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Wine and Cuisine in Catalonia’s Empordà Plain

New for 2019!

New for 2019!

New for 2019!

New for 2019!

New for 2019!
  • 7 nights | 23 miles/day
  • Guided from: €1400
  • Self-guided from: €900
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  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

Girona country is an area containing great geographical diversity. From the well known Costa Brava, to the Pyrenees we have a huge range of different landscapes, full of history and culture.

On this week-long itinerary, you'll discover the Empordà, one of the oldest wine- producing regions in the world. Thanks to the Mediterranean climate and the soil, this area is a perfect terrain to produce grapes. The ancient farmers in the area decided to use the plains for planting olive trees, and the slopes toward the mountains for planting terraced vineyards separated by dry-stone walls. Girona has a nice cyclist ambiance. The Empordà plain is a great area for cycle tourism. Ride through the quiet back roads, enjoying the great diversity of landscape, and visit interesting cultural and historical sites as well.

Since 2005, influential wine guru Robert Parker put Empordà on the world wine-producing map. Thanks to the hard work of the wineries, this area has been certified as an Origin Designation of Empordà. The tour includes two guided visits to cellars with a wine, land products tasting.

As the region has so many different landscapes, we have a rich variety of land products which has developed a great variety of traditional cuisine. Nowadays this cuisine combines with prestigious gastronomy, with famous chefs like Ferran Adrià from restaurant El Bullí, or the three brothers from the 3* Michelin restaurant El Celler de Can Roca considered the best restaurant in the world in 2013 and 2015.

This is an easy tour for regular cyclists. Half of the tour follows quite secondary roads, and half is on nice, clean non-paved roads. Stages are 40km average without big climbs.

The best season for cycle tourism is Spring (March to June) and Autumn (September- October). Girona has a mild climate, with plenty of sunny days and not too much rain. There are differences on the coast, which might be a couple of degrees warmer, but with a cooling sea breeze. Summer days can be quite hot, so be sure to take this into consideration when planning your trip.

Daily program

Day 1: Individual arrival to Girona
You'll find plenty to do in Girona. The city is famous for having one of the best-preserved Jewish old towns, and the Cathedral boasts one of the largest stone vaulted spaces in Gothic architecture. A walk along the city walls is highly recommended or following the Onyar River, which gives you a nice picturesque view of the colored houses of Onyar River.
Overnight in Girona

Day 2: Girona – Sant Feliu de Guíxols (28 miles/45km; elevation gain 919 feet/280m)
On your first day of cycling, you will meet with the local tour representative to receive your bikes. You will follow a cycle path to exit the city to the south. The ride takes you straight to the Mediterranean Sea. This section follows greenway called “El Carrilet,” passing through the towns of Quart, Cassà de la Selva, Llagostera, and Santa Cristina d'Aro. Along the route we always have the Gavarres Massif as a backdrop, a mountainous forest area, consisting mainly of oaks, important for the cork production.
Overnight in San Feliu de Guíxols

Day 3: Sant Feliu de Guíxols – Calella de Palafrugell (19 miles/30km; elevation gain 889 feet/271m)
Today you’ll ride North along the coast combining the coastal road with the front sea boulevards, visiting the main port town of Palamós. After a few kilometers, you’ll pass the unspoiled cove, Platja de Castell, with its Iberian settlement on the left side. This is a nice place to have a picnic or take a swim in the Mediterranean sea. Later on, you arrive in the picturesque old fishing village of Calella de Palafrugell, one of the pearls of Costa Brava. On the last section, you’ll be cycling along the greenway called “Ruta del Tren Petit.”
Overnight in Calella de Palafrugell

Day 4: Calella de Palafrugell – Torroella de Montgrí (18 miles/29km; elevation gain 591 feet/180m)
The route leads you the north and inland to pass through Palafrugell, with its fish, meat and vegetable market. This is a great place to learn about the product land of this region. You can also visit the Cork Museum.

After exiting Palafrugell you can stop at the cellar Mas Oller for the guided visit and the wine tasting. Later on, you reach Pals, one of the better preserved medieval centers. The ride will take you through natural wetlands with extensive rice fields and long sandy beaches. The bike tour ends in Torroella de Montgrí at the foot of the castle Montgri Massif.
Overnight in Torroella de Montgrí

Day 5: Torroella de Montgrí – Castelló d’Empúries (22 miles/36km; elevation gain 197 feet/60m)
The route continues north passing the Montgrí massif into the county of Alt Empordà. We enter the long Bay of Roses with long, sandy beaches. Onward to the pretty medieval settlement Sant Martí de Empúries and right in front of the superb beach. You should take the time to visit the archeological settlement Empúries with Greek and Roman ruins, the gateway of the classic cultures to the Iberian Peninsular.

