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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.”
A new pulse in Northern Spain
Things are shaking up in Northern Spain, with innovation at the forefront of it all. In the Basque Country, gravity-defying architecture pops up unexpectedly in traditional villages. Rioja, long considered one of Spain’s dominant wine-producing regions, is now equally remarked as a hub of artistic creativity. As for the wine, a visit to the emerging the Ribera del Duero proves it keeps getting better and better. We’ll sip and cycle our way through these three vibrant regions of the country, pedalling past vineyards and over the foothills of the Sierra Mountains, while making a few appearances at the local bodegas along the way.
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Day by Day
We’ll begin today’s ride in Miranda de Ebro, getting our first sample the region’s exceptional wine country as we bike through the vineyards. We’ll make a stop for a tasting and lunch at a charming local wine bar owned by Benjamin Romeo of Contador Winery.
A loop ride from the hotel takes us through the foothills of the Sierra Cantabria, weaving through charming villages and past countless wineries. Lunch today will be a B&R-style picnic, followed by a traditional Basque Txalaparta music performance.
Today we change Sierras as we venture south from the Basque Country and onto Rioja. We’ll stop for lunch at Valenciso’s Winery and savour the wines produced by the owners, Luis and Carmen.
Our next stop is Nava de Roa where we’ll cycle into the Ribera del Duero. We’ll venture the stretch between Valladolid and Peñafiel, where the greatest wines of the appellation are produced and the vineyards offer spectacular vistas of the river.
This morning we head to Peñafiel for a ride to Pago de Carraovejas Winery for a memorable tasting to cap off our journey. Our final night dinner is a Michelin-star affair in the magnificent 12thC church located at the hotel. ¡Salud!
After a last breakfast together, our driver will take us to Valladolid for connections on the high-speed AVE train to Madrid. The journey time is approximately one hour. Adios!
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 »
Hotel Echaurren, Ezcaray
Founded in 1898, the Echaurren family has been delighting guests in this secluded mountain town for 5 generations. El Portal, the gastronomic restaurant under the ladle of Francis Paniego, has 2 Michelin stars. After the feast, retreat to your room and sleep with the windows open. You’ll be amazed by the silence. View hotel website »
Le Domaine, Abadia Retuerta
A beautifully restored 13thC convent, Le Domaine is peacefully set among the vineyards and offers spacious, contemporary rooms, a gastronomic restaurant, a wine and tapas bar, a verdant cloister and well-deserved massages. Its idyllic location beside the Douro River makes for a peaceful atmosphere. 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
The riding is, for the most part, on gently rolling, quiet country and vineyard roads. The average daily ride is 48 km (30 mi.), with options for more cycling on most days.
“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 (Superior at Echaurren, Deluxe at Viura, Deluxe at Marques de Riscal)
- Meals as indicated (Crianza wines included)
- Services of B&R-trained local guide
- Support vehicles during bike rides
- Use of a customized bicycle and helmet
- A handlebar-mounted 7” Samsung Galaxy tablet with preloaded GPS bike routes.
- Biodegradable B&R water bottle
- All special events and private tours
- All transportation from rendezvous to drop-off
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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Sometimes your B&R trip simply isn’t long enough! Extend your stay for the best vacation possible. If you wish to spend a few days in region either before or after your official B&R trip, and need assistance making those plans, your B&R Travel Advisor can help.
Call us to create an independent travel experience that fits your needs—we can also arrange for a local guide.
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