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Spain - Catalonia Gastronomic 7 Nights Cycling Tour

Tossa del Mar, SpainThis self guided cycling tour of Spain begins in historic Girona, home to one of the world’s best restaurants. During your 7 night bicycle vacation, explore Spain’s Catalonia countryside and gastronomic delights. The daily rides are moderate distances, covering beautiful flat to rolling countryside and also gives you a glimpse of incredible medieval villages. Visit wine cellars, olive oil mills and unique gastronomy museums. This self guided cycling tour of Spain is one of our best selling vacation packages, with travelers noting the quality of the lodging, high gastronomy and charming routes!

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Tour Details


Tour Details

Duration: 8 days & 7 nights. .
Dates : Any date On request from April 1-Oct 31, Can start any day of the week, subject to hotel availability for your requested dates..
This is a self guided tour..
Low season rates apply outside of High Season which is Easter week, and June 21-Sept 30..
Either hybrid or road bikes are available on this trip; depending on what bike you prefer, you will not ride the same route. So, note that if a couple wants to ride together they must select the same bike. Our hybrid bikes can travel on many unpaved bike paths that the road bikes cannot use; these bike paths are well traveled by cyclists and avoid car traffic..
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A "Tasting Menu" is available as a supplement at several hotels we include which will greatly enhance the dining experience of what is already a gastronomic affair! Custom guided groups are possible for groups of 6 or more; please inquire.

Level 2 - Moderate - flat to rolling countryside with a fair amount of unpaved, quiet routes. Some unpaved sections are gravel and rocky. This is a self guided tour - see what all that includes!

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Road bike options possible on a different paved only route.
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    Our local staff is there to help you during your trip; Bo lives in Catalonia and will meet you for orientation and provide emergency assistance throughout your trip. 
     
     
     

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    Customer Comments



    "We completely LOVED our Pure Adventures cycling trip. The routes were fabulous -- gorgeous bike paths and quiet back roads through amazing scenery, medieval villages and beautiful Mediterranean coast beaches. And after a day of cycling, we pull into a lovely hotel with a great dinner menu as part of the deal. Perfect. Costa Brava is a cyclists dream and a food lover's paradise. We will definitely do another trip with Pure Adventures."

    "The trip was the most relaxing time I've spent in 20 years. I learned how to slow down. There were no TVs, radios, phones, internet or clocks. Just listening to the birds chatting outside the window was the music for the evening. We spent a lot of time speaking Spanish (and Catalan) while getting to know the hosts and other B & B world travelers. Thanks for a memorable vacation!" - Mark M.

    "The tour was GREAT, every day was like a treasure hunt, great new places to discover! the food, of course was unbelievable, and the best meals we had were at little places we discovered along the way for lunch, mostly three star cafes. the scenery was also unbelievable, the coast is great and the foothills were also fun and beautiful."
    - Dan. G


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    Your itinerary was really excellent and we all felt we got a true feeling for Northern Spain--the interior with the medieval villages and then the costa brava was wonderful."
    - Jan T.


    "We had a fantastic time and absolutely loved our trip. It will be a long time until we could ever go again, but we are already recommending the trip to our friends and family.!"
    - Nancy A.

     

    "Everything went really well. Was very impressed with Bo, phoned up a few times to make sure everything was working well. There was absolutely no problems with the equipment, and we only got lost a couple of times.... Hotels were fabulous, and so was the food." - Rob C. / Canada

     

    Itinerary

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    Day 1 | Arrival Day

    Arrival in Girona at the train station or airport and transfer on your own to your deluxe 4 star lodging in the historic old town. You have the rest of the day and night to explore Girona and its fantastic Old City. Dinner on your own - we'll give you several suggestions among the many good options available. Girona has become an excellent place to sample high quality Catalan cuisine; and if we have enough time, we can book you into Celler de Can Roca - one of the best in the world! We encourage early arrivals to be able to visit this historic city. 5 Foods to try in Spain

    Hotel Historic

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    Girona

    The lovely boutique-hotel Hotel Historic is a nice little hotel and apartment-house just within the historical center above the newer parts of Girona. It is situated in one of the magnificent narrow alleys of Girona and very near to the beautiful cathedral and view points overlooking Girona and the surroundings. Guests walking around the district will find some nice cafes, bars and restaurants as well as a lot of traditional buildings. The Hotel Historic offers individual accommodation in six double rooms, a junior suite, a suite and apartments in the same building. All of the rooms within the historical hotel are large, comfortable, and each one decorated with a particular style, which combines the oldest part of the building, like the stone walls, with a modern and innovative design. The nearby airport of Girona might be a good alternative to Barcelona airport as some low cost carriers fly in here. The romantic hotel Historic therefore is a ideal starting point for day trips or a journey to Barcelona or to Costa Brava.

