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Basque Country to Andalucia Explorer - North to South

Guided Road Bike Tour

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Spain

Basque Country to Andalucia Explorer - North to South

Guided Road Bike Tour

Grade

1
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5

Duration

21 days

Prices from

$4,790 P.P.
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Most of us know about Spain’s great weather and you probably something about Spanish culture, flamenco, bull fighting and the infectious fun loving attitude of the locals. You may have tasted tapas, manchego cheese and spicy chorizo.
But how well do we really know it? Many know the north and south are mountainous and think the middle is one huge plain! Think again, this journey heads through an untold number of sierras, the most significant being the Cordillera Cantabrica, the spectacular Sierras de Guadarrama and Gredos that envelope Madrid and the limestone splendor of the Nieves and Grazalema ranges in Andalucia.
The Vuelta a España has been running since 1935 and the whole country is a road cyclists’ paradise with untold amounts spent on ‘upgrading’ rural roads into smooth, flowing ribbons of asphalt. The road cycling tradition and culture is an integral part of life in Spain, with fantastic, empty roads winding their way through stunning sierras.
It’s certainly a bumpy ride but we do try to keep climbing to a minimum whilst still taking you on the most spectacular route. This is certainly no pass bagging trip, but one which links the very different provinces of Spain, giving you the chance to be seduced by the ever-changing geography, flavors and culture this proud country has on offer.
Days in the saddle will be linked by planned drink stops in local bars, al fresco lunches of the best produce in the region and stays in a wonderful hotels including monasteries, olive farms and historical buildings which put the topping on this very Spanish torta!
A longer version of our 16 Day Del Norte al Sur that has 17 days of cycling and 2 rest days in the enchanting cities of Segovia and Cordoba. The route is a more forgiving ride but equally as stunning and finishes in the stunning city of Malaga, famed for its great museums and fantastic seafood.

Highlights

  • Starting in style with a Pintxos tour in elegant San Sebastian
  • Cycling through the vineyards & dramatic mountains of Rioja
  • San Millan Monastery, the birthplace of the Spanish language
  • Seduced by Segovia with its castle and cathedral
  • Descending from the Sierras to the charming beauty of Cordoba
  • Finishing your ride in style at the fun loving city of Malaga

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We take away many great memories from our 865-mile bike ride; the spectacular scenery, the imposing sierras, the quaint villages, the fabulous Saddle Skedaddle guides, the wholesome picnic lunches and the company of some lovely fellow cyclists! We could see the guides putting a lot of time and effort into the planning of each day.

Bettina, UK

Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival: Billbao Airport
Non Riding Day

The departure point for our epic journey is the Basque city of San Sebastian, or Donostia to the locals, which sits on the Bay of Biscay a little over 20km from the French border.

In the evening you will have a chance to meet your guides and fellow Skedaddlers and sample some typical Pinchos as you wander the narrow streets of Casco Viejo, the charming historic centre of the city. There are no tapas here! That’s Spanish rather than Basque and instead it is Pinchos – delicious toppings placed on fresh bread held together by cocktail sticks.

Day 2
San Sebastian to Lekunberri
46 Miles / 74Kms Approx
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch
  • Ascent: 1,500 Metres Approx.

The main objective today is to break your legs in gently and get over the Cordillera Cantabrica, the rolling green natural barrier that runs along the Atlantic north. The gradients are generally gentle and by the time we arrive in the lovely village of Lekunberri you will have made a significant start on your journey south.

We sneak out of central San Sebastian on an asphalt cycleway by the river before taking on a busier section through the suburbs of Astigarraga and Hernani. After leaving the coast we leave any heavy traffic behind and head out on quiet lanes with little other company than local cyclists and the occasional car as the route winds upwards alongside the Rio Umrumea.

The route passes over a series of small cols during the day, the Alto de Uitzi being the high point at 810 metres, an ideal place to have a relaxing picnic of tasty local produce. The lanes around this area are surprisingly tranquil and the views fantastic. Already the coastline feels a world away.

A last curvaceous descent brings us to the centre of the Navarran Larráun valley at the foot of the beautiful Aralar range and the pretty town of Lekunberri, our hime for the night. Our hotel is a traditional inn serving fabulous Navarran mountain cuisine and local wine.

Day 3
Lekunberri to Logroño
69 Miles / 112 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch
  • Ascent: 1,550 Metres Approx.

