LA RIOJA GRAVEL WEEKEND

Min. 4 people Guided by ex-pros

Ride with us on a luxury weekend, enjoying La Rioja, paired with local gastronomy & culture

LevelCustomizable
Duration2 days | 2 nights
PriceContact us

HIGHLIGHTS

Discover La Rioja riding with local ex-professional athletes, who will take you on the most hidden gravel routes, where you will admire the most amazing scenery.

Enjoy the most exclusive culinary experience, savouring the typical Basque cuisine in top restaurants and delighting in the tasting menu of an award-winning Michelin star restaurant.

Enjoy a tasting of the most exquisite wines of the area.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ITINERARY

Program

  • Arrival in Bilbao and transfer from the airport to the hotel by private vehicle.
  • Welcome and reception at Hotel Viura, located in Villabuena de Álava, by the Bizi Cycle Tours team.
  • Briefing of the program for the weekend and the bike tours and routes.
  • Delivery of the welcome kit: Bizi Cycle Tours bottle.
  • Check-in.

Hotel Viura

Program

  • Breakfast at the hotel in Rioja Alavesa.
  • Equipment set-up before starting the route (gravel bicycles)
  • Departure by bike: Rioja Alavesa gravel route.
  • A support van will always be available to provide technical assistance and snacks, as well as transportation through any section of the route if you do not wish to continue pedaling.
  • Lunch on the route, including fresh products, drinks, healthy snacks.
  • Visit to a winery in Rioja Alavesa.
  • Dinner at a restaurant in Rioja Alavesa.

 

Stage 1 – Rioja Alavesa (gravel)

Today we will pedal through unique landscapes, seas of vineyards, whose coloration is completely different throughout the year. Small family wineries and large avant-garde buildings such as the spectacular Marqués de Riscal winery, designed by the famous architect Frank Gehry.

Monumental and charming villages such as the medieval town of Laguardia. Capital of Rioja Alavesa, it was founded in the 10th century as a defense of the Kingdom of Navarre and preserves its medieval layout almost intact. It is a walled town that in the past was an important watchtower.

Laguardia is full of wineries and it will not be difficult for you to check it by visiting the cellars of some hotel and catering establishments. One of the main attractions of this town is being able to access its cellars. But what are they? They are caves that undermine the ground of Laguardia and other medieval villages of this region in the south of the Basque Country, bordering La Rioja, and have traditionally been used to house wine cellars.

We will go around the Laguardia Lagoons, a Protected Biotope located in the heart of Rioja Alavesa. This lagoon complex is extraordinarily interesting, both from a geological point of view and for the peculiar flora and fauna it hosts. In addition, it is located in an almost exclusively wine-producing region, and has an enormous wealth of archaeological sites in the surrounding area: the Poblado de la Hoya and the dolmen of the Chabola de la Hechicera, among many others.

Program

  • Breakfast at the Hotel in Rioja Alavesa.
  • Equipment set-up before starting the route (gravel bicycles).
  • Departure by bike: Rioja Alavesa gravel route.
  • A support van will always be available to provide technical assistance and snacks, as well as transportation through any section of the route if you do not wish to continue pedaling.
  • Lunch en route, including fresh produce, drinks, healthy snacks.
  • Transfer to Bilbao airport by private vehicle.

 

Stage 2 – Rioja Alavesa (gravel) – Bilbao

In this stage we will enjoy the charm that these natural environments offer and we will know the history of its villages through its rich heritage: dolmens, a Celtiberian well, prehistoric settlements and cave presses.

We will pass through vineyards where we can stroll and relax, while we discover some of the most charming villages in the area, such as Samaniego, an obligatory stop at the foot of the Sierra de Toloño.

From there, we will continue to Ábalos, which stands out for its monumental heritage with a careful structure of narrow streets and beautiful stone manor houses, as well as for the surrounding landscapes, until we reach Labastida, a town that bases its economy on wine, a fundamental pillar.

We will return through a network of fun roads parallel to the Ebro River, the longest in Spain, enjoying San Vicente de la Sonsierra, a walled town located on top of a hill, created in the tenth century as a fortress and has a very important historical and ethnographic heritage.

 

DATES

AVAILABLE ALL YEAR

On Demand | Please request your suitable tour dates

WHAT’S INCLUDED

Included

Accommodation

  • 2 nights in a double room at the 4-star Viura Hotel located in Villabuena de Álava.
  • Transfer to and from the airport in a private van.

Meals

  • Breakfast made on the spot at the Viura Hotel.
  • Two lunches on the road, including fresh products, drinks, and healthy snacks.
  • A dinner at a restaurant in Rioja Alavesa.

Gear

  • Welcome kit, including a Bizi Cycle Tours water bottle.

Support

  • A bilingual guide (English-Spanish) with lots of experience and knowledge of the area. Our guides are ex-professional athletes.
  • There is always a support van available to provide technical assistance, refreshments, and transportation for any part of the route that you don’t want to cycle through.
  • Daily bicycle cleaning.

Activities-Souvenirs

  • Visit to a winery in Rioja Alavesa.
  • Personalised photo album of the tour.

Not included

  • Bike rental.
  • Flight tickets to and from Bilbao.
  • Other activities not included in the package and not organized by Bizi Cycle Tours.
  • Accommodation before and after the end of the tour.
  • Personal shopping during the tour.

Minimum 4 people. Check group rates with us.

HOTELS

Hotel Viura

Hotel Viura Rioja Alavesa 4*

This design hotel is located in Villabuena de Álava, in the Rioja Alavesa wine region. It offers free Wi-Fi, and a rooftop terrace with views of the Sierra de Cantabria. Regular wine tasting sessions are organized, as well as visits to nearby wineries. Rooms at the Viura have a minibar with free sparkling and still mineral water, heating, and air conditioning.

The Viura enjoys an ideal location for touring La Rioja, 20 minutes from Logroño and Haro. Hotel Viura have free access to a public swimming pool located next to the hotel. Various massage treatments are also offered.

BICYCLES FOR RENT

BH CORE GRAVELX CARBON 2.6

BH Core Gravelx Carbon 2.6

So lightweight, that you won’t believe that it’s an e-bike. Its frame is made of carbon, with the technology used in the frames of BH’s high-end road bike range.

This bike has a significant autonomy (165Km and up to 220Km) thanks to a combination of low motor consumption and a 540Wh battery.

The Core display is fully integrated into the stem and it features a button that allows you to increase or reduce the assistance level, through an LED colour system.

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