Vuelta a España 2020 / Week 2 – French Pyrenees, Rioja and Cantabria

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8 days / 7 nights
Availability : October 24th to 31st 2020

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


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.

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.

Starting in Madrid, we will continue the tour cycling through the classic Pyrenees ports, including Tourmalet. From Pau, we cross Spain again to ride through Rioja and Cantabria.

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!


  • 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.


Day 1: Saturday, October 24th: Lourdes
Arrival day
Accommodation: Hotel Alba

La Vuelta: Stage8: Huesca > Sabiñanigo – 185.5km. More information

We pick you up in Madrid or Bilbao and take you to Lourdes by van (approx 6,5 hours transfer). Once arrived in Lourdes, we will check in to our comfortable 4* hotel; prepare and try the bikes and take a small tour of the area.
Our hotel is very well located, where we’ll enjoy dinner and prepare for tomorrow’s stage.

Meals included: dinner

Day 2: Sunday, Oct 25th: Lourdes
Accommodation: Hotel Alba

La Vuelta: Stage 9: Biescas > Col du Tourmalet, 135.6km. More information.

In the morning we will ride and go directly to Tourmalet. 

It will be a long climb uphill, there is no rush, we will take the time needed. We will make it!. We’ll watch the end of the race from the VIP area. After Portalet and Aubisque, this stage will be decisive for the rest of the race. After the stage, we will ride back to the hotel going downhill through the valley and following the course of the river.

Meals included: breakfast and dinner.

Day 3: Monday, Oct 26th Lourdes 
Accommodation: Hotel Alba

La Vuelta: rest day
Our route:  (to be decided on the day itself)

Today is a rest day for the teams, but not for us. We’ll have to cross the valley again and witness another classic climb of Le Tour de France: Hautacam. We leave the hotel by bike and turn towards Hatacam station. 

In the downhill, we will go to Argeles village for lunch. Back to the hotel by van or by bike and then, evening free at leisure.

Meals included: breakfast, dinner at the hotel

Day 4: Tuesday, Oct 27th: Rioja
Orduña (pais Vasco)
Accommodation: Hotel Villa de Ábalos

La Vuelta: Stage 10, Vitoria > Villanueva de Valdegovia 160.4km. More info
Our route: To be confirmed

Today, we will be transferred to Vitoria by van (about 2 hours drive), where we will climb a traditional port in Euskadi: Orduña is a famous climb and vasque mountain. The cyclists will go throght it twice. We will climb with a crowd of people cheering and will go downhill to the finish line to watch the race from the VIP area.

When the race is over we’ll go back to the hotel by van (about 1 hour drive) and enjoy dinner together. 

Meals included: breakfast and dinner at the hotel restaurant

Day 5: Wednesday, Oct 28h: Rioja
Accommodation: Hotel Villa de Abalos

La Vuelta: Stage 11: Logroño > Alto de Moncalvillo , 164.5km. More information.
Our route: To be confirmed

Today, we will do a route from the hotel through vineyards and wine cellars towards Najera and Daroca to go uphill to Moncalvillo and see the end of the stage.

At the end of the stage, we will head to the hotel by van.

Meals included: breakfast and dinner

Day 6: Thursday, Oct 29th: Solares (Cantabria)
Accommodation: Hotel Balneario Solares

La Vuelta: Stage 12, Cid Campeador> Aguilar de Campo, 163.6km. More information.
Our route: To be confirmed

After breakfast, we will drive towards Aguilar de Campo to do a return route to the aguilar reservoir. 

We will have the chance to see monasteries and churches with the best Romanic architecture in Spain. Aguilar is the typical castillan village with a castle and well famous for its cookies factory and the convents where sweets are made. After watching the stage in the VIP area, we will head to Solares by van (about 1 hour drive).

You’ll have a free afternoon to spend in Bilbao to visit the museum or ‘ir de pinxos’ (ask your guide for the translation ;-). Dinner  at the hotel.

Meals included: breakfast and dinner

Day 7: Friday, Oct 30th: Solares 
Accommodation: Hotel Balneario de Solares

La Vuelta: Stage 13, Castro Urdiales > Suances, 187,4km. More information
Our route: To be confirmed

From the hotel, we are going to ride the route on road to Santillana del Mar and Comillas through the coastline. This is a very typical route in La Vuelta. Always facing the sea and the mountains, green lush landscapes and charming towns. End of the stage in Suances and transfer back to the hotel. We will finish the day with a well deserved dinner in group.

Meals included: breakfast and dinner.

Day 8: Saturday, Oct 31st – Leaving Day

After breakfast, it is the end of the trip. We will go to Madrid by van. The Bike Spain guides will be available to help you with your travel plans and with any other details so that you have a happy trip back home!

Meals included: breakfast


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 Villa de Abalos

Located in the very heart of Spains La Rioja region, in the village of Ábalos.

This pleasantly-situated family hotel is surrounded by fields containing seemingly endless rows of the areas characteristic grape vines. Stone, wood and wrought iron combine to create an ambience that is both attractively modern and traditionally comfortable. The ground floor is the location of the communal areas, the reception desk, the lounges, the sun terrace, the garden and the bike park.

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Hotel Balneario de Solares

Castilla Termal Solares Spa, situated in a vast park of centenarian trees, is a historical and emblematic building that was declared the first thermal station of Cantabria at the beginning of the 20th century.

Preserving its classical architectural style, the building hosts the spa hotel complex of 4 stars status, where they have 113 rooms fully equipped, 5 of them are junior suites and 7 are high quality double rooms. Also, the Solares Hotel spa provides a wide range catering services, a lobby bar, a terrace and the great “El Manantial” restaurant.

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What’s 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
  • 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


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

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Vuelta a España 2020 / Week 2 Tourmalet, Rioja and Cantabria


Spectacular cycling tour in the north of Spain and France
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22 Aug to 29 Aug 2020

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David Pinto-Carpenter

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I had an incredible time and can’t wait to head out with Pablo and Niki again. I was so happy to get some good time on the bike again (on a great bike too!) I will be sure to take the survey and recommend to all my friends

August 22, 2019