9 night basque tour

9 night basque tour

Our 9 Night Basque Country tour by Cycling Magnolias is hosted at least once per year and has become increasingly popular.  Groups of up to 8 cyclists (minimum 6) are picked up at gorgeous Biaritz for a 6 night tour through both the French and Spanish Basque regions and returned to Plaisance for 3 days of cycling in the magic Aveyron.  After an afternon and evening of wondering and feasting in Biaritz the tour passes through the picturesque towns of St Jean de Luz, St Sebastian, Getaria and Bilbao.  Great flat coastal and mountain cycling,  perfect scenery and fabulous cuisine.  Not to mention the pinchos and a day of culture and site-seeing in Bilbao (should be on your bucket list!)

The 7 Night Self Guided Tours include:

 

Airport transfers Biarritz and Toulouse Blagnac airports

9 Nights of B&B at Les Magnolias and other tour hotels

Bicycle hire (high quality racing, road, mountain or electric bicycles)

8 Cycling and Touring Days with Following Vehicle

2 Cycling Days around Plaisance in the Aveyron

6 Cycling Days in the Basque Country

9 Special Meals (Dinner/Lunch) at Les Magnolias or other selected restaurants in the Basque country.

Note: (i) final special meal/restaurant/hotel selection TBD subject to seasonal/other considerations;

(ii) Program days are interchangeable subject to weather/other considerations.

(iii) Plaisance cycling program will vary according to group preference.

 

Day 1 –  Basque Country: Biarritz

Single pick-up of all cyclists at Biarritz airport, prior to 14h00, time to be agreed.  Transfer to Hotel Saint Julien (or equivalent), small historic hotel in heart of Biarrtiz. Own lunch, bicycle kit out, afternoon cycling and site seeing in Biarritz. Special dinner in Biarritz.

Distance: Optional, approx. 10 kms, Overnight:  Hotel Saint Julien – DB&B

 

Day 2 –  Basque Country: St Jean de Luz to San Sebastian

Early morning drive with bikes from Biaritz to Saint Jean de Luz. Breakfast at Cafe Majestic in Place de Cossaires.  Ride from Saint Jean de Luz to top of Jaizkibel (famous Col: 18km, 453m).  Optional pick-up at base of col. Beautiful views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Bay of Biscay.  Drive into St Sebastian and check-in at the charming Hotel de Londres. Own G&Ts followed by late special tapas lunch at San Sebastian (don’t forget to order the Txacoli local wine over tapas or pintchos!).   Site-seeing in St Sebastian.

Distance: 18-35 kms, Overnight: Hotel Londres – DB&B

 

Day 3 –  Basque Country: San Sebastian to Getaria

Ride from St Sebastian to the fishing village of Getaria past the small fishing village of Orio and the famous summer resort of Zarauth.  This ride roams through the secondary roads between the Cantabrico sea and green mountains.  Ride to and check-in at the lovely hotel San Prudentzio at Getaria.  The hotel is situated on path of the Camino on a wine farm overlooking the ocean.  Getaria is a quaint harbour village renowned for its excellent Basque cuisine.  It has a wonderful harbour side atmosphere with wine and tappas bars and very good restaurants. Own lunch en route and special dinner at Getaria.

Distance: approx. 30 kms, Overnight: San Prudentzio – DB&B

 

Day 4 –  Basque Country: Lequeito to Mundaka and Bilbao

Breakfast at San Prudentzio. Drive with bikes to village of Lequeitio. Ride from Lequeito to Mundaka. Longest stage of the tour. Continuous ups and downs combining inland and sea side landscapes past the Laga and Laia beaches and eventually past the famous village of Gernika (Picasso fame). Possible visit to the UNESCO Biosphere reserve of Urdanibia.  Own light lunch at Mundaka at Asador Portuondo (or Almiketxu in Bermeo).  Drive to Bilbao (46 kms). Check-in to hotel TBC and Special dinner at Restaurante Aizian.

Distance: 46 kms, Overnight: Bilbao – DB&B

 

Day 5 –  Basque Country: Bilbao (El Ribero or Bermeo)

Breakfast at Bilbao hotel.  Ride approximately 40 kms either direction Bermeo (coastal) OR direction El Ribero (inland mountain), TBD.  Both are beautiful rides in the surroundings of Bilbao.  Own tapas (Markina) and afternoon site seeing in Bilbao.  Special dinner at Kate Zaharra or equivalent.

Distance: Approx. 40 kms, Overnight:  Bilbao – DB&B

 

Day 6 – Bilbao

Breakfast at Bilbao hotel.  Site seeing in Bilbao, various options.  Optional cycling around Bilbao.  Special dinner at Zapirain or equivalent.

Distance: Optional, Overnight: Bilbao – DB&B

 

Day 7 – Bilbao to Plaisance

Early breakfast at Bilbao hotel.  Return to Plaisance (544 kms) with own lunch stop  (various options: Lourdes, Foix, Toulouse, Albi).  Special dinner at Albi or Plaisance.

Distance: No cycling, Overnight: Les Magnolias – DB&B

 

Day 8 – Plaisance: Combret

Breakfast at Les Magnolias. Depart on Belmont 64 Yellow route ride to Belmont, via the characterful village of Combret, through beautiful forest scenery.  Mix of hilly, flat and forest ride.  Optional coffee stop at Belmont and return to Combret for Special lunch.   Optional return ride to Plaisance or by following vehicle.  Relaxing at Les Magnolias. Own dinner at Les Magnolias.

Distance: Optional 45-64 kms (Belmont coffee stop). Overnight: Les Magnolias – BB&L

 

Day 9 – Plaisance: Cordes-Sur-Ciel

Early breakfast at Les Magnolias. Depart on Cordes 67 Yellow route (forest, mountain and Tarn river ride).  Own coffee stop at Ambialet Cafe De La Presqu’ile/other.  Visit Ambialet’s ancient Franciscan monastery and impressive Roman church.  Continue to Cordes-sur-Ciel, one of France’s biggest and most impressive medieval villages. Special lunch and site seeing at Cordes.  Return by mini-bus to Plaisance.  Swimming and chilling at Les Magnolias.  Own dinner at Les Magnolias.

Distance: 67 kms, Overnight: Les Magnolias – BB&L

 

Day 10 –  Departure

Breakfast at Les Magnolias.  Single departure for all cyclists to Toulouse, time to be agreed.

7 NIGHT GUIDED ITINERARY : 1750€ Per Person Sharing
  • Airport transfers from/to Biarritz and Toulouse Blagnac airport on request
  • Accommodation
  • Bike Hire
  • 8 Cycling Days
  • 9 Special Meals
Highlights
  • Basque Country
    • Biarritz
    • St Jean de Luz
    • Sebastian
    • Getaria
    • Lequeito
    • Mundaka
    • Bibao
  • Plaisance
  • Combret
  • Cordes-Sur-Ciel