A millenary route
DIFFICULTY: 4/9–Medium - LENGTH: 6 days & nights - ACTIVITY: Cycling
The richness of the diversity we have in The Basque Country &Navarre.
We start in Bilbao with a private guided visit to the amazing Guggenheim museum before going for the cycling route.
After every activity, a good rest is guaranteed in traditional hotels, so let your body go and enjoy the activity. Do not forget that gastronomy is a religion is this area, so be ready to take advantage of it and enjoy your meal. “On egin!”
Besides the landscape, a close approach to the Basque tradition getting involved in different local experiences is one of the goals of this customized trip.
Day 1: Arrival pick up Bilbao Int. airport - Azpeitia Day 2: Oñati Day 3: Gasteiz Day 4: Santa Cruz de Campezo Day 5: Puente la Reina Day 6: Pamplona Day 7: Departure transfer to Bilbao
Day by day:
Welcome to Bilbao; transfer assistance from airport or train station to hotel, meeting local guide in order to introduce participants in the area. You will enjoy a private guided visit to the Guggenheim museum before having a 50 min. transfer to Loyola Sanctuary in Azpeitia for the first night. We are in the religious complex where Saint Ignatius of Loyola´s family house used to be. He was the founder of the Jesuits. It is a good moment to check the bikes and set everything. A Welcome dinner is waiting for participants.
• Night & dinner in Azpeitia: Santuario de Loyola – Arrupe
After having breakfast at the hotel and packing everything, we start cycling along the Urola green way following the river that supported for a long time the iron industrial activity of the region. The ride is a good chance to learn about the recent past. At the end of the route we arrive in Oñati; in the heart of the Basque Country, full of tradition, and where the first University was established back in the XVI th Century. We have a traditional welcoming dance called “Aurresku” that shows respect to our guests, and now you are our guests in this beautiful route. We will visit the Chocolate Interpretation Center and discover the secrets of this cocoa tradition form the XVIII th Century.
• Night & dinner in Oñati: Hotel Torre Zumeltzegi *** or similar
• Cycling distance Azpeaitia – Legazpi - Oñati 48 km
Day 3 :
As everyday, the main luggage needs to be transferred to the Next Hotel while participants just carry a few things with them along the cycling route. Today you will ride your bikes along different villages in the heart of Gipuzkoa´s region. Going uphill towards Salinas de Leniz, we will have a visit to the Salt museum that used to be powered by a salty river moving the mill. From this point a downhill will take us to the capital of the Basque Country; Gasteiz. The afternoon is for free to enjoy different corners of the old town.
• Night in Gasteiz: Hotel NH Canciller Ayala *** or similar
• Cycling distance Oñati – Salinas de Leniz – Gasteiz 40 km
Leaving behind the activity of the city, the route continues east towards Navarre. We are following the Green way- train track that used to link the Basque Country with Navarre. A very flat landscape along a plateau where the wine, potatoes and olive oil tradition has its relevance. Let´ s try km 0 products from the garden and learn more about ecological production.
• Cycling distance Gasteiz – Santa Cruz de Campezo 45 km
• Night & dinner in Santa Cruz de Campezo: traditional B&B Ibernalo or similar
The route keeps going east, and in Estella joins the ancestral pilgrimage Way of Saint James. Pilgrims go west towards Santiago while we cross them on our way towards the end of the day. We can share moments and experiences with people coming from many different countries, looking for a personal spiritual experience.
• Cycling distance Santa Cruz de Campezo – Estella – Puente la Reina 54 km
• Night & dinner in Puente la Reina: Hotel Jakue (bike friendly) or similar
Today´s route is the last one. We finish this millenary route in the former capital of the kingdom of Navarre. Famous during summer time because of the running of the bulls festival, and a very nice place to get lost while discovering different corners along its old quarter. We can follow Hemingway´ s steps and imagine the emotions he describes in his book “fiesta”. We will enjoy a farewell dinner for the group.
- Cycling distance Puente la Reina - Pamplona 30 km
• Night & dinner in Pamplona: Hotel Maisonnave or similar
Transfer to Airport departure terminal going back home. It was a pleasure having you among us. Mila esker etortzeagaitik & have a save trip!
. Every morning we will provide participants with some food & water to carry in their backpacks with the waterproof or warm clothes they may need during the day´ s route.
. Route changes may occur due to weather conditions or physical conditions of any of the participants.
. The main luggage would be transferred daily from one hotel to the other
. Emergency number: 112
. Guide´ s name and phone number:
. The program here described has been designed exclusively for TRAVEL EXPEDITIONS and the Tour Operator has the copyright of it. This means that we do not allow the use of the information described in this program by another travel agency or guiding assistance person besides us.