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Catalonia by Bike Path: Cycling along Via Verde to the Sea

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  • 6 nights | 21 miles/day
  • Difficulty Level: 2
  • Self-guided from: €727
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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 Type: Guided Self-guided

Tour description

Discover Catalonia Cycling on Via Verde, a repurposed railway track, from the volcanic region of la Garrotxa in the interior to the Costa Brava passing through the fascinating medieval city of Girona. Most hotels have swimming pools, and you end with two nights by the beach.

This tour is wonderful for families and groups of varied abilities seeking a leisurely cruise to the sea.

If you are interested in a guided experience, please contact us for details and pricing.

Daily program

Day 1: Arrive in Olot
You can fly to Girona or Barcelona international airport and use our private transfers. Olot is only 41 miles/66 km from Girona and 80 mi/128 km from Barcelona. You will stay two nights at a small family run hotel in Olot surrounded by forest with a swimming pool.
Overnight in Olot

Day 2: Olot Circular route (16 miles/26 km)
Cycle along paths and dirt tracks to explore the natural park of la Garrotxa and visit its extinct volcanoes that are the largest in the Spanish Peninsula.
Overnight in Olot

Day 3: Olot to Les Planes d'Hostoles (16 miles/25 km)
Follow the “Carrilet” cycle path, a disused railway line with no traffic and mainly going downhill and enjoy the wooded countryside and mountains around you as you pedal.
Overnight in Les Planes d'Hostoles

Day 4: Les Planes d'Hostoles to Girona (22 miles/36 km)
Today you have a short ride along the cycle lane into the city of Girona to be able to have plenty of time to explore the city centre of this medieval charming city.
Overnight in Girona

Day 5: Girona to Sant Feliu de Guixols (26 miles/43 km)
Follow once again Via Verde track on an easy and flat ride to beautiful Costa Brava.
Overnight in Sant Feliu de Guixols

Day 6: Sant Feliu de Guixols (cycling optional)
This is your last day to spend by the sea, resting and enjoying the pool and beach or you can take one of our suggested excursions following the coast to discover little coves on the rugged coast line.
Overnight in Sant Feliu de Guixols

Day 7: Departure
Use our private transport to reach one of the two suggested train stations or extend your stay.

Route Map

Maps are for information purposes only and reflect typical routes between overnight locations. They may not reflect your actual route.

Dates

Daily: Apr 1-Oct 31, 2018

Prices

Tour package
Per person, double occupancy
€727
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
€153
Solo traveler surcharge (1 person in party)
€240
Optional dinner package
€110
Bike Rentals
Hybrid touring bike, 21-speed
€75
Electrically assisted bike
€155
Children's bike
€60
Children's trailer
€75
GPS unit (1 per room)
€15
Discounts
Child, ages 0-12 sharing a room with 2 full paying adults (on base package price)
€-358
2 children, ages 0-12 in own double room with 2 full paying adults in separate room (on base package price)
€-233
Please note: Instead of operating bicycle tours ourselves, BikeTours.com represents local bicycle tour operators around the world. Review the tour operator's information and terms below, then submit your booking request through BikeTours.com. The primary benefits of booking your tour through BikeTours.com include:
  • 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.
Contact us with any questions about booking and paying for your tour through BikeTours.com. We look forward to serving you!

Senderos y Pueblos Terms and Conditions

1. If you cancel your booking

Any cancellation must be notified to us in writing and will only be effective upon receipt of such written notification. The following cancellation charges apply:

  • more that 56 days before the holiday commencement: €60
  • 42-56 days before tour start: 5% of tour cost
  • 28-41 days before tour start: 15% of tour cost
  • 27-15 days before tour start: 25% of tour cost
  • 14 days-48 hours before tour start: 50% of tour cost
  • Within 48 hours of tour start: 100% of tour cost

Depending on the reasons of your cancellation, you may be able to reclaim these cancellation charges from your insurance company, if you have taken our travel insurance.

Changes/Modifications to the tour are subject to a €30 fee.

2. If we cancel your booking

In exceptional circumstances we may find it necessary to cancel your booking and if so, we shall make all reasonable efforts to offer a suitable alternative. If this is not acceptable we will refund your deposit, and any other sum you have paid to us which shall constitute full resettlement.

3. General

These booking conditions set out the basis upon which the holiday reservations and other travel are accepted for clients (“you”) by the tour operator. Under the licence number CICL.40-23, the tour operator with C.I.F.: B40225864, domiciled in: Calle de la Sierra 8, Siguero, 40590, Segovia, Spain; complies with legal, financial and insurance requirements under Spanish law and travel agencies regulations.

