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8 Days Spain Cycling and Hiking Tour

  • Barcelona - Biesca - Santa Elena - Tramacastilla - Pamplona - San Sebastian

Adventurous Spain, Wine Tours and Hiking

This trip is timed to catch the annual Pamplona bull run! You will witness the opening ceremony and have a private session with a matador. Pyrenees, between Spain and France, boast some of the most spectacular mountain scenery in Europe. You spend 3 full days hiking here and each day with option for easier trail or more challenging route. And in the evening, savor delicious local cuisine and wine before retiring in charming and comfortable accommodation.

Highlights

  • Wine tasting in Santa Elena
  • Guided excursions and hikes
  • Dinner in Michelin starred restaurants
  • The traditional bull fighting at Plaza de Toros
  • Enjoy the opening ceremony of San Fermin
  • 7 nights charming accommodation
  • Daily meals with a glass of wine
  • 8 days with instruction
  • English
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Casa Fuster

You will spend one night in this iconic, Modernist building, located at the head of Barcelonas chic Passeig de Gracia avenue. It has a sauna and gym, and a roof terrace with a pool and excellent views. The luxurious Casa Fuster is a monument in itself, built in 1908 by the Modernist architect, Lluis Domnech i Montaner. His work, including the hotel, is a designated UNESCO world heritage site. All its 105 rooms are decorated in warm and natural tones, with materials of the highest quality such as cherry wood. Its exclusive designer furniture follows traditional Modernist-style guidelines and it is combined with contemporary designer items. In all rooms, you will find:

Air-conditioning

Central heating

Chopard amenities

Complete bathroom

Free Wi-Fi

LCD TV and satellite channels

Mini-bar

Safe

Telephone

Hotel El Privilegio

You will spend one night in Hotel & Spa El Privilegio, set in the heart of the Spanish Pyrenees, with views of the Tena Valley's lakes and woods. It has a well-equipped spa center. The spa center at this elegant hotel includes a hydro massage pool, rain-effect shower and Turkish baths. There is also a jacuzzi, sauna and a massage service. Tone and sloping ceilings integrated naturally with essentially modern furniture.

Textures and chromatic hues harmonies interior architecture and nature, making rooms welcoming. The area is also ideal for adventure sports, with many forests and lakes. The hotel can organize activities from reception. A design hotel, El Privilegio combines traditional mountain elements with modern dcor. All its 20 rooms have charming stone walls and wooden ceilings, as well as lovely natural light. In all rooms, you will find:

Air conditioning

Baby service

Bath with hair dryer and bathrobe

Heater

Laundry and ironing service

Pillows menu in suites and junior suites

Plasma

Room service from 8 a.m. to 12 a.m.

Safe-deposit box

Telephone

TV Minibar

Writing-desk

Hotel Tres Reyes

You will spend three nights in this modern hotel set in Taconera Park gardens, situated in the very center of Pamplona, close to the conference center and Navarran Auditorium. The Tres Reyes hotel has all the services and facilities to help make your stay pleasant and relaxing. Guests can enjoy the summer swimming pool and garden. The hotel is conveniently located next to the city's historical center; its varied cultural attractions are within easy reach. In all 160 rooms you will find:

32-inch HD Led screen TV set with a choice of more than 60 channels in 9 different languages

Bathroom amenities

Complimentary Wi-Fi

Direct dial telephone

Fully equipped bathroom decorated with fine materials and Grohe luxury taps; large side-lit mirror, two different kinds of towels

Individual air conditioning

Minibar

Safe deposit box

Smoking rooms option (on request)

Sound proof window-screens

Trouser press

Tierra de Biesca

Set in the heart of the Aragonese Pyrenees, this luxurious and contemporary 4-star hotel offers bright, stylish, modern accommodation in a superb location - ideal for enjoying the mountains, whatever the season. The impressive mountain location means the hotel is bright and sunny all year long. The light, stylish interiors feature blond wood to create a 21st-century version of the traditional mountain lodge. It provides a great base to explore Candanch, Astn and the stunning Ordesa National Park. It is also convenient for skiers heading to the resorts of Panticosa and Formigal.

The hotels impressive facilities include more than 3,000 square meters of lush green gardens with an outdoor swimming pool. Inside you will find a spa, allowing you to relax after a long days walking or enjoying the areas superb skiing. You can also choose to spend the evening between the avant-garde restaurant, traditional grill or cider house. The hotel has 42 spacious rooms each with excellent facilities and en-suite bathroom. You will spend two nights in this hotel.

Day 1 - Friday

Arrive in Barcelona, transfer to your hotel and check in

In the afternoon, explore this beautiful Mediterranean city.

Go on a walking tour of the Bari Gothic Quarter and visit the inspiring Sagrada Familia.

Meal plan: lunch and dinner.

Day 2 - Saturday

This morning, you drive about 4 hours or into the heart of the Pyrenees to the village of Biesca.

After lunch and a short briefing, you do a short 5-kilometer afternoon hike to Santa Elena. An area full of history with a Neolithic monument dating back to 3000 BC and a Napoleonic fort.

This evening, enjoy wine tasting in the village hall including local Somontano and Spains famous Rioja with local tapas dinner.

Meal plan: breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 3 - Sunday

Ordesa with its jaw-dropping view of the 1 kilometer deep canyon is the highpoint of Pyrenees spectacular scenery!

You will go on a 4X4 wheel drive ascending 1000 meters to start hiking above the canyon.

An easier option is rim of Ordesa Canyon 10-kilometer hike with 200-meter ascent. A beautiful walk high above the canyon with truly stunning view of both the canyon and some of highest peaks in the Pyrenees along the French/Spanish border. At the end of the hike, 4X4 wheel drive brings us back to our hotel in Biesca.

