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Vuelta a España 2019 / Week 2 – Andorra, French Pyrenees and the Basque Country

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La Vuelta / Racing Spain
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8 days / 7 nights
Availability : Aug 31st to Sept 07th 2019
Barcelona
Bilbao

Spectacular cycling trip in the North of Spain, combining mountains, gastronomy and historical heritage.

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Experience the passion, excitement and emotion of “La Vuelta” during the second week of the race in the North of Spain. Bike the same roads as the pros just some hours before they arrive and enjoy VIP access to the start and finish line of the stages.

Starting in Barcelona and Andorra, we continue the journey crossing the mythical Pyrenean ports, including the Tourmalet. From Pau, we cross back to Spain to pedal through the Basque Country and Cantabria.

La Vuelta is the most intimate of the 3 professional European grand cycling tours. The beauty of La Vuelta is that we 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. The day generally starts with a morning ride and after a relaxed lunch we face the last kilometers of the days’ stage.

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 at hand to assist you from the moment you arrive in Spain, having great knowledge of the country, the roads and the routes to ensure you have nothing to worry about but the pleasure of cycling.

The relaxed atmosphere and accessibility to the pro cyclists and their teams during La Vuelta make it a very special experience. Staying in deluxe 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 once-in-a-lifetime-experience!

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

Highlights

  • Cycle the PAU time trial before the cyclists.
  • Extensive cycling tradition tour: Andorra, Tourmalet, Pau, Basque Country and Cantabria.
  • VIP access to the start and finish line of the stages.
  • Privileged views of the race.
  • Close contact with the professional cyclists and their teams.
  • Luxury accommodation with quality gastronomy.

Itinerary

Day 1: Saturday, August 31st: Andorra
Arrival day
Accommodation: Mola Park Atiram

 

La Vuelta: Stage8: Valls > Igualada – 168km. More information

We pick you up in Barcelona at your hotel between 10: 00h and 12:00 in the morning and take you to Andorra by van (approx 2 hours transfer). Once arrived we prepare and try the bikes and take a small tour of the area.

Our hotel is located next to Caldea, the biggest Spa in Europe, where we’ll have dinner tonight and prepare for tomorrow’s stage.

Meals included:            dinner

 

Day 2: Sunday, September 1st: Andorra
Accommodation: Mola Park Atiram

 

La Vuelta: Stage 9: Andorra la Vella > Cortals d’Encamp, 97km. More information.
Our route: 38.1 kilometers · +1,874 m / -822 m

In the morning we will ride a short but steep route: 38 km and 1800 meters climbing. 

We’ll make our way through Andorra and we’ll see the professional teams. The last climb to Els Cortals will take us through spectacular landscapes. We’ll watch the end of the race from the VIP area. This stage will be decisive and mark the 10 favorites of this edition. 

Meals included:            breakfast and dinner.

 

Day 3: Monday, September 2nd: Lourdes (France)
Accommodation: Hotel Alba

 

La Vuelta: rest day
Our route: parts of this ride (to be decided on the day itself)

Today is a rest day for the teams, but not for us.  We’ll have to cross a large mountain area and do this by van and bike. Depending on your level you can choose the climbs and descents you would like to do.

We’ll have a total of 300km to cross and you can choose the moments of riding your bike or take advantage of the van to take you uphill. We’ll cross the following mountain passes: Col de Cantó, Col de Bonaigua, Col de Portillon, Peyresurde, Col Aspin and Tourmalet. It is an unforgettable stage, the colossi of the Pyrenees in one day.

Once arrived in Lourdes, we will check in to our comfortable 4* hotel. We’ll enjoy dinner together at the hotel.

Meals included:            breakfast, dinner at the hotel

 

Day 4: Tuesday, September 3rd: Lourdes (France)
Individual Time Trial – PAU
Accommodation: Hotel Alba

 

La Vuelta: Stage 10, Jurançon > Pau, 36.1km, Individual time trial. More information.
Our route: 76.2 km · +744 m / -942 m

Today the professional cyclists will face the decisive time trial of PAU. We are priviliged to ride a few rounds on the closed circuit before the start of the event and to get a glimpse of what it is to be a professional cyclist. Afterwards we will watch the race from the VIP area.

