At B&R we make it incredibly easy for you to journey with your friends, family, colleagues or on your own. Create your own private trip by taking over one of our dates—or we can request a fresh one. Prices are sliding scale to suit the number of travellers. Interested in tweaking the itinerary? We can do that too. Ask us for details!
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.
- Difficulty Level
Level 1: Occasional
Biking – 40-50 km (25-30 mi.) a day over relatively flat terrain with a few small hills—all very manageable for people trying their first biking trip.
Walking – 6-10 km (4-6 mi.) a day on country lanes, footpaths and coastal or forest trails, all on relatively flat terrain, perhaps with an occasional hill.
Level 2: Recreational
Biking – 40-50 km (25-30 mi.) a day over terrain that’s relatively flat but will include inclines and the occasional climb or two.
Walking – 8-12 km (5-7 mi.) a day over relatively flat terrain, with occasional steeper climbs.
Level 3: Enthusiast
Biking – 40-50 km (25-30 mi.) a day in gently rolling countryside, with occasional longer climbs to points that are well worth the effort.
Walking – 11-15 km (7-10 mi.) a day over rolling terrain on a variety of surfaces. Most days, one or two steeper climbs to spectacular viewpoints or places of interest.
Level 4: Avid
Biking – Roughly 50 km (30 mi.) a day in consistently rolling countryside, with repeated climbs and longer options available.
Walking – 11-15 km (7-10 mi.) over terrain that varies between rolling and hilly, with a few steeper climbs.
Level 5: Expert
Biking – 50-60 km (30-45 mi.) a day over both level and tougher, hillier terrain with multiple 100 km (62 mi.) options. The routes are designed for avid cyclists and include plenty of chances to push yourself.
Walking – 11-15 km (7-10 mi.) a day over fairly hilly terrain offering lots of challenges. Routes are along high meadow paths and/or well-maintained cliffside or alpine trails, with a few steep ascents to make you feel invigorated.
Taste and ride Northern Spain
Riding in Rioja is a sensory experience. Your eyes won’t believe the vineyard-covered hills of neighbouring Ribera del Duero. Your body won’t believe the comfort of the 5-star Abadia Retuerta Le Domaine Hotel. Your taste buds will never tire of the tapas, pintxos, and barbecued meats—not to mention the world-famous wine. And your mind? Totally and utterly blown.
Note: Some departures run on a slightly different itinerary.
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Day by Day
We begin today’s ride in Miranda de Ebro for our first taste of the region’s wine country, biking through the vineyards before stopping for lunch and a tasting at a local wine bar whose producer is known for award-winning vintages.
We weave past villages and wineries on a loop ride through the foothills of the Sierra Cantabria. Lunch today will be a picnic followed by a Basque Txalaparta music performance. In the evening, we'll make our way to the hilltop village of Laguardia for a tour.
Today we change Sierras as we venture south from the Basque Country and into Rioja. We stop for lunch at Palacio Casafuerte in Zarratón, a medieval village known for its chapels.
Riding through Ribera del Duero, we cross the Duero River and venture the stretch between Valladolid and Peñafiel (where the greatest wines of the appellation are produced) before a paella lunch. This evening, experience a private tour and tasting at the vineyard at Abadia de Retuerta.
Ride past vineyards and farmers' fields to arrive at Pico Melero, a cheese factory that's been around since 1839, for a memorable lunch. Our final night dinner is a Michelin-star affair in the magnificent 12thC church at the hotel. ¡Salud!
After breakfast, our driver will take us to Valladolid for connections on the high-speed train to Madrid. The journey time is approximately one hour. Adios!
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.
Abadia Retuerta LeDomaine, Valladolid
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.
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 minimalist-style 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.
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
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.
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 on-trip hotel accommodation
- Meals as indicated
- 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
- B&R biodegradable water bottle
- All special events and private tours
- All transportation from rendezvous to drop-off
On this trip, you can choose between a customized hybrid with flat bars or a road bike with drop bars. We also equip you with a handlebar bag, helmet and water bottle. See Equipment Details
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.
Spend more time in Basque Country
Bilbao is a vibrant and compact city that allows for easy exploration on foot—we highly recommend spending time there after your B&R trip. The opening of Frank Gehry’s Guggenheim in 1997 sparked a renaissance within the city that has put Bilbao back on the map culturally and artistically. The city boasts several other museums of note, an attractive old quarter that is ideal for strolling through, and some fantastic restaurant/bars.
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