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    Start Burgos.

    Fly to Bilbao; transfer to Burgos (approx. 1h30m). Burgos is the former capital of Castile and home to the impressive Cathedral, an outstanding example of Gothic architecture, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984. In Burgos we have a chance to visit the splendid Gothic Cathedral (7 Euros payable locally) and to enjoy the local “Pinchos” that are typically had with a wine in the lively bars.

  • 2

    Cycle into the Ebro Valley from Sala de los Infantes to Viniegra de Abajo.

    In the morning we set up our bikes before heading north into the Sierra de la Demanda Mountains and make our way towards the Ebro Valley. After a couple of short climbs we have a long descent all the way down to our overnight accommodation in Viniegra de Abajo.

  • 3

    Follow the Najerilla River to the monastery of Valvanera; continue to San Millan de la Cogolla.

    Today we have a spectacular ride which mainly follows the Najerilla River. We make a small detour to cycle up a valley to the remote monastery of Valvanera before continuing to the town of San Millan de la Cogolla. Here we can visit its impressive monastery which is home to the first records of the Spanish language.

  • 4

    Cycle through the heart of the wine region; visit the wine museum in Briones and an amazing winery in Haro.

    Today we officially enter the wine growing region of La Rioja as we make our way towards the small town of Briones where we visit the museum of wine and culture and the Bodega de Disasia Vivanco (€9 payable locally). From here we get back on the bikes and continue to our overnight destination of Haro; this town is home to many of the most famous wineries in La Rioja so once checked in to our accommodation we will go and visit one and maybe try a glass or two of wine.

  • 5

    Stunning ride alongside the Ebro River; afternoon visit to the Marques de Riscal wine estate.

    Today we cycle through beautiful small villages and across the main wine growing region of La Rioja as we continue to follow the Ebro River. Today’s ride ends in the fascinating town of Laguardia where we visit the famous Marques de Riscal winery to take a tour around the spectacular building which was designed by Frank Gehry in a similar style to his most famous building, the Gugghenheim Museum.

  • 6

    Circular ride from Laguardia via Logrono, the capitol of the La Rioja region.

    For our final day on the bikes we head to the capital of the Rioja region, Logrono. Here we will go for lunch on the well known street of Calle Laurel and indulge in the amazing Tapas and Pinchos. After lunch we complete our ride back to Logrono to get changed and go out for an evening meal.

  • 7

    Morning transfer to Bilbao; explore the city at your own pace.

    After breakfast we transfer to the centre of Bilbao (approx. 1.5hrs), upon arrival we can check into our hotel before heading out into the city where we have a free day to explore. Surrounded by green mountains, Bilbao has to be one of the prettiest cities in the world and the views from the bridges over the river are truly spectacular. We recommend visiting some of the famous sights like the Guggenheim Museum, the old quarter of the Casco Viejo, the Santiago Cathedral, the Basilica of Begona and the Plaza Nueva. Or spend the day wondering the old streets and sampling food from the many amazing restaurants and cafes. In the evening we will go out for a final meal as a group and maybe a few celebratory drinks.

  • 8

    Transfer to Bilbao airport; fly home.

    After breakfast the trip ends in Bilbao.

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