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Burlington, VT

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Particulars

Trip Dates:

2017
Mar 29- Apr 4

Apr 19-25

Apr 28- May 4

May 6-12

May 27- Jun 3

Jun 10-16

Aug 26- Sep 2

Sep 19-25

Oct 8-14

Oct 15-21
Oct 22-28

2018
Mar 28- Apr 3

Apr 18-24

Apr 27- May 3

May 5-11

May 26- Jun 2

Jun 9-15

Aug 25- Sep 1

Sep 18-24

Oct 7-13

Oct 14-20
Oct 21-27

Self-guided and custom trips also available and can start any day. Call or email for details.

 

Trip Size:

8-16 participants

Total Days:

7 days/ 6 nights

Arrive/Depart:

Figueres/Girona

Accommodations:

Mas Falgarona, Figueres

Castell d'Emporda, La Bisbal

Mas de Torrent, Torrent*

Hotel Llegendes, Girona  

* we are sometimes substitute Mas de Torrent in which case there is a US$200 pp sur-charge


Activity Level:

Moderate with challenging options
40-70+ km daily

Van supported

Terrain:

Varied - expect some hills, worth the effort to climb

Cost:

Land Cost (current year):
US $2950
Includes 6B/2L/5D

Single Supplement:
US $750

Bike Rental:
US $180


Catalonia Luxe, Biking

Catalonia on two wheels

The pine-scented coastal region of Catalonia has long attracted artists (Salvador Dali, among others), writers, and those in search of beauty, tranquility, and inspiration. With its multitude of villages, sunny weather, seaside splendor, art, culture, and gastronomy & wine, this corner of Spain offers everything we look for when traveling. Did we mention the cycling is superb? In fact, many pro teams live and train here when not competing. While most of our routes are more moderate in length and difficulty, avid cyclists will have lots of options should they choose. From Figueres, to Callela de Palafrugell to Girona, we have created an itinerary that shows you the very best of this region.

 

 

Itinerary

Getting there:
Figueres. Most people will want to stay in Barcelona the night before the trip begins as you will need to take the 8:20 train arriving into Figueres at 10:12 so we can enjoy a full day of riding. You can also fly directly into Girona and take the train from there to Figueres. We meet at the Hotel Duran at 10:30 am.

Day 1+2:

We start our exploration of Catalonia in Figueres, the birthplace of Dali. Salvador Dali was known as much for his flamboyance and exhibitionism as he as for his surrealist and exotic imagery; most of his work are in the Dali museum here. Our first ride will be a short loop to the northeast of townDinner is included at a restaurant where Dali was often a patron. On Day 2, you’ll ride a loop east towards the coastal town of Roses. A long option will reach Cadaques, an unspoiled and remote village with crystal-blue water, fishing boats, sandy beaches, and old white-washed houses. Back in Figueres, walk the narrow, twisting streets and dine in one of the many excellent restaurants. Distances: D1: 42 km; 515 gain or 55 km; 715 m gain. D2: 52km; 160  gain or 90km; 995 m gain.

Day 3+4:
Riding south from Figueres, you will have a chance to visit Empuries, to Romans and Greeks live excavations. Lunch is recommended in the medieval city of Palau Sator at a restaurant that has been in the same family for five generations.  Then it is on to La Bisbal and the luxurious hotel Castell D'Emporda. Next day, ride to the coast to Callela de Palafrugell - the views between Calella and Begur are sublime and your ride along this coast will be a favourite, but there are some steep sections.You will have time to explore medieval Begur with its castle above town and Pals, which is one of the popular and enchanting villages in Catalonia. If you prefer to do a hike along the coast, one of the most beautiful of the Costa Brava can be easily done from the hotel, exploring nearby villages and beaches on foot. Distances: D3: 44 km; 170 m gain or 72km; 380 m gain. D4: 40km; 820 m gain (hiking options available)

Day 5+6
Ride to Girona, one of the most important historical sites in Spain, where professional cyclists often live and train off-season (attracted by the climate and food, just like us). Stop to visit the castle that Dali lived at in Pubol and to have lunch before a wee climb over the Mare de Deu dels Angels before descending into Girona. We will enjoy a walking tour of the city, to learn the many treasures here before dinner on your own - options abound from michelin starred (El Celler de Can Roca is rated one of the best restaurants in the world) to cosy bodegas. Next day, choose from moderate or challenging rides west of Girona and then post-ride lunch at Cafe Fabrica, owned by Canadian pro cyclist Christain Meier. We will have a memorable final night wine tasting and then dinner at our favourite restaurant in Girona. Hungry anyone? Distances: D5: 41km; 460 m or 61km; 570 m or 88km; 760 m gain. D6: 52km; 555 m gain or 75km; 900 m gain or 88km; 763 m gain.

Day 7
Depart at your leisure for onward travel. Trains from Girona reach Barcelona in 30 minutes (25 trains per day).

 

 

  • What's Included
  • Weather
  • Ride Info
  • Map

Map of the Area

Ride Info

Figueres Weather

What's Included in the Cost of Your Trip?

 

  • Services of one or more experienced Great Explorations guides and support vehicle
  • 6 nights lodging
  • All breakfasts, 2 lunches, and all dinners but 1
  • Entrance fees for selected historical sites and museums
  • Wine reception on first and final nights
  • Detailed map and route instructions
  • All baggage transportation
  • All transportation from initial meeting point to final drop-off (see arrive/depart cities)

Please note: Final itinerary is subject to revision; any changes made are done so in an attempt to provide the best possible trip given route conditions and available services. Due to the nature of our business and exchange rates, prices are subject to change. All prices quoted are U.S. dollars but we gladly accept payment in Canadian dollars also. Due to cancellations and waiting lists, trip availability fluctuates daily. If you have any questions or would like to confirm space on this trip before making your reservation, please contact us at info@great-explorations.com or by telephone at 604.730.1247

 

 

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