TRENCH BASQUE TOUR

TRENCH BASQUE TOUR

Basque Country

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SPAIN

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06 - 15 Sep 2024

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Challenging

Approx. AU$7,242

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GBP£3,794

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USD$4,830

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€4,350.00

START LOCATION

HONDARRIBIA

END LOCATION

DURANGO

DAYS

10

AV. DAILY DISTANCE

75KM | 47MI

AV. DAILY ELEVATION

1550M | 5050FT

The Trench group takes a ride on the wild side through the untamed hills of the Basque Country.

This tour takes you on a journey into the heart of Basque territory where cycling is a passion! Beautiful rolling terrain, thick woodland beside rushing streams, leafy gorges where surely elves must hide, and gob-smacking coastal views. We ride through tiny villages tucked intermittently among the trees or on the slopes of picture perfect valleys.

Spoil your tastebuds with delicious, rustic dishes and tasty pinchos. Relax into the rhythm of Spain. Enjoy a more leisurely start to the day and the convivial joy of evening aperitivi.

This holiday is so much more than riding your bike, as you get to embrace the spirit of the warm and feisty Basque people. Hola!


PRIVATE CUSTOM TOUR
CONFIRMED DEPARTURE | 0 PLACES REMAINING!

WHAT'S INCLUDED

LUXE ACCOMMODATION (TWIN SHARE) | BREAKFASTS | LUNCHES | DINNERS | FULL GUIDE AND VEHICLE SUPPORT | ON-ROAD SNACKS AND SUPPLEMENTS | GPS LOAN UNIT | COMPLIMENTARY PUNTOTOURS CYCLING KIT | DAYPACK | BIDONS | KIT LAUNDRY SERVICE | GROUP AIRPORT TRANSFER ON DEPARTURE

RECOMMENDED AIRPORTS

ARRIVAL BILBAO OR BIARRITZ DEPARTURE BILBAO

PRICE PER PERSON

TWINSHARE €4,350.00 | SINGLE ROOM €4,850.00

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FULL ITINERARY

DAY ONE FRI 6 SEP | WELCOME

Our first day starts around 10:30AM, when your guides meet you in the foyer of our start hotel. A double check of bike fit for those who have hired one of our awesome Cipollini road bikes, and assistance for anyone who has brought their own beloved steed. This will be followed by a light lunch and Tour Briefing. In the afternoon we ride! A leisurely route over the border into France towards Saint-Jean and back down the coast road.
DISTANCE | 35KM | 22MI
ELEVATION | 400M | 1300FT

DAY TWO SAT 7 SEP | LOOP TO ENDARA

Today we ride into France, over the Col d'Isbardin and a brilliant loop ride to the lake at Endara. The terrain is hilly, the scenery is gorgeous. Nothing over 550M, as the day rolls by. The magic of the Basque Country will be casting its spell over you.
DISTANCE | 79KM | 46MI
ELEVATION | 1850M | 6050FT

DAY THREE SUN 8 SEP | JAIZKIBEL LOOP

Great day riding the northern loop of the Clásica San Sebastián. This famous one day race includes the stunning Jaizkibel with coastal views that will have you stopping at every bend in the road. The out and back climb to Mirador Bianditz is optional, but worth very pedal stroke for the vast panoramic view.
DISTANCE | 80KM | 50MI
ELEVATION | 1850M | 6070FT

DAY FOUR MON 9 SEP | HONDARRIBIA TO TOLOSA

We head out in reverse of yesterday's finish, but then continue on to Epela before beginning our adventure into the Basque hills. Quiet roads beside tranquil rivers before arriving at our destination for today, Tolosa. You'll love it!
DISTANCE | 85KM | 53MI
ELEVATION | 1750M | 5750FT

DAY FIVE TUE 10 SEP | LOOP INTO NAVARRA

A more leisurely ride today that leaves time to explore the charms of Tolosa in the afternoon. Our route takes us into the Navarra region, famous for the running of the bulls in its capital, Pamplona.
Our 'run' through Navarra leads us through quiet, winding roads over rounded hills dotted with farms and small villages. One gradual climb on our way to Uitzi, and then it's downhill all the way. A beautiful day in the country!
DISTANCE | 60KM | 37MI
ELEVATION | 950M | 3100FT

DAY SIX WED 11 SEP | LOOP TO MANDUBIA

Super fun day in the saddle with three gorgeous climbs to test your mettle! An ancient acquaduct, lakes, forest, old churches and panoramic vistas. Plus a meandering ride along an old railway line, reborn as an inviting bike path. Great day!
DISTANCE | 89KM | 52MI
ELEVATION | 1800M | 5900FT

DAY SEVEN THU 12 SEP | TOLOSA TO DURANGO

Today's route takes us through the stunning Basque heartland. We ride up and over one of the favourites of the Tour of the Basque Country and Spanish Vuelta, the Puerto de Urkiola. The descent into Durango is fantastic and wonderfully photogenic. You'll be torn between stopping for a pic or swooping down the hill.
DISTANCE | 100KM | 62MI
ELEVATION | 1650M | 5400FT

DAY EIGHT FRI 13 SEP | LOOP TO EIBAR

Classic Basque course that has a succession of climbs in a scenic loop ride to Eibar. We can make a group decision on just how many hills you'd like to include, with route options from 70KM to 95KM. This is truly Vuelta a Espana terrain and promises a memorable day in the saddle.
DISTANCE | 95KM | 59MI
ELEVATION | 2450M | 8050FT

DAY NINE SAT 14 SEP | LOOP TO OIZ

Your fantastic final challenge! We climb the easier side of Monte Oiz, and descend the route that was first introduced to the Vuelta in 2018. The ascent from Guernica is tough, and was the penultimate Stage of Spain's Grand Tour. Claimed to be the new Angliru! You'll be glad we're going down. The view from the narrow ridge at the top is spectacular, with the giant windmills overhead and hills receding into the horizon where land meets sea.
DISTANCE | 95KM | 59MI
ELEVATION | 2050M | 6700FT

DAY TEN SUN 15 SEP | GOODBYE

Leisurely last breakfast and then a morning transfer to Bilbao - we'll get you there mid-morning so you can make departure plans accordingly.
Time to say farewell, until next time!
Ride safe Puntos.

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WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

FLIGHTS | INSURANCES | BIKE HIRE | BIKE CASE TRANSFERS | SOFT DRINKS AND ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES | COFFEE STOPS | PERSONAL HOTEL EXPENSES | PRE- OR POST-TOUR ACCOMMODATION

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CAN I HIRE A BIKE?

You can!  Check out the details of hiring one of our high-end Cipollini road bikes.

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