4.5/5 (2)
7 nights | 25 miles/day
Guided from EUR € 1989
Bike tour in Spain
Rider Level: Recreational
4.5/5 (2)

Rider Level: Recreational

7 nights | 25 miles/day
Guided from EUR € 1989
Bike tour in Spain

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  • Basque Country

    Wide barren plains, steep rugged mountains, green forests, spectacular coasts and quiet beaches. Cycling in a landscape that could hardly be more multifaceted. A tour through Euscadia to Pelota and Harrijasotzaile, Pil-Pil and Intxaursaltsa. Encounters with a mysterious language, archaic sports, imposing cultural monuments and traditional Spanish and Basque cuisine.

    • Olite, Basque Country, Spain. Mark Hillary, Flickr
    • San Sebastián, Spain. Sid Saxena, Unsplash
    • Paella is a Spanish tradition. Sandrawei, Unsplash
    • San Sebastián, Spain. dynamosquito, Flickr
    • Tapas in San Sebastián, Spain. Pug Girl, Flickr
    • Bilboa, Basque Country, Spain. londonexpat, Flickr
    • Basque Country cuisine at its best!
    • Basque Country: Bilbao to San Sebastian via Olite Bike Tour

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    Highlights

    • Modern art in Bilbao
    • Traditional country of the Basques
    • Basque coastal resorts

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  • Daily program

    Day 1: Arrival
    In Bilbao, the hotel awaits you. At 5:15pm we will meet in the lobby for a tour through the world-famous Guggenheim Museum of Modern Art, which gives a great impression with its bizarre architecture. The evening is at your disposal.
    Overnight in Bilbao

    Day 2: Bilbao – Argomaniz (20 miles/32 km)
    After adjusting your bikes, we start our cycle tour along the river Nervion through the slowly awakening city of Bilbao in the direction of the Atlantic Ocean. Mainly on cycle paths and peaceful adjacent routes, we witness the decline of the former industrial city as well as the emerging modern metropolis of Bilbao. In Portugalete, the world's oldest transporter bridge takes us across the river Nervion. After lunch in the lively seaside resort Getxo with its elegant villas, a minibus takes us to the Embalse de Ullibarri, a reservoir near Vitoria Gasteiz. We will cycle around the Basque capital city one small secluded paths, always traveling near the lake to the day's destination. In the late afternoon we reach the Parador, where our dinner awaits us.
    Overnight in Argomaniz

    Day 3: Argomaniz – Estella (29 miles/46 km)
    In the morning a bus takes us 30 minutes to the Sierra de Urbasa. On this deserted high plateau, barren grassland alternates with lush beech groves. Flocks of sheep, griffon vultures and grazing horses accompany our bike tour. After a descent with panoramic views on the bizarre rocky scenery of the Sierra de Santiago de Loquiz, and past pictorial villages, our route leads to Estella. On our round trip we see Romanesque churches like San Sepulcro with its impressive tympanum and the palace of the dukes of Granada de Ega. Dinner will be served at a highly praised restaurant not far from our hotel.
    Overnight in Estella

    Day 4: Estella – Olite (29 miles/46 km)
    Our day starts with a short bus ride to a Mirador, where we can admire the vast openness of Navarre. We start with a pleasurable descent through the beautiful Sierra del Pérdon to Puente de la Reina, where the French Camino de Santiago joins the Spanish. In Calle Mayor we discover architectural jewels such as the churches Santiago as well as richly decorated residences, silent witnesses of a long tradition of pilgrimage.

    Around noon we arrive in Artajona, towered by a legendary fortress of the 11th century. After a longer ascent, we reach the wine growing area of Tudela, the production site of the famous Rosados de Navarre. Along lonely trails we reach the former royal city Olite in the late afternoon. Our eventful day ends with dinner in a stylish ambiance.
    Overnight in Olite

    Day 5: Olite – Vera de Bidasoa (36 miles/59 km)
    Weather permitting, a minibus takes us in about 90 minutes to the summit of Mount Artxueta in the Aralar range. A splendid view opens up over the mountain range of Urbasa.

    After a comfortable cycling leg mostly downhill, the bus takes us uphill again to another pass. Then our bikes roll almost 19 miles downhill into the most characteristic Basque region of our tour. In the Valley of Rio Ezkurra with its sleepy villages and magnificent views into the wildly romantic landscape, the independent culture of the Basque Country becomes evident. On our last miles we follow the former railroad track to Vera de Bidasoa where we are welcomed at the hotel. An excellent Basque dinner awaits us.
    Overnight in Vera de Bidasoa

    Day 6: Vera de Bidasoa – Hondarribia (24 miles/38 km)
    In the morning, we will travel by taxi to the Spanish – French border. From there, we will cycle into the French Basque country. Our route leads in a constant up and down path through picturesque villages such as Sare and Ascain with their impressive Pelota Places. We will reach the mundane St. Jean de Luz at noon. After a joint lunch (included in the travel price), there is enough time to take a stroll in the city or to bathe in the sea, before our path leads us in the direction of Spain once again. In Hendaye, we will travel by ferry and will reach Hondarribia (or San Sebastián), which lies in Spain. You will have the evening to your own disposal. Numerous good restaurants can be found in the picturesque old city of Hondarribia.
    Overnight in Hondarribia