4. Prices

All prices we quote, are inclusive of our handling fees and VAT and, where published, are correct at the time of publication.

5. If you alter your booking

If you wish to alter your booking (eg, change the dates of your holiday), we will use all our reasonable efforts to comply with your request, however you will be obliged to pay for any additional expenses that are incurred as a result (eg cancellation fees payable to hotels and other suppliers). If you decide to change your holiday in any way once it has commenced (eg change accommodation or the duration of your stay) we accept no liability for any loss, damage, or additional expense and we cannot guarantee a refund of any costs already paid by you.

6. If we alter your booking

If it is necessary to alter the confirmed itinerary before departure, we shall use all reasonable efforts to notify you as soon as possible and make alternative arrangements. If this is not acceptable we will refund your deposit, and any other sum you have paid to us which shall constitute full resettlement.

7. Force Majeure

We regret that we cannot accept liability for any loss, damage or additional expense where the booking needs to be altered or cancelled or we are unable to perform our contractual obligations as a result of events of “force majeure”. In these booking conditions “force majeure” means any event which could not have been reasonably foreseen, or the consequences could not have been reasonably avoided, by us or the suppliers of the relevant services in question, even with the exercise of all due car. Such events may include, war or threat of war, civil strife, terrorist activity, industrial dispute, natural and man-made disaster, fire, adverse weather conditions and all similar events outside our or the relevant supplier’s control.

8. Liability

We use all reasonable efforts to try and ensure that the vacations offered by us are properly arranged and that the suppliers of the services in the holiday maintain reasonable standards. We accept responsibility to take reasonable care in the organisational aspects of the holiday but we are not liable and cannot be held responsible for actions of property owners, organisers of activities, providers of transport or any other suppliers involved in our holiday. Considering the particular nature of our holidays, while taking part in activities, each participant must comply with the advice and instructions given. We cannot be held responsible for incidents, accidents or personal injury that could result from foolhardy personal initiatives or inadequate physical condition. We are specifically not liable for any events outside of our control or if there has been no default or neglect by us and in no event shall we be liable for any special, indirect or consequential loss, including loss of profit. This limitation does not apply to fatal or other personal injury resulting from our negligence or that of our employees. We strongly recommend that all clients obtain appropriate travel and personal insurance cover.

9. Complaints

We do not expect and certainly do not want dissatisfied customers, but in the event that you are not entirely satisfied with the service offered, you should notify any complaint to our office as soon as possible. We shall use all reasonable efforts to rectify the complaint as quickly as possible. If the problem cannot be resolved during the holiday period, you should contact us in writing within 14 days of returning from holiday and we will use all reasonable efforts to resolve the matter.

10. Law and Jurisdiction

The present General Conditions are subject to the following Spanish legislation: Law 21/1995, of 6 of July, of Combined Holidays (B.O.E. 7-7-1995), Law 7/1998, of 13 of April, about General Conditions of Contracts (14-4-98) and Law 26/1984, of 19 of July, Consumer and User Right (B.O.E. 24-7-84) y other dispositions in place. These conditions and terms of contract and all matters arising therefrom are subject to Spanish Law and to the exclusive jurisdiction of the Spanish courts.

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Ratings

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Average Ratings

  • Overall

    3.8

  • Difficulty level (Actual vs. expected) 3.8
  • Value 3.5
  • Included meals 4
  • Bikes & equipment 2.8
  • Hotels or boat 3.8
  • Scenery 4
  • Ease of navigation 3.3
  • Tour documents 3.5
  • Local tour company services 2.8
  • Route selection 2.5

Reviews

Abel October 28, 2016

A good day/bad day bike tour

Travel days were outstanding, if a little strenuous for older bikers. Non-travel days (when we stayed at the same hotel more than one night) were not good. The first biking day was, for the most part, horrible. There was much walking of bikes on unrideable paths. The extra day in Amer was horrible. Amer should not be an overnight stop on this tour

Casual cruisers October 28, 2016

This is a great 4 day bike trip but not a great 6 day trip.

Cycling along Via Verde to the Sea

The bike company: Bikes arrived a little late and in poor shape. Some tires were woefully underinflated. Bike sizing appeared to be random. We had to wait another hour while a taller bike was fetched from the next town, tires pumped by hand, etc. There was no briefing (little English), just a handful of narrative directions and 3 or 4 maps printed from computer screen. Map scale was not appropriate so maps were not very useful. Narrative directions were mostly adequate but they didn’t fit on the “map” holders on the bikes so we had to stop to read them. Bike odometer readings and distances on the directions mostly didn’t match (oddly, for some stretches they were very close, for other stretches they were vastly different) so we couldn’t judge our location relative to the directions using distance travelled.

