7 Days Luxury Culinary and Cycling Holiday in Pamplona, Spain

Breathtaking Cycling Holiday in Spain

Enjoy this exceptional cycling tour where you will get to witness the picturesque Navarre, a territory on the one hand full of history; remains of Roman towns, medieval fortresses, monasteries, castles, combined with the tranquility of the territory makes Navarre an absolutely exceptional place for cycling. Not only you will get an amazing cycling experience, this holiday also includes gastronomic experiences in which you will be served as guest of the culinary creations of some of the most renowned gourmets of the city.

Key information

  • Trip type: Guided
  • Terrain: Mountainous and paved
  • Difficulty level: Moderate (Cyclist needs to have a good level of fitness, terrain is mostly hilly or unpaved but they will ride on flat terrain sometime,31-45 miles per day) and Challenging (Cyclist needs to have high level of fitness, must be an active rider, the terrain includes really challenging climbs/or 46-80 or more miles per day)

Highlights

  • Bike tour in Navarre
  • Local gastronomical experience
  • Chance to explore Pyrenees and mythical ports
  • Explore the castles and monasteries
  • 6 nights' accommodation
  • Daily meals and drinks

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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Gym
  • Spa

Hotel Alma Pamplona Muga de Beloso is a unique building located a few minutes from the city center. A privileged location that allows you to enjoy both an urban environment and the most varied nature.

There are fitness area and spa in the hotel where you can enjoy spa facilities, unless you want to continue with the static bike or with the exercise machines. You can also hire a massage service. There are numerous spaces and elegant environments where to "get lost". The Hotel bets on a luxury and at the same time goes unnoticed pampers every detail.

The design hotel has 59 rooms with the modern and avant-garde style that has its own personality, exquisite bar service, and a good selection of spaces to carry out the briefing and plan the activity for the following day.

Program

The level of difficulty is chosen by the users and the routes are agreed during the same stage according to the interests of the group and of the meteorology. Navarra has a very varied geography and that also concerns the meteorological time, it is frequent that when it rains in the Pyrenees in other zones to the South it is possible to roll in dry, which generally is an option that the cyclist prefers.

The map with the routes you can see below is an indicative reference of what a 7-day stage can be. The criterion is that Pirineos PUNTO BIKE wants to "choose the best" and for this the common denominator regardless of the difficulty chosen is that you move in taxi bike to the starting point of the stage and the taxi bike will pick you up at the point where you finish the route. In this way, in some occasions the routes are circular and in others Pirineos PUNTO BIKE take interesting stages in line. Regardless of the taxibike, you have at all times a guide with the group and a support vehicle during the march.

The stage, day by day

Arrival day

In all stages of La Rioja Punto Bike, this day is considered a zero-day of the evening in which the group of cyclists arrives at the hotel. Depending on the time of arrival of the group, Pirineos PUNTO BIKE will decide if they'd make a presentation of the activity to develop in the next few days.

Stage days

  • Every day that may exist between the zero-day and the last day is considered stage-day.
  • Breakfast. The time depends on the season of the year in which you find yourselves.
  • Displacement by taxi from the hotel to the starting point of the chosen route.
  • This is the beginning of the chosen route, taking a criterion of stops according to expectations and pace of the group.
  • End of the stage, displacement by taxi from the point of completion of the stage to the hotel in Pamplona.
  • Free time in the afternoon
  • Dinner, timetable agreed with the group
  • Briefing of the cycling programme for the next day

Last day

In all stages of La Rioja Punto Bike, the check-out is established at 18:00. So, in this last day the only difference in the activity compared with a stage-day, consists in reach a consensus with the group and choose a route with a mileage that leaves a sufficient margin at the end of the day for the displacement that cyclists need to do in order to go back to their places of origin.

The activities, sport and non-sport

The daily activity in the stage varies slightly depending on the format (one, two, or three) that you are talking about. In any of the level, routes will be determined with the group during the briefing of the day prior to the realization of the activity.

Levels

  • Level 1: The routes are between 40 and 65 kilometers in length with an unevenness that can approach the 1000 meters but that normally will approach more to the 500 or 600 meters of ascent. This level can be combined with other activities of a more tourist nature such as visits to monuments, villages, wineries, natural landscapes, etc.
  • Level 2: The routes are between 65 and 110 kilometers in length with an unevenness that can oscillate between 1000 and 2500 meters.
  • Level 3: The routes are more than 110 kilometers in length and with an unevenness usually above 2500 meters of ascent.