We will get to see their special bicycles, witness press interviews and warming up rituals, and feel the moments of excitement of the cyclists just before taking off.

When the race is over we’ll go back to the hotel by van and enjoy dinner together. 

Meals included:            breakfast and dinner at the hotel restaurant

 

Day 5: Wednesday, September 4th: Bilbao
Accommodation: Hotel NH Zubialde

 

La Vuelta: Stage 11: Saint Palais > Urdax-Dantxarinea, 169km. More information.
Our route: 67 km· +1,314 m / -1,386 m

Today we will head towards Navarra by van. We start cycling from Saint Jean Pied del Port, (the beginning of the Camino de Santiago in France), to ride the last 80 kms of the race to Urdax.

Beautiful stretches of small roads surrounded by green pastures and cattle and farmhouses. We will get see the sea at several points in the route.

When today’s stage is finished we will go by van to the beautiful city of Bilbao (160 kms, aprox 3h). 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. The avant-garde architecture of the building is a magnificent setting to present masterpieces of modern and contemporary art.

Today dinner is not included but around the corner of the hotel you will find the city’s famous pinchos and restaurants street. We can recommend you authentic and good quality spots to eat.

Meals included:            breakfast

 

Day 6: Thursday, September 5th: Bilbao
Accommodation: Hotel NH Zubialde

 

La Vuelta: Stage 12, Circuito de Navarra > Bilbao, 175km. More information.
Our route: 69 kilometers · +1,479 m / -1,469 m

Today we will ride around the city of Bilbao. We go to the coast of Pletxia and by Mengia to Lezama, to cycle the last 40 kms of the race.

You’ll have a free afternoon to spend in Bilbao to visit the museum or ‘ir de pinxos’ (ask your guide for the translation ;-). Today dinner is not included.

Meals included:            breakfast

 

Day 7: Friday, September 6th: Bilbao
Los Machucos
Accommodation: Hotel NH Zubialde

 

La Vuelta: Stage 13, Bilbao > Los Machucos. Monumento Vaca Pasiega, 167,3km. More information
Our route: 66.5 km· +1,767 m / -934 m

Today we will take you by van from the hotel to Solares (90 km, 1 h), in Cantabria, where we will start our stage at Los Machucos. You will see the cyclists climb the Alisas, and the difficult Machucos mountain pass.

At the end of the race we’ll return to Bilbao by van where we will enjoy our last dinner together in a good restaurant.

Meals included:            breakfast, dinner

 

Day 8: Saturday, September 7th – leaving day

Today we will say goodbye and after breakfast it is the end of the trip. You can take a train or plane from Bilbao.

The guides of Bike Spain Tours will be available to help you with your onward travel plans. We wish you a safe journey back home and hope you will take a suitcase full of great memories with you!

Meals included:            breakfast

 

Hotel

 

Hotel Mola Park Atiram

Great location to relax and get away of the hustle and bustle of daily life

The hotel’s restaurant offers breakfast buffet style. All rooms at the Mola Park include a minibar, safe, desk and some have a sofa bed.

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Hotel Alba

Hotel Alba is located in Lourdes and has great views of the Gave River.

This hotel has a terrace, a large garden and air-conditioned rooms. It is located in one of the most popular neighbourhoods of Lourdes.

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Hotel NH Hesperia Zubialde

Guests appreciate the calm, comfortable facilities and high-quality services in a fully-renovated building that has held on to its traditional charm.

The four-star Hesperia Zubialde hotel in Bilbao is centrally located and very near major attractions such as the San Mames stadium and the world-renowned Guggenheim Museum.

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What’s Included

Included

  • 7 nights accommodation in four-star hotels
  • Buffet breakfasts
  • 5 dinners (drinks not included)
  • Support vehicle to provide technical assistance and offer refreshments and snacks
  • Bilingual and experienced Bike Spain Tours guides
  • La Vuelta VIP tickets - exclusive access
  • Special gifts: Bike Spain Tours handle bar bag, water bottle, luggage tags and a bike jersey
  • Photos and video of the trip
  • 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

Options

  • Single suppl.: 320 €
  • Extra nights: Ask for price.

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