A more challenging option is Ordesa and Anisclo 18-kilometer hike with 350-meter ascent and 1200-meter descent. Hike along the Ordesa Canyon rim with stunning view of both the canyon and some of highest peaks in the Pyrenees along the French/Spanish border. Then cross the alpine meadow to Anisclo, another kilometer deep canyon before descending to the village of Nerin where a short drive brings us back to Biesca.

Meal plan: breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 4 - Monday

Today its all about Pyrenees hiking.

An easier option is a 9-kilometer hike with 350-meter ascent. A lovely circuit walks you around Biesca countryside with pretty beech forest, beautiful alpine meadow and lovely Lake of Ibon de Pedrafita. At the end of the walk, you will be driven to Tramacastilla.

A more challenging option is a 13-kilometer hike with 400-meter ascent. A short drive takes you to the village of Pedrafita. From here, you hike through pretty beech forest, beautiful alpine meadow and lovely Lake of Ibon. Then, continue under the vast cliff of Sierra de Partacua towering 1000 meters above you. Excellent views, flowers and good spots for seeing vultures. The hike ends near Tramacastilla.

Meal plan: breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 5 - Tuesday

Enjoy the last relaxing morning walking around the Pyrenees before bidding farewell to the mountains.

Later on, you will drive 151 kilometers or about 2 hours to Pamplona where our exciting Bull Run adventure awaits.

Take a good rest tonight and be ready for the festival!

Meal plan: breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 6 - Wednesday

This morning, you enjoy a walking tour in the old town. Learn about the history and running of the bulls route, during the tour you will have chance to shop for your fiesta outfit.

At noon, you have our private balcony in front of the city hall, celebrating with the San Fermin opening ceremony.

After a light lunch, you will explore the other part of the city, with symbolic sites, like the citadel, or Monumento al Encierro.

Enjoy dinner at one of the top local restaurant, which offers the finest quality products from the region.

Afterwards, enjoy a fabulous fireworks display on a rooftop.

Meal plan: breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 7 - Thursday

This morning, proceed to your private balcony spot for the view of the first running of the bulls and witness the spiritual moment of the Procession of San Fermn. The most interesting things about the procession are all the different small acts along the way.

This afternoon, visit a very interesting winery in Navarra region, which combines architecture, nature, art, and wine, being situated in an idyllic landscape with the French way of chateau.

Enjoy a sit-down lunch in this beautiful property.

Late afternoon, you return to the old town and experience the traditional bull fighting at Plaza de Toros with the best seat.

After the bull fight, you spend more time to enjoy the city of fiesta. Dinner at another 1 Michelin-starred restaurant - Rodero, a family business with over 40 years of experience offering creative cuisine of the highest quality with its own identity.

Meal plan: breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 8 - Friday

This morning, you enjoy another private balcony view of the running of the bulls.

Return to hotel for breakfast. Check-out and drive towards San Sebastian.

Enjoy a farewell lunch in one of the hidden gem, housed in a beautiful medieval building, specializing in grilled dishes.

Transfer to the airport after lunch.

Meal plan: breakfast and lunch.

  • Biesca village
  • Hike around Biesca
  • Hike to Santa Elena
  • Ordesa National Park hikes
  • Pamplona walking tour
  • Tramacastilla
  • Walking tour of the Barri Gothic Quarter in Barcelona

This retreat will take place in villages and cities along the Pyrenees mountains in Spain.

Food is a window into a culture and Country Holidays feature some of the best restaurants in each place including the finest visited by the local elite and internationally acclaimed Michelin-starred venues. Enjoy a complimentary glass of non-alcoholic beverages, local beer or wine during meals.

El Privilegio spa, discover the sound of the silence

The facilities have been designed to offer you an exclusive space equipped with the maximum qualities on equipment and service. Each stay has been designed with a cared selection of textures, colors and sensations, inspired in the natural scenery of our setting. A great large window bring you over the benefits of the daylight, the warm of the dusk or the withdrawal at night while you enjoyed a beam of spurts jets in the swimming pool, you relaxed with the chromatic game of its waters or you rested on thermic easy chairs after a cheering thermal route. The rich veining Indian marble and the tropical wood welcomes you in a place where many people have discovered that silence can be heard. Equipment:

4 cabins for customized massage

Individual or by pairs cabin well-system spa and their complete program of treatments: energetic and invigorating , slimming, for drainage and purification, anti-stress, rejuvenator of the skin, to ease muscular pains and nervous tension, reduction of cellulites, power and invigorating or activator of the blood circulation

Jets swimming pool

Sauna

Stimulating swimming pool with cross-current swimming system

Tea zone with tea list, with relaxed and antirust effect, to recuperate the lost liquids during the thermal route

Turkish bath

Two bio-thermical showers with cold fog pediluvio (feet) thermic easy chairs

Tierra de Biescas spa and fitness

The spa and fitness zone is a place to relax after a days activities. In summer the outdoor pool is open surrounded by gardens and a sun deck and loungers. Relax, take in the sun and the views over the mountains. Facilities:

Gym

Heated pool

Massage room

Sauna - capacity 4 people

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Daily meals with 1 glass of wine, beer, or juice
  • Guided excursions
  • Entrance fees where applicable
  • Tipping
  • Tourist taxes
  • Transfers as per the tour
  • Travel insurance
  • Wine tasting
  • Airfare
  • Drinks not mentioned above
  • Personal expenses
  • Visa

Arrival by airplane

The nearest airport for arrival is Barcelona - El Prat airport (BCN) and the nearest one for departure is Bilbao airport (BIO). The pick-up and drop-off are included in the price.