Day 4: Sant Feliu de Guixols – Llafranc (25 miles/40 km)
Follow the beautiful coastal route through fields and forests of Pine and Cork trees to Llafranc.
Overnight in Llafranc.

Day 5: Llafranc (19 miles/30 km)
Explore the beautiful bays of Llafranc, Calella de Palafrugell and Tamariu.
Overnight in Llafranc.

Day 6: Llafranc – Monells (25 miles/40 km)
Meander through the charming medieval villages of the Baix Emporda.
Overnight in Monells.

Day 7: Monells (25 miles/40 km)
Explore more of the Medieval villages following the Baix Emporda cycle network, visiting the Salvador Dali ‘Castle Museum’ in Pubol.
Overnight in Monells.

Day 8: Return to Girona and departure (19 miles/30 km)
Return to Girona with the option to cycle up and over the challenging and stunning 'Els Angels' monastery route is one of thefavoritee road rides for many of the professional riders based in Girona.

Dates

Daily, upon request: Mar 1-Jun 30; Sep 1-Nov 15, 2019 (additional dates in Jul-Aug available upon request for a surcharge)

Prices

Tour package
Per person, double occupancy
€1950
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
€350
Solo traveler surcharge (1 person in party; payable in addition to the single room surcharge)
€350
Extra Nights, Girona
Per person, double occupancy
€100
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
€40
Extra Nights, Ripoll
Per person, double occupancy
€50
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
€50

Dates

Daily, upon request: Mar 1-Jun 30; Sep 1-Nov 15, 2019 (additional dates in Jul-Aug available upon request for a surcharge)

Prices

Tour package
Per person, double occupancy
€1450
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
€350
Extra Nights, Girona
Per person, double occupancy
€100
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
€40
Extra Nights, Ripoll
Per person, double occupancy
€50
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
€50
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  • Lower cost: You pay local tour company prices—less than what big American companies charge
  • Variety: Choose from more than 200 tours offered by local operators in 35 countries.
  • Advice: Our informed advisors help you choose the trip that's right for you.
  • Great exchange rates: Pay low rates thanks to the millions of dollars in foreign currency we buy each year. Or pay in euros!
  • Convenience: We handle the full booking and payment process.
  • Support: We’re your advocates from initial planning through final pedal stroke.
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Creative Catalonia Terms and Conditions

Our change of tour dates or cancellation rates are as follows:

  • 30 days or more prior to the start of the tour = 75% refund for cancellation.
  • 15 - 30 days prior to the start of the tour = 50% refund for cancellation.
  • 7 - 15 days prior to the start of the tour = 25% refund for cancellation.
  • less than 7 days prior to the start of the tour = no refund for cancellation.

If you would like to change your tour dates we will do what we can to change your hotel reservations. However, if a hotel applies a cancellation charge, then this charge will have to be paid for by the client. Additionally, an administration charge of 50 Euros will be applied

Hire Bike Terms & Conditions
1) The client is responsible for paying for mechanical damage that occurs to a hire bicycle or Garmin GPS unit, including labour and the cost of replacing damaged parts. This excludes brake and gear cables as well as inner tubes.

2) The cost for call out for the tour operator to repair a puncture on a self-guided tour is 100 Euros.

3) If a hire bicycle or Garmin GPS unit is stolen while being hired by a client, the client is responsible for the cost of replacing the bicycle.

General Terms & Conditions
1) In participating in a cycling or walking holiday with the tour operator the client is aware of the fact that these activities have an inherent element of “risk”. It is obligatory that the client has checked with his or her travel insurance policy to confirm that he or she is covered to participate in the chosen activity.

2) The tour operator takes all necessary precautions to reduce the element of risk during the activity. However, due to circumstances that are impossible to foresee or control (Force Majeure*) or for negligent behaviour on the part of the participant(s), the tour operator cannot be held responsible for any accident or incident that may occur.

* circumstances which may include civil disobedience, terrorism, natural disaster, adverse weather conditions, fire and all similar events beyond our control.

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Ratings

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Average Ratings

  • Overall

    5

  • Difficulty level (Actual vs. expected) 2.8
  • Value 5
  • Included meals 4.8
  • Bikes & equipment 5
  • Hotels or boat 5
  • Scenery 5
  • Ease of navigation 4
  • Tour documents 4.6
  • Local tour company services 5
  • Route selection 5

Reviews

GregS June 25, 2018

Wonderful Trip, Great Experience

Great service, Hotels and staff were the best. Level 3 was a little tough for a beginner, but I made it.

george October 4, 2017

Surprisingly luxurious biking

the biking was largely on old railroad right of ways or farm roads. the sections on paved roads were nearly deserted of traffic. The Costa Brava was gorgeous. Lots of medieval stone hilltop towns. The hotels were just fabulous. Great lunches and dinners for relatively little money. A side trip to the Dali museum.

Anne52 October 2, 2017

An idyllic, romantic and gorgeous bike trip!

This was our first self guided bike trip and what a lucky choice it was! Daniel and Lucy of Creative Catalonia are a dynamic couple who were so personable and helpful. They have organized a fascinating and beautiful bike trip. We were amazed at the often paved bike paths that wound through gorgeous country side, from the mountains to the sea. The places we stayed were super, we were often alone on the paths, the side trips were interesting, the restaurant recommendations were outstanding... We can't rave enough about this outstanding bike tour.

Rosie September 26, 2017

One of the best researched and organized tours I've ever been on

Creative Catalonia selected absolutely the best routes through beautiful countryside and seaside scenery as well as taking one through picturesque villages and selecting really great hotels in interesting cities and villages. We had a great variety of scenery and experiences. Additionally their equipment was great and their maps and instructions were very clear. Their assessments of distances and difficulty were right on and they kept us on small farm roads or streets with very few cars as much as possible. They also provided one garmen for every group that had the route programmed into it. It was impossible to get lost. They were also helpful with he small changes we wanted to make and had great suggestions for restaurants and other experiences along the way.

This is an exceptional outfitter.

Rosemary Heil
fall 2017

Responses from Biketours.com

Jim Johnson, Founder and president October 18, 2018
Thank you for the great review, Rosemary! We love the "superlatives!" We agree that Creative Catalonia is among the best of the best--absolutely exceptional.
Pablito October 24, 2016

Great Trip

We had a large group (16!) with varying levels of ability. All aspects of the tour were great. Logistics worked well: pick up and fitting of bikes went without a hitch. The rides were very scenic and covered a range of terrain, from mountains to the flats. All hotels were very nice and Creative Catalonia booked a couple of very fine meals in Olot and Llafranc at truly world-class restaurants. Scenery on the rides was fantastic, and the routes had little traffic and were often off the roads altogether.

The only hiccup of the trip was that only 4 map packages were provided to our group. Would have expected that each rider would get a full pack of maps.