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Vuelta 2019 / Week 1 – Costa Blanca

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La Vuelta / Racing Spain
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8 days / 7 nights
Availability : Aug 23rd to 30th 2019
Alicante
Castellón

Follow the first week of the Vuelta de España along spectacular mountains and stunning coastlines of the Costa Blanca.

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Overview

Experience the passion, excitement and emotion of the Tour of Spain “La Vuelta” in the first week of the race, travelling through the spectacular mountainous and coastal regions of Costa Blanca.

We invite you to ride the same routes where the pros just passed by a few hours before, a truely unforgettable experience! Besides, after riding we will enjoy VIP access to the finish area of the stages from where you will have the best view to see the cyclists arrive! 

The Costa Blanca is the place chosen by many professional cycling teams for their winter training. The good climate, quiet roads with breathtaking views and the quality of the hotels and its gastronomy make this area a paradise for cyclists.

Starting in Alicante, we will see the time trial in Torrevieja, then pedal through the mountains and along the beaches of Alicante, Valencia and Castellón. We will have time to swim in the sea and enjoy the beach life at the end of the day. 

La Vuelta is the most intimate of the 3 professional european grand cycling tours. What makes this trip really unforgettable is that we’ll have the opportunity to get close to the cyclists, watch them pass by, witness the starting and/or finishing points of the various stages and visit the hotels where the teams stay. 

Throughout the tour you will be accompanied by our fully equipped van, should you wish to take a break from cycling. Our experienced guides will ensure our road bikes are adjusted to your preferences (or you may choose to bring your own bike). They will be on hand to assist you from the moment you arrive in Spain, they have great knowledge of the country, the roads and the routes to ensure you have nothing to worry about but the pleasure of cycling!

See the photo gallery of our 2018 tour for La Vuelta HERE

Highlights

  • Visit the historic cities of Alicante and Valencia
  • Spectacular panoramic views of the Costa Blanca coastline 
  • VIP access to the start and finish line of the stages and privileged views of the race
  • Very close contact with the teams and professional cyclists
  • Delicious Spanish gastronomy and excellent wines 
  • Luxury accommodation

Itinerary

Day 1: Friday, August 23rd: Calpe

Arrival day

Accomodation: Hotel Bahía Calpe

Arrival in Alicante is at leisure today. Check-in at the hotel is possible from 2PM. If you arrive before this time, you can leave your luggage at the reception and enjoy the hotel facilities.

We organize a pick up at Alicante airport at 2PM and another pick up from the train station at 4PM.
In the afternoon we will adjust the bicycles and pedal along the beautiful coast, better known as the “Costa Blanca”.

Today’s dinner is included and will be a good time to meet the rest of the group and the guides that will accompany you during this week of cycling in La Vuelta.

Meals included: dinner

Day 2: Saturday, August 24th: Calpe

La Vuelta: Stage 1: Salinas de Torrevieja > Torrevieja, time trial. More information
Our route: TBC

Accomodation: Hotel Bahía Calpe

After breakfast, we will leave the hotel by bicycle to pedal at our own pace around Calpe. It will be a short warm up ride after which we will have a light lunch on the beach before we go to Torrevieja. Here we will ride on the time trial circuit just before the racers do. An amazing experience and great start of the week!

We will  watch the race in the VIP area and then return by van to the hotel to enjoy dinner together.

Meals included: breakfast & dinner.

Day 3: Sunday, August 25th: Calpe

La Vuelta: Stage 2: Benidorm > Calpe, 193km. More information. 
Our route: 91.9 km · +1,469 m / -1,477 m

Accomodation: Hotel Bahía Calpe

Today the stage passes near Calpe, so we pedal from the hotel to Benissa, from where we go to the coast to see the sea from Cape San Antonio. After that we continue along the coast of Javea and Moraira before we up climb to Cumbres del Sol. This is the same route as the professional teams will do this day.

We will arrive in Calpe and watch the end of today’s stage at the VIP area. At the end of the day, we go to our nearby hotel to rest, enjoy the sun and a dinner together.

Meals included: breakfast & dinner.

Day 4: Monday, August 26th: Puerto Sagunto

La Vuelta: Stage 3: Ciudad del Juguete > Alicante, 186km. More information.
Our route: 102.6 km · +2,175 m / -1,863 m

Accomodation: Hotel Exe Puerto Sagunto

Pack your bags as today we will change hotels! We will first go to Ibi by bicycle, in the interior of Alicante, to pedal through mountainous terrain where the professional cyclists do their winter training.

