Active Gourmet Holidays
Active Gourmet Holidays

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Catalonia, Spain - 6 nights
Available year round

 

This six night cycling tour is a perfect way to explore the quieter and less travelled areas of this fascinating region of Catalonia. The tour starts in Girona city and winds its way gently through the undulating and ever changing scenery of the Baix Emporda. You will stay at four different hotels located in the medieval villages of Girona, Sant Feliu de Guixols, Llafranc and Monells. All of the cycling takes place on quiet country roads that are part of the Baix Emporda Cycle Network. And after all of that cyclng you will need your nourishment so included are four fabulous dinners, two of which are at a one Michelin starred restaurant. Choose from a self guided tour or private guided tour.

 

The network has been developed to allow cyclists to fully enjoy the splendors of this area. The tour follows the cycling network and finishes in the charming medieval village of Monells. Your luggage will be transported for you from hotel to hotel so you can relax and enjoy the cycling to its fullest. The accommodations you will be staying at are three - 4 star hotels and one - 2 star hotel that has a Michelin starred restaurant. Breakfast is included each day with your stay as well as four evening meals in two of the hotels.

 

Each day’s ride is approximately 40 km and covers terrain that is mostly flat with rolling hills, so you can pace yourself to stop and enjoy the views. Each day, after arriving at your hotel, there are plenty of great cycling options to explore the local areas further. These rides range from 20 to 40 kilometres, so if you have enough energy to ‘see a little more’ then each area is well worth exploring. You will be provided with detailed maps and route plans to help you on your way.

 

Each day from your accommodation base you will explore the beautiful scenery of the Baix Emporda region of Catalonia, cycling the selected highlights of the well sign posted Cycle Network. Additionally, you will cycle a variety of stunning rides that will clearly explain why this area of Europe is renowned as a cyclist’s paradise!

 

 

ITINERARY

 

Day One

 

Arrival to Girona City on your own. Transfer on your own to your four star hotel (a short walk from the train station)

 

Explore the medieval center of the beautiful city of Girona.

 

Dinner on your own this evening. 

 

 

Day TWO

 

 'Girona to the Mediterranean Sea' ride on ‘The Carrilet’ Approx 40km:

 

Transfer to your second four star hotel accommodation. Riding the ‘Carrilet’ – the converted railway, from Girona to the coast. Approx 40km

 

Optional extra ride: Exploring the coastal area of Sant Feliu de Guixols to Cala Sa Conca Approx 20km

 

Dinner on your own this evening.

 

 

Day three

 

Coastal ride to Llafranc Approx 40km:

 

Transfer to your two star hotel with a Michelin starred restaurant. Following the beautiful coastal route through fields and forests of Pine and Cork trees to Llafranc Approx 40km

 

Optional extra ride: Llafranc to Tamariu return Approx 30km

 

Enjoy a gourmet dinner at the hotel, tasting the one Michelin starred restaurants' Degustacion menu. (drinks not included)

 

Day four

 

Coastal ride exploring the beautiful fishing villages and bays of Calella, Llafranc and Tamariu  Approx 30km:

 

  

Enjoy another gourmet dinner at the hotel this evening, this time indulging in their Punta d'en Blanc menu. (drinks not included)

 

 

 

Day five

 

Cycling across the plains to the beautiful Medieval Village of Madremanya. Approx 40km:

 

Transfer to your fourth accommodation, a four star hotel.

 

Meandering through the charming medieval villages of the Baix Emporda.

 

Enjoy a gourmet dinner at the hotel restaurant.

 

 

Day six

 

Exploring the Medieval Villages of the Baix Emporda Approx 40km:

 

Exploring more of the Medieval villages following the Baix Emporda cycle network.

 

Enjoy a gourmet dinner at your hotel once again this evening.

 

 

 

Day seven

 

Departure to Girona:

 

Return to Girona with the option to cycle up and over the challenging and stunning 'Els Angels' monastery route that is one of the favorite road rides for the many professional road riders who live in Girona.

 

Approx 30km   

 

*Hotels and included dinners may vary for this tour depending on availability.

