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Catalonia Cycling trip

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Cycling Cultural Holiday

Catalan Countryside Travel Experience

Catalonia, Spain
3 Days
€ 345 combadi price

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Holiday Type
Fixed date
Running Period
2014: 24/10 - 26/10, 21/11 - 23/11

The Combadi Insight:

Think of a place where the mountains meet the sea... a place where the local food has been influenced by so many cultures. Explore Catalonia with your bike, alongside a team of local guides that will show you all the sights and so much more!

Holiday Code: BJ2

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There is no better way to explore the Catalan region, its mountains, its seaside & its amazing food than with this 3 day cycling holiday! Your cycling tour will take you through all of the region's beautiful sights from the Catalan Pre-Pyreness down to the Mediterranean Sea.

You'll begin with the comarca of Ripollés, known for its Romanesque remains, and the comarca of Garrotxa, the county of the volcanoes. Continuing towards the Mediterranean, you'll also visit the monumental city of Girona that boasts its well-preserved Carolingian wall dating back to Roman times. Your final destination will be the Sant Feliu de Guíxols, a magnificent port town with a rich historical heritage!

And although we will cover nearly 135 kilometers on day 3 of the tour, these kilometers won't be a hassle! The low level of technical difficulty and the predominance of the flat surface make this tour perfectly suitable for cyclists of all levels, even novice ones!

Guests will stay at a series of unique bed and breakfast all along this Spanish cycling tour, where you'll sample the region's traditional cuisine. All room and board is included, including bikes - allowing guests to relax and enjoy the trip without worrying about a thing!

On this tour we invite you to discover the interior region of Ripollés known for its numerous Romanesque remains, followed by the region of la Garrotxa, the county of the volcanoes. As we continue our route towards the Mediterranean, we will also have a chance to visit the monumental city of Girona that boasts its well-preserved Carolingian wall that dates back to the time of the Romans. With each step we will be approaching our final destination, Sant Feliu de Guíxols, an old fishing village surrounded by a landscape full of contrasts!

Day 1

Garrotxa volcanic zone Natural Park

MORNING:

Transfer from the airport to Ripoll. Briefing session where we will analyze all the routes that await participants on the following days of the tour (weather conditions, necessary equipment, the surface and terrain characteristics, unevenness of the area, etc.

AFTERNOON:

Participants will hop on their bikes**** to begin the Ripoll-Olot Route (which comprises part of the Iron and Coal Route that later merged with the "Carrilet" Route) which runs along the "Via Verde" (the greenway).Welcome dinner to savour home-made meals elaborated with products of own harvest and from the zone! Overnight in a charming family-owned hotel in Olot.

NOTE: Along the way we will stop at several charming villages, including Sant Joan de les Abadesses, so that you can fully enjoy the splendours of the region

Day 2

Cycle through the marvelous area of the Valley d'en Bas.

Bicycle tour from Olot to the monumental city of Girona following a lovely cyclepath that used to link Olot to the city of Girona by train. Posteriorly the train track turned into a traffic-free bikeway. This itinerary outstands for its beautiful landscapes and cultural interest. Overningt in Girona.

OPTIONAL:

What can be a better way of relaxing than enjoying a guided tour to Girona? Discover the most charming spots of the exceptionally well-preserved Jewish quarter, visit the Houses of Onyar, stroll along the path running around the ancient walls dating from Charlemagne and early medieval times, and , of course, don't forget to admire the architectural elements of Arab Baths.

Day 3

Approaching the Mediterranean sea

Group is ready to take the route that runs from the exceptional city of Girona until the Mediterranean along the Route of the "Carrilet". This track is especially attractive due to the extreme beauty of the scenery and high cultural value. One of its major highlights is the well-conserved old train stations, many of which nowadays are used as civic centers, museums, etc.

At the end of your bike trop, you will reach Sant Feliu de Guixols, with its magnificent port. Enjoy the sandy beach of Sant Feliu de Guíxols. We also invite you to discover the rich historical heritage that this old fishing village has to offer!

Late in the afternoon, you will be transfered back to Barcelona or Girona, thus, ending our trip! We hope you have enjoyed the cycling routes as much as we do! Until next time!

  • 3 days, 2 nights of self-guided riding
  • Transfers from/to Barcelona or Girona
  • Hybrid bycicle with relevant accessories
  • Luggage transfers
  • 3* accommodation on a twin share basis with breakfast
  • Emergency hotline
  • Information pack including route notes & maps as well as GPS files
  • Breakdown technical support
  • 1 welcome dinner
  • Basic Insurance

NOT Included

  • National and international airline tickets (according to the itinerary)
  • GPS device is not provided--Options for renting
  • Cycling helmets, clothes or equipment
  • Visas expenses if applicable
  • Telephone calls
  • All personal expenses that are not included in the program of each itinerary
  • Meals not mentioned above

Meeting Point

Barcelona or Girona

Activity Level

Perfectly suitable for cyclists of all levels, even the novice ones!

Distance

Shortest Day - 24 miles / 40 km Longest Day - 32 miles / 53 km Total: 3 days - 85 miles /138 km

DAY 1

The Ripoll-Olot Route Overall distance (km): 40km / 24miles Ascent: 420m

DAY 2

From Olot to Girona Overall distance: 53km / 32miles Ascent: 138m

DAY 3

From Girona to Sant Feliu de Guíxols Overall distance (km): 45km / 27miles Ascent: 30m

Insurance

All members of the group and/or persons who contract our services must take out relevant travel insurance covering them for the duration of their journey prior to departure. Our company can arrange it for you for 10 € per participant. We will not be responsible for personal injuries, death, harm and/or damage to property or other losses deriving from any accident, cancellation, delay and other circumstances outside our control. All participants should be insured and covered against these types of situation. Should any of the events described above occur, the provider undertakes to support you and aid you in carrying out the necessary actions to resolve them. In any event, you should let both us and our respective service suplliers know if you suffer from any illness or injury that might affect your normal enjoyment of your journey or activity.

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