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The right number of like-minded travellers to make new friends.
Your dates. Your group. Our expertly-designed itinerary.
Tailored to your interests, a bespoke travel experience.
Combines the hallmarks of any B&R itinerary (excellent hotels and beautiful routes) with the freedom of pacing each day exactly the way you like.
Throughout the day, a knowledgeable local guide provides insider access and expert tips. At night, you can explore and dine on your own.
Our B&R guides are with you throughout, anticipating needs, translating languages, providing advice and—above all—facilitating fun.
We use premium hotels that are unique expressions of the region. Often they’ve had a previous life as a monastery or a castle, but in every case they offer an exceptionally comfortable stay.
These are stylish 4-star properties that offer a casual and comfortable stay. Often without a 24-hour concierge or room service, they tend to be smaller family-run hotels that are perfect for the region.
“I can’t say I really ‘work out,’ but I’m in good shape and am relatively active.”
“I enjoy a good walk or ride, and feel comfortable while on the move.”
“I get moving at least once a week, and don’t mind a little sweat.”
“I get moving a few times per week and enjoy some exertion.”
“I want to feel invigorated each day and going hard is how I like to do that.”
Spoil your senses in Spain
From vibrant Pamplona to award-winning vineyards, the ever-changing landscapes of this part of Spain are often as dramatic and inspiring as the hotels you’ll find here. The combination of cutting-edge design juxtaposed with old-world, rural living makes for amazing results. Whilst the wines of La Rioja are world-renowned, less well-known but equally as impressive is the cuisine, which is sure to delight. Mix in some truly spectacular and varied riding—and the draw to this region should be obvious to all.
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Day by Day
Ride through the heart of the verdant, untouched Basque hills in Navarra. Enter Pamplona through the Pilgrim’s Gate of the Santiago Trail, then stroll in Hemingway’s footsteps (and the bulls’ hoofprints!) in its lively pedestrian centre. Tonight we’ll have a casual and festive dinner in the private gastronomical society of our friend Rosemarie.
Stunning scenery and sweeping views as we start with a descent from the Perdon pass. After passing through the historic town of Puente la Reina, we will veer off the Camino and follow along the Agra River, weaving our way through Navarran countryside to lunch at the Otazu wine estate. During cocktails try your hand at the regional sport of Jai Alai, or basque handball, a sporting tradition synonymous with the Basques.
Enjoy stunning rides though the rolling vineyards of La Rioja. Stop for lunch at III Estación Winer Bar, owned by Rioja wine author Benjamin Romero of Contador winery. This evening choose from a number of options for a night on your own. Something casual in town? A tapas crawl down Logrono’s Calle Laurel? Options abound.
Ride through the coattails of the Sierra Cantabria past the ever-impressive Ysios Winery. You have the option to enjoy the spa, visit the wine making facilities of the hotel or challenge yourself with a ride up the mountain to pass over the Sierra, looping back down in the valley.
Cross the Ebro River and ride to the far side of the valley. Try a traditional chuletillas al sarmiento during a vineyard picnic lunch. Return to the hotel for a final visit to the Caudalie spa. Angelo Cambera, wine aficionado and Riojano, will be our host for final night dinner in a setting where views of the valley go hand in hand with the finest Riojan cuisine.
Enjoy a final breakfast together before saying our goodbyes, then transfer to the cultural city of Bilbao.
Gran Hotel La Perla, Pamplona
Family-run for over 130 years, this 4-star property is set in the pedestrian heart of Pamplona. Its exceedingly warm Spanish welcome and large, comfortable rooms make for a relaxing stay, while the adventuresome are steps away from the cider and tapas bars that make this city lively year-round. View hotel website »
Hotel Viura, Alava
Nestled in the magical Rioja wine region, the Hotel Viura offers avant-garde architecture and impressive luxury, and features floor-to-ceiling windows in each of the 33 guest rooms, a superb restaurant that doubles as an art installation and the most modern of technological amenities throughout. It also rests in the shadow of the magnificent San Andres Church. View hotel website »
Marques de Riscal, Elciego
Designed by Frank Gehry—responsible for the Bilbao Guggenheim Museum—the Marques de Riscal Hotel is a masterpiece of modernity. Inside, you’ll find 43 spacious, minimal rooms fitted with full amenities, marble baths and high-speed Internet access. A Vinothérapie spa and amazing, unforgettable gastronomy round out this top-shelf property. View hotel website »
The best trip ever! Best guides, best food, best wine and the people on the trip were so much fun! Biking was gorgeous!— Marjorie Eagan
We never wanted to be the biggest travel company in the world, just the best.
— George Butterfield
For the most part the riding is on gently rolling, quiet country and vineyard roads. The average daily ride is 42 km (26 mi.), with options for more cycling on most days and a Century Ride loop option on day five.
“I bike about once a week at home.”
Gently rolling countryside, with occasional longer climbs to points that are well worth the effort. Layover days accommodate varying preferences.Read more on our Activity Levels
What’s included? Everything you need. Plus everything you’d
want. Plus a few things you never knew you wanted ‘til you got them.
In a word: everything. In ninety words? Signature B&R guides; local experts; unique, unforgettable biking and walking routes; private tours; authentic local cuisine; lessons and demonstrations; local artisanal wines; wine tastings; all victuals and libations; all the endorphins you can handle; new insight; interesting, fun and like-minded travel companions; a feeling of total freedom. In short: an extraordinary, hassle-free journey of discovery.
- All hotel accommodation
- All breakfasts, four lunches and four dinners, including wine
- Services of B&R guide(s) and support van
- All special events and private tours
- Use of a customized hybrid or a racing bike with drop bars, equipped with handlebar bag and helmet
- Detailed maps, route suggestions and water bottle
- All baggage transportation
- All transportation from rendezvous to drop-off
- All gratuities for baggage, porters and hotel service
- Downloadable GPS routes, provided via RideWithGPS (app available for Apple or Android)
You can’t enjoy a great biking trip without a really great bike. On this trip you’ll be riding a customized hybrid or a racing bike with drop bars. We also equip you with handlebar bag, helmet and water bottle.
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Notes from the road, on the B&R blog.
Vines 101: An Introduction to Rioja Wine
Take The Slow Road Through Spain’s Big Sky Country
10 Cool Places to Drink and Cycle
Where to Eat: 6 Sumptuous San Sebastian Restaurants
Pintxos: the Tapas of the Basque Country
Video: On the Road in Rioja
The Rich Rewards of The Camino de Santiago
Insider’s Guide: 8 Things to Do in Palma, Mallorca
In Deep: An Introduction to the Costa Brava
What is the Camino de Santiago?
In Deep: Castilla and León, Spain
In Deep: La Rioja
In Deep: What You Need to Know About San Sebastián
In Deep: An Introduction to Mallorca
101 Places That Will Change Your Child’s Life
Vines 101: An Introduction to Rioja Wine
Take The Slow Road Through Spain’s Big Sky Country
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