    Day 7: Hondarribia – San Sebastian (8 miles/12 km + 5 mile/8 km hike)
    A short taxi ride takes us into the fishing village of Pasaia, in which the Basque culture is visible and noticeable all around. The Ikurriña, the Basque flag, can be found on many balconies here. After we have had a look around the village, we will take a small ferry over the port basin and will travel several kilometers on the Way of St. James. We are accompanied by old aqueducts and grand views of the cliffs along the way. At noon, we will mount our bikes again and cycle to San Sebastian. Passing the Zurriola beach and mundane buildings from the Belle Epoque period such as the Teatro Victoria Eugenia, our path leads through the crooked old city to the Plaza de la Constitucion as well as the old Town Hall. We will enjoy dinner in a rustic restaurant in the lively center of San Sebastián.
    Overnight in San Sebastian

    Day 8: Departure
    As there is nothing on today's program, your departure can be arranged individually. Busses travel hourly to the airport of Bilbao as well as into the city center of Bilbao (Duration approximately 1 hour 15 min. – tickets are not included in the travel price).

    Surface and terrain

    The cycling on this tour is outside the cities in sparsely populated landscapes with little traffic. The terrain is mainly downhill or on flat terrain. There are only a few climbs and some short transfers.


    Hotels

    These are sample hotels and may vary by availability.

    Gran Hotel Domine, Bilbao
    www.hoteldominebilbao.com

    Parador de Argomaniz, Argomaniz
    www.parador.es

    Hotel Tximista, Estella
    www.sanvirilahoteles.com

    Parador de Olite, Olite
    www.parador.es

    Hotel Churrut, Vera de Bidasoa
    hotelchurrut.com

    NH Collection Hotel Aranzazu, San Sebastian
    www.nh-collection.com

    Interested in visiting other areas before or after your tour? Visit our hotels page to learn more about lodging options.


    How to get there

    Tour start and end
    Nearest airport and train station: Bilbao, Spain

    From the airport of Bilbao you will reach the starting hotel within 15 minutes by taxi. There are shuttle buses, leaving regularly which also take you to the city center.

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  • Dates

    May 27; Jun 3, 10, 17, 2023 (minimum 8 participants)

    Prices

    Tour package

    Per person, double occupancy € 1989
    Single use room (1 person/1 room) € 2548

    Bike Rentals

    Electrically assisted bike € 219

    Included services

    • 7 nights accommodation
    • Breakfast
    • Luggage transfers
    • Guide during the whole tour
    • 6 multi-course dinners (beverages not included)
    • All visitors and tourist taxes
    • All transfers as mentioned in the tour description
    • All entry fees as mentioned in the tour description
    • Touring bike rental
    • Support vehicle during the whole tour
    • City guide in the Museum Guggenheim Bilbao

    Bike rentals

    Bikes available on this tour and included in the tour costs (must be reserved in advance at the time of booking):

    • Hybrid touring bikes

    Bikes available to rent (must be reserved in advance at the time of booking):

    • Electrically-assisted bikes*

    *More about electrically-assisted bikes >

    All above bike rentals will be equipped with the following at no additional charge:

    • Saddlebag (water-repellent), rear
    • Rotalis waterbottle souvenir

    Pedals:
    The bikes will have flat pedals. If you want to bring your own pedals, please bring your own shoes and also the necessary equipment to change the pedals.

    Helmets:
    Helmet rental is not available on this tour. We recommend that you bring your own helmet for safety and hygiene purposes.

    Note: wearing a helmet is mandatory in Spain.

    Bike Protection:
    Bike protection can be purchased at the time of booking. You can read more about that HERE.


    Tour Company


    Basque Country

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  • Route Map

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

    • East coaster September 23, 2018

      Back in the saddle

      This was my first bike tour in 15 years. I've toured many countries by bicycle in the past but I was not in good cycling shape when I went on this trip. Fortunately it was completely enjoyable and a great way to start bike touring again. The routes are fabulous, including some dirt roads, and there was almost no traffic. The scenery is varied and the rides along the coast are beautiful. I used a regular bike but most other riders were on e-bikes. Most of the other folks in the group were retired and went on a lot of bicycling tours, including with the same tour operator, Rotalis. There was not much of a range in age. The group stays together so no one is left behind which means that you travel at the pace of the slowest person. The meals were wonderful but lengthy. All in all a very relaxing and interesting tour.

      What was the date of your tour?
      August 25-Sept 1, 2019
      How many tours have you completed?
      12
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      Solo travelers, First-time bike tourists
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • 5/5 Value
      • 5/5 Included meals
      • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 5/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 5/5 Ease of navigation
      • 3/5 Tour documents
      • 5/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
      • 5/5 Guides (if applicable)
    • Maryam September 9, 2018

      Basque 2018

      This was an organized tour but its was not balanced, most people had e-bikes and the level of ride was not comparable. The routes and difficulties were not explained well and underestimated. There was a day that we were biking on shoveled road for over 30 Km' s and it was not even mentioned prior to the ride.

      What was the date of your tour?
      August 25th 2018
      How many tours have you completed?
      6
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      Somewhat harder
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      Solo travelers
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • 3/5 Value
      • 4/5 Included meals
      • 4/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 5/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 2/5 Ease of navigation
      • 2/5 Tour documents
      • 4/5 Local tour company services
      • 4/5 Route selection
      • 3/5 Guides (if applicable)

    Basque Country

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