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Catalonia: Pyrenees to Mediterranean Road Cycling

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Tour description

Our Pyrenees to the Mediterranean Road Riding holiday starts in the mountain town of Ripoll, which is connected by a regular train service from Barcelona.

The first two nights are spent in Olot, the capital of the La Garrotxa volcanic region, before cycling on to your next base, the medieval city centre of Girona city, where you will spend two nights of your tour.

The final two nights of your tour are spent by the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, where you will experience some of the most stunning coastal riding available pretty much anywhere.

The cycling starts in the Pyrenees mountain town of Ripoll where you will get your first taste of riding some of the stunning peaks on your way to Olot, the capital of the La Garrotxa volcanic region.

Your next day's ride encompasses some of the best of the high mountain climbing and descending that is on offer in the Pyrenees. You will cycle through stunning mountain villages surrounded by high peaks that are picture perfect to stop for a photo.

The next day of riding heads towards Girona city and follows the route of one of the great rides of the Girona area with a stunning twenty kilometre climb followed by a fantastic 18 kilometre descent, all on beautiful quiet country roads.

Your second day in Girona city is spent riding one of the favourite road riding routes of the professional teams based here. The following day you cycle towards the coast through the lovely rolling Girona countryside before climbing up and over the coastal mountain range to join the famous 'Tossa de Mar' coastal road, which was part of the 2009 Tour de France stage from Girona to Barcelona.

The last day of riding takes you through the 'Les Gavarres' coastal mountain range with three great climbs and buzzing descents before returning to your four star hotel by the shores of the Mediterranean Sea to relax in the hotel's Spa, a perfect way to end your great week or riding!

This tour is listed as Level 4 difficulty, but the tour operator can tailor the program to Level 3 if you wish. Please inquire for further details.

Daily program

Day 1: Pyrenees Warm Up Ride (25 miles/40 km)
A great warm up ride to get accustomed to the uncrowded and beautiful riding that the Pyrenees mountain area offers. This ride includes a taste of some of the great mountain riding still to come. There is the option to extend this day of riding, depending on your arrival time.
Overnight in Olot.

Day 2: Pyrenees Mountain Loop (55 miles/90 km)
Today's ride takes you up and over some stunning peaks in the Pyrenees. The scenery is classic mountain country with high peaks in all directions with timeless villages dotted along your route. There are some great climbs mixed in with swooping descents that will keep you on your toes as the scenery goes buzzing by.
Overnight in Olot.

Day 3: Olot – Girona (65 miles/105 km)
This is one of the great Girona road rides with some of the most spectacular scenery on offer in the whole of the region. There is plenty of time to set your rhythm with some quality climbing and buzzing descents that just seem to go on and on. This ride will clearly explain why so many professional riders choose Girona as their winter training base!
Overnight in Girona.

Day 4: Les Gavarres Loop 1 (43 miles/70 km)
Today you will ride in the ‘Les Gavarres’ mountain range with two great climbs and descents. Your route includes climbing the ‘Els Angels’ mountain, enjoying the stunning views of the Pyrenees all the way to the Mediterranean Sea, before enjoying one of the best descents of the week into Girona back to your 4 star hotel.
Overnight in Girona.

Day 5: Girona – the Mediterranean Sea (37 miles/60 km)
Today you leave Girona heading for the coast, cycling along the rolling Girona countryside before heading towards the coast for your first good climb up and over the coastal L’Ardenya range.

Once at the coast you join the famous Tossa de Mar road that was part of the '2009 Tour de France' stage from Girona to Barcelona. Your route follows the beautiful coastal road as it hugs the sea towards Sant Feliu de Guixols where you are based for the final two nights of your tour.
Overnight in Sant Feliu de Guixols.

Day 6: Les Gavarres Loop 2 (62 miles/100 km)
Your last ride of the week is spent climbing and descending the beautiful country roads through the Pine and Cork forests of the 'Les Gavarres' coastal mountain range. There are three great climbs and descents before returning back to the sea to your hotel for a well earned rest after a fantastic week of riding!
Overnight in Sant Feliu de Guixols.

Day 7: Departure
Shuttle to the bus station in Sant Feliu de Guixols. Then take a bus to either Girona or Barcelona from Sant Feliu de Guixols.

Please note that the while the shuttle is included in the price of the tour, the bus fare is not included.

Dates

Daily, upon request: Apr 1-Oct 31, 2018
Low Season: Apr 01, 2018 - Jun 30, 2018, Sep 01, 2018 - Oct 31, 2018
High Season: Jul 01, 2018 - Aug 31, 2018

Prices

Tour package
Per person, double occupancy
€1750
High season surcharge
€300
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
€300
Solo traveler surcharge (1 person in party; payable in addition to the single room surcharge)
€300
Extra Nights, Ripoll
Per person, double occupancy
€50
Extra Nights, Sant Feliu de Guixols
Per person, double occupancy
€100
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
€40

Dates

Daily, upon request: Apr 1-Oct 31, 2018
Low Season: Apr 01, 2018 - Jun 30, 2018, Sep 01, 2018 - Oct 31, 2018
High Season: Jul 01, 2018 - Aug 31, 2018

Prices

Tour package
Per person, double occupancy
€1250
High season surcharge
€300
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
€300
Extra Nights, Ripoll
Per person, double occupancy
€50
Extra Nights, Sant Feliu de Guixols
Per person, double occupancy
€100
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
€40
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  • 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

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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.

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