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Rioja Bike Tour

“Fabulous! Scenic! Challenging! We want to do this again! ”
Rioja
, Spain, Europe

from $3,995* per person 6 Days April-June, September-November
Boutique accommodations Exertion level: 5
Operator: DuVine Adventures 16 people max
  • Madrid, abalos airport, spain
  • Active & Adventure trips
You’ll see it all on this Rioja bike tour and understand why this DuVine Adventure is nothing short of inspiring. When even its monks are producing some of the world’s finest wines, you know there’s something special in Spain’s terra firma. It just goes to show that fine wine is next to godliness here.

As we cycle past endless vineyards on perfect roads, pausing to taste delicate Riojas and rich Ribera de Dueros at monastic wineries, we too will feel a deep connection to the land. A rich medieval past awaits here, too, and we’ll witness it up close from the saddle – fortress-encircled stone villages, vintage cellars, and stalwart castles. Along the way, we’ll sample unforgettable cuisine, and meet Spaniards who work this fertile soil. As for natural beauty, the lovely Ebro and Duero rivers feed the vines, and dramatic gorges and a rock-strewn canyon sculpt the earth.

Locations visited/nearby

Rioja , Spain, Europe

2 testimonials about this trip

  1. Reviewer: located in Bloomfield Hills, MI USA
    Fabulous! Scenic! Challenging! We want to do this again!
    5
  2. Reviewer: located in Encinitas, CA USA
    We had the time of our lives! We went in expecting a lot, and this surpassed those expectations by far!
    5

3 testimonials about the provider, DuVine Adventures:

  • Reviewer: located in New York, NY USA
    I have gone on 5 DuVine trips and I have had a fantastic time on each. I have referred several friends and colleagues, all have come back with rave reviews.
    5
  • Reviewer: located in Wenonah, NJ USA
    One of the best vacation experiences we've had. We won't hesitate to recommend this to everyone. The guides have a fascinating blend of competence, fun loving and a real free spirit.
    5
  • Reviewer: located in Boston, MA USA
    We had a great time, we were able to get into places that were closed and the guides seemed to know everyone, everywhere we went. Very knowledgeable about the area, wine, and architecture. Great biking, small roads - no traffic.
    5

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Itinerary

Day One: Madrid – Abalos
On the first morning of the tour, your guides will pick you up at your hotel for a relaxing, three-hour journey north through the Spanish countryside to the Rioja wine region. Along the way we’ll make a stop in Burgos, a medieval Castilian cathedral town founded in 884. Your first glimpse of one of the most astounding Gothic cathedrals in all of Spain will surely pique your excitement for the adventures ahead. When you arrive at your hotel in Abalos, we’ll welcome you with a glass of wine and do a bike fitting before we take off for a short spin around the area - a seemingly endless stretch of vineyards. A pre-dinner cocktail followed by a traditional meal will complete your welcome.

Meal: Dinner
Destinations visited: Madrid, Abalos
Distance cycled: 17 km / 10.6 miles

Day Two: La Bastida
Today we will ride along the banks of the Ebro River - the lifeline of the Rioja wine region - to La Bastida. At an exclusive visit to the Arabarte winery, we’ll have a tasting and traditional Rioja-style lunch, a true feast! Then we will transfer you to Marques de Riscal, a luxurious spa where you can take a swim and treat yourself to a spa treatment (optional).  Afterwards, we will transfer to Laguardia, the medieval walled city famous for its tapas restaurants.  We will spend the evening here exploring the town before heading back to Abalos.

Meals: Breakfast/ Lunch
Destinations visited: La Bastida, Abalos, Laguardia
Distance cycled: 45 km / 27.9 miles

Day Three: Abalos – Lerma
Today will be the day to really get into the winemaking process. At a 15th century vineyard, you will have a chance to be a part of production in the traditional way… bare feet are required! We’ll then ride through the picturesque towns of Briones to see the Museo Dinastia Vivanco, one of the best wine museums in the world before we continue through Azofre. After passing over the thousand-year-old Saint James Way, we'll stop at the monastery of San Millan de la Cogolla for lunch. This is the birthplace of the Spanish (Castilian) and Basque language.  Later this afternoon, we’ll take a drive to the fortress town of Lerma where we’ll have dinner and stay the night in the town’s Parador, established between 1601 and 1617 as a retreat for King Felipe III.

Meals: Breakfast/ Lunch / Dinner
Destinations visited:  Briones, Azofre, Lerma
(1.5 hour transfer to Lerma)
Distance cycled: 38 km / 23.5 miles

Day Four: Lerma – Aranda del Duero
Today we begin with a van ride to Santo Domingo de Silos, where we’ll visit the monastery that made Gregorian chanting internationally famous. Next, we’ll ride to Peñaranda del Duero through the Ribera del Duero wine region, stopping to visit the Yecla Gorge, and for a gourmet picnic at the castle of Peñaranda amidst the outstanding landscape. We’ll continue to Peñaranda del Duero. Dinner tonight will feature the best of traditional Duero cooking. Perhaps take a pre-dinner ride to the 12th century Vid Monastery, one of the oldest wineries in the region.

Meals: Breakfast/ Gourmet Picnic / Dinner
Destinations visited: Santo Domingo de Silos, Yecla Gorge, Ribera del Duero, Peñaranda del Duero
Distance cycled: 47 km / 29.1 miles

Day Five: Aranda del Duero – Pedraza
We begin the day with a van ride to the hillside town of Sepúlveda, dramatically situated on the edge of the Duratón Canyon Nature Reserve (Castile’s most important reserve for birds of prey). Once we’ve had a chance to wander the streets and visit its Romanesque monuments, we’ll ride through wheat fields and Segovian towns to the Casla River. From here we’ll follow the river's course to the fortress town of Pedraza de la Sierra, a relic of the Renaissance. Tonight, we’ll enjoy a farewell dinner.

Meals: Breakfast/ Gourmet Picnic/ Dinner
Destinations visited:  Sepúlveda, La Matilla, La Velilla & Pedraza
Distance cycled: 38 km / 23.5 miles

Day Six: Pedraza – Segovia - Madrid
Say adios to new friends made. Our guides will transfer you back to Madrid stopping along the way to visit Segovia, an exquisite town filled with stunning architecture and fabulous shopping.

Meal: Breakfast
Destination visited: Segovia & Madrid                
Accomplished: Total Satisfaction!

TRIP TOTAL: 178KM/ 110.2 MILES, averaging 42km/ 26 miles per day. Optional longer rides available each day.

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