The day begins with a gentle glide down a tree lined valley before we take on the climb of the day, the crossing of the edge of the stunning Urbasa and Andina natural park.

The route passes over a series of small cols during the day, the highest being the Alto de Guembe (920m). The roads are superb and the descent out of the sierra is pure magic as it snakes down the mountainside to Estella.

Estella has a well preserved old town with a beautiful plaza major and church and is a key resting place for pilgrims on their journey to Santiago de Compostella.

During the afternoon the terrain is more forgiving as the route heads into La Rioja, Spain’s most famous wine producing region. We’ll pass Bodegas Irache, where there’s a Fuente del Vino as well as a wine museum. Free wine pours out of a tap at the vineyard to refresh passing pilgrims, though we would advise not filling you water bottle this early in the day!

Riding past the limestone ridges of the Sierra Santiago de Loquiz to the north we enjoy a welcome gentle descent along the River Ega valley into Rioja region where wine has been a way of life for centuries. The route climbs a little on minor roads affording a great view of vineyards and the Sierra de la Demanda in the distance where we will be in a few days.

Riding through a beautiful blanket of vines, we will arrive at the Camino stage-post town of Viana and we’ll meander through lanes for the final kilometres to our destination for the evening, Logrono, the capital of Rioja.

Logrono is gaining a culinary reputation to rival anywhere in Spain and no visit to the town would be complete without a visit to Calle del Laurel which showcases the best pincho and tapas bars in the area. A great chance to go shoulder to shoulder with the locals, soak up some fantastic Riojan atmosphere and wash down local culinary delights with fruity red ‘de la tierra’, while getting to know your riding ‘amigos’ for the journey.

Day 4
Logroño to San Millan de la Cogolla
35 Miles / 56 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch
  • Ascent: 850 Metres Approx.

Our day in the saddle begins by following the Camino de Santiago. We will leave the city via the ‘Puerta del Camino’ and head into the seemingly endless vineyards of Rioja; quiet, single lane strips of asphalt lead us through pretty sandstone villages, heading towards the dark, looming Sierras de Cebollera. By mid-morning we’ll reach the tiny village of Ventosa, which has been offering travellers refreshments for hundreds of years; with never-ending views across the Ebro plains it’s a fitting spot for a break.

Our route proceeds West and a steady descent on winding roads leads us into the dramatically located medieval town of Nájera where the Rio Najerilla is an ideal shady spot for a sumptuous picnic lunch of local delicacies (there might even be time to stretch out under the shade of a tree for a rejuvenating siesta before heading out on the final miles of the ride!). Next we’ll continue onto the medieval villages of Codovin and Villar de Torre before a final steady climb brings us to the majestic monasteries of San Millan de Cogolla, guarded by the towering peak of San Lorenzo (2,270 m).

San Millán de la Cogolla, site of the Suso and Yuso monasteries which were declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO, is known for being the birthplace of the first written words in Spanish. The setting of the Yuso monastery is exquisite and, lucky for you, comprises your hotel for the night. There will be time for a tour of the monastery this evening followed by tasting the local Bodegas Moreno reds in the hotel bar, not forgetting the chance to sample some Riojan culinary delights.

Day 5
San Milan de la Cogolla to Quintanilla de la Sierra
47 Miles / 77 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch
  • Ascent: 1,150 Metres Approx.

Following a relaxing breakfast it’s time to head deeper into the La Demanda Mountains. Leaving our hotel, the views across the Ebro Valley, to the Cordillera Cantabrica mountains, are splendid as we wind our way through foothills and farmlands, before dropping into the beautiful Najarilla Valley. The dramatic road weaves us up the valley, passing the Anguiano monastery. Creeping further away from the fertile Ebro Valley, the mountains become ever more enclosed around us, until we reach the Mansilla Reservoir.

The ride now takes us on a beautiful climb up through a twisted narrow canyon, taking us high into the Demanda mountain range. As we cross into the Castille y Leon province, the road eases into a beautiful glacial valley before arriving in the small, picturesque village of Neila, an ideal spot for lunch by its cooling spring. The village is isolated and takes a privileged spot in the middle of a vast wilderness, surrounded by mountains.

The objective of the afternoon is the long but steady climb to Puerto el Collado at 1,400m in the Sierra de la Nela. All that’s left now is a swooping descent down through pines to our home for the night, Quintanilla de la Sierra.