The trip: This is a great 4 day bike trip but not a great 6 day trip. We found the extra days in Olot and Amer to be not very enjoyable.
The loop trip(s) offered in Olot were partly mountain bike terrain, certainly not the “family” terrain mentioned in the description. We didn’t enjoy it. Perhaps we should have visited the town of Olot that day instead. We stayed in
the very pleasant Hotel Con Blanc on the outskirts of Olot. The Restaurante la Deu nearby was delightful, we ate there both nights.
The trip from Olot to Amer was the main event! There was an uphill slog of a few miles miles, all modest railroad grades but still a long pedal. We stopped for refreshment at a café near the high point and then pedaled and pushed the final uphill ~kilometer (steeper, not RR grades).
THEN… we coasted downhill for miles and miles to Amer. One member of our not-too-ambitious party was upset about the uphill but by the end of the day she had recovered pretty well.
Amer was a disappointment. The hotel was clean, friendly and very basic. (When was the last time your hotel room opened with a skeleton key?) The hotel restaurant and outdoor seating area were local favorites: on soccer night the loud noise died down at 1:00AM. Water pressure and temperature were erratic. Breakfast was offered in generous portions with good variety but this is not a resort. Amer has a quaint square and not much else to offer the tourist. The second day loop trail options involved a lot of hill climbs. We did a little biking in the morning and went back to the hotel to look for ways to spend the day. We didn’t find much, a wasted day in our opinion. It is not surprising that Amer doesn’t have a modern hotel. It’s a small town kind off the beaten path (but it does have some high tech industry). The hotel would be OK as a one night stopover but not as a two night stay.
The ride to Girona was enjoyable. Hotel Costabella in Girona was modern, pleasant and enjoyed. The city of Girona offers a sizeable and interesting old town with city walls, churches, a university, many shops and restaurants. We could have spent another day here exploring the city. Park the bikes and walk the city.
The ride from Girona to St. Felieu was largely more RR grades, pleasant enough and fairly easy. St. Felieu is a delightful tourist beach town. We parked the bikes and explored on foot: lots of shops, restaurants and beautiful scenery. The Hotel Hostal Del Solwas great, older and a bit quirky but great. The new owner was eager to please and eager to share his future hopes for the hotel. We were there near the end of their season so things were a bit quieter than at midsummer and we found that quite pleasant.

The four days on the trail were delightful biking. The two “loop” days were just filler: ways to extend the tour for the benefit of the hotels and tour operator. This would be a dynamite vacation if the two “extra” days were spent in Girona and St. Felieu with bikes optional on those days.

PS: Be very careful with valuables on busses to and within Barcelona. Our party of 4 experienced two costly and troublesome losses to pickpockets, both from backpacks.

Velo Vet October 18, 2016

A pleasant rail-trail in Spain

This tour is mostly a rail-trail on the beds of two old narrow-gauge railways between Olot and Girona and Girona and Sant Feliu de Guixols, called El Carrilet. The trail surfaces are good for a hybrid or mountain bike and the trail is well signed with green signs. These green signs were our main means of navigation as the distances in the detailed trip notes were poorly matched to the distances that our rented bike odometers were recording (typically a difference of 1 km in 7or 8 km of travel). We also used a Garmin GPS loaded with European maps and Maps.me on a smart phone for back-up navigation, both of which were helpful at times. The trail is mostly fairly flat rail grades, but there are a few steep sections where the trail deviates from the old rail bed (about 1 km between Olot and Amer and a few km between Amer and the River Ter, where there is an alternate 2% route on the highway shoulder). We did our own bike tour around Olot, visiting the excellent Volcano Museum, the Montsacopa volcanic crater, and the old parts of Olot, rather than following the hilly recommended ride into the countryside. We found that two nights in Amer was too long in this small town, as the recommended ride up the River Ter was not very appealing beyond the first kilometre off the highway, and half of the ride was the same as the route to Girona the next day. We recommend one night in Amer and two nights in Girona, which has much to see. We were pretty much ignoring the trip notes as we approached Girona, which caused us to miss a key turn just past Bescano, which resulted in our entering Girona by the urban area of Salt, but our GPS guided us to our hotel.

RobinHugo June 16, 2016

Fantastic way to see a beautiful part of Spain

Was a wonderful trip. Great accomodation, countryside and we were lucky - the weather was perfect. Thoroughly recommend.