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9 Days Gastronomic Experience and Bike Tour through Eurovelo Route in France and Spain

Bayonne, Arrondissement of Bayonne, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France

Self Guided Bike Tour in France and Spain

Pirineos PUNTO BIKE offers you a cycling holiday through the Atlantic Coast with the total of 345 kilometers that link the elitist Basque Coast of Bayonne, Biarritz, and Saint-Jean-de-Luz with the dazzling brightness of La Rioja vineyards and its designer wineries. If your legs ask for less or more, Pirineos PUNTO BIKE will happily adapt the rhythms for you. The day after finishing the route, after the rest in La Rioja, a taxibike will take you back to the starting point in Biarritz or Bayonne, and if you have rented a bike, you can forget about them at the hotel in Logroño.

Key information

  • Trip type: Self-guided
  • Lodging: Point to point
  • Terrain: Mainly greenways adapted for cycling (sometimes asphalted and sometimes not) and some inevitable stretch of road with very little traffic
  • Starts in: Bayonne
  • Ends in: La Rioja
  • 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)
  • Total Distance: 214.4 Miles / 345 Kilometers
  • Bike type: Hybrid bike

Highlights

  • 7-day bike tour
  • Presentation of the route
  • Tondeluna gastronomic special day
  • Tracks of the route in GPX format or GPS devices
  • Luggage transfers and taxibike shuttle
  • 8 nights' accommodation
  • Half-board meals

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Accommodation

You will spend the nights at seven different hotels in French and Spain. You will stay in Biarritz / Bayonne on the first night and Saint-Jean-de-Luz on the second. Moving to Spain, you will stay at Hotel Balneario Elgorriaga in Errotaldea on the third night, in Irurtzun on the fourth, at Pamplona Catedral Hotel on the fifth, in Estella-Lizarra on the sixth, and at Hotel FG Logrono in La Rioja on the seventh and eighth night.

Hotel Balneario Elgorriaga

Hotel Balneario Elgorriaga is a spa hotel where the corridor of the river Bidasoa and the valley of Baztán meet. It is a spring of peace and relaxation, a charming spa located in a natural area with outstanding Pyrenean landscapes. It has 48 double rooms, 15 single rooms, nine junior suites, and three suites.

Pamplona Catedral Hotel

Pamplona Catedral Hotel is an ancient convent which has become a modern four-star hotel. It is located in the most beautiful place of the historical and monumental center of the city, close to the Portal de Francia, the natural entrance of the pilgrims of Santiago's Way, and very near to the Cathedral, the Archivo General, to the very heart of the city, of its folks, its history, its tradition, and its delicious gastronomy.

Hotel FG Logrono

Hotel FG Logrono is a three-star hotel in the historic center of Logroño, an accommodation which combines modernity, tradition, and good taste. This comfortable hotel with an unbeatable quality-price ratio is ideal for business trips, banquets, and incentive trips due to its closeness to the Conference Palace.

Program

Eurovelo is a network of 15 cycle routes that cross Europe from North to South (odd numbers) and from West to East (even numbers). The project is in full development so if someone decides to venture on one of its routes, it is advisable to make sure of its current situation on the official website of the route. The Pyrenees that occupy the program is crossed by three of the different Eurovelos. The number eight crosses them through La Junquera, in the Eastern Pyrenees, on their way between Cadiz and Cyprus; it is called the Mediterranean Route. The number three, Trondheim (Norway) to Santiago de Compostela, is the Pilgrims Route, and enters Navarre through the Pyrenees by the Mountain pass of Ibañeta, in the vicinity of the neuralgic point of the Way of Saint James known as Orreaga-Roncesvalles.

This program is the westernmost of all of them and joins in 8,186 kilometers the North Cape in Norway with Sagres in Portugal. Its track, following mainly the coastline, encloses the logic of its name, Atlantic Coast route. The Eurovelos are in constant process of creation and improvement. In the section that occupies the program, Pirineos PUNTO BIKE have allowed some permissions with respect to the official layout of the route. Obviously, Pirineos PUNTO BIKE does not do this to make it worse, the essential reason for making changes is to include in its layout some sections of new itineraries more adapted to cyclotourism than those of its alternative in the official route. In some cases, Pirineos PUNTO BIKE has consciously deviated simply by including in the tour some privileged places that the official route ignores for its urgent need to continue moving forward.