Peace and tranquility are simply oozing from the walls of the family run hotel and the owners know a thing or two about feeding weary travellers!

Day 6
Quintanilla de la Sierra to Penaranda del Duero
42 Miles / 68 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch
  • Ascent: 500 Metres Approx.

The morning will take us on a roller-coaster ride through the isolated pine forests of perfect asphalt snaking it’s way to San Leonardo for a morning break.

Then we descend into the Parque Natural Canon del Rio Lobos. A series of dramatic switchbacks plunges you into the bottom of the impressive limestone canyon created by the river Ucero.

The climb out of the Canyon is the last real climb of the day, as the route drops steadily through farm land and vines to the lengthy river, the Rio Duero, that arrives at the Atlantic in the Portugese city of Porto.

Ribera del Duero, a vast and arid fine wine region punctuated with Crusader castles and mile after mile of vineyards is home to some of Spain’s most sought after and applauded wines.

The vineyards of Ribera del Duero stretch intermittently for more than 70 miles along the River Duero. These sprawling lands feature a mix of different soils, exposures and elevations — some as high as a half-mile above sea level. The semi-arid terrain, ample amounts of sunlight and extreme temperature swings from day to night — sometimes a 50-plus degree difference — create optimal ripening conditions for the Tempranillo grapes that define Ribera del Duero wines’ distinctive character.

During the evening there will be change to taste the wines of this popular wine region.

Day 7
Penaranda del Duero to Sepulveda
47 Miles / 76 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch
  • Ascent: 800 Metres Approx.

Another forgiving day on the bike with a few climbs coming early in the day. We’ll head east to cross the Duero before continuing our journey south through the Natural Park of Rio Riaza with arid rolling landscape and huge skies.

The beautiful medieval village of Maderuelo that sits above the River Riaza is a deal spot for a relaxing break before we push onto the next area of outstanding beauty and the Natural park of Rio Duracion and the impressive town of Sepulveda.

Situated on a grand fortified rock surrounded by hills and plains eroded by the sun and the winds, Sepulveda is famous for offering some of the best roasts of Castile.

Declared a Historic-Artistic Site in 1951, Sepúlveda reflects the influence of the Romanesque style in its monuments and streets, dating back to its era of greatest splendour in the 11th to 12th centuries. Sepulveda is the site of the first Romanesque church constructed in the province, El Salvador Church, dating back to 1093.

Day 8
Sepulveda to Segovia
42 Miles / 69 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch
  • Ascent: 900 Metres Approx.

This is the last day in the saddle before the first scheduled rest day of the trip. We ride through the southern most are of the Castile y Leon province with vast rolling grazing lands, holm oak forests and imposing views if larger sierras in the distance, giving a feeling of incredible space and vastness.

The route is punctuated by tiny hamlets and villages with culture steeped in herding, often transhumance, where herds of sheep are taken to the lush green sierras of the north in summer, away from these parched lands.

It’s a relaxing ride and one that ends in the enchanting city of Segovia where we can rest for two nights. Segovia is a wonderful place to spend time and has an abundance of great restaurants and be sure to try the regional speciality, suckling pig!

Day 9
Rest Day - Segovia
Non Riding Day
  • Meals: Breakfast

No need to think about the bike today, rest your legs, do some washing and envelope yourself in this wonderful city.

Segovia is a place of romance, a living legacy of the past set in an inspiring setting perched on a rocky hilltop. This historic walled town reveals its rich cultural heritage with its stunning views and magnificent monuments such as the ancient Roman aqueduct, fairy-tale castle, awe-inspiring cathedral, exquisite Romanesque churches, and mystical atmospheric medieval world of cobblestone streets, ancient alleyways, and charming squares.

Day 10
Segovia to Avíla
57 Miles / 93 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch
  • Ascent: 1,025 Metres Approx.

On rested legs we have a longer day on the bike, skirting the northern flanks of the dramatic Sierra de Guadarrama.

We start with easy kms past wheat fields waving in the breeze and cultivated pasture, sparsely populated with holm and cork oak. The climbs arrive towards the end of the day as we head into the foothill of the western edge of the Guaderrama, along pine lined quiet lanes and plains with never ending views.

It’s a forgiving day after a rest and ends in beautiful Avila and gazing down at the World Heritage city looks like something out of a storybook or fantasy movie. It’s a special place to spend the night and a city that prides itself in what it puts on the table. Roast meats, bean stews and fabulous pastries are on every menu.

