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Vuelta 2018 / Best Moments – Mountains of the North of Spain

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Availability : Sept 07th to 13th 2018

Follow La Vuelta  in the mountains of northern Spain through Asturias, Cantabria and the Basque Country!

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Overview

Experience the passion and adrenaline of the last week of the Vuelta on its way through the mountainous North of Spain.

This week starts in Asturias, a region known for its gastronomy, its cider and the wonderful mountain landscapes of the Natural Park Picos de Europa. We will then ride in Cantabria and its green mountains by the sea. And finally finish in Bilbao, capital of the Basque Country. 

Nothing like pedaling on the same roads than the professionals a few hours before them and enjoying access to the VIP area to see the end of stage from the best position. With front-row seats at the finish line in the exclusive VIP area, all you need to do is sit with champagne in your hand and wait for the excitement as professionals arrive.

The relaxed atmosphere and accessibility to the pro cyclists and their teams during La Vuelta make it a very special experience. Staying in 3 – 4-star hotels with VIP access to the race areas and spectacular supported bike rides with our experienced Bike Spain guides, we can guarantee this will be unforgettable trip!

See the photo gallery of our 2017 tour for La Vuelta HERE

Highlights

VIP access at the end of the stages with the best point of view of the race
Live the individual time trial in Torrelavega on the same circuit than the pros
Accommodations of the highest quality. The best Spanish cuisine with the best wines.
Close contact with professional cyclists and teams

Itinerary

Day 1: Friday, September 07th: Las Caldas/Oviedo, Asturias
Arrival Day
Accomodation: Hotel Enclave

 

Arrival in Caldas is at leisure today. We recommend to take the train to Oviedo and then a taxi to the hotel Enclave.

Tonight, we will share dinner with the group in the hotel – a great opportunity to know your guide and the rest of the group for this amazing week of cycling!

Day 2: Saturday, September 08th: Cangas de Onis, Asturias
Praeres de Nava – Route: 50.2 km +1523 m / -1215 m
Accomodation: Parador de Cangas de Onis

 

Today we pedal through the center of Asturias. Talking about gastronomy in Asturias is talking about the cult of good food. The cheese of Cabrales, the fabada Asturian, the drink called cider (made with apple) … There are so many dishes and typical products, that surely you leave with a good taste in your mouth. Stop at the Cider Museum for a quick tasting before continuing with an unprecedented climb in the history of La Vuelta to Praeres de Nava, a very demanding summit, with ramps of up to 15%.

There we will take our seats in the VIP area right in front of the finish line to see the arrival of professional teams! We will go to our next hotel by van (1hour) where we will share dinner with the group.

Day 3: Sunday, September 9th: Cangas de Onis, Asturias
Lakes of Cavadonga – Route: 111.6 km +2366 m / -2365 m
Accomodation: Parador Cangas de Onis

 

After breakfast, we will ride through the Picos de Europa Natural Park, an exceptional natural area declared by the UNESCO in 2002 Biosphere Reserve. We will pedal through the famous climb of the lakes of Covadonga, where we will see the arrival of the cyclists from the VIP area. The impressive mountains that surround the area and the beautiful picture of its reflection in the water will become an unforgettable memory of your stay.

Tonight, dinner is included at the hotel.

Day 4: Monday, September 10th: Santillana del Mar, Cantabria
Rest Day – Route according pro teams
Accomodation: Parador Santillana Gil Blas

 

After breakfast, we will do a transfer by van to our next destination: Cantabria. Today is the rest day the cyclists and we will take advantage of it to ride with one of the professional team also staying in the area.

Tonight we will have dinner together at the hotel.

Day 5: Tuesday, September 11th: Santillana del Mar, Torrelavega
Time-trial in Torrelavega – Route: 76.6 km +1123 m / -1148 m
Accomodation: Parador Santillana Gil Blas

 

Professional cyclists will compete today in the decisive time trail stage in Torrelavega, the birthplace of Óscar Freire or Vicente Trueba, among many others, and the stage of one of the three most important stages of the planet.

We will enjoy this stage from the VIP area before returning to the hotel by bicycle. Today’s route will offer us beautiful views and will allow us to discover several charming villages.

Tonight dinner is on your own.

Day 6: Wednesday, September 12th: Bilbao, Basque Country
Bilbao and Mount Oiz – Route: 98.5 km +2365 m / -1407 m
Accomodation: Hotel Ercilla

 

Today we go by van to the Basque country and the dynamic city of Bilbao. Located in the Territory of Bizkaia, the city is surrounded by a fertile landscape, with forests, mountains, beaches and steep coasts that make Bilbao a privileged destination for visitors. We will have time for a quick stop by the Guggenheim Museum. Designed by the American Frank O. Gehry, the building’s avant-garde architecture is a magnificent setting to present masterpieces of modern and contemporary art.

Then, we will face Mount Oiz, known as ‘El Mirador’ or ‘El Balcón de Vizcaya’ and one of the most unique places in the Basque province. This unprecedented summit represents a rise of 17 kilometers and ramps of up to 17%. Professional cyclists follow us, and we can cheer them up for this long but explosive ending!

Tonight dinner is on your own.

Day 7: Thursday, September 13th: Bilbao, Basque Country
Departure day

 

This is the end of the tour. We recommend you to enjoy the beautiful city of Bilbao!
If you need any extra help with your onwards plan, do not hesitate to contact us!

Hotel

Hotel Enclave las Caldas

When not relaxing in the spa, you can enjoy a round of golf, or a walk on the historic grounds or the stunning natural landscape beyond.

This grand, luxury hotel features a spa making use of the healing waters of its own thermal spring. It is set between the sea and the mountains in the green region of Asturias. Boasting a beautiful, natural setting in the area around the Nalón River, this classic hotel has state-of-the-art facilities designed to take care of your health and beauty needs.

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Hotel Parador de Cangas de Onis 

On the banks of the Sella River, surrounded by the spectacular Picos de Europa.

The Parador de Cangas de Onís awaits you in an incomparably beautiful spot. The hotel is located in the former San Pedro de Villanueva Monastery, a beautiful building with spectacular rooms of stone and wood. The décor is elegant, warm and traditional.

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Hotel Parador Santillana Gil Blas

The hotel occupies the lovely mansion of the Barreda-Bracho family, located on a square in Santillana del Mar.

The town, whose origins date to the 8th century, has been declared a national monument. The doors open to reveal comfortable guest rooms and bright, cozy spaces with wood floors and refined, elegant traditional décor.

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Hotel Ercilla

Enjoy the atmosphere in one of the most modern hotels in Bilbao.

A whole range of services complete the broadest accommodation possibilites in Bilbao, like complimentary Gym, one of the most reputed gastronomic offers in town and exclusive in house shop windows and extensive carte of in room massage and beauty treatments.

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What’s Included

Prices

  • Price: 2500.00€/person
  • Individual room supplement: 400.00€/person

Included

  • 6 nights accommodation in 4 star hotels
  • Buffet breakfast in hotels
  • 4 dinners with wine
  • Support vehicle with everything you need in case of breakdown and always at your disposal, with snacks and drinks
  • Bilingual guides in English and Spanish
  • VIP Tickets La Vuelta
  • Special gifts: bike handlebar bag, water bottle, luggage tags and a Bike Spain Tours jersey
  • Photos and video of the trip
  • Travel insurance with medical assistance

Not Included

  • Lunches and 2 dinners
  • Airport transfers

Options

  • Extra nights: Ask for price.
  • SUPPORTED TOUR MINIMUM GROUP 6 PERSONS

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