The route continues north where you will pass through the protected marshlands of Aiguamolls de l’Empordà. The route ends at the village of Castelló d’Empúries with its rich architectural heritage: gothic church, Count’s palace, old market building, and Jewish quarter.
Overnight in Castelló d’Empúries

Day 6: Loop ride around Castelló d’Empúries (23 miles/37km; elevation gain 213 feet/65m)
This ride provides fantastic views of the Pyrenees as a backdrop while cycling through the 100-year-old vineyards. Today you will have the opportunity to visit the most interesting wineries, mainly located in the towns of Vilajuïga and Pau. This day includes a wine tasting and lands product’s picnic in Espelt Cellar.
Overnight in Castelló d’Empúries

Day 7: Castelló d’Empúries – Figueres (27 miles/43km; elevation gain 1214 feet/370m)
The last bike tour heads first to Peralada (the capital of the wine DO) where you will visit the castle and the medieval town. From there you will cycle crossing the upper part of the vineyards zone passing by Garriguella, Vilamaniscle and Rabos with the most ancient groves. Don’t miss a visit to the modernist cellar of Espolla cooperative. From there the tour takes you to a long downhill ride until arriving to your final destination, the city of Figueres. After arriving to Figueres riders enjoy a visit to the world famous Theatre-Museum Dalí, still one of the most visited tourist site in Spain.
Overnight in Figueres

Day 8: Departure
Tour ends following breakfast.

Dates

Group guided: Apr 6, Jun 1, 2019. Private guided: Daily, upon request, Mar 15-Oct 27, 2019 (minimum 2 participants)
Low season: Mar 15, 2019 - Apr 14, 2019 , Oct 01, 2019 - Oct 27, 2019
Shoulder season: Apr 15, 2019 - Jun 16, 2019 , Sep 01, 2019 - Sep 30, 2019
High season: Jun 17, 2019 - Aug 31, 2019

Prices

Prices are shown in the local currency EUR.

Prices other than in the local currency are based on current exchange rates and will vary.

Prices other than in the local currency are based on current exchange rates and will vary.

Prices other than in the local currency are based on current exchange rates and will vary.

Tour package, private guided
Per person, double occupancy
€ 2193
Shoulder season surcharge
€ 189
High season surcharge
€ 524
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
Low season
€ 281
Shoulder season
€ 340
High season
€ 451
Per person, 2 dinners in 1-star Michelin restaurants (Day 1 / Day 6)
€ 195
Support van and driver (per group, up to 5 people)
€ 550
Bike Rentals
Hybrid touring bike, men's frame
€ 70
Hybrid touring bike, women's frame
€ 70
Electrically assisted bike
€ 176
Child seat
€ 35
GPS
€ 65
Extra Nights, Girona (4-star hotel)
Per person, double occupancy
€ 70
Per person, single room
€ 98
Transfer
Girona-Barcelona Airport, per vehicle transfer (1-4 pax)
€ 150
Girona-Girona Airport, per vehicle transfer (1-4 pax)
€ 40
Figueres-Girona Airport, per vehicle transfer (1-4 pax)
€ 90
Figueres-Barcelona Airport, per vehicle transfer (1-4 pax)
€ 230
Discounts
3rd person sharing a room with 2 full paying adults (on base package price)
10%

Prices are shown in the local currency EUR.

Prices other than in the local currency are based on current exchange rates and will vary.

Prices other than in the local currency are based on current exchange rates and will vary.

Prices other than in the local currency are based on current exchange rates and will vary.

Tour package, group guided
Per person, double occupancy
€ 1400
Shoulder season surcharge
€ 172
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
Low season
€ 266
Shoulder season
€ 325
Optional dinner package (5 dinners)
€ 127
Per person, 2 dinners in 1-star Michelin restaurants (Day 1 / Day 6)
€ 195
Bike Rentals
Hybrid touring bike, men's frame
€ 78
Hybrid touring bike, women's frame
€ 78
Electrically assisted bike
€ 195
Child seat
€ 35
GPS
€ 65
Extra Nights, Girona (4-star hotel)
Per person, double occupancy
€ 62
Per person, single room
€ 95
Transfer
Figueres-Barcelona Airport, per vehicle transfer (1-4 pax)
€ 230
Figueres-Girona Airport, per vehicle transfer (1-4 pax)
€ 90
Girona-Barcelona Airport, per vehicle transfer (1-4 pax)
€ 150
Girona-Girona Airport, per vehicle transfer (1-4 pax)
€ 40
Discounts
3rd person sharing a room with 2 full paying adults (on base package price)
10%
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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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  • up to 15 days prior to holiday start date: 0%
  • from 13 to 8 days prior to holiday start date: 50%
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