Day 11
Ávila to Arenas San Pedro
56 Miles / 90 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch
  • Ascent: 1,550 Metres Approx.

South of Ávila, the plains of Castilla yield to the precipitous Sierra de Gredos, a secret world of lakes and granite mountains rising up to the Pico de Almanzor (2592m). While the occasional castle or sanctuary may catch the eye, the overriding appeal is the scenery.

The day is a day of 2 passes, 2 climbs and 2 descents. The first is the gentle Puerto de Navalmoral at 1513m and then we tackle the Collado de Serranillos, the highest point of the trip at 1,580m. Though the climb is long is is fairly gentle and easily manageable with a steady approach. The rewards are well worth it though, with breathtaking views and an amazing descent sweeping downwards, clinging onto the hillside and losing nearly 1,000m in height.

This col is a significant moment on the journey as we break through the physical barrier of the Sierra de Gredos which divides north and south Spain, with the air usually becoming instantly warmer as we take on the huge descent down to Arenas de San Pedro village, our home for the night.

Day 12
Arenas San Pedro to Oropesa
31 Miles / 50 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch
  • Ascent: 500 Metres Approx.

Once out of the foothills of the Gredos the day is short and largely downhill as we cross the vast Teitar river valley through the small region of La Vera famed for the paprika produced from its peppers. The first palm trees and orange trees of the trip also start to pop up in this fertile region sandwiched between the plains and the Sierra de Gredos.

Our destination the village of Oropesa, is dominated by its turreted 14th-century castle that looks north across the plains towards the Sierras. Parts of the old town walls survive and the village has a handful of noble mansions and a couple of Renaissance churches that are worth checking out, as well a small main square flanked by bars and restaurants.

Day 13
Oropesa to Guadalupe
52 Miles / 84 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch
  • Ascent: 1,450 Metres Approx.

Today will stand out as one of the tougher days of the trip, but the effort is more than worth it. There are three descent climbs to get your teeth into, the second, Puerto del Hospital being the most lofty at 1,099m.

After we cross the mighty Rio Tajo our route twists its way into the Sierras past sheep and lambs (the warm climate means there are two lambing seasons here) as the landscape becomes wilder and much less tamed by agriculture.

The roads are fantastic and virtually traffic fee creating a relaxed meandering ride as we make our way towards the town of Guadalupe. It is a popular tourist town nestled in the Sierras of the same name which attract village pilgrims who come to visit its churches, monastery and famed black virgin.

Day 14
Guadalupe to Siruela
55 Miles / 89 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch
  • Ascent: 900 Metres Approx.

We are now in central Extremedura, known for its harsh winters and searing summers. The landscape is dramatic giving an incredible sense of space and an ‘out there’ feeling.

Quiet backroads lead us to the vast, picturesque Garcia de Sola reservoir and across its dam. Many rivers in this dry area are dammed so that water supplies last through the summer. After the reservoir the road undulates through the Sierra de Siruela on a stunning minor road which sees little traffic.

We stay in rural accommodation in the tiny village of Siruela, with quaint village square.

Day 15
Siruela to Dos Torres
57 Miles / 92 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch
  • Ascent: 1,000 Metres Approx.

During the freshness of the early morning the route takes us through the devout village Sancti Spiritus before dropping on smooth asphalt to cross the huge Sirena Reservoir. Passing many small villages and the curiously named Belalcazar topped by its impressive castle.

The route rolls through farm lands abd holm oak and wild olive clad hillsides. After the village of Cabeza del Buey we pass into Andalucia and our final province of the trip. This far north, Andalucia is carpeted in rolling dehesa, Mediterranean scrub and abundant agarvi cactus, and it feels a world away from the Basque country. We are now closer to Africa than our start point!

We will rest and refuel in the pretty village square of Dos Torres.

Day 16
Dos Torres to Cordoba
69 Miles / 112 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch
  • Ascent: 1,800 Metres Approx.

This is an incredibly rewarding day in the saddle, it is also one of the longest days with the most metres of climbing. The ride is first class along roads that roller coaster their way past the Puente Nueva dam and into the wild Parque Natural de Hornachuelos with abundant wild fauna.

This rural route is occasionally interrupted by immaculate whitewashed villages such as Villarta, a maze of narrow streets with an immaculate square and church at the centre.

