PLEASE NOTE: Exact distances may vary from those stated due to local road conditions or decisions made by tour leaders. Additional mileage can be arranged for those who want more riding.
We meet in Santander and transfer to our hotel in Campoo. Bike fitting and short ride to test bikes.
Day 2 – Fontibre – Polientes
This stage takes us through some fabulous and unspoilt scenery. From the green mountain pastures of the Cantabrian Mountains, we’ll ride along the shores of the Ebro Reservoir. We rejoin the Ebro in the Valley of Valderredible and tonight’s stop is in Polientes. Distance: 59 km (For a longer ride, you can circumnavigate the Ebro Reservoir – 97 km)
Day 3 – Polientes – Pesquera del Ebro
We begin bycycling through the open valley of Valderredible. Take the opportunity to visit the Romanesque church of San Martín de Elines and also the churches carved into the very rock which are so characteristic of this region. As we progress down the river, the sides of the valley begin to close in until we find ourselves in a marvelous canyon where eagles and vultures soar overhead. Stop to visit the fairytale village of Orbaneja del Castillo with its cascades running through the village. As we approach Pesquera, the canyon of the Ebro reaches unbelievable dimensions before we finally reach the attractive village that will be tonight’s resting-place. Distance 43 km
Day 4 – Pesquera del Ebro – Medina de Pomar
This beautiful route follows a huge bend of the river through the most picturesque and undiscovered villages. An optional extension takes us to the dramatic village of Puentedey,built on a natural rock bridge over the River Nela. Tonight we stay in the Castillian town of Medina de Pomar with its old Jewish quarter and the castle dominating the town and the surrounding landscape. 35 km (63 km – with route extension to Puentedey)
Day 5 – Medina de Pomar – Frías
From Medina, we head back to the Ebro, The route then takes us along a quiet country road running parallel to the river. We can stop for a visit to the Romanesque church of San Pedro de Tejada and soon we are cycling through yet another canyon, which then opens out into the fertile valley around Frías. This is a spectacular village built around its castle that enjoys fine views of the Ebro Valley. 58 km
Day 6 – Frías – Haro
As we leave Frías we find ourselves in another spectacular canyon. The road runs along the shores of a reservoir surrounded by high mountains and through short tunnels carved out of the rock. The route crosses the little town of Miranda del Ebro before passing through imposing peaks that signal the gateway to the enormous open valley of La Rioja. Tonight is spent in the wine-producing village of Haro, with a chance to drink a glass or two of Rioja in its birthplace. We’ll visit one of the many famous bodegas in Haro, complete with wine tasting. 62 km
Day 7 – Haro – Laguardia
We cycle through endless vineyards and numerous picturesque villages of La Rioja, with the backdrop of the Sierra de Cantabria mountains and the Ebro never too far away. We finally reach the superb walled medieval village of Laguardia where, as in Haro, wine is almost a way of life. Distance 50 km
After breakfast, 9 am transfer to Bilbao