Prepare yourself for a ride through authentic Mediterranean landscapes, with vineyards, almond trees, olive trees and pines. After watching the stage in Jijona, we will take you to our next hotel in Sagunto by van (171 km, about 2 hours transfer).
Today’s dinner is not included but you can sign up for dinner with our guides and the group at a nearby restaurant.

Meals included: breakfast

Day 5: Tuesday, August 27th: Puerto Sagunto

La Vuelta: Etapa 4: Cullera > El Puig, 177km. More information.
Our route: 64.5 km · +645 m / -729 m

Accomodation: Exe Puerto Sagunto

Today we move by van to Bètera to start our route climbing the Oronet pass. After that we follow the race to Sagunto and the Monastery of Puig, near the sea. At the end of the stage, we will go to our nearby hotel where we can enjoy the beach and the swimming pool.

Tonight, dinner will also be on your own. We can recommend you local and quality restaurants.

Meals included: breakfast

Day 6: Wednesday, August 28th: Castellón

La Vuelta: Stage 5: L’ Eliana > Observatorio Astrofísico de Javalambre, 165km. More information.
Our route: 44.7 km · +1,528 m / -525 m

Accomodation: Hotel Intur Bonaire

Today we will take you by van (70 kms, approx 45 min) to the province of Teruel where we will climb the Sierra de Javalambre, a challanging ride with the finish line on “The Peak of the Vulture” (1957 meters above sea level). As you can imagine, the climb is long, but it is worth all the effort for the views. Besides, only a few hours later the pros will climb the same mountain!

In the afternoon we will watch the race from the VIP area of the finish line. Without a doubt it will be very exciting, since this is the stage where the first significant differences between the riders will be marked.

At the end of the day we will return by van to another hotel in Castellón (a transfer of 110 kms, approx 1h10m)

Tonight we will have dinner together at the hotel.

Meals included: breakfast, dinner.

Day 7: Thursday, August 29th: Castellón

La Vuelta: Stage 6: Mora de Rubielos > Ares del Maestrat, 197km. More information.
Our route : 85 km · +948 m / -1,872 m

Accomodation: Hotel Intur Bonaire

The Castellón mountain range is an area without significant climbs, but known for its continuous peaks and valleys. We will take you by van to the start of our ride: today we will pedal the last 85 km of todays stage. The end is challenging with a 6% climbing over the last 5 km! 

Once on top we will be able to taste the local gastronomy in one of the small villages.
We will take you back by van to the hotel to have our last dinner together and enjoy the last swim at the beach or the pool.

Meals included: breakfast and dinner.

Day 8: Friday, August 30th

Departure day

This is the last day of your trip; We hope you had an unforgettable experience! Please let us know if you need transfers to the Castellón train station or Barcelona airport.

We are also happy to help you if you need additional hotel nights or if you are planning your onward travels in Spain!*

*Please inquire for more information by email: office@bikespain.com. 

Hotel

 

Hotel Bahía Calpe

This hotel has beautiful views of the Peñon de Ifach and the Arenal Beach.

It offers a fitness center, an outdoor pool and rooms with free WIFI and a private balcony. The historic center of Calpe is located only a few minutes walk away.

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Hotel Exe Puerto de Sagunto

Exe Puerto de Sagunto is a 20-minute walk from several beaches awarded with the Blue Flag and has a fitness center with a sauna.

All rooms at Exe Puerto de Sagunto are bright and spacious, with wooden furniture, parquet floors and air conditioning.
 
 

Hotel Intur Bonaire

Intur Bonaire is surrounded by lush gardens in a quiet residential area of the town.

The hotel is just 150 meters from Benicássim Beach, on the Azahar coast. It has an outdoor pool, small indoor pool and wellness center.
 

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What’s Included

Price

  • Price: 2700€ / person
  • Single supplement: 450,00€ / person

Included

  • 7 nights accommodation in 4* hotels (based on double room occupation)
  • Buffet breakfasts
  • 5 dinners with wine
  • Support vehicle to provide technical assistance and offer refreshments and snacks
  • Bilingual and experienced Bike Spain Tours guides
  • Special gifts: Bike Spain Tours handle bar bag, water bottle, luggage tags and a bike jersey
  • Travel insurance with medical assistance
  • Gratuities for baggage, restaurants and hotel service

VIP Travel includes

  • Ride by bike across the finish line of the final stage, if logistics allow it
  • Access to the stage podium for a photo shoot on the D-day stage of each participant
  • Access to the departure village for 3 stages
  • Access to VIP buses bus for 3 stages (Excluding the first and last stage)

Not Included

  • Lunches and 2 dinners
  • Airport transfers

Options

  • Extra nights: Ask for price.

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