    Rates | What's Included | Bike Info

    Rates & Services

    Prices

    Spain Gastronomic Upgraded 7 nights (includes superior rooms and 4 gastronomic dinners)

    Double Occupancy:

    1417 €/person

    Single Supplement:

    550 €/person

    High season supplement - Easter Week, June 21-Aug 31:

    150 €/person

    High season supplement - September:

    45 €/person

    Spain Gastronomic - Basic 7 nights (standard rooms and no dinners included, but same hotels as upgraded version)

    Double Occupancy:

    1198 €/person

    Single Supplement:

    434 €/person

    High season supplement - June 21-Aug 31:

    120 €/person

    High season supplement - September:

    45 €/person



    Hybrid Bike Rentals are are available for a supplement of 105 euros, please see the Bike Rental tab for all details about the bikes we offer.

    Tasting Menu option: Included in some cases in the upgraded version. There are 4 gastronomic dinners included in the above rates; you can go even higher to a sublime dining experience at each place. OR, you can simply choose to pay a supplement on your own at the restaurant and ask the tasting menu on 1 night.

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    What's Included

    - 7 nights deluxe lodging - basic or upgraded rooms, see below
    - Breakfast daily
    - 4 top quality dinners* - upgraded price only
    - Luggage transfers
    - Local Girona based emergency support
    - Orientation and bike set up
    - Day 2 and departure transfers
    - Road books with riding route maps and cue sheets, suggestions for visitation and dining. Additional services and stays can be arranged separately.

    We have 2 price options; basic and upgraded. We believe that the upgraded version is absolutely worth it including the tasting menus and dinners that come with those superior catgory rooms. However, the Basic tour rate is at the same excellent hotels and offers some savings for those who don't want these extras.

    Lodging

    Accommodation: 7 nights in deluxe 3 and 4 star hotels. Both basic and upgraded tours stay at the same hotel, but in different room categories. All lodging offer a private bathroom and a variety of other amenities. Hotels include:
    - Hotel Historic**** standard or Jr Suite
    - Hotel Llevant*** standard or sea view room
    - Hotel Sa Punta**** standard or superior room
    - Hostal Empuries*** new wing/superior room
    - Hotel La Placa*** standard or suite/superior room with terrace
     
    ** Please see Itinerary tab for more information **

    Hostal Empuries:
    on the beach, this unique hotel is an historic property just next to the archaeological site of Empuries. The hotel is an eco-friendly LEED certified renovated property that uses onsite solar generated energy, recycles water, grows an extensive garden for its restaurant, is PVC free, all low VOC buidling materials, and more! Free yoga classes and a wellness ambiance! We are pleased to add this property to this tour, but book early and note the seasons; this hotel is not included for July and August bookings!

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    Bike Info

     
    Bikes Available on This Tour:
    Cannondale Tesoro hybrids - NEW in 2014 mixed with 2013 models. New models have V-brakes, 2013 models have hydraulic rim brakes. All good, in excellent condition. ALL hybrids have a stand and tires are 700 (Marathon Supreme, with a good puncture protection). ALL hybrids have mud guards, dynamo hub, front and back light, a stand. 105 Euros

    Included are:

  • Helmets (one size fits all).
  • Computer (odometer): Wireless Cannondale odometers.
  • Saddlebag - On Road Bikes only and contains the puncture kit
  • Pannier for hybrids - 1 per bike standard.
  • Handlebar bag with map reader
  • Puncture kit: Tire levers, spare inner tube, patch kit included
  • Lock included
  • Frame pump included
  • Note: the images here show what we refer to as "male" frames - with a top tube. Mixte or 'female' frames do not have a top tube and are available. Anyone requesting a FEMALE frame will get that version. Important: mixte/female frames only carry 1 bottle cage/bottle! Male frames carry 2 bottles. Visit this page for more hybrid bike details in Catalonia

    Pedals: flat or with cages. Travelers may bring their own clipless pedals to have installed. We can remove them prior to departure transfer on those tours including a departure transfer.

    Road Bikes are also available on most tours in this region of Spain.Road bikes are rented without pedals. Please bring your own pedals to install. 2 bottles are included. For more details, click on this link: Road Bike Options

     
     
     

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