The routes

This sequence of seven stages that you see here below is the one corresponding to the concrete proposal of days and end of stage points here proposed. It is really just an example of the different possibilities. If you need another rhythm, either faster or slower, or if you simply want to decide your accommodation points, the sequence of stages will obviously be different.

  • Stage 1: Bayonne to Saint-Jean-de-Luz (distance: 31 kilometers, unevenness: 480 meters)
  • Stage 2: Saint-Jean-de-Luz to Doneztebe (distance: 64 kilometers, unevenness: 880 meters)
  • Stage 3: Doneztebe to Irurtzun (distance: 54 kilometers, unevenness: 950 meters)
  • Stage 4: Irurtzun to Pamplona (distance: 29 kilometers, unevenness: 270 meters)
  • Stage 5: Pamplona to Estella (distance: 49 kilometers, unevenness: 900 meters)
  • Stage 6: Estella to Logroño (distance: 65 kilometers, unevenness: 720 meters)
  • Stage 7: Logroño to Elciego and back (distance: 53 kilometers, unevenness: 630 meters)

Included excursions

During your tour, you will have a gastronomic experience at Tondeluna. For the arrival to Logroño, you will have a meeting with the Riojan gastronomy by Luisa Barrachina and the well-known Riojan chef Francis Paniego (3 Michelin stars). Tondeluna is a modern, informal, and fun place that has prepared a menu with the name of one of the great bike tours of La Rioja; Fuentes del Vino. And since you also come cycling, this same menu will also be used to introduce you to some of the secrets of modern Riojan gastronomy.

Location

This Atlantic Coast bike tour connects the countries French and Spain. You will cycle along greenways, riverside walks, an important section of The Way of Saint James, the final section of La Velodyssee French, and some inevitable stretches of secondary roads with fortunately very little traffic. The route links the elitist Basque Coast of Bayonne, Biarritz, and Saint-Jean-de-Luz with the dazzling brightness of La Rioja vineyards and its designer wineries. In between, the Navarre of closed and wild valleys first and widest and friendliest after. From the epicenter of all this, Pamplona, the ancient Roman Pompaelo and even more ancient Iruña Basque, still with the memory of all its past emerging through the remains of its historic center and its people.

Food

During your tour, you will be served half board meals including breakfasts and dinner. Lunches at restaurants are not included in the price, unless it has been agreed previously to replace dinner with lunch. You will also have a gastronomic experience at Tondeluna. For the arrival to Logroño, you will have a meeting with the Riojan gastronomy by Luisa Barrachina and the well-known Riojan chef Francis Paniego (3 Michelin stars). Tondeluna is a modern, informal, and fun place that has prepared a menu with the name of one of the great bike tours of La Rioja; Fuentes del Vino. And since you also come cycling, this same menu will also be used to introduce you to some of the secrets of modern Riojan gastronomy.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

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

Things to do (optional)

You will have the option to visit the Bodegas Franco-Españolas, one of the great wineries in La Rioja. With almost 125 years of history, it is still a reference when talking about the world of winemaking. Its privileged location, on the banks of the Ebro River, allows you to reach it without the need of a vehicle, simply on a pleasant walk across the Puente de Hierro from the old quarter of the city. During the visit, you will visit a winery founded in 1890, thanks to the golden age that Rioja experienced in the 19th century, when the French, whose vineyards were agonizing under the attack of the phylloxera plague, came to the region in search of replacement vineyards. This approximately 90-minute activity includes a guided visit and wine tasting with three different wines and appetizer. The possible languages for the visit are English, Spanish, or French.

What's included

  • 7-day self-guided bike tour
  • Gastronomic special day in Tondeluna
  • Tracks of the route in GPX format or GPS devices (please contact Pirineos PUNTO BIKE if you prefer them in another format)
  • Luggage transfers between hotels (1 package of a maximum of 20 kilograms per person)
  • Presentation of the route and delivery of information
  • Links and description to services that may be necessary along the route
  • Taxibike shuttle from Logroño to Bayonne
  • Telephone assistance for incidents or consultations
  • 8 nights' accommodation
  • Half-board meals

What's not included

  • Tour guide (you can hire the guide)
  • Vehicle assistance
  • Bicycle rental
  • Sports material (helmets, shoes, etc)
  • Beers or other consumptions
  • Lunches at restaurants
  • Airport or station pick up
  • Travel or accidents insurance
  • Anything not expressly indicated in the What's included

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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Availability

This tour is available all year round. Please select an arrival date below.

 

Pricing information

There is an option for single room supplement (290 EUR) when the group is made up of an odd number.

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