Note: Information only for guidance. Sometimes the data will not match since, for example, Pirineos PUNTO BIKE can give level 3 to a route with a mileage or unevenness that should correspond to level 2 but in which we have to overcome a high number of sections of port with very hard slopes.

Location

In this cycling holiday, you will cycle throughout the Navarre, Spain. There are three potential stages which include Navarre North, Navarre Media, and Navarre Peripheral. Navarra North includes Pyrenees and mythical ports. Navarra Media includes castles, monasteries, banks, and inner sierras. Navarra Peripheral includes the Ebro River Bank that has developed an environment of common culture around the river.

Food

The holiday includes four of the following gastronomic experiences. You will have to decide between them. Please indicate the restaurant choice when making the request.

Rodero: Vanguardism and Imagination Koldo Rodero (1 Michelin Star, 2 Repsol Suns)

Authentic cuisine with very careful product, family atmosphere with history, close, and creative. In short, cuisine characterized by the affection for the creation of new flavors that are born of the traditional products of the land Navarre and the avant-gardism and imagination of its authors. Result? A different kitchen.

Europa Retaurante: High cuisine in the heart of Pamplona (1 Michelin Star, 2 Repsol Suns)

To the delicacy, finesse and cult to the traditional flavor of a season cook like Pilar Idoate, one of the essential pillars of restaurant Europa, joins the young cook from Guipuzcoa Arkaitz Muguruza, bringing new technique and creative ideas in line with what is cooked in the world.

Asador Bidea 2: Symbiosis between grilling and raw material (2 Repsol Suns)

Bidea 2, a place of reference in Navarra gastronomy, in which the ember plays a predominant role. The formula for the success of this establishment lies in the intrinsic quality of each and every one of the raw materials that are offered, plus a service and customer service at the height of a great restaurant. This sum succeeds to aupar today the Asador Bidea 2 among the 100 best in Spain. Professor in the grilling courses for Basque Culinary Center, Gregorio Tolosa leads the Asador Bidea 2, where the raw material and a careful technique reach the highest levels in the Navarra gastronomy.

Enekorri: Festival of flavors and sensations (1 Repsol Sun)

Enekorri opened its doors more than thirty years ago and is one of the gastronomic references of Pamplona. It is a gastronomic place of reference where we will also enjoy a very unique establishment

Alhambra: Author´s cuisine, creative, and traditional (2 Repsol Suns)

The Alhambra Restaurant is one of the representatives of the haute cuisine of Pamplona for its own merits, both for its history and good know-how. Opened in 1985, it has become a must-have when it comes to the cuisine of Navarre. A renovated classic, a professional brigade, intimate lighting and maximum privacy between the tables.

Javier Díaz, responsible for his cookers, interprets with his own technique and style the culinary tradition of the land. It is surprising the elaboration and combination of ingredients, secret of the good taste that keeps the Alhambra Restaurant as one of the best in the Navarrese capital. Iñaki Idoate and his sister Esther, of deep-rooted host family, supported by a good team, maintains a constant evolution.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Support vehicle
  • Cycling tour guide
  • Daily displacement and pick up in taxi bike
  • Free access to fitness and spa area
  • Free parking
  • Crianzas or Reservas, selection made by the hoteliers from each establishment
  • On route refreshments stations - Both sports foods and drinks as well as traditional foods and drinks
  • Travel and sport insurance
  • Briefing of the cycling programme for the next day
  • 6 nights' accommodation
  • 6 buffet breakfasts
  • 4 lunch or dinner at Rodero / Europa / Enekorri / Alhambra / Bidea 2
  • 3 lunch or dinner at Muga De Beloso Restaurant
  • Navarra or Rioja Designation of Origin wines during meals
  • Drinks from the mini bar

What's not included

  • Beers or other consumptions outside the proposed menus in the dinners or during the stay in hotels
  • Meals in restaurants at the time of the noon, unless it has been agreed previously to replace dinner with meals
  • Any kind of sports material, helmets, shoes, etc.
  • Anything not expressly indicated in the inclusion

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 15% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 31 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 15 days before arrival.
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Pricing information
  • For a group of 4 to 7 persons, the cost is 3790 EUR per person.
  • For a group of 8 to 12 persons, the cost is 3390 EUR per person.

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