Home to one of the largest number of Michelin-starred restaurants in the world, it is a foodie’s paradise, and precisely why Bike Basque has chosen it as a perfect setting for an eight-day, gourmet cycling tour. The Basque Country is not only famous for its landscapes and lifestyle, but also for its celebrated cuisine! Home to one of the largest number of Michelin-starred restaurants in the world, it is a foodie's paradise, and precisely why Bike Basque has chosen it to provide you with an eight-day, gourmet cycling tour.
- 7 days/6 nights accomodation in quality 3 star hotels
- Full-board (7 breakfasts; lunches “en route” and dinners)
- Professional guides that know the routes
- Support car
- Transportation of your personal belongings
- Snack and drink during your cycling tour
- A Bike Basque package with jersey
- 9 climbs in the Pyrenees
- 11000 m elevation gain
- 480 km of cycling
Arrival in the Basque Country (Biarritz or San Sebastian airports).
After your transfer to the spectacular Hotel Parador de Hondarribia, the Basque Bike staff will introduce themselves and go over the routes, hotels, restaurants, and safety procedures as you cycle through the Basque Country before responding to any questions left unanswered. Gift bags that include a Bike Basque cycling jersey, water bottles and road book will be distributed to each guest, and for those who have chosen to rent a bike from Bike Basque, we will assist in setting it up to your specs. Once completed, you will have the time to discover the charming cobblestone streets of the old town.
Hotel: Paradores Hondarribia****
The first day will be spent spend riding from Hondarribia to Guetaria on a route comprised of two superb climbs, the Jaizkibel and the Igueldo, that will provide breathtaking views as you cycling along the Atlantic coastline and through the city of San Sebastian, or “Donostia” as it is called in Basque language.
Similar to yesterday, today you will be following the coastline, ascending and descending the bordering mountains as you pedal from Guetaria to the impressive Castillo de Arteaga. This route will drop you into delightful fishing villages such as Deba or Lekeitio, and provide constant stunning landscape views when climbing through the Basque Country toward the day’s final captivating destination.
Hotel: Castillo de Arteaga****
Yet another beautiful day awaits you on the magnificent Basque Country coastline as you turn your legs from the Castillo de Arteaga to Durango, passing throught Gernica, city that gave its name to one of Pablo Picasso’s most critically acclaimed paintings, a powerful piece of art that portrays the chaos, assault and struggles of the people after the city was bombed during WW II.
Hotel: Gran Hotel Domine****
Today we head inland as we cycle through the Basque Country from Durango to Oñati, or the “place of many hills” in Basque language. What a perfect name to describe the lush undulating landscape that surrounds this city on three sides. Small roads pass through verdant valleys, and even by some lakes, en route to tonight’s hotel, the Torre Zumultzegi which overlooks the historic mediaeval town of Oñati.
Hotel: Torre Zumeltzegi***
Today’s route from Oñati to Bidania-Goiatz is quite hilly, but the ride through the lavish green Basque countryside will be divine, and all of your efforts will be well rewarded by an extraordinary gastronomic experience at the “Iriarte Jauregia” Hotel in Bidania-Goiatz. This exceptional natural landscape is the guarantee of equally exceptional products and your forthcoming dining experience.
Hotel: Iriarte Jauregia****
The week has flown by!
Day seven is here, and we will be of riding from Bidania-Goiatz to San Sebastian through more splendid plush valleys and mountain passes of the Basque Country as we head back toward the coast. The day ends with a long descent through the woods toward San Sebastian where our luxury cycling tour through the Basque Country comes to an end.
Hotel: Villa Soro****
After a delicious breakfast, we will leave San Sebastian together. Bike Basque will drive you to your departure travel arrangements in Biarritz.