The route descends on a twisting, flowing road which dances and winds round corners to take you to the Guadalquivir River and the majestic, historical Cordoba.

Day 17
Rest Day - Cordoba
Non Riding Day
  • Meals: Breakfast

A rest day in the birth place of Spanish Flamenco – a UNESCO World Heritage listed city that is a curious mix of Moorish and Catholic architectural wizardry.

You’ll have plenty of time to have a wander around one of the true wonders of Andalucia, the Mezquita as well as discovering the city’s mix of Jewish and Arab culture and its medieval architecture, whitewashed courtyards, winding alleys and leafy squares.

After a late afternoon siesta you can head out for dinner in one of the famous ‘Patios de Cordoba’ and why not top off the evening with the delights of a traditional Flamenco show? But don’t overdo it, you still have 3 days left on the bike.

Day 18
Córdoba to Zuheros
50 Miles / 82 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch
  • Ascent: 1,225 Metres Approx.

Well rested we head south deeper into Andalucia. Firstly through sunflower filled fields and then through the largest olive producing area in the world, its sea of olive trees blanketing the rolling hills beyond.

After 40km we pass through Baena where the pungent aroma of olive pressing fills the air. The town is at the centre of the high grade olive oil industry and we may see some hand pickers at work here.

The route then takes us to Zuheras on the northern edge of the Parque Natural Sierras Subbéticas, Zuheros sits in a supremely picturesque location, its tangle of white streets and crag-top castle crouching in the lee of towering limestone cliffs with olive groves stretching away below as far as the eye can see.

The village square is the perfect place to sit and watch the evening sun go down over Andalusian specialities and wine.

Day 19
Zuheros to Riofrio
56 Miles / 90 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch
  • Ascent: 1,550 Metres Approx.

After breakfast we will quickly be in the peace of the Andalucian countryside. The back lanes thread a trail past impressive rock formations through Sierra Subbetica. The day is classic Andaluz; a cocktail of parched craggy sierras, olive and almond groves and fortified white-washed villages.

We’ll stop for a morning break in Priego de Cordoba perched on an escarpment overlooking the rolling mountainsides and after lunch the route takes us deeper into this stunning sierra. Here dramatic peaks are home to southern Spain’s largest breeding colony of griffon vulture, as well as Bonnelli and Booted eagles.

Tonight we stay in peaceful rural accommodation in the mountains, to relax and gather our thoughts for the last step to Malaga.

Day 20
Riofrio to Malaga
46 Miles / 74 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch
  • Ascent: 1,150 Metres Approx.

This is the last day of our journey together, day 17 across Spain and one savour! It’s an incredibly fun ride with a big downhill bias, which, it would be fair to say, you’ve earnt it!

Our first objective is to cross the Puerto de Alazores at 1051 metres, a very steady warm up from the hotel in the shadow of Maroma mountainside looming over a thousand metres above.

The area is pure Andalucia, abundant in olive and almond groves, goat herds and country folk going about their business on cared for smallholdings. The mountainsides are rugged, craggy and dry with herbaceous scrub, shaded by sparse wild olive and holm oak and crowned by deep blue skies.

We’ll descend to Alfarnate for a morning break at a road side inn or Venta that claims to be the oldest in Andalusia before climbing into the imposing Montes de Malaga.

We head into the wilds on a back lane passing ancient villages seemingly lost in time, our wheels effortlessly meandering through magnificent scenery as we catch glimpses of the azure Mediterranean way below.

At the top of our last climb at Puerto de Leon at 905 metres we stop for our last lunch together before a terrific descent to the city of Malaga and the Mediterranean.

It’s time to congratulate yourselves and fellow travellers and celebrate in Malaga style with chilled wine and seafood!

Day 21
Departure: Malaga Airport
Non Riding Day
  • Meals: Breakfast

It’s time to pack your bags for the last time and say farewell to your fellow travellers as we transfer you to Malaga airport.

Why not stay a few days in Malaga?

Malaga is a great place to relax and unwind after three weeks on the road and if you think the Costa del Sol is soulless, you clearly haven’t been here!

Loaded with history and brimming with a youthful vigour that proudly acknowledges its multi-layered past, the city that gave the world Picasso has transformed itself in spectacular fashion in the last decade, with half a dozen new art galleries, a great port area and Soho – an uber cool art district.