 

*The content or order of the itinerary may change depending on dates, availability of services or activities, local festivals/holidays, weather constraints, etc.  

 

 

GROUP SIZE

 

A minimum of 2 participants is required to run this tour and the tour is limited to a maximum of 16 participants.

 

(The number of participants refers to how many persons are required to run the tour, not to how many persons you must have in your party. Please inquire.)

 

 

  

HOW TO ARRIVE

 

Nearest Airport/Train Station:

 

Barcelona Airport - approximately 110 km from the start of the tour in Girona. 

 

(From Barcelona airport there are trains approximately every 30 minutes to Barcelona Sants train station. There are regular train services from Barcelona Sants train station to Girona train station. The most up to date timetable and train information can be found on the Renfe train company website at www.renfe.com.)

 

Girona train station - approximately a 10-15 minute walk or 5 minute taxi ride from the first hotel 

 

 

 

BOOKING INFORMATION

 

2018 Fees Per Person

Double Room (Self-Guided)/US$1900
Double Room (Guided)/US$2550
Single Supplement/US$275

  

*Pricing reflects standard accommodations in low season. High season rates will apply for July and August. Please inquire about preferred dates of travel and available hotel upgrades.

 

*Pricing may vary depending on market fluctuation

 

Deposit

After availability is confirmed, a 50% deposit per person and the completed and submitted registration form will secure your reservation. Final payment is due in full 75 days before your arrival date.

 

2018 Dates

Available year round upon request.

 

Included

*Six (6) nights' accommodation in 4 different hotels (3, four star hotels and 1, two star hotel)
*Six (6) breakfasts at hotels
*Four (4) evening meals at two of the hotels (two of which are at a hotel in Llafranc - a One Michelin Star restaurant) (hotel depending on availability. If the hotel is not available, another hotel of the same standard in the same location will be reserved)
*Transfer of luggage between hotels
*Detailed maps and route notes of the cycling routes
*Return transfer to Girona at the end of your stay
*Hire bike - each bike is equipped with: puncture repair kit, spare inner tubes, pump, water bottle, helmet
*Emergency back up if required
The Bike: The bike for the tour is the Corratec X-Vert Cross with front suspension. It is your perfect partner for riding the Carrilet as well as for the fantastic cycle touring routes that you will follow on this unforgettable tour.

 

Airfare, personal expenses, drinks with included meals, meals on your own, transfers from Girona on arrival day, and transfers from/to Barcelona are not included.

 

 

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CANCELLATION POLICY

 

Please contact us for cancellation policy information. Travel insurance is highly recommended.

 

 

 

CLIENT REMARKS

 

Client Remark

"A thoroughly enjoyable experience…with everything well organised and as promised the mountains to the sea trip was not too much for us not so young'uns"

 

Client Remark

"If you are looking for an active vacation in this part of Spain - Daniel is your man! Everything was great, a wonderful trip that could not have been better. "

 

Client Remark

"Everything was well organised and planned to suit our needs. A very personalised holiday which was much appreciated."

 

Client Remark

  

"I can honestly say that my 5 days in Catalonia were the most enjoyable I've had for years (decades, even!). I had more fun on a bike than is strictly legal. I also got in some fantastic training. The long climbs, especially to St. Grau and Els Angels, were tremendous - and the swooping, curvy descents were even better. The coast road to Tossa de Mar was the most amazing introduction to cycling in Spain imaginable."Do I sound impressed? You betcha."

 

   

MAP*

This exciting region is depicted below. You can also access Google MapsTM by clicking HERE. 

 

 

*In some cases mapping may give clients a general sense of location due to changes in venue. Please inquire about specific location.

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 CULINARY DELIGHTS OF ANDALUSIA

“This was the experience of a lifetime.  It was more than a culinary excursion, it was an unforgettable life experience from learning new cuisine to finding serenity in olive country.  I was introduced to a wonderful world of Spanish cuisine and the down-to-earth lifestyle that defines Andalusia.  I cannot wait to go back!” - Opal H., Northport, Alabama

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