This tour will be accompanied by Chuck & Judy Nichols
We are excited to offer a NEW version of one of our favorite rides in Europe – Spain’s legendary Andalusia, a picturesque land of mountains, flamenco & fantastic riding! On our Andalusia Bike Tour, you will be impressed by all the charming white villages, quiet roads, friendly people and a harmonious blend of multi-cultural traditions and architectural styles.
The rolling countryside of Andalusia is a collage of vineyard-laden valleys, olive orchards and forests that extend to the rugged mountain peaks on the horizon. Every road is simply another treasure to pedal and enjoy!
2017 Price: €2350 Euros/pp (double occupancy)
Single Supplement: €560 Euros
Price Does Not Include:
International flights, lunches, beverages, gratuities for local guide, hybrid or road bike rentals
This challenging tour is definitely “over the top” for its scenery, route quality and fun riding!
One of Andalucia’s many charms is its fascinating diversity. Impressive historical cities are a short ride from quaint whitewashed villages. Vast cultivated valleys are flanked by pristine national parks. Seaside beaches lie beside majestic mountain peaks. Islamic and Christian cultures merge to create a warm ambiance that draws you into the magic of southern Spain. Flamenco music was born here, and its rhythm still defines the soul of Andalusia.
The tour begins in the beautiful city of Granada, home of the world-famous Alhambra Palace and unforgettable flamenco. After a short van transfer, we start riding in the countryside amidst rolling vineyards and sleepy little towns. Each day’s route passes through an impressive and ever changing panorama of natural wonders including the spectacular Chorro Gorge and the Guadalhorce Reservoir, where water and wind created a whimsical landscape. We continue westward and finish the tour along the Costa de la Luz, where golden beaches meet the Atlantic Ocean and we have occasional glimpses of Morocco in the distance.
Meet at hotel in Granada, group orientation and a tour of the historic Alhambra Palace, a 700-year-old UNESCO World Heritage site. The time for the group orientation meeting will be finalized in your pre-trip letter. Please let us know if you will be arriving early and would like extra nights prior to the beginning of the tour.
After a short van transfer from Granada, we begin riding westward through undulating fields dotted with olive & almond orchards to Alhama de Granada. Ride: 73 km
Today’s stage zigzags through a region of fertile valleys and rocky promontories, ending with an unforgettable winding downhill with the Mediterranean in the distance. Overnight in Periana. Ride: 64 km
Rolling vineyards lead to our evening’s stay in a wonderful lodge near the stunning rock-capped plateau of Torcal. Ride: 69 km
A morning hike in Torcal Natural Park and a short afternoon ride on rollercoaster hills past the spectacular Chorro Gorge and on to our lodging near the shore of Guadalhorce Reservoir. Ride: 37 km
Starting with an easy spin along the shoreline of the Guadalhorce Reservoir, our route passes sleepy whitewashed hamlets and ascends amidst magnificent scenery to Puerto del Viento, the “Pass of the Wind.” Our lodging for 2 nights will be within the iconic white village of Ronda. Ride: 60 km
Today you are free to have a rest day or enjoy one of the many hikes in the area. Ronda is a well known destination for walking tours, so there are many routes to choose from.
We head north of Ronda, stop to visit an eclectic village built into a cliffside, and then cycle to the white village of Grazalema, nestled in a postcard perfect mountain valley. Ride: 59 km
Our final ride is an unforgettable route that takes us through the Alcornocales Natural Park and is a rollercoaster treat of mountain valley & ridge top riding with fantastic views in all directions. We overnight in the beautiful white town of Arcos de la Frontera. Ride: 65 km
After breakfast we say our goodbyes and depart for home or other destinations. We will arrange transfers to the airport in Jerez. If you would like to visit Seville, we can also arrange a transfer for an additional cost.
You can expect a spirited mix of singles and couples in their 20′s to 80′s from all corners of the US and a few international locations as well. Many have accompanied us on numerous tours in the past. Most folks are recreational riders and all seem to share the common bond of an active lifestyle, an appreciation for the outdoors and a love for fun. We will gladly supply references for any trip that you are interested in joining.
Yes! You bring the people and we will take care of all the details! This tour can be chartered as a Guided Tour. Call us for details and availability, 800-648-8488.
You will be staying in hotels and inns that serve gourmet meals with enough variety to please everyone. As per the itinerary, breakfasts and 9 dinners are included and lunches are on your own. Vegetarian and other dietary restrictions can usually be accommodated with advanced notice.
We rent good quality aluminum hybrid and road bikes. Carbon road bikes are also available, as are Electric bike rentals. You are welcomed to bring your own pedals, seat, and helmet, or use the standard items which come with the bike. We will supply full mechanical support during the tour.
You do not need to be able to speak Spanish, but it can be lots of fun, and our Spanish guide can always help you with the finer points of the language. A small dictionary and some creative sign language are helpful, and many people at airports and hotels speak English.
The currency of Spain is the Euro. You will need Euros for lunches, meals before and after the tour, beverages, shopping, snacks, and tips for the Spanish guide. We suggest starting with a minimum of $200US (more if you like to shop and sample the local wine and ice cream).
Most restaurants include a service charge, but an additional 5-10% for exceptional service is always appreciated. We suggest a small amount for baggage and taxi service.
US CASH: bring only NEW bills with NO tears. You can exchange money at the airport and in major towns. CREDIT CARDS: bring 2 or more Visa or Master Cards in case you have trouble with one. There are ATMs in most of the towns on the tour. To use your Credit Card to get Euros at an ATM, each Credit Card will need a PIN#. Be sure to activate the PIN# and check that it works BEFORE you begin your travels. We also suggest contacting your credit card company prior to your trip to inform them of the countries where you will be traveling and the dates. We do not recommend bringing Travelers Checks because some places do not accept them, exchange rates vary widely and they require a bank to exchange them.
U.S. citizens must have a current Passport to enter Italy. Make sure your PASSPORT DOES NOT EXPIRE WITHIN 6 MONTHS OF THE COMPLETION OF YOUR TOUR. These requirements do vary from country to country, but just to be safe, we recommend going by the 6 month standard, because it’s definitely better to be safe than sorry when it comes to international travel!
Make copies of your passport! We recommend making 2 photocopies of your passport’s photo page and any other valuable documents you might carry with you on the tour. Travel with one copy stored separately from your passport. Leave the other copy at home with a relative or friend (ideally the same person you gave as your emergency contact). In the event that any of your documents are lost or stolen, this will greatly assist the process of replacement.
Let us know if you would like us to make additional hotel reservations for you at the start or end of the tour.
Nichols Expeditions is not responsible for any costs you may incur due to travel delays or other contingencies we are unable to control. For international flights, arrive at least 2-3 hours prior to departure (check with your air carrier for their requirements) and allow ample time between connecting flights. If you miss your flight and you need a special shuttle to meet up with the group, you will be responsible for the cost.
To protect yourself against life’s uncertainties, we highly recommend purchasing a travel insurance policy!
Andalusia is the most populous and the second largest in area of the autonomous communities in Spain. The Andalusian autonomous community is officially recognized as a nationality of Spain. The territory is divided into eight provinces: Almería, Cádiz, Córdoba, Granada, Huelva, Jaén, Málaga and Seville. Its capital is the city of Seville. ~ Wikipedia