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The Cycling

Terrain

When crossing such a mountainous country we will inevitably take in some climbs as we cross several mountain ranges along the way. The focus of the trip however is on the journey rather than col-bagging, so all of the climbs will be manageable for a regular road cyclist, without the severity of the climbing dished up in our mountain challenge road trips.

The asphalt is generally in good condition but given the distance we are covering it is best to go for a harder compound tyre to minimise wear and punctures.

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Road Cycling Grade

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Grade 3: Moderate

45-60 miles / 70-95 kms per day

For riders with experience, good fitness & a decent level of skill

Some features that may be experienced more frequently in a higher grade tour

Most days include a couple of significant climbs

Some long days & some steep to very steep sections

Not for beginners

Our grading guidelines have been carefully created based on our many years of cycling experience, as well as customer feedback from our trips. Of course, if you're still struggling to figure out where you fit on the scale, do feel free to give us a quick call and we'll be more than happy to help!

For more information about our grading system click here.

Is this suitable for you?

You’re definitely not a novice rider, you’re fit, you ride regularly at weekends, sometimes staying on the bike for much of the day, you love your bike! You also enjoy a challenge and if you haven’t already done so you’re keen to attempt a semi-serious to serious mountain pass or two. You’re as comfortable with the prospect of descending from the top of a col as you are with the idea of climbing it and you’re confident that you have the skills to do so safely. You’re not necessarily a “racer” but you can crank up the pace a little when it’s necessary and you don’t mind forgoing a coffee stop if the schedule demands it occasionally. You probably own and use clipless pedals. You have good control of your bike and can take a drink from a water bottle without having to unclip and put your feet on the ground. Whilst you find a full day in the saddle fulfilling you’re not obsessed and as much as you are looking forward to the riding on your holiday, you’re also looking forward to a little local culture and cuisine. Grade 3 would be a good option for you.

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Private Departures

Private Departures

Are you keen to only travel with your family or friends? Struggling to find the right date? Well, we can organise a private departure for this tour and tailor aspects to suit your group's specific needs. Contact our friendly team and we'll help you turn your dream into reality.

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Start Date
* 25/04/2021
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15/05/2021
Duration
21 days
Price
$4,790.00
Start Date
29/08/2021
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18/09/2021
Duration
21 days
Price
$4,790.00

Whats Included Tick

A) Accommodation (shared twin / double en suite rooms)

B) Meals as per itinerary – B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

C) Full tour service, including Skedaddle guides

D) Unless stated, at least one leader qualified in First Aid

E) Support vehicle and luggage transfers

F) Airport transfer on scheduled arrival day from Bilbao airport (BIO)

G) Airport transfer on scheduled departure day to Malaga airport (AGP)

What's not Included Cross

A) Bike hire (available if required)

B) Flights

C) Charges for travelling with your bike (if applicable)

D) Meals not stated in the itinerary

E) Single room (available if required)

F) Travel insurance

G) Personal clothing and equipment

H) Personal expenditure (souvenirs, bar bills etc.)

I) Entrance fees to museums and other attractions en route

J) Airport transfers on days other than the scheduled arrival / departure days

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The Essentials

Travel Options

Group airport transfers are included in the cost of your holiday. To join the airport transfer on arrival, you’ll need to arrive into Bilbao airport (BIO) by 12:00, for a 12:30 transfer.

At the end of the tour we will transfer the group to Malaga airport (AGP), with an estimated arrival time of 09:30 – please consider this when booking your return travel and allow enough time to check in for your chosen flight.

Group airport transfers are included in the holiday cost and both the arrival and return transfers will be co-ordinated with the group flight schedule. Please note – If you make travel arrangements that fall outside of the scheduled transfer windows, there may be an additional charge for individual transfers.

We will provide you with details of suitable flight schedules as the flight timetables become available. Please check with us before booking any flights, to make sure we have reached the minimum number required to guarantee your holiday and to ensure your flights fit with our scheduled transfers.

Accommodation

As with all of our trips we aim to use accommodation which showcases the style and hospitality of the area you are visiting. We always have comfort and convenience in mind when selecting such places.

Bike Hire

If you have opted to hire then your bike will typically be a Giant Contend with Giant/Liv Avails (alu frames) available for those preferring a women’s specific frame. They are great bikes with good quality components and generally come equipped with at least one bottle cage, a saddle bag and a small pump. We can also include a helmet which should be requested at time of booking. Please note that your bike will come with flat pedals as standard, so please do bring your own if you